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September 2020
E-PEAS Supply Deal w/ Mouser for Energy Harvesting PMICs
e-peas has significantly strengthened its sales channel following the announcement that it has entered into a worldwide distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics. Through the agreement, Mouser will stock the complete portfolio of highly advanced e-peas energy harvesting PMICs, as well as related evaluation bo
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09/30/2020
New High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converter Family
System designers have limited options for small, robust, feature-rich high-speed ADCs for extended-temperature operation. Microchip Technology Inc.  announced it has filled this gap with its MCP37Dx1-80 family, the company’s second pipelined ADC offering and first to combine 80 MSPS in a choice of 12-, 14
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09/30/2020
I Want My IoT

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

The tech industry loves buzzwords for new technology: AI, thin clients, set-top boxes, social distancing technologies, and so on. (For some of the latest examples see the Gartner Hype Cycle.) When a buzzword goes mainstream, both experts and non-technologists know that what is really meant: the technology has big money associated with it. Think Sili
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09/30/2020

High-Speed CMOS DDR4 SDRAMs Feature New 8Gb Devices
To meet the increasing demand for higher-density CMOS DDR4 SDRAMs, Alliance Memory announced that it has expanded its portfolio with two new 8Gb devices. Delivering improved performance over previous-generation DDR3 SDRAMs, the AS4C1G8D4 and AS4C512M16D4 offer lower power consumption and faster data transfer ra
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09/30/2020
Advanced Energy's Pyrometer for Production Monitoring
Advanced Energy announced the release of its new pyrometry platform, the Impac Series 600, for non-contact temperature measurement of non-metallic or coated metallic surfaces in industrial manufacturing applications. Featuring a modular, field-configurable multichannel plug-and-play design, the Impac Series 60
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09/30/2020
Multiplexers Provide Signal Distribution in IIoT Apps
Diodes Incorporated announced the introduction of the PS508 and PS509 analog multiplexers that are capable of switching signal voltages of up to 36V in an industrial environment. The high voltage capability of the devices will support industrial IoT (IIoT) applications using multiple sensors, including factory au
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09/30/2020
Extremely Compact Isolated Auxiliary Supply for SiC-MOSFET Gate Driver

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Figure 1: Topology of a SiC-MOSFET half-bridge with highlighted parasitic inductances

With the increasing spread of high-voltage power semiconductor components build with silicon carbide (SiC) technology, which operate at switching frequencies above 100 kHz, the requirements for their gate control are becoming more and more demanding. Besides the bipolar, positive and negative driving voltages fo
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09/30/2020
Space-Saving Film Capacitor for Automotive Applications
KEMET announces its new R52 series of compact polypropylene film X2 EMI (electromagnetic interference) suppression capacitors. This series fulfills the growing need of automotive, industrial, consumer, and energy applications that require a smaller, high-capacitance X2 class solution for suppressing EMI. While th
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09/29/2020
PSDcast – Promoting Wind Energy w/ a More Efficient Turbine

Kevin Wolf, President of Wind Harvest

The US lags far behind the rest of the world in renewables, with the one notable exception being wind power. So how do we move the renewable needle forward, and what role should government play vs. industry? Wind Harvest
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09/29/2020
Wireless Charging Without the Need for Digital Control

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Figure 1. AutoResonant LC tank voltage and current waveforms with square wave input at less than 50% duty cycle

Wireless charging is increasingly utilized for small size wearable devices, as it eliminates the need for cables or any exposed connectors on the device. For applications with charge current less than 10 mA, closed-loop control between the wireless charger receiver and the transmitter is not required as the po
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09/28/2020
Force Sensing Provides Flexibility and Reliability

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Figure 1. Early generation smartphones featured a force-sensing home button

Force sensing can be employed so that a false positive can be avoided, as well as expanding on input possibilities, such as coupling this with menu selections.  The most common use of force sensing can be found on previous generations of smartphones that required touch to wake-up and perform other functions.  Sm
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09/28/2020
Solving Key Power Challenges for AI and Supercomputing
Numerous forums have allowed us to connect with customers and industry innovators in the computing domain, featuring events including the inaugural AI Hardware Summit and Supercomputing 2019 (SC19), alongside datacenter-focused events like the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit and the Open Data Center Co
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09/28/2020
How to Secure Tomorrow's Connected Industrial Systems

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Figure 1. IoT devices manage power distribution, transportation systems, logistics, manufacturing, and smart homes. Ensuring the security of these devices is critical.

From a recent explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility that experts suggest may have been caused by a cyberattack to a Las Vegas hotel that was hacked through a smart thermometer used to monitor the water temperature in an aquarium, attacks against IoT devices are on the rise. Malware attacks targeting IoT devic
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09/28/2020
The Essential Technologies That Make a Building Smart

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Figure 1. BMS Smart Building/City IoT Architecture

Building automation systems are projects of the internet of things (IoT) combined with automation and control. Edge devices and sensors track a local condition, transfer the data to a local or remote gateway requiring a low-speed network. There, the data is collected, correlated, and processed for further action. Ed
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09/28/2020
Sensing and balancing IC for automotive battery management
The device is especially designed for batteries in hybrid and electric cars, but it is also suitable for other applications. It measures the voltage in up to twelve battery cells with an accuracy of ± 5.8 mV over the entire temperature and voltage range as well as the operating life cycle. Furthermore, it supports
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09/27/2020
Advanced H2S protection of IGBT modules enhances lifetime
Harsh environments with critical levels of H2S can be found especially in paper production, mining, wastewater and petrochemical processing as well as in the rubber industry.H2S is the most critical corrosive contaminant for power semiconductors. During operation, IGBT modules are usually heated up to high temperature l
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09/27/2020
CoolSiC 62 mm module opens up new SiC applications
The proven 62 mm device has been designed in half-bridge topology and is based on the trench chip technology. It opens up silicon carbide for applications in the medium power range starting at 250 kW – where silicon reaches the limits of power density with IGBT technology. Compared to a 62 mm IGBT module, the
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09/27/2020
Low Voltage Automotive Buck Converter with Programmable PFM/PWM
With a fully integrated 110mΩ high-side power MOSFET and 80mΩ low-side power MOSFET, it provides high-efficiency step-down DC-DC conversion from 5V and 3.3V input rails. The converter has been developed for use in automotive applications including infotainment systems, instrumentation clusters, telematics, a
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09/27/2020
New silicon carbide power module for electric vehicles
In the past ten years, Infineon has sold more than 50 million EasyPACK modules with different chipsets for a wide range of industrial and automotive applications. At the same time, the semiconductor manufacturer has successfully established its extensive portfolio of CoolSiC products in industrial applications.
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09/27/2020
Panel mounted voltage measurement with LEM DVC 1000 series
The DVC 1000 series offers panel mounted voltage measurement in a compact package, measuring only 29 x 51 x 89 mm, giving a total volume of only 131.6 cm3. Designed to measure a nominal voltage of 1000 VRMS, the DVC 1000 series uses an isolating amplifier, providing very high levels of isolation with a safet
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09/27/2020
LinkSwitch-TN2 High-Voltage Switcher ICs for Automotive Use
Featuring an integrated 750 V MOSFET, the new automotive-qualified LinkSwitch-TN2 IC provides simple and reliable power for EV sub-systems connected to the high-voltage bus, including HVAC, climate control, battery management, battery heater, DC-DC converter and on-board charger systems. The surface-mount devi
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09/27/2020
High-Speed Op Amp Eliminates Oscillation from Load Capacitances
The device targets applications such as anomaly detection systems used in measurement and control equipment along with sensors that work with very small signals. The proliferation of IoT in recent years has led to a significant increase in the number of electronic components used for advanced control in a v
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09/27/2020
Soft saturation behaviour, but very tough
The WE-HCIT inductors are robust THT inductors particularly suited for use in vibration-sensitive applications. They are characterized by a high current capability of up to 28 A and a very low RDC (0.44 – 0.88 Ω. WE-HCIT components have a very soft saturation behavior. The areas of application for the W
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09/27/2020
1U 1kW programmable DC power supplies
These new products further expand the TDK-Lambda GENESYS+ series, offering up to 1,000W output power in a choice of full or half-rack package sizes. The GENESYS+ series is ideally suited for bench-top or rack-mount equipment in a wide variety of OEM, industrial and laboratory applications. Ten models are avai
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09/27/2020
AEC-Q200-certified SMD ferrites with peak current load ratings
The respective peak-current capability of the ferrite beads is exactly specified. They are characterized by a high rated current of up to 10 A and extremely low resistances. WE-MPSA ferrite beads are available in the construction sizes 0805, 1206, 1612, 1812, 2220, and 3312 and can also in some cases be supplied
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09/27/2020
Motor System ICs for control of small electric motors in cars
These ICs are the world's first multiple half-bridge drivers for MOSFETs with integrated power supply and communication interfaces. "With our highly integrated Motor System ICs, system designers only need half the board space compared to existing solutions. At the same time, system designers maintain the c
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09/27/2020
New Ranges of Film Capacitors for Green Energy and Automotive
Constructed with an aluminum canister design, both the C44U-M and C44P-R power film series address the increasing demand for high-power conversion systems in green energy and industrial applications. These capacitors also support power conversion in en-ergy storage systems, IGBT and wide bandgap (WBG) semiconduct
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09/27/2020
Wireless Battery Management System for Electric Vehicles
The wBMS enables automotive manufacturers increased flexibility to scale their electric vehicle fleets into volume production across a wide range of vehicle classes. This is the first wireless battery management system available for production electric vehicles, and it will debut on General Motors’ production
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09/27/2020
The devices also have an optional tin-lead 10 x 14mm SiP BGA package for Mil COTS applications. These high-density and high-efficiency buck regulators have a 14 – 42V input voltage range and support nominal outputs of 3.3V and 5V, adjustable over ranges of 2.2 – 4V and 4 – 6.5V, respectively. The device
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09/27/2020
ROHM and LEADRIVE Establish Joint Laboratory
SiC power devices have been adopted increasingly in onboard vehicle chargers and DC/DC converters. These devices provide several advantages compared to silicon-based power devices such as IGBTs. One key benefit: significantly lower losses during both switching and conduction along with being able to operate at hi
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09/27/2020
Integrated LIN Interface Sensor Signal Conditioner
      The single-package sensor signal conditioner (SSC) delivers best-in-class performance, increased design flexibility, and cost efficiency in a compact form factor for HVAC applications used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and Fuel-cell Ele
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09/27/2020
Würth Elektronik extends its switch portfolio
The 8.7 x 3.0 x 2.0 mm WS-SLSU SPDT switch is a slide switch in horizontal design, which is attached to the outer edge of the PCB as a SMT mountable component. Würth Elektronik also offers WS-TASU (6.2 x 3.0 x 3.5 mm, actuating force 160 gf), a switch for edge connection. The new miniaturized buttons, which are suitable
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09/27/2020
SIGA Broadens Wound Components Capability
The move follows SIGA’s acquisition of the business and assets in February of Wolverhampton-based Stabilised Transformers Limited. Their current transformer capability includes open or enclosed types of dry transformers and inductors, and extends through double wound and auto wound components, toroidal wound
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09/27/2020
Schaffner White Paper on EV Charging
The whitepaper provides guidance on the following key topics: •         Which safety requirements must be met in EV charging. •         Which EMC limit values are set for EV charging stations. •     
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09/27/2020
Würth Elektronik extends its WE-CBA product family
The SMDs are AEC-Q200 qualified as part of Würth Elektronik's automotive electronics portfolio. WE-CBA features high-quality Ni-Sn electrodes, a very high current carrying capacity up to 6 A, and operating temperatures from -55 to +125ºC. The ferrites, which are available in various specifications, are ideally
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09/27/2020
Power transformer maker relies on Yokogawa power analyzer
Founded in 1959, SEA supplies high-value assets which are expected to provide a return over decades. Quality, durability, safety and reliable performance are therefore key characteristics that customers are looking for when they specify a new transformer or reactor. Transformers play a crucial role in the transmission
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09/27/2020
InnoSwitch3 Flyback Switcher IC for Automotive Applications
The newly qualified device family targets automotive EV applications, such as traction inverter, OBC (on-board charger), EMS (energy management DC/DC bus converters) and BMS (battery management systems). The InnoSwitch3-AQ uses Power Integrations’ high-speed FluxLink™ coupling to achieve ±3% accuracy for
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09/27/2020
Small, low-power 3D magnetic sensor opens up new designs
With an 87 percent smaller footprint and 46 percent less height than previous comparable products, the sensor opens up new design options. Due to the small WLB-5 package (1.13 mm x 0.93 mm x 0.59 mm) and its low current consumption of 7 nA in power-down mode, the new magnetic sensor is also suitable for use
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09/27/2020
Upgrade to DesignSpark Mechanical 3D CAD modelling software
Version 5.0 offers new features, enhancements and customisation options that have been developed following feedback from users. The new release coincides with the 10-year anniversary of DesignSpark. Developed in conjunction with Ansys Inc., the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modelling software
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09/27/2020
PSDcast – Using Optical Sensors to Fight COVID-19

Gabriele Fulco with Omron Electronic Components Europe

Touchless solutions are both quicker and more efficient, and they happen to dovetail perfectly with our newfound appreciation for personal space and avoiding germs whenever possible .... Read More Omron Electronic Components Europe
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09/25/2020
SMD Power Inductors Handle High Temp and Current
Sumida continues the expansion of its AEC-Q200 qualified SMD inductors with the introduction of the CDEP13D**/T150 line. Consisting of ten standard types and ten high-power types, the new devices offer a combination of four key benefits, when compared to many other inductors. These are high temperature, high cur
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09/25/2020
Efabless Expands Support for Cloud-based Design Platform
Efabless Corporation announced it has expanded design support for the GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) 130G solution. The new offering, which includes digital design and low cost ASIC development based on configurable design templates, provides a full “semiconductor ecosystem in a box” that brings the power of GF’s 13
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09/24/2020
Anti-vandal Pushbutton Features up to 40% Space-Savings
C&K has launched an IP67-rated anti-vandal pushbutton switch with a short-body. Designed for spaced-constrained applications, the ATPS19 Series pushbutton switch offers a nearly 40% reduction on the body length as compared to the standard ATP19 version. Rated to more than 200K electrical life cycles, the
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09/24/2020
Richardson Electronics Offers GA High-Energy Capacitors
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced today the availability of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems' high-energy capacitors for pulse power. General Atomics' high-energy capacitors for pulse power are exceptionally reliable and capable of handling even the most demanding applications. Solutions are availab
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09/24/2020
 300W Li-ion Battery Charger for E-mobility Applications
Calex Manufacturing Company, Inc. announces the addition of the 300 Watt CEV Series charger for li-ion batteries.  The ruggedized packaging and thermal design make the AC-DC charger one of the most resilient on the market. The series can be used as either an external charging source or installed on board a
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09/24/2020
Fanless Power Supplies Introduced by Advanced Energy
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced the availability of its Excelsys CS1000 fanless power supply series. Delivering up to 1000W with no fans, this convection cooled family of highly efficient power supplies eliminates acoustic noise, vibration and the need for baseplate cooling, making them lightweight an
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09/24/2020
AEC-Q200 Compliant Dual-Choke Filter Inductor Series
Bourns, Inc., introduced the Model DR334A Line Filter Series. These current-compensated dual choke filter inductors feature higher current capability than typical standard signal line common mode chokes, as well as high stray inductance and differential mode noise rejection. These capabilities make the Model DR3
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09/24/2020
EPC Increases Benchmark Performance Versus Silicon MOSFETs
EPC advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of EPC2218 and EPC2204 100 V eGaN FETs.  The applications for these leading-edge devices include synchronous rectification, class-D audio, infotainment systems, DC-DC converters (h
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09/24/2020
AVX Expands its Range of Board-to-Board Battery Connectors
AVX Corporation extended its well-proven range of board-to-board battery connectors with the addition of the new 9155-250 Series, which — like the rest of the 9155 family — delivers high-reliability electrical and mechanical connectivity in harsh, high-temperature medical, industrial, networking, and consumer el
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09/24/2020
Laminated Bus Bars for High-Temperature Applications
Mersen is pleased to introduce MHi-T High Temperature Bus Bars. Using a combination of polyaramid dielectric insulation and high temperature adhesive, MHi-T High Temperature Bus Bars are designed to respond to increased temperature rises in Wide Band Gap technology systems. While traditional laminated bus bars ar
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09/23/2020
Silicon power transistors with wide bandgap-like performance
The claim is made by developer Search For The Next (SFN). The first devices to use Bizen are members of the QJT (Quantum Junction Transistor) family which will include three parts rated at 1200V/75A, 900V/75A and 650V/32A, available in the industry-standard TO247 or TO263 power MOSFET packages. Of extreme signif
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09/22/2020
Wet Tantalum Capacitor w/ Ratings in the B and C Case Codes
To meet the needs of military and avionics applications, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its EP1 wet tantalum capacitor with new ratings in the B and C case codes. Offering the industry's highest capacitance per Voltage rating and case size for this device type, the capacitor is
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09/21/2020
Illuminated Keyswitch Offering w/ Tactile Feedback Version
C&K has developed an illuminated keyswitch series that offers smooth, positive tactile feedback with a clear tactile sound for superior ergonomics and ease of use. The D6 Series illuminated keyswitch features an integrated LED, reducing costs and simplifying the design of the illumination path. As a result, th
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09/18/2020
Sager Electronics Offers Conxall's Sealed Connectors
Sager Electronics is now stocking Switchcraft Conxall’s Micro-Con-X Insta-Click Sealed Connector series. Switchcraft Conxall's new Micro-Con-X Insta-Click product line adds several key improvements for even harsher environment applications. An all new latching mechanism provides an automatic positive lock while
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09/18/2020
TT Electronics to Acquire Torotel, Expanding in US Mil/Aero
TT Electronics announces it has agreed to acquire Torotel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of high-reliability power and electromagnetic assemblies and components for the aerospace and defense markets. The acquisition is one of several, recent demonstrations of TT’s commitment to continued investment in
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09/17/2020
The First SoC FPGA Development Kit Based on RISC-V Set
The rising adoption of the free and open RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) is driving the need for an affordable, standardized development platform that embeds RISC-V technology and leverages the diverse RISC-V ecosystem. To meet this need, Microchip Technology Inc. is offering the industry’s first RI
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09/16/2020
New PSpice for TI Tool Helps Engineers Speed Time to Market
Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new custom version of the PSpice simulator from Cadence Design Systems Inc. that enables engineers to simulate complex analog circuits with unlimited analysis of TI power and signal-chain products. PSpice for TI offers full-featured circuit simulation with a growing library of
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09/15/2020
Power Stage for Graphics Add-in-Cards and Gaming Notebooks
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced a new series of DrMOS targeting multiphase VR regulators powering high-performance GPU and memory in desktop Add-In Graphics Cards (AICs) and gaming notebooks. The AOZ531xQI series uses AOS latest generation of Gen Alpha MOSFET technology to provide benchmark pe
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09/15/2020
AVX/Ethertronics' High-Efficiency Patch Antenna Portfolio
AVX Corporation announced its extensive portfolio of high-performance, high-efficiency patch antennas optimized to satisfy demanding connectivity and miniaturization requirements in wireless applications throughout the automotive, industrial, networking, medical, consumer electronics, energy, and transportation in
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09/14/2020
Single-Phase EMC Filter Designed for Control Equipment
Schaffner reintroduces the FN2415 - single-phase EMC filter for control equipment with extended capabilities. Large and complex machine tools with multiple driving axes and very long motor cables can be subjected to major reliability problems caused by internal coupling of interferences from the drive system to
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09/14/2020
TTI Stocks Amphenol 12G MCX Connectors for Broadcast
TTI, Inc., carries a wide selection of Amphenol RF's high-frequency MCX connectors. Amphenol RF's line of high-frequency MCX connectors are designed to support data transfer rates of up to 12Gbps enabling the transmission of high resolution uncompressed video signals. These connectors provide 4K and Ultra-HD
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09/14/2020
Designing the First Public, Statewide 'Internet of Things'
Cornell University engineers and researchers are designing the nation's first statewide Internet of Things public infrastructure. Thanks to a $1.5 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, Cornell faculty will collaborate with community partners around New York - through Cornell Cooperative Extension
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09/14/2020
PSDcast – Reliable Batteries for the Navy

George Cintra, Chief Technology Officer at EaglePicher

The Navy is working on a number of high-power projects, including directed-energy weapons. And for those systems to function properly, they need robust batteries and efficient use of power and intermittent power. EaglePicher Technologies
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09/14/2020
RECOM Power's RACM60 AC/DC Power Supplies Ship from Sager
Sager Electronics is now stocking RECOM Power’s RACM60 Series 60W AC/DC power supply.   RECOM Power's RACM60 series are 2" x 3" medical-grade, open-frame AC/DC converters that provide 4kVAC/1min reinforced isolation. They have an ambient operating temperature range of -40°C up to 55°C and up
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09/11/2020
Micron 5V Flash Products Available From Alliance Memory
Alliance Memory announced that the company is now an authorized reseller for Micron's M29F 5V parallel NOR Flash devices, which Micron previously discontinued with product change notification #32160 (last time buy: March 2018). Micron is continuing to produce these devices for Alliance Memory and intends to onl
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09/11/2020
Richardson Electronics Offers AMOTECH Ceramic Capacitors
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced its global support of AMOTECH’s High-Q and broadband multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). AMOTECH’s ACQ (High-Q) series offers superior equivalent series resistance (ESR), high working voltage, and high self-resonance frequencies. These capacitors are RoHS comp
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09/11/2020
Bel Magnetic Solutions' Marvell-Compatible 10GBASE-T ICMs
Bel Magnetic Solutions introduces a line of Marvell compatible 10GBASE-T MagJack ICMs. These 10GBASE-T ICMs are ideal for customers looking to upgrade their product performance for maximum speed over twisted pair copper cables, up to ten times over standard Gigabit Ethernet technology. Bel Magnetic Solutions’ Ma
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09/10/2020
Omron Expands Safety Offering with Visual Lockout/Tagout
Omron Automation Americas has partnered with Brady Corporation to add dedicated service offerings for lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures and arc flash risk mitigation to further help manufacturers maintain compliance and protect their employees. These new services are part of Omron’s commitment to providing hol
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09/10/2020
DC-Link Film Capacitors Deliver Stable Capacitance and ESR
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of Automotive Grade DC-Link metallized polypropylene film capacitors optimized for high humidity environments. The Vishay Roederstein MKP1848H DC-Link is Vishay's first series of AEC-Q200 qualified DC-Link film capacitors to withstand temperature humidity bia
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09/09/2020
Stackpole Adds 5 ppm Ability to MLFA AEC Compliant MELFs
Modern electronics have become more complex and their requirements more precise. For those applications that require low TCR, finding an AEC compliant part can be challenging. Stackpole's MLFA is an AEC compliant MELF that offers exceptional electrical and environmental stability, with low self-heating. The MLFA is
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09/09/2020
Murata's Metal Terminal Type MLCCs w/ High-Voltage Tolerance
Murata Electronics announced the availability of two new metal terminal type multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) series with temperature compensating U2J characteristics. The KCM line for automotive applications delivers low loss and excellent stability performance in high temperature, high voltages, an
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09/09/2020
CUI Devices Adds IP67 Rated Models to Enclosed Speaker Line
CUI Devices’ Audio Group announced the addition of waterproof enclosed speakers to its CES product family. Carrying IP67 ratings, these enclosed speakers feature sound pressure levels (SPLs) from 89 to 106 dB at 10 cm and resonance frequencies from 680 to 1700 Hz. Thanks to their enclosed speaker design and IP
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09/08/2020
Boundaries no Barrier for Thermoelectricity

Using a novel optical detection system that heats nanoscale gold wires with a single laser, researchers at Rice University showed electricity generated by temperature differences is not affected measurably by grain boundaries, while strain and other defects in the material change the thermoelectric response.

Though the Summer Olympics were postponed, there's at least one place to see agile hurdlers go for the gold. You just need a way to view these electron games. Using a novel optical detection system, researchers at Rice University found that electricity generated by temperature differences doesn't appear to
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09/08/2020
Low-cost DC-DC converter ranges
They all focus on a simple and effective design approach which is unique to those Traco Power Products. By innovative engineering we have come up with an electrical design which minimizes component and labor costs. Key focus of those designs was to maximize the amount of automatization of the manufacturing process.
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09/07/2020
4 kW Analog-Controlled Totem-pole GaN Evaluation Board
Transphorm, Inc. announced availability of its newest evaluation board, the TDTTP4000W065AN. Designed for single-phase AC-to-DC power conversion up to 4 kilowatts (kW), this board uses the bridgeless totem-pole power factor correction (PFC) topology with a traditional analog control. This pairing provides fast an
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09/07/2020
Linear Power Amplifier Delivers New Levels of Power Density
The PA22 from Apex Microtechnology establishes a new benchmark in power amplifier performance for a variety of applications where high speed and short-term power dissipation is a must. With this device, designers are offered exceptional power handling capability by meeting high supply voltage demands, driving su
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09/04/2020
What are the advantages of SiC-based designs and how can you implement them?

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Figure 1 Technology positioning – Si, SiC and GaN

The global trends - such as digitalization and energy efficiency - that have emerged and accelerated in the past few years pose new challenges to the manufacturers as well as the semiconductor market. Developing power semiconductor devices that contribute to highly efficient power management systems is on the ag
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09/03/2020
A Molecular Approach to Quantum Computing

An illustration showing a molecule in a state of superposition.

The technology behind the quantum computers of the future is fast developing, with several different approaches in progress. Many of the strategies, or "blueprints," for quantum computers rely on atoms or artificial atom-like electrical circuits. In a new theoretical study in the journal Physical Review
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09/02/2020
Stackpole Improves Thick Film Resistor Power Ratings
Electronic devices that require downsizing or increased functionality may utilize high power surface mount resistors to accomplish this. High power surface mount chip resistors utilize materials designed for the higher temperatures associated with higher power levels. Stackpole's RMCP series is a thick film techno
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09/02/2020
Ultrasonic Level Transmitter is Ultrastable
With its modular design and intelligent algorithms, the LST200 is easy to install, commission and maintain and stable in use, decreasing total expenditure over the product’s lifetime.  Commissioning the LST200 is easy thanks to a set-up menu that guides customers through configura
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09/02/2020
C&K Develops Sealed Subminiature Snap-acting Switch
C&K has launched a silent, sealed, subminiature, snap-acting switch series that offers precise actuation in automotive applications. The compact ZMW Series snap-acting switch combines a long stroke with more than 2mm of over travel for reliable actuation. The ZMW Series is used in rugged environments includin
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09/02/2020
30 / 65 Watt AC/DC Compact Open-Frame Power Supplies
TRACO POWER’s new 30 / 65 Watt TPI line of compact open frame AC/DC power supplies are cost-optimized for price sensitive Industrial, Automation and IoT applications. The TPI 30 and TPI 65 products feature: -40°C ~ +85°C Operation Rated full load to +60C, convection cooled up to 94% efficiency 120-130% p
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09/01/2020
DC/DC Buck-Boost Converter Extends Battery Life by 50%
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the industry’s first DC/DC buck-boost converter to combine programmable input current limit and integrated dynamic voltage scaling to extend battery life by at least 50%. The TPS63900 maintains the industry’s lowest quiescent current (IQ), 75 nA, with 92% efficiency at 10 µA and
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09/01/2020
Dialog Semiconductor's New High-Current DC-DC Converters
Dialog Semiconductor plc announces the DA913X-A product family, a new line of highly efficient, high-current, automotive-grade, step-down DC-DC (Buck) converters. The highly integrated DA913X-A devices require fewer external components than competing solutions, enabling a low system BoM cost and a reduced s
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09/01/2020