Military, Aerospace & Hi-Rel

September 2019
Do We Really Need a New Safety Standard?

Figure 1: IEC/EN 62368-1 is not a merge of the two standards IEC/EN 60065 and IEC/EN 60950 but a completely new one introducing a new way of working

Safety regulations have been in place for decades in the power industry and as we know only too well, all have been through lots of revisions. And although each revision has made them more stringent and tailored to our businesses, we have become familiar with designing products to conform to latest versions.
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09/30/2019
Army Project Brings Quantum Internet Closer to Reality

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, funded by the US Army, achieved a record for the transfer of quantum entanglement between matter and light -- a distance of 50 kilometers was covered using fiber optic cables. Researchers said this brings the quantum internet a step closer. In a nonlinear crystal illuminated by a strong laser the photon wavelength was converted to the optimal value for long-distance travel.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- A U.S. Army research result brings the quantum internet a step closer. Such an internet could offer the military security, sensing and timekeeping capabilities not possible with traditional networking approaches. The U.S. Army's Combat Capability Development's Army
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09/26/2019
Rugged wide-range input 6/10W power modules
The DTE06 and DTE10 DC-DC converters provide 6W and 10W of power and offer a 4:1 input range, giving a wide tolerance for fluctuating supplies. With nominal inputs of 12/24VDC and 24/48VDC the series cover inputs between 9.0VDC and 75.0VDC.
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09/26/2019

Digi-Key signs global distribution partnership with Directed Energy
This new partnership adds to the more than 8.7 million products available from more than 800 manufacturers through Digi-Key. Directed Energy provides ready-to-use modules for driving laser diodes as well as
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09/26/2019
Surface-mount isolated DC/DC converters maximise flexibility
The converters deliver a space-saving solution for bus isolation and general industrial power applications. These open-frame surface-mount modules are available with standard isolation rating of 1kV/second
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09/26/2019
RS Components adds robust TDK-Lambda power supply series
The cost-effective RWS-B series of AC-DC industrial power supplies comprises 10 models, each coming with an isolated 5V 1A standby voltage option. This latter feature makes the series suitable for markets including industrial, communications, test and measurement,
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09/26/2019
TSR-WI Series â€
Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications in distributed power systems where different input voltages have to be handled. Being able to use the same converter in many different
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09/26/2019
Analog Devices ADF437x Synthesizers, Now at Mouser
The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372 operates at 62 MHz to 16 GHz for designs that do not require the higher frequency.
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09/26/2019
Active current sharing added to BMR490 DC-DC converter
The current sharing capability enables two or more converters to be used in parallel for demanding datacom applications, thus delivering higher power on a single rail and improving redundancy. Up to six BMR490
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09/26/2019
LED drivers deliver high-current stability in portable devices
Key features include independently controlled output currents configured through an I2C-compatible interface and the ability to combine two devices (with different device identification addresses) to drive four LEDs up to 6A for quad-channel applications. The AL3644
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09/26/2019
New integrated point-of-load regulator increases efficiency
It is a fully integrated and highly efficient device in two versions (IR3826AM for 16 A and IR3826M for 23 A) for applications such as netcom router and switches, datacom, telecom base stations, server and enterprise storage.
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09/26/2019
EMC components: Extended range of power line chokes
The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A and 25 A and offer inductance values of 1.8 μH,
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Technology enhances and simplifies design of 75 to 150W outputs
The SA modules are available with 5V /15A, 12V /12.5A, 15V /10A and 24V /6.25A outputs and offer a cost-effective solution for low power output requirements. The SA module’s patented loop control design uses
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09/26/2019
High reliability 80W DC/DC converter with 10 year warranty
Packaged in an industry standard 2x1 inch, six sided, shielded metallic case, the MGF80 series has been designed to Cosel’s strict criteria for high performance and reliability, contributing to the company’s world class quality with a failure rate of below 30
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09/26/2019
Innovative high-power, high-frequency transformer
Murata’s innovative and patented pdqb winding technology makes it possible to construct high frequency transformers of up to and over 400 kW that can operate at frequencies as high as 50 kHz. The pdqb winding technique overcomes the skin and proximity effects as
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09/26/2019
TTI Adds All Sensors to Global Line Card
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., has announced today the company has entered into a North America distribution agreement with All Sensors Corporation, an Amphenol company. All Sensors is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of ultra-low pressure sensors. Lew LaFornara, TTI Vice
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09/25/2019
Autonomous Quadruped Designed to Team with Soldiers

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory developed the Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, as part of the lab's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance.

ADELPHI, Md. - Imagine a small U.S. Special Forces team conducting covert operations in a hostile territory. The mission requires the team be limited in size, but able to carry extensive equipment, both explosive and inert, in order to execute the mission. What makes this team so unique? It consists of both
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09/25/2019
UK's Bristol Airport Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity
With nearly 9 million annual passengers, Bristol Airport is the ninth-busiest airport in the UK and a prime candidate for a green overhaul. They’ll get that courtesy of the Danish energy provider, Ørsted, and 100%
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09/16/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

Using Silicon Carbide (SiC) FETs in Data Center power supplies and telecom rectifiers With the deployment of 5G Networks, we can expect a massive build out worldwide, requiring many high-quality telecom rectifiers to provide the needed power.  To meet the need for improved efficiency,
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09/16/2019
Riedon Reveals new Temperature Sensing and Control Solutions
Alhambra, California – Riedon has introduced three new product lines leveraging its precision-resistor knowhow to simplify thermal sensing and monitoring, including miniature self-controlled heaters and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs). The PTC series of miniature heaters are positive-temperature-coefficient
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09/11/2019
Rugged Computing Platform with Accelerated Processing
SAN JOSE, Calif. — ADLINK Technology, Inc., released its latest Extreme Rugged, SWaP-optimized VITA 75 COTS computing platform, the HPERC-KBL, designed for mission-critical applications such as C4ISR and use in the world’s most demanding military and aerospace environments. ADLINK
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09/11/2019
ATS Services Provide Cooling Answers for Digi-Key Customers
NORWOOD, MA – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is now providing design engineering services for companies doing business with leading electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, through their Design Services Provider network. ATS offers comprehensive thermal analysis and design
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09/11/2019
Graphene sets Stage for Next-Gen THz Astronomy Detectors

The image depicts a schematic of terahertz (THz) heterodyne detection with graphene. In this, two THz waves (red) are coupled into graphene, where they are combined or mixed. One of the waves is a high intensity signal generated by a local THz light source (i.e. a local oscillator), at a known THz frequency. The other signal is a faint THz wave that mimics the waves coming from space.

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have demonstrated a detector made from graphene that could revolutionize the sensors used in next-generation space telescopes. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy. Beyond superconductors,
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09/11/2019
Are Black Holes Made of Dark Energy?

Objects like Powehi, the recently imaged supermassive compact object at the center of galaxy M87, might actually be GEODEs. The Powehi GEODE, shown to scale, would be approximately 2/3 the radius of the dark region imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope.

Two University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers have identified and corrected a subtle error that was made when applying Einstein's equations to model the growth of the universe. Physicists usually assume that a cosmologically large system, such as the universe, is insensitive to details of the small
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09/10/2019
Solving the Critical End of (Battery) Life for IoT Devices

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Figure 1: Event-based power analysis on Keysight X8712A IoT device battery life optimization solution

"My battery is low and it's getting dark” was the slightly-massaged final message sent from Oppy, NASA’s Mars rover to mission control in February of this year, causing a worldwide social media sensation. It’s an issue that will be increasingly common over the next decade, as billions of
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09/03/2019
Electronics Test and Measurement Market
The general-purpose electronics test equipment segment includes oscilloscopes, signal generators, digital multimeters, logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, Bit Error Rate Testers (BERT), Vector Network analyzers, power meters, electronic counters, modular instrumentation, Automated Test Equipment (ATE), and
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09/03/2019
A Solar-Powered Spacecraft Inspired by Golden Age of Sail
In space, power is everything – supplies are limited and a recharge is difficult or impossible, so renewable energy is critical. And what’s the most abundant source of energy in the galaxy? The sun. This is hardly a revelation – we’ve tinkered with solar power since the earliest days of the
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09/03/2019