Notable & Newsworthy

July 2019
Advance in Understanding of All-Solid-State Batteries

Schematic of Li metal/Li6PS5Cl interface cycled at an overall current density above the CCS.

HARWELL, UK -- All-solid-state batteries, a battery design composed of all solid components, have gained attention as the next major advance beyond lithium ion batteries because of their potential to store more energy while being safer to operate. When capable of being produced in commercial quantities, solid-state
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07/31/2019
Emerson Collaborates with Dragos on Cybersecurity Protection

Emerson and Dragos, Inc. have signed a global agreement that will enable power producers and water utilities to further strengthen the security of their critical assets.

PITTSBURGH — Emerson and Dragos, Inc., developer of the Dragos Platform for industrial cybersecurity asset detection, threat detection and response, have signed a global agreement that will enable power producers and water utilities to further strengthen the security of their critical assets. Emerson will
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07/31/2019
Chip Resistors with Resistance Values from 1 ohm to 1Meg ohm
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole has increased the power rating of its popular RPC Series. The RPC-UP from Stackpole offers 0805 and 1206 size chip resistors with excellent pulse withstanding and high power ratings. RPC0805-UP is rated at 0.5W and 400V working voltage and the RPC1206-UP is rated
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07/31/2019

High Bay LED Fixture for U.S. Light Industrial Applications
FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Dialight launched its new Reliant High Bay line of industrial LED fixtures for the North American market, the company’s first product line designed for light duty applications, such as warehouses, light manufacturing and other large indoor spaces. Built for
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07/31/2019
Transphorm's $18.5M Contract to Produce RF GaN Epi for Navy
GOLETA, Calif.— Transphorm Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Naval Research (ONR) has exercised a three-year $15.9 million option on an existing $2.6 million base contract with the company. This contract, N68335-19-C-0107, administered by Naval Air Warfare
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07/31/2019
NRL Pigment Package for Ships Lowers Solar Temperature Load

NRL is currently working with Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Ship Integrity & Performance Engineering (SEA 05P) to transition the new pigment combination into a military specification. The most recent vessel to receive it was USS George Washington (CVN 73).

WASHINGTON -- A pigment package designed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to slow discoloration of the exterior coating on surface ships has started to make its way into the fleet and is producing early, positive results. NRL researchers created the pigment combination to satisfy the fleet requirement
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07/31/2019
PSDcast â€

Ken Bednasz at Telit

5G’s the future of telecommunications, and as such, it’s significantly faster and more reliable than the status quo. And in this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Ken Bednasz at
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07/31/2019
Centimeter-Long Snail Robot is Powered with Light
Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland used liquid crystal elastomer technology to demonstrate a bio-inspired microrobot capable of mimicking the adhesive locomotion of snails and slugs in natural scale. The 10-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and
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07/31/2019
A Material that can Make Solar Cells More Efficient
Researchers at Siberian Federal University, together with colleagues from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), discovered new properties of material based on palladium, which can increase the performance of solar cells. Palladium diselenide is a promising material whose properties
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07/31/2019
3D-Printed Rocket Fuel Comparison at James Cook University
James Cook University scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the fuels. JCU lecturer in mechanical engineering Dr Elsa Antunes led the study, which made use of the revolutionary and rapidly advancing 3D printing
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07/30/2019
Electric Car Research Boosted by Cobalt-Free Battery

Arumugam Manthiram, a leading researcher from UT's Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Austin TX - The elimination of cobalt -- an expensive chemical component currently required to power our smartphones and laptops -- from lithium-ion batteries has been the goal of Texas Engineer Arumugam Manthiram for much of his career. When paired with a graphite anode (the terminal on a battery
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07/30/2019
Rittal North America Opens Rapid Design Center in Houston
HOUSTON – Rittal expanded its operations by opening an innovative new Rapid Design Center located in its Oil & Gas Competency Center in Houston, Texas. Built to improve process efficiency, the massive 85,000-square-foot facility is equipped with high-efficiency automated technology to
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07/30/2019
Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery Shipping from Sager
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Power Sonic’s PS-640F1 Rechargeable Sealed Lead Acid Battery. The PS-640F1 is part of Power Sonic’s PS range of sealed lead acid batteries that have been specifically designed for general purpose and standby applications. The 6V 4.50 Ah
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07/30/2019
USB Cable Assemblies Added to CUI's Interconnect Portfolio
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI’s Interconnect Group announced the addition of USB cables to its existing portfolio of connector and cable assembly products. The USB cable assemblies come available with USB Type A, USB Type B, Micro B, Mini B, and USB Type C plugs and receptacles, along with dc power plugs, blunt cut,
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07/30/2019
AC-DC Power Supplies Offer Multiple Mounting Options
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI’s Power Group announced the addition of 3 W and 5 W models to its line of low power, encapsulated ac-dc power supplies. Available in board mount, chassis mount, wire lead, and DIN rail configurations, the single output PSK‑S3 and PSK‑S5B series are housed in compact packages measuring
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07/30/2019
AC-DC Power Filters Address EMC and Surge Compliance
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI’s Power Group announced the addition of ac-dc power filters, designed to accompany its existing portfolio of low power embedded ac-dc power supplies. The EMC‑20 and EMC‑30 series offer 20 dB and 30 dB of ac-line noise filtering at 150 kHz to 1 GHz, respectively. Available in compact
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07/30/2019
Mouser Electronics Signs Global Agreement with Formerica
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, announces a global distribution agreement with Formerica Optoelectronics, a pioneer and leading provider of optical interconnect solutions. Using innovative technologies that offer higher energy
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07/30/2019
Mouser Electronics Opens Customer Service Center in Vietnam
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced the opening of its Vietnam Customer Service Center, in Ho Chi Minh City. This new customer service center, located in the iconic Bitexco Financial Tower, will support local electronic design engineers, buyers and hardware innovators, helping them to locate the newest products
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07/30/2019
Expanding Functions of Conducting Microbial Nanowires

UMass Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues introduce a new method of tuning conductive nanowires, offering a 'toolbox of wires to choose from with a million-fold range in conductivity.'

AMHERST, Mass. - In the latest paper from the Geobacter Lab led by microbiologist Derek Lovley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he and colleagues report "a major advance" in the quest to develop electrically conductive protein nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens
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07/29/2019
Engineers use Heat-Free Tech for Flexible Electronics

Martin Thuo and his research group have printed electronic traces on gelatin.

AMES, Iowa - Martin Thuo of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory clicked through the photo gallery for one of his research projects. How about this one? There was a rose with metal traces printed on a delicate petal. Or this? A curled sheet of paper with a flexible, programmable
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07/29/2019
Energy from Seawater

The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles is an example of a coastal wastewater treatment operation that could potentially recover energy from the mixing of seawater and treated effluent.

Salt is power. It might sound like alchemy, but the energy in places where salty ocean water and freshwater mingle could provide a massive source of renewable power. Stanford researchers have developed an affordable, durable technology that could harness this so-called blue energy. The paper, recently
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07/29/2019
'Deforming' Solar Cells Could be clue to Improved Efficiency
Deformations and defects in structures of photoelectric technologies shown to improve their efficiency University of Warwick physicists demonstrate that strain gradient can prevent recombination of photo-excited carriers in solar energy conversion Increasingly important
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07/29/2019
Camera can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Objects -- including books, a stuffed animal and a disco ball -- in and around a bookshelf tested the system's versatility in capturing light from different surfaces in a large-scale scene.

David Lindell, a graduate student in electrical engineering at Stanford University, donned a high visibility tracksuit and got to work, stretching, pacing and hopping across an empty room. Through a camera aimed away from Lindell - at what appeared to be a blank wall - his colleagues could watch his every move. That's
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07/29/2019
Powercast: 3 FCC Approvals for Over the Air Wireless Power

Powercast long-range wireless power technology gains FCC approval to power on-shelf retail applications like wirelessly illuminated product packaging, interactive end cap displays and electronic paper displays (EPD) such as electronic shelf-edge labels.

PITTSBURGH -- Powercast Corporation announced that its radio-frequency (RF)-based long-range over-the-air wireless power technology has received three new certifications from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – totaling seven since 2007
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07/29/2019
Solar Energy Becomes Biofuel Without Solar Cells

This is professor Peter Lindblad

Soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. Researchers at Uppsala University have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy, without needing to
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07/26/2019
Shaping Light with a Smartlens
Camera performance on mobile devices has proven to be one of the features that most end-users aim for. The importance of optical image quality improvement, and the trend to have thinner and thinner smartphones have pushed manufactures to increase the number of cameras in order to provide phones with better zoom,
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07/26/2019
Optimal Design of Molecular Systems
The chemist Dr. Sabine Richert from the University of Freiburg has been awarded a German Research Foundation (DFG) grant of 1.8 million euros for an Emmy-Noether junior research group. Under her leadership, the group will explore over the next six years which molecular properties materials need to have in order
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07/26/2019
Next-Gen Membranes for Carbon Capture

CO2-selective polymeric chains anchored on graphene effectively pull CO2 from a flue gas mixture.

A major greenhouse gas, CO2 produced from burning fossil fuels is still mostly released into the atmosphere, adding to the burden of global warming. One way to cut down on it is through a carbon capture: a chemical technique that removes CO2 out of emissions ("postcombustion"), preventing it from entering
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07/26/2019
A Computer That Understands how you Feel

Kragel is combining machine learning with brain imaging to learn more about how images impact emotions.

Could a computer, at a glance, tell the difference between a joyful image and a depressing one? Could it distinguish, in a few milliseconds, a romantic comedy from a horror film? Yes, and so can your brain, according to research published this week by University of Colorado Boulder neuroscientists. "Machine
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07/26/2019
Software Simplifies Automotive Ethernet Testing
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix, Inc. released two new software packages that greatly simplify automotive ethernet testing, debug and protocol decode for use with its 5 and 6 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSO). Using the new Signal Separation software, automotive engineers can now perform
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07/26/2019
Gallium Nitride-Based AC-DC Converter ICs
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced new members of its InnoSwitch 3 families of offline CV/CC flyback switcher ICs. The new ICs feature up to 95% efficiency across the full load range and up to 100 W in enclosed adapter implementations without requiring a heatsink. This groundbreaking
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07/25/2019
CO2 Extraction Pump System Provides Continuous Duty Cycle
Erie, PA – High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., has developed the e710 supercritical CO2 extraction pump system to address market demand for an
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07/25/2019
Healthcare Sensors Enable Clinical-Grade Accuracy
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Designers creating next-generation wearable health and fitness applications can reduce temperature measurement power by 50 percent with the MAX30208, as well as shrink optical solution size by 40 percent with the MAXM86161 from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. In addition, design
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07/25/2019
Electrical Safety Software Manages Test Procedures
Poway, CA — Vitrek introduces QT Enterprise, a major upgrade to its PC-based software designed to control operation of the company’s V7x and 95x lines of high-performance electrical safety (hipot) testers and 98X Series insulation resistance testers. In test situations where multiple test points are involved,
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07/25/2019
Common Mode Choke for Automotive Ethernet Applications
Pulse Electronics AE3003 100Base-T1 Power over Data Lines (PoDL) Common Mode Choke (CMC) is a 300mA single twisted pair device for automotive Ethernet applications. This CMC supports PoDL classes 0, 1, 2, 4, and 6. The AE3003 CMC reduces the need for a second twisted pair wire to power an end device and
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07/25/2019
HARTING’s ix connector wins the German Innovation Award
The pioneering connector impressed the German Design Council and won the award for “Excellence in Business to Business”. The German Innovation Award acknowledges products and solutions that clearly set themselves apart from conventional solutions,
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07/25/2019
Now at Mouser: TI’s LMG1210 MOSFET and GaN FET Driver
Part of TI’s industry-leading gallium nitride (GaN) power portfolio family, the LMG1210 enables higher efficiency, increased power density, and lower overall system size over traditional silicon-based alternatives, and are optimized specifically
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07/25/2019
CoolSiC MOSFET and TRENCHSTOP IGBT in Easy 2B package
Optimizing for sweet spot losses of the CoolSiC MOSFET and the TRENCHSTOP IGBT4 chipsets respectively, the module features increased power density and a switching frequency of up to 48 kHz. This is especially well suited for the needs of new generation
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07/25/2019
Family of 15 Mbps Photocouplers for Harsh Industrial Applications
The trend toward higher voltage, compact systems is driving stricter International safety standards and eco-friendly solutions that require smaller ICs with lower power consumption. The RV1S9x60A family meets this need with best-in-class low threshold
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07/25/2019
Robust and Flexible, Automotive Buck, LED Drivers
The LED drivers address internal and external lighting applications, such as fog lamps, position lamps, rear lamps, and door lamps.  
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07/25/2019
Mouser Stocking the Qorvo QPA2308 60W GaN Power Amplifier
The QPA2308 provides high-power density and power-added efficiency for 5 to 6 GHz radio frequency (RF)-based designs. Fabricated on Qorvo’s production 0.25 um gallium nitride-on-silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) process, this monolithic microwave integrated
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07/25/2019
New SUF350 1U, 3 x 5in footprint 350W PSU from FiDUS Power
All models meet the latest general safety approvals EN/IEC/UL 623681-1 (2nd Ed), also meet FCC Part-15, CISPR-32, EN55032 class B emission limits and EN55024 with no additional components, and are CE marked conforming to the latest RoHS approval.
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07/25/2019
Innovative Variable Speed Hybrid Generator
The unit’s core is a true variable speed generator, which runs between 900 and 2000 rpm; and a highly efficient lithium battery bank which will utilise stored power for when silent power is needed or loads are low. This combination makes VariPower
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07/25/2019
nanoPower RTC Offers Small Package and Long Battery Life
More than 35 percent smaller than the tiniest RTC alternatives available today, this nanoPower RTC, which operates at less than 180nA, offloads the central microcontroller from timekeeping, allowing for greater energy savings during sleep cycles and
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07/25/2019
RS Components introduces new MakerBot Method 3D Printer
The unit targets engineers and designers who use 3D modelling software and need to create product prototypes rapidly for a range of purposes, such as to accelerate product development or to ensure the viability of parts before moving to volume production.
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07/25/2019
Small Automotive MOSFETs Provide Superior Mounting Reliability
The RV4xxx series is AEC-Q101 qualified, ensuring automotive-grade reliability and performance under extreme conditions. ROHM’s original package processing technology enables the miniaturization of automotive components, such as ADAS camera modules,
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07/25/2019
Mouser and Wilcoxon Sign Global Distribution Agreement
The agreement will see Mouser distribute Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies vibration monitoring products and sensing solutions.  
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07/25/2019
Healthcare Sensors for Next-Generation Wearables
In addition, design engineers can improve both sensitivity and accuracy with the highest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) using the MAXM86161.  
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07/25/2019
Analog Devices Honours Top Suppliers at Supplier Day 2019
Held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, the event brought together 100 of the semiconductor company’s top suppliers for a day of recognition, celebration and relationship building.  A total of 18 awards were presented for outstanding performance
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07/25/2019
Rugged S5E SLC NAND-Based Solid State Drive
The S5E SSD provides comprehensive encryption and security features such as quick erase, SMART’s Security Data Elimination Technology (SDET) which meets current declassification standards, and erase triggers, making it an ideal data recording and
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07/25/2019
MEMS Timing Solutions for Aerospace and Defense Applications
SANTA CLARA – SiTimeCorporation unveiled its Endura MEMS timing solutions for aerospace and defense applications such as field and satellite communications, precision GNSS, avionics, and space. The Endura products are
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07/24/2019
15 Mbps Photocouplers for Harsh Industrial Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced three new 15 Mbps photocouplers designed to withstand the harsh operating environments of industrial and factory automation equipment. The trend toward higher voltage, compact systems is driving stricter International safety standards
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07/24/2019
Marktech Awarded Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced the achievement of its veteran-owned small business certification (VSOB). This Marktech VSOB certification, awarded by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged
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07/24/2019
Screw Terminal Capacitors w/ Better Ripple Current Handling
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today launched a new series of miniaturized screw terminal aluminum capacitors that deliver 10 % higher capacitance and 10 % better ripple current handling for a given can size than previous-generation devices, allowing designers to pack more energy storage into
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07/24/2019
A new Concept for Self-Assembling Micromachines

Wheel mounting in seconds: as soon as a non-uniform electric field is switched on, the chassis of a microvehicle pulls its own wheels into wheel pockets. After just over a second, all the wheels are in place.

In the future, designers of micromachines can utilize a new effect. A team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have presented a concept that enables the components of microvehicles, microrotors and micropumps to assemble themselves in an electric field. The new
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07/24/2019
New Material for Wearable Devices to Restore Conductivity

Contrary to typical materials, the electrical conductivity of which decreases when the shape of the materials is changed by an applied tensile strain, the new material developed by the KIST research team shows a dramatic increase in conductivity under a tensile strain of 3,500%.

The research team of researcher Hyunseon Seo and senior researcher Dr. Donghee Son of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology's (KIST, president: Byung-gwon Lee) Biomedical Research Institute and postdoctoral candidate Dr. Jiheong Kang and Professor Zhenan Bao of Stanford University (chemical engineering)
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07/24/2019
Valleytronics Core Theory for High-Efficiency Semiconductors

A diagram on the formation of valley domain in molybden disulphide, a 2D crystal material, and its current signal control.

A DGIST research team discovered a theory that can expand the development of valleytronics technology, which has been drawing attention as a next generation semiconductor technology. This is expected to advance the development of valleytronics technology one level further, a new magnetic technology of next generation
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07/24/2019
Mouser Stocks Qorvo 60W GaN Power Amplifier
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the QPA2308 MMIC power amplifier from Qorvo. Engineered for commercial and military applications, the QPA2308 provides high-power density and power-added efficiency for 5 to 6 GHz radio
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07/24/2019
Ultrathin Transistors for Faster Computer Chips

Schematics of the new transistor: the insulator in red and blue, and the semiconductor above

For decades, the transistors on our microchips have become smaller, faster and cheaper. Approximately every two years the number of transistors on commercial chips has doubled - this phenomenon became known as "Moore's Law". But for several years now, Moore's law does not hold any more. The miniaturization
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07/24/2019
One Size Fits All? A New Model for Organic Semiconductors

This is a representation of carrier mobility in hard inorganic materials (upper figure, band transport) and flexible organic solids (lower figure, flexibility induced transport mechanism).

Osaka, Japan - Organic materials that can conduct charge have the potential to be used in a vast array of exciting applications, including flexible electronic devices and low-cost solar cells. However, to date, only organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have made a commercial impact owing to gaps in the understanding
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07/24/2019
UnitedSiC adds 2 650V SiC FET Packages to UF3C FAST Series
Princeton, New Jersey: UnitedSiC has added two new TO220-3L package options to its growing range of hard-switching UF3C FAST series of 650V SiC FETs. The new products offer RDS(on) values of 30mohms (UF3C065030T3S) (https://unitedsic.com/datasheets/DS_UF3C065030T3S.pdf)
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07/24/2019
The Apollo Guidance Computer â€

Margaret Hamilton posing next to stacks of software she and her team at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory developed for the Apollo computer.

We’ve all heard that the computer on Apollo 11 had less memory than modern calculators. And that’s true, but the disparities are even more astounding, and on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, I wanted to take a gander at the piece of hardware that made Apollo 11 possible, the
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07/24/2019
Electric Scooters Taking Off and Being Left Behind in France
Welcome to the combined July/August issue of PSD. I hope you all have a relaxing break planned for over the summer to set you up for the second half of the year. I’ve been too busy myself to even stop and think about getting away. I did manage a couple of days away in Lyon after a meeting in Grenoble during
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07/23/2019
Trends and Challenges for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
It’s gonna be a scorcher, folks. Not the summer, though record-breaking heat is roasting the nation. I’m talking about the July/August issue, which covers one of the industry’s hottest topics, "Electric + Hybrid Vehicles." Rest assured, you’ll enjoy this heat wave. The automotive
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07/23/2019
Cybersecurity Clouds Over the Bright Future of Smart Grids

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Figure 1: The evolving Smart Grid energy infrastructure

Cybersecurity represents a dark cloud overshadowing the “smart grid” modernization of the existing electrical grid system that enhances customers' and utilities' ability to monitor, control, and predict energy use. The need for a secure enterprise-level architecture in defending against
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07/23/2019
There are various solutions available for timing applications. For simple tasks, a standard 555 circuit can be used. With the 555 circuit and the appropriate external components, numerous different tasks can be performed. One disadvantage of the popular 555 timer, however, is the inaccuracy of the
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07/23/2019
Five Reasons Why Your IoT Application Needs Fog Computing

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Figure 1: IoT with and without Fog Computing

Cloud computing in the IoT is about centralized data processing. In contrast, fog computing focuses on moving computational power, storage capacity, device-control capability, and networking power closer to the devices. Fog computing is a term created by Cisco that is used to describe computing
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07/23/2019
Precision Current Sensing to Optimize System Performance

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Figure 1: Current sensors are used in a wide range of control, protection, and measurement circuits to measure the power flow within the system

There is a tremendous amount of pressure on the embedded electronics community for higher efficiencies and better system performance. This is due to multiple factors - from thermal management issues, to increased power densities, to battery life, and more. This pressure to improve is driving development in many
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07/23/2019
GaN Technology Breaks into Power Supply Designs

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Figure 1: Synchronous rectification in a secondary circuit

The ideal AC-DC power supply will be compact, reliable and cool running. This has been the request from equipment designers in the industrial and medical industries since the dawn of the electronic age. With the advent of switch mode power supplies in the 1970s, the industry took a quantum leap towards this
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07/23/2019
The Right Approach to Power-Supply Selection and Design

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Figure 1: Off the shelf Power Supply

There are three main options, though more complex systems could rely on a combination of all three. The first option that will be most familiar to experienced board-level engineers is the custom power circuit, though this will often involve a combination of off-the-shelf power controllers together with discrete
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07/23/2019
Preparing the way for Wind Power

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Figure 1: Typical wind turbines

Wind power in the United States is booming and vast farms of turbines are sprouting across large parts of the country. While this trend isn’t representative of every US state, the country’s use of wind power is on the up and it’s showing no signs of anchoring just yet. Indeed,
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07/23/2019
Three Quick Buck EMI Checks

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Figure 1: Simplified buck schematic (left) and waveforms (right)

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) presents constant challenges in automotive power end equipment. With the rise of mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) solutions, EMI becomes even more challenging, as the battery voltage shifts from 12 V to 48 V in many electronic circuits in the system. Most engineers
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07/23/2019
Effective USB 3.1 Filtering and Protection

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Figure 1: USB-C dongle used to demonstrate USB 3.1 filtering and protection

The USB connector and standard are one of the most widely implemented and successful interfaces ever used. The applications are commercial and industrial, and both have been pushing the standard to be faster. The USB standard has been updated to version 3.1. This standard increases data transfer speeds to 5
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07/23/2019
Most of the growth in the rechargeable battery industry is expected to be from their increased use in high voltage energy systems for electric vehicles (EV) as well as in marine and home storage applications. These systems will typically employ series-connected battery packs made up of lithium-ion or nickel
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07/23/2019
Sintering Materials â€

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Figure 1 – Illustration of Particle Size on Sintering Temperature and Density

Silver sintering is a proven technology that overcomes many of the thermal dissipation, power cycling and high temperature stability challenges associated with power module interconnects (die attach solder, wire-bonds and heat sink attach).  This has become critically important as the automotive industry
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07/23/2019
Optimal Motor Control with Intelligent One-Chip Solution

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Figure 1: Basic structure of an embedded drive

It is hard to imagine a world without today’s modern networking and communications. Electronics either enables or powers just about everything in today’s digital world, including automobiles. The automotive electronics market will grow to reach over USD 350 billion by 2024 for passenger cars. Today, most
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07/22/2019
DC-DC Conversion for 48 V â€

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Figure 1: Example comparison of AEC qualified Si MOSFET and eGaN FET

Recent evolution in automotive powertrain technology has motivated the use of a dual 48 V and 12 V bus in mild hybrid vehicles, which can provide an 8 − 15% fuel consumption reduction. The 48 V Li-ion battery bus furthermore supports higher power loads such as air conditioning, faster heating of the cabin,
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07/22/2019
Automotive-Grade IHLP Inductors for Under the Hood Apps
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced its smallest Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductors to date. Offered in the 3.3 mm by 3.3 mm 1212 case size to save space in next-generation ADAS and sensor applications, the Vishay Dale IHLP-1212AZ-A1
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07/22/2019
Intel Enpirion DC-DC Voltage Bus Converter
Intel Enpirion EC2650QI 12V DC-DC Step Down Voltage Bus Converter offers extremely high-efficiency, with integrated low ON-resistance MOSFET switches and small-signal control circuits in an advanced 5.5mm x 5.5mm x 0.9mm 36-pin QFN package. The EC2650QI Voltage Bus Converter features an output voltage that tracks
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07/22/2019
AVX Completes its Largest Global MLCC Manufacturing Facility
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation recently completed a major, $150 million expansion of its flagship multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia. The expansion
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07/22/2019
TTI Launches Comprehensive Mil/Aero Resource Center
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., announced the company has a new central hub for market updates and product information on mil/aero technology.   TTI’s comprehensive Military Aerospace Resource Center provides up-to-date content from our mil/aero suppliers including links to white
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07/22/2019
Transient Voltage Suppression in Automotive Applications

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Figure 1: A TVS is designed to operate differently to a Zener diode, and for a shorter period

Anyone who has worked with integrated electronic devices in a design, production or repair environment will be familiar with the anti-static or electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap, and knows their purpose is to protect ICs before they are inserted into or onto a PCB. Manufacturers fully understand the
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07/22/2019
SiC Revolutionizes the Powertrain

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Figure 1 – Main components of an electric powertrain

As the automotive industry moves towards zero-emissions transportation, auto manufacturers are swiftly ramping up their electrification programmes. Most OEMs plan to be ready to supply large volumes of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as well as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) worldwide by 2025. To
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07/22/2019
Will Tesla Lead the Growing EV Market by 2025?
The report firm Statistica estimates that 14% of the vehicles on the road will be electric by 2025, and Tesla leads the way. Whatever you might think of Elon Musk, I believe if it were not for him, the traditional automakers would still be telling us that, “we are researching the market and studying the technical
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07/22/2019
Plane Inspired by Electric Guitar Could Cut Fuel Costs by 20%
Commercial airlines have a ravenous appetite for fossil fuels – it’s one of the industry’s most onerous costs, fiscal and environmental. Dutch airline KLM wants to change that with a plane inspired by a Gibson guitar. The Flying-V takes advantage of the superior aerodynamics of the
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07/22/2019
Analog Devices Shows Faith in Brexit Britain
A couple of months ago, I wrote here about how Brexit had paralysed the UK government and the whole country had basically ground to a standstill. That paralysis didn’t only affect the government, it also started
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07/22/2019
Improving EV Safety and Reliability with Galvanic Isolation

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Figure 1. EV/HEV Major Electrical Assembly Locations

Electric and hybrid vehicles promise greater efficiency, reduced emissions, and eventual price and performance parity with gas-powered vehicles. To be competitive with existing vehicles, the batteries used in EV/HEVs must possess very high energy storage density, near zero self-leakage current, and the ability
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07/22/2019
Powering the Future of Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1. SiC Schottky diodes and MOSFETs, like these pictured from Littelfuse, lower power switching losses compared to Si devices.

Electric vehicles are poised for meteoric growth, rising from an estimated 6 million vehicles in 2019 to 16 million vehicles in 2023. New technologies are enabling this dramatic change, including more efficient power conversion and higher power density. New circuit protection strategies are also required to
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07/22/2019
Machine Learning in the Discovery of new Polymers

The ML workflow consists of two different steps of prediction; the forward and backward predictions. The objective of the forward prediction is to create a set of prediction models that describe various polymeric properties (e.g., thermal conductivity, glass transition temperature) as a function of chemical structures in the constitutional repeat units.

A joint research group including Ryo Yoshida (Professor and Director of the Data Science Center for Creative Design and Manufacturing at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics [ISM], Research Organization of Information and Systems), Junko Morikawa (Professor at the School of Materials and Chemical Technology,
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07/19/2019
Atomically Precise Models Improve Fuel Cell Understanding

The initial positions of the atoms in this computer model of a solid-oxide fuel cell were based on observations of the actual atomic configuration using electron microscopy. Simulations using this model revealed a previously unreported reaction (red path) in which an oxygen molecule from the yttria-stabilized zirconia layer (layer of red and light blue balls) moves through the bulk nickel layer (dark blue balls) before forming OH on the nickel surface.

Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the active site at the electrode based on microscope observations as the starting point. This better understanding could give clues on ways to improve performance
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07/19/2019
Sectigo Partners with NetObjex to Protect the Edge of IoT
ROSELAND, N.J. – Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) announced a secure edge computing technology pact with NetObjex. The collaboration provides enterprises and manufacturers with a secured, trusted computing infrastructure
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07/19/2019
Vietnam Finds Common Ground with America over Huawei

Viettel's President and CEO Le Dang Dung. Vietnam's state-owned mobile carrier is wary of doing business with China's Huawei.

The U.S. might be loosening restrictions on Huawei, but China’s socialist neighbor is holding the line. Oddly enough, the free world is anything but unified on Shenzhen’s scandal-ridden telecom
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07/18/2019
$4.6 Million Award to Train Cybersecurity Professionals
A five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The program will provide the knowledge and tools necessary to protect
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07/18/2019
Resistors Designed for High-Voltage Handling
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole is now stocking 10M, 100M, 500M, 1G, and 10G ohm values of its HVAM axial leaded precision resistors. These resistors are designed for high voltage handling and high resistance values with power ratings from 2W to 10W. The proprietary direct film deposition of the
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07/18/2019
Mikrotron Introduces its First CoaXPress 2.0 Camera
(POWAY, CA) -- Mikrotron is redefining video acquisition speed and performance with the launch of its first camera to feature the ultra-fast CoaXPress 2.0 (CXP 2.0) interface: the EoSens 1.1CXP2. By being one of the first camera manufacturers to introduce a CXP 2.0 camera, Mikrotron is extending
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07/18/2019
TTI Now Stocks Murata's LoRa Module
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the Murata LoRa Module Type ABZ (CMWX1ZZABZ). Murata’s Type ABZ module is a new, compact, low cost, low power wide area network (LPWAN) wireless module that supports the LoRaWAN long-range wireless protocol. This new stand-alone module measures
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07/18/2019
Long-Life Ceramic/Quartz-Based UVC Emitting Diode
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is adding to its portfolio of short wavelength ultraviolet (UVC) emitting diodes with a compact new SMD device for sterilization, sanitation, and purification applications. Designed to replace mercury UVC lamps, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMU35CL..-280-120
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07/17/2019
Rittal North America Introduces Rittal Configuration System
CHICAGO – Rittal launched the new Rittal Configuration System, available through rittal.com. This new tool makes it easy to configure Rittal enclosures and accessories quickly and accurately. The Rittal
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07/17/2019
UTSA Launches Open Source Software to Secure Cloud for Users

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The software impedes the ability of adversaries to operate within the AWS by making it more difficult to co-locate (either through the use of insiders, compromised hypervisors, witting or unwitting peers, or remote access) with targets, while also requiring adversaries consume more resources.

(San Antonio) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The technology, which is named after the Arthurian knight that ultimately secured the Holy Grail, will fight to protect people using desktop
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07/17/2019
RS Components introduces the MekaMon robot
MekaMon is not only the world’s first gaming robot, but is also ideal for robotics engineers and hobbyists, and for a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students from those still in the early stages of school, up to those studying
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07/17/2019
SnapEDA releases new optoelectronic products
Osram Opto Semiconductors is releasing its entire collection of photodiodes, phototransistors, laser diodes and infrared emitters on SnapEDA’s website.  
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07/17/2019
AOS Introduces New Source Down Packaging Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced the “Source Down” in a DFN 5x6 package in combination with a 40V Shield-Gate Technology (AlphaSGT).  AOS’innovative flip-chip know-how achieves the Source Down capability and this packaging technology offers
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07/17/2019
Mouser adds Analog Devices Power by Linear LTM7400 Regulator
The step-down switching mode regulator combines very high power with energy-efficient performance to help reduce data center infrastructure cooling requirements.  
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07/17/2019
Low Profile Digitizer with Industry Leading Performance
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix, Inc. unveiled the 6 Series Low Profile Digitizer, the first 4-channel digitizer to offer up to 8 GHz bandwidth, 25 GS/s sampling rate and a 12-bit ADC on every channel, all in a space-saving 2U rack form factor. In contrast to alternative digitizers that interleave
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07/17/2019
FLUKE DSX CableAnalyzer allows for pre-start up verification
  The new adapter allows the DSX Series to connect to cabling systems employing the ix Industrial® for the purposes of pre-start up verification and troubleshooting.
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07/17/2019
Flexible Connectivity for Industrial Vision Applications
HILLSBORO, OR – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the availability of the latest in a series of new reference designs featuring the Lattice CrossLink FPGA for video bridging applications. The SubLVDS to MIPI CSI-2 Image Sensor Bridge reference design provides industrial device customers
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07/17/2019
500W-650W AC-DC power supplies for medical devices
The PBR500 and PBR650 series offer power levels up to 500W and 650W respectively. Both series accept a very wide, universal input range of 80VAC – 264VAC at 47Hz to 63Hz and offer a total of eight single output voltages (12V, 15V, 18V, 24V, 28V, 36V, 48V &
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07/17/2019
RS announces availability of ebm-papst drive controller kit
Targeting use by design engineers, application specialists and developers, the compact K4 system offers faster development and deployment for motor-control based solutions.  
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07/17/2019
Energy Cap series from FTCAP for mounting on busbars
Another feature of these foil capacitors is that they are available with terminals of different heights. This allows faster and easier mounting on busbars – without the need for compensating spacers.  
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07/17/2019
New range of 1-to-6 mOhm precision resistors
families. And yet, they offer the same performance quality: very good long-term stability, a low temperature coefficient, and low thermoelectric voltages.  
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07/17/2019
Compact LED Drivers Provide High Efficiency and Low EMI
The drivers provide the EMI performance without compromising on efficiency and size.   These ICs drive up to eight HBLEDs directly from the automotive
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07/17/2019
Rectifier for highest current densities
The innovative semiconductor manufacturer MaxPower Semiconductor Inc. has expanded its product portfolio with a series of MOS-based rectifiers with very high current density. They are particularly suitable for use in high frequency switching power supplies such as
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07/17/2019
Mouser and Phoenix eBook Features Secure Connections
In Trusted Connection, Trusted Design, experts from Phoenix Contact provide useful guides on PCB design, locking systems, and new connecting technologies, offering readers valuable insights on how to leverage connectors for more reliable performance.
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07/17/2019
600V Three-Phase Gate Driver with Smart Shutdown
Featuring smart-shutdown circuitry for fast-acting protection, the STDRIVE601 turns off the gate-driver outputs immediately after detecting overload or short-circuit, for a period determined using an external capacitor and resistor. Designers can set the required
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07/17/2019
Improvements for Most Popular 1-watt DC-DC Converter Style
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TBA 1 series of 1-watt DC/DC converters in the industry standard SIP-4 package measuring 0.46 x 0.24 x 0.38". This style of DC/DC converter is widely used to provide isolation between low-power circuits and has
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07/16/2019
Bourns Acquires KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. ŽuÅambrek

KEKO-Varicon overvoltage protection
products

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. announced that a member of the Bourns group of companies has acquired all shares of KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. Žužambrek (KEKO-Varicon) from its three shareholders, consisting of two members of the MSIN Group and one minority shareholder. KEKO-Varicon is a leading manufacturer of
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07/16/2019
Get up and go Bots Getting Closer, Study Says

This robot shape and complex sensors are the result of one single print. The sensors can sense strain and pressure.

Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Researchers
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07/16/2019
Research Shows Black Plastics Could Create Renewable Energy

The process by which plastics are converted to carbon nanotube material.

Research from Swansea University has found how plastics commonly found in food packaging can be recycled to create new materials like wires for electricity - and could help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the future. While a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled
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07/16/2019
Engineering Team Develops 'Beyond 5G' Wireless Transceiver

The 'end-to-end transmitter-receiver' chip boasts a unique architecture combining digital and analog components on a single platform, resulting in ultra-fast data processing and reduced energy consumption.

Irvine, Calif. - A new wireless transceiver invented by electrical engineers at the University of California, Irvine boosts radio frequencies into 100-gigahertz territory, quadruple the speed of the upcoming 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless communications standard. Labeled an "end-to-end transmitter-receiver"
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07/16/2019
New Safer, Inexpensive way to Propel Small Satellites

Purdue University researchers have created a novel micropropulsion system for nanosatellite applications using a liquid fed pulsed-plasma thruster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial launches of satellites the size of a loaf of bread. The small size and relatively low cost have made CubeSats popular choices for commercial launches
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07/16/2019
6 W Multi-Blade Power Adapter Boasts Ultra-Compact Package
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI’s Power Group announced the introduction of a next-generation 6 W wall plug-in ac-dc power supply with interchangeable ac blades designed for global use. The SMI6B series features an ultra-compact package measuring 1.85 x 1.36 x 1.04 in (47 x 34.5 x 26.5 mm), while complying with the
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07/16/2019
Switching Regulator Extends Battery Life in IoT Designs
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced an ultra-low-power switching regulator with the industry’s lowest operating quiescent current (IQ) at 60 nA – 1/3 that of the nearest competitive device. The TPS62840 synchronous step-down converter delivers very high light-load efficiency of 80% at
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07/16/2019
Hirose Expands WTB Series with Center Lock Version
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS -- Hirose has extended the locking options for its 2.0mm pitch DF51 Series wire-to-board connector. The new DF51K Series features a space-saving center lock design. The user-friendly positive lock provides a clear tactile click and secures a reliable connection. Available
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07/15/2019
Dataforth Announces Partnership with eagle.io
Dataforth Corporation has partnered with eagle.io to enable customers to use their MAQ20 system and eagle.io’s cloud-based software to build an IoT cloud-based remote monitoring system. Designed to remotely monitor environmental sensors, their website states that eagle.io enables
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07/15/2019
High-Performance Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is a schematic model demonstrating grain boundaries and phase interfaces formations.

Researchers presented a new strategy for extending sodium ion batteries' cyclability using copper sulfide as the electrode material. This strategy has led to high-performance conversion reactions and is expected to advance the commercialization of sodium ion batteries as they emerge as an alternative to lithium
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07/15/2019
Fluorine Speeds up Two-Dimensional Materials Growth

These are SEM images of graphene domains growing. They showed that 2 seconds was enough for a domain to grow to ~400 μm and that ~1 mm domains were formed after 5 seconds. The statistical growth rate is more than three orders of magnitude faster than typical graphene growth and three times faster than the previous record realized with a continuous oxygen supply.

Back in 2004, the physics community was just beginning to recognize the existence of truly two-dimensional (2D) material, graphene. Fast forward to 2019, scientists explore a breadth of different 2D materials, expecting to uncover more of their fundamental properties. The frenzy behind these new 2D materials
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07/15/2019
2D Perovskite Materials Have Unique, Conductive Edge States

Topographical view of the surface of the perovskite layer (l) and electrical current image of the same layer showing the conductive edges.

A new class of 2D perovskite materials with edges that are conductive like metals and cores that are insulating was found by researchers who said these unique properties have applications in solar cells and nanoelectronics. "This observation of the metal-like conductive states at the layer edges
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07/15/2019
Green Light for a new Generation of Dynamic Materials
Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which could be used in manufacturing, recycling and other applications, is a strong focus for scientists. In a world-first, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (
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07/15/2019
Coupled Exploration of Light and Matter

White-light reflectivity spectra recorded around a filling factor of 2/3, revealing clear signatures of optical coupling to the quantum Hall state.

The concept of 'quasiparticles' is a highly successful framework for the description of complex phenomena that emerge in many-body systems. One species of quasiparticles that in particular has attracted interest in recent years are polaritons in semiconductor materials. These are created by shining light onto
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07/15/2019
'Artificial Intelligence' fit to Monitor Volcanoes

This is an interferogram of the December 2018 eruption of Etna in southern Italy, based on Sentinel-1 satellite images. Interferograms spatially map ground surface movements.

More than half of the world's active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could potentially have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. As a first and early step towards a volcano early warning system, a research project headed
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07/15/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Portfolio of Xilinx Products
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces a new global distribution agreement with
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07/15/2019
A Material for Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavity

The photomontage shows a sample of solid, pure niobium before coating (left), and coated with a thin layer of Nb3Sn (right).

At present, niobium is the material of choice for constructing superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators. These will be used in projects at the HZB such as bERLinPro and BESSY-VSR, but also for free-electron lasers such as the XFEL and LCLS-II. However, a coating of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) could lead to
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07/15/2019
How Individuals use Technology to Engage with their Cultures
As the nation continues to get more diverse, it's common for immigrant populations in the United States to identify with two or more cultures at the same time. In a new article published in Lingua, M. Sidury Christiansen argues for a redefinition of how we see transnationalism or the movement
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07/12/2019
Keithley Kickstart 2.1 Adds Scope Support and More

Scope setup view

KickStart instrument control software accelerates the path to results and enables quick test setup and data visualization when using single or multiple instruments. With the release of KickStart 2.1, this software is now available for use with a broader range of Keithley instruments, and for the first time can
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07/12/2019
AVX Fuels Vehicle Prototyping through Deep Orange
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation will fuel the next chapter of Clemson University's flagship vehicle prototype program Deep Orange with new equipment and lab space at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The 9,000-square foot lab – named the AVX
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07/12/2019
Automated Control System for High Pressure Hydraulic Pumps
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces the PT2020 first-of-its-kind Automated Controller System for air-driven high pressure hydraulic pumps. The PT2020 controller is designed to provide automated pressure control for a wide range of hydrostatic testing. Operators
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07/12/2019
ADCs Feature Throughput Rates up to 4 MSPS

EVAL-AD738xFMCZ

The AD7380/AD7381 are a 16-bit and 14-bit pin-compatible family of dual simultaneous sampling, high speed, low power, successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) that operate from a 3.0 V to 3.6 V power supply and feature throughput rates up to 4 MSPS. The analog input type is
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07/12/2019
AD Front End for Industrial Systems and Sensor Flexibility
The AD4110-1 is a complete, single-channel, universal input analog-to-digital front end for industrial process control systems where sensor type flexibility is required. The high voltage input is fully software configurable for current or voltage signals and allows direct interface to all standard
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07/12/2019
DAC Operates with a Power Supply Range from â'33 V to +33 V

The evaluation board for the AD5758.

The AD5758 is a single-channel, voltage and current output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that operates with a power supply range from −33 V (minimum) on AVSS to +33 V (maximum) on AVDD1 with a maximum operating voltage between the two rails of 60 V. On-chip dynamic power control (DPC) minimizes package
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07/12/2019
IIoT Platform Addresses Safety Issues for Mining Tailings
SANTIAGO - sensemetrics Inc. has been selected to present to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organization dedicated to improving the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry, in a vendor engagement session held alongside the
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07/12/2019
TTI Designs Freedom Shirt to Support Wounded Warrior Project
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading distributor of electronic components, continued the company’s tradition of supporting our country’s men and women in uniform by creating a specially designed t-shirt celebrating America’s Independence Day. This year’s t-shirt design, “Let
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07/11/2019
PSDcast â€

Avi Kashyap with Microchip.

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Microchip about one of the biggest challenges for silicon carbide vendors – qualifying their SiC devices to stringent industrial, automotive, and harsh environment standards,
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07/11/2019
Funding for new Semiconductor Research Centre Announced

An artist's impression of the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM).

A new state-of-the-art facility that will bring together groundbreaking research with technology development in the field of semiconductor science and engineering is to be built at Swansea University, following the announcement of a major £30 million capital investment by the UK Research Partnership Investment
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07/10/2019
Designer Proteins Form Wires and Lattices on Mineral Surface
RICHLAND, Wash. - The goal of the research, published July 11 in the journal Nature, was to engineer artificial proteins to self-assemble on a crystal surface by creating an exact match between the pattern of amino acids in the protein and the atoms of the crystal. The ability to program these interactions
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07/10/2019
Ambient Light Sensor Targets Wearables and Smartphones
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new ambient light sensor for small form factor applications such as smart watches and sport bands where very high sensitivity is needed to allow light to be sensed through an often very dark cover glass. The Vishay Semiconductors
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07/10/2019
Peltier Coolers Offer Precise Temp Control for Centrifuges
Centrifuges are commonly used in medical research for protein, genetic and cellular analysis. Centrifugation involves spinning samples at a fast rate to build up physical forces and release heat. Dense components migrate away from the center axis, while less dense components migrate towards
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07/10/2019
Canada's First Utility-Scale Microgrid
CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader improving power reliability and delivery worldwide, and North Bay Hydro Services, an Ontario-based municipal electric utility affiliate services provider, announced the completion of North Bay's Community Energy Park project with the successful
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07/10/2019
80 V DC-DC buck LED driver IC has excellent dimming performance
With its supply voltage range from 8 V DC up to 80 V DC, the driver IC provides a high safety voltage margin for applications operating close to safe extra-low voltage (SELV) limits. The driver IC is ideally suited for general and professional LED lighting applications
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07/10/2019
XP Power introduces medical power supplies guide
The comprehensive guide provides an overview of XP Power in terms of their vision, core values, quality systems, manufacturing facilities and compliance regime so that customers can better understand the company behind the comprehensive range of medical power supplies.
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07/10/2019
High-performance, IEC C14 Power Entry Module
The high-performance filter series FN 9262 (with fuse holder) and FN 9266 (with dual pole switch), have been developed for applications demanding high RFI attenuation performance. They represent an enhanced version of the already market proven FN 9260 and FN 9264
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07/10/2019
National Instruments chooses Danisense current transducers
The Danisense DS50UB-10V, DS200UB-10V, DS600UB-10V and DS2000UB-10V current transducers features high accuracy, high bandwidth and low phase shift which are key requirements for accurate power measurement.  
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07/10/2019
BAX shunt: High-performance component for electric vehicles
In the last year, demand for high-performance shunts for use in electric vehicles has skyrocketed. This is down to the pace of development in the electromobility sector. Currents of up to 1,000 amps flow through high-voltage batteries with voltages of up to 800V, such as those installed in electric vehicles.
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07/10/2019
Pickering Electronics to debut compact 10W reed relay
Like other reed relays in the family, new Series 122 devices occupy a PCB footprint of only 4mm x 4mm, facilitating the highest packing density currently available. Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W.
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07/10/2019
Maxim Enhances MediaTek’s In-Vehicle Infotainment Platform
      To deliver the high-performance, flexibility and efficiency required by
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07/10/2019
MACOM’s 10W GaN-on-Si Power Amp Module, Now at Mouser
The module offers outstanding design flexibility for a broad selection of radio and communications applications, including military tactical communications and electronic countermeasures, wireless public safety communications, and land mobile radio systems.
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07/10/2019
High Output Lens LEDs for Vehicle Instrument Clusters
This new lineup includes 18 devices, comprised of the CSL0901 series featuring standard brightness and the high brightness CSL0902 series.   Recently,
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07/10/2019
Two VFM mode Buck DC/DC Converters with Low Output Voltage
The devices are intended for applications requiring extended battery life, and reduced mounting area and weight on high density boards.   Today’s
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07/10/2019
RS Components introduces easy-to-use Tektronix oscilloscopes
Created to suit a wide range of demanding debugging and signal analysis applications at an affordable price, the scopes offer the largest display sizes in their class and highly intuitive touchscreen user interfaces, as well as excellent performance and advanced
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07/10/2019
Super Compact, Super Intensive LEDs
Both WL-SMCC package types are available in five colors: red, yellow, light green, green and blue.   The very small size and the full-surface lens
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07/10/2019
Fusion Scientists Develop 'Nano-Scale Sculpture Technique'

Fabrication procedures of "the nano-scale sculpture technique" by using a focused ion beam - electron beam (FIB-SEM) device. The upper series shows the schematic view of the fabrication by Ga ion beam. The images of (1) and (4) in the bottom series are the electron microscope (SEM) image corresponding to image (1) and image (4) in the upper series. The region shown by the yellow rectangle in image (4) is suitable for TEM observation.

A research team of fusion scientists has succeeded in developing "the nano-scale sculpture technique" to fabricate an ultra-thin film by sharpening a tungsten sample with a focused ion beam. This enables the nano-scale observation of a cross-section very near the top surface of the tungsten sample
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Date:
07/09/2019
Regenerative Power Test Solutions Save Energy & Cost
The Cinergia line of programmable test systems can be a powerful means of reducing green house gasses and cutting down on your energy and HVAC bills. Product types available include AC Grid Simulators, AC and DC Programmable Power Sources, DC Battery Test Systems with multiple channels as well as AC and/or DC
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Date:
07/09/2019
Analytics Platform for Industrial Control Systems Security
McLean, VA—Cynash Inc. announces the commercial availability of its Cynalytic analytics appliance for serial communications-based ICS/SCADA control networks. The combination of Cynalytic and Cynash’s SerialTap sensors brings new visibility and analysis to serial communications—shedding light on ICS cyber
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Date:
07/09/2019
Helix Semiconductors' MxC 200 Power ICs Stocked at Digi-Key

Helix’s MxC 200 family of configurable 15W DC-DC power ICs are now available worldwide from Digi-Key.

IRVINE, Calif. -- Fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors and Digi-Key, a leading electronic
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Date:
07/09/2019
Nanoscale Visualization of Optical Behavior of Dopant in GaN

Results of cathodoluminescence analysis applied to Mg ion-implanted GaN (left) and three-dimensional distribution of Mg atoms introduced into GaN as visualized by atom probe tomography (right).

In Gallium Nitride (GaN) implanted with a small amount of magnesium (Mg), NIMS succeeded for the first time in visualizing the distribution and optical behavior of the implanted Mg at the nanoscale which may help in improving electrical performance of GaN based devices. Some of the mechanisms by which introduced
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Date:
07/09/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

How to Build Better EV Traction Inverters with SiC In this article, we examine the benefits of applying SiC technology to EV traction inverters. We show how the efficiency of the inverter is boosted under all loading conditions, from light to full load. Using higher operating voltages with efficient
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Date:
07/08/2019
Magnetic Properties for Faster, Low-Energy Spintronics

We discovered a previously unseen mode of giant magneto-resistance, FLEET Ph.D. and study co-author Sultan Albarakati (RMIT).

A theoretical-experimental collaboration across two FLEET nodes has discovered new magnetic properties within 2D structures, with exciting potential for researchers in the emerging field of 'spintronics'. Spintronic
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Date:
07/08/2019
Tuning the Energy Levels of Organic Semiconductors

Dr. Frank Ortmann, cfaed Independent Research Group Leader

A diverse set of experiments supported by simulations were able to rationalize the effect of specific electrostatic forces exerted by the molecular building blocks on charge carriers. The study was published recently in Nature Communications. In electronic devices based on organic semiconductors
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Date:
07/08/2019
How to Finance Solar Power

Cover for 'Solar Power Finance without the Jargo'.

To borrow a quote from the famous 2011 publication, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, "3,766,800 exajoules of solar energy arrive on earth each year"--but how much of it are we using? And since Earth receives such a huge dose every year for free almost everywhere, why does it still only
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Date:
07/08/2019
Quantum Satellite Combines Art with Science

SpooQy-1 was ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer past the International Space Station's (ISS) solar arrays. This photograph was taken by an astronaut on the ISS.

A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a quotation from a play written for the NUS Arts Festival. SpooQy-1, as the satellite is known, is testing a quantum light
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Date:
07/08/2019
Molecular Energy Machine as a Movie Star

Tobias Weinert, biochemist at PSI, with the experimental set-up for the 'excitation query' crystallography at the SLS: An injector produces a 50 micrometer (like a hair) thin stream of a toothpaste-like mass with the protein crystals grown in it. A small laser diode, comparable to a conventional laser pointer, is guided over mirrors and lenses and focused to the same point where the X-ray beam of the SLS hits (not in the picture). For the photo, the laser was made visible by liquid nitrogen. In the experiment, the laser is then activated for a short moment, followed by the X-rays for the molecular film.

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cellular processes significantly
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Date:
07/08/2019
Columbia and Harvard Advance Research in Ultracold Molecules

A computer image of the dissociation process of an ultracold molecule.

Leaders in the field of ultracold molecule research from Columbia and Harvard universities are teaming up to propel understanding of the quantum mechanics of chemical reactions. The partnership will result in the development of new, more precise techniques that will expand the field of ultracold chemistry
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Date:
07/08/2019
10W GaN-on-Si Power Amp Module Offers Design Flexibility
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the MAMG-100227-010C0L broadband power amplifier module from MACOM. The module offers outstanding design flexibility for a broad selection of radio and communications applications, including military tactical communications and electronic countermeasures, wireless public
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Date:
07/08/2019
Semiconducting Nanotubes that Form Spontaneously

The tubes consist of several walls that are perfectly uniform and just a few atoms thick. They display optical properties that make them perfect for use as fluorophores or photocatalysts.

If scientists could find a way to control the process for making semiconductor components on a nanometric scale, they could give those components unique electronic and optical properties - opening the door to a host of useful applications. Researchers at the Laboratory of Microsystems, in EPFL's School
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Date:
07/08/2019
A New Way of Making Complex Structures in Thin Films
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that may open up new areas of materials design, a team of MIT researchers say. The new findings appear in the journal
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Date:
07/05/2019
'Tsunami' on a Silicon Chip: A World First for Light Waves

PhD student and lead author Sahin Ezgi from the Singapore University of Technology and Design holds one of the experimental chips.

A tsunami holds its wave shape over very long distances across the ocean, retaining its power and 'information' far from its source. In communications science, retaining information in an optic fibre that spans continents is vital. Ideally, this requires the manipulation of light in silicon chips
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Date:
07/03/2019
AI-Designed Heat Pumps Consume Less Energy

The method uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors.

Researchers at EPFL have developed a method that uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors. Their method can cut the pumps' power requirement by around 25%. In Switzerland, 50 - 60% of new homes are equipped with heat pumps. These systems draw in thermal energy from
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Date:
07/03/2019
Activity of Fuel Cell Catalysts Doubled

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in optimizing the size of platinum nanoparticles for fuel cell catalysis so that the new catalysts are twice as good as the currently best commercially available processes. The picture shows the first authors: Dr. Batyr Garlyyev, Kathrin Kratzl, and Marlon Rueck (f.l.t.r.).

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today. Fuel cells may well replace batteries as the power source
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Date:
07/03/2019
Black (Nano)gold Combat Climate Change

Use of black gold can get us one step closer to combat climate change.

Global warming is a serious threat to the planet and the living beings. One of the main cause of global warming is the increase in the atmospheric CO2 level. The main source of this CO2 is from the burning of fossil fuels in our daily lives (electricity, vehicles, industry and many more). Researchers
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Date:
07/03/2019
Sager Electronics Acquires Technical Power Systems
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced that it has completed the acquisition of Technical Power Systems (TPS). The addition of Technical Power Systems enhances the product set and design solution capabilities of Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, which launched in
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Date:
07/03/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an engineering design win that happens to benefit over 26,000 students. Since 2009, Generac Industrial Power has held its
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Date:
07/03/2019
Engineering Design Kits Offer Rapid Prototyping
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s engineering design sample kits offer the design engineer lots of options for prototyping new design concepts. For general purpose requirements, thick film RMCF kits offer each resistance value in 1% tolerances in a single decade or 5% tolerances in a two decade
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Date:
07/02/2019
PSDcast â€

Vicor’s Paul Yeaman

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Vicor about vehicle electrical requirements. The modern automobile – especially EVs and hybrids – has fostered the
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Date:
07/02/2019
Sampling of Quantum States of Light in a Silicon Chip

By exploring complex integrated circuits, photonic states can be generated and processed at larger scales.

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have found a promising new way to build the next generation of quantum simulators combining light and silicon micro-chips. In the roadmap to develop quantum machines able to compete and overcome classical supercomputers
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Date:
07/02/2019
Expanded Oscilloscopes Series Includes 13 and 16 GHz Models
BEAVERTON, Ore.-- Tektronix, Inc., announced the expansion of its scalable DPO70000SX Series Performance Oscilloscope to include new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models. The new offerings allow engineers to take advantage of the high sample rate and low noise floor of Tektronix’ highest performance
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Date:
07/02/2019
Building Trust in Artificial Intelligence
From telecommunications to road traffic, from healthcare to the workplace - digital technology is now an intrinsic part of almost every area of life. Yet how can we ensure that developments in this field, especially those that rely on artificial intelligence (AI), meet all our ethical, legal and technological
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Date:
07/02/2019
Power Analyzer wins “Power Product of the Yearâ€
The award was presented on the 21st June at a ceremony at London’s Tower Hotel in the presence of an audience of leading industry professionals. The event has become a highlight of the industry calendar since its inception in 2018, where leading
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Date:
07/02/2019
Low-profile, wide operating temperature range 700W power supply
The new VQF700 series of competitively priced, high power density, compact enclosed AC-DC power supplies can provide up to 700W from a fan cooled 93 x 182 x 41mm (3.66 x 7.16 x 1.61”) and are approved to the latest version of EN/IEC62368-1 to future
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Date:
07/02/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Shipping Skyworks SKY85726-11
The WLAN device is ideal for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)-based IoT systems, offering a fully integrated solution in a compact 3 × 3 mm form factor.  
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Date:
07/02/2019
Differential Clock Buffers from Diodes Incorporated
The demand for network speeds operating from 25Gbit/s up to 400Gbit/s (known as the Terabit Ethernet, or TbE) is increasing, putting designers of switches and routers under pressure to maintain signal integrity in more challenging environments. The
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Date:
07/02/2019
Gate-Driver System Targets 1.7 kV to 4.5 kV IGBT & SiC Modules
The system consists of a central Isolated Master Control (IMC) and one to four Module-Adapted Gate Drivers (MAGs). The IMC provides a 4.5 kV blocking voltage. A range of MAGs is available to service a variety of power modules, suppliers and semiconductor
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Date:
07/02/2019
Extra wide input quarter-brick DC/DC converters
With an extra wide input voltage range of 14V to 160V and 9V to 75V, the PQAE40U (40W), PQAE60U (60W) and PQAE100U (100W) have been developed to provide systems designers with a single part number that is able to power a large range of applications
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Date:
07/02/2019
Accelerate EMI qualification of automotive touchscreens
  The TD family of touch controllers features a new differential mutual signal acquisition method that significantly increases the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). This allows
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Date:
07/02/2019
Wide-input 1â€x1†15W isolated converters deliver flexibility
The devices feature a 4:1 input-voltage range and compact 1”x1” footprint with built-in protection.   The choice of 9V-36V or 18V-75V input range lets REC15E-Z converters work with all standard industrial bus voltages from 12V to 48V, as well as popular battery types
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Date:
07/02/2019
Robust and thin SMD bridge rectifier increases power density
  SMD bridge rectifier – TBS series (TBS406, TBS408, TBS410, TBS606, TBS608, TBS610) is designed to optimize higher power application and prevents arcing problems through
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Date:
07/02/2019
Analog Devices wins award for automotive power management
According to the Electronics Industry Awards judges, the LT8708 ‘shows innovation and demonstrates technical capabilities and usefulness that stand out from other automotive products’.
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Date:
07/02/2019
Versatile solution for wireless light management
Tridonic’s basicDIM Wireless system based on Casambi’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology offers an interconnected and interoperable solution for the hassle-free wireless connectivity of luminaires.
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Date:
07/02/2019
BioSA -- Bridging the gap with Biodegradable Metals

Scanning Electron Microscopy image of the first BioSA prototype.

Millions of patients all over the world undergo surgical procedures related to bone defect repair every year. With an ever-increasing life expectancy and the issues that come with a decaying skeleton, the number of interventions can only increase in the coming years. This is why orthopaedic surgeons are constantly
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Date:
07/01/2019
MiLiQuant: Putting Quantum Technology into Practice

A diamond on a parabolic light collecting lens is the main component of the new angular rate sensor.

Quantum technology is about to make the leap from scientific research to concrete applications. Contributing to this is the new MiLiQuant research project in which businesses and universities are cooperating to develop new applications for quantum technology. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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Date:
07/01/2019
Danish Researchers Create Worldwide Solar Energy Model

The graphic shows the total solar energy production for all European countries in the period 2013-2017. Each tiny field represents a week's energy production: The brighter the color the more energy was produced.

Solar cells are currently the world's most talked-about renewable energy source, and for any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know about the performance of photovoltaic systems at local, regional and global levels. Danish researchers have just set up an historically accurate model, and all
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Date:
07/01/2019
Combing Nanowire Noodles

U-shaped nanowires can record electrical chatter inside a brain or heart cell without causing any damage. The devices are 100 times smaller than their biggest competitors, which kill a cell after recording.

Machines are getting cozy with our cells. Embeddable sensors record how and when neurons fire; electrodes spark heart cells to beat or brain cells to fire; neuron-like devices could even encourage faster regrowth after implantation in the brain. Soon, so-called brain-machine interfaces could do even
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Date:
07/01/2019
A Cold-Tolerant Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 -- liquefied gas electrolytes -- could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode.

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 - liquefied gas electrolytes - could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. The research, published July 1, 2019 by the journal
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Date:
07/01/2019
Connectors Increase Current Ratings to 13A
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – TE Connectivity (TE) introduced an extension of its VAL-U-LOK connector product line that increases the maximum current rating from 9A to 13A in the broadly accepted 4.2mm centerline spacing connector system.
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Date:
07/01/2019