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November 2017
Optical Pulse Oximeter/Heart Rate Sensors and ECG & BioZ AFE Deliver Accurate, Continuous Monitoring in Compact, Low-Power Solutions
San Jose, CA—Design preventive healthcare and continuous monitoring solutions for wearable health and fitness applications with the MAX86140 and MAX86141 optical pulse oximeter/heart rate sensors and the MAX30001 electrocardiogram (ECG) and bioimpedance (BioZ) analog front end (AFE) from
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11/30/2017
150-Ampere LiDAR Development Board Can Deliver 5 Nanosecond Pulses
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the availability of the EPC9126HC, a 100 V, 150 A high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board. In a LiDAR system, used to create 3-D maps for autonomous vehicle applications, speed and accuracy of object detection is
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11/30/2017
Melexis expands temperature sensor portfolio with innovative miniature FIR sensor
Melexis announces a new family of miniature far infrared (FIR) sensors for use in multiple applications where accurate temperature measurement is required.  
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11/30/2017

Multifunction hardware with fully modular design maximizes flexibility in process control instrumentation
West Control Solutions continues to strengthen its extensive product portfolio. Through the company’s PMA division, it has now developed the KS98-2. This freely-programmable, simple to upgrade unit is highly suited to deployment in automated production processes
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11/30/2017
Maxim Integrated Showcases Turnkey Security Solutions for Protecting Embedded Systems at TRUSTECH 2017
At TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes, France (November 28-30, 2017), Maxim Integrated Products will demonstrate new turnkey technologies that protect embedded and connected systems from invasive attacks. As cyberattacks continue making headlines, design engineers struggle
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11/30/2017
ROHM expands its line-up of high-power low-ohmic shunt resistors with the GMR100 series
ROHM has announced the development and mass production of high-power low-ohmic shunt resistors of the GMR100 series for current detection in high-power applications in the automotive, industrial and large-scale consumer electronics sectors. The new shunt resistors
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11/30/2017
Excelsys Introduces 600W Bulk Power for Its Market-Leading, Convection-Cooled CoolX Power Supply Series
Excelsys Technologies announces the availability of a new output module for its revolutionary CoolX series of convection-cooled modular configurable power supplies. The CmE bulk power module provides up to 600W of power from one module (occupying three slots). The
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11/30/2017
Renesas Electronics Accelerates Industrial Ethernet Application Development with New RZ/N1 Solution Kit
Renesas Electronics announced the availability of the new RZ/N1 microprocessor (MPU) Solution Kit designed to support various industrial network applications including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), intelligent network switches, gateways, operator terminals
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11/30/2017
New Gate Drivers from Power Integrations Deliver Up to 5 A, Reducing System Complexity and Cost
Power Integrations introduced the newest member of its SCALE-iDriver™ IC family, SID1102K, a single-channel, isolated, IGBT and MOSFET gate driver in a wide-body eSOP package. Featuring a peak drive current of up to 5 A, the new part is able to drive 300 A switches
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11/30/2017
Two
Infineon Technologies AG has been recognized with two SESAMES Awards for the world's first post-quantum cryptography implementation on a contactless security chip. The prestigious industry awards were presented today at the TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes. Infineon was awarded
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11/30/2017
X-FAB Unveils New Ultra-Low-Noise Transistors with Industry-Leading Performance Utilizing its 180 nm CMOS Platform
X-FAB announced the expansion of its low-noise transistor portfolio based on the company’s proprietary 180 nm XH018 mixed-signal CMOS technology. Three new transistors are now available: a 1.8 V low-noise NMOS, a 3.3 V low-noise NMOS and a 3.3 V low-noise PMOS
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11/30/2017
In this episode of the PSDcast, we chat with Oscar Rivera and Rogelio Castaneda, both of Sensata Technologies, about solid state relays and their advantages over electromechanical relays. We also delve a bit into Sensata's new
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11/29/2017
Greg Clark Announces £80 Million Funding for Partnership to Create New National Battery Facility

Battery research at WMG

A partnership between WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Coventry City Council has been awarded £80 million to establish a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF). The announcement was made by The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary
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11/29/2017
AEC-Q100-Qualified Analog Switch Improves Signal Integrity and Bandwidth for Automotive Applications
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q100 (Grade 1) qualified dual DPDT / quad SPDT analog switch featuring low resistance of 0.37 Ω at 2.7 V and 338 MHz bandwidth in the compact 2.6 mm by 1.8 mm by 0.55 mm miniQFN16 package. Ideal for both analog and digital signal switching in
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11/29/2017
Ultra-thin DS-SMD Packages Enable Full SiC Performance With Almost no Package Limiting Parasitics
Electric Vehicle (EV) power electronics offer the largest growth potential to the Power Semiconductor Market over the next 5-10 years. Today’s EV Motor Controller Inverters are limited by conventional power silicon (Si) IGBT and diode performance, including their higher power density, higher efficiency, lower
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11/29/2017
How to Maximize Your Wireless Sensor's Runtime

Figure 1. Wireless Magnetic Window Alarm Sensor

Battery runtime is a critical feature of remote wireless sensors. Wireless sensors are becoming ubiquitous, penetrating the most diverse applications like home automation (Figure 1), activity monitors, remote sensor nodes, and tire pressure monitors, to mention a few broad categories.
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11/29/2017
The Power of Dissolved Gas-in-Oil Analysis

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Since the 1960s, the electric power industry has developed, refined and relied upon dissolved gas-in-oil analysis (DGA) to diagnose the degradation of insulating materials inside liquid-filled transformers. Dissolved gas concentrations are routinely measured by drawing oil samples from the transformer, extracting
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11/29/2017
Lighting - From Stadiums to Vegetables

Figure 1. Solid State Lighting saving more than 60% energy compared to conventional lighting in Houston

The lighting market segment is very diversified, but Solid State Lighting (SSL), based on LEDs, has made the Edison bulb effectively obsolete and is now infringing on areas where fluorescent lighting excels. The possibilities offered by SSL bring advantages in industrial applications, such as for roads and parking
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11/29/2017
Security is a Complex Topic and Requires Expertise and Solutions from all Product Segments
May 25, 2018 is the deadline for implementing the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) and the derived data protection legislation, which is the strictest seen to date. By this time, practically all companies processing personal data are required to implement extensive measures to protect this
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11/29/2017
Power Film Capacitor Design for EV and HEV Applications

Figure 1. Metallized polypropylene film segmented into a mosaic design (left) and an electrical schematic illustrating how the segmented film operates during the controlled self-healing process

Automakers around the world are actively anticipating the decline of internal combustion engine (ICE) models and the rise of clean energy fleets comprised of electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs). Due to the steadily increasing popularity of clean energy automotive
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11/29/2017
Advances in Substrate Technology Enable Development of Power Modules Optimized for Automotive BLDC Applications

Figure 1. Schematic showing ON Semiconductor’s STK984-190E in an automotive fan system for climate control

As we are all very well aware, there are mounting concerns about the state of the environment and the impact that carbon emissions are having on the global ecosystem. There is also rising uncertainty about the long term supply of oil, as greater demand from emerging economies means that reserves are being consumed
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11/29/2017
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11/29/2017
Automakers Shift to 48V Mild Hybrid Systems

Figure 1. CO2 legislation

Worldwide automakers have begun releasing vehicles with a new 48-volt (48V) power subsystem, also known as board net. The first announcements came from European OEMs, like Audi, who announced a 48V system with its SQ7 TDI model. The Audi 48V system powers an electric compressor that eliminates turbo lag and
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11/28/2017
Large battery stacks consisting of series-connected, high energy density, high peak power Lithium polymer or Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) cells are commonplace in applications ranging from all-electric (EV or BEV) and hybrid gas/electric vehicles (HEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or PHEVs)
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11/28/2017
How Do We Solve
The biggest hurdle for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles isn’t price (or a conspiracy involving automakers and big oil) – it’s “range anxiety,” or the fear that we’ll be stranded when our EVs run out of juice. Tesla is hoping to ameliorate those concerns, though the real conundrum may
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11/28/2017
The American Philosophical Battle for the Internet Opens Opportunities for the Rest of The World
The Internet has always been a great enabler of technology. In itself, it provides a platform that has changed the way we live our lives. Companies, such as Amazon and Google have become the largest corporations in the world by taking advantage of the technology and bringing the outside world to our fingertips,
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11/28/2017
Power Path Management in Charger ICs

Figure 1. NVDC Power Path Management Structure

A commonly used power path manage scheme, dynamic power path management (DPPM), is discussed in this article. The DPPM control loop adjusts the charge current dynamically based on the input source current capability and load current level to achieve a minimum charge time for a given source and system load. With
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11/28/2017
7th-Generation

Figure 1. X Series RC-IGBTs

Ever since it commercialized insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) modules in 1988, Fuji Electric has contributed to miniaturization, cost reduction, and performance improvement of power conversion equipment. It has done so through many technology innovations to miniaturize, reduce
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11/28/2017
36V, Dual Channel, 1.6A Synchronous, Buck LED Driver Sports I²C Dimming Control
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT3964, a dual channel, 36V, high efficiency, synchronous, step-down LED driver with internal 40V, 1.6A power switches and an I²C interface that simplifies LED dimming control. The LT3964 operates with a wide 4V to 36V input range, and features two
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11/28/2017
162 Watt Quarter Brick Includes Ultra-Wide 4:1 Input Range
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces the 0RQB-C5U54LG, a next generation DC/DC converter with an ultra-wide input range (4:1) and 2250 VDC isolation. The 0RQB-C5U54LG is a PoE (Power Over Ethernet) quarter brick solution that delivers 162 W overall input voltage range,
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11/28/2017
Power Connector Features Current Capability up to 265A
Rolling Meadows, IL – Methode Power Solutions Group announces the MDUAL two-position, high-power, blind mate connectors with halogen-free housings conforming to RoHS-3. The MDUAL comes in three pin sizes, 6.4mm,
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11/28/2017
TVS Arrays Protect Low-Voltage Applications
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices introduced a new series of low capacitance steering diode transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) ideal for circuit protection in low voltage applications such as Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base T, USB, handheld electronics, video cards, and WAN/LAN equipment. The series is
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11/28/2017
Activity Descriptors for Electrocatalysts in Energy Storage Applications

(a) Different activity descriptors for electrochemical reactions and catalytic cycles of (b) hydrogen evolution reaction, (c) oxygen evolution reaction and (d) oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.

Under the environmental concerns such as pollution and greenhouse effect, environment-friendly energy storage applications such as fuel cells, ammonia production and lithium-air batteries are proposed to replace fossil resources. However, the high overpotential is one of the most urgent issues for the practical
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11/27/2017
N-Channel Power MOSFET Features Maximum On-Resistance of 0.58 mΩ at 10 V
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 25 V n-channel TrenchFET Gen IV power MOSFET that features the industry's lowest maximum on-resistance for such a device: 0.58 mΩ at 10 V. Delivering increased efficiency and power density for a wide range of applications, the Vishay Siliconix SiRA20DP
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11/27/2017
Bosch Acknowledged as CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for BMA400 Accelerometer
Las Vegas – Bosch Sensortec announced that it has received the title of “CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree” for its new BMA400 ultra-low power accelerometer designed for wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the Embedded Technologies category. “The BMA400 offers an unrivalled
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11/27/2017
New Batteries With Better Performance and Improved Safety
Phones, laptops, electric cars - batteries are everywhere. And to meet the expectations of today's consumers, these batteries are increasingly light, more powerful and designed to last longer. Currently the most important technology for these applications is the lithium-ion battery technology: but the technology
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11/24/2017
Flexible Production of Electric Motors for Vehicles

The electric motor is of crucial importance in the electric drivetrain of hybrid, fuel-cell, and electric vehicles.

The Baden-Württemberg state government has decided to fund the project "Plant Engineering for the Production of Stators by Hairpin Technology - AnStaHa" with about EUR 1.2 million. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Fraunhofer Project Group for New Drive Systems (NAS) in
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11/22/2017
Maxim Announces Next-Generation GMSL SerDes Technology for Automotive Infotainment and ADAS
Maxim Integrated has announced next-generation gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) serializer and deserializer (SerDes) technology to fully support the high bandwidth, complex interconnect, and data integrity requirements required for future automotive infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). According
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11/22/2017
Bridging the Gap
As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and the cleaner, but not yet economically feasible alternative technologies. To that end, a group at UC Santa
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11/21/2017
Natural Spectrum LEDs Are First to Receive RG-1 Low Risk Eye Safety Certification
Ansan, South Korea — The world-leading LED company Seoul Semiconductor announced that SunLike Series LEDs, which implement light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight, received an RG-1 Eye Safety certification based on the safety of its light source and was recognized for the highest level
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11/21/2017
Renesas Electronics Europe Successfully Held its First European R-Car Consortium Forum
Renesas Electronics Europe has successfully held its first European R-Car Consortium (RCC) Forum. The Forum, held on November 9, 2017 in Düsseldorf, attracted a large
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11/21/2017
TTI’s Value Added Services (VAS) capabilities can build each possible part number and offer a 48 hour lead time
New small size 38999 Reduced Flange Connector from Amphenol Socapex now in stock at TTI, IncNow available in Europe through TTI, is the new 38999 Reduced Flange Connector for reduced
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11/21/2017
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Murata’s DMH Series Ultra-Thin Supercapacitor for Wearables, Smart Devices
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the DMH Series supercapacitor from Murata. Featuring an ultra-thin profile of just 0.4mm, the DMH series supercapacitor is designed for peak power assist
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11/21/2017
Glass-Encapsulated Thermistors Designed for Automotive and Industrial Applications
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm announced that its DG series of glass-encapsulated thermistors for high-accuracy temperature sensing in automotive and industrial applications is now in stock at Digi-Key. Hermetically sealed DG series devices eliminate errors in resistance readings due to moisture penetration
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11/21/2017
Defend Designs from Attack with Maxim’s Unclonable Security ICs
Cyberattacks continue making headlines and internet of things (IoT) devices have been a point of vulnerability—cybercrime damages are projected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, according to Cybersecurity
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11/21/2017
600 V CoolMOS CFD7 SJ MOSFET pushes the performance boundary to the next level
Infineon Technologies releases the latest high-voltage Superjunction MOSFET technology, the 600 V CoolMOS CFD7 completing the CoolMOS 7 series. This new MOSFET addresses the high power SMPS market for resonant topologies.
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11/21/2017
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos eagerly awaits the FIA Formula E season opener
On December 2, 2017 the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler racing team starts the fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship in Hong Kong. As a technology partner from the outset,
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11/21/2017
Rutronik presents Gate Drivers from Diodes
The gate drivers of the DGD series from Diodes simplify the switching of two N-channel MOSFETs or two IGBTs in a half-bride configuration. They are suitable for a wide
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11/21/2017
Rechargeable batteries: CeraCharge â€
TDK Corporation presents CeraCharge – the first solid-state rechargeable battery in SMD technology. Depending on requirements, the number of charge/discharge cycles this battery is able to perform ranges from several
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11/21/2017
AUSTIN, TX, USA – Nano Global announced that it is developing a chip using intellectual property (IP) from Arm (https://www.arm.com/). The technology will help redefine how global health challenges - from superbugs to infectious diseases, and cancer are
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11/21/2017
A New Way to Store Thermal Energy
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel -- such as wood, brush or dung -- that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical
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11/17/2017
Melexis announces expansion of Ypres manufacturing facility
Melexis announces a significant expansion of manufacturing space and people at its R&D and manufacturing facility in Ypres, Belgium. The site is focused on Melexis flagship products - position sensors and sensor interfaces.  
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11/16/2017
Improve response time to critical system events on CAN networks with new 8-bit MCU with Core Independent Peripherals
Microchip announces an expansion to the PIC18 product line with a new family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that combine a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus with an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). The CIPs increase system capabilities while
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11/16/2017
TTI, Inc. adds Sensata Industrial Solutions
TTI, Inc signed a European agreement with Sensata Industrial Solutions, a division of Sensata Technologies.   Sensata Industrial Solutions
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11/16/2017
Toshiba Expands Line-up of Latest Generation Trench MOSFETs with Ultra-Compact 40V Device for Low EMI Designs
Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its line-up of MOSFETs based on its latest generation U-MOS-IX-H trench semiconductor process with a new, ultra-compact 40V device featuring an integrated soft recovery diode (SRD).
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11/16/2017
Sofradir and ATD Electronique sign European distribution agreement
Sofradir has entered into a distribution partnership with ATD Electronique to extend the European customer base for Sofradir’s Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) detectors based on infrared InGaAs (Indium Gallium Arsenide) technology.
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11/16/2017
Now at Mouser Electronics: IDT’s Solid-State MEMS-Based FSx012 Flow Sensor Modules
Mouser Electronics is now stocking FS1012 and FS2012 MEMS-based flow sensor modules from Integrated Device Technology (IDT). The innovative solid-state sensor element design eliminates cavities and diaphragms typically found in similar devices and features a protective
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11/16/2017
Maxim Transceivers Provide 2x Faster Data Rates and Up to 50% Extended Cable Length for Motion Control & Industrial Applications
Industrial designers can now achieve 2x faster data rates and extend cable length by up to 50% with MAX22500E, MAX22501E, and MAX22502E RS-485 transceivers from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM).  
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11/16/2017
ROHM announces the world’s first noise-tolerant op-amps
With its BA8290xYxx-C series, ROHM offers automotive-grade op-amps featuring superior noise immunity. The output voltage fluctuations are suppressed in all frequency bands to less than ±1%, compared to ±3.5% to ±10% with conventional products. This allows, for
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11/16/2017
Comprehensive Pressure Transmitter Portfolio from West Control Solutions has Scope to Attend to Most Demanding OEM Requirements
Based on either thin-film or micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensing technologies, these high performance devices have been introduced through the company’s PMA product range. They are optimized for use in uncompromising industrial environments - with industry
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11/16/2017
New Artesyn Embedded Technologies 15 W and 20 W DC-DC Converters Feature Medical Safety Approvals
Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the AEE15W-M and AEE20W-M series, new 15 and 20 watt dc-dc converters that provide OEMs with an economical solution for demanding applications in industrial and medical instrumentation requiring a certified supplementary
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11/16/2017
Renaissance of the Iron-Air Battery

Gravimetric and volumetric energy densities of various metal-air battery systems in comparison with Li-ion batteries and conventional gasoline.

Iron-air batteries promise a considerably higher energy density than present-day lithium-ion batteries. In addition, their main constituent - iron - is an abundant and therefore cheap material. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are among the driving forces in the renewed research into this concept, which
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11/16/2017
The Industry’s First Noise-Tolerant Opamps
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM has recently announced the availability of automotive-grade ground sense opamps that deliver breakthrough EMI tolerance (noise immunity) for automotive systems using sensors along with core systems for EVs and HEVs. Developed using 3 proprietary analog technologies
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11/16/2017
Oakland, Calif. – CANDI announced its collaboration with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and the launch of a new solution that simplifies the connection of smart building devices and data to apps. Through the integration of Google Pub/Sub and CANDI’s PowerTools, IoT developers and service providers can more
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11/16/2017
Desert Solar to Fuel Centuries of Air Travel

Diagram of the chemical process for concentrated solar splitting of H2O / CO2 from Philipp Furler's presentation at the 23rd SolarPACES Annual Conference.

Scientists with the SOLAR-JET Project have demonstrated the first-ever entire process to make kerosene, the jet fuel used by commercial airlines, using a high-temperature thermal solar reactor to create syngas. Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam refined the solar syngas into jet fuel, using the Fischer-Tropsch
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11/16/2017
Ionic 'Solar Cell' Could Provide On-Demand Water Desalination

This is an artist's rendition of bipolar-membrane design for ionic electricity generation.

Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials and into external circuits for human use, have existed in one form or another for over 60 years. Little attention has been paid, however, to the promise of using light to
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11/16/2017
Integrated Precision Solution Enables Safer and Up to 50% More Efficient Battery Manufacturing
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. introduced a precision integrated analog front end, controller, and pulse-width modulator (PWM) for battery testing and formation capable of increasing system accuracy and efficiency in lithium-ion battery formation and grading. Compared to conventional technology, the
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11/16/2017
Ultra-Compact LED Driver Features 5x the Power Density of Conventional LED Drivers
Ansan, South Korea — Seoul Semiconductor has developed an ultra-compact LED driver series with a power density 5X higher than conventional LED drivers. Based on Seoul Semiconductor’s patented Acrich technology, the MicroDriver Series delivers more than 24W of output power with a power density of 20W/cubic
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11/15/2017
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania – Starline has released the Cabinet Busway Series of the Plug-In Raceway product line. This new series can accommodate high density power requirements within server cabinets while also encompassing the main benefits of the Starline brand: product customization and flexibility. “We
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11/15/2017
Butterfly Wing Inspires Photovoltaics: Light Absorption can be Enhanced by up to 200 Percent

Nanostructures of the wing of Pachliopta aristolochiae can be transferred to solar cells and enhance their absorption rates by up to 200 percent.

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now succeeded
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11/14/2017
3...2...1...Launch! Graphene Goes Zero G!

Two teams of researchers will explore the benefits of graphene as a light-propulsion material in solar sails, and as a smart coating in loop heat pipes for satellites. Both experiments will be performed in microgravity conditions, to simulate the extreme conditions in space. The solar sails will float in microgravity in a drop tower experiment, while the research team investigating heat pipes will experience weightlessness onboard a parabolic flight.

After a long summer of hard work in the laboratories, researchers in the Graphene Flagship are ready for two experiments this week, testing graphene technologies for space-related applications in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Two teams of researchers will explore the benefits
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11/14/2017
High-Density AC/DC Medical-Grade Power Supply Sports Wide Operating Temperature and High Efficiency
To enhance the competitiveness of medical industry and respond to the trend of miniature medical devices, MEAN WELL keeps releasing different wattages power supply to meet various load needs. MEAN WELL recently unveiled two compact and miniature on board type medical grade AC/DC power supply, encapsulated type
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11/13/2017
Battery Presence Monitor Indicates Whether the Backup Battery is Connected to the System
ABSOPULSE Electronics' BPM 300-F0 is a compact battery presence monitor designed to indicate whether the backup battery is connected to the system in industrial applications. Without this unit, it is difficult to detect battery presence in real time.This unit is designed for systems with 3A max battery current.
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11/13/2017
Low-Capacitance TVS Diode Array Is One-Third the Size of Typical Four-Line Arrays
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc., introduced a new series of small-footprint TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) that are optimized for protecting high-speed signal pins. The SP3422-04UTG Series 0.2pF 22kV TVS Diode Array integrates four channels of ultra-low capacitance rail-to-rail diodes and an additional zener diode
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11/13/2017
Active Rectifier Controller Features Reverse Protection
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8672, an active rectifier controller with reverse input protection to –40V. Its 3V to 42V input voltage capability is ideal for automotive applications which must regulate through cold-crank and stop-start scenarios with minimum input voltages as
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11/13/2017
8-Bit MCU Includes CAN and Core Independent Peripherals
CHANDLER, Ariz.— Microchip’s PIC18 product line has been expanded to include a new line of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that combine a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus with an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). The CIPs increase system capabilities while making it easier for designers
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11/13/2017
10 Watt Converters Intended for Railway Applications and Battery Powered Equipment
MINMAX is proud to announce its new MKZI10 family of 10 watt railway DC/DC converters in the industry standard 1 x 2 inch footprint. The 10 Watt MKZI10 family consists of 18 models with ultra-wide input ranges of 9-36 / 18-75 / 40-160Vin and outputs of 5 / 12 / 15 / 24 / ±12 / ±15V in a 1.00 x 2.00
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11/13/2017
LEDs Deliver Natural Spectrum Human-Centric Lighting Sources for European Lighting Designers
ANSAN, Korea – Seoul Semiconductor exhibited its new SunLike Series LEDs, the world's first LED to produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight, at the recent Professional Lighting Design Conference (PLDC), held in Paris, France from Nov. 1 – 4. The new LED technology,
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11/13/2017
Fuel Cell X-ray Study Details Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Performance
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell - which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses - requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel
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11/13/2017
Offshore Wind 'Could be a Bonanza' for UK Says Expert

As the world gathers in Bonn for COP23, the UN's annual climate change conference, Professor Mike Barnes, from The University of Manchester's School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, outlines why he thinks offshore wind could be a boom industry for the UK.

The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country in the world with around 5% of our annual electrical energy coming from the sector. This is expected to grow to 10% by 2020. Wind power is also a fundamental part of the Government's decarbonisation targets. Windfarm electricity
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11/10/2017
Fueling the Future: ASU Scientists Promote New Method of Algal Hydrogen Production

Ale Smith, Kevin Redding and Andrey Kanygin: Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P).

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P). The goal of Redding and his research
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11/10/2017
SAN ANTONIO/PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal has recognized the Chevrolet Colorado as the magazine's 2018 Green Truck of the Year and the Ford Police Responder Hybrid as its 2018 Commercial Green Car of the Year at a San Antonio Auto & Truck Show press conference today. Earning recognition as
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11/10/2017
Kirkland, Washington, USA – Silicon Designs, Inc., a 100% veteran-owned, U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of highly rugged MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules, announced the immediate availability of its Model 1525 Series, a family of commercial
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11/10/2017
Shield Gate Technology Generation 2 100V 3.6mOhm MOSFET Designed for High-Density Power Supply Solutions
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited announced the release of AONS66916 production utilizing the latest Alpha Shield Gate Technology Generation 2 (AlphaSGT2).  The AONS66916 has best-in-class RDS(ON) * Qg  (FOM) and more robust
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11/10/2017
Low-Power SRAM Offers a Fast Access Time of 55ns
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — To meet the demand for low-power SRAMs with higher densities, Alliance Memory today introduced a new 64Mb (4M x 16 bit) device in 48‑pin, 12mm by 20mm TSOP-I and 48-ball TFBGA packages. Available from a very limited number of suppliers, the AS6C6416-55 operates from a single power supply
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11/09/2017
China's Sulfur Dioxide Emissions Fell Significantly While India's Grew Over Last Decade

Two maps compare total annual sulfur dioxide amounts for India and China during 2005 (left) and 2016 based on Ozone Monitoring Instrument measurements. Purple depicts the highest concentrations while white depicts the lowest. Note the decrease in size of the purple region over northeastern China.

Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant that causes acid rain, haze and many health-related problems. It is produced predominantly when coal is burned to generate electricity. Although China and India remain the world's largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China's
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11/09/2017
TEQ 300WIR Series: 300 Watt DC/DC power block ruggedized and excellent thermal convection for highest performance in harsh environment.

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The TEQ 300WIR models are approved to safety standards IEC/UL 60950-1 and UL 508. With the compliance to EN 50155 and EN 61373 they also find place in the TRACO POWER “railway” category.

With the extra wide input voltage ranges of 18-75 and 43-110 VDC the nominal input voltages of 48, 72, 96 and 110 VDC can be applied while a ±40% deviation of nominal input voltage does not affect the function. It means that the converters can bear with brownouts
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11/08/2017
Infineon introduces a five output digital voltage regulator in a QFN package
Infineon Technologies launches the IRPS5401, a five output Point of Load (POL) digital voltage regulator for FPGAs, ASICs, and other multi-rail power systems.   The IRPS5401has been developed as a fully integrated PMIC solution
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11/08/2017
Lattice’s New Low-Power MachXO3 Control PLD Options Improve Embedded I/O Expansion and Board Management
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the expansion of its popular MachXO3™ control PLD family to address the evolving design requirements of the communications and industrial sectors. The new MachXO3-9400 package options offer reduced power consumption with
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11/08/2017
Rutronik presents new ultra-low cost BT5 solution
The nRF52810 from Nordic Semiconductor is an extremely power efficient and high performance multiprotocol SoC supporting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols. It is available at rutronik24.com as of now. The SoC has been designed to offer
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11/08/2017
New Artesyn 800W Quarter Brick DC-DC Converter Provides High Efficiency and Thermal Performance for Telecom, Computing and Server Equipment
Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the ADQ800 series, a new 800 watt quarter-brick isolated dc-dc converter with the high efficiency and thermal performance demanded by telecom network and data center equipment. Capable of delivering up to 70 amps output
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11/08/2017
Latest 1/4-Inch 1.0 Mp CMOS global shutter image sensor delivers high performance imaging for all light conditions in a new smaller package
ON Semiconductor introduced a new 1/4-inch, 1.0 Megapixel (Mp) (1280H x 800V) CMOS digital image sensor which achieves industry leading levels of performance. The new sensor captures clean, accurate images with no artifacts in both bright and low light conditions.
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11/08/2017
Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Bridgetek, Formerly Part of FTDI Chip
Mouser Electronics signed a global distribution agreement with Bridgetek. The Bridgetek product line at Mouser comprises multi-award-winning graphic controller ICs, performance-optimized microcontrollers, development hardware, and display modules.
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11/08/2017
Industrial IoT gets out of the box with 4zerobox!
The Italian tech startup TOI (Things On Internet) Srl, active in the development of IoT solutions, today launched a Kickstarter campaign for 4zerobox: the first modular electronic board that is easy-to-configure and specifically designed for IoT and Industry 4.0
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11/08/2017
Latest single-wire serial EEPROM from Microchip enables remote identification
Microchip announces a single-wire, two-pin Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) device with a 2.7V to 4.5V operational voltage range. The AT21CS11 is ideal for identifying and authenticating remote items, such as cartridges or cables, where
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11/08/2017
Intersil Delivers Space Industry’s First Radiation-Hardened Quad Power Supply Sequencers
Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, announced the ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH quad power supply sequencers designed to drive point-of load (POL) regulators that power high performance FPGAs and complex, multi-rail power systems. Highly
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11/08/2017
Evidence-Based Action for a Competitive, Green and Trusted European Car Industry

This is a representation of how the DIONE module works.

The European Commission has introduced a package of measures seeking to reconcile the ambition of world-leading environmental standards with increasing the competitiveness of our car manufacturing industry to secure jobs and growth. The 2nd Mobility Package is also designed to offer a new deal for
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11/08/2017
Ethernet Data Logger Designed for Remote Automation and Industrial Controls
San Diego, CA - TCW220 has two analog inputs, with 10-bit resolution and two discrete inputs. It supports a 1-Wire interface for up to eight Teracom 1-Wire sensors – carbon dioxide, 0/20mA, AC/DC current, temperature, humidity, etc. All monitored parameters can be logged on previous set time intervals
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11/08/2017
Improving Sensor Accuracy to Prevent Electrical Grid Overload
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond
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11/07/2017
Chip Varistors Offer a Maximum Operating Voltage of 19 V to 70 V
TDK Corporation announced the expansion of its lineup of chip varistors for automotive applications. The AVRH series offers a maximum operating voltage of 19 V to 70 V and a capacitance ranging from 4.7 to 50 pF. The miniature voltage protection device is available in IEC case 1005 (EIA 0402) with compact dimensions
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11/07/2017
AEC-Q101-Qualified TVS Diode Offers Single-Component Protection Solution for Transients Up to 550V
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced higher voltage AEC-Q101 qualified TVS Diodes optimized to protect sensitive automotive circuitry from damaging surges and electrostatic discharges. Because it combines up to 600 watts of peak pulse power dissipation with fast response, the TPSMB Series
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11/06/2017
Nuclear Energy Programs do not Increase Likelihood of Proliferation, Dartmouth Study Finds

This is the Nuclear energy & nuclear weapons programs, 1954-2015.

Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research published in International Security. In a historical analysis of the
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11/06/2017
Breaking the Chain: Catalyzing a Green Future for Chemistry

This is a TEM image of CeO2-supported ruthenium nanoparticles catalyst. Yellow circles show Ru nanoparticles.

Osaka - The fight against climate change is a call-to-arms for industry. We currently rely on fossil fuels, a major source of the greenhouse gas CO2, not only for energy but also to create chemicals for manufacturing. To ween our economies off this dependency, we must find a new source of "green"
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11/06/2017
SAN DIEGO -- Qualcomm Incorporated confirmed that it has received a non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Broadcom Limited to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of $60.00 in cash and $10.00 in Broadcom stock. The Qualcomm Board of Directors, in consultation
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11/06/2017
Wuerth Elektronik Supplies Wireless Power Coil for Semtech’s Wireless Charging Solution

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Wuerth Elektronik Supplies Wireless Power Coil for Semtech’s Wireless Charging Solution

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos, a manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, announced its collaboration with Semtech Corporation by integrating its transmission coil, WE-WPCC, with Semtech’s LinkCharge® LP (low power) platform, an innovative wireless charging solution that concurrently
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11/06/2017
Mouser Now Shipping Energy-Efficient Si522xx PCIe Clock Generators from Silicon Labs
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Si522xx PCIe clock generators from Silicon Labs. This new family of clock generators is compliant with all current versions of PCI Express® (PCIe®), including PCIe Gen 4 and Separate Reference Independent Spread (SRIS) standards,
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11/03/2017
Eiger Design is offering engineers an incentive to take an innovative approach to Functional Circuit Test (FCT) whilst minimising expenditure!
As part of the J-Testr Standard+ system, our Dual Load peripheral card provides engineers with the capability to fully test on-board power supplies, or even to test dedicated power supply designs (please refer to promotional flyer for further outstanding
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11/03/2017
Digilent’s ZYBO Z7 Dev Boards, Now at Mouser
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Zybo Z7 development boards from Digilent. The latest addition to the popular Zybo platform of Arm®/FPGA system-on-chips (SoCs), the Zybo Z7 is a feature-rich, ready-to-use, entry-level embedded software and digital circuit
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11/03/2017
SEGGER Announces Flasher ATE High speed Gang Programming Solution
SEGGER announces the availability of Flasher ATE, a brand new modular gang programmer. It uses the same Turbo-Mode and Universal Flash loaders proven in the Flasher PRO and other members of the Flasher family.  
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11/03/2017
The R&S MNT100 RF interference locator from Rohde & Schwarz introduces expert interference hunting in mobile networks
Unwanted transmitters are pervasive in today’s mobile networks. They degrade network capacity and subscriber QoE, making interference hunting a key issue for mobile network operators and regulators. The new handheld R&S MNT100 RF interference locator from Rohde
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11/03/2017
Rutronik presents high-current connectors from Amphenol
„SheerPwr Circular“ from Amphenol FCI is a high-current, low-resistance interface designed for connecting busbars to circuit boards. It uses a robust and compliant power contact assembled in a circular orientation. The result is a power socket, designed to mate
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11/03/2017
DC/DC Converters Provide Perfect Power for High-Performance SiC Gate Drivers
Dengrove Electronic Components can help engineers working with silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs overcome design challenges and increase system reliability with its latest DC/DC converters, which are designed specifically for powering high-slew-rate gate drivers.
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11/03/2017
Class I & II 30-60W medical power supplies meet curve B radiated and conducted EMI
TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda brand CUS30M and CUS60M series of AC-DC power supplies. Rated at 30W and 60W, these compact products meet curve B conducted and radiated EMI in either a Class I or Class II (double insulated) construction, without the need
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11/03/2017
AlphaWire adds 10 new industrial Ethernet products:
The expanded Alpha Essentials Industrial Ethernet collection includes 10 new constructions in categories: CAT 5 PROFINET, CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7. The new constructions are now available from Aerco, the distributor and stockist of electrical and electronic components
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11/03/2017
PSDcast - Maintaining a Secure Power Infrastructure in the Aftermath of Maria
In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Tom Lewis, the President of the US Division of Louis Berger, a global professional services corporation that assisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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11/02/2017
Georgia State Physicist Gets $400,000 Grant to Study Solar Energy Conversion

This is Dr. Gary Hastings, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University.

ATLANTA--Dr. Gary Hastings, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $400,000 federal grant to study solar energy conversion in photosynthesis. The goal of this project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
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11/02/2017
Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying giant clams since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These large mollusks, which anchor themselves to coral reefs in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, can grow to up to three-feet
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11/02/2017
Wireless Transceivers Designed for Affordable, Reliable, and Scalable Wireless Remote Monitoring
Morrisville, North Carolina - Device Solutions, Inc., announced the availability of the next-generation Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless transceivers for wide-area, long-range, end-to-end monitoring and control for agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial
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11/02/2017
Non-Isolated Regulators Meet the Reflow Soldering Production Requirements
MORNSUN's K78 series are non-isolated regulators known for compact size, high efficiency and compatible with traditional LM78xx linear regulators. New SMD packaged K78T-500R3/K78T-1000R3 series are introduced to meet the reflow soldering production requirements. The peak temperature of reflow soldering
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11/02/2017
5-65W AC Adapters Designed for Universal Input From 85Vac to 265Vac
MORNSUN's newest 5-65W AC adapters are designed for a universal input (85Vac to 265Vac) exceeding DOE Level VI requirements for external power supplies which are cost-effective in compact size. The adapters feature universal input voltage of 90-264VAC, and have multiple AC input plugs to select except
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11/02/2017
Improving Power Efficiency With a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Figure 1. A block diagram of a basic voltage-mode control system

Power-efficiency has never been more important, both in portable devices and larger computing equipment, such as servers and base stations. In portable electronics, such as smartphones and laptops, better power efficiency means longer battery life, possibilities for new functionality or smaller form
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11/02/2017
Isolation in Digital Power Supply â€

Figure 1. Gate drive transformer driven by ADP3654 solution

The challenge of isolation in a digital power supply is in sending digital or analog signals across the isolation barrier with fast speed, accuracy, and compact size. However, the traditional optocoupler solution has low bandwidth and current transfer ratio (CTR), which causes wide variation with
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11/02/2017
Tomorrow's Artificial Intelligence Presents a Significant Power Challenge

Figure 1. Deep learning builds artificial intelligence through learning algorithms

Humans are smart, achieving wisdom, experience and intelligence through years of learning and data accumulation. Computers seem smart due to their ability to retain information but until recently they lacked the capability to autonomously learn in order to perform tasks or make decisions. While a human brain
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11/02/2017
AC Power Supply Features Distortion of Less Than 0.3% at 50/60Hz
Preen (AC Power Corp.) announces their latest AFV-P series AC power supply. The AFV-P series is a programmable AC power supply with DC output and precision measurement. This AC power supply with high power density comes in four power levels: 600VA, 1250VA, 2500VA, and 5000VA, providing clean power with distortion
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11/01/2017
The ABCs of Thermocouples

Figure 1. Fundamental thermocouple

Thermocouples are a commonly used type of temperature sensor that give accurate readings in applications ranging from lab test benches to industrial environments. Like many types of sensors, thermocouples can struggle with a common problem: the issue of acquiring accurate data. Before improving the accuracy
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11/01/2017
Pulling the Peripheral Trigger

Figure 1. Code execution using PTG interrupts

Today’s embedded applications are extremely complex with a single microcontroller handling multiple functions. These applications demand enhanced safety and optimal execution time with real-time response, along with seamlessly synchronizing various functions. From motor control with integrated power factor
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11/01/2017
Power Integrations Launches InnoSwitch3, a 94%-Efficient Offline Flyback Switcher IC Family

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New InnoSwitch™3 integrated switcher ICs cut losses by 25%, deliver constant efficiency over a wide range of line and load conditions

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11/01/2017
Power Systems for Medical Equipment Must Ensure Patient Safety

Figure 1. Medical power system with secondary DC/DC isolation

A fundamental tenet of medical electrical equipment that comes into contact with patients is that it must be safe to use, both for the patient and the operator. Consequently, there are rigorous standards that apply to such medical equipment, which entail a detailed risk assessment during its design to ensure
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Date:
11/01/2017

 



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