Industrial

January 2019
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the expansion of its RX24T and RX24U Groups of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) to include new high-temperature-tolerant models for motor-control applications that require an expanded operating temperature range. The new RX24T G Version
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01/31/2019
IC Family Provides Noise, Vibration, and Heat Reduction
WESTFORD, Mass. -- Performance Motion Devices, Inc., announced the new Juno Torque Control IC in an ultra-small 56-pin or small 64-pin package. The new Juno Torque Control IC is the latest addition to the Juno Velocity and Torque Control IC family, the industry's first family of compact ICs with full four
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01/31/2019
Rectifiers in Low-Profile SMF Package Save Space
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers with 15 new 1 A, 2 A, and 3 A devices in the eSMP series low profile SMF (DO-219AB) package. Providing space-saving alternatives to Schottky rectifiers in the SMA, these Vishay General
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01/31/2019

AI ARTIST Instantly Captures Materials' Properties

ARTIST, which stands for Artificial Intelligence for Spectroscopy, instantly determines how a molecule will react to light.

Researchers at Aalto University and the Technical University of Denmark have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) to seriously accelerate the development of new technologies from wearable electronics to flexible solar panels. ARTIST, which stands for Artificial Intelligence for Spectroscopy, instantly determines
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01/30/2019
Laser-Fabricated Crystals in Glass are Ferroelectric

Ferroelectric single-crystal-architecture-in-glass is a new class of metamaterials that would enable active integrated optics if the ferroelectric behavior is preserved within the confines of glass. We demonstrate using lithium niobate crystals fabricated in lithium niobosilicate glass by femtosecond laser irradiation that not only such behavior is preserved, the ferroelectric domains can be engineered with a DC bias. A piezoresponse force microscope is used to characterize the piezoelectric and ferroelectric behavior. The piezoresponse correlates with the orientation of the crystal lattice as expected for unconfined crystal, and a complex micro- and nano-scale ferroelectric domain structure of the as-grown crystals is revealed.

A team of researchers from Lehigh University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lebanon Valley College and Corning Inc. has demonstrated, for the first time, that crystals manufactured by lasers within a glass matrix maintain full ferroelectric functionality. "This includes the ability to uniformly
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01/29/2019
High-Density Rack PDU Offers Advanced Configurability
RALEIGH, N.C. … Power management company Eaton announced the North American launch of its High Density rack power distribution unit (PDU) platform. Building on the best-in-class power distribution capabilities of Eaton’s ePDU G3 technology, the High Density rack PDU offers advanced configurability
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01/28/2019
Efficient MOSFETs for Telecom and Industrial Applications
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the latest device in its fourth generation of 600 V E Series power MOSFETs. Providing high efficiency for telecom, industrial, and enterprise power supply applications, the Vishay Siliconix n-channel SiHH068N60E
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01/28/2019
TTI Stocking High-Speed Mezzanine Connectors from Molex
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc. is now stocking SpeedEdge from Molex. Molex’s SpeedEdge Edge-Card Connector System is rugged enough to mate safely with large PCBs in high cycle application. It provides a high density, low profile solution that offers data rates over 40 Gbp/s per differential
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01/28/2019
A New Generation of Flexible Electronic Components
Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an innovative technique that could help create the next generation of everyday flexible electronics. A team of engineering experts have pioneered a new way to ease production of van der Waals heterostructures with high-K dielectrics- assemblies
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01/25/2019
DC/DC Converter Saves Space in Mobile Equipment
San Jose, Calif. – TRACO Power announces the release of their THN 15N series of 15 Watt DC/DC converters in the standard 1x1 inch package, which utilizes the latest advancements in power technology design to meet EMI Level A standards without external components and reduced no-load power consumption of 96-336mW
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01/24/2019
Breakthrough Reported in Fabricating Nanochips

In the NYU Tandon School of Engineering PicoForce Lab, Professor Elisa Riedo and doctoral student Xiangyu Liu fabricate high-quality 2D chips using the thermal scanning probe lithography process they invented and NanoFrazor equipment by SwissLitho. The process holds promise as an alternative to today's electron beam lithography.

BROOKLYN, New York, Thursday - An international team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in fabricating atom-thin processors - a discovery that could have far-reaching impacts on nanoscale chip production and in labs across the globe where scientists are exploring 2D materials for ever-smaller and -faster
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01/24/2019
BLE Module Features 192kB Flash Memory, 24kB RAM
PLANO, TX – Rutronik has announced that Insight SiP's new ISP1507-AL system-in-package (SiP) is now available at Rutronik24. Based on the nRF52810 multiprotocol system-on-chip (SoC) from Nordic Semiconductor, the ISP1507-AL is one of the smallest fully-integrated BLE modules on the market, and is particularly
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01/24/2019
Graphene and Related Materials Safety

Graphene Flagship researchers reviewed the current research into the safety of graphene and related materials

As the drive to commercialise graphene continues, it is important that all safety aspects are thoroughly researched and understood. The Graphene Flagship project has a dedicated Work Package studying the impact of graphene and related materials on our health, as well as their environmental impact. This enables
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01/23/2019
AC-DC Power Supplies Ideal for Space-Limited Applications
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Traco Power’s TPP 450 series 450 Watt AC-DC power supplies. The next-gen TPP 450 Series of 450 watt AC/DC power supplies utilize a high efficiency design using robust, industrial grade components providing superior performance
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01/23/2019
TTI Stocks 4 Direction Optical Sensor from Rohm
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the RPI-1035 optical sensor from Rohm Semiconductor. This sensor is targeted for specialty sensing applications including cameras, medical, industrial, manufacturing automation, safety, and security equipment. The RPI-1035 is a uniquely packaged
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01/22/2019
A Process to 3D Print Piezoelectric Materials

A printed flexible sheet of piezoelectric smart material

The piezoelectric materials that inhabit everything from our cell phones to musical greeting cards may be getting an upgrade thanks to work discussed in the journal Nature Materials released online Jan 21. Xiaoyu 'Rayne' Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College
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01/21/2019
The LTC4012 is a very popular multichemistry battery charger used in a variety of applications. This controller provides the user with gate drivers, current sense inputs, temperature qualified charging and multiple signal outputs.  There is also a range of useful functions detailed in the datasheet. One
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01/18/2019
Measuring AI's Ability to Learn is Difficult
Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. In a study published in Nature Machine Intelligence, Waterloo researchers found that contrary
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01/17/2019
Improve Asset Efficiency with Predictive Maintenance

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Figure 1: Predictive Maintenance Market Share 2017-2022

Equipment manufacturers, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, and power and process plant owners and operators commonly face the challenge of keeping their fleet, machinery, and other assets working efficiently, while also reducing the cost of maintenance and time-sensitive repairs. Considering
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01/16/2019
New Advances in TMR Sensors

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Figure 1. Principle of TMR

As the magnetization directions of the pin layer and free layer are parallel, the resistance becomes small and current flows with little resistance. When the magnetization directions of the pin layer and free layer are not parallel, resistance increases which limits current flows.

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01/16/2019
Can Shenzhen Become the Next Silicon Valley?
A glowing profile in MIT’s Technology Review posits that Shenzhen, China might displace Silicon Valley as the global hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing. I get the last
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01/16/2019
Customizable Stepper Motors for Automation Applications
Syosset, NY - ISL Products International Ltd. announces value-added hybrid, permanent magnet (PM) and variable reluctance stepper motors which meet the exact positioning, holding torque, and repeatability specifications of the broadest array of automation designs.  As stepper motors employ the theory of
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01/16/2019
Zero-Drift Op Amp Provides Precision Plus EMI Filtering
CHANDLER, Ariz.— The rapid expansion of wireless capabilities, such as Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled applications, is increasing high-frequency noise in our livable space and work environments. To allow designers to provide improved performance while more easily managing an increasingly difficult environment,
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01/16/2019
2019, a Year of Challenges
I’ve previously written about how excited I am for the industry, and I really do think we are in the middle of a power revolution. This revolution is both due to new technologies and materials like GaN, and also due to advances in alternative energy generation and storage. The innovation we have seen over
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01/15/2019
Handheld Device Optimizes Operator Control
Making it easier than ever for machine operators and maintenance personnel to monitor and control machine components, Mitsubishi Electric Automation introduces handheld models for its GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that optimizes operator control and monitoring of device and line status. The
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01/15/2019
Infineon Breaking Boundaries with Infineon’s New GaN Solution

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Figure 1 Cross section of a 600 V CoolGaN™ ™ power transistor [1]

Today’s demand for high-performance, low-cost power conversion products is driven by consumer expectation for longer battery life, faster charging for their phones, electric vehicles (EVs) or power tools. And consumers want faster data communication along with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities,
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01/15/2019
5000 Times Faster Than a Computer

(a) Unit cell of the semiconductor gallium arsenide (GaAs). Chemical bonds (blue) connect every Ga atom to four neighboring As atoms and vice versa. Valence electron density in the grey plane of (a) in the (b) ground state (the electrons are in the valence band) and in the (c) excited state (electrons are in the conduction band). Apart from the valence electrons shown, there are tightly bound electrons near the nuclei.

The absorption of light in semiconductor crystals without inversion symmetry can generate electric currents. Researchers at the Max Born Institute have now generated directed currents at terahertz (THz) frequencies, much higher than the clock rates of current electronics. They show that electronic charge transfer
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01/14/2019
8 mm Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack Fits into Slim Devices
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking RRC’s FlatPAQ lithium-ion smart battery pack. The new RRC2130 battery with just 8mm in thickness is extremely thin. It is designed to fit into very slim devices, such as the back of a PC display or on a PC board, to allow developers to make
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01/14/2019
A Boost for Artificial Intelligence

How can a computer learn to generalize the knowledge contained in a huge dataset and find solutions for complex problems on its own? This question is the focus of two new assistant professorships.

How can a computer learn to generalize the knowledge contained in a huge dataset and to find solutions for complex problems on its own? This question is the focus of two new assistant professorships at the University of Freiburg: Robot Learning and Representation Learning. They are the result of a successful
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01/13/2019
Cartilage Could be key to Safe 'Structural Batteries'

Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs, a University of Michigan professor has discovered, and that new insight has led to a 'structural battery' prototype that incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape.

ANN ARBOR--Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs, a University of Michigan professor has discovered, and that new insight has led to a "structural battery" prototype that incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape. The
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01/10/2019
San Diego - Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a new full-featured 3.0-volt (3.0V) product platform. With the introduction of these next generation ultracapacitors, users have the ability to increase energy and power in the same form factor as the 2.7-volt product line and can
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01/10/2019
Ethernet Connector Modules Offer Pin-in-Paste Soldering
SAN DIEGO – Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduced its JXR8 series of 1x2 PIP tab down Ethernet Connector Modules. Designed to provide safety isolation and noise reduction in a single solution, the new JXR8 series connector modules operate with a wide range of industrial
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01/10/2019
Busway System Ideal for Mission-Critical Applications
RICHMOND, Va.  -- Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI) announced the availability of its new 600 Amp and 1000 Amp PowerWave 2 Busway System. The PDI PowerWave 2 Busway System is ideal for data center/mission critical, retail, industrial, higher education markets and any facility where flexible
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01/08/2019
Sensors for Head-Mounted Displays and Handheld Controllers
TDK Corporation announces the launch of a complete portfolio of VR sensors enabling a new class of highly accurate and affordable all-in-one VR solutions. The key platform components are: InvenSense ICM-42688 6-axis motion sensor for
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01/07/2019