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Internet of Things

January 2017
Two leaders in the design and manufacturing of connectors for electronic products announced a Dual Source Alliance (DSA) agreement to each produce a new generation of high-speed input/output (I/O) and backplane connectors, and cable assemblies for data communications applications. Molex and
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01/31/2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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01/30/2017
Robert Bosch and, correspondingly, Bosch Sensortec as a wholly owned subsidiary, has joined the MIPI Alliance as a Contributor Member. The MIPI Alliance is a non-profit organization with more than 275 active member companies, developing interface specifications which drive consistency in processor and peripheral
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01/30/2017

U.S. auto-safety regulators have mandated that new vehicles must communicate with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology beginning in 2020, with the goal of increasing safety. Vehicles are expected to use the 5.9GHz safety spectrum, which was allocated by the Federal Government to
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01/30/2017
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting and Bluetooth® low energy technology, in partnership with Energous, the developer of WattUp, a wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance, today announced the
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01/30/2017
Resolution is the most obvious battleground on which rival television and display manufacturers fight. Consumers have been willing to pay a premium for high-definition HD) displays, and, more recently, for 4k displays. Eventually, ultra-high definition 8k displays are expected to supersede the current generation
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01/28/2017
We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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01/28/2017
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is growing steadily as battery technologies improve and the driving range of such vehicles increases. Perhaps as important, EVs/HEVs offer a “green” alternative to traditional vehicles powered by internal-combustion gasoline engines. EVs
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01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
The environment has abundant energy, so energy harvesters are an ideal power source for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, eliminating the need to replace and dispose of batteries. However, small energy harvesters often cannot provide the peak power required to collect and transmit data. Let’s take a look
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01/28/2017
Keeping up with consumer

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The consumer electronics market is growing, yet it’s always in a state of flux. In this huge and competitive market you must have the latest features and functions and the best, easy-to-use interface, or your products will be yesterday’s news and they won’t sell.  The typical pace of the consumer
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01/28/2017
This year’s CES, the 50th, was a geek orgy of gadgets and their related services and infrastructures, each vying for attention in the hopes that it will be the “Next Big Thing”. The reality is that there probably won’t be any one new big shiny thing going forward, the big thing is that there
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01/28/2017
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

It has long been postulated that graphene should undergo a superconducting transition, but can’t

Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential. Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene
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01/27/2017
Mouser Electronics, a leader empowering innovation, announced a global distribution agreement with SparkFun Electronics, a leader in DIY electronics and open-source technology, as part of both companies’ commitment to support the growth of the maker movement around the world. The agreement provides increased
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01/26/2017
ENGIE Benelux, ENGIE Labs network, and the research partners of EnergyVille, KU Leuven, VITO and imec, have signed a collaboration agreement at the premises of EnergyVille in Genk, Belgium. The agreement covers a range of collaborative tasks in the field of smart energy systems of the future. With the complementary
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01/25/2017
The PCIM Europe Conference 2017 takes place from 16 – 18 May 2017, and covers with its conference program a wide range of topics including recent developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials. The comprehensive offer ranges
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01/25/2017
PSDcast - Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company on Smart-Grid analytics

Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company

In this PSDcast Ed Cuoco, Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics of The Weather Company, an IBM business, talks to Alix Paultre from Power Systems Design about the Smart Grid and the required analytics infrastructure. Energy companies are increasingly turning to advanced new data analytics tools,
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01/25/2017
The exciting future of automotive electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The automotive industry is in a state of change, especially in the power & electronics of infotainment. Rental cars often have Bluetooth interfaces now, and I have often seen information like call logs, text messages, and other data from the previous driver.  I erase them as a courtesy to others and
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01/25/2017
Intersil charger extends backup battery life of eCall systems

ISL78693 battery charger

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL78693, a 3.6V single-cell battery charger that extends the life of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries used in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78693 battery charger offers up
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01/20/2017
RS Components launches wireless IoT development kits

Creator IoT development kit

RS Components (RS) announced availability of the Creator Ci40 and Ci20 IoT development kits http://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/semiconductors/semiconductor-development-kits/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/?searchTerm=creator from Imagination Technologies. The Creator kits include the hardware, software
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01/20/2017
Wuerth Electronics Midcom announced the “Off The Clock Design Challenge”, a premiere design challenge built for those who like to tinker. Participants will be designing a wireless charging end product using the new 15W wireless charging kit developed with ROHM Semiconductor. Contenders chosen
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01/20/2017
TDK's low-loss thin-film metal inductors have high current capability for power circuits

TFM160808ALC thin-film inductor

TDK presents the TFM160808ALC thin-film inductor for power supply circuits, which features a maximum DC resistance of 62 mΩ that is 30 percent lower than for existing types (e.g. TFM160808ALM, 0.47 μH). The new type, whose compact dimensions are just 1.6 mm x 0.8 mm x 0.8 mm, also offers a high rated current
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01/18/2017
Infineon's 700 V CoolMOS P7 family serves quasi-resonant flyback topologies

700 V CoolMOS P7

Infineon Technologies developed the new 700 V CoolMOS P7 family to serve today’s and tomorrow’s trends in quasi resonant flyback topologies. These new MOSFETs offer unmatched performance improvements compared to currently used superjunction technologies. Soft switching topologies like smart phone and tablet
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01/17/2017
Nanoparticle catalysts improve zinc-air batteries

A cathode containing nanoparticles made from cobalt, cobalt oxide and a carbon-based outer shell improved the performance of a zinc-air battery.

A*STAR researchers have found that nanoparticles containing three different layers of material can help to boost the performance of a zinc-air battery. Zinc-air batteries are cheap, have a high energy density, and last for a very long time. Their use of a water-based electrolyte makes them safer than other batteries,
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01/13/2017
PSDcast - Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays on the user interface

Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays

In this PSDcast, Scott Soong, Founder and CEO of Pervasive Displays talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the user interface and energy efficiency. The company is a leader in e-paper displays, and recently announced a newly-available e-paper shield starter kit to help makers and designers
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01/13/2017
AptoVision, Aquantia, Christie Digital, NETGEAR, Sony and ZeeVee announced that they have formed the SDVoE Alliance to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology that allows software to define AV applications.
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01/12/2017
LoRa Alliance members myDevices, an Internet of Things solutions company; Senet, the first and fastest growing North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long-range Internet of Things (IoT) applications built on the LoRaWAN protocol; and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor
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01/05/2017
At CES, NXP will introduce a revolutionary new processor family: i.MX 8M — dedicated to the consumer IoT market. NXP’s i.MX 8M family addresses the major inflection points currently underway in streaming media: voice recognition and networked speakers in audio, the move to 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) and
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01/04/2017
RS Components introduces Raspberry Pi easy-to-solder prototyping board

RS Pro solder-tag board

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a distributor for engineers, has launched a 40-pin solder-tag board for the highly popular Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer board. Exclusively available from RS, the new RS Pro solder-tag board is ideal for electronics engineers developing prototypes
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Date:
01/03/2017
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