Notable & Newsworthy

May 2019
Vulnerability of Cloud Service Hardware Uncovered

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are more flexible than common specialized computer chips -- and they used to be seen as particularly secure.

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are, so to say, a computer manufacturer's "Lego bricks": electronic components that can be employed in a more flexible way than other computer chips. Even large data centers that are dedicated to cloud services, such as those provided by some big technology companies,
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05/31/2019
Breaking the Symmetry in the Quantum Realm

The figure describes the dynamics of two spins as a harmonious couple-dance. Different from a solo-dance of a single spin, the couple-dance would present more unique and charming features, such as parity-time symmetry breaking demonstrated in the work.

For the first time, researchers have observed a break in a single quantum system. The observation--and how they made the observation--has potential implications for physics beyond the standard understanding of how quantum particles interact to produce matter and allow the world to function as we know it. The
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05/31/2019
Physicists Create Stable, Strongly Magnetized Plasma Jet

PPPL physicist Lan Gao

When you peer into the night sky, much of what you see is plasma, a soupy amalgam of ultra-hot atomic particles. Studying plasma in the stars and various forms in outer space requires a telescope, but scientists can recreate it in the laboratory to examine it more closely. Now, a team of scientists
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05/31/2019

Organic Laser Diodes Move from Dream to Reality

Schematic representation of an organic semiconductor laser diode producing blue laser emission under electrical excitation.

Researchers from Japan have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as biosensing, displays, healthcare, and optical communications. Long considered a holy grail
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05/31/2019
WIN is First to Integrate GaAs Platform for 5G Front-Ends
TAOYUAN, Taiwan – WIN Semiconductors Corp announces the commercial release of its high integration mmWave GaAs platform, PIH1-10. Optimized for 5G front-ends, the PIH1-10 technology combines an advanced 100GHz ƒt enhancement-mode pHEMT with monolithic PIN and Schottky diodes to provide
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05/31/2019
Hirose and RFMW Announce Distribution Agreement
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS — Hirose has expanded its distribution network to better serve customers in the RF and microwave market. Hirose will work with RFMW, a specialized distributor of RF and microwave components, to enhance customer resources and provide best in class radio frequency design
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05/31/2019
PSDcast â€

Paul Wiener from GaN Systems

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with GaN Systems about a new wireless charging collaboration with NuCurrent. Be sure to catch us on iTunes here:
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05/31/2019
Flexible Generators Turn Movement Into Energy

An electron microscope image shows a cross-section of a laser-induced graphene and polyimide composite created at Rice University for use as a triboelectric nanogenerator. The devices are able to turn movement into energy that can then be stored for later use.

HOUSTON - Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has adapted laser-induced graphene (LIG) into small, metal-free devices that generate electricity. Like rubbing
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05/31/2019
DNA Origami to Scale-up Molecular Motors
Joint press release by Hokkaido University, Kansai University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology: "We successfully demonstrated programmed self-assembly of a biomolecular motor system," write the researchers from Japan and Germany who conducted the study. The biomolecular motor
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05/31/2019
Making 3D Sound Interactive and Virtual

Pictured here is Dr. Hyunkook Lee from the University of Huddersfield.

IMAGINE being able to experience music as if standing alongside the guitar heroes in a top rock band, or seated in one of the sections of a major symphony orchestra. The University of Huddersfield's Dr Hyunkook Lee - a world leader in applied psychoacoustics and recording technology - can help to make this happen. He
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05/31/2019
PVD Coatings Extend Life of IGT and Steam Turbine Components
Industrial Gas Turbine (IGT) manufacturers and MROs are continually seeking new ways to improve the performance and longevity of critical components.  To achieve this, high-value components must be designed and manufactured to withstand increasingly extreme temperatures, particle erosion and hot gas corrosion
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05/31/2019
Cost-Optimized 1 & 2 Watt DC/DC Converters
San Jose, Calif. – TRACO POWER announces the release of the new TBA family of 1 & 2 watt DC/DC Converters in the industry standard SIP-7 package. Specifically designed to offer a low-cost solution with no concessions on quality and lifetime. Enhanced features include an integrated short-circuit protection
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05/31/2019
Driver Cuts Satellite Command & Telemetry System Size by 50%
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new radiation-hardened 16-channel current driver with integrated 4-bit decoder for reducing the size, weight and power (SWaP) of satellite command and telemetry systems. The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter,
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05/30/2019
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation ("MagnaChip" or the "Company") announced the offering of its second generation 0.13 micron eFlash (Embedded Flash) technology with 20V and 30V high-voltage options. The technology is specifically
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05/30/2019
Current Sense Resistors with High Power, Wide Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new Automotive Grade Power Metal Plate current sense resistors featuring 2 W and 3 W power ratings in 2010- and 2512-sized packages. Aimed at current sensing and pulse applications in power supplies, instruments, power amplifiers, shunts, power inverters,
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05/30/2019
Mouser stocking Bourns GMOV Hybrid Components
GMOV components present a long-life, reliable protection solution that provides a higher level of performance and safety compared to standard metal oxide varistors (MOVs). The Bourns GMOV series are ideal in AC applications where conditions are less than predictable
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05/30/2019
CIPOS Tiny complements Infineon’s families of IPMs
The 3-phase inverter module is the newest generation of IPM to offer the highest power density for variable speed motor drives. By using the latest TRENCHSTOP IGBT6, it is possible to realize maximum efficiency with minimum footprint. Applications profiting from
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05/30/2019
Microchip Carbide (SiC) products for reliable power electronics
Complemented by Microchip’s broad range of microcontrollers (MCUs) and analogue solutions, the SiC devices join a growing family of reliable SiC products. These products meet the need to improve system efficiency, robustness and power density in Electric Vehicles
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05/30/2019
3 Phase input, 5kW AC-DC power supply is software configurable
The range features both ITE/industrial and medical agency approvals that feature a three-phase, three-wire, 180 to 528VAC input. This drastically simplifies installation as there is no need for a neutral connection, which is often not available in industrial applications.
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05/30/2019
SiC-Based Hybrid IGBT and Isolated High Current IGBT Gate Driver
The AFGHL50T65SQDC uses the latest field stop IGBT and SiC Schottky diode technology to offer low conduction and switching losses in multiple power applications, including those that will benefit from reduced reverse recovery losses, such as totem pole based bridgeless
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05/30/2019
Ultra-wide input EN 50155 DC/DC converters
The DC/DC converters serve a wide range of rolling-stock applications, as well as high-voltage battery-powered systems with their ultra-wide 14V-160V DC input-voltage range. The single-output 40W and 60W quarter-brick
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05/30/2019
HybridPACK power modules enable fast vehicle electrification
The four new HybridPACK Drive modules are optimized for different inverter performance levels between 100 kW and 200 kW. Furthermore, Infineon’s HybridPACK Double Sided Cooling (DSC) S2 is a technology upgrade to the existing HybridPACK DSC. This module targets
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05/30/2019
Versatile Boost Controller for LED/LCD Applications
The device supplies a constant voltage or constant current to drive displays and backlights with a dimming ratio of 100:1. It is well suited for use as a backlight driver for LCD TVs, LCD monitors, and flat
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05/30/2019
WiBotic and GaN Systems Bring â€True Autonomy’ to Mobility
The partnership advances capabilities of mobile industrial robots, freeing them from limitations imposed by current restricted charging methods that allow for continuous operation. For mobile robots to work efficiently, flexibly, and without interruption - they need
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05/30/2019
Exagan Opens Power Solutions Center in Europe
The opening of the best-in-class facility, which is operating in close collaboration with technology partner CEA Tech, follows the launch of Exagan’s first GaN applications center in Taiwan last October. The
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05/30/2019
LEM introduces AI-PMUL digital integrator for Rogowski coils
AI-PMUL is a versatile digital signal conditioner of Rogowski coils secondary signal which offers a wide range of standard analogue True RMS and instantaneous outputs. The Rogowski coils output voltage is proportional
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05/30/2019
200A current sense transducer costs 40% less than competition
This enables users to access Danisense’s unique, double-core, balanced flux gate measurement technology, at a very affordable price/performance ratio. The DC200IF boasts excellent linearity (6 ppm) with a
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05/30/2019
This series is optimized for industrial applications including street lamps, commercial AC systems, and general-purpose AC servos and inverters used in high power equipment. SiC power semiconductors deliver
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05/30/2019
A Safer Supply Chain with Vincotech’s Multi-sourced Offering
This supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics pointed out that its multiple sourcing strategy goes to protect customers’ business interests by mitigating risks in the supply chain. Vincotech
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05/30/2019
Extended range of reliable and efficient DC-DC converters
The modules are provided in sealed and encapsulated packaging, to ensure they will work reliably when subjected to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh conditions. The PKE3000 and PKE5000 series
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05/30/2019
Rugged 2KW RF power LDMOS transistor for ISM applications
The process has been developed to enable the implementation of extremely rugged transistors with operating voltages of up to 65V. The first product to use the process, the ART2K0FE, is a 2KW transistor with
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05/30/2019
10 Watt DC-DC Converter Range in Compact Package
The new series comprises 14 variants. Targeting a diverse range of applications, including instrumentation, data communication, telecommunication and computer peripheral equipment, industrial automation and
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05/30/2019
Ultra-thin Open Frame Non-isolated DC-DC Converter
The dimension of K78-JT-500R3 series is 12.50 x 13.50 x 3.50mm, which is 4.75mm lower in height than that of K78-T-500R3 series. Besides, the K78-JT-500R3 series features SMD package, and provides an ultra-wide input voltage range of 4.75 - 36V. This series also
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05/30/2019
Compact Size SMD Package CAN/RS485/RS232 Transceiver Modules
The transceivers assist fast signal response in industries of power grid, industrial control, and transportation(rail, automotive), etc. The series adopt the SMT process, which enables customers to easily achieve
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05/30/2019
Accelerating mmWave 5G Wireless Network Infrastructure
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced a new solution for millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G with the highest available level of integration to reduce design requirements and complexity in the next generation of cellular network infrastructure. The solution combines ADI’s advanced beamformer IC,
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05/30/2019
RICHMOND, Va. – On behalf of Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI), the leading supplier of power distribution and monitoring solutions for data centers and the Potomac AFCOM Chapter, Dave Mulholland, PDI’s VP of Global Services and President of the Potomac
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05/30/2019
Graphene to Enable Future Space Exploration

Graphene Flagship researchers during one of the zero-gravity experiments.

Researchers embark on zero-gravity parabolic flights to test novel graphene-based thermal management devices for space applications. Graphene significantly improves the performance of loop heat pipes, which dissipate heat in satellites to avoid equipment failure. The Graphene
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05/29/2019
The Industry's First Commercial eSPI to LPC Bridge
CHANDLER, Ariz. — As the industrial computing industry transitions from Low Pin Count (LPC) to enhanced Serial Peripheral Interface (eSPI) bus technology, developers face high development costs to update existing equipment to
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05/29/2019
Outdoor Enclosure Houses Medium Voltage Drives
ROANOKE, Va. - Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) announces the introduction
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05/29/2019
IR Receivers Deliver Improved Sensitivity, Noise Suppression
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new series of miniature infrared (IR) receiver modules for IR remote control applications. Devices in the Vishay Semiconductors TSOP95xxx and TSOP96xxx series deliver improved dark-ambient and disturbed-ambient sensitivity to infrared
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05/29/2019
Extended DC-DC Converter Range with a 10 Watt Model
Artesyn Embedded Technologies today extended its range of low power output industrial DC-DC converters with the launch of the ATA series 10 watt isolated dc-dc converters, comprising 14 variants. Targeting a diverse range of applications, including instrumentation, data communication, telecommunication and computer
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05/29/2019
POE Injectors Support 2.5G, 5G and 10G Transmission Rates
Fremont, CA — Phihong has expanded its series of IEEE802.3at compliant POEA30U-1AT Power-over-Ethernet mini single-port injectors with new models that deliver 2.5G, 5G, and 10G transmission rates to support customers that require increased data speeds. The multi-gig support models feature
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05/29/2019
EPC CEO, Alex Lidow, Inducted into ISPSD Hall of Fame 2019

Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion

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05/29/2019
High-Efficiency Thin-Film Power Inductors for Mobile Devices
TDK Corporation announces the development of a miniaturized thin-film power inductor in an IEC 2012 case size that can handle higher currents compared to conventional products. The low-profile TFM201208ALD power inductor measures in at 2.0 x 1.25 x 0.8 mm and is available with a rated inductance of 1.0 µH.
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05/29/2019
Microcontrollers for Industrial Sensing and Measurement
TOKYO, Japan - Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RX23E-A Group 32-bit RX microcontrollers (MCUs), combining high-precision analog front end (AFE) and an MCU on a single chip. Designed for manufacturing and test and measurement equipment applications that require high-precision measurements
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05/28/2019
TVS Arrays for Computing Interface Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced two new series of steering diode / TVS arrays for surge, electrostatic discharge and other circuit protection in computing applications such as Ethernet ports, set-top boxes, and other computing ports and interfaces. The PSRDAxx-4A and PSRDAxx-6A series
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05/28/2019
Current Sense Resistors Offer Values Down to 2 milliohm
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole's CSRF0603-HP is a 0.5W rated foil on ceramic current sense chip resistor offering low TCR and low resistance values. The resistance value range has recently been expanded to include 2 milliohm values. The value range from 2 to 4 milliohms has TCR of 100 ppm meaning
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05/28/2019
Engineered Bacteria Could be Missing Link in Energy Storage
ITHACA, N.Y. - One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. At present, no existing technology provides large-scale storage and energy retrieval for sustainable energy at a low financial and environmental cost. Engineered
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05/23/2019
Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, MIT researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments. Human drivers are exceptionally good at navigating roads they haven't
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05/23/2019
TTI now Stocks Pulse Low-Profile Ethernet Magnetics
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking 2.5GBase-T and
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05/23/2019
Connected Lighting Platform Drives Effective Decision Making
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. … Eaton Lighting announced the launch of the Trellix connected lighting platform. Trellix is an open IoT platform and infrastructure that connects intelligent sensors to deliver actionable insights through the aggregation of valuable data. This allows building owners and
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05/23/2019
Alloy Powder Materials Optimize Inductor Performance
Micrometals introduces new Optilloy Alloy Powder materials specifically formulated to optimize inductor performance parameters for demanding power applications. Micrometals, a leader in high performance core solutions for power applications, is proud to introduce its new offering of Optilloy Alloy
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05/23/2019
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announces the addition of NevadaNano to its line card. NevadaNano develops patent-pending chemical sensing technology. “Sager is an excellent partner with which to offer our groundbreaking gas sensors to customers,” noted Bob Christensen,
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05/22/2019
Thermally Protected, Power Line, Surge Protection Devices
Dean Technology, Inc., announced the addition of Type 1 and Type 2 power line surge protection devices, the HE series, to its vast CKE suppression line of products. The new surge protection devices (SPD) cover system voltages from 120 to 600 volts and 25 to 300 kA per phase, in four different package sizes with
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05/22/2019
Current transducers with measuring range up to 450 Apk
The family consists of three new models: LZSR 100-P, LZSR 150-P and LZSR 200-P.   These new transducers
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05/22/2019
8 x 8mm LFPAK MOSFET family delivers up to 48x power density
LFPAK88 devices replace larger power packages such as D²PAK and D²PAK-7, and measuring 8 x 8mm offer a footprint reduction of 60 %, and a 64 % lower profile.  
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05/22/2019
UnitedSiC adds 7 SiC FETs to 650V product portfolio
These new devices provide new levels of high-voltage power performance in the fast growing data center server, 5G base station, and electric vehicle markets, where they will be used in power supplies, telecom rectifiers, and on-board chargers respectively.
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05/22/2019
New CoolSiC Schottky diode 1200 V G5 portfolio from Infineon
It can easily replace silicon diodes for higher efficiency. The expanded 8.7 mm creepage and clearance distances offer extra safety in high-pollution environments. Forward currents up to 40 A are available to address EV DC charging, solar energy systems,
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05/22/2019
Samtec’s mPOWER Ultra Micro Power Connectors Now at Mouser
Offering current ratings up to 21 A per blade in a 2 mm pitch, mPOWER connectors provide an ultra-small, high-power solution with exceptional design flexibility for power-only or power-and-signal applications.
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05/22/2019
Low profile 180W U-channel PSU for space-critical applications
The low-profile devices are just 1.16” high and occupy a small 4.3” x 2.5” footprint, allowing them to be used in high-density designs. The units are suitable for Class I and Class II operation and offer 2 x MOPP (Means of Patient Protection)
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05/22/2019
LTM2810 ÂμModule Isolators, Now Shipping from Mouser
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05/22/2019
High Temperature Micro-D Series connectors available at TTI
Optimised to save space and weight in demanding applications, such as space vehicles, defence systems and oil exploration equipment, Micro Series Connectors are rugged and moisture-sealed. These data, power and signal interconnects combine versatility
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05/22/2019
High Power Factor LED Driver-Controller with Mixed-Mode Dimming
  The AL1665 is designed to drive an external MOSFET to control LED loads and maintain a high power factor. It provides a compact and efficient solution that helps minimize
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05/22/2019
Open Frame Power Supplies with UL8750 Safety Approval
    The LU225 family meets EN55015 (EN55032) Class B Conducted EMI, IEC61000-3-2 Class C (LED
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05/22/2019
Negative-Voltage, Hot-Swap Controller with Energy Monitor
The LTC4283 negative voltage hot swap controller drives an external N-channel MOSFET to allow a board to be safely inserted and removed from a live backplane. The device features programmable current limit with foldback and independently adjustable inrush current to optimize the MOSFET safe operating area (SOA).
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05/21/2019
6-Phase Synchronous Controller with Current Monitoring
The LTC7852/LTC7852-1 is a six-phase, dual-output, current-mode synchronous step-down switching regulator controller that works in conjunction with external power train devices such as DrMOS, power blocks or discrete N-channel MOSFETs and associated gate drivers. Its flexible design enables 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-,
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05/21/2019
Step-Down Converters Operate From 2.25V to 5.5V Input Supply
The LTC3315A features dual 2A monolithic synchronous step-down converters operating from a 2.25V to 5.5V input supply in one package for space-constrained applications with demanding performance requirements.
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05/21/2019
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
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05/21/2019
Circadian System for Color, Temperature & Dimming Controls
PHILADELPHIA – I-Star Lighting has developed a lighting system that enables users to program a full range of color temperatures and dimming options to adjust light output throughout the course of the day to provide a healthier, more human-centric lighting environment for interior lights. The I-Star Circadian
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05/20/2019
TDK-Lambda PFH500F 500W AC/DC Power Modules
TDK-Lambda PFH500F 500W AC/DC Power Modules are high power density and high-efficiency quarter brick modules. The low profile modules have an AC input voltage of 85 to 265VAC, 47-63Hz, an AC input current of 5 / 2.5A, and 100°C baseplate temperature. The series is suitable for conduction cooling and features
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05/20/2019
Mass Air Flow Sensors With a Manifold-Mount Design
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Posifa Technologies announced its new PMF6000 series of mass air flow sensors for use in bypass assemblies. Featuring a manifold-mount design, the devices reduce system size and increase reliability while allowing users to establish proprietary calibration values. Featuring
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05/20/2019
MIT and US Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve Air Force operations while also addressing broader societal needs. The effort, known as the MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator, will leverage the
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05/20/2019
Saft Launches new Xcelion 56V Li-ion Battery
Tampa, FL – Saft has recently launched a new product in the Xcelion line, the Xcelion 56V lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, offering customers a variant on the proven technology behind the Xcelion 6T for applications requiring higher voltage. As the third Xcelion product, the Xcelion
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05/20/2019
New Levels of Precision for Illuminating Intimate Spaces
Fremont, CA – Soraa Inc. announced its highly anticipated SORAA VIVID-Warm Dim lamps, designed to equip lighting
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05/20/2019
Polymers Jump Through Hoops on way to Sustainable Materials

Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder, left, and graduate student Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou study the flow dynamics of ring and linear polymer solutions to tease out clues about how synthetic polymers interact during processing.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers
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05/17/2019
Manipulating Atoms one at a Time with an Electron Beam
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the most basic level, fabricating devices atom by atom with precise control. Now, scientists at MIT, the University of Vienna, and several other institutions have taken a step
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05/17/2019
Advanced Energy to Acquire Artesyn Embedded Power
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Embedded Power business of Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Inc. (Artesyn EP) from Platinum Equity. The total consideration for this transaction will be approximately $400 million. Artesyn
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05/16/2019
Significantly Expanded SinglFuse Overcurrent Protection Line
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced the completion of a significant expansion of its SinglFuse overcurrent protection product line, adding 33 new model series to the portfolio over the last 18 months. A rising focus on safety across many industries has led to increasing requirements
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05/15/2019
IP68-rated DC Fans For Harsh Environments
Orion Fans has expanded its DC axial fan product family with the addition of IP68-rated versions. Offering protection from dust and water, the IP68-rated DC fans are designed for harsh outdoor and demanding washdown applications including alternative energy, commercial refrigeration, food
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05/14/2019
Extended Portfolio: Mini PowerHap Haptic Feedback Actuators
Iselin, N.J. – TDK Corporation announced that it has extended its portfolio of PowerHap piezo actuators for haptic feedback with the new miniature rectangular 0904H014V060 and 1204H018V060 actuators.These new actuators have smaller dimensions of 9 x 3.75 x 1.4 mm and 12 x 4 x 1.8 mm, respectively.
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05/14/2019
ISELIN, N.J -- TDK Corporation announced that its subsidiary TDK Electronics has signed a cooperation agreement with Boréas Technologies Inc., developer of ultra-low-power haptic technologies, in order to accelerate the adoption of piezo haptic solutions in a broad range of applications. Under the agreement,
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05/14/2019
TDK Announces Rugged UL 810-Approved AC Filter Capacitors
TDK Corporation announced a new series of AC filter capacitors that are UL 810 approved at the component level and carry the CE mark. The capacitors of the B32354S3* series are designed for a rated voltage of 350V AC and are available with capacitance values of 10 µF to 40 µF. The lead spacing is 52.5 mm.
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05/14/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re examining wave power – and why no one has managed to harness it properly for well over a century. Over in Finland, AW Energy just earned a prestigious manufacturing certification from Lloyd’s
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05/14/2019
Bourns Expands Sensor Line for Extended Temp Applications
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., further expanded its line of environmental sensors to include a new pressure sensor. Bourns Model BPS140 pressure sensors are based on state-of-the-art Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, which provides extremely accurate condition readings in
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05/13/2019
Incubators are used for cell and tissue cultivation in hospital and laboratory settings. Accurate and precise control of temperature is important for cell growth, as excursions above or below the optimum mammalian body temperature of 37°C, by as little as 6°C, negatively impacts cell health
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05/13/2019
New Materials for Next-Generation Data Storage

Army funded research discovery may allow for development of novel device structures that can be used to improve logic/memory, sensing, communications, and other applications for the Army as well as industry. Image demonstrates simulation of emergent chirality in polar skyrmions for the first time in oxide superlattices

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Research funded in part by the U.S. Army identified properties in materials that could one day lead to applications such as more powerful data storage devices that continue to hold information even after a device has been powered off. A team of researchers led by Cornell
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05/10/2019
Assessing Battery Performance: Compared to What?

This is a test facility for evaluation of battery performance and life at Argonne National Laboratory.

Scientists must often ask themselves, compared to what? How do the results we generate in the laboratory compare with those obtained by others? How do our theoretical calculations compare with experimental data? Answering such questions is especially crucial for researchers and developers of lithium-ion
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05/10/2019
Components for EV and Renewable Energy Applications
DURHAM, N.C. – Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, introduced a new, fully-integrated product portfolio which includes bare die, discrete and modules at PCIM Europe 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The end-to-end components are optimized for the electric vehicle, industrial and renewable energy
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05/10/2019
Air Velocity Sensors for Data Center Thermal Management
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Posifa Technologies announced its new PAV1000 series of air velocity sensors for data center thermal management and HVAC applications such as filter monitoring. Measuring air velocity at 7 m/s (PAV1005V) and 15 m/s (PAV1015V), the devices offer extremely fast response times
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05/09/2019
ROHM Offers Lineup of Automotive-Grade 1200V-Rated IGBT
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM recently announced the addition of four new automotive-grade 1200V-rated IGBTs which are ideal for inverters used in electronics compressors and for switching circuits used in positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters. The new RGS series represents ROHM’s large
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05/09/2019
Thermal Gap Filler Reduces Stress on Sensitive Components
CLEVELAND, Ohio. – Laird Performance Materials has developed Tflex HD80000, a high deflection thermal gap filler combining 6 W/mK thermal conductivity with superior pressure versus deflection characteristics. The combination allows minimal stress on sensitive components while also yielding
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05/09/2019
First AC/DC Converter ICs with Built-In 1700V SiC MOSFET
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of AC/DC converter ICs with a built-in 1700V SiC MOSFET, the BM2SCQ12xT-LBZ series. This series is optimized for industrial applications including street lamps, commercial AC systems, and general-purpose AC servos and inverters used in high power
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05/08/2019
Get Going with GaN

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Standing room only at PSD's PCIM Europe 2019 podium presentation titled: "Get Going with GaN"

Power Systems Design (PSD) at PCIM Europe 2019. Podium presentation title: "Get Going with GaN", moderated by Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD. To view the slides from this presentation, simple
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05/08/2019
Super Low Capacitance TVS for USB 3.2 Protection
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of AOZ8661BDT-05, ­a transient voltage suppressor (TVS) for high-speed line protection using the latest Super Low Cap TVS platform. This new device is ideal for USB Type-C applications such as notebooks and
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05/08/2019
The Solid State of LED Lighting
Per 2007’s Energy Independence and Security Act, the Edison bulb should’ve sailed off to Elysium by now, but the 2012 US federal budget gave it a stay of execution. And after the Obama Administration enacted stricter efficiency criteria in 2017, Trump’s DOE
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Date:
05/07/2019
Lighting the Way
I’m not sure how the weather has been where you are, but here in Scotland, we’ve had an unusually warm spell and spring has definitely arrived. However, being Scotland, we could have inches of snow before the week is out. The days are definitely getting lighter for longer though, and that always seems to
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Date:
05/07/2019
Power Path Monitor and Control with Smart Fuse

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Figure 1. Schematic showing current sensing and short-circuit protection.

In today’s battery-operated mobile devices, two of the most important aspects are battery life and safe operation. In other words, end users expect long battery life, and the battery should be guarded against overheating from over-current drain due to undesired faults.   A CSA can monitor current
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05/07/2019
Power Supplies: Designing with Magnetic Components

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Figure 1: Buck converter

Magnetics play an important role in power supplies; they can be used as elements in power conversion and filtering. Experienced power-supply designers know that the success or failure of their designs depends heavily on the proper selection of magnetic components. Since magnetics can be used in a wide range
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Date:
05/07/2019
6 A Buck Regulator for High Efficiency Compact Solutions

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Figure 1. A 4 MHz dual buck regulator delivers a compact solution.

System designers are asked to produce smaller, higher-efficiency power supply solutions to meet the demands of power thirsty SoCs and FPGAs across all industries. The space available for the power supply footprint is critical in advanced electronics systems, as supplies must be placed near the SoC or its peripheral
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05/07/2019
Prevent Unexpected Shutdown by Accumulating Battery Facts

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Figure 1. Shutdowns can be frustrating

Individuals with annoying battery recharge problems become excruciatingly attuned to their device’s power meter because they know that battery mishaps or unexpected shutdowns can occur at any moment. Frequent battery recharging activities become a way of life and prevent some people from even leaving the vicinity
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05/07/2019
New Touch Controllers can Transform Industrial HMI

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Figure 1: Zytronic’s flexible p-cap manufacturing process

Human Machine Interfaces (HMI’s) used in hazardous or industrial applications have a difficult life, and their designers face many challenges when integrating interactive technologies into these systems. A new generation of touch controllers will transform the design of industrial projected capacitive (p-cap)
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05/07/2019
Maximising Battery Life for IoT Devices on LPWANS

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IoT Connected Devices

It is generally agreed that the Internet of Things (IoT) has moved from the hype stage and is now about pragmatic adoption; a sentiment reflected by the fact that IoT has dropped from Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2018 report, moving through its peak. It is now all about facilitating the interconnection
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05/07/2019
The Future of No-UV Lighting is LED

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Figure 1: Wave Length

No-UV or UV-free lighting is commonly used in certain production facilities or clean rooms that use UV curing in their manufacturing processes. UV light causes some materials and products to cure or harden, which means that lighting for these facilities must be strictly controlled so as not to ruin batches of
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05/07/2019
Why Industrial LED Fixtures are Ideal for Warehouse Lighting

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Figure 1. Dialight LED High Bays illuminate GS Dunn warehouse shelving

Warehouse design and workflow are critical factors in maximizing productivity at any facility. The ability to move product and materials efficiently through a storage area is a primary concern both for speed and efficiency, as well as keeping workers safe in the process. Clear visibility is crucial,
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05/07/2019
Building in Protection to Avoid LED Failures
The LED is a seemingly tireless worker and its solid-state construction promises a long useful lifetime. With the growing availability of high-intensity devices, LED is quickly becoming a mainstream component for area lighting. Although LED lighting promises much longer lifetimes than older incandescent and
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Date:
05/07/2019
Trump Wants to
Remember the incandescent light bulb ban? Turns out it’s like jaywalking – on the books, but seldom enforced. And a recent proposal from the Trump Administration would grant another stay of execution to certain types of Edison light bulbs. If you haven’t followed the incandescent saga,
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Date:
05/07/2019
A Brexit Blockage
Writing a column like this, where there is no set template and you are more free to speculate or theorise, can be a lot of fun. There is a danger though, and that is that any carefully crafted musings can be severely outdated before the print even dries. This month I thought I’d write more about Brexit, since
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Date:
05/07/2019
TVS Diode Arrays Provide Ultra-Low Capacitance Protection
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced two series of bidirectional TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) designed to protect ultra high speed consumer electronics interfaces from damaging electrostatic discharge (ESD) in applications where PCB layout is especially challenging. The SP3208-01UTG, the
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Date:
05/07/2019
Open Source Software Eases the Pain of Multiple UI Designs
The time-consuming and labour-intensive task of designing multiple user interfaces for different screen sizes and orientations could become a thing of the past thanks to open-source software that uses a new paradigm to speed up or even automate the process. The ORC Layout (OR-constraint Layout) software
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05/07/2019
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced the addition of Calex Manufacturing Co., Inc., to its line card. Calex, a subsidiary of Murata Power Solutions, Inc., offers a wide variety of cutting-edge DC-DC power converters for automotive, transportation and industrial applications. Steve
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Date:
05/07/2019
Skyrmions in Multilayers + Their Topological Hall Signature

Magnetic measurement images showing how the number of skyrmions in a nanomaterial varies with magnetic field strength.

These results were used to prove the influence of skyrmions on the Hall resistivity, a phenomenon called the Topological Hall Effect.

Magnetic skyrmions are tiny entities, manifesting in magnetic materials, that consist of localized twists in the magnetization direction of the medium. Each skyrmion is highly stable because eliminating it requires untwisting the magnetization direction of the material, just as a knot on a string can only be
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05/07/2019
Generating Electricity From the Coldness of the Universe

A drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. Some have observed that for a device on Earth facing space, the chilling outflow of energy from the device can be harvested using the same kind of optoelectronic physics we have used to harness solar energy. New work, in Applied Physics Letters, looks to provide a potential path to generating electricity like solar cells but that can power electronics at night. This is a schematic of the experimental infrared photodiode that has generated electricity directly from the coldness of space.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The obvious drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. Some have observed that for a device on Earth facing space, which has a frigid temperature, the chilling outflow of energy from the device can be harvested using the same kind of optoelectronic physics
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05/07/2019
Cree to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Silicon Carbide Capacity

Five-year investment leverages an existing building and refurbished 200mm equipment to build state-of-the-art automotive-qualified production facility

DURHAM, N.C.--As part of its long-term growth strategy, Cree, Inc. announces it will invest up to $1 billion in the expansion of its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its U.S. campus headquarters
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Date:
05/07/2019
Lowell, Massachusetts– MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced a complete analog and silicon photonics portfolio for seamless integration in 50Gbps, 100Gbps, 200Gbps and 400Gbps optical modules targeted for compliance with the newly formed Open Eye Multi-Source Agreement (MSA)
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Date:
05/07/2019
HexaTech Achieves Defect-Free Aluminum Nitride Substrate
MORRISVILLE, N.C. /PRNewswire/ -- HexaTech, Inc. announced the first known demonstration of a defect-free 2" diameter aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate. HexaTech, the world's leading commercial supplier of single crystal AlN substrates, attained this milestone in performance as part of its highly focused
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Date:
05/07/2019
New Class of Catalysts for Energy Conversion

Michael Meischein in front of the sputter system in which nanoparticles are fabricated by co-deposition into an ionic liquid

Numerous chemical reactions relevant for the energy revolution are highly complex and result in considerable energy losses. This is the reason why energy conversion and storage systems or fuel cells are not yet widely used in commercial applications. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Max-Planck-Institut
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Date:
05/06/2019
Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Computer Science Interest
A recent study finds that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increased interest in computer science for both male and female undergraduate students. However, when it comes to the intervention's impact on classroom performance, the picture gets more complicated. "Our
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Date:
05/06/2019
LED Linear Fixtures Backed by 10-Year Warranty
FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Dialight launched its new line of Vigilant and SafeSite Low Profile/Top Conduit LED Linear fixtures, now offering an industry-leading 10-year warranty for reliable, long-life performance with triple the lifespan of conventional T-5 fluorescents even in the harshest conditions,
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Date:
05/06/2019
Artificial Intelligence Improves Power Transmission

The PrognoNetz project is aimed at monitoring overhead lines at high resolution and in real time. (Figure: ITIV, KIT)

To integrate the usually volatile renewable sources into energy supply, capacities of the power grid have to be increased. The need for new lines can be reduced by better utilization of existing lines as a function of weather conditions. To this end, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) work
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Date:
05/06/2019
Getting to 5G Smartphones with First Antenna-on-Display

This is the world's first Antenna-on-Display.

It has been few years since physical key boards have been replaced by on-screen touch sensors for wireless devices such as cellular phones. This eventually triggered the modern day smartphone-era by introducing large-screen displays on portable devices. In which country was this technology first in-troduced?
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Date:
05/06/2019
Calibration System for Piezoresistive Accelerometers
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. announced the global market launch of its Win475 CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system, offering a measurable 50% time-savings over traditional sequential calibration methods.   The
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Date:
05/06/2019
DC-DC Converter Series Featuring GaN-Based Technology
WASHINGTON -- VPT, Inc. released its SGRB Series of space qualified DC-DC converters at the Satellite 2019 Show. Using advanced GaN technology, the SGRB is capable of very high efficiency, up to 95%, as well as radiation tolerance. A fixed-frequency reduced voltage switching topology results in very low
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Date:
05/06/2019
SDRAM Portfolio Grows With Addition of 256Mb LPDDR2 Devices
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that the company's portfolio of low-power SDRAMs for mobile and embedded systems in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical spaces continues to grow. The latest additions include two new 256Mb LPDDR2 devices: the AS4C8M32MD2A-25B2CN
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Date:
05/03/2019
Melf Resistor from Stackpole Now AEC-Q200 Qualified
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole's MLFA Series is fully AEC-Q200 compliant and offered in 0102 (0.3W), 0204 (0.4W), and 0207 (1W) sizes. The MLFA has exceptional stability demonstrated over life, biased humidity, and short time overload testing. In addition, the MLFA offers pulse power handling up
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Date:
05/03/2019
Laird Thermal Performance Delivers 5G Protection
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Laird Performance Materials has developed a hybrid thermal & EMI absorber material that supports 5G handheld device and network infrastructure applications. CoolZorb 5G is specifically designed for the millimeter wave (mmWave) and microwave frequencies that 5G will
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Date:
05/03/2019
SiC Devices Enable High-Voltage Power Electronics
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Demand is growing for SiC power products that improve system efficiency, robustness and power density in automotive, industrial and aerospace and defense applications. Microchip Technology Inc., via its Microsemi subsidiary, announced the production release of a family of SiC power devices
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Date:
05/03/2019
Inductor Features Operating Temperature to +180°C
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductor in the 6767 case size. To save space in under the hood automotive applications, the Vishay Dale IHLP-6767GZ-8A combines a continuous high operating
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Date:
05/02/2019
In 1984, Lee Payne established Dataforth Corporation, an entrepreneurial spinoff from Burr-Brown Corporation, in his garage. Thirty-five years later, the company is a world leader in Instrument Class® Industrial Electronics with two Tucson, AZ, locations and over 2,000 made-in-the-USA products. “I
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Date:
05/02/2019
7.5ÂkV rms SPI/Digital or I2C ÎModule Isolator
The LTM2810 is a complete galvanic digital µModule (micromodule) isolator. No external components are required. Individual 3V to 5.5V supplies power each side of the digital isolator. Separate logic supply pins allow easy interfacing with different logic levels from 1.62V to 5.5V, independent of the main supply. Module
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Date:
05/02/2019
5ÂA Synchronous Step-Down Device w/ 2.5ÂÎA QuiescentÂCurrent
The LT®8640/LT8640-1 step-down regulator features Si-lent Switcher architecture designed to minimize EMI/EMC emissions while delivering high efficiency at frequencies up to 3MHz. An ultralow 2.5μA quiescent current—with the output in full regulation—enables applications requiring highest efficiency at
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Date:
05/02/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 2

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Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

State of SiC Device and Package Technology It has long been known that packaging technology is key to unleashing the potential of wide-bandgap (WBG) devices. Silicon Carbide device manufacturers have been making rapid improvements in device technology figures of merit such
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Date:
05/01/2019
PSDcast â€

Helix CEO Harold Blomquist

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Helix Semiconductors about the idea of transformer-less AC-DC Converters. We’re all familiar with transformers and their role in ac-dc conversion circuits, but lately, their
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Date:
05/01/2019
DC-DC Regulator w/ Independent Positive and NegativeÂOutput
The ADP5072 is a dual, high-performance dc-to-dc regulator that generates independently regulated positive and negative rails. The input voltage range of 2.85 V to 5.5 V supports a wide variety of applications. The integrated main switch in both regulators enables generation of an adjustable positive
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Date:
05/01/2019
5.7 kV rms, Signal-Isolated CAN FD Transceiver
The ADM3056E is a 5.7 kV rms isolated controller area network (CAN) physical layer transceiver. The ADM3056E fully meets the CAN-FD ISO 11898-2: 2016 requirements and is further capable of supporting data rates as high as 12 Mbps. The device employs Analog Devices, Inc., iCoupler
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Date:
05/01/2019
A New Era in Audio Performance with Infineon’s MERUS™ Multilevel Class D Amplifiers

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Figure 1: MERUS™ amplifiers have a special power stage topology. In this design each half-bridge uses four MOSFETs (M1-M4) and the capacitor is “flying” between those to serve as an extra supply rail, resulting in a three-level output signal at the output switching node

Voices, noises, music – they are part of our lives. Sound has always been all around us. It connects us to our surroundings either we produce or just listen to them. Being an integral part of our everyday, conception and design of audio products and their environments have become more and more essential. In
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Date:
05/01/2019
Thermoelectric Modules Protect Heat-Sensitive CMOS Sensors
Laird Thermal Systems expands its Peltier thermoelectric module product family with the HiTemp ET Series, designed to protect critical electronic devices like CMOS sensors in high temperature applications. Recent advances in CMOS sensor technology have made these sensors practical and effective
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Date:
05/01/2019
SL Power's Four New Families of Open Frame Power Supplies
SL Power announced new additions to the GB series of open frame or PCB mount ac-dc power supply families. The new GB10, GB20, GB30, and GB40 families will be certified to medical and industrial safety approvals. They will also meet heavy industrial
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Date:
05/01/2019