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July 2017
PSDcast - The Industry’s First GaN Power ICs
In this episode of the PSDcast, we chat with industry luminary Gene Sheridan, whose company, Navitas, designed
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07/28/2017
Designing Highly Efficient Power Supplies for Smart Factories

Figure 1: Non-synchronous buck converter

As sensors and communication modules send factory processing intelligence to the edge, routine decisions can be made faster without involving the main processor. The additional intelligence, however, must use the same or even less space on the factory floor. This, in turn, calls for more product functionality
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07/28/2017
Ultrasonic Processor and Driver Designed for Wide Distance Object Detection
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the PGA460 and PGA460-Q1 ultrasonic signal processors and drivers from Texas Instruments (TI). Available in both automotive (PGA460-Q1) and non-automotive (PGA460) options, these devices are ultrasonic sensors that support wide-distance object detection at low power,
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07/28/2017

Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Cree’s Next-Generation XLamp XHP70.2 LEDs
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the XLamp XHP70.2 LEDs from Cree. These second-generation Extreme High Power (XHP) LEDs deliver up to 9 percent more lumens and 18 percent higher lumens-per-watt (LPW) than the first-generation XHP70 LEDs. The Cree XLamp XHP70.2 LEDs, available from Mouser
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07/27/2017
Maxim's Dual Channel Transceiver Adopted by Omron for IO-Link Sensor Applications
San Jose, CA and Tokyo, Japan — Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. announced that its MAX14827A dual IO-Link transceiver has been adopted by Omron Corporation. The high-performing device from Maxim, which utilizes IO-Link sensors to reduce maintenance and increase uptime, provides continuous diagnostics and monitoring
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07/27/2017
PSDcast - Cree Discusses LED Street Lighting

Erik Milz with Cree

In this PSDcast, Erik Milz, with Cree, discusses some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding LED street lighting. We also delve into some of the chief benefits of solid state lighting for motorists ... Read
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07/25/2017
Nexperia Supports Engineers of the Future With Sponsorship of University Robotics & AI Team
Nijmegen: Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced that it is proud to be the main industry sponsor for the University of Twente’s RoboTeam, a multidisciplinary student group that aspires to innovate in both robotics and artificial intelligence. One channel that the
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07/25/2017
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with InvenSense, a TDK Group company and a leading provider of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor platforms. InvenSense provides solutions that combine MEMS sensors with proprietary algorithms and firmware to intelligently process,
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07/25/2017
Packaged MEMS Microphones Feature a 70 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Munich, Germany – Infineon Technologies AG is entering the packaged silicon microphone market. With this it is addressing the needs for high performance, low noise MEMS microphones. The analog and digital microphones are based on Infineon’s
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07/25/2017
Buck Regulator Reduces EMI & Enables High Power Density Applications
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., announces the LTC7150S, a 20V, 20A monolithic synchronous buck converter with differential VOUT remote sensing. The device’s unique phase lockable controlled on-time constant frequency current mode architecture eases compensation and is ideal for high
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07/24/2017
Applications Processors Meet High-Performance Industrial Display Requirements
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the AM571x Sitara applications processors from Texas Instruments(TI). These ARM Cortex-based devices achieve high levels of processing and are designed to meet the intense processing needs of modern embedded applications, including industrial communications, human-machine
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07/24/2017
Wire-to-Wire Connectors Designed to Provide Cost-Effective, Reliable, and Sealed Performance
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the ValuSeal wire-to-wire connector system from Molex,
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07/24/2017
Interference-free cabling

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Interference-free cabling

Long lines for distributed loads can emit and be susceptible to interference which can affect the connected loads. However, the loads work without disruption as long as a few basic rules are observed when it comes to cabling. Moderndevices and systems are generally complex, their electrical/electronic
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07/22/2017
How Enzymes Produce Hydrogen

Martin Winkler (right) and Thomas Happe (left) have captured an enzyme's transient intermediate state.

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Freie Universität Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. They are thus a candidate for the biotechnological production
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07/21/2017
Energy-Efficient Accelerator was 50 Years in the Making

This is an artist's rendering of the main accelerator components in Wilson Lab.

ITHACA, N.Y. - With the introduction of CBETA, the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists are following up on the concept of energy-recovering particle accelerators first introduced by physicist Maury Tigner at Cornell more than 50 years ago. CBETA
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07/21/2017
Berkeley Lab to Lead Multimillion-Dollar Geothermal Energy Project

Berkeley Lab scientist Tim Kneafsey demonstrates how he places rock samples, from the Brady Geothermal Field in Nevada, into a stress permeability apparatus, which tests how long a fracture can remain open.

The Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will lead a new $9 million project aimed at removing technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), a clean energy technology with the potential to power 100 million American homes. Berkeley
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07/21/2017
Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times higher capacities compared with those using current graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries. A higher capacity means longer battery use per charge, which is particularly critical in extending the driving
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07/21/2017
Vortex Photons From Electrons in Circular Motion

UV radiation from a relativistic electron beam is diffracted by a double-slit. In contrast to the normal light (left), the diffraction shows a deformation in the central part (right), indicating the existence of the phase singularity, which is a definite evidence of the vortex nature.

Researchers at IMS and their coworkers have shown theoretically and experimentally that a high energy electron in circular/spiral motion radiates vortex photons in the entire wavelength range from the radio-wave to the gamma-rays. This greatly broadens application spectra of the vortex photons in the field of
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07/21/2017
Wuerth Elektronik and FELA collaborating on research into new technology
Despite current stability and positive sales growth in the circuit board indus-try, it must be presumed that consolidation has not yet come to an end. Circuit board manufacturers are facing enormous price erosion caused by Asian circuit boards, as well as rising manufacturing costs in Europe and generally
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07/21/2017
When it comes to the current plans to retire U.S. power plants, Carnegie Mellon University researchers believe we are "running towards a cliff with no fence." Published in Energy Policy, CMU's David Rode and Paul Fischbeck and alumnus Antonio Páez, who now works for DAI Management
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07/20/2017
Researchers have made the first direct visual observation and measurement of ultra-fast vortex dynamics in superconductors. Their technique, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, could contribute to the development of novel practical applications by optimizing superconductor properties for use
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07/20/2017
Rectifiers in MicroSMP Package Save Significant Space While Increasing Power Density and Improving Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., expanded its offering of surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers with 10 new 1 A and 2 A devices in the eSMP series MicroSMP (DO-219AD) package. Providing space-saving alternatives to Schottky rectifiers in the SOD123W, the Vishay General Semiconductor
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07/20/2017
Cable Assemblies Supports Most Recent Positive Train Control Initiatives
CDM Electronics announced the availability of a comprehensive array of semi-custom and custom cable assemblies optimized to meet the latest requirements of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems that are designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speeds, unauthorized train movements
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07/20/2017
BrainChip Launches New AI-powered Software that Accelerates Pattern Search and Facial Classification
Aliso Viejo, California – BrainChip Holdings Ltd. announced the release of its new software product, BrainChip Studio. BrainChip Studio is the result of more than 10 years development and uses an artificial intelligence technology called a spiking neural network, a type of neuromorphic
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07/19/2017
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07/19/2017
Company Introduces the Highest Performance PC/104 Embedded Processing Module Ever

Sundance’s SMT6657 - the highest performance PC/104 embedded processing module ever

Chesham, UK – Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd., has announced the SMT6657, the highest performance embedded processing module ever manufactured on the PC/104 small form factor of 90mm x 96mm. Sundance has also announced that the SMT6657 has been chosen by the new Facility for Antiproton
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07/19/2017
Resettable Fuses Provide Optimal Circuit Protection Performance
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced it has expanded its successful line of ultra-low resistance Multifuse Polymer Positive Temperature Coefficient (PPTC) resettable fuses. Bourns is introducing the new model series MF-PSML (0805 size) while adding new low-profile devices to the company's existing MF-NSML
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07/18/2017
Single-Chip Buck-Boost Battery Charge Controllers Enable USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery Support
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a pair of highly flexible, single-chip buck-boost battery charge controllers for one- to four-cell (1S to 4S) designs. The bq25703A and bq25700A synchronous charge controllers support efficient charging through USB Type-C and other USB ports in end equipment ranging
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07/18/2017
New Hydrocarbon Fuel Cells With High Efficiency and Low Cost

This is the exsolution of a B-site cation with oxygen from layered perovskite in a reducing atmosphere.

The commercialization of the 'natural gas fuel cell' has finally come to the fore, thanks to the recent development of electrode materials that maintain long-term stability in hydrocarbon fuels. Advantage of using this material includes that it uses internal transition metal as a further catalyst in a fuel cell
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07/18/2017
Microcontroller Series Delivers Increased Throughput and Lower Power
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the ATtiny1617 microcontroller series from Microchip Technology. Part of Microchip’s low-power8-bit AVR microcontroller portfolio, the ATtiny1617 devices offer pin and code compatibility with the ATtiny817 series devices while extending the flash memory. The compact
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07/18/2017
Current Limiters Designed for Voltages From 280 V AC to 560 V AC
TDK Corporation has extended its range of EPCOS PTC-based inrush current limiters. The four new versions of the B5921*J0130A020 series with plastic housing are designed for voltages from 280 V AC to 560 V AC, offer rated resistances from 22 Ω to 100 Ω at 25 °C and have a heat capacity of up to 2.3 J/K.
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07/18/2017
105V, 2.3A Synchronous Step-Down Regulator Delivers 96% Efficiency with Ultralow EMI/EMC Emissions
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., announces the LTC7103, a 2.3A, 105V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its wide 4.4V to 105V input voltage range is designed for operation from a continuously high voltage input source or from an input that has high voltage surges,
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07/17/2017
Environmental Sensor Combines Pressure, Humidity, Temperature and Indoor Air Quality Measurement Functions for IoT applications
Reutlingen, Germany – Bosch Sensortec's environmental sensor BME680 provides highly accurate measurement of indoor air quality, barometric pressure, relative humidity and ambient air temperature. It is housed in a robust yet compact 3.0 x 3.0 mm² package making it ideal for both mobile and
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07/17/2017
TTI, Inc., has been honoured for Best European Performance in Amphenol’s 2016 Distributor of the Year Awards. TTI prides itself on the closeness of the relationships it has with its manufacturing partners because that enables the distributor to provide extremely high levels of customer support,
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07/17/2017
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of São Paulo, Brazil, when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline, according to a new study by a Northwestern University chemist, a National University
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07/17/2017
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Discover Innovative Traffic Solutions in Latest Shaping Smarter Cities Series
Mouser Electronics, Inc., along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, released a new video for the Shaping Smarter
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07/14/2017
Mouser-Sponsored Vaillante Rebellion Racing Readies for Challenging German Track
The Mouser Electronics-sponsored Vaillante Rebellion racing team is excitedly preparing for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, taking place
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07/14/2017
Dean Technology Certified to ISO 9001:2015
Dean Technology, Inc., announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. Achievement of this certification shows DTI’s commitment to customer satisfaction, high quality, and continuous improvement. ISO 9001 is a quality management system standard that was developed by the International
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07/14/2017
60V Protected High Side N-Channel MOSFET Driver Provides 100% Duty Cycle Capability
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LTC7003, a high speed, high side N-channel MOSFET driver that operates up to a 60V supply voltage. Its internal charge pump fully enhances an external N-channel MOSFET switch, enabling it to remain on indefinitely. The LTC7003’s powerful 1Ω
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07/13/2017
New Material Resembling a Metal Nanosponge Could Reduce Computer Energy Consumption

A metal nanosponge is shown under the microscope.

In order to store information in the conventional magnetic memories of electronic devices, the materials' small magnetic domains work by pointing up or down according to the magnetic fields. To generate these fields it is necessary to produce electric currents, but these currents heat up materials and a large
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07/13/2017
New Biofuel Technology Significantly Cuts Production Time

Cigdem Eskicioglu is a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus.

New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material," says Cigdem Eskicioglu,
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07/13/2017
Low-Energy Wireless Modules Offer an Extended Range of up to 400 Meters
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping EZ-BLE PRoC XR Bluetooth 4.2 modules and evaluation boards from Cypress Semiconductor. These Bluetooth low energy wireless modules offer an extended range of up to 400 meters bidirectional communication (or up to 450 meters in beacon-only mode) for a broad range
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07/13/2017
Munich, Germany – Recognized among thousands of suppliers: Robert Bosch GmbH honors Infineon with the ’Bosch Global Supplier Award’. This is the sixth time that Infineon Technologies AG has received the award from the world’s largest automotive supplier. Bosch is already the third of global automotive
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07/13/2017
Lithium-ion batteries have become an indispensable power source for our proliferating gadgets. They have also, on occasion, been known to catch fire. To yield insight into what goes wrong when batteries fail and how to address the safety hazard, scientists report in the journal ACS Sensors that they have
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07/12/2017
KEMET Broadens Automotive Applications Where the Benefits of Polymer Electrolytics Can Be Utilized
KEMET has announced the extension of its T598 range of polymer electrolytic capacitors with new higher voltage rated parts. The addition of 35V devices for capacitance values of 22 and 33 microfarads represents a first-to-market for KEMET. The new AEC-Q200 qualified parts extend the range of automotive
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07/12/2017
Single-Board Computers 10x Faster Than Raspberry Pi 3
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now offering the powerful X86 single-board computers from UDOO. The open source X86 combines the power of a PC with prototyping capabilities of the Arduino 101 and boasts 10 times faster execution time than the Raspberry Pi 3. With the X86, engineers can run a broad range of software,
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07/12/2017
Miniature Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors Benefit From Ultra-Low ESR Values and a Small Footprint
Munich: Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europehas recently introduced a new series of miniature aluminium electrolytic capacitors (radial lead type) for applications such as Unit Power Supply Output, Noise Filtering, DC/DC Converter and Back-Up Power. New FS series capacitors benefit from
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07/12/2017
IGBT Module Portfolio Feature an Increased Current Rating of 150 A
Munich, Germany – Infineon Technologies AG is expanding the product portfolio of the IGBT modules with the EconoPIM 3 package. The current rating of the module is thereby increased from 100 A by 50 percent to 150 A. The new power modules
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07/12/2017
Switching AC Power Sources Covers a Range from 1.5kVA to 12kVA
The ASX Series is a family of High Performance Switching AC Power Sources covering the power
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07/12/2017
Blurring the Lines Between OEM and Aftermarket Parts for Gensets
Over the past few decades, the acceptance of replacement parts suppliers for engines used in the power generation market has evolved significantly. Today, the consistent quality, availability, coverage and warranty of products from branded aftermarket suppliers are increasingly rivaling those of their OEM counterparts. Those
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07/12/2017
MOSFET Platform Engineered for Superior Switching and EMI Performance
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of AOTF190A60L, the first product in the new aMOS5 HV MOSFET platform.  This device provides high-efficiency performance in an easy-to-use solution optimized for server power supplies, high-end computers,
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07/12/2017
Microsemi Expands Broad Clock Management Fanout Buffer Product Line With Seven New Devices
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Microsemi Corporation announced four new miClockBuffer products and three new miSmartBuffer products in its portfolio of clock management fanout buffers. The ZL40230, ZL30235 and ZL30240 miSmartBuffer and ZL40231, ZL40234,  ZL40241 and ZL40260 miClockBuffer devices further expand
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07/11/2017
Pressure Sensor Designed for Medical, Automotive, and Industrial Applications
Andover, Massachusetts- MEMSIC Inc. announced the launch of its MDP200 Bi-Directional Differential Pressure Sensor for CPAP, breath detection, room pressure, damper control, flow hood, fume hood, filter monitoring and other applications where ultra-low differential pressure performance is required. Currently
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07/11/2017
Modular, Scalable Off-Grid Energy Solution Requires no Professional Installation
Choosing an off-grid power solution is like predicting the future. It’s hard. You need to predict the amount of energy that the system will require if you add appliances, increase production, add infrastructure, or simply turn on a hair dryer. Currently, off-grid power solutions require a level
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07/11/2017
36V, 2A Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down LED Driver with Silent Switcher Topology Minimizes EMI Concerns
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LT3932, a monolithic, synchronous, step-down DC/DC converter with internal 36V, 2A power switches and an internal PWM generator. Its fixed frequency, peak current mode control accurately
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07/11/2017
Mouser and TinyCircuits Enter Global Distribution Deal
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces a global distribution agreement with TinyCircuits, a maker of very small open source electronics. Through the agreement, Mouser is stocking the TinyDuino platform with TinySheld expansion boards. TinyDuino, now available from Mouser Electronics, is a miniature open
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07/11/2017
Off-the-Shelf and Custom In-Vehicle Smart Multimedia USB Charging Modules Reduce Overall Engineering Costs
With the rise of in-vehicle infotainment, automotive manufacturers are now designing multiple USB chargers into each model, which has increased costs.  Molex has announced a new off-the-shelf USB charger that suits most transportation applications and also manufactures customized smart multimedia modules
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07/11/2017
Single-Phase Power Capacitors Designed for Rated AC Voltages of Between 250 Vrms and 600 Vrms
TDK Corporation has significantly extended its range of EPCOS single-phase power capacitors for industrial electronics. The capacitors of series B32370* through B32374* are designed for rated AC voltages of between 250 Vrms and 600 Vrms, cover a capacitance range from 5 µF to 600 µF, and feature a maximum
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07/11/2017
Harnessing Hopping Hydrogens for High-Efficiency OLEDs

Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) makes possible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that are highly efficient by creating the necessary conditions to enable thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). After excitation of the emitting molecule, a hydrogen atom -- technically, just its nucleus -- is transferred to a different atom in the same molecule through a process called ESIPT. The reconfigured molecule can then undergo TADF to convert a high fraction of the excitations into light. Following emission, the molecule returns to its original state. This mechanism increases the molecular design strategies available for the creation of novel and improved light-emitting materials.

Renewed investigation of a molecule that was originally synthesized with the goal of creating a unique light-absorbing pigment has led to the establishment of a novel design strategy for efficient light-emitting molecules with applications in next-generation displays and lighting. Researchers at Kyushu
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07/11/2017
In the Fast Lane -- Conductive Electrodes are key to Fast-Charging Batteries

Drexel University researchers have developed two new electrode designs, using MXene material, that will allow batteries to charge much faster. The key is a microporous design that allows ions to quickly make their way to redox active sites.

Can you imagine fully charging your cell phone in just a few seconds? Researchers in Drexel University's College of Engineering can, and they took a big step toward making it a reality with their recent work unveiling of a new battery electrode design in the journal Nature Energy. The team,
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07/10/2017
High-Sensitivity Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor Offers Increased Detection to 1.5 Meters

The Vishay Semiconductors VCNL4200 high sensitivity proximity and ambient light sensor combines long distance proximity detection up to 1.5 m with Filtron technology in a compact 8 mm by 3 mm by 1.8 mm QFN package.

MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new high sensitivity proximity and ambient light sensor that combines long distance proximity detection up to 1.5 m with Filtron technology in a compact 8 mm by 3 mm by 1.8 mm surface-mount
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07/10/2017
AVX Releases New SPICE Models for its CapGuard Automotive & TransGuard Automotive Series Varistors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released new SPICE models for its CapGuard Automotive and TransGuard Automotive Series multilayer varistors. Designed to enable shorter, more cost-effective development
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07/10/2017
Meniscus-Assisted Technique Produces High-Efficiency Perovskite PV Films

This is an optical micrograph of perovskite crystal grains crafted by meniscus-assisted solution printing.

A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling
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07/10/2017
Mouser Now Stocking Silicon Labs’ Latest Blue Gecko Bluetooth 5 SoCs
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the EFR32BG12 and EFR32BG13 Blue Gecko systems-on-chips (SoCs) from Silicon Labs. Part of the Wireless Gecko portfolio, these Bluetooth low energy SoCs deliver superior RF performance, enhanced cryptography acceleration, larger memory options, on-chip capacitive
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07/10/2017
New Material may Help Cut Battery Costs for Electric Cars, Cellphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Seoul National University have designed a novel battery cathode material that offers a potentially lower-cost, more eco-friendly option to lithium-ion batteries. Their sodium-ion design, which retains the high energy density of a lithium-ion cathode, replaces the most of the lithium atoms (green) with sodium (yellow). The layered structure of the new material also incorporates manganese (purple) and oxygen (red). The research is published in the journal Advanced Materials.

In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road. But a novel manganese and sodium-ion-based material developed at The University of Texas at Dallas, in collaboration
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07/07/2017
Cirrus Logic Accelerates Design of Voice-Enabled Devices with Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service
AUSTIN, Texas – Cirrus Logic introduced a development kit for Alexa Voice Service (AVS), optimized for smart speakers and smart home applications including voice controlled devices, hands-free portable speakers and networked speakers. With the Cirrus Logic IC and software design, the Voice Capture Development
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07/06/2017
150V High Side N-Channel MOSFET Driver Provides 100% Duty Cycle Capability
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LTC7001, 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 switch, enabling it to remain on indefinitely. The LTC7001’s powerful
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07/06/2017
Gateway Device Overcomes LIN Bus Limitations in Modern Automotive Lighting Applications
Tessenderlo, Belgium - Melexis announces a new LIN-to-LIN gateway that overcomes the limitation of just 16 devices on a typical LIN bus. Each MLX81120 connects as a LIN slave on the main LIN bus and is controlled directly from the vehicle's Body Control Module (BCM). The new device allows
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07/06/2017
University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries -- a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype
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07/06/2017
Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, Other Biofuels and Gasoline

Enzymes, genetically engineered to avoid sticking to the surfaces of biomass such as corn stalks, may lower costs in the production of cellulose-based biofuels like ethanol.

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme
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07/06/2017
Solid State SMD Fuse for the Most Demanding Applications
Santa Rosa, California — SCHURTER’s new High Current Fuse, HCF, is an extremely robust SMD fuse, designed using solid state, thin film technology.  With its fast reacting breaking capacity rated 1000 A at 125 VAC/ 125 VDC, over a current range of 5 A to 15A, the HCF is especially suited for use in particularly
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07/06/2017
OMRON’s Wireless 2JCIE-BL01 Sends Environmental Sensor Data Directly to Smartphones
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the 2JCIE-BL01 environment sensor from OMRON Electronic Components. Designed to detect the surrounding environment, the 2JCIE-BL01 is a compact, battery-operable environmental sensor with seven different sensing capabilities. Developers can use the 2JCIE-BL01 in applications
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07/06/2017
International Team Develops New Way to Produce Pure Hydrogen Efficiently

Christopher J. Kiely is Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University.

Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas
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07/05/2017
'Near-Zero-Power' Temperature Sensor Could Make Wearables, Smart Devices Less Power-Hungry

An array of the temperature sensor chips is shown.

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on only 113 picowatts of power -- 628 times lower power than the state of the art and about 10 billion times smaller than a watt. This near-zero-power temperature sensor could extend the battery life
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07/05/2017
A Whole-Genome Sequenced Rice Mutant Resource for the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

Genome-wide distribution of fast-neutron-induced mutations in the Kitaake rice mutant population (green). The genome-wide distribution of mutations indicates a non-biased saturation of the genome. Colored lines (center) represent translocations of DNA fragments from one chromosome to another.

Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and Miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits such as yield, resistance to disease, and
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07/05/2017
Ultra Low-Profile Automotive Connectors Offer 30% Space Saving
JST Automotive wiring harnesses and wire-to-board connection systems are very widely used by every automotive OEM globally. To meet the demands of today’s automotive manufacturers for ultra-reliable, high performance connectors, JST Automotive has developed its new AIT and AIT II Series high voltage, ultra-low
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Date:
07/05/2017
A member of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with his colleagues has optimized and characterized TiO₂-based solar cell design using diverse plant pigments. Two types of solar cells with two photosensitizers: thylakoid membrane preparations and anthocyanin-enriched
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Date:
07/03/2017
CAS researchers develop selective electrocatalysts to boost direct methanol fuel cell performance

These are DMFC assemblies. Schematic illustration showing a DMFC fabricated with selective electrocatalysts at the anode and cathode chambers. Inlet is the photograph of the assembled cell.

A research group from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences recently reported the development of a new technology to boost performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) using high-concentration methanol as fuel, shedding some light on the design of clean and affordable alternative
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Date:
07/03/2017

 



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