Military, Aerospace & Hi-Rel

January 2020
Buck, Low Dropout Regulator for Satellite Power Applications
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the industry’s first single-chip synchronous buck and low dropout (LDO) regulator targeting low-power FPGAs, DDR memory and other digital loads for spaceflight payload applications. The ISL70005SEH is the only point-of-load (POL) power solution that reduces size, weight, an
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01/30/2020

Florida Astronaut in Super Bowl Ad to Benefit Girls in STEM
To support an inspirational Super Bowl LIV commercial featuring Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumna and retired astronaut Nicole Stott, the Olay company plans to donate one dollar (up to $500,000) to the nonprofit Girls Who Code each time someone uses the hashtag #MakeSpaceforWomen on Twitter. The so
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01/30/2020
TTI Offers Broad and Deep Inventory of Vishay Foil Resistors
TTI, Inc., is stocking commercial-grade Vishay Foil Resistors (VFR) brand of bulk metal foil resistors for immediate shipment. TTI’s offering of the deepest and broadest foil resistor inventory comprises resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (leaded) configurations, current sense and precision tr
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01/29/2020
Air Force Provides $1 Million for Purdue-Related Technology

PlaneEnglish, a simulator created by three Purdue alumni, has received a $1 million SBIR Phase II award, sponsored by the Air Force and AFWERX, the Air Force's technology and innovation hub.

Three Purdue University alumni will soon help more members of the U.S. Air Force advance critical communication skills to keep them safe in the cockpit. PlaneEnglish, a simulator created by the three Purdue alumni, has received a $1 million SBIR Phase II award, sponsored by the Air Force and AFWERX, the Air F
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01/28/2020
The Versatile Inductor
Traditionally, off-the-shelf power inductors have offered the capability to perform a variety of functions and serve many different applications. The same inductor might have served one circuit as a ripple-smoothing element in an LC output filter and as an EMI suppression choke in another. By contrast, a device
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01/23/2020
Understanding the Basics of DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: DC-DC converters can be isolated or non-isolated

When Allesandro Volta made a battery out of copper and zinc disks and brine-soaked cardboard, it was a novelty and the low power DC produced had few practical applications. As electricity became better understood and it was discovered that rotating magnets could induce AC current in wires, the world of power ge
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01/20/2020
AI in the Data Center

Figure 1. Powering Artificial Intelligence

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Hung, a VP at Gartner, said that “almost everything Google is announcing these days is AI-related.” He said, “Google has a lead on artificial intelligence over many of its competitors, and it’s going to use that as a weapon to advance their products.” Although
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01/20/2020
8,000 Hour, 105°C Aluminum Electrolytic Snap-in Capacitors
Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) introduces its 381LL series of long-life snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors. The series, designated with an expected life of 8,000 hours at full-rated conditions, demonstrates superb stability in capacitance and DC leakage current over time on test. The snap-in se
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01/20/2020
3W ACDC Converter with Transient Output Power Up to 12W
In some applications where high transient communication or drive power is required, such as electrical control systems, automatic meter reading, anti-theft alarms, and access electric lock applications, large amounts of power are outputted in a short time at transmitting and receiving data or driving relays. Therefore,
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01/17/2020
Space-Qualified COTS-Based Radiation-Tolerant Devices
Ethernet is becoming more common in spacecraft to enable hardwired communication speed, support higher data rates, and facilitate interoperability between satellites and other spacecraft. As Ethernet in space applications continues to expand, Microchip Technology Inc. announced the industry’s first space-qualified Et
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01/14/2020
TAIYO YUDEN’s All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Secondary Batteries
TAIYO YUDEN announced today the development of all-solid state lithium-ion secondary batteries (hereinafter referred to as “all-solid-state batteries”) in which various technologies including the process technology of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are capitalized. All-solid-state batteries are s
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01/08/2020
Advanced Metal Etching Launches Aluminum Etching Services
Advanced Metal Etching is expanding its services to add aluminum etching to serve customers in these markets. One of the markets driving the aluminum increase is transportation, specifically automotive and aerospace. According to IndustryARC, aluminum will grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period 2019-2025. With these new photo etching metal services, Advanced Metal Etching will better serve existing customers and offer capacity for companies who are increasing their aluminum products or looking to expand the supply chain to mitigate risk. Blake Geer, co-president and CFO of Advanced Metal Etching says, "We experienced an increase in RFQs for aluminum etched components in the past six months, mainly from the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. More OEMs and their suppliers are utilizing the unique properties of aluminum, such as the high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistanc
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01/07/2020
GPT Unveils a Fully-Coated Isolation Gasket
Garlock Pipeline Technologies (GPT) has announced the unveiling of EVOLUTION. The next generation of isolation gaskets, EVOLUTION features easier installation, tight sealing, high-temperature operation, no permeation, hydrotesting isolation, fire-safety and chemical-resistance. Featuring a thinner, 1/8” des
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01/07/2020
Treatment of Spaceflight Medical Risk 200+ Miles Above Earth

International Space Station

Serena Auñón-Chancellor, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine's branch campus in Baton Rouge, is the lead author of a paper describing a previously unrecognized risk of spaceflight discovered during a study of astronauts involved in long-duration mis
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01/03/2020