Industrial

August 2019
The Road to Success for Power Semiconductors

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Figure 1: Comparison of Superjunction transistor, SiC MOSFET, and GaN HEMT

The commercial availability of Superjunction transistors 20 years ago, challenged and finally proved wrong the limitations of conventional silicon-based transistors with respect to on-state resistance. What was regarded as revolutionary at that time is standard today. Today there is not a single transistor from
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08/31/2019
High-Input-Voltage DC-DC Converter Delivers up to 2000W
ABSOPULSE Electronics has released the LQC 2K-3U2LC, a liquid cooled, industrial quality DC-DC converter that uses field-proven technology to deliver up to 2000W output power. The unit accepts an input of 600Vdc (400Vdc to 800Vdc range) and provides 24Vdc/80A output voltage. A built-in output separation diode
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08/29/2019
Socket and Hardware Products Support Intel's Processors
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its LGA 4189 socket and hardware products, which support Intel next-generation central processing units (CPUs) for higher performance and better system scaling. LGA 4189 sockets are designed for Intel's next-generation processors, which support PCIe Gen 4 and
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08/29/2019

TTI Stocks Abracon's Automotive, Industrial Power Inductors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading specialty distributor of electronic components, is now stocking the Abracon ASPIAIG family of power inductors. These Automotive and Industrial Grade (AIG) power inductors are manufactured on TS 16949 certified production lines, AEC-Q200 certified
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08/28/2019
Mouser Electronics Stocking TI Nanopower Voltage Supervisors
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the TPS3840
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08/28/2019
Shunt Resistors Reduce Component Counts
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new Automotive Grade Power Metal Plate shunt resistors featuring a 20 W power rating in a 3939-size package with Kelvin terminals. With their high power density, the Vishay Dale hybrid-mount WFPA3939 and WFPB3939
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08/28/2019
Smart Switches Drive Any Load in Harsh Environments
AUSTIN, Texas – Silicon Labs has introduced a family of compact, robust isolated smart switches designed to drive any load, even in the harshest industrial environments. The new Si834x isolated switches are ideal for driving resistive and inductive loads such as solenoids, relays and lamps
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08/28/2019
Mouser Carries Microchip's SAM R30 Sub-GHz Module
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the SAM R30 sub-GHz module from Microchip Technology. The industry’s smallest IEEE 802.15.4-compliant
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08/28/2019
Access Fixtures Introduces a Versatile New LED Canopy Light
WORCESTER, Mass./PRNewswire/ -- Access Fixtures has introduced a budget-friendly canopy light called the SYRF which is available in both a
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08/28/2019
Film Capacitors for DC Link Applications
TDK Corporation has extended its portfolio of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications with the robust new B3277*M series. The new types are suitable for extreme environmental conditions – a fact that has been proven by means of a THB test (temperature, humidity, bias) at 85 °C, 85 percent relative
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08/27/2019
New Lens for Lasers Operate in Harsh Environments
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the introduction of a new lens for use with its MIL Series Lasers.  The E²L Extreme Environment Lens incorporates a quartz glass lens into the end ferrule, providing resistance to harsh or extreme environmental conditions, such as welding
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08/27/2019
DC/DC Converter Achieves Breakthrough Power Savings
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of a buck-boost DC/DC converter with integrated MOSFET, the BD83070GWL. It combines unmatched efficiency with best-in-class current consumption, making it ideal for IoT, wearables, and portable devices. In recent years, the proliferation
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08/27/2019
A 2 nm Sized Nanomachine able to Transfer Rotational Energy
With the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year, it could be argued that the greatest science of the 20th Century was about big machines that could travel the universe. The rise of nanotechnology is suggesting that the 21th Century will be dedicated to much smaller machines that can
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08/26/2019
EMI Suppression Film Capacitors Certified to IEC 60384-14
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new series of X1, X2, and Y2 electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression film capacitors for standard across the line and line bypass applications. Designed to meet the most stringent requirements for robustness against humidity, the new F340
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08/26/2019
Ultra-Precision, AEC-Q200 Compliant Thin Film Resistors
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole has expanded its stock of its AEC-Q200 qualified precision thin film. Available in tolerances down to ±0.01% and ±5PPM temperature coefficient, the RNCF is available in various values and case sizes. Resistance values in stock range from 24.9 ohm up to 49.9K
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08/23/2019
Method Classifies Brain Cells Based on Electrical Signals

MIT Professor Earl Miller

For decades, neuroscientists have relied on a technique for reading out electrical "spikes" of brain activity in live, behaving subjects that tells them very little about the types of cells they are monitoring. In a new study, researchers at the University of Tuebingen and MIT's Picower Institute for
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08/22/2019
Edge-Wound Inductor Delivers Stable Inductance, Saturation
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new IHDM edge-wound, through-hole inductor with rated current up to 150 A for industrial and military applications. Featuring a powdered iron alloy core technology, the Vishay Custom Magnetics IHDM-1008BC-30
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08/21/2019
Tools to Minimize Risks in Shared Augmented-Reality

The team tested ShareAR with three case study apps: Cubist Art (top panel), which lets users create and share virtual artwork with each other; Doc Edit (bottom left panel), which lets users create virtual notes or lists they can share or keep private; and Paintball (bottom right panel), which lets users play paintball with virtual paint.

A few summers ago throngs of people began using the Pokemon Go app, the first mass-market augmented reality game, to collect virtual creatures hiding in the physical world. For now, AR remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology for a variety of group activities,
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08/21/2019
Rechargeable Aqueous Battery Versus Lithium-ion Dominance

The newly designed high voltage aqueous Zn anode batteries can challenge Li-ion's current dominance.

A new rechargeable high voltage manganese dioxide zinc battery, exceeding the 2 V barrier in aqueous zinc chemistry, is the latest invention by City College of New York researchers. With a voltage of 2.45-2.8V, the alkaline MnO2|Zn battery, developed by Dr. Gautam G. Yadav and his group in the CCNY-based CUNY
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08/21/2019
Wi-Fi Connectivity Kit Simplifies Secure IoT Connections
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the Renesas RX65N Cloud Kit featuring onboard Wi-Fi, environmental, light and inertial sensors, and support for Amazon FreeRTOS connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The kit gives embedded designers a fast start and secure connection
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08/20/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

Ultra-High Voltage SiC and Supercascodes New applications are emerging that require high voltage switch technology which is significantly lower in balance-of-system costs and operating losses than silicon IGBT and IGCT technology. This spans a wide range from solid state transformers, MW motor drives,
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08/20/2019
Vaneaxial Fan Designed for High-Pressure Applications
WILLOWBROOK, IL — The New York Blower Company has expanded its line of industrial axial fans with the Vaneaxial Adjustable Pitch Direct Drive Fan. The fan is ideal for high-flow, high-pressure applications in industries including mining, process supply and exhaust, transportation, combustion air/flare and
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08/20/2019
Switchboard Enhances Safety and Reduces Downtime
Eaton’s new Pow-R-Line XD switchboard features a compact design that enhances safety and reduces downtime with improved breaker change-out capability. The intelligent solution integrates both draw-out insulated case and molded case circuit breakers into a single UL 891 assembly, including Eaton’s new Power
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08/19/2019
ERNI Reduces Lead Times for Multiple Connector Product Lines
Richmond, Virginia -- ERNI Electronics, Inc. has substantially improved manufacturing lead times for a variety of interconnect product lines. Production lead times are down to a couple of weeks for many selections. Various changes to optimize production and supply chain management have led
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08/19/2019
Nylon as Building Block for Transparent Electronic Devices?

Transparent nylon could be an important building block for the development of transparent electronic circuits in the future.

As the microelectronic industry is now shifting toward wearable electronic gadgets and electronic (e-)textiles, the comprising electronic materials, such as ferroelectrics, should be integrated with our clothes. Nylons, a family of synthetic polymers, were first introduced in the 1920s' for women's stockings
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08/16/2019
DC/DC Converters Ideal for Transportation Applications
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER announces the release of their TRI Series of high voltage DC/DC converters featuring 5 power ranges. The 3.5, 6 and 10 watt models feature 7,071 VDC I/O isolation / 9,000 VDC peak isolation up to one second in the compact DIP-24 package. The 15 and 20 watt models feature 5,940
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08/16/2019
Silicon Photodiode Offerings Include New Processes
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc.  has expanded its standard Silicon photodiode offerings to include additional processes, active area sizes, case isolation and packaging options.   Marktech customers can now choose
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08/15/2019
Scientists Create Long-Life Fast-Charging Batteries
A group of researchers led by Skoltech Professor Pavel Troshin studied coordination polymers, a class of compounds with scarcely explored applications in metal-ion batteries, and demonstrated their possible future use in energy storage devices with a high charging/discharging rate and stability. The results
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08/15/2019
Applications Processors for Ultra-Low-Power Portable Devices
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the i.MX 7ULP applications processors from NXP Semiconductors. Based on Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator (FD-SOI) technology, the i.MX 7ULP devices support ultra-low-power performance and rich graphics for applications such as portable medical devices, smart home
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08/15/2019
Buck Switchers Provide High Voltage AC-DC Conversion
Plano, Texas – Diodes Incorporated announced the AP3917 family of universal AC-DC, non-isolated buck (step-down) power switchers for low-power applications, such as small appliances and IoT endpoints powered by an offline supply. Family members
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08/14/2019
ADLINK Keeps COM Express Type 2 Alive
SAN JOSE, Calif. – ADLINK Technology, Inc., announces a new COM Express Type 2 computer-on-module, based on the highly popular 6th/7th Gen Intel Core Processors (formerly “Skylake” and “Kaby Lake”). The new Express-SL2/KL2 module supports all Type 2 related legacy I/Os and thereby
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08/13/2019
60 V MOSFET Increases Efficiency and Power Density
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 60 V TrenchFET Gen IV n-channel power MOSFET that is the industry's first optimized for standard gate drives to deliver maximum on-resistance down to 4 mΩ at 10 V in the thermally enhanced 3.3 mm by 3.3 mm PowerPAK 1212-8S package. Designed to increase
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08/12/2019
High isolation, regulated DC/DC converters in compact package
The core characteristic of the TRI line is a sophisticated reinforced isolation system which is able to withstand high test voltages (9000 VDC for 1s and 5000 VAC for 60s) and working voltages (1000 VACrms). Complementing this isolation characteristic is a high Common
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08/09/2019
TTI Offers Infrared Emitters and Sensors from Kingbright
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the APT2012 Series infrared emitters and detectors from Kingbright. These LEDs are targeted for unique sensing applications in industrial and medical equipment applications.  Kingbright’s IR LEDs selection with infrared, phototransistor
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08/09/2019
Isolated Push-Pull DC-DC Converter Delivers 1W from SOT23-6
Chinese chip maker Mornsun has created a push-pull DC-DC converter chip IC with integrated mosfets that can deliver up to 1W through an isolation transformer — and the firm offers a selection of transformers. To maximise the reliability, the chip design has incorporated three key
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08/09/2019
Ultra-compact Size Isolated Regulated 1-3W DC/DC Converter
MORNSUN launched an ultra-compact size DC/DC converter series WRB, which features 2:1 wide input range, operating temperature range of -40℃~+85℃, and 1500VDC isolation voltage. What’s more, the size is 40% smaller than general products. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition, its continuous
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08/09/2019
PSDcast â€

Cone Drive’s Global Director of Strategic Markets, Jacob Randall

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Cone Drive about the company’s role in keeping one of the world's largest operational solar power plants going.
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08/08/2019
Smart Transceiver Supports LonWorks and BACnet Protocols
SANTA CLARA, CA – Adesto Technologies Corporation announced that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip (SoC) now natively supports LON, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks – uniquely enabling the popular LON and BACnet industrial protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly
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08/08/2019
Indium Corporation Launches New Indium Oxide
Indium Corporation has released IndiOx (In2O3) for use in the manufacture of ITO sputtering targets for thin-film coating. IndiOx (In2O3) is a stable ceramic-like material that is insoluble in water and volatizes at 850°C. When doped with tin oxide, IndiOx forms ITO, the material of choice
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08/08/2019
Wire-to-Board Products Deliver up to 12.5A per pin
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) has launched an expanded portfolio of ELCON Micro wire-to-board products, which provides a high current up to 12.5A per pin in the common industry footprint of 3.0mm, and now includes custom cable assemblies and a cable plug solution for design flexibility. These
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08/08/2019
A Wearable Device so Thin and Soft you Won't Even Notice it
Wearable human-machine interfaces - devices that can collect and store important health information about the wearer, among other uses - have benefited from advances in electronics, materials and mechanical designs. But current models still can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they can't always handle multiple
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08/05/2019
700V Ultra-High Voltage Process Technologies
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced it now offers 0.35 micron 700V Ultra-High Voltage process technologies (UHV) suitable for different system requirements for AC-DC converter ICs and LED driver ICs. Currently,
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08/05/2019
Triaxial Vibration Sensor for Condition-Based Monitoring
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the ADcmXL3021 triaxial vibration sensor from Analog Devices. Based on Analog Devices’ award-winning
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08/02/2019
LEDs with High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Technology
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking Osconiq S 3030 QD LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors. Utilizing Quantum Dot (QD) tunable light conversion technology, these mid-power LEDs are designed for area lighting and downlight applications that benefit from high efficacy and excellent color rendering. This
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08/02/2019
20 Watt DC/DC Converter Adds Dual Output Models
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER extends their TEQ 20 Series of 20 watt railway / rugged industrial DC/DC converters with dual outputs of ±12 / ±15 VDC. The TEQ 20WIR are a series of isolated high-performance railway DC/DC-converter modules with ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage ranges. The series is comprised
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08/01/2019
Heterophase Nanostructures Contribute to Efficient Catalysis

(a) TEM image of a-PdCu nanosheets. (b) XRD patterns of the as-synthesized (0 day) a-PdCu and the a-PdCu after aging for 14 days. (c) Hydrogenation reaction of 4-nitrostyrene (room temperature, H2 balloon). (d) The catalytic results of 30-min hydrogenation reaction using a-PdCu with different aging time as catalysts.

Selective catalysis plays a key role in various applications, such as fine chemical industry and oil refining, hence, developing catalysts with high efficiency and excellent chemoselectivity has become a research hotspot. Compared with other materials, noble metals, especially ultrathin two-dimensional (2D)
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08/01/2019
Is your Supercomputer Stumped? Might be a Quantum Solution

This is Chia Cheng 'Jason' Chang

Some math problems are so complicated that they can bog down even the world's most powerful supercomputers. But a wild new frontier in computing that applies the rules of the quantum realm offers a different approach. A new study led by a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley
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08/01/2019
ADLINK Signs on as NVIDIA Jetson Preferred Partner
SAN JOSE, Calif. — ADLINK Technology, Inc., has now signed on as an NVIDIA Jetson Preferred Partner. This collaboration strengthens ADLINK’s portfolio for artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge by empowering edge AI platforms with NVIDIA Jetson modules and accelerating edge AI deployment. Edge
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08/01/2019
PFC Capacitors: Rugged Design for a Long Service Life
TDK Corporation presents DeltaCap X Black Premium – a new series of EPCOS MKD capacitors for power factor correction (PFC). With rated voltages of between 440 V AC and 850 V AC, the capacitors with an internal delta connection are designed for power factor correction and filtering of harmonics
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08/01/2019