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Industrial Applications

 



 

 

Industrial Applications

April 2015
The use of power diodes and Thyristors in applications such as small and large appliances, such as UPS systems, AC/DC rectifiers, and variable speed motor drives is the primary source of harmonic distortion in AC grid or mains current. Due to the source impedance of the mains power, the harmonic load current
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04/30/2015
Electric motors collectively consume a substantial portion of global electricity. According to the research firm IHS Technology, 96% of a motor’s lifetime costs are represented by pure electricity costs.  Regulators have imposed more stringent energy standards for them, and manufacturers are scrutinizing
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04/30/2015
Stanford University scientists have invented what they present as the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable
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04/30/2015

Tantalum surface mount capacitors with a solid electrolyte have been the favorite capacitor technology choice in many electronic devices for more than five decades, thanks to their stability, high reliability, and superior volumetric efficiency. The traditional manganese dioxide (MnO2) cathode material provides
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04/30/2015
To better understand why Industrial automation is so important, a few trends need to be discussed and reviewed. First up is sustainability. Sustainability, in terms of energy and resource efficiency, is a key ingredient for the success of the global manufacturing industry. The growing focus on the
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04/29/2015
The technique of paralleling power converters and phase shifting their outputs is not new, and “interleaving” (as it is known) has been used in a number of applications to reduce the size of input and output capacitors. These include the 42V/14V DC-DC converters found in dual-voltage vehicle electrical systems
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04/29/2015
Advances in multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) technology now offer designers a high-capacitance alternative to traditional electrolytic capacitors. New high-value MLCCs provide the advantages of lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) and inductance (ESL) than electrolytics, and demonstrated mean time to
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04/29/2015
Software is playing an increasingly prominent role in networking at a system architecture level, but it also has growing importance in the future in the delivery of power. Digital control, the use of power-optimization software algorithms and the concept of the Software Defined Power Architecture are all being
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04/29/2015
GaN FET apps are growing rapidly

Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion

Enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors have been commercially available for over five years.  Commercially available gallium nitride (GaN) FETs are designed to be both higher performance and lower cost than state-of-the-art silicon-based power MOSFETs.  This achievement marks the first time in
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04/29/2015
Alex Lidow of EPC challenges industry with inexpensive GaN

Alex Lidow of EPC

In this PSDcast Alex Lidow of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's latest breakthrough in discrete component technology. EPC recently unveiled the 60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors, designed to compete in price while outperforming
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04/29/2015
Standex-Meder Electronics offers planar magnetics design guide

Planar Magnetics Design Guide for Transformers & Inductors

Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting miniature switches, sensors and relays, announced the availability of its new Planar Magnetics Design Guide for Transformers & Inductors. Under its “custom is standard” pledge, the new guide showcases a variety of standard
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04/29/2015
Stackpole expands HCS Series resistance value range

HCS family of resistors

Stackpole announces the expansion of the popular HCS family of resistors up to 5 milliohms in both the 2512 and the 3920 chip sizes. This allows the use of the HCS for an even wider range of applications where the HCS’s low thermal resistance and self-heating are important. The HCS Series will typically run
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04/29/2015
Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity on power density

Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity

In this PSDcast Nathan Tracy, a technologist with the System Architecture Team and Manager of Industry Standards at TE Connectivity, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding the development of power systems with higher and higher levels of power density.
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04/28/2015
AirBorn RZ Series high-density LGA vertical compression connectors with one-piece contact system now at Astute Electronics

The RZ Series has beryllium copper contacts with gold over nickel finish

Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, has announced it is stocking Airborn’s new RZ Series of high-density LGA solderless open-field connectors. The RZ Series features a patented Z-axis contact system and is designed to be compressed under pressure between
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04/28/2015
Linear's latest compact 20A hot-swap controller integrates MOSFET & current sensing

The LTC4234 20A Hot Swap controller with integrated MOSFET and current sensing

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4234, a 20A Hot Swap controller with integrated MOSFET and current sensing, providing a small footprint hot-plug solution for high density circuit boards. The LTC4234 ensures safe board insertion and removal from live 2.9V to 15V backplanes by controlling an internal N-channel
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04/28/2015
Yole predicts the power industry will go “inverter-centricâ€

Inverters remain a key R&D focus for power electronics

Inverters will remain a key R&D focus for power electronics for the next 5 to 10 years! The power electronics industry becomes “inverter-centric” because of: • The adoption of electrification in the transportation (from car to busses to trains and planes) • The need for power conversion
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04/28/2015
Imagination Technologies announced a innovative offering as part of its Imagination University Programme (IUP) called MIPSfpga. Through MIPSfpga, Imagination is transforming CPU architecture education in universities around the globe by offering them free and open access to a fully-validated, current generation
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04/27/2015
Project MotorBrain claims first highly-integrated rare earth-free synchronous motor

Researchers have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor

Researchers from one of Europe’s largest e-mobility projects have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor. A prototype will be presented to the international coil winding and electrical manufacturing
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04/24/2015
Renesas' latest MCUs improve efficiency with precision control

RX23T MCUs

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to develop embedded solutions that contribute to a reduced energy footprint. The company introduced the RX23T Group of microcontrollers (MCUs), designed to enable highly precise control of inverter circuits employed in energy-efficient
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04/24/2015
Keysight adds capabilities to their fastest power supplies

The Keysight 1kW (1U) and 2kW (2U) N6900 Series Advanced Power System models adds performance options to boost test-system versatility

Keysight Technologies introduced four performance options for its small, flexible and market-leading-fast Advanced Power System (APS) N6900 Series DC power supplies. In conjunction with the power supply’s VersaPower architecture, the new options boost test-system versatility and make it easy for test engineers
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04/24/2015
Morgan Advanced Materials offers multi-layer ceramic piezoelectric actuators

Morgan’s piezoelectric ceramic multi-layer actuator

Morgan Advanced Materials is helping meet the growing global demand for precise, controllable and repeatable displacement devices in the micrometer and sub-micrometer range with its co-fired multi-layer ceramic piezoelectric actuators. The actuators multi-layer structure allows devices to generate large mechanical
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04/24/2015
Silicon Motion Technology, a global leader in NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems1 ("Shannon"), a leading supplier of enterprise-class PCIe SSD and storage array
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04/24/2015
Crouzet releases brushless motor specifications guide

Crouzet specifications guide

Crouzet Motors has released a 20-page specifications guide covering two series of its high performance DCmind Brushless Motors and gearmotors, all featuring integral electronic controls for industrial, medical, mass transportation and alternative energy applications. In addition to complete specifications and
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04/21/2015
Leading smart factory expert professor Detlef Zühlke will use his seminar at CWIEME Berlin 2015 to explain the ‘Industry 4.0’ concept – with reference to his ground-breaking demo platform at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Kaiserslautern – and its opportunities for manufacturers
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04/21/2015
UltraSoC, a pioneering provider of advanced debugging and analytic technology for embedded systems, announced the availability of USB-based debugging capabilities within its flagship UltraDebug product. This novel technology allows a single high-speed chip interface – in this case USB 2.0 – to be used simultaneously
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04/21/2015
Osram's IRLEDs offer increased output

Osram IR Oslon Black Stack

With the SFH 4715AS and SFH 4716AS, Osram Opto Semiconductors has increased the output of its IR Oslon Black family for the second time in six months. This has been achieved by combining the latest chip design with an optimized package and Nanostack technology, in which each chip has two emission centers. Depending
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04/20/2015
Analog Devices will demonstrate at PCIM 2015 a broad portfolio of innovative solutions that help engineers design safe, productive and energy efficient motor and power control systems. ADI will be in Hall 6 at Booth #317.   “From leading isolation technology that safeguards reliable
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04/20/2015
ON Semiconductor to showcase their latest tech at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconducto will be showcasing some of its latest advances at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing some of its latest advances in power management technology at PCIM 2015, including compact IPM, significant developments in GaN, and a sensor-less motor driver controller. Featured demonstrations include:   ·
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04/20/2015
Jim Toepper of Moxa on power in the IoT

Jim Toepper of Moxa

In this PSDcast Jim Toepper, Moxa's business development manager for power, talks to Alix Paultre about the issues involved in managing power in the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the areas of power distribution and redundancy. The Smart Grid is a very important enabling infrastructure in the IoT, and
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04/16/2015
RECOM's latest DIN-rail power supplies are available from Dengrove

Dengrove Electronic Components has introduced the newly-launched RECOM 45W and 60W DIN-rail power supplies

Dengrove Electronic Components has introduced the newly-launched RECOM 45W and 60W DIN-rail power supplies, which allow versatile end or side mounting and come with an industry leading seven-year manufacturer’s warranty giving customers complete peace of mind.   The 45W Redin45 and
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04/16/2015
Novel paper insulation approach offers untapped potential for transformer efficiency

By tailoring the properties of the paper to the differing insulation requirements of windings within the transformer, significant gains can be made in both cost and efficiency

A seminar at the forthcoming CWIEME Berlin exhibition will reveal how cellulose paper and mineral oil insulating systems in distribution transformers can still meet today’s ever-tightening cost and efficiency restrictions – thanks to a few smart modifications. Proven and reliable, mineral oil-impregnated
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04/16/2015
Vishay's SMPD FRED Pt rectifiers increase power density and efficiency

Vishay's FRED Pt rectifiers

Vishay Intertechnology introduced 16 new 10 A to 30 A FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the low-profile SMPD (TO-263AC) package. Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the Vishay Semiconductors rectifiers reduce switching
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04/16/2015
Thermal interface materials market set to grow to $3.7bn by 2025

Market forecasts for thermal interface materials 2015-2025 - see the report for a full breakdown by applications and type

Recent research conducted by analysts IDTechEx finds that the thermal interface materials (TIM) market - including tapes, adhesives, greases, gels, pastes, elastomeric pads, phase change materials, graphite, solders, compressible materials and liquid metals - will grow from $1.7 billion in 2015 to $3.7 billion
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04/15/2015
The IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) announces a Call for Papers for the COBEP/SPEC conference to be held 29 November to 2 December 2015 at the Hotel Praia Centro, Fortaleza, Brazil. The 1st SPEC will be held from November 29th to December 2nd, 2015, along with the 13th Brazilian Power Electronics Conference
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04/15/2015
Linear Technology announced the LTC3892, a high-voltage dual-output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 29µA when one output is active and 34µA when both outputs are enabled. The 4.5V to 60V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients, ensuring continuous operation
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04/15/2015
EPC launches EPC2029 wide-pitch eGaN FET

The EPC2029 80 V, 31 A eGaN FET features a 1 mm ball pitch

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced the introduction of an eGaN FET designed with a wider pitch connection layout. The first in a new family of “Relaxed Pitch” devices, the EPC2029 80 V, 31 A eGaN FET features a 1 mm ball pitch. The wider pitch allows for placement of additional and larger vias under
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04/14/2015
PCB terminals from Harwin improve build quality, increase design flexibility

Harwin PCB terminals

Harwin, the leading hi-rel connector and PCB hardware manufacturer, is announcing a wide range of PCB terminals (turrets). These simple, yet effective PCB hardware products are often overlooked, but can save assembly costs, improve build quality and increase design flexibility. According to Product
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04/14/2015
Allegro's A1369 Hall-effect current sensor IC touts integration ease

The A1369 from Allegro MicroSystems

The A1369 from Allegro MicroSystems is a customer-programmable, high-accuracy linear Hall-effect-based current sensor IC packaged in a slimline 3-pin single-inline package which allows for easy integration with a magnetic core to create a highly accurate current sensing module. The A1369 is designed
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04/14/2015
TE's high-temp, flexible splice kits deliver environmental and EMI protection

TE’s D-200 splice kit

TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity, announced its D-200 high-temperature, flexible splice kit specifically designed for use in demanding high-temperature aerospace and defense applications. Rated at 200 degrees Celsius and offer a reliable cable connection, the product offers circumferential (360
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04/14/2015
Vicor expands its Picor Cool-Power ZVS Regulator family with their latest buck-boost regulators

Picor Cool-Power ZVS Point of Load (POL) Regulators

Vicor announced the expansion of its Picor Cool-Power ZVS Point of Load (POL) Regulator portfolio with the introduction of its new, high efficiency PI3749, PI3751, and PI3755 buck-boost regulators. • By minimizing switching losses, Picor’s ZVS topology enables efficiencies over 98% – maintains
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04/14/2015
The Port of Hamburg is currently undergoing a metamorphosis: it is becoming a ‘smart port’. Some 40,000 lorries pass through the port every day, and thanks to the ‘Internet of Things’, a new road management system, consisting of sensors on roads and in parking spaces connected via the internet, is now
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04/10/2015
Elias Ahmed of Altera on motion control

Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design

In this PSDcast Elias Ahmed of Altera talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced synchronous motor control. The latest FPGAs can integrate industrial control protocols such as Ethercat or ProfiNet to improve performance and control. The replacement of traditional drives with variable speed
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04/09/2015
Saft to supply batteries for backup power in Bangladesh plant expansion

Saft is supplying two large battery systems to Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited

Saft, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, is supplying two large battery systems to Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited, one of China’s largest equipment manufacturing conglomerates, for a high profile power plant expansion project in Khulna, Bangladesh’s third largest
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04/08/2015
Micrel's HV synchronous buck regulator family uses FETZilla tech to stay cool in tiny package

The MIC28511/12/13 family of buck converters

Micrel, an industry leader in high-performance linear and power solutions as well as LAN and timing and communications solutions, introduced the MIC28511/12/13, a family of pin-compatible high voltage (HV) synchronous step-down switching regulators with integrated power switches capable of providing up to 4A
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04/08/2015
Energy Focus, a leader in LED lighting technologies, announced that it has completed the development of and has been granted all regulatory approvals, including the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification, to launch an innovative and novel new family of LED lighting products,
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04/08/2015
TE Connectivity adds wire-to-board headers to Its Power Triple Lock connector family

Power Triple Lock connector

TE Connectivity introduced new wire-to-board headers as part of its Power Triple Lock connector product line; thereby expanding the family of connectors targeting appliances into a growing number of HVAC, automation and control, and automotive designs. The connectors’ combined attributes of higher-current
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04/08/2015
In a decision that’s certain to help to speed up America’s transition to a clean energy future, President Obama announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will launch a new initiative to train 75,000 Americans – including military veterans – to enter the solar workforce by 2020. The President made
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04/06/2015
John Day of Microchip on digital power and the IoT

John Day of Microchip

In this PSDcast John Day, Technical Fellow and Field Applications Engineer at Microchip Technology, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest developments in intelligent systems and the digital power managment needed to run them properly at the 2015 APEC.
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04/03/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Texas Instruments shows their new buck-boost controller IC to Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The LM5175 manages input voltages from 3.5 V to 42
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04/03/2015
Mark Wilkins of Acopian on digital power systems

Mark Wilkins of Acopian

In this PSDcast Mark Wilkins, Engineering Manager at Acopian Power Supplies, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest power solutions at APEC 2015. They discuss a highlight of the show, Acopian's new digital interface for 1U power supplies.
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04/02/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Altera demonstrates their envelope-tracking RF power solution for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The FPGA-based Envelope Tracking Voltage Modulator
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04/02/2015
Fairchild, a leading global supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, is addressing the advanced needs of automakers and their parts suppliers with new automotive qualified SuperFET II MOSFET and High Voltage Rectifier product families, both of which enable cleaner and smarter vehicles overall
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04/01/2015

 



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