Notable & Newsworthy

October 2018
Through-Beam Laser Sensors Improve Upon Proximity Sensors
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the availability of its new Eagle Eye Sensors.  A single package contains both a through-beam photoelectric laser source (emitter) and a receiver, providing a similar function as a proximity sensor, but with enhanced benefits.  The combination
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10/31/2018
Murata develops world’s smallest 32.768 kHz MEMS resonator
Demand is growing for compact electronic components that consume less electrical power for use in digital devices for IoT and wearable applications where small size and long operating times are essential to market success. As many modern devices rely on accurate
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10/31/2018
Elevated Performance 2mm Pitch Industrial Connectors
Capable of withstanding a 10G vibrational force for a period of 6 hours, the components in Harwin’s new M225 connector series are intended for industrial deployment. These compact, high performance cable-to-board
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10/31/2018

Flex Power Modules boosts portfolio for RFPA applications
Following on from the recently introduced 750W PKJ4000 series, the PKB-D is a high-density converter in the industry standard eighth-brick format with an output of 50V at 5A, and an input voltage range of 36 to 60V. This makes it ideal for 50V GaN based RFPA’s
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10/31/2018
UnitedSiC expands SiC JFET portfolio with Gen-3 1200 V and 650 V options
The devices are normally-ON with zero voltage gate drive, making them particularly suited for applications such as very fast action, solid-state circuit breakers and circuit protection generally where a default to an ON-state is necessary in the absence of gate power. The devices are also commonly used in series
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10/31/2018
Three product series for safe protection against ESD
They also feature a high ESD dielectric strength with a contact discharge of up to ±30 kV. WE-TVS diodes in the three series “Standard”, “High Speed”, and “Super Speed” offer effective protection against electrostatic discharges at all protection levels.
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10/31/2018
10kW Power Tablet AC-DC Converter
The RFM provides a power-factor-corrected, regulated, and isolated DC output with integrated filtering and built-in fault protection for redundant operation. The RFM can be configured to accept worldwide 3-phase AC mains from 200 to 480VAC.
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10/31/2018
Efficient Flyback Switcher ICs with Integrated 900 V MOSFETs
Power Integrations announced the release of LinkSwitch-XT2 offline switcher ICs incorporating 900 V power MOSFETs. Targeting high-efficiency isolated and non-isolated flyback power supplies up to 8 W, the up-rated
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10/31/2018
Precision A/D Converters Simplify PLC Development
Leveraging ADI’s iPassives integrated precision passives technology, the AD4111 and AD4112 A/D converters integrate precision matched current sense resistors and resistor dividers. The high degree of channel-to-channel matching simplifies calibration requirements,
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10/31/2018
Waterproof Polymer Films Synthesized Using Novel Method

The buckling nature of pre-strained PDMS was applied to the investigation of the dependency of surface hydrophobicity on different geometries of wavy polystyrene thin films, which were fabricated using colloidal self-assembly. This approach can be further applied for fabricating various polymeric nano-films with controlled hydrophobicity.

In a paper published in NANO, a researcher from the Department of Chemistry at Myongji University has applied a novel method to
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10/31/2018
Graphene Flagship Start-Up Bedimensional Receives Investment

With the new €18m investment, Bedimensional will develop new applications for graphene for energy like batteries and solar cells.

Founded by Vittorio Pellegrini, director at Graphene Flagship partner Graphene Labs - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Bedimensional is one of the start-ups created thanks to the innovative environment of the Graphene Flagship European project. Now, Italian 'Pellan Group,' specialised in groundbreaking
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10/31/2018
The Power and Evolution of GaN - Part 2

48 V Power Distribution

Building the Smallest and Most Efficient 48 V to 5 - 12 V DC to DC using eGaN® FETs and ICs In the first article in this series, how gallium nitride(GaN)-on-silicon low
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10/31/2018
Digital Step Attenuator Supports 9 kHz to 55 GHz Frequencies
pSemi's PE43508 digital step attenuator (DSA) is the world’s first single-chip silicon-on-insulator (SOI) DSA to support the entire 9 kHz to 55 GHz frequency range. Originally introduced as a 50 GHz DSA, the PE43508 proves its superior performance extends to an unprecedented 55 GHz.   The
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10/31/2018
Industrial Temperature Transformer and Common Mode Choke
SAN DIEGO – Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduces its new HDBaseT Industrial Temperature -40C to +85C Transformer and Common Mode Choke series.  Designed to improve EMI performance and support power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications,
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10/31/2018
Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The device also offers higher precision plus an intuitive touchscreen display for enhanced ease of use and improved productivity. The DLM3000 builds on Yokogawa’s oscilloscope legacy with new features focusing on quality, flexibility and usability to increase users’ productivity and meet the advanced
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10/31/2018
Extend battery life in portable devices with ultra-low Iq LDO
With an ultra-low Iq of 250 nanoamps (nA) versus the approximate 1 uA operation of traditional devices, the MCP1811 LDO reduces quiescent current to save battery life, enabling end-users to recharge or replace batteries less often. The minimised power consumption
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10/31/2018
Medical Power Supplies from Gresham Power Electronics
Typical applications include medical instrumentation, ultrasound equipment, clinical and cosmetic lasers, hospital and home patient monitoring systems and IT equipment. The micro-footprint, Ultra High Density
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10/31/2018
Modular EV/HEV Battery Test System uses Regenerative Technology
Intepro Systems announces its advanced benchtop/rack mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro mobility battery packs. The Procyon Battery Test System utilises Intepro’s innovative bi-directional
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10/31/2018
New Evaluation Board for Standard Oscillators
The IOSC-EV Board comes with six smaller boards that can be snapped from the side of the main board and onto which different size 4 pad packaged oscillators can be soldered. The smaller board can then be soldered to the main PCB. The six different package sizes are
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10/31/2018
85W & 120W power supplies meet global standards and approvals
The ALM85 & ALM120 use less energy in both operating and standby mode, helping to reduce environmental impact. Meeting the latest international Energy Efficiency Level VI and CoC Tier 2 standards, applicable for the US, UK and Europe, the ALM series also has
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10/30/2018
Automotive-Grade Buck-Boost Power Supply Chipset
ROHM has recently announced the availability of a buck-boost power supply chipset that provides the lowest current consumption in the industry along with stable performance (transient response characteristics) in automotive ECUs (Electronic Control Units) for cluster
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10/30/2018
Wide Voltage Range and Small Footprint DC-DC uSLIC modules
Now engineers designing into applications in factory automation, medical, communications and consumer markets can tap into four new micro-system-level IC (“uSLIC™”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAXM17552, MAXM15064, MAXM17900
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10/30/2018
White paper on battery technologies for safe DC UPS systems
The fail-safe availability of process-relevant systems and components begins quite fundamentally with the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and the associated protection against power failures, flicker, fluctuations or voltage dips in the 12V or 24V DC power supply.
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10/30/2018
HARTING provides online library information for ECAD users
HARTING has been selected as the first producer to support a common interface between the CAx data providers CADENAS and Zuken E³.series. Fast and reliable access to component libraries is essential for smooth production processes and meeting time-to-market targets.
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10/30/2018
A Solar Cell That Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

The HPEV cell's extra back outlet allows the current to be split into two, so that one part of the current contributes to solar fuels generation, and the rest can be extracted as electrical power.

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun's energy through "water splitting," an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential
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10/30/2018
Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Works out Quantum Supremacy

(a) The Tianhe-2 supercomputer used for permanent calculation in simulating the boson sampling performance. (b) A small photonic chip could perform the same boson sampling task in the quantum computing protocol.

Quantum supremacy refers to the super strong calculation capacity of a quantum computer to surpass that of any classical computer. So far, such a quantum computer has not been physically made, but as with the rapid development of quantum technologies in recent years, the voice for pursuing the superiority by
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10/30/2018
Tests Show Integrated Quantum Chip Operations Possible

This photo shows from left to right Dr. Bas Hensen, professor Dzurak, Dr. Kok Wai Chan, and former PhD student Michael Fogarty, who was lead author on the paper.

Quantum computers that are capable of solving complex problems, like drug design or machine learning, will require millions of quantum bits - or qubits - connected in an integrated way and designed to correct errors that inevitably occur in fragile quantum systems. Now, an Australian research team
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10/30/2018
Preforms Designed for Improved Thermal Management
Somerset, NJ – Alpha Assembly Solutions has recently introduced ALPHA AccuFlux BTC-578 Solder Preforms, designed to enhance reliability and heat transfer through the reduction of voiding under bottom termination components (BTC). “Voiding requirements are becoming more challenging as component
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10/30/2018
600-V GaN FET Supports Applications up to 10 kW
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new portfolio of ready-to-use, 600-V gallium nitride (GaN), 50-mΩ and 70-mΩ power stages to support applications up to 10 kW. The LMG341x family enables designers to create smaller, more efficient and higher-performing designs compared to silicon field-effect transistors
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10/30/2018
A New $1.5M Qualification Testing Chamber
IRVINE, Calif. – ITT Inc.'s BIW Connector Systems brand has unveiled a new $1.5 million high pressure, high-temperature chamber for qualification testing of new electrical penetrator systems used in oil and gas wells. “The new chamber not only increases our robust testing
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10/30/2018
Microcontrollers Support DDS-XRCE Communication Protocol
TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation is accelerating the development of robotics systems to deliver intelligence at the industrial endpoint by extending the features of Renesas’ high-performance, 32-bit RX65N Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) to support the DDS-XRCE (Data-Distribution
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10/29/2018
Line of Environmental Sensors Based on MEMS Technology
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Bourns, Inc. introduced a new line of environmental sensors based on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The initial products offered in the Bourns Precision Sensor (BPS) lineare three pressure sensor model families and one humidity sensor model family.
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10/29/2018
AC/DC Power Supply Modules Certified to IEC/EN/UL 62368-1
The TMPS 10 series from Traco Power comprises ultra compact AC/DC power supply modules in a lightweight fully encapsulated plastic casing for PCB mount. Beside the latest safety approvals for industrial and IT solutions (IEC/EN/UL 62368-1), they
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10/29/2018
Panasonic's Capacitors Featured in THE EDGE
Montreal, Canada – Future Electronics is featuring Panasonic’s advanced SEK Series of solid capacitors in the latest edition of THE EDGE. The new SEK Series is Panasonic's industry-leading OS-CON Aluminum-Polymer Solid Capacitor product line. They are ideal for applications
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10/29/2018
Proximity Sensor Features Range Up to 20 cm
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a fully integrated proximity sensor that combines a high power vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), a photodiode, a signal processing IC, and a 12-bit ADC in a single package. The new VCNL36687S
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10/29/2018
Future Electronics Delivers CUI Thermal and Motion Solutions
Montreal, Canada – Future Electronics is pleased to offer their customers the latest solutions in power, thermal, and motion technology from CUI. In AC-DC power solutions, CUI’s PBO series of ultra-compact SIP AC-DC power supplies is designed to maximize space where on-board
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10/26/2018
Shielded Quantum Bits

Schematic representation of the new spin qubit consisting of four electrons (red) with their spins (blue) in their semiconductor environment (grey).

The researchers have found ways to shield electric and magnetic noise for a short time. This will make it possible to use spins as memory for quantum computers, as the coherence time is extended and many thousand computer operations can be performed during this interval. The study was published in the current
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10/26/2018
An Efficient Prediction of Lattice Thermal Conductivity

Comparison on phonon dispersion (a, b and c), measured lattice thermal conductivity versus prediction (d, e and f) and the corresponding error analyses (g, h and i) for Debye-Slack model (a, d and g), Debye-Snyder model (b, e and h) and the one developed in this work considering the periodic boundary condition (c, g and i) for crystalline solids.

Lattice thermal conductivity strongly affects the applications of materials related to thermal functionality, such as thermal management, thermal barrier coatings and thermoelectrics. In order to understand the lattice thermal conductivity more quantitatively and in a time- and cost-effective way, many researchers
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10/26/2018
Highly Efficient Wet-Processed Solar Cells

2D-GIWAXS images of DRCN5T thin films deposited on PEDOT:PSS substrates 327 (a) without and (b) with a CuI buffer layer.

Solar cells are a cost-effective, alternate source of energy. A subtype of these, organic solar cells make use of organic polymers inside the cell. Using these polymers makes the cells light-weight and increases their flexibility. Organic solar cells are produced by two different chemical methods: dry processing
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10/26/2018
Discovery of New Superconducting Materials

Superconductor search process concept: Candidate materials are selected from a database by means of calculation and subjected to high pressure to determine their superconducting properties.

A NIMS-Ehime University joint research team succeeded in discovering new materials that exhibit superconductivity under high pressures using materials informatics (MI) approaches (data science-based material search techniques). This study experimentally demonstrated that MI enables efficient exploration of new
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10/26/2018
Army Funds Kent State Research into Drone Technology

Blake Stringer, Ph.D. (right), assistant professor of aerospace engineering in Kent State University's College of Aeronautics and Engineering, and research assistant Kendy Edmonds study the power needs for a new larger generation of drones, seen above, for a research grant funded by the Army Research Laboratory.

A grant from the Army Research Laboratory has a Kent State University researcher flying high. The grant provides more than $130,000 for Blake Stringer, Ph.D., assistant professor of aerospace engineering in Kent State's College of Aeronautics and Engineering, to study propulsion systems for a new
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10/26/2018
Montreal, Canada – Future Electronics is featuring Abracon’s new AX7 ClearClock oscillator in the latest edition of THE EDGE. The
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10/26/2018
Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications

Visible through a lens at his lab, David Awschalom, a quantum scientist at Argonne and the University of Chicago, discusses a project to build a quantum "teleportation" network between Argonne and Fermi national labs.

As the number of hacks and security breaches rapidly climbs, scientists say there may be a way to make a truly unhackable network by using the laws of quantum physics. To explore the concept, scientists are creating a network in the Chicago area that taps the principles of quantum physics to send
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10/25/2018
Immersive journalism uses virtual reality (VR) to put the viewer directly into a news event. But how can you help someone to personally engage and interact with a story, when they cannot alter the narrative? A new study provides an elegant solution: researchers found that small changes suggestive
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10/25/2018
Current-Sense Amplifiers Featured in THE EDGE
Montreal, Canada – Future Electronics is featuring ON Semiconductor’s advanced automotive current-sense amplifiers in the latest edition of THE EDGE.
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10/25/2018
Power Supply Chipset Ensures Stable Performance
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a buck-boost power supply chipset that provides the lowest current consumption in the industry along with stable performance (transient response characteristics) in automotive ECUs (Electronic Control Units) for cluster panels and gateways
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10/25/2018
Slim 3-Phase Input DIN-Rail Power Supply
MEAN WELL’s new generation of slim 3-phase input DIN rail power supplies have been widely adopted by high-power 3-phase systems since the release of the TDR-480/960(480W/960W). In order to fulfill lower power application requirements, MEAN WELL is proud to announce the 240W, TDR-240 series. TDR-240’s
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10/25/2018
Wall-Mount Adaptors Include AC Plug Options
In order to fulfill low-wattage medical electronics power requirements, MEAN WELL has released the GSM06/18/25/36/60(E/U) series and continues to release the 12W high efficiency medical grade wall-mount adaptor ~ the GSM12E/U series. The GSM12E/U series includes wall-mount adaptors that come
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10/25/2018
The researchers, from Kent's School of Computing and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, set out to define and codify the different ways in which the various cyber-incidents being witnessed today can have negative outcomes. They also considered how these outcomes, or harms,
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10/24/2018
Army's Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Army researchers have developed for the first time an analytic model to show how groups of people influence individual behavior. Technically speaking, this had never been done before: No one had taken the computational information from a collective model (numerical
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10/24/2018
High-Speed CMOS PSRAMs Offer Densities From 8Mb to 128Mb
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory introduced a new family of high-speed CMOS pseudo SRAMs (PSRAMs) with densities from 8Mb to 128Mb in 6.0 mm x 7.0 mm x 1.0 mm 48-ball FPBGA and 4.0 mm by 4.0 mm by 1.0 mm 49-ball FPBGA packages. The devices combine the most desirable features of SRAMs and
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10/24/2018
Ultra-Small DC-DC Power Modules Provide Voltages up to 60V
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Now engineers designing into applications in factory automation, medical, communications and consumer markets can tap into four new micro-system-level IC (“uSLIC™”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.. The MAXM17552, MAXM15064, MAXM17900
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10/24/2018
TDK Updates Series of Rugged EPCOS AC Filter Capacitors
Iselin, N.J. – TDK Corporation announced it has updated its EPCOS B32754* to B32758* series of AC filter capacitors. They now cover a range of voltages from 250 V AC to 400 V AC and offer capacitances of between 1 µF and 70 µF. The capacitors comply with IEC 61071: 2007 and are extremely
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10/24/2018
Flyback Switcher ICs with Integrated 900 V MOSFETs
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the release of LinkSwitch-XT2 offline switcher ICs incorporating 900 V power MOSFETs. Targeting high-efficiency isolated and non-isolated flyback power supplies up to 8 W, the up-rated ICs are suitable for three-phase industrial power supplies
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10/24/2018
TTI's Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising Project
Fort Worth, TX – TTI, Inc. again this year continued its long-standing tradition of supporting the mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to battle breast cancer. The TTI Marketing Department designed a t-shirt expressly created for the employees of the TTI Family of Companies. This year’s
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10/24/2018
A New IoT Interface for Climate Control Solutions
Schaumburg, IL - A great deal of information is generated when it comes to operating modern climate control solutions in enclosures. Until now, it has only been practical to record operating hours and the current temperature inside the enclosure. But with modern devices like the new cooling
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10/23/2018
PSDcast - GaN for Connected Vehicles

Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion about gallium nitride’s (GaN) application in connected automobiles. And be sure to check out Alex's article for PSD, "The
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10/23/2018
Extend Batteries in Portable Devices with Ultra-low Iq LDO
CHANDLER, Ariz.— Portable electronic devices are now expected to run for months or even years on a single battery, making minimizing power consumption in these applications a top priority for product designers. Microchip Technology Inc. introduced a linear Low Dropout (LDO) regulator that
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10/23/2018
Medical Power Supplies Include Output Power up to 550W
Gresham Power Electronics can provide medical equipment designers and OEMs with a wide range of fully approved medical power supplies. Typical applications include medical instrumentation, ultrasound equipment, clinical and cosmetic lasers, hospital and home patient monitoring systems and IT equipment. The
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10/23/2018
Battery Test System Achieves Exceptional Energy Recovery
Tustin, CA— Intepro Systems announces its advanced benchtop/rack mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro mobility battery packs. The Procyon Battery Test System utilizes Intepro’s innovative bi-directional charge/discharge regenerative power
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10/23/2018
Double-ESD Circuit Protection Diode for Networking Devices
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a double electrostatic discharge circuit protection diode suited for networking applications such as Ethernet, smartphones and cellular phones, audio/video inputs, and more. It provides 25A SSC at 8/20 micro seconds, which is far better than industry average for
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10/23/2018
Inexpensive Chip-Based Device May Transform Spectrometry

A collection of mini-spectrometer chips are arrayed on a tray after being made through conventional chip-making processes.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Spectrometers -- devices that distinguish different wavelengths of light and are used to determine the chemical composition of everything from laboratory materials to distant stars -- are large devices with six-figure price tags, and tend to be found in large university and industry labs
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10/23/2018
Ferroelectricity -- An 80-Year-Old Mystery Solved

The organic ferroelectric material consists of nanometer-sized stacks of disk-like molecules that act as 'hysterons' with ideal ferroelectric behavior. Combined in a macroscopic memory device, the characteristic rounded-off hysteresis loop results.

Only now in 2018 have researchers successfully demonstrated that hypothetical 'particles' that were proposed by Franz Preisach in 1935 actually exist. In an article published in Nature Communications, scientists from the universities in Linköping and Eindhoven show why ferroelectric materials act as
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10/23/2018
Series of Rugged AC Filter Capacitors Extended
TDK Corporation has extended its EPCOS B32754* to B32758* series of AC filter capacitors. They now cover a range of voltages from 250 V AC to 400 V AC and offer capacitances of between 1 µF and 70 µF. The capacitors comply with IEC 61071: 2007 and are extremely robust, even at high humidity. This has been
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10/23/2018
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole Electronics Inc. has expanded its stock position for its popular HVC Series. In addition to increasing the number of resistance values available, Stackpole also offers a wide range of tolerance options as precise as 0.1% and TCR as low as 25 ppm. The HVC is a thick
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10/22/2018
Duluth, GA — FEIG ELECTRONICS announced its UHF Compact Reader ID LRU500i, which combines a powerful RFID reader with an integrated antenna and signal light in one single device.  The UHF Compact Reader is ideal for vehicle identification and parking access control applications in airports, universities,
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10/22/2018
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
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10/22/2018
New Convection-Cooled Modular Configurable Power Supplies
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Excelsys Technologies Ltd., an Advanced Energy company, announces the upcoming release of four new modules which further expands the CoolMod offering. The CmM, CmN, CmP & CmQ are the latest modules, offering wide trim solutions in the CoolX series of convection cooled modular configurable
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10/22/2018
Mathematical + Physical Models for a Perfect Flying Vehicle

Harry Hilton is a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois.

When designing flying vehicles, there are many aspects of which we can be certain but there are also many uncertainties. Most are random, and others are just not well understood. University of Illinois Professor Harry Hilton brought together several mathematical and physical theories to help look at problems
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10/22/2018
Advancing Thermal Energy Storage Technology

Argonne and Capstone Turbine Corp. plan to refine Argonne's system to capture and store waste heat.

Thermal energy storage systems to capture and store waste heat for later use when operating a manufacturing facility or large building could reduce costs for combined heat and power systems. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Capstone Turbine Corp. have received
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10/22/2018
New Algorithm can More Quickly Predict LED Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting.

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting. They then synthesized
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10/22/2018
Revealing Limb Control in Flies -- and Maybe Robots

Two-photon image of neural tissue controlling the front legs of the fly. Neurons express fluorescent proteins to visualize neural activity (cyan) and neural anatomy (red).

One of the major goals of biology, medicine, and robotics is to understand how limbs are controlled by circuits of neurons working together. And as if that is not complex enough, a meaningful study of limb activity also has to take place while animals are behaving and moving. The problem is that it is virtually
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10/22/2018
Understanding the Building Blocks for an Electronic Brain

This is the first author of the paper, Anouk Goossens.

Computer bits are binary, with a value of 0 or 1. By contrast, neurons in the brain can have all kinds of different internal states, depending on the input that they received. This allows the brain to process information in a more energy-efficient manner than a computer. University of Groningen (UG) physicists
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10/21/2018
A New Way to Measure Nearly Nothing
Many semiconductor fabricators and research labs are under increasing pressure from, of all things, vacuum. These facilities need to remove greater amounts of gas molecules and particles from their setups as new technologies and processes demand lower and lower pressures. For example, the vacuum chambers in
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10/19/2018
A Previously Unknown Role for a Source of Magnetic Fields

Physicists Jackson Matteucci and Will Fox with poster displaying their research.

Magnetic forces ripple throughout the universe, from the fields surrounding planets to the gasses filling galaxies, and can be launched by a phenomenon called the Biermann battery effect. Now scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found that this phenomenon
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10/19/2018
ORNL Demonstrates 120-kW Wireless Charging for Vehicles

State-of-the-art power electronics manage the safe and efficient flow of electricity among the system's components.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Nati onal Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles--providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station
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10/19/2018
15 & 30 Watt Encapsulated PCB-Mount Power Supplies
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TPP 15-D and TPP 30-D series of 15 and 30 watt fully encapsulated pcb-mount power supplies. These ultra-compact models measure only 1.65 x 1.14 x 0.85” (15W) or 2.89 x 1.50 x 1.00” (30W). Compliance to the ErP directive for no load power consumption and UL 62368-1
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10/19/2018
Software Manages Investments in Containerization
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Containerization has emerged as an innovative solution for companies seeking to deploy applications and manage investments in cloud and hybrid IT infrastructures. Eaton stands at the forefront of powering cloud and hybrid investments and today announced the global launch of
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10/19/2018
SPiiPlus Library for MATLAB Enhances Application Development
MIGDAL HA’EMEK, Israel -- ACS Motion Control has created a MATLAB library that enables users to develop sophisticated applications with advanced diagnostics capabilities directly with ACS control systems. The MATLAB library communicates with ACS' motion controllers, allowing users to implement
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10/19/2018
Better Electrical Cables Can Save Energy

Swansea University research on better materials for electrical cables can help reduce the electricity currently lost - up to 10 percent.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University has secured a £20,000 Royal Society Research Grant to develop improved copper-carbon nanotube materials to deliver electricity more efficiently and to save energy. At present one-tenth of generated electricity is lost in the grid because
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10/19/2018
Minimizing the Impact of Cyber-Attacks in Cloud Computing

U.S. Army Research Laboratory electronics engineer Dr. Charles Kamhoua poses in the ARL Network Science Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland, where he works on cloud security and the management of cyberspace risks.

ADELPHI, Md. -- Through a collaborative research effort, an Army researcher has made a novel contribution to cloud security and the management of cyberspace risks. According to U.S. Army Research Laboratory electronics engineer Dr. Charles Kamhoua, technology has been the cause of many changes. Among
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10/19/2018
SAN DIEGO – AMETEK Programmable Power is proud to introduce the first phase of its AMECare Reliability Assurance service level agreement (SLA) program.   This new program is designed to provide “white glove” support for customers’ covered mission-critical power and test devices,
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10/18/2018
Carbon Fiber can Store Energy in the Body of a Vehicle

The researchers' vision is of vehicles where a large part of the car-body or aeroplane-fuselage consists of structural lithium ion batteries. Multi-functional carbon fibre can work as battery electrodes and load-bearing material consecutively. The researchers work with structural lithium ion batteries where the negative electrodes are made of carbon fiber and the positive electrodes are made of cathode-coated carbon fiber. In the picture, the battery is charged, which means the negative electrode is filled with positively charged lithium ions.

A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The use of this type of multifunctional material
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10/18/2018
Robust Temperature Sensor for up to 300°C
TDK Corporation presents the K525, a new EPCOS NTC temperature sensor that is designed for the extended measuring range from -10 °C up to +300 °C. Thanks to its ceramic sleeve that is filled with a ceramic, the sensor is suitable for applications under harsh operating conditions and is resistant to aggressive
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10/18/2018
Hudson, MA – Power Partners, Inc. announces their PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies that feature either Class I or Class II input configurations and are designed for use in either medical or ITE applications. The PDAM120 Series size is an industry standard 2 x 3-inch platform, available
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10/18/2018
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries

This LED bangle, including a lithium-ion battery, was made entirely by 3D printing.

Electric vehicles and most electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptop computers, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Until now, manufacturers have had to design their devices around the size and shape of commercially available batteries. But researchers have developed a new method to 3D print lithium-ion
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10/17/2018
Bursting the Clouds for Better Communication

Laser that heats the air over 1,500 degrees Celsius and produces a shock wave to expel sideways the suspended water droplets that make up the cloud.

We live in an age of long-range information, transmitted either by underground optical fibre or by radio frequency from satellites. But the throughput today is so great that radio frequency is no longer enough in itself. Research is turning towards the use of lasers which, although technically complex, have
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10/17/2018
Engineers Speed up Electrons in Semiconductors

Chemical structure of poly(P3HT)-b-(PSt) and a diagram of Plausible hole transporting paths in P3HT-b-PSt

Researchers from Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) have sped up the movement of electrons in organic semiconductor films by two to three orders of magnitude. The speedier electronics could lead to improved solar power and transistor
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10/17/2018
MEMS Accelerometer Modules for Inertial Navigation
Kirkland, Washington, USA - Silicon Designs, Inc. introduced its Model 2227-025, the first in a planned family of high-performance, lower-cost MEMS accelerometer modules for inertial navigation and tilt applications (non-ITAR).   The Model 2227-025 has both an industry
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10/17/2018
Conduction-Cooled Capacitors Include Direct Mounting Options
Illinois Capacitor has expanded their lineup of their HC and LC Series Conduction Cooled Capacitors, to include new direct mounting options on the HC Series. These devices are a fit for resonant power circuitry, having very high current demands.  With the rugged appearance of mechanical components, they
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Date:
10/17/2018
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced the winners of the company’s Service Center Scholarship Program that was designed to generate a pipeline of industry talent, as well as offer opportunities to individuals looking to begin careers in the technical field of electronics
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10/17/2018
Businesses Spent $375 billion on US R&D Performance in 2016
Businesses spent a total of $375 billion on research and development (R&D) performance in the United States in 2016, an increase of 5.3 percent from 2015. Funding from companies' own sources was $318 billion in 2016, an increase of 7 percent from 2015. Funding from other sources was $57 billion in 2016 and
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10/17/2018
AVX Releases New Lambda-Bridge Thermal Conductors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the new λ-Bridge (Lambda-Bridge) Series thermal conductors. Constructed with high-quality aluminum nitride (AlN) or beryllium oxide (BeO) materials, Lambda-Bridge thermal conductors provide efficient, cost-effective thermal management solutions with reliable,
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10/17/2018
TDK Expands Family of Compact Fuse-Protected Varistors
Iselin, N.J. – TDK Corporation announced has extended its EPCOS ThermoFuse family of fuse-protected varistors with the new compact NT14 and NT20 series. The new ThermoFuse components feature a footprint that fits into existing circuit board layouts. The NT14 series (disk diameter 14 mm) is
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10/17/2018
Hirose Expands USB Type-C Connector Offering
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS -- Hirose has expanded its compact USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connector family with the introduction of four new versions that offer high current performance, waterproof certification and vertical orientation for enhanced design flexibility in a compact form factor. Designed
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Date:
10/17/2018
An Expanded Line of Conduction Cooled Capacitors
Illinois Capacitor has expanded their lineup of their HC and LC Series Conduction Cooled Capacitors to include new direct mounting options on the HC Series.  These devices are a fit for resonant power circuitry having very high current demands.  With the rugged appearance of mechanical components,
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Date:
10/17/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic announced that thanks to its collaboration with the world’s leading security evaluation lab Brightsight, its X-Ware IoT Platform Secure Connectivity (SC) has become the industry’s first deeply embedded cloud connectivity software platform to achieve EAL4+ common criteria security
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10/16/2018
Ethernet Common Mode Choke for Automotive Applications
SAN DIEGO – Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduces the 1000Base-T1 Ethernet Common Mode Choke for automotive applications. Designed to deliver high reliability and performance, the AE5002 1000Base-T1 series is ideal for applications such as Infotainment, Advanced Driver
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10/16/2018
Slow Blow Fuse Features Higher Current Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their latest surface mount slow blow chip fuses, the C1T Series, (6 Amp, 7 Amp and 8 Amp), which feature a high current rating in the small 1206 surface mount package. These fuses provide board level primary and secondary circuit protection for a wide variety of consumer
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10/16/2018
New Spintronics Device Functionalities in Graphene

Scanning Electron Microscope micrograph of a fabricated device showing the graphene topological insulator heterostructure channel.

Graphene Flagship researchers have shown in a paper published in Science Advances how heterostructures built from graphene and topological insulators have strong, proximity induced spin-orbit coupling which can form the basis of novel information processing technologies. Spin-orbit coupling
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10/16/2018
A Lithium-Sulfur Battery Evolution

The hot-press procedure, developed at Drexel, melts sulfur into the nanofiber mats in a slightly pressurized, 140-degree Celsius environment -- eliminating the need for time-consuming processing that uses a mix of toxic chemicals, while improving the cathode's ability to hold a charge after long periods of use.

In late July of 2008 a British solar plane set an unofficial flight-endurance record by remaining aloft for more than three days straight. Lithium-sulfur batteries emerged as one of the great technological advances that enabled the flight -powering the plane overnight with efficiency unmatched by the top batteries
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10/16/2018
ThermoFuse Varistors: Compact Overvoltage Protection
TDK Corporation has extended its EPCOS ThermoFuse family of fuse protected varistors with the new compact NT14 and NT20 series. The new ThermoFuse components feature a footprint that fits into existing circuit board layouts. The NT14 series (disk diameter 14 mm) is designed to absorb maximum surge currents with
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10/16/2018
Eating With Your Eyes: Virtual Reality can Alter Taste
ITHACA, N.Y. - Humans not only relish the sweet, savory and saltiness of foods, but they are influenced by the environment in which they eat. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to show how people's perception of real food can be altered by their surroundings, according to research published
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10/16/2018
Argonne Advances High-Performance Computing in Manufacturing

Researchers will tackle manufacturing challenges uniquely solved by computer modeling with Argonne's Theta (pictured), a next-generation Cray/Intel system.

Argonne awarded funding to partner with industry to advance the use of high performance computing in manufacturing. The use of supercomputers can advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing through simulations and modeling. These methods can enable predictive design that minimizes traditional trial and
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10/16/2018
Studying Dislocation Avalanches in Metals

This is a dislocation avalanche in a high entropy nanopillar. Focused ion beam is used to fabricated the nanopillar (left) for compression test. Transmission electron microscope is used to image dislocation pile up during a dislocation avalanche (see D on the right).

Mechanical structures are only as sound as the materials from which they are made. For decades researchers have studied materials from these structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening.
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10/16/2018
Rutronik and Yageo Announce Long-Term Agreement
PLANO, TX – Rutronik Inc. and Yageo Corporation have entered into a long-term agreement regarding the supply of ceramic capacitors and resistors. As a result, Rutronik has secured the supply of these components for its customers through mid-2020. With rising global demand for new products in the
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Date:
10/16/2018
Renesas Electronics Simplifies Satellite Subsystem Design
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the ISL70591SEH and ISL70592SEH radiation-hardened precision current sources designed to provide current excitation to the more than 300 resistive sensors that monitor the health of a satellite’s subsystems. The two
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Date:
10/16/2018
At the Edge, Where Picoamps Matter
As we come to the end of what has been an exciting and exhausting year, I’m almost ready to set out for Munich and electronica. I wrote a bit about what I expect it to be like last month,
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Date:
10/15/2018
Connecting the World Through a Network of Connected Devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world. While the internet put the sum of humanity’s knowledge at a keystroke, the IoT will unite a plethora of systems and devices in a connected ecosystem. And the possibilities are endless – autonomous vehicles that communicate with each other to reduce accidents,
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10/15/2018
A Challenge to the Potential of Industrial IoT

Figure 1. Typical nuclear power plant in the US is over 35 years old, built before the availability
of widespread digital sensors and networking

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is a hot trend these days – it promises to revolutionize our industrial infrastructure by improving efficiency at existing power plants, refineries, off-shore oil platforms, pharmaceutical plants, hospitals etc. According to McKinsey, IIoT will unlock $6.2 trillion in potential
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10/15/2018
Wearable Devices Need to Change their Power Consumption
Our busy lives are increasingly being made easier and managed by technology with new devices entering the market on a regular basis. As we become more health conscious, personal fitness devices are proliferating, yet to provide full functionality these devices require the ability to sense position. However,
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Date:
10/15/2018
New Opportunities in Long-Life Battery Powered IoT

Figure 1. Telit NE910C1 - LTE Cat NB1 module series designed to provide narrow band cellular access (NB-IoT) to low power devices connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT creates limitless remote monitoring and control opportunities for everything from tracking packages, livestock or humans through “wearables”, providing security alerts from remote locations or adding sensors to smart grids for entire cities.  It has been forecast there will be an
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10/15/2018
5 Steps to Secure Electrical Devices in a Connected World

Figure 1. Eaton’s’ Power Xpert Dashboard is the first power management product certified to the UL 2900-2-2 Standard for cybersecurity. This user portal to Eaton’s switchgear enables customers to monitor, diagnose and control equipment from a location outside the arc flash boundary.

Last year, businesses were expected to spend an estimated $964 billion on IoT devices. (Source: Gartner) Moving forward, analysts
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Date:
10/15/2018
Precision is Key to Today's Power Measurements
Power design is more complex than it has even been, and that trend is set to accelerate due to many factors. At board level, shrinking IC geometries demand higher currents in smaller spaces, as well as very precise slew rates and boot up sequences. At the higher power end of the scale, alternative
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Date:
10/15/2018
The Discovery of an Atomic Electronic Simulator
Targeting applications like neural networks for machine learning, a new discovery out of the University of Alberta and Quantum Silicon Inc. in Edmonton, Canada is paving the
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Date:
10/15/2018
ROICs Enable Essential Military and Space Applications
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – TowerJazz announced the Company is increasing its technology portfolio that is compliant with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) by adding 65nm technology access for next-generation ROICs (Readout Integrated Circuits), enabling essential military and space
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10/15/2018
TVS Diode Arrays Designed to Protect Two Lines of Ethernet Ports
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced the first of a series of TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) designed to protect two lines of 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet ports from damage due to sustained overcurrent and overvoltage. Through-package routing permits the SP4031 Series Hybrid Protection Module’s circuitry to
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Date:
10/15/2018
Monitor Temperature at Multiple Locations with Sensor Family
CHANDLER, Ariz.—Temperature measurement is central to the functionality of Internet of Things (IoT) and personal computing devices, making it imperative that developers integrate temperature sensors that reduce power consumption and lower system voltage in applications. To meet these needs,
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Date:
10/15/2018
Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices

Schematic illustration of a transparent, flexible force touch sensor (upper image) and sensitivity enhancement by using stress concentration (lower image).

Researchers reported a high-performance and transparent nanoforce touch sensor by developing a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite (HNC) film. The research team says their sensor simultaneously features all the necessary characters for industrial-grade application: high sensitivity, transparency,
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Date:
10/15/2018
The discovery of graphene, a material made of one or very few atomic layers of carbon, started a boom. Today, such two-dimensional materials are no longer limited to carbon and are hot prospects for many applications, especially in microelectronics. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have
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Date:
10/15/2018
Magnetics Components for Power Converters in Automotive
PREMO has announced the 3DP-Series (3kW_HVLV & 7kW_HVHV) Transformer + Chokes, providing up to 40-50% reduction in volume compared with current discrete industrial solutions for the same power management. Other topologies and powers are under design (11kW and 22kW). PREMO is investing in innovative
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10/15/2018
Ultra-High Power Pulse Withstanding Chip Resistors
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole Electronics, Inc. announces the release of the RPC-UP ultra high power pulse withstanding chip resistors. The RPC-UP is available in a 0.5 watt rated 0805 size and a 0.75 watt 1206 size chip. The RPC-UP maintains the same excellent pulse handling the
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Date:
10/15/2018
Novel Catalyst for High-Energy Aluminum-Air Flow Batteries

Professor Jaephil Cho (left) and his research team in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST.

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel electric vehicle (EV) battery technology that is more energy-efficient than gasoline-powered engines. The new technology enables drivers to simply have their battery packs replaced instead of charging them, which ultimately troubleshoot slow charging
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Date:
10/14/2018
Graphene Shows Potential to Exceed Future Bandwidth Demands

Graphene-integrated devices could be the key ingredient in the evolution of 5G, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0. The findings were published in Nature Reviews Materials and highlighted on the cover.

Researchers within the Graphene Flagship project, one of the biggest research initiatives of the European Commission, showed that integrated graphene-based photonic devices offer a unique solution for the next generation of optical communications. Researchers in the initiative have demonstrated how properties
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10/14/2018
Sensirion Presents Rutronik with Distribution Excellence Award
PLANO, TX – Rutronik recently received a Distribution Excellence Award from Swiss sensor manufacturer Sensirion at the company’s annual distribution sales meeting. “Rutronik stands out thanks to its proactive cooperation, close collaboration, and its uncompromising will to improve. Continuous
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10/14/2018
Distributed Gap Cores For Switch-Mode Power Applications
Micrometals is proud to introduce its new series of EQ distributed gap cores.  The rectangular geometry of the EQ body is ideal for surface mount applications while the round center post readily accepts helical flat wire coils, or bobbins with round wire.  The cores are offered in six industry standard
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Date:
10/14/2018
Building a Better Battery Layer by Layer

(LEFT) Direct contact with electrolytes causes the cathode erosion.
(RIGHT) Covered the surface of the cathode with self-assembled monolayer, both the power density and the cyclability can be improved in high-voltage lithium-ion batteries.

A team of researchers from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan is now closer to a thin, high-capacity lithium-ion battery that could open the gates to better energy storage systems for electric vehicles. The research team was led by professor Katsuya Teshima, director of the
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10/14/2018
New Catalyst Opens Door to CO2 Capture in Conversion of Coal to Liquid Fuels

Researchers professor Emiel Hensen and Wei Chen from Eindhoven University of Technology.

World energy consumption projections expect coal to stay one of the world's main energy sources in the coming decades, and a growing share of it will be used in CTL, the conversion of coal to liquid fuels. Researchers from the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy in Beijing and Eindhoven University
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Date:
10/12/2018
Researchers Quickly Harvest 2-D Materials
Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as well. These materials could be stacked together like Lego bricks to form a range of devices with different functions, including operating as semiconductors.
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Date:
10/12/2018
PSDcast - A Wireless Charger That Works up to 80 Feet Away
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re following up on the PowerSpot power-over-distance wireless transmitter, which just recently shipped.
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Date:
10/12/2018
Hidden Gapless States on the Path to Semiconductor Nanocrystals

The exotic transformations causes that one of the precursors of zinc oxide, initially an insulator, at approx. 300 degrees Celsius goes to a state with electrical properties typical of metals, and at ~400 degrees Celsius it becomes a semiconductor.

When chemists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw were starting work on yet another material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn't expect any surprises. They were greatly astonished when the electrical properties of the
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10/12/2018
Army-Funded Research Results in New Kits For Teaching Science

BioBits kits are designed to be used by students and teachers with no biological training. They use simple, hands-on experiments, some using common household fruits to teach concepts of synthetic and molecular biology.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- An affordable children's educational kit is the latest commercial spinoff of research pursued by the U.S. Army to create advanced materials for Soldier systems. A team of researchers funded by the Army created and designed a new resource for science teachers. BioBit
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Date:
10/12/2018
Montreal, Canada – Future Electronics is featuring the new AQZ20_G Series PhotoMOS Relays from Panasonic in the latest edition of THE EDGE. The AQZ20_G Series High Capacity PhotoMOS Relays can switch a wide range of currents and voltages to control various types of loads while
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Date:
10/11/2018
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM has launched a new branding “MUS-IC” reflecting ROHM’s focus on solutions for high-fidelity audio products. This branding covers a range of D/A converter ICs (DAC ICs), optimized for high-fidelity reproduction, and power supply products. The increased
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10/11/2018
LED Matrix Manager for Automotive Matrix and Pixel Lighting
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Designers of high-performance automotive matrix lighting and adaptive driving beam light-emitting diode (LED) applications can now migrate to higher current devices while reducing design size and improving flexibility with the MAX20092 12-switch matrix manager from Maxim Integrated
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10/11/2018
Signal Transformer announces their new High Current Toroidal Inductor (HCTI) Design Kit. This new Design Kit provides a varied selection of toroidal inductors to design engineers who are looking for solutions to support EMI/RFI filtering and energy storage in industrial and consumer goods applications. The
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10/11/2018
Digital Power Modules Offer High Power Density and Efficiency
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new family of encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus power modules. The five RAA210xxx simple digital power modules offer advanced digital telemetry and performance, and are as easy to use as Renesas’ analog power modules. They
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10/11/2018
POE Injectors Meets DOE Efficiency Regs for Power Supplies
Phihong’s new 30 watt POEA30U-1AT single-port Power-over-Ethernet (POE) injector series  are the first IEEE802.3 at mid-spans on the market to meet the US Department of Energy’s (DOE VI) efficiency regulations for external power supplies. “Due to the active nature of IEEE802.3 POE standards,
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Date:
10/11/2018
Powering the IoT
The IoT has been one subject that has been on everyone’s mind for the last few years. Since then, we have moved from small gimmicky examples to the start of widespread implementation of the technologies. The IoT differs
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Date:
10/10/2018
Do We Need Steering Wheels in Self-Driving Cars?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has vowed to review automotive safety standards that force self-driving cars to include redundant equipment like steering wheels, pedals, and other features. This couldn’t come at a more pivotal moment in the worldwide ascension of autonomous cars
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10/10/2018
MCU Development Board Allows Easy Deployment of IoT devices
CHANDLER, Ariz.— Creating cloud-connected applications traditionally can require significant time and resources for embedded designers to develop necessary expertise in communications protocols, security and hardware compatibility. Developers often overcome these challenges with large software frameworks and
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10/10/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic announced that it has integrated the STMicroelectronics Software Self-Test Libraries (X-CUBE-STL) with the X-Ware IoT Platform for developers using STM32 microcontrollers based on ARM cores. X-Ware IoT Platform leverages the X-CUBE-STL to help customers
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10/10/2018
IoT Systems Need High Integration & Small Form Factor

Figure 1. 3.3V to 5V Input, Delivering 12V at up to 800mA with an External Clock

At the medium-to-low end of the power spectrum there are modest power conversion requirements such as those commonly found in “Internet of Things” (IoT) equipment, which necessitate the use of power conversion ICs that deal with modest levels of current. These are usually in the range of 100’s milliamps
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10/10/2018
Selecting Connector Solutions for Electric Vehicles

Figure 1: Electric Vehicle Charging

An electric vehicle contains many sub-systems that need to inter-operate so the vehicle can function as intended. These disparate systems range from the battery string, comprising Lithium-Ion modules to various drive systems, converters, auxiliary modules, and charging and monitoring systems. As a result, choosing
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10/10/2018
Is that a Battery, is that a Capacitor? No, it’s Supercap

Figure 1. Small-cell supercapacitor with aqueous electrolyte

With capabilities including high cycle life and fast charge and discharge times, small-cell supercapacitors can oust coin-type batteries from back-up power duties in equipment ranging from IoT devices, smart meters, or medical devices, to automotive electronics and industrial computing. Typical applications
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10/10/2018
High-Performance Design for Wireless Power Transfer

Figure 1: Block Diagram for a Typical WPT System.

In the more compact portable and wearable devices now being introduced onto the market, it is extremely difficult, or even impossible, to incorporate a charge connector. For example, some may simply have too little available space in which to house an appropriate connector. Other devices may require sealed enclosures
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10/10/2018
Presto Engineering Upgrades Europe's Largest Independent Semiconductor Testing Facility to ISO 9001:2015 Standard

Scanning electron microscope at Presto Engineering.

San Jose, CA, USA - Semiconductors play increasingly important control roles in automotive, industrial and safety critical applications. Quality and reliability are therefore of vital importance and so Presto Engineering has completed certification to the ISO
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Date:
10/10/2018
The New Challenges of Industry 4.0
Sometimes described as the fourth industrial revolution, a new wave of technology is sweeping through industry. What was originally part of a 2020 strategy plan adopted by the German Federal Government has now spread across Europe, disrupting manufacturing and factory automation. There are now 159 organisations
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10/10/2018
DC-DC Converters Offer High-Input Surge Withstand Capacity
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently added the RWR-350-P600 series to its line of fully encapsulated RIA12 railway quality DC-DC converters. The units have an input voltage surge withstand capacity 3.5 times the nominal input voltage for 20 milliseconds and meet the requirements of RIA12 with wide margins. RIA12
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Date:
10/09/2018
Robust Y2 Capacitors With an Increased Rated Voltage
TDK Corporation presents a new series of EPCOS MKP Y2 capacitors for EMI suppression. In contrast to conventional types that are designed for rated voltages of 300 V AC, these new capacitors offer a permissible rated voltage of 350 V AC. The capacitances of the B3203* series range from 4.7 nF
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Date:
10/09/2018
Social Media Data Used to Predict Retail Failure
Researchers have used a combination of social media and transport data to predict the likelihood that a given retail business will succeed or fail. Using information from ten different cities around the world, the researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have developed a model that can predict
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Date:
10/09/2018
DIN Rail Power Supplies Features Operation From 90-264VAC
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking MEAN WELL’s SDR Series 75-960 Watt AC-DC, DIN Rail power supplies. The SDR series is a slim size AC-DC DIN Rail power supply in a metal case that can be installed on a TS-35/7.5
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Date:
10/08/2018
Dataforth Offers Real-Time Online MAQ20 Demos
Dataforth Corporation has developed two online MAQ20 demonstrations that allow users to experience both real-time interaction with a MAQ20 and remote access to a MAQ20 system from anywhere. For the Process Simulator Interactive Demo, Dataforth built a hardware module that acts as a process simulator.
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10/08/2018
Study Opens Route to Flexible Electronics Made From Exotic Materials

MIT researchers have devised a way to grow single crystal GaN thin film on a GaN substrate through two-dimensional materials. The GaN thin film is then exfoliated by a flexible substrate, showing the rainbow color that comes from thin film interference. This technology will pave the way to flexible electronics and the reuse of the wafers.

The vast majority of computing devices today are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Silicon can be found in various forms in rocks, clay, sand, and soil. And while it is not the best semiconducting material that exists on the planet, it is by far the most readily available.
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10/08/2018
A Big Spark For Energy Research

Dion Vlachos is the director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and the Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UD.

The University of Delaware has won a $12.8 million, four-year funding renewal from the U.S. Department of Energy for the continued operation of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI). The center involves scientists from academic institutions and national laboratories across the U.S. in developing
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Date:
10/08/2018
Big Discoveries About Tiny Particles

In this illustration, arrows indicate the vibrational activity of particles studied by UD researchers, while the graph shows the frequencies of this vibration.

From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles. Now, Hojin Kim, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the
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Date:
10/08/2018
Rectifiers Offer Forward Voltage Drop Down to 0.36 V
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced four new 100 V and 120 V TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers that provide up to 20 mV lower forward voltage than previous-generation devices. The Vishay General Semiconductors V30100CI, V30120CI, V40100CI, and V40120CI offer current
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Date:
10/08/2018
Researchers Work to Integrate Spaceflights into the National Airspace
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For the first time, a team of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students has confirmed the accuracy of a component of the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System (NextGen) at high altitudes using a NASA research aircraft. The
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10/08/2018
The Industry's First Rugged Deep Learning System
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – General Micro Systems (GMS) introduced the industry’s first rugged, conduction-cooled, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) deep learning/artificial intelligence (AI) mobile system that offers real-time data analysis and decision making directly on the battlefield. The X422 “Lighting”
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10/08/2018
Programmable Power Platform Includes a DC 1.7â€
SAN DIEGO –AMETEK Programmable Power has again expanded its popular Asterion power supply platform. This time, it’s with the addition of a line of programmable, high-performance DC power supplies with either fixed or autoranging output. Like the Asterion AC family, the Sorensen Asterion
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10/05/2018
PoE Connector Modules Ideal for High-Bandwidth Applications
SAN DIEGO -- Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduces its new J1V series of 1x1 Top Entry 1000Base-T to 10GBASE-T 4P PoE Ethernet Connector Modules.  This series also includes options for LED’s and 4 and 5 channel magnetics for
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10/04/2018
Celebrating Innovation in Healthcare

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

I don’t have to tell you that healthcare is wildly controversial in this country. Per capita national health expenditures run about $10,348 (2016), with total national health expenditures of $3.3 trillion, 18% of the nation’s GDP. You may have noticed that healthcare decided an election or two. Luckily,
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10/04/2018
PSDcast-Solving

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Jim Witham with GaN Systems about "range anxiety," and we discuss the biggest issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles. The article
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10/04/2018
Rugged Power Supplies in Miniature Open-Frame Package
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TPP 100A-J and TPP 150A-J series of 100 and 150 watt open-frame power supplies. Their high efficiency topology, industrial-grade components and advanced thermal management enable -25°C to +85°C operation, compliance to IEC 60068-2-6 / IEC 60068-2-27 / MIL-STD-810F
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10/04/2018
Buck-Boost Controllers for Industrial Battery-Powered Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced an innovative new family of bidirectional four-switch synchronous buck-boost controllers. The ISL81601 and ISL81401 are the industry’s only true bidirectional controllers that sense peak current at both ends and provide cycle-by-cycle current limit
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10/04/2018
Pluggable Connector for Chassis-Mount DC-DC Converters
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces an extension to the RCM Series, 150 W to 1000 W chassis-mount DC-DC converters, with an optional pluggable connector version. The pluggable connectors are an alternative to the standard cage clamp terminals, that lowers the risk of reverse polarity
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10/04/2018
LED Power Supplies Target Demanding Industrial Lighting
WALNUT, CA.—LinkCom Manufacturing announces its 75-100W LLC Series, the latest addition to the INCORE family of high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The LLC Series is available in models with nominal power ratings from 75-100 W and output voltages from 12V to 54V – all with efficiency up
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10/04/2018
China Tariffs Will Not Affect the Vast Majority Of Triad Magnetics Customers
Perris, CA—With its diversified portfolio of power electronics manufacturing plants located in the U.S., the Philippines and China, Triad Magnetics announced that the vast majority of its customers need not fear the financial impact of escalating trade tariff tensions between two of the world’s
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10/03/2018
Wearable ECG Monitor is a Weight Off Your Chest

Figure 1. Holter Heart Monitor

If you have ever visited your doctor suffering from symptoms even mildly suggestive of a cardiac problem, you may have been subjected to the “pleasure” of wearing a Holter heart monitor (Figure 1). After subsequent sleepless nights, you probably asked yourself, “Surely there must be a more comfortable
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10/03/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic announced turnkey integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Greengrass software, extending the current direct X-Ware IoT Platform support for AWS. Express Logic’s X-Ware IoT Platform is the industrial-grade alternative for AWS Greengrass customers who must quickly
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10/03/2018
High-Frequency Integrated Thin Film Band-Pass Filters
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. — AVX Corporation introduced new 0805-case BP Series multilayer, integrated thin film (ITF) band-pass filters. Designed for broad compatibility with a wide range of high-frequency wireless applications, including mobile communications systems, satellite TV receivers, GPSs, vehicle-locating
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10/03/2018
Medical â€

Kevin Parmenter FAE Director North America, Taiwan Semiconductor

The medical industry is a 10 trillion-dollar market globally while one of the largest markets, the USA is ranked by the World Health Organization at 37th in the world for quality of medical care out of 191-member states.  While per capita, we in the USA are #1 in spending per capita in international dollars. 
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10/03/2018
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
As usual, autumn means conference season. And this year conference season will be dominated by electronica as it is every second year. All of the famed German organisational stereotypes will be tested to their limits, with the conference expanding to 16 halls. For me personally, that means even more walking
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10/02/2018
Medicine and Healthcare are Leading the IoT Revolution
As I mentioned in my Viewpoint column, medical electronics is one of the most exciting areas for the industry at the moment. From my point of view, what is amazing about the analysts’
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10/02/2018
This Ink Could Save Your Life
The future of wearables could be a (temporary) part of your body -- biometric tattoos could make for ideal portable health monitors. According to recent studies, 1/3 of Americans have at least one tattoo, including nearly half (47%) of all millennials (18-35). Gen-Xers (36-50) aren’t far behind,
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10/02/2018
Navigating the Challenges in Selecting Medical Equipment Power Supplies

Figure 1. The CmF bulk power module, occupying three slots, provides a 48V output voltage which can deliver up to 600W of power in the CX600 and up to 900W in the CX1800.

The healthcare industry is naturally transforming - even in the patient realm, as we see a continued increase in age, lifestyle-related conditions and levels of outpatient/home care. As can be imagined, this ongoing transformation translates into how we use technology and its impact on a vast range of applications.
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10/02/2018
Designing a Medical Power Supply

Figure 1 - Creepage and clearance example (UL60601-1)

Power supplies for medical equipment must comply with IEC/UL 60601-1 3rd edition. Within this standard there are three categories of equipment. B-rated equipment will have only brief contact with a patient – for example an MRI scanner. BF-rated equipment will have routine contact with the skin;
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10/02/2018
Cleaning Challenges for Medical Electronics

Figure 1: Ball Grid Array (BGA) here

The market for medical electronics is huge and growing. The astounding capabilities of digital technology and broadband connectivity are “a perfect storm” enabling doctors to diagnose more accurately and offer therapies more precisely than ever before. They also offer labor-saving benefits that
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10/02/2018
Developing Medical Power Systems That Conform to IEC60101-1
The updated IEC 60601 standard will bring some real changes including a focus on EMI and how medical equipment will be used in the home. The latest standards for the development of medical power supplies are set to have a significant impact on how system designs are carried out, particularly in relation
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10/02/2018
How Healthcare Demands are Impacting Power Supply Design

Figure 1: Digital Power’s OFM225 Series 225 Watt forced cooled and 120 Watt convection cooled AC/DC power supply is approved to IEC60601-1, 3rd Edition 2 MOPP and designed to meet 4th Edition EMC.

Key triggers are general technological advances, an aging population, and government healthcare reforms. Trends include the proliferation of wireless technologies; an increase in implantable medical devices; a push towards home healthcare options; and greater cost-consciousness. To meet increased
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10/02/2018
Reliability of Exercise Equip as it Joins the Connected Home

Figure 1. TE Connectivity’s Universal MATE-N-LOK connectors are high reliability power connectors that use a combination of pins and sockets intermixed in the plug and cap housings to achieve excellent electrical performance.

The way consumers use personal exercise equipment at home is changing, and so are their expectations for that equipment, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers. Today, they expect these machines to be as smart, connected, and sophisticated as machines found in their local gyms – if not more. The
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10/02/2018
Driving the Gates of SiC Cascodes is a Breeze

Figure 1. Gate drive voltage comparisons, recommended and absolute maximum

In the days when bipolar transistors were the only option for semiconductor power switches, their base drive circuit was critical for fast and efficient operation. With power device gains often just in double digits, base currents could be huge. Complex arrangements had to be used to drive current in and out
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10/02/2018
Rechargeable Solid-State SMD Battery for IoT Applications

Figure 1: Cross-section of the CeraCharge. A solid ceramic electrolyte is used in place of a liquid electrolyte

Life today would be unimaginable without batteries and accumulators using a wide variety of technologies and with widely differing capacities. The Internet of Things in all its facets will in future require billions of special power supplies tailored to the requirements of new ultra-low-power semiconductors
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10/02/2018
TTI, Inc. Announces Acquisition of RFMW Ltd.
Fort Worth, TX – TTI, Inc. announced the closing of its acquisition of RFMW Ltd., a privately held RF and Microwave specialty component distributor headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. RFMW will continue to operate under the RFMW brand name, reporting through the TTI Semiconductor
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10/02/2018
The Silent Power of Supercapacitors

Figure 1: Supercapacitor cell basically consists of two electrodes, a separator, and an electrolyte.

In the unceasing quest to increase the performance of power electronics, new components and technologies such as wide-bandgap semiconductors and digital power management are receiving most of the hype. However, hiding in the shadows there is a component that is very important and intrinsically involved in many
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10/02/2018
A Biofuel for Automated Heat Generation

This is Arkadievsky peat at the Tomsk Oblast in Siberia Russia.

Pyrolysis - a process of biomass decomposition - can be organized automatically for heat generation out of the most common type of biomass such as peat and straw. That is, it is sufficient to heat biomass to a certain temperature and then the process proceeds in the autothermal mode due to its own heat release.
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10/01/2018
Creating Color Centers in Silicon Carbide Crystals

Green SiC substrate at the bottom with the graphene layer on top irradiated by protons, generating a luminescent defect in the SiC crystal.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Silicon carbide (SiC), a material known for its toughness with applications from abrasives to car brakes, to high-temperature power electronics, has enjoyed renewed interest for its potential in quantum technology. Its ability to house optically excitable defects, called color centers, has
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10/01/2018
DIN Rail Power Supplies Now Shipping from Sager Electronics
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s DSP series of 7.5-100 Watt AC-DC, DIN Rail power supplies. The DSP series is a low profile AC-DC DIN Rail power supply designed for building and factory automation. It features operation from 90-264VAC with
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10/01/2018
RC Equalizers Deliver Reliable, Tight-Tolerance Performance
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released the new GEQ Series RC equalizers. These ruggedly constructed, ultraminiature (EIA 0402, 1005 metric) equalizers combine high-performance tantalum nitride (TaN) resistive elements and silicon/oxygen/nitrogen (SiON) capacitive elements with AVX’s proprietary, automotive-qualified,
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10/01/2018
LED Drivers Combine TRIAC and 0-10V Dimming Functions
WALNUT, CA.—LinkCom Manufacturing announces the availability of its INCORE Brand TRI Series of LED power supplies designed to provide a simple interface between conventional TRIAC dimming controls and LED lighting fixtures. Offering models with nominal ratings from 5W to 13W, the TRI Series facilitates retrofitting
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10/01/2018
Leadless Packaging Technology for High-Current Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced the TO-Leadless (TOLL) package in combination with 40V Shield-Gate Technology (SGT) to provide the highest current capability in its voltage class.  The TOLL package has the highest current capacity because of AOS’innovative
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10/01/2018