There is an ongoing slow-motion explosion of devices and services for the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the wearables category. There are a lot of benefits to this as well as a couple of problems, but we will all work it our eventually. The problem, as always, is how do we get there from here?
Current market requirements are trending towards further downsizing and increased efficiency of power conversion systems. For this reason, enhanced power density of the power modules will be critical in order to respond to the evolving needs of the market. In order to increase the power density, All-SiC modules
EBTZ1041-SK-A1 ‘starter kit’ supports the prototyping of highly integrated IoT wearable applications
Toshiba Electronics has announced a comprehensive development kit that provides the hardware and software needed to create wearable devices that handle multiple sensor inputs. The EBTZ1041-SK-A1 ‘starter kit’ supports the prototyping of highly integrated IoT wearable applications featuring the Toshiba TZ1000
LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity
Ethertronics, a leader in ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions, announced the industry first complete plug and play LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity. It delivers very long range and unmatched reliable antenna performance using Active Steering for the LoRa ecosystem
The PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS will hold the second workshop “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering” on Saturday, March 25, 2017 - the day before and in the same venue as APEC 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL. The successful inaugural
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the completion of Renesas’ acquisition of Intersil Corporation. The transaction brings together the advanced technology and
Infineon Technologies introduced the IR3883, an easy-to-use, fully integrated and highly efficient DC-DC regulator. It aims at high density Point of Load applications where high efficiency, high reliability and good thermal behavior are required. The device is perfectly suitable for NetCom, Telecom, Servers
The integrated technology provides a complete PoE and LED package solution
Incorporating Igor technology, Ellipz will provide an intelligent light management solution for the commercial lighting industry. The integrated technology provides a complete PoE and LED package solution to the marketplace. By combining both company’s unique technologies, the Ellipz smart lighting solution
p300 Panel Controller and i500 Frequency Inverter
Leader and manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technologies, Lenze has introduced an intelligent automation solution package combining the Lenze p300 Panel Controller and the Lenze i500 Frequency Inverter. The smart solution integrates a PLC tooling interface to reduce
At APEC 2017, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Safety & Compliance Technical Committee will hold the Industry Session: “Isolation Barrier Technologies.” Offering speaker presentations by six industry experts, Session IS14, will take place on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor
In this PSDcast, Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges facing designers of automotive systems. Today the car represents a confluence of multiple streams, from the Internet of Things to Smart Grid to autonomous systems. The company recently formed a partnership
Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version
The Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is presented as the most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing the power transformers used in the power utilities’ transmission and distribution sectors.
With an accuracy of 0.5% at power factors as low as 0.01 at 100 V and 1 A, the WT3000E
Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis
In this PSDcast Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about next-generation lead-acid battery technology and what the company is doing to add value to the space. Gridtential has a proprietary advanced lead-acid battery that replaces the metal grid in current lead-acid
Defense Line of ruggedized power solutions
Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced the release of its new Defense Line of ruggedized power solutions for highly demanding environments. The launch includes seven series of new
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Arrow Electronics announced Arrow’s upcoming training sessions for the new Everest Evaluation Board designed specifically for Microsemi’s recently launched PolarFire mid-range field
Made Here Now, the UK-wide initiative to encourage more young people into manufacturing as a career, is celebrating a major milestone with the launch of a new website at MadeHereNow.com, containing inspirational videos, success stories and photography.
Backed by 37 sponsors, including leading
STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board
Mouser Electronics, with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is the first to stock the STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board from STMicroelectronics (ST). The new Discovery Kit and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa Arduino-compatible extension board — available to order from Mouser — provide a development
Winner Vantage Robotics was selected by a prestigious panel spearheaded by special guest judge Sir Richard Branson
The race to Necker Island culminates with an unprecedented, photo-finish judging: Separated by less than half a percent in point total, Vantage Robotics is named of winner of Extreme Tech Challenge 2017!
XTC 2017 Champion Vantage Robotics (San Francisco, CA) has created the best flying camera in the
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is introducing a new range of small size metalized polypropylene film capacitors featuring low loss and excellent frequency characteristics for active filter circuits as well as high frequency and high current circuits. The ECWFE capacitors have been designed
Aimed at a variety of applications, including UAV, ground vehicle, radar, transportation and industrial controls, Vicor has added a new 30V input nominal module (9 – 50V range) in a 3623 ChiP package (1.52 x 0.90 x 0.29 in). This converter has an output voltage of 15 V maximum power of 160W, achieving a power
Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar
In this PSDcast Canadian-based solar energy expert, Michael Heaven, President, CEO and Co-Founder from Aurora Solar Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about solar cell manufacturing. Raw wafers go in one end and cells come out the other and are graded into 40-60 power level bins. This
A rated voltage three times higher than the voltage of the existing family of WE-CMB chokes – this is the outstanding feature of the current-compensated power line chokes of the WE-CMB HV series offered by Wuerth Elektronik eiSos. Europe’s leading supplier of electronic and electromechanical components has
Procyon integrated production test system
Intepro Systems, a leader in power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), announced its Procyon line of integrated production test systems. At the core of each Procyon system are Intepro’s industry-leading programmable DC and AC sources and programmable electronic loads. All Procyon ATE’s
The VPG Foil Resistors product group of Vishay Precision Group, manufacturers of precise and stable Bulk Metal Foil resistors, announced the global market launch of the Powertron PCS Series, a high-reliability power current sensor family, offering exceptional long-term stability, reliability and performance.
PI Databook contains Power Integrations' complete technical document portfolio
Power Integrations’ Databook is now available on any web browser for Windows or Mac as well as mobile apps for IOS and Android. PI Databook contains Power Integrations' complete technical document portfolio, as well as video tutorials and product demonstrations. Use the PI Databook to search for products in
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, will showcase technologies designed to mitigate medical device design challenges at MD&M West this month, Booth #3149. Product experts from TE will be on site to discuss how TE’s customized sensing, connectivity and minimally invasive
(Left): An example of the hybrid process for manufacturing metal mesh. (Right) examples of O-Film metal mesh TCFs.
The transparent conductive film (TCF) industry has witnessed upheaval in recent years. On the one hand, multiple technologies have been developed as alternatives to the incumbent solution, whilst the incumbent suppliers slashed their prices to protect their share in sluggish markets.
Our report Transparent
Ultra-low power UB20M voltage detector chip
A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers from the University of Bristol. Dr Bernard Stark and colleagues in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management Research Group based in the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering,
ISL32704E isolated RS-485 transceiver
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the industry’s smallest isolated RS-485 differential bus transceiver designed to provide 4Mbps bidirectional data transmission for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. The high-speed ISL32704E delivers
SMC Diode Solutions, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of discrete semiconductors, voltage regulators, and die and wafer devices, announced the availability a general-purpose high voltage SMD rectifier in low-profile (DO-214AA) size format. The SD560B rectifier uniquely combines a compact footprint
Exceptional quality and innovation doesn't have to be expensive. And Rohde & Schwarz proves this at embedded world in Nuremberg with its new entry-level T&M solutions. The electronics expert will also be showcasing the latest R&S RTO2000 high-performance oscilloscope up to 6 GHz. It is ideal for
A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half
A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half. This can be made possible through the use of direct current (DC). DC allows for smaller power losses when compared to the alternating current (AC) used today. The
Automotive-grade Accu-P Series SMD thin film chip capacitors
AVX, a leading manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of SMD thin film chip capacitors especially designed to meet demanding performance specifications in automotive signal and power applications. Qualified to AEC-Q200, AVX’s new Automotive Grade
Sub-mW All-Digital PLL presented by IMEC and ROHM
At the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and ROHM today presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet-of-Things (IoT)
MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter
Bel Power Solutions, a Bel group company and premier manufacturer of power management devices, announced the release of its MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter (4TE) with an input voltage range greater than 10:1. The converters deliver up to 192 watts with typical efficiency up to 93% over input and load range
Spin-LED chip placed on a copper block (left) and emitting CP EL (orange spiral arrows); the right- (σ+) and left (σ−)-handed EL components are indicated by the red and blue circles, respectively. QWP, LP, and MCS represent a quarter-wave plate, a linear polarizer, and a multichannel spectrometer, respectively. Inset: EL from a spin-LED chip for different current densities (J).
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have observed almost purely circularly polarized electroluminescence from GaAs-based spin-polarized light-emitting diodes at room temperature, with no external magnetic field. This behavior indicates the presence of spin-dependent nonlinear processes, which may allow
At Strategies in Light 2017 (Anaheim, February 28 – March 2, 2017), EnOcean, a leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, will present self powered wireless LED control for multiple wireless protocols. At booth #107, the company will be exhibiting their extensive Dolphin portfolio, including self-powered
Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced the formal completion of its launch as a separate entity. Headquartered in Nijmegen, Netherlands and backed by a consortium of financial investors consisting of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management and Wise Road Capital, Nexperia is a stand-alone,
U.S. states often tussle over who can attract the most innovative, high-growth businesses. Increasingly, governors can point to a new factor that makes their state competitive: affordable renewable energy.
Advanced Energy Economy cites that nearly half of Fortune 500 companies have a sustainability
Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment
In this PSDcast, Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's infrastructure support for charging the Chevy Bolt. A critical aspect for market adoption of EVs in the marketplace is not only range anxiety, but chrarging security.
LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller
Linear Technology introduced the LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for power sourcing equipment (PSE), delivering up to 123W of power over CAT-5e cable for power-hungry applications. Demand for higher power delivery comes from a widespread set of applications, including LTE picocell base
With version 8.5 SP2 of CANdelaStudio, Vector presents a solution for the creation of AUTOSAR-compliant configurations of the diagnostic basic software for vehicle ECUs. It enables development teams at vehicle and ECU manufacturers to generate AUTOSAR Diagnostic Extract (DEXT) files at the press of a button.
USound and Fraunhofer Institute's micro-speaker uses MEMS technology
Graz-based start-up USound, in partnership with several Fraunhofer Institutes (IDMT, ISIT, IIS and IZM) and utilizing PCB technology together with system integration expertise from AT&S, has developed what is not only the world’s smallest speaker, but also the first based on micro-electro-mechanical systems
A steady-state thermal analysis of a 650 V GaN transistor
GaN Systems has experienced a surge in the number of customers designing and deploying power systems using their GaN transistors. Customers have recognized that GaN devices significantly improve power efficiency and power density. By using GaN transistors instead of legacy silicon components; customers are gaining
MD100x 1W DC/DC converters
Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MD100x is a family of low cost, 1W DC/DC converters packaged in a miniature SIP package. Ninety six models provide a wide selection of single & dual output models with I/O isolation levels ranging from 1 kVDC to 6 kVDC.
Models operate from 3.3, 5, 12,
LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine
Combining a compact form factor with the latest platform features, the LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine announced by LED Engin, Inc., a leader in high flux density LED products, targets the same track-lighting and small down-lighting applications as its Gen 2.0 products, while delivering the added performance
Let’s continue the thought we began with at the front of the issue, as simply saying that it’s good to have a lot of product development, even if some of it is on stuff that is a little crazy, leaves a lot to be said. How does a laundry-folding robot help humanity? Will having a toothbrush that sends me
The use of batteries in everyday devices is getting more ubiquitous. In many of these products, a charging connector is difficult or impossible to use. For example, some products require sealed enclosures to protect sensitive electronics from harsh environments and to enable for convenient cleaning or