Industrial

October 2019
Moving from Electromechanical to Solid-State in Relays and Circuit Breakers

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Figure 1: Contact wear in an electromechanical relay

As a mature technology, electromechanical relays and circuit breakers are well established, however they continue to suffer from some inherent weaknesses. Moving to solid-state technology can address these but introduces its own challenges. So, what is the right solution? In the movies, whenever the
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10/31/2019
Indium Corporation Launches No-Clean, Halogen-Free Flux
Indium Corporation has released TACFlux 108HF, a new no-clean, halogen-free, high tack force flux for hand soldering and rework applications.  TACFlux 108HF is compatible with SAC Pb-free alloys for PCB assembly applications. It joins Indium Corporation’s versatile offering of specialty fluxes
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10/31/2019
40V Synchronous Buck Converters Deliver High Efficiency
Diodes Incorporated announced the introduction of five synchronous buck converters with integrated high- and low-side MOSFETs, providing point-of-load (PoL) solutions with a continuous output current of either 3.5A or 5A. The devices feature proprietary gate driver technology, delivering superior EMI performance
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10/30/2019
Marshall Electronics Expands Popular OEM Lens Line
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Marshall Electronics' Optical Systems Division has announced the release of a new series of high-performance 5MP miniature lenses for industrial OEM applications, including automated robotic warehouses, robotics manufacturing and inspection, machine vision, automotive Tier-1, and visible
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10/30/2019
40 Watt DC/DC Converters with Improved Cost & Performance
TRACO POWER announces their new TEN 40E and TEN 40WIE families of 40 watt high-density DC/DC Converters optimized to reduce cost and improve performance in the industry standard 2" x 1" footprint. The primary difference between these two families of DC/DC converters is the TEN 40E has wide
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10/30/2019
DIN-Rail Power Supplies Awarded Network Rail Certification
PULS Power is pleased to announce that five of their QS Series products have been awarded full acceptance certification by Network Rail for use with signaling equipment in environments not exceeding 95% relative humidity. The Network Rail product acceptance process is required for products intended for use on
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10/29/2019
Commutation Encoder for 9 mm to 15.875 mm BLDC Motor Shafts
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI Devices’ Motion Group announced the introduction of a new model to its AMT commutation encoder family that supports larger motor shaft sizes from 9 mm to 15.875 mm (5/8 inch). The AMT33 series generates standard U/V/W communication signals for commutating brushless dc motors in industrial,
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10/29/2019
Exclusive Broadband Hybrid Silicon-InGaAs Photodetectors
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced the global market introduction of its Models MT03-041 (TO-5) and MT03-047 (SMD), two new broadband hybrid Silicon-InGaAs photodetectors.   The industry-exclusive design of
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10/29/2019
Scientists Build a Nanocage with Antiaromatic Walls

Figure 1. Chemical structure of an antiaromatic-walled nanospace. (a) construction of antiaromatic-walled nanospace. (b) X-ray crystal structure with a 3D NICS grid, showing magnetic deshielding experienced within the nanospace. Antiaromaticity effects becomes stronger in the order of yellow < orange < red color.

(Tokyo) Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Copenhagen have built a self-assembled nanocage with a very unusual nanospace: Its walls are made of antiaromatic molecules, which are generally considered too unstable to work with. By overturning assumptions
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10/23/2019
TTI Stocks Optical Sensor Modules from TT Electronics
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the OPB9001 reflective optical sensor module from TT Electronics. This sensor is targeted for medical and industrial applications including industrial printing, asset tracking, factory automation, automated banking systems, safety and security devices,
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10/23/2019
  Now at Mouser: Texas Instruments Sitara AM574x Processors
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the Sitara AM574x processors from Texas Instruments (TI). These Arm Cortex-based devices achieve high levels of processing and are designed to meet the intense processing needs of modern embedded applications, including industrial communications, human-machine interface
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10/21/2019
Energy Storage Capacitors Offer High Moisture Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of 3.0 V ruggedized ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh, high humidity environments. Vishay BCcomponents 235 EDLC-HVR
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10/21/2019
Autonomous Tram in Depot

The AStriD project focuses on the technical and legal challenges relating to the automation of tram depots.

The AStriD "Autonomous Tram in Depot" project is aimed at reaching the next milestone on the way towards autonomous transport systems: Full automation of a tram depot with an autonomous tram and digital depot operations. This project of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and industry partners
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10/17/2019
MachineMetrics Launches Industrial IoT Partner Ecosystem
BOSTON — MachineMetrics announced the formation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Partner Ecosystem. The program is designed to drive collaboration and innovation around MachineMetrics’ unique Industrial IoT platform to improve machine performance, enhance legacy manufacturing processes,
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10/17/2019
Do we Trust AI Agents to Mediate Conflict? Not Entirely
We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps or Waze, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? A new study says not just yet. Researchers from USC and the University of Denver created a simulation in
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10/16/2019
800 W AC-DC U-Channel Power Supplies
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions announced the ABC800 Series and MBC800 Series, which are U-Channel power supplies ideal for industrial (ABC Series) and medical (MBC Series) applications and available in a variety of single output voltages. The ABC800 Series of U-channel power
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10/15/2019
Traco Power - new 0.6 and 1A POL converters
The TSR-WI line is a set of non-isolated POL converter series with an ultra wide 8:1 input voltage range which come in standard SIP-3 packages. Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications
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10/15/2019
eGaN FET Helps Time-of-Flight Lidar Systems 'See' Better
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— EPC announces successful AEC Q101 qualification of the 15 V EPC2216 designed for lidar applications where increased accuracy is vital such as in self-driving cars and other time-of-flight (TOF) applications including facial recognition, warehouse automation, drones and mapping. The
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10/15/2019
Compact Form Factors for DC Link Applications
TDK Corporation has extended the portfolio of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications with the B3277*X/Y/Z series. The new capacitors feature compact dimensions, high capacitance density and high current capability. They are designed for rated voltages of between 500 and 1200 V DC. The series offers numerous
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10/15/2019
4Gb High-Speed CMOS DDR4 SDRAMs
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that it has expanded its product offering with a new line of high-speed CMOS DDR4 SDRAMs. For improved performance over previous-generation DDR3 devices, the 4Gb AS4C256M16D4 and AS4C512M8D4 offer lower power consumption and faster data transfer rates in 96-ball
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10/14/2019
Automotive MLVs with Low Clamping-to-Working-Voltage Ratios
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released a new series of automotive-qualified multilayer varistors (MLVs) especially designed to exhibit lower breakdown- and clamping-voltage to working-voltage ratios than other standard varistors. Comprised of zinc-oxide-based (ZnO-based) ceramic semiconductor devices
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10/13/2019
32-Bit Arm Cortex-M Microcontrollers with Advanced Security
TOKYO, Japan ―Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled the Renesas Advanced (RA) Family of 32-bit Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers (MCUs). RA MCUs deliver the ultimate combination of optimized performance, security, connectivity, peripheral IP, and easy-to-use Flexible Software Package
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10/13/2019
The Only Fully Comprehensive AI-Driven Battery Tester
The battery testing technology will be rebranded BatteryWare under a new wholly owned subsidiary of E-Getx Limited and will be exclusively used for the first in the field tests of the ConFlow Power Device to be conducted during the 1st quarter of 2020.   BatteryWare is unique.
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10/09/2019
Position Sensor Offers Robust, High-Resolution Performance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new high precision position sensor that offers more robust performance than existing absolute encoders and better resolution and accuracy than traditional Hall effect sensors for industrial robotics and other demanding applications. The new RAMK060
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10/08/2019
Expanded Surface Mount SWIR Reflective Sensor Offerings
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced the recent expansion of its industry-exclusive surface mount (SMD) SWIR reflective sensor family.   The superior alignment and sensitivity of Marktech’s surface mount SWIR
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10/03/2019
Keeping Cool with Quantum Wells
Tokyo, Japan - University of Tokyo researchers have announced a new approach for electrical cooling without the need for moving parts. By applying a bias voltage to quantum wells made of the semiconductor aluminum gallium arsenide, electrons can be made to shed some of their heat in a process called "evaporative
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10/03/2019
TVS Diode Arrays Ideal for High-Speed Data Interfaces
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc., introduced a series of low capacitance TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) optimized to protect high-speed differential data lines from electrostatic discharge (ESD), cable discharge events (CDE), electrical fast transients (EFT), and lightning-induced surges, keeping
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10/01/2019
Thin Film Resistors With 0.01% Tolerance and 5 ppm TCR
RALEIGH, NC – The RNCF Series from Stackpole is a surface mount precision thin film chip resistor series with one of the broadest ranges of resistance values, sizes, tolerances, and TCR's in the industry. The RNCF Series has thousands of popular part numbers in stock including many values
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10/01/2019
MEMS Thermopile Vacuum Sensors With Broad Effective Range
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Posifa Technologies introduced its new PVC3000 series of MEMS thermopile vacuum sensors. Built on the proven performance of the company's leading Pirani devices, the next-generation sensors deliver a wider effective range from 1 millitorr (0.13 Pa) to 1 atm (760 torr, or 101 kPa) to eliminate
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10/01/2019
DOE Announces $21.4 Million for Quantum Research

(From left to right) Brookhaven computational scientist Shinjae Yoo (principal investigator), Brookhaven physicist Chao Zhang, and Stony Brook University quantum information theorist Tzu-Chieh Wei are developing deep learning techniques to efficiently handle sparse data using quantum computer architectures. Data sparsity is common in high-energy physics experiments.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $21.4 million in funding for research in Quantum Information Science (QIS) related to both particle physics and fusion energy sciences. "QIS holds great promise for tackling challenging questions in a wide range of disciplines,"
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10/01/2019