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Industrial Applications

January 2014
IR's tiny 10A gate drive IC helps shrink automotive systems

AUIR08152S automotive-qualified gate drive IC

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, introduced the highly-compact AUIR08152S automotive-qualified gate drive IC featuring high output current in excess of 10A that shrinks system size and boosts performance in automotive and industrial high-power switching applications. The
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01/31/2014
Eaton announced the launch of its 93E uninterruptible power system (UPS), featuring enhanced maintenance bypass options and external battery cabinets to ensure uptime of critical IT systems. Known as the 9E in previous models, Eaton’s new 93E is engineered for maximum reliability. Delivering up to 98 percent
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01/29/2014
Mouser now carries Maxim Integrated's MAX17503 DC/DC converter

Maxim MAX17503 Step-Down DC-DC converter

Mouser Electronics now carries the Maxim MAX17503 step-down DC-DC converter, a device with a 60V maximum input and up to 2.5A of output current. The Maxim MAX17503 available from Mouser Electronics is extremely flexible, operating over an input voltage range of 4.5V to 60V and delivering output voltages from
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01/29/2014

Fuji Electric announced that they have expanded their portfolio of low-voltage inverters with an HVAC Drive available for shipment next month. The latest innovation from the global electronics manufacturer features a slim, space-saving design, real-time clock, embedded BACnet, and all other functions required
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01/29/2014
Innovolt’s H1000 protection device saves equipment from damaging disturbances

Innovolt’s H1000 power protection appliance

Innovolt, a leading provider of intelligent asset management technology, announced the availability of the H1000, aimed at protecting equipment from regular and costly downtime. Innovolt’s H1000 power protection appliance incorporates Innovolt’s core technology that has been proven to solve costly issues
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01/28/2014
Hot-swap modular supplies from Gresham Power deliver up to 200W

BL Series 200W hot-swap modular power supplies

Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury-based defence and commercial power-conversion specialist, announced the availability of its BL Series of 200W pluggable, hot-swap, modular power supplies. Developed to provide a fast response, pre-approved power solution for customers assembling instrumentation, test
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01/28/2014
SL Power's 60W high-density supply suits medical applications

SL Power MB60S medical power supply

SL Power Electronics, a division of SL Industries and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of rugged, highly reliable power supplies, announced its MB60S single output, convection cooled, wide temperature range power supply that provides 60 watts of power in an ultra-compact 2” x 3” x 1.0”
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01/27/2014
Tatiana Correia of the NPL on electrocaloric refrigeration

Tatiana Correia of the NPL

In this PSDcast Tatiana Correia, a scientist at UK's National Physical Laboratory, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about a new project that has been launched to develop electrocaloric cooling technology for refrigeration and device cooling applications. Current domestic refrigeration relies on
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01/24/2014
Power MOSFETs from Advanced Power Electronics target DC/DC converter apps

AP4034 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs

Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, has introduced the AP4034 family of 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs in several popular package alternatives to meet differing
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01/24/2014
Tail-less 600V IGBTs challenge power design constraints

STMicro 600V trench-gate field-stop IGBT V

STMicroelectronics’ advanced 600V trench-gate field-stop IGBT V series have a smooth and tail-less turn-off characteristic, saturation voltage as low as 1.8V, and maximum operating junction temperature of 175°C, allowing increased system energy efficiency, higher switching frequencies, and simplified thermal
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01/24/2014
Eaton introduces best-in-class rack power distribution unit portfolio with IEC outlet grip feature

Eaton Metered Input ePDU

Power management company Eaton announced the launch of the Eaton ePDU® third-generation (G3) platform, its newest portfolio of rack power distribution units (PDUs) engineered for best-in-class efficiency and reliability with a new patent-pending IEC grip feature. Building on Eaton’s strength in acquisitions
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01/24/2014
Bel Fuse announced the opening of the company's newest R&D center, located at its TRP Connector division in Changping, China. Bel acquired TRP, formerly the Transpower magnetics business of TE Connectivity, on April 1, 2013. "The TRP acquisition solidified Bel's position as a world leader
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01/24/2014
Transparent conductive sheets (on glass or other substrates) are used in a variety of applications including touch screens, displays, lighting, photovoltaics, etc. This is already a large and well-established business. Indeed, the non-display sector alone (includes touch) is set to generate $1.4 billion in 2014
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01/23/2014
Allegro releases eval kit for their 3-phase brushless DC motor driver IC

A4915 3-phase MOSFET controller IC kit

Now available from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a new product evaluation kit for helping customers during the design process for the company’s A4915 3-phase MOSFET controller IC. The evaluation kit consists of a printed-circuit board containing everything required to spin and control a brushless
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01/21/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled, “Latest Advances in Nanotechnology.” This year marks PSMA’s fourth Industry Session on Nanotechnology at APEC, which positions itself as the “Premier Event in Power Electronics.”
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01/21/2014
Porous Power Technologies announced the launch of SYMMETRIX® NC2020, a ceramic battery separator designed to significantly improve thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries. Applications include batteries for electric vehicles, flat-cell consumer electronics, utility-grade energy storage,
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01/20/2014
Todd Mahlen of TowerJazz with a view from the foundry

Todd Mahlen of TowerJazz

In this PSDcast Todd Mahlen of TowerJazz talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the currently trends in semiconductors and microprocessors from the view of the foundry, and the challenges and opportunities they present. TowerJazz offers specialty CMOS as well as digital CMOS process technologies
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01/17/2014
Intersil's fully-integrated 6A digital switching regulator drives next-generation power infrastructures

ZL2102 6 Amp digital synchronous step-down DC/DC power regulator

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, expanded its industry-leading family of power management ICs with the new ZL2102, a 6 Amp digital synchronous step-down DC/DC power regulator. The new ZL2102 is a fully-integrated, auto compensated DC/DC regulator able
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01/17/2014
Next-generation power factor correction controller from TI improves energy efficiency

The UCC28180EVM-573 360-W PFC evaluation module

Texas Instruments introduced a power factor correction (PFC) controller that claims to have the industry’s widest range programmable frequency operating in continuous conduction mode. The UCC28180 8-pin PFC controller cuts power consumption in half and delivers power factor correction greater than 0.95, compared
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01/17/2014
High-current Bellnix power module uses Powervation’s digital controller

BDP12-0.6S60R0 digital power module

Powervation, a leader in Intelligent Digital Power™ IC solutions, announced that its PV3012 digital controller has been adopted by leading power supply manufacturer, Bellnix Co., Ltd. for use in a new low-profile, 60 A DC/DC module. The BDP12-0.6S60R0 digital power module is a PMBus compliant, non-isolated
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01/17/2014
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles. In the European Union Powerweave project, supercapacitors not batteries have been chosen as the energy
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01/17/2014
Buck-boost battery charging controller empowers solar applications

LT8490 synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller

Linear Technology announced the LT8490, a synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller for lead acid and Lithium batteries, featuring automatic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and temperature compensation. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float
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01/16/2014
Silego's 40mΩ dual-channel GreenFET3 load switch has 1.0 x 1.6 mm footprint

SLG59M1446V 40mΩ dual channel GreenFET3 load switch

Silego Technology introduced the SLG59M1446V, a 40 mΩ dual channel GreenFET3 load switch product based on Silego’s proprietary sub-micron copper power FET technology. This technology supports the world’s smallest full-featured, high efficiency power switches down to 1 x 1 mm in standard plastic packaging. The
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01/16/2014
Hung Nguyen of Greenvity on home automation

Hung Nguyen of Greenvity

In this PSDcast Hung Nguyen, President, CEO, and founder of Greenvity, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about home automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the smart grid. Greenvity is an IoT enabler and solution provider with focus in smart LED lighting, controlled street lighting, home &
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01/16/2014
A novel software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly. The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose
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01/16/2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy. “New York is continuing to invest in new technologies and systems that improve energy
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01/16/2014
Integrated power solution from Murata Power and ZMDI now at Mouser

Integrated power solution from Murata Power and ZMDI

Mouser Electronics now offers an integrated power management solution from Murata Power Solutions, the OKLP-X/25-W12-C 25A Power Block, and the ZSPM10x5 PWM Controller from ZMDI. The Murata 25A Power Block available from Mouser Electronics is a cost-effective step down DC to DC converter with all components
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01/15/2014
SuVolta raises $10.6 Million in funding

SuVolta low-power chip technology

SuVolta,a developer of scalable semiconductor technologies for low-power, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs), announced that it has secured $10.6 million in funding. New investor Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited participated in the round along with existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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01/15/2014
Qualcomm, through its venture investment arm Qualcomm Ventures, kicked off its QPrize™ 2014 international seed investment competition. The goal of the contest is to identify and fund the industry's next promising, early-stage technology companies. The QPrize competition is open to entrepreneurs across China,
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01/15/2014
O2Micro, a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, announced a patent grant for its Power Source Detection topology from the Japanese Patent Office. This invention, issued 19 claims under Japanese patent
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01/15/2014
Vicor delivers first ChiP power modules

Vicor’s ChiP bus converter module

Vicor unveiled their first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Vicor’s ChiP bus converter modules (BCM®) supply 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98% peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. Breakthrough performance – 4X the density of competing solutions – enables
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01/15/2014
High performance MOSFET from Advanced Power Electronics offers very low on-resistance

AP1A003GMT-HF-3 power MOSFET

Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, has recently released the AP1A003GMT-HF-3 power MOSFET with very low maximum on-resistance of only 0.99mΩ for use in high current load switching where a very low voltage drop across the MOSFET
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01/14/2014
Exar, a leading supplier of high performance analog mixed-signal components and data management solutions, today introduced the XRP9710 and XRP9711 multi-output, synchronous step-down, programmable power modules that offer the industry’s highest power density and lowest profile at 2.75mm with 5V-22V inputs.
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01/14/2014
Bourns miniature chip diodes now available now from TTI

Silicon chip diodes from Bourns

A family of silicon chip diodes from Bourns is intended to answer the industry demand for increasingly smaller electronic components, and is now available from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. Bourns’ new ranges of surface mount TVS diodes
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01/14/2014
Linear's boost DC/DC converter includes avalanche photodiode current monitor

LT3905 fixed frequency current-mode step-up DC/DC converter

The LT3905 is a fixed frequency, current-mode step-up DC/DC converter designed to bias avalanche photodiodes (APD) in optical receivers. The LT3905 features high side APD current monitoring with over five decades of dynamic range and better than 2% relative accuracy over the 3µA to 3mA range. The maximum APD
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01/14/2014
Don Travers of ams on power demands in embedded systems

Don Travers of ams

In this PSDcast Don Travers of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in powering embedded systems. As functionality increases almost in an inverse proportion to package sizes, engineers are under tremendous pressure to increase power densities while simultaneously needing to
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01/13/2014
Anderson Power Products' Saf-D-Grid family registered with EMerge Alliance

APP Saf-D-Grid DC power connection system

Anderson Power Products is pleased to announce “Registered Product” status with the EMerge Alliance for their Saf-D-Grid® DC power connection system. APP introduced Saf-D-Grid in January 2009 as an appliance power connector for server, telecommunication, and other devices operating up to 600 VDC. EMerge
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01/13/2014
Today’s integrated circuits are operating faster than ever, and the increased operating speed can lead to highly dynamic power demand from the power supply, posing a challenge during testing using programmable power supplies. The high-speed current waveforms can lead to voltage drops at the integrated circuit.
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01/13/2014
Inverted thru-board connectors offer low-profile space savings for LED lighting apps

Thru Board Card Edge and Poke-in Platform Connectors

TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity, announced their latest Inverted Thru Board (ITB) Card Edge and Poke-in Platform Connectors that provide a low-profile and increased power delivery solution for LED lighting applications. The ITB Card Edge and ITB Poke-in Platform Connectors are two-position connectors
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01/13/2014
Microchip's dsPIC digital signal controllers enable dual motor control and CAN communication with advanced sensor interfaces

Microchip dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip recently released a family of dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs): the dsPIC33EP512GM710 family. This is an expansion of Microchip’s dsPIC® DSC portfolio that adds higher levels of integration for motor-control applications. The  DSCs enable efficient dual motor control with 12 motor-control
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01/13/2014
Greenvity Communications now offers total turn-key solutions comprising system-on-chips (SoC), modules, software and mobile apps that enable any home device or Internet of Things (IoT) device to be smart and controllable for energy-saving and home and building automation purposes. At the core of these solutions
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01/13/2014
Industrial and instrumentation applications (I&I) require transmission of data between multiple systems often over very long distances. The RS-485 bus standard is one of the most widely used physical layer bus designs in I&I applications.  Applications for RS-485 include process control networks,
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01/12/2014
Growing Opportunity for Manufacturers of Digital Power

Jonathon Eykyn, IHS

The digital power market is forecast to grow substantially in the next five years with unit shipments of digital power supplies and digital power ICs projected to grow by factors of three and five respectively by 2018 according to IHS. The early adoption of digital power has been dominated by telecommunications,
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01/10/2014
ND Metering Solutions offer multi-function power meters for effective energy management

ND Metering Multi-Cube Modular Meter

ND Metering Solutions, a leading manufacturer of innovative sub-metering solutions, has launched its comprehensive range of pioneering metering products in the United States. All ND Metering Solutions’ products have been UL certified and offer cost-effective sub-metering solutions that facilitate effective
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01/10/2014
Microchip's three-phase BLDC motor gate driver includes power module

Microchip MCP8024 three-phase BLDC motor gate driver

Microchip recently released the MCP8024 three-phase BLDC motor gate driver with power module. This novel device includes functions that power dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) with capabilities to drive six N-channel MOSFETs. Customers can implement improved performance
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01/10/2014
Infineon's compact single-channel gate driver serves applications with isolation voltages of up to 1200 volts.

Infineon 1EDI EiceDRIVER Compact Single Channel Gate Driver

Infineon Technologies recently released the 1EDI EiceDRIVER™ Compact Single Channel Gate Driver for applications with isolation voltages of up to 1200 volts. The galvanically isolated driver components are based on the Coreless Transformer Technology developed by Infineon, which enables output currents of
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01/10/2014
Freescale and MicroSys collaborate on highly-integrated development platform for industrial safety

SafeAssure

Increasingly stringent functional safety standards and continued pressure to speed development cycles are creating new challenges for industrial equipment systems designers, while driving demand for highly integrated solutions with fewer components and easier-to-use software. To address these challenges,
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01/09/2014
ABB expands Relion distribution relay portfolio with the REF615R

ABB's Relion REF615R feeder IED

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced the release of its Relion® REF615R feeder IED. The REF615R was designed to offer an easy, quick and affordable way to upgrade ABB’s DPU2000R relay along with providing a 19-inch rack mount version of the REF615 feeder IED. The REF615R
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01/09/2014
Stackpole releases anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays

RAVS Series anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays

Stackpole Electronics announces the release of the RAVS Series of anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays. The RAVS Series has a reduced amount of silver in the inner terminations, which greatly reduces the susceptibility of the terminations to contamination from sulfur. In "Flowers of Sulfur" testing per
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01/08/2014
Amantys announced the Amantys Power Insight Adapter, a fully engineered solution to add Insight data monitoring and observability to an IGBT Module-based power assembly The Adapter is designed for use during the development and commissioning of new systems, allowing engineers to observe and analyse critical
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01/07/2014
IAR Systems announces that its embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for MSP430 delivers leading benchmark results for Texas Instruments’ MSP430 core. EEMBC® CoreMark® results published by Texas Instruments depict a score of 27.70 CoreMarks running at 25 MHz, resulting in a normalized score
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01/07/2014
As soon as a power supply designer needs to comply with military standards, he might need to take into account the transparency or holdup requirement. Transparency requirement is the minimum amount of time during which input power can go away but the equipment is expected to remain operational. This
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01/07/2014
The lighting control systems marketplace has been in a state of transition in recent years. Changing energy efficiency codes, new construction project increases, wireless technology benefits, increases in LED lighting adoption and conservation initiatives have been the key factors driving
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01/06/2014
Safety-focused 3-position SBS 75G connector has touch-safe housings and first-mate, last-break ground

Anderson 3-pole SBS 75G connector

Anderson Power Products announced an addition to the SBS® connector family with the release of their 3-pole SBS 75G connector. SBS 75G is ideal for enhancing safety in mid-point grounded battery systems by combining touch safe genderless housings with a premate ground position. The SBS connector family features
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01/06/2014
3-phase non-contact, true rms current transducer from PEM touts convenience

The RCTrms 3-phase current transducer

The RCTrms 3-phase current transducer from Power Electronic Measurements (PEM) delivers a convenient, safe and accurate solution for measuring current in three phases. It features a thin, clip-around, flexible sensor coil and provides accurate true rms measurement with 4-20mA or 0-5V output, enabling simple
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01/02/2014
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