Notable & Newsworthy

November 2019
World's Lowest Profile Push/Pull Nano SIM Card Connector
Hirose has developed the industry’s lowest profile push/pull Nano SIM card connector. Featuring an ultra-low profile of 1.12mm, the KP13C Nano SIM card connector offers a printed circuit board (PCB) mounting space savings of up to 23% compared to other products on the market. The miniature
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11/30/2019
Mouser, Grant Imahara Explore Innovator Crowd Funding
Mouser Electronics Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara unveiled the third video in the Engineering Big Ideas series, part of their award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program. To watch the third video in the series, go to https://mou.sr/EIT2019-3. In
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11/30/2019
AutoChips and X-FAB Launch China's First TPMS Chipset
AutoChips Inc., in partnership with X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE, has successfully initiated volume production of a highly advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) chipset. The automotive-grade AC5111 chipset has been fully designed in-house by AutoChips’ skilled engineering team and is being manufactured
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11/30/2019

Low profile open frame OVC III certified power supplies
Benefiting from the latest power switching technologies, the LHA150F is 30% smaller and gains up to 4.5 efficiency points compared to the previous LFA150F, whilst the more powerful LHA300F gains up to 6 points of efficiency and is 50% smaller than the LFA300F. In
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11/27/2019
Microchip delivers up to 90 W over Ethernet wiring
This development eases the transition to using IEEE 802.3bt-2018-compliant PoE injectors and midspans for users, and Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) chipsets for system developers. As the industry adopts the
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11/27/2019
High-Side Load Switch with True Reverse Current Blocking
Single-channel high-side load switches provide an effective way of applying or removing power to a load, particularly to removable peripherals powered through a USB port. The large output capacitors (100µF) associated with the USB port and self-powered USB peripherals
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11/27/2019
Infineon adds industrial-grade CoolGaN devices
The CoolGaN 400 V device (IGT40R070D1 E8220) is tailored for premium HiFi audio systems where end users demand every detail of their high resolution sound tracks. These have been conventionally addressed by bulky linear or tube amplifiers. With the CoolGaN 400 V
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11/27/2019
ROHM presents Ultra-High Noise Tolerant Comparators
The comparators are ideal for sensor applications in automotive systems such as ECUs and powertrain. New advancements in computerization and increase of densely packed electric devices have increased the amount
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11/27/2019
RS Components adds high-voltage regulated DC power supplies
Aimed primarily at electronic engineers designing IT equipment for industrial, instrumentation and transportation applications, TRI Series power converters combine a sophisticated reinforced isolation system, able to withstand high test voltages, with high common-mode
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11/27/2019
TEN 40E & TEN 40WIE Series â€
Driven by current market trends these series were developed to maximize quality and cost efficiency in one product. Due to a new design approach the TEN 40E and TEN 40WIE thus offer a cost efficient solution with not only no concession on quality or reliability but
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11/27/2019
40V, 2.2MHz Synchronous Buck Converters
The MOSFETs provide point-of-load (PoL) solutions with a continuous output current of either 3.5A or 5A. The devices feature proprietary gate driver technology, delivering superior EMI performance in step-down DC-DC conversion for consumer, industrial, networking,
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11/27/2019
Analog Devices Acquires Test Motors
Based in Barcelona, Spain, Test Motors offers products and services that detect faults in electric motors before they cause damage to production cycles and advises on how and when to repair them. The acquisition expands ADI’s portfolio of condition-based monitoring
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11/27/2019
Automotive-Compliant Level Shifters from Diodes Incorporated
The PI4ULS5V108Q and PI4ULS5V202Q are designed for use in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment, and telematics equipment. Both devices are compatible with either push-pull or open-drain connections,
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11/27/2019
FN 2580 power line EMC Filter Family for Lighting Equipment
The filter can be used in typical single-phase applications (120 VAC and 230 VAC). Or industrial applications when utilizing phase to neutral voltage off three phase power. Example: 480 VAC P-P / 277 VAC P-N and 600 VAC P-P / 347VAC P-N.
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11/27/2019
Components Bureau Adds Artesyn to Its Power Portfolio
This new agreement is part of the company’s strategy to expand its power product portfolio and build on its already established specialist power franchises. Artesyn has a broad power offering with products
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11/27/2019
New Compact 36W, 60W and 90W DIN-Rail Mini Power Supplies
Three new 24VDC output DIN-Rail power supplies have been added to the range; PIM36 (36W - coming soon), PIM60 (60W) and PIM90 (90W). The new PIANO Mini (PIM) power supplies free-up space in industrial automation,
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11/27/2019
CoolSiC MOSFET evaluation board for motor drives up to 7.5 kW
The board will help to pave the way for SiC in motor drives and help strengthening Infineon’s market position as #1 for industrial SiC. It was developed to support customers during their first steps in designing industrial drives applications with a maximum of
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11/27/2019
High power density 15A/50W output digital PoL regulator
The new module provides up to 15A/50W at an adjustable output voltage of 0.6-3.3V, which equates to a 25% higher current and power delivery at 3.3V than the previous 12A maximum for that voltage. The input voltage range of the device is 4.5V to 14V.
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11/27/2019
Medical Blueline Power Range from 5-60W External Adapters
Meeting both DoE Level VI and CoC Tier 2 efficiency requirements, the five Blueline models are UL approved and cover power ratings from 5W to 60W. They are certified to EN 60601-1 medical safety and EMC specifications. Safety features include overvoltage and short-circuit
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11/27/2019
Robust, Low-Latency PHY Technology for Industrial Ethernet
The ADIN1300 is a low-power, single port Ethernet transceiver with industry leading power and latency specifications primarily designed for time-critical industrial Ethernet applications up to Gigabit speeds. As industrial automation increases the adoption of Ethernet
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11/27/2019
20A 40Vdc EMI filters simplify compliance to MIL-COTS applications
Housed in a rugged encapsulated quarter-brick package, it comes with a choice of flanged or non-flanged baseplates. These modules are suitable for use in a wide variety of harsh and demanding environments, including MIL-COTS vehicle and airborne applications.
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11/27/2019
Virgin Hyperloop Tech Ready for 3rd-Party Safety Assessment
Certifer announced they are working with Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) to meet their goal of surpassing the safety of all existing transport systems. Certifer has followed VHO’s progress with the R&D, prototyping and testing stages, and has performed a complete review of their solution design status. The
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11/27/2019
A Record-Setting Transistor

Professor Yuping Zeng (right) and graduate student Peng Cui have worked on designs for transistors that could enable cheaper, faster wireless communications.

Many of the technologies we rely on, from smartphones to wearable devices and more, utilize fast wireless communications. What might we accomplish if those devices transmitted information even faster? That's what Yuping Zeng, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University
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11/26/2019
Big Trucks, Little Emissions
One way of increasing sustainability is to reduce carbon fuel emissions within transportation. In 2017 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from this sector surpassed all others in the U.S., accounting for nearly 30% of total GHG emissions,
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11/26/2019
Position/Displacement System for Analytical Applications
The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc., highlights the availability of its SMT 9700 position/displacement system, which provides high resolution noncontact position/displacement feedback of virtually any electrically conductive target. Kaman’s flexible SMT 9700 features easy, cost-effective
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11/26/2019
Grain from Breweries Could be Converted into Fuel for Homes
A Queen's University Belfast researcher has developed a low cost technique to convert left over barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer barbecues or water filters in developing countries. Breweries in the EU throw
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11/26/2019
UK Company Ready to Take Purdue Heating Tech to the Market

Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation.

A novel heating technology based on materials commonly used in the aerospace industry soon may be helping doctors, forensic scientists and automobile manufacturers. Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation
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11/26/2019
Proposed Barrier Could've Withstood Chernobyl, Fukushima

In December 2017, the 'Chernobyl liquidators' monument by Andrei Kovalchuk was ceremonially unveiled on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow's Victory Park to pay tribute to the people who took part in the clean-up operations after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986.

In the aftermath of the notorious accidents in the history of nuclear energy at Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011), where all three have turned into devastating disasters due to meltdown in the core of a reactor, leading in turn to the release of radiation into the environment, many
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11/26/2019
Nuclear Fusion Plasma Control Expert Pursues Energy Goal

Eugenio Schuster, a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, is an expert in nuclear fusion plasma control. He is pictured at Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) in South Korea.

It's hard to believe, but there is actually one initiative that currently unites the world. It's the quest to build a fusion reactor. The European Union, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, and the United States have all committed funding and scientific resources to build ITER (Latin for "The
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11/26/2019
Calibration System Supports up to Four Accelerometers
MB Dynamics, Inc. announced the global market launch of its “4-in-1” multi device-under-test (DUT) automated accelerometer calibration system (“4-in-1” MDAC).   The “4-in-1” MDAC facilitates simultaneous and accurate calibrations of up to four piezoelectric (charge or
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11/26/2019
AVX Receives the South Carolina Life Sciences Pinnacle Award
AVX Corporation was honored with the South Carolina Life Sciences Pinnacle Award for Organizational Contribution at the 2019 SCBIO Annual Conference, which was held October 29–31 in Greenville, South Carolina. Bestowed by SCBIO Life Sciences Industry, an investor-driven economic development organization exclusively
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11/26/2019
The World's Lowest Profile Nano SIM Card Connector
Hirose has launched the world’s lowest profile Nano SIM card connector. The KP13B Nano SIM card connector reduces the required printed circuit board (PCB) mounting space by up to 26% compared to other products on the market. The space-savings connector simplifies designs in digital cameras,
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11/26/2019
Battery Charging Detector Supports Dual Roles
Diodes Incorporated announced the dual-role PI3USB9201 USB BC 1.2 detector, which incorporates both host and client circuitry, enabling designers to optimize the BoM size and cost of adding USB Type-C interface circuitry in devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, drones, and small home appliances. Unlike
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11/26/2019
Light-Trapping Nanocubes for Cheap Multispectral Camera

A new type of lightweight, inexpensive hyperspectral camera could enable precision agriculture. This graphic shows how different pixels can be tuned to specific frequencies of light that indicate the various needs of a crop field.

Researchers at Duke University have demonstrated photodetectors that could span an unprecedented range of light frequencies by using on-chip spectral filters created by tailored electromagnetic materials. The combination of multiple photodetectors with different frequency responses on a single chip could enable
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11/25/2019
Choke Coil Withstands Temperatures up to 150 Degrees Celsius
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced that the DLW32MH201YK2, a common mode choke coil (CMCC) for Automotive Ethernet*1 (100BASE-T1*2). Withstanding extreme temperatures ranging from -55 to +150ºC, makes this product a world first for its type*3. Mass production of this product will start in December 2019. In
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11/25/2019
Glass-Encapsulated MLVs Rated for 150°C Operation
AVX Corporation released a new series of high-temperature, glass-encapsulated multilayer varistors (MLVs) that are qualified to AEC-Q200, rated for operating temperatures up to 150°C, and designed for use in a wide variety of high-energy, harsh-environment automotive underhood, industrial, and oil and gas applications.
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11/25/2019
Sonatype Fully Automates Container Security
Sonatype announced an open API that makes it easy for third-party container scanners to integrate with Nexus Lifecycle and equip engineering teams with a holistic solution to automatically and accurately control risk related to containers traversing the modern software development lifecycle (SDLC). In
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11/25/2019
Quik-Pak Acquires Wafer-Preparation Firm QBBS
Quik-Pak announced it has acquired Santa Clara-based QBBS to broaden its portfolio of wafer-preparation services. The addition of QBBS’s automated backgrinding capability will enable Quik-Pak to process customer wafers in larger volumes. The deal was finalized on November 1, and Quik-Pak will integrate the
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11/25/2019
Efficient Memory Device Inspired by Lithium-Ion Batteries

The stacked layers in the proposed memory device form a mini-battery that can be quickly and efficiently switched between three different voltage states (0.95 V, 1.35 V, and 1.80 V).

Virtually all digital devices that perform any sort of processing of information require not only a processing unit, but also a quick memory that can temporarily hold the inputs, partial results, and outputs of the operations performed. In computers, this memory is referred to as dynamic random-access memory,
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11/24/2019
Bridging Surface Plasmon Polaritons and the Digital World

(a) The schematic diagram of the prototype of the digital SSPP waveguide, which is supported by the direct interaction between the incident wave and digital coding. (b) The schematic diagram of a single digital SSPP unit, which is described by the period p = 3.2 mm, strip width w = 0.5 mm, slit width s = 0.45 mm, height of below metallic bar h1 = 3 mm, and height of upper metallic bar h2 = 2.8 mm. (c) The simulated dispersion curves of the digital SSPP unit with different states. (d-f) The Eigen-mode field distributions of the digital SSPP units with '1' state (d & e) and '0' state (f) at 7.2 GHz (d & f) and 10 GHz (e).

Digital coding and digital modulation technologies are important cornerstones of modern information science and technology, but they are limited in the digital world. In 2014, Prof. Tie Jun Cui at Southeast University and his coworkers proposed the concept of digital coding metamaterials, which combine the digital
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11/24/2019
Clear, Conductive Coating Could Protect Advanced Solar Cells
MIT researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity. When incorporated into a type of high-efficiency solar cell, the material increased the cell's efficiency and stability. The new findings are reported in the journal
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11/24/2019
Detecting Mental and Physical Stress via Smartphone

The smartphone used as an instrument readily available, for simple self-monitoring of one's health.

Can we use our smartphones without any other peripherals or wearables to accurately extract vital parameters, such as heart beat rate and stress level? The team led by Professor Enrico Caiani of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano has shown that it
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11/24/2019
Software Makes Multi-Physics Electronics Simulator Realistic
Cradle Software, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, announced advanced new co-simulation and post-processing capabilities that make it easier for any engineer to analyse multi-physics problems and analyse mixed fluid-particle interactions. Cradle CFD blends state-of-the-art with
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11/24/2019
More Power Generation for Grid Reliability w/ Climate Change
Researchers created a new modeling approach that accounts for climate and water impacts on electricity infrastructure development. The new analysis compares results with traditional modeling approaches that may or may not consider climate impacts, revealing that the U.S. power grid may
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11/22/2019
Saving the Planet by Improving Energy Storage

Nanomaterials will be key components for enabling wearable technology, according to an international team of researchers whose comprehensive report on the future of the field was published in science this week.

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. But it all hinges on the charged particles moving through invisibly small materials. Scientists and politicians have recognized the need for an urgent and substantial shift in the world's mechanisms
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11/22/2019
Improving Military Communications by Boosting 5G Technology

An Army project developed a carbon nanotube technology that, for the first time, achieved speeds exceeding 100GHz in radio frequency applications, and may boost military communications and sensing technologies.

An Army-funded project may boost 5G and mm-Wave technologies, improving military communications and sensing equipment. Carbonics, Inc., partnered with the University of Southern California to develop a carbon nanotube technology that, for the first time, achieved speeds exceeding 100GHz in radio frequency
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11/22/2019
Water-Based Optical Device Revolutionizes Optics Research

Extracting light modulation using the interfacial Pockels effect.

Light is versatile in nature. In other words, it shows different characteristics when traveling through different types of materials. This property has been explored in various technologies, but the way in which light interacts with materials needs to be manipulated to get the desired effect. This is done using
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11/21/2019
L3Harris Technologies to Fund Space Foundation STEM Programs
Thanks to funding by L3Harris Technologies, the Space Foundation will present its Space in the Community (SITC) program at six Colorado Springs schools in December. SITC is an immersive program for students, parents, teachers, and community members to reinforce the importance of science, technology,
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11/21/2019
Legend Power Systems Introduces SmartGATE Insights
Following its recent announcement of significant enhancements to its SmartGATE platform, Legend Power Systems Inc. has taken a key next step in finding and minimizing building-specific risk and waste created by the electric grid with the introduction of its SmartGATE Insights technology. It is available as a
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11/21/2019
200V Ultra-low IR Schottky Barrier Diodes
In recent years, the technological trend in Drive Systems for 48V mild hybrids is mechanical integration, in which the motor and peripheral circuits are combined into a single module. This demands high efficiency and high voltage SBDs capable of stable operation at high temperatures. At the same time, higher
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11/21/2019
 Environmental Lights Introduces Continuous LED Strip Light
Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new Continuous LED Strip Light. Continuous LED Strip Light is a new style of strip light that utilizes chip on board LEDs to create one diffused line of light. It is ideal for use around reflective surfaces, such as marble floors and countertops, because
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11/21/2019
Belly-to-Belly Connectors can Enable Higher Faceplate Density
TE Connectivity (TE) is introducing its new zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors that are designed to support data rates at both 28G NRZ and 56 Gbps PAM-4. The upright latching feature for zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors is a key capability that can accommodate four row belly-to-belly applications
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11/21/2019
Innovative Low-Temperature Alloy Technology
Indium Corporation continues to innovate alloy technologies with a new high-performance, high-reliability low-temperature alloy. Durafuse LT is a novel, low-temperature alloy system designed to provide high-reliability in low-temperature applications that require a reflow temperature below 210°C.
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11/21/2019
International Transformers UL Recognized as Class 2 Models
Signal Transformer announced select models of the 14A Series One-4-All International Transformers for low power applications are now recognized by UL as Inherently Limited Class 2 transformers per (UL 5085-3). The 14A Series offer better performance at an affordable price point and meet the high isolation, creepage
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11/21/2019
Current Sense Chip Resistor Extends Range Down To 2 milliohm
Stackpole has added a 2 milliohm resistance value to its popular CSS0603 Series. The ultra-precision 0603 metal foil is rated at 0.33W of power and the 2 milliohm resistance value has a TCR of ±150ppm with tolerance capability as low as 1%. The CSS Series' metal alloy element and design combines
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11/21/2019
Bourns, Inc., announced an addition to the company's flyback power transformer line. Designed to support IEEE 802.3 af-compliant, integrated Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Powered Device (PD) and Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) controller applications, Bourns Model SM13117EL provides DC/DC power conversion in isolated
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11/21/2019
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of the R-IN32M4-CL3 IC for industrial Ethernet (IE) communication. Renesas’ latest industrial network device heralds support for CC-Link IE Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), a communication standard for next-generation Ethernet TSN technology. As
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11/21/2019
Powerbox announces power supply for immerged computing
The OFI600A12 is the first commercial power supply designed to meet immerged applications specifications and guarantee the highest level of safety for system and operators. With its built-in digital supervising functions, in just a few minutes the OFI600A12 can be
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11/21/2019
RS Components offers Level VI medical power supplies
The ALM200 is also approved to international medical and IT safety standards. The ALM200 series offers voltage output options of 12V, 15V, 19V, 24V and 48V, each with power output of up to 200W. Class I and
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11/21/2019
Berlin to be the first site of Tesla’s European factory
This gives Tesla direct access to the European electric vehicles (EV) market, which is expected to be the next biggest EV market after China, due to the country’s stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission regulations, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics
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11/21/2019
Flex introduces power modules for railway rolling stock
The new modules are designed for the demands of the EN 50155 standard for railway applications, including a wide input voltage range, surge protection, power interruption and backup, wide operational temperature range, and resistance to shock and vibration.
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11/21/2019
Siemens expands IoT based energy automation offerings
The Grid Diagnostic Suite initially includes four cloud-based applications which collect data from new or existing field devices for protection, distribution automation and power quality. These data are stored and analyzed in the cloud. This requires almost no additional
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11/21/2019
SIGA makes investment in Bedfordshire magnetics facility
SIGA has invested in a larger bobbin winding machine, which can wind heavier gauge wire and copper strip, allowing it to offer customers larger transformers with a higher current carrying capacity and higher power ratings. SIGA has also purchased a Wayne Kerr Precision
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11/21/2019
20A 40Vdc MIL-COTS filters use active circuitry for protection
The FQB MIL-COTS series is designed for the harsh environments found in 28Vdc nominal input vehicle and airborne applications. The filters have high differential and common mode noise attenuation, simplifying
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11/21/2019
ROHM presents new 200V Ultra-low IR Schottky Barrier Diodes
The RBxx8BM/NS200 expands on the RBxx8 lineup of SBDs enabling high temperature operation that have already been proven in the automotive market in Japan. This new series offers ultra-low leakage current (IR) characteristics to achieve high withstand voltage of 200V.
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11/21/2019
Flex DC-DC converters have ultra-wide input range
The 50W PKM7500W offers an extremely wide input voltage range of 12V to 160V, while the 100W PKM7100W has an input range of 14V to 160V. This wide input voltage range means that equipment designers can use
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11/21/2019
Nexperia Launches High-efficiency GaN FET
The GAN063-650WSA features a low RDS(on) - down to 60 mΩ - and fast switching to offer very high efficiency. Nexperia is targeting high performance application segments including xEV, datacentres, telecom
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11/21/2019
Medical PC Power Supplies with potential equalisation
The new supplies provide the reliable ATX power supply of mainboards with +3.3V, +5V, +12V, -12V and + 5Vsb. Due to a minimum load of 0 A at all output voltages, the latest generation mainboards with special
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11/21/2019
For Rohde & Schwarz, access to these messages is critical to the development of test solutions such as QualiPoc, for example, that captures and analyses these messages for determining network quality and customer quality of experience.
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11/21/2019
Maxim Unveils Cuffless Blood-Pressure Measurement Solution
Design engineers can develop blood-pressure trending solutions with the MAXREFDES220# reference design from Maxim. Comprised of a complete integrated optical sensor module, a microcontroller sensor hub and a sensing algorithm, the MAXREFDES220# optical blood-pressure
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11/21/2019
Largest Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System in the Nordics
The Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) energy storage system (ESS) will support frequency regulation at a 21 megawatt (MW) wind farm in northwestern Finland. It will also optimize the wind power, as well as provide backup and black start capabilities.
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11/21/2019
High-Speed IR Emitters Deliver 30% Higher Brightness
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the release of new high speed infrared (IR) emitters in a 2 mm by 1.25 mm by 0.8 mm 0805 surface-mount package, the industry's smallest package to offer opaque side walls. Built on Vishay's SurfLight surface emitter chip technology, the
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11/20/2019
High-Speed Protector Responds in Less Than 1Âμs
Bourns Transient Blocking Units (TBU) high-speed protectors are circuit protection devices constructed using MOSFET semiconductor technology. When placed in a series in the system, the TBU protector monitors the current flowing through the line. If the current exceeds a preset level, the TBU device triggers,
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11/20/2019
Emissions from Electricity Leads to Premature Deaths

University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental U.S.

Air pollution doesn't just come from cars on the road — generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases fine particulate matter into the air. In general, fine particulate matter can lead to heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and other diseases, and is responsible for more than 100,000
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11/20/2019
Four-Way Switch Promises Tunability of Layered Materials

Van-der-Waals layered CuInP2S6 has different properties depending on the locations of copper atoms (orange spheres).

A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an
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11/20/2019
How Much Energy do we Really Need?
Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New IIASA research for the first time provides a basis to answer this question, including the tools needed to relate basic needs
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11/20/2019
Mouser Electronics, Amphenol SSI Sign Distribution Agreement
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with Amphenol SSI. Through the agreement, Mouser now stocks a broad line of Amphenol SSI products, including pressure sensors and gauges, drum liquid level gauges, and combination temperature and pressure gauges. Amphenol SSI P51
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11/20/2019
DC-DC Converters Have Ultra-Wide Input Range
Flex Power Modules announces the PKM7500W and PKM7100W, two new series of quarter-brick modules for powering railway rolling stock equipment. The 50W PKM7500W offers an extremely wide input voltage range of 12V to 160V, while the 100W PKM7100W has an input range of 14V to 160V. This wide input
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11/20/2019
Access Fixtures Introduces Brackets and Mounts for Lighting
Access Fixtures has introduced an introductory line of brackets and mounts for lighting. This launch includes three different bullhorn sizes, two round pole reducer tenons, and a 90 degree wall mount bracket arm. These mounts are for heavy duty commercial and industrial use as well as for home use such as with
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11/20/2019
First Multilayer Band-Pass Filter for Millimeter Wave Bands
TDK Corporation has expanded its lineup of high frequency multilayer products with the world’s first* multilayer band-pass filter for the 28 GHz band in 5G mobile communication networks. The new high-frequency component is based on TDK’s LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) material and precise multilayer
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11/19/2019
Quarter Brick DC-DC Converter Supports GaN Power Amplifiers
Artesyn Embedded Power announced its newest dc-dc converter module focused at Gallium Nitride (GaN) radio frequency (RF) power amplifier (PA) applications, the 500 watt AGQ500 series. Housed in the industry standard quarter-brick format, the AGQ500 series offers greater than 95 percent typical efficiency
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11/19/2019
Mahr Introduces New Vision Capabilities for ICM 100 IP
Mahr Inc. announced the expansion of its proven Precimar ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator with image processing, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment. Existing Precimar Optimar 100 devices can also be upgraded with the new vision capabilities. The ICM 100 is a proven
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11/19/2019
EC Fans Designed For Power-Hungry Applications
Orion Fans has expanded its family of Electronically Commutated (EC) fans to include 11 new fan models to meet a wide range of AC application requirements. Offering more design freedom, the enhanced product offering features 7 new frame sizes with CFMs ranging from 39 CFM to 220 CFM.
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11/19/2019
PSDcast â€

Jason Mical, the Cyber Security Evangelist at Devo

The IoT is on the horizon, and a world that’s more connected is an even more tempting target for hackers and cyber criminals. So it goes without saying that the modern Security Operations Center has its work cut out for it. Here to talk about these issues is Jason Mical, who’s the Cyber Security Evangelist
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11/19/2019
Mouser Electronics Stocks NXP MCUs for Smart LED Lighting
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the S32K ISELED-enabled microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors. Part of NXP’s family of S32K automotive-qualified microcontrollers, the S32K ISELED-enabled devices offer the same feature set, but add the ISELED communication protocol. ISELED is an open alliance dedicated
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11/19/2019
Environmental Lights Launches 5-in-1 LED Light Sheets
Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new 5-in-1 LED Light Sheets. The 5-in-1 LED Light Sheet is a cuttable and modular light sheet designed specifically for backlighting applications where bolder colors or softer pastels are of critical importance. Five LEDs are packaged in every node
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11/19/2019
CIMCON Granted Wi-SUN Certification
CIMCON has been granted Wi-Sun Certification for its smart lighting controllers. Wi-SUN certification validates CIMCON's interoperability with standard based field area networks and head-end equipment used to deliver a secure Internet of Things (IoT) for smart city applications. With this certification, CIMCON's
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11/19/2019
ATEN Technology, Inc. Expands KVM over IP Extender Series
ATEN Technology, Inc., announced several new additions to its innovative KE Series of KVM over IP Extenders. The solutions are ideal for the broadcasting industry (post-production and live events), control room environments (air traffic control, 911 call centers, utilities process control centers), network operation
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11/19/2019
Four-Way Switch for Greater Tunability of Layered Materials
A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an
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11/18/2019
INCITE Advances Open Science with Supercomputer Grants
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 47 science projects for 2020--awarding 60 percent of the available time on some of the nation's most powerful supercomputers, with the ultimate goal of accelerating discovery and innovation. For the
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11/18/2019
UTAC Receives Accreditation to Automotive Quality Standard
UTAC Holdings Ltd. announced that they have been awarded the prestigious automotive-related quality standard ISO26262 for their automotive manufacturing  focused facility UTAC Thailand (UTL) in Bangkok. Many vehicles incorporate significant amounts of electronic content to provide semi-autonomous
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11/18/2019
AC and Pulse Film Capacitors Ensure Compliance With AEC-Q200
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of Automotive Grade AC and pulse metallized polypropylene film capacitors for hybrid and electric vehicles. With a maximum operating temperature of +125 °C (observing voltage derating), Vishay BCcomponents MKP385e series devices ensure compliance with IEC
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11/18/2019
Hot Electrons Harvested Without Tricks

This is a set up for ultrafast spectroscopy, as used in the study.

Semiconductors convert energy from photons (light) into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. These photons produce 'hot electrons', and the excess energy of these electrons is converted into heat. Materials scientists have been looking for ways to harvest
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11/18/2019
ASU Collects 5 Solar Awards in Latest Round of DOE Funding

A gallium arsenide wafer cleaved in half using a Sonic Wafering technology developed in the Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies (DEfECT) Lab at ASU.

Arizona State University has received five prestigious Department of Energy awards totaling $9.8 million in this year's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awards to advance solar energy research and development. Overall SETO funding for fiscal year 2019 totaled $128 million for 75 projects designed
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11/18/2019
Researchers Bring Gaming to Autonomous Vehicles
Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. A new study, led by researchers from the University of Waterloo details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also
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11/18/2019
Automotive Transformer has Isolation Voltage up to 6000VDC
MORNSUN launched an automotive transformer CTTH0505-1T. This new compact size CTTH0505-1T transformer has an isolation voltage of up to 6000VDC, and all components meet AEC-Q200 standard. From design, verification to production processes, this CTTH0505-1T transformer is completely in accordance with IATF16949
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11/18/2019
Mouser Announces New USB Type-C Solution Page
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is pleased to offer customers a new page dedicated to the comprehensive selection of USB Type-C products from ON Semiconductor and TE Connectivity. USB Type-C cables introduced new design flexibility with interchangeable cable ends, in addition to vastly improved rates of power and
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11/18/2019
KORE Power and Redetel Sign Memorandum of Understanding
KORE Power announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to enter into a strategic alliance with Redetel, S.A. and Runisol SA (“Redetel”) to promote, market and sell solutions for energy storage projects in Central America. Through this strategic alliance, both KORE Power
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11/16/2019
BLDC Fan Driver Lowers Data Center Energy Use
Allegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the world’s first three-phase BLDC driver IC with integrated power loss brake (PLB) features. The A89331 enables high airflow, compact fan designs with motors speeds up to 45Krpm, and output currents up to 3A at up to 18V.  The code-free, sinusoidal sensorless
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11/16/2019
TDK Announces Compact, High-Performance Disk Varistors
TDK Corporation announced the EPCOS Compact S14 AdvanceD-MP series of metal oxide disk varistors that feature smaller dimensions with the same excellent performance as the EPCOS S14 AdvanceD-MP standard series. The disk diameters of the new B72214P2* varistors range from 13 mm to 14 mm, a reduction of approximately
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11/16/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the versatile little device known as the encoder – specifically, we’ll be covering capacitive, magnetic, and optical encoders and comparing and contrasting each. Today’s
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11/14/2019
High-Side Switch Delivers up to 700mA Continuous Current
Maxim Integrated MAX14915 Octal High-Side Switch with Diagnostics is an industrial octal high-side switch designed to deliver up to 700mA continuous current. This high-side switch features SPI interface, CRC error checking on the SPI Interface, Watchdog Timer (WDT) for diagnostics checking, and accurate
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11/14/2019
New Access Fixtures Indoor Riding Arena Packages
Access Fixtures has introduced sixteen new budget friendly indoor riding arena packages. These indoor riding arena lighting packages use the new HILO high bay fixtures, which are both budget friendly and equipped with specially designed frosted lenses to reduce or eliminate glare. The packages are designed for
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11/14/2019
Ben-Gurion U Solar Power Generator Headed to Space Station

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station.

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station. According to research published in
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11/14/2019
Lehigh Engineers Design More Efficient Tidal Turbine

Arindam Banerjee and his Turbulent Flow Design Group are studying different fairing shapes in a water tunnel facility located at Lehigh University's Packard Laboratory.

Imagine a single tidal turbine capable of powering a community of 50 to 70 homes all year long. That's the potential of turbines being developed by Verdant Power, which builds marine energy systems that harness power generated from currents. Turbines
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11/14/2019
Smart Storage Adapters Interoperate w/ Management Firmware
Data center administrators and IT managers want the ability to securely manage and trouble-shoot platforms and devices remotely, which requires that additional software, hardware and firmware be interfaced with storage adapters and other server components. Microchip Technology Inc. announced it has added this
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11/14/2019
Protection Devices: Compact, High-Performance Disk Varistors
TDK Corporation presents the EPCOS Compact S14 AdvanceD-MP series of metal oxide disk varistors that feature smaller dimensions with the same excellent performance as comparable S14 AdvanceD-MP types. The disk diameters of the new B72214P2* varistors range from 13 mm to 14 mm, a reduction of approximately 3
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11/14/2019
Mouser Electronics Signs Global Agreement with SEARAN
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with SEARAN, with tens of millions of licenses sold for innovative solutions in consumer, medical, and industrial applications. The SEARAN product line, now available from Mouser Electronics, provides developers with the company’s
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11/14/2019
Flex Power Modules' Power Modules for Railway Rolling Stock
Flex Power Modules announces the PKJ7200 and PKJ7300 series of power modules for railway rolling stock equipment. The new modules are designed for the demands of the EN 50155 standard for railway applications, including a wide input voltage range, surge protection, power interruption and backup, wide operational
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11/14/2019
Commercial Inductors Featured in Compact 1212 Case Size
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new commercial IHLP low profile, high current inductors in the 3.3 mm by 3.3 mm 1212 case size — the company's smallest to date. Designed to save space in computer and telecom applications, the Vishay Dale IHLP-1212AZ-01, IHLP-1212AB-01, and IHLP-1212BZ-01 offer
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11/13/2019
Heat Sinks Family for Cooling High Powered Devices
Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc, ATS, now provides a family of ultra-high performance heat sinks for cooling high powered CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and AI processors. This ultra-cool family includes active heat sinks with integral blowers, and passive heat sinks that use available airflow to provide thermal management. The
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11/13/2019
Smart Meter using Adesto Technologies Begins Pilot Program
Adesto Technologies Corporation announced that its Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) and Power Line Communications chips are designed into a new G3-PLC smart meter that is now in pilot production targeting utility providers in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries. The new meter is available from SIAME(La Société Industrielle
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11/12/2019
Microcontroller Ecosystem w/ Ready to Use Partner Solutions
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the first 10 ready to use partner solutions that support the Renesas Advanced (RA) microcontroller (MCU) Family of 32-bit Arm Cortex-M MCUs. RA MCUs deliver optimized performance and ease of use with the Flexible Software Package (FSP) and partner building
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11/12/2019
Sager Electronics is now stocking Omron’s W7ED Touch Sensor. The W7ED series is a capacitance-type Touch Sensor, ideal for low-power applications requiring clean environments and an easily integrated solution. The W7ED sensor has a flexible and long-lasting design for any application requiring human
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11/12/2019
Molded Polystyrene Supports Passive Design
Despite frequently being a focus of design investigations, sustainability remains difficult to define and hard to achieve. Passive design employs tactics like superinsulation and passive solar orientation to create ultra-low-energy architecture. Atlas Molded Products helps designers and builders implement superinsulation
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11/12/2019
Indium Corporation and Mycronic have formed a strategic partnership for the development of no-clean and water soluble solder pastes for jetting applications. The partnership with Mycronic will expand Indium Corporation’s portfolio of proven products designed to address evolving industry challenges.
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11/12/2019
FPGA Features Integrated Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy Radio
GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. announces the release of their latest mSoC FPGA with integrated Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy radio enabling an entirely new wave of FPGA computing capabilities at the edge. Edge computing is requiring new demands on programmable devices.  With significant variances
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11/12/2019
Cost-Efficient DC Panel MetersÂEase Interface Challenges
Murata introduced a new panel meter series developed by Murata Power Solutions for industrial applications. Comprised of several models, the DMR30 Series offers the ability to measure DC voltage, DC current, temperature, various process voltages, or current loops commonly used in industrial processes. All meters
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11/12/2019
Blaize Unveiled a Next-Generation Computing Architecture
Blaize emerged from stealth and unveiled a groundbreaking next-generation computing architecture that precisely meets the demands and complexity of new computational workloads found in artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Driven by advances in energy efficiency, flexibility, and usability, Blaize products
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11/12/2019
'Messy' Production of Perovskite Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

Visualisation of how the charge carriers (in purple) accumulate in the disordered perovskite structures.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surprising findings,
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11/11/2019
A Cheaper way to Scale up Atomic Layer Deposition

This is an artistic illustration of atomic layer deposition.

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) involves stacking layers of atoms on top of each other like pancakes. The atoms come from a vaporized material called a precursor. ASD is a well-established technique for manufacturing microelectronics like semiconductors and magnetic heads for sound recording, as well as sensors
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11/11/2019
Study -- Free Internet Access Should be a Basic Human Right
Free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online - particularly in developing countries - lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, according to a new study. As political engagement increasingly takes place online, basic
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11/11/2019
A Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

Graduate students Mostafa Alizadeh, left, and Hajar Abedi position a doll, modified to simulate breathing, in a minivan during testing of a new sensor.

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles. The new device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with 100-per-cent
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11/11/2019
Current Sense Resistors Provide a 1W Power Rating
Stackpole's popular CSS / CSSH Series ultra-precision current sense resistors now have the 0508 size in stock in 1, 1.5, and 2 milliohm resistance values. The wide termination 0508 package provides a 1W power rating, at least twice the power rating of other sense resistors of similar size.
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11/11/2019
Quantum Data Protocol for a Future 'Quantum Internet'

Schedule of the quantum data classification protocol

Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers. In recent times,
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11/11/2019
Current Battery Recycling Processes for Electric Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with the Faraday Institution in a newly released Nature review of challenges and opportunities associated with recycling lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles
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11/10/2019
Machine Learning Enhances Light-Beam Performance

This chart shows how vertical beam-size stability greatly improves when a neural network is implemented during Advanced Light Source operations. When the so-called "feed-forward" correction is implemented, the fluctuations in the vertical beam size are stabilized down to the sub-percent level (see yellow-highlighted section) from levels that otherwise range to several percent.

Synchrotron light sources are powerful facilities that produce light in a variety of "colors," or wavelengths - from the infrared to X-rays - by accelerating electrons to emit light in controlled beams. Synchrotrons like the Advanced Light Source at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley
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11/10/2019
Chinese Researchers Design Novel Flying Robot

The contact aerial manipulator system

Skyscrapers are rising rapidly around the world, continuously transforming city skylines. However, their repair and maintenance is becoming more and more difficult. So, who can safely perform the job? Will a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man help out? No, but Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute
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11/10/2019
Transphorm Ships Over Half a Million GaN Power Devices
Transphorm Inc. disclosed that it has shipped more than 500 thousand high voltage GaN FETs. The company hit this milestone as customers continue to adopt its high quality-high reliability GaN platform.  High Voltage GaN Adoption Customers in the broad industrial, infrastructure
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11/08/2019
Electronetics To Operate as a Division of Triad Magnetics
Triad Magnetics is pleased to announce that Electronetics will now be operating as a division of Triad Magnetics, offering a unified solution to better serve the custom magnetics market.  Both Electronetics and Triad customers will now benefit from the combined resources of a global magnetics leader and
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11/07/2019
DC/DC Buck Regulators in Thermally Enhanced TSOT23-6 Package
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced AOZ6682CI and AOZ6683CI. These devices are high efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulators. The AOZ6682CI and AOZ6683CI are both available in an ultra-thin, thermally enhanced TSOT23-6 packageand deliver 2A and 3A output current, respectively. The new
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11/07/2019
Scientists Design new Grid Batteries for Renewable Energy

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed an affordable flow battery membrane for the electric grid from a new class of polymers called AquaPIM.

How do you store renewable energy so it's there when you need it, even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid - called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte - could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to
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11/07/2019
No More Traffic Blues for Information Transfer

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science and Keio University propose that a certain machine learning algorithm can help resource-constrained devices on a wireless network select optimal channels for information transmission; this could potentially decongest massive IoT networks.

The wireless Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices in which each device can directly send information to another over wireless channels of communication, without human intervention. With the number of IoT devices increasing every day, the amount of information on the wireless channels is also increasing.
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11/07/2019
PSDcast â€
The move to autonomous vehicles has given a number of technologies the chance to shine, including as it turns out, old standbys like RADAR. On today’s show, we’ve got Zach Karas, an automotive engineer at Analog Devices. Be sure to catch us on iTunes here:
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11/07/2019
Low Power Transformers Now UL Recognized as Class 2 Models
Signal Transformer announced selected models of the ST and DST Series of high isolation split bobbin, low power transformers, are now recognized by UL as Inherently Limited Class 2 transformers per (UL 5085-3) and now incorporate a UL 1446 Class F 155.0C Insulation System. The ST and DST Series utilize split
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11/07/2019
F-RAM Development Board Intended for Industrial Applications
RS Components is now offering a new easy-to-use and inexpensive development kit from Cypress Semiconductor that will enable engineers to evaluate the high-performance Excelon Ultra QSPI F-RAM memory technology. Cypress’ advanced Excelon F-RAM technology is well suited for deployment in a variety
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11/07/2019
Flatland Light

A 2D prism

In 1884, a schoolmaster and theologian named Edwin Abbott wrote a novella called Flatland, which tells the story of a world populated by sentient two-dimensional shapes. While intended as a satire of rigid Victorian social norms, Flatland has long fascinated mathematicians and physicists and served as the setting
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11/07/2019
AI Learns to Design
Trained AI agents can adopt human design strategies to solve problems, according to findings published in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Big design problems require creative and exploratory decision making, a skill in which humans excel. When engineers use artificial intelligence
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11/07/2019
Researchers Take Flight with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are getting smarter with the help of an international team of researchers. They developed a way for multiple UAVS to fall into formation while still automatically controlling their own flight needs, just like the drones used by the villain portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2019
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11/07/2019
Film Capacitors: Robust Power Capacitors for the DC Link
TDK Corporation presents the new B2568 series of EPCOS MKP DC link power capacitors, which offer outstanding robustness under harsh environmental conditions. The new capacitors are designed for voltages of between 900 and 3000 V DC and cover a capacitance range from 50 to 4000 µF. Depending on type, the
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11/07/2019
LED Drivers for Dynamic Automotive Lighting
Texas Instruments has introduced new high-performance LED drivers to make scalable LED-based systems approachable to carmakers across the globe. From static headlights, to customizable dynamic features – swiping turn, animated daytime running lights (DRL) and adaptive driving beams – the TPS92520-Q1 and
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11/06/2019
Arbitrary Function Generators Feature 16 Bit Resolution
RIGOL Technologies announces the new DG2000 Series of Arbitrary Function Generators expanding their portfolio of 16Bit Generators to satisfy the requirements of more rugged and industrial applications. The DG2000 delivers the same performance specifications and feature set as RIGOL’s popular DG900
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11/05/2019
GaN Systems Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification
GaN Systems announced that the company received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification for the design and manufacture of power semiconductor products. Both GaN Systems’ Canadian headquarters and Taiwanese operations facilities received
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11/05/2019
600W DC-DC ConverterÂDelivers Industry-Leading Efficiency
Murata introduced its DRE-11.4/53-L48 eighth brick Intermediate Bus Converter (IBC) from Murata Power Solutions. The product series addresses the growing power requirements of networking and telecommunications infrastructure equipment by delivering the highest efficiency in the industry at this power output
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11/05/2019
Renesas, Altair Semiconductor Collaborate for Cellular IoT
Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altair Semiconductor jointly announced a partnership aimed at bringing ultra-small and ultra-low-power cellular IoT solutions to the global IoT market. Cellular IoT device makers will be able to use this combination of best-in-classsolutions tocreate highly differentiated
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11/05/2019
MLCC Capacitors Range from 0.1pF up to 100uF
Stackpole Electronics, Inc. announces the release of the CML Series MLCC capacitors. The CML offers a wide capacitance range from 0.1pF up to 100uF in voltage ratings from 10V to 100V. Available in C0G dielectric for exceptional stability and accuracy and no aging effects, X7R and X5R for
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11/05/2019
NewPower Worldwide Achieves AS9120 Certification
NewPower Worldwide announced it has achieved AS9120 and AS6081 Certification. This announcement comes after an extensive audit of NewPower Worldwide's operations to ensure conformance with the AS9120 and AS6081 standard from the International Aerospace Quality Group. "AS9120 Certification is
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11/05/2019
3D-Printed Plastics w/ High-Performance Electrical Circuits

This is an example of simple light-sensing electronics with an LED (light-emitting diode), a light-sensitive diode (semiconductor) and power connected by a high-performance circuit inside polymer. The LED is on when exposed to light and off when light from the diode is blocked.

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small satellites, biomedical implants and smart structures. They used pulses of high-energy light to fuse tiny silver wires, resulting
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11/05/2019
Toshiba Joins the Open Invention Network Community
Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, and Toshiba Group (Toshiba) announced that Toshiba has joined as a community member. As a global leader in innovatively pairing real-world technologies and digital technologies, Toshiba is leading the evolution of cyber-physical
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11/05/2019
Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it's safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. Navigating intersections can be dangerous for driverless cars and humans alike. In 2016, roughly 23 percent of fatal and 32 percent
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11/05/2019
2D Antimony Holds Promise for Post-Silicon Electronics

Unlike other materials with electrons that scatter in many directions (bottom left), the electrons in 2D antimony (top left) can be made to move together in an orderly way, giving it high charge mobility and making the material an efficient semiconductor.

Not everything is bigger in Texas -- some things are really, really small. A group of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a new material for manufacturing even smaller computer chips that could replace silicon and help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry
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11/04/2019
Worker Robots -- Learning from Mistakes
Practice makes perfect -- it is an adage that has helped humans become highly dexterous and now it is an approach that is being applied to robots. Computer scientists at the University of Leeds are using the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to
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11/04/2019
Schaffner's RFI Filters Now Shipping from Sager Electronics
Sager Electronics is now stocking Schaffner’s FN 9262/FN 9266 RFI Filters. The new RFI filters feature an IEC C14 PEM (power entry module) with integrated fuse holder or switch. The high-performance filter series FN 9262 (with fuse holder) and FN 9266 (with dual pole switch) are ideal for applications
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11/04/2019
Half-Bridge Evaluation Board Features GaN Performance Leap
GaN Systems and ON Semiconductor announced the availability of a high-speed, half-bridge GaN daughter board using GaN Systems’ 650 V, 30 A GaN E-HEMTs and ON Semiconductor’s award-winning NCP51820 high speed gate driver evaluation board.     This evaluation board is developed for
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11/04/2019
Cyber-SHIP Lab to Address Maritime Cyber Security Challenges

The new Cyber_SHIP Lab at the University of Plymouth will complement existing world-leading facilities such as its ship simulator

A unique new research facility designed to address the key cyber security challenges facing the shipping industry is being established at the University of Plymouth. The £3 million Cyber-SHIP Lab, supported by funding from Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation, and industry, will bring
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11/04/2019
100W Active PFC Enclosed Switching Power Supply
MORNSUN released a new enclosed switching power supply series LMF100-20Bxx with active PFC (Power factor correction). The LMF100-20Bxx series features universal input voltage range of 85-264Vac, accepts AC or DC input and the PF(Power factor) is up to 0.98. In addition, its emissions meets CISPR32 CLASS B without
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11/04/2019
New Technology Could Benefit Veterans with PTSD

Dr. Sudie Back of the Medical University of South Carolina holds the type of camera that will be used in the experimental PTSD treatment. It can be disguised as a shirt button.

New technology aims to improve the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing veterans to virtually take their doctor with them during prolonged exposure therapy. The system gives the doctor physical and psychological information about the veterans in real time. "This is something
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11/02/2019
Cage Molecules = Sieves for Hydrogen Isotope Separation
A new hybrid material developed by scientists at the University of Liverpool may bring the dream of carbon-free nuclear fusion power a step closer. The separation of hydrogen's three isotopes (hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium) is of key importance for fusion power technology, but current technologies
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11/02/2019
AVX Acquires Chengdu OK New Energy, Ltd.
AVX Corporation announced that it has completed the purchase of Chengdu OK New Energy, Ltd. After four years of strong collaborative efforts between COKNE and AVX on the manufacturing and development of supercapacitors, AVX is delighted to complete the full vertical integration under the AVX umbrella. During
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11/01/2019
Connecting Everything with Everything
Few sectors benefit more from the IoT than transportation. But in truth, the IoT will affect nearly everything we do – hence the IoT’s nom de plume, the Internet of Everything. And not surprisingly, this month’s contributors approach the IoT from very different perspectives. If
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11/01/2019
IoT Unleashes the Power of Wearables
The IoT and wearables are interesting separately, but really shine when combined. Wearables is only one of the new areas that the IoT has opened up, but it could become one of the most important in the future. We’ve had some smartish-type watches and a few other gimmicky wearables before the IoT was quite
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11/01/2019
A Plug 'n Play Linearizer for Your 5G RF Power Amplifier

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Figure 1. 5th Generation Cellular Mobile Communication

‘Mar’s Law’ presents a tongue-in-cheek perspective on how data measurements can sometimes be manipulated to fit a more linear profile than is the reality. However, there are no such shortcuts to achieving high linearity for a power amplifier (PA), which is at the heart of mobile cellular communication
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11/01/2019
Super Barrier Rectifiers Deliver Design-Free Efficiency

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Figure 1. Simplified Schematic of Buck-Boost LED Driver for DRL Application

Successive generations of power-semiconductor devices based on existing technologies strive to deliver incremental improvements in energy efficiency. Now there is a device, realized through proprietary technology, that enables power supplies to achieve a significant leap forward in performance and efficiency—the
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11/01/2019
Manufacturers Protect Appliance Products from Cyberattacks

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Figure 1. Unless protected by the appropriate cyber security technologies, appliances – including refrigerators – can host and spread a wide range of malware and computer viruses

Cyberattacks are on the rise worldwide. Most of the attacks that generate big press coverage are very dramatic and well-documented. We have all read about malware attacks, Denial of Service attacks, which shut down factories, governments and large international businesses - and even portions of the Internet
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11/01/2019
Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things

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Figure 1: Augmented Reality (AR) glasses displaying airline flight information

For those of us who wear glasses for vision correction, we are used to seeing the world through lenses.  However, new technologies will allow a virtual world to be laid on top of the real world that we normally see. In other words, the lenses will become displays that allow us to see the “real” world
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11/01/2019
Power Requirements of Biosensor-Based Wearables

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Figure 1: Examples of wearable designs that can provide enhanced battery life via low-powered design.

The medical field has introduced an increasing number of portable and wireless medical devices for in-home patient care as it witnesses broader adoption of tele-medicine. With the advent of increasingly miniaturized and powerful electronics, we foresee the adoption of adapted wireless wristband wearables for
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11/01/2019
Mobile Diagnostic Technology Delivers Hypertension Screening

Figure 1: A Medical Diagnostic Technology-equipped smartphone
Source: Leman Micro Devices SA

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With consumer wearables such as FitBits and the Apple Watch established in the market and consumers who have bought these devices now accustomed to seeing their own personalised health data such as heart rate displayed on their wrists (although not to standards of accuracy required by the medical profession),
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11/01/2019
Breaking Down the Key Priorities for Powering Wearables

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Figure 1: Activity Tracker use case

Over just the last few years, we’ve seen the popularity of wearables surge across various market segments. It’s easy to see why: these products are packed with some of the latest and complex technological advancements and aim to improve well-being and simplify day to day tasks and activities in a completely
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11/01/2019
Powering Advanced Healthcare Devices

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Figure 1. LTC3107 Harvesting Thermal Energy to Power a WSN and/or Charge a Battery

The costs associated with keeping a patient in a hospital bed for a prolonged period are becoming economically unsustainable – both for the institution itself, and the patient. As a result, hospitals are looking for ways to reduce these cost burdens by getting the patient well and autonomous as soon as possible
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11/01/2019
New Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery in Capacitor Form Factor

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Figure 1 – A comparison of the volume energy densities of Nichicon’s electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) vs its small li-ion rechargeable batteries.

Nichicon has a new Li-ion rechargeable battery that can be directly mounted onto circuit boards without any special fixtures. This new product line is called the SLB series. This new SLB series have some of the characteristics of both rechargeable Li-ion batteries and EDLC’s making them viable alternatives
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11/01/2019
Are Data & Metrics Good for IoT and Wearables?
There are now more things online than people.  How much water does an individual appliance or shower use? Why was the water bill so high? Home water usage used to be just whatever the water company main meter says it is.  I just saw a promotion for a smart IoT enabled point of use real-time water meter. 
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11/01/2019
Defining the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is really more of a concept than a tangible device – the IoT comprises billions of palpable objects, but no one will “switch it on” in the same way the ARPANET officially began in October of 1969. Of course, no one has to flip a switch because the IoT is already here
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11/01/2019
New Transistor Technology Shows Promise
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is a commonly enough used phrase. The transistor is one thing that definitely ain’t broke. Since the first working bipolar junction transistor was produced in 1948 and the first CMOS one in 1963, those two designs have been the foundation of the technology that has completely
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11/01/2019