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Notable & Newsworthy

January 2018
The First Design, Test Software Platform That Integrates Simulation, Design, Test Workflows
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Keysight Technologies, Inc. unveiled PathWave, the industry’s first software platform that integrates design, test, measurement and analysis.  As a result, PathWave enables customers to accelerate innovation
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01/31/2018
Amplifiers Specialize in Driving Piezoelectric Capacitive Loads in Inkjet Printer Heads
TUCSON, Arizona, U.S.A. – The MPA106 and MP204 are Apex Microtechnology’s newest high-power amplifiers targeting the piezeoelectric drive circuits used for inkjet printer heads. The MP106 is a high output power amplifier optimized for producing negative output voltages. The MP204 is a high output current
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01/31/2018
PSDcast - Upgrading the Power Grid, Challenges and Roadblocks
In this episode of the PSDCast, we're talking with Allegro Development about the pending smart grid. What're some of the biggest problems plaguing our modern electrical grid, why is it so important to upgrade it, and what roadblocks stand in the way of
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01/30/2018

New Honeywell Aerospace Linear Variable Differential Transformers provide infinite resolution linear position for next gen aircraft â€
Honeywell’s new Aerospace Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDT) in Single Channel, Dual Parallel and Dual Tandem Series are now available at Aerco, the distributor and stockist of electrical and electronic components servicing hi-rel markets.
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01/30/2018
ROHM expands its PSR series with ultra-low ohmic shunt resistors for automotive and industrial applications
With its PSR100 series, ROHM offers a significantly more compact version of its proven PSR series. The PSR100 series ultra-low ohmic shunt resistors have a high-power capability and are suited to current measurement in automotive and industrial applications.
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01/30/2018
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos at embedded world 2018
Würth Elektronik eiSos, manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, exhibits at embedded world (Nuremberg, February 27 – March 1, 2018). At booth 3-247, one of the biggest in hall 3 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, the company
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01/30/2018
R-78S Evaluation Board extends battery lifetime in IoT applications
RECOM’s first evaluation board allows engineers to effortlessly test the functionality of the R-78S switching regulator, which boosts a AA battery or external supply voltage to 3.3V for low power IoT applications. The evaluation board is equipped with
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01/30/2018
Anglia strengthens display range with Mitsubishi

Yoshiaki Okamoto (Manager, Product Marketing Europe Industrial TFT – LCD. Mitsubishi), Xuesong Liu (Application Engineer Industrial TFT-LCD. Mitsubishi), Dr Ashley Rhodes (UK Sales Manager. Mitsubishi) and David Pearson (Technical Director, Anglia Components Limited)

Anglia Components today announced that it is has signed an agreement to distribute and support the Mitsubishi Electric range of displays in the UK and Ireland. The agreement greatly strengthens Anglia’s display portfolio, and extends its 10-year partnership
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01/30/2018
ON Semiconductor announces strategic partnership with Audi on Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP)
ON Semiconductor announced a strategic relationship with Audi following its selection to become part of the German car maker’s Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP). The goal of the interdisciplinary semiconductor strategy is to foster innovation
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01/30/2018
Arrow Electronics and Cadence Launch OrCAD Entrepreneur on Arrow.com to Accelerate Printed Circuit Board Design Process
Arrow Electronics and Cadence Design Systems have expanded their ongoing collaboration, launching the Cadence OrCAD Entrepreneur package for OrCAD Capture Cloud on the Arrow.com design center. The new software tool suite cuts in half the time that it takes a designer
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01/30/2018
New high performance optical sensor head for Yokogawa’s modular optical test platform
The AQ2200-232 is a new high-performance optical sensor head which joins Yokogawa’s existing family of optical power meters modules (AQ2200-215 and AQ2200-221) in the company’s modular optical test platform.  
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01/30/2018
Omron releases new ultra-thin, highly durable tactile switch

The ultra-thin, highly durable tactile B3SE switch from Omron Components

Omron Electronic Components Europe is releasing a new ultra-thin sealed surface-mounting tactile switch rated at 1 million operations.
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01/30/2018
Mouser Electronics First Distributor to Stock ON Semi’s FDMF8811 110V Bridge Power Stage Module
Mouser Electronics is the first distributor to stock the FDMF8811 bridge power stage module from ON Semiconductor. The industry’s first 100 V bridge power stage module for half-bridge and full-bridge DC-DC converters, the FDMF8811 module uses high-performance PowerTrench
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01/30/2018
Historical power interconnector in Canada achieves key milestone
ABB recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the maritime link, enabling Emera to exchange electricity between the island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time in history.  
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01/30/2018
Teracom announces TCW210-TH Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers
Applications include Datacenter and SOHO environment monitoring, cold chain (delivery trucks, distribution, storage centers, retail stores), medical products storage and transport, industrial processes data logging, and many others.
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01/30/2018
Bulgin helps farmers harvest data with â€intelligent connector’ design
Rugged connector and component manufacturer Bulgin has successfully developed an ‘intelligent connector’ and trialled its use in agricultural sensing and control. In a customisation project for their client, California-based AgTech Industries, Bulgin incorporated
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01/30/2018
Liquid Cold Plates With New Fin Design Perform 30% Better Than Comparable Products
NORWOOD, Mass. – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is pleased to announce its new line of high-performance liquid cold plates, one of an array of liquid cooling solutions that ATS offers. ATS high-performance liquid cold plates are constructed with an innovative fin design, featuring an optimized
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01/30/2018
N-Channel MOSFET Ideal for Synchronous Buck Converters
SUNNYVALE, Calif., – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced AONE36132, a 25V N-Channel MOSFET in a dual DFN 3.3x3.3 packagewhich is ideal for synchronous buck converters. The AONE36132 is an extension to the XSPairFET lineup.  Designed with the latest bottom source packaging
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01/30/2018
Boost Converter Provides 1.3x Longer Battery Life
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM has recently announced the development of a boost DC/DC converter with built-in MOSFET featuring the lowest current consumption in the industry, making it ideal for electronic devices powered by dry-cell batteries such as electronic dictionaries, remote controls for
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01/30/2018
NTU Scientists Create Customizable, Fabric-Like Power Source for Wearable Electronics
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function. Led by Professor Chen Xiaodong, Associate Chair (Faculty) at the School of Materials Science & Engineering,
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01/30/2018
Thin Film Filters Deliver Excellent High-Frequency Performance With low Insertion Loss
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has extended its portfolio of high-performance, low-pass integrated thin film (ITF) filters with the release of six new 8W LP Series filters in miniature 1206 chip sizes with low maximum height profiles of 0.97mm. Based on proven thin film multilayer
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01/30/2018
Power-Over-Ethernet Switch Offers Optimal and Cost-Effective Solution for PoE Lighting and Other Digital Ceiling Applications
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Microsemi Corporation  announced the availability of its PDS-208G power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch. Offering an optimal and cost-effective solution designed specifically for digital ceiling installations, the new device is compatible with any IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE lighting fixture
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01/30/2018
Triple Output, Buck/Buck/Boost Synchronous DC/DC Controller Operates up to 2.25MHz
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC7815, a high frequency (up to 2.25MHz) triple output (buck, buck, boost), synchronous DC/DC controller that
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01/29/2018
Power Source Enables IoT Sensors to Operate on Harvested Energy Without Batteries
NEOCITY, FL – BRIDG announces a collaboration with Face International Corporation in the development and integration of a patented energy-harvesting technology – the Evercell power cell – that is capable of powering wireless IoT sensors without batteries. The Evercell technology employs a unique
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01/29/2018
Solar Heat Could Make Power + Water for Namibia: Study

The proposed solar thermal energy would be dispatchable day or night (red and orange thermal storage tanks) and include thermal desalination.

A research study from Stellenbosch University finds that a 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant adapted to also "co-generate" water via multi-effect distillation (MED) would potentially be financially viable for Namibia given a world class solar resource at Arandis, where state utility NamPower
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01/29/2018
Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens in our Sun (as well as other stars) is one of the foremost technological promises for the decades ahead. So far, only limited results have been
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01/29/2018
"In my study, I wanted to show that calculating the greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels tells just half of the story. What we really need to do is quantify the emissions of each product coming out of biorefineries," says Edgard Gnansounou, professor at EPFL and head of the school's
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01/29/2018
AVX Adds New Case Size & Codes to its Automotive-Grade Ultralow-ESR Tantalum Capacitors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has added a new “U” case (EIA Metric 7361-43) to its TRM Professional Series multianode, ultralow-ESR tantalum capacitors, extending the range with several new ratings designed to address
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01/29/2018
TVS Diode Arrays Protect Sensitive Telecom Ports from ESD, Lightning-Induced Surges
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced a series of AEC-Q101-qualified TVS Diode Arrays optimized to protect sensitive telecommunication ports against electrostatic discharge (ESD) and lightning-induced surge events. SP4208 Series TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) integrate low capacitance steering diodes with either
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01/29/2018
Energy Supply Channels
Researchers at the University of Freiburg have succeeded in describing how so-called beta-barrel proteins are inserted into the membrane of mitochondria. The proteins enable the cells' powerhouses to import and export molecules. With this discovery, the team led by Prof. Dr. Nils Wiedemann and Prof. Dr. Nikolaus
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01/26/2018
Integration of AI and Robotics With Materials Sciences Will Lead to new Clean Energy Technology
Materials are the foundation of essentially all clean energy technologies including advanced batteries, solar cells, low-energy semiconductors, catalysts for capturing and storing CO2, and more. But discovering new materials is currently a time consuming and expensive process: to determine whether they will
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01/26/2018
UNIST Researchers Develop Highly Stretchable Aqueous Batteries

A UNIST research team has succeeded in developing world's first stretchable aqueous Li-ion batteries. From left are Jeonghwan Park, Professor Soojin Park, Professor Kwanyong Seo, Dong Hyup Kim, Professor So Youn Kim, and Woo-Jin Song.

The current development of stretchable battery materials that mimic the functions of nature has emerged as a highly interesting research area, necessary for the next wave of wearable electronics. A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a bioinspired Jabuticaba-like hybrid carbon/polymer
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01/26/2018
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. held the 2018 Qualcomm China Tech Day in Beijing. At the event, Qualcomm Technologies and leading Chinese manufacturers expressed interest in working together in an initiative to support China’s smartphone industry for the global opportunities that will be made available
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01/26/2018
35V Hot Swappable Supercapacitor Backup Power Controller Provides Uninterrupted Power, Protection, & Monitoring
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC3351, a supercapacitor charger and backup power controller IC that includes hot swap front-end protection and all the features necessary to provide a complete, standalone capacitor-based backup power solution. The LTC3351's integrated hot swap controller
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01/25/2018
Noise Suppressor Resistors Offer Increased Voltage Performance and Reliability
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of wirewound noise suppressor resistors that delivers improved voltage performance and reliability for automotive ignition systems in reciprocating engines. Vishay Dale NSR-HP series devices feature a coating that increases reliability
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01/25/2018
Programmable DC Electronic Load Integrates Microprocessor Capabilities
The Chroma 6310A Programmable DC Electronic Load integrates microprocessor capabilities into each load module and a mainframe to provide simple and accurate parallel operations to optimize the speed and control among multiple load modules. All load modules may be configured to work synchronously or to test multiple
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01/25/2018
Recycling And Reusing Worn Cathodes to Make New Lithium Ion Batteries

(L-R): First author Yang Shi and Professor Zheng Chen of UC San Diego developed a method to recycle and regenerate cathodes of spent lithium ion batteries.

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient recycling process that restores used cathodes from spent lithium ion batteries and makes them work just as good as new. The process involves harvesting the degraded cathode particles from a used battery and then boiling
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01/25/2018
Ultra-Low-Ohmic Shunt Resistors Designed for Automotive Systems and Industrial Equipment
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM has recently announced the development of a more compact version of its highly regarded PSR series of high power ultra-low-ohmic shunt resistors for current detection
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01/25/2018
Constant Voltage Output LED Driver Features PFC Function
MEAN WELL has launched multiple indoor LED drivers. Plastic housing type IDLV family and PCB Type IDPV family are constant voltage PWM output with PFC function. To offer more choices, MEAN WELL extends the output power down to 25 wattage. In order to meet the design and the installation requirements
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01/25/2018
Board-to-Board Stacker Connectors Help Reduce Tolerance Accumulation
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released a new series of tall board-to-board stacker connectors. The new 00-9148 Series tall stacker connectors are cost-effective, reliable, and robust; exhibit excellent resistance to
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01/25/2018
Rinspeed's new concept car
Swiss automobile manufacturer Rinspeed presented its new concept vehicle "Snap" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018 in Las Vegas - with Rinspeed AG once again relying on innovative HARTING technology. The family-owned company provided
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01/24/2018
Anritsu is Ensuring Better Connections in a Connected Mobile World
Anritsu Corporation will be showing their latest technologies in test, measurement and monitoring solutions for Ensuring Better Connections at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona (Hall 6 Stand 6F40). They will be focusing on new testing and monitoring challenges
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01/24/2018
HVC module from Omron providing very fast recognition speed now in stock at TTI, Inc.
Omron’s HVC-P2 multi-function sensor module is now available in Europe through TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. The product provides a maximum recognition speed that is 10 times faster than previous Human Vision Components
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01/24/2018
Rohde & Schwarz adds six new probe models to its power electronics measurement portfolio
Demand in the automotive industry for compact, highly efficient switched-mode power supplies, inverters and electric drives necessitates the use of leading-edge semiconductor components. This creates new challenges for T&M equipment. The new high voltage differential
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01/24/2018
Melexis announces new automotive-grade fan driver ICs for small applications
Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, announces new automotive-grade fan driver ICs for automotive and other applications where a highly reliable, ultra-small solution is needed.  
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01/24/2018
The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, a provider of research and development services for all coating technologies, will be presenting research advances in the area of high-rate coating at the 2018 FLEX conference
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01/24/2018
New microPEM Flaring Standoffs for Compact Electronic Assemblies
New microPEM MSOFS flaring standoffs from PennEngineering provide ideal miniature fastener solutions to attach and/or space components in compact electronic assemblies. They install permanently in thin panels of any hardness and material, including stainless steel,
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01/24/2018
New 1020 nm LED with new packaging with high optical radiation
FUTURELED's leading role in high power LEDs is strengthened by the 1020 nm high power LED in the new 480 packaging. The significantly improved optical output at 1020 nm enables simplified solutions in sun simulation with LEDs, improved automotive and space applications
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01/24/2018
New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance
While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ¬¬- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells. Now,
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01/24/2018
Scientists Reveal the Fundamental Limitation in the key Material for Solid-State Lighting

This is a scanning transmission electron microscopy image of the atomic ordering in (In, Ga)N monolayer: single atomic column, containing only indium (In) atoms (shown by higher intensity on the image), followed by two, containing only gallium (Ga) atoms.

For the first time an international research group has revealed the core mechanism that limits the indium (In) content in indium gallium nitride ((In, Ga)N) thin films - the key material for blue light emitting diodes (LED). Increasing the In content in InGaN quantum wells is the common approach to shift the
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01/24/2018
Thin Film Filters Exhibit low Insertion Loss and Extremely Sharp Roll-Off
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has added 11 new frequencies to its 0805 high-performance, low-pass LP Series integrated thin film (ITF) SMD filters. Now available in 700, 750, 780, 942, 1000, 1250, 1800, 1900, 2400, 2900,
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01/24/2018
Adding Graphene Girders to Silicon Electrodes Could Double the Life of Lithium Batteries

This is a cross section of the Silicon and FLG together in an anode.

New research led by WMG, at the University of Warwick has found an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries using silicon, by reinforcing the anode's structure with graphene girders. This could more than double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion based batteries and also
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01/23/2018
Ceramic Chip Inductors Provide Q Factors up to 162 at 2.4 GHz
Cary, IL, USA - Coilcraft's new 0402DC Series ceramic wirewound chip inductors offer the industry's highest Q factors in an 0402 (1005) size - up to 162 at 2.4 GHz - for super low loss in high frequency circuits. It is offered in 26 standard inductance values ranging from 3.0 to 120 nH. An additional 73 values
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01/23/2018
Compact Noise Suppression Filters Intended for LED Lighting
TDK Corporation has expanded the MAF series of noise suppression filters with the new MAF2520ASS600C type that is designed especially for LED lighting systems. The new multilayer filter has compact dimensions of just 2.5 mm x 2.0 mm x 0.85 mm and features a suppression of spurious noise between 20 MHz and 100
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01/23/2018
Rugged Data Recorder Provides Fast Results in Interactive Vehicle Testing
Marlborough, Massachusetts — HBM, Inc. announces its new SomatXR CX22B-R data recorder, for acquiring and storing measured data in mobile applications such as vehicle testing. The data recorder is well-suited to be used in harsh environments, with an extended temperature range of -40 to +80°C. Additionally,
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01/23/2018
Bidirectional Current DAC Adjusts the Output Voltage of Virtually any DC/DC Regulator
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC7106, a PMBus I²C controlled precision bidirectional current DAC designed to adjust the output voltage of virtually any DC/DC regulator. Through its PMBus compatible interface, the LTC7106 receives a 7-bit serial code and converts it to a bidirectional
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01/23/2018
Ceramic / Quartz-Based UVC Emitting Diode Delivers Exceptionally Long Lifetime
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new ceramic / quartz-based UVC (short wavelength ultraviolet) emitting diode for sterilization, sanitation, and purification applications. Designed to replace mercury UVC lamps, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMU60CL..-280-125 delivers an extremely long
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01/23/2018
Industrial Grade Liquid Level Switches from SST Support Higher Supply Voltages & Temperatures
Strengthening its widely-used Optomax portfolio of accurate, cost-effective and reliable infra-red (IR) liquid level switches, SST Sensing Ltd. now offers the Optomax Industrial series. These devices offer the same functionality and operational performance as customers
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01/22/2018
Toshiba launches small LDO regulator ICs suitable for IoT applications
Toshiba Electronics Europe released the TCR3UG series of small package, low-dropout (LDO) regulators with an output current of 300mA, that are suitable for power management of IoT modules, wearable devices and smartphones.
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01/22/2018
IQD targets high performance communications applications with new tight stability, low phase noise OCXO
IQD has introduced a new tight stability, low phase noise Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) delivering exceptional frequency stability performance down to ±1ppb (parts per billion) over the full industrial temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees C.
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01/22/2018
Encapsulated and Fully Protected AC/DC Supplies Power Medical, Household, or Industrial Applications up to 30W
The latest RECOM RACM series 18-Watt and 30-Watt AC/DC power supplies, now available at Dengrove Electronic Components, have medical 2-MOPP isolation, come in a compact, IP68-rated, encapsulated, plastic housing, and require no additional external components to meet
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01/22/2018
BCR430U improves efficiency for LED strips with an ultra-low voltage drop linear LED driver IC
Infineon Technologies releases BCR430U, a constant current linear LED driver IC. The BCR430U provides industry-leading drop performance for regulating LED current in standalone operation. No external power transistor is needed. Typical applications for the BCR430U
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01/22/2018
New at Rutronik â€
A new addition to Rutronik’s range of products is the new 64x128 display module from Seacomp-Displaytech, a matrix graphical display that is flexible in use and available in a number of versions. They are in stock and available now at www.rutronik24.com.
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01/22/2018
TTI adds ALPs TACT switches and industrial components to Europe-wide franchise portfolio
TTI, Inc. has signed a pan-European franchise agreement with Alps Electric, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles and industrial equipment.
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01/22/2018
Plug Connectors, Switches, Connection Technology â€
The new, expanded catalog of electromechanical components from Würth Elektronik eiSos is available in English and lists information on 12 standard product groups, including many innovations.  
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01/22/2018
PSDcast - Reference Designs for Wireless Charging Transmitters

Ralf Koedel from Infineon.

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're chatting with Infineon about the company's reference designs for wireless charging transmitters aimed at automotive and consumer applications. Be sure to check out the previous episodes in our wireless power PSDcast series
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01/22/2018
Making Fuel Cells for a Fraction of the Cost

UC Riverside researchers have developed an inexpensive, efficient catalyst material for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells which are among the most promising fuel cell types to power cars and electronics.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Fuel cells have the potential to be a clean and efficient way to run cars, computers, and power stations, but the cost of producing them is limiting their use. That's because a key component of the most common fuel cells is a catalyst made
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01/22/2018
Breakthrough 1,000 Degree C Solar to get First Commercial Trial

This is a particle receiver diagram.

A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy, the dreaded "Valley
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01/22/2018
Thin-Film Chip Inductors Designed for Automotive Signal & Power Applications
AVX Corporation has released a new series of thin film multilayer chip inductors especially designed to meet demanding performance specifications in automotive signal and power applications. Qualified to AEC-Q200, the new automotive-grade
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01/22/2018
Advanced Battery Management System Enables a Safer, Smarter Car of the Future
San Jose, CA and Las Vegas, NV—Automotive OEMs can enhance the safety of their lithium-ion battery packs with robust communications, comprehensive diagnostics, and lower system costs with the MAX17843 12-channel, high-voltage smart sensor data-acquisition device from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Electric
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01/22/2018
Automation Transformers Reduce Total Cost of Ownership
ROSEMONT, IL -- Emerson announced a new SolaHD encapsulated transformer that will help industrial automation professionals lower Total Cost of Ownership through simplified installation, reduced maintenance requirements, and decreased cabling needs. Developed to provide the capacity required for larger
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01/19/2018
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Provide Resolution Bandwidth Down to 1Hz
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies announces a significant addition to its portfolio of RF Test Instrumentation with the introduction of the New RSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer. The RSA5000 combines the power of a high performance swept spectrum analyzer with superior Real-time performance unmatched
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01/19/2018
TRACO POWER’s TVN Series of isolated and fully regulated DC/DC converters combine a high level of efficiency with a low level of output ripple & noise
For noise sensitive applications, switching regulators tend to be ruled out due to the disturbing output ripple and noise. Linear regulators win over a smoothed output voltage but they work inefficient and produce a lot of heat. If the circuit has to be isolated,
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01/18/2018
60 A, 600 V, Ultrafast Recovery Rectifiers Offered in TO-247AD Packages
Plainview, NY - SMC Diode Solutions now provides the dual, high power SDUR60P60WT series of ultrafast rectifiers in a three-leaded TO-247AD (Pb-Free) package.  The robust parts are supplied in the common cathode configuration and notably feature a continuous forward current rating of 60A, a reverse voltage
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01/18/2018
PSDcast - Wireless Charging for Automobiles
In this episode of the PSDcast, we're wrapping up CES 2018 with an exciting new collaboration between On Semiconductor and ConvenientPower Systems. Under the terms of that agreement, ConvenientPower
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01/17/2018
Dimming Fixture Controllers Help Operate a Variety of Lighting Fixtures
Santa Clara, CA – Cortet by CEL announced the availability of Cortet Certified 5 amp and 20 amp Dimming Fixture Controllers from ILLUMRA. These new Dimming Fixture Controllers work within the Cortet Lighting Control System to operate a variety of lighting fixtures, including LED, fluorescent
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01/17/2018
Light-Splitting Greenhouse Film Could Improve Photosynthetic Efficiency

Assistant Professor Ronggui Yang (left) and Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yin in a greenhouse on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

University of Colorado Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification. The
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01/17/2018
Magnetic Liquids Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings

A prototype of the innovative smart windows for controlled shading and solar thermal energy harvesting is presented by Ph.D. student Benjamin Heiz from the research group of Lothar Wondraczek.

(Jena, Germany) Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes.
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01/17/2018
Resistors Deliver Robust Performance in a Small EIA 0402 Outline
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the new HR Series high-value resistors. Featuring a glass wafer sandwich package enabled with AVX’s proprietary, automotive- and medically-qualified FLEXITERM surface-mount termination technology in a small EIA 0402 outline, the
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01/17/2018
256Mb High-Speed CMOS SDRAMs Offered in the 54-Pin TSOP II Package
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory extended its offering of 256Mb high-speed CMOS SDRAMs with new x8 and x4 devices in the 54-pin 400-mil plastic TSOP II package. Internally configured as four banks of 32M x 8 bits and 64M x 4 bits, respectively, the AS4C32M8SA and AS4C64M4SA provide reliable
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01/17/2018
Low-Power Active Mixer Delivers 7GHz Bandwidth & 20dBm OIP3
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the LTC5562, a low-power, high-performance active double-balanced mixer, capable of 50Ω matching over a very wide frequency range of 30MHz to 7GHz. This versatile mixer can be used in either frequency upconversion or downconversion applications, with outstanding conversion
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01/17/2018
CHICAGO – Littelfuse, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS). IXYS is a global pioneer in the power semiconductor market with a focus on medium- to high-voltage power semiconductors across the industrial, communications, consumer and medical device markets.
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01/17/2018
Highly accurate 3-axis magnetometer combines a TMR element and an advanced electronic compass ASIC
AKM and TDK Corporation have jointly developed a highly accurate 3-axis magnetometer that combines an extremely sensitive Tunnel Magneto-Resistive (TMR) element developed by TDK and an advanced electronic compass ASIC designed by AKM in a small package. The new TMR
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01/16/2018
AEC-Q100 qualified dual die angle sensor from Infineon at Rutronik
The dual die 360° angle sensor TLE5012BD from Infineon is designed for angular position sensing in automotive applications such as electrical commutated motors, steering angle measurements or general angular sensing. It detects the orientation of a magnetic field
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01/16/2018
Anglia named Panasonic’s Regional Distributor of the year
Anglia Components today announced that it has been named Regional Distributor of the year 2017 by Panasonic. The award recognises Anglia’s strong sales performance and investment in Panasonic’s product range.  
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01/16/2018
Now at Mouser: UDOO’s BLU Sense Module Provides Bluetooth, Zigbee Extension for IoT Platforms
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the BLU Sense module from UDOO. Fully compatible with UDOO X86 single board computers, the versatile and affordable BLU Sense module provides an ideal wireless I/O extension for Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.
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01/16/2018
Rohde & Schwarz stirs up market with new state-of-the-art embedded oscilloscope family
The new R&S RTM3000 oscilloscope offers bandwidths of 100 MHz, 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz and 1 GHz. The products incorporate a proprietary 5 Gsample/s 10-bit ADC, and each model includes 40 Msample (80 Msample interleaved) per channel acquisition memory with
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01/16/2018
Conrad Business introduces C-Control IoT starter kit 10 for quick-start Internet of Things applications
Conrad introduces the new IoT starter kit C-Control 10. Developed in collaboration with Elco Industrie Automation and Microtronics, the kit simplifies entry into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Industry 4.0, and digitization for enterprises and developers. It
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01/16/2018
The Qt Company and Green Hills Announce Significant Advancements in Integrated Automotive HMI Platforms
The Qt Company and Green Hills Software have announced a collaboration to deliver the latest in human machine interface (HMI) development platforms for integrated automotive digital cockpits, focused on production deployment. Qt and Green Hills showcased the revolutionary
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01/16/2018
Vicor Releases First 20 Amp 24V Cool-Power ZVS Buck
The Cool-Power ZVS Buck, PI3325-00-LGIZ, represents the highest current output ZVS buck to date for 24V/28V applications, providing a regulated 5V output at up to 20A. Packaged within a 10 x 14 x 2.5mm LGA SiP package, the PI3325-00-LGIZ addresses the continued need
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01/16/2018
First fully integrated SVID and PVID enabled Voltage Regulator with highest efficiency and smallest solution size
Infineon Technologies introduces the latest Integrated Point-of-Load (IPOL) family which combines ease of use with high power density. It is the industry’s first fully integrated regulator offering PMBUS, SVID and PVID functionality for powering Intel CPU POL rails,
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01/16/2018
New fully embedded stand-alone Wi-Fi module from Panasonic for highly integrated and cost-effective applications
Panasonic Industry Europe has recently launched a fully embedded stand alone Wi-Fi module for highly integrated and cost-effective applications. The PAN9420 device is a 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n fully embedded Wi-Fi Module with integrated stack and API that minimizes firmware
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01/16/2018
20 A Buck Regulators Provide a Regulated 5V Output
Andover, MA – Vicor announced the expansion of its family of Cool-Power ZVS buck regulators. The new Cool-Power ZVS buck, PI3325-00-LGIZ, represents the highest current output ZVS buck to date for 24V/28V applications, providing a regulated 5V output at up to 20A. Packaged within a 10 x 14
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01/16/2018
Film Resistor Series Delivers Low Inductance Advantages
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. announced a new AEC-Q200-compliant, high-power thick film resistor series. The Bourns Model PWR247T-100 Series is offered in a compact TO-247 package. Engineered with a thick film resistive element on a white alumina ceramic substrate, the latest high-power resistors from Bourns
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Date:
01/16/2018
Slow 'Hot Electrons' Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

This is a laser light exciting the hybrid perovskite material

Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage. University of Groningen Professor of Photophysics
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01/16/2018
Shale Gas is One of The Least Sustainable Ways to Produce Electricity, Research Finds
Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester. Taking into account a range of sustainability aspects and assuming that they are all equally important, the research found that shale gas overall ranks seventh out
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01/16/2018
X-rays Reveal 'Handedness' in Swirling Electric Vortices
Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that gives handedness to swirling electric patterns - dubbed polar vortices - in a synthetically layered material. This property, also known
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01/16/2018
MLCCs Provide Critical PCB Space Savings & Component Weight Reductions
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has extended its space-qualified ESCC QPL 3009 Series X7R multilayer ceramic surface-mount capacitors with new 200V PME MLCCs in 0805–2220 case sizes. Compact, lightweight, and currently available with capacitance values spanning 330pF –
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Date:
01/16/2018
AC Power Source Can Operate as a Fully Integrated Test System
The versatile, microcontroller-based 112AMX linear AC power source can operate as a fully integrated test system for applying a variety of power conditions and transients. It's also an excellent source of stable AC voltage over a frequency range of 20 to 5,000 Hz when using the high-end UPC-12 controller.
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01/16/2018
SiC Schottky Diode Line Reduces Switching Losses, Increases Efficiency and Robustness
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced four new series of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Diodes from its GEN2 product family, which was originally released in May 2017. The LSIC2SD120A08 Series, LSIC2SD120A15 Series, and LSIC2SD120A20 Series offer current ratings of 8A,
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Date:
01/15/2018
Russian Scientists Found Excitons in Nickel Oxide for the First Time

This is a photo made using an electron microscope.

Russian scientists from Ural Federal University (UrFU) together with their colleagues from Institute of Metal Physics of the Ural Department of Russian Academy of Sciences studied fundamental characteristics of nickel oxide nanocrystals and found excitons on the light absorption edge for the first time. An exciton
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Date:
01/12/2018
Push-In Conductor Clamps Offer Quick and Easy Connection
Schaumburg, Illinois -- Rittal Corporation introduces a new generation of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps using push-in technology. For many system integrators, wires and cables connected with screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps can be time-consuming to install. Rittal's new push-in
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Date:
01/12/2018
Thyristors  Provide Enhanced Surge Protection in High-Exposure Environments
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc., introduced two series of SIDACtor protection thyristors optimized to protect equipment located in high exposure environments from severe overvoltage transients. The Pxxx0MEL 5kA Series and Pxxx0FNL 3kA Series SIDACtor protection thyristors offer enhanced reliability
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Date:
01/11/2018
NTU and Volvo to Jointly Develop Autonomous Electric Buses in Singapore

NTU and Volvo will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses at the CETRAN test centre from 2019 and the 40-seater buses will be equipped with GPS and integrated navigation systems that will enable it to drive, park and even charge itself.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Volvo Buses announced today that they will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses in Singapore in 2019. For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public transportation anywhere in the world and it has chosen
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Date:
01/11/2018
Full Value Chain -- Tailored Diode Lasers and UV LEDs

This is a compact laser source generating short optical pulses with widths between 200 picoseconds and 20 nanoseconds, suited e.g. for LiDAR applications.

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) presents novel developments and advancements of its diode lasers and UV light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at Photonics West 2018. The event is hosted in San Francisco (USA) from 30 January - 1 February 2018. FBH is also extensively represented at the accompanying conferences (27
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Date:
01/11/2018
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ -- Airports searching for ways to lower their multimillion dollar electric bills immediately recognized the opportunity to save up to 25% on their power bills upon learning about Stored Air Power's patent filing last week that sets a new paradigm for Compressed Air Energy
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Date:
01/11/2018
CES 2018 Statement on Limited Power Outage
Las Vegas, NV, January 10, 2018 - The following statement is attributed to the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding the limited power outage in the Las Vegas Convention Center: "Today at approximately 11:15 AM, the Central
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Date:
01/11/2018
DC Motors Engineered For an Array of OEM Applications
Syosset, NY - ISL Products International Ltd. announced the expansion of its brush and brushless DC motor and gear motor modification capabilities to further meet the exact specifications of virtually every specialized OEM application.  The newly enhanced engineering capabilities target a broad range of
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Date:
01/10/2018
Dataforth Adds New Module to MAQ 20 Data Acquisition & Control System
Dataforth Corporation has added a Discrete Relay Output Module to the powerful MAQ20 system, significantly increasing system capabilities and flexibility for a wide range of industrial applications. The new MAQ20-DORLY20 module offers 20 isolated SPST latching relay output channels that can switch
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01/10/2018
Transphorm GaN Moves into PC Gaming Market with CORSAIR
GOLETA, Calif.— Transphorm Inc. confirmed that its GaN FETs are used in CORSAIR’s new AX1600i Power Supply Unit (PSU). CORSAIR supplies the gaming community with high-performance products used in custom PCs. The company’s latest product establishes a new class of AC to DC PSUs, as it is
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Date:
01/10/2018
Train Your Fitness Monitor to Deal with Any Lighting Conditions

Figure 1. Wrist-Worn Health and Fitness Monitor

With the proliferation of wearable health monitors among fitness enthusiasts, it may be worth posing the following question: Is the data being produced by these devices always accurate and reliable? In the same way that automobiles encounter real-world driving conditions vastly different from the laboratory
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Date:
01/10/2018
Self-Balancing Supercapacitor Reliability Testing Performance

Figure 1. This graph pair represents Capacitance vs. Time and ESR vs. Time for the SCMT22C505MRBA0 at rated voltage (5V) for 4,000 hours at 85°C.

Supercapacitors are increasing in popularity amongst board-level components. In turn, there is now greater demand for supercapacitor reliability testing data, as sub-ppm component failure rates are critical for minimizing and eliminating PCB rework. The following case study addresses basic supercapacitor
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Date:
01/10/2018
Arrow Electronics presents â€sensor-to-sunset’ IoT portfolio at Embedded World
Under the theme “From Sensor to Sunset,” Arrow Electronics will display its comprehensive, fully integrated IoT portfolio at Embedded World, including sensors, wireless connectivity, gateways to cloud
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Date:
01/09/2018
Voice control module for Raspberry Pi now available from Conrad Business Supplies: universal assistant for smart factories
Talking Pi from Joy-it is an intelligent open source speech control wizard serving as an extension to the Raspberry Pi. The module, now available from Conrad Business Supplies, allows the control of lights,
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Date:
01/09/2018
New development kit from ON Semiconductor enables rapid installation of battery-free smart passive sensors for IoT applications
ON Semiconductor announced a complete wireless battery free sensing solution kit (SPSDEVK1) that allows the company’s innovative
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01/09/2018
imec and Holst Centre Introduce EEG Headset for Emotion Detection
At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Jan. 9-12, 2018, imec and Holst Centre will demonstrate
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Date:
01/09/2018
Toshiba launches two new ICs compliant with Bluetooth Ver. 5.0
Toshiba Electronics Europe today announced two new additions, the TC35680FSG and TC35681FSG, to its line-up of ICs compliant with the Bluetooth low energy Ver. 5.0 communications standard.
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01/09/2018
Rutronik releases Security White Paper
Rutronik has produced a comprehensive white paper on security aspects that will help developers, product managers, and buyers to create secure switching and system concepts, thereby also meeting the requirements
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Date:
01/09/2018
Bosch launches BMA400 ultra-low power accelerometer for wearables and IoT applications
Bosch Sensortec is launching the BMA400, an ultra-low power acceleration sensor for wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The BMA400 draws ten times less current than existing accelerometers
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Date:
01/09/2018
ADI 72V Hybrid Step-Down DC/DC Controller Reduces Solution Size by 50% Compared to Traditional Architectures
Analog Devices announced the Power by Linear LTC7821, an industry first hybrid step-down synchronous controller that merges a switched capacitor circuit with a synchronous step-down controller, enabling
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Date:
01/09/2018
Solid State Supplies offers world’s smallest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module
Solid State Supplies offers world’s smallest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module  
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Date:
01/09/2018
It is no surprise that electronic equipment can get hot. This is because electrical currents running through semiconductors and other components create thermal losses. Especially in IT equipment the losses in the form of heat dissipation can be quite significant. As much as 40
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Date:
01/09/2018
No Inductors Required

Figure 1. Simplified Charge Pump Block Diagram of a Voltage Inverter

A fundamental axiom for switching power supplies is that they must not generate a lot of noise. Accordingly, quiet, well-regulated power supplies are important for optimum performance in many circuit applications. In order to attain this level of performance it is critical to be able to mitigate any noise generated
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Date:
01/09/2018
Magnetics and Power Supplies â€
One of the key design issues of power supplies are the magnetics used in them.  The magnetics are core to the safety – compliance, efficiency, thermal performance, de-rating, size and weight – and are therefore linked to the overall viability of the power supply product. It is my privilege
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Date:
01/09/2018
TMR 3-Axis Magnetometer Achieves High Sensitivity of 10 nT/LSB
TDK Corporation and Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) have jointly developed a highly accurate 3-axis magnetometer that combines an extremely sensitive tunnel magneto-resistive (TMR) element developed by TDK and an advanced electronic compass ASIC designed by AKM in a very small package. The new TMR
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Date:
01/09/2018
Mouser Now Stocking Linear Technology Portfolio from Analog Devices
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces an expanded global distribution agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. to stock the full line of Linear Technology products, including all power products from the new Power by Linear division. “We are very excited about what this expanded global partnership brings
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Date:
01/09/2018
72V Hybrid Step-Down DC/DC Controller Reduces Solution Size by 50%
NORWOOD, Mass.-- Analog Devices, Inc.  announced the Power by Linear LTC7821, an industry first hybrid step-down synchronous controller that merges a switched capacitor circuit with a synchronous
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Date:
01/09/2018
MENDHAM, N.J.— At APEC 2018, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association's (PSMA) Transportation Power Electronics Technical Committee will sponsor an APEC Industry Session titled: “Vehicle
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Date:
01/09/2018
JUNO BEACH, Fla./PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company announced the latest major milestones in its ongoing strategy of advancing clean energy affordably for customers: the retirement of one of Florida's largest coal-fired power plants and the opening of four new solar power plants comprised of more
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Date:
01/09/2018
Science for a Resilient EU Power Grid
Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts can trigger accidents and bring economic activity to
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Date:
01/05/2018
Study Boosts Hope for Cheaper Fuel Cells

Simulations by Rice University scientists show how carbon nanomaterials may be optimized to replace expensive platinum in cathodes for electricity-generating fuel cells for transportation and other applications.

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons may be suitable replacements for platinum for fast oxygen reduction, the key reaction in fuel cells that transform chemical energy into electricity, according to Rice University researchers. The findings are from computer simulations
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Date:
01/05/2018
DIN Rail Mounted Buffer Module Keeps Your Output Voltage Regulated
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces the new LDX-B20, a microprocessor-controlled buffer unit rated at 20A and usable in 12, 24, 48 and 72 V systems. It monitors output voltage from a DC power supply and, in the case of failure, keeps the output regulated for at least 300 ms at full
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Date:
01/05/2018
New ultra low power 32.768kHz clock oscillator with superior stability performance
With the number of electronics applications requiring low power performance continuing to rise, IQD has launched the new IQXO-610, a 32.768kHz clock oscillator with ultra low current draw down to 1µA typical with no load at 3.3V and 1.5μA typical at 5V no load.
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Date:
01/04/2018
Conrad Business Supplies now offers vibration-proof hybrid capacitors from Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe
Conrad Business Supplies has begun to stock Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe’s series of EEH-ZA and EEH-ZC hybrid capacitors. These capacitors combine the advantages of electrolytic capacitors with those made of solid polymer. Their resistance
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Date:
01/04/2018
Female Power Contacts for 2mm Pitch Connectors
Harwin has announced the introduction of a new female contact for its Datamate connectors that enables significant increases in power delivery levels to be realized. Utilizing a unique, proprietary 6-finger design which is machined from a single piece of beryllium
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Date:
01/04/2018
MENDHAM, NJ—  The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) are jointly sponsoring the third high-frequency magnetics workshop,
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Date:
01/04/2018
Supercapacitors Provide Peak Power Needed for Delivering Real-Time Wellness Vibration Alerts

Spire Health Tag compared to a US quarter to demonstrate size.

CAP-XX announced that Spire has incorporated CAP-XX Thinline supercapacitors into the new Spire Health Tag to provide the peak power needed for delivering real-time wellness vibration alerts to consumers. Offloading this peak power role to the thin, flat supercapacitor allows Spire to
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Date:
01/04/2018
DDR3 and DDR3L SDRAMs Provide Transfer Rates of 1600Mbps and Clock Rates of 800MHz
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that it has expanded the industry's widest offering of high-speed CMOS DDR3 and low-voltage DDR3L SDRAMs with new 512Mb x8 and x16 devices in the 78-ball and 96-ball FBGA packages, respectively. Featuring a DDR architecture, the SDRAMs provide extremely fast transfer
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Date:
01/04/2018
PSDcast - Wireless Power and CES 2018
In this episode of the PSDCast, we welcome Powercast's Dr. Charles Greene back to the show to help preview the Consumer Electronics Show and his company's RF-based consumer transmitter for power-over-distance
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Date:
01/04/2018
A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn't Pollute

L.S. Fan, Distinguished University Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, holds samples of materials developed in his laboratory that enable clean energy technologies.

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. In the first of two papers published in the journal
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Date:
01/03/2018
Laser Evaporation Technology to Create New Solar Materials

This is a closer look at the target of frozen solution that contains the building blocks for the solar cell material.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique could be the gateway to new generations of solar cells, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. The research
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Date:
01/03/2018
Exploring Electrolysis for Energy Storage

A Kyushu University research team realized continuous electrochemical synthesis of an alcoholic compound from a carboxylic acid using a polymer electrolyte alcohol electrosynthesis cell, which enables direct power charge into alcoholic compound.

Fukuoka - Interest in renewable energy continues to burgeon. Many renewables, though, can be frustratingly intermittent - when the sun stops shining, or the wind stops blowing, the power flickers. The fluctuating supply can be partly smoothed-out by energy storage during peak production times. However, storing
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Date:
01/02/2018

 



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