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Internet of Things

January 2016
Flash in the pan

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the beautiful things about being a wordsmith is that one finds all kinds of history, culture, and advice in many of the quaint and poetic turns of phrase that exist in the (American) English language. One such turn of phrase is “flash in the pan” which is so good at describing a situation that its
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01/29/2016
Bring back IrDA

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

With all the buzz around optical data transfer technology development lately, especially in light of the push to empower small, low-power intelligent devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). What many forget is that there was and is a technology that is well-suited for final-feet connection between intelligent
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01/29/2016
China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016

Current-mode control has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years now, but it is still a topic that creates much confusion in the minds of many engineers and researchers. In this series of articles, Dr. Ridley shows historical reasons for the confusion, and presents for the first time the source
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01/29/2016
The sub-28 nanometer Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) now available feature the in-dustry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 Gbps floating-point operations. Built on sub-28 nm process technology, these FPGAs provide up to 17.4 Gbps for long-reach
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01/29/2016
Now that the first generation of mass-market consumer wearables are on the shelves, we can take a step back and analyze the issues that they have encountered and begin to architect a new generation that improves on their design. Key issues that are apparent are the need for greater battery autonomy
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01/29/2016
Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, has added switches to its ever-growing franchised distribution product portfolio with the signing of a deal with C&K Components covering the UK and Eire. C&K is a leader in interface and switch technology
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01/28/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Packaging Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2016 titled, “3D Power Packaging: Emerging Technologies in Embedded Components and Cooling Techniques.” Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session will present
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01/28/2016
Key criteria for designing power supplies units (PSU) for consumer applications are low cost, high efficiency, good thermal performance and low Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Starting with an optimal power conversion topology assists the design process. Flyback topology is optimal for low and mid power
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01/27/2016
From cellphones to electric vehicles and smart grid energy storage, the use of rechargeable batteries is dramatically increasing. Engineers that design products that use these rechargeable batteries must be able to characterize the battery performance in their designs. Programmable bidirectional DC power supplies
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01/27/2016
As electronic systems continue to become more compact, temperature plays an increasingly important role in system reliability and power efficiency. Many engineers are already familiar with how temperature can affect reliability; if a system becomes too hot, device operation can become unpredictable. Using a
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01/27/2016
Most systems require multiple different voltage rails. Voltages below the system ground voltage, or zero voltage, are considered to be negative voltages. Such voltages are needed in many different applications. In power electronics, some switch types may not reliably be turned off if ground voltage is applied
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01/27/2016
Anaren’s Wireless Group announced that it will release version 1.5 of its Atmosphere development platform in the coming weeks. The combined local and on-line software tool set helps manufacturers at every RF-design skill-level build applications for mobile devices and programs for embedded devices simultaneously.
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01/26/2016
Mouser, Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol team up for building blocks for USB Type-C

USB Type-C portfolio

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is teaming up with Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol Commercial Products to present the building blocks of a USB Type-C solution. Delivering data rates up to 10Gbps and up to 100W of power with a reversible interface for easy and reliable mating, USB Type-C technology offers a multifunction,
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01/26/2016
Altera, now a part of Intel Corporation, announced the results of the 5G Algorithm Innovation Competition, the industry's first awards competition to focus on aligning silicon and systems companies with the research community to create a pool of new and innovative ideas to help accelerate 5G, the fifth generation
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01/26/2016
Vishay Intertechnology's BiSy Single-Line ESD protection diodes feature low working range to 3.3 V

Bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics

Vishay Intertechnology released two new bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics with a low working range of 3.3 V in the ultra-compact CLP0603 silicon package. Measuring only 0.6 mm by 0.3 mm with a very low height of 0.27 mm, the Vishay Semiconductors VBUS03B1-SD0
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01/26/2016
element14, a leading electronic design community, launched its first Grand Design Challenge of 2016 – the Make Life Accessible Design Challenge. Sponsored by NXP, element14 will challenge 15 community members to use motor-control technology to create innovative mobility solutions that will improve the lives
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01/25/2016
Altera's PowerSoC converter delivers leading power density, performance, and reliability

The EN6362QI PowerSoC

Altera, now a part of Intel, has expanded its Enpirion power products portfolio with a 6A PowerSoC DC-DC step-down converter that is a full-featured, highly integrated, and fully tested PowerSoC with integrated inductor. The new PowerSoC (EN6362QI) is the first in a new generation of low-VIN (input voltage)
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01/25/2016
Murata announces mass production of highest Q chip inductors available

LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors

Murata announced mass production of the LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors in the ultra-compact 01005 size (0.4 x 0.2 mm). Along with the trend toward increased multiband capability and ever more sophisticated functions, the configuration of the RF circuits in smartphones and other compact
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01/25/2016
Graphene tech can mesh biophysics and semiconductors

Neuromorphic chips consist of networks of transistors that interact the way neurons do

Neuromorphic chips are the new hotness in semiconductor research. These chips consist of networks of transistors that interact the way neurons do, allowing them to process analog input, like visual information, faster and more accurately than silicon chips can. We’ve been inching our way closer
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01/25/2016
New design points a path to the â€ultimate’ battery

False-colour microscopic view of a reduced graphene oxide electrode (black, centre), which hosts the large (on the order of 20 micrometers) lithium hydroxide particles (pink) that form when a lithium-oxygen battery discharges

Scientists have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2000 times, showing how several of the problems holding back the development of these devices could be solved. Lithium-oxygen,
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01/25/2016
The emergence of commercially available and cost-effective gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors begins a new age in power electronics. There are significant benefits in using enhancement-mode gallium nitride FET (eGaN FET) devices in power converters for existing data center and telecommunications architectures
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01/25/2016
Princeton researchers find security flaws in IoT devices

One of the main concerns about the so-called Internet of Things is security

One of the main concerns about the so-called Internet of Things is security, and the recent findings of researchers at Princeton won't help ease the anxiety. Researchers at the university's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) took a close look at how information is transmitted between the connected
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01/22/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) are jointly sponsoring an all-day workshop titled “Power Magnetics at High Frequency – Solving the Black Magic.” The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, prior to the start of APEC 2016 at
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01/21/2016
Ford selects ADI’s Automotive Audio Bus

Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus

Analog Devices announced today that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single,
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01/20/2016
New hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries found

Berkeley Lab battery scientist Nitash Balsara

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation
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01/20/2016
Pulse introduces multi-mode satellite navigation system antenna

Monarch Series multi-mode global navigation satellite system ceramic antennas

Pulse Electronics' Monarch Series multi-mode global navigation satellite system ceramic antennas provide wireless signal reception for the four major global and regional satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou (Compass), and Galileo. The Monarch Series W3010 is a compact, low profile antenna that delivers high
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01/20/2016
IBC taps retired U.S. Marine Corps. Major General David Heinz as COO

Major General David Heinz

IBC Advanced Alloys, a leading advanced alloys and precision castings company, has appointed Major General David Heinz as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. General Heinz has been a director of IBC since May 2011 and will remain on the board. As Chief Operating Officer, General Heinz is responsible
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01/20/2016
Phihong launches high efficiency, low-cost 10W wall-plug adapter series

PSM10A wall plug adapters

Phihong USA, a leading supplier of OEM power solutions, has introduced a new series of 10W, fixed blade wall-plug adapters. Designated the PSM10A Series, the new wall-plug adapters deliver high efficiency at a low cost, making them ideally suited for a wide range of consumer electronics applications, including:
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01/20/2016
MesoGlue unveils nanostructure conductive glue made of metal that sets at room temperature

MesoGlue gives you the strength and thermal/electrical conductance of a metal bond, with the ease of attachment of glue or tape

MesoGlue is a revolutionary joining solution that lets you attach items together with a metal bond, at room temperature. This is like welding or soldering, but without the heat. The patented process gives you the strength and thermal/electrical conductance of a metal bond, with the ease of attachment of glue
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01/19/2016
Allegro claims first automotive integrated buck LED driver with internally-generated PWM dimming

Allegro’s A6214 and A6216 devices

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced two new single-IC switching regulators that provide constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs in automotive applications. These devices are the industry’s first to allow LED dimming without the need for local microcontroller or timer-based or PWM dimming control. Allegro’s
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01/19/2016
In a ceremony at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Qualcomm and officials from the People's Government of Guizhou Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement and unveiled a joint venture – Guizhou Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology. The joint venture, with initial registered capital
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01/18/2016
In his last State of the Union (SOTU) on January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama focused on progress made during his seven years in office, including reinventing the energy sector. The speech highlighted the Administration’s accomplishments through clean energy initiatives and emissions reduction policies.
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01/18/2016
The German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt acknowledges the importance of microelectronics as a key technology for the mobility of the future. Visiting the headquarters of Infineon Technologies, he learned about how the company is supporting policy goals to develop
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01/18/2016
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced that Microsemi’s wholly-owned subsidiary Lois Acquisition successfully merged with and into PMC-Sierra, completing Microsemi’s acquisition of PMC. Under Section 251(h) of the
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01/18/2016
element14 will add thousands of devcies from Silicon Valley-based Maxim Integrated Products to its franchise. With this new stock from Maxim, element14 will have a variety of ICs for research and design applications. With expertise in power management ICs, Maxim offers high-performance analog and mixed-signal
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01/18/2016
Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced its InnoSwitch-CP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs. The new devices incorporate a constant power output profile which, when paired with an adaptive-voltage protocol such as Qualcomm
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01/15/2016
ROHM's latest PMICs optimized for Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake core processor architecture

The BD99991GW PMIC

ROHM has released for mass production two system Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs).These PMICs are optimized for low power and will enable fanless designs of space-conscious mobile PC products such as Ultrabooks™, 2-in-1 detachables, and tablets built around Intel’s 14nm Skylake processor.  The
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01/15/2016
EPC's development boards with 200 V eGaN FETs enable high efficiency up to 30 MHz

EPC's new development board

EPC's new development boards enable power systems designers to easily and quickly evaluate the high efficiency achieved with 200 V gallium nitride transistors in class-E amplifiers, current-mode class-D, and push-pull converters operating up to 30 MHz. These development boards are designed for class-E
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01/15/2016
Rutronik to focus on IoT at Embedded World

Rutronik is focusing on the IoT at embedded world 2016 (booth 5.238)

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente is focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) at embedded world 2016 (booth 5.238): At RUTRONIK EMBEDDED visitors will find selected components from the areas of Wireless, Displays, Boards and Storage characterized by their durability, long-term availability and high integration
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01/13/2016
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced new developments for the Renesas Synergy Platform, including the commercial release of the Renesas Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.0.0, mass production availability of the S7G2 Renesas Synergy Microcontrollers (MCUs),
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01/13/2016
Wind River, a leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), has introduced a next-gen automotive software platform for the command center of the connected car, Wind River Helix Cockpit. Cockpit was designed from the ground up to meet the intersecting needs of the automotive and IoT landscapes.
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01/12/2016
American Vanadium to acquire CellCube Energy Storage

Flow batteries provide a cost-effective, reliable, and safe energy storage solution

American Vanadium announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with DMG MORI to acquire DMG MORI's wholly owned subsidiary, GILDEMEISTER energy storage manufacturer of the CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system. The LOI provides American Vanadium with the exclusive right to enter into a
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01/11/2016
The Technical Program Committee is excited to announce that the 8th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expositions (ECCE’2016) submission window is NOW OPEN. Jan 15, 2016 – paper digests Feb 01, 2016 – tutorial proposal Mar 31, 2016 – special session proposal Whether
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01/11/2016
Rutronik becomes worldwide distributor for Sensirion

From right to left:
Solience Ngansso, Product Sales Manager Analog & Sensors at Rutronik
Martin Grimmer, Senior Marketing Manager Analog & Sensors at Rutronik
Christian Constantin, Distribution Channel Manager at Sensirion
Hartmut Welte, Area Sales Manager DACH / International Sales at Sensirion

With effect from 1st of November 2015, Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente will be serving as a global distributor for Sensirion. In doing so, Rutronik is further developing its extensive sensor portfolio and supporting Sensirion in its global sales and support operations for high-quality sensors and sensor solutions.
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01/11/2016
Dynamic keynotes from the top executives at FitBit, NBCUniversal, Samsung and YouTube, along with tech policy sessions and top product awards rounded out Day Two and Three of CES 2016. The future of technology innovation stood center stage this week, with more than 3,600 companies launching products across more
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01/11/2016
EPC taps Yuanzhe Zhang as director of applications engineering

Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang

EPC is proud to announce that Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang has joined the EPC engineering team as Director, Applications Engineering. As a member of the EPC applications team, Dr. Zhang's focus will be designing state-of-the-art envelope tracking systems for 4G, LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure that demonstrate
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01/11/2016
Osram unveils smart LED lamp controlled by the Thread

Thread-compatible smart LED lamp

Smart lighting solutions are carving out their place in ever more living rooms. When it comes to smart homes, Osram has already demonstrated its innovative capacity in the past with its smart lamps and luminaires in the Lightify series. Now Osram is carrying on with the first smart LED lamp controlled by the
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01/07/2016
Toshiba's expanded TZ1000 application processors for wearables simplify low-power designs

ApP Lite application processors

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its line up of ApP Lite application processors for wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). The TZ1201XBG is the latest addition to the TZ1000 series, and is based on a high performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4F RISC processor capable of operating at frequencies
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01/06/2016
SiBeam introduces USB 3.0 802.11Ad reference design

USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig)

SiBEAM, a Lattice Semiconductor company, announced a USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig) for wireless connectivity at gigabit per second speeds over the 60 GHz frequency band. The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity
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01/05/2016
Loiste Group first with Utilytics energy platform

Utilytics beta program is just the beginning of making big energy data available to customers in real time

The Finnish energy provider Loiste Group is the first customer to sign up Utilytics, a new analytics service for the energy market delivered by Enoro. This first contract shows that real time big energy data is now a reality. Loiste has tested Utilytics and signed up very quickly following the launch in November
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01/05/2016
Torex Semiconductor will open an R&D Center in April 2016 at TOREX USA in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. for the purpose of strengthening research and development of high value-added analog power ICs that will be the mainstay of the next generation. Sunnyvale, California, where the new R&D
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01/05/2016
The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, announced it is working with the Thread Group on an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks. The solution will
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01/05/2016
Avnet introduces Kintex UltraScale FPGA development kit

Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit

Embedded system designers looking for a fully configurable, high-performance hardware platform for engineering and verifying applications based on the Kintex UltraScale FPGA family from Xilinx will find the functionality they need in the new Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit released today by Avnet, a leading
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01/04/2016
Allegro MicroSystems announced a new 360° contactless high-resolution programmable magnetic angle position sensor IC that has been designed for digital systems. Allegro’s A1335 device has a system-on-chip (SoC) architecture with a front-end based on Circular Vertical Hall (CVH) technology, programmable microprocessor-based
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01/04/2016
AT&T next week will reveal how it will work with cities to turn everyday objects like traffic lights and parking spots into tools to manage congestion and conserve energy. The presentation is part of the telecommunications giant’s broader plan to diversify its business portfolio, a strategy
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01/04/2016
PolyU develops novel eco high performance energy storage device

The PolyU research team has developed a simple approach to synthesize aqueous MnO2 ink

The Department of Applied Physics of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a simple approach to synthesize novel environmentally-friendly manganese dioxide (MnO2) ink by using glucose. The MnO2 ink could be used for the production of light, thin, flexible and high performance energy storage
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01/04/2016
FCI's USB 3.1 reversible type C connectors now available through TTI

FCI USB 3.1 Type C connector

Now available in Europe through TTI, FCI’s new USB 3.1 Type C Connectors boast a small form factor design that is reversible for quick and easy connection whichever way it is inserted. The USB 3.1 Type C Connector is a new standard plug and receptacle which provides a multi-function single cable solution for
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01/04/2016
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