Industrial

February 2019
Inductors Meet Conducted and Radiated Interference Limits
It is often necessary to add additional filter components to a DC/DC converter module to meet Class A or Class B EMC limits. To build such an EMC filter, inductors from a range of different manufacturers can be selected. Although these different inductors have similar technical specifications, they can show
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02/28/2019
High-Saturation Inductor With Low DCR, High Current Density
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its IHSR series of high saturation commercial inductors with a new device in the compact 4 mm by 4 mm 1616 case size. Designed for multi-phase, high current power supplies and filters in computer, industrial, and telecom applications, the
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02/28/2019
Electrically-Heated Silicate Glass Defies Joule's First Law

Another surprising observation of electric heating of glass is that the hot spot near the positive electrode may meander around as seen in the video frames several seconds apart in the figure here. For the video and explanation of this phenomenon see the publication at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39431-8

Characterizing and predicting how electrically-heated silicate glass behaves is important because it is used in a variety of devices that drive technical innovations. Silicate glass is used in display screens. Glass fibers power the internet. Nanoscale glass devices are being deployed to provide breakthrough
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02/27/2019

Access Fixtures Announces New LED Linear High Bay Fixtures
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Access Fixtures has released a new line of LED linear high bay fixtures called the OTAT. This new family of LED linear high bays is suited for garages, warehouses, gymnasiums, offices, schools, factories and more. The fixture is available in 80w, 110w, 165w, 225w, and 325w for a broad
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02/27/2019
Chip Resistors Offer High Voltage Ratings With Precision
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s UHV Series of chip resistors offer high precision and stability in a surface mount package that is capable of handling extremely high voltages. The voltage ranges for each size are as follows: • 2010 – 3000V to 6000V • 2512 – 4000V
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02/26/2019
AVX Announces New Additions to MIL-PRF-39006 QPL
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation announced that several of its TWA Series axial-leaded, hermetically sealed wet electrolytic tantalum capacitors are now qualified to MIL-PRF-39006/33A. Designed to deliver high-reliability, high-CV performance in harsh-environment military, defense, avionics, and industrial
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02/26/2019
PSD Celebrating 15 Years of Publishing

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Jim & Julia Graham

2019 has arrived and it marks a Big Anniversary for the PSD team!  PSD is celebrating our 15th year in publishing for the global power electronic engineering community.  Back in 2004, when the "big publishers" decided that they would close magazines like PCIM Europe
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02/25/2019
A Quantum Magnet With a Topological Twist

Researchers explored a material that has an internal structure, shown in 3D in left panel, that consists of triangles and hexagons arranged in a pattern similar to that of a Japanese kagome basket.

Taking their name from an intricate Japanese basket pattern, kagome magnets are thought to have electronic properties that could be valuable for future quantum devices and applications. Theories predict that some electrons in these materials have exotic, so-called topological behaviors and others behave somewhat
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02/22/2019
How to Freeze Heat Conduction

Prof. Silke Bühler Paschen

Every day we lose valuable energy in the form of waste heat - in technical devices at home, but also in large energy systems. Part of it could be recovered with the help of the "thermoelectric effect". The heat flow from a hot device to the cold environment can be directly converted into electrical
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02/22/2019
64-Bit MPUs Deliver Long-Term Linux Support
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RZ/G2 Group of 64-bit Arm Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53-based microprocessors (MPUs) for industrial automation and building automation applications, as the second generation of the RZ/G Series. The four new RZ/G2 MPUs are supported
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02/22/2019
COSEL’s very high reliability 40W DC/DC converter for demanding applications offers 10 year warranty

Cosel’s high reliability 40W DC/DC converters MGF40 series for demanding applications

  10 years warranty 40W in 1x1 inch industry standard footprint Efficiency up to 92% UL62368-1, C-UL [CSA62368-1) and EN62368-1 approved Ultra
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02/21/2019
Low-Power MCU Group for Industrial IoT Devices
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation extended its high integration Renesas Synergy S5 microcontroller (MCU) series with the introduction of the entry-level S5D3 MCU Group. The four new S5D3 MCUs join the mid-range S5D5 and high-end S5D9 MCU Groups with similar S5 Series features—integrated 120
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02/21/2019
New No-Clean Flux for Reflow, Hand Soldering
Indium Corporation has released a new halogen-free, no-clean ROL0 flux specifically developed for PCB assembly hand soldering and rework applications. TACFlux 020B-RC passes SIR testing in the unreflowed state. Oftentimes during hand soldering and rework, the flux may not be heated properly due to
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02/21/2019
Switch Improves Efficiency of Real-Time Monitoring
IRVINE, CA – ATEN Technology, Inc., announced the addition of the 4-Port USB 4K HDMI Multi-View KVMP Switch to its Multi-View KVM product series. The “CM1284” is ideal for control rooms, surveillance/command centers and programming and post production environments that require constant,
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02/20/2019
Wire-to-Wire Connectors for 12â€
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has expanded upon its proven-reliable wire-to-wire (WTW) connector portfolio with the release of the new 9286-300 Series poke-home connectors for 12–18AWG wire. Designed to simplify the connection process in a broad range of industrial market applications that require
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02/20/2019
Breakthrough in the Search for Graphene-Based Electronics

Danish researchers just solved one of the biggest challenges of making effective nano electronics based on graphene: to carve out graphene to nanoscale dimensions without ruining the electrical properties. This allows them to achieve electrical currents orders of magnitude higher than previously achieved for such structures. The work shows that the quantum transport properties needed for future electronics can survive scaling down to 10 nanometer dimensions.

For 15 years, scientists have tried to exploit the "miracle material" graphene to produce nanoscale electronics. On paper, graphene should be great for just that: it is ultra-thin - only one atom thick in fact and therefore two-dimensional, it is excellent for conducting electrical current and should
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02/19/2019
Integrated Embedded Motor Controller With Extended Memory
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas embedded motor controller portfolio with the HVC 4420F, featuring extended flash memory for the drive of small brush-type, stepper, or brushless motors. It is designed to satisfy the latest needs of the automotive industry to provide diagnostics capability
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02/19/2019
MOSFET Offers On-Resistance Down to 1.7 mΩ
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 60 V TrenchFET Gen IV n-channel power MOSFET in the 6.15 mm by 5.15 mm PowerPAK SO-8 single package. Designed to increase the efficiency of power conversion topologies, the Vishay Siliconix SiR626DP offers 36 % lower on-resistance than previous-generation
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02/18/2019
Discovering Anti-Laser Masquerading as Perfect Absorber

This is a picture of the actual metamaterial consisting of a field of specifically tailored cylinders.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Researchers at Duke University have discovered that a perfect absorber of electromagnetic waves they described in a 2017 paper can easily be tweaked into a sort of "time-reversed laser" known as a coherent perfect absorber (CPA). The research appeared online on January 28
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02/15/2019
Better Red Than Dread: Barrier Keeps Batteries Safe

A layer of red phosphorus in rechargeable lithium metal batteries can signal when damaging dendrites threaten to create a short circuit. The technique developed at Rice University could lead to more powerful lithium metal batteries.

HOUSTON - Rice University scientists have taken the next step toward the deployment of powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries by making them safer and simpler to manufacture. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour made test cells with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator that keeps the anode
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02/14/2019
Vicor Introduces Four New DC-DC Converter ChiP Modules
The new entries in the extensive DCM family are available in the 3623 (36 x 23mm) ChiP (Converter housed in Package) format with an unrivaled power density of 1,032W/in3. The new 80W DCM ChiPs, feature a wide-input voltage range of 9V to 75V and are available with nominal output voltages of 12V, 24V,
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02/14/2019
Modules Include No Load Power Consumption of 0.15W max
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking TRACO Power’s TMPS10 Ultra Compact 10W AC/DC Power Modules. The TMPS10 power modules are ultra-compact (1.0 x 1.5”), and in a lightweight, fully-encapsulated plastic casing
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02/14/2019
Laser-Induced Graphene Gets Tough, With Help

Rice University scientists have combined laser-induced graphene with a variety of materials to make robust composites for a variety of applications.

HOUSTON - Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite. The labs of Rice University chemist James Tour and Christopher Arnusch, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel,
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02/13/2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hyperbolic metamaterials are artificially made structures that can be formed by depositing alternating thin layers of a conductor such as silver or graphene onto a substrate. One of their special abilities is supporting the propagation of a very narrow light beam, which can be generated by
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02/12/2019
UPS Features Zero Transfer Time to Battery
Combining reliable double-conversion topology, internal static bypass and an easy-to-ready LCD menu display, the Eaton 9SX UPS provides the highly efficient and reliable power you expect from a 9-series UPS in a convenient tower form factor. Network, Modbus, Relay and signal input functionality enables integration
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02/12/2019
First High-Accuracy Current Sensors Based on AMR Technology
Andover, Massachusetts - ACEINNA announced its new MCx1101 family of ±5A, ±20A, and ±50A Current Sensors for industrial and power supply applications. The first high accuracy wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors on the market, units and evaluation boards are available now for sampling and volume shipments. The
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02/12/2019
Duluth, GA — FEIG ELECTRONICS introduced its new Robust UHF Antennas, capable of withstanding the harshest and most extreme outdoor and industrial environments. Awarded the highest certification available for impact rating, its’ IP65 die-cast aluminum, weatherproof,
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02/12/2019
Battery Shunt Resistors Increase Accuracy, Lower Costs
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the new WSBS5216 and WSBS5216...14 12 W Power Metal Strip battery shunt resistors in the compact 5216 case size. With extremely low resistance of 100 µΩ, the Vishay Dale AEC-Q200 qualified devices increase accuracy and lower costs compared with Hall
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02/11/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the past, present, and future of wide bandgap semiconductors. For the last four years, one of the biggest advocates for wide bandgap devices has been
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02/07/2019
Ferroelectric Polymers Made More Versatile

A block copolymer of PVDF (black) and an insulating polymer chain (blue) form a block copolymer. Through phase separation, the blocks assemble in films. The dielectric properties can be tuned by varying composition and length of the blocks.

The ferroelectric polymer PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) has interesting properties and could be used to store information or energy. One of the main drawbacks of PVDF is that if you add extra functional groups to improve certain properties, this also interferes with its ferroelectricity. To solve this, scientists
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02/05/2019
6.7 Million Euros for Microsystems Engineering Project

PROMYS project researchers are developing new microsystem concepts for use in medical monitoring.

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing more than 6.7 million euros to support the "Processes and Materials for More-than-Moore Electronic Systems" (PROMYS) project until 2021. PROMYS research is aimed at developing particularly small microsystems that are mainly intended
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02/05/2019
2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET Driver Delivers Increased Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a new 2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET driver. Available in DIP-8 and SMD-8 packages, the Vishay Semiconductors VOD3120A features low voltage drop on its output at
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02/05/2019
Ultra-Low 0.15 PSI Pressure Sensors
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced the expansion of its line of environmental sensors adding an ultra-low 0.15 to 1.0 PSI pressure sensor. Bourns Models BPS110/BPS120 pressure sensors are based on state-of-the-art Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, which provides extremely
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02/04/2019