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TTI Introduces Ohmite Metal Foil Current Sense Resistors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading distributor of electronic components introduces Ohmite FCSL Series Metal Foil Current Sense Resistors. Ohmite’s FSCL series incorporates metal foil technology and an effective combination of low and stable TCRs, available in a wide selection of low ohmic values. The
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12/16/2018
Birth of a Hybrid Material

This is Anna Poznyak, head of the project and researcher at the NUST MISIS Department of Functional Nanosystems and High-Temperature Materials.

Materials scientists from NUST MISIS and the Merzhanov Institute of Structural Macrokinetics & Materials Science have developed a new method for producing bulk MAX-phases -- layered materials which simultaneously possess the properties of metals and ceramics. By combining the methods of self-propagating
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12/14/2018
TTI Stocks TT Electronics Surface-Mount Infrared LED Emitter
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc. introduces TT Electronics Surface-Mount Infrared LED Emitters (OP207CL) for encoder applications, industrial automation, robotics, and more. The compact, infrared LED emitter features the industry’s largest spot diameter of 7mm for reliable optical sensing and position
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12/14/2018

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Platinum in Fuel Cells

Argonne chemist Lina Chong (foreground) holds a sample catalyst while Argonne chemist Di-Jia Liu looks on.

In the journal Science, Argonne chemists have identified a new catalyst that maximizes the effectiveness of platinum. Platinum is a precious metal more rare than silver or gold. Renowned in the fuel cell community for its effectiveness in converting hydrogen and oxygen into water and
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12/14/2018
EPC to Display GaN-Enabled Wireless Systems at CES 2019
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — EPC will be demonstrating the power of eGaN technology to enhance two game-changing consumer applications – wireless power and LiDAR for self-driving cars – at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th through the 11th.   In
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12/14/2018
High-Efficiency Discovery Drives Low-Power Computing
EDMONTON-- Challenge any modern human to go a day without a phone or computer, and you'd be hard pressed to get any takers. Our collective obsession with all things electronic is driving a dramatic daily drain on the world's power. In fact, according to studies from the Semiconductor
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12/13/2018
Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers

This is Partha Pande, Boeing Centennial Chair, left, and Janardhan Rao Doppa, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

PULLMAN, Wash. - A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. The researchers found they could damage the on-chip communications system and shorten
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12/13/2018
Osram's OSLON Square LEDs Now Available from Rutronik
PLANO, TX – Rutronik, Inc. has announced the availability of Osram’s OSLON Square Series LEDs, a family of compact high-power LEDs that deliver superior performance in a wide range of high-density lighting applications.   Designed for both indoor and outdoor general lighting applications,
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12/13/2018
Chip Resistors Deliver Industry-Leading TCR Characteristics
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a new lineup of high power wide terminal thick-film chip resistors (10-910mΩ), LTR50 series, ideal for current detection in a variety of applications, including inverters, AC, and energy-efficient appliances. A thorough review
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12/13/2018
Current Sense Chips Offer Tolerances as Tight as 0.5%
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s ultra precision current sensing chip resistors, the CSS Series, offers precision tolerances as tight as 0.5% and TCR as low as 15 ppm. Recently, Stackpole extended the value range for the 0603 size adding a 4 milliohm value and the 0805 size adding a 3 milliohm
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12/13/2018
TTI Stocks Amphenol SV SMPM Connector Series
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc. stocks a complete line of Amphenol SV SMPM Connectors for high-density, high-frequency applications. Offering microwave performance through 65 GHz and less than .140-inch center-to-center spacing, the connectors are ideal when minimum board separation width is needed. SMPM
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12/13/2018
New Insulator to Industry's Only 2.55mm-Profile IDC Series
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has added a new insulator to its 9176-800 Series low-profile insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) — the first and currently only industrial IDCs available in a 2.55mm profile — to accommodate an additional wire gauge and further expand application suitability.
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12/12/2018
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new fully integrated automotive-grade proximity and ambient light sensor with four different slave address options. Featuring Filtron technology, the Vishay Semiconductors VCNL4030X01 combines photo detectors
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12/12/2018
Pressure Gauges Accommodate Pressures up to 150,000 psi
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP) has added the full line of ASTRAGAUGE high pressure gauges, ROTASEAL high pressure swivels and high pressure Gauge Snubbers to their product offering through its acquisition of ASTRAGAUGE. ASTRAGAUGE has a long established reputation for producing highly accurate
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12/12/2018
Powering, Protecting, and Augmenting EVs and HEVs
It’s fitting that last month covered the Internet of Things, since the greatest beneficiary of a functional IoT is the automotive sector, which is the topic du jour for December. And a voluminous topic it is, with subsets ranging from replacing alternators with DC-DC converters to battery charger ICs, surface-mount
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12/11/2018
The Basics & Benefits of Tantalum & Ceramic Capacitors

Figure 1: The dielectric surface area of a tantalum capacitor anode compared to its finished size

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12/11/2018
IoT Devices Are Hot, But They Still Need Thermal Protection

Figure 1. Devices like these Low Rho SMD Series PPTCs have long been used for over-current and over-temperature protection in USB connectors

Of all the “hot” electronics markets, none is hotter than the market for devices designed to interact with the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, more than seven billion IoT devices are in use worldwide, and the number of active IoT devices is expected to grow to 22 billion by 2025. Virtually all of those
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12/11/2018
Hudson MA – Protek Power North America is pleased to announce its new PMP250 Series of 220-250 Watt, medical ac/dc switching external power supplies.    The PMP250 Series delivers between 220 and 250 watts of continuous output power with a choice of Class I or Class II AC inlets,
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12/11/2018
New StudioPro DMX Digital Decoders Simplify DMX
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of their new line of StudioPro DMX Digital Decoders. StudioPro DMX Digital Decoders take DMX to the next level by simplifying DMX while providing enhanced performance and greater functionality in a high-quality decoder. The StudioPro
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12/11/2018
IPM, Battery Chemistry, & Charging Algorithms for Wearables

Figure 1: A block diagram for Microchip’s PIC16F18446, which features high resolution Intelligent Analog peripherals such as an integrated 12-bit ADC2

The greatest challenge faced by both new battery chemistry and charging algorithm developers is obtaining an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design. Without silicon, new batteries and new charging algorithms have no way to acquire customers, and without customers – or at least potential customer
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12/11/2018
Challenges of SiC for Automotive Applications

Figure 1. IGBT’s and Discrete Diodes

(Be sure to check out our PSDcast with ROHM on the same topic here: https://www.powersystemsdesign.com/articles/psdcast-the-formula-e-electric-racing-series/35/13290) Two of the biggest
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12/11/2018
Surface-Mount Fuse Tech Steps up to EV Reliability Demands

Figure 1: Damage resulting from two conventional wire-in-are fuses subjected to extreme overload conditions - simulating a catastrophic EV battery short circuit

Electronic systems for automotive applications are subjected to among the harshest of environments – wide temperature variations, shock and vibration, exposure to humidity, water chemicals and salt. Traditionally, blade-type automotive fuses have provided the necessary fault protection, but as cars get “smart”
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12/11/2018
Simple Battery Charger ICs for Any Chemistry

Figure 1. Typical Application Circuit for the LTC4162-L

It is common for many battery-powered devices to require a wide variety of charging sources, battery chemistries, voltages and currents. For example, industrial, high-end feature-rich consumer, medical and automotive battery charger circuits demand higher voltages and currents as newer large-battery packs are
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12/11/2018
An Alternative to the Alternator

Figure 1. The Bel Power Solutions 350DNC40 is a 4 kW DC/DC Converter that creates DC voltages in hybrid and electric vehicles suitable to power low voltage accessories. Features include very high efficiency, high reliability, low output voltage noise and excellent dynamic response to load/input changes.

With innovative manufacturers developing and expanding their range of solutions, engineers have more reasons than ever to replace alternators with DC-DC converters in road transport applications. Today’s eMobility and hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers emphasize the efficiency, reliability
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12/11/2018
BEA Lasers Expands MIL Series with Laser Alignment Modules
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers introduces two new additions to their MIL Series of Laser Diode Modules for alignment applications. Both new MIL RA Alignment Modules feature a low profile 3/8” rugged laser housing, fitted with a M12 connector.  A PVC jacketed cable 2 meters
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12/11/2018
A Bluetooth Sensor for Intelligent Lighting Control
Salt Lake City, UT/Las Vegas, NV – At CES 2019 in Las Vegas (January 8-11, 2019), EnOcean will be launching a new ceiling-mounted solar-powered occupancy sensor (PIR) for Bluetooth lighting control systems communicating via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It will be the first self-powered Bluetooth occupancy sensor
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12/11/2018
Princeton, New Jersey: UnitedSiC expands its UF3C FAST Series product offering by introducing an additional range of 650 V and 1200 V high-performance silicon carbide FETs in a TO-247-4L 4-pin Kelvin Sense package option. Based on an efficient cascode configuration, this new series provides
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12/11/2018
Rohde & Schwarz Displays New Generation of Value Instruments
COLUMBIA, MAR — Rohde & Schwarz highlighted a portfolio of value class instruments, spotlighting five key technologies. The value instruments portfolio features more than 100 products and 300 accessories including the R&S RTB2000 Oscilloscope, the R&S RTM3000 Oscilloscope, the R&S RTA4000 Oscilloscope,
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12/11/2018
Trump Wants to Pump the Brakes on Auto Emissions Standards
President Trump wants to freeze Obama-era CAFE standards, potentially setting up a major clash for the 2020 elections. Obama’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, enacted in
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12/10/2018
On the Road to Success for Electric Vehicles
This year seems to have gone faster than a Tesla in ludicrous mode. We all wondered when the year started if this would be the year that SiC and GaN technologies made the breakthrough into the mainstream, and turned out that, yes it was. GaN especially looks to have taken a major leap forward and we’ll hopefully
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12/10/2018
When Configurable Power Supplies are the Best Solution

Figure 1: Typical configurable power supply architecture

It is often assumed that in any product design, if you can use a standard ‘off-the-shelf’ power supply it will be the lowest cost option compared with a full custom or configurable part. It’s true that with today’s fast-paced product launches and upgrades, if a custom part is commissioned, the Non-Recurring
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12/10/2018
Enhancing EV Ecosystems Through Efficient Power Conversion

EV charging

Today’s hybrid and fully electric vehicles (EVs) are still in the early stages of the iterative process of innovation. Several generations of hybrid vehicles have been introduced to market and improved through a combination of technology advances and user feedback. A number of vendors now market competent
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12/10/2018
Ultra-Compact Secondary Automotive Buck DC/DC Converters

Figure 1: Example System Configuration

ROHM has recently launched the BD9S series of secondary synchronous Buck DC/DC converters qualified to AEC-Q100 for automotive applications. These offer high reliability and low power consumption in a compact form factor. This makes them very suitable for applications like radars, cameras and sensors which can
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12/10/2018
Overcoming Poor Power Quality in Small Spaces
For years, the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been marred by a slow diffusion of innovation among consumers. Probably the most obvious problem is that buyers have been apprehensive of the high initial cost of buying EVs, as well as the total cost of owning an electric vehicle over the course of its
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12/10/2018
Mild Hybrid Vehicle Solutions Address Emissions Challenge

Figure 1. A Typical 48V Mild Hybrid System Electrical Topology

With the very recent reassertion by scientists that the current trajectory for reducing the rate of global temperature increases is simply not good enough, there is now even greater pressure to reduce vehicle emissions of CO2 gasses. The best way of achieving this is through a reduction of the average
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12/10/2018
New Test Equipment May Not Need a High Initial Outlay
Innovation comes in many shapes and forms. Mostly when we think of innovation, we think of component specifications, or unique ways to use components in a new product. But, sometimes innovation comes in other forms, such as business practices. I was reminded of that a few weeks ago when I attended an event hosted
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12/10/2018
ESRF Puts its Shining Light in Standby Mode

This is a picture of the ESRF's third generation storage ring to be dismantled.

Grenoble - "No beam for a while. Restart in about 20 months". Early this morning, operators of the ESRF Control room turned off the beam, ending 26 years of very successful operation of the European Synchrotron, the world's most powerful synchrotron light source. 2018, is a key date in the history
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12/10/2018
Photocathodes With High Quantum Efficiency

Photocathode after its production in the preparatory system.

Teams from the accelerator physics and the SRF groups at HZB are developing a superconducting linear accelerator featuring energy recovery (Energy Recovery Linac) as part of the bERLinPro project. It accelerates an intense electron beam that can then be used for various applications - such as generating brilliant
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12/07/2018
Supercomputers Without Waste Heat

This is a scanning tunnelling microscope installed in a helium cooling device seen from below (with the sample stage removed). The mechanism for positioning the microscope tip above the sample surface is visible (center of image).

Generally speaking, magnetism and the lossless flow of electrical current ("superconductivity") are competing phenomena that cannot coexist in the same sample. However, for building supercomputers, synergetically combining both states comes with major advantages as compared to today's semiconductor
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12/07/2018
Montreal, Canada – December 5, 2018 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, is featuring Liquid Tight Strain Reliefs from Altech in the latest edition of THE EDGE.
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12/07/2018
VALENCIA, CA - H2scan announced the Gen 5 System, a first of its kind hydrogen sensor package that offers the high accuracy, small size, and low cost needed to help utilities monitor and protect their distribution transformers. Electronics for the Gen 5 System are consolidated onto
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12/07/2018
SMT Inductors Feature Temperature Rating up to 155°C
SAN DIEGO ― Pulse Electronics’ Power Business Unit has introduced the new PM220X Series SMT Inductors.  Designed for automotive and industrial applications, the PM220X series offers the same quality performance as the recently released PA500X series for commercial applications with the addition
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12/07/2018
Fighting Smog Supports Solar Power

Milky, gray smog shrouds many of the valleys and lowlands of eastern China in January 2017. The orange star marks the location of Beijing.

The air in Beijing is often very bad. The city sinks under a brown cover made of exhaust gases from industry, cars and coal fires, which blow a lot of harmful particulate matter, soot, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air. The dirty air causes massive damage to human health. According to
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12/06/2018
The main trend in the development of hardware components for digital and analog electronic equipment is to reduce the size of the active regions of diode and transistor structures. This can be achieved by improving the performance characteristics of micro- and nanoelectronics devices (increasing their speed
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12/06/2018
Helping Broaden Participation of Minorities in STEM Fields

A graduate student gains hands-on experience with state-of-the-art nanotechnology equipment in the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization Teaching Cleanroom.

Traditionally, minority students have been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs -- and in the STEM marketplace. And as the U.S. innovation economy continues to grow, there comes an increasing requirement for skilled STEM workers to maintain the nation's status
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12/06/2018
Combo Buck-Boost Battery Charger for Mobile Computing
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the industry’s first USB-C buck-boost battery charger to support both Narrow Voltage Direct Charging (NVDC) and Hybrid Power Buck-Boost (HPBB) charging for notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets, and power banks using the reversible USB Type-C
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12/06/2018
The next-generation mobile network and fast data transmission solutions can be used to collect a huge amount of data on vehicles on the road. The information can be used, for example, to provide road weather services, carry out road maintenance and control self-driving cars. Ultimately the aim is to reduce accidents. VTT's
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12/05/2018
Artificial Synapses Made From Nanowires

Image captured by an electron microscope of a single nanowire memristor (highlighted in colour to distinguish it from other nanowires in the background image). Blue: silver electrode, orange: nanowire, yellow: platinum electrode. Blue bubbles are dispersed over the nanowire. They are made up of silver ions and form a bridge between the electrodes which increases the resistance.

Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Aachen and Turin have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to both save and process information, as well as receive numerous signals in parallel. The resistive
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12/05/2018
Blast to the Future

Principal investigator Subramanian Sankaranarayanan (left), and co-principal investigators Mathew Cherukara (center), Henry Chan (right) and Badri Narayanan (not pictured) are developing a new machine learning based software that will enable industry to more quickly and efficiently perform the molecular dynamics simulations they need to vet the performance of new materials for their products.

Discovering and designing new materials is frequently an expensive and time-intensive process. To speed it up and create new materials for everything from aeronautics to wind turbines, scientists have begun to rely on complex modeling and simulation platforms. Thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department
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12/05/2018
A Step Closer to Fusion Energy

Researchers have moved a step closer to harnessing fusion energy by showing how imaging enables better testing of components for devices.

Harnessing nuclear fusion, which powers the sun and stars, to help meet earth's energy needs, is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types of imaging can help them assess the safety and reliability of parts used in a fusion energy device. Scientists from Swansea University, Culham
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12/05/2018
RISC-V SoC FPGA Architecture Brings Real-Time to Linux
RISC-V Summit, SANTA CLARA, Calif.—In a new era of computing driven by the convergence of 5G, machine learning and the internet of things (IoT), embedded developers need the richness of Linux-based operating systems. These must meet deterministic system requirements in ever lower power, thermally
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12/05/2018
RICHARDSON, TX – Eltek, a Delta Group Company, announced it has completed the transition of its popular Compact DC Power System to High Efficiency (HE) rectifiers. Eltek’s HE technology offers industry standard 96 percent AC-DC power conversion efficiency. HE-based rectifiers reduce wasted electricity resulting
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12/05/2018
High-Voltage GaN Exhibits 33 Percent More Power Output
GOLETA, Calif. — Transphorm Inc., along with solar energy innovator Inergy and design partner Telcodium Inc., announced that the upcoming Inergy Kodiak Extreme uses high-voltage GaN to reimagine what’s possible
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12/05/2018
PMICs Shrink Power Regulator Size in Half for IoT Devices
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Designers of small, battery-powered electronics can enhance the user experience by extending battery life and further shrinking device size with six new low-power power-management integrated circuits (PMICs) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The MAX17270, MAX77278, MAX77640/MAX77641 and
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12/04/2018
Aluminum Nitride to Extend Life of Solar Power Plants

NUST MISIS scientists together with their colleagues from the Central Metallurgical R&D Institute (Cairo, Egypt) have developed a composite material which will extend the life of solar towers -- installations for collecting Solar thermal energy -- from 2-3 to 5 years. The research article has been published in the Renewable Energy journal.

Today, solar power plants (SPP) are becoming increasingly popular, making it possible to collect and process solar energy on an industrial scale. So-called solar towers are among the most promising types of SPPs. This is a special structure that is a high tower with a water tank and a turbine system inside.
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12/04/2018
A bit of a Stretch ... Material That Thickens as it's Pulled

Liquid crystal elastomer with auxetic capabilities, showing its flexibility and high optical quality.

Scientists have discovered the first synthetic material that becomes thicker - at the molecular level - as it is stretched. Researchers led by Dr Devesh Mistry from the University of Leeds discovered a new non-porous material that has unique and inherent "auxetic" stretching properties.
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12/04/2018
Full of Energy

(Left to right) University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Sriram Krishnamoorthy, associate professor Mike Scarpulla, and assistant professor Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez have received a $1.88 million grant to study the properties of gallium oxide as a semiconductor for more efficient power converters. The material could prove to be much more efficient, losing less heat and providing longer power to devices such as drones or all-electric planes, trains and buses.

Electricity as a form of energy is not exactly efficient because much of it is lost as heat. Or as University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla says: "Heat is the universe's garbage can for energy." Inside power systems, converters and electronic
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12/04/2018
Graphene Unlocks New Potential For 'Smart Textiles'

Graphene unlocks new potential for 'smart textiles.'

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced 'smart textiles' has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene. An international team of scientists, led by Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter Engineering department, has pioneered a new technique
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12/04/2018
Multi-Wavelength Emitters, Detectors, and LEDs for Wearables
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced its dedicated offerings for wearables.   Marktech’s standard and custom emitters and detectors, in both multi-wavelength and hybrid designs and in UV, visible, infrared, and SWIR ranges,
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12/03/2018
The Power and Evolution of GaN - Part 3

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Figure 1: Overview of a typical LIDAR system

How to Build an Ultra-Fast High-Power Laser Driver using eGaN® FETs - That Sees Farther, Better, and at a Lower Cost! In the first article in this series, how
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12/02/2018
Precision Power Analysis

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Figure 1: Measuring power-train efficiency in an electric vehicle, showing four DC measurements (1 to 4) with the corresponding mechanical power measurements (M1 to M4)



In the rapidly evolving area of power electronics, the need for reliable testing to enhance safety, efficiency and performance has never been greater. In sectors as diverse as renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy-efficient technologies, changing application needs and evolving industry standards call
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12/01/2018

 



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