Notable & Newsworthy

February 2019
DC/DC Converters Optimized to Drive LDO Regulators
San Jose, Calif. – TRACO Power announces the expansion of their THN 15/20/30 WI series of 15, 20 and 30 Watt DC/DC converters in the standard 1.00 x 1.00 x 0.40” inch package with ultra-wide 4-1 Input ranges. These new 15 / 20 / 30 watt 5Vout models with “-A1” suffix feature an extended trim
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02/28/2019
Inductors Meet Conducted and Radiated Interference Limits
It is often necessary to add additional filter components to a DC/DC converter module to meet Class A or Class B EMC limits. To build such an EMC filter, inductors from a range of different manufacturers can be selected. Although these different inductors have similar technical specifications, they can show
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02/28/2019
Environmental Lights Introduces ProFlex LED Strip Light
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new ProFlex LED Strip Light. ProFlex LED Strip Light is a rugged strip light that gives you all the flexibility of LED strip light, with the added benefit of being housed in a durable silicone casing. It features an enhanced,
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02/28/2019

High-Saturation Inductor With Low DCR, High Current Density
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its IHSR series of high saturation commercial inductors with a new device in the compact 4 mm by 4 mm 1616 case size. Designed for multi-phase, high current power supplies and filters in computer, industrial, and telecom applications, the
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02/28/2019
AMETEK Programmable Power Expands Line of AC Power Sources
SAN DIEGO – AMETEK Programmable Power has added two new models to its Asterion line of AC power sources. The Asterion 4503 supplies AC and DC output power up to 4,500 VA or 4,500 W, and the Asterion 6003 supplies up to 6,000 VA or 6,000 W. Both units come in a 4U chassis and can supply single-
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02/28/2019
Interactive Surfaces Enter a New Dimension of Flexibility

(left) System Overview, (right) Example of Displaying the Letter "S."

An "interactive surface" refers to an interface whose input and output share a common surface that can be manipulated intuitively with the fingers. However, ordinary multi-touch displays, e.g., liquid crystal displays (LCD), can only provide two-dimensional information, limiting expressions and interactions
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02/28/2019
A Mega-Project on Cybersecurity and Data Protection

An extensive research project on cybersecurity and data protection in Europe will be launched this week. Goethe University Frankfurt has assumed the leadership and co-ordination of the 43 total consortium partners from science, business, industry and society.

With a total grant amount of € 16 million, 'mega' is hardly an exaggerated designation for the project "CyberSec4Europe". The European Commission desires to set international standards in cybersecurity and boost the effectiveness of Europe's security capacities. The goal of the new "Horizon
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02/28/2019
Electrically-Heated Silicate Glass Defies Joule's First Law

Another surprising observation of electric heating of glass is that the hot spot near the positive electrode may meander around as seen in the video frames several seconds apart in the figure here. For the video and explanation of this phenomenon see the publication at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39431-8

Characterizing and predicting how electrically-heated silicate glass behaves is important because it is used in a variety of devices that drive technical innovations. Silicate glass is used in display screens. Glass fibers power the internet. Nanoscale glass devices are being deployed to provide breakthrough
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02/27/2019
Army Lab, Industry Partner to Develop New Materials

The Army and the Lockheed Martin Corporation announced a cooperative agreement to spur scientific research in the area of Self-Assembly of Nanostructures for Tunable Materials.

The Army and a major defense contractor established a new research partnership to create novel materials to further enhance the devices and technology used by warfighters. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory -- the Army's corporate research laboratory known
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02/27/2019
TCO Devices Provide High-Current Capacity in Smaller Package
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced a new series of miniature Thermal Cutoff (TCO) devices that are lighter, smaller and offer high-current capacity up to 13 A at 25 °C. Bourns designed its new TCO family to match the small space and overtemperature protection needs in next-generation Lithium-ion
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02/27/2019
Gen III GaN Platform Earns Automotive Qualification
GOLETA, Calif.— Transphorm Inc. announced that its third generation, JEDEC-qualified high voltage GaN platform has passed the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q101 stress tests for automotive-grade discrete semiconductors. This achievement marks the company’s second automotive-qualified
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02/27/2019
Access Fixtures Announces New LED Linear High Bay Fixtures
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Access Fixtures has released a new line of LED linear high bay fixtures called the OTAT. This new family of LED linear high bays is suited for garages, warehouses, gymnasiums, offices, schools, factories and more. The fixture is available in 80w, 110w, 165w, 225w, and 325w for a broad
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02/27/2019
Chip Resistors Offer High Voltage Ratings With Precision
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s UHV Series of chip resistors offer high precision and stability in a surface mount package that is capable of handling extremely high voltages. The voltage ranges for each size are as follows: • 2010 – 3000V to 6000V • 2512 – 4000V
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02/26/2019
Pre-Compliance Analysis for Ultra-Real Spectrum Analyzers
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies announces a significant addition to its UltraReal family of Real-time Spectrum Analyzers with the release of a new integrated EMI Application Mode for EMI Pre-Compliance measurements. RIGOL’s EMI Measurement Application provides a complete EMI Pre-Compliance Solution
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02/26/2019
SiC-MOSFET Gate Driver Maximizes Efficiency, Improves Safety
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the SIC1182K SCALE-iDriver, a high-efficiency, single-channel silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET gate driver that delivers the highest peak-output gate current available without an external boost stage. Devices can be configured to support different
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02/26/2019
AVX Announces New Additions to MIL-PRF-39006 QPL
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation announced that several of its TWA Series axial-leaded, hermetically sealed wet electrolytic tantalum capacitors are now qualified to MIL-PRF-39006/33A. Designed to deliver high-reliability, high-CV performance in harsh-environment military, defense, avionics, and industrial
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02/26/2019
Automotive USB 3.1 SmartHub Enables 10x Faster Data Rates
CHANDLER, Ariz. — As firmware updates and larger media files become more prevalent in automotive entertainment consoles, faster data rates are required to reduce upload and download times. Microchip Technology Inc. announced an automotive-qualified USB 3.1 Gen1 SmartHub IC, offering up to
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02/26/2019
EPC Publishes Reliability Report Highlighting GaN Testing
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— EPC announces its Phase Ten Reliability Report, documenting the test results leading to the successful completion of automotive AEC-Q101 qualification. AEC-Q101 demands the highest level of reliability standards for power FETs, requiring not only zero datasheet failures, but also low parametric
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02/26/2019
Integrated Microwave Up & Downconverter With Wide Frequency
NORWOOD, Mass.-- Analog Devices announces the ADMV1013 and ADMV1014, a paired highly integrated microwave upconverter and downconverter, respectively. These ICs operate over a very wide frequency range with 50 Ohm-match from 24 GHz up to 44 GHz, facilitating ease of design and reducing the costs of building
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02/26/2019
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Energous Corporation announced a collaboration with vivo Global to explore integrating WattUp into smartphone designs that charge wirelessly over-the-air. “We
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02/26/2019
Faster Method to Read Quantum Memory

By using two separate microwaves, the two states of the qubit can be separated faster

The potential computing revolution that quantum computers have long promised is based on their weird property called superposition. Namely, qubits can take both logical states 0 and 1 simultaneously, on top of any value in between. By mastering superpositions of the whole quantum memory, quantum computers can
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02/25/2019
A New Spin in Nano-Electronics

A spin wave spreading along a magnetic domain wall.

In recent years, electronic data processing has been evolving in one direction only: The industry has downsized its components to the nanometer range. But this process is now reaching its physical limits. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are therefore exploring spin waves or so-called
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02/25/2019
PSD Celebrating 15 Years of Publishing

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Jim & Julia Graham

2019 has arrived and it marks a Big Anniversary for the PSD team!  PSD is celebrating our 15th year in publishing for the global power electronic engineering community.  Back in 2004, when the "big publishers" decided that they would close magazines like PCIM Europe
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02/25/2019
Slightly more than forty years ago, the silicon power MOSFET was a disruptive technology that displaced the bipolar transistor as the power conversion device of choice for the semiconductor industry – and a $12B market emerged.
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02/24/2019
Navy Files for Patent on Room-Temperature Superconductor

Illustration of the room-temperature superconductor design described in the U.S. Navy's patent application.

A scientist working for the U.S. Navy has filed for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor, representing a potential paradigm shift in energy transmission and computer systems. Salvatore Cezar Pais is listed as the inventor on the Navy's
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02/22/2019
A Quantum Magnet With a Topological Twist

Researchers explored a material that has an internal structure, shown in 3D in left panel, that consists of triangles and hexagons arranged in a pattern similar to that of a Japanese kagome basket.

Taking their name from an intricate Japanese basket pattern, kagome magnets are thought to have electronic properties that could be valuable for future quantum devices and applications. Theories predict that some electrons in these materials have exotic, so-called topological behaviors and others behave somewhat
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02/22/2019
High Bay LED Lights Feature Expanded Wattages
Access Fixtures has released a new line of UFO-style high bay LED lights with expanded wattages. The  HIIO high bay LED light from Access Fixtures, now available in 80, 100, 150, 200, and 240 watts, brings form and function together while expanding lighting options for consumers and property managers.
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02/22/2019
How to Freeze Heat Conduction

Prof. Silke Bühler Paschen

Every day we lose valuable energy in the form of waste heat - in technical devices at home, but also in large energy systems. Part of it could be recovered with the help of the "thermoelectric effect". The heat flow from a hot device to the cold environment can be directly converted into electrical
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02/22/2019
'Goldilocks' Thinking to cut Fuel Cell Cost in EVs

A platinum-like metal only five atomic layers thick is "just right" for optimizing the performance of a fuel cell electrode.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The 2019 Toyota Mirai electric vehicle touts zero emissions, thanks to a fuel cell that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. But the Mirai has barely left California, partly because today's fuel cell electrodes are made of super expensive platinum. Cutting down on the platinum
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02/22/2019
64-Bit MPUs Deliver Long-Term Linux Support
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RZ/G2 Group of 64-bit Arm Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53-based microprocessors (MPUs) for industrial automation and building automation applications, as the second generation of the RZ/G Series. The four new RZ/G2 MPUs are supported
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02/22/2019
Graphene is a material made of a single layer of carbon atoms. It is closely related to carbon nanotubes, which are used as reinforcing agents for durable products such as wind turbine parts, spaceship components, smart paints and sports equipment. According to a recent doctoral dissertation in physics and nanoscience,
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02/21/2019
External Power Supplies for Medical Equipment
SL Power announced two new external power supply families to provide medical equipment with the highest level (Level VI) of efficiency and reliability. Rated at 150 watts and 240 watts respectively, the ME150 and ME240 families are compact desktop-style units with a range of output voltages and connector options.
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02/21/2019
Low-Power MCU Group for Industrial IoT Devices
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation extended its high integration Renesas Synergy S5 microcontroller (MCU) series with the introduction of the entry-level S5D3 MCU Group. The four new S5D3 MCUs join the mid-range S5D5 and high-end S5D9 MCU Groups with similar S5 Series features—integrated 120
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02/21/2019
VITA 62 Power Supplies for MIL-COTS VPX Applications
Vicor Power Systems’ new line of VITA 62 compliant power supplies are designed for 3U Open VPX systems and achieve high-efficiency and high-power density in a rugged, conduction-cooled chassis. The initial products operate from a nominal28V or 270V DC input, with predefined output voltages ranging from 3.3V
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02/21/2019
New No-Clean Flux for Reflow, Hand Soldering
Indium Corporation has released a new halogen-free, no-clean ROL0 flux specifically developed for PCB assembly hand soldering and rework applications. TACFlux 020B-RC passes SIR testing in the unreflowed state. Oftentimes during hand soldering and rework, the flux may not be heated properly due to
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02/21/2019
New Linux Solution for Embedded Systems Development
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- With the growth of internet of things (IoT) and other smart devices, it is becoming increasingly complex and expensive for manufacturers to develop embedded distributions and applications for these devices based on the Linux operating system. Siemens PLM Software announced a new enterprise
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02/21/2019
Best-in-Class Horticulture Efficiency with Red XLamp LEDs
DURHAM, N.C. – Cree, Inc. announces the next-generation XLamp XP-E2 Photo Red (660 nm) and Far Red (730 nm) LEDs, delivering breakthrough performance for horticulture applications. The new Red XP-E2 LEDs provide a drop-in upgrade for the previous generation that outperforms competing
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02/20/2019
Switch Improves Efficiency of Real-Time Monitoring
IRVINE, CA – ATEN Technology, Inc., announced the addition of the 4-Port USB 4K HDMI Multi-View KVMP Switch to its Multi-View KVM product series. The “CM1284” is ideal for control rooms, surveillance/command centers and programming and post production environments that require constant,
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02/20/2019
Wire-to-Wire Connectors for 12â€
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has expanded upon its proven-reliable wire-to-wire (WTW) connector portfolio with the release of the new 9286-300 Series poke-home connectors for 12–18AWG wire. Designed to simplify the connection process in a broad range of industrial market applications that require
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02/20/2019
Rice University Researchers Unveil IoT Security Feature

Rice University integrated circuit designer Kaiyuan Yang with a prototype of a new device that is 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rice University integrated circuit (IC) designers are at Silicon Valley's premier chip-design conference to unveil technology that is 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Rice's Kaiyuan Yang
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02/20/2019
Superconduction: Why Does it Have to be so Cold?

Karsten Held (l.) and Motoharu Kitatani.

Why does it always have to be so cold? We now know of a whole range of materials that - under certain conditions - conduct electrical current entirely without resistance. We call this phenomenon superconduction. All these materials do nonetheless experience a common problem: they only become superconducting
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02/20/2019
The Holy Grail of Nanowire Production

EPFL researchers have found a way to control and standardize the production of nanowires on silicon surfaces. This discovery could make it possible to grow nanowires on electronic platforms, with potential applications including the integration of nanolasers into electronic chips and improved energy conversion in solar panels.

Nanowires have the potential to revolutionize the technology around us. Measuring just 5-100 nanometers in diameter (a nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter), these tiny, needle-shaped crystalline structures can alter how electricity or light passes through them. They can emit, concentrate and
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02/20/2019
Firefly-Inspired Surfaces for Efficiency of LED Lightbulbs

Saphire surface with asymmetrical pyramids to produce more light in LEDs.

A new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills, according to Penn State researchers who suggest that LEDs made with firefly-mimicking structures could improve efficiency. "LED lightbulbs play a key role in clean energy," said Stuart (Shizhuo)
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02/19/2019
Breakthrough in the Search for Graphene-Based Electronics

Danish researchers just solved one of the biggest challenges of making effective nano electronics based on graphene: to carve out graphene to nanoscale dimensions without ruining the electrical properties. This allows them to achieve electrical currents orders of magnitude higher than previously achieved for such structures. The work shows that the quantum transport properties needed for future electronics can survive scaling down to 10 nanometer dimensions.

For 15 years, scientists have tried to exploit the "miracle material" graphene to produce nanoscale electronics. On paper, graphene should be great for just that: it is ultra-thin - only one atom thick in fact and therefore two-dimensional, it is excellent for conducting electrical current and should
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02/19/2019
AC-DC Titanium Efficient Power Shelf to Power 48V Systems
Bel Power Solutions announces the SPSTET4 System (Power Modules, Shelf, Controller and Power Distribution Unit (PDU)). These products are designed for systems and applications where AC-DC conversion from single-phase AC mains power to 54.5Vdc is required. The SPSTET4 System is designed for secure
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02/19/2019
Porous Carbon Fiber Research Closer for Automotive Industry

This figure shows the synthesis of porous carbon fibers and loading of MnO2. (a) A diblock copolymer of polyacrylonitrile-block-polymethyl methacrylate (PAN-b-PMMA) is spun into a polymer fiber mat. In the magnified view, the block copolymer microphase separates into a bicontinuous network structure. (b) After pyrolysis, the block copolymer fibers are converted to porous carbon fibers (black) with continuous and uniform mesopores (white channels), which afford high loadings of transition metal oxides. (c) The porous carbon fibers are loaded with manganese oxide (magenta). In the magnified view, the continuous carbon fiber matrix and partially filled mesopores provide effective expressways for electron conduction and ion diffusion, respectively.

An update on recently reported research on porous carbon fibers shows how this material can be used in an industrial setting, marking an important step from the theoretical to application. Guoliang
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02/19/2019
Spherical Display Brings Virtual Collaboration Closer
Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may have found a way to encourage a more sociable virtual reality. The researchers
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02/19/2019
Integrated Embedded Motor Controller With Extended Memory
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas embedded motor controller portfolio with the HVC 4420F, featuring extended flash memory for the drive of small brush-type, stepper, or brushless motors. It is designed to satisfy the latest needs of the automotive industry to provide diagnostics capability
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02/19/2019
Software Suite Shortens Path to IoT Monetization
Telit announced Telit OneEdge, a new initiative developed to speed IoT deployments and reduce the time required to monetize the digitalization of businesses. OneEdge is an innovative software suite enabling solutions for a new generation of Telit’s cellular LPWA IoT modules. With integrated, secure,
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02/19/2019
Miniature, Low-Cost Transceiver for Reliable Communications

The proposed chip, fabricated in a standard 65-nanometer CMOS process, takes up a total area of just 12 mm2.

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have designed a 28 GHz transceiver that integrates beamforming with dual-polarized multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology. Measuring just 3 mm by 4 mm, this tiny transceiver could help improve performances of fifth-generation cellular network
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02/18/2019
MOSFET Offers On-Resistance Down to 1.7 mΩ
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 60 V TrenchFET Gen IV n-channel power MOSFET in the 6.15 mm by 5.15 mm PowerPAK SO-8 single package. Designed to increase the efficiency of power conversion topologies, the Vishay Siliconix SiR626DP offers 36 % lower on-resistance than previous-generation
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02/18/2019
Graphene-Based Wearables for Health Monitoring

ICFO's fitness band is being developed to measure heart rate, hydration, oxygen saturation, breathing rate and temperature.

The first of ICFO's devices on display will allow customers to monitor their level of exposure to sunlight through a UV sensor. Designed as a flexible, transparent and disposable patch, it connects to a mobile device and alerts the user once he or she has reached a defined threshold of sun exposure. Using
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02/15/2019
Ultrasmall, Light-Activated Electrode for Neural Stimulation

A laser shining onto an untethered, ultrasmall carbon fiber electrode to stimulate neurons via the photoelectric effect.

PITTSBURGH - Neural stimulation is a developing technology that has beneficial therapeutic effects in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. While many advancements have been made, the implanted devices deteriorate over time and cause scarring in neural tissue. In a recently published paper, the
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02/15/2019
Discovering Anti-Laser Masquerading as Perfect Absorber

This is a picture of the actual metamaterial consisting of a field of specifically tailored cylinders.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Researchers at Duke University have discovered that a perfect absorber of electromagnetic waves they described in a 2017 paper can easily be tweaked into a sort of "time-reversed laser" known as a coherent perfect absorber (CPA). The research appeared online on January 28
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02/15/2019
Using Blockchain Technology to Verify Natural Diamonds
Members of the Russian startup Bitcarat.com, graduates of the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS", commercialize a unique technology, aimed at verifying and tracing natural diamonds. The method is based on modern IT-technologies, blockchain technology in particular. In a situation
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02/15/2019
5TONIC Lab Showcases Progress on EU 5G Project
Earlier this month, the 5TONIC co-creation laboratory played hosts to the members of the EU's 5G-EVE project team when the group met in Madrid for its first plenary meeting. The 5G-EVE project looks to deliver a European Validation platform for Extensive 5G trials. Launched in July 2018, the project
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02/15/2019
Better Red Than Dread: Barrier Keeps Batteries Safe

A layer of red phosphorus in rechargeable lithium metal batteries can signal when damaging dendrites threaten to create a short circuit. The technique developed at Rice University could lead to more powerful lithium metal batteries.

HOUSTON - Rice University scientists have taken the next step toward the deployment of powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries by making them safer and simpler to manufacture. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour made test cells with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator that keeps the anode
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02/14/2019
Vicor Introduces Four New DC-DC Converter ChiP Modules
The new entries in the extensive DCM family are available in the 3623 (36 x 23mm) ChiP (Converter housed in Package) format with an unrivaled power density of 1,032W/in3. The new 80W DCM ChiPs, feature a wide-input voltage range of 9V to 75V and are available with nominal output voltages of 12V, 24V,
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02/14/2019
AC-DC Power Supply for Blockchain and AI Applications
Bel Power Solutions announced the PET2000-NAS446, a 2000 watt AC-DC power supply that converts mains AC power into four main +12 VDC outputs, delivered through cables with connectors designed to power individual processor boards. This new front-end power supply is designed for complex server systems with multiple
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02/14/2019
AVX Supports GEOX DRAGON All-Electric Formula-E Racing Team
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation is sponsoring the GEOX DRAGON Formula-E racing team in partnership with Mouser Electronics, TTI, Inc., and Molex. The world’s first and only racing series with all-electric vehicles, the ABB FIA Formula-E Championship is a fusion of engineering, technology, sport, science,
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02/14/2019
A First-of-Its-Kind RGB 160 Degree LED Light Bar
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new RGB 160 Degree LED Light Bars. RGB 160 Degree LED Light Bars are a versatile product that can be used for any application requiring RGB backlighting. Each RGB 160 Degree LED Light Bar is equipped with six high power RGB LEDs for
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02/14/2019
Cable Assemblies for Demanding Microwave & RF Applications
CROSSVILLE, Tenn - Intelliconnect has expanded its cable assembly offering for high-frequency and mission-critical applications. Comprised of high-quality cables, connectors and terminations, the highly reliable RF cable assembly product offering now includes Low Loss, Semi-Rigid, Semi-Flex
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02/14/2019
EC Fans Offer Spark-Proof IP68-ATEX Protection
DALLAS, TX -- Orion Fans has expanded its family of Electronically Commutated (EC) fans to include spark proof IP68-ATEX rated versions for applications involving explosive atmospheres or flammable gases. Implementing IP68-ATEX fans into a design eliminates the possibility of an explosion
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02/14/2019
Modules Include No Load Power Consumption of 0.15W max
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking TRACO Power’s TMPS10 Ultra Compact 10W AC/DC Power Modules. The TMPS10 power modules are ultra-compact (1.0 x 1.5”), and in a lightweight, fully-encapsulated plastic casing
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02/14/2019
Bigger Teams Aren't Always Better in Science and Tech

A forest of trees where each tree is a project and a person supports the kind of deep searching (roots) and highly disruptive (branches) work produced by small teams.

In today's science and business worlds, it's increasingly common to hear that solving big problems requires a big team. But a new analysis of more than 65 million papers, patents and software projects found that smaller teams produce much more disruptive and innovative research. In a new paper published
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02/13/2019
A Glimpse into the Future
Ten years into the future. That's about how far UC Santa Barbara electrical and computer engineering professor John Bowers and his research team are reaching with the recent development of their mode-locked quantum dot lasers on silicon. It's technology that not only can massively increase the data transmission
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02/13/2019
Carbon Gas Storage Cavern to Obtain Clean Fossil Fuel Energy
A set of technologies that is expected to have its first results four years from now is designed to resolve one of the world's greatest oil and gas exploration challenges today: carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emission in the atmosphere. The innovation, the result of a
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02/13/2019
Laser-Induced Graphene Gets Tough, With Help

Rice University scientists have combined laser-induced graphene with a variety of materials to make robust composites for a variety of applications.

HOUSTON - Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite. The labs of Rice University chemist James Tour and Christopher Arnusch, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel,
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02/13/2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hyperbolic metamaterials are artificially made structures that can be formed by depositing alternating thin layers of a conductor such as silver or graphene onto a substrate. One of their special abilities is supporting the propagation of a very narrow light beam, which can be generated by
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02/12/2019
Ethernet Bridges Save Power in Automotive Platforms
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Embedded and automotive platform designers who are seeking Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 3.1 Low-Power Sub-State (LPSS) L1.1 and L1.2 for power savings now have new options available from Microchip Technology Inc. The LAN7430 Ethernet bridge provides integrated
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02/12/2019
UPS Features Zero Transfer Time to Battery
Combining reliable double-conversion topology, internal static bypass and an easy-to-ready LCD menu display, the Eaton 9SX UPS provides the highly efficient and reliable power you expect from a 9-series UPS in a convenient tower form factor. Network, Modbus, Relay and signal input functionality enables integration
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02/12/2019
First High-Accuracy Current Sensors Based on AMR Technology
Andover, Massachusetts - ACEINNA announced its new MCx1101 family of ±5A, ±20A, and ±50A Current Sensors for industrial and power supply applications. The first high accuracy wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors on the market, units and evaluation boards are available now for sampling and volume shipments. The
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02/12/2019
Duluth, GA — FEIG ELECTRONICS introduced its new Robust UHF Antennas, capable of withstanding the harshest and most extreme outdoor and industrial environments. Awarded the highest certification available for impact rating, its’ IP65 die-cast aluminum, weatherproof,
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02/12/2019
SiC Schottky Diodes Offer Improved Efficiency
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced two second-generation series of 650V, AEC-Q101-qualified silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Diodes. The LSIC2SD065CxxA and LSIC2SD065AxxA Series SiC Schottky Diodes are available with a choice of current ratings (6A, 8A, 10A, 16A or 20A). They offer power
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02/12/2019
Miniaturized Thin-Film Inductors for ADAS Applications
TDK Corporation announces the TFM252012ALVA thin-film metal power inductors that can be connected directly to a 12 V car battery while maintaining small dimensions with a footprint of just 2.5 mm × 2.0 mm and a height of 1.2 mm. Thanks to the magnetic metal core these newly developed inductors offer a rated
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02/12/2019
AVX High-Energy Density Supercaps in Stock at TTI
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc. has stock for immediate shipment of multiple values of the high-density SCC and SCM series of supercaps, including the latest 3.0V version.  Rated from 2.7V to 48V and delivering high capacitance values (1F – 3,000F), low ESR (0.16mΩ – 200mΩ at 1,000KHz),
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02/12/2019
Battery Shunt Resistors Increase Accuracy, Lower Costs
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the new WSBS5216 and WSBS5216...14 12 W Power Metal Strip battery shunt resistors in the compact 5216 case size. With extremely low resistance of 100 µΩ, the Vishay Dale AEC-Q200 qualified devices increase accuracy and lower costs compared with Hall
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02/11/2019
DC/DC Buck Regulators with Adaptable Light Load Capability
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced  AOZ6662DI-01 and AOZ6663DI-01, high efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulators. The AOZ6662DI-01 and AOZ6663DI-01 are both available in a thermally enhanced  DFN3x3 exposed pad package, delivering an
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02/07/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the past, present, and future of wide bandgap semiconductors. For the last four years, one of the biggest advocates for wide bandgap devices has been
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02/07/2019
Scientists Discover New Type of Magnet

In a normal magnetic material, dense magnetic moments try to align with their neighbors (left). By contrast, in a singlet-based material, unstable magnetic moments pop in and out of existence, and stick to one another in aligned clumps (right).

A team of scientists has discovered the first robust example of a new type of magnet--one that holds promise for enhancing the performance of data storage technologies. This "singlet-based" magnet differs from conventional magnets, in which small magnetic constituents align with one another
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02/07/2019
Electrocatalyst Outperforms Platinum in Hydrogen Production

The novel catalyst is a nanostructured composite material composed of carbon nanowires with ruthenium atoms bonded to nitrogen and carbon to form active sites within the carbon matrix. Electron microscopy of carbon nanowires co-doped with ruthenium and nitrogen showed ruthenium nanoparticles decorating the surface of the nanowires.

A novel ruthenium-based catalyst developed at UC Santa Cruz has shown markedly better performance than commercial platinum catalysts in alkaline water electrolysis for hydrogen production. The catalyst is a nanostructured composite material composed of carbon nanowires with ruthenium atoms bonded to nitrogen
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02/07/2019
RBD Instruments' New 5kV Version of Its 9103 USB Picoammeter
BEND, Ore. -- RBD Instruments Inc. announced that it has released a new version of its 9103 USB Picoammeter which incorporates faster reads per second with 5000 DC volts of isolation to chassis ground. Increasing the DC voltage isolation from chassis ground to 5000 volts (5kV) opens up new possibilities
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02/07/2019
The Industry's First Company-Neutral Software User Interface
The Power Stamp Alliance (PSA) announced a software user interface that can be used with any compatible power stamps. This is the first time that a power industry alliance has created a graphical user interface (GUI) that developers can use with products from any member company. The PSA Power Stamp GUI can be
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02/07/2019
Smart Lighting Control Systems Can Save 400â a Year
A group of researchers at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the University of Seville have developed a predictive method for quantifying, by means of simulations of new dynamic metrics, the potential energy and economic saving that using smart lighting control systems brings. These smart systems
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02/06/2019
Ferroelectric Polymers Made More Versatile

A block copolymer of PVDF (black) and an insulating polymer chain (blue) form a block copolymer. Through phase separation, the blocks assemble in films. The dielectric properties can be tuned by varying composition and length of the blocks.

The ferroelectric polymer PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) has interesting properties and could be used to store information or energy. One of the main drawbacks of PVDF is that if you add extra functional groups to improve certain properties, this also interferes with its ferroelectricity. To solve this, scientists
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02/05/2019
Observing Hydrogen's Effects in Metal
Hydrogen, the second-tiniest of all atoms, can penetrate right into the crystal structure of a solid metal. That's good news for efforts to store hydrogen fuel safely within the metal itself, but it's bad news for structures such as the pressure vessels in nuclear plants, where hydrogen uptake eventually
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02/05/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Matrix Industries about the PowerWatch 2, a smartwatch that harvests energy from body
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02/05/2019
Learning Transistor Mimics the Brain

Simone Fabiano and Jennifer Gerasimov have developed a learning transistor that mimics the way synapses function.

A new transistor based on organic materials has been developed by scientists at Linköping University. It has the ability to learn, and is equipped with both short-term and long-term memory. The work is a major step on the way to creating technology that mimics the human brain. Until now, brains have
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02/05/2019
6.7 Million Euros for Microsystems Engineering Project

PROMYS project researchers are developing new microsystem concepts for use in medical monitoring.

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing more than 6.7 million euros to support the "Processes and Materials for More-than-Moore Electronic Systems" (PROMYS) project until 2021. PROMYS research is aimed at developing particularly small microsystems that are mainly intended
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02/05/2019
4 kW Power Supply for OCP, CORD and Datacenters
Bel Power Solutions announced the TET4000 Series, a 4000 W power supply designed to provide the highest efficiency (Titanium) power conversion for datacenters being built to Open Compute Project (OCP), Open Data Center Committee (ODCC) or Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) standards. The TET4000
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02/05/2019
MLVs Feature DC Operating Voltages from 3V to 170V
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole's ZV Series of multilayer varistors protect low voltage electronics from high voltage transient surges. The ZV is available in sizes 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210, 1812, and 2220 in AC operating voltages from 2V to 130V, DC operating voltages from 3V to 170V.
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02/05/2019
2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET Driver Delivers Increased Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a new 2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET driver. Available in DIP-8 and SMD-8 packages, the Vishay Semiconductors VOD3120A features low voltage drop on its output at
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02/05/2019
Power Analysis Software for 12-bit HD Oscilloscopes
Chestnut Ridge, NY – Teledyne LeCroy launched its 3-Phase Power Analysis software package, which brings 1-phase and 3-phase static and dynamic power analysis to its HDO8000A, HDO6000A and WavePro HD 12-bit High Definition oscilloscopes. With the 3-Phase Power Analysis software package, research
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02/04/2019
High-Density 65 W Interchangeable Wall Mount Power Supply
Hudson, MA – Power Partners, Inc. is pleased to announce their PSAW65I Series of 65W low cost interchangeable AC blade wall mount power supplies. The PSAW65I Series packs 65W into a compact case, measuring 4.62” x 1.98” x 1.4” with a 4-foot-long dc output cable, terminating in a 2.1mm
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02/04/2019
Ultra-Low 0.15 PSI Pressure Sensors
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced the expansion of its line of environmental sensors adding an ultra-low 0.15 to 1.0 PSI pressure sensor. Bourns Models BPS110/BPS120 pressure sensors are based on state-of-the-art Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, which provides extremely
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02/04/2019
15W to 30W DC-DC Converters Offer a Dual-Output Solution
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics, is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s CCG15-30D dual output isolated DC-DC converters. The CCG15-30D dual output 15W to 30W DC-DC converters offer a dual output solution in a 1" x 1" industry
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02/04/2019
Accelerometer Offers 24 IEPE/Voltage Channels
San Diego, CA – AMETEK Programmable Power is proud to introduce its latest VTI Instruments IEPE Accelerometer/Voltage product: the RX0424 24-channel device with integrated tachometer inputs. The RX0424 provides exceptional accuracy for programmable data acquisition rates of
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02/01/2019