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Energy Efficiency

June 2020
Han-Modular Flexbox: Modular connectors for energy chains
The interface has been developed so longer, moving cable runs for machines and machine modules are easier to install and maintain. The Han-Modular Flexbox makes it possible to sub-divide energy chains into flexibly manageable and easily replaceable segments. The modular housing concept replaces the previou
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06/30/2020
Modular evaluation platform for discrete CoolSiC MOSFETs
Its centre comprises a motherboard with interchangeable drive cards.  The drive options include a Miller clamp and a bipolar supply card; additional variants will be launched in the near future. In shortening time-to market for a variety of applications, this portfolio will help paving the way for silicon car
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06/30/2020
Würth Elektronik introduces its WE-LHMD high-current inductor
Thanks to their iron powder cores, the high-current inductors for audio applications (available in 1008 and 1213 packages) display stable behaviour at high peak currents. The WE-LHMD features the 2-in-1 design from non-coupled inductors and is therefore suitable for compact BTL (Bridge-Tied Load) applications.
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06/30/2020

Würth Elektronik introduces its WE-HIDA high-current inductor
The high current inductor is characterized by low core losses, very low DC resistances from 2.5 mΩ to 14.8 mΩ and high saturation currents.  WE-HIDA is not only available as a single inductor, but also in 2-in-1 designs (package sizes 1415 and 1521) for compact BTL (Bridge-Tied-Load) applications.
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06/30/2020
Chip-set enables higher performance AI
A driver, MCD4609, and a pair of MCM4609 current multiplier modules supply up to 650A continuous and 1,200A peak. Owing to their small footprint and low profile (45.7mm x 8.6mm x 3.2mm), current multipliers are placed close to the processor enabling reduced power distribution network (PDN) losses and higher pow
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06/30/2020
MOSFET Gate Driver Switch Intelligent Power Devices
The TPD7106F and TPD7107F can be used to control the conduction and shut-off of currents being supplied to automotive electronic control units (ECUs), including junction boxes and body control modules. They are also suited to use in power distribution modules and semiconductor relays. When combined with
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06/30/2020
€10.3M project for the most energy-efficient GaN power modules
CGD leads the European funded GANEXT project under the PENTA Programme, targeting the design and development on highly efficient, highly compact prototypes of next generation Gallium Nitride power modules, for low and high power applications. The GaNext Penta project is undertaken by a powerful consortium with co
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06/30/2020
Wide Selection of High-Frequency Connectors
In 174 pages, the "Coax Connectors" English language catalog presents nine product groups. The new product families of SMB and SMP connectors is the highlight. The following product families are featured in the coaxial catalog available today: SMA and Reverse Polarity SMA, MCX and MMCX, SMP and SMB Mor
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06/30/2020
SiGe rectifiers offer high efficiency and thermal stability
The rectifiers combine the high efficiency of their Schottky counterparts with the thermal stability of fast recovery diodes. Targeting automotive, communications infrastructure and server markets, the new 1-3 A SiGe rectifiers are of particular benefit in high-temperature applications like LED lighting, engine co
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06/30/2020
Compact intelligent Toshiba power device with 600V rating
With its rated power supply voltage (VBB) of 600V, the TPD4162F can be used for any applications with input signals in the range 200 to 220VAC. The new IC contains a PWM circuit, 3-phase decoder, level shifting high-side driver and low side driver with embedded IGBTs and FRDs. This allows direct drive of brushle
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06/30/2020
Würth Elektronik Wireless Power Transfer Coil WE-WPCC WPT/NFC
The new device anables the combination of a charging station for smartphones with identification and payment functions. Other new additions to the world's largest range of wireless power transfer coils include a high power coil (WE-WPCC 760308101311) with 400 W output and a "flat" version, two coils whose respective heigh
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06/30/2020
300W non-isolated, buck-boost DC-DC converters output 9.6V to 48V
The output voltage of these step-up and step-down converters can be adjusted from 9.6 to 48V and accept a wide range input voltage of 9 to 53V. The converters seamlessly transition from buck to boost mode operation without disruption in performance. The i7C 8A series can be used to derive additional high-power outputs
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06/30/2020
Low Dropout Regulator Offers High PSRR
The device meets the need for voltage regulation in noise-sensitive, battery-operated devices such as wearables, portables, and connected sensors. The AP7353 is available in X1-WLB0707-4 (Type A1) and X2-DFN1010-4 (Type B) packages, each measuring less than 1mm on each side. These dimensions result in a sma
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06/30/2020
CoolSiC MOSFET 1700 V SMD offers best efficiency
Having added 650 V to the portfolio earlier this year, the company is now launching the 1700 V class with its proprietary trench semiconductor technology. Maximizing the strong physical characteristics of silicon carbide (SiC), this ensures that the new 1700 V surface-mounted devices (SMD) offer superior reliabi
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06/30/2020
Reliable, Durable, Decentralised Power Supplies
Decentralisation of system components has proven to be an important factor in modern system planning as it simplifies installation, enables expansion and reformatting of systems, and simplifies maintenance. In addition, conventional control cabinets can be replaced by smaller versions or even removed completel
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06/30/2020
PSDcast – Recharging Drones Wirelessly and Autonomously

WiBotic CEO and co-founder, Ben Waters.

As drones become more prevalent, they’re going to need more elegant charging solutions. And since many drones are made to function with minimal human interaction, the best way to charge them is autonomously and wirelessly. WiBotic    Be sure to catch us on iTunes    Be sure to catch us on
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06/24/2020
Catalyzing a Green Future

In the MOF scaffold, the organic linker (grey) acts as photon antenna; an electron from the linker is transferred to the metal chain (pink) and used for the production of H2 from water.

A metal organic framework (MOF)-based water splitting photocatalyst, developed at KAUST, has brought researchers a step closer to generating clean hydrogen fuel using sunlight. "Using solar energy to efficiently make green fuels is the ultimate goal for many catalysis researchers," says Jorge Gas
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06/23/2020
Increased Power from Solar Panels Thanks to Cleaner Air
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one unexpected outcome in cities around the world has been a reduction in air pollution, as people stay home to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Based on data collected in Delhi, India, researchers report that this cleaner air has led to more sunlight reaching solar panels, resulting in
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06/23/2020
Wind Turbines Help Defend National Grid from Power Cuts
A ‘smart’ system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.   The system uses the variable speed of the rotors in wind turbine systems to more closely regula
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06/19/2020
Stabilizing Efforts to Bring Fusion Power to Earth

Physicist Florian Laggner before the DIII-D tokamak with a figure from his paper.

All efforts to replicate in tokamak fusion facilities the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars must cope with a constant problem -- transient heat bursts that can halt fusion reactions and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamaks. These bursts, called edge localized modes (ELMs), occur at the edge of hot, ch
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06/17/2020
Energy Storage Using Oxygen to Boost Battery Performance

Schematic of the formation process of EG-water complexes and illustration of the penetration process of an isolated water molecule.

Researchers have presented a novel electrode material for advanced energy storage device that is directly charged with oxygen from the air. Professor Jeung Ku Kang's team synthesized and preserved the sub-nanometric particles of atomic cluster sizes at high mass loadings within metal-organic frameworks (MOF) by
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06/17/2020
PSDcast – GaN in Space

EPC Space CEO, Bel Lazar

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation has teamed up with VPT, Inc. to form “EPC Space,” and according to early PR, its mission is “designing and manufacturing radiation-hardened GaN-on silicon transistors and ICs packaged, tested, and qualified for satellite and high-reliability applications.” EPC Space
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06/16/2020
Discovery of Graphene Switch
Researchers at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) have successfully measured the current-voltage curve of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) that were suspended between two electrodes. Measurements were performed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation. Results revealed that, in
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06/15/2020
PSDwebinar Power Panel: Standing out from the Crowd
Standing out from the Crowd! A deeper look into GaN & SiC products Hosted by Power Systems Design, featuring Cree, Power Integrations, United SiC, Analog Devices, and Infineon Now wide bandgap materials are established in the marketplace and being deployed in many applications, manufacturers are looking for ways
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06/11/2020
Renewable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide with Aid of Solar Energy

Researchers at Linköping University work with the growth reactor in which cubic silicon carbide is made.

Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The st
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06/10/2020
Los Lunas, New Mexico Unveils Cutting Edge Solar Technology
The Village of Los Lunas turned on its brand new Poly-gen Vertical Solar System that will provide power to the Village’s Recycling Center 24/7. The system utilizes a brand-new technology, and the Village of Los Lunas is the first municipality in the nation to have it. The system was designed and installed by
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06/08/2020
Discovery Unlocks ‘hot’ Electrons for Efficient Energy use

Researchers developed a technique that uses a scanning tunneling microscope integrated with lasers and other optical components to trap appropriate molecules and measure the energy distribution of hot electrons in a thin gold film. (Illustration by Enrique Sahagún)

Highly energetic, “hot” electrons have the potential to help solar panels more efficiently harvest light energy. But scientists haven’t been able to measure the energies of those electrons, limiting their use. Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Michigan built a way to analyze those ene
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06/04/2020
PSDcast – Cooking the World's Fastest Pizza

Kanthal, which specializes in industrial heating technology, designed an oven that uses electromagnetic radiation to cook a whole pizza in 37 seconds, a world record.

One of the topics we cover on a regular basis is “thermal management,” and normally that means waste heat or cooling off electromechanical systems, but if we take it to the consumer side, it could refer to this neat story that crossed my desk about the world’s fastest pizza. Kanthal  Be sure to catch us on i
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06/03/2020
Scout Clean Energy Completes 180 MW Heart of Texas Wind Farm
Scout Clean Energy ("Scout") has completed construction and successfully closed tax equity funding for the 180 MW Heart of Texas Wind Farm ("HTX") located in McCulloch County, Texas. "Heart of Texas was completed on time and under budget which is quite an achievement given the wide-
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06/02/2020
Automotive Exterior Lighting Solutions

Figure 1. Power Consumption Characteristics Comparison

Changing exterior lamps from bulbs to LEDs makes it possible to achieve smaller, thinner light sources, allowing more manufacturers to improve lamp design. To improve design, it is necessary to increase LED output while reducing the power consumption of the LED drive control circuit along with size. At the same ti
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06/01/2020
Low EMI, Silent Switcher, 1.2 A µModule Regulator in 4 mm × 4 mm × 1.82 mm BGA Package

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Figure 1. The LTM8074 uses Silent Switcher architecture for a complete low noise solution in a tiny package.

Crowded application boards leave little space for high performance DC-to-DC POL converters. Furthermore, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a significant concern at high component densities, limiting the field of acceptable power solutions. The LTM8074 µModule regulator easily meets these limiting factors. It
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06/01/2020
DALI-2 and D4i Certifications Add Features and Benefits

DALI-2 Tunable White

DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) protocol is a mainstream dedicated protocol for digital lighting control that enables the easy installation of robust, scalable and flexible lighting networks. The protocol, or language, is based on bi-directional digital communication between lighting-control products. Th
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06/01/2020