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Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

­The new MLX90376 is an absolute magnetic position sensor IC, handling 360° rotary automotive applications with strong stray field immunity (SFI). Its dual-stacked die PCB-less version is unique to the market. The device supports system integration up to ASIL D level functional safety, offering state-of-the-art se
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12/08/2022
Wärtsilä-Built Flexible 94 MW Power Plant in Dresden is Ready to Support Germany’s Energy Transition

The new, state-of-the-art gas engine CHP plant in Dresden generates 90 MW of electricity and 84 MW of heat, and is also black start capable.

­The flexible Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, supplied and built by the technology group Wärtsilä for the German public utility SachsenEnergie, has been commissioned and handed over for commercial operation. The plant was extensively tested to verify its reliability and performance before the hand-over in
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12/08/2022
Eco Wave Power Inks Historic Concession Agreement to build 77-Megawatt Power Station

Mustafa Kemal Macit, President and CEO of OREN Ordu Enerji and Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power, signing a 77 MW Concession Agreement in EWP offices

­Eco Wave Power Global AB (publ) announced that it has entered into an agreement with OREN Ordu Enerji (“Ordu Energji”), a fully owned subsidiary of Ordu Municipality, for the potential construction of an up to 77-megawatt (MW) wave energy installation in Ordu, Turkey – the largest agreement in the Company’s hi
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12/08/2022
Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

­The shift to sustainable truck transport is happening in many parts of the world, including Australia, where sales of electric trucks are starting to pick up. The country is committed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of th
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12/07/2022
Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

­Efficient Power Conversion Corporation expands the selection of automotive, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of 80 V, 6 mΩ EPC2204A that delivers 125 A pulsed current in a 2.5 mm x 1.5 mm footprint and the 80 V, 3.2 mΩ EPC2218A that delivers 231 A pulsed current is a 3.
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12/07/2022
Flex Power Modules' BMR510 Upgraded with Improved Efficiency

Flex Power Modules’ BMR510 upgraded with improved efficiency

­Flex Power Modules is announcing an upgrade to the specification of their innovative BMR510, a two-phase voltage regulator module. The BMR510 now utilizes advanced materials of magnetic core, yielding high inductance in a small package size, allowing lower switching frequency operation than would be necessary wi
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12/07/2022
Ultra-Efficient Non-Isolated Digital DC/DC Converter for Computing and Telecom Equipment

Ultra-Efficient Non-Isolated Digital DC/DC Converter for Computing and Telecom Equipment

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced the company’s first non-isolated bus converter (NIBC) in industry-standard quarter-brick format for 48 V power conversion in computing and telecom applications. Operating at up to 900 W with efficiencies as high as 97%, the new Advanced Energy Artesyn NDQ900 DC/DC con
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12/07/2022
WATT Fuel Cell Continues Business Momentum Growth With Generac Investment

Caine Finnerty, WATT Fuel Cell's president, chief operating officer and founder

­WATT Fuel Cell is excited to announce an investment from Generac Power Systems, a market leader in residential energy technology. The new investment closes 2022 with growing momentum toward commercial launch of fuel cell-driven power for homeowners. As a part of the transaction, a member from the Generac ex
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12/07/2022
STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

­STMicroelectronics has released high-power modules for electric vehicles that boost performance and driving range. ST’s new silicon-carbide (SiC) power modules have been selected for Hyundai’s E-GMP electric-vehicle platform shared by KIA EV6 and several models. Five new SiC-MOSFET based pow
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12/07/2022
SiTime Precision Timing Solution Provides Clocking for New AMD Alveo X3 Series Platform

SiTime Precision Timing Solution Provides Clocking for New AMD Alveo X3 Series Platform

­SiTime Corporation announced that AMD is using SiTime MEMS precision timing solutions for its new Alveo X3 series, the first AMD network cards designed with screened FPGAs and optimized specifically for low latency electronic trading. Designed for the fintech industry, AMD’s first network in
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12/06/2022
UTAC Celebrates two Billion Copper Clip Devices Shipped

UTAC shipping two billion devices featuring the companies’ Cu clip to enhance thermal performance

­UTAC, the leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, has further underlined its strength in advanced power packaging solutions by achieving a major commercial milestone – the shipping of two billion devices that feature a copper (Cu) clip to enhance thermal performance.  Cu clip pack
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12/06/2022
World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

­Ambarella, Inc. announced the world’s first centralized 4D imaging radar architecture, which allows both central processing of raw radar data and deep, low-level fusion with other sensor inputs—including cameras, lidar and ultrasonics. This breakthrough architecture provides greater environmental pe
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12/06/2022
Smallest IP67-Rated Tactile Switch Available Provides Greater Design Flexibility

Smallest IP67-Rated Tactile Switch Available Provides Greater Design Flexibility

­Littelfuse, Inc. announced the new C&K Switches NanoT product line, a series of miniature, surface-mounted, very low profile, waterproof tactile switches.  Smart wearables, health monitoring devices, and other battery-powered IoT devices are driving the need for a higher density o
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12/06/2022
Würth Elektronik Partners with Student-Run, Fighting Robot Team

The Team of Fighting Robot Black Dragon supported by Würth Elektronik: Along with a financial sponsorship, Würth Elektronik offers technical assistance

­Würth Elektronik is pleased to announce that it will be a major sponsor of Team Uairrior and their fighting robot, Black Dragon, as they compete in the BattleBots Season 7 Tournament on The Discovery Channel in January 2023.  Würth Elektronik, a global electronic and electromachnical manufacturer, is excite
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12/06/2022
Milestone for Laser Technology

German-French research team builds free-electron laser at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) driven by particles from a plasma accelerator - and generates well-controllable laser flashes for the first time with this still young technology.

­Extremely intense light pulses generated by free-electron lasers (FELs) are versatile tools in research. Particularly in the X-ray range, they can be deployed to analyze the details of atomic structures of a wide variety of materials and to follow fundamental ultrafast processes with great precision. Until no
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12/05/2022
Researchers say Space Atomic Clocks Could Help Uncover the Nature of Dark Matter

Artist's impression of a space atomic clock used to uncover dark matter.

­Studying an atomic clock on-board a spacecraft inside the orbit of Mercury and very near to the Sun might be the trick to uncovering the nature of dark matter, suggests a new study published in Nature Astronomy.  Dark matter makes up more than 80 per cent of mass in the universe, but it has so fa
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12/05/2022
Finding the Right AI for You

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Peter Koo

­The human genome is three billion letters of code, and each person has millions of variations. While no human can realistically sift through all that code, computers can. Artificial intelligence (AI) programs can find patterns in the genome related to disease much faster than humans can. They also sp
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12/05/2022
Toward Stable Aqueous Zn-ion Batteries

Scheme of the Protective mechanisms of NTP-C

­“Aqueous ZIBs hold great potential as competitive candidates for next-generation energy storage devices,” said corresponding author Ying Bai, professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology. “Thanks to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and high security.” Bai explained
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12/02/2022
Researchers Observe Directly Turbulent Magnetic Reconnection in Solar Wind

A schematic drawing of the heliospheric current sheet, a structure in the solar wind, and the reconnection paradigm within it.

­Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the direction of Prof. WANG Rongsheng and Prof. LU Quanming, used data from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to directly observe bursty and turbulent magnetic reconnection in the solar wi
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12/02/2022
Palm E-Tattoo Can Tell When You're Stressed Out

An illustration of the snaked e-tattoo attached to the palm and a smartwatch reader.

­Our palms tell us a lot about our emotional state, tending to get wet when people are excited or nervous. This reaction is used to measure emotional stress and help people with mental health issues, but the devices to do it now are bulky, unreliable and can perpetuate social stigma by sticking very visible se
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12/02/2022
Kibble-Zurek Mechanism for Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions

Observing the Kibble-Zurek Mechanism in Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions

­Phase transitions describe various phenomena around us, from water turning into ice to magnetic transitions to the superconducting transition where electrical resistance vanishes. In the cases of superconductivity and magnetism, the phase transition is continuous, characterized by “symmetry breaking” that le
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12/02/2022
i-ToF Imager Based on Infineon's Novel Pixel Technology Boosts 3D Camera System Performance

i-ToF Imager Based on Infineon's Novel Pixel Technology Boosts 3D Camera System Performance

­Infineon Technologies AG in cooperation with 3D Time-of-Flight specialist and premium partner pmdtechnologies is introducing the IRS2975C imager sensor, a performance-push evolution of the IRS2875C. The imager works according to the Time-of-Flight (ToF) principle known as indirect ToF (i-ToF) and is the first in
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12/02/2022
ROHM and BASiC Semiconductor Form a Strategic Partnership

Weiwei He (right), General Manager of Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor Ltd. and Isao Matsumoto (left), President and CEO of ROHM Co., Ltd.

­ROHM Semiconductor and Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor announced they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement on SiC power devices for automotive applications. A signing ceremony was held at ROHM’s headquarters in Kyoto to commemorate the occasion. Under this agreement, the two companies will leve
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12/02/2022
Wurth Elektronik Presents Reference Design for its Gigabit Ethernet Front End

Wurth Elektronik Presents Reference Design for its Gigabit Ethernet Front End

Würth Elektronik has published its RD016 reference design and the corresponding application note ANP116. With this, the manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components provides valuable information for the development of EMC-compliant Gigabit Ethernet applications. Developers obtain an optimized ci
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12/02/2022
Indium Corporation Introduces LED Paste for Advanced Mini/MicroLED Applications

Indium Corporation Introduces LED Paste for Advanced Mini/MicroLED Applications

­Indium Corporation has expanded its portfolio of proven pastes with a new no-clean, halogen-free solder paste designed for advanced LED applications, including COB, COG, SMT, and other LED varieties. LEDPaste NC38HF combines superior wetting performance with excellent stencil print transfer efficienc
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12/02/2022
High-Performance / Low-Cost 30W DC-DC Converter with 4:1 Input Range

High-Performance / Low-Cost 30W DC-DC Converter with 4:1 Input Range

­TRACO POWER announces it’s next generation of 30W DC-DC converters in the standard 1 x 1 inch footprint with the new THL 30WI series. This next-generation product greatly improves the “cost / performance” ratio in the 30W, 1 x 1” industry standard product area. Combined with safety approvals to the lat
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12/01/2022
Menlo Micro Delivers World's Highest Power MEMS Switch

Menlo Micro Delivers World's Highest Power MEMS Switch

­Menlo Micro introduced the world’s first micromechanical power switch capable of handling 10A in a miniature 5mm x 5mm surface-mount package. With its ultra-low 0.010 ohm contact resistance, the new MM9200 Ideal Switch is the lowest-loss and highest power capable micro-mechanical switch ever cr
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12/01/2022
Codasip and Intel Bring RISC-V Development to Higher-Education

Keith Graham, Vice President of University and Customer Experience Program, Codasip

­Codasip announced it is collaborating with Intel® to enable undergraduate and graduate level courses to benefit from faster, simplified architectural exploration combining Codasip RISC-V IP cores, the Codasip Studio development environment, and Intel's FPGA platforms. Intel also announced 
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12/01/2022
Shoring Up the Transportation of the Future

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Well, we made it through another year without any cataclysmic disasters. You’d think that wouldn’t be a notable achievement, but in the era of COVID and the accompanying economic recession, sometimes just crossing the finish line is a remarkable feat. We’re about to put a somewhat forgettable year behi
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12/01/2022
Electrifying Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­With so much going around the world, the year has flown in. For a news junkie like myself, it has been fascinating, and often horrifying, watching everything unfold. As for the industry, it has been very mixed. The rate of innovation doesn’t seem to be slowing any, but the overall market conditions look as
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12/01/2022
Leading the Charge in Mobile Phones

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Figure 1: Halo Microelectronics HL7132 application circuit for charge pump fast charger

­We rely upon our mobile devices and wearables more and more, so we constantly seek enhanced performance and functionality from them. However, with this comes the need for increased battery capacity, despite recent advances in efficient operation. Convenience is the key, allowing users to charge these high-capacity de
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12/01/2022
All Metal Current Sense Resistors – The Superior Current Sense Resistor Technology

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Figure 1a: All metal sense resistors with plated terminations

­With the rapid growth of electronic content, devices, and circuitry pervading so many market segments, the need for current sense resistors has exploded. Because of the wide range of end products and applications, there is an equally wide range of sense resistor requirements. While there are several viable te
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12/01/2022
Too Hot for SPICE

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Figure 1: Double pulse testing using standard power MOSFET models

­One of the biggest challenges facing engineers when designing with discrete power MOSFETs is the fact standard simulation models provided by many manufacturers are limited in how well they emulate real-world performance. This reduces the usefulness of SPICE simulations when attempting to understand how a circuit wi
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12/01/2022
The Micro-Mobility Business Model is Built on a Foundation of Sand

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Figure 1. Quicker charge times with ZapBatt lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries would mean e-bikes getting back on the road quicker, saving on related downtime costs

­The micro-mobility industry can be a legitimate answer to climate warnings, battery supply chain issues driving up the cost of EVs, and rising gas prices deterring people from car ownership and towards more economical alternatives. These significant challenges have driven e-bikes from niche to mainstream in the la
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12/01/2022
Industrial and Automotive Filters Make the Grade with Advanced Materials Technology

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Figure 1. Electrifying major automotive systems boosts efficiency and economy

­Electrification is a major factor in moves towards smart industry and smart driving. The trend is bringing increasing numbers of high-powered electrical systems into close proximity with each other, such as arrays of industrial robots inside factories. In automotive markets, the latest vehicles are adding gr
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12/01/2022
4D Imaging Radar helps L2+ and Higher Vehicle Enablement

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Figure 1: Levels of ADAS and autonomous driving

­The adoption and evolution of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) are crucial to safer driving, avoiding accidents, and saving lives. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings and five-star safety ratings accelerate this shift, making automatic emergency braking, blind-spot de
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12/01/2022
Increasing Ruggedness in High-Current E-FUSE Smart Switches

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Figure 1. Block diagram of a smart automotive power distribution system

­The major trend in power distribution systems is the replacement of the centralized architecture, which distributes the electric power from the battery to the individual loading systems and includes a central relay and fuse box for overload protection. The new automotive systems are based on smart power distribution wi
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12/01/2022
Meeting Rail Equipment Power Challenges

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Figure 1: Various rail nominal voltages, dips, and surges

­DC-DC converters used in onboard rail applications must meet challenging electrical supply and environmental specifications. The widespread adoption of the European Train Control System (ETCS) at the heart of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is setting new, more stringent requirements for po
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12/01/2022
The Promise of the EV Market

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­A rule in business holds that if a market is unperturbed by outside influences, three players will converge. Thus, the “Big Three” U.S. automakers – GM, Ford, Chrysler – dominated the automotive transportation market for most of the 20th century. Since then, many new brands have disrupted the market; pl
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12/01/2022
Why Solar Windows Could be the Future of Renewable Energy

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Solar power is growing rapidly across the globe, but it faces several roadblocks, not the least of which are aesthetic factors. And now Swiss scientists have announced an efficiency record for a type of solar cell – “dye-sensitized” solar cells (DSCs) – that could help bypass one of the average consumer’s bi
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12/01/2022
Renewable Energy Has Problems to be Considered

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­One of the problems with renewable energy is that the generators generally tend to take up a lot of space. Whether it is a solar farm or a wind farm, the area required to provide a decent amount of power is usually quite extensive. This is always inconvenient when areas that need the power most, such as cities, ar
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12/01/2022
Dual-Channel, 8.5 A, 18 V, Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher Device with 16 µA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. Ultralow EMI emission, dual output LT8652S-based 12 V to 3.3 V and 1.2 V synchronous step-down converter

­LT8652S is a dual-channel, synchronous, monolithic, step-down regulator featuring a 3 V to 18 V input range. It can deliver up to 8.5 A of continuous current from both channels and supports loads up to 12 A from each channel. It features peak current-mode control with an extremely low 20 ns minimum on-time, wh
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12/01/2022