Notable & Newsworthy

June 2019
Birth of a Discipline: Low-Energy Visible Light IoT Systems
New ENLIGHT'EM project, coordinated by IMDEA Networks Institute, is set to use Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology to bring connectivity and sustainable ubiquitous communication networks to every LED bulb. IMDEA Networks Institute launched this month in Madrid (Spain) a new Marie Curie European
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06/28/2019
Providing Clues to Fracture in Solid-State Batteries
Solid-state batteries - a new battery design that uses all solid components - have gained attention in recent years because of their potential to hold much more energy while simultaneously avoiding the safety challenges of their liquid-based counterparts. But building a long-lasting solid-state battery
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06/28/2019
Drone Transmits Uncompressed 4K Video in Real Time

SECOM and Tokyo Tech jointly developed a millimeter wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone.

SECOM and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) jointly developed a millimeter wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone. SECOM is focusing on services for securing wide area facilities
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06/28/2019

New Grant Supports Promising Research in Solar Energy

Ujjwal Das, an associate scientist at the University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion, examines a silicon wafer after a thin layer of sulfur - less than 5 nanometers thick - was deposited on the surface. In the background, doctoral students Robert Theisen and Isaac Lam watch a silicon wafer emerge from the atmospheric pressure vapor treatment reactor, where it was treated with hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen selenide gases. The reactor was developed at IEC.

In their quest to improve our ability to capture and distribute the Earth's greatest potential source of power--the sun--scientists are exploring every square nanometer of solar cells, looking for new ways to improve their voltage and efficiency, while reducing costs. The University of Delaware has
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06/28/2019
A Breakthrough in Superconductor Science

Graphic showing van der Waals BSCCO device. (a) Optical image of Hall bar device, (b) Cross-sectional view of a typical device in scanning TEM. Columns of atoms are visible as dark spots; black arrows point to bismuth oxide layers (darkest spots), while gray arrows show their extrapolated positions. (c) Resistivity as a function of temperature for devices of a different thickness.

Phase transitions occur when a substance changes from a solid, liquid or gaseous state to a different state -- like ice melting or vapor condensing. During these phase transitions, there is a point at which the system can display properties of both states of matter simultaneously. A similar effect occurs when
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06/28/2019
New Material Shows High Potential for Quantum Computing

Peng Wei is a condensed-matter physicist at UC Riverside, studying quantum states of electrons in new materials.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A joint team of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is getting closer to confirming the existence of an exotic quantum particle called Majorana fermion, crucial for fault-tolerant quantum computing -- the kind of quantum computing
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06/28/2019
700V and 600V Super Junction MOSFETs in 300mm Fab
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of700V and 600V αMOS5 Super Junction MOSFET families in 300mm technologies. αMOS5 is AOS’ latest generation of high voltage MOSFET, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs for Quick
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06/28/2019
10 Watt DC/DC Converter in Ultra-Compact DIP-16 Package
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TEL10 series of 10 watt DC/DC converters in the DIP-16 package measuring 0.94 x 0.54 x 0.31", the series sets the new standard for 10 watt power density with 3.83 W/cm3. Approved to UL62368-1 & UL60950, the TEL10 are economical solutions
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06/28/2019
Cross Reference Tool Includes over 20,000 Mersen Crosses
NEWBURYPORT, MA - Mersen Electrical Power is excited to announce that a new enhanced cross reference tool is now available on ep.mersen.com. This robust cross reference was created using reference data from Mersen Technical Services and includes over 20,000 Mersen crosses. This
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06/28/2019
PSDcast â€

Paul Hart, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Radio Frequency, at NXP Semiconductors

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing 5G and what it’ll take to build out the infrastructure. It’s no exaggeration to say that 5G will transform telecommunications as we know it and further enable the Internet
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06/28/2019
Bear Begins Producing Second-Gen Custom Medical Power Supply
Phelps, NY – Bear Power Supplies has begun production of a second-generation dual-output medical AC-DC converter that it designed for a leading global producer of medical instruments. Bear Power Supplies’ US-based contract electronics design team developed the second-generation
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06/28/2019
Generating more Electricity from Waste Heat

(Left) Schematic of the layered crystal structure of SnSe. (Right) Pressure dependence of thermoelectric power factor at 150 K and 300 K for SnSe. Inset shows the schematic illustration of the corresponding change in valley topology in SnSe.

Osaka, Japan - Researchers at Osaka University have been able to enhance the power factor of a promising thermoelectric material by more than 100% by varying the pressure, paving the way for new materials with improved thermoelectric properties. Thermoelectric materials have the unique ability to generate electricity
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06/27/2019
Touchscreen Controllers Increase Signal-to-Noise Ratio
CHANDLER, Ariz. — To address electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) challenges faced by developers of automotive touchscreens, three new maXTouch touchscreen controllers and optimization services are now available from Microchip
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06/27/2019
Adaptive Power Systems' Screen-Operated Power Analyzer
Irvine, CA – Adaptive Power Systems Inc. (APS) is introducing a new, multi-channel digital power analyzer aimed at single and multi-phase AC or DC power measurements.  These new power analyzers address a wide range of product development and test needs for a wide range of consumer and industrial products
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06/27/2019
Digital Power Analyzer Simplifies Power Measurements
Irvine, CA – Adaptive Power Systems Inc. (APS) is introducing a new, single channel digital power analyzer aimed at AC and DC power measurements. These new power analyzer address a wide range of product development and test needs for single phase powered consumer and industrial products as well as DC powered
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06/27/2019
Gate-Driver System for IGBT & SiC Dual Power Modules
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the SCALE-iFlex gate-driver system for IGBT, hybrid and silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFET  power modules with blocking voltages from 1.7 kV to 4.5 kV. The system consists of a central Isolated Master Control (IMC) and one to four Module-Adapted
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06/27/2019
SMD Bridge Rectifier Helps Save Manufacturing Assembly Costs
Taiwan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TSC) has announced the introduction of SMD bridge rectifier – TBS series. SMD bridge rectifier – TBS series (TBS406, TBS408,
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06/27/2019
AC-DC Cassette Converters for Rugged Industrial Applications
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions announced their Melcher LR Series 300 W AC-DC cassette converters, which are designed for railway and rugged industrial applications. These new LR Series products are an enhancement to Bel Power Solutions’ existing broad range of 19" cassette power
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06/27/2019
Molex Adds New Mid-Power MultiCat Power Connector Versions
LISLE, IL – Molex introduces 8- and 20-circuit mid-power versions to the MultiCat Power Connector System with Precision-Machined Contacts. This system provides superior durability and can be mated quickly and ensures proper connection via connector position assurance, making it effective in
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06/26/2019
Varistors Offer Ultra-High Surge Capability to 13 kA
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of VDR metal oxide varistors (MOV) certified for operation up to +125 °C in accordance with UL 1449 edition 4, VDE/IEC 61051-1/2. Designed to provide overvoltage and transient voltage protection in consumer goods and industrial applications,
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06/26/2019
Mouser Electronics Further Expands Headquarters
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is
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06/26/2019
Component Enhances 5G/LTE Smartphone Battery Life
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif.-- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced a new low-Rss(on)* LV (Low Voltage) MOSFET with reduced chip size for smartphone battery PCMs (Protection Circuit Modules). Extended life and increased protection for batteries in high-end LTE
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06/26/2019
LIDAR Offerings to Accelerate Future of Autonomous Driving
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced a collaboration with First Sensor AG to develop products aimed at speeding the launch of autonomous sensing technology serving unmanned automotive, aerial and underwater vehicles in transportation, smart agriculture, industrial manufacturing and other industries.
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06/26/2019
A Further Step Towards Reliable Quantum Computation
Quantum computation has been drawing the attention of many scientists because of its potential to outperform the capabilities of standard computers for certain tasks. For the realization of a quantum computer, one of the most essential features is quantum entanglement. This describes an effect in which several
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06/25/2019
Biochip Advances for Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies

Biochips are driving next-generation DNA sequencing technologies, and this powerful combination is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell or rare-molecule analysis, which next-generation sequencing can't do on its own. In APL Bioengineering, researchers from Seoul National University explore the role advancements in biochip technology are playing in driving groundbreaking scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in medicine via next-generation sequencing, aka high-throughput sequencing. This image shows perspectives on potential biochips used for next generation sequencing for promising applications in biotechnology.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Biochips are essentially tiny laboratories designed to function inside living organisms, and they are driving next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. This powerful combination is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell or rare-molecule
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06/25/2019
A New 'Golden' Age for Electronics?

Samarium sulfide doped with various rare earth elements shrinks as the temperature increases from about minus 175°C to about 40-60°C. Shown here is the relative linear shrinkage compared to the length at about 120°C. For the Cerium (Ce) dopant, the percentage volume decrease is about 2.6%. These samples were produced by an industrially scalable process, paving the way for practical applications of this class of sulfides as thermal-expansion compensators.

One way that heat damages electronic equipment is it makes components expand at different rates, resulting in forces that cause micro-cracking and distortion. Plastic components and circuit boards are particularly prone to damage due to changes in volume during heating and cooling cycles. But if a material could
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06/25/2019
Transphorm Strengthens 900 V GaN Portfolio with Second FET
GOLETA, Calif.— Transphorm Inc. introduced its second 900 V FET, the Gen III TP90H050WS, enhancing the industry’s only 900 V GaN product line. These devices now enable three-phase industrial systems and
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06/25/2019
12A Buck Converter Designed for Ultra-Compact PCB Layout
Silanna Semiconductor announced its highly integrated SZPL8216A family of synchronous point-of-load (PoL) buck converters. These DC/DC buck converters integrate the functions of the DC/DC constant-on-time (COT) controller, output gate drivers and output power blocks all in one compact
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06/25/2019
Ultra-Compact Earthquake Detection Sensor Module
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of an ultra-compact high accuracy seismic detection sensor module, BP3901, which is ideal for applications requiring reliable earthquake detection, such as automatic doors, unmanned transport vehicles, and smart meters. Functions
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06/25/2019
The First Clock Buffers to Meet DB2000Q/QL Standards
CHANDLER, Ariz. — As data centers migrate to greater bandwidth and faster infrastructure, the need for higher performance timing devices becomes critical. Four new 20-output differential clock buffers that exceed PCIe Gen 5 jitter standards for next-generation data center applications are
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06/25/2019
PSDcast â€

UnitedSiC's President and CEO, Chris Dries

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting silicon carbide with UnitedSiC (that’s United Ess-Eye-See – no one on this podcast is “sick,” pronunciations notwithstanding
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06/25/2019
ÎModule Regulator with Programmable Compensation
FPGA boards, as well as prototype, testing, and measurement applications demand versatile and high density power solutions. The LTM4678 is a dual 25 A or single 50 A µModule regulator with digital power system management (PSM) in a small 16 mm ×
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06/25/2019
Boost Converter Powers High Current LEDs

A 32 V, 2 A LT3762 boost LED driver.

    High power LEDs continue to proliferate in modern lighting systems, spanning automotive headlights, industrial/commercial signage, architectural lighting, and a variety of consumer electronics applications. The industry’s transition toward LED technology
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06/25/2019
Negative Linear Regulator Features 0.8 ÂμV RMS Noise
Low dropout (LDO) linear regulators have been widely used in noise-sensitive applications for decades. Nevertheless, noise requirements have become tougher to meet as the latest precision sensors, high speed and high resolution data converters (ADCs and DACs), and frequency synthesizers (PLLs/VCOs)
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06/25/2019
Variable Drive Series for Roughness and Contour Measurements
PROVIDENCE, RI –  Mahr Inc. announced the addition of the variable-drive MarSurf VD series, which enables roughness and contour measurements to be performed on the same machine. The operator can easily and quickly change between a high-precision roughness probe system or a highly dynamic contour probe
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06/25/2019
Diode Intended for CAN Bus and Automotive Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a new circuit protection diode to shield CAN Bus and other automotive subsystem designs from electrostatic discharge and other electrical fast transient damage. The ESD protection level is rated at > 25 kilovolts. The PESD2402 is designed to protect two signal data
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06/25/2019
Data Aggregation Platform for Automotive Industry
Fremont, California – Excelfore announces the eDatX platform for big-data-driven AI (Artificial Intelligence) learning in fields of error detection, predictive analytics, and advanced algorithm development. The eDatX platform seamlessly integrate with eSync Compliant automotive
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06/25/2019
Non-Silicone-Based TIM for Burn-in and Test
Indium Corporation has added to its line of thermal interface materials (TIMs) with the introduction of HSMF-OS, a non-silicone based metal/polymer material designed for burn-in and test applications. HSMF-OS is designed for high insertion capability. Its high tensile strength and soft compliant polymer
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06/25/2019
SiC MOSFET Gate Drivers Feature Advanced Active Clamping
Power Integrations SIC1182K SCALE-iDriver SiC MOSFET Gate Drivers are single channel drivers with advanced active clamping. These MOSFET drivers feature up to ±8A peak gate output current and integrated FluxLink technology that provides up to 1200V reinforced isolation. The SIC1182K drivers are suitable
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06/25/2019
Explaining Visible Light from 2D Lead Halide Perovskites

Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston, led an international group of researchers investigating how a two-dimensional perovskite composed of cesium, lead and bromine was able to emit a strong green light.

Researchers drew attention three years ago when they reported that a two-dimensional perovskite - a material with a specific crystal structure - composed of cesium, lead and bromine emitted a strong green light. Crystals that produce light on the green spectrum are desirable because green light, while valuable
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06/25/2019
Multi-Junction Solar Cells from Off-the-Shelf Components
Multi-junction solar cells are both the most efficient type of solar cell on the market today and the most expensive type of solar cell to produce. In a proof-of-concept paper, researchers from North Carolina State University detail a new approach for creating multi-junction solar cells using off-the-shelf components,
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06/25/2019
Trapping Light Particles to Develop Quantum Computers
NEW YORK -- Quantum computers, which use light particles (photons) instead of electrons to transmit and process data, hold the promise of a new era of research in which the time needed to realize lifesaving drugs and new technologies will be significantly shortened. Photons are promising candidates for quantum
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06/25/2019
Laird Thermal Systems Expands SuperCool Series
Laird Thermal Systems has expanded its SuperCool Series product offering with the development of three high performance ultra-compact Peltier Cooler assemblies. The space-saving SuperCool Series is designed for applications that require high cooling capacities in tight space constraints such
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06/24/2019
Novel Chinese Nanogenerator Takes cue from Electric Eels

Underwater wireless multi-site human motion monitoring system based on BSNG.

Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a bionic stretchable nanogenerator (BSNG) that takes inspiration from electric eels. The scientists hope the new technology will meet the tough demands of wearable
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06/24/2019
Phones and Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Smartphones, fitness bracelets and a custom app form a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance.

HANOVER, N.H. - Using smartphones, fitness bracelets and a custom app, researchers have created a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance. The system works by monitoring the physical, emotional and behavioral well-being of workers to classify high and low performers. The
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06/24/2019
Wearable Vibration Sensor for Accurate Voice Recognition
A voice-recognition feature can be easily found on mobile phones these days. Often times, we experience an incident where a speech recognition application is activated in the middle of a meeting or a conversation in the office. Sometimes, it is not activated at all regardless of numbers of times we call out
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06/24/2019
Sager Electronics to Acquire Technical Power Systems
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Technical Power Systems (TPS), a specialist in the production of custom battery assemblies headquartered in Lisle, Illinois. Sager Electronics President Frank Flynn, stated, “Sager,
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06/24/2019
Tantalum Nitride Chips Offer Robust Humidity Withstanding
RALEIGH, NC – The RTAN Series from Stackpole withstands biased humidity testing at 85 degree C, 85% relative humidity, 10% rated power with very little resistance shift. In addition, the RTAN anti-sulfur materials and design is such that it will pass the rigorous ANSI / EIA-977 (method A)
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06/24/2019
Analog-to-Digital Converters with Data Rates of 153.6 kSPS
CHANDLER, Ariz. — The rapidly growing market of high precision applications require Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) with faster programmable data rates, higher accuracy and more integrated features to maximize system performance. To meet these needs, Microchip Technology Inc. introduced a family of compact
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06/21/2019
DC-AC Inverters Deliver 800VA Pure Sine Wave Output Voltage
ABSOPULSE Electronics’ CTPH 800-F7W series of high input voltage DC-AC inverters deliver up to 800VA 3-phase pure sine wave output voltage. The inverters operate from a 700Vdc nominal input, 500-900Vdc operating range, 1100Vdc peak, with a maximum start-up current of 2A.  The 800VA units
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06/21/2019
KIST Gets Robot to Trap Ball Without Coding

This research outcome shows that robots can be intuitively taught to be flexible by humans, as it was not accomplished through numerical calculation or programming of the robot's movements.

Dr. Kee-hoon Kim's team at the Center for Intelligent & Interactive Robotics of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Byung-gwon Lee) developed a way of teaching "impedance-controlled robots" through human demonstrations using surface electromyograms (sEMG)* of muscles
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06/20/2019
Accelerate Time-to-Market for High-Power Designs w/ new SMU
The demand for more efficient high voltage semiconductors in 5G, automotive, alternative energy and other applications is leading researchers toward new materials including SiC (Silicon Carbide) and GaN (Gallium Nitride). These wide bandgap semiconductors pose increasingly complex test challenges in research
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06/20/2019
DIN Rail Power Supplies Certified for Hazardous Locations
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TIB 480-EX Family of 480 Watt DIN rail power supplies that are designed for harsh environments & hazardous locations with certifications for ATEX II3G and UL HazLoc Class I / Div 2 standards. These products bring a new performance
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06/20/2019
Power Supply Monitoring IC with Self-Diagnostic Function
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a power supply monitoring IC, the BD39040MUF-C, with BIST (Built-In Self Test) that supports functional safety. This IC is ideal for automotive application power supply systems requiring fail-safe measures such as electric power
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06/20/2019
UnitedSiC Adds 4-lead Kelvin Device to UF3C FET Series
Princeton, New Jersey: UnitedSiC has further expanded its UF3C FAST series product offering by introducing an additional 1200V high-performance SiC FET device in a TO-247-4L 4-leaded Kelvin Sense discrete package option. The UF3C120150K4S (
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06/20/2019
Expanding the Temperature Range of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Electric cars struggle with extreme temperatures, mainly because of impacts on the electrolyte solutions in their lithium-ion batteries. Now, researchers have developed new electrolytes containing multiple additives that work better over a wide temperature range. They report their results in ACS Applied Materials
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06/19/2019
A new Manufacturing Process for Aluminum Alloys

PNNL's ShAPE process combined with a unique aluminum alloy produced high-strength, high-ductility rods in one single process.

RICHLAND, WASHINGTON - An advanced manufacturing process to produce nano structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder -- in a single step -- was recently demonstrated by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using a novel Solid Phase Processing
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06/19/2019
A Sound Idea: A Step Towards Quantum Computing

Laser pulses.

Tsukuba, Japan - A team at the University of Tsukuba studied a novel process for creating coherent lattice waves inside silicon crystals using ultrashort laser pulses. Using theoretical calculations combined with experimental results that were obtained at the University of Pittsburgh, they were able to show
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06/19/2019
800V Bus Converter Module Features 97% Peak Efficiency
The 800V BCM4414 is a 1.6kW, isolated, 1/16 fixed-ratio, bus converter module (BCM), that can operate from a 500V to 800V input voltage, to deliver SELV output voltages with 97% peak efficiency. The new 800V module complements the existing Vicor 700V BCM4414, to create a family of products with reinforced isolation
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06/18/2019
Clean Energy Through Photocatalyst Optimization

(a) Product of microwave photoconductivity intensity and its lifetime of oxyhalide photocatalyt 2 vs calcination temperature. The microwave measurements suggest the optimal temperature of 600 ? that is 100 ? lower than the reported one. (b) O2-evolution rate of oxyhalide photocatalyt 2 prepared by different calcination temperature.

Osaka, Japan - Photocatalysts that harness light energy and use it to split water into hydrogen and oxygen attract significant scholarly attention, owing to the appeal of hydrogen as a potential clean energy source. However, the optimization of photocatalyst candidate materials usually requires a considerable
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06/18/2019
'Hot Spots' Increase Efficiency of Solar Desalination

Rice University researchers (from left) Pratiksha Dongare, Alessandro Alabastri and Oara Neumann showed that Rice's 'nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation' (NESMD) system was more efficient when the size of the device was scaled up and light was concentrated in 'hot spots.'

HOUSTON -- Rice University's solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its creators first believed. Researchers in Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) this week showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination
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06/18/2019
PSDcast â€

Josh Broline from Renesas

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Renesas about GaN FETs for satellites. Wide-bandgap semiconductors have enabled a host of applications, or boosted their efficiency, and for gallium nitride field-effect transistors, one of the more interesting applications is literally out of this world.
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06/18/2019
Emerging Device by the Fusion of IGZO and Ferroelectric-HfO2

(a) Cross-sectional TEM image of a TiN/HfZrO2/IGZO capacitor. Each layer was uniformly formed. HfZrO2 layer is uniformly crystallized having ferroelectric phase. (b) Measured polarization charge versus voltage of a TiN/HfZrO2/IGZO capacitor. Clear ferroelectricity was confirmed.

As a part of JST PRESTO program, Associate professor Masaharu Kobayashi, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, has developed a ferroelectric FET (FeFET) with ferroelectric-HfO2 and ultrathin IGZO channel. Nearly ideal subthreshold swing (SS) and mobility higher than poly-silicon channel have
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06/18/2019
Commercial FLA Series Dimming Receptacles
Amphenol Commercial Products FLA Series Dimming Receptacles are designed with power and dimming/signal contacts to provide a connection between dimmable photocell and the luminaire for commercial and utility lighting. The locking type receptacles are compliant with ANSI C136-10 and can be used for lighting applications
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06/18/2019
Littelfuse Introduces New Type 2 Surge Protection Devices
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. announced the launch of its SPD2 series of Type 2 surge protection devices. Transient overvoltage, or power surges, can damage components and drive added costs to repair or replace as well as create unplanned downtime. To prevent these events, the SPD2
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06/18/2019
TMR-Based Sensor for High-Current Coreless Applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its Micronas magnetic sensor portfolio with the CUR 423x sensors developed for current measurements in automotive and industrial applications. The new sensors, marketed under the trademark curSENS, are the first Micronas branded products based on the TDK TMR technology. This technology
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06/18/2019
Constant Intensity Indicator Series for Rugged Applications
Dialight announced the launch of its new 556 Series Constant Intensity Panel Mount Indicators, the company's first constant intensity product designed for rugged, outdoor applications. Combining InGaN and AlInGaP technologies, the 556 Series delivers maximum light output in a highly durable package designed
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06/17/2019
Sub-Miniature Tact Switches for Home Automation and IoT
WALTHAM, Mass. – C&K introduces two new sub-miniature tact switches aimed at design engineers developing home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) electronic devices: the PTS636 and PTS526. With printed circuit board (PCB) space at a premium within consumer electronics devices, these ultra-compact C&K
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06/17/2019
'Self-Healing' Polymer for the Perovskite Solar Tech Market
A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). Adding a "self-healing" polymer to the top of a PSC can radically reduce how much lead it
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06/17/2019
New Technique uses Sensory Nanoparticles to Detect Disease

Transmission electron microscopy image showing the formation of biomolecular corona around the surface of nanoparticles.

Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital are taking advantage of a unique phenomenon of nanoparticles to develop a test for early detection of different types of diseases, including cancer. Through previous investigations, Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, now a biomedical investigator in the Department of Anesthesiology,
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06/17/2019
Drones for Early Detection of Forest Fires
The UC3M's researchers coordinating the scientific part of the project, Fernando García y Abdulla al-Kaff, from the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, have developed the complete automatic flight system, as well as the interface with which the emergency service can access information about what
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06/17/2019
A new 2D Magnet Draws Future Devices Closer
We are all familiar with the image of electrons zipping around an atom's nucleus and forming chemical bonds in molecules and materials. But what is less known is that electrons have an additional unique property: spin. It is difficult to make an analogy, but one could crudely describe electron spin as a spinning-top
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06/17/2019
Cell Transplantation with Scaffold Microrobots

Professor Hongsoo Choi in the DGIST Department of Robotics Engineering (left), first author and Ph.D. student Seong Woong Jeon (right), senior Researcher Jin-young Kim at DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (middle)

DGIST research team succeeded in developing stem cell delivery of scaffold1 microrobot that can precisely deliver cells to a target body tissue. This research achievement is expected to enhance the treatment safety and efficiency of degenerative neural disorders as it can precisely transplant the
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06/17/2019
Frontera Named 5th Fastest Supercomputer in the World

Over 50 miles of network interconnect cabling enable Frontera's compute nodes to communicate to each other and to the network servers.

The Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) earned the #5 spot on the twice-annual Top500 list , which ranks the world's most powerful non-distributed computer systems. Located at The University of Texas at Austin,
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06/17/2019
Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kits
Philadelphia, PA — AgileSwitch, LLC introduces the ASDAK (Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kit) for power electronics engineers working with new SiC MOSFET modules.  Applications for the kit including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units in trains, buses and trolleys,
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06/17/2019
Fuji Electric 7th Generation IGBT Technology Powers Today’s High Efficiency Energy Conversion Systems

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Figure 1: IGBT cross sectional structure

Today’s Power Electronic market is driving development of compact, low-loss, and, high-reliability IGBT modules to optimize power conversion systems. In response, Fuji Electric has developed our 7th generation X-Series IGBT technology combining enhanced semiconductor chip characteristics and improved
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06/16/2019
Environmental Lights' Tunable White Backlighting Solution
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of LumenMax Tunable White LED Light Sheets. LumenMax Tunable White LED Light Sheets from Environmental Lights are ideal for backlighting shallow light boxes with tunable white lighting. They feature 18 x 9 cut segments that each contain a
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06/14/2019
Single-Layer MOVs Offer Superior Overvoltage Protection
RALEIGH, NC – The RV from Stackpole is a radial-leaded metal oxide varistor available in a wide range of disk sizes and working voltages designed for general-purpose overvoltage protection. The UL 1449 certified RV series offers disk sizes from 5mm to 20mm with peak current ratings up to
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06/14/2019
PSDcast â€

Seoul Semiconductor’s Mark McClear

Most of us intuitively feel that natural sunlight is better than artificial light, whatever the color temperature. And the science backs it up. But today, we’re focusing on the aesthetic qualities, and just last month, Seoul Semiconductor 
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06/14/2019
Laser Trick Produces High-Energy Terahertz Pulses

From the color difference of two slightly delayed laser flashes (left) a non-linear crystal generates an energetic terahertz pulse (right).

A team of scientists from DESY and the University of Hamburg has achieved an important milestone in the quest for a new type of compact particle accelerator. Using ultra-powerful pulses of laser light, they were able to produce particularly high-energy flashes of radiation in the terahertz range having a sharply
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06/13/2019
PSDcast â€

Dr. Juanita Kurtin, Director of Materials Research at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

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06/13/2019
Carbon-Neutral Fuel Made From Sunlight and Air

The research plant is located on the roof of the ETH building on Sonneggstrasse.

Carbon-neutral fuels are crucial for making aviation and maritime transport sustainable. ETH researchers have developed a solar plant to produce synthetic liquid fuels that release as much CO2 during their combustion as previously extracted from the air for their production. CO2 and water are extracted directly
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06/13/2019
Low-Power Technology for Embedded Flash Memory
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of new low-power technology for use in embedded flash memory based on a 65 nanometer (nm) SOTB (Silicon On Thin Buried Oxide) process. Available with 1.5 MB capacity, it is the world’s first embedded 2T-MONOS (2 Transistors-Metal Oxide
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06/13/2019
Wire-to-Board Connector Reduces System Size
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS — Hirose has developed a versatile wire-to-board connector that enables OEMs to reduce the size of end devices. Part of the SignalBee connector family, the 2.0mm pitch DF51 Series connector has a user-friendly positive lock that provides a clear tactile click and
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06/13/2019
Development Kits Unlock Full Potential of SiC MOSFET Modules
Philadelphia, PA — AgileSwitch, LLC, introduces the ASDAK (Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kit) for power electronics engineers working with new SiC MOSFET modules.  Applications for the kit including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units in trains, buses and trolleys, EV charging
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06/13/2019
Volkswagen relies on Infineon for its electric future
This program stands for close cooperation in key future fields. As the market leader in semiconductors for electro-mobility, Infineon contributes significantly to the move toward electric drivetrains by the world’s largest car maker. Infineon’s
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06/13/2019
Essentra Components offer guidance in rotary latch selection
Ubiquitous in the car, truck and specialist vehicle industry, rotary latches make easy work of securing and remotely opening vehicle panels. They’re more typically used in applications involving bonnet, boot lid or storage compartments, e.g. on
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06/13/2019
Now at Mouser: TE Connectivity’s Intercontec Connectors
TE’s Intercontec connectors deliver a reliable, customized solution for data, power, and signal transmission. The modular, highly versatile connectors are suitable for an extensive range of applications, including robotics, drive systems, medical
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06/13/2019
CISSOID announces new High Temperature Automotive IC’s
The components are also in excess of AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualification standard.   CISSOID is introducing
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06/13/2019
Ultra-small barometric pressure sensor DPS368 from Infineon
It offers an ultra-high precision of ±2 cm and a low current consumption for precise measurement of altitude, air flow and body movements. This makes the DPS368 ideal for mobile applications and wearable devices offering e.g. activity tracking and
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06/13/2019
Unleash Micro Speakers’ Potential with DSM Smart Amplifier
The smart amplifier efficiently delivers louder, clearer, richer sound at the lowest quiescent power in the market.  
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06/13/2019
Multi-Channel, Mixed-Signal RF Converter Platform
The MxFE is intendedfor a range of wireless equipment such as 4G LTE and 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) radios. ADI’s new AD9081/2 MxFE platform allows manufacturers to install multiband radios in the same footprint as single-band radios, which as
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06/13/2019
USB Type-C Port Switch Supports Legacy Data and Audio Signals
As a result of the adoption of USB Type-C ports in mobile phones and tablets, manufacturers are removing other ports such as USB 2.0 and 3.5mm audio sockets. The PI3A6386 port switch enables legacy data and audio signals to be passed through the USB
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06/13/2019
2mm MIL-DTL-83513G DMM connectors with 360° EMC backshells
More, the devices are available on a six-to-eight week leadtime, significantly better than the industry standard 16-20 weeks.  
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06/13/2019
Renesas and Volkswagen unveil joint automotive laboratory
The SAIC-Volkswagen-Renesas Joint Laboratory will accelerate research and development efforts to support emerging automotive electronics applications, starting with cockpit and vehicle control, for the Chinese automotive market.
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06/13/2019
Small footprint 10 Watt DC/DC converter
The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They set the new standard for power density with 3,83W/cm3.
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06/13/2019
300W and 1000W power supplies with extended communications bus
The addition of the 300W PCA300F and 1000W PCA1000F to the existing 600W PCA600F complements and expands the family of power supplies to cover a much larger range of applications. The PCA series have a built-in extended-UART (Universal Asynchronous
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06/13/2019
Mouser Stocking Tiny ams TSL2740 Light and Proximity Sensor
The sensor offers high performance, even at millilux-level intensity, and is ideal for smart home assistants, smartwatches and wearables, display backlight control, tablets, smartphones, and medical diagnostics applications.
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06/13/2019
High Vibration Acceleration-resistant Power Choke Coil
Thanks to the high vibration resistance no anti-vibration reinforcement is needed and therefore streamlines the production process  
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06/13/2019
Rectifiers Increase Power Density, Improve Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of FRED Pt Ultrafast recovery rectifiers with eight new 100 V and 200 V devices in the eSMP series SMP (DO-220AA) package, including the industry's first
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06/12/2019
Current Sensor for Server Farm, Telecom, Auto Applications
Andover, Massachusetts - ACEINNA announced that their industry leading MCx1101 family of current sensors now supports 3.3 volt applications. These highly accurate, wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors are now available for a wide range of ADC and microprocessor-based power systems and applications. Units
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06/12/2019
Expanded Patent Portfolio for Smart Lighting IoT Solutions
BEDFORD, Mass. -- CIMCON announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company patent No. 10,238,001 for the NearSky smart city platform. The newly issued patent for a
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06/12/2019
A Network Without the Internet or Electricity!

The Beekee Box, developed by the Training and Learning Technology Researchers (TECFA) of the UNIGE FPSE.

How can you send documents, watch educational videos or work collaboratively in regions where there is no internet coverage or electricity? These were the challenging questions taken up by researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, who have developed a standalone box, known as the Beekee Box,
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06/12/2019
Lighting Packages Intended for Outdoor Horse Arenas
WORCESTER, Mass -- Access Fixtures has introduced 
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06/12/2019
Army on Propulsion for Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The development of power and propulsion technologies for future unmanned aircraft systems will deliver more reach, lethality and protection for the Army's modernization efforts -- all issues that are center stage for a group of researchers from the Army's corporate research laboratory and its partners across academia and industry at a recent University of Illinois at Chicago event. The MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System addresses the need for a long-endurance, armed, unmanned aircraft system that offers greater range, altitude and payload flexibility over earlier systems.

The development of power and propulsion technologies for future unmanned aircraft systems will deliver more reach, lethality and protection for the Army's modernization efforts - all issues that are center stage for a group of researchers from the Army's corporate research laboratory and its partners across
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06/12/2019
Consortium to Create £9million Offshore Renewables Hub
A national consortium has been awarded additional funding to cement the UK's position as a global leader in offshore renewable energy (ORE) innovation and research. The Supergen ORE hub was created in July 2018 to bring together a network of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to champion
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06/12/2019
Holistic View of Planning Energy Self-Sufficient Communities

Researchers are using advanced modeling and visualization tools to help create the planned net-zero energy district, Peña Station NEXT, near the Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sustainable communities supplied by local renewable energy production are beginning to be established in the U.S. By using energy-efficient buildings and distributing means of energy generation, such as solar panels, throughout buildings in these districts, the communities manage to produce
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06/11/2019
Electric Vehicles Would be a Breath of Fresh air for Houston

Cornell researchers say replacing at least 35 percent of Houston's gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040 will reduce pollution and improve air quality by 50 percent.

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report. The report, released in April, ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone
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06/11/2019
Electron Microscope Overturns Common Knowledge of 88 Years

The newly developed magnetic objective-lens system is installed. Combined with a higher-order aberration corrector (shown above in the objective-lens system), this system can focus an electron beam to the atomic scale.

Under the JST-SENTAN program (Development of System and Technology for Advanced Measurement and Analysis, Japan Science and Technology Agency), the joint development team of Prof. Naoya Shibata at the University of Tokyo and JEOL Ltd., has developed a revolutionary electron microscope that incorporates newly
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06/11/2019
A Clean and Convenient way to Oxidize Plastic Surfaces

Spot staining after treatment with rhodamine as a red ink after site-selective photooxygenation. Spot emission under black-light irradiation.

Osaka, Japan - Polypropylene (PP) is everywhere, being one of the most widely used plastics in human life. A versatile material, its naturally inert surface can be modified for specific applications. Researchers at Osaka University have now developed a convenient light-driven process for oxidizing PP without
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06/11/2019
Light-Powered Nano-Organisms Consume CO2

University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Prashant Nagpal

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated
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06/11/2019
Tiny Light Box Opens New Doors into the Nanoworld

Using a box built from stacked atomically thin layers of the material tungsten disulphide (see the atomic model), Chalmers researchers have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter become one. This new concept involves two distinct processes being housed in the same nanodisk. The box has a diameter of only 100 nanometres (0.00001 centimetres) and opens the way to new fundamental research and more compact solutions in nanophotonics.

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a completely new way of capturing, amplifying and linking light to matter at the nanolevel. Using a tiny box, built from stacked atomically thin material, they have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter
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06/11/2019
MEMS Oscillators Designed for Battery-Powered Applications
Abracon's AMJM / AMJD / AMPM / AMPD series of power-optimized MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) oscillators are designed for compact, portable and battery-powered applications. MEMS devices present a very small footprint while producing an accurate clock that is robust and immune
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06/11/2019
Low-Temp Solder Paste Minimizes Solder Beading Balling
Indium Corporation has released a new low-temperature solder paste specifically developed to minimize solder beading and solder balling. Indium5.7LT-1 is an air reflow, halogen-free, no-clean solder paste designed for low-temperature assembly processes using indium and bismuth alloys. Indium 5.7LT-1
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06/11/2019
Power Supplies Offered with Outputs from 3.3 to 48 VDC
Easton, PA ... Acopian announced the availability of touch-safe linear regulated mini encapsulated power supplies with output voltages from 3.3Vdc to 48Vdc and up to 15 watts of output power with an operating ambient temperature to 71°C. Small in size, these mini-modules
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06/11/2019
Qi-Compliant Wireless Transmitter & Receiver Coils
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of Qi-compliant wireless charging transmitter and receiver coils with the introduction of 14 new products in industry-standard shield sizes. Consisting of eight single-coil transmitters (Tx), three three-coil transmitters (Tx), and
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06/10/2019
Graph Networks to Predict Properties of Molecules, Crystals

This is a schematic illustration of MEGNet models.

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new deep learning models that can accurately predict the properties of molecules and crystals. By enabling almost instantaneous property predictions, these deep learning models provide researchers the means to rapidly scan the nearly-infinite
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06/10/2019
The First Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Attacks

Cyber of the fittest: UTSA develops 1st framework to measure the evolution of cyber attacks.

For more than a year, GozNym, a gang of five Russian cyber criminals, stole login credentials and emptied bank accounts from unaware Americans. To detect and quickly respond to escalating cyber-attacks like these, researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have developed the first framework
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06/10/2019
The Economic Value of Adjusting the Power Consumption
Since the output of renewable energy such as photovoltaic generation tends to fluctuate, the power system can be viewed as a large-scale complex system with uncertainty. To stabilize the balance of supply and demand of electricity, we need an energy management system to control this. In recent years, energy
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06/10/2019
Metamaterial can Improve MRI Quality and Reduce Scan Time

By combining their expertise, Xin Zhang, Stephan Anderson, Guangwu Duan, and Xiaoguang Zhao designed a magnetic metamaterial that can create clearer images at more than double the speed of a standard MRI scan.

Could a small ringlike structure made of plastic and copper amplify the already powerful imaging capabilities of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine? Xin Zhang, Stephan Anderson, and their team at the Boston University Photonics Center can clearly picture such a feat. With their combined expertise in
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06/10/2019
Antennas of Flexible Nanotube Films for Electronics

Metal-free antennas made of thin, strong, flexible carbon nanotube films are as efficient as common copper antennas, according to a new study by Rice University researchers.

Antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications, according to researchers at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering. They're also tougher, more flexible and can essentially be painted onto devices. The Rice lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer
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06/10/2019
Connecting the World with Everyday Objects
Virtually any ‘thing’ that can provide useful data can become part of the IoT. And that about sums up the Internet of Things, which promises to connect every phone, appliance, watch, auto, and anything else that shares information. Hence the IoT’s nom de plume, the Internet of Everything. The
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06/10/2019
Smart Grid and the IoT
It seems that all too quickly, the half of 2019 is now behind us. So far, it’s been a very mixed year. On the one hand, innovation is rapidly incoming, especially with the penetration of wide bandgap materials onto the market. If you were at PCIM like me, you’d have seen that the exhibition was completely
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06/10/2019
MCU Innovations Respond to Motor Design and Applications

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Figure 1: Permanent Magnet Synchronous (PMS) motors are commonly used in industrial applications because they natively offer higher torque at lower speeds

Motors come in many forms. They range from stepper motors that are often used in precision positioning applications to the large Alternating Current Induction (ACI) motors often employed to deliver high torque for industrial mixing and processing. Very often, the choice of motor is not just determined
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06/10/2019
What’s in Your Healthcare Monitor?

An example of in-home patience monitoring

The pervasiveness of diabetes and obesity, as well as high cholesterol levels due to changes in lifestyle, in conjunction with the proliferation of smartphones and wearable devices, are influencing consumers to adopt various health monitoring applications to assist them to maintain their optimal health. Accordingly,
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06/10/2019
Burst-Mode Operation: A Double-Edged Sword

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Figure 1: The Vg waveform under relatively heavy, resistive loading. (f=100kHz)

In response to ever evolving power supply efficiency standards, power supply manufacturers are using burst-mode operation (amongst a sea of other energy saving strategies) to decrease the standby power consumption of external power adaptors. Efficient conversion techniques do not come without some cost. 
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06/07/2019
Load Switch Technology has a Vital Role in Managing Power

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Figure 1: Block diagram of a typical integrated load switch device

Power is the lifeblood of the technology that drives our modern world and, increasingly, we are reliant on high-tech products that assist us in our busy lives both in and away from the workplace. Managing and controlling power is an important topic for high tech, low-power applications. Whether it is developing
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06/07/2019
The Challenge of Powering Industrial IoT Applications

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Figure 1: Power supplies for IoT application should be designed for ultra-low power consumption in stand-by mode

The hype around IoT devices nowadays is not surprising, as IoT engineering kits and the appropriate technologies are widely available. Consequently, there are no limits for enabling ideas and possible business models based on these technologies. In the industrial environment, there has been rapidly
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06/07/2019
Powering the IoT â€

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Figure 1. The Cat m1 vs. NB-IoT

IDC forecasts that this year, spending on the IoT will reach $754 billion, an increase of more than 15 per cent over 2018 – and the forecasters also expect that double-digit growth will continue, passing $1 trillion in 2022 [1] as interest proliferates in ways
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06/07/2019
Battery Solutions for IoT Devices

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Figure 1: The extended temperature cells remain largely unaffected by long-term storage at elevated temperatures

There is no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing very rapidly, with estimates of nodes deployed in the billions. Many estimates suggest that there are now up to six IoT nodes for every person on the planet – and the growth rate is accelerating. On the other hand, there are those
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06/07/2019
IoT â€
Our industry loves acronyms in a big way. I think this is so finance people can sound like technologists and speak in industry jargon that makes them sound like experts in things other than financial analysis of organizations. In this case, IoT (or Internet of things), IIOT (the industrial Internet of things),
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06/07/2019
Ensuring IoT Infrastructure Integrity via Smarter Nodes

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Figure 1: The Texas Instruments MSP430 MCU

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06/07/2019
LED Drivers Feature Efficiencies up to 94.5%
MEAN WELL XLG LED Drivers are economical drivers with a compact size and high efficiency (up to 94.5%). The drivers are available in 3-in-1 dimming (dim-to-off) and adjustable output via potentiometer functionality variants. These LED drivers are manufactured on a metal housing design equipped with a functional
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06/07/2019
Plug Adapter Compliant to DOE VI Efficiency Standards
Fremont, CA — Phihong has announced the launch of its new 10W USB Interchangeable Plug Adapter Series, which is compliant to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE VI) efficiency regulations for external power supplies, as well as the European Union’s voluntary Code of Conduct Version 5 Tier 2 requirements.
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06/07/2019
Indicators with Improved Prevention of Overheating Damage
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. announced an expanded  PolySwitch setP series of digital temperature indicators, designed to protect USB Type‑C and USB power delivery charging cables from dangerous overheating. The newest addition to the product family, the SETP0805-100-CC, is optimized
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06/07/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 3
(See part 1 and part 2) SiC
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06/06/2019
10W reed relay suits high-PCB-density applications
Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W. 3V and 5V coils are available.   Fast operate
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06/06/2019
Now at Mouser: Maxim’s MAX77860 Switch-Mode Buck Charger
The MAX77860 is ideal for USB Type-C charging for single-cell (1S) lithium-ion or lithium-polymer applications, portable medical equipment, portable industrial equipment, and mobile point-of-sale devices, as well as smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
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06/06/2019
New angled locking cable for IEC C14 Power Connectors
The newest connector in the IL13 family sets a benchmark in space limited locking situations. Due to its angled construction the connector can be beneficially used with devices standing next to a wall or in
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06/06/2019
Powerbox announces 105 models of DC/DC converters featuring 2xMOPP medical approvals
The PMM15, PMM20 and PMM30 are certified to the 3rd Edition of the IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1 medical safety standard and rated for the highest levels of patient protection - 2xMOPP. With a clearance and creepage distance of 8mm, a typical leakage current of 2µA
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06/06/2019
Encapsulated sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters
The modules are housed in the industry-standard sixteenth-brick form factor (35.3 x 25 x 10.4mm / 1.39 x 0.984 x 0.41 in), with sealed and encapsulated packaging. This ensures their reliability when exposed to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh environmental
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06/06/2019
Rad-Hard 16-Channel Current Driver with Integrated Decoder
The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC. The device allows satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and cut solution footprint by 50 percent for their medium Earth
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06/06/2019
HARTING and HIROSE push infrastructure for Single Pair Ethernet
To make the new connection technology for Single Pair Ethernet a success, the technology partnership is pursuing the systematic expansion of SPE to achieve an end-to-end, complete infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of a portfolio of connectors, sockets,
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06/06/2019
Wireless Power with Infrared Light

Power is delivered with pinpoint accuracy using an invisible beam of light. Users do not see or feel the beam.

By the time you read this, Lightfair should be in the books, and to that end, I’d like to highlight one of the coolest opto items I’ve seen in a while – wireless power with infrared
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06/06/2019
Challenging Times
There is a bit of a dark cloud over the industry at the moment. It may not be too surprising since we are in one of the longest periods of sustained growth since the last downturn in 2008, meaning a market correction is probably relatively close. There have been a lot of indicators, including from market analyst
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06/06/2019
PSDcast â€

White light visibility using Twister

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing LED no-UV lighting. In our May issue, we published an article with the apt title “
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06/06/2019
PSDcast â€

Infineon’s Stephan Zizala

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an electric vehicle partnership between Infineon and Volkswagen, specifically the latter’s “FAST” supplier
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06/06/2019
RS Components adds new family of Renesas power modules
Manufactured by Renesas Electronics, the new ISL8210M/12M/80M/82M power modules are single-channel synchronous step-down power devices that can deliver 10A or 15A of continuous current at the point-of-load. The family is highly integrated – combining PWM controller,
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06/06/2019
Infineon acquires Cypress Semiconductor
The offer corresponds to an enterprise value of €9.0 billion.   Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon, said: “The planned acquisition of Cypress is
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06/06/2019
High performance railway DC/DC-converter
The converter modules come in a rugged metal case. These converters are suitable for a wide range of applications, but they are designed particularly for railway and industrial applications where often no PCB mounting is possible but the module has to be mounted
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06/06/2019
Impedance & Potentiostat AFE for Biological & Chemical Sensing
The AD5940 analog front end incorporates both potentiostat and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) functionality on a single chip, allowing for sensor measurement in both time and frequency domains. The device features integrated hardware accelerators for
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06/06/2019
Magna-Power Programmable Power Supplies now at Powerstax
Now offering up to 95% efficiency and carrying a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) safety listing the SL Series is comprised of 99 different models, combining the latest power semiconductor technology with Magna-Power’s signature robust current-fed
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06/06/2019
Isolated CAN-transceiver reference board adds protection
The reference board has all the necessary circuitry to reduce noise and protect the system against excessive voltages.   To ensure signal integrity
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06/06/2019
DIN-Rail Power Supply with IO-Link is Industry 4.0 Ready
“A power supply is situated at a central nodal point in any system, “comments Marco van der Linden, UK Country manager for PULS.” There is more than just output current flowing, a power supply can be used to record a significant amount of real-time information
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06/06/2019
RS Components introduces power connector series from Amphenol
The series offers connectors that are compact, robust and versatile, along with high levels of flexibility for power and signal connectivity.   Designed
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06/06/2019
Maintenance-free DC UPS modules for DIN rail mounting
The loads can be low-power embedded IPCs, gateways, motors, sensors, actuators or cameras in the field of industrial control, process and automation technology, medical and laboratory applications as well as safety equipment.
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06/06/2019
Voltage Level Translator Provides Direction-Free Flexibility
The PI4GTL2002 is a 2-bit level shifter designed to translate signals conditioned for one voltage level to signals at a higher or lower voltage, such as gunner transceiver logic (GTL) or GTL+ to LVTTL/TTL. As leading processor manufacturers continue to include GTL+
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06/06/2019
Power2Power launches in Dresden for efficient power ICs
Power semiconductors are needed in all stages of energy conversion: generation, transmission, and use. More efficient semiconductors make a major contribution towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions in spite of the world's growing energy needs. Universities, research
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06/06/2019
Remote Control Unit Added to eTensifier Electric Pump System
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces a remote control unit for its revolutionary eTensifier high pressure electric pump system. The eTensifier is a first-of-its-kind high-pressure electric pump system that simply plugs into a wall outlet without the need for
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06/05/2019
High-Voltage Chip Resistors Offer Exceptional Precision
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole's HVC is a thick-film high-voltage chip resistor capable of handling up to 3KV continuous voltage. The HVC offers tolerances as low as 0.1% and TCR as low as 25 ppm for outstanding precision. In addition, the HVC resistance element provides high resistance values
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06/05/2019
Augmenting Microgrid Technology: New way for Reliable Power
A group of American and Chinese researchers has designed and tested a microgrid system that is both robust and reliable - and therefore capable of delivering energy safely and without interruptions. This is particularly important during harsh weather conditions and times of peak consumption and is critical for
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06/05/2019
Tantalum Chip Capacitors With Single-Digit ESR Down to 7 mΩ
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that the company has extended its T55 series of vPolyTan surface-mount polymer tantalum molded chip capacitors with new devices in the D case (EIA 7343-31) size featuring single-digit ESR values from 9 mΩ down to 7 mΩ, with values to 6 mΩ in development. Previously
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06/05/2019
4-Watt Power Amplifier Operates from 27.5 â€
Lowell, Massachusetts – MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. announced an addition to its portfolio of high-linearity Ka-Band power amplifiers with the introduction of the MAAP-011250. Ideally suited for next generation commercial VSAT outdoor units, the MAAP-011250 utilizes a balanced design, giving system designers’
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06/05/2019
DC Motors and Gear Motors Target Security Applications
Syosset, NY - Announced by ISL Products International Ltd. is the ability to deliver value-added brushed (BDC) DC motors and brushless (BLDC) DC motors which may be  supplied with either planetary or spur gearheads. These fully customizable DC motors and DC gear motors are built to OEMs’ exact specifications
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06/05/2019
Vector Signal Option for Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies announces another significant addition to its UltraReal family of Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers with the release of a new integrated Vector Signal Analyzer Application Mode for Complex Signal Analysis. RIGOL's VSA Measurement Application allows RF engineers to characterize
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06/04/2019
Product Suite Addresses 5G RF Power Amplification Needs
BOSTON, MA – NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled one of the industry’s most integrated portfolio of  RF solutions for 5G cellular infrastructure, industrial and commercial markets.  Building on its strong legacy, disruptive R&D, world class manufacturing and global presence, NXP’s
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06/04/2019
Tektronix Launches New 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix, Inc., introduced two new products to its portfolio with the launch of the 3 Series Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) and 4 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO), delivering the most powerful, versatile and easy-to-use oscilloscopes in the market.   Built
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06/04/2019
PSDcast â€

Wi-Charge Chief Marketing Officer Yuval Boger

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing a unique approach to wireless power – Israeli start-up Wi-Charge uses infrared light to transmit usable energy.
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06/04/2019
Biobattery Could Help Everything Connect to the Internet

This solid phase bacteria-powered biobattery could be a low-cost power source for the Internet of Disposable Things.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - In the future, small paper and plastic devices will be able to connect to the internet for a short duration, providing information on everything from healthcare to consumer products, before they are thrown away. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed
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06/04/2019
Worldwide Semiconductor Billings Drop 19% Year-Over-Year
MILPITAS, Calif. — SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings for the first quarter of 2019 dropped 8 percent from the previous quarter and 19 percent from the same quarter
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06/04/2019
RF Converter Expands Call Capacity and Data Throughput
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced a mixed-signal front-end (MxFE) RF data converter platform that combines high-performance analog and digital signal processing for a range of wireless equipment such as 4G LTE and 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) radios. ADI’s new AD9081/2 MxFE platform allows
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06/03/2019
GaN Process for High-Power mmWave Applications
Tao Yuan, Taiwan: WIN Semiconductors Corp has expanded its gallium nitride (GaN) portfolio with the commercial release of a 0.15?m-gate technology, NP15-00, that supports emerging mmWave PA applications including radar, satellite communications and 5G massive MIMO infrastructure. The NP15-00
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06/03/2019
Wideband Amplifier for 5G Test and Measurement Applications
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06/03/2019
X-ray of Batteries Reveals why They Still Aren't Good Enough

In-depth computational models of commercial lithium-ion battery electrodes specifically reveal where damage happens with use.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Electric cars rely on the same lithium-ion battery technology that's in smartphones, laptops and virtually everything electronic. But the technology has been extremely slow to improve. While electric cars can more than handle the average American's daily commute, the average
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06/03/2019
Nanomaterial Safety on a Nano Budget

A plastic bucket and a plastic bag contain a 5-gallon supply of carbon nanotubes in a lab at Rice University, the beginning of the process to safely transfer the nanotubes for experimental use. The Rice lab published its technique in SN Applied Sciences.

HOUSTON - With a little practice, it doesn't take much more than 10 minutes, a couple of bags and a big bucket to keep nanomaterials in their place. The Rice University lab of chemist Andrew Barron works with bulk carbon nanotubes on a variety of projects. Years ago, members of the lab became concerned
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06/03/2019
Data Processing Technology Through new Database Partitioning

DGIST Department of Information and Communication Engineering Professor Min-Soo Kim

DGIST developed a core technology that supports a fast and efficient large-scale data analysis, which can have a huge impact on large-scale data analysis in a near future. DGIST announced on May 21st that Professor Min-Soo Kim's team in the Department of Information and Communication Engineering developed
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06/03/2019
Accurate Probing of Magnetism with Light

Measured and calculated dichroic absorptive part of the magneto-optical function of Cobalt. Including local field effects (LFE) and many-body corrections brings the fully ab-initio theory into very good agreement with experiment.

Probing magnetic materials with extreme ultraviolet radiation allows to obtain a detailed microscopic picture of how magnetic systems interact with light - the fastest way to manipulate a magnetic material. A team of researchers led by the Max Born Institute has now provided the experimental and theoretical
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06/03/2019
Accurate, Low-Cost 39 GHz Beamforming Transceiver for 5G

The transceiver, based on a 64-element phased-array design, takes up a chip area of 12 mm2.

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and NEC Corporation, Japan, present a 39 GHz transceiver with built-in calibration for fifth-generation (5G) applications. The advantages to be gained include better quality communications as well as cost-effective scalability. A team of more
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06/03/2019
Visible-Light Molecular Switch with 100 nm Band Separation

This is an illustration depicting how ITI is switched between states.

A consortium of scientists from the Medical Imaging Center (University Medical Center Groningen), Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (University of Amsterdam), Palacky University in Olomouc, the University of Nantes, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry (University of Groningen) and the European Laboratory
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06/03/2019
Battery-Charging Solution with Innovative Power Management

Figure 1: Traditional IC Charger and Boost Converter

The MP2696A from MPS is a single-cell power management IC with flexible configuration, rich functions, and high efficiency. The MP2696A integrates as many analog circuits as possible, and operates with a simple, economical single-chip microcontroller (MCU) to provide an incredibly compact solution for mobile
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Date:
06/01/2019