Notable & Newsworthy

December 2019
Harnessing hot Carriers for High Efficiency Solar Cells

Crystal structure of a two-dimensional hybrid perovskite with long hot-carrier cooling time.

Two-dimensional solar materials may offer a way to extract more energy from sunlight. By tuning the structure of a 2D perovskite solar material, researchers from KAUST and the Georgia Institute of Technology have shown they can prolong the lifetime of highly energetic hot carriers generated by light striking
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12/30/2019
Scientists Develop a new Concept of Mathematical Modeling

Mathematical modeling of locally nonequilibrium transfer processes and methods

A team of scientists from the Research Center "Fundamental Problems of Thermophysics and Mechanics" of the Samara Polytech is engaged in the construction of new mathematical models and the search for methods for their study in relation to a wide range of locally nonequilibrium transport processes in
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12/30/2019
MRI Predict Intelligence Levels in Children?
A group of researchers from the Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) took 4th place in the international MRI-based adolescent intelligence prediction competition. For the first time ever, the Skoltech scientists used ensemble methods based on deep learning 3D networks
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12/27/2019

Full Noncontact Laser Ultrasound: First Human Data

(a) A simplified schematic of the laser ultrasound system. (b) Photograph of a volunteers forearm during laser ultrasound imaging. A green tracking laser is visible to show where the measurement spot is located on the skin. (c) A laser ultrasound image of a volunteer's forearm. (d) A matching conventional ultrasound image of the same region that verifies features detected using laser ultrasound

For most patients, ultrasound is a relatively painless procedure. Conventional ultrasound is safe, low-cost, non-ionizing, and one of the most commonly used imaging modalities worldwide. In a typical exam, a clinician presses an ultrasound probe with gel on the skin surface to generate an image at the desired
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12/26/2019
Silicon Quantum Bits Establish a Long-Distance Relationship

Researchers at Princeton University have made an important step forward in the quest to build a quantum computer using silicon components, which are prized for their low cost and versatility....

Imagine a world where people could only talk to their next-door neighbor, and messages must be passed house to house to reach far destinations. Until now, this has been the situation for the bits of hardware that make up a silicon quantum computer, a type of quantum computer with the potential to
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12/26/2019
Brain-Like Functions Emerging in a Metallic Nanowire Network

(a) Micrograph of the neuromorphic network fabricated by this research team. The network contains of numerous junctions between nanowires, which operate as synaptic elements.

An international joint research team led by NIMS succeeded in fabricating a neuromorphic network composed of numerous metallic nanowires. Using this network, the team was able to generate electrical characteristics similar to those associated with higher order brain functions unique to humans, such as memorization,
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12/26/2019
Paving the way for Spintronic RAMs: Powerful Spin Phenomenon

The proposed combination of materials serves as a memory unit by supporting read and write operations.

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) explore a new material combination that sets the stage for magnetic random access memories, which rely on spin--an intrinsic property of electrons-- and could outperform current storage devices. Their breakthrough published in a new study describes a novel
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12/26/2019
Development of Ceramic Materials That are IR-Transparent

FESEM images of Y2O3?MgO composite SPS ceramics sintered at 1100 (a), 1200 (b), 1250 (c) and 1300°C (d)

Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) teamed up with colleagues from Institute of Chemistry (FEB RAS), Institute for Single Crystals (Ukraine), and Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (Chinese Academy of Sciences) to develop Y2O3?MgO nanocomposite ceramics with uniform distribution of two phases,
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12/26/2019
Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Beijing Fangshan Satellite Laser Observatory.

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth's orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. "The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!" exclaimed C-3PO as Han Solo
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12/26/2019
GaN Used in Power Supplies for Large Passenger Airplanes
Transphorm Inc. confirmed that customer AES Aircraft Elektro/Elektronik System GmbH has released its first 650 V GaN-based power supplies. Serving the aviation industry, AES supports customers with various products and services ranging from electrical engineering to certification and testing. The company’s
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12/26/2019
2D Materials: Arrangement of Atoms Measured in Silicene

A low-temperature atomic force microscope with a single carbon atom at the tip allows quantitative measurement of forces between sample and tip. With two-dimensional silicon (silicene), surface buckling can be quantitatively determined.

Silicene consists of a single layer of silicon atoms. In contrast to the ultra-flat material graphene, which is made of carbon, silicene shows surface irregularities that influence its electronic properties. Now, physicists from the University of Basel have been able to precisely determine this corrugated structure.
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12/24/2019
Engineer Helps Keep US Nuclear Deterrent Safe From Radiation

Sandia National Laboratories' Alan Mar was recognized this year by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

When nuclear radiation hits electronics, it cuts through semiconductors, leaving scars of charged particles that can flip computing bits and corrupt memory circuits, potentially disabling devices or causing erratic errors. Alan Mar Sandia National Laboratories' Alan Mar
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12/24/2019
Carbon-Free Energy Deepens Penetration in North America
The transition from carbon-intensive generation to clean and renewable energy is picking up the pace in the United States, finds DNV GL’s latest Energy
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12/23/2019
Rugged High-Power Connector for Industrial Environments
Hirose has launched a rugged high-power connector for industrial environments. Available in a lightweight plated plastic resin or a Zinc die cast shell, the PQ50 Series connector is rated up to 600 V. The PQ50 Series connector has a highly reliable 2-point contact design,
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12/23/2019
Rivian Announces $1.3 Billion Funding led by T. Rowe Price
Rivian has closed an investment round of $1.3 billion. The financing was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Amazon, Ford Motor Company and funds managed by BlackRock also participated in the round. "This investment demonstrates confidence in our team,
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12/23/2019
New Composite Nano-Barrier Strengthens Spacecraft Payloads
The University of Surrey has developed a robust multi-layed nano-barrier for ultra-lightweight and stable carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRPs) that could be used to build high precision instrument structures for future space missions. CFRP is used in current space missions, but its applications
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12/23/2019
Electronics at the Speed of Light

This is an illustration of how electrons can be imagined to move between two arms of a metallic nanoantenna, driven by a single-cycle light wave.

Contemporary electronic components, which are traditionally based on silicon semiconductor technology, can be switched on or off within picoseconds (i.e. 10-12 seconds). Standard mobile phones and computers work at maximum frequencies of several gigahertz (1 GHz = 109 Hz) while individual transistors can approach
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12/23/2019
Stretchable Vibration-Powered Device Uses a Liquid Electret

The newly developed liquid electret material (left) and the bendable and stretchable vibration-powered device (middle and right).

NIMS and AIST developed a liquid electret material capable of semi-permanently retaining static electricity. They subsequently combined this material with soft electrodes to create the first bendable, stretchable vibration-powered device in the world. Because this device is highly deformable and capable of converting
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12/23/2019
Capturing CO2 from Trucks, Reducing Their Emissions by 90%

Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks' CO2 emissions by almost 90%. It involves capturing CO2 within the exhaust system, converting it into a liquid and storing it on the vehicle. The liquid CO2 would then be delivered to a service station and where it will be turned back into fuel using renewable energy.

In Europe, transport is responsible for nearly 30% of the total CO2 emissions, of which 72% comes from road transportation. While the use of electric vehicles for personal transportation could help lower that number, reducing emissions from commercial transport - such as trucks or buses - is a much greater challenge. Researchers
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12/23/2019
Computing with Molecules: Big Step in Molecular Spintronics

Each molecule can be separately addressed with a scanning tunneling microscope and switched between the states by applying a positive or negative voltage.

Spintronics or spin electronics in contrast to conventional electronics uses the spin of electrons for sensing, information storage, transport, and processing. Potential advantages are nonvolatility, increased data processing speed, decreased electric power consumption, and higher integration densities compared
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12/23/2019
Space-Time Metasurface Makes Light Reflect in one Direction

An illustration showing the concept of a space-time phase modulated metasurface consisting of resonating dielectric nanoantennas operating in reflection mode.

Light propagation is usually reciprocal meaning that the trajectory of light travelling in one direction is identical from that in the opposite direction. Breaking reciprocity can make light propagate only in one direction. Optical components that support such unidirectional flow of light, for example isolators
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12/23/2019
Bochum Team Wins 2nd Place in Machine-Learning Competition

The successful team Thomas Hammerschmidt (left) and Yury Lysogorskiy.

With their algorithm for material-property prediction, Dr. Yury Lysogorskiy and Dr. Thomas Hammerschmidt of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation Icams of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) won the second place in an international competition on machine learning. The secret of their success
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12/23/2019
New Security System to Revolutionize Communications Privacy

A new uncrackable security system created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Center for Unconventional Processes of Sciences (CUP Sciences) is set to revolutionize communications privacy.

New computer chip enables information to be sent from user to user using a one-time un-hackable communication Technology overcomes major threat of quantum computers, which are soon predicted to be able to crack existing communication methods The method uses existing communication
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12/20/2019
Natural Spectrum LEDs Picked for Circadian LED Systems
Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. announced that its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs, which implement light that closely matches the spectrum of sunlight, has been selected by WalaLight for its Healthy Circadian LED Lighting System, designed as a passive adaptive LED lighting system that delivers the appropriate
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12/20/2019
Smart Wires Announces $75 Million Growth Equity Financing
Smart Wires announces a $75 million growth equity financing led by Lime Rock New Energy.  Lime Rock New Energy financed the first tranche of the financing this week to provide growth capital to the company as it deploys its SmartValve solutions with customers on four continents in 2020. Smart Wires power
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12/20/2019
Nuvera Advances Automated Fuel Cell Facility in China
Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, is pleased to announce construction of a fuel cell stack production line in the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, China. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Dec. 17, 2019 attended by Lucien Robroek, CEO and Jon Taylor, President of Nuvera, along with Fuyang government officials. In
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12/20/2019
A New Way to Optimize Light Exposure Can Reduce Jet Lag
Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, nothing ruins the start of a trip quite like jet lag. Engineers affiliated with the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to deliver personalized advice using smart wearable technology
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12/19/2019
Triple-Display Switch Ideal for Mission-Critical Operations
ATEN Technology, Inc., announced the availability of the “CS1964”, its new 4-port USB 3.0 4K DisplayPort Triple Display KVMP Switch, equipped with ATEN’s patented Video DynaSync technology. Helping free up clutter from the desktop, the CS1964 provides efficient multitask switching for mission-critical
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12/19/2019
Reference Design Features GaN Innovation in Consumer Devices
GaN Systems and ON Semiconductor announced the availability of the world’s highest power density 300 watt AC Adapter Reference Design using GaN Systems’ 650 V, 15 A GaN E-HEMTs and multiple award-winning ON Semiconductor Controller and Driver ICs: NCP51820, NCP13992, NCP1616, and NCP4306. This
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12/19/2019
High-Pressure Soft Seat Relief Valves for Gas Applications
High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP) introduces a new soft seat relief valve designed to protect liquid and gas tubing systems from over-pressure damage and failure. These new relief valves are available in pressure ranges from 1,500 through 25,000 psi for 9/16" O.D. tubing with adapters for other sizes
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12/18/2019
Sectigo's Embedded Firewall Protects Automotive Systems

Sectigo’s Embedded Firewall for Automotive helps protect the car’s network connections from cyberattacks

By 2022, more than two-thirds of new cars on American roads will have online connections to their safety-critical system, putting them at risk of deadly hacks (Consumer Watchdog report, July 2019) tovehicles’ “head” system, used primarily for infotainment, GPS navigation, and other features. To better
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12/18/2019
Automotive-Compliant Buck LED Drivers for LED Lamps
Diodes Incorporated announced the AL8843Q and AL8862Q automotive-compliant DC-DC buck converters, designed for driving single LEDs and multiple LED strings in and around vehicles. Applications include daytime running lights (DRL), which many manufacturers now offer as standard, as well as fog lights, turn lights,
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12/18/2019
Clemson Materials Research may Advance Quantum Computing

Joseph W. Kolis, Tobey-Beaudrot Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, has received new funding from the Department of Energy to rationally design new quantum materials for use in quantum computing.

An emerging technology called quantum computing may soon be capable of solving incredibly complex problems that are beyond the capacity of today's most powerful supercomputers. When this eventually happens, quantum computing will revolutionize a range of fields, including encryption and cybersecurity, drug discovery
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12/17/2019
A New Playbook for Interference

This is a schematic of an interference experiment in which two photons are produced in different buildings, are generated by different sources and have different colors.

Particles can sometimes act like waves, and photons (particles of light) are no exception. Just as waves create an interference pattern, like ripples on a pond, so do photons. Physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have achieved a major new feat -- creating
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12/17/2019
Renesas Electronics Works with Xilinx on Reference Designs
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that its power solutions, as well as timing solutions from IDT, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renesas, support the Xilinx Versal adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) devices featured on the Xilinx VCK190 evaluation kit and the Renesas VERSALDEMO1Z power reference
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12/17/2019
Sager Electronics Offers TDK-Lambda DIN Rail Power Supply
Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s DRB Series 48V 480W DIN Rail Power Supply. TDK-Lambda DRB480-48-1 AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supply features a narrow 84mm width and long field life. With an efficiency of up to 93%, waste heat has been reduced, allowing the use of a compact enclosure
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12/17/2019
Consider Marine Life When Adding Offshore Renewable Power

This is a photograph of offshore wind turbines.

With countries such as Iceland, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Norway adopting green energy practices, renewable energy now accounts for a third of the world's power. As this trend continues, more and more countries are looking to offshore energy sources to produce this renewable energy. In an Opinion publishing
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12/17/2019
Argonne-led Team Wins Technology Challenge at SC19

An Argonne-led collaboration won the first SCinet Technology Challenge at SC19 in November, for their work on real-time streaming data analysis. Argonne team members Ian Foster, Zhengchun Liu, Tekin Bicer and Michael E. Papka share some time with the award.

An extensive collaboration led by Argonne recently won the Inaugural SCinet Technology Challenge at the Supercomputing 19 conference by demonstrating real-time analysis of light source data from Argonne's APS to the ALCF. Accelerator-based light sources -- large-scale instruments
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12/17/2019
Mahr Introduces New High Resolution Digital Indicators
Mahr Inc., announced it has added a new higher-selectable resolution option to MarCator 1086R and 1087R digital indicators—making its indicator family one of the most fully-featured and versatile available. These digital indicators provide easy operation, a large display, powerful application features
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12/17/2019
SiC Gate Driver Provides Best-in-Class Power Efficiency
With the MAX22701E isolated gate driver from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., designers of high-voltage/high-power systems can improve power supply efficiency by up to 4 percentage points over competitive solutions, reducing power loss and the resulting carbon footprint by 30 percent. The driver IC is
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12/17/2019
MIPT Researchers Close in on new Nonvolatile Memory

Members of the research team that conducted the experiment, standing in front of the high-energy X-ray photoemission spectroscopy setup at the PETRA III synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany. Left to right: Andrei Gloskovskii, Yury Matveyev, Dmitry Negrov, Vitalii Mikheev, and Andrei Zenkevich.

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, along with their colleagues from Germany and the U.S., have achieved a breakthrough on the way to new types of nonvolatile memory devices. The team came up with a unique method for measuring the electric potential distribution across a ferroelectric
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12/17/2019
Thermoelectric Materials for Cheaper Renewable Energy
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new thermoelectric materials, which could provide a low-cost option for converting heat energy into electricity. Materials known as halide perovskites have been proposed as affordable alternatives to existing thermoelectric materials,
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12/17/2019
Octavo Systems to Offer Hardware Design Review Service
Octavo systems announced a Hardware Design Review Consulting Service for customers leveraging their SiP technology in their Design. As part of the Hardware Design Review service, the submitted schematics and/or PCB layouts will be reviewed by at least two of Octavo Systems' System Design
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12/17/2019
GaN Systems and SPARX Advance GaN in Electric Vehicles

The All-GaN Vehicle

GaN Systems announces that SPARX Group "Mirai Creation Fund II (“Mirai fund”)" has made an investment in GaN Systems. Mirai fund provides capital to companies with the goal of accelerating innovation, Vehicle Electrification being one of the major targets, to generate a "new power" that
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12/17/2019
Get Ready for a new Periodic Table

The Making of a Quantum Dot "Molecule".

Are you ready for the future? Back in 1869, Russia's Dmitri Mendeleev began to classify the elements according to their chemical properties, giving rise to the Periodical Table of Elements. "I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on
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12/16/2019
Creating a Nanoscale on-off Switch for Heat

Research assistant Wei Gong, master's student Xiao Luo, and Associate Professor Sheng Shen of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

Polymers are used to develop various materials, such as plastics, nylons, and rubbers. In their most basic form, they are made up of many of identical molecules joined together over and over, like a chain. If you engineer molecules to join together in specific ways, you can control the characteristics of the
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12/16/2019
AI may Help Scientists Make Spray-on Solar Cells

UCF's Jayan Thomas led the team in reviewing more than 2,000 peer-reviewed publications about perovskites and collecting more than 300 data points that were fed into the AI system the team created. The system was able to analyze the information and predict which perovskites recipe would work best.

Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy. A research team at the University of Central Florida used Machine Learning, aka Artificial Intelligence to optimize the materials used to make perovskite
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12/16/2019
A Flaky Option Boosts Organic Solar Cells
An inexpensive material, made from tungsten disulfide flakes just a few atoms thick, has helped to improve the performance of organic solar cells1. The discovery by KAUST researchers could be an important step toward bringing these photovoltaic cells into wider use for generating clean electricity. Most
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12/16/2019
Freestanding Microwire-Array Enables Flexible Solar Window
TSCs are emerging devices that combine the advantages of visible transparency and light-to-electricity conversion. One of the valuable prospective applications of such devices is their integration into buildings, vehicles, or portable electronics. Therefore, colour-perception and flexibility are important as
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12/16/2019
Powercast Wireless Power Tech Chosen for Electronic Bag Tag

ViewTag uses Powercast's wireless power technology to preserve battery life in its ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) so it can be reused over 3000 times.

Powercast Corporation announced that ViewTag has selected its Powerharvester Chipset for battery management so that the ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) can be reused over 3000 times. The digital ViewTag snaps onto luggage and allows customers to tag their own bags, reducing
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12/16/2019
Industry-Exclusive MEMS Analog Surface Mount Accelerometers
Silicon Designs, Inc., announced the global market launch of its Model 1522 series, an industry-exclusive family of enhanced temperature performance, low cost, general purpose analog surface mount accelerometers.   Units are now in active
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12/13/2019
Pfingsten Invests in Environmental Lights
Environmental Lights announced it has been acquired by Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C. Pfingsten is an operationally-driven private equity firm focused on long-term value creation. Pfingsten has acquired 139 manufacturing, distribution and business services companies since inception in 1989. "Pfingsten's
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12/13/2019
Now at Mouser: InvenSense Ultrasonic Sensor Solutions
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the MOD_CH101 ultrasonic time-of-flight (ToF) sensor module and DK-CH101 SmartSonic platform from InvenSense, a TDK Group company. The ToF solutions offer fast and accurate range measurement with ultra-low power consumption, and are capable of detecting objects of any
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12/13/2019
Mouser Electronics, TE Connectivity Survey Robotics in eBook
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a new eBook in collaboration with TE Connectivity, highlighting new functions and applications
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12/13/2019
Here's What Police Know About Digital Evidence

A new study analyzes how well police officers identify digital evidence on crime scenes.

In today's criminal justice system, a Play Station and iPhone are just as important pieces of evidence as eyewitness accounts. Yet, there isn't a strong understanding as to how police officers identify digital evidence - everything from a laptop to a smart television - in the field. Thomas Holt, professor
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12/12/2019
Green Hydrogen: Research to Enhance Efficiency

This is the main author of the study, Aleksandr Bashkatov from the Institute of Fluid Dynamics.

Laboratory experiments and a parabolic flight campaign have enabled an international team of researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) to gain new insights into water electrolysis, in which hydrogen is obtained from water by applying electric energy. Water electrolysis could play a key
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12/12/2019
Retail Energy Customers in U.S. Looking to Energy Providers
DNV GL recently completed its annual U.S. Competitive Energy Sales Strategies Survey, a comprehensive survey exploring interconnected relationships between competitive energy providers, commercial customers, and the aggregator, broker, and consulting (ABC) companies who support the industry. The survey found
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12/12/2019
Unique Multi-Protocol Wireless Connectivity Platform
Bridgetek has just unveiled one of the pivotal pieces of hardware behind its recently released PanL Smart Living and PanL Room Manager solutions. Fully FCC and CE approved, the PanL Hub enables installers to incorporate various different communication technologies into their system deployments, so that greater
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12/12/2019
H2O Degree Announces New Website Launch
H2O Degree announces the launch of their redesigned website. The new website features a streamlined design and improved functionality while providing easy access to essential information to help property managers implement utility management, water leak detection and energy conservation programs in
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12/12/2019
Qorvo and Cypress Semiconductor Create USB-C Reference Design
Global authorized distributor Mouser Electronics, Inc. presents a new USB Type-C charging hub reference design from Qorvo and Cypress Semiconductor to help engineers speed their design and development time. The reference design includes the Qorvo ACT4751 DC-to-DC buck converter and a Cypress EZ-PD
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12/12/2019
World's Smallest Photocouplers for Industrial and Solar
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced five new 8.2mm creepage photocouplers that are the world’s smallest isolation devices for industrial automation equipment and solar inverters. With a package width of 2.5mm, the RV1S92xxA and RV1S22xxA photocouplers reduce PCB mounting area by 35 percent compared to
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12/12/2019
PSDcast â€

Today’s guest is Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Distributed Power Quality for Eaton

The data center is a cornerstone of most businesses, and with socio-economic uncertainties, cybercrime, distributed IT, and of course, the Internet of Things – both largescale and narrowband – the data center is undergoing dramatic changes. Be sure to catch us on iTunes here:
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12/12/2019
Enclosed Speaker Line Offers Plug-and-Play Audio Solution
CUI Devices’ Audio Group announced the introduction of a new line of enclosed speakers designed to maximize performance and simplify design integration from prototype to production. Available in rectangular or round frame shapes with profiles as low as 4.87 mm, the CES series carries sound pressure levels
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12/12/2019
High-Current, Noise-Suppression Filters for Speakers
TDK Corporation expanded the MAF series of noise suppression filters with two new MAF1608GAD-L types that are designed for audio lines. The new multilayer filters have a compact footprint of just 1.6 x 0.8 mm and an insertion height of just 0.6 mm and are able to suppress noise at cellular frequencies from 1
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12/12/2019
Analog Devices Introduces Quad-Output ÂμModule Regulators
Analog Devices, Inc., introduced the LTM4668 and LTM4668A µModule regulators, quad-output DC/DC regulators with up to 4.8A output capability. The new devices integrate switching controllers, power FETs, inductors and support components, easing the design process while reducing power consumption and board space.
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12/12/2019
Dual N-Channel 60 V MOSFET Increases Power Density
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new common-drain dual n-channel 60 V MOSFET in the compact, thermally enhanced PowerPAK 1212-8SCD package. Designed to increase power density and efficiency in battery management systems, plug-in and wireless chargers, DC/DC converters, and power supplies, the Vishay
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12/11/2019
Renesas and Minebea Mitsumi Collaborate on Stepping Motors
Renesas Electronics Corporation and MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc. announced the joint development of resolver-based (angle sensor) stepping motor and motor control solutions optimized for use in robots, office automation (OA) equipment, and medical/nursing care equipment. These applications require motors with higher
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12/11/2019
RECOM Enables Faster Designs with Digital Models on SnapEDA
RECOM Power is launching digital models for its entire product catalog in collaboration with SnapEDA. As part of the new collaboration, engineers can now access over 20,000 new symbols & footprints for RECOM’s power supplies - the digital models needed for circuit board design - saving them
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12/11/2019
AVX Sponsors GEOX DRAGON All-Electric Formula-E Team
AVX Corporation has announced its continued support of the GEOX DRAGON Formula-E racing team for the new 2019–2020 ABB FIA Formula-E Championship racing season, which kicked off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, November 22. For the second-straight year, AVX is partnering with Mouser Electronics, TTI, Inc.,
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12/11/2019
Microchip Opens Early Access Program for FPGA System-on-Chip
The trend towards compute intensive gateways and edge devices is driving the integration of traditional deterministic control applications with additional embedded processing capabilities needed for smart and secure connected systems. In response, Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) is opening the Early
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12/10/2019
RS Components Adds new Features to DesignSpark PCB Software
RS Components (RS) has released the latest version of its free DesignSpark PCB software for users in North America.  DesignSpark PCB 9.0 is the latest version of the popular online design tool available to
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12/10/2019
Ducted Wind Turbines Wins Grant from Department of Energy
Ducted Wind Turbines, the company formed by Clarkson University Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ken Visser and his team has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with funding from the DOE’s
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12/10/2019
$400K from NSF Will Grow Cyberinfrastructure at Clarkson
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $400,000 to Clarkson University to construct a new high-performance computing cluster to support data and computationally intensive projects. This funding will facilitate the creation of a new computational cluster, "Accelerating Computational
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12/10/2019
Detours may Make Batteries Better

An illustration shows a battery's cathode undergoing phase transition from iron phosphate (FP) to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) during charging. Simulations by Rice University scientists showed that adding defects -- distortions in their crystal lattices -- could help batteries charge faster.

Here's a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics and solar energy storage. Scientists at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium iron phosphate-based
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12/09/2019
SOT-MRAM Memory Cell Compatible with 300mm Si CMOS Tech

This is a schematic of the STT-MRAM cell (Two Terminal Device).

Researchers at Tohoku University have announced the demonstration of high-speed spin-orbit-torque (SOT) magnetoresistive random access memory cell compatible with 300 mm Si CMOS technology. The demand for low-power and high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) has been increasing as artificial intelligence
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12/09/2019
Beyond Basic Training

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Figure 1. Telit’s LM960 is the world’s first full industrial-grade, Cat 18 mPCIe module

The introduction of the Internet, cell phones, wireless communications and IoT devices have undeniably changed every aspect of modern life. Whether born out of need or convenience, these innovations are in large part the result of collaborative efforts from both the public and private sector working together
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12/09/2019
Sager's Power Solutions Center Earns UL 508A Certification
Sager Electronics announced its Power Solutions Center located in Carrollton, TX has been certified as an UL 508A panel shop. UL 508A certification is an industrial control panel directive certifying an assembly meets the standards of electrical inspection. For 125 years Underwriter’s Laboratories
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12/09/2019
4200VDC High-Isolation Automotive DC/DC Converter
MORNSUN launched a new SMD DC/DC converter module CFB0505XT-1WR3 which is specifically designed for automotive applications. This new module CFB0505XT-1WR3 meets automotive EMC standards and AEC-Q100 requirements. CFB0505XT-1WR3 features compact size, 3000VAC/4200VDC high isolation voltage, and operating temperature
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12/09/2019
UnitedSiC Announces First SiC FETs with RDS(on) <10mohms
UnitedSiC is introducing four new SiC FETs, with RDS(ON) levels as low as 7mohms, delivering unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency for use in high-power applications such as electric vehicle (EV) inverters, high-powered DC/DC converters, high-current
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12/09/2019
Astronomy Fellowship on how to Increase Diversity in STEM
In 2017, the Heising-Simons Foundation -- a family foundation that works in climate and clean energy, science, education, and human rights -- established the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship to support early-career astronomers engaged in planetary research. Just over a year later, the Foundation announced that it would
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12/08/2019
Gamma-Ray Laser Moves a Step Closer to Reality

Allen Mills is a professor in the UC Riverside Department of Physics and Astronomy.

A physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has performed calculations showing hollow spherical bubbles filled with a gas of positronium atoms are stable in liquid helium. The calculations take scientists a step closer to realizing a gamma-ray laser, which may have applications in medical
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12/08/2019
Electronic map Reveals 'Rules of the Road' in Superconductor

This band structure map for a single crystal of iron selenide is akin to a road map that describes how traffic rules change for electrons as the material cools and the crystal lattice changes shape, becoming elongated in one direction.

Using a clever technique that causes unruly crystals of iron selenide to snap into alignment, Rice University physicists have drawn a detailed map that reveals the "rules of the road" for electrons both in normal conditions and in the critical moments just before the material transforms into a superconductor. In
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12/08/2019
DOE Gives $5 Million for Computational Approaches to Biology
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $5 million to develop new computational tools and software for analyzing the masses of genomics and other data generated by today's systems biology research. "The rapid development of technologies for high-throughput screening of
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12/08/2019
ADLINK Teams with Intel and AWS to Offer AI at the Edge
ADLINK Technology has joined forces with Intel and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to simplify artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge for machine vision. The integrated solution offers an Amazon Sagemaker-built machine learning model optimized by and deployed with the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, the
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12/08/2019
Fusion by Strong Lasers

Accelerator tunnel at the European XFEL

Nuclear physics usually involves high energies, as illustrated by experiments to master controlled nuclear fusion. One of the problems is how to overcome the strong electrical repulsion between atomic nuclei which requires high energies to make them fuse. But fusion could be initiated at lower energies with
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12/06/2019
Graphene Takes off in Composites for Planes and Cars
The Graphene Flagship brought together top European researchers and companies to discuss the most disruptive ways graphene could enhance composites used in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. The multidisciplinary team involved researchers from academic institutions, business enterprises such as
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12/06/2019
Mouser Electronics' and Bourns' eBook on EV Infrastructure
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a new eBook in collaboration with Bourns, exploring new components, technologies, and strategies for the design and development of electric vehicles. In
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12/06/2019
DOE funds UT Austin Engineers w/ Geothermal Energy Ecosystem
With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Cockrell School of Engineering is launching a unique initiative that aims to make The University of Texas at Austin a national hub for geothermal energy expertise and startups. The new Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) will bring together
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12/05/2019
TDK-Lambda i6A4W Non-isolated DC-DC Converters now Shipping from Sager Electronics
Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s i6A4W non-isolated DC-DC converter series. Capable of operating from a wide input voltage of up to 9 to 53V, TDK’s i6A4W step-down converters deliver an output voltage that can be adjustable
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12/05/2019
Bear Power to Design Custom 300ÂWatt Medical Power Supply
Bear Power Supplies has won a contract to design a custom 300 Watt medical power supply for a US-based medical equipment manufacturer. The custom AC/DC converter will have a universal input and multiple outputs to power the entire system, including a 175 VDC output to drive a solenoid, a 4 mA current output
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12/05/2019
Gemite Announces Geopolymer Disruptive Tech Breakthrough
Gemite Products Inc. has been developing and manufacturing advanced specialty materials for decades, and Gemite materials and systems have been field tested and verified to extend life span of deteriorated structures to over 50 years. Geopolymers represent a disruptive technology in chemical and fire
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12/05/2019
Mouser Electronics Adds New ECAD Functionalities to Website
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is pleased to announce new features to the ECAD resources on its millions of product detail pages on its website, Mouser.com. Together with SamacSys, a global leader in electronic component library solutions, Mouser provides customers with an array of design resources including PCB
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12/05/2019
Thermal Bridge Solution Improves Thermal Resistance
TE Connectivity (TE) is introducing its thermal bridge technology that can provide up to two times better thermal resistance over traditional thermal technologies such as gap pads or thermal pads. As systems like servers, switches and routers deliver higher speeds and grow more sophisticated, their power requirements
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12/05/2019
AC-DC Power Supply Meets Demand for Green Power Technology
CUI Inc announced the addition of six low power, open frame ac-dc power supply series to its VOF product family. The VOF-15C, VOF-30C, VOF-40C, VOF-45C, VOF-60C and VOF-65C are 15, 30, 40, 45, 60 and 65 W additions to CUI’s general purpose ac-dc power supply portfolio now ranging from 3 W to 550 W. Housed
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12/05/2019
Top Battery Technology Expert Joins Tydrolyte Advisory Board

Robert Galyen, one of the industry’s top battery technology experts, has joined Tydrolyte’s Advisory Board.

Tydrolyte LLC announced that Robert Galyen, one of the industry’s top battery technology experts, has joined Tydrolyte’s Advisory Board. Galyen joins other notable professionals and battery experts on the advisory board, including the Honorable Stephen L. Johnson, former administrator for the Environmental
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12/05/2019
CAP-XX Acquires Murata's Supercapacitor Production Lines
CAP-XX announced it will acquire CAP-XX licensee Murata’s supercapacitor production lines, relocate them from Japan to a new factory in Sydney to arrive in stages between March and June 2020, and begin producing Murata’s three supercapacitor product families in Q3 2020. Murata will
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12/04/2019
Commercial Inductors Offer Operating Temperatures to +155°C
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new commercial IHLP low profile, high current inductors with high operating temperatures up to +155 °C 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-51,
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12/04/2019
Autonomous Driving and Infotainment Market â€
According to Markets and Markets, the in-vehicle infotainment market is projected to reach 30.47 billion USD in 2022, at a CAGR of 11.79%. Consumers want to take the luxury, comfort, connectivity and convenience they are becoming accustomed to, anywhere they go.  A few years back, I read about
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12/04/2019
PSDcast â€
A number of markets worldwide still don’t have proper LTE coverage, let alone 5G or support for larger IoT networks, so the Narrowband IoT has become a viable alternative for solutions that are low-cost with long battery life and that’re primarily indoors, and these applications are ideal for transmitting
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12/04/2019
DC-DC Converter Modules for Railway, Industrial Applications
Murata announced the first eighth brick in a line of encapsulated DC-DC converters developed by Murata Power Solutions. The 120-Watt IRE-Q12 series was designed specifically for industrial, railway, and transportation applications with system bus and battery voltages between 9VDC and 36VDC. The solution
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12/04/2019
180W and 220W Highly Efficient, Desktop Power Supplies
XP Power announced the release of two new series of desktop power supplies that offer a highly efficient and low-cost solution for multiple applications. The new PSUs are ideally suited to provide the power, energy efficiency and cost requirements of increasingly capable modern industrial and technology equipment. 
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12/04/2019
The Ubiquity of the Auto
You don’t have to go very far in this industry without coming across an automotive application. The humble auto is the nexus of several emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), alternative energy, and advanced battery storage. This month, we shine the spotlight on “Automotive
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12/04/2019
Recharging the Batteries
It has been a mixed year so far, with plenty of innovation on display, but a flat economy put a bit of a spoiler on the industry. The forecast for next year is pretty mixed too, with some people predicting a global recession. As the old saying goes, economists have predicted eight of the last three recessions,
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12/04/2019
Designing for a Safer Future

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Figure 1. The GO9 device allows you to lead your fleet into the future with expanded capacity for further native vehicle support, improved fuel usage support, electric vehicles and global expansion. Geotab’s technology transforms big data into Smart Data to create Smart ecosystems, which turn into Smart Cities.

Since the introduction of the mechanical assembly line by Henry Ford more than a century ago, vehicles and technology have shared a long and inextricable history of automation, with continuous innovation not only central to the evolution of automobile design but also essential to advancing the smart city revolution
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12/04/2019
Power Your PLC with a Small POL Module

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Figure 1. Programmable Logic Controller Module

The vision of the smart factory is a reality in many industries, thanks to advancements in automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Factory floors are filled with controllers, sensors, I/Os, and actuators. A controller can be a programmable logic controller (PLC, Figure 1), motor/motion controller,
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12/04/2019
Emerson Upgrades Power Connectors to Minimize Assembly

Emerson has upgraded Appleton 200 Amp Powertite plugs, connectors and receptacles for faster and easier field assembly, greater environmental protection and improved worker safety.

Emerson has enhanced the Appleton 200 Amp Powertite series of pin-and-sleeve plugs, receptacles and connectors with new features providing faster and easier field assembly, greater environmental protection and improved worker safety. Capable of supplying reliable power to any type of
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12/04/2019
DC Diesel Generator Set Offers Compact, Powerful Solution
Generac Industrial Power has announced the company’s latest gen-set. The SDC015 is the first liquid-cooled direct current (DC) unit featuring one of the smallest footprints on the market and at 57 volts, this unit can pull 15 kW of power. The SDC015 features a quiet 1.5L diesel engine that produces only 65
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12/03/2019
Enhanced Sounder Driver for Audio UI in Small Smart Sensors
Diodes Incorporated announced an enhanced version of its popular sounder driver for small and portable devices. The PAM8904E delivers higher performance at a lower voltage in a smaller package. Miniature piezo and ceramic sounders are now used extensively in trackers, alarms, health monitors, security
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12/03/2019
MacDermid Alpha Solutions Announces Kester Acquisition
MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions announced that it has acquired Kester from Illinois Tool Works Inc. Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials used in electronics assembly and semiconductor applications. The business has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Germany and its products
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12/03/2019
Wencor's Distribution Partnership With Korry Electronics
Korry Electronics Co. has selected Wencor as their exclusive aftermarket distribution partner within Europe, Middle East, and the Americas effective immediately. Under the new agreement, Wencor will support the commercial and general aviation markets with Korry human-machine interface (HMI) solutions which includes
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12/03/2019
Heads up for HUD
The automotive heads-up display (HUD) is either a lifesaver or yet another high-tech deathtrap. There’s little middle ground when we muck with a two-ton instrument of destruction. And muck we have – as of 2019, the automotive HUD market is worth $560 million, and it should reach $1 billion by
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12/03/2019
When Less is More
Balancing performance, size and cost is always a challenge for designers of any electronic component. For power products, it is no different. As end products get smaller, the demands on designers of power circuits get tougher and tougher. Designs have to fit into miniscule spaces, while still being hyper efficient
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12/03/2019
Electronic Pervasiveness in Vehicles Brings EMI Challenges

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Figure 1. Electric vehicle powertrain (source: US DOE)

The integration of more and more electronics in cars is being driven by automotive industry trends such as the ‘connected car’, increased used of ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems), and the drive towards semi- or even fully autonomous vehicles. The potential for EMI/EMC issues is therefore dramatically
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12/03/2019
Implementing Fast DC BEV Chargers Up to 150 kW

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Figure 1: Typical topology for charging sub-unit in 15 – 40 kW range

One cannot fail to notice that our city streets and car parks are going through a slow transformation: they are beckoning the age of the electric vehicle. As the battery electric vehicle (BEV) grows in popularity, the infrastructure to keep them charged is appearing to meet demand. While the majority of BEVs
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12/03/2019
Smart Power Solutions for Data Centers Cut Operating Costs

Figure1: Multiphase controllers and DrMOS power stages provide solutions

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12/03/2019
Improving EV Power w/ High Step-Down Ratio DC/DC Converters

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Figure 1: Relationship between Duty Cycle and Output Voltage

To achieve the regulatory limits set by a number of countries worldwide, automakers are increasingly working on developing electric vehicles. Currently, 5 types of electric vehicle technologies are being employed: Pure EV, powered solely by electricity, Fuel Cell EV that
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12/03/2019
Battery Stack Monitor Maximizes Batteries in Hybrid and EVs

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Figure 1. A 96 cell battery pack architecture with the 12-channel LTC6811 measurement IC.

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12/03/2019
SiC MOSFET Efficiency and Protection without Compromise

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Figure 1. Comparing SiC with conventional Silicon MOSFETs reveals the clearly superior semiconductor characteristics of the SiC material, which allows the construction of significantly smaller switching devices

The lower sheet resistance of wide-bandgap SiC materials (typically 1/100th that of conventional silicon) results in smaller devices for a given current capacity – valuable in space saving applications. In addition, the electric-breakdown- field for SiC (approximately 2.8 MV/cm) allows for a much
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12/03/2019
SafeSite GRP Linear for Harsh and Hazardous Applications
Dialight launched its new SafeSite Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) linear form factor for the APAC and EMEA markets. This new LED fitting includes IECEx / ATEX Zone 2, 21 & 22 certification for the ultimate solution in hazardous applications including
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12/02/2019
Ceramic Capacitors for Space-Constrained Applications
KEMET Corporation has launched a new range of surface mount device (SMD) safety certified multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for use in mains-powered applications. The CAS series addresses widespread demand for miniaturization without compromising performance by offering higher capacitance, smaller overall
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12/02/2019
Synchronous Buck Regulators Offer Peak Efficiencies of 98%
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new families of 2 A to 12 A microBUCK synchronous buck regulators featuring wide input voltage ranges from 4.5 V to 55 V (SiC476/7/8/9) and 4.5 V to 60 V (SiC466/7/8/9). Combining rugged high performance n-channel trench MOSFETs with a controller in the compact 5x5
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12/02/2019
Reduce Memory Costs with Microchip's EERAM Solutions
From smart meters to manufacturing lines, applications that require repetitive task data logging must be able to automatically restore content if power is disrupted during processing. Current low density (64 Kb to 1Mb) nonvolatile serial RAM (NVRAM) solutions used for these datalogs are typically the highest
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12/02/2019
AC Harmonic Filter Capacitors Offer 85 Ampere RMS Ratings
Cornell Dubilier Inc. announced that it now offers 85 Ampere RMS ratings and numerous other enhancements to its PC series of AC harmonic filter capacitors. The series improvements include UL recognized construction and an internal pressure interrupter system that has passed the rigors of UL testing to ensure
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Date:
12/02/2019