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Electron Sandwich Doubles Thermoelectric Performance

Conceptual drawing of the superlattice in which spread electrons are confined to a narrow space to enhance thermoelectric conversion.

Researchers more than doubled the ability of a material to convert heat into electricity, which could help reduce the amount of wasted heat, and thus wasted fossil fuel, in daily activities and industries. Researchers from Hokkaido University and their colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved
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06/20/2018
Evaluation Method for the Impact of Wind Power Fluctuation on Power System Quality

The left figure is an example of time series of fluctuation of power generation outputs. The right figure shows the histogram of the frequency of corresponding power fluctuation. When we can assume mild fluctuation as illustrated by the red line, modeling with normal distribution is acceptable. However, wind power generation fluctuation contains abrupt changes as illustrated by the blue line. Consequently, the corresponding histogram has slowly-decaying heavy tails, which represents the extremal outliers.

Abrupt changes of wind power generation output are a source of severe damage to power systems. Researchers at Kyoto University developed a stochastic modeling method that enables to evaluate the impact of such phenomena. The feature of the method lies in its significant computational effectiveness in comparison
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06/20/2018
Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 Delivers 95% Efficiency
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8642S, a 10A, 18V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its Silent Switcher 2 architecture uses two internal input capacitors as well as internal BST and INTVCC capacitors to minimize the area of the
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06/20/2018

Non-Hydraulic Steering Module Test Simulator Effectively Detects the Root Causes of Airborne and Structure-Borne Noises
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. announced its non-hydraulic Steering Module Test Simulator (SMTS).   The SMTS is used by automotive, autonomous, construction and off-highway vehicle OEMs and their associated steering suppliers
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06/20/2018
Linear Wall Plug-In Power Supplies Intended For Industrial and Commercial Applications
Perris, CA—Design engineers looking for linear external wall plug-in power supplies to support commercial or industrial equipment will find the WAU AC Series and WDU DC Series Power Supplies from Triad Magnetics provide low to zero noise performance along with high reliability and longer life than switching
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06/19/2018
Capacitive Isolation Concept Board Passes UL Testing

The capacitive isolation concept board from Helix Semiconductors has passed UL testing required under the IEC 60950-1:2005 standard.

IRVINE, Calif. -- Fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors announced that its patent-pending approach to capacitive isolation, implemented in the company’s capacitive isolation concept board, has passed UL testing required under the IEC 60950-1:2005 standard. The successful
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06/19/2018
Could This Material Enable Autonomous Vehicles to Come to Market Sooner?

Artist's rendering of light interacting with BaTiS3 crystals.

One of the leading challenges for autonomous vehicles is to ensure that they can detect and sense objects--even through dense fog. Compared to the current visible light-based cameras, infrared cameras can offer much better visibility through the fog, smoke or tiny particles that can scatter the visible light. Within
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06/19/2018
TDK Named a Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator

Shigenao Ishiguro, President and CEO of TDK Corporation, and Yoshiko Tanahashi, Director of Clarivate Analytics Japan

TDK Corporation announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators (http://top100innovators.clarivate.com/content/tdk) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business
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06/19/2018
Fuse Series Includes High Voltage and High Interrupting Rating in the Surface Mount Form Factor
The 0678H Series, 500mA through 40A, offers high-amp circuit protection and a compact (9.8 mm x 3.05 mm x 3.05 mm) surface-mount form factor to save board space. In addition, the 0678H Series enables blade servers to operate at higher power (125Vdc rating) and includes high melting I²t, which prevents nuisance
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06/19/2018
NTC Thermistor Probe Assembly With Ring Lug Designed for Easy and Secure Li-Ion Battery Terminal Mounting
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm introduced a new NTC thermistor probe assembly for high-accuracy temperature sensing and measurement in Li-ion battery power applications. The device combines a specially designed ring lug for battery mounting with a high dielectric voltage rating of 4000 VAC. Ametherm's
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06/19/2018
Pulse Counter Enables Longer-Distance, Faster Utility Meter Data Collection
Bensalem, PA— Marking an important development in metering technology for tenant utility billing, H2O Degree introduces the industry’s first LoRaWAN-based meter pulse counter designed to operate with most pulse-output water and gas meters. H2O Degree is the leading manufacturer of advanced
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06/19/2018
Ground-Breaking Discoveries Could Create Superior Alloys With Many Applications

This is a sample holder inside a focus ion beam (FIB) milling microscope used to create thin foils for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies.

Many current and future technologies require alloys that can withstand high temperatures without corroding. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in
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06/19/2018
500W Three-Stage LED Light Tower Designed for High Vibration Environments
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC released a 3-stage fold over light mast that provides a safe and effective way to monitor secure locations from an elevated position. This two, 250-watt LED lamp light tower features a telescoping boom that extends up to 20 feet with 360 degrees of rotation, allowing operators
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06/19/2018
ON Semiconductor Announces Industry Leading Ultra-High PSRR LDO Regulators for Demanding Applications
ON Semiconductor has announced a new range of ultra-low noise LDO regulators with the industry’s best power supply rejection ratio (PSRR), enabling better performance in noise sensitive analog designs. The new NCP16x series, along with the AEC-Q100 qualified NCV81x
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06/18/2018
Robust, Easy to Clean, and Compatible with the Z6 Market Standard: HBM’s New Z6R Load Cell
HBM’s new Z6R bending beam load cell has been designed for maximum capacities ranging from 20 to 200 kg. It is outstanding for its extremely robust enclosure, dirt-repellent design, and compatibility with the Z6 load cell. Typical fields of application can be found
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06/18/2018
Automotive CoolSiC Schottky diodes: combining performance and robustness
At this year’s PCIM Europe trade fair in Nuremberg Infineon Technologies presents the first products of its automotive Silicon Carbide portfolio: the CoolSiC Schottky diode family is now ready for current and future on-board charger (OBC) applications in hybrid
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06/18/2018
Double DPAK: first top-side cooled SMD solution for high power applications
Increasing complexity of end products is challenging the design parameters for high power supplies: these require higher power and more efficiency in an even smaller space. Semiconductor devices are essential to the operation and performance of modern switched mode
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06/18/2018
FormFactor Announces New High-Power Semiconductor Probing System Full-featured, TESLA200 probing system enables IGBT and Power MOSFET device measurements for automotive and industrial high-power applications
FormFactor introduced the TESLA200 high power semiconductor probing system. Designed specifically for IGBT and power MOSFET device measurements, the TESLA200 provides accurate data at up to 10,000 V and up to 600 A current. Combining next-generation test capabilities,
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06/18/2018
Analog Devices announced its latest generation of reinforced isolated power converters, setting a new benchmark for low component-level radiated emissions allowing systems to meet EN 55022/CISPR 22 Class B Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) standard requirements.
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06/18/2018
Highest power density for convection/conduction cooled medical power supplies in 3â€x 5â€package
The TPP 450 Series of 450 Watt AC/DC power supplies feature a reinforced double I/O isolation system according to latest medical safety standards. The earth leakage current is below 100 μA what makes the units suitable for BF (body floating) applications. The excellent
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06/18/2018
Murata launches ultra-efficient DC-DC converters for high-reliability industrial and railway applications
Murata launches its latest encapsulated DC-DC converters, designed specifically for use in industrial and railway applications. The 150 Watt IRH series (https://power.murata.com/datasheet?/data/power/irh.pdf) from Murata Power Solutions provides market-leading power
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06/18/2018
KEMET Introduces 150 Degrees Celsius Automotive Qualified Polymer Electrolytic Capacitors
KEMET introduced its first 150°C Automotive KO-CAP capacitor. The T599 KO-CAP High Humidity/High Temperature Performance Polymer series delivers stability and endurance under harsh humidity and temperature conditions.
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06/18/2018
 Toshiba develops 4.5 kV press-pack IEGT with improved rupture resistance
Toshiba Electronics Europe will be providing details on its new packaging for its 4.5 kV class press-pack IEGT (PPI) devices at PCIM 2018 in Nürnberg. The new packaging has been developed to further improve the rupture resistance of the device, thereby reducing
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06/18/2018
Highest power density for 650V IGBT in surface mounting D2PAK
Infineon Technologies expands its product portfolio of the thin-wafer technology TRENCHSTOP™5 IGBT. The new product family is offering up to 40 A 650V IGBT, co-packed with a full rated 40 A diode in a surface mounting TO-263-3 also known as D2PAK. The new TRENCHSTOP
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06/18/2018
Imec Develops Industry-Compatible Screen-Printing Process for Highly Efficient n-PERT Solar Cells
Imec, within the partnership of EnergyVille, today announced that it has realized highly efficient n-PERT (Passivated Emitter and Rear Totally diffused) solar cells using an industry-compatible screen-printing process. Together with Jolywood, a leading Chinese manufacturer
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06/18/2018
KEMET Expands Industry-Leading X7R 250 Volt Product Portfolio
KEMET has expanded its industry-leading X7R 250 volt multilayer ceramic capacitor series to include smaller case sizes and increased capacitance values. These compact surface mount technology footprints benefit designers in saving printed circuit board space
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06/18/2018
Moxa PoE+ Switches Power Heavy-duty IP Video Surveillance Cameras in Harsh Outdoor Environments
To construct flexible and cost-effective IP video surveillance systems, integrators often take advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches, especially in outdoor locations. The challenge lies in ensuring that PoE switches can provide high power output and sufficient
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06/18/2018
XP Power announced that it has acquired the business and assets of Glassman High Voltage Inc., a US-based designer and manufacturer of high voltage, high power, power supplies.  
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06/18/2018
Maxim’s Compact Synchronous Buck Converters Provide Industry’s Lowest EMI Performance for Automotive Infotainment and ADAS Applications
Automotive designers can significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The compact converters, which offer the industry’s lowest EMI performance
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06/18/2018
UnitedSiC’s 1200 V Silicon Carbide FETs deliver industry’s highest-performance upgrade path for IGBT, Si and SiC-MOSFET users
Designers of Power Factor Correction stages (PFCs), Active Frontend Rectifiers, LLC converters and Phase Shift Full Bridge converters can now upgrade existing system performance by using the new UJ3C1200 series of SiC JFET cascodes from UnitedSiC. With a voltage
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06/18/2018
Infineon’s CIPOS Mini IPMs deliver higher efficiency in low power motor drives
Global energy efficiency standards often prohibit manufacturers from importing or selling products that do not meet these standards. In order to comply with specific minimum requirements, energy losses have to be reduced by using the latest technology. Infineon Technologies
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06/18/2018
IEC High Voltage Pulse Handling Up To 7KV
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole's RNV Series meets IEC 60065.14.1 standards handling up to 7KV for 50 discharges of a 1nF capacitor. The RNV Series has a working voltage rating up to 1600 VDC and an overload voltage rating of up to 3200 VDC depending on resistance value. The RNV series
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06/18/2018
Battery Charger & Management System Includes Data Storage, Analysis, & Reporting
VPW introduces the Venom BCMS-PRO, a next-generation Battery Charging & Management System (BCMS). The 720 Watt / 4-Bay 6U / 19 inch rack-mount system provides one-touch charging and capture of historical battery data for actionable health statistics of your batteries. The BCMS-PRO houses four
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06/18/2018
Ampleon launches first Gen9HV LDMOS 140 Watt RF PA transistor for UHF broadcast applications
Ampleon today announced the introduction of its BLF989 RF power transistor designed for UHF broadcast applications such as DVBT and UHF analog TV. Using Ampleon’s latest Gen9HV high voltage LDMOS process, this 140 Watt (average – 700 Watt peak) transistor, the
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06/18/2018
Plessey and KiWi Power inaugurate energy-saving battery storage system at Plymouth facility
Plessey announces the opening of a new 2MW behind the meter (BTM) battery storage solution installed at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, Devon. The project was completed by KiWi Power, one of the UK’s leading providers of smart energy management
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06/18/2018
Isolated 4-Port 802.3bt PoE++ PSE Controller Delivers up to 71.3W
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC4291/LTC4292 isolated 4-port power sourcing equipment (PSE) controller chipset designed for use in IEEE 802.3bt (PoE++) Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems. The LTC4291/LTC4292 provides 4 independent PSE ports comprised of 2 channels each, ensuring
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06/18/2018
Direct Water-Cooled Wirewound Resistors Saves Space and Increases Reliability
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of direct water-cooled wirewound resistors that offers ultrahigh power dissipation to 9000 W with almost no external radiation. Available in six compact sizes ranging from 38 mm by 178 mm to 38 mm by 410 mm, Vishay MCB DCRF series devices
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06/18/2018
Enhanced A2B Transceivers Deliver Unparalleled Flexibility for Emerging Applications
NORWOOD, Mass.-- Analog Devices, Inc. announced three enhanced Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) transceivers that deliver unprecedented capability to tailor system-level performance to even the most stringent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements. The new AD242x series offers configurable transmit
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06/18/2018
Is The Energy-Storing Solar Cell Soon to be Reality?
How to store solar energy is the central challenge facing the energy reform. Alongside traditional solutions - such as solar cells or batteries - creative chemical concepts for storing energy are paving the way for entirely new opportunities. Intramolecular reactions are making it possible for solar energy to
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06/15/2018
DOE to cut Solar Tower Costs by Pairing Novel Techs With sCO2 Loop

Three new solar thermal technologies, solid (particles), liquid (molten salts), and gas (sCO2) are to be combined with a Brayton power loop to bring down costs of solar towers; the future of 24-hour solar.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $72 million in funding of three novel pathways aimed at raising temperature and efficiency in order to lower costs for three Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) tower technologies over the next five years. The three technology pathways, comprising solid
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06/15/2018
40V, 2.5A ÂμModule Regulator Comes in 6.25mm x 6.25mm BGA Package
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM8002, a step-down DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator with a 40V input voltage rating (42V abs max) and 2.5A of continuous (3.5A peak) output current, housed in a 6.25mm x 6.25mm x 2.22mm BGA package. The LTM8002 includes a switching regulator
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06/15/2018
New LFPAK56 MOSFETs from Nexperia feature improved creepage and clearance, meeting UL2595
Nexperia, today announced that two of its LFPAK56-packaged portfolio of MOSFETs are now available with improved creepage and clearance to meet UL2595 requirements for battery-powered equipment rated between 15 and 32 V. Devices are 100% compatible with the industry-standard
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06/13/2018
Miniaturised IGBT power interfaces with integrated electro-optic conversion
HARTING has developed a range of miniaturised power interfaces with integrated electro-optical conversion, enabling customers to save time and money by combining electrical connectivity and optical transmission in the same module.
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06/13/2018
IQD Signs new global distributor Digi-Key Electronics
IQD Frequency Products are pleased to announce that they have signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, one of the world’s leading distributors of electronic components. Through this agreement, Digi-Key will distribute IQD’s frequency
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06/13/2018
Huntsman Advanced Materials Brings Reliable Chemistries For The Evolving Power, Electronics and E-Mobility Markets To CWIEME Berlin 2018
Huntsman Advanced Materials will present its cutting-edge epoxy and polyurethane resin technologies for improved performance, protection, safety and sustainability at CWIEME Berlin 2018. Under the theme ‘Reliable Chemistry for rEvolution’*, technical and marketing
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06/13/2018
Compact Step Down Converter with Integrated Inductor and Capacitors
Würth Elektronik eiSos expands its product family of MagI³C power modules with the compact MagI³C VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module) in a LGA-16EP package. The module has an input voltage range of 4 to 18 V for converting voltages from the 5 V, 9
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06/13/2018
Tempel Changzhou Opens State-of-the-Art Automotive Focus Factory

Tempel Changzhou Automotive Focus Factory located in Changzhou, China.

CHICAGO, IL – Tempel Steel Co. has announced a new dedicated state-of-the-art facility on the Tempel Changzhou campus that specializes in high-technology, complex automotive laminations and motor cores. The approximately 30,000 square foot facility will be operational by Fall 2018. Facility
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06/13/2018
Magnetic Sensors: TMR angle sensor in a TO-6 package for PCB-less applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its portfolio of TMR angle sensors with the TAD2140 type in a TO-6 package for automotive and industrial applications. The new sensor provides an innovative system-in-package solution for PCB-less applications. It includes two full TMR
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06/13/2018
Rigol’s New High-performance Oscilloscope Family
Rigol Technologies EU GmbH introduces four new high-end oscilloscopes with a large 10,1“ touch-color display.   The MSO/DS7000 is a versatile
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06/13/2018
RS Components has announced it is working closely with Siemens to help customers with the phase out of the manufacturer’s SIRIUS 3SB3 22mm pushbutton range and the migration to Siemens’ SIRIUS ACT range of devices. 
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06/13/2018
Powerbox’s S-CAP BOOST technology delivers peak power and safety to industrial and medical applications
Powerbox announces the introduction of its supercapacitor boost technology, S-CAP BOOST, offering backup and peak power solutions to industrial and medical applications. Based on the latest supercapacitor technology combined with intelligent control and monitoring,
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06/13/2018
Flexible Power Line Communication (PLC) modem streamline deployment of smart energy equipment
Microchip announces a flexible PLC modem which supports multiple standard and proprietary protocols used globally in smart grid infrastructure. The PL360B enables manufacturers to respond to the utilities’ need to improve the reliability and performance of smart
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06/13/2018
pHEMT Platform Integrates High Performance 0.1um GaAs pHEMT With Monolithic PIN and Vertical Schottky Diodes
TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- WIN Semiconductors Corp has expanded its portfolio of highly integrated GaAs technologies with the release of a new pHEMT technology. The PIH0-03 platform incorporates monolithic PIN and vertical Schottky diodes with WIN’s high performance 0.1um pseudomorphic HEMT
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06/13/2018
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Features Noise Floor of -161dBm and Phase Noise of -102dBc/Hz
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies expands its portfolio of RF Test Instrumentation with the introduction of the New RSA3000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer. RIGOL introduced our Real-Time Analysis solutions with the RSA5000 earlier this year. It combined the power of a high performance swept spectrum
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06/13/2018
Wideband Double-Balanced Mixers Intended for High-Performance Test and Measurement, Microwave Radio, and Radar Applications
Lowell, Massachusetts–MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced a new portfolio of wideband double-balanced mixers, covering the 8 – 43 GHz and 18 – 46 GHz frequency ranges. Delivering low conversion loss, high linearity and a wide intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidth, the new MAMX Series
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06/13/2018
High-Impedance Laminates Feature High Permeability and Permittivity
Chandler, Arizona – Rogers Corporation introduces MAGTREX 555 Laminates, the first product in a new platform of high impedance laminates featuring a high permeability and permittivity. These high impedance laminates enable antenna designers to expand the trade-space of their antenna
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06/13/2018
Gate-Driver ICs Now Available With AEC-Q100 Certification for Automotive Use
Power Integrations announced that two members of its SCALE-iDriver gate-driver IC family are now certified to AEC-Q100 Grade Level 1 for automotive use. The two parts, SID1132KQ and SID1182KQ, are suitable for driving 650 V, 750 V and 1200 V automotive IGBT and SiC-MOSFET modules, and are rated for peak currents
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06/13/2018
Power Op Amp Combines 1700 V/Îs Slew Rate, 900 V Supply Operation and Low Noise Density for Applications Demanding High Speed and Accuracy
TUCSON, Arizona, U.S.A. ––The new PA194 from Apex Microtechnology is a refined implementation of the Apex PA94, extending slew rate capabilities by +1,000 V/μs. The PA194 has a typical slew rate of 1700 V/μs to enable fast rise and fall times on supply voltage operation of up
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06/13/2018
85V and 120V Industrial Lithium Battery Chargers Meet Market Demand for Electric Vehicles and Devices
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Delta-Q Technologies announced the release of four new high frequency lithium battery chargers in the ICL Series – the ICL1200 and ICL1500 in 85V and 120V. The ICL1200 and ICL1500 respectively provide 1200W and 1500W. The 85V models designed to optimally charge lithium battery
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06/12/2018
Industry’s Widest Bandwidth RF Transceiver Speeds Development of 2G-5G Base Stations and Phased Array Radar
NORWOOD, Mass.—Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) expanded its award-winning RadioVerse technology and design ecosystem with the industry’s widest bandwidth RF transceiver, which provides designers with a single radio platform to accelerate the deployment of 5G, sustain 2G/3G/4G coverage, and simplify
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06/12/2018
TMR Angle Sensor in a TO-6 Package Designed for PCB-Less Applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its portfolio of TMR angle sensors with the TAD2140 type in a TO-6 package for automotive and industrial applications. The new sensor provides an innovative system-in-package solution for PCB-less applications. It includes two full TMR bridges, a dedicated ASIC for signal conditioning
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06/12/2018
Streamline Deployment of Smart Energy Equipment With Flexible Power Line Communication Modem
CHANDLER, Ariz.— With the uptick in smart grid infrastructure adoption globally, utilities are seeking ways to improve reliability and performance of smart meters to address multiple markets. To meet utilities’ growing needs, equipment manufacturers dedicate extensive resources developing different versions
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06/12/2018
3.5 Watt Medical DC-DC Converters Feature Compact DIP or SMD Package
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TIM 3.5 and TIM 3.5SM families of medical 3.5 Watt DC/DC converters in compact DIP 16 or SMD 16 Package that measures only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40”. These converters are ideal for healthcare products where small size and applied parts to patient (BF classification)
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06/12/2018
SiC Schottky Diodes Designed for Harsh Environments
With the release of the E-Series SiC Schottky diodes, Wolfspeed sets the standard for the rapidly growing field of on-board and off-board automotive applications and solar power inversion. This family of diodes is specifically designed to be robust and reliable in the harshest environments. As a result, the
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06/12/2018
Inertial Measurement Unit With 25g Accelerometers Designed for Highly Dynamic Applications
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- KVH Industries, Inc. announced that the 1775 IMU, its top-of-the-line fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU), is now available with either ±10g or ±25g accelerometers. The 1775 IMU with 25g accelerometers is designed for highly
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06/12/2018
Taipei, Taiwan– ADLINK Technology has joined forces with Fair Friend Group (FFG) to develop the new ROS2 toward Converged 5G for Factories of the Future project. The collaboration integrates wireless 5G network technologies with ROS2 (Robot Operating System 2) platforms to provide system architecture
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06/12/2018
Omron Automation Americas Announces FY17 Distributor of the Year Award Winners
Hoffman Estates, IL.  –  Industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced the 2017 fiscal year’s winners of the prestigious Distributor of the Year award at its FY18 Sales Conference during the week of May 21st. Over 650 persons representing Omron and its channel
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06/12/2018
New Wind Turbines Are Even Efficient in Low Winds
VTT Research Centre of Technology (VTT) has explored the potential and economic benefits of new wind power technology. The technology would greatly increase the benefits of wind energy and enable the competitive utilisation of wind power in Finland. Heavy investments are being made in wind power,
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06/11/2018
Rutgers Physicists Create New Class of 2D Artificial Materials

This image shows the positions of atoms in a ferroelectric-like metal that contains barium titanate, strontium titanate and lanthanum titanate.

In 1965, a renowned Princeton University physicist theorized that ferroelectric metals could conduct electricity despite not existing in nature. For decades, scientists thought it would be impossible to prove the theory by Philip W. Anderson, who shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics. It was like
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06/11/2018
New 28-GHz Transceiver Paves The Way For Future 5G Devices

The fabricated transceiver only measures 3 mm × 4 mm and consists of four transmitting and receiving elements. The subcomponents of TRX1 are displayed.

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed and fabricated a tiny, but incredibly fast, reliable, and accurate 28-GHz transceiver meant for stable high-speed 5G communications. The fabricated transceiver trumps previous designs in various regards by taking a new approach for beam steering. The
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06/11/2018
Hazardous Area LED Light Features Opaque Lens
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has announced the release of a new hazardous area LED light that is U.S./Canada U.L. approved Class 1 Division 2 Groups A, B, C and D, UL 1598A listed, specifically designed for wet and corrosive marine environments. This United States Coast Guard approved LED features a
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06/11/2018
Comb Generator Portfolio Delivers Industry-Leading Phase Noise Performance
Lowell, Massachusetts–MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced a portfolio of Non-Linear Transmission Line (NLTL) comb generators optimized to meet the demanding performance requirements of radar transceiver, VSAT and microwave radio applications. Featuring the lowest phase noise in the industry
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06/11/2018
RALEIGH, N.C. … Power management company Eaton announced the global launch of its Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software version 1.60, which now offers full integration with the Nutanix Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure platform. Through the integration, users of Nutanix Acropolis,
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06/11/2018
0.45um GaN Power Process Intended for 5G Applications
Tao Yuan, Taiwan -- WIN Semiconductors Corp has expanded its gallium nitride (GaN) process capabilities to include a 0.45um-gate technology that supports current and future 5G applications. The NP45-11 GaN-on-SiC process allows customers to design hybrid Doherty power amplifiers used in 5G applications including
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Date:
06/08/2018
AVX Joins the Electronics Representatives Association
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has joined the Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) as a manufacturer member. “AVX is proud to become a member of the ERA,” said Alex Schenkel, vice president of global sales, AVX. “The ERA is one of the most respected international trade organizations
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06/08/2018
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an interesting photovoltaic application, the Velocity solar-powered workstation from Sunbolt. Sunbolt's COO, Fred Stampone, joins us to discuss it and greater trends within the marketplace.
Date:
06/07/2018
As Solar Wind Blows, our Heliosphere Balloons
What happens when the solar wind suddenly starts to blow significantly harder? According to two recent studies, the boundaries of our entire solar system balloon outward -- and an analysis of particles rebounding off of its edges will reveal its new shape. In late 2014, NASA spacecraft detected a
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06/07/2018
Acopian Announces 2018 Power Supply Engineering Scholarship Winner

Mr. Ian Templeton, 2018 Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship Winner

Easton, PA... Acopian Power Supplies announced that Ian Templeton of Ewing, New Jersey has been named the recipient of the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship.  The scholarship program was established to help talented engineering students,
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Date:
06/07/2018
Two-Position BTB Pin Jumpers Designed for SSL & Industrial Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation extended its new series of pin jumpers for board-to-board (BTB) and module-to-module connections in solid-state lighting (SSL) and other low-pin-count industrial applications with a new two-position pin jumper. When used in conjunction with the new 2.5mm 70-9296 Series
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Date:
06/06/2018
Vermont Start-Up's Small Packets a Big Deal For Energy Industry

Energetic growth. The UVM spinoff company Packetized Energy is on a roll, adding staff, customers and business partners at an impressive clip. Surrounded by full and part-time staff in the company's new offices in Chace Mill are (left to right) faculty founders Mads Almassalkhi, Jeff Frolik and Paul Hines and new company CEO Scott Johnstone. The company's clever algorithms help utilities tap the potential of renewables like solar and wind.

It's been a whirlwind few months for Packetized Energy, the energy sector start-up spun off from a large Department of Energy project in 2016 by three University of Vermont electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Jeff Frolik and Mads Almassalkhi. Since late last year, the firm completed a pilot
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Date:
06/06/2018
Flexible Solar Cells: Will They Someday Power Your Devices?
Will you ever be able to charge your mobile device, car and even clothing with flexible solar cells? Researchers at Aalto University in Finland and Université de Montréal are studying whether the now-experimental technology could someday be mass-produced and commercialized, and some of the issues that have
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Date:
06/06/2018
GOLETA, Calif.—Transphorm Inc. announced availability of its third-generation (Gen III) 650-volt (V) GaN FETs. Power transistors built on Gen III technology yield lower electromagnetic interference (EMI), increased gate noise immunity, and greater headroom in circuit applications. The
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Date:
06/06/2018
Do We Still Need Renewable Energy Subsidies?
Earlier this year, President Trump’s budget proposal toyed with the notion of draconian cuts to renewable energy subsidies and R&D. And while the $1.3 trillion spending bill ultimately passed without the proposed reductions, the episode reignited the energy subsidy debate. To wit – yay or nay? On
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Date:
06/05/2018
Analogue Designers Get a New Lifetime Reliability Tool
In some ways digital designers have it easier than their analogue and mixed signal compatriots. They have many more tools at their disposal to verify and validate designs before they go to fabrication, which can bring a reasonable measure of assurance that they have their design right, as well as tools that
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Date:
06/05/2018
Powering the Robotic Future

Figure 1: The motion control unit is wired to each actuator separately; fitted effectors require their own, separate wiring harness.

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Date:
06/05/2018
Battery Technology: Power to the People

Figure 1: TDK battery

As the roll out of billions of sensors and wireless nodes in the Internet of Things (IoT) progresses, more attention is being paid to the battery technology that powers them. At the same time developers of electric cars are also looking for better battery solutions. Regularly changing the batteries
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Date:
06/05/2018
A Smart Approach to Energy Disaggregation

Figure 1 – Traditional energy disaggregation monitoring requires several submeters; NIALM monitoring happens at the main breaker level.

In today’s world, careful and intelligent energy management is critical.Rising energy costs and environmental pressures are all driving corporations to examine their energy use more closely and, in turn, driving the development of advanced energy management systems. Demand for compliance with green
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Date:
06/05/2018
Alliance Delivers Greater Customer Choice in 48V Direct DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: A typical PSA application with two CPUs and twin pairs of memory banks (Source: PSA)

Developing power system solutions for advanced and demanding applications such as data centres is challenging enough without the additional concern of being locked in to a single supplier. Forward-thinking companies in the power module industry have recognised that users of DC-DC power modules, especially those
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Date:
06/05/2018
The semiconductor industry continues to deliver greater levels of integration, therefore electronic products will continue to shrink in size but grow in performance. The user experience is constantly evolving as a result, and the physical size of a device no longer determines its impact. This paradigm is enabled
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Date:
06/05/2018
The Growing Ecosystem for eGaN FET Power Conversion

Figure 1: Building blocks of a typical synchronous GaN buck converter.

In recent years, GaN-based power conversion has increased in popularity due to the inherent benefits of eGaN FETs over conventional Si transistors. Migrating a converter design from Si to GaN offers many system-level improvements, which require consideration of all the components in that system. This trend has
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Date:
06/05/2018
Selecting High-Voltage Components for Safety and Space Savings

Figure 1: KEMET’s high voltage ceramic capacitor with internal arc protection.

The laws of physics can restrict designers’ options in pursuit of miniaturization when high operating voltages are involved. Careful component selection can help utilize space as efficiently as possible while ensuring safety and reliability.  Designing equipment to operate at voltages above
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Date:
06/05/2018
AC Filter Capacitors Include a Peak Voltage of 650 V
TDK Corporation presents a new series of EPCOS MKP AC capacitors for filter applications. The components of the B33331V* series are designed for a rated voltage of 460 VRMS, corresponding to a peak voltage of 650 V, and cover a capacitance range from 2 µF to 50 µF. Both the cans
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Date:
06/05/2018
KYOTO, Japan and OTTAWA, Canada –  ROHM and GaN Systems announced their collaboration in the GaN (gallium nitride) Power Semiconductor business, with the goal of contributing to the continuing evolution of power electronics. This strategic partnership leverages GaN Systems’ industry leading
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Date:
06/04/2018
Alternative Energy and the Smart Grid
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Date:
06/04/2018
Designer Materials With Completely Random Structures Might Enable Quantum Computing

Randomly sprinkled magnetic atoms (red arrows) on a superconducting surface may give rise to a topological superconducting phase. Inset: The onset of the topological phase is signaled by the appearance of so-called Majorana edge mode encircling the system.

Topological randomness may be the answer for lossless electronics and making the nuts and bolts of quantum computers. Complete randomness in the structures of superconductors and insulators could lower the requirements of pristine crystalline ordering - and make them more accessible to industry. Designing
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Date:
06/04/2018
High-Current Planar Choke Inductor Delivers Same Performance as Wirewounds in Fraction of Space
MALVERN, Pa. — A new high-current planar choke inductor that offers the same performance as wirewound devices in a fraction of the space was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.. The new IPLA 32 measures just 31 mm by 43 mm by 22.2 mm but is rated for currents up to 110 A, allowing
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Date:
06/04/2018
In Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Special Attention Must be Paid to Window Design
When analysing the different impact of static and dynamic solar shading on nZEBs, the research group developed a tool that the architects and engineers can easily use in software programs in order to facilitate reduction of heat losses already in the designing phase. Dynamic solar shadings (which, unlike static
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Date:
06/04/2018
Atomically Thin Nanowires Convert Heat to Electricity More Efficiently

This is a diagram showing one-dimensional nanowires conducting waste heat to electricity.

Waste heat can be converted to electricity more efficiently using one-dimensional nanoscale materials as thin as an atom - ushering a new way of generating sustainable energy - thanks to new research by the University of Warwick. Led by Drs Andrij Vasylenko, Samuel Marks, Jeremy Sloan and David Quigley
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Date:
06/04/2018
Surge Protector Offers Ultra-Low Capacitance for Use in Automotive, Industrial, and More
ProTek Devices has introduced a new ultra-low-capacitance surge protection component for circuit protection in applications such as automotive infotainment systems, industrial cameras, Thunderbolt and more. The very low capacitance for the new PTB05-ULC is 0.15pF max (I/O to GND). Other
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Date:
06/04/2018
The Industry’s First True Fault Protection Solution for High-Speed USB Ports and Industrial Voltage Applications
San Jose, CA—With the MAX22505 ±40V high-speed USB fault protector from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., designers can now eliminate USB port damage from all faults, including ground potential differences, up to ±40V without the tradeoffs required by competing solutions. It protects data and power
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Date:
06/04/2018
Rockford Systems Announces Partnership with Unitrol Electronics to Distribute Soft Touch Pinch-Point Safety System
ROCKFORD, IL -- Rockford Systems, LLC. announced a distribution partnership with Unitrol Electronics, Inc. As a distribution partner, Rockford Systems will provide sales, installation and technical support on the revolutionary Soft Touch Pinch-Point Safety System for spot welder and pneumatic
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Date:
06/04/2018
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