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Santa Clara event parking includes electric vehicle charging stations
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Heading to an event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi's Stadium, or California's Great America theme park and running low on your electric vehicle (EV) charge? There are no worries in Santa Clara as the city has one of the largest public multi-standard EV charging facilities in
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06/23/2017
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara launch  “Shaping Smarter Cities†video series
Mouser Electronics Inc. is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara for the Shaping Smarter Cities project, the newest series in the successful
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06/23/2017
Multifunctional catalyst for poison-resistant hydrogen fuel cells

Reaction mechanism with a catalyst for fuel cells that use hydrogen and carbon monoxide as fuels.

Kyushu, Japan--Demand for eco-friendly fuel sources is increasing as the goal of weaning off our reliance on fossil fuels becomes commonly recognized. Hydrogen represents a possible sustainable fuel source when it is produced from water and burned with oxygen because only water is released as a by-product. The
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06/22/2017

Contactor designed for operating voltages of up to 450 V DC
TDK Corporation presents the new HVC200A bipolar high-voltage contactor for the switching of high DC voltages and currents. It is designed for operating voltages of up to 450 V DC and a high continuous current of 200 A. Arcs that occur when disconnecting the DC load are quickly and safely extinguished
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06/22/2017
Power IC manufacturing technology designed for automotive applications
Munich, Germany – Car makers want in-vehicle electronic systems to provide a large number of energy-efficient functions in as little space as possible. Infineon Technologies AG supports this trend with its new power IC manufacturing technology
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06/22/2017
Pocket-sized device combines a logic analyzer and built-in pattern generator
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the Digital Discovery module from Digilent. This pocket-sized, high-performance device combines a logic analyzer and built-in pattern generator in a single instrument. The Digital Discovery provides designers a suite of advanced features to debug, visualize and simulate
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06/22/2017
Time is running out to enter the Create the Future Design Contest, an exciting challenge — sponsored by Mouser Electronics — to
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06/22/2017
True green LEDs increase design-in flexibility, enable smaller end products
MALVERN, Pa. — The optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of true green LEDs in a compact surface-mount 0603 ChipLED package. Measuring 1.6 mm by 0.8 mm with an ultra thin 0.55 mm profile, the VLMTG1400 series devices utilize the most recent ultrabright
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06/22/2017
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, the
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06/21/2017
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power

Although the vacuum chamber in the British fusion reactor JET has a wall made of solid metal, it can melt if it gets hit by a beam of runaway electrons. It is these runaway elementary particles that doctoral students Linnea Hesslow and Ola Embréus have successfully identified and decelerated.

Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy process is a difficult task to achieve. Two young plasma physicists at Chalmers University of Technology have now taken us one step closer to a functional fusion reactor.
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06/21/2017
SAN JOSE, California – Elektrobit (EB) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a collaboration to deliver a powerful new development platform that integrates the NXP BlueBox Automated Drive Development Platform and Elektrobit’s EB robinos software framework for highly automated driving systems.
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06/21/2017
Changing how solar power rolls

Smaller and lighter than traditional solar panels, the Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, consists of a center wing made of a flexible material containing photovoltaic cells to convert light into electricity.

Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical hinges. An experiment that recently arrived at the International Space Station will test a new solar array design that rolls up to form a compact cylinder for launch with significantly less mass
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06/20/2017
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2017 -- Glow sticks, like those brandished by trick-or-treaters and partygoers, light up due to excited electrons of the molecules in the contained fluorescent dye. Electrons accept the exciting energy from a chemical reaction that results when an inner tube in the glow stick is cracked
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06/20/2017
Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds

In a new study, Professor Kumar and graduate student Meredith Richardson find that using corn for biofuel comes with greater environmental costs and fewer benefits than using corn for food.

Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at
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06/20/2017
Power Splitter Designed for Mid- and High-End Smartphones and Tablet PCs
Santa Clara, California – Silego Technology Inc. (Silego) announced the introduction of the SLG59H1302C – a very robust single-input, dual-output power splitter designed for mid- and high-end smartphones and tablet PCs. Any integrated circuit (IC) product designed for consumer electronics and operating
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06/20/2017
Boost Converter Drives Portable Power Management Applications
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the TPS61253A 4A boost converter from Texas Instruments (TI). The TPS61253A delivers a variety of features that enable the device to drive a multitude of portable power management applications, such as smartphones and USB charging ports, requiring fewer external components
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06/20/2017
World's Smallest Common-Mode Choke for Automotive Ethernet
TDK Corporation presents the ACT1210L common-mode choke – the world's smallest of its type for automotive Ethernet applications. Its dimensions are just 3.2 mm x 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm, making it just half the size of the existing ACT45L choke which measures in at 4.5 mm x 3.2 mm x 2.8 mm. Series production of the
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06/20/2017
DC/DC Converter Delivers 93% Efficiency at 2MHz from a 2mm x 2mm DFN Package
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LT8607, a 750mA, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 93% efficiency while switching at 2MHz, enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as
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06/19/2017
Munich, Germany – The Japanese automotive system supplier DENSO has honored Infineon with a “Supplier of the Year Award”. DENSO acknowledged the Infineon North America team for their outstanding local support. The award is given to the
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06/19/2017
Nickel for Thought: Compound Shows Potential for High-Temperature Superconductivity

Materials scientists at Argonne National Laboratory synthesized these single crystals of a metallic trilayer nickelate compound via a high-pressure crystal growth process. A team led by John Mitchell, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and associate director of the laboratory's Materials Science Division, describe the compound's potential as a high-temperature superconductor in the June 12 issue of Nature Physics.

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has identified a nickel oxide compound as an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity. The team successfully synthesized single crystals of a metallic trilayer nickelate
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06/16/2017
Wireless Power Development Kit Charges Devices up to 80 Feet
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Powercast Corporation announced the P1110-EVAL-01 development kit that enables manufacturers of smart, connected devices to easily design and deploy them using Powercast's wireless power technology. The kit includes Powercast's FCC-approved Powercaster transmitter (FCC ID: YESTX91501,
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06/16/2017
Electrolytes Made From Liquefied Gas Enable Batteries to Run at Ultra-Low Temperatures
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a breakthrough in electrolyte chemistry that enables lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20 degrees Celsius. The new
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06/16/2017
DOE Awards Six Research Contracts Totaling $258 Million to Boost US Exascale Technology
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six leading U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward program, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation's first exascale supercomputers. The
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06/16/2017
TEV Project Teams up with Newcastle University to Create Highways of the Future
TEV project, an initiative to advance road infrastructure and the way people travel, has announced its innovative partnership with Newcastle University. Caroline Jones Carrick created TEV Project alongside her father, Will Jones, a battery expert and inventor, bringing their vision for a next-generation
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06/16/2017
ANN ARBOR--In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," University of Michigan researchers have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. Easier
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06/15/2017
Mouser-Sponsored Vaillante Rebellion Shifts into High Gear for Le Mans
Coming off strong showings at Belgium’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 6, the Mouser Electronics-sponsored Vaillante Rebellion racing team is excitedly preparing for the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, set for June 17–18. The Vaillante Rebellion No. 31 car, piloted by Nick Prost, Bruno Senna and Julien Canal,
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06/15/2017
Time-of-Flight Chipset and Development Kit Enables Future-Proof Design of 3D Vision Solutions
Tessenderlo, Belgium - Melexis announces a new Time-of-Flight (ToF) chipset and development kit that enables simple, modular and future proof design of 3D vision solutions. Previously available only as part of a development system, the chipset is now available to designers everywhere. The
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06/15/2017
Railway DC-DC Converters Offer RIA12 Surge Withstand Capacity
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently added the DCR 30R-F0 series to its line of RIA12 railway quality DC-DC converters. The input voltage surge withstand capacity is 3.5 times greater than the nominal input voltage for 20 milliseconds, which ensures that the converters meet RIA12, the specification for the protection
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06/15/2017
MEMS Accelerometer and Inclinometer Delivers Exceptional Stability, Reliability and Low Noise
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the SCA3300-D01 three-axis accelerometer and inclinometer from Murata. The surface-mount MEMS sensor provides user-selectable measurement range and extensive self-diagnostics features. The Murata SCA3300-D01 three-axis accelerometer and inclinometer, available
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06/14/2017
Breakthrough by Queen's University Paves way for Smaller Electronic Devices

Domain Walls research is pictured.

Queen's University Belfast researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology. Through nanotechnology, physicists Dr Raymond
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06/14/2017
LED Controller Eliminates Trade-Off Between Fast Response Time and Low EMI for Exterior Lighting
San Jose, CA— The MAX20078 synchronous buck, high-brightness LED controller from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. is the only product available which provides both fast response time and low electromagnetic interference (EMI) for exterior LED lighting and improved safety applications. Ideal for matrix
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06/14/2017
Angle sensors:TMR angle sensor with digital output

TMR angle sensor TAD2141 with digital output

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06/13/2017
Ammonia On-Demand? Alternative Production Method for a Sustainable Future

Proton hopping plays an important role in the reaction, as it activates nitrogen gas even at low temperatures and moderates the harsh condition requirements.

Our society is in need of ammonia more than ever. Chemical fertilizers, plastic, fibers, pharmaceuticals, refrigerants in heat pumps, and even explosives all use ammonia as raw material. Moreover, ammonia has been suggested as a hydrogen carrier recently because of its high hydrogen content. In
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06/13/2017
AC/DC Power Supplies Include Both Industrial and Medical Safety Approvals in a Small U-channel Footprint
XP Power has announced the UCP225 series of high power density, very low profile 225W AC/DC power supplies with both industrial and medical safety approvals in a small U-channel footprint.   The UCP225 series provides a high power density, low profile, compact, rugged U-channel power solution
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06/13/2017
Microcontroller Portfolio Targets a Wide Range of Sensing and Measurement Applications
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the MSP430FR599x and MSP430FR596x microcontrollers, the latest MSP430 microcontrollers from Texas Instruments (TI). The ultra-low-power, ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) microcontroller portfolio targets a wide range of sensing and measurement applications. The
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06/13/2017
Mouser Electronics and Amphenol SGX Sensortech Sign Global Agreement to Distribute Gas Sensors
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with Amphenol SGX Sensortech, a market leader in innovative sensor and detector devices. Through the agreement, Mouser will add SGX Sensortech’s robust environmental sensors to its sensor linecard. The Amphenol SGX Sensortech product
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06/13/2017
Power Distribution, Inc. Targets Ohio and Kentucky Data Centers With new Greensource Cincinnati Partnership
Richmond, Virginia – Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI) announced its partnership with greensource Cincinnati. The new alliance underscores PDI’s commitment to Ohio and Kentucky-based mission-critical facilities by aligning the industry’s most innovative power distribution solutions with the
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06/13/2017
Low Noise Buck-Boost Charge Pump Saves Space and Reduces EMI
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LTC3246, a compact, low noise buck-boost charge pump with integrated watchdog timer capable of up to 500mA of output current. The LTC3246 uses multimode switched capacitor conversion to maintain regulation over a wide 2.7V to 38V input voltage
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06/12/2017
FPGA Enables Energy-Efficient Embedded Vision Systems at the Edge
PORTLAND, OR and SHANGHAI, CHINA – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the implementation of its ECP5 FPGA into embedded vision applications for smart surveillance and automotive applications at the Edge. Reinforcing Lattice’s commitment to the industrial and automotive markets,
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06/12/2017
Modular Platform Enable Rapid Implementation of Smart and Connected Cloud-Based Applications
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the IoT Development Kit (IDK) from ON Semiconductor. Combining hardware and software elements to enable rapid implementation of smart and connected cloud-based applications, ON Semiconductor’s IoT Development Kit provides engineers with all of the building blocks needed
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06/12/2017
Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must be addressed before these systems can successfully compete with current rechargeable batteries.
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06/12/2017
Chinese scientists have made good use of waste while finding an innovative solution to a technical problem by transforming rusty stainless steel mesh into electrodes with outstanding electrochemical properties that make them ideal for potassium-ion batteries. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie,
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06/09/2017
Researchers Compute their way Toward Cleaner Coal Plants

Using the HLRS Hazel Hen machine, RWTH Aachen University researchers were able to run a DNS simulation on a system of 45,000 particles at the Kolmogorov scale. To the team's knowledge, this is the direct-particle simulation for the largest number of particles at this scale to date, and serves as a benchmark for how other researchers studying this process can get more realistic simulation results.

When you think of turbulence, you might think of a bumpy plane ride. Turbulence, however, is far more ubiquitous to our lives than just air travel. Ocean waves, smoke from fire, even noise coming from jet engines or wind turbines are all related to turbulence. A team of researchers at RWTH Aachen
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06/09/2017
There might be a better way to use wind power, according to a recent paper in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation. Scientists from the University of Rhode
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06/09/2017
Finnish Demo Plant Produces Renewable Fuel From Carbon Dioxide Captured From the Air
The unique Soletair demo plant developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) uses carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The pilot plant is coupled to LUT's solar power plant in Lappeenranta. The aim of the project is to demonstrate
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06/09/2017
Significant Addition to the NFC Ecosystem Provides a New IoT Growth Vector
As co-inventor of NFC technology, NXP Semiconductors is excited about the expanding number of users of NFC applications: brand owners can connect and engage directly with consumers pre- and post-sale, leverage social connectivity, drive omnichannel sales, build loyalty, protect products and their distribution
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06/09/2017
Improving the Performance of Tin Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction

The (110) surface of rutile tin oxide with tin atoms marked in purple and oxygen atoms marked in red. Labels denote the catalytically active sites that were considered in this study. H and CO2 adsorbates prefer binding to the Obr site.

PITTSBURGH (June 8, 2017) ... The Journal of Materials Chemistry A, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, included University of Pittsburgh researcher John Keith in its list of Emerging Investigators in 2017. The journal's themed issue highlighted "rising stars" of materials chemistry
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06/08/2017
Qualcomm Technologies Inc. announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Greengrass in select system-on-chips (SoCs) designed to help manufacturers accelerate development of IoT products with edge processing capabilities using the new AWS Software Solution. Manufacturers expected to commercialize
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06/08/2017
IO-Link Master Transceiver Ensures Robust Communications
San Jose, CA—June 7, 2017—Designers of Industry 4.0 applications can now achieve robust communications and reduce power dissipation by 50% with the MAX14819 dual-channel, IO-Link master transceiver from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Today's fanless programmable logic controller (PLC) and IO-Link
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06/08/2017
Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator Extends 48V Direct-to-Point of Load Product Family
Vicor’s new PI3526-00-LGIZ is the latest addition to the Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator portfolio supporting a 48V (30-60Vin) input. The PI352x is a higher current offering compared to Vicor’s existing PI354x portfolio, enabling scalable power options for 48V Direct to Point of Load (PoL) applications. The
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06/08/2017
N-Channel MOSFET Driver Provides 100% Duty Cycle Capability
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - June 7, 2017 - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC7000/-1, a high speed, high side N-channel MOSFET driver that operates up to a 150V supply voltage. Its internal charge pump fully enhances an external N-channel MOSFET
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06/07/2017
Scientists from the University of Geneva are using the rules of genetics to better understand how to incorporate wind and solar power into the current electrical grid to produce a renewable power system. The researchers published their study in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication
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06/07/2017
– Silego Technology announces the introduction of SLG46580, further expanding the GreenPAKTM (GPAK) family of Programmable Mixedsignal Integrated Circuits (CMICs). This newest GPAK is targeted to support power systems in wearable and handheld market segments. This device is both highly integrated and highly
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06/07/2017
Keeping the Hydrogen Coming

A high-resolution electron microscope image (right) of the platinum electrocatalytic layer coated with molybdenum. The platinum catalyzes the hydrogen-evolution reaction (left) in acidic medium from protons in the electrolyte while the molybdenum layer inhibits water-forming reactions.

A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst that can efficiently split water in acidic electrolytes has been developed by researchers at KAUST and could help with efficient production of hydrogen. When burned, hydrogen is converted into water and heat to make an entirely clean power source. Thus, in the quest
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06/06/2017
Wind is powerful, but it doesn't always blow where and when it's needed. To make it more reliable and widely available, scientists have developed a two-prong approach to ensure wind-generated power doesn't die down as a renewable resource. The collaborative team includes scientists from the University
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06/06/2017
Power Supplies Feature Remote Sense without Wires
Campbell, CA—Versatile Power introduces its BENCH XR line of 600W programmable supplies. BENCH XR power supplies are the industry’s first to provide accurate point-of-load voltage regulation over a wide range of load conditions – without the use of an auxiliary remote sense circuit. Remote sense is implemented
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06/06/2017
Chemical 'Dance' of Cobalt Catalysis Could Pave way to Solar Fuels

Argonne chemists Dugan Hayes, Lin Chen, and Ryan Hadt have identified a rapid electronic process that could aid the water-splitting reaction in cobalt-containing catalysts. Cobalt catalysts are relatively inexpensive and could replace more expensive precious metal catalysts in the production of clean energy, most notably solar fuels.

By splitting a water molecule into two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen, scientists can use the boundless energy of the sun to make a clean fuel. In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Harvard University, scientists have for the first time been able to see
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06/05/2017
New Millimeter-Wave Technology Could Make Future Vehicles Much Safer

Millimeter-wave radars covering several tens of meters could be on cars, bikes, and smartphones. This might create a lot of new applications including games.

Higashihiroshima and Yokohama, Japan, June 5, 2017--Hiroshima University and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (MIFS) today announced the development of a low-power millimeter-wave amplifier that feeds on 0.5 V power supply and covers the frequency range from 80 GHz to 106 GHz. It was fabricated using MIFS's
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06/05/2017
  It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Ally Winning as European Editor, PSD.
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06/03/2017
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06/03/2017
DC/DC Controller Eliminates Power Inductor & Delivers 500W+ in Non-Isolated Intermediate Bus Converter Applications

72V Fixed Ratio High Power Charge Pump Controller

MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA – Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC7820, a high power fixed ratio charge pump DC/DC controller that eliminates the power inductor in a non-isolated intermediate bus converter, allowing up to a 50% reduction in circuit size and up to 4000W/in3
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06/20/2017
Ultra-Stable Perovskite Solar Cell Remains Stable for More Than a Year

This is a schematic representation of the findings of this study.

Perovskite solar cells promise cheaper and efficient solar energy, with enormous potential for commercialization. But even though they have been shown to achieve over 22% power-conversion efficiency, their operational stability still fails market requirements. Despite a number of proposed solutions in fabrication
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06/01/2017
Recently, solar steam and vapor generation is attracting a lot of attention with promising prospect in desalination, sterilization and chemical purification. Tremendous progress has been achieved as absorber designs (PNAS, 110, 11677-11681 (2013), Nature Comm. 6, 10103, (2015), Nature Photonics,
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06/01/2017
We tend to focus on the efficiency and aesthetics of rooftop solar panels, but as it turns out, placing giant, potentially electrified devices on top of your home impedes a very specific
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06/01/2017
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