Industrial

March 2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 1

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Anup Bhalla, Ph.D., Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

SiC applications began in the 2000s with the adoption of SiC JBS diodes into PFC applications. This was followed by the use of SiC diodes and FETs in the PV industry. But the recent surge in applications relating to EV On-board chargers and DC-DC converters is driving SiC growth. The nascent adoption in the
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Date:
03/31/2019
When Grounds are Separated

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How should you proceed with a switching regulator with an analog ground (AGND) and a power ground (PGND)? This is a question asked by many developers designing a switching power supply. Some developers are accustomed to dealing with a digital GND and an analog GND; however, their experience frequently fails
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03/31/2019
Protect Small Sensors from the Harsh Industrial Environment

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Figure 1. Welding in Automotive Assembly Line

Sensors are ubiquitous in the electrically harsh industrial environment (Figure 1). As they increase in sophistication and shrink in size, they become more complex, requiring on-board switching regulators to deliver power more efficiently for minimal heat generation. How do you safely deliver low-voltage power
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03/30/2019

TTI Offers Vishay's TNPW and TNPU Series Thin Film Resistors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., features the broadest and deepest inventory of Vishay’s TNPW High Stability and TNPU Ultra Precision Series Thin Film resistor products in the industry. Both the TNPW and TNPU thin film resistors are readily available from TTI and are ideal for
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03/29/2019
425W Power Supplies with Approvals for Various Applications
SL Power announced two new series of power supplies, the MU425 series for medical equipment and TU425 series for critical industrial, test and measurement equipment. These high-performance U-channel power supplies are ideal for equipment that must continue to perform in environments where AC power may be noisy
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03/28/2019
The Industry's Highest-Current GaN Power Transistors

The GaN Systems GS-065-150-1-D.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – GaN Systems announced the industry’s highest current  650 V GaN E-HEMTs with the addition of the 150 A, 650 V (GS-065-150-1-D) and the  80 A, 650 V (GS-065-080-1-D) to its line of GaN power transistors. In particular, the 150 A, 650 V transistor is unmatched on both current
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03/27/2019
Security Solution Enables Certification Under IEC 62443-4-2
In today’s connected world, robust security measures are essential. Cyberattacks on industrial control systems for infrastructure facilities like manufacturing plants and power stations pose the risk of serious disruption to people’s lives and to the economy. Renesas recently announced their
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03/27/2019
SiC MOSFETs for Rapid-Growth Applications
ANAHEIM, CA – ON Semiconductor has introduced two new silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices. The industrial grade NTHL080N120SC1 and AEC-Q101 automotive grade NVHL080N120SC1 bring the enabling, wide-ranging performance benefits of wide band gap technology to important high growth end application
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03/26/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with one of the leading voices on lead battery innovation about the future of energy storage. Energy storage has become vitally important in recent years, and for more than 25 years,
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03/26/2019
Entry-Level linear Hall-Effect Sensor with SENT Output
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas linear Hall-effect sensor portfolio with the programmable HAL 1890 supporting the latest SENT protocol according to SAE J2716 Rev. 4. The HAL 1890 now comes with digital output signal supervision and is as small, robust, and cost-effective as the already
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03/26/2019
Industry's First Lead-Free Thick-Film High-Voltage Resistors
Woking, UK - TT Electronics has launched the industry’s first fully lead(Pb)-free, thick-film, high-voltage chip resistors that allow manufacturers to future-proof medical and industrial equipment designs by eliminating reliance on RoHS exemptions.   As environmental regulations become
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03/25/2019
Molex Easy-on FFC/FPC Connectors in Stock at TTI
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., now stocks Molex Easy-On FFC/FPC Connectors in a broad range of pitch options to meet a wide variety of space and usage needs for applications in all markets. For applications demanding small pitch sizes with high reliability, these connectors offer 0.20 to
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03/25/2019
Hirose Boosts Current Capacity of Low-Profile WTB Connector
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS — Hirose has expanded the current carrying capacity of it EnerBee power connector family. The DF60 Series wire-to-board connector now supports applications requiring current ratings up to 65A. Featuring a compact space-saving design, the DF60 Series power connector
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03/22/2019
Frequency-Optimized Planar Transformers Rated up to 250W
Lake Forest, CA—Premier Magnetics announces its PM-PTxxx Series of frequency-optimized planar transformers. The new line, offering models with ratings to 250W, are designed for forward converter, full/half bridge and active clamp applications utilizing switching frequencies between 200 KHz and 700 KHz.  Proprietary
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03/21/2019
UnitedSiC announces SiC JFET family for low power  AC-DC Flyback converters

SiC JFETs for Low Power AC/DC Flyback Converters

March 19, 2019, Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) Anaheim CA, and Princeton,New Jersey: UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced it has released a range of SiC JFET die suitable for co-packaging with a controller IC with built in low
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03/20/2019
10A and 15A Fully EncapsulatedÂPMBus Power Modules
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a pair of new encapsulated hybrid digital DC/DC PMBus power modules, the 10-amp ISL8280M and 15-amp ISL8282M. The hybrid digital power modules offer best-in-class power density of 115mA/mm2 in a 12mm x 11mm package,
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03/19/2019
TTI Offers Sensata's Ceramic Capacitive Pressure Sensor
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now offering the 116CP Plastic Ceramic Capacitive Pressure Sensor from Sensata Technologies. The 116CP series is housed in a small and innovative plastic package and offers a wide range of configurations including various pressure ports, electrical outputs and pressure ranges
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03/19/2019
New MPLAB Harmony Unifies Software Development Framework
CHANDLER, Ariz.— From basic device configuration to Real Time Operating System (RTOS)-based designs, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) applications vary greatly in complexity and development models. To help developers simplify and scale designs, Microchip Technology Inc.  announced a unified
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03/19/2019
Encapsulated 16th-Brick Converters Accept 9 to 36V DC Inputs
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Murata Power’s IRS-Q12 encapsulated sixteenth-brick converters. Murata Power’s IRS series makes another dramatic size shrink down to a “sixteenth-brick” width while still retaining a high power output and full 2828 Volt DC isolation.
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03/19/2019
Design Tools and Resources Shorten Design Times
Anaheim, Calif., Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC) – GaN Systems is displaying a wide breadth of innovative design tools including new reference designs from partners at APEC 2019. Visitors to GaN Systems Booth #553 will find the multitude of unique design resources that make GaN
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03/19/2019
DIN Rail Power Supplies with ATEX & UL HazLoc Certifications
San Jose, Calif. – TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TIB 80-EX Family of 80 Watt DIN rail power supplies that are designed for harsh environments & hazardous locations with certifications for ATEX II3G and UL HazLoc Class I / Div 2 standards.
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03/18/2019
Dual Wall Heat Shrink Tubing Suitable for Harsh Environments
MENLO PARK, Calif. – TE Connectivity (TE) introduces BATTU heat shrink tubing, a dual wall, fire retardant product intended for battery/power cable to terminal applications in industrial and commercial vehicles, construction equipment, generator sets and more. The BATTU tubing products’ polyolefin jacket
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03/18/2019
AC/DC Linear Regulator Features 75 Percent Higher Efficiency
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) expanded its broad portfolio of over 500 linear regulators by introducing a first-of-its-kind smart AC/DC linear regulator. With 75 percent higher efficiency and two times the power density of other linear regulators, this device achieves the best balance between high efficiency
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03/18/2019
New AEC-Q101-Compliant TVS Diode Products
Bourns, Inc., announced two new families of AEC-Q101-compliant TVS diode components. Designated Models SM8S-Q and SM8SF-Q, these families are comprised of both unidirectional and bidirectional TVS diodes. They are designed to protect against voltage transients,
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03/18/2019
UnitedSiC announces strategic investment by Analog Devices

Chris Dries, President and CEO at UnitedSiC

March 18, 2019, Princeton, New Jersey and Norwood, Massachusetts: UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced a strategic investment and long-term supply agreement from Analog Devices, Inc.
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03/18/2019
Isolated ICs Ensure Precise Current and Voltage Measurements
ANAHEIM, Calif. (APEC) – Silicon Labs has introduced a family of isolated analog amplifiers, voltage sensors and delta-sigma modulator (DSM) devices designed to provide accurate current and voltage measurement with very low drift across temperature. Based on Silicon Labs’ robust, third-generation
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03/18/2019
APEC Brings Wide-Bandgap Devices into Focus
I don’t have to tell you, dear reader, how vital wide-bandgap semiconductors are to this industry. If you haven’t encountered them on your workbench or heard our PSDcast with PowerAmerica,
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03/12/2019
For the better part of this decade, power electronics technologists have been enabling new topologies with GaN (gallium nitride) transistors. Similarly, system innovators have been creating new levels of performance in electric and autonomous vehicles, industrial machines, televisions, laptop adapters, data
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03/12/2019
Qualifying SiC Devices to Industrial and Auto Standards

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Figure 1: RUIS test setup and waveforms for the current and the voltage during a UIS pulse.

A recent trend in the semiconductor market is the widespread adoption of silicon carbide (SiC) devices, including both Schottky barrier diodes (SBD) and power MOSFETs, for industrial and automotive applications. At the same time, the long-term reliability of these devices is a hot topic that should
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03/11/2019
What Should You Know About RoHS 3?

Image 1: Structural chemical formula and molecular structure of Dibutyl phthalate(DBP) – Source PRBX/Orange Deer studio

As specified in the European Directive 2015/863 dated 22nd of July 2019, electronic equipment manufacturers will have to comply with the third revision of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), referenced as RoHS 3. All categories of electrical and electronic equipment are affected except medical devices
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Date:
03/11/2019
Two Steps to High Voltages

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Figure 1. Boost topology for generating a high voltage from a low voltage

If a high voltage needs to be generated from a low voltage, a boost converter can be used. This represents one of the three elementary switching regulator topologies and requires only two switches, an inductor, and input and output capacitors. Besides the boost converter, the other basic topologies are the buck
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Date:
03/08/2019
Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and Packaging - it’s happening

Kevin Parmenter, Field Applications Manger, Taiwan Semiconductor

The promise of wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG) are higher switching frequency and higher operating temperatures perhaps smaller sizes, greater efficiencies and perhaps higher reliability, less size, less cooling – no fans for example, smaller heatsinks, smaller capacitors, less weight and overall better
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03/08/2019
ADC Family Enables High-Res Analog-to-Digital Conversion
CHANDLER, Ariz. — To address applications that demand higher-speed and higher-resolution analog-to-digital conversion, Microchip Technology Inc. announced 12 new Successive Approximation Register (SAR) Analog-to-Digital
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03/07/2019
50-Watt, High Current Density, Non-isolated Digital DC-DC Modules
Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the LGA50D dc-dc module, which offers one of the highest current density ratings in the industry. With a footprint of just 1 x 0.5 inches or 25.4 x 12.5mm, this innovative non-isolated unit offers two independent and
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03/06/2019
Low-power, smallest-form-factor FPGA for 4K video
Microchip announces the new PolarFire FPGA imaging and video solution to address the challenges of developing complex computer algorithms which enable systems to capture and display information and high-resolution images. The PolarFire FPGA imaging and video solution
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03/06/2019
New SCALE-iDriver SiC-MOSFET Gate Driver
Power Integrations announced the SIC1182K SCALE-iDriver, a high-efficiency, single-channel SiC MOSFET gate driver that delivers the highest peak output gate current available without an external boost stage. Devices can be configured to support different gate-drive
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03/06/2019
VITA 62 compliant power supplies for MIL-COTS VPX applications
Vicor Power Systems new line of VITA 62 compliant power supplies are designed for 3U Open VPX systems and achieve high-efficiency and high-power density in a rugged, conduction-cooled chassis. The initial products operate from a nominal 28V or 270V DC input, with
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Date:
03/06/2019
ROHM's New High-Reliability 1608-Size White Chip LED
ROHM today announced the availability of the SMLD12WBN1W, a White chip LED with 1608 (1.6x0.8mm) size that achieves class-leading reliability. This new package offers superior mountability and long operational life, which makes it ideal for use in display panels
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03/06/2019
RS Components adds Rexroth industrial frequency converters
RS Components has introduced an innovative frequency converter from Rexroth that delivers potential energy savings of up to 80% across industrial and automation applications. The EFC 5610 intelligent variable-frequency drive enables manufacturers and other industrial
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03/06/2019
BLE Wireless Multi-core MCUs set new standards
Dialog Semiconductor unveiled the SmartBond DA1469x family of Bluetooth low energy SoCs, its most advanced, feature-rich range of multi-core microcontroller units (MCUs) for wireless connectivity. The new product family which includes four variants, builds on the
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03/06/2019
Ultra-Low Power Technology applied to Energy Harvesting
e-peas has announced the introduction of a new power management IC specifically optimized for energy harvesting from thermal sources in wireless sensors application. Supplied in a space-saving 28-pin QFN package,
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03/06/2019
24 - 44 GHz Wideband Integrated Microwave 5G Transceiver
These ICs operate over a very wide frequency range with 50 Ω-match from 24 GHz up to 44 GHz, facilitating ease of design and reducing the costs of building a single platform that can cover all 5G mm Wave frequency bands including 28 GHz and 39 GHz. Additionally,
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03/06/2019
Power solution for high speed e-commerce hub conveyers
Powerbox announces the introduction of its ENI250A series designed to deliver peak power to motor start or/and high capacitive loads in factory automation applications. The three-phase ENI250A series is housed in an IP54 case, delivers a constant 250W and up to 480W
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03/06/2019
Industry’s first automotive USB 3.1 SmartHub supports Type-C
Microchip announces an automotive-qualified USB 3.1 Gen1 SmartHub IC, offering up to 10 times faster data rates over existing USB 2.0 solutions and reducing indexing times to improve the user experience in vehicles. To support the rising adoption of USB Type-C in
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03/06/2019
Industry’s smallest logic parts approved for automotive
Nexperia announced that over twenty logic types in the company’s space-saving leadless MicroPak packages are now AEC-Q100 qualified. These logic solutions are the smallest devices of their type suitable for
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03/06/2019
Han ES Press HMC connector range allows fast installation
The new Han ES Press HMC (High Mating Cycles) connector series from HARTING combines the facility to be installed quickly without tools with extremely robust construction that allows the devices to handle at least 10,000 mating cycles.
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03/06/2019
Beat Obsolescence with PULS DIN-Rail Power Supplies
PULS Power has undertaken not to discontinue standard products while enough demand is present to make them viable for manufacture. This provides their customers with the reassurance that they will not be forced
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03/06/2019
New Reactor-Liner Alloy Material Offers Strength, Resilience

This is Osman El Atwani (left) and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.--A new tungsten-based alloy developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage. Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, previously explored materials have thus far been hobbled
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03/06/2019
Nanoparticles Help Realize 'Spintronic' Devices

Transmission electron microscope images of MnAs nanoparticles in GaAs.

For the first time researchers have demonstrated a new way to perform functions essential to future computation three orders of magnitude faster than current commercial devices. The team lead by Associate Professor Shinobu Ohya, created a nanoscale spintronic semiconductor device that can partially switch between
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03/05/2019
Tantalum Capacitors for Automotive & Industrial Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released a new series of miniature, surface-mount, J-lead tantalum capacitors that deliver high reliability and high volumetric efficiency in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications. The new F9H Series meets AEC-Q200 requirements, is compliant with RoHS2
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03/05/2019
Thick Film Chip Resistors Deliver Power to 1.5 W
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high voltage thick film chip resistors that offer high power ratings up to 1.5 W and working voltages to 3000 V in five compact case sizes ranging from 1206 to 2512. For increased design flexibility, the Vishay Techno CRHP
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03/05/2019
 Reenvision Inductor Operation to Optimize New Applications

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Figure 1: Core material performance curves

What do new applications need in order to take advantage of new devices like wide band-gap semiconductors? They need the best inductors. And what is the best inductor for your application?   Answering that requires proper characterization of the inductors, which is more than can be conveniently obtained
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Date:
03/01/2019