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Super Junction MOSFETs Enable Improved Energy Savings
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced a new lineup of its PrestoMOS series, R60xxJNx series, of 600V super junction MOSFETs that includes 30 new models. This series increases design flexibility while maintaining the industry’s fastest reverse recovery time (trr) optimized for EV charging stations
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04/18/2019
Giving Robots a Better Feel for Object Manipulation
A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots' abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a learning-based particle simulator, could give industrial robots a more refined touch -- and it may have
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04/18/2019
Developers of various infrared applications can be sure that the spectra of emitters and detectors match. All infrared components are available from stock any time, and free samples can be requested.  
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04/18/2019

ROHM highlights high-performance D/A converter IC
The show will be held at the same time as HIGH END, the trade fair for audio equipment in Munich, Germany (May 09 – 11, 2019).   The increased
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04/18/2019
RS Components introduces Siemens DIN rail power supply range
Designed for use in distributed power applications in machine control boxes or in small cabinets, the single-phase SITOP PSU6200 power supplies are slim and space-saving, with plug-in terminals that support easy electrical connection. A key feature of the series
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04/18/2019
MORNSUN 20W High Isolation Medical Power URH-LP-20WR3 Series
Applications: URH-LP-20WR3 can be widely used in medical equipment and medical products that have direct contact with patients.  
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04/18/2019
Filter ferrite bead for high frequency, high current applications
As vehicles become more complex and sophisticated and especially as a result of increased image sensing, data communication needs within vehicles have increased significantly. Multiple protocols exists including CAN, LIN, FlexRay and Ethernet and the wiring, along
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04/18/2019
Radiation-Tolerant PWM Controller and GaN FET Driver
The ISL71043M single-ended current mode PWM controller and ISL71040M low-side GaN FET driver are ideal for isolated flyback and half-bridge power stages, and motor control driver circuits in satellite buses and payloads. Private ‘new space’ companies have begun
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04/18/2019
A Novel Data-Compression Technique for Faster Programs
A novel technique developed by MIT researchers rethinks hardware data compression to free up more memory used by computers and mobile devices, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously. Data compression leverages redundant data to free up storage capacity, boost computing speeds,
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04/16/2019
Could Robots Make a Documentary About a 5K Race?

Researchers involved in the project include Dylan Shell, left, of Texas A&M University, project leader Aaron Becker of the University of Houston, center, and Jason O'Kane of the University of South Carolina

A 5K race can offer both victory and heartbreak, but capturing those moments on video requires both planning ahead and making on-the-spot decisions about where the camera operators should be. A project led by Aaron T. Becker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University
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04/16/2019
Army Scientists Produce Tools for Engineering Biomolecules

This graphic depicts oppositely charged, synthetic proteins combine to form novel hierarchically assembled symmetrical structures toward biotemplated advanced materials.

Army scientists have discovered how to build novel synthetic biomolecule complexes that they believe are a critical step towards biotemplated advanced materials. Their work was recently featured in the March issue of Nature Chemistry. A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities
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04/16/2019
MORNSUN 6-16A Non-isolated POL DC/DC Converter K12T Series
The devices’ output voltage can be accurately adjustable from 0.75V to 5.0V. The 6-16A non-isolated POL DC/DC converters can supply a large high speed transient response current for high speed chips such
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04/15/2019
Neutral Zinc-Air Battery with Cathode NiCo/C-N is Promising

NiCo-doped C-N hollow nanotube composites prepared through direct pyrolysis of Ni/Co salt, dicyandiamide and glucose, present excellent performance as the cathode catalysts of neutral Zn-air battery.

In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue in NANO, a team of researchers from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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04/12/2019
IP65-Rated Rocker Activated Switch/Circuit Breaker
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking E-T-A’s 3120-N series IP65 rated rocker activated switch/circuit breaker. E-T-A's IP65 rated 3120-N thermal circuit breaker/switch combination unites overcurrent protection
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04/12/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Jeff Kennedy from Eaton about hybrid cloud computing. In recent years, companies have increasingly begun relying on a combination of public and private cloud services known as
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04/12/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Silicon Labs’ John Wilson about signal and power isolation for electric vehicle systems. See the white paper referenced in the PSDcast here:
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04/11/2019
Compact DC/DC Converters from RECOM Now at Rutronik, Inc.
PLANO, TX – Rutronik has announced that the new REC15E-Z Series DC/DC converters from RECOM are available at www.Rutronik24.com.
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04/11/2019
Amorphous Materials Used in Medical, Industrial Applications

Top panels: snapshots of the system at the temperature and at different times from start of crystallization: (a) glassy system without the crystallization centers; (b) two-phase state of the system containing crystalline nuclei; (c) polycrystalline system consisting of separate crystalline domains. Bottom panels: -projections of the glassy system (d), the two-phase system (e) and the polycrystalline system (f). Inset to panel (f) shows the diffraction pattern obtained by transmission electron microscopy for polycrystalline foil.

Amorphous solids have an internal structure made of interconnected structural blocks. These blocks can be similar to the basic structural units found in the corresponding crystalline phase of the same compound. Almost all known systems, including water or metallic alloys, can become amorphous under certain conditions.
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04/09/2019
Distributed Gap Cores for High Frequency Switch-Mode Power
Micrometals is proud to introduce its new series of PQ distributed gap cores.  The rectangular geometry of the PQ body is ideal for surface mount applications while the round center post readily accepts helical flat wire coils, or bobbins with round wire.  The cores are offered in six industry standard
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04/08/2019
Battery Charger Converts 3-Phase AC Voltage to DC Voltage
Bel Power Solutions announced the BCN25-700-8, a 25 kW on-board battery charger that converts 3-phase AC voltage to DC voltage. The enclosure is made of aluminum alloy and is liquid-cooled. Providing 25 kW of output power for a single unit, and up to 100 kW of output power for 4 units, the BCN25 has high efficiency
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04/08/2019
Multilayer Varistor Voltage Suppressors Rated for 175°C
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released the industry’s first multilayer varistor (MLV) transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices rated for 175°C operation. The new TransGuard VT Series high-temperature MLVs provide extremely reliable bidirectional overvoltage protection across operating temperatures
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04/08/2019
TTI Now Stocking the Woodhead LED Stringlights from Molex
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking Woodhead LED Stringlights from Molex. Woodhead LED Stringlights are designed for temporary use and to reduce operational costs, infrastructure requirements, and maintenance costs in commercial and industrial applications. They are energy efficient
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04/08/2019
New G-Ranges to Low-Cost MEMS Inertial Accelerometer Family
Kirkland, Washington, USA - Silicon Designs, Inc. announced that additional new g-ranges and end-user enhancements have been added to its Model 2227 MEMS inertial accelerometer series.   Initially launched in October 2018 as a strictly ±25-g product, the Series is now offered
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04/08/2019
IO-Link Transceiver with Integrated DC-DC Buck Regulator
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Designers can now enable smarter digital factories with the MAX22513 surge-protected, dual-driver IO-Link device transceiver with integrated DC-DC buck regulator from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. As the industry’s smallest, most power-efficient and robust IO-Link device transceiver, it
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04/05/2019
TTI Stocks Bourns MEMS Series Environmental Sensors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., now stocks Bourns MEMS Series Precision Sensors. Developed for medical and industrial markets where high sensitivity and low total error band (TEB) are essential, Bourns Precision Sensors provide quality, performance, and reliability across the
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04/05/2019
Touch-Free UI Solutions with Capacitive Microcontrollers
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced two touch-free user interface (UI) solutions to simplify the design of 2D and 3D control-based applications. Based on Renesas’ capacitive sensor microcontrollers (MCUs), the new solutions support the development of UI that allows users
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04/04/2019
Reference Designs Simplify Battery Charging Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced two new reference designs that simplify and speed the development of USB Power Delivery (PD3.0) and USB-C battery charging applications such as USB-C computing hubs, power banks, car chargers, SSD enclosures, point of sale (POS) printers,
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04/03/2019
Split-Phase AC-Output Frequency Converters Deliver 1kVA
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently released the FCP 1K-F7W Series of compact, AC-AC frequency converters designed for rugged industrial applications that require universal AC-input voltage and split-phase AC-output with pure sine-wave output voltage. The frequency converters use field-proven, microprocessor-controlled
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04/03/2019
The Industrial Side of the House
If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the most important power show of the year, APEC, be sure to check out our editorial that covers the wide-bandgap highlights from the ground
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04/03/2019
A Focus on Industry
It’s always a relief to get the first event of the year out of the way. As I mentioned last month, I had to travel to Embedded World in Nuremberg this past February. It was also my first
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04/03/2019
PFC is Critical to Achieving Energy Efficiency Goals

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Figure 1: Voltage (blue) and current (red) for a reactive load (left) and non-linear load (right)

Almost everyone is aware of the need for optimal efficiency, from consumers and business operators seeking to constrain costs in times of high energy prices, through to designers looking to meet the requirements of an increasingly complex and numerous set of standards. If not already motivated by the high cost
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04/03/2019
Pressure Sensors for Harsh Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. An illustration of the compact sensor form factors that are available today

Electronic components have found their way into many mechanical applications. Mechanical designs previously used multiple modules to manage multiple functions or used simple electrical controls such as switches. Now, these applications are becoming increasingly complex. Adding to their complexity, users also
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04/02/2019
Four Drivers Automating Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. Delta-Q’s ICL Series is designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems with any lithium-ion chemistry

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across a number of sectors are feeling increasing pressure to electrify and automate industrial applications in order to adhere to evolving environmental, economic and regulatory factors. One readily available automation option noteworthy to OEMs is the adoption of electric
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04/02/2019
15 Watt Cost-Optimized, High-Efficiency DC/DC Converters
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THL 15WI family of 15 watt DC/DC converters that are designed for industrial, mobile, instrumentation, and communication markets or any application where size, cost and quality are critical factors. The THL 15WI series 15 Watt DC/DC
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04/02/2019
Ethernet Invades the Industrial Space

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Figure 1: Ethernet PHY Connection with MAC and Physical Medium

Ethernet is rapidly becoming the predominant networking technology within the industrial environment, with a number of recent IEEE 802 Ethernet sub-standards covering the mechanisms required to support real-time communication. With the growing number of factory systems using Ethernet equipment, designers must
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04/02/2019
Circuit Protection for Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. Reference table on voltage class requirements from the IEC61000-4-5

Industrial applications today face a serious challenge from improper circuit protection, costing money and lost time. Also, a negative brand image is often tied to system down time. Companies are better served, in terms of real dollars and perceived brand image, by avoiding product recalls. Proper circuit
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04/02/2019
Embedded Hardware Evolution Needs New Software Standards

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Figure 1. A sampling of the many software APIs

High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) has evolved tremendously in the last twenty years. Two decades ago, embedded real-time processing for system modeling, simulation, image and signal processing often utilized scaled-down supercomputer architectures--a homogenous array of identical processors interconnected
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04/02/2019
Boosting Operational Efficiency and Predictive Maintenance

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Figure 1. Mobile robots like Omron’s LD series provide a much more flexible means for connecting various production modules together without obstructing traffic throughout the plant.

Flexibility is the defining factor of today’s manufacturing world. How can companies build exactly what consumers are looking for – and change course immediately in response to changing consumer needs – without sacrificing throughput and quality? Despite the obvious benefits, flexibility can
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04/02/2019
Advancing Power Density for Hi-Rel Applications
Designing power systems is never easy. With today’s pressures on power density and efficiency - especially in battery-driven devices - even designing a power supply for general applications takes a lot of effort. High-reliability, military and aerospace applications, add extra demands such as the need for
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04/02/2019
The IIoT Starts with Sensors

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Over the last few decades, industrial automation has made it possible for manufacturers and process companies to reduce costs and deliver increased value to their customers. With real-time networks in place, robots, conveyors and process equipment can communicate their status to each other to ensure operations
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04/02/2019
High SOA MOSFET for Hot-Swap Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced at the 2019 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Anaheim, CA (held March 18th - 20th)  the AONS32100. This
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04/02/2019
Blue and True Green Ultrabright LEDs in Compact Packages
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of blue and true green ultrabright LEDs in compact untinted surface-mount packages with dome lenses. Utilizing the latest advanced InGaN / sapphire chip technology and offering a narrow emission angle of ±
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Date:
04/02/2019
Powering Industrial Systems

Kevin Parmenter, Field Applications Manger, Taiwan Semiconductor

There is much discussion in Industrial electronics, namely “Industry 4.0”. The first wave of revolution in industrial system was mechanical – steam power, the second was electricity and electric motors and the mass production assembly line the third was CNC, computers and automation and the
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Date:
04/01/2019