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Circadian System for Color, Temperature & Dimming Controls
PHILADELPHIA – I-Star Lighting has developed a lighting system that enables users to program a full range of color temperatures and dimming options to adjust light output throughout the course of the day to provide a healthier, more human-centric lighting environment for interior lights. The I-Star Circadian
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05/20/2019
TDK-Lambda PFH500F 500W AC/DC Power Modules
TDK-Lambda PFH500F 500W AC/DC Power Modules are high power density and high-efficiency quarter brick modules. The low profile modules have an AC input voltage of 85 to 265VAC, 47-63Hz, an AC input current of 5 / 2.5A, and 100°C baseplate temperature. The series is suitable for conduction cooling and features
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05/20/2019
Mass Air Flow Sensors With a Manifold-Mount Design
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Posifa Technologies announced its new PMF6000 series of mass air flow sensors for use in bypass assemblies. Featuring a manifold-mount design, the devices reduce system size and increase reliability while allowing users to establish proprietary calibration values. Featuring
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05/20/2019

MIT and US Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve Air Force operations while also addressing broader societal needs. The effort, known as the MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator, will leverage the
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05/20/2019
Saft Launches new Xcelion 56V Li-ion Battery
Tampa, FL – Saft has recently launched a new product in the Xcelion line, the Xcelion 56V lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, offering customers a variant on the proven technology behind the Xcelion 6T for applications requiring higher voltage. As the third Xcelion product, the Xcelion
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05/20/2019
New Levels of Precision for Illuminating Intimate Spaces
Fremont, CA – Soraa Inc. announced its highly anticipated SORAA VIVID-Warm Dim lamps, designed to equip lighting
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05/20/2019
Polymers Jump Through Hoops on way to Sustainable Materials

Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder, left, and graduate student Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou study the flow dynamics of ring and linear polymer solutions to tease out clues about how synthetic polymers interact during processing.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers
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05/17/2019
Manipulating Atoms one at a Time with an Electron Beam
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the most basic level, fabricating devices atom by atom with precise control. Now, scientists at MIT, the University of Vienna, and several other institutions have taken a step
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05/17/2019
Advanced Energy to Acquire Artesyn Embedded Power
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Embedded Power business of Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Inc. (Artesyn EP) from Platinum Equity. The total consideration for this transaction will be approximately $400 million. Artesyn
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05/16/2019
Significantly Expanded SinglFuse Overcurrent Protection Line
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced the completion of a significant expansion of its SinglFuse overcurrent protection product line, adding 33 new model series to the portfolio over the last 18 months. A rising focus on safety across many industries has led to increasing requirements
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05/15/2019
IP68-rated DC Fans For Harsh Environments
Orion Fans has expanded its DC axial fan product family with the addition of IP68-rated versions. Offering protection from dust and water, the IP68-rated DC fans are designed for harsh outdoor and demanding washdown applications including alternative energy, commercial refrigeration, food
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05/14/2019
Extended Portfolio: Mini PowerHap Haptic Feedback Actuators
Iselin, N.J. – TDK Corporation announced that it has extended its portfolio of PowerHap piezo actuators for haptic feedback with the new miniature rectangular 0904H014V060 and 1204H018V060 actuators.These new actuators have smaller dimensions of 9 x 3.75 x 1.4 mm and 12 x 4 x 1.8 mm, respectively.
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05/14/2019
ISELIN, N.J -- TDK Corporation announced that its subsidiary TDK Electronics has signed a cooperation agreement with Boréas Technologies Inc., developer of ultra-low-power haptic technologies, in order to accelerate the adoption of piezo haptic solutions in a broad range of applications. Under the agreement,
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05/14/2019
TDK Announces Rugged UL 810-Approved AC Filter Capacitors
TDK Corporation announced a new series of AC filter capacitors that are UL 810 approved at the component level and carry the CE mark. The capacitors of the B32354S3* series are designed for a rated voltage of 350V AC and are available with capacitance values of 10 µF to 40 µF. The lead spacing is 52.5 mm.
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05/14/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re examining wave power – and why no one has managed to harness it properly for well over a century. Over in Finland, AW Energy just earned a prestigious manufacturing certification from Lloyd’s
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05/14/2019
Incubators are used for cell and tissue cultivation in hospital and laboratory settings. Accurate and precise control of temperature is important for cell growth, as excursions above or below the optimum mammalian body temperature of 37°C, by as little as 6°C, negatively impacts cell health
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05/13/2019
Bourns Expands Sensor Line for Extended Temp Applications
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., further expanded its line of environmental sensors to include a new pressure sensor. Bourns Model BPS140 pressure sensors are based on state-of-the-art Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, which provides extremely accurate condition readings in
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05/13/2019
New Materials for Next-Generation Data Storage

Army funded research discovery may allow for development of novel device structures that can be used to improve logic/memory, sensing, communications, and other applications for the Army as well as industry. Image demonstrates simulation of emergent chirality in polar skyrmions for the first time in oxide superlattices

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Research funded in part by the U.S. Army identified properties in materials that could one day lead to applications such as more powerful data storage devices that continue to hold information even after a device has been powered off. A team of researchers led by Cornell
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05/10/2019
Assessing Battery Performance: Compared to What?

This is a test facility for evaluation of battery performance and life at Argonne National Laboratory.

Scientists must often ask themselves, compared to what? How do the results we generate in the laboratory compare with those obtained by others? How do our theoretical calculations compare with experimental data? Answering such questions is especially crucial for researchers and developers of lithium-ion
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05/10/2019
Components for EV and Renewable Energy Applications
DURHAM, N.C. – Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, introduced a new, fully-integrated product portfolio which includes bare die, discrete and modules at PCIM Europe 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The end-to-end components are optimized for the electric vehicle, industrial and renewable energy
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05/10/2019
Air Velocity Sensors for Data Center Thermal Management
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Posifa Technologies announced its new PAV1000 series of air velocity sensors for data center thermal management and HVAC applications such as filter monitoring. Measuring air velocity at 7 m/s (PAV1005V) and 15 m/s (PAV1015V), the devices offer extremely fast response times
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05/09/2019
ROHM Offers Lineup of Automotive-Grade 1200V-Rated IGBT
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM recently announced the addition of four new automotive-grade 1200V-rated IGBTs which are ideal for inverters used in electronics compressors and for switching circuits used in positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters. The new RGS series represents ROHM’s large
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05/09/2019
Thermal Gap Filler Reduces Stress on Sensitive Components
CLEVELAND, Ohio. – Laird Performance Materials has developed Tflex HD80000, a high deflection thermal gap filler combining 6 W/mK thermal conductivity with superior pressure versus deflection characteristics. The combination allows minimal stress on sensitive components while also yielding
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05/09/2019
First AC/DC Converter ICs with Built-In 1700V SiC MOSFET
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of AC/DC converter ICs with a built-in 1700V SiC MOSFET, the BM2SCQ12xT-LBZ series. This series is optimized for industrial applications including street lamps, commercial AC systems, and general-purpose AC servos and inverters used in high power
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05/08/2019
Get Going with GaN

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Standing room only at PSD's PCIM Europe 2019 podium presentation titled: "Get Going with GaN"

Power Systems Design (PSD) at PCIM Europe 2019. Podium presentation title: "Get Going with GaN", moderated by Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD. To view the slides from this presentation, simple
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05/08/2019
Super Low Capacitance TVS for USB 3.2 Protection
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of AOZ8661BDT-05, ­a transient voltage suppressor (TVS) for high-speed line protection using the latest Super Low Cap TVS platform. This new device is ideal for USB Type-C applications such as notebooks and
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05/08/2019
The Solid State of LED Lighting
Per 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act, the Edison bulb should’ve sailed off to Elysium by now, but the 2012 US federal budget gave it a stay of execution. And after the Obama Administration enacted stricter efficiency criteria in 2017, Trump’s DOE
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05/07/2019
Lighting the Way
I’m not sure how the weather has been where you are, but here in Scotland, we’ve had an unusually warm spell and spring has definitely arrived. However, being Scotland, we could have inches of snow before the week is out. The days are definitely getting lighter for longer though, and that always seems to
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05/07/2019
Power Path Monitor and Control with Smart Fuse

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Figure 1. Schematic showing current sensing and short-circuit protection.

In today’s battery-operated mobile devices, two of the most important aspects are battery life and safe operation. In other words, end users expect long battery life, and the battery should be guarded against overheating from over-current drain due to undesired faults.   A CSA can monitor current
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05/07/2019
Power Supplies: Designing with Magnetic Components

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Figure 1: Buck converter

Magnetics play an important role in power supplies; they can be used as elements in power conversion and filtering. Experienced power-supply designers know that the success or failure of their designs depends heavily on the proper selection of magnetic components. Since magnetics can be used in a wide range
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05/07/2019
6 A Buck Regulator for High Efficiency Compact Solutions

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Figure 1. A 4 MHz dual buck regulator delivers a compact solution.

System designers are asked to produce smaller, higher-efficiency power supply solutions to meet the demands of power thirsty SoCs and FPGAs across all industries. The space available for the power supply footprint is critical in advanced electronics systems, as supplies must be placed near the SoC or its peripheral
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05/07/2019
Prevent Unexpected Shutdown by Accumulating Battery Facts

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Figure 1. Shutdowns can be frustrating

Individuals with annoying battery recharge problems become excruciatingly attuned to their device’s power meter because they know that battery mishaps or unexpected shutdowns can occur at any moment. Frequent battery recharging activities become a way of life and prevent some people from even leaving the vicinity
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05/07/2019
New Touch Controllers can Transform Industrial HMI

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Figure 1: Zytronic’s flexible p-cap manufacturing process

Human Machine Interfaces (HMI’s) used in hazardous or industrial applications have a difficult life, and their designers face many challenges when integrating interactive technologies into these systems. A new generation of touch controllers will transform the design of industrial projected capacitive (p-cap)
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05/07/2019
Maximising Battery Life for IoT Devices on LPWANS

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IoT Connected Devices

It is generally agreed that the Internet of Things (IoT) has moved from the hype stage and is now about pragmatic adoption; a sentiment reflected by the fact that IoT has dropped from Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2018 report, moving through its peak. It is now all about facilitating the interconnection
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05/07/2019
The Future of No-UV Lighting is LED

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Figure 1: Wave Length

No-UV or UV-free lighting is commonly used in certain production facilities or clean rooms that use UV curing in their manufacturing processes. UV light causes some materials and products to cure or harden, which means that lighting for these facilities must be strictly controlled so as not to ruin batches of
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05/07/2019
Why Industrial LED Fixtures are Ideal for Warehouse Lighting

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Figure 1. Dialight LED High Bays illuminate GS Dunn warehouse shelving

Warehouse design and workflow are critical factors in maximizing productivity at any facility. The ability to move product and materials efficiently through a storage area is a primary concern both for speed and efficiency, as well as keeping workers safe in the process. Clear visibility is crucial,
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05/07/2019
Building in Protection to Avoid LED Failures
The LED is a seemingly tireless worker and its solid-state construction promises a long useful lifetime. With the growing availability of high-intensity devices, LED is quickly becoming a mainstream component for area lighting. Although LED lighting promises much longer lifetimes than older incandescent and
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05/07/2019
Trump Wants to
Remember the incandescent light bulb ban? Turns out it’s like jaywalking – on the books, but seldom enforced. And a recent proposal from the Trump Administration would grant another stay of execution to certain types of Edison light bulbs. If you haven’t followed the incandescent saga,
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05/07/2019
A Brexit Blockage
Writing a column like this, where there is no set template and you are more free to speculate or theorise, can be a lot of fun. There is a danger though, and that is that any carefully crafted musings can be severely outdated before the print even dries. This month I thought I’d write more about Brexit, since
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05/07/2019
TVS Diode Arrays Provide Ultra-Low Capacitance Protection
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced two series of bidirectional TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) designed to protect ultra high speed consumer electronics interfaces from damaging electrostatic discharge (ESD) in applications where PCB layout is especially challenging. The SP3208-01UTG, the
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05/07/2019
Open Source Software Eases the Pain of Multiple UI Designs
The time-consuming and labour-intensive task of designing multiple user interfaces for different screen sizes and orientations could become a thing of the past thanks to open-source software that uses a new paradigm to speed up or even automate the process. The ORC Layout (OR-constraint Layout) software
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05/07/2019
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced the addition of Calex Manufacturing Co., Inc., to its line card. Calex, a subsidiary of Murata Power Solutions, Inc., offers a wide variety of cutting-edge DC-DC power converters for automotive, transportation and industrial applications. Steve
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05/07/2019
Skyrmions in Multilayers + Their Topological Hall Signature

Magnetic measurement images showing how the number of skyrmions in a nanomaterial varies with magnetic field strength.

These results were used to prove the influence of skyrmions on the Hall resistivity, a phenomenon called the Topological Hall Effect.

Magnetic skyrmions are tiny entities, manifesting in magnetic materials, that consist of localized twists in the magnetization direction of the medium. Each skyrmion is highly stable because eliminating it requires untwisting the magnetization direction of the material, just as a knot on a string can only be
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05/07/2019
Generating Electricity From the Coldness of the Universe

A drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. Some have observed that for a device on Earth facing space, the chilling outflow of energy from the device can be harvested using the same kind of optoelectronic physics we have used to harness solar energy. New work, in Applied Physics Letters, looks to provide a potential path to generating electricity like solar cells but that can power electronics at night. This is a schematic of the experimental infrared photodiode that has generated electricity directly from the coldness of space.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The obvious drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. Some have observed that for a device on Earth facing space, which has a frigid temperature, the chilling outflow of energy from the device can be harvested using the same kind of optoelectronic physics
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05/07/2019
Cree to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Silicon Carbide Capacity

Five-year investment leverages an existing building and refurbished 200mm equipment to build state-of-the-art automotive-qualified production facility

DURHAM, N.C.--As part of its long-term growth strategy, Cree, Inc. announces it will invest up to $1 billion in the expansion of its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its U.S. campus headquarters
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05/07/2019
Lowell, Massachusetts– MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced a complete analog and silicon photonics portfolio for seamless integration in 50Gbps, 100Gbps, 200Gbps and 400Gbps optical modules targeted for compliance with the newly formed Open Eye Multi-Source Agreement (MSA)
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05/07/2019
HexaTech Achieves Defect-Free Aluminum Nitride Substrate
MORRISVILLE, N.C. /PRNewswire/ -- HexaTech, Inc. announced the first known demonstration of a defect-free 2" diameter aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate. HexaTech, the world's leading commercial supplier of single crystal AlN substrates, attained this milestone in performance as part of its highly focused
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05/07/2019
New Class of Catalysts for Energy Conversion

Michael Meischein in front of the sputter system in which nanoparticles are fabricated by co-deposition into an ionic liquid

Numerous chemical reactions relevant for the energy revolution are highly complex and result in considerable energy losses. This is the reason why energy conversion and storage systems or fuel cells are not yet widely used in commercial applications. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Max-Planck-Institut
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05/06/2019
Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Computer Science Interest
A recent study finds that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increased interest in computer science for both male and female undergraduate students. However, when it comes to the intervention's impact on classroom performance, the picture gets more complicated. "Our
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05/06/2019
LED Linear Fixtures Backed by 10-Year Warranty
FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Dialight launched its new line of Vigilant and SafeSite Low Profile/Top Conduit LED Linear fixtures, now offering an industry-leading 10-year warranty for reliable, long-life performance with triple the lifespan of conventional T-5 fluorescents even in the harshest conditions,
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05/06/2019
Artificial Intelligence Improves Power Transmission

The PrognoNetz project is aimed at monitoring overhead lines at high resolution and in real time. (Figure: ITIV, KIT)

To integrate the usually volatile renewable sources into energy supply, capacities of the power grid have to be increased. The need for new lines can be reduced by better utilization of existing lines as a function of weather conditions. To this end, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) work
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05/06/2019
Getting to 5G Smartphones with First Antenna-on-Display

This is the world's first Antenna-on-Display.

It has been few years since physical key boards have been replaced by on-screen touch sensors for wireless devices such as cellular phones. This eventually triggered the modern day smartphone-era by introducing large-screen displays on portable devices. In which country was this technology first in-troduced?
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05/06/2019
Calibration System for Piezoresistive Accelerometers
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. announced the global market launch of its Win475 CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system, offering a measurable 50% time-savings over traditional sequential calibration methods.   The
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05/06/2019
DC-DC Converter Series Featuring GaN-Based Technology
WASHINGTON -- VPT, Inc. released its SGRB Series of space qualified DC-DC converters at the Satellite 2019 Show. Using advanced GaN technology, the SGRB is capable of very high efficiency, up to 95%, as well as radiation tolerance. A fixed-frequency reduced voltage switching topology results in very low
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05/06/2019
SDRAM Portfolio Grows With Addition of 256Mb LPDDR2 Devices
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that the company's portfolio of low-power SDRAMs for mobile and embedded systems in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical spaces continues to grow. The latest additions include two new 256Mb LPDDR2 devices: the AS4C8M32MD2A-25B2CN
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05/03/2019
Melf Resistor from Stackpole Now AEC-Q200 Qualified
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole's MLFA Series is fully AEC-Q200 compliant and offered in 0102 (0.3W), 0204 (0.4W), and 0207 (1W) sizes. The MLFA has exceptional stability demonstrated over life, biased humidity, and short time overload testing. In addition, the MLFA offers pulse power handling up
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05/03/2019
Laird Thermal Performance Delivers 5G Protection
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Laird Performance Materials has developed a hybrid thermal & EMI absorber material that supports 5G handheld device and network infrastructure applications. CoolZorb 5G is specifically designed for the millimeter wave (mmWave) and microwave frequencies that 5G will
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05/03/2019
SiC Devices Enable High-Voltage Power Electronics
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Demand is growing for SiC power products that improve system efficiency, robustness and power density in automotive, industrial and aerospace and defense applications. Microchip Technology Inc., via its Microsemi subsidiary, announced the production release of a family of SiC power devices
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05/03/2019
Inductor Features Operating Temperature to +180°C
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductor in the 6767 case size. To save space in under the hood automotive applications, the Vishay Dale IHLP-6767GZ-8A combines a continuous high operating
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05/02/2019
In 1984, Lee Payne established Dataforth Corporation, an entrepreneurial spinoff from Burr-Brown Corporation, in his garage. Thirty-five years later, the company is a world leader in Instrument Class® Industrial Electronics with two Tucson, AZ, locations and over 2,000 made-in-the-USA products. “I
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05/02/2019
7.5ÂkV rms SPI/Digital or I2C ÎModule Isolator
The LTM2810 is a complete galvanic digital µModule (micromodule) isolator. No external components are required. Individual 3V to 5.5V supplies power each side of the digital isolator. Separate logic supply pins allow easy interfacing with different logic levels from 1.62V to 5.5V, independent of the main supply. Module
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05/02/2019
5ÂA Synchronous Step-Down Device w/ 2.5ÂÎA QuiescentÂCurrent
The LT®8640/LT8640-1 step-down regulator features Si-lent Switcher architecture designed to minimize EMI/EMC emissions while delivering high efficiency at frequencies up to 3MHz. An ultralow 2.5μA quiescent current—with the output in full regulation—enables applications requiring highest efficiency at
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05/02/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 2

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Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

State of SiC Device and Package Technology It has long been known that packaging technology is key to unleashing the potential of wide-bandgap (WBG) devices. Silicon Carbide device manufacturers have been making rapid improvements in device technology figures of merit such
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05/01/2019
PSDcast â€

Helix CEO Harold Blomquist

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Helix Semiconductors about the idea of transformer-less AC-DC Converters. We’re all familiar with transformers and their role in ac-dc conversion circuits, but lately, their
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05/01/2019
DC-DC Regulator w/ Independent Positive and NegativeÂOutput
The ADP5072 is a dual, high-performance dc-to-dc regulator that generates independently regulated positive and negative rails. The input voltage range of 2.85 V to 5.5 V supports a wide variety of applications. The integrated main switch in both regulators enables generation of an adjustable positive
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05/01/2019
5.7 kV rms, Signal-Isolated CAN FD Transceiver
The ADM3056E is a 5.7 kV rms isolated controller area network (CAN) physical layer transceiver. The ADM3056E fully meets the CAN-FD ISO 11898-2: 2016 requirements and is further capable of supporting data rates as high as 12 Mbps. The device employs Analog Devices, Inc., iCoupler
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05/01/2019
A New Era in Audio Performance with Infineon’s MERUS™ Multilevel Class D Amplifiers

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Figure 1: MERUS™ amplifiers have a special power stage topology. In this design each half-bridge uses four MOSFETs (M1-M4) and the capacitor is “flying” between those to serve as an extra supply rail, resulting in a three-level output signal at the output switching node

Voices, noises, music – they are part of our lives. Sound has always been all around us. It connects us to our surroundings either we produce or just listen to them. Being an integral part of our everyday, conception and design of audio products and their environments have become more and more essential. In
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05/01/2019
Thermoelectric Modules Protect Heat-Sensitive CMOS Sensors
Laird Thermal Systems expands its Peltier thermoelectric module product family with the HiTemp ET Series, designed to protect critical electronic devices like CMOS sensors in high temperature applications. Recent advances in CMOS sensor technology have made these sensors practical and effective
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05/01/2019
SL Power's Four New Families of Open Frame Power Supplies
SL Power announced new additions to the GB series of open frame or PCB mount ac-dc power supply families. The new GB10, GB20, GB30, and GB40 families will be certified to medical and industrial safety approvals. They will also meet heavy industrial
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Date:
05/01/2019