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Internet of Things

April 2016
element14, the world’s largest electronic design community, launches today its 2016 Pi IoT Smarter Spaces Design Challenge featuring the new Bluetooth and wireless enabled Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer. The Pi IoT Smarter Spaces competition is challenging members to invent IoT-powered solutions that allow users
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04/28/2016
Dialog Semi's Dual-Dim LED driver provides single-chip TRIAC and digital dimming

the iW3690, a novel driver IC for LED smart lighting

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low-energy technology, announced the iW3690, a novel driver IC for LED smart lighting that combines digital control (I2C) with the company's advanced phase-cut TRIAC
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04/27/2016
Teledyne LeCroy's WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscopes boast OneTouch gesture control

WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy introduced the WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscopes with bandwidths from 500 MHz to 4 GHz, which deliver an extensive toolbox coupled with a superior user experience to expedite solving debug problems. WaveRunner 8000 has the industry’s widest and deepest collection of tools, making it unbelievably
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04/26/2016

ADI and LifeQ collaborate to improve body monitoring in health management

The two companies plan to design low-power sensors that enable personalized, continuous and accurate tracking

Analog Devices announced a collaboration with LifeQ to develop technology that will make it possible for non-invasive body monitoring devices to provide highly accurate physiological data that currently is only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment. By combining the market-leading
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04/26/2016
Toshiba launches bipolar 2-Channel Stepping motor driver with max ratings of 40V and 2.0A

TC78S122FNG bipolar 2-channel stepping motor driver

Toshiba Electronics has launched a bipolar, 2-channel stepping motor driver rated for a high voltage of 40V and currents of up to 2.0A. The TC78S122FNG will help designers to save space, reduce power consumption, lower heat dissipation and minimise vibration and acoustic noise in high-speed motion control designs.
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04/26/2016
US President Obama and Chancellor Merkel visit HARTING at Hannover Fair

Dietmar Harting, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Philip Harting (from left to right)

The opening of the world's largest industrial trade show today saw US President Barack Obama visit the company’s stand together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the Harting family greeting the two heads of state. The United States is this year's partner country of the Hannover Messe. President
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04/26/2016
Many interests have been raised within the battery business in 2015 through a number of activities: the launch of Tesla's Powerwall with low prices supported by the capability of Gigafactory, Apple's patent relating to charging and managing power in a device with solid-state batteries, LG Chem's opening of a
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04/25/2016
KOA Speer Electronics has added the SLW1, a 1.5 Watt, 2512 size chip to its line of molded current sensing resistors. The SLW1 features resistance values ranging from 3 mΩ up to 100 mΩ in several tolerances as low as 0.5% with a wide operating temperature range of -55°C to +180°C. The chips special
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04/25/2016
Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, has introduced a range of waterproof USB connectors from Amphenol LTW Technology. The range includes USB 3.0 A, 2.0 A and 2.0 B types, plus Mini USB 2.0 B and Micro USB 2.0 AB models. All versions are waterproof
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04/25/2016
VersaSense and Vicotee launch Smartmesh-based IoT products at Hannover Trade Fair

VersaSense's and Vicotee's Smartmesh-based IoT products

At this year's Hannover Trade Fair, VersaSense will present live demonstrations of its award-winning MicroPnP product range and Vicotee will release their wireless mesh Internet of Things (IoT) sensor interface, both using SmartMesh IP from Linear Technology. At Stand H23, Hall 9, they are just examples
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04/25/2016
PSDcast - Bob Chao of ALD on sensing in the IoT

Bob Chao, CEO and president of ALD

In this PSDcast Bob Chao, CEO and president of Advanced Linear Devices (ALD), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about driving the devices of the IoT, as many forget that the great software-based Cloud world is still needs hardware. A world full of intelligent devices is also a world full of smart
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04/25/2016
Power Integrations’ InnoSwitch-CP offline switching ICs now at Mouser

InnoSwitch-CP switching IC

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the InnoSwitch-CP switching ICs, part of the InnoSwitch family from Power Integrations. These new offline constant-current/constant-voltage flyback switching ICs incorporate a constant power output profile which, when paired with an adaptive-voltage protocol such as USB-PD,
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04/22/2016
Advanced concept bike leaps beyond racing rules

fUCI concept bike

Ever wonder why you don't see things like recumbents in the Tour de France? Well, it's because of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the world governing body for bicycle racing. Among other things, the UCI places unwavering restrictions on the design of racing bikes. While this is intended to
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04/22/2016
Torex's 0.8A step-up DC/DC converters serve healthcare and wearables

XC9141/XC9142 Series, Small Package, WLP-6-01 (1.28 x 1.08 x h0.4mm)

Torex Semiconductor has launched the XC9141/XC9142 series of 0.8A step-up DC/DC converters with a load disconnection function. The demand for internal-driver, step-up DC/DC converters in a small package for use in portable devices has been increasing in recent years. There is also an increasing demand for
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04/22/2016
Germany readies itself for a new era

87% of German companies currently feel that a change to digitalisation over the next five years is a priority

In multiple presentations at the Year Of The Monkey digital festival in Munich on Thursday, the figure "87%" was prominent. This is - according to a number of research papers - the number of German companies currently feeling that a change to digitalisation over the next five years is a priority. At
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04/22/2016
Ultrathin organic material empowers e-skin display

Ultraflexible organic photonic skin

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, ultraflexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This technology will enable creation of electronic skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors
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04/20/2016
Panasonic to showcase a wide range of leading technologies at PCIM Europe 2016

Pyrolytic Highly Oriented Graphite Sheet

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe announced its technology lineup for PCIM (Power Conversion Intelligent Motion) 2016, taking place May 10th -12th in Nuremberg, Germany. At Stand 429 in Hall 6 the company will be highlighting industry-leading innovations — including passive components, semiconductors
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04/20/2016
PSDcast - Mark Bishop of LynTec on smart facilities

Mark Bishop of LynTec

In this PSDcast Mark Bishop, President of LynTec, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in implementing intelligent power systems in a facility. LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely-operated AC power control systems for the installed sound, lighting and video industries.
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04/20/2016
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on the state of energy management in consumer devices

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

In this PSDcast Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment, an alternate-energy solutions creator, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about his observations on the developing edge of energy-management tech. He talks about the state of the industry and his recent observations from the recent Consumer
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04/20/2016
PSDcast - Gene Armstrong of Paper Battery on energy management in the IoT

Gene Armstrong of Paper Battery

In this PSDcast Gene Armstrong of supercapacitor developer Paper Battery talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about energy management in small wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices. As devices shrink, the amount pf power they can store also goes down and energy budgets and managment become critical
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04/19/2016
KEMET, a leading supplier of electronic components and Novasentis, a leading developer of haptic and sensory feedback technology for wearable devices, announced a collaboration to develop next generation Electro-Mechanical Polymer (EMP) film-based haptic actuators for wearable devices. Novasentis will provide
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04/19/2016
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensors, plans to feature the latest in high-performance solutions that enable an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to connected lighting and building automation in booth #1457 at LIGHTFAIR International, April 26-28, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center
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04/18/2016
IAR Systems announced that the world-leading development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM now supports the Wireless Gecko SoCs from Silicon Labs. With its highly optimizing build tools, smart integrated profiling tools and comprehensive debugging capabilities, IAR Embedded Workbench enables developers
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04/18/2016
One of the most beautiful and amazing aspects of science and technology is its migration and how that evolution (and occasional revolution) advances humanity’s progression to higher and higher levels of precision in our tools and understanding of our universe. Engineering is especially important to society,
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04/17/2016
LED technology has developed over recent years, and is now the obvious choice for many applications from energy-efficiency architectural lighting to outdoor displays. These applications tend to vary considerably, each requiring a different number, type, color and configuration of the LEDs, which means that driver
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04/17/2016
The buzz around a concept called The Internet of Things has been around for a few years, and it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, it might be bigger than anyone ever imagined. And all that added connectivity brings with it a great deal more control. The industry is becoming excited
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04/17/2016
Transformers can often provide an inexpensive solution for a variety of applications. The purpose of the transformer is to isolate the secondary side of the circuit from the primary power source, transfer power efficiently from the electrical source to the target load and protect users from hazards like electric
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04/17/2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is providing increasing levels of transparency in our everyday energy usage, be it for connected factory equipment or small appliances or in exciting new market segments including wearables and drones.  Advanced Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) designs have implemented
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04/15/2016
The phone Martin Cooper used was the prototype Motorola DynaTAC, and it could only be used for 20 minutes before the battery died. Battery life has continued to cause concern for manufacturers. Bluetooth introduced its low-energy feature in 2010 with Bluetooth 4.0 with energy efficiency as the prime goal, achieved
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04/15/2016
An effective method for filtering high-frequency power supply noise and cleanly sharing similar voltage supply rails (i.e. analog and digital rails for mixed-signal ICs) while preserving high-frequency isolation between the shared rails is the use of ferrite beads.  A ferrite bead is a passive device that
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04/15/2016
It is no longer contentious to say that the future of land, water and air vehicles is to be more and more electric. The detail of how this is being achieved is rich and varied and it revolves around the electric motor and its variants far more than the more-discussed battery. By definition, an electric vehicle
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04/15/2016
Power management company Eaton today announced the global launch of Intelligent Power Manager software version 1.52, which can be integrated with the VMware vRealize Operations platform. Now, data center and operations managers can use Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software and Infrastructure Management
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04/15/2016
EnOcean kinetic power challenges the industry

PTM 215ZE 2.4 GHz radio pushbutton transmitter module

At Light + Building 2016 in Frankfurt, EnOcean presented a new self-powered product family for wireless communication in the globally-usable 2.4 GHz frequency band. This adds to the company’s products in 868 MHz, 902 MHz and 928 MHz for new markets and regions. With the 2.4 GHz offering, OEMs can now realise
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04/15/2016
In this PSDcast Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance, and Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development for the ZigBee Alliance, talk to Alix Paultre about their strategic cooperation to create order and compatibility in the IoT wireless low-power infrastructure. EnOcean is a leading developer of harvested
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04/15/2016
PSDcast - Anders Lier of Enoro on metering the smart grid

Anders Lier of Enoro

In this PSDcast Anders Lier of Enoro talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about Big Data the intelligent infrastructure required to manage and monitor the smart grid. Recent tests at IBM’s SoftLayer data center proved that Enoro’s cloud-based GENERIS Energy Data Management platform can serve
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04/14/2016
In the third part of this series, we’ll see how Dr. Fred Lee’s analysis of current-mode control resulted in a high modulator gain, and also look at the consequences of this gain on current-loop predictions. Current-Mode Control Circuit Figure 1 shows a buck converter
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04/13/2016
ROHM Semi to show their latest solutions at Hannover Messe

The Venturi VM200-FE-01 will be fitted with ROHM-manufactured SiC technology

ROHM Semiconductor will be exhibiting at Hannover Messe 2016, which will be held in Hannover, Germany, from 25 April (Mon.) to 29 April (Fri.). For its first exhibit at the trade fair, ROHM will go in with a theme of ‘Endless Possibilities’ – through which the company plans to introduce key devices to
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04/12/2016
IHS says high-growth wireless charging market matures in 2016

The wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160 percent in 2015

The wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160 percent in 2015 over the previous year, as annual global shipments reached 144 million units. Integrated receivers hit mainstream devices, and refinements to system design and diversification for various applications and power ratings is now driving the
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04/12/2016
The large “IDTechEx Show!” in Berlin April 27-28 with over 2500 paying delegates once again invests in startups. Chief Executive Raghu Das says, “It is one way we are different from other events because they are run for cash. We believe in this industry and we invest in it, not directly in the company
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04/12/2016
Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leader in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, announced they acquired the assets of former Power Technics in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. The assets includes products IPs, laboratory equipment, warehouse etc. This acquisition
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04/12/2016
ROHM to show new key products for efficient, high-power performance at PCIM 2016

ROHM Semiconductor Presents Its New Power Management Key Products

At PCIM in Nuremberg from May 10-12, 2016, ROHM Semiconductor will showcase its latest power product novelties for high-speed switching and high power performance, at the same time meeting the need for greater energy savings and higher efficiency (Hall 9 - Booth 316). Advanced power devices make a huge impact
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04/11/2016
PSDcast - Amr Elashmawi of Microsemi on data center security

Amr Elashmawi of Microsemi

In this PSDcast Amr Elashmawi of Microsemi talks to Alix Paultre of power Systems Design on data center security, a very hot industry topic. One action the company has taken is to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open technical membership organization based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture founded
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04/11/2016
Mouser Electronics announced that it has entered into a global distribution agreement with RFaxis, home to the world's first RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC). Mouser will carry several of RFaxis’ CMOS-based radio frequency (RF) solutions. The global agreement extends the reach of RFaxis’ worldwide
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04/07/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos upgrades RED EXPERT online design tool

Clearly presented AC and DC losses per inductor

RED EXPERT from Wuerth Elektronik enables eiSos developers to simulate the company's power inductors. The losses determined with RED EXPERT are based on current and voltage waveforms typical in applications. Besides the core and winding losses, they also include the losses arising from the specific geometries
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04/07/2016
Telink Semiconductor, developer of highly integrated low power radio-frequency and mixed signal system chips for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced that its Bluetooth mesh technology is being used in connected LED light bulbs from GE Lighting, in its C by GE product family. “For many, lighting
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04/07/2016
Offering transient voltage suppression (TVS) for USB data and power connections, the D5V0F3B6LP20 diode array introduced by Diodes Incorporated is one of the most rugged protection devices in its class. It is aimed at consumer and mobile communications products with a USB interface, especially those employing
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04/06/2016
AMIHO Technology and ROHM Semi launch New Wireless M-Bus eval kit for IoT apps and smart metering

The kit contains two nodes based on AMIHO’s AM060 868 MHz Wireless M-Bus radio modem module

AMIHO Technology, experts in wireless communications, and ROHM Semiconductor announce the launch of their latest Evaluation Kit, designed to get customers up and running rapidly with sub-GHz radio design. The kit contains two nodes based on AMIHO’s AM060 868 MHz Wireless M-Bus radio modem module. This design
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04/06/2016
Linear's 20V, synchronous 4-switch buck-boost LED driver with spread spectrum suits a variety of lighting applications

LT8391 synchronous buck-boost DC/DC LED controller

Linear Technology announced the LT8391, a synchronous buck-boost DC/DC LED controller that regulates LED current from input voltages above, below and equal to the output voltage. Its 4V to 60V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural
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04/06/2016
PSDcast - Micrel co-founder Ray Zinn on the state of the electronics industry

Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn

In this PSDcast Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the electronics industry. Ray is an inventor, entrepreneur, and was the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He is best known for creating and selling the first Wafer Stepper
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04/05/2016
PSDcast - Karina Fedasz of ZON on commercializing solar power

Karina Fedasz of ZON

In this PSDcast Karina Fedasz, co-founder and COO of ZON, a solutions provider of solar energy products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the commercialization of solar power. ZON recently presented a novel application of traditional solar power usage by applying panels to an everyday
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04/05/2016
PSDcast - David Egan of Silicon Labs on wireless IoT

David Egan of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast David Egan, senior product manager for Silicon Labs’ IoT products business, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company’s Ember ZigBee and wireless mesh efforts in support of the Internet of Things. David is a member of the Board of Directors of the ZigBee Alliance as
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04/05/2016
DELO Industrial Adhesives now offers high-strength epoxy resin-based adhesives that offer excellent adhesion to sensitive plastics as well as fast curing times at low temperatures. DELO-DUALBOND LT2216, ideal for electronic and optoelectronic applications in the automotive and consumer electronics industries,
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04/04/2016
A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The research could help guide the manufacture of thermoelectric devices based
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04/04/2016
PSDcast - Thomas Riener of AMS on advanced sensors in the IoT

Thomas Riener of AMS

In this PSDcast Thomas Riener of AMS talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT). A truly intellilgent system needs precise measurement systems in order to provide accurate analysis and feedback. The company recently agreed to acquire CMOSIS, a leader
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04/04/2016
Ambitious start-up uses microbots to build SMT circuits on surfaces

Ambitious Concepts is using microbots to lay circuits directly onto any surface

Silicon Alley startup Ambitious Concepts is attempting to bypass traditional PCB manufacturing processes and the related infrastructure by using microbots to lay circuits directly onto any surface. Called "TraceBots",
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04/01/2016
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