Notable & Newsworthy

May 2018
Paving The Way For Safer, Smaller Batteries And Fuel Cells

The researchers' new structure self-assembles into hairpin shapes, resulting in acid-lined channels that allow for efficient transport of protons across the electrolyte.

Fuel cells and batteries provide electricity by generating and coaxing positively charged ions from a positive to a negative terminal which frees negatively charged electrons to power cellphones, cars, satellites, or whatever else they are connected to. A critical part of these devices is the barrier between
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05/31/2018
Gate Driver Core Optimized for SiC MOSFET Modules
Philadelphia, PA—AgileSwitch, LLC introduces the ASC1 (AgileSwitch Software Configurable Core) SiC MOSFET gate driver core. A family of tested reference adapter boards will provide compatibility with most SiC MOSFET modules. Applications including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units
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05/31/2018
Wireless Power Demonstration Kit Capable of Receiving up to 27 W at 19 V
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the availability of a complete class 4 wireless power kit, the EPC9129. The system can transmit up to 33 W while operating at 6.78 MHz (the lowest ISM band). The kit comes complete with two receivers, each with a regulated output -
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05/31/2018

Less is More When it Comes to Predicting Molecules' Conductivity

UChicago grad student Manas Sajjan, left, and prof. David Mazziotti, hold a model depicting a molecule on which they tested a better approach for predicting conductivity.

The smaller and smarter that phones and devices become, the greater the need to build smaller circuits. Forward-thinking scientists in the 1970s suggested that circuits could be built using molecules instead of wires, and over the past decades that technology has become reality. The trouble is, some
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05/31/2018
1000W Parallel High-Performance Power Supply Achieves High Efficiency up to 94%
MEAN WELL has launched the PFC enclosed type power supply HRPG-600 series. To offer more choices of high power products, MEAN WELL extends the output power up to 1000W for the HRPG-1000 series. The primary feature for HRPG-1000 series is sharing the same mechanism with the HRPG-600 series. Customers
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05/31/2018
Los Angeles, CA – Symmetry Electronics was named North American Regional Distributor of the Year at Digi’s Global IoT Conference on May 22, 2018. As an authorized distributor of Digi products, Symmetry Electronics provides a focused and curated line card with ready-to-ship inventory for
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05/31/2018
Campbell, CA — KodaCloud, Inc. announced the addition of their eNOC service, a powerful add-on to the company’s original Wi-Fi as a Service offering. The new eNOC service enables customers to subscribe to KodaCloud’s award winning service without needing to change their existing hardware.
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05/30/2018
Building Nanomaterials For Next-Generation Computing

Nanoscientists at Northwestern University have developed a blueprint to fabricate new heterostructures from different types of 2-D materials. The researchers describe their blueprint in the Journal of Applied Physics. In this image: Top: Vertical MoSe2-WSe2 heterostructure, radial MoS2-WS2 heterostructure, hybrid MoS2-WS2 heterostructure and Mose2-WSe2 alloy building block representations and crystal structure models Bottom: Vertical MoSe2-WSe2 heterostructure crystal structure model

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 30, 2018 -- Nanoscientists at Northwestern University have developed a blueprint to fabricate new heterostructures from different types of 2-D materials. 2-D materials are single atom layers that can be stacked together like "nano-interlocking building blocks." Materials scientists
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05/30/2018
DC Product Offering Supports a Wide Range of Automotive Applications
DALLAS, TX -- Orion Fans has expanded its DC product offering to provide enhanced cooling solutions for automotive applications. Orion Fans' extensive DC fan and blower product line delivers efficient cooling solutions for automotive applications including air conditioning, air filtering,
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05/30/2018
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Excelsys Technologies announced the launch of the CoolX1800, the new, intelligent modular power supply platform that delivers 1800W of output power in a compact size. The CoolX1800 offers system designers in the medical and industrial electronics industries increased efficiency and reliability,
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05/30/2018
Vishay Intertechnology Launches Its First Automotive-Grade Phototransistor Optocoupler
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched its first Automotive Grade phototransistor optocoupler, the VOMA617A. The new device combines a high-current transfer ratio (CTR) with a low forward current of 5 mA in the compact SOP-4 mini-flat package, which saves 30 % PCB space compared to the DIP-4
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05/30/2018
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Microsemi Corporation announced its extremely low inductance package dedicated to high current, low specific on-resistance (RDSon) Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET power modules. The
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05/29/2018
Rogers Corporation's Power Electronics Solutions Group to Introduce ROLINX CapLink Solutions at PCIM 2018
Eschenbach, Germany – Rogers Corporation’s Power Electronics Solutions (PES) group will be exhibiting at PCIM Europe and introducing ROLINX CapLink Solutions.   PCIM Europe (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion) is the international leading exhibition
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05/29/2018
Better, Faster, Stronger: Building Batteries That Don't Go Boom

The diamond-tipped probe Herbert and Hackney use for their research is incredibly sensitive and must be housed in a compartment that muffles any sort of vibrations.

There's an old saying: "You must learn to walk before you learn to run." Despite such wisdom, numerous industries skip the basics and sign up for marathons instead, including the battery industry. Lithium ion batteries hold incredible promise for improved storage capacity, but they are volatile.
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05/29/2018
3-line EMC Filters Satisfy Current Requirements up to 280 A
TDK Corporation is expanding the B84243* series of EPCOS 3-line EMC filters to include 10 new types for currents of up to 280 A. All 18 types in the series are designed for a rated voltage of 530 V AC. The performance of this series of filters has been optimized for adherence to limit values in
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05/29/2018
Graphene Layered With Magnetic Materials Could Drive Ultrathin Spintronics

Andreas Schmid, left, and Gong Chen are pictured here with the spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy (SPLEEM) instrument at Berkeley Lab. The instrument was integral to measurements of ultrathin samples that included graphene and magnetic materials.

Researchers working at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) coupled graphene, a monolayer form of carbon, with thin layers of magnetic materials like cobalt and nickel to produce exotic behavior in electrons that could be useful for next-generation computing applications. The
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05/29/2018
Ceramic Capacitor Series Expands to Include Smaller Case Sizes and Increased Capacitance Values
KEMET has expanded its industry-leading X7R 250 volt multilayer ceramic capacitor series to include smaller case sizes and increased capacitance values. These compact surface mount technology footprints benefit designers in saving printed circuit board space while reaching capacitance values up to 0.47 microfarads
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05/25/2018
Indigenous Communities Moving Away From Government Utilities
Indigenous communities are rejecting non-indigenous energy projects in favour of community-led sustainable energy infrastructure. The switch has led to some improvements in economic and social development as well as capacity-building for self-governance, according to a study from the University of
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05/25/2018
It's a whole new way of thinking about sensors. The tiny fibers developed at EPFL are made of elastomer and can incorporate materials like electrodes and nanocomposite polymers. The fibers can detect even the slightest pressure and strain and can withstand deformation of close to 500% before recovering their
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05/25/2018
Smallest 20 Watt Medical DC-DC Converter with Wide 2:1 Input Range
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THM 20 family of medical 20 Watt DC/DC converters with a wide 2:1 input range in a 1.0 x 1.6 x 0.40” footprint. The THM 20 series are a reliable solution not only for medical equipment but also for demanding ITE applications such as transportation,
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05/25/2018
PSDcast - SiC MOSFETS for Automotive and Industrial Applications
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Microsemi’s Avi Kashyap about SiC MOSFETs and their use in automotive and industrial applications. For more, check out our previous episode on SiC MOSFETs here:
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05/24/2018
Silicon Breakthrough Could Make Key Microwave Technology Much Cheaper And Better
Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. "Until now, this was considered impossible," said C.R. Selvakumar, an
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05/24/2018
Could a Particle Accelerator Using Laser-Driven Implosion Become a Reality?

This is a schematic view of a bubble implosion, which is an envisioned picture showing the whole main events integrated, i.e., laser illumination, hot electron spread, implosion, and proton flash.

Laser pulse compression technology invented in the late 1980s developed high-power short-pulse laser techniques, enhancing laser intensity 10-million-fold in a quarter of a century. Scientists at Osaka University discovered a novel particle acceleration mechanism called 'Micro-bubble implosion,' in
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05/24/2018
DALLAS, TX -- Orion Fans honored Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, with a 2017 Top Distributor of the Year award at EDS 2018 in Las Vegas, NV for largest volume increase. The Golden Fan Awards are presented annually to the distributors with the best sales growth.
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05/24/2018
Maxim's Digital Class D Speaker Amplifiers Deliver the Highest Efficiency in a Compact, Cost-Effective Plug-and-Play Solution
With the MAX98357 and MAX98358 digital-input Class D audio power amplifiers by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM), designers can achieve highest efficiency in a compact, cost-efficient plug-and-play solution. Despite their ultra-small form factors, these
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05/23/2018
Gresham Power Electronics introduces a low profile 225 Watt Ultra High Density AC/DC ITE and Medical Power Supply
Gresham Power Electronics announces the introduction of its latest micro-footprint, Ultra High Density (UHD) 225W output power supply the OF(M)225. The OF(M)225 Series of open frame switching power supplies utilises a highly advanced circuit topology to deliver 225 Watts with fan cooling and 120 Watts
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05/23/2018
Powerbox announces four new series of extra-wide input DC/DC converters for railway and transportation industry
Powerbox announces the launch of four new series of extra-wide input voltage range, 8W to 20W board-mounted DC/DC converters for railway and transportation industry. With a 13:1 input voltage range of 12V to 160V, the MAD33 (8W), MAD32 (10W), MAE35 (15W) and MAF35 (20W) have been developed to provide systems
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05/23/2018
WÃrth Elektronik successfully completing research project of assistance system with adaptive human-machine interaction  .
To make physically strenuous works easier was one of the aims. To give to the craftspeople additional information about the upcoming works, was another aim. The „third arm“ for craftsmen makes both possible: Effective support of the craftsman on the one hand
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05/23/2018
RS Components now stocking new series of high-efficiency fans and controllers from ebm-papst
RS Components (RS) has announced the availability of new energy-efficient fan controllers together with the 4300N series of fans from ebm-papst, one of the world’s leading makers of high-efficiency fans and motor products.
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05/23/2018
Infineon prepares for long-term growth and invests â1.6 billion in new 300-millimeter chip factory in Austria
Infineon Technologies is to build a new factory for power semiconductors. The market and technology leader in this segment will thereby create the foundation for long-term, profitable growth. A fully automated chip factory for manufacturing 300-millimeter thin wafers
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05/23/2018
 Flex Power Modules announces new BGA packaging option for digital point-of-load DC/DC converters
Flex Power Modules today announced that its BMR466 and BMR461 digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC power modules are now available to customers with BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaging, as well as in their original compact LGA (Land Grid Array) package. Both modules target
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05/23/2018
Toshiba releases new three-phase brushless fan motor driver IC
Toshiba Electronics Europe (“Toshiba”) today announced the launch of the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The new device is intended for small fan applications in servers, home
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05/23/2018
Imec and Unisantis Unveil Ultra-Scaled EUV-Enabled Surrounding Gate Transistor SRAM Cell
At this week’s Imec Technology Forum (ITF 2018) in Antwerp, imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technology, and Unisantis Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd ( Unisantis ), a leading developer of Surrounding Gate Transistor
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05/23/2018
TI’s LMZM3360x Power Modules, Now at Mouser, Integrate 36V Buck Converter and Power Circuitry in a Compact Package
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the LMZM33602 and LMZM33603 power modules from Texas Instruments (TI). These completely integrated 4 V–36 V power module solutions combine a step-down DC-to-DC converter with power MOSFETs, a shielded inductor, and passive components
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05/23/2018
PULS 240W and 480W DIN-Rail Power Supplies available with Internal Decoupling and Hot-Swap Connections
The CP10.241.R2 and CP20.241.R2 offer output power of 240W and 480W respectively and both feature hot-swap connectors ensuring no-break power in mission critical applications. Other standard features include universal AC input, active power factor correction (PFC),
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05/23/2018
Appending Triphenyltriazine to 1,10-Phenanthroline

The green phosphorescent OLED that contained the doped electron-transport layer TRZ-m-Phen:Liq showed high efficiency and operational stability.

There has been an increasing demand for high-performant and cost-effective organic electron-transport materials for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The design of a desirable electron-transport material may present a demanding challenge since many factors and the complex trade-offs therein have to be taken
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05/23/2018
Columbia Researchers Squeeze Light Into Nanoscale Devices and Circuits

The best pictorial representation of a surface plasmon polariton is in terms of a 'ripple' of electron density on the surface of graphene sample.

New York, NY--As electronic devices and circuits shrink into the nanoscale, the ability to transfer data on a chip, at low power with little energy loss, is becoming a critical challenge. Over the past decade, squeezing light into tiny devices and circuits has been a major goal of nanophotonics researchers.
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05/23/2018
Beyond the Limits of Conventional Electronics: Stable Organic Molecular Nanowires

(a) Molecular structure of the COPV6(SH)2 molecule. (b) Top and cross-sectional views of an ELGP nanogap electrode. (c) Different ways in which the molecule binds with the nanogap. The thermally stable device is obtained when the first type of binding (SAuSH) occurs.

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology created the first thermally stable organic molecular nanowire devices using a single 4.5-nm-long molecule placed inside electroless gold-plated nanogap electrodes. The traditional methods and materials used for the fabrication of modern integrated circuits
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05/23/2018
Compact Synchronous Buck Converters Provide Industry's Lowest EMI Performance for Automotive Infotainment and ADAS Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Automotive designers can significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The compact converters, which offer the industry's lowest EMI performance for low-voltage point-of-load
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05/23/2018
Atomic-Scale Manufacturing Now a Reality
Scientists at the University of Alberta have applied a machine learning technique using artificial intelligence to perfect and automate atomic-scale manufacturing, something which has never been done before. The vastly greener, faster, smaller technology enabled by this development greatly reduces impact on
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05/23/2018
Programmable AC-DC Power Supply Provides 1400W in Rack & Benchtop Configurations
Easton, PA...Acopian Power Supplies announced the availability of a new family of single output programmable AC-DC power supplies and wide-adjust output programmable AC-DC power supplies. Single output voltages range from 10V to 270V and current capabilities up to 120A and wide-adjust voltages
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05/22/2018
Power to the People

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Masood Parvania has received a $2 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to build a new laboratory and develop technology that would help communities get their power back online faster in the wake of a natural disaster or cyberattack.

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico last September, which left nearly all the island's 3.4 million residents without power, is one of the most frightening scenarios for a metropolis: A natural disaster or cyberattack wipes out a city's power grid. But University of Utah electrical and computer
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05/22/2018
Non-Plasma High-Speed Anisotropic Diamond Etching With Nickel in 1000°C Water Vapor

Left: A single crystal diamond with a hole that is perforated by the high-rate etching technique. Center: Single crystal diamond wafer with regular trench structures produced by the anisotropic etching technique. Right: Top view of such a trench structure and a schematic image of its cross-section.

World energy consumption has been increasing year by year, and a global-scale energy shortage is of great concern. Because of this reason, it is important to use the energy (electricity) produced by power generation even more efficiently, the key to which is the development of power devices*1) that control the
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05/22/2018
30 kW Three-Phase Vienna PFC Reference Design Ideally Suited for Fast EV Charging and Industrial Applications
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.— Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its new scalable 30-kilowatt (kW), three-phase Vienna power factor correction (PFC) topology reference design featuring its Silicon Carbide (SiC) diodes and MOSFETS. Developed in collaboration with North Carolina State
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05/22/2018
Flexible, Highly Efficient Multimodal Energy Harvesting

A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to Penn State researchers.

A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to Penn State researchers. In the search for ways to harvest small amounts of energy
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05/21/2018
Step-Down Synchronous DC/DC Converters Compatible with 18V Input and 3A Peak Output
Torex Semiconductor Ltd. has launched the XC9280 series of step-down synchronous DC/DC converters, which are compatible with 18V input and 3A peak output and have a 70% smaller package area than previous products. Products in the XC9280 series support 18V input and 3A peak output, and have a switching
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05/21/2018
Hotstick USA Licenses ORNL Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety

ORNL inventors Bruce Warmack, left, and Nance Ericson display an early prototype of the DC hotstick.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - North Carolina-based Hotstick USA has exclusively licensed a direct-current detector technology developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages. In emergency situations, first response teams often rely
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05/21/2018
Leading-Edge Energy Storage Technology Concept

The FLASC prototype deployed in Dockyard Creek in Malta's Grand Barbour.

Project FLASC (Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression) is a novel and leading edge energy storage technology concept. The FLASC prototype consists of a dual-vessel compressed air energy storage system. One pressure vessel mounted on a concrete gravity anchor is placed
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05/21/2018
High-Speed PIN Photodiode Offers Enhanced Sensitivity for Visible Light, Enables Slim Sensor Designs for Wearables
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadens its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a new high-speed silicon PIN photodiode with enhanced sensitivity for visible light. Featuring a rectangular 4.8 mm by 2.5 mm top-view, surface-mount package with an industry-low 0.48 mm profile —
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05/21/2018
Advanced Biofuels can be Produced Extremely Efficiently, Confirms Industrial Demonstration

The combustion boiler in the Chalmers Power Central was converted to a gasifier in 2007. Since then, more than 200 man-years of research have been devoted to gasification technology. The power central produces district heating and cooling that covers Chalmers University of Technologys' entire needs. The first boilers in the power central were built in 1947.

A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, who now, after ten years of energy research
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05/21/2018
Advanced Materials: Processing Glass Like a Polymer

This is an image of glassomer. Glassomer can be milled, turnered, lasered or processed in CNC machines - just like a conventional polymer.

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequisites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. For efficient, high-quality machining, however, adequate processes are lacking. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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05/18/2018
2MHz Boost/SEPIC/Inverter Features 2A, 100V Power Switch & 9ÂμA IQ
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8361, a current mode, 2MHz multitopology DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 100V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 2.8V to 60V, and is suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion battery to multicell
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05/17/2018
LaFox, IL – Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced a new distribution agreement with Fuji Electric Corp of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. The agreement aligns with both companies’ commitment to providing unsurpassed value to customers. Richardson
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05/17/2018
Bitcoin's burgeoning electricity demands have attracted almost as much attention as the cryptocurrency's wildly fluctuating value. But estimating exactly how much electricity the Bitcoin network uses, necessary for understanding its impact and implementing policy, remains a challenge. In the first rigorously
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05/17/2018
Porous Materials Make it Possible to Have Nanotechnology Under Control

This is an image of the porous material studied in this paper.

Half metal, half organic structure, like Robocop himself, is the material known as MOF, short for Metal Organic Framework. MOF has been developed by scientists and applied to a myriad of products from sorbents to batteries for electronic devices. This material emerged from the nanotechnology revolution that
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05/17/2018
PSDcast - Wi-Fi as-a-Service With AI Support

Huw Rees, Business Development Advisor at KodaCloud

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Huw Rees with KodaCloud about his company's Wi-Fi as-a-service, a model that uses proactive Artificial Intelligence (AI) support. For
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05/17/2018
Ultrasonic Dual-Head Welder Achieves High-Strength Welding of High Voltage Terminals Without Causing Fracturing
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania—Automotive component manufacturers now have a reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for assembling high-voltage terminals used for storage in electric and hybrid vehicles. Sonobond Ultrasonics’ Dual Head Spot Welder, equipped with special tooling,
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05/17/2018
Wireless Power Receiver Charges Smart Cards, Other Compact Devices Over The Air
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Powercast Corporation announced a smaller Powerharvester wireless power receiver and RF-to-DC converter chip (PCC114) for its Powerharvester Chipset (comprised of a wireless power receiver chip and complementary boost converter IC). Designed for embedding
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05/17/2018
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of miniature snap-in power aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Ideal for power supplies, solar inverters, and industrial motor controls, the Vishay BCcomponents 259 PHM-SI series combines 30 % higher ripple current than previous-generation components
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05/16/2018
Main Regularities of Thermal Expansion and Thermal Stability of Layered Ferroelectrics Established

During the transition to the paraelectric state, the compounds' linear parameters increase more evenly throughout the bulk of the material. This information is important for predicting the behavior of the material under specified operating conditions.

The scientists of the Lobachevsky University and the Institute of Low Temperatures and Structural Research in Wroclaw (Poland) conducted unique studies of oscillation properties using modern methods of optical spectroscopy. Bismuth-containing layered perovskites, first described by Aurivillius, have
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05/16/2018
Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers also equals zero.
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05/15/2018
A New Method For Studying Semiconductor Nanoparticles Has Been Tested
A team from Siberian Federal University and Kirensky Institute of Physics (Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences) applied a new method to study nanoparticles made of cadmium telluride (CdTe). They used a peculiar feature of this compound: its interaction with light differs depending on the magnetic
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05/15/2018
AC LED Modules Pass 4kV Surge Testing
Ansan, South Korea – Seoul Semiconductor has demonstrated a 277V AC lighting module using its NanoDriver Series LED driver that complies with the industry standard 4kV surge testing. Prior to this, AC LED modules have been mainly used only in residential lighting applications due to the technology’s limited
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05/15/2018
Range of Rugged DC Link Capacitors Intended for Rated Voltages Between 450 V DC and 1100 V DC
TDK Corporation has extended its range of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications. The B3277*H series now provides types for particularly harsh environmental conditions. The robustness has been verified in a temperature, humidity, bias (THB) test at 60°C, 95 percent relative humidity, and the rated voltage
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05/15/2018
Cloud-based Secure Remote Access Solution Designed for Effortless Connection to IoT Devices
BREA, CA -- To better serve the needs of OEMs and machine builders, Moxa has launched a new Remote Connect Suite that provides an easier and more secure way to connect
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05/15/2018
Scientists Discover how a Pinch of Salt can Improve Battery Performance

When the MOF is carbonised it transforms into a nano-diatom, much like a dragon egg turns into a fire-born dragon after fire treatment in Game of Thrones.

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries. They found that adding salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then
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05/14/2018
Lignin -- A Supergreen Fuel for Fuel Cells

Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University have developed a fuel cell that uses lignin, a cheap by-product from paper manufacture and one of the most common biopolymers.

Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University have developed a fuel cell that uses lignin, a cheap by-product from paper manufacture and one of the most common biopolymers. Approximately 25% of a tree is lignin - a biopolymer that glues the cellulose fibres together
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05/14/2018
Frequency-Stable Laser Systems for Space

Used to demonstrate the first optical frequency standard based on molecular iodine in space.

For the first time a frequency reference based on molecular iodine was successfully demonstrated in space! What sounds a bit like science fiction is an important step towards laser interferometric distance measurements between satellites as well as for future global navigation satellite systems based on optical
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05/14/2018
European Cities Soon to be Ready for Autonomous Vehicles

This is the autonomous vehicle Navya Arma (model DL4) acquired by the Transports publics genevois (tpg) in August 2017.

Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. They should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and
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05/14/2018
Waterloo Chemists Create Faster and More Efficient Way to Process Information

This is professor Pavle Radovanovic in front of the magnetic circular dichroism system used in this study.

University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in certain
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05/11/2018
Bubbly Graphene: How Cool or Hot Are You?

Bubbles form when molecules are trapped between the graphene sheet and the silica (SiO2/Si) substrate. The image shows also the hottest spot in red, which corresponds to the highest part of the bubble.

A team of researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have measured and controlled the temperature of individual graphene bubbles with a single laser beam for the first time. The study is now available from Physical Review Letters. The
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05/10/2018
AC LED Modules Offered in Designs From 200 to 10,000 Lumens
ANSAN, KOREA - Seoul Semiconductor announces a comprehensive series of AC LED modules that use the company’s patented Acrich AC LED technology. The modules are offered in designs from 200 to 10,000 lumens in round, rectangular and linear formats. These AC modules integrate Seoul
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05/10/2018
Energy Storage Capacitors Provide Long Life and High Moisture Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of ruggedized ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh, high humidity environments. Vishay BC components 225 EDLC-R ENYCAP capacitors are the industry's
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05/10/2018
1.5kW Digital Totem Pole PFC Design for Air-Conditioner Using iMOTION Digital Controller

Figure 1: Simplified hardware diagram

A lot of research focuses on bridgeless PFC in order to achieve higher system efficiency compared to traditional boost PFC. Most of the bridgeless PFC solutions suffer from EMI issues, which cause problems in applications where an  inverter stage shares the same ground. In this case, the PFC
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Date:
05/09/2018
In-House Processing brings cost-effective cloud coverage Brings Cost-Effective Cloud Coverage
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog on Google and its tensor processing units. The company had just launched the second generation of its powerful ICs that provide the computing power for its vast datacentres around the world. The processors are specifically designed for the complex AI computational tasks found
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Date:
05/09/2018
Active Bridge Rectifiers Reduce Heat Dissipation Within PoE Security Cameras

Figure 1. Auxiliary Input and PoE Power Architecture

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Date:
05/09/2018
Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors and Packaging
It’s forward thinking and necessary to have the terms “wide-bandgap semiconductors” and “packaging” in the same sentence. Several years ago, I was involved in the emerging stages of wide-bandgap semiconductor devices. In a meeting, I mentioned that device success in the marketplace required a focus
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Date:
05/09/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic, Inc. has announced that its industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform—powered by the industry-leading ThreadX RTOS—provides turnkey support for the AndesCore 32-bit N25 and 64-bit NX25 RISC-V processors. RISC-V, a standard open architecture ISA under the governance of the RISC-V
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Date:
05/09/2018
TDK Corporation announced that TDK acquired Faraday Semi LLC, a U.S.-based venture-backed company engaged in the design of advanced power semiconductor ICs. Faraday Semi is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TDK. Faraday Semi, based in California, USA, is a fast-growing semiconductor company with innovations
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Date:
05/09/2018
High-Frequency Air Bearing Vibration Exciter Intended for High-Volume Accelerometer Calibrations and Sensor Quality Assurance Testing
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. has introduced the Model CAL25HF high-frequency electrodynamic air bearing vibration exciter.   The Model CAL25HF offers improved transverse performance over traditional flexural-based calibration
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Date:
05/09/2018
1W DC/DC Converter Series Meet the Demanding Requirements of GaN Drivers With a 5200VDC Isolation
PLANO, Texas – Rutronik Inc. has announced that Recom has released the isolated 1W DC/DC converter RP-xx06S Series to power the latest GaN (gallium nitride) drivers. The converters meet the demanding requirements of GaN drivers with a 5200VDC isolation and a low isolation capacitance of less than 10pF. The
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Date:
05/09/2018
156 W Isolated Qtr. Brick DC/DC Converter Designed for Passenger Wi-Fi
Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces the 0RQB-C2Q12LG, an industry standard footprint quarter brick DC/DC converter equipped to run from a railway and bus datacom-friendly 9-36 V input range, which produces 156
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Date:
05/08/2018
Alliance Memory Expands Low-Power SDRAM Portfolio
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that its SDRAM portfolio now features a wide variety of components that combine low-power consumption with power-saving features to extend battery life in mobile devices. Alliance Memory's lineup of high-speed CMOS mobile low-power SDRAMs includes SDR
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Date:
05/08/2018
PSDcast - The Perks of SiC MOSFETs
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Levi Gant from Littelfuse about arguably the hottest topic in power electronics, silicon carbide. Littelfuse put out a comprehensive white paper titled “State of
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Date:
05/08/2018
Electric Pump System Delivers Hydraulic/Liquid Pressures to 36,500 psi
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Co. (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces the eTensifer pump, the first-of-its-kind high-pressure electric pump system. The "plug and play" eTensifier simply plugs into a wall outlet - no need for an air compressor like other high-pressure pumps on the market.
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Date:
05/08/2018
Hawthorne, CA – Symmetry Electronics has moved its inventory warehouse from Los Angeles, CA to Fort Worth, TX. to consolidate distribution operations with the TTI family of companies. The move allows Symmetry to better accommodate customers with expanded inventory and improved warehouse capacity. Symmetry
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Date:
05/08/2018
Portfolio of High-Voltage Contactors Extended for High Current Capabilities up to 500 A
TDK Corporation has extended its HVC series of high-voltage contactors with the new HVC300 and HVC500 types with current capabilities of 300 A and 500 A, respectively. The new contactors can switch high voltages of up to 900 V DC, while types for 1200 V DC are available on request. Their gas-filled
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Date:
05/08/2018
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced Dynamic Reverse Pulsing (DRP), a power configuration technology that is marked by providing a higher deposition rate, lower substrate heating and higher power output on magnetrons. DRP’s unique capabilities transform the paradigm in reactive
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Date:
05/08/2018
Europe Aims to Become a World-Class Commercializer of Fuel Cell Technology
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a five-year European consortium worth more than EUR 10 million, which is developing commercial applications from SOFC fuel cell technology. The aim is to implement the reliable production of low-emission electricity and heat, which will lead to significant
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Date:
05/07/2018
Regulators Feature I2C Control
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced and new family of  EZBuck regulators featuring I2C control. The first two members of the family are the 4A AOZ2231CQI-01 and the 8A AOZ2233CQI-02. The new devices provide a compact, efficient power converter solution
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Date:
05/07/2018
Low-Profile, High-Efficiency Sine Wave Inverters Deliver 1kVA Sine Wave Output
ABSOPULSE Electronics’ CTP 1000-F7W is a 1kVA addition to its line of compact, low profile DC-AC inverters with 3-phase pure sine output voltage. The use of the latest silicon carbide semiconductor technology contributes to 90% conversion efficiency at full load, ensuring high power density and significantly
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Date:
05/07/2018
2 Watt Medical DC-DC Converter Measures Only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TIM 2 and TIM 2 SM family of medical 2 Watt DC/DC converters in compact DIP 16 or SMD 16 Package that measures only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40” The TIM 2 series is ideal for healthcare products where small size and applied parts to patient (BF classification) is required. The
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Date:
05/07/2018
AEC-Q101-Qualified High Voltage Thyristors and Diodes Provide Wide Voltage and Current Ranges
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 37 new high voltage thyristors and diodes for automotive applications. Qualified to AEC-Q101, the Vishay Semiconductors devices offer repetitive voltages from 600 V to 1600 V and wide current ranges in three package options. The
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Date:
05/07/2018
TRACO POWER’s smallest 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converter
TRS 2 Series is a new series with the design purpose to improve the prevalent 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converters in terms of size, cost, efficiency and performance. The main intended uses for the TRS 2 Series are IT applications, industrial control systems and also measurement
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Date:
05/03/2018
New PULS 8-port DIN-Rail PoE Injectors available with integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device
PULS Power announces the availability of two new high quality 8-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) power injectors available with either an integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device System builders
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Date:
05/03/2018
Microsemi Expands Switchtec Family of PCIe Switches to Support Extended Industrial Temperature Range
Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its Switchtec(TM) PFX-I Gen3 PCIe switches with support for extended industrial temperature range. The new PM857x PFX-I PCIe switches support the feature set of Microsemi's PFX PCIe fanout switches, and are designed
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Date:
05/03/2018
BrainChip Studio to be Integrated as a Cognitive Engine within Veritone aiWARE
BrainChip announced that it has signed an agreement with Veritone to integrate its AI-powered BrainChip Studio with the Veritone aiWARE platform. aiWARE is an operating system for AI that integrates an ecosystem
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Date:
05/03/2018
NUS Engineers Invent Smart Microchip That Can Self-Start And Operate When Battery Runs Out

BATLESS, a smart microchip developed by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Massimo Alioto (center) from National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering, can self-start and continue to operate even when the battery runs out of energy. This novel technology could enable smaller and cheaper Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The Internet of Things (IoT), while still in its infancy, is shaping the future of many industries and will also impact our daily lives in significant ways. One of the key challenges of moving IoT devices from concept to reality is to have long-lasting operation under tightly constrained energy sources, thus
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Date:
05/03/2018
Morphing Twisted Nanoscale Objects to Tailor Applications in Future Technologies

An impression of a chiral molecule moving through various configurations as it transitions from one handedness to another.

For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions, or vice versa. The transitional forms offer a deeper insight into material symmetries and their unexpected behaviour could lead to
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Date:
05/03/2018
Chemists Develop MRI-Like Technique to Detect What Ails Batteries

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries -- from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects -- without opening them up. Above is an illustration of measurement setup showing the cell and the holder with the detection medium (water in this case), and (d) showing both inserted within the magnet bore of an NMR magnet.

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries--from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects--without opening them up. "The use of alternative energy and electrically powered vehicles will further
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Date:
05/03/2018
High-Performance MLO Band-Pass Filters Designed for RF/Microwave Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released a new series of low-profile, high-performance band-pass filters based on AVX’s patented and proven multilayer organic (MLO) high-density interconnect technology. The new BP Series MLO band-pass filters incorporate high-dielectric-constant and low-loss materials
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Date:
05/03/2018
Nanodiamond Turns Into Controllable Light Source

The scheme of obtained active nanodiamond antenna.

A research group from ITMO University developed a controlled light source based on nanodiamond for the first time in the world. Experiments have shown that diamond shell doubles the emission speed light sources and helps to control them without any additional nano- and microstructures. This was achieved due
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Date:
05/02/2018
A Novel Voltage Peak in the Metal Nanowire-Superconductor Hybrid Structure

Non-local transport measurements reveal a novel voltage peak at superconducting transition temperature in gold nanowire with superconducting W electrodes. The voltage peak appears when cooling the sample across Tc, while the peak turns into dip in the warming process. Upper inset, a scanning electron microscope image of Au nanowire contacted by two superconducting W compound electrodes in the middle and two normal Pt electrodes at the ends. Lower inset, configuration of electrodes. In fact, the detected peak is irrelevant to the current, and similar phenomena can be observed even in the absence of current.

Superconductivity, known as a quantum state with zero resistance and perfect diamagnetism, has attracted great attention in physical science. Due to the quantum size effect, low dimensional superconducting systems can exhibit novel behaviors different from bulk situation. Particularly, the investigations on
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Date:
05/02/2018
Energy Recovery of Urban Waste
According to data from the European agency EUROSTAT, 13 of the 28 countries in the EU are still dumping more than 50% of their solid urban waste. These are mainly the member states situated in the south and east of the continent. Spain is seventh last in this list, with a dumping level of 251kg per person per
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Date:
05/02/2018
Power Management Platform Addresses the Massive Power Products Market Operating up to 16V
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel – TowerJazz announced the release of its 300mm 65nm BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) process, the most advanced power management platform for up to 16V operation and 24V maximum voltage.  This technology is manufactured in TowerJazz’s Uozu, Japan facility, with best-in-class
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Date:
05/02/2018
A Surprising New Superconductor
Last September, CIRES chemist and instrument designer Don David and colleagues Dave Pappas and Xian Wu at the National Institute of Standards and Technology discovered a powerful new plated metal combination that superconducts at easily attained temperatures--paving the road for the next critical steps in the
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Date:
05/01/2018
New Solar PV Tool Accurately Calculates Degradation Rates, Saving Money and Guiding Business
How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new
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Date:
05/01/2018
Sealed Power Toggle Switches Perfect for Harsh Outdoor Conditions
C&K announced the launch of its new PT Series Sealed Power Toggle Switch. The new PT series from C&K is well-suited to meet the stringent performance requirements for vehicles used in off-road, construction, and agriculture – as well as those for materials handling, industrial and lift gate controls
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Date:
05/01/2018
PSDcast - Smart Meters and Supercapacitors
In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Eric DeRose with AVX about smart meters and using supercapacitors to help with powering the system and during the transmission.
Date:
05/01/2018