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The new Bioenergy Research Center: Building on ten Years of Success
AUSTIN, Texas -- Building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels
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02/19/2018
Unconventional Superconductor may be Used to Create Quantum Computers of the Future

After an intensive period of analyses the research team led by Professor Floriana Lombardi, Chalmers University of Technology, was able to establish that they had probably succeeded in creating a topological superconductor.

With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is
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02/19/2018
Electric Eel-Inspired Device Reaches 110 Volts

Electric Eel-Inspired Device Reaches 110 Volts: This photo depicts the printed, high voltage implementation of the artificial electric organ. A 3-D bioprinter was used to deposit arrays of gel precursor droplets onto plastic substrates, which were then cured with a UV light to convert them into solid gels. Alternating high-salinity and low-salinity gels (red and blue gels, respectively) were printed onto one substrate, and alternating cation-selective and anion-selective gels (green and yellow gels, respectively) were printed onto a second substrate. When overlaid, these gels connect to form a conductive pathway of 612 tetrameric gel cells that can be used to generate up to 110 volts.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an effort to create a power source for future implantable technologies, a team led by Michael Mayer from the University of Fribourg, along with researchers from the University of Michigan and UC San Diego, developed an electric eel-inspired device that produced 110 volts from gels filled
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02/19/2018

Single 2MHz Buck-Boost Controller Drives Entire  LED Headlight Cluster, Meets CISPR 25 Class 5 EMI

Figure 1. LT8391A 2MHz 16V, 1.5A automotive buck-boost LED driver passes CISPR 25 Class 5 EMI

Automobile LED headlight clusters combine high and low beams, daytime running lights, and sometimes signal and clearance lights into a single headlight cluster. The components of the cluster can have vastly different driver requirements, including voltage and current requirements, topologies, power levels or
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02/16/2018
Energy Labeling Protocols for External Power Supplies Will Keep Getting Tougher and Reaching Further

Figure 1. Authorities worldwide have adopted EPS energy-labeling protocols, and introduced stricter targets with each subsequent revision.

Recent delays in the introduction of mandatory energy-performance standards should not be interpreted as a slackening in the pace of regulatory change. Energy-performance standards for high-tech products can become more effective in helping protect the planet by being more broadly adopted worldwide
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02/16/2018
MLCCs Approved to the Defense Logistics Agency's MIL-PRF-32535 Specification
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation is the first — and currently only — company to offer space-level, X7R base metal electrode (BME) MLCCs with “M” and “T” reliability levels approved to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s) MIL-PRF-32535 specification. Exhibiting high CV capabilities superior
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02/16/2018
IoT Platform Brings Industrial-Grade IoT Support to RISC-V Architecture
San Diego, CA — Express Logic, Inc. announced that its industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform—powered by the industry-leading ThreadX RTOS—provides turnkey support for Microsemi’s Mi-V RISC-V instruction set architectures (ISAs). RISC-V, a standard, open ISA under the governance of the RISC-V Foundation,
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02/16/2018
EXLab Express Acquires Data Without Programming
IRVINE, CA - AMETEK VTI Instruments announced the introduction of EXLab Express, a powerful, easy-to-use, plug-and-play data acquisition software package. EXLab Express is a version of VTI's EXLab data acquisition software that allows users of the EX1401 Thermocouple/Voltage Measurement Instrument
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02/15/2018
Mouser Electronics Signs Global Distribution Agreement with IIoT Solutions Provider Sierra Monitor
Mouser Electronics announces a global distribution agreement with Sierra Monitor Corporation, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets. Building
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02/14/2018
LYTSwitch-6 LED Drivers from Power Integrations Feature High Efficiency and Very Low Standby Power
Power Integrations today announced the LYTSwitch™-6 family of safety-isolated LED-driver ICs for smart lighting applications. The new ICs deliver flicker-free output up to 65 W, and feature up to 94% efficiency and as little as 15 mW standby power, with configuration
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02/14/2018
HANNOVER MESSE 2018: HARTING relies on “partneringâ€
The HARTING Technology Group will once again be showcasing numerous new products and solutions at the HANNOVER MESSE (23 to 27 April 2018). This year, HARTING (Hall 11 / Stand C13) will highlight the importance of Integrated Industry partnerships by way of a few
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02/14/2018
Now at Mouser: STMicroelectronics’s STWLC33 Inductive Power Receiver Delivers 15W Qi and AirFuel Wireless Charging
Mouser Electronic is now stocking the STWLC33 inductive wireless power receiver from STMicroelectronics (ST). One of ST’s Wireless Power Transfer solutions, the STWLC33 is an integrated, multi-mode wireless power-receiver solution optimized for portable high-speed
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02/14/2018
New DC-DC converter family powers modern railway applications
Vicor has released its next generation of DCMs with a family of wide input range (43 – 154V input) 3623 (36 x 23mm) ChiPs with power levels up to 240W and 93% efficiency, targeted at new rail transportation and infrastructure applications.
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02/14/2018
Innovations in Lighting and Illumination
Innovation in electronics in lighting has greatly increased the efficiency of the process of converting electrical energy into light.  Energy savings have been increased further by increased knowledge of the effects of light intensity and wavelengths on plants, animals and humans.   Not only has
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02/14/2018
Taking Stock of the Incandescent Light Bulb
So how’s that incandescent ban treating you? Six years in, questions abound regarding the ban’s necessity, its effectiveness, and whether a ban exists in the first place. Back
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02/14/2018
Hydride transfer is an important reaction for chemistry (e.g., fuel cells), as well as biology (e.g., respiratory chain and photosynthesis). Often, one partial reaction involves the transfer of a hydride ion (H(-)). But does this hydride transfer involve one step or several individual steps? In the journal Angewandte
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02/14/2018
More Than a Well-Balanced Breakfast: Scientists use Egg Whites for Clean Energy Production

Hydrogen (H2) evolution systems constructed in cross-linked porous lysozyme crystals by immobilizing Pt nanoparticles as H2-evolution catalysts in immediate proximity to an organic photosensitizer, rose bengal.

Eggs may soon fuel more than people in the morning. Researchers from the Osaka City University in Japan have developed a way to potentially use egg whites as a substrate to produce a carbon-free fuel. They published their results on February 2nd in
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02/14/2018
Uniting Diverse Research Areas to Drive Autonomous Cars
Worcester, Mass. – An aerospace engineer and an electrical and computer science engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are combining their work to find the key to developing self-driving cars that can operate safely and efficiently, even in complex city environments. With a three-year,
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02/14/2018
Powerful LED-Based Train Headlight Optimized for Energy Savings

A new train headlight design uses two half-circular parabolic, or cup-shaped, aluminized reflectors with high-efficiency LEDs placed in the plane where the two reflectors come together. Combining the strong beams from each reflector generates the light intensity necessary to meet safety guidelines.

WASHINGTON -- Researchers have designed a new LED-based train headlight that uses a tenth of the energy required for headlights using conventional light sources. If operated 8 hours every day, the electricity savings of the new design would reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by about 152 kilograms
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02/13/2018
Cost-Reduction Roadmap Outlines two Pathways to Meet DOE Residential Solar Cost Target for 2030
Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations could help the United States meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according
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02/13/2018
Compact Automotive Feedthrough Filter With Highest Capacitance
TDK Corporation has extended its lineup of 3-terminal feedthrough filters for automotive applications. The new YFF18AC0J105M type is available in an IEC 1608 package (EIA 0603) with compact dimensions of just 1.6 mm x 0.8 mm x 0.6 mm and features *the industry’s highest capacitance of 1 µF for a feedthrough
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02/13/2018
Low-Power Sensor Transmitter Designed for Industrial Automation Applications
San Jose, CA— Create small, low power, and highly accurate designs for industrial automation applications with the MAX12900 ultra-low power, highly integrated 4–20mA sensor transmitter from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Ideal applications include industrial automation and process control, loop-powered
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02/12/2018
Dataforth MAQ20 Module Receives Honorable Mention  in 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards
Dataforth’s MAQ20-DODC20SK module has been named the Honorable Mention in the Hardware - Data Acquisition category in Control Engineering’s 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards program. Introduced in February 2017, the high density DODC20SK module has 20 isolated discrete output channels that can switch
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02/12/2018
Rubber Blanket at an Atomic Level

The basic idea of the measurement method: red light hits the surface -- blue light is sent back.

Two-dimensional materials such as graphene, which consist of only one or a few atomic layers, have been a very promising aspect of materials science over recent years. They demonstrate remarkable properties that open up completely new technical possibilities, from sensor technology to solar cells. However,
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02/12/2018
4-Switch Buck-Boost Controller Features Integrated Switching Bias Supply
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC3777, a 150V high efficiency (up to 99%) 4-switch synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller, which operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated output voltage. Its 4.5V to 150V input voltage range operates from a high input voltage
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02/12/2018
CORNING, N.Y. - Corning Incorporated announced that its Environmental Technologies business recently received the Cummins' new product development award for providing strong technical support, excellent
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02/12/2018
New Lithium Collection Method Could Boost Global Supply
With continual technological advancements in mobile devices and electric cars, the global demand for lithium has quickly outpaced the rate at which it can be mined or recycled, but a University of Texas at Austin professor and his research team may have a solution. Benny Freeman, professor in the
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02/09/2018
Army-Led Effort Demos new Atomic Effect for Potential Isotopic Battery

The cover image is an artistic impression of the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture. A highly stripped ion, illustrated here as an atomic nucleus with a single orbiting electron, captures an incident electron into a vacant orbit. Under the right conditions, this capture transfers a small amount of energy into the nucleus, which subsequently emits a much larger amount of energy in the form of gamma rays.

ADELPHI, Md. - A multinational research team led by Army scientists successfully induced a controlled release of stored isotopic energy using a physical effect involving atomic electrons that was proposed more than 40 years ago but never before demonstrated experimentally. Scientists said this significant
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02/08/2018
Removing fossil fuel subsidies would have only a small effect on CO2 emissions and renewable energy use, new research has shown. The largest emissions savings would be in oil and gas exporting countries, where fewer poor people would be affected, and subsidy removal can be aided by currently low oil prices. Fossil
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02/07/2018
Low-Loss Bondply Includes a 6.15 Dielectric Constant
Chandler, Arizona – Rogers Corporation is pleased to introduce RO4460G2, a low loss bondply with a 6.15 dielectric constant (Dk). RO4000 thermoset high performance bonding layers have long been used by circuit designers for multilayer board constructions using Rogers high frequency
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02/07/2018
AVX Acquires Innovative Antenna Company, Ethertronics
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has completed its purchase of Ethertronics Inc., a leading manufacturer of passive and active Isolated Magnetic Dipole (IMD) antenna systems for wireless applications across the mobile phone,
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02/07/2018
LED Drivers Feature High Efficiency and Very Low Standby Power
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the LYTSwitch-6 family of safety-isolated LED-driver ICs for smart lighting applications. The new ICs deliver flicker-free output up to 65 W, and feature up to 94% efficiency and as little as 15 mW standby power, with configuration options for two-stage or single-stage
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02/07/2018
Renesas Electronics Unveils Industry-Leading Fully Encapsulated Dual 30A and Single 33A Digital Power Modules
Renesas Electronics announced two new fully encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus power modules that deliver the highest power density and efficiency in their class. The dual ISL8274M operates from a 5V or 12V power rail, provides two 30A outputs and up to 95.5% peak
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02/07/2018
Toshiba Electronics Europe has today announced a new USB-based Bluetooth development platform based around their innovative and advanced TC35678 BT 4.2 single-chip Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) controller. The BMSKUSBBT1760A(P) USB board reduces development time and
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02/07/2018
Now at Mouser: TDK’s Ultra-Thin PiezoHapt Actuator Provides Fast Haptic Feedback for Wearables and More
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the PiezoHapt ultra-thin actuator from TDK. Expanding TDK’s portfolio of haptic devices, including the PowerHap actuator, the PiezoHapt is one of the world's thinnest haptic components on the market today. With a thickness of
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02/07/2018
Now at Mouser: Amphenol Industrial Amphe-PD Series Connectors Distribute High Currents with Less Heat
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Amphe-PD series connection system from Amphenol Industrial. Designed to connect wire-to-wire, wire-to-board, and busbar terminations, the Amphe-PD series distributes higher currents with less heat than similar-sized connectors.
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02/07/2018
SEGGER breaks ground on new corporate headquarters
SEGGER announced its further expansion. Just last week, SEGGER broke ground on a new 2,200 square meter office in Monheim, Germany, only ten minutes from Düsseldorf. This is only one week after announcing its new location in the heart of Silicon Valley, and one
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02/07/2018
Short lead-times for custom or configured AC power supplies from Powerstax
Powerstax offers clean, reliable AC Power sources from Behlman Electronics with a range covering 1350VA to 120kVA. In the mid-range are the BL-Series with outputs available from 3000VA through 20kVA. The BL-Series has a wide range of standard options making a custom
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02/07/2018
Anritsu Delivers Higher Line Productivity and Lower Costs with World’s First Fully Automatic Testing for IEEE802.11ax Devices
Anritsu Corporation has announced the release of three new software packages to expand the measurement standards supported by the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A, enabling fast and fully automatic testing in accordance with the IEEE 802.11ax test specifications.
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02/07/2018
New power inductors ETQ-P3M for automotive applications from Panasonic feature high heat and vibration resistance
Panasonic Industry Europe is launching new highly reliable power inductors for automotive and other strenuous applications requiring high heat (up to +150°C including self-heating) and vibration resistance (up to 30G).
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02/07/2018
Already on the way to the customer the day the order is received
Construction work is progressing briskly on the largest single investment in HARTING’s history, the HARTING "European Distribution Center (EDC)" logistics centre. "The construction companies involved are working meticulously together. At the moment,
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02/07/2018
KEMET’s new High Voltage C0G Ceramic Capacitors meet wide bandgap semiconductors trend in automotive and commercial applications - now in stock at TTI, Inc.
KEMET has expanded its commercial and automotive grade high voltage C0G Ceramic Capacitors as increasing use of wide band power semiconductors in power electronics applications drives forward new inverter and DC/DC converter designs with far greater power density,
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02/07/2018
Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

As the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues apace, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in the future.

As the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues apace, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in the future. Japan has already announced its intention to become the world's first "hydrogen society" - aiming to open 35 hydrogen fuelling stations
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02/06/2018
Clocking Electrons Racing Faster Than Light in Glass

The table-top laser experiment at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. (a) A high power laser pulse creates mega-ampere electron current pulses. Cherenkov emission in the form of cones is emitted by these electrons traveling faster than light in glass. (b) the time trace of the Cherenkov emission measured in the experiment.

Living life in the fast lane can be tremendously exciting, giving us the 'time of our lives' but how long does it really last? Experiments at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai have answered this question for a bunch of electrons traveling faster than light (fasten your seatbelts!) through
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02/06/2018
MILPITAS, Calif. — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2017 increased by 10 percent against 2016 shipments, while worldwide silicon revenues rose by 21 percent over 2016 levels, reported the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Silicon
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02/06/2018
SMD Pulse Transformers Designed for Gigabit Ethernet and PoE Applications
TDK Corporation has expanded the ALT4532 series of pulse transformers with new types for Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications. The new ALT4532P type is designed for emerging 2.5GBASE-T (2.5 Gbit/s) and 5GBASE-T (5 Gbit/s) LAN applications as well as 1000BASE-T (1 Gbit/s) applications with
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02/06/2018
Symmetry Electronics Signs Distribution Agreement With RECOM Power
Hawthorne, CA –  Global semiconductor distributor, Symmetry Electronics, announced the company has signed a franchise agreement with RECOM Power to promote the full line of RECOM power supply modules. RECOM Power’s innovative AC/DC, DC/DC converters, switching regulators, and LED driver
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02/06/2018
Powerbox proudly becomes Participant to the U.N. Global Compact

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From left to right: Martin Sjöstrand – CEO Powerbox ; Patrick Le Fèvre CMCO Powerbox

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, and actively engaged in the development of sustainable power solutions, has become a ‘participant’ of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s
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02/05/2018
Round-the-Clock Power From Smart Bowties

Overlapping metal arms shaped like a bowtie form a 'rectenna' that captures free, renewable infrared energy.

Most sunlight striking the Earth is absorbed by its surfaces, oceans and atmosphere. As a result of this warming, infrared radiation is emitted constantly all around us--estimated to be millions of Gigawatts per second. A KAUST team has now developed a device that can tap into this energy, as well as waste heat
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02/05/2018
Steering Diode / TVS Arrays Designed for Circuit Protection in Telecommunications, Computing, and Other Equipment
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has added two steering diode / transient voltage suppressor arrays that provide circuit protection for a wide variety of applications such as telecommunications interfaces, computing interfaces, video cards, and more. One of the new devices can also be used to guard against electromagnetic
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02/05/2018
Step-Down DC-DC Regulator Offers 98% Conversion Efficiency
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently released the BUR 3K-P600, a compact, encapsulated, industrial grade, step-down DC-DC regulator that delivers up to 3000W output power. The unit steps a 600Vdc (400-800Vdc) input down to 300Vdc or similar voltage at very high efficiency. The use of the latest semiconductor technology
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02/02/2018
New Enclosure Line Offers Better Value and Durability Than Unibody Enclosures
Schaumburg, IL – Rittal North America LLC introduces the SE 8 line of stand-alone enclosures. The new SE 8 combines the interior space efficiency of modular designs with a price point that competes with unibody enclosures. SE 8 freestanding enclosures are available in single- or double-door
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02/01/2018
New Method Could Open Path to Hydrogen Economy

WSU researchers have found a way to create large amounts of inexpensive nanofoam catalysts that can facilitate the generation of hydrogen on a large scale by splitting water molecules.

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water - an important key to making clean energy more viable. Using inexpensive nickel and iron, the researchers developed a very simple, five-minute method to create large amounts of
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02/01/2018
Compact Dual 10A or Single 20A ÎModule Regulator Powers FPGAs, GPUs, ASICs, & System Power
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM4646, a dual 10A or single 20A output, step-down µModule point-of-load regulator from 5V or 12V input supply rails. The LTM4646 includes the inductors, MOSFETs, a DC/DC controller and supporting components, and is housed in a 11.25mm x 15mm x 5.01mm
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02/01/2018
Integrated Power Phototriac With 600 V/Îs dv/dt Reduces Costs and Saves Space
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 1 A integrated power phototriac designed to directly drive medium AC loads. Featuring high dv/dt to 600 V/μs, the Vishay Semiconductors VO2223B delivers high robustness and noise isolation for home appliances and industrial equipment. The
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Date:
02/01/2018

 



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