Notable & Newsworthy

August 2019
The Road to Success for Power Semiconductors

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Figure 1: Comparison of Superjunction transistor, SiC MOSFET, and GaN HEMT

The commercial availability of Superjunction transistors 20 years ago, challenged and finally proved wrong the limitations of conventional silicon-based transistors with respect to on-state resistance. What was regarded as revolutionary at that time is standard today. Today there is not a single transistor from
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08/31/2019
High-Input-Voltage DC-DC Converter Delivers up to 2000W
ABSOPULSE Electronics has released the LQC 2K-3U2LC, a liquid cooled, industrial quality DC-DC converter that uses field-proven technology to deliver up to 2000W output power. The unit accepts an input of 600Vdc (400Vdc to 800Vdc range) and provides 24Vdc/80A output voltage. A built-in output separation diode
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08/29/2019
New Solutions Simplify USB Type-C PD for Varied Applications
CHANDLER, Ariz. — USB Type-C has become increasingly popular, and with the introduction of Power Delivery (PD), it is now possible to charge more types of devices – and charge faster – than ever before. To remove the traditional complexity and high costs associated with implementing USB
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08/29/2019

Supercapacitor Module Offering with Increased Voltage
PLEASANTON, Calif. … Power management company Eaton today announced its latest release of the XLR-51 supercapacitor module. The latest design extends the XLR module family to 51.3 volts (V) and 188 farads (F) and is ideal for rugged applications with harsh environments such as transportation, marine,
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08/29/2019
Quartz Crystals Designed for Harsh Automotive Conditions
Plano, Texas – Diodes Incorporated has introduced a series of automotive-compliant timekeeping crystals that withstand harsh operating conditions to ensure outstanding accuracy and reliability in tire-pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), infotainment, telematics, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
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08/29/2019
APEC 2020 Sponsors Continue Student Travel Support Program
New Orleans, LA – The joint sponsors of the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) have announced the continuation of the popular Student Attendance Travel Support Program of up to $1,000 to cover a portion of the travel and conference expenses for as many as 60
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08/29/2019
Socket and Hardware Products Support Intel's Processors
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its LGA 4189 socket and hardware products, which support Intel next-generation central processing units (CPUs) for higher performance and better system scaling. LGA 4189 sockets are designed for Intel's next-generation processors, which support PCIe Gen 4 and
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08/29/2019
TTI Stocks Abracon's Automotive, Industrial Power Inductors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading specialty distributor of electronic components, is now stocking the Abracon ASPIAIG family of power inductors. These Automotive and Industrial Grade (AIG) power inductors are manufactured on TS 16949 certified production lines, AEC-Q200 certified
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08/28/2019
LED Light Bars Enable UL-Listed Lighting Applications
San Diego, CA– Environmental Lights announced the launch of LiteLinks LED Light Bars. LiteLinks LED Light Bars are a new modular solution for display and accent lighting which enables users to create UL Listed lighting applications quickly. They feature built-in diffusers that run to the
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08/28/2019
Mouser Electronics Stocking TI Nanopower Voltage Supervisors
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the TPS3840
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08/28/2019
LEDs Enable High-Flux Narrow-Spotlight Retail Designs
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking Oslon Pure 1010 LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors. Housed in an extraordinarily small 1 mm ×
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08/28/2019
Shunt Resistors Reduce Component Counts
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new Automotive Grade Power Metal Plate shunt resistors featuring a 20 W power rating in a 3939-size package with Kelvin terminals. With their high power density, the Vishay Dale hybrid-mount WFPA3939 and WFPB3939
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08/28/2019
Smart Switches Drive Any Load in Harsh Environments
AUSTIN, Texas – Silicon Labs has introduced a family of compact, robust isolated smart switches designed to drive any load, even in the harshest industrial environments. The new Si834x isolated switches are ideal for driving resistive and inductive loads such as solenoids, relays and lamps
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08/28/2019
Mouser Carries Microchip's SAM R30 Sub-GHz Module
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the SAM R30 sub-GHz module from Microchip Technology. The industry’s smallest IEEE 802.15.4-compliant
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08/28/2019
Access Fixtures Introduces a Versatile New LED Canopy Light
WORCESTER, Mass./PRNewswire/ -- Access Fixtures has introduced a budget-friendly canopy light called the SYRF which is available in both a
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08/28/2019
Laser Printing Produces Waterproof E-Textiles in Minutes

Dr. Litty Thekkakara, RMIT researcher and co-developer of new technology for rapidly fabricating textiles embedded with energy storage devices.

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That's the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology. Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly fabricating
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08/27/2019
Sager Electronics Stocks 30mm Stacklights from Mallory
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Mallory’s JR series of 30mm stacklights. Mallory has introduced the new JR series of 30mm stacklights with sound and light options. These leading edge stacklights are small
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08/27/2019
Film Capacitors for DC Link Applications
TDK Corporation has extended its portfolio of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications with the robust new B3277*M series. The new types are suitable for extreme environmental conditions – a fact that has been proven by means of a THB test (temperature, humidity, bias) at 85 °C, 85 percent relative
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08/27/2019
MAPS Software Suite for Measurement and Automation Modules
SAN JOSE, Calif. – ADLINK Technology announces a new generation of all-in-one software solutions: Measurement, Automation, and Platform Suite (MAPS). To improve process efficiency and shorten development time and effort, developers working with DAQ and PXI modules may immediately begin work
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08/27/2019
New Lens for Lasers Operate in Harsh Environments
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the introduction of a new lens for use with its MIL Series Lasers.  The E²L Extreme Environment Lens incorporates a quartz glass lens into the end ferrule, providing resistance to harsh or extreme environmental conditions, such as welding
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08/27/2019
Gallium Oxide Power Transistors with Record Values

Gallium oxide chip with transistor structures and for measurement purposes, processed at FBH via projection lithography.

Powerful electronic components are indispensable for future communications, for the digital transformation of society and for artificial intelligence applications. On a footprint as small as possible, they should offer low energy consumption and achieve ever higher power densities, thus working more efficiently.
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08/27/2019
DC/DC Converter Achieves Breakthrough Power Savings
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of a buck-boost DC/DC converter with integrated MOSFET, the BD83070GWL. It combines unmatched efficiency with best-in-class current consumption, making it ideal for IoT, wearables, and portable devices. In recent years, the proliferation
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08/27/2019
PSDcast â€

The winning team from the Technical University of Munich

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking about The Hyperloop Pod Competition and the future of transportation! For the fourth year in
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08/27/2019
Dangerous Wild Grass will be Used in Batteries

Hogweed

Hogweed, which has grown over vast territories of Russia, can be useful as a material for batteries. Scientists from NUST MISIS have investigated the possibilities of fibrous substances in the plant stems. They have turned them into electrodes -- elements of devices capable of storing energy. It was experimentally
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08/26/2019
Coating Brings Lithium Metal Battery Closer to Reality

Lead authors and Ph.D. students David Mackanic, left, and Zhiao Yu with their battery tester at right. Yu holds a dish of already tested cells that they call "the battery graveyard."

Hope has been restored for the rechargeable lithium metal battery - a potential battery powerhouse relegated for decades to the laboratory by its short life expectancy and occasional fiery demise while its rechargeable sibling, the lithium-ion battery, now rakes in more than $30 billion a year. A
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08/26/2019
A 2 nm Sized Nanomachine able to Transfer Rotational Energy
With the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year, it could be argued that the greatest science of the 20th Century was about big machines that could travel the universe. The rise of nanotechnology is suggesting that the 21th Century will be dedicated to much smaller machines that can
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08/26/2019
EMI Suppression Film Capacitors Certified to IEC 60384-14
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new series of X1, X2, and Y2 electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression film capacitors for standard across the line and line bypass applications. Designed to meet the most stringent requirements for robustness against humidity, the new F340
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08/26/2019
Detraction-Free Light-Matter Interaction

Sven Scholz (left) and Arne Ludwig are experts for generating quantum dots in semiconductors.

Certain semiconductor structures, so-called quantum dots, might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with photons (light particles) emitted by the quantum dots transporting information across large distances. However, structures form by
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08/26/2019
Study Demonstrates Silicon's Energy-Harvesting Power

Dr. Mark Lee, head of the Department of Physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, explains his research into the thermoelectric harvesting ability of silicon "nanoblades."

A University of Texas at Dallas physicist has teamed with Texas Instruments Inc. to design a better way for electronics to convert waste heat into reusable energy. The collaborative project demonstrated that silicon's ability to harvest energy from heat can be greatly increased while remaining mass-producible. Dr.
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08/26/2019
Augmented Reality Glasses may help People with low Vision

Graphic representation of what a patient sees when wearing an augmented reality low vision aid.

LOS ANGELES - Nearly one in 30 Americans over the age of 40 experience low vision -- significant visual impairment that can't be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. In a new study of patients
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08/26/2019
Teaching Robots how to Trek Through Unknown Terrains
A team of Australian researchers has designed a reliable strategy for testing physical abilities of humanoid robots - robots that resemble the human body shape in their build and design. Using a blend of machine learning methods and algorithms, the research team succeeded in enabling test robots to effectively
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08/23/2019
Ultra-Precision, AEC-Q200 Compliant Thin Film Resistors
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole has expanded its stock of its AEC-Q200 qualified precision thin film. Available in tolerances down to ±0.01% and ±5PPM temperature coefficient, the RNCF is available in various values and case sizes. Resistance values in stock range from 24.9 ohm up to 49.9K
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08/23/2019
TTI Offers Broad Inventory of Current Sense Resistors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., features a broad and deep inventory of Current Sense Resistors across a wide range of sizes, wattages, values, and technologies. Turn to the TTI Specialists when your application requires precession resistors for power management, current detection or protection.  TTI
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08/23/2019
PSDcast â€
Every consumer device invariably touches our industry at some point, and to that end, Dialog Semiconductor recently announced that they’re adding Bluetooth low-energy connectivity to the latest Samsung Galaxy Fit. Be sure
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08/23/2019
Indiana Launches 5G Zone to Accelerate Innovation

Participants of the Indy 5G Summit, held earlier this summer, laid the groundwork to establishing Indianapolis as one of only two metro areas in the U.S. selected for the launch of both AT&T and Verizon 5G broadband networks.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana will launch a new 5G hub to drive the testing and development of 5G-enabled technologies and assist businesses and innovators by propelling research and development with faster speeds, lower data latency and increased reliability. As one of only two metro areas in the U.S. selected
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08/22/2019
Carbon-Neutral Fuels from air and Green Power

The world's first integrated Power-to-Liquid (PtL) test facility to synthesize fuels from the air-captured carbon dioxide. (Photo: P2X project/Patrick Langer, KIT)

Several challenges associated with the energy transition can be managed by coupling the sectors of electric power and mobility. Green power could be stored in the long term, fuels of high energy density could be used in a carbon-neutral way. Sector coupling has now been demonstrated by the partners of the P2X
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08/22/2019
Method Classifies Brain Cells Based on Electrical Signals

MIT Professor Earl Miller

For decades, neuroscientists have relied on a technique for reading out electrical "spikes" of brain activity in live, behaving subjects that tells them very little about the types of cells they are monitoring. In a new study, researchers at the University of Tuebingen and MIT's Picower Institute for
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08/22/2019
PSDcast â€
One of the more interesting beneficiaries of the Internet of Things is white goods, especially as connected appliances become the norm. Unfortunately, this also provides an irresistible target for hackers.... For
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08/22/2019
California's Rooftop-Solar Boom Leaves Equity Gap
OAKLAND, CA - California leads the nation in the adoption of rooftop solar systems, but information on which communities do, and do not, benefit from these installations has been limited to broad income classifications and anecdotal observations. Now, the data is in: The adoption of distributed solar - rooftop
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08/22/2019
DOE Issues Small Business R&D Funding Opportunity
The Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its first Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The Phase I Release 1 FOA, with approximately $31.5 million in available funding, will allow small businesses
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08/22/2019
A Hallmark of Superconductivity, Beyond Superconductivity

Rice University physicists (from left) Liyang Chen, Panpan Zhou and Doug Natelson and colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Connecticut found evidence of electron pairing -- a hallmark feature of superconductivity -- at temperatures and energies well above the critical threshold where superconductivity occurs. The research appears this week in Nature.

HOUSTON -- Physicists have found "electron pairing," a hallmark feature of superconductivity, at temperatures and energies well above the critical threshold where superconductivity happens. Rice University's Doug Natelson, co-corresponding author of a paper about the work in this week's
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08/22/2019
A Battery-Free Sensor for Underwater Exploration
To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface -- an underwater "internet of things." But how to supply constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long durations
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08/21/2019
Edge-Wound Inductor Delivers Stable Inductance, Saturation
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new IHDM edge-wound, through-hole inductor with rated current up to 150 A for industrial and military applications. Featuring a powdered iron alloy core technology, the Vishay Custom Magnetics IHDM-1008BC-30
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08/21/2019
Tools to Minimize Risks in Shared Augmented-Reality

The team tested ShareAR with three case study apps: Cubist Art (top panel), which lets users create and share virtual artwork with each other; Doc Edit (bottom left panel), which lets users create virtual notes or lists they can share or keep private; and Paintball (bottom right panel), which lets users play paintball with virtual paint.

A few summers ago throngs of people began using the Pokemon Go app, the first mass-market augmented reality game, to collect virtual creatures hiding in the physical world. For now, AR remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology for a variety of group activities,
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08/21/2019
Rechargeable Aqueous Battery Versus Lithium-ion Dominance

The newly designed high voltage aqueous Zn anode batteries can challenge Li-ion's current dominance.

A new rechargeable high voltage manganese dioxide zinc battery, exceeding the 2 V barrier in aqueous zinc chemistry, is the latest invention by City College of New York researchers. With a voltage of 2.45-2.8V, the alkaline MnO2|Zn battery, developed by Dr. Gautam G. Yadav and his group in the CCNY-based CUNY
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08/21/2019
Power Supplies set new T&M Standards for Battery Apps
Being part of the same power supply family, both the R&S NGL200 and the new 
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08/21/2019
Discharge ICs from Power Integrations Meet IEC60335
SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Power Integrations announced CAPZero-3, the latest generation of the company’s elegant, energy-saving X-capacitor discharge ICs. Two-terminal CAPZero-3 ICs enable designers to easily meet IEC60335 safety approvals for major appliances, and cover all capacitor values from 100 nF to 6 µF. IEC60335
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08/21/2019
Wi-Fi Connectivity Kit Simplifies Secure IoT Connections
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the Renesas RX65N Cloud Kit featuring onboard Wi-Fi, environmental, light and inertial sensors, and support for Amazon FreeRTOS connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The kit gives embedded designers a fast start and secure connection
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08/20/2019
PSDcast: Save Energy w/ Micromobility (+ Electric Scooters)

Josh Frisby, the founder of Electric Scooter Insider

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with the founder of Electric Scooter Insider, Josh Frisby, about cutting back on fossil fuels through micromobility.
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08/20/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

Ultra-High Voltage SiC and Supercascodes New applications are emerging that require high voltage switch technology which is significantly lower in balance-of-system costs and operating losses than silicon IGBT and IGCT technology. This spans a wide range from solid state transformers, MW motor drives,
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08/20/2019
Vaneaxial Fan Designed for High-Pressure Applications
WILLOWBROOK, IL — The New York Blower Company has expanded its line of industrial axial fans with the Vaneaxial Adjustable Pitch Direct Drive Fan. The fan is ideal for high-flow, high-pressure applications in industries including mining, process supply and exhaust, transportation, combustion air/flare and
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08/20/2019
Miniaturized Multilayer Varistors for Automotive Ethernet
TDK Corporation has expanded its lineup of multilayer varistors with the new AVRH10C101KT1R1NE8 for automotive Ethernet. Thanks to the extremely precise multilayer technology, the product features a low capacitance of just 1.1 ± 0.3 pF, ensuring signal integrity even at the high data rates of automotive Ethernet.
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08/20/2019
Switchboard Enhances Safety and Reduces Downtime
Eaton’s new Pow-R-Line XD switchboard features a compact design that enhances safety and reduces downtime with improved breaker change-out capability. The intelligent solution integrates both draw-out insulated case and molded case circuit breakers into a single UL 891 assembly, including Eaton’s new Power
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08/19/2019
ERNI Reduces Lead Times for Multiple Connector Product Lines
Richmond, Virginia -- ERNI Electronics, Inc. has substantially improved manufacturing lead times for a variety of interconnect product lines. Production lead times are down to a couple of weeks for many selections. Various changes to optimize production and supply chain management have led
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08/19/2019
New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired
Researchers have developed a new voice assistant that allows people with visual impairments to get web content as quickly and as effortlessly as possible from smart speakers and similar devices. In a new study, led by University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics student, Alexandra Vtyurina, who collaborated
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08/19/2019
A Laser for Penetrating Waves

An international research team has been able to show that it is relatively easy to generate terahertz waves with an alloy of mercury, cadmium and tellurium.

The "Landau-level laser" is an exciting concept for an unusual radiation source. It has the potential to efficiently generate so-called terahertz waves, which can be used to penetrate materials as well as for future data transmission. So far, however, nearly all attempts to make such a laser reality
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08/16/2019
A Heat Shield 10 Atoms Thick to Protect Electronic Devices

This greatly magnified image shows four layers of atomically thin materials that form a heat-shield just two to three nanometers thick, or roughly 50,000 times thinner than a sheet of paper.

Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices can be annoying, but beyond that it contributes to malfunctions and, in extreme cases, can even cause lithium batteries to explode. To guard against such ills, engineers often insert glass, plastic or even layers of air as
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08/16/2019
Nylon as Building Block for Transparent Electronic Devices?

Transparent nylon could be an important building block for the development of transparent electronic circuits in the future.

As the microelectronic industry is now shifting toward wearable electronic gadgets and electronic (e-)textiles, the comprising electronic materials, such as ferroelectrics, should be integrated with our clothes. Nylons, a family of synthetic polymers, were first introduced in the 1920s' for women's stockings
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08/16/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Qorvo's Front-End Modules
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the QPF4219 front end module (FEM) from Qorvo. Designed for Internet of Things (IoT) systems based on Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), the 2.4 GHz FEM offers a compact form factor and integrated matching to minimize layout area in applications such as wireless routers, residential
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08/16/2019
DC/DC Converters Ideal for Transportation Applications
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER announces the release of their TRI Series of high voltage DC/DC converters featuring 5 power ranges. The 3.5, 6 and 10 watt models feature 7,071 VDC I/O isolation / 9,000 VDC peak isolation up to one second in the compact DIP-24 package. The 15 and 20 watt models feature 5,940
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08/16/2019
Stronger Graphene Oxide 'Paper' Made with Weaker Units
Want to make a super strong material from nano-scale building blocks? Start with the highest quality building blocks, right? Wrong -- at least when working with "flakes" of graphene oxide (GO). A new study from Northwestern University researchers shows that better GO "paper"
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08/15/2019
Silicon Photodiode Offerings Include New Processes
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc.  has expanded its standard Silicon photodiode offerings to include additional processes, active area sizes, case isolation and packaging options.   Marktech customers can now choose
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08/15/2019
Scientists Create Long-Life Fast-Charging Batteries
A group of researchers led by Skoltech Professor Pavel Troshin studied coordination polymers, a class of compounds with scarcely explored applications in metal-ion batteries, and demonstrated their possible future use in energy storage devices with a high charging/discharging rate and stability. The results
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08/15/2019
Applications Processors for Ultra-Low-Power Portable Devices
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the i.MX 7ULP applications processors from NXP Semiconductors. Based on Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator (FD-SOI) technology, the i.MX 7ULP devices support ultra-low-power performance and rich graphics for applications such as portable medical devices, smart home
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08/15/2019
A Miniature Stretchable Pump for Next Gen of Soft Robots
Soft robots have a distinct advantage over their rigid forebears: they can adapt to complex environments, handle fragile objects and interact safely with humans. Made from silicone, rubber or other stretchable polymers, they are ideal for use in rehabilitation exoskeletons and robotic clothing. Soft bio-inspired
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08/14/2019
Power Inductors Improve Vehicle Performance, Safety
PLEASANTON, Calif. … Power management company Eaton launched its automotive grade HCM1AV2 product line of high current power inductors designed for the transportation market to address increased power conversion and filtering requirements. The HCM1AV2 is tested beyond AEC-Q200 Grade 1 requirements for
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08/14/2019
Breakthrough in Magnetic Monopoles Signals new Technologies
A breakthrough in understanding how the quasi-particles known as magnetic monopoles behave could lead to the development of new technologies to replace electric charges. Researchers at the University of Kent applied a combination of quantum and classic physics to investigate how magnetic atoms interact
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08/14/2019
The First CAN FD Class 3-Compatible Common Mode Choke Coil
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has introduced the wire-wound common mode choke coil (CMCC) DLW32SH101XF2, which is the world’s first*1 CMCC to support DCMR*2 Class 3*3, fulfilling the IEC62228-3*4 requirement for use in CAN FD*5 next-generation automotive networks. Mass production of this product will begin
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08/14/2019
Europe has Onshore Capacity for Global Energy Demand

Map showing the power density potential for each European country.

Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe
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08/14/2019
Buck Switchers Provide High Voltage AC-DC Conversion
Plano, Texas – Diodes Incorporated announced the AP3917 family of universal AC-DC, non-isolated buck (step-down) power switchers for low-power applications, such as small appliances and IoT endpoints powered by an offline supply. Family members
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08/14/2019
Growth of Wind Energy Points to Future Challenges, Promise

Advances in adapting the technology and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Advances in adapting the technology for cold climates and offshore use and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. A new report takes stock of where the field is now and what lies ahead. A
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08/13/2019
Current Sense Chip Resistors Include a 0.3 Milliohm Value
RALEIGH, NC – The popular CSSH Series ultra-high precision current sense chip resistor series from Stackpole has recently been expanded to include a 0.3 milliohm value in the 2512 size. The CSSH2512 0.3 milliohm part is available in tolerances as low as 1% and TCR is 150 ppm, with a 3W power
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08/13/2019
TTI Stocks the AVX NASA Space-level BME Series X7R MLCC
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Level X7R base metal electrode (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors from AVX for use in U.S. military and aerospace applications under the criteria of the S-311-P-838 specification. AVX
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08/13/2019
ADLINK Keeps COM Express Type 2 Alive
SAN JOSE, Calif. – ADLINK Technology, Inc., announces a new COM Express Type 2 computer-on-module, based on the highly popular 6th/7th Gen Intel Core Processors (formerly “Skylake” and “Kaby Lake”). The new Express-SL2/KL2 module supports all Type 2 related legacy I/Os and thereby
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08/13/2019
WVU Programmed to Fill Cybersecurity Jobs with NSF Award

By 2021, an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs across the globe will be unfilled. The WVU Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering hopes to help plug the demand with a project called 'ACCESS' that cultivates cybersecurity experts through scholarships.

When West Virginia University first offered cybersecurity classes in 2003, the gravest fear of a casual Internet user might have been opening an infected email attachment that erased computer files or reset their homepage. And who could forget landing on some dodgy
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08/13/2019
Community-Driven Data Science to Advance Microbiome Research
The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC), a new initiative aimed at empowering microbiome research, is gearing up its pilot phase after receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Spearheaded by Lawrence
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08/13/2019
Mouser Stocks Molex Solutions for 5G Connectivity
Mouser Electronics, Inc., stocks a wide variety of 5G-capable interconnect solutions from Molex. 5G cellular communications promises to transform wireless connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) through more data, better reliability, and broader connectivity. Molex’s complete connectivity solution portfolio,
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08/13/2019
Mapping the Energetic Landscape of Solar Cells

Artistic representation of an energetic landscape that determines the movement of photo-induced positive (h+) and negative (e-) charges in photovoltaic devices.

A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualise the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. It was developed by a research team led by Prof. Dr Yana Vaynzof, a physicist at Heidelberg University. This novel visualisation technique enables scientists to study
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08/13/2019
TTI, Inc. Announces Sponsorship of Annual ERA Conference
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is proud to announce the TTI Family of Companies sponsorship at the Patron Level for the upcoming 2020 ERA Conference to be held in Austin, Texas, February 23-25, 2020, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The TTI Family of Companies is
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08/12/2019
60 V MOSFET Increases Efficiency and Power Density
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 60 V TrenchFET Gen IV n-channel power MOSFET that is the industry's first optimized for standard gate drives to deliver maximum on-resistance down to 4 mΩ at 10 V in the thermally enhanced 3.3 mm by 3.3 mm PowerPAK 1212-8S package. Designed to increase
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08/12/2019
Sharp Meets Flat in Tunable 2D Material

Adjacent crystal structures of rhenium diselenide (top) and molybdenum diselenide form a 2D transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructure with sharply separated domains. The unique material created at Rice University shows promise for optoelectronic applications.

HOUSTON - A Rice University lab wants its products to look sharp, even at the nanoscale. Its latest creation is right on target. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan has created unique two-dimensional flakes with two distinct personalities: molybdenum diselenide on one side of a sharp
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08/12/2019
Solutions to Elderly Falls: Drones, Smartphones and Sensors

Falls account for 40% of injury-related deaths in people aged over 65 years.

Drones, smartphones and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world's growing elderly population at risk of falls, helping to cut global hospital costs. A new system has been designed by a team of researchers from Iraq and the University of South Australia to remotely monitor elderly people, detecting
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08/12/2019
Laser and Sensor Research Advanced by new Inquiries

Schemes of PPC with equal effective refractive index and structure period. a 1D PPC and b 3D opal-like PPC

A group of researchers led by Professor Myakzyum Salakhov has been working on the problem of optical states in plasmonic-photonic crystals (PPCs). The group mostly consists of young scientists, some of whom started their participation in the project during their student years. First Category Engineer
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08/12/2019
It's not you, it's the Network
The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Long documented in psychological literature, a panoply of social perception
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08/12/2019
How do Atoms Vibrate in Graphene Nanostructures?

Schematic representation of local lattice vibrations in graphene excited by a wavefront of transmitted fast electrons.

In order to understand advanced materials like graphene nanostructures and optimize them for devices in nano-, opto- and quantum-technology it is crucial to understand how phonons - the vibration of atoms in solids - influence the materials' properties. Researchers from the University of Vienna, the Advanced
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08/12/2019
Timing is Everything

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Microchip CSA 100 MEMs oscillator

Timing is Everything MEMS technology is well-suited to meet the demands of these emerging automotive applications By: Microchip Technologies Automotive-grade MEMS oscillators meet complex demands of emerging automotive applications by offering
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08/10/2019
A Charging Infrastructure for Wide-Scale EV Adoption

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Figure 1: EV Charging Station

A Charging Infrastructure for Wide-Scale EV Adoption To ensure that electric vehicles (EVs) have the same freedom to roam as today’s fossil-fuel cars, infrastructure challenges need to be addressed   By: Alessandro
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08/10/2019
Enhancing AI Quality by Moving Beyond the Quantitative
Artificial Intelligence engineers should enlist ideas and expertise from a broad range of social science disciplines, including those embracing qualitative methods, in order to reduce the potential harm of their creations and to better serve society as a whole, a pair of researchers has concluded in an analysis
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08/09/2019
Employees Less Upset at Being Replaced by Robots Than People
Generally speaking, most people find the idea of workers being replaced by robots or software worse than if the jobs are taken over by other workers. But when their own jobs are at stake, people would rather prefer to be replaced by robots than by another employee. That is the conclusion of a study by the Technical
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08/09/2019
High isolation, regulated DC/DC converters in compact package
The core characteristic of the TRI line is a sophisticated reinforced isolation system which is able to withstand high test voltages (9000 VDC for 1s and 5000 VAC for 60s) and working voltages (1000 VACrms). Complementing this isolation characteristic is a high Common
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08/09/2019
A New Mass Spectrometric Technique Using Laser and Graphene

Chair-professor Dae Won Moon in the Department of New Biology (left) and Research Fellow Jae Young Kim in the Department of Robotics Engineering (right)

A technology that can obtain high-resolution, micrometer-sized images for mass spectrometric analysis without sample preparation has been developed. DGIST Research Fellow Jae Young Kim and Chair-professor Dae Won Moon's team succeeded in developing the precise analysis and micrometer-sized imaging of bio samples
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08/09/2019
TTI Offers Infrared Emitters and Sensors from Kingbright
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the APT2012 Series infrared emitters and detectors from Kingbright. These LEDs are targeted for unique sensing applications in industrial and medical equipment applications.  Kingbright’s IR LEDs selection with infrared, phototransistor
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08/09/2019
Isolated Push-Pull DC-DC Converter Delivers 1W from SOT23-6
Chinese chip maker Mornsun has created a push-pull DC-DC converter chip IC with integrated mosfets that can deliver up to 1W through an isolation transformer — and the firm offers a selection of transformers. To maximise the reliability, the chip design has incorporated three key
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08/09/2019
Ultra-compact Size Isolated Regulated 1-3W DC/DC Converter
MORNSUN launched an ultra-compact size DC/DC converter series WRB, which features 2:1 wide input range, operating temperature range of -40℃~+85℃, and 1500VDC isolation voltage. What’s more, the size is 40% smaller than general products. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition, its continuous
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08/09/2019
High-Speed Comparators Offer Fast Propagation Delay
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking MAX4002x comparators from Maxim Integrated. Among the fastest low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) comparators on the market, the MAX40025 and MAX40026 single-supply, high-speed comparators deliver fast propagation delay for distance sensing, time-of-flight (ToF),
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08/09/2019
Neural Networks Will Help Manufacture Carbon Nanotubes

This is a scheme of the proposed method.

Thin films made of carbon nanotubes hold a lot of promise for advanced optoelectronics, energy and medicine, however with their manufacturing process subject to close supervision and stringent standardization requirements, they are unlikely to become ubiquitous anytime soon. "A major hindrance
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08/08/2019
Digital Oscilloscope Delivers Bandwidth up to 2 GHz
BEAVERTON, OR - RIGOL Technologies announces a significant expansion to its UltraVision II oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New MSO8000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. Delivering Bandwidth up to 2 GHz Bandwidth and a new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis package the MSO8000 Series extends RIGOL's
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08/08/2019
Orion Fans Gets Quality in Business Certification from ITC
DALLAS, TX -- Orion Fans has been recognized by the renowned International Trade Council (ITC) with the illustrious Quality in Business Certification. As a global peak-body Chamber of Commerce, the ITC offers independent certifications that demonstrate an organization's adherence to global best business practices
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08/08/2019
Battery Management IC Maximizes Driving Range for EVs
TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its fourth-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery management IC that offers unmatched lifetime accuracy. The ISL78714 provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, along with cell balancing and extensive system diagnostics
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08/08/2019
PSDcast â€

Cone Drive’s Global Director of Strategic Markets, Jacob Randall

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Cone Drive about the company’s role in keeping one of the world's largest operational solar power plants going.
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08/08/2019
Graphite Intercalation Compounds to Prolong Battery Life

Optical micrographs showing transition of stage-2 GIC to stage-1 HOPG GIC. Reflected light. The stage-2 areas are greenish-white. The stage-1 areas are blue. The red-colored areas are the mixed stage. Note, the greenish tint of graphite surface on panels (a,b) is the artifact of the digital processing; the actual color is almost white. The white shapeless feature on the right of the micrographs is an air bubble. Acquired with the SPI-3 HOPG sample.

The beginning of this project dates back to 2012-2013, when team leader Ayrat Dimiev was working at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, with Professor James Tour. Together with Natnael Behabtu, at that time a PhD student of Professor Matteo Pasquali, they discovered a phenomenon that could be observed in optical
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08/08/2019
High-Energy Lasers to Treat Alzheimer's Disease
Amyloid fibrils are a type of self-assembled proteins/peptides that take on a stacked sheet-like formation. Amyloid fibril aggregates are known to be a cause of several diseases--including Alzheimer's--and therefore, it is of immense scientific interest to understand how these aggregates can be broken. Some
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08/08/2019
Smart Transceiver Supports LonWorks and BACnet Protocols
SANTA CLARA, CA – Adesto Technologies Corporation announced that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip (SoC) now natively supports LON, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks – uniquely enabling the popular LON and BACnet industrial protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly
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08/08/2019
Revving up Solar Technology to Power Space Vehicles

Dr. Randall Ellingson, professor in the UToledo Department of Physics and Astronomy, analyzes the response of solar cells in his laboratory at The University of Toledo.

The U.S. Air Force awarded a team of physicists at The University of Toledo $7.4 million to enhance the reliability and efficiency of lightweight power to improve the safety and effectiveness of Department of Defense missions. Dr. Randall Ellingson, professor in the UToledo Department of Physics and
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08/08/2019
The Future of Perovskite-Based Light-Emitting Diodes

(A) Photoluminescence and (B) electroluminsecence in low-dimensional and 3D perovskite-based devices. Photoluminescence (PL) refers to the emission of light caused by the absorption of incident photons, whereas electroluminescence (EL) is the emission of light owing to the energy supplied by an electric current. Although low-dimensional perovskite exhibits better PL properties than 3D perovskite, the latter has better EL properties, which can be exploited to design very bright and efficient PeLEDs.

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology discover a new strategy to design incredibly efficient perovskite-based LEDs with record-setting brightness by leveraging the quantum confinement effect. Several techniques for generation of light from electricity have been developed over the years. Devices
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08/08/2019
Indium Corporation Launches New Indium Oxide
Indium Corporation has released IndiOx (In2O3) for use in the manufacture of ITO sputtering targets for thin-film coating. IndiOx (In2O3) is a stable ceramic-like material that is insoluble in water and volatizes at 850°C. When doped with tin oxide, IndiOx forms ITO, the material of choice
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08/08/2019
Wire-to-Board Products Deliver up to 12.5A per pin
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) has launched an expanded portfolio of ELCON Micro wire-to-board products, which provides a high current up to 12.5A per pin in the common industry footprint of 3.0mm, and now includes custom cable assemblies and a cable plug solution for design flexibility. These
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08/08/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Distributing Theobroma Systems
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with Theobroma Systems, an Austrian company providing embedded engineering services and module devices that incorporate embedded systems. Through the agreement, Mouser is now offering the RK3399-Q7 system-on-module (SoM), the industry’s first
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08/07/2019
Pickering Reed Relays Stocked at Testco
Chelmsford, MA:   Pickering has signed a distribution deal with Testco, the specialist distributor of  passive, electromechanical and interconnect components based in Sunnyvale, CA. This means that Pickering’s large range of reed relays for
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08/07/2019
Base Station Semiconductor Market to Double Despite Huawei
CAMPBELL, Calif./PRNewswire/ -- Mobile Experts just released a report that tracks the rapidly transforming RF Semiconductor market. According to the report, Massive MIMO is the main driver of the change; the sheer numbers of massive MIMO transceivers is causing a significant boost in the RF semiconductor market,
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08/07/2019
Heat Pipes Provide Adaptable Methods to Cool Hot Components
Norwood, MA – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., ATS, has expanded its line of flat and round copper heat pipes for electronics thermal management. More than 350 standard ATS heat pipes provide low cost cooling solutions for cloud and edge computing, electric vehicles, aerospace, agtech, robotics,
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08/06/2019
Modular Power Series Delivers up to 240W
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking MEAN WELL’s 650W/1200W Modular Power NMP Series. NMP series is a 1U low-profile modular and configurable type power supply from MEAN WELL. This series comprises two power wattages for the line-up, 650W and 1200W, and each output modules
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08/06/2019
Ionic Thermal Up-Diffusion Boosts Energy Harvesting

(a) Schematic illustration of the ion concentration profiles with asymmetric transmembrane temperature differences. (b) Electric power under different temperature differences. (c) At small transmembrane concentration intensities, both positive and negative temperature differences contribute to the electric power. At high transmembrane concentration intensities, a negative temperature difference promotes the power extraction and a positive temperature difference hinders the electric power.

Salinity gradient energy is recognized as a promising candidate for the substitution of the traditional fossil fuels. Recently, nanofluidic salinity gradient energy harvesting via ion channels or membranes has drawn increasing concerns due to the advances in materials science and nanotechnology, which could
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08/06/2019
Seeing How Computers 'Think' Helps Humans Stump Machines
One of the ultimate goals of artificial intelligence is a machine that truly understands human language and interprets meaning from complex, nuanced passages. When IBM's Watson computer beat famed "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings in 2011, it seemed as if that milestone had been met. However, anyone
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08/06/2019
Ion Heating by Plasma Oscillations for Fusion Energy

Plasma oscillations driven by high-energy particles in a plasma in LHD.

A research team of fusion scientists succeeded in proving that ions can be heated by plasma oscillations driven by high-energy particles. This has been confirmed by performing a large-scale simulation with a newly developed hybrid-simulation program that links calculations for plasma oscillations, high-energy
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08/06/2019
PSDcast â€

Cree’s Kenric Miller

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Cree about Volkswagen’s FAST (or Future Automotive Supply Tracks) supplier network. Cree was recently selected as the exclusive
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08/06/2019
Mahr Introduces New Precimar SM 60 Length Measurement System
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mahr Inc. has introduced the new Precimar SM 60, an easy-to-use length measurement  instrument for fast and precise external measurements on shop floor parts, with a measuring range of 60mm. The SM 60 is configurable with Mahr readouts, such as digital indicators or LVDT
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08/06/2019
SwRI Concepts Advance in NREL Energy Storage Competition

Pumped storage hydropower uses dual-reservoir "storage" systems to improve the availability of energy by pumping and releasing water between the reservoirs to generate electricity to meet peak demands. To accelerate pumped storage hydropower implementation, SwRI is developing different strategies for efficiently building the reservoirs, illustrated here with an upper reservoir sited atop a mesa and a lower reservoir created by damming canyons below.

SAN ANTONIO -- The FAST Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) prize competition selected two Southwest Research Institute PSH concepts among nine winners advancing to the next stage of the competition. The FAST prize -- which stands for "Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time Commissioning
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08/06/2019
How Deep Space Travel Could Affect the Brain

Radiation exposure alters the electrophysiological properties of neurons in the hippocampus.

Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report in eNeuro. These results highlight the pressing need to develop safety measures to protect the brain from radiation during deep space missions as astronauts
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08/05/2019
Army Innovators Join Forces at Science-Concept Workshop
In order to maintain overmatch on the ever-changing battlefield, the Army and Soldiers of the future will need innovative science and technology that extends beyond the bounds of what exists today. To foster this innovation, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Task Force Ignite
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08/05/2019
Is it Safe to use an Electric fan for Cooling?

This is Associate Professor Ollie Jay at work in the climatic chamber at the University of Sydney.

The safety and effectiveness of electric fans in heatwaves depend on the climate and basing public health advice on common weather metrics could be misleading, according to a new study from the University of Sydney. The research calls into question current guidelines from most public health authorities,
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08/05/2019
Eye imaging Technology Provides Biotechnology Opportunities

In her doctoral dissertation, M.Sc. Sanna Haavisto, researched the flow properties of aqueous microcellulose suspensions.

In her doctoral dissertation, M.Sc. Sanna Haavisto, researched the flow properties of aqueous microcellulose suspensions. Optical coherence tomography, an imaging technology commonly used in medical imaging of eye, was applied in a novel way in her study. The measurement methods developed in the doctoral thesis
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08/05/2019
Cislunar Blueprint to Propel Next 50 Years of Space Research
In its inaugural call to action, Purdue Engineering's Cislunar Initiative took a giant leap forward in advancing humankind's presence in space and the development of the economy in the "cislunar region," the orbital area encompassing the Earth and moon.
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08/05/2019
A Wearable Device so Thin and Soft you Won't Even Notice it
Wearable human-machine interfaces - devices that can collect and store important health information about the wearer, among other uses - have benefited from advances in electronics, materials and mechanical designs. But current models still can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they can't always handle multiple
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08/05/2019
TVS Array for Medical Electronics Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a new bidirectional asymmetrical TVS array component for circuit protection in medical electronic devices, smartphones, audio/video inputs, and other applications. The new SMDB712C device can be configured for two or four data lines depending on power level requirements. The
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08/05/2019
700V Ultra-High Voltage Process Technologies
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced it now offers 0.35 micron 700V Ultra-High Voltage process technologies (UHV) suitable for different system requirements for AC-DC converter ICs and LED driver ICs. Currently,
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08/05/2019
Triaxial Vibration Sensor for Condition-Based Monitoring
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the ADcmXL3021 triaxial vibration sensor from Analog Devices. Based on Analog Devices’ award-winning
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08/02/2019
LEDs with High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Technology
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking Osconiq S 3030 QD LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors. Utilizing Quantum Dot (QD) tunable light conversion technology, these mid-power LEDs are designed for area lighting and downlight applications that benefit from high efficacy and excellent color rendering. This
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08/02/2019
From Greenhouse Gas to Fuel

From left to right: Former UD postdoctoral associate Qi Lu, current assistant professor Bingjun Xu, and current postdoctoral associate Xiaoxia Chang recently revealed a new approach that utilizes a series of catalytic reactions to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide to methane.

A growing number of scientists are looking for fast, cost-effective ways to convert carbon dioxide gas into valuable chemicals and fuels. Now, an international team of researchers has revealed a new approach that utilizes a series of catalytic reactions to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide to
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08/02/2019
20 Watt DC/DC Converter Adds Dual Output Models
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER extends their TEQ 20 Series of 20 watt railway / rugged industrial DC/DC converters with dual outputs of ±12 / ±15 VDC. The TEQ 20WIR are a series of isolated high-performance railway DC/DC-converter modules with ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage ranges. The series is comprised
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08/01/2019
Heterophase Nanostructures Contribute to Efficient Catalysis

(a) TEM image of a-PdCu nanosheets. (b) XRD patterns of the as-synthesized (0 day) a-PdCu and the a-PdCu after aging for 14 days. (c) Hydrogenation reaction of 4-nitrostyrene (room temperature, H2 balloon). (d) The catalytic results of 30-min hydrogenation reaction using a-PdCu with different aging time as catalysts.

Selective catalysis plays a key role in various applications, such as fine chemical industry and oil refining, hence, developing catalysts with high efficiency and excellent chemoselectivity has become a research hotspot. Compared with other materials, noble metals, especially ultrathin two-dimensional (2D)
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08/01/2019
Battery Production at Record Speed

Precise edges at new record speed: new process considerably increases production capacity of battery electrodes. (Photo: Ralf Diehm, KIT)

With a new coating process, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have produced electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record speed. At the same time, the new process improves the quality of electrodes and reduces production costs. When producing electrodes for batteries, electrode
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08/01/2019
Dynamometer Systems Verify Efficiency of Electric Motors
SAKOR Technologies Inc., announces that it has developed a series of dynamometer systems ideal for customers required to test and verify the level of efficiency of electric motors in accordance with a variety of national and international standards. The SAKOR units can be used test from two to eight pole motors
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08/01/2019
Japanese Basket Weaving art to Nanotechnology with Ion Beams

The traditional Japanese basket weaving pattern (kago-mé: basket with eyes) served as an inspiration for an array of fluxon traps produced with a helium-ion microscope in a high-temperature superconductor. The anchored fluxons are represented by blue figures (based on the symbol Φ0 for the flux quantum), the purple fluxons are trapped by their neighbors like in a cage.

The properties of high-temperature superconductors can be tailored by the introduction of artificial defects. An international research team around physicist Wolfgang Lang at the University of Vienna has succeeded in producing the world's densest complex nano arrays for anchoring flux quanta, the fluxons. This
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08/01/2019
Is your Supercomputer Stumped? Might be a Quantum Solution

This is Chia Cheng 'Jason' Chang

Some math problems are so complicated that they can bog down even the world's most powerful supercomputers. But a wild new frontier in computing that applies the rules of the quantum realm offers a different approach. A new study led by a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley
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08/01/2019
Hubble Finds 'Heavy Metal' Exoplanet Shaped like a Football

This artist's illustration shows an alien world that is losing magnesium and iron gas from its atmosphere. The observations represent the first time that so-called "heavy metals" -- elements more massive than hydrogen and helium -- have been detected escaping from a hot Jupiter, a large gaseous exoplanet orbiting very close to its star.The planet, known as WASP-121b, orbits a star brighter and hotter than the Sun. The planet is so dangerously close to its star that its upper atmosphere reaches a blazing 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 times greater than any known planetary atmosphere. A torrent of ultraviolet light from the host star is heating the planet's upper atmosphere, which is causing the magnesium and iron gas to escape into space. Observations by Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph have detected the spectral signatures of magnesium and iron far away from the planet.The planet's "hugging" distance from the star means that it is on the verge of being ripped apart by the star's gravitational tidal forces. The powerful gravitational forces have altered the planet's shape so that it appears more football shaped.The WASP-121 system is about 900 light-years from Earth.

How can a planet be "hotter than hot?" The answer is when heavy metals are detected escaping from the planet's atmosphere, instead of condensing into clouds. Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal magnesium and iron gas streaming from the strange world outside our solar system
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08/01/2019
Artificial Intelligence Could Help Air Travelers Save Money

Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Lavanya Marla and collaborators used artificial intelligence to design a customized pricing model for airline customers.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers' budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry's bottom line. When airlines began unbundling the costs
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08/01/2019
Coax Connectors Support Next-Gen 5G Communications Solutions
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking ERFV coaxial connectors from TE Connectivity (TE). The cost-effective, one-piece connectors support board-to-board and board-to-filter applications, providing a reliable solution for next-generation 5G wireless designs. TE’s ERFV coax connectors, available
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08/01/2019
ADLINK Signs on as NVIDIA Jetson Preferred Partner
SAN JOSE, Calif. — ADLINK Technology, Inc., has now signed on as an NVIDIA Jetson Preferred Partner. This collaboration strengthens ADLINK’s portfolio for artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge by empowering edge AI platforms with NVIDIA Jetson modules and accelerating edge AI deployment. Edge
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08/01/2019
Freeway Board Serves Powerful Edge Computing Applications
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the Layerscape LS1046A Freeway (FRWY-LS1046A) evaluation board from NXP Semiconductors. Available as a bare board or in an enclosure with a dual-band Wi-Fi module, the FRWY-LS1046A evaluation board is an edge computing platform designed to support NXP’s QorIQ LS1046A
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08/01/2019
PFC Capacitors: Rugged Design for a Long Service Life
TDK Corporation presents DeltaCap X Black Premium – a new series of EPCOS MKD capacitors for power factor correction (PFC). With rated voltages of between 440 V AC and 850 V AC, the capacitors with an internal delta connection are designed for power factor correction and filtering of harmonics
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08/01/2019