Industrial

February 2024
­Efficient, Compact MOSFET Modules in Full-Bridge Configurations

SemiQ’s high-performance 1200V SiC modules are designed to operate reliably in high-frequency and high-power environments.

  SemiQ unveiled the latest addition to the company’s QSiC family. The QSiC 1200V SiC MOSFET modules in full-bridge configurations deliver near zero switching loss, significantly improving efficiency, reducing heat dissipation, and allowing the use of smaller heatsinks.   With a high br
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Date:
02/26/2024

­Silanna Semiconductor Takes ACF Integration to Next Level

Highly integrated ACF controller simplifies and speeds design of high-efficiency, high-power-density AC/DC power supplies and adapters.

  Silanna Semiconductor has expanded its CO2 Smart Power Family of AC/DC and DC/DC converter technologies.   The new active clamp flyback (ACF) controller integrates adaptive digital PWM control with ultra-high-voltage (UHV) components comprising a 700 V primary GaN FET, X capacitor (X-Cap) d
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Date:
02/26/2024
PSDcast – LG Enters the U.S. EV Charging Market

Dennis Carter, LG’s Director of Sales in the EV Charging division

­One of the most important factors for EVs entering the mainstream is an abundance of charging stations. And nothing speaks to the mainstream like a multimedia consumer juggernaut…like LG. This South Korean multinational conglomerate just announced that it’d be entering the US EV charging market with its fi
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Date:
02/23/2024
TTI Europe Acquires Specialist Transportation Cable Assembly Manufacturer and Interconnect Distributor Raffenday Limited

Geoff Breed, Vice President Marketing TTI, Inc. – Europe

­TTI, Inc. – Europe, a leading specialty distributor of Interconnect, Passive, Electromechanical, Sensor, Discrete and Powercomponents, announces the acquisition of Raffenday Ltd. With production and a distribution center in the UK plus facilities in Slovakia, Raffenday’s high-quality, technical
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Date:
02/21/2024
New eBook from Mouser and Analog Devices Highlights New Solutions for Enhanced Productivity and Energy Efficiency

New eBook from Mouser and Analog Devices Highlights New Solutions for Enhanced Productivity and Energy Efficiency

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorised global distributor with the newest electronic components and industrial automation products, has released a new eBook in collaboration with Analog Devices, offering a detailed analysis of the technologies being used to support sustainable manufacturing pr
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02/19/2024
Widely Used Machine Learning Models Reproduce Dataset Bias in Rice Study

Rodrigo Ferreira, assistant teaching professor of computer science, Rice University

­Rice University computer science researchers have found bias in widely used machine learning tools used for immunotherapy research. Ph.D. students Anja Conev, Romanos Fasoulis and Sarah Hall-Swan, working with computer science faculty members Rodrigo Ferreira and Lydia Kavraki, reviewed publicly
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Date:
02/19/2024
­SBDs Achieve Class-Leading Reverse Recovery Time

ROHM has developed 100V breakdown Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) that deliver industry-leading reverse recovery time (trr).

  The SBDs are intended for applications including power supply and protection circuits in automotive, industrial, and consumer applications.   Although numerous types of diodes exist, highly efficient SBDs are increasingly being used inside a variety of applications. Particularly SBDs with a trench
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Date:
02/18/2024
­Enhanced Reliability Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

COSEL's PDA series of AC/DC power supplies has enhanced reliability for industrial applications.

  In order to offer the highest price/performance ratio while maintaining a high quality standard, the PDA series uses a quasi-resonant topology with a limited number of components, resulting in higher reliability. The PDA series is 100% form, fit and function backwards compatible with the PBA series, which is ret
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Date:
02/18/2024
­GaN FETs Deliver Power Density and Efficiency

EPC GaN FETs leverage drivers and controllers by Analog Devices to simplify GaN design, increase efficiency, reduce cooling cost.

  EPC announces the availability of several reference designs that feature EPC GaN FETs and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) controllers. The newly released EPC9195 synchronous buck converter reference design board, operating at 750 kHz switching frequency, converts an input voltage of 36 V - 48 V to a regu
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02/18/2024
­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

  Murata Power Solutions is known worldwide as the leading manufacturer of DC-DC converters as well as compact, high-efficiency power products designed to address power application requirements of all sizes.   The new products added to the range carried by Farnell include the MGN1 series of DC-DC conv
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Date:
02/18/2024
­0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

­Samtec 0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

  It also includes a lower-profile 5 mm mated height. ERF6 & ERM6 Series Edge Rate connectors support 56 Gbps PAM4 high-speed, rugged mezzanine applications for industrial, embedded vision, instrumentation and monitoring, drones, and robotics.   ERF6 & ERM6 have two rows of pins while ma
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Date:
02/18/2024
­480W and 960W Three-phase AC-DC DIN Rail Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda’s DRB series of DIN rail mount power supplies now includes higher power and three-phase AC input models.

  With 24V, 48V and 72V outputs, the products are rated for continuous operation at 480W or 960W and can deliver a boost of 720W and 1440W respectively for up to seven seconds. This, and a constant current overload characteristic, enables operation with capacitive and inductive loads. These power supplie
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Date:
02/18/2024
Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

­  The guide is aimed at developers looking to use a DC/DC flyback converter to achieve greater stability and reliability in power supply design. It might also be useful for those who use optocouplers for galvanic isolation of the feedback path. Applications include primary and auxiliary power supplies f
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Date:
02/18/2024
­Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in CFP3-HP Packaging

Nexperia ­Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in CFP3-HP Packaging

  The portfolio includes 11 industrial, as well as 11 AEC-Q101 qualified products. This release supports the growing trend for manufacturers to replace devices in SMx-type packaging with smaller footprint CFP-packaged devices, especially in automotive applications. These diodes are suitable for use in,
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Date:
02/18/2024
Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

­The global accelerometer market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for accelerometer is estimated to reach US$ 2.4 billion by the end of 2031. The proliferation of Internet of Things
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Date:
02/16/2024
CES 2024 Showed that the Future of Cars will be Defined by AI

Connected and software-defined vehicle features.

IDTechEx’s new report, “Future Automotive Technologies 2024-2034: Applications, Megatrends, Forecasts”, highlights the biggest changes coming to cars over the next ten years. Electrification will change what powers cars, and automation will change how they are driven, but one of the biggest opportunities is
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02/16/2024
Infineon Introduces Lower-Cost Bluetooth Long-Range Module, CYW20822-P4TAI040, for Low-Power Applications

Infineon’s CYW20822-P4TAI040 is designed to support the entire spectrum of Bluetooth LE-LR use cases

­Infineon Technologies AG announced the CYW20822-P4TAI040, its latest Bluetooth® module that pushes the low-power and range boundaries for wireless connectivity in IoT and consumer electronics. This module is the most cost effective in its class, offers seamless integration, enhanced performance with Bluetooth lo
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Date:
02/15/2024
Fundamental Equation for Superconducting Quantum Bits Revised

Cryogenic microwave setup used for quantum device measurements.

Physicists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have uncovered that Josephson tunnel junctions – the fundamental building blocks of superconducting quantum computers – are more complex than previously thought. Just like overtones in a musical instrument, harmonics are su
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Date:
02/15/2024
Renesas Electronics Announces Intent to Acquire Altium

Hidetoshi Shibata, CEO of Renesas

­Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altium Limited (“Altium”, ASX: ALU), a global leader in electronics design systems, today announced they have entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement (“SIA”) for Renesas to acquire Altium by way of a Scheme of Arrangement under Australian law (“Scheme”). Un
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Date:
02/15/2024
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Conceptual art of the operating device, consisting of a nanopillar-loaded drum sandwiched by two periodically segmented mirrors, allowing the laser light to strongly interact with the drum quantum mechanically at room temperature.

­In the realm of quantum mechanics, the ability to observe and control quantum phenomena at room temperature has long been elusive, especially on a large or “macroscopic” scale. Traditionally, such observations have been confined to environments near absolute zero, where quantum effects are easier to detect. Bu
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02/14/2024
New Study Pinpoints Startups' Vulnerabilities to Innovation Imitation

Charlotte Jacobs, of Louisiana State University

­There’s a Catch-22 to business inventions: endorsements lend credibility and boost market share for innovations, but that same attention leaves even patented products vulnerable to imitation. While it has long been accepted that smaller companies have greater risks associated with IP poaching, a new st
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Date:
02/14/2024
Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

The quantum dot sensor industry was worth US$ 181.3 million in 2022. A CAGR of 20.9% is projected from 2023 to 2031, reaching US$ 972.3 million. Positive market influences also come from the increased emphasis on sustainability and environmental awareness. Because quantum dot sensors can run at lo
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Date:
02/14/2024
Magnesium Protects Tantalum, a Promising Material for Making Qubits

Chenyu Zhou, a research associate in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and first author on the study, with Mingzhao Liu (CFN), Yimei Zhu (CMPMS), and Junsik Mun (CFN and CMPMSD), at the DynaCool Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) in CFN.

­Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that adding a layer of magnesium improves the properties of tantalum, a superconducting material that shows great promise for building qubits, the basis of quantum computers. As described in a&
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Date:
02/14/2024
Scientists Create Effective 'Spark Plug' for Direct-Drive Inertial Confinement Fusion Experiments

A a view from inside the OMEGA target chamber during a direct-drive inertial fusion experiment at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Scientists fired 28 kilojoules of laser energy at small capsules filled with deuterium and tritium fuel, causing the capsules to implode...

­Scientists from the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) led experiments to demonstrate an effective “spark plug” for direct-drive methods of inertial confinement fusion (ICF). In two studies published in Nature Physics, the authors discuss their results an
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Date:
02/14/2024
KYOCERA AVX Releases TCD Series DLA 04051 & COTS-Plus Conductive Polymer Capacitors

KAVX034 TCD Series DLA & COTS-Plus Capacitors

­KYOCERA AVX released the new TCD Series DLA 04051 and COTS-Plus conductive polymer capacitors. These new high-reliability conductive polymer capacitors are engineered for use in demanding military, aerospace, defense, and industrial applications, including power supplies and filtering circuits, and compliant wi
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02/13/2024
General Micro Systems Lightweight, Smart, Rugged Tablet/Display Adds Flexibility, Portability, and Intelligence to the Battlefield

The X9 Spider Thunderbolt Tablet/Display offers the ultimate in battlefield flexibility, portability and intelligence as a rugged mounted display or
operation as a compact, hand-held computer

The smart version of ­General Micro Systems’ recently introduced high-definition (HD) rugged Thunderbolt display adds the Qualcomm® QRB6165 embedded/AI processor, uniquely enabling the tablet to be mounted on a ship or vehicle; mounted and then dismounted for portable operations or used exclusively as
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Date:
02/13/2024
Exploring the Effect of Ring Closing on Fluorescence of Supramolecular Polymers

(a) The toroidal assemblies with no termini are not easily deformed in solution, resulting in less excitation energy loss and strong yellow fluorescence. (b) The randomly coiled assemblies are easily deformed, resulting in excitation energy loss and a weak orange fluorescence.

­In supramolecular chemistry, the self-assembly state of molecules plays a significant role in determining their tangible properties. Controlling the self-assembled state has garnered significant attention as it can be exploited to design materials with desired properties like charge transport capability and fl
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02/13/2024
­10A Relays Deliver High Dielectric Strength for Extra Safety

Omron has extended its relay portfolio with the introduction of its G6RN-E, for heat pumps, smart building, factory automation and energy applications.

  The latest model provides current load to 10A, with extended dielectric strength to 6000VAC, high sensitivity with 220mW coil power consumption.   The new G6RN-E relays provide greater safety, conforming glow-wire test requirements for household and similar electrical appliances to IEC/EN60335-1 and con
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Date:
02/12/2024
­Synchronous 34V Input Buck Switching Regulator Controller

Nisshinbo Micro Devices has launched the NC2780AK series switching regulators intended for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.

  The NC2780AK has a wide input voltage range from 4.0 to 34 V and an externally adjustable output voltage from 0.7 to 5.3 V. An additional external high-side and low-side N-Channel MOSFET and some passive components are required to complete the buck switching regulator controller. The product is highly
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Date:
02/12/2024
­IP67 – even when unmated

Protective caps for binder's 670- and 770-series cable connectors reliably protect the components against any ingress of dust and liquids when unmated.

  The requirements of protection degree IP67 are thereby met. binder, a leading supplier of industrial circular connectors, is adding protective caps for the cable connectors to its NCC (Not Connected Closed) 670- and 770-series portfolio. Their task is to prevent the ingress of particles and humidity
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02/12/2024
­Innovative Double-Sided Cooling DFN 5x6 Package

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has announced the AONA66916, a 100V MOSFET packaged in a top and bottom side cooling DFN 5 x 6 package.

  Delivering a state-of-the-art package that keeps its semiconductor products cooler, AOS is taking a huge step in enabling engineers to develop more efficient designs in telecommunications and industrial applications that must frequently operate in harsh conditions.   Typically, when using
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02/12/2024
­SOT-223-3 600V MOSFETs Contribute to Smaller Designs

ROHM has added a lineup of compact 600V Super Junction MOSFETs – the R6004END4 / R6003KND4 / R6006KND4 / R6002JND4 / R6003JND4.

  These devices are ideal for small lighting power supplies, pumps, and motors. In recent years, power supplies for lighting and motors for pumps are required to be smaller as devices become more sophisticated – spurring the demand for compact MOSFETs that are essential for switching operation.  
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Date:
02/12/2024
Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

­Solid-state lighting uses semiconductors to convert electricity into light. A solid-state lighting system generates visible light through electroluminescence, in which an electric current is passed through a semiconductor diode specially formulated to glow. Solid-state lighting is used in many applications be
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02/12/2024
Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

­The global temperature sensor market was projected to attain US$ 6 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to garner a 5.4% CAGR from 2022 to 2031 and by 2031, the market is likely to attain US$ 10.1 billion by 2031. A temperature sensor is an electrical device that detects and measu
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Date:
02/12/2024
Unlocking Quantum Precision: Expanded Superconducting Strips for Enhanced Photon-Counting Accuracy

Superconducting microstrip photon-number-resolving detector.

­Using single photons as qubits has become a prominent strategy in quantum information technology. Accurately determining the number of photons is crucial in various quantum systems, including quantum computation, quantum communication, and quantum metrology. Photon-number-resolving detectors (PNRDs) play a vi
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Date:
02/12/2024
Making AI a Partner in Neuroscientific Discovery

Making AI a Partner in Neuroscientific Discovery

­The past year has seen major advances in Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT. The ability of these models to interpret and produce human text sources (and other sequence data) has implications for people in many areas of human activity. A new perspective paper in the journal Neuron argues th
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Date:
02/12/2024
Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

­Quantum computing has been hailed as a technology that can outperform classical computing in both speed and memory usage, potentially opening the way to making predictions of physical phenomena not previously possible. Many see quantum computing’s advent as marking a paradigm shift from classical
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Date:
02/12/2024
­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

  The device is 100% pin-to-pin compatible with the previous MagI³C-FISM. It has improved properties: the efficiency goes up to 84 percent, the ambient temperature range has been increased to 105°C and the isolation voltage is 3 kV (for 60 seconds). Like some of its predecessors, this power module ha
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Date:
02/08/2024
­AT Series connectors from Amphenol now at Rutronik

­AT Series connectors from Amphenol now at Rutronik

  These heavy-duty, waterproof connectors are available in different form factors as well as BoardLock, StructurePlus, LED, HYPERBUSS, and PanelMate options. They are a cost-effective choice and have been developed to be compatible with all other existing standard products industrywide. Designed to IP68
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Date:
02/08/2024
­Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors from Powell Electronics

­Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors from Powell Electronics

    Rugged miniature cylindrical Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors are immediately available through Powell Electronics   The components feature a reliable bayonet coupling design with rear-removable crimp contacts.   The Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors are available with
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02/08/2024
New Yorker Electronics Releases New Exxelia High-Power Alcon Film Capacitor Series

New Yorker Electronics Releases New Exxelia High-Power Alcon Film Capacitor Series

­New Yorker Electronics has announced the release of Exxelia’s new Alcon FP-20-400-SP Film-Capacitor for high-power applications. Because of its extraordinary power density, it’s able to handle high levels of power without compromising on performance. This device has an operating frequency up to 1000KH
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Date:
02/08/2024
New Study Finds

Yarn-shaped supercapacitors created by NC State researchers in the Wilson College of Textiles. Photo courtesy of Nanfei He, NC State University.

­As interest in wearable technology has surged, research into creating energy-storage devices that can be woven into textiles has also increased. Researchers at North Carolina State University have now identified a “sweet spot” at which the length of a threadlike energy storage technology called a “yarn-shaped su
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Date:
02/08/2024
Researchers Measure and Control Interactions Between Magnetic Ripples Using Lasers

Ilustration of the crystal structure of the yttrium alloy, with the red line at left representing the laser pulse in and the blue and green lines at right representing the two types of magnons created.

­One vision for the future of computing involves using ripples in magnetic fields — called magnons — as a basic mechanism. In this application, magnons would be comparable to electricity as the basis for electronics. In conventional digital technologies, such magnonic systems are expected to be far fa
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Date:
02/08/2024
Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

­An Argonne team developing materials for solid-state batteries took an unexpected detour to investigate tiny short-circuits known as soft-shorts. Their insights will benefit battery researchers around the world. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have shed impo
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Date:
02/08/2024
ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the new LMR1002F-LB zero-drift operational amplifier (op amp). It is designed for industrial and consumer electronics devices and minimizes both input offset voltage and input offset voltage temperature drift. Capable of accurately amplifying output signals from se
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02/08/2024
Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

­The Global Quantum Dots Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 26.04% from 2023 to 2030, according to a new report published by Verified Market Research®. The report reveals that the market was valued at USD 4.58 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 36.79 Billion by th
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Date:
02/08/2024
­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

  The single-chip switcher achieves over 95 percent efficiency with a novel secondary-side control scheme which achieves zero-voltage switching (ZVS) without a dedicated and costly additional high voltage switch. The new IC, which features a 750 V or a 900 V PowiGaN™ primary switch, primary-side contr
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Date:
02/08/2024
High Voltage GaN Transistors for Speed and Efficiency

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Figure 1: Doped silicon transistor cross section compared to GaN HEMT

The high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) is a relative newcomer in the world of mass-produced power switching devices.  Unlike its traditional doped Silicon counterpart, HEMTs are heterojunction devices built using two semiconductor materials with distinct bandgap voltages.  First demonstrated in the late 19
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Date:
02/04/2024
How Wolfspeed Power Modules are Revolutionizing 3-Phase Industrial Low Voltage Motor Drives

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Based on the most conservative estimates, electric motors account for more than 50% of all industrial electricity used globally, and 45% of all global electricity. Making industrial motor drive systems even a fraction more efficient would significantly impact global energy consumption and reduce environmental im
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Date:
02/01/2024
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