Notable & Newsworthy

April 2019
Cynash's Cybersecurity Sensor is Commercially Available
McLean, VA—Cynash Inc. announces the commercial availability of its SerialTap patented cybersecurity sensor. Units are now ready to ship. “We’re excited to offer an Enterprise version of SerialTap to security professionals charged with protecting our critical infrastructure,” says Cynash
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04/30/2019
65 A+ Power/Energy Monitor with Integrated Sense Resistor
The LTC2947-65 is a high precision power and energy monitor with an internal sense resistor supporting up to ±65A*. Three internal No Latency Δ∑ ADCs ensure accurate measurement of voltage and current, while highbandwidth analog multiplication of voltage and current provides accurate power measurement in
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04/30/2019
3-Channel Micropower Management Unit w/ 7 Digital Isolators
The ADP1031 is a high performance, isolated micropower management unit (PMU) that combines an isolated flyback dc-to-dc regulator, an inverting dc-to-dc regulator, and a buck dc-to-dc regulator, providing three isolated power rails. Additionally, the ADP1031 contains four, high speed, serial peripheral interface
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04/30/2019

6â€Channel, 14â€Bit, Current Output DAC with On-Chip Reference
The AD5770R is a 6-channel, 14-bit resolution, low noise, programmable current output, digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for photonics control applications. The device incorporates a 1.25 V, on-chip voltage reference, a 2.5 kΩ precision resistor for reference current generation, die temperature, output monitoring
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04/30/2019
Dual, Simultaneous Sampling, 14â€Bit SAR ADC
The AD7380/AD7381 are a 16-bit and 14-bit pin-compatible family of dual simultaneous sampling, high speed, low power, successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) that operate from a 3.0 V to 3.6 V power supply and feature throughput rates up to 4 MSPS. The analog input type is
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04/30/2019
Graphene Sponge for Lithium Sulphur Batteries

An illustration of the Chalmers design for a lithium sulfur battery. The highly porous quality of the graphene aerogel allows for high enough soaking of sulfur to make the catholyte concept worthwhile.

To meet the demands of an electric future, new battery technologies will be essential. One option is lithium sulphur batteries, which offer a theoretical energy density more than five times that of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently unveiled a promising
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04/29/2019
Ceramic Disc Capacitors with Industry-High 2 nF Capacitance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of radial-leaded high-voltage single layer ceramic disc capacitors in compact sizes. The industry's only such components to deliver high capacitance values of 2 nF, Vishay Roederstein HVCC series
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04/29/2019
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics and Power Sonic announced a distribution partnership. “Sager Electronics’ specialized group, Sager Power Systems, is a perfect fit for the Power Sonic portfolio. Their focus on power and thermal solutions with a highly experienced team of Power Systems
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04/29/2019
Semiconductor Device Business Transfer: Panasonic to ROHM
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. – April 26, 2019 –  
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04/26/2019
Improving Bioelectrode Lifetimes for Solar Energy Conversion

Wolfgang Schuhmann, Fangyuan Zhao, Adrian Ruff and Felipe Conzuelo (from the left) work on long-lasting bioelectrodes.

The use of proteins involved in the photosynthetic process enables the development of affordable and efficient devices for energy conversion. However, although proteins such as photosystem I are robust in nature, the use of isolated protein complexes incorporated in semi-artificial electrodes is associated with
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04/26/2019
New Breakthroughs in Research on Super-Batteries

Stefan Freunberger, researcher at the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials at Graz University of Technology, is one of the world's leading researchers in his field of battery research.

Since 2012, Stefan Freunberger of the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials at TU Graz has been working on development of a new generation of batteries with enhanced performance and longer useful lives, and which are also cheaper to produce than current models. He believes that lithium-oxygen batteries
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04/26/2019
Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

Graduate students Qinjie Lyu and Shuaidong Zhao work with Kuilin Zhang on connected vehicle technology. Connected vehicle data is full of holes; models developed by Michigan Tech engineers help fill in the missing information.

If you have a new or late model car, most likely it's connected: GPS navigation, that infotainment panel, the wireless network your car creates -- they're all ways for your car to provide information, whether it's to give you directions, ping other vehicles, or to check in with infrastructure like traffic signals,
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04/26/2019
Scientists 3D-Print All-Liquid 'Lab on a Chip'

To make the 3D-printable fluidic device, Berkeley Lab researchers designed a specially patterned glass substrate. When two liquids - one containing nanoscale clay particles, another containing polymer particles - are printed onto the substrate, they come together at the interface of the two liquids and within milliseconds form a very thin channel or tube about 1 millimeter in diameter.

Researchers at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D-printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to serve a wide range of applications - from making battery materials to screening drug candidates. "What we
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04/26/2019
Magnets can get AI Closer to Efficiency of the Human Brain

Purdue University researchers have developed a process to use magnetics with brain-like networks to program and teach devices to better generalize about different objects.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Computers and artificial intelligence continue to usher in major changes in the way people shop. It is relatively easy to train a robot's brain to create a shopping list, but what about ensuring that the robotic shopper can easily tell the difference between the thousands of products in
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04/26/2019
Dual-Die 8Gb DDR3L SDRAMs in 78-Ball, 96-Ball FBGA Packages
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory introduced new dual-die 8Gb DDR3L SDRAMs that are pin-for-pin drop-in replacements for and fully compatible with end-of-life, single-die 8Gb DDR3Ls from Micron Technology Inc. Featuring a DDR architecture, the AS4C1G8D3LA and AS4C512M16D3LA provide speed of 10ns,
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04/25/2019
Power Management IC for Mini Applications Processors
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM announced the availability of BD71847AMWV, a highly integrated and efficient power management IC (PMIC) optimized for NXP Semiconductors’ i.MX 8M Mini family of application processors, which features exceptional computing, audio, video, and graphics performance. BD71847AMWV
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04/25/2019
A Breakthrough in the Study of Laser/Plasma Interactions

Large-scale simulations demonstrate that chaos is responsible for stochastic heating of dense plasma by intense laser energy. This image shows a snapshot of electron distribution phase space (position/momentum) from the dense plasma taken from PIC simulations, illustrating the so-called "stretching and folding" mechanism responsible for the emergence of chaos in physical systems.

A new 3D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation tool developed by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CEA Saclay is enabling cutting-edge simulations of laser/plasma coupling mechanisms that were previously out of reach of standard PIC codes used in plasma research. More detailed understanding
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04/25/2019
Using DNA Templates to Harness the Sun's Energy

Double-stranded DNA as a template to guide self-assembly of cyanine dye forming strongly-coupled dye aggregates. These DNA-templated dye aggregates serve as "exciton wires" to facilitate directional, efficient energy transfer over distances up to 32 nm.

As the world struggles to meet the increasing demand for energy, coupled with the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere from deforestation and the use of fossil fuels, photosynthesis in nature simply cannot keep up with the carbon cycle. But what if we could help the natural carbon cycle by learning
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04/25/2019
Connectors Deliver 56G PAM-4 with Roadmap to 112G PAM-4
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) announced its new Sliver card edge connectors have been adopted as the standard connector design into the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Small Form Factor Technology Work Group's SFF-TA-1002 specification and are the highest-performing card edge connectors
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04/25/2019
Iselin, N.J. – TDK Corporation announced that its subsidiary TDK Electronics has signed a co-marketing agreement with Immersion Corporation for the design and marketing of cutting-edge touch response solutions that utilize TDK PowerHap piezo actuators with haptic feedback. Under the agreement
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04/25/2019
A Close Look at Lithium Batteries
Batteries with metallic lithium anodes offer enhanced efficiency compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries because of their higher capacity. However, safety concerns and a short lifespan stand in the way. To better analyze the causes of malfunctions and premature failure of such batteries, researchers have
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04/24/2019
High Current Shunts Add 25 Milliohm Resistance Value
RALEIGH, NC - The popular HCSM2818 from Stackpole is a molded, all-metal element shunt capable of handling up to 5W of power at temperatures up to 100 degrees C. A 25 milliohm value with TCR of 25 ppm has recently been added to the existing values of 4, 5, 10, 15, and 20 milliohm values.
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04/24/2019
Energy-Saving new LED Phosphor

The crystal structure of the SALON phosphor is the reason for its excellent luminescence properties.

Light emitting diodes or LEDs are only able to produce light of a certain colour. However, white light can be created using different colour mixing processes. "In a white LED, red and yellow-green phosphors are excited by the light from a blue diode. The particles emit light in the red and green range,
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04/24/2019
Nanosized Container with Photoswitches

Chemical structures of the previous (left) and new amphiphile (right). Light irradiation induces a structural change from the open to the closed form of the amphiphile.

Researchers at Tokyo Tech's Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science have developed a micelle-type nano-container that can be switched between its assembled and disassembled state via simple light irradiation. The light stimulus induces a structural change in the amphiphilic subunits, which closes their integrated
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04/24/2019
Wire-to-Board Coaxial Connectors for Industrial Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the first wire-to-board RF coaxial IDC connectors for industrial and automotive applications. The initial release of the new 00-6791 Series RF Coaxial IDC Connectors is comprised of two small, single-piece solutions suited to different types of coaxial cable
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04/24/2019
Computing Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Impact on Field

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized four leaders with prestigious service awards.

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today recognized four individuals with awards for their exemplary service to the computing field. Working in diverse areas, the 2018 award recipients were selected by their peers for longstanding efforts that have significantly shaped the role of computing in society.
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04/24/2019
6 & 10 Watt Chassis-Mount DC/DC Converter Modules
San Jose, Calif. – TRACO POWER announces the addition of the TMDC 06 and TMDC 10 series of 6 and 10 watt products to its TMDC Family of Industrial DC/DC Converter modules. These DC/DC Converter modules are fully encapsulated with terminal strip connections and equipped with integrated
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04/24/2019
Liquid/Solid Material Detection for Industrial Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced its Material Detection Solution, which can detect materials or liquids easily and cost effectively without sensors by connecting electrodes using Renesas' RX130
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04/23/2019
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In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with AVX Corporation about a solar energy parking canopy they recently installed at their corporate headquarters in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Check out more
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04/23/2019
Future mmWave Networks with Best of High and Low Frequencies

Angle of arrival (AoA) estimation at low frequency (2.45GHz). The set-up includes an antenna array of 4 elements. We use the algorithm MUSIC in order to estimate the AoA of the signal received.

Future high-speed communication networks based on millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) technology will be more robust and efficient in delivering extremely high speed, high quality video, and multimedia content and services thanks to the results of a ground-breaking research project. The recently-concluded project was
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04/23/2019
Power Supplies Meet U.S. Energy Efficiency Standards
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Brightworks Technology, Inc., announces the addition of the new Cortina Series of external power supplies as part of a recent global corporate development initiative to meet the demanding requirements of industrial and
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04/23/2019
Semiconductor Scientists Discover Effect Thought Impossible

Pictured here are homo and hetero structures.

A physical effect known as superinjection underlies modern light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers. For decades this effect was believed to occur only in semiconductor heterostructures -- that is, structures composed of two or more semiconductor materials. Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and
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04/22/2019
Modified 'White Graphene' for Eco-Friendly Energy

This is a catalyst with functionalized hexagonal boron nitride and nickel nanoparticles.

Scientists from TPU, Germany, and the United States have found a new way to functionalize a dielectric, otherwise known as 'white graphene', i.e. hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), without destroying it or changing its properties. Thanks to the new method, the researchers synthesized a 'polymer nano carpet' with
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04/22/2019
Industry's First Open Edge Server for Industrial IoT
SANTA CLARA, CA – Adesto Technologies Corporation announced general availability of its next-generation edge server for building automation and industrial IoT applications. SmartServer IoT is the industry’s first truly open, full-featured and end-to-end industrial-rated IoT edge server.
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04/22/2019
TVS Arrays for Automotive Sub-Systems Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a new series of AEC-Q101-qualified transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) for circuit protection in aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, intelligent control systems and telecommunications applications. The new PAM37SDxxAL/CAL series is available
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04/22/2019
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Philip Zuk, Vice President, Worldwide Technical Marketing, Transphorm

In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk about several of the myths that have held gallium nitride back from wider market dissemination. Check out the article referenced in the PSDcast here:
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04/22/2019
PWM Controller and GaN FET Driver for New Space SmallSats
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the space industry’s first plastic-packaged, radiation-tolerant PWM controller and Gallium Nitride (GaN) FET driver for DC/DC power supplies in small satellites (smallsats) and launch vehicles. The ISL71043M single-ended current mode
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04/18/2019
Super Junction MOSFETs Enable Improved Energy Savings
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced a new lineup of its PrestoMOS series, R60xxJNx series, of 600V super junction MOSFETs that includes 30 new models. This series increases design flexibility while maintaining the industry’s fastest reverse recovery time (trr) optimized for EV charging stations
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04/18/2019
Giving Robots a Better Feel for Object Manipulation
A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots' abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a learning-based particle simulator, could give industrial robots a more refined touch -- and it may have
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04/18/2019
AI Speeds Efforts to Develop Limitless Fusion Energy

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. A major step in this direction is under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
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04/18/2019
Developers of various infrared applications can be sure that the spectra of emitters and detectors match. All infrared components are available from stock any time, and free samples can be requested.  
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04/18/2019
ROHM highlights high-performance D/A converter IC
The show will be held at the same time as HIGH END, the trade fair for audio equipment in Munich, Germany (May 09 – 11, 2019).   The increased
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04/18/2019
RS Components introduces Siemens DIN rail power supply range
Designed for use in distributed power applications in machine control boxes or in small cabinets, the single-phase SITOP PSU6200 power supplies are slim and space-saving, with plug-in terminals that support easy electrical connection. A key feature of the series
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04/18/2019
MORNSUN 20W High Isolation Medical Power URH-LP-20WR3 Series
Applications: URH-LP-20WR3 can be widely used in medical equipment and medical products that have direct contact with patients.  
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04/18/2019
Filter ferrite bead for high frequency, high current applications
As vehicles become more complex and sophisticated and especially as a result of increased image sensing, data communication needs within vehicles have increased significantly. Multiple protocols exists including CAN, LIN, FlexRay and Ethernet and the wiring, along
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04/18/2019
Radiation-Tolerant PWM Controller and GaN FET Driver
The ISL71043M single-ended current mode PWM controller and ISL71040M low-side GaN FET driver are ideal for isolated flyback and half-bridge power stages, and motor control driver circuits in satellite buses and payloads. Private ‘new space’ companies have begun
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04/18/2019
Need More Energy Storage? Just Hit 'Print'

Drexel University and Trinity College researchers have developed a conductive ink that can be used to inkjet print energy storage devices.

Researchers from Drexel University and Trinity College in Ireland, have created ink for an inkjet printer from a highly conductive type of two-dimensional material called MXene. Recent findings, published in Nature Communications, suggest that the ink can be used to print flexible energy storage components,
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04/17/2019
Ultrafast Rectifiers Reduce Conduction and Switching Losses
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced six new FRED Pt Gen 5 1200 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast rectifiers. Offering the best conduction and switching loss trade-off for devices in their class, the 30 A and 60 A Vishay rectifiers are designed to increase the efficiency of high frequency converters
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04/17/2019
Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity

ARL scientists may have identified a way to improve the cybersecurity of distributed network intrusion detection.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - With cybersecurity one of the nation's top security concerns and billions of people affected by breaches last year, government and businesses are spending more time and money defending against it. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research
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04/17/2019
A Novel Data-Compression Technique for Faster Programs
A novel technique developed by MIT researchers rethinks hardware data compression to free up more memory used by computers and mobile devices, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously. Data compression leverages redundant data to free up storage capacity, boost computing speeds,
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04/16/2019
New Scientific Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall

Maher El-Kady and Richard Kaner

UCLA researchers and colleagues have designed a new device that creates electricity from falling snow. The first of its kind, this device is inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic. "The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need
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04/16/2019
Could Robots Make a Documentary About a 5K Race?

Researchers involved in the project include Dylan Shell, left, of Texas A&M University, project leader Aaron Becker of the University of Houston, center, and Jason O'Kane of the University of South Carolina

A 5K race can offer both victory and heartbreak, but capturing those moments on video requires both planning ahead and making on-the-spot decisions about where the camera operators should be. A project led by Aaron T. Becker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University
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04/16/2019
Better-Performing Lithium-Ion Batteries are Possible

Materials research -- published in Nature Communications -- makes possible lithium-ion batteries that can charge in a matter of minutes but still operate at a high capacity.

TROY, N.Y. -- Creating a lithium-ion battery that can charge in a matter of minutes but still operate at a high capacity is possible, according to research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute just published in Nature Communications. This development has the potential to improve battery performance
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04/16/2019
Insect-Inspired Arm Technology Aims to Improve Drones

A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that works in windy conditions, is more energy efficient and can handle a larger payload.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A drone delivery is great - on a perfect, sunny day. But what about when it's windy? Most drones are not able to withstand wind because of their fixed-arm design. A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that
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04/16/2019
Army Scientists Produce Tools for Engineering Biomolecules

This graphic depicts oppositely charged, synthetic proteins combine to form novel hierarchically assembled symmetrical structures toward biotemplated advanced materials.

Army scientists have discovered how to build novel synthetic biomolecule complexes that they believe are a critical step towards biotemplated advanced materials. Their work was recently featured in the March issue of Nature Chemistry. A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities
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04/16/2019
Graphene Gives Tremendous Boost to Future Terahertz Cameras

Left) Schematic representation of the central part of the graphene-based THz photodetector device, containing the hBN-encapsulated graphene channel, on top of the narrow-gap antenna structure. By applying distinct voltages to the left and right antenna branches, a pn-junction is created in the graphene channel with unequal Seebeck coefficients on the left and right of the junction. Incident light is focused by the antenna above the gap, which is where the photoresponse is generated. (Right) Measurement of a THz focus, obtained by scanning the THz detector in the plane of the focus. The observation of several rings of the Airy pattern indicate the high sensitivity of the detector.

Detecting terahertz (THz) light is extremely useful for two main reasons: Firstly, THz technology is becoming a key element in applications regarding security (such as airport scanners), wireless data communication, and quality control, to mention just a few. However, current THz detectors have shown
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04/16/2019
Active Clamp Flyback Controller Line Includes 60W Version
Silanna Semiconductor expanded its line of fully integrated active clamp flyback (ACF) controllers with the 60W SZ1105 Flyback PWM Controller. Like its 30W SZ1101 sibling, Silanna’s SZ1105 60W controller combines four key ACF components: an advanced adaptive digital ACF controller and
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04/16/2019
MORNSUN 6-16A Non-isolated POL DC/DC Converter K12T Series
The devices’ output voltage can be accurately adjustable from 0.75V to 5.0V. The 6-16A non-isolated POL DC/DC converters can supply a large high speed transient response current for high speed chips such
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04/15/2019
Phihong Introduces the AC32A 7.7kW Electric Vehicle Charger
FREMONT, CA – Following successful deliveries of EV changer products in Asia and Europe, Phihong announces the availability of the AC32A 7.7kW Electric Vehicle Charger with UL certification for the North American market. The AC32 7.7kW AC charger is compact, reliable, lightweight, and vibration
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04/15/2019
Scientists Predict Internet of Thoughts 'Within Decades'
Imagine a future technology that would provide instant access to the world's knowledge and artificial intelligence, simply by thinking about a specific topic or question. Communications, education, work, and the world as we know it would be transformed. Writing in
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04/12/2019
Neutral Zinc-Air Battery with Cathode NiCo/C-N is Promising

NiCo-doped C-N hollow nanotube composites prepared through direct pyrolysis of Ni/Co salt, dicyandiamide and glucose, present excellent performance as the cathode catalysts of neutral Zn-air battery.

In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue in NANO, a team of researchers from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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04/12/2019
Microscopic 'Traffic Cops' for Optical Communications

The photonic switch is manufactured using a technique called photolithography, in which each "light switch" structure is etched into a silicon wafer. Each light gray square on the wafer contains 6,400 of these switches.

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently than ever. This optical "traffic cop" could one day revolutionize how information travels through data centers and
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04/12/2019
IP65-Rated Rocker Activated Switch/Circuit Breaker
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking E-T-A’s 3120-N series IP65 rated rocker activated switch/circuit breaker. E-T-A's IP65 rated 3120-N thermal circuit breaker/switch combination unites overcurrent protection
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04/12/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Jeff Kennedy from Eaton about hybrid cloud computing. In recent years, companies have increasingly begun relying on a combination of public and private cloud services known as
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04/12/2019
Artificial Intelligence for Future Agile Manufacturing

Agile manufacturing systems with learning robots make industrial production viable. (Photo: Sandra Goettisheim, KIT)

Clients request customized solutions, product lifecycles become shorter, new business models result: Industrial production has to keep pace with these dynamic changes. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), an interdisciplinary group of researchers from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information
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04/11/2019
2D Gold Quantum Dots are Atomically Tunable with Nanotubes
Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors are promising for quantum computing and future electronics. Now, researchers can convert metallic gold into semiconductor and customize the material atom-by-atom on boron nitride nanotubes. Gold is a conductive material already widely used as interconnects in electronic
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04/11/2019
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John Wilson, Silicon Labs’

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Silicon Labs’ John Wilson about signal and power isolation for electric vehicle systems. See the white paper referenced in the PSDcast here:
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04/11/2019
Paving the Way for Clean Hydrogen Energy

Fast and accurate sensors will be crucial in a sustainable society where hydrogen is an energy carrier. Hydrogen gas is produced by water that is split with the help of electricity from wind power or solar energy. The sensors are needed both when the hydrogen is produced and when it is used, for example in cars powered by a fuel cell. In order to avoid the formation of flammable and explosive gas when hydrogen is mixed with air, the hydrogen sensors need to be able to quickly detect leaks

Hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy carrier that can power vehicles, with water as the only emission. Unfortunately, hydrogen gas is highly flammable when mixed with air, so very efficient and effective sensors are needed. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present the first
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04/11/2019
A Jetsons Future? Assessing the Role of Flying Cars

Artistic rendering of an electric vertical takeoff and landing taxi cruising through an urban center.

ANN ARBOR--In the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons, George Jetson commutes to work in his family-size flying car, which miraculously transforms into a briefcase at the end of the trip. A new study of the environmental
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04/11/2019
Linear Systems' New Low-Noise Semiconductor Testing
FREMONT, Calif.-- Linear Integrated Systems, Inc. (Linear Systems) will be unveiling its large-scale sub-nanovolt parts testing capability at the 23rd Annual Conference and Exhibition for Components for Military & Space Electronics (CMSE) in Los Angeles. This testing capability enables individual
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04/11/2019
Compact DC/DC Converters from RECOM Now at Rutronik, Inc.
PLANO, TX – Rutronik has announced that the new REC15E-Z Series DC/DC converters from RECOM are available at www.Rutronik24.com.
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04/11/2019
New Nanowires to Improve High-Speed Communication

The growth mechanism and fast 1550 nm IR detection of the single-crystalline In0.28Ga0.72Sb ternary nanowires

Chinese scientists have synthesized new nanowires with high carrier mobility and fast infrared light (IR) response, which could help in high-speed communication. Their findings were published in Nature Communications on April 10th. Nowadays, effective optical communications use 1550 nm IR,
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04/10/2019
Algorithm Optimizes Quantum Computing Problem-Solving

Embedding on a special graph of the D-Wave 2000Q by solving a problem like a puzzle in our technique.

Tohoku University researchers have developed an algorithm that enhances the ability of a Canadian-designed quantum computer to more efficiently find the best solution for complicated problems, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Quantum computing takes advantage
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04/10/2019
Titanium Efficiency Power Supplies for Server Applications
Bel Power Solutions announced the TET2500 Series, 2500 W power supplies that bring Titanium level efficiency to servers, storage and networking equipment. With AC-DC power-factor-corrected (PFC) and high voltage DC-input variants, TET2500 Series power supplies provide a main output of 12 VDC for powering intermediate
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04/09/2019
Carbon-Negative Power Generation for China
If we're going to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, it's going to take a lot more than a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources such as wind and solar. It's going to require carbon-negative technologies, including energy
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04/09/2019
Amorphous Materials Used in Medical, Industrial Applications

Top panels: snapshots of the system at the temperature and at different times from start of crystallization: (a) glassy system without the crystallization centers; (b) two-phase state of the system containing crystalline nuclei; (c) polycrystalline system consisting of separate crystalline domains. Bottom panels: -projections of the glassy system (d), the two-phase system (e) and the polycrystalline system (f). Inset to panel (f) shows the diffraction pattern obtained by transmission electron microscopy for polycrystalline foil.

Amorphous solids have an internal structure made of interconnected structural blocks. These blocks can be similar to the basic structural units found in the corresponding crystalline phase of the same compound. Almost all known systems, including water or metallic alloys, can become amorphous under certain conditions.
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04/09/2019
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Emerson is reminding U.S. engineering students that the deadline for its 2019
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04/09/2019
Distributed Gap Cores for High Frequency Switch-Mode Power
Micrometals is proud to introduce its new series of PQ distributed gap cores.  The rectangular geometry of the PQ 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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04/08/2019
Unprecedented Speed, Flexibility for Roughness Measurement
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mahr Inc. announced the addition of the MarSurf GD series for roughness measurements to its new line of surface measuring instruments. MarSurf GD series measuring stations provide unprecedented levels of speed, flexibility and intelligent ease of use, allowing users to improve
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04/08/2019
Battery Charger Converts 3-Phase AC Voltage to DC Voltage
Bel Power Solutions announced the BCN25-700-8, a 25 kW on-board battery charger that converts 3-phase AC voltage to DC voltage. The enclosure is made of aluminum alloy and is liquid-cooled. Providing 25 kW of output power for a single unit, and up to 100 kW of output power for 4 units, the BCN25 has high efficiency
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04/08/2019
Multilayer Varistor Voltage Suppressors Rated for 175°C
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released the industry’s first multilayer varistor (MLV) transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices rated for 175°C operation. The new TransGuard VT Series high-temperature MLVs provide extremely reliable bidirectional overvoltage protection across operating temperatures
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04/08/2019
TTI Now Stocking the Woodhead LED Stringlights from Molex
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking Woodhead LED Stringlights from Molex. Woodhead LED Stringlights are designed for temporary use and to reduce operational costs, infrastructure requirements, and maintenance costs in commercial and industrial applications. They are energy efficient
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04/08/2019
First Machine-Generated Book Published
FRANKFURT. Springer Nature published its first machine-generated book, compiled using an algorithm developed by researchers from Goethe University. This collaboration broke new ground with the first machine-generated book to be published by a scholarly publisher. The book offers an overview of new
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04/08/2019
New G-Ranges to Low-Cost MEMS Inertial Accelerometer Family
Kirkland, Washington, USA - Silicon Designs, Inc. announced that additional new g-ranges and end-user enhancements have been added to its Model 2227 MEMS inertial accelerometer series.   Initially launched in October 2018 as a strictly ±25-g product, the Series is now offered
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04/08/2019
Harnessing the Power of Solar to Enhance the Electric Grid
Arizona State University researchers are set to receive a $3.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar energy's role in strengthening reliability and resiliency of the nation's electricity grid. The research project, which is funded by the
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04/05/2019
Electricity-Conducting Bacteria is Secret to Tiny Batteries

An atomic model for the microbial nanowires that conduct electricity is in the foreground, while two bacteria are seen in the electron micrograph in the background, surrounded by the nanowires.

Scientists have made a surprising discovery about how strange bacteria that live in soil and sediment can conduct electricity. The bacteria do so, the researchers determined, through a seamless biological structure never before seen in nature - a structure scientists can co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create
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04/05/2019
On the verge of outcompeting current thin-film solar cells, perovskite solar cells seem to embody an ideal solar cell: highly efficient and low-cost - if there was not the issue of a weak long-term stability, which remains a challenge. Related to this are peculiar phenomena occurring in perovskite materials
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04/05/2019
IO-Link Transceiver with Integrated DC-DC Buck Regulator
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Designers can now enable smarter digital factories with the MAX22513 surge-protected, dual-driver IO-Link device transceiver with integrated DC-DC buck regulator from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. As the industry’s smallest, most power-efficient and robust IO-Link device transceiver, it
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04/05/2019
TTI Stocks Bourns MEMS Series Environmental Sensors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., now stocks Bourns MEMS Series Precision Sensors. Developed for medical and industrial markets where high sensitivity and low total error band (TEB) are essential, Bourns Precision Sensors provide quality, performance, and reliability across the
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04/05/2019
Oscilloscopes with 15.4
Chestnut Ridge, NY – Teledyne LeCroy introduced its WaveRunner 9000 Series mixed-signal oscilloscopes with a large, 15.4” display, bandwidths from 500 MHz to 4 GHz, and sample rates up to 40 GS/s. The WaveRunner 9000 Series offers the
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04/04/2019
Report: 32,000 Nevadans Now Work in Clean Energy
CARSON CITY – As the Nevada Legislature considers legislation to advance clean energy, including a bill for the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources, a new report shows the importance of clean
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04/04/2019
Touch-Free UI Solutions with Capacitive Microcontrollers
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced two touch-free user interface (UI) solutions to simplify the design of 2D and 3D control-based applications. Based on Renesas’ capacitive sensor microcontrollers (MCUs), the new solutions support the development of UI that allows users
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04/04/2019
An Exciter System for Large-Scale Modal Testing
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. has announced its Modal 1000 exciter system for large-scale modal and structural testing.   The MB Modal 1000 can excite sine forces of up to 4000N (900 lbf), with a 2-inch (50 mm) peak-to-peak stroke and 1.
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04/04/2019
Automotive-Grade Inductor Offers Temperature to +155°C
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductors with a new device in the 5050 case size. The Vishay Dale IHLP-5050EZ-5A combines a high operating temperature to +155 °C with a low profile
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04/03/2019
Reference Designs Simplify Battery Charging Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced two new reference designs that simplify and speed the development of USB Power Delivery (PD3.0) and USB-C battery charging applications such as USB-C computing hubs, power banks, car chargers, SSD enclosures, point of sale (POS) printers,
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04/03/2019
Split-Phase AC-Output Frequency Converters Deliver 1kVA
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently released the FCP 1K-F7W Series of compact, AC-AC frequency converters designed for rugged industrial applications that require universal AC-input voltage and split-phase AC-output with pure sine-wave output voltage. The frequency converters use field-proven, microprocessor-controlled
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04/03/2019
Vicor Introduces 10kW Power Tablet AC-DC Converter
Andover, MA – Vicor Corporation announced a 3-phase, AC-DC converter module (“RFM”), capable of delivering 10kW of regulated 48VDC in a power tablet configuration measuring 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.6in (24 x 15 x 1.5cm). The RFM provides a power-factor-corrected, regulated, and isolated
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04/03/2019
Power-on-Package Allows Higher Performance for AI Processors
Beijing, China – Vicor Corporation announced the introduction of Power-on-Package modular current multipliers for high performance, high current, CPU/GPU/ASIC (“XPU”) processors. By freeing up XPU socket pins and eliminating losses associated with delivery of
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04/03/2019
A Focus on Industry
It’s always a relief to get the first event of the year out of the way. As I mentioned last month, I had to travel to Embedded World in Nuremberg this past February. It was also my first
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04/03/2019
Developing BMS Software Faster with System-Level Simulation

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Figure 1. Model-Based Design for battery management system development

The growing dependence on battery pack energy storage has underscored the importance of a battery management system (BMS) that can ensure maximum performance, safe operation, and optimal lifespan under diverse charge-discharge and environmental conditions. To design the software for a BMS that meets these objectives,
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04/03/2019
Minimizing Emissions of a SEPIC Converter

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Figure 1: Rapid switching transitions cause interference

Every switch-mode regulator for voltage conversion causes interference. These are partly line-bound at the input side and output side of the voltage converter, but partially these are also radiated. Those interferences are mainly caused by the rapid switching edges. They are only a few nanoseconds long in modern
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04/03/2019
PFC is Critical to Achieving Energy Efficiency Goals

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Figure 1: Voltage (blue) and current (red) for a reactive load (left) and non-linear load (right)

Almost everyone is aware of the need for optimal efficiency, from consumers and business operators seeking to constrain costs in times of high energy prices, through to designers looking to meet the requirements of an increasingly complex and numerous set of standards. If not already motivated by the high cost
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04/03/2019
The Industrial Side of the House
If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the most important power show of the year, APEC, be sure to check out our editorial that covers the wide-bandgap highlights from the ground
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04/03/2019
Pressure Sensors for Harsh Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. An illustration of the compact sensor form factors that are available today

Electronic components have found their way into many mechanical applications. Mechanical designs previously used multiple modules to manage multiple functions or used simple electrical controls such as switches. Now, these applications are becoming increasingly complex. Adding to their complexity, users also
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04/02/2019
Four Drivers Automating Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. Delta-Q’s ICL Series is designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems with any lithium-ion chemistry

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across a number of sectors are feeling increasing pressure to electrify and automate industrial applications in order to adhere to evolving environmental, economic and regulatory factors. One readily available automation option noteworthy to OEMs is the adoption of electric
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04/02/2019
15 Watt Cost-Optimized, High-Efficiency DC/DC Converters
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THL 15WI family of 15 watt DC/DC converters that are designed for industrial, mobile, instrumentation, and communication markets or any application where size, cost and quality are critical factors. The THL 15WI series 15 Watt DC/DC
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04/02/2019
Ethernet Invades the Industrial Space

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Figure 1: Ethernet PHY Connection with MAC and Physical Medium

Ethernet is rapidly becoming the predominant networking technology within the industrial environment, with a number of recent IEEE 802 Ethernet sub-standards covering the mechanisms required to support real-time communication. With the growing number of factory systems using Ethernet equipment, designers must
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04/02/2019
Circuit Protection for Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. Reference table on voltage class requirements from the IEC61000-4-5

Industrial applications today face a serious challenge from improper circuit protection, costing money and lost time. Also, a negative brand image is often tied to system down time. Companies are better served, in terms of real dollars and perceived brand image, by avoiding product recalls. Proper circuit
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04/02/2019
Embedded Hardware Evolution Needs New Software Standards

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Figure 1. A sampling of the many software APIs

High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) has evolved tremendously in the last twenty years. Two decades ago, embedded real-time processing for system modeling, simulation, image and signal processing often utilized scaled-down supercomputer architectures--a homogenous array of identical processors interconnected
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04/02/2019
Boosting Operational Efficiency and Predictive Maintenance

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Figure 1. Mobile robots like Omron’s LD series provide a much more flexible means for connecting various production modules together without obstructing traffic throughout the plant.

Flexibility is the defining factor of today’s manufacturing world. How can companies build exactly what consumers are looking for – and change course immediately in response to changing consumer needs – without sacrificing throughput and quality? Despite the obvious benefits, flexibility can
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04/02/2019
Advancing Power Density for Hi-Rel Applications
Designing power systems is never easy. With today’s pressures on power density and efficiency - especially in battery-driven devices - even designing a power supply for general applications takes a lot of effort. High-reliability, military and aerospace applications, add extra demands such as the need for
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04/02/2019
The IIoT Starts with Sensors

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Over the last few decades, industrial automation has made it possible for manufacturers and process companies to reduce costs and deliver increased value to their customers. With real-time networks in place, robots, conveyors and process equipment can communicate their status to each other to ensure operations
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04/02/2019
High SOA MOSFET for Hot-Swap Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced at the 2019 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Anaheim, CA (held March 18th - 20th)  the AONS32100. This
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04/02/2019
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Launches 650V aGaN Products
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced at the 2019 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Anaheim, CA (held March 18th - 20th) the AONV070V65G1 Gallium
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04/02/2019
Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors Take Over APEC
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04/02/2019
The First Fully Integrated Active Clamp Flyback Controller
The SZ1101 combines the design simplicity of flyback controllers with power density enabled by active clamp flyback controllers, delivering over 93% efficiency with an all-silicon design and 15W/in  power density at 30W for AC/DC power adapters.
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04/02/2019
An Old Head Brings New Battery Technology to Life
One of the key challenges in the power industry at the moment is energy storage. Whether that storage is required for large scale renewable power or for tiny IoT sensor clusters, batteries are the main technology used for storage. Although the technologies and manufacturing processes used for batteries have
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04/02/2019
New ADF Series Programmable AC Power Sources
IRVINE, Calif. – Pacific Power Source has released an new line of compact yet high power programmable AC sources. The new ADF Series of products offers cost-effective, stable and well-regulated AC power conversion from 45Hz to 500Hz with output voltages up to 300Vac on single-phase models and 300VLN
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04/02/2019
Blue and True Green Ultrabright LEDs in Compact Packages
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of blue and true green ultrabright LEDs in compact untinted surface-mount packages with dome lenses. Utilizing the latest advanced InGaN / sapphire chip technology and offering a narrow emission angle of ±
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04/02/2019
Environmental Lights Launches StudioPro Tunable White Dimmer
San Diego, CA – Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new Tunable White StudioPro LED Dimmer. The Tunable White StudioPro LED Dimmer is a new high-quality LED controller that is specifically designed for the scenic, stage and hospitality markets. It utilizes a high PWM frequency
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04/01/2019
Renesas Completes Purchase of Integrated Device Technology
TOKYO, Japan | San Jose, California, U.S.A. ― Renesas Electronics Corporation and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. jointly announced the successful completion of Renesas’ acquisition of IDT, as of March 30, 2019 JST, March 29, 2019 PDT, following approvals by IDT shareholders and the relevant regulatory
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04/01/2019
Industry's First Passive Component LoRa Development Kit
MIAMI -- Raltron Electronics Corporation has launched the industry’s first passive component LoRa Development Kit to ease IoT design projects. The development kit features five different product families with a total of 60 high-performance passive components, including crystals, filters
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04/01/2019
Amplifier ICs Deliver High-Output Current Performance
TUCSON, Arizona, U.S.A. – The PA164 and PA165 from Apex Microtechnology establish new benchmarks for power amplifier performance in a single chip design. By combining advances in packaging technology, MOSFET technology and a proprietary silicon design, the PA164 and PA165 can deliver enhanced amplifier features
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04/01/2019
Powering Industrial Systems

Kevin Parmenter, Field Applications Manger, Taiwan Semiconductor

There is much discussion in Industrial electronics, namely “Industry 4.0”. The first wave of revolution in industrial system was mechanical – steam power, the second was electricity and electric motors and the mass production assembly line the third was CNC, computers and automation and the
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04/01/2019
D-Subminiature Assembly Program with Positronic Connectors
Positronic is pleased to announce that PEI-Genesis has been certified to provide value-added connector assembly services. PEI-Genesis is the first Authorized Positronic Distributor to be certified as a value-added assembly partner for Positronic. PEI-Genesis will assemble
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04/01/2019