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Notable & Newsworthy

September 2017
Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels

Colonies of algae inside droplets on a chip. Algal lipids stained red.

For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate
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09/29/2017
Boards Can Run a Multitude of Operating Systems
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the UP Squared boards from AAEON Technology. This latest generation of the UP family boards is based on Intel Celeron N3350 and Intel Pentium N4200 systems-on-chip (SoCs). The AAEON UP Squared boards, available from Mouser Electronics, are credit card-sized
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09/29/2017
Microlease expands distribution business with new line

Microlease has added SYCATUS optical test solution products to its European distribution portfolio

Microlease has added a new manufacturer to its distribution product portfolio: SYCATUS, specialists in noise and delay measurement in optical transmission components
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09/29/2017

Analog Devices’ IC with Integrated Diagnostics Monitors Meter Health to Improve Utilities’ Operations and Protect Revenue

Analog Devices’ IC with Integrated Diagnostics Monitors Meter Health to Improve Utilities’ Operations and Protect Revenue

Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced the first metering IC that includes mSure®diagnostics technology enabling direct and noninvasive monitoring of electric meter accuracy and faults in real-time. mSure-enabled meters, combined with a cloud analytics
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09/29/2017
Ultra-Low Power IoT Specialist e-peas Gains Further $4.2 Million in Venture Capital

Ultra-Low Power IoT Specialist e-peas Gains Further $4.2 Million in Venture Capital

Continuing to make major advances in energy-autonomous technologies, e-peas
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09/29/2017
Mouser Signs Global Agreement with Molex Sensorcon to Distribute Pocket-Sized Environmental Sensor Solutions
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement with Molex Sensorcon, a leading sensor solutions company that offers advanced environmental sensing products that are well crafted, simple to use, and effective in demanding work environments. As part of the agreement, Mouser
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09/28/2017
High-Resolution Audio SoC Supports a Variety of Sound Sources
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM has recently announced the availability of a high resolution audio SoC, BM94803AEKU, designed to act as the ‘brain’ in audio applications such as Bluetooth speakers, USB DACs, and mini/micro component systems by carrying out control and management of peripheral components
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09/28/2017
Energy Harvested From Evaporation Could Power Much of US, Says Study

Evaporation-harvested energy can cut by half the water lost to natural evaporation, researchers say. Water-strapped cities with growing populations and energy needs could benefit most, including greater Phoenix, served by the above reservoir and irrigation system fed by the Colorado River.

In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces. Though still limited to experiments in the lab, evaporation-harvested
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09/28/2017
Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

As the grid modernizes, communications between the grid and solar panels will standardize, providing both more resiliency as well as a vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers.

As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience, lower environmental impacts, greater integration of renewable energy, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to
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09/28/2017
Aerospace Proximity Sensors Reduce Maintenance Costs and Increase Flight Hours
Aerco is now stocking Honeywell’s IHM Series Aerospace Proximity Sensors, which boast industry-leading indirect lightning and dielectric ruggedness, plus enhanced vibration and EMI specifications to meet challenging applications found in today’s composite aircraft.  Highly accurate and reliable, Honeywell
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09/28/2017
PSDcast - Saving Energy With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats
In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk with Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, about his company's Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats. New York City recently saw a 20% reduction in oil consumption by retrofitting 69 city schools with the WPTs.
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09/27/2017
Open-Source USB-Key-Fob Computer Provides Extensive Flexibility
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now shipping the highly anticipated BeagleBoard PocketBeagle. This minuscule yet complete open source USB-key-fob computer from BeagleBoard.org provides extensive flexibility, enabling makers and designers to add only the peripherals they need. BeagleBoard PocketBeagle,
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09/27/2017
Supercapacitors Come Of Age

Figure 1. Power comparison of Murata’s supercapacitors with various battery technologies

Within just a few years, devices that previously housed no electronics – let alone information processing capabilities – have become increasingly ‘smart’, joining the Internet of Things. To fully realisethe benefits of IoT, intelligent device performance levels and functionality have increased exponentially. Increased
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09/27/2017
Power Protection Starts with Switches
Electricity is the crux of modern society. Without it we couldn't power our factories, charge our gadgets, keep our medical equipment running or even keep food from spoiling. From lighting, communication, heating, cooling, motor control, and more, the fact of the matter is our world runs on electricity. While
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09/27/2017
Resistor Specifications And How To Interpret Them

Figure 1. Power/voltage vs. resistance value

Resistors are one of the simplest electronic components. However, the specifications typically shown on datasheets can be confusing, and are often misinterpreted. In this article we discuss the different performance characteristics, the test conditions, and how to interpret the test results. We discuss potential
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09/27/2017
ON Semiconductor introduces world’s most compact Sigfox verified solution with its first RF system-in-package for low power IoT designs

ON Semiconductor introduces world’s most compact Sigfox verified solution with its first RF system-in-package for low power IoT designs

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, has announced a new programmable
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09/27/2017
Nexperia extends its leadership with the launch of 80 V Automotive LFPAK56D dual Power MOSFETs for ultimate space efficiency

Nexperia extends its leadership with the launch of 80 V Automotive LFPAK56D dual Power MOSFETs for ultimate space efficiency

Nexperia announced a new range of 80 V dual Power-SO8 MOSFETs in the
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09/27/2017
Vicor Introduces New 700V K of 1/16 Bus Converter

Vicor Introduces New 700V K of 1/16 Bus Converter

Vicor has added a new fixed-ratio high-voltage bus converter to its bus converter module (BCM) lineup. The new 700V K of 1/16 BCM offers a power level of 1.75 kW and a peak efficiency of 97%, with a power density of 700W/in³.
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09/27/2017
Rutronik presents sensor MLX75023 and chip MLX75123 from Melexis

The MLX75123 TOF companion chip and the MLX75023 TOF optical sensor array chipset

MLX75023 Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor together with MLX75123 companion chip provides a complete TOF solution. The MLX75023 supports up to QVGA resolution with unpaired sunlight rejection. The chipset offers performance, flexibility,
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09/27/2017
Implementing Tapped Buck Topology

Figure 1. Tapped Buck Schematic

When designing a medium power (10 W – 20 W), non-isolated, AC-DC power supply the choice is typically between a conventional buck topology and a more complex, flyback transformer based circuit. The buck converter design, although simple and easy to design with, has some drawbacks. Buck converters
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09/26/2017
Changing Demands for the Power Industry

Figure 1. Medical power supply OFM225 used as pilot case for C2C simulation

Due to its very nature, the power supply industry has been on a never-ending quest searching for new technologies to improve energy efficiency, safety, and miniaturization.  Step by step - sometimes small ones, sometimes big – the industry has created power architectures that reduce energy consumption
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09/26/2017
Functionality Convergence in IIoT

Figure 1: Example of Arm’s TrustZone technology demonstrating compartmentalization.

Today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is rapidly changing how connected devices are enabled in modern heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) architectures. These multicore environments reduce operational and maintenance costs by converging what were previously multiple discrete functions on a
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09/26/2017
Mouser Electronics and aconno Sign Global Distribution Agreement
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with aconno, developers of technology that helps reduce the barriers between software, hardware, and connected things. Through the new distribution agreement, Mouser is stocking aconno’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, including
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09/26/2017
650 V Schottky Diodes Provide for Fast Switching
Munich, Germany – Infineon Technologies AG introduces the CoolSiC Schottky diode 650 V G6. This latest development in the CoolSiC diode family is built upon the distinctive characteristics of the G5, providing reliability, quality, and increased
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09/26/2017
Quick-Connect Tap Off Box Designed For Overhead Power Busway Distribution System
Richmond, Virginia – Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI) announced its new Quick Connect Tap Off Box for the overhead power busway distribution system.The intuitive design improves maintainability with an IR Scanning Window, simplifies installation with automatic latching to busrails and enhances
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09/26/2017
Intelligent Battery Monitoring

Figure 1. Typical charge characteristics of Li-ion (Source: www.batteryuniversity.com)

In our electrified world, we have become accustomed to continuity. If an airline scheduling system goes down due to a power outage or our electric vehicle runs out of charge unexpectedly, we’re outraged. Battery systems providing backup and motive power should have guaranteed availability; but how is this
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09/26/2017
Industry 4.0, Ultimate Job Killer?
It’s a tale as old as time (and not one involving Disney characters and Stockholm Syndrome) – rapid industrialization will cause massive job losses. Machines will replace humans, the middle class will vanish, and we’ll endure another Great Depression. It’s a tale at least as old as the 18th
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09/26/2017
3 Key Trends in Industrial Power in the Age of Industry 4.0
We hear many thoughts on Industry 4.0, the Industrial IoT (IIoT), and 3D printing regarding their impact on manufacturing. Each new innovation, regardless of of where it occurs production process or in the processing, will need power electronics to make it all happen. The industrial market has been a steady
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09/26/2017
Design Decisions Don’t Always Bring the Anticipated Reaction
Design is always a tricky business, and sometimes it's the most innocuous things that provoke the largest outcry. There have been many instances in the past when a simple design decision, which has been made for the most logical reasons, turns into a nightmare on launch. Perhaps the most famous of
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09/26/2017
Powerbox’s battery backup unit system reduces railway modernization times

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Powerbox’s battery backup unit system reduces railway modernization times

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced the launch of its second generation Battery Backup Unit System (BBU-S) to support the modernization of railway networks and industrial applications
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09/26/2017
Current datacenters typically have a 12V backplane and distribution on board and need to convert the voltage down to around 1V, which is usually achieved with a synchronous buck regulator, single- or multi-phase. The racks in these datacenters normally max out at a power rating of 20kW. There is a need in the
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09/25/2017
High Power Density Systems Demand High Current Converters

Figure 1. LTC7150S Typical Application Schematic(7150 TA01a)

The expanding market for high current, low voltage digital ICs reached $9.2B in 2016 [source: Intense Research Co]. This group of digital ICs includes microcontrollers and microprocessors (µC & µP), programmable logic devices (PLDs), digital signal processors (DSPs), application specific integrated circuit
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09/25/2017
A Preparative-Scale Reaction Using Platinum Clusters With a Single-Digit Atomicity Realized

Figure (A) shows the chemical structure of the complexes, (B) shows the chromatogram of the HPLC separation with size exclusion columns, (C) shows the MALDI-TOF-mass spectra of the isolated platinum complexes measured with DCTB matrix, and (D) shows the optimized geometric structures with platinum as blue, sulfur as yellow, and α-carbon atoms in grey.

Subnanometer noble-metal clusters have been studied previously for these possibilities in catalytic applications. For example, it is known that platinum is used as a catalyst for a fuel cell, which is conductive and exhibits magnetism. Platinum is indispensable as a material for the next-generation energy grid,
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09/25/2017
Positronic has appointed Air Electro, based in Chatsworth, California as an authorized distributor for the full line of Positronic products in the North American market.      “Air Electro brings over 60 years of experience in many of our core markets”, states Positronic VP
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09/25/2017
TTI, Inc., has announced that it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with ITT for their Cannon and VEAM brands covering the whole Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. ITT is a leading global manufacturer of connector products serving international customers in the aerospace and defense, transportation,
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09/25/2017
80 V Automotive Dual-Power MOSFETs Qualified to AEC-Q101
Nijmegen: Nexperia announced a new range of 80 Vdual Power-SO8 MOSFETs in the popular LFPAK56D package. With the addition of this new 80 V range of MOSFETs Nexperia now offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of devices, ranging from 30 V to 100 V. LFPAK56D is fully automotive qualified
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09/25/2017
QUT Creates Australia's First Lithium-Ion Battery
QUT researchers have produced Australia's first lithium-ion battery after establishing the country's only facility capable of such manufacturing. Key facts: QUT has developed Australia's first pilot facility to produce commercial grade lithium-ion batteries. QUT
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09/22/2017
A Sustainable Future Powered by Sea

The blades of this five-blade turbine are made of a soft material and they rotate on their axis when influenced by ocean waves -- the diameter of the turbine is about 0.7 meters. The axis is attached to a permanent magnet electric generator, which is the part of the turbine that transforms the ocean wave energy into usable electricity. The ceramic mechanical seal protects the electrical components inside of the body from any saltwater leakage. This design allows the turbine to function for ten years before it need replacing.

Professor Tsumoru Shintake at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) yearns for a clean future, one that is affordable and powered by sustainable energy. Originally from the high-energy accelerator field, in 2012 he decided to seek new energy resources -- wind and solar were
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09/22/2017
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the BME680 environmental sensor from Bosch Sensortec. The BME680 delivers superior environmental measurement performance, made possible by the internal compensation and calibration of gas, pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. The sensor enables new capabilities
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09/21/2017
Wayne State Receives $1.2 Million NSF Grant to Develop Autonomous Battery Operating System

Nathan Fisher, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science, Wayne State University.

DETROIT - The future of innovation will rely on effective, integrative battery operating systems that provide sustained and reliable power. Emerging technologies such as electric-drive vehicles and stationary energy storage systems will require improved battery systems. Software-controlled battery
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09/21/2017
Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency. The study, which investigated photovoltaic devices based on a type of materials called perovskites,
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09/21/2017
Seoul Semiconductor Files Patent Litigation for Infringement of 12 Acrich Patents
Ansan, South Korea — Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit, together with its affiliate, Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd., against Archipelago Lighting, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In its complaint, Seoul asserts
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09/21/2017
Family of Regulators Enables 48VIN to 20A Point-of-Load Voltages Spanning 2.2VOUT â€
Vicor announced that it has extended its Cool-Power 48V ZVS 20A Buck Regulator portfolio by releasing the PI3523-00-LGIZ (PI3523). The PI352x family offers 20A solutions complementing the previously released 10A 48VIN PI354x family, enabling scalable power options for 48V direct to point-of-load (PoL) applications. 
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09/21/2017
PSDcast - Industrial Power and Industry 4.0
In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing industrial power (more specifically, "Industry 4.0") with Anil Telikepalli of Maxim Integrated ... Read More
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09/20/2017
Miniature, Lightweight Hybrid Sensors Designed for Force, Displacement, Pressure, Strain, and Acceleration Measurements
Malvern, PA, USA – The Micro-Measurements brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. has introduced a new range of miniature, lightweight hybrid sensors, offering cost-effective force, displacement, pressure, strain and acceleration measurements within high-volume OEM and test applications.   Design
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09/20/2017
Rectifiers in SlimDPAK Save Space, Improve Thermal Performance and Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new family of surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers in the eSMP series SlimDPAK (TO-252AE) package. Offering lower profiles and better thermal performance than devices in the DPAK (TO-252AA), the Vishay General Semiconductor rectifiers
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09/20/2017
Radiation-Tolerant Plastic ICs Power Small Satellite Mega-Constellations
Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil announced the first three members of its new family of radiation-tolerant plastic-package ICs designed to support the emerging field of small satellites that will provide solutions such as high-speed Internet connections to hundreds of millions of users in communities,
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09/20/2017
Speed and Length Sensors Feature Accuracy Better Than Â0.05%
PROTON’s revolutionary InteliSENS SL/SLR Mini Series speed and length sensors are the smallest on the market with a footprint comparable to a smart ‘phone. They are fully featured non-contact laser Doppler speed and length measurement instruments. The InteliSENS mini-series
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09/20/2017
Prototype Fitness and Health-Tracking Designs with Dialog’s SmartBond Wearables Dev Kit
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the SmartBond DA14681 wearable development kit from Dialog Semiconductor. The flexible kit provides the hardware and software required to help manufacturers minimize time to market when creating next-generation wearable devices. The Dialog SmartBond DA14681
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09/20/2017
Non-Isolated DC-DC Converter is Ideal for Height-Sensitive Applications
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions announces the new SLDM Tunable Loop SLDM-06D1Ax and SLDM-12D1Ax modules, which are ultra-low profile, non-isolated DC-DC converters that deliver up to 6A and 12A with maximum flexibility of being mounted on the top side or bottom side of the host PCB. The
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09/19/2017
Mouser Electronics Now Offering Bosch Sensortec’s  BMG680 Combo MEMS Environmental Sensor
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the BME680 environmental sensor from Bosch Sensortec. The BME680 delivers superior environmental measurement performance, made possible by the internal compensation and calibration of gas, pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. The sensor enables new capabilities
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09/19/2017
Mouser Electronics Now Shipping TDK EPCOS PowerHap Actuators with Haptic Feedback for HMIs
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking PowerHap piezo actuators from TDK EPCOS. These new piezo actuators with integrated sensor functionality feature exceptional acceleration, force and response time performance to offer an outstanding quality of haptic feedback for human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in vehicles,
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09/18/2017
AEC-Q101 Trench 9 MOSFETs Save Space, Deliver High Performance, and Ruggedness
Nijmegen: Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announces a new series of Trench 9 power MOSFETs, targeted primarily at the automotive industry, which combine the company’s low voltage superjunction technology with its advanced packaging capability to deliver high performance
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09/18/2017
FPGA Enables Low Latency and Concurrent Sensor Processing in SteamVR Tracking
PORTLAND, OR – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced that Valve has selected Lattice’s low power and low cost iCE40 FPGA to enable concurrent data capture and processing for its SteamVR Tracking. As a low power and low latency sensor hub on the SteamVR tracking platform,
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09/18/2017
DC/DC supplies designed for fast-switching GaN drivers

DC/DC supplies designed for fast-switching GaN drivers

Gmunden, Austria - GaN devices are set to supersede existing IGBTs and MOSFETs in many applications, offering superior performance, lower losses and higher switching speeds. What does not change is the need for isolated high-side drivers and isolated driver power supplies with an insulation barrier that
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09/18/2017
15 Watt DC/DC Converter in 1x1†Footprint Ruggedized for Railway, Transportation & Industrial

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15 Watt DC/DC Converter in 1x1” Footprint
Ruggedized for Railway, Transportation & Industrial

TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THN 15WIR Family of ruggedized DC/DC converters designed for harsh environments in a miniature 1 x 1 x 0.40” footprint.  The converters offer increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibration and thermal shock with  EN
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09/15/2017
Next Generation GaN HEMTs Deliver Unmatched Efficiency
Durham, N.C. – Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, has introduced a new series of 28V GaN HEMT RF power devices. These new devices are capable of higher frequency operation to 8GHz with increased efficiency and higher gain as well as best-in-class reliability. RF design engineers are now able to build more efficient
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09/15/2017
B&W MEGTEC Introduces the GigaCoater for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes
(De Pere, Wis.) Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC (B&W MEGTEC) has launched the GigaCoater wide-web coating line for lithium-ion battery electrodes. Developed to provide high-volume production of battery electrodes, each GigaCoater can produce up to 3 GWhr of electrode per year on average. The
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09/15/2017
Embedded Vision Dev Kit Enables Flexible Mobile Image Processing
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the Embedded Vision Development Kit from Lattice Semiconductor. The new development
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09/15/2017
Dual Input Prioritizer Provides Low Quiescent Current Backup Supply Switchover Solution
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC4418, a dual input power prioritizer for 2.5V to 40V systems. To enable portability, preserve memory during brownouts, and ensure a graceful shutdown on power loss, electronic systems
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09/15/2017
Inductor Series Feature High Frequency Performance up to 10 MHz With Lowest Losses of Any Composite Inductor at 1 MHz and Above
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the first extended-frequency inductor in the low profile, high current IHLP family. The new IHLP‑1616BZ-0H series features high frequency performance up to 10 MHz with the lowest losses of any inductor on
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09/15/2017
Mouser Electronics Inc., along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara today released a new video in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser’s award-winning
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09/15/2017
Integrated Switcher ICs Cut Losses by 25%, Deliver 94% Efficiency
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the release of its InnoSwitch
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09/15/2017
Bourdais Returns to Mouser/Molex-Sponsored IndyCar, Looks to Finish Season Strong at Sonoma
The Mouser-sponsored No. 18 car will take on the road course at Sonoma Raceway in California on September 17. Sebastien Bourdais returns to pilot the car through
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09/15/2017
Conductive Polymer Aluminium Solid Capacitors Feature Large Capacitance And Low ESR at Very High Voltage
Munich: Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe recently announced a series of eight new conductive polymer aluminium solid capacitors with super high voltage capabilities of up to 100VDC max for industrial, digitalisation, control system, noise filtering, and power supply applications.
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09/15/2017
Dataforth Adds Two New Modules to MAQ 20 Data Acquisition & Control System
Dataforth Corporation, Tucson, AZ, has added two new modules to the powerful MAQ20 system, significantly increasing its capabilities and flexibility for a wide range of industrial applications. The High Density Voltage Discrete Input Modules (MAQ20-DIV20 and MAQ20-DIVC20) are two versions of the same
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09/11/2017
Mouser Offers Adafruit’s Maker-Ready Feather nRF52 Bluefruit
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the Feather nRF52 Bluefruit from Adafruit. The Feather nRF52 Bluefruit, part of Adafruit’s Feather line of standalone and stackable development boards, is a complete Arduino-compatible, Bluetooth low energy development board with built-in USB and battery charging.
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09/11/2017
42V Multitopology DC/DC Controller with 15ÎA IQ Provides Five Converter Topologies at Up to 10A Output Current
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LT8711, a multitopology current mode PWM controller that can easily be configured as a synchronous buck, boost, SEPIC and ZETA DC/DC converter, or as a nonsynchronous buck-boost converter. This device replaces the output diode with a high efficiency
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09/11/2017
DC/DC Converters Provide an I/O Isolation of 1600 VDC and a Wide 2:1 Input Voltage
An optimized efficiency and thermal management enables a package volume of only ~1 cm3. The high performance converters provide an I/O isolation of 1600 VDC and a wide 2:1 input voltage range. The low voltage input range is even extended from 4.5 to 13.2 VDC to cover the nominal voltages of 5, 9, and 12 VDC.
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09/11/2017
BELLEVUE, Wash. – 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, announced that global LTE connections grew
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09/11/2017
Texas Instruments LMG5200 80V GaN Power Stage Now Shipping from Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the LMG5200 gallium nitride (GaN) power stage from Texas Instruments (TI). The LMG5200 device delivers 25 percent lower power losses compared to silicon-based designs, enabling single-stage conversion and providing increased power density and efficiency in space-constrained,
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09/08/2017
Fast 60V High Side N-Channel MOSFET Driver Provides 100% Duty Cycle Capability
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC7004, 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
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09/07/2017
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. - WiSilica, Inc. announced its support for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) mesh networking standard for emerging applications in building automation, sensor networks and asset tracking. WiSilica’s Bluetooth Mesh solutions include all the
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09/07/2017
OEM Lasers Designed For Use in Levelling, Alignment, and Positioning
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the availability of its OEM line of lasers for demanding applications, ideal for use in Medical and other OEM applications.  Quality BEA lasers are designed for use in levelling, alignment and positioning. BEA lasers are provided
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09/07/2017
High-Efficiency 750W AC-DC Power Supplies Achieve Industrial and Medical Approvals
XP Power unveiled the GSP750 series of 750 W AC-DC power supply units, offering high efficiency, a peak power capability of 900 W, single outputs, intelligent fan cooling, and industrial and medical safety approvals. The GSP750 series come in a low-profile 1U-high chassis and 4 x 10-inch footprint
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09/07/2017
Plug-and-Play Development Boards Allow Users to Quickly Prototype Temperature, RH, and Pressure Designs
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking Measurement Specialties Grove system development boards from TE Connectivity (TE). These small, plug-and-play development boards allow designers to incorporate TE’s environmental sensors with the Seeed Grove prototyping system, which features standardized four-pin
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09/07/2017
Current-Compensated Ring-Core Chokes for Home Appliances
TDK Corporation presents a new series of EPCOS ring-core double chokes. The new B82721K2*U* series of RoHS-compatible power line chokes have been developed in particular for use in home appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, refrigerators and heating control units. The plastic used (flame-retardant,
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09/07/2017
Bluetooth 4.2 Host Controller Interface Module Features Integrated Chip Antenna
London– Telit announced the BL871E2-HI, a dual-mode Bluetooth 4.2 host controller interface module with embedded chip antenna and audio support. The ultra-compact component is optimized for efficiency and simplicity in end-device design, delivering reliable Bluetooth functionalities with robust
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Date:
09/07/2017
24W Inverting ÂμModule Regulator Is EN55022 Class B Compliant
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTM4651, a nonisolated inverting output µModule regulator that can generate –26.5V to –0.5V output from a positive input supply voltage. The LTM4651 operates over a 3.6V to 58V input
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Date:
09/06/2017
Thermistor With Compact 15-mm Diameter Delivers High Current to 4.0 A and Energy Ratings to 50 J
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm announced a new circuit protection thermistor that offers the industry's smallest diameter for a UL-approved device with a maximum continuous current rating of 4.0 A and energy rating of 50 J. Previously, designers had to rely on devices with larger diameters of 22.0
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Date:
09/06/2017
Laird’s SimpleLink-Based SaBLE-x-R2 Bluetooth 5 Module Now Available from Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the SaBLE-x-R2 Bluetooth 5 module from Laird Technologies.The SaBLE-x-R2 module builds on the original field-proven hardware of the SaBLE-x module to accelerate the development time for implementing cutting-edge Bluetooth low energy connectivity in Internet
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Date:
09/06/2017
A Revolution in Lithium-Ion Batteries is Becoming More Realistic

Lithium amide-borohydride is a promising candidate for a solid electrolyte. The crystalline structure of this material consists of two sub-lattices, shown in different colors. Under appropriate conditions, lithium ions (red), normally found in the elementary cells of only one sub-lattice (yellow), move to the empty cells of the second sub-lattice (blue) where they can freely propagate.

The modern world relies on portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras or camcorders. Many of these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which could be smaller, lighter, safer and more efficient if the liquid electrolytes they contain were replaced by solids. A promising
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Date:
09/06/2017
Bridgetek Establishes Vietnamese Development Center
Further expanding its engineering presence across Asia, and also underlining its commitment to continued product innovation, Bridgetek has announced a major investment in Vietnam. Based on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the company’s new design center will complement the activities going on at its main
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Date:
09/06/2017
Network-Connected Lighting System Powers and Controls Building Objects
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now offering the Transcend Network Connected Lighting System from Molex. The Molex Transcend system provides designers a complete management system to accelerate deployment of smart LED lighting control using highly secure network architectures in commercial buildings, educational
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Date:
09/06/2017
DC-DC Converter Design and Simulation Tool Empowers Designers of any Expertise Level
San Jose, CA—Power novices can now create custom designs with speed and confidence, while power experts can develop finely crafted circuits using the free EE-Sim DC-DC Converter design and simulation tool from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Without a robust development tool, power design
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Date:
09/06/2017
Low-Voltage 64 Megabit Serial Quad I/O Memory Improves Power Consumption in Battery-Powered Devices
CHANDLER, Ariz. — A new 1.8V Serial Quad I/O SuperFlash memory device is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. The SST26WF064C, a low-voltage 64 megabit device, combines Dual Transfer Rate (DTR) with proprietary SuperFlash NOR Flash technology, making it ideal for wireless and battery-powered applications.
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Date:
09/06/2017
150V Synchronous Buck-Boost Controller Eliminates Surge Protection Devices & Delivers Up to 99% Efficiency
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC3779, a high efficiency (up to 99%) 4-switch single inductor synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller that operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated output voltage.
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Date:
09/05/2017
Researchers Devise a new way of Producing Hydrogen Fuel

Lipid nanodiscs.

A U.S.-based team of researchers featuring MIPT scientists has assembled a nanoscale biological structure capable of producing hydrogen from water using light. They inserted a photosensitive protein into nanodiscs -- circular fragments of cell membrane composed of a lipid bilayer -- and enhanced the resultant
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Date:
09/05/2017
TVS Diode Families Feature High Surge Ratings and High Peak Pulse Power
Nijmegen: Nexperia announced three miniature TVS diode families that are available in space-saving packages for applications in portable devices, including USB – Power Delivery (USB-PD) protection. All the new parts feature high surge ratings and high peak pulse power. Taking up
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Date:
09/05/2017
Electricity Production: When Enzymes Rival Platinum

Biocell using H2/O2 fuel based on a heat-stable hydrogenase that resists oxygen and a carbon monoxide at the anode and a heat-stable bilirubin oxidase at the cathode that provide currents of the order of amps per milligram of enzymes.

A fuel cell converts chemical energy into electrical energy via hydrogen combustion. Though it is considered to be a clean technology - because it does not emit greenhouse gases - fuel cells do use costly rare metal catalysts1, such as platinum, to oxidize hydrogen and reduce oxygen. In recent years, the identification
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Date:
09/04/2017
Laser Diode Module System Designed for General-Purpose, Medium-Duty Applications
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the availability of its newly designed GPL line of lasers for use in light industrial applications. The GPL series laser diode module system is best suited for general purpose, medium-duty applications. Intended for education, light
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Date:
09/04/2017
Lattice Semiconductor’s MachXO3-9400 Dev Board Now Shipping from Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the MachXO3-9400 development board from Lattice Semiconductor. The MachXO3-9400 board features an onboard programmable logic device and hardware management expander to help engineers prototype designs for the server, communications, industrial, and display markets. The
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Date:
09/04/2017
Micro-Measurements Announces Global Market Introduction of Miniature Planar Rosette Strain Gage Pattern for PCB Testing
Malvern, Pa – The Micro-Measurements brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced the global market introduction of its S5198, a miniature rectangular planar rosette strain gage pattern for printed circuit board (PCB) testing, incorporating Advanced Sensors Technology.   PCB’s
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Date:
09/04/2017

 



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