Internet of Things

April 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

Very Small TVS Diodes for Highly Effective ESD Protection
TDK Corporation has released tiny high-power TVS diodes for ESD protection, extending its portfolio of components for bidirectional overvoltage protection of I/O interfaces. The space requirement of the so-called chip scale package (CSP) is just 400 x 200 µm² (CSP01005) or 600 x 300 µm² (CSP0201), while the
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04/29/2021
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
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
Maxim and Aizip Provide Lowest-Power IoT Person Detection
This is 100 times lower than conventional software solutions, and the most economical and efficient IoT person-detection solution available. The low-power network provides longer operation for battery-powered IoT systems that require human-presence detection, including building energy management and smart security ca
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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
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
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
Silicon Labs to Divest Infrastructure and Automotive Business
Silicon Labs announced the company has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its Infrastructure & Automotive (I&A) business to Skyworks Solutions, Inc. for $2.75 billion in all-cash consideration. The transaction includes Silicon Labs’ power/isolation, timing and broadcast products, intellectual property and associated employees. Silicon Labs and Skyworks will collaborate to ensure a seamless transition for customers, suppliers and employees.   “The outcome of this deal is a measurable testament to the industry-leading solutions and strong financial performance the world-class infrastructu
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04/22/2021
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
TDK Announces Availability of SmartPressure Platform
TDK Corporation announces worldwide availability of the InvenSense ICP-10125, part of the SmartPressure family of the MEMS barometric pressure sensor platform. The ICP-10125 achieves the industry’s lowest pressure noise of 0.4 Pa RMS, attains the industry’s lowest power consumption of 1.3 µA, and ensures excelle
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04/14/2021
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
Murata, Industry Leaders Commercialize Global IoT Solution
In conjunction with Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony, formerly Altair Semiconductor), STMicroelectronics, and Truphone, Murata introduced the availability of the Type 1SE module, a highly integrated, miniaturized, low power cellular IoT solution featuring a low power STM32L4 MC
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04/13/2021
Renesas Launches 16-bit General-Purpose Microcontroller
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the launch and the beginning of mass production of its 16-bit general-purpose RL78/G23 microcontroller (MCU), further strengthening its RL78 Family of 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs for a broad range of applications. Compatible with Renesas' current general-purpose RL78 MCUs, such a
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04/13/2021
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
Module w/ Bluetooth Wireless Communication on IoT Devices
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RX23W Module with full Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy support for system control and wireless communication on IoT endpoint devices. Featuring the RX23W 32-bit RX MCU supporting fully integrated Bluetooth Low Energy communication, the new RX23W module is equipped with a
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Date:
04/06/2021
A Set of Assets to Care About

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Figure 1. Focus Requirements for Asset Tracking Solutions based on Bluetooth Low Energy

Markets and Markets predicts that real-time location systems will grow to 10.3 billion units by 2025 at a rate of 24.8%. By their nature, these smart sensors need to be small and co-located with the asset themselves. This inherently needs the use of low-power integrated circuits to provide the intelligence and wi
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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
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
04/01/2021