Industrial

April 2021
600V IGBT IPMs Deliver Class-Leading Low Noise with Low Loss
ROHM Semiconductor announced that it has developed four new 600V IGBT Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) as part of its BM6437x series that deliver best-in-class low noise characteristics, together with low loss, making them ideal for power conversion in inverters. The devices are used in compact industrial equipment, su
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04/30/2021

Rugged 600 Watt AC-DC Power Supply for Harsh Environments
Calex Manufacturing Company, Inc. announces it is extending its portfolio of rugged AC/DC products with the IHC600 Series. The IHC series is aimed at ruggedized fanless applications that require high reliability power operating in challenging environmental conditions. The compact single output range incorporates ext
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04/30/2021
Fan-Cooled Frame Grabbers Protect Industrial Mini-Computers
Configured with a powerful processor, ample storage, and an operating system, Small Form Factor (SFF PC) computers are becoming an essential part of the Industry 4.0 landscape, but present challenges in space-constrained embedded vision applications. To save space, SFF PCs are typically fanless making them
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04/29/2021
I3C Bus Extension and SPD Hub Devices for AMI Firmware
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that AMI, a firmware and software solutions partner, has qualified the Renesas I3C bus extension products for its MegaRAC SP-X Remote Management Firmware. Having the I3C devices on AMI’s approved vendor list enables an easy migration path for customers shifting their DD
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04/29/2021
CUI Devices Announces Slide Switches Product Line
CUI Devices’ Switches Group announced the addition of slide switches to its product portfolio. Available in compact package sizes as small as 10 x 2.5 x 5.9 mm, the MSS series is a family of mini slide switches featuring 2.54 mm pitches, SPDT circuits, and on-on switch functions. Thanks to their compact footprints, th
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04/27/2021
Molex Micro-One Wire-to-Board Connector in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of the full range of Micro-One Wire-to-Board Connectors with integrated ISL from stock at TTI. Molex’s compact Micro-One Wire-to-Board Connector with integrated ISL ensures proper terminal insertion and prevents accidental back-outs. This allows you to achieve a secure
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04/27/2021
CISSOID expands its SiC Intelligent Power Modules Platform
The new modules are intended for use in e-mobility tailored for lower switching losses or for higher power. The company is also introducing a module based on a lightweight AlSiC flat baseplate that meets the demand for natural convection or forced cooling in aerospace and in dedicated industrial applications
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04/27/2021
Würth Elektronik publishes Web Application Guide
The easy-to-use tool offers the most common switching regulator and interface topologies - for example buck converters, CAN or Ethernet interfaces - and an overview of which components are required for them. From here, there is a direct link to ordering free component samples. With the help of clear and delibera
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04/27/2021
650 V GaN FETs enable 80 PLUS Titanium-class power supplies
The new family offers significant performance advantages over previous technologies and competitive devices. With RDS(on) performance down to 35 mΩ (typical), the new power GaN FETs target single phase AC/DC and DC/DC industrial switched mode power supplies (SMPS), ranging from 2 kW to 10 kW, especially server and
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04/27/2021
RS Components extends global franchise agreement with STMicroelectronics
This new phase in the relationship between the two companies will result in a substantial increase in the breadth and volume of ST products stocked by RS. ST will also feature regularly on the award-winning DesignSpark online engineering hub. “RS has been very successful in building up a vibrant internatio
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04/27/2021
Mouser Electronics Adds 31 New Manufacturers in Q1
Mouser continues to focus on the breadth of its product offering, with new manufacturers in product categories such as embedded, connectors, optoelectronics, semiconductors, and hardware. Among the new manufacturers, over half are in the embedded space, as Mouser continues to expand its Internet of Things (IoT)
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04/27/2021
Multi-Directional Spring Contacts
These new surface mount components are capable of supporting both horizontal and vertical connection orientations, but come in smaller size formats than were previously available. The S1961-46R has a 3.55mm height, while the S1971-46R has a height of 4.55mm. Although there are a multitude of vertical-only spri
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04/27/2021
Flexible gate driver families now with reinforced isolation
Both families now offer variants with superior reinforced isolation for higher application safety and long operating life. The new family members are VDE 0884-11 certified. With 8 mm wide-body packages, both families are suitable for applications with demanding isolation requirements including industrial drives, solar
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04/27/2021
The units can also be connected in series to provide up to 800VDC. All models feature output voltage and current adjustment ranging from 0 to 105% using analogue (via voltage or resistance) or digital (I2C, RS485 and RS232) interfaces enabling the user to optimise & tailor the power solution to the appl
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04/27/2021
RS Components extends its range of RS PRO sensors
RS Components has announced the expansion of its popular RS PRO sensors range to give customers a comprehensive choice of sensors for use in factory automation applications. The range consists of high-quality sensors and accessories that deliver excellent reliability and great value. Ultrasonic proximity senso
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04/27/2021
Single-Chip Solution for Automotive Ultrawide Touch Displays
The device supports both liquid-crystal display (LCD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) display technologies. The MXT2912TD-UW reduces the need for multiple touch controllers within a vehicle’s human machine interface (HMI) display. This single-chip touch controller provides the highest report rate for w
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04/27/2021
ESD protection devices for automotive interfaces
The devices are especially targetted at the in-vehicle networks (IVN) associated with infotainment and vehicle communications. As data rates increase and vehicles feature more electric content, the need for EMC protection becomes more critical and providing the correct type of protection is a challenge for desig
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04/27/2021
Pre-Switch publishes highest efficiency figures for 200kW inverter
The inverter used only three discrete, low cost 35 mΩ SiC MOSFETs per switch location. This is expected to revolutionize EV and renewable energy designs. Comments Bruce Renouard, Pre-Switch CEO: “We are shipping the CleanWave200 evaluation systems to initial customers around the world, and the efficienc
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04/27/2021
Bulgin Updates Data Connectivity Product Offering
This ensures that they remain aligned with the latest standards and protocols. This means that customers have access to industry-leading solutions that support elevated data transfer rates and deliver superior levels of signal integrity. Bulgin’s data connectivity suite includes the following key products:
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04/27/2021
AEC-Q103 qualified high-performance XENSIV MEMS microphone
This new device combines the Company’s expertise in the automotive industry with its technical leadership in high-end MEMS microphones to address the need for high performance, low-noise MEMS microphones for automotive applications. The XENSIV IM67D130A is the first microphone in the market to be qualified f
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04/27/2021
Power Delivery Software Enables USB System Differentiation
By merging their proprietary code with Microchip’s fully functionable PD stack, designers have the ultimate flexibility for creating differentiated product offerings while choosing from a wide variety of Microchip SmartHubs, microcontrollers (MCUs) and standalone PD solutions for their USB systems. Microchi
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04/27/2021
Mascot further extends Blueline power supply line-up
The 3920 is medically certified in accordance with EN 60601-1 edition 3.1 (safety) and EN 60601-1-2 edition 4 (EMC) and has been designed to meet global power conversion requirements. Working with universal AC line voltages from 90V to 264V, the high-efficiency 3920 offers continuous output power up to 180W
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04/27/2021
DC-DC buck converters deliver 750W in a small footprint
The output voltage of these 24V nominal input step-down converters can be adjusted from 3.3V to 18V with a maximum current of 45A. The i7A models can be used to derive additional high-power outputs from a 24Vdc power supply, at a lower cost and higher efficiency than isolated DC-DC converters. These very
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04/27/2021
Fast Bi-Directional Dual Supply Autosensing Level Shifter IC
This advanced level shifting technology, featuring high degrees of flexibility, is proving vital to modern automobile design. It addresses the challenge of lower voltage microprocessors and microcontrollers incorporated into automotive systems, which are required to drive external devices operating at different
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04/27/2021
Digital DC/DC converter delivers 1300 W in half-brick package
With telecoms infrastructure shifting to 5G, the RFPA is becoming increasingly power-hungry, and RF Power Amplifier designers are moving from LDMOS to Gallium Nitride (GaN) Transistors. Overall, there’s a demand for highly efficient DC/DC converters, that can deliver the power required in a compact package. The BMR6
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04/27/2021
Updates on IQD’s IQRB-3 rubidium oscillator available
Following the recent releases of new products in this portfolio, the ICPT-1 and the IQRB-4, and an extensive update on the IQRB-1, IQD is now able to share new data on the IQRB-3. The IQRB-3 can be synchronised to a 1 PPS signal as well as used as a 1 PPS source. Additionally, it offers superb phase noise perfo
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04/27/2021
16-Channel, Mixed-Signal Front-End Digitizer
These applications include phased array radars, electronic warfare, and ground-based SATCOM (satellite communications). The new digitizer includes four AD9081 or four AD9082 software-defined, direct RF sampling transceivers. It is designed to accelerate customer development by providing reference RF signal cha
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04/27/2021
R-TOOLS MAXX, the Next Generation Heat Sink Calculator
R-TOOLS MAXX is a no charge, on-line simulation software that allows users to model the optimum air-cooled heat sink solution tailored to their project requirements. It is completely interactive and available online 24/7. Users can enter the boundary conditions, heat source details, and choice of flow boundaries f
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04/27/2021
Compact, conduction cooled 75W AC-DC power supply module
The new supplies require no external circuitry for operation or EMC compliance. Models in the new ASB75 series offer compact, fanless power with baseplate cooling for applications such as information technology equipment (ITE), Internet of things (IoT), general industrial and harsh or rugged applications. The comple
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04/27/2021
1000VA Pure Sine Wave Inverters with Convection Cooling
ABSOPULSE Electronics RSI 1K-HSA-F31 series of railway quality DC-AC inverters use field-proven microprocessor controlled high frequency PWM technology to generate up to 1000VA output power with pure sine wave output voltage.  The inverters are an addition to the company’s line of power conversion pro
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04/26/2021
 Molex L1NK Connector System in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of the full range of L1NK Connectors from stock at TTI. Molex offers the L1NK Connector system in 2.50mm, 3.00mm and 3.96mm contact spacing and up to 11.0A of current in a package that offers superior design options for flexibility and efficient assembly. With features
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04/24/2021
First General-Purpose MCU to get CMVP Level 3 Certification
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that its 32-bit RX65N microcontroller (MCU) has achieved Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) (Note 1) Level 3 certification under the FIPS 140-2 security standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The RX65N is the world’s first ge
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04/23/2021
High Current and Power Density for Compact IT Equipment
Pushing the boundaries of advanced IT and networking devices requires improvements in component density and functionality. And for power and electrical engineers, this equates to designing board-level power modules in ever-shrinking, high density packages. ABB’s new MicroDLynx IITM DC-DC help meet the power needs
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04/21/2021
Schottky Rectifiers Feature Wettable-Flank Packaging
Taiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the TSUP Series of AEC-101-qualified trench Schottky rectifiers. These 5A/10A/15A-rated rectifiers are offered with peak repetitive reverse voltage ratings (VRRM) of 60V or 45V with 1.0ms peak forward surge current (IFSM) of nearly 300A. The SMPC4.6U-package offe
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04/21/2021
Gas Sensor Detects Leaks In A Diverse Array of Applications
NevadaNano announced its Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS) R-290 Propane sensor. The new device is the most accurate on the market, making it an ideal solution for residential and commercial R-290 propane applications including air conditioning, vending machines, commercial refrigeration racks, and clothes dr
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04/21/2021
Sealed Selector Switches Simplify Assembly w/ M12 Connectors
RAFI has expanded its RAMO S selector switch series to include integrated M12 plug and play connectors that simplify assembly. The M12 terminals ensure that the necessary wiring effort is reduced to a minimum and that no extra enclosures with special sealing are required. Featuring a fully enclosed housing with an
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04/16/2021
Open Source Power Delivery Software Enables Code Integration
USB Type-C with Power Delivery (PD) and open source software are two technologies leading the next wave of wired connectivity. With Microchip Technology Inc.’s new Power Delivery Software Framework (PSF), designers can now modify and own the IP in their USB-C PD systems. By merging their proprietary code with Mi
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04/16/2021
Application-Specific Regulator for Intel Rocket Lake Platform
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced a new family of application-specific EZBuck regulators. The AOZ2263VQI-01 and AOZ2263VQI-02 are offered in a QFN 4 x 4 packageand offer the industry’s most compact footprint to support VCCIOrails in Intel RocketLake platforms used in desktop computing sy
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04/16/2021
HiperPFS-4 PFC IC Delivers 98% Full-Load Efficiency
This combination delivers greater than 98% full-load efficiency in PC, TV, and similar applications between 75 W and 400 W.   Comments Power Integrations’ product marketing manager Edward Ong: “Designs using HiperPFS-4 ICs show very high efficiency across the load range with as little as 36 mW of no-load p
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04/13/2021
1.5 Amp POL switching regulators in an open frame design
This series comes in a compact SIP-3 open frame package and complements our existing POL portfolio with a series focusing strongly on a cost efficient design while maintaining our quality standards. There are 3 output voltages available: 3.3, 5.0 and 12VDC. The effective design allows full load operation up to +85°C a
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04/13/2021
Structural Adhesive Offers Temperature Stability
DELO has launched an adhesive with exceptionally high temperature stability. DELO MONOPOX HT2999 achieves compression shear strength of 20 MPa at 180°C. This is four times greater than its predecessor and other products on the market. Developed primarily for use in the automotive industry and mechanical engineering
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04/13/2021
Infineon Expands 600 V CoolMOS S7 Family
In applications where MOSFETs are switched at low frequency, high-power product designs must meet several key characteristics: They have to minimize conduction losses, provide optimal thermal behavior, and enable more compact and lighter systems – all while maintaining the highest quality at a low cost. To me
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04/09/2021
High-Current Jumpers Offer Robust Overload Current Handling
Zero ohm jumper chip resistors provide an essential function for circuit design. They make trace routing easier for single layer PCB's, are easier to assemble in mass production and less costly than jumper wires. Some designs however require more robust current handling than general purpose thick film chip jumper
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04/08/2021
75W AC-DC Power Supply Module for Space-Critical Applications
XP Power has announced the availability of a new range of low profile, half brick, baseplate cooled AC-DC power supplies which require no external circuitry for operation or EMC compliance. Models in the new ASB75 series offer compact, fanless power with baseplate cooling for applications such as information te
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04/08/2021
1.5A Synchronous Regulators Simplify Power Conversion
STMicroelectronics has introduced L6981 synchronous step-down regulators, extending the family of high-efficiency converters that simplify power-supply design by integrating power elements, feedback circuitry, and safety features on-chip. Rated to deliver up to 1.5A, with 90% typical efficiency at full load
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04/07/2021
Allied Electronics & Automation, Siemens Offer Modular Solutions
Siemens and Allied Electronics & Automation are teaming up to help panel builders better design simpler, more flexible and space-saving industrial control cabinets.  Siemens’ unique SIRIUS modular system, now available from Allied, offers a full range of modular industrial control panel components in
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04/06/2021
DC Panel Meters Deliver Robust Displays in Small Form Factor
Murata introduced a series of DC panel meters developed for industrial and laboratory voltage and current measurement applications. The miniaturized DMR35 series includes a +48V common-mode input range and is powered from a 9-32VDC external source. Bu
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04/06/2021
Cloud-Based Solution for Design-to-Manufacturing Handoff
Siemens introduced PCBflow, an innovative cloud-based software solution which bridges the gap between the electronics design and manufacturing ecosystems. PCBflow extends Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio with a secure environment for printed circuit board (PCB) design teams to interact with a variety of manufacturers, and
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04/05/2021
Molex EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connectors In Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connector’s from stock at TTI. Molex’s EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connectors offer a configurable hybrid power/signal solution that provides high-current density in a low-profile package for design flexibility. Current density is up to 80A
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04/05/2021
TTI Stocks Harwin’s Ø1.75mm Terminal Pins
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of Harwin's Ø1.75mm Terminal Pins from stock at TTI. Harwin's Terminal Pins are ideal for strong and durable single-point connections for ultra-low profile and offset height board-to-board connections. Their robust Ø1.75mm pin thickness resists accidental damage and include
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04/05/2021
 Phoenix Contact DT to M12 Adapters Available Now at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of DT to M12 Adapters from stock. The DT-M12 Adapter has been designed and tested with the demands of agriculture, construction and other industrial vehicle applications in mind. This rugged connector meets environmental testing for both IEC and SAE standards and is ra
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04/04/2021
1000 V Output, No-Opto, Isolated Flyback Converter

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Figure 1. A complete 1000 V/15 mA isolated flyback converter from a 4 V to 28 V input

Isolated flyback converters are used in automotive, industrial, medical, and telecom applications where the power supply must be reliable, easy to use, high voltage, and isolated, and they must provide excellentregulation over load, line, and temperature. LT8304-1 is an isolated, no-opto flyback converter optimized fo
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04/01/2021
Adaptive Load Regulation and Dynamic Power Control

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Figure 1. Block diagram of an isolated analog output system

Today’s typical programmable logic controller (PLC) contains a multitude of analog and digital inputs and outputs for the monitoring and control of industrial and production processes. Modularization is widespread and, with respect to inputs and outputs (I/Os), covers the basic functions of analog I/Os and digi
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04/01/2021
Efficiency, Performance Prompt Redesign of Industrial Motors

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Figure 1. Typical use cases for general purpose drives, servo drives and high power drives

The substantial use of motors in industrial applications makes even small efficiency improvements significant both in terms of global energy consumption and in the operating budgets of many plants. However, a historical pattern of using overrated motors to deliver bursts of higher current during acceleration ha
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04/01/2021
Why Industrial IoT Needs Wi-Fi HaLow for Wireless Connectivity

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Fig. 1: Wi-Fi HaLow delivers an optimal balance of long range, high capacity, low power, high data rates and low cost of deployment for industrial automation

Through the application of smart technologies including machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and Industrial IoT (IIoT), Industry 4.0 is having a huge impact. Virtually synonymous with Industry 4.0, IIoT enables cost-effective, reliable, and secure wireless connectivity for sensors, actuators, instruments an
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04/01/2021
Exploring Advancements in Industrial Markets w/ 60-GHz Radar

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Figure 1: Examples of use cases for 77- and 60-GHz radar for in-cabin sensing child presence and drowsiness detection

Sensors, either independently, or on machines, act as eyes to see one’s environment — they aggregate information at scale and analyze and act on this data. Millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar-based sensors are emerging as reliable workhorses in this space. Unlike other sensors based on optical, infrared, or ultras
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04/01/2021
Reshoring Chip Manufacture is All the Rage
The current COVID-19 pandemic has given us time to stop and really think about how things are done. This may be on a personal level, with the ability to work from home as a good example, or it can be at a global scale. At that scale, the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our supply chains and forced us to ask ou
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04/01/2021
Making Industry More Efficient
As we continue our journey out of the pandemic that has hit the world so hard, things are slowly, but surely getting back to normal. The last year has been hard, but many of us are lucky enough to be able to work from home. Many others have not been so fortunate and have had to go into work risking infection de
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04/01/2021
Returning to
We’re nearly a third of the way through the year, and some – hopefully, most – of you should’ve gotten the COVID vaccine. More shots means a quicker return to normalcy – in-person meetings, trade shows, and this crazy notion called “human contact.” Since Day 1, our industry was classified “
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04/01/2021
The Rise of Smart Industrial Applications
“Industrial” is often what the marketing department labels an application when they aren’t sure what category it fits into, but the term generally encompasses applications that must withstand hostile environments. This includes systems used in factories or outdoors, like an automated fruit-labeling and so
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04/01/2021
Chillers Offer Energy Savings up to 50%
Modern laboratory equipment requires precise cooling to protect electronics or to control processes where temperature matters. Laird Thermal Systems’ Nextreme Performance Chiller Series offers reliable, precise, and versatile temperature control solutions for laboratory equipment – all while lowering energy
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04/01/2021
APEC 2021 Will Be Online-Only Event Due to Covid-19 Concerns
The Applied Power Electronics Conference announces that APEC 2021 will be presented as a virtual event and will take place June 14-17, 2021, on the virtual event platform, Social27. The virtual format will not only ensure the safety of our community, it will also allow: · More of our global community of power
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04/01/2021
Taking Advantage of PFM with MicroModules for Space Constrained Applications

Figure 1: Block diagram of a security camera application

Space constrained applications like portable devices require especially designed DC/DC converters with a certain set of characteristics. Tight space, by definition, requires tiny DC/DC converters which have excellent thermal performance. This article digs deeper into the challenges that arise for the power supply of s
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04/01/2021