Notable & Newsworthy

September 2019
Building Healthier and More Efficient People
Baseball is a haven for stats geeks – small wonder I love it so much. Nearly every play, action, and movement can be quantified with a value. And recently, sabermetrics – or the empirical analysis of baseball – has gone far beyond the Moneyball era’s market inefficiencies. The modern game seeks to build
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09/30/2019
Technology Can Help Take the Strain Off Doctors
Welcome to PSD's October dynamic content. The “Special Focus” is on the subject of technology for medical, healthcare and wellness applications. It is a subject that affects us all and new technologies will make a profound difference for many more people in the near term. In the developed work, most countries
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09/30/2019
Class I Ceramic Technologies for High Power Density

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Figure 1: Exploded View of a Base Metal Electrode MLCC

Society increasingly relies on electrical power, whether it’s to communicate, provide safe and secure storage for the vast amount of data generated, or for transportation in electric, and hybrid-electric vehicles. As a result, the availability of electrical power is crucial to the enjoyment of modern lives.
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09/30/2019

Improving Mild Hybrid EV Power Supply Systems

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Figure 1: Relationship between Duty Cycle and Output Voltage

The growing need to combat global warming has prompted many countries to establish vehicle emission mandates, with the most severe restrictions enacted in Europe (95g/km). To achieve these regulatory limits, automakers are increasingly working on developing electric vehicles. Currently,
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09/30/2019
How to Design a Variable Output Buck Regulator

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Figure 1. Example of a variable output buck regulator

There are numerous reasons for creating a variable output buck regulator, such as to control speed of a DC fan, set the voltage for a 4 – 20mA current loop, track another voltage, or for dynamic voltage scaling. The processes for choosing the correct components and verifying the design are examined here. Figure
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09/30/2019
Do We Really Need a New Safety Standard?

Figure 1: IEC/EN 62368-1 is not a merge of the two standards IEC/EN 60065 and IEC/EN 60950 but a completely new one introducing a new way of working

Safety regulations have been in place for decades in the power industry and as we know only too well, all have been through lots of revisions. And although each revision has made them more stringent and tailored to our businesses, we have become familiar with designing products to conform to latest versions.
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09/30/2019
Economic Benefits of Regenerative Electronic Loads

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Figure 1. The classic “bathtub curve” is often used to describe the failure rates of electronic devices

Switch-mode power supplies used in data centers, industrial equipment, medical devices and other critical applications are typically subjected to burn-in operation at full load over an extended period to root out early failures and ensure reliable operation over the supply’s rated lifetime. (Figure 1.) The
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09/30/2019
Design Wearable Sports Technologies that Change the Game

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Figure 1: Runners are among the many athletes and fitness buffs who can monitor their performance via wearables

When Liverpool hoisted the European Cup after winning the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in June, the moment also was a highlight for wearable sports technology. Both football clubs use StatSport’s GPS-based athlete performance-tracking system, which provides real-time metrics on parameters
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09/30/2019
The Human Body: Technology's Harshest Environment

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Figure 1: The start line of the Badwater Ultramarathon, at Badwater Basin, which marks the lowest elevation in North America.

The human body withstands a multitude of harsh conditions, from high temperatures to chilling winds, and from submersion in water to rigorous exercise. Our bodies enable us to satisfy our yearnings for adventure, while helping us survive in constantly evolving environments. Also, thanks to the inventiveness
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09/30/2019
Detecting Your Heart Rate

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Figure 1: Primary ECG signals (source Maxim Integrated – Design Guide How to Measure Biopotential ECG Using a Chest Strap)

Smart watches and wearable fitness trackers have become must-have replacements for the humble watch. Whatever our exercise regime, whether daily or weekly, our wearable device is capable of tracking our heart rate continuously, from resting to an intensive workout. Monitoring the heart rate also allows other
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09/30/2019
The Future of Healthcare â€
Many readers might know that the US is ranked 37th in the world for quality of medical care by the CDC, yet we pay more than twice of what the next country pays. How can we spend so much and get so little? It’s certainly not due to the lack of technology.  Recently, I went for my annual checkup
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09/30/2019
Taking Stock of Bernie Sanders'
Feeling the Bern? The progressive firebrand’s 16.3 trillion “Green New Deal” is about to act as the ultimate litmus test. Whether you agree with Bernie Sanders or not – we’re not in the business of discussing politics at PSD – it’s worth discussing a plan that could end up costing nearly
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09/30/2019
New Breakthroughs Push Battery Technology Forward
Improved energy storage is possibly the Holy Grail of the industry at this particular time for a variety of reasons. Designers want to make smaller products, but are limited by battery size; there is an expected shortage of Lithium just as the demand from the electric car market is about to increase dramatically;
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09/30/2019
TVS for High Resolution Display, USB Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a new steering diode transient voltage suppressor array for circuit protection across popular consumer electronic display interfaces. The new PUSB403 device is ideal for USB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 and for HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 on UHD and 4K displays. The new
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09/30/2019
Mouser Electronics Signs Global Agreement with Clairitec
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with Clairitec. Based in France near Bordeaux, the company has provided innovative and customized electronics and software solutions to global industry markets for 20 years. Through the agreement, Mouser is now stocking Clairitec’s capacitive
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09/30/2019
Integrated GaAs Technology Optimized for 5G Front-Ends
TAOYUAN, Taiwan – WIN Semiconductors Corp has combined an advanced 100GHz ƒt enhancement-mode pHEMT with monolithic PIN and Schottky diodes to provide best-in-class mmWave performance for all front-end functions. The PIH1-10 platform is designed for single chip 5G front ends operating in
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09/30/2019
Power Integrations Delivers One-Millionth InnoSwitch3 IC
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the delivery of its one-millionth InnoSwitch 3 switcher IC featuring the company’s PowiGaN gallium-nitride technology. In an event at the Shenzhen headquarters of Anker Innovations, Power Integrations CEO Balu Balakrishnan presented the one-millionth
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09/30/2019
60V and 100V MOSFETs in TO-Leadless Packaging Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced the TO-Leadless (TOLL) package in combination with a 60V and 100V Shield-Gate Technology (SGT) providing the highest current capability in its voltage class.  The TOLL package has the highest current capacity due
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09/27/2019
Accelerometer Calibration System Increases Throughput
Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MB Dynamics, Inc. announced the global market launch of its Win475 MULTI-DUT CRASH-CAL (MDCC) automated accelerometer calibration system. The MB Dynamics Win475 MDCC increases metrology center throughput and productivity by facilitating
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09/27/2019
TTI Signs Amphenol's SGX Sensortech to NA Distribution
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., announced the company has entered into a North America distribution agreement with SGX Sensortech, an Amphenol company. For more than 50 years, SGX Sensortech has remained at the forefront of air quality sensors and modules. TTI’s Brian Wellhouse, Supplier
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09/27/2019
IEEE Competition Tackles Global Energy Poverty
Baltimore, MD – Twenty-three teams from around the world are converging on Baltimore on September 28/29 to compete in the finals of IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL), a global competition that is crowd-sourcing innovative solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing us today – extreme
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09/27/2019
 Environmental Lights Launches MicroMax VLB LED Driver
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of MicroMax VLB LED Drivers.
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09/27/2019
Non-Isolated DC/DC Converters with up to 94% Efficiency
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER announces the release of their TSR 0.6WI and TSR 1WI non-isolated point-of-load converters in the industry standard SIP-3 package commonly used by LMxx series linear regulators. The ultra-wide 8:1 input range of 9-72 VDC make these a versatile solution for designers to standardize
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09/27/2019
Army Project Brings Quantum Internet Closer to Reality

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, funded by the US Army, achieved a record for the transfer of quantum entanglement between matter and light -- a distance of 50 kilometers was covered using fiber optic cables. Researchers said this brings the quantum internet a step closer. In a nonlinear crystal illuminated by a strong laser the photon wavelength was converted to the optimal value for long-distance travel.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- A U.S. Army research result brings the quantum internet a step closer. Such an internet could offer the military security, sensing and timekeeping capabilities not possible with traditional networking approaches. The U.S. Army's Combat Capability Development's Army
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09/26/2019
Compute at the Speed of Light

A research team at the University of Delaware fabricated a tiny metalens - a thin lens that can be designed at the nanoscale to focus light in a specific way - on a silicon-based chip programmed with hundreds of tiny air slots, enabling parallel optical signal processing all within the tiny chip.

The signals from a lighthouse to ships at sea is an early example of optical communication, the use of light to transmit information. Today, researchers in the field of integrated photonics are using optical communications principles to build high-tech devices, like lightning-fast computers, which utilize light
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09/26/2019
 Ruggedized Dual Charging Station Announced by ClipperCreek
AUBURN, Calif. -- ClipperCreek just announced its new ruggedized dual electric vehicle (EV) charging station solution, the HCS-D40R. The HCS-D40R is a 32 Amp, level 2 hardwired station that installs onto a single dedicated 40A circuit and can charge two vehicles simultaneously. The HCS-D40R automatically
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09/26/2019
2200 W Front-End Power Supply with Full Digital Control
Bel Power Solutions announced the PES2200 Series, 2200 W high density power supplies with full digital control for servers, storage and networking equipment and other high-availability applications. With totem-pole bridgeless power-factor-corrected (PFC) and soft switching resonant techniques in conjunction
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09/26/2019
Renesas, StradVision Cooperate on Smart Camera Development
TOKYO, Japan, and SAN JOSE, Calif. ― Renesas Electronics Corporation and StradVision, Inc., announced the joint development of a deep learning-based object recognition solution for smart cameras used in next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications and cameras for ADAS
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09/26/2019
Charging e-bike batteries without a cable
For many years now, the supplier of electronic and electromechanical components has been actively participating in many committees for the wireless power sector, and possesses one of the largest portfolios of coils for inductive power transmission worldwide. Besides
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09/26/2019
Rugged wide-range input 6/10W power modules
The DTE06 and DTE10 DC-DC converters provide 6W and 10W of power and offer a 4:1 input range, giving a wide tolerance for fluctuating supplies. With nominal inputs of 12/24VDC and 24/48VDC the series cover inputs between 9.0VDC and 75.0VDC.
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09/26/2019
Vicor appoints European director of automotive business development
Prior to joining Vicor, Nicolas worked at IDT (Renesas) as Automotive Sales and Field Applications Engineer focused on technical sales in powertrain, infotainment and ADAS-based systems. His experience includes
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09/26/2019
LYTSwitch-6 LED drivers use PowiGaN technology
The new ICs with PowiGaN technology enable designs that deliver up to 110 W with 94% conversion efficiency using a simple, flexible flyback topology. The high efficiency of the new LYTSwitch-6 ICs eliminates
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09/26/2019
Digi-Key signs global distribution partnership with Directed Energy
This new partnership adds to the more than 8.7 million products available from more than 800 manufacturers through Digi-Key. Directed Energy provides ready-to-use modules for driving laser diodes as well as
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09/26/2019
Surface-mount isolated DC/DC converters maximise flexibility
The converters deliver a space-saving solution for bus isolation and general industrial power applications. These open-frame surface-mount modules are available with standard isolation rating of 1kV/second
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09/26/2019
Revolutionary tritium-engineered next gen high-power charger
The charger has been engineered, industrialised and manufactured by world-leading electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology specialists, Tritium. The unique design – unveiled at the IAA 2019 Motor
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09/26/2019
Small automotive MOSFETs deliver increased power density
These miniature MOSFETs occupy just 10% of the PCB area of larger packages, such as SOT223, enabling greater power density in DC-DC converters, LED backlighting, ADAS, and other “under-the-hood” automotive applications.
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09/26/2019
RS Components adds robust TDK-Lambda power supply series
The cost-effective RWS-B series of AC-DC industrial power supplies comprises 10 models, each coming with an isolated 5V 1A standby voltage option. This latter feature makes the series suitable for markets including industrial, communications, test and measurement,
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09/26/2019
Isolation technology maximizes power efficiency and minimize emissions
The ADuM4122, an isolated, dual-drive strength output driver that uses iCoupler® technology, empowers designers to harness the benefits of higher efficiency power switch technologies. Electric motor-driven
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09/26/2019
Automotive-grade backlight LED driver optimized for LCD panels
Unlike conventional drivers with 4 channels that support LCDs up to 8”, this IC provides 6 channels of output (with 120mA per channel) that can support LCD panels of up to 10-12” class. At the same time original buck-boost control ensures compatibility with both
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09/26/2019
TSR-WI Series â€
Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications in distributed power systems where different input voltages have to be handled. Being able to use the same converter in many different
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09/26/2019
Analog Devices ADF437x Synthesizers, Now at Mouser
The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372 operates at 62 MHz to 16 GHz for designs that do not require the higher frequency.
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09/26/2019
Active current sharing added to BMR490 DC-DC converter
The current sharing capability enables two or more converters to be used in parallel for demanding datacom applications, thus delivering higher power on a single rail and improving redundancy. Up to six BMR490
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09/26/2019
LED drivers deliver high-current stability in portable devices
Key features include independently controlled output currents configured through an I2C-compatible interface and the ability to combine two devices (with different device identification addresses) to drive four LEDs up to 6A for quad-channel applications. The AL3644
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09/26/2019
New integrated point-of-load regulator increases efficiency
It is a fully integrated and highly efficient device in two versions (IR3826AM for 16 A and IR3826M for 23 A) for applications such as netcom router and switches, datacom, telecom base stations, server and enterprise storage.
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09/26/2019
EMC components: Extended range of power line chokes
The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A and 25 A and offer inductance values of 1.8 μH,
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09/26/2019
Highly efficient 150W & 200W approved external PSUs
Typical efficiencies for ALM150 models reach 93%, and 92% for the ALM200 models. All of the new PSUs meet Energy Efficiency Level VI and consume less than 0.15W in standby mode. For medical applications, the
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Technology enhances and simplifies design of 75 to 150W outputs
The SA modules are available with 5V /15A, 12V /12.5A, 15V /10A and 24V /6.25A outputs and offer a cost-effective solution for low power output requirements. The SA module’s patented loop control design uses
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09/26/2019
High reliability 80W DC/DC converter with 10 year warranty
Packaged in an industry standard 2x1 inch, six sided, shielded metallic case, the MGF80 series has been designed to Cosel’s strict criteria for high performance and reliability, contributing to the company’s world class quality with a failure rate of below 30
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09/26/2019
Innovative high-power, high-frequency transformer
Murata’s innovative and patented pdqb winding technology makes it possible to construct high frequency transformers of up to and over 400 kW that can operate at frequencies as high as 50 kHz. The pdqb winding technique overcomes the skin and proximity effects as
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09/26/2019
Cable Assemblies Support High Speeds Through PCIe Gen 5
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) continues to extend its Sliver line of connectors and cable assemblies for SFF-TA-1002 with new cabled receptacles and cable assemblies that consolidate signal and power into one cost-effective solution. Like previous solutions, this new version complies with the
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09/26/2019
800Vdc Input Voltage DC-DC Converters Deliver up to 2000W
ABSOPULSE Electronics’ HVI 2K-F6W series of high input voltage DC-DC converters employ field-proven HVI2500 topology to deliver up to 2000W output power. The converters are suitable for a broad range of industrial applications that require a rugged, reliable, DC-power supply capable of accepting high input
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09/25/2019
TTI Adds All Sensors to Global Line Card
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., has announced today the company has entered into a North America distribution agreement with All Sensors Corporation, an Amphenol company. All Sensors is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of ultra-low pressure sensors. Lew LaFornara, TTI Vice
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09/25/2019
Driven by falling prices and rising consumer demand for thinner, lighter and more colourful television sets, market revenue for active matrix organic light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) displays used in TVs is expected to more than double during the next six years, according to IHS Markit | Technology, now a part
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09/25/2019
Machine Learning Finds new Metamaterial Designs

An illustration of a dielectric metamaterial with infrared light shining on it.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Electrical engineers at Duke University have harnessed the power of machine learning to design dielectric (non-metal) metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation. The design technique changed what could have been more than 2000 years of calculation into 23 hours,
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09/25/2019
Autonomous Quadruped Designed to Team with Soldiers

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory developed the Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, as part of the lab's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance.

ADELPHI, Md. - Imagine a small U.S. Special Forces team conducting covert operations in a hostile territory. The mission requires the team be limited in size, but able to carry extensive equipment, both explosive and inert, in order to execute the mission. What makes this team so unique? It consists of both
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09/25/2019
Award to Boost STEM Proficiency Through Augmented Reality

Explore Interactive, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, has received a $300,000 Phase I SBIR award from the National Institutes of Health.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Explore Interactive, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, has received a $300,000 Phase I SBIR award from the National Institutes of Health for its augmented reality platform to help students learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This latest
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09/25/2019
Light Work for Superconductors

Visualizations of electron energies as the experiment ran.

For the first time researchers successfully used laser pulses to excite an iron-based compound into a superconducting state. This means it conducted electricity without resistance. The iron compound is a known superconductor at ultralow temperatures, but this method enables superconduction at higher temperatures.
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09/25/2019
Bottom-up Synthesis of Crystalline 2D Polymers
Scientists at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden have succeeded in synthesizing sheet-like 2D polymers by a bottom-up process for the first time. A novel synthetic reaction route was developed for this purpose. The 2D polymers consist of only a few single atomic layers and, due
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09/25/2019
Wencor Group and GMF AeroAsia Materials Solutions Agreement
SINGAPORE -- Wencor Group (Wencor) and PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia Tbk. (GMF) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a Total Material Solutions Program. “This new agreement with GMF aligns with Wencor’s mission to provide engineering, program
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09/25/2019
Adesto Ships One Billion Non-Volatile Memory Devices
SANTA CLARA, CA – Adesto Technologies Corporation announced it has now shipped more than one billion units of its non-volatile memory (NVM) products. These NVM products offer unique and powerful features that enable customers to achieve enhanced system performance for IoT devices, and are used in applications
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09/25/2019
Orion Fans Expands EC Fan Line with IP68-ATEX Certification
DALLAS, TX - Orion Fans has extended its Electronically Commutated (EC) fan product offering to include a 254 mm IP68-ATEX rated version for water-proof and harsh environment applications. The low-power OA254EC-ATEX Series EC fan combines energy conservation with maximum protection for power-hungry
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09/24/2019
Improving Ductility of Ceramic Materials for Missiles

Purdue University researchers have developed a new process to help overcome the brittle nature of ceramics and make it more durable.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Something as simple as an electric field could soon make wartime missiles or drinking mugs easier to produce and more resilient for fracture. Items such as drinking mugs, missile heads, thermal barrier coatings on engine blades, auto parts, electronic and optic components are
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09/24/2019
Connectors Support Next-Gen Power with up to 140A/Contact
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced MULTI-BEAM Plus connectors, the latest evolution of its highly-successful power connector line. MULTI-BEAM Plus connectors share the same low-profile dimensions and enable the same through-system airflow as previous designs such as MULTI-BEAM XL, MULTI-BEAM
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09/24/2019
Extended Range of Power Line Chokes
TDK Corporation has extended its range of EPCOS power line chokes to include six new types. The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A
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09/24/2019
MagnaChip Targets e-Bike Market with High-Performance MOSFET
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced the release of a 100V Mid-Voltage MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) with a new thermal package (“M2PAK-7P”) designed for the fast-growing e-Bike market.  This MOSFET with
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09/24/2019
Graphene is 3D as Well as 2D

The Queen Mary research shows that graphene is 3D as well as 2D.

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Realising that it is a 3D material is important for understanding its mechanical properties and for developing novel graphene-based devices. Often hailed as a 'wonder
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09/23/2019
A new way to Turn Heat into Energy
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An international team of scientists has figured out how to capture heat and turn it into electricity. The discovery, published last week in the journal Science Advances, could create more efficient energy generation from heat in things like car exhaust, interplanetary space
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09/23/2019
Artificial Intelligence can Improve Sales by Four Times
INFORMS Journal Marketing Science New Study Key Takeaways: Artificial intelligence can increase sales by four times more than inexperienced workers. If a customer is told about the use of artificial intelligence before purchasing, sales drop by nearly
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09/23/2019
Tesla's new Battery Could Last a Million Miles
It seems impossible, but apparently, the science is sound – Tesla will soon present a battery with a lifespan in the seven digits. Researchers at Dalhousie University published a paper in The Journal of the Electromechanical
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09/23/2019
Cree Announces New York Expansion Update
DURHAM, N.C.--Cree, Inc. announced plans to establish a silicon carbide corridor on the East Coast of the United States with the creation of the world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. The company will build a brand new, state-of-the-art, automotive-qualified 200mm power and RF wafer fabrication
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09/23/2019
MLFA AEC-Q200 Compliant MELF Expands Value Range
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole's MLFA AEC-Q200 compliant MELFs are now available in an expanded value range of 1 ohm to 3.4Meg ohm. The MLFA offers power ratings of 0.3W in the 0102 package size, 0.4W in the 0204, and 1W in the 0207 size. Tolerances down to 0.1% and TCR as low as 15 ppm are available
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09/23/2019
Ultrafast Rectifiers Increase Power Density and Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new 200 V FRED Pt Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the eSMP series MicroSMP (DO-219AD) package, including the industry's first such device to offer a current rating to 2 A. Measuring 2.5 mm by 1.3 mm with a low 0.65 mm profile, the 1 A VS-1EQH02HM3
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09/23/2019
Miniature Ceramic Resonators for Rugged Applications
Abracon announces availability of new AWSCR miniature ceramic resonator solutions for a broad range of rugged applications, including motor control, computing, consumer electronics and industrial applications. These devices feature a wide lineup of available frequencies (2MHz to 16MHz) and a compact
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09/20/2019
Lighting the Path to Renewable Energy
Solar power offers a promising, renewable alternative to fossil fuels. But solar power production is complicated and influenced by ever-changing factors like cloud coverage, the time of day, and even dust particles in the air. Professor Mahesh Bandi of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate
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09/20/2019
'Nanochains' Could Increase Battery Capacity

Artistic depiction of a coin cell battery with a copper electrode (left) containing a black nanochain structure, which researchers have discovered could increase the capacity of a battery and cut charging time.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- How long the battery of your phone or computer lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery's negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can't generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails. Materials with
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09/20/2019
Clean Energy and Grid Cybersecurity Research at UTSA

Through the strategic alliance between the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) at UTSA and CPS Energy, three new projects totaling approximately $750,000 will focus on improving grid security and resilience, solar energy generation and more efficient technology for power generation.

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, faculty members at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will conduct research to enhance green power generation and smart grid security. Through the strategic alliance between the Texas Sustainable Energy Research
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09/20/2019
Highest Efficiency for Flexible CZTSSe Thin-Film Solar Cell

(A) A comparison diagram of the existing 3-story structure of CZTSSe solar cell (left) and the newly developed multi-story structure (right) (B) A mimetic diagram showing the differences of efficiency and uniformity between the existing 3-story structure of CZTSSe solar cell (left) and the newly developed multi-story structure (right)

DGIST announced on Tuesday, September 10 that Dr. Jin-Kyu Kang's research team in Division of Energy Technology achieved 11.4% for the photoelectric conversion1 efficiency of flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cell, the highest in the world. This research is expected to contribute to the development of future solar
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09/20/2019
AI Helps Reduce Amazon Hydropower Dams' Carbon Footprint
ITHACA, N.Y. - A team of scientists has developed a computational model that uses artificial intelligence to find sites for hydropower dams in order to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hydropower dams can provide large quantities of energy with carbon footprints as low as sources like solar and
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09/20/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking BeagleBone AI
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the newly released BeagleBone AI. BeagleBone AI, created by the BeagleBoard.org Foundation, is a powerful open hardware computer that makes it easy to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used
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09/20/2019
1000 W AC-DC Enclosed Power Supplies
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions announced the ABE1000 Series and MBE1000 Series of enclosed power supplies, which are ideal for industrial (ABE Series) and medical (MBE Series) applications and available in a variety of single output voltages. The ABE1000
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09/19/2019
Flash LED Drivers Deliver High-Current Stability
Plano, Texas - Diodes Incorporated announced the AL3644, a high-speed, dual-channel flash LED driver designed to support advanced camera flash and torch functionality, as offered by the latest smartphones and other portable consumer devices. Key features include
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09/19/2019
A New Series of Ceramic-Based EPCOS Ultrasonic Sensor Disks
TDK Corporation presents a new series of ceramic-based EPCOS ultrasonic sensor disks, comprising two standard types. The B59050Z0206A030 sensor disk has a diameter of 5.0 mm and thickness of 1.02 mm. With a serial resonance frequency of 2000 kHz it features thickness oscillation mode (axial), making is suitable
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09/19/2019
Synthesizers Offer Wide Frequency Ranges
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the ADF4371 and ADF4372 microwave wideband synthesizers from Analog Devices Inc. The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372
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09/19/2019
PCIe Gen 4 Card Edge Connectors Support Speeds up to 16 Gbps
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its new PCIe Gen 4 card edge connectors, which meet industry PCI-SIG Card Electromechanical (CEM) specification 4.0 and support Intel and AMD next-generation platforms with up to 16 Gbps of bandwidth. Designed to support next-generation CPUs for better system
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09/19/2019
New Vector Scheduling Workforce Management Solution
TAMPA, FL - Vector Solutions announced the launch of Vector Scheduling, a dynamic platform for employee scheduling, resourcing, and human capital management, for its commercial sector industries. Joining forces with CrewSense,
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09/18/2019
SIL 3-Rated Power Supply Now Shipping from Sager Electronics
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Phoenix Contact’s SIL 3 rated QUINT 20+ Power Supply. The new QUINT 20+ power supply introduces a single SIL 3, conformal coated device solution
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09/18/2019
Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology

Scientists have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. The interference technology used in the microchip has been around for a little while. This is the first time technical obstacles have been overcome to fabricate a miniature device able to capture high quality images.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Scientists in Christine Hendon's and Michal Lipson's research groups at Columbia University, New York, have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. The interference technology, like bat sonar but using light instead of sound waves, used in the microchip
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09/18/2019
Press-Fit Capacitors Eliminate the Need for Solder
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., announces the availability of KEMET’s new Press-Fit Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors. The ALF20 and ALF40 series press-fit capacitors eliminate the need for solder, and therefore, the associated production and quality issues. They are the next evolution of snap-in capacitors,
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09/18/2019
Thermal Solver Delivers Electrical-Thermal Co-Simulation

A temperature profile of 3D structures inside a package with metal interconnects,
as generated by the Cadence Celsius Thermal Solver

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. expanded its presence in the system analysis and design market with the introduction of the Cadence Celsius Thermal Solver, the industry’s first complete electrical-thermal co-simulation solution for the full hierarchy of electronic systems from ICs to physical enclosures. Following
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09/18/2019
Researchers Awarded $11 Million+ for Quantum Technologies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead or participate in collaborative research projects aimed at harnessing the power of quantum mechanics to advance a range of technologies including computing, fiber optics and network communication.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.--Three researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead or participate in collaborative research projects aimed at harnessing the power of quantum mechanics to advance a range of technologies including computing, fiber optics and network communication. The
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09/17/2019
High-Power TVS Diodes Protect Vulnerable Electronics
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. announced a new series of higher surge TVS Diode products in an DO-214AB package. The 8.0SMDJ series is optimized to protect sensitive electronic equipment from transient voltage induced by lightning and other voltage events. Because it combines up to 8000W of peak
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09/17/2019
Automotive-Grade Backlight LED Driver Optimized for LCDs
ROHM announced the availability of the latest LED driver IC, the BD81A76EFV-M, optimized for LCD backlight in instrument cluster, center information displays and car navigation. Unlike conventional drivers with 4 channels that support LCDs up to 8”, this ICprovides 6 channels of output (with 120mA per channel)
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09/17/2019
5-10W Ultra-Compact Size AC/DC Converter Series
MORNSUN launched an ultra-compact size AC/DC converter series LSxx-13Bxx, which covers 5W, 8W and 10W, as an extension of the previous LS series. Now, the power range of MORNSUN LS family can provide 1W, 3W, 5W, 8W and 10W. Housed in compact vertical and 90 degree bent SIP
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09/17/2019
High-Reliability AC/DC Converter LDE/LHE Family
MORNSUN launched new 45W & 60W AC/DC converters for 85-264Vac input voltage range of LDE series, 5W & 10W AC/DC converters for 85-305Vac input voltage range of LDE series, and 10W, 15W, 25W, 40W, 60W AC/DC converters for 85-305Vac input voltage range of LHE series. With these new products
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09/17/2019
150 Watt Enclosed Switching Power Supply
MORNSUN released a new enclosed switching power supply series LMF150-20Bxx with active PFC. The LMF150-20Bxx series features compact size, universal input voltage range of 85-264Vac, accepts AC or DC input and the PF is up to 0.99. The series also meets IEC/EN/UL62368, EN60335, GB4943 standards.
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09/17/2019
Heavy-Duty Indicator Series for 8, 22 and 30mm Applications
FARMINGDALE, N.J.—Dialight launched a new series of heavy-duty panel mount indicators designed for rugged environment applications, such as power, status or warning indication in manufacturing, construction, mining and oil and gas equipment. The four new products—the 620, 621,
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09/17/2019
Varistors with High ESD Robustness for Automotive Ethernet
TDK Corporation has expanded its lineup of multilayer varistors for automotive Ethernet with a new type (AVRH10C221KT1R5YA8) with a very high ESD robustness for use in especially hostile environments. The new addition to the AVR series thus provides reliable ESD protection up to 25 kV (IEC61000-4-2). Moreover,
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09/17/2019
Mouser's Horticulture Site Focuses on LEDs, Sensors, IoT
Mouser Electronics, Inc., has unveiled their new Horticulture Applications Site on Mouser.com, offering
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09/17/2019
LDO Linear Regulator can Help Double Battery Life
DALLAS - Texas Instruments (TI) introduced an ultra-low-power low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator with the industry’s lowest quiescent current (IQ) of sub-25 nA – one-tenth that of competing ultra-small devices. The new regulator features low IQ control at light loads even in
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09/17/2019
Crossbar Switch Supports Signal Routing up to 20Gbps
Seattle, Washington – Diodes Incorporated announced, at USB Developer Days, the PI3DBS16222 crossbar switch for high-speed differential and serial signals. Optimized for the latest protocols, it provides an almost-universal solution to routing high-speed
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09/17/2019
Mouser Electronics, Transphorm Global Distribution Agreement
Mouser Electronics, Inc., has signed a global distribution agreement with Transphorm, manufacturers of high-quality, high-reliability gallium nitride (GaN) transistors for high-voltage power conversion applications. According to the agreement, Mouser will distribute Transphorm’s lines of JEDEC- and AEC-Q101-qualified
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09/17/2019
UK's Bristol Airport Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity
With nearly 9 million annual passengers, Bristol Airport is the ninth-busiest airport in the UK and a prime candidate for a green overhaul. They’ll get that courtesy of the Danish energy provider, Ørsted, and 100%
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09/16/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

Using Silicon Carbide (SiC) FETs in Data Center power supplies and telecom rectifiers With the deployment of 5G Networks, we can expect a massive build out worldwide, requiring many high-quality telecom rectifiers to provide the needed power.  To meet the need for improved efficiency,
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09/16/2019
New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

Artistic representation of a nickel-based electrode as a broken down fuel pump and of a cerium-based electrode as a new, productive pump.

If the idea of flying on battery-powered commercial jets makes you nervous, you can relax a little. Researchers have discovered a practical starting point for converting carbon dioxide into sustainable liquid fuels, including fuels for heavier modes of transportation that may prove very difficult to electrify,
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09/16/2019
Welcome Indoors, Solar Cells

The organic solar cell optimized to convert ambient indoor light to electricity.

Swedish and Chinese scientists have developed organic solar cells optimised to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The power they produce is low, but is probably enough to feed the millions of products that the internet of things will bring online. As the internet of things expands, it is
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09/16/2019
Light and Sound in Silicon Chips: The Slower the Better

Top-view microscope image of a surface acoustic wave photonic device in silicon on insulator. A grating of gold stripes (right) is used to drive acoustic waves, which then affect light in standard waveguides.

Integrated circuits in silicon enable our digital era. The capabilities of electronic circuits have been extended even further with the introduction of photonics: components for the generation, guiding and detection of light. Together, electronics and photonics support entire systems for data communication and
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09/16/2019
Advancing Noise Cancelling for Quantum Computers
HANOVER, N.H. - A team from Dartmouth College and MIT has designed and conducted the first lab test to successfully detect and characterize a class of complex, "non-Gaussian" noise processes that are routinely encountered in superconducting quantum computing systems. The characterization
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09/16/2019
Tool Suites for Future Airborne Capability Environment
Boston, Mass. – With the latest release of the LDRA tool suite, LDRA
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09/16/2019
Catch-22 in Graphene-Based Molecular Devices Resolved

The researchers produced an electrically effective structure by building a graphene-like molecule stack to form a electron path through the graphene-like molecules P orbitals....

The conductivity of graphene has made it a target for many researchers seeking to exploit it to create molecular scale devices and now a research team jointly led by University of Warwick and EMPA have found a way past a frustrating catch 22 issue of stability and reproducibility that meant that graphene based
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09/16/2019
Cyber Security of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Trialled
The privacy and security of data in CAVs has been improved thanks to WMG, University of Warwick who tested four innovations that were results of the PETRAS project. CAVs can now connect to each other, roadside infrastructure, and roadside infrastructure to each other more securely. In the near future
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09/16/2019
Isolation Technology Maximizes Power Efficiency
NORWOOD, Mass.--Analog Devices, Inc., announced a simple power solution that maximizes efficiency and minimizes electromagnetic (EM) emissions of motion systems as customers migrate to higher density automation. The ADuM4122, an isolated, dual-drive strength output driver that uses iCoupler technology,
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09/16/2019
Proximity Sensor Provides Sensing Distance up to 30 cm
MALVERN, Pa. — The optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new proximity sensor that offers a sensing distance of up to 30 cm. Combining an IR emitter, photo detectors for proximity, amplifiers, and ADC circuitry into a single package, the Vishay Semiconductors VCNL3040
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09/16/2019
Report: Energy Efficiency Leads Energy Sector Job Growth
LOS ANGELES – Energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment of U.S. energy-sector employment, now employing more than 2.3 million Americans, according
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09/16/2019
Creating a Record-Breaking Solar Cell

The innovative method allows forming the electrode layer as thin as 1-2 nm, evenly covering even rough surfaces of tandem architectures.

Tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cells, produced as a result of the collaboration between Lithuanian and German researchers, have reached an efficiency of 23.26 per cent, which currently is a world record value in this type of cells. One reason for the success lies in the cell's intermediate layer of organic molecules:
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09/13/2019
Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride

Magnon-electron drag is an advective effect between magnons (waves of precession in the spins of individual atoms & represented as little grey cones) and electrons (green dots).

An international team of researchers has observed that local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material - where spins weren't thought to correlate long enough to do so. This effect, which the researchers call "paramagnon drag thermopower," converts
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09/13/2019
New Health Monitors are Flexible and Graphene-Enabled

Flexible and transparent bracelet that uses graphene to measure heart rate, respiration rate and blood pulse oxygenation continuously.

New technological devices are prioritizing non-invasive tracking of vital signs not only for fitness monitoring, but also for the prevention of common health problems such as heart failure, hypertension, and stress related complications, among others. Wearables based on optical detection mechanisms are proving
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09/13/2019
PCIe Card Enables Cloud Gaming-as-a-Service
NEWARK, CA — SMART Embedded Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., announced the availability of a powerful new PCI Express card, the PCIE-7217. SMART EC’s PCIE-7217 features Intel’s latest processor for cloud gaming, the Intel Core i7 processor, along with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, which
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09/13/2019
A Robot With a Firm yet Gentle Grasp

A robotic gripper developed in the lab of University at Buffalo engineer Ehsan Esfahani uses repulsion between magnets to adjust the stiffness of its grip, improving safety.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing it. We can hammer a nail. One characteristic that allows us to perform a variety of tasks is the ability to alter the firmness of our grip, and University
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09/13/2019
Charge Change: How Electric Forces Vary in Colloids
Colloidal suspensions heterogenous mixtures of particles with diameters of about 2-500 nanometers, which are permanently suspended in a second phase, usually a liquid. Owing to the small particle size of the suspended material, a colloid does not separate into its characteristic components even if allowed to
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09/13/2019
Battery Icons Define User Identities
New research from Cass Business School has found that battery icons on mobile phones shape how people view time and space, and how battery conservation practices define user identities. The study of London commuters found that respondents viewed their daily trip in terms of the time and distance between
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09/12/2019
Specialized Training Benefits Young STEM Researchers

Students in the First-Year Research Immersion program work in a laboratory.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University, State University of New York has proven that young college students are capable of leading real research. And according to a new study, students in FRI do better when the instructors who oversee their projects are provided
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09/12/2019
Open Source Initiative for Wearable Sensor Algorithms

This is Geoffrey Gill, President, Shimmer Americas.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Shimmer Research announced the launch of a healthcare industry open source initiative for wearable sensor algorithms. The initiative is being co-founded by Shimmer, Dr. Vincent van Hees, author of the GGIR software and algorithms for movement sensor calibration, sensor wear detection, and signal
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09/12/2019
Driver Compatible with Phase Dimming and 0-10V Dimming
Environmental Lights announced the launch of Universal Dimming Drivers. Universal Dimming Drivers are full-capacity LED power supplies compatible with phase dimming and 0-10V dimming systems. They operate with an input voltage of 120-277VAC and are an ideal dimming power solution for many commercial
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09/12/2019
RIA12 & NF F 01-510 Compliant Surge Protection Modules
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER announces the release of their TFI Series of surge filters designed to clamp momentary over-voltage transients up to 385 VDC (20 ms) to protect the DC/DC Converter from being damaged. Input transients defined by EN 50155 (up to 154 VDC) are covered by the wide input range of dedicated
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09/12/2019
Spin Devices Get a Paint Job
Physicists created a new way to fabricate special kinds of electronic components known as spintronic devices. These high-performance, low-power devices have a promising future, so efficient ways to make them are highly sought after. The new fabrication method is interesting because it uses organic molecules
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09/12/2019
Connectors Facilitate Transition to 112G PAM-4
HARRISBURG, Pa -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its STRADA Whisper R backplane connectors, which make future data center system upgrades easier. A newly-optimized footprint helps ensure low crosstalk noise and enables the migration path from 56G PAM-4 to 112G PAM-4. STRADA Whisper R connectors use
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09/12/2019
Miniature Automotive MOSFETs with Increased Power Density
Plano, Texas - Diodes Incorporated announced the introduction of the 40V-rated DMTH4008LFDFWQ and 60V-rated DMTH6016LFDFWQ automotive-compliant MOSFETs packaged in DFN2020. These miniature MOSFETs
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09/12/2019
Server-Based Software for Global AV Management
IRVINE, CA – September 12,2019– ATEN Technology, Inc., launched ATEN Unizon, server-based software that provides AV/IT professionals with the power to manage, monitor, and control ATEN Modular Matrix and Video Matrix solutions in real time. “Managing devices located at different
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09/12/2019
HID Global Acquires HydrantID
AUSTIN, Texas  ̶  HID Global announced that it has acquired HydrantID, a provider of management and automation services to secure enterprise organizations’ data, IT systems, networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). Specializing in public key infrastructure (PKI) as a service, HydrantID has issued
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09/12/2019
 Environmental Lights Announces Universal Dimming Driver
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of Universal Dimming Drivers. Universal Dimming Drivers are full-capacity LED power supplies compatible with phase dimming and 0-10V dimming systems. They operate with an input voltage of 120-277VAC and are an ideal dimming power solution
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09/12/2019
Riedon Reveals new Temperature Sensing and Control Solutions
Alhambra, California – Riedon has introduced three new product lines leveraging its precision-resistor knowhow to simplify thermal sensing and monitoring, including miniature self-controlled heaters and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs). The PTC series of miniature heaters are positive-temperature-coefficient
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09/11/2019
Rugged Computing Platform with Accelerated Processing
SAN JOSE, Calif. — ADLINK Technology, Inc., released its latest Extreme Rugged, SWaP-optimized VITA 75 COTS computing platform, the HPERC-KBL, designed for mission-critical applications such as C4ISR and use in the world’s most demanding military and aerospace environments. ADLINK
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09/11/2019
200 V Qspeed Diodes Excel in Audio Amplifiers
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced that its 200 V Qspeed diodes – LQ10N200CQ and LQ20N200CQ – are now available with AEC-Q101 automotive qualification. Qspeed silicon diodes use merged-PIN technology to offer a unique balance of soft switching and low reverse recovery charge
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09/11/2019
ATS Services Provide Cooling Answers for Digi-Key Customers
NORWOOD, MA – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is now providing design engineering services for companies doing business with leading electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, through their Design Services Provider network. ATS offers comprehensive thermal analysis and design
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09/11/2019
Smart Artificial Hand Merges User and Robotic Control
EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands - in particular for amputees - that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested
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09/11/2019
Cell Internet Users Place Privacy Burden on Themselves
A new report from the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center -- a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University -- details the kinds of online privacy tradeoffs that disproportionately impact
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09/11/2019
Betting on Waste
Most of the materials that maintain our modern lives -- fuels, pharmaceuticals and other commodity chemicals -- come from non-renewable sources. Over time the acquisition of these materials becomes more costly as their supplies diminish. A prime example is petroleum, from which we derive fuels that feed our
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09/11/2019
Graphene sets Stage for Next-Gen THz Astronomy Detectors

The image depicts a schematic of terahertz (THz) heterodyne detection with graphene. In this, two THz waves (red) are coupled into graphene, where they are combined or mixed. One of the waves is a high intensity signal generated by a local THz light source (i.e. a local oscillator), at a known THz frequency. The other signal is a faint THz wave that mimics the waves coming from space.

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have demonstrated a detector made from graphene that could revolutionize the sensors used in next-generation space telescopes. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy. Beyond superconductors,
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09/11/2019
High-Speed Image Sensor Enables Intelligent Vision Systems
PHOENIX, Ariz. – ON Semiconductor has announced the introduction of the ARX3A0 digital image sensor with 0.3 Mega-Pixel (MP) resolution in a 1:1 aspect ratio. With up to 360 frames per second (fps) capture rate it can perform like a global shutter in many
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09/11/2019
Renesas Solution Speeds Dev Time for Industrial Network Equipment
TOKYO ―Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of the RX72M Industrial Network Solution to accelerate the development of industrial slave equipment using the RX72M Group of 32-bit industrial Ethernet microcontrollers (MCUs). The new RX72M solution includes an evaluation
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09/11/2019
Oscilloscope Doubles Maximum Bandwidth to 16 GHz
With new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models, the R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope family, the most compact multi-purpose lab instrument available, is now scalable from the 4 GHz minimum up to the full 16 GHz bandwidth. Additional new highlights are powerful debugging functions such as the high-speed serial pattern
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09/11/2019
Flexible Solar Cells a Step Closer to Reality
Solar cells that use mixtures of organic molecules to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity, that can be applied to curved surfaces such as the body of a car, could be a step closer thanks to a discovery that challenges conventional thinking about one of the key components of these devices. A
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09/11/2019
Delphi Technologies Partners with Cree for Automotive SiC
DURHAM, N.C. — Delphi Technologies PLC and Cree, Inc. announce a partnership to utilize silicon carbide semiconductor device technology to enable faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic systems for future electric vehicles
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09/10/2019
CUI Devices Expands Capacitive Incremental Encoder Line
CUI’s Motion Group announced the addition of a new series to its innovative AMT incremental encoder family designed to support larger motor shaft sizes from 9 mm to 15.875 mm (5/8 inch). The AMT13 series, based on CUI’s proprietary capacitive ASIC technology, brings the same high levels of durability, accuracy,
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09/10/2019
Peltier Coolers Provide Thermal Stability
Digital light processing (DLP) technology is now used in many smart automotive headlight systems to cast sharper and brighter light in front of a vehicle. These automotive headlight systems operate in temperature environments that can reach 110°C. However, the maximum operating temperature
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09/10/2019
Are Black Holes Made of Dark Energy?

Objects like Powehi, the recently imaged supermassive compact object at the center of galaxy M87, might actually be GEODEs. The Powehi GEODE, shown to scale, would be approximately 2/3 the radius of the dark region imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope.

Two University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers have identified and corrected a subtle error that was made when applying Einstein's equations to model the growth of the universe. Physicists usually assume that a cosmologically large system, such as the universe, is insensitive to details of the small
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09/10/2019
Not Self-Driving Cars -- More People in Fewer Vehicles

This is Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., author and an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning within FAU's College for Design and Social Inquiry.

This year alone, there are about 276 million vehicles operating on roads throughout the United States. Despite the current fascination with the concept of self-driving cars and their potential to reduce traffic congestion, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University says that may not be a solution. It now appears
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09/10/2019
Are There Health Consequences for not Using a Smartphone?

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking explores the psychological and social issues surrounding the Internet and interactive technologies.

New Rochelle, NY--Many studies have examined the health effects of smartphone abuse, but a new study looks at the sociodemographic features and health indicators of people who have a smartphone but do not use it regularly. This under-studied group of individuals were significantly more likely to report feelings
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09/09/2019
Sensing Traffic Using Advanced Vehicle-Based Sensor Data
PITTSBURGH, PA - Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering collaborated with Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) to better understand how advanced vehicle-based sensor data can inform high resolution traffic flow measurements. Henry Posner,
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09/09/2019
New Aspect of Charge Density Modulations in High Temps

Charge density waves are just the tip of the iceberg of the charge modulation phenomenon: charge density fluctuations are much more pervasive, and may be crucial to unlocking the secrets of high temperature superconductors.

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Politecnico di Milano have identified a crucial new aspect of charge density modulations in cuprate high critical temperature superconductors. They have identified a new electron wave which could help reveal some of the mysteries about superconducting
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09/09/2019
PoE Texas Relaunches Power Over Ethernet to USB Type C
AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ -- PoE Texas has relaunched the world's first and most popular PoE+ to USB-C driver with upgraded capabilities to support Apple iPad Pro Gen 3, Microsoft Surface Go, Google Pixel, and Samsung Tab tablet computers. With new, customized power delivery profiles designed to maintain the
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09/09/2019
TTI Offers Broad Inventory of Ohmite Power Resistors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., provides a deep and wide inventory offering from Ohmite’s full range of high power thick film resistors. Some of Ohmite’s most popular series include the TAH, TBH, TCH and TKH products. These series are available in TO-220 and TO-252 packaging and are engineered
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09/09/2019
High-Speed Compact Fuses use up to 48% Less Enclosure Space
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., has stock for immediate shipment of multiple values of the Eaton Bussmann High Speed fuses, also called “semiconductor fuses” to reference what they are protecting. Ranging from 50-400 amp, these 500V AC/DC compact fuses use up to 48 percent less enclosure space when compared
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09/09/2019
Ultra-Flat Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Save Space
Liberty, SC – The new ULP Series of Ultra-Low-Profile aluminum electrolytic capacitors from Cornell Dubilier is a real “game-changer” for engineers designing compact electronic devices. Designed specifically for applications requiring bulk capacitance and the lowest board profiles, type ULP offers considerably
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09/09/2019
Coin Cell Electric Supercapacitors Provide Memory Backup
Liberty, SC – The new EDC and EDS series of Coin Cell style EDLC capacitors from Cornell Dubilier (CDE) can replace or extend battery life in on-board memory backup. With quick-response and recharge times, these devices offer higher power than batteries and greater energy than typical aluminum electrolytic
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09/09/2019
Chroma Opens East Coast Demo Room
Chroma is proud to announce the opening of a new state of the art technology demo room in Marlborough, MA. As Massachusetts is a hub for high technology industries, this location provides prospective and existing customers in the East the opportunity to interact with many of Chroma’s new power conversion
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09/09/2019
Using Magnetic Order to Transcend Conventional Electronics

Combination of Faraday rotation and second-harmonic generation obtained the trajectory of an optically induced coherent spin precession. The time-resolved SHG is a valuable tool for the study of antiferromagnetic spin dynamics providing complementary information that is inaccessible by other techniques.

Researchers around the world are constantly looking for ways to enhance or transcend the capabilities of electronic devices, which seem to be reaching their theoretical limits. Undoubtedly, one of the most important advantages of electronic technology is its speed, which, albeit high, can still be surpassed
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09/06/2019
Experiment: Lithium-Sulphur Battery Nanoparticles Detected
Lithium-sulphur batteries are regarded as one of the most promising candidates for the next generation of energy storage devices. They have a theoretical gravimetric energy density that is five times higher than that of the best lithium-ion batteries currently available. And they even work at sub-zero temperatures
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09/06/2019
LEDs: NIST Introduces New Lamp Calibration Lab
Question: How many measurement scientists does it take to screw in an LED lightbulb? Answer: For researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), half as many as it took a few weeks ago. In June, NIST began offering a faster, more accurate and less labor-intensive calibration
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09/06/2019
A Decade of Renewable Energy Investment Tops $2.5 Trillion

Solar power will have drawn half - USD 1.3 trillion - of the USD 2.6 trillion in renewable energy investments made over the decade.

Frankfurt / Nairobi - Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade - 2010 to 2019 inclusive - is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology, according to new figures published today. According to the
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09/06/2019
The Future of Mind Control
Electrodes implanted in the brain help alleviate symptoms like the intrusive tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. But current probes face limitations due to their size and inflexibility. "The brain is squishy and these implants are rigid," said Shaun Patel. About four years ago, when he discovered
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09/06/2019
Seoul Semi Files Litigation for Cell Phone Flashlight LEDs

Seoul Semiconductor's headquarters.

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09/05/2019
Silicon Carbide more Efficient than Silicon as Semiconductor

At the interface between silicon dioxide and silicon carbide, irregular clusters of carbon rings occur, which disturb the electronic function.

In power electronics, semiconductors are based on the element silicon - but the energy efficiency of silicon carbide would be much higher. Physicists of the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and ABB explain what exactly is preventing the use of this combination of silicon and carbon in the scientific
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09/05/2019
600 W AC-DC and DC-DC Convection-Cooled Power Supplies
Bel Power Solutions announced the ACC600 Series and MCC600 Series of convection cooled open frame power supplies which are ideal for industrial (ACC Series) and medical (MCC Series) applications and available in a variety of single output voltages. The
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09/05/2019
Big Ideas eBook Studies How to go from Inspiration to Design
Mouser Electronics, Inc. released Designing
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09/05/2019
Insulation Technique for More Powerful and Smaller Chips

Seamless filling of nanoscale trenches with a porous metal-organic framework enabled by solvent-free conversion of a dense metal oxide film.

Researchers at KU Leuven and imec have successfully developed a new technique to insulate microchips. The technique uses metal-organic frameworks, a new type of materials consisting of structured nanopores. In the long term, this method can be used for the development of even smaller and more powerful chips
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09/04/2019
Charge Fluctuations, a new Property in Superconductors
Superconductivity enables us to prevent loss when transporting energy from power plants to our homes. However, to do this, the lines must be cooled to temperatures that are so low as to make large-scale use of superconductors uneconomic at present. Therefore, in laboratories across the world researchers are
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09/04/2019
LED Drivers Deliver Industry-Leading Power Density
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced new high-power-density members of its LYTSwitch-6
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09/04/2019
Unexpected new Material is Quenched to Ambient Pressure

Alena Ponomareva and Igor Abrikosov, authors from NUST MISIS discuss the graphic results of the theoretical modedlling.

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology MISIS together with colleagues from Germany and Sweden achieved a result that seemed impossible. The researchers managed to create at ultra-high pressures a new material that preserves the structure and properties even under normal atmospheric
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09/04/2019
The Ubiquitous
With summer in the rearview mirror, we have Thanksgiving, the Holidays, and the “most wonderful time of year” to look forward to. Kinda. Sorta. The cold weather is miserable, the Holidays are a huge hassle, and every Turkey Day features an impromptu political sermon from crazy Uncle Bob or Aunt Susan. So
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09/04/2019
LED High Bay Passive Power Supply with CID1 Certification
Farmingdale, N.J. — Dialight announced CID1 Certification for its SafeSite 347V and 480V Passive Power Supply with a lumen range up to 27,000. With minimal use of semiconductors, Dialight’s custom-designed passive power supply system provides superior surge immunity to withstand power quality
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09/04/2019
Test Gets Even More Complex
Welcome to the September issue of PSD! We are again moving into conference season, but with no electronica this year and no large shows concentrating solely on the power industry, it will be a bit quieter than normal, for me at least. I’m sure there won’t be a halt in innovation just because there are no
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09/04/2019
Wearable Medical Devices Need Sophisticated Power Management

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Figure 1: MAX32660 block diagram. (Source: Maxim Integrated)

Ultra-portable wearable monitoring devices allow patients with long-term and chronic illnesses to integrate their monitoring with their daily lives, allowing a high degree of care to be delivered with more convenience than ever before. However, powering these devices for long periods without resorting to a bulky
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09/04/2019
Power Design Challenges in 1500 VDC Photovoltaic Systems

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Figure 1. Key functions of a multi-MW grid-tied PV generator

Although government subsidies for photovoltaic (PV) power generation tend to come and go, installed capacity continues to increase. From a base of 178 GW in 2014, global capacity is predicted to hit 540 GW in 2019.Europe has the largest share, projected to reach 158 GW in 2019, although growth is faster in other
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09/04/2019
Transitioning from IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065

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Figure 1: The HBSE three-block models.

IEC 62368-1-based standards will soon be replacing a number of existing safety standards for IT, communication and audio-visual equipment. And in a move that’s proved a significant boon to product vendors with global customer bases, the US and EU regulators have aligned the date when the new standards replace
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09/03/2019
Matching Gate Drivers to Enhancement Mode GaN Transistors

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Figure 1: Inductance common to source and gate drive causes voltage transients

Gallium Nitride (GaN) HEMT is the enabler for demonstrations of power converters with end-to-end efficiencies greater than today silicon-based solution, comfortably exceeding the most stringent 80+ spec for server and cloud data center or EU Code of Conduct Tier 2 standard for USB PD external adapter. 
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09/03/2019
Power Analyzers: A Designer's Swiss Army Knife in a Box
The Swiss Army Knife (Figure 1) is a whole lot more than a knife. True, it starts out as a basic pocket knife but then it adds everything from screw-drivers, bottle opener, corkscrew, scissors and a half-dozen other useful tools. This venerable pocket tool has been used in numerous analogies for equipment
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09/03/2019
Avoiding AC Power Source Mistakes

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Figure 1: Constant voltage mode operation

This article explains the various functions available to the user of a programmable AC power source to protect the unit under test against various overcurrent and overpower conditions that could cause it to get damaged.  An overview of commonly found protection modes is provided first to set a baseline,
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09/03/2019
High-Current Power Inductors for LED Headlights
TDK Corporation has expanded its lineup of metal core power inductors with the new SPM-VT series that is designed especially for the high thermal and current demands of automotive LED headlights. These wire-wound power inductors feature both a broad operating temperature range from -55 °C up to +155 °C and
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09/03/2019
Power Integrity Verification with an Oscilloscope

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Figure 1: Two R&S RT-ZPR20 power rail probes connected to an R&S RTO oscilloscope. One is connected to a coaxial cable soldered directly into the circuit, while the second has an attached browser module for quick overview measurements. Source: Rohde & Schwarz

In the worst case, advanced electronic designs can have up to a hundred power supply networks with different DC voltages. Each power supply network has its own requirements for DC voltage accuracy and maximum allowable disturbance signals. Unwanted disturbance signals on the DC power supply network can lead
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09/03/2019
Thru-hole Resistors Capable of Handling up to 7 KV
RALEIGH, NC - The RNV Series from Stackpole offers a robust ¼ watt size resistor capable of handling up to 7KV under IEC 60065.14.1 standard testing. The proprietary manufacturing and materials allow the RNV to withstand 1000 hours at 40 degrees C, 90% relative humidity with cycled power
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09/03/2019
Solving the Critical End of (Battery) Life for IoT Devices

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Figure 1: Event-based power analysis on Keysight X8712A IoT device battery life optimization solution

"My battery is low and it's getting dark” was the slightly-massaged final message sent from Oppy, NASA’s Mars rover to mission control in February of this year, causing a worldwide social media sensation. It’s an issue that will be increasingly common over the next decade, as billions of
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09/03/2019
Electronics Test and Measurement Market
The general-purpose electronics test equipment segment includes oscilloscopes, signal generators, digital multimeters, logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, Bit Error Rate Testers (BERT), Vector Network analyzers, power meters, electronic counters, modular instrumentation, Automated Test Equipment (ATE), and
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09/03/2019
A Solar-Powered Spacecraft Inspired by Golden Age of Sail
In space, power is everything – supplies are limited and a recharge is difficult or impossible, so renewable energy is critical. And what’s the most abundant source of energy in the galaxy? The sun. This is hardly a revelation – we’ve tinkered with solar power since the earliest days of the
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09/03/2019
Huge Technology Investment is Not Short of Critics
As well as writing about technology, I try to keep up with the latest news from the sector. Personally, I’m more interested in the technology itself, rather than the business side of things, but I also try keep up with that side when I can. This month, one article caught my eye, in fact it made me do a double
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09/03/2019
Generation of Low-Noise Voltages

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Figure 1. A passive filter at the output of a switching regulator

Linear regulators are outstanding for filtering voltages generated by switching regulators. Switching regulators always have a certain amount of output voltage ripple. In many applications in which very small signals are processed, this ripple can cause interference. Passive components are regularly used to
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09/03/2019
Battery Charger with Industry's Lowest Termination Current
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a new switching battery charger integrated circuit (IC) that supports a termination current of 20 mA. Compared to competing devices, which typically support a termination current higher than 60 mA, TI’s BQ25619 enables 7% higher battery capacity and longer run time.
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09/03/2019
Novel Math Could Bring Machine Learning to the Next Level

The new approach allows artificial intelligence to learn to recognize transformed images much faster.

A team of Italian mathematicians, including one who is also a neuroscientist from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Lisbon, Portugal, has shown that artificial vision machines can learn to recognize complex images spectacularly faster by using a mathematical theory that was developed 25 years
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09/02/2019
The Storage, Release of Mechanical Waves Without Energy Loss

Experimental setup, consisting of a waveguide bar with cavity and side channels. The excitation of elastic waves traveling along the bar is provided by piezoelectric actuators placed at the two ends of the system. Credit: Giuseppe Trainiti, Georgia Tech

Their proof-of-concept experiment may have broad implications for efficient harvesting, storing, and control of energy flow for mechanical and optical applications The findings may facilitate improved technology for monitoring the structural integrity of bridges and other structural components The
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09/02/2019
Hydrophobic Silica Colloid Electrolyte Holds Promise

Schematic graph and experimental data showing the lithium dendrite prevention effect of 10 wt% HSCE. Schematic graph and experimental data showing the anticorrosion effect of 10 wt% HSCE.

Traditional lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries cannot satisfy increasing demand for large-scale electricity consumption. Rechargeable aprotic lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries have become potential candidates due to their ultrahigh theoretical energy density, which is about 10 times that of Li-ion batteries. Lithium
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09/02/2019
Technology Could make Fracking Cheaper, more Environmental
LAWRENCE -- Hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as "fracking," has brought about a new era of energy abundance in the United States, slowing American dependence on foreign oil and creating domestic jobs. But the practice of extracting natural gas and oil by using water pressure to fracture shale
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09/02/2019