Notable & Newsworthy

January 2020
'Micro Clean LED' Enables 4K Resolution TV Displays to 220''
As a next generation light source, micro-LEDs will lead the $100B display market Seoul’s Micro Clean LED single-pixel RGB innovation delivers higher performance and lower cost Complete in-house production, from RGB EPI substrate to transfer technology, is ready for mass
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01/31/2020
Coronavirus Disrupts Display Panel Production in China
The escalating coronavirus crisis is impacting production at display panel factories located in the semi-quarantined city of Wuhan, China, spurring a significant near-term reduction in the global supply of panels used in liquid crystal display televisions (LCDs) and other products. The five factories
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01/31/2020
Crystal Oscillator Series for Space-Constrained Applications
The 2.5 x 2.0 mm AK2 crystal oscillator series has the smallest profile in the ClearClock family and is designed to address space-constrained, high-data networking applications such as PCI Express (PCIe) and optical transceivers. “The necessity to develop high-performance, compact oscillator solutions
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01/31/2020

New Research Could aid Cleaner Energy Technologies

Guangwen Zhou is a professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

New research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, could aid cleaner energy technologies. The atomic reaction between gases and oxides is a key piece for many technological puzzles. It can lead to benefits such as better catalysts to enable cleaner energy technologies,
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01/30/2020
Computer Servers now Able to Retrieve Data Much Faster
Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have found a novel approach that significantly improves the storage efficiency and output speed of computer systems. Current data storage systems use only one storage server to process information, making them slow to retrieve information to display
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01/30/2020
Can Wood Change Cities From Carbon Source to Carbon Vault?
The steady rise of the world's urban population will drive an immense demand for new housing, commercial buildings, and other infrastructure across the planet by midcentury. This building boom will likely escalate global carbon emissions to dangerous levels and intensify climate change -- particularly if it
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01/30/2020
Protocols to Assess Stability of Perovskite Photovoltaics
The existing characterization procedures to evaluate emerging photovoltaic devices are not appropriate for halide perovskite solar cells, a new generation of solar cells called to overcome the present state-of-the-art technologies. A vast group of scientists with Prof. Pavel A. Troshin representing Skoltech
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01/30/2020
Micrometals Solves Challenging Power Conversion Applications
Micrometals continues to expand their prototyping and custom core capabilities with the expansion of new E Core variations available. Micrometals E Cores are renowned for their performance and quality by delivering exceptional part-to-part consistency.  With over 20 industry standard E Core sizes,
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01/30/2020
30 KW Auto-Ranging DC Supply with Energy-Recovering DC Load
Intepro Systems announces the availability of its Model PSB 10000 30 KW programmable digital power supply/load. The PSB 10000 Series is a microprocessor controlled bi-directional supply that features two devices in one: an electronic DC load with energy recovery and an auto-ranging DC power supply. This allows
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01/30/2020
Florida Astronaut in Super Bowl Ad to Benefit Girls in STEM
To support an inspirational Super Bowl LIV commercial featuring Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumna and retired astronaut Nicole Stott, the Olay company plans to donate one dollar (up to $500,000) to the nonprofit Girls Who Code each time someone
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01/30/2020
Buck, Low Dropout Regulator for Satellite Power Applications
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the industry’s first single-chip synchronous buck and low dropout (LDO) regulator targeting low-power FPGAs, DDR memory and other digital loads for spaceflight payload applications. The ISL70005SEH is the only point-of-load (POL) power solution that reduces size, weight,
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01/30/2020
Global Power Technologies Group Becomes SemiQ
Global Power Technologies Group announced this week that it has changed its legal company name to SemiQ. The name reflects the company’s strategic concentration on designing and manufacturing high quality silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors. SemiQ is an integrated development and manufacturing
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01/30/2020
Flex Power Modules Signs Global Agreement with Digi-Key
Flex Power Modules has signed a partnership agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronics components distributor, to open a new sales channel expanding its global footprint and accelerating customer order fulfilment. All Flex Power Modules products will be listed on Digi-Key’s website and available
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01/29/2020
TTI Offers Broad and Deep Inventory of Vishay Foil Resistors
TTI, Inc., is stocking commercial-grade Vishay Foil Resistors (VFR) brand of bulk metal foil resistors for immediate shipment. TTI’s offering of the deepest and broadest foil resistor inventory comprises resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (leaded) configurations, current sense and precision
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01/29/2020
MOSFET Offers Best in Class On-Resistance Times Gate Charge
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new 80 V TrenchFET Gen IV n-channel power MOSFET in the 6.15 mm by 5.15 mm PowerPAK SO-8 single package. Designed to save energy by increasing the efficiency of power conversion topologies and switching circuitry, the Vishay Siliconix SiR680ADP offers best in class on-resistance
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01/29/2020
Accelerate Design of SiC Power Converters with Eval Platform
Littelfuse, Inc. announced the Gate Drive Evaluation Platform (GDEV). The new evaluation platform helps designers evaluate SiC MOSFETs, SiC Schottky diodes, and other peripheral components like gate driver circuitry, so that they can better understand how silicon carbide technologies will behave in converter
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01/29/2020
Smallest Right-Angle Indicator for Precision Electronics
Dialight announced the launch of its new 594 Prism surface-mount indicator. The smallest right-angle indicator in its class, the 4.5mm x 3mm x 4mm 594 Prism features Dialight’s proprietary single-level design for through-hole applications in high-density boards and board-edge mounting in network interface
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01/28/2020
Real-Time Clocks Offer Low-Standby Current for Infotainment
Diodes Incorporated announced that automotive-compliant versions of its popular, low-power, real-time clock (RTC) solutions, PT7C4363BQ and PT7C4563BQ (with an adjustable timer), are now available. Their wide temperature range makes them suitable for automotive applications, including infotainment systems, dashboard
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01/28/2020
Indium Corporation Announces New Jetting Solder Paste
Indium Corporation continues to develop innovative solder paste solutions to fit customers’ needs. PicoShot NC-5M is designed for customers needing a no-clean halogen-free SAC305 solder paste for their Mycronic jetting systems or add-on and repair modules. PicoShot NC-5M jetting solder paste is
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01/28/2020
Metallized Polypropylene Capacitors for Electric Auto Tech
KEMET Corporation has launched the R41T and R76H series AEC-Q200 qualified metallized polypropylene film capacitors. This series builds on the company’s long-standing expertise in power management solutions by leveraging advances in manufacturing technology and new materials to address the stringent requirements
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01/28/2020
NYPA Approves $11.5 Million for Power Flow Control Project
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees recently approved $11.5 million for implementation of the Advanced Power Flow Control Project on NYPA’s Moses-Adirondack 1 and 2 transmission lines in northern New York. The project aims to relieve congestion along NYPA’s north-south corridor
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01/28/2020
Air Force Provides $1 Million for Purdue-Related Technology

PlaneEnglish, a simulator created by three Purdue alumni, has received a $1 million SBIR Phase II award, sponsored by the Air Force and AFWERX, the Air Force's technology and innovation hub.

Three Purdue University alumni will soon help more members of the U.S. Air Force advance critical communication skills to keep them safe in the cockpit. PlaneEnglish, a simulator created by the three Purdue alumni, has received a $1 million SBIR Phase II award, sponsored by the Air Force and AFWERX,
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01/28/2020
World's First Flip-Type MLCCs in 0510 Design
TDK Corporation has developed the new CGAE series, the world’s first flip-type MLCCs in 0510 design (EIA 0204) with capacitances of up to 1 µF, for automotive applications*. Depending on their capacitance, the capacitors are designed for rated voltages of between 4 V and 50 V and they cover a capacitance
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01/28/2020
British Carbon Tax Leads 93% Drop in Coal-Fired Electricity
A tax on carbon dioxide emissions in Great Britain, introduced in 2013, has led to the proportion of electricity generated from coal falling from 40% to 3% over six years, according to research led by UCL. British electricity generated from coal fell from 13.1 TWh (terawatt hours) in 2013 to 0.97
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01/28/2020
Graphene, Quantum and the Brain: Together, What do you get?

The four most ambitious intiatives of the EU exhibit at the MWC20 in Barcelona.

The world is moving at full speed, pushing forward an amazing wave of novel and disruptive technologies that will change the way we see, move, behave and even communicate. We are at a point in time where those technologies, eager to emerge, will signify a paradigm shift in how we view our place in this world,
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01/28/2020
For Cheaper Solar Cells, Thinner Really is Better
Costs of solar panels have plummeted over the last several years, leading to rates of solar installations far greater than most analysts had expected. But with most of the potential areas for cost savings already pushed to the extreme, further cost reductions are becoming more challenging to find. Now,
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01/27/2020
Integrated RGBC-IR Color Sensors With I²C Interface
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadens its optoelectronics portfolio with new RGBC-IR sensors for applications such as automatic white balancing and color cast correction in digital cameras; automatic LCD backlight adjustment; and active monitoring of LED color output for IoT and smart lighting. The new VEML3328
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01/27/2020
Modular Switches Allow for Homes Pre-Wired for Upgrades
Deako has expanded its suite of modular and scalable home lighting products and solutions, announcing the launch of the Deako Simple Rocker Switch, Simple Dimmer, Simple Motion Sensor, Smart Switch and Smart Dimmer. The new products paired with their existing backplate can be quickly installed into a standard
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01/27/2020
Sager Electronics Unveils New Line Card Design
Sager Electronics announced its new line card. For the first time, French and Spanish language versions of the line card have also been released. The four-page, full-color line card is a comprehensive listing of electronic component suppliers for which Sager Electronics is an authorized distributor.
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01/27/2020
Mission Computing Systems Improve Processing Capabilities
Elma Electronic Inc. has expanded its line of Cisco-based mission computing systems used in rugged and harsh environments. Based on modular building blocks, the new ComSys-536x family utilizes Elma’s extensive packaging expertise to offer many performance and expansion configurations that meet specific computing-at-the-edge
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01/27/2020
Kicking Off the New Year in Style
With 2020 upon us, we hope your holiday was grand, your family was bearable, and if you were lucky enough to go to CES, the only thing you brought back is good stories (and most of your money). Welcome to another year of power engineering! And what better way to kick off 2020 than a fundamental topic
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01/26/2020
Back to Basics
I’d like to wish you and your families a Happy New Year from all the team at PSD. I hope you had a great break and are back relaxed and refreshed to face the year ahead. Myself, I tried to do as little as possible except see my family and friends and feel much better for it. The first few months of the year
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01/26/2020
The Government's Role in Developing Automated Vehicles
If any market sector is the perfect microcosm of the American political dichotomy, it’s the automotive space. More specifically, autonomous vehicles.  And at CES 2020, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao dropped the Grand Canyon of political fissures. In Sin City’s not-so-hallowed
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01/26/2020
White Van Man Goes Electric
One great thing about watching new industries emerge is the battle between the traditional companies that previously “owned” the space trying to adapt and the new usurpers causing the market disruption and tackling the issue in unique ways. The current movement from ICE vehicles to electric power has been
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01/26/2020
Avoiding Field Failures with Crowbar Protection Thyristors

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Figure 1. SIDACtor I-V Curve. It is a bipolar device with an off-state and an on-state. VDRM is the maximum off-state voltage. In that state, the maximum current, IDRM is the off-state leakage current. When the voltage across the device reaches the breakover voltage, VS, the device switches to the on-state and conducts a large current, IH, the holding current. The SIDACtor maintains the holding current at a low voltage, VT, the holding voltage. The SIDACtor can maintain a large current with its power capacity due to the low crowbar voltage, VT.

Ensuring a product is robust to power line transient conditions is a critical aspect of design that often does not receive the appropriate level of attention during product design. While a product failure due to a high voltage transient is an external event, the failure is due to a design that inadequately protects
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01/26/2020
Digital Control in Power Supplies Supports Industry 4.0, IoT

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Figure 1. Analogue power supply with digital interface

Digital control in power supplies and power systems broadly fits into two implementations. The more common approach is a digital interface between the traditional analogue control system and the outside world providing signals & alarms and various levels of control via a communication bus. Simple,
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01/26/2020
Ride Through the MLCC Shortage

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Figure 1. Increases in worldwide MLCC use in electric automobiles (a) and cell phones (b), without commensurate increases in production, have led to shortages.

The worldwide supply of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is not keeping up with demand. This is due in no small part to increased electronic complexity of cell phones, increased sales of electric cars, and a worldwide expansion of electronic content across industries. Some smartphones have doubled MLCC
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01/26/2020
MTBF â€

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Figure 1: Reliability bathtub curve

The definition of MTBF is often open to misinterpretation. MTBF, or mean time between failures, is not a prediction of product or system operating life. Instead, it is a prediction of time between successive failures during normal operation. This is particularly relevant for a system or product that
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01/26/2020
Installation of Open Frame, U Channel AC/DC Power Supplies

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Figure 1: Open frame power supply

AC/DC power supplies are commonly supplied in what is known by the industry as an open frame format. Open frame generally describes a product which is a PCB only construction, component power supply designed to be installed into an end-equipment application which provides the enclosure for the entire product. Another
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01/26/2020
Magnetics is the Key to Power Supply Design
A frequent discussion we have regarding power converters is about magnetics.  Usually it goes something like this — they inherited the design of an existing power supply and may or may not be having issues with the design.  They may want to update the design with new components, or they were
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01/26/2020
Mini Submersible Robot Inspects Power Transformer
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has successfully piloted a robotic technology that can navigate inside a power transformer to effectively identify any operational issues while reducing unplanned down time and reducing risk to personnel. The new inspection tool marks NYPA’s latest investment in enhancing
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01/24/2020
USEA, DOE Kick Off National Carbon Capture Roadshow
The Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy and U.S. Energy Association will kick off  a national carbon capture roadshow across six U.S. cities on Tuesday January 28, starting in Washington. Energy stakeholders will assemble to discuss: commercial CCUS deployment; using carbon for industrial
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01/24/2020
FPGA Tool Receives Key Industrial, Automotive Certifications
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced that its easy to use Lattice Diamond FPGA design and verification software environment (version 3.10 Service Pack 3) is certified ascompliant with the IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety standards. These standards are widely used by developers in automotive and
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01/24/2020
First-of-its-Kind Pricing for Entry-Level Test Instruments
Rohde & Schwarz announced the company is changing its industry-first promotion to provide customers a new, extended offering titled, “This Changed Everything.” The extended promotion, which runs January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020, includes 10 value bench instrument solutions for customers to choose from.  Rohde
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01/24/2020
PCIe 3.0/SATA3 Combo ReDriver Offers Linear Equalization
Diodes Incorporated announced PI3EQX12904A PCIe 3.0/SATA3 combo ReDriver with linear equalization that supports speeds up to 8Gbps. The PI3EQX12904A provides laptop, notebook, industrial PC, and embedded system developers with a robust, multiprotocol linear ReDriver that offers a flexible interface while also
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01/23/2020
APS Changes Course for 100% Clean Energy Future
Today, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) announced a goal to deliver 100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. APS’ goal includes a nearer-term 2030 target of achieving a resource mix that is 65 percent clean energy, with 45 percent of our portfolio coming from renewable energy. APS will
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01/22/2020
Miniaturized Atomic Clock Delivers Wider Temperature Range
As reliance on precise frequency and timing increases due to the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) enabling 5G communication networks, data centers and other mission critical infrastructure, smaller size and high-performance atomic clock technology has become essential to support both military and commercial
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01/22/2020
CMOS Image Sensor for AIoT and Computer Vision Applications
Himax Imaging, Inc., announced the commercial availability for HM0360, an industry-first ultra-low power and low latency Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor solution with autonomous modes of operations for always on, intelligent visual sensing applications such as human presence detection and tracking, gaze detection,
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01/22/2020
Rectifiers Increase Power Density and Efficiency
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers with 16 new 2 A and 3 A devices in the eSMP series low profile SMP (DO-220AA) package. The Vishay General Semiconductor rectifiers feature a wide range of reverse voltages from 45 V to 200 V, while
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01/22/2020
TVS Components Aid with Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a family of high-powered transient voltage suppressor components for circuit protection in DC, AC and remote transmission line applications. The family of TVS components consists of eight devices with varying ranges of volts. These TVS components are high-current capable
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01/21/2020
Flex Power Designer Broadens Support and adds new Features
Flex Power Modules has added new features to make its Flex Power Designer software even easier to use for digital power system design, as well as broadening the products it supports. The new version 3.2 will save engineers time when developing their power systems, as well as reducing the risk of any problems
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01/21/2020
Compact, Extended-Range Programmable DC Power Supply
XP Power announced a new single output programmable DC power supply that is ideal for use in a wide variety of applications including laboratory, production, and embedded test & measurement. Multiple interfaces including USB, analogue, and LAN are built-in as standard, enhancing the flexibility and controllability
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01/21/2020
Peltier Cooling Units Offer Improved Thermal Performance
CUI Devices’ Thermal Management Group announced the addition of two new models to its Peltier cooling unit  product offering. The CPM-2C and CPM-2H carry 7 A and 8.5 A current ratings respectively, adding to the 6 A current rating of the previously released CPM-2F. As complete Peltier cooling units, the
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01/21/2020
Industry-Leading Performance with GaN Power Transistors
GaN Systems announced that Siemens is integrating part of its Simatic Micro-Drive product line with GaN Systems power semiconductors. With the integration of GaN Systems power transistors, this Siemens product line features industry-leading standards and benefiting customers by power density, efficiency and
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01/21/2020
Surface-Mount Fuses with 3.3A, 4A and 5A Options
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0ZCF Series of 2920 chip (package) size surface mount PPTC resettable fuses for automotive and ethernet applications. These AEC-Q compliant fuses have an operating range of 300mA – 5A, a max. current of 100A and a maximum voltage of 6-60 V DC, with an operating temperature
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01/21/2020
All-Metal Current-Sense Chip Resistors
Many of today's consumer electronic devices operate at lower currents than previous generations of these products. This allows the use of slightly higher resistance values for current sensing and allows for the use of very small current sensing resistors. For applications
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01/21/2020
PSDcast â€

Yossi Appleboum, the CEO of Sepio Systems

We’ve spoken before on this show about how the Internet of Things creates a massive target for cybercrime, and even how hackers could use connected refrigerators and other white
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01/21/2020
Securing Radiological Sources on the Go

A well logging configuration for MSTS consists of radiation measurement devices, radiofrequency tags and other loss detection technology. MSTS, developed by PNNL, has been licensed to Golden Security Services.

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the materials could be used by terrorists to make dirty bombs. The Department of Energy's Pacific
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01/20/2020
Meteor Lighting Launches New DOT Microcylinder Series
Available in true 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5-inch aperture housings. The new DOT microcylinder series from Meteor Lighting are embedded with all of the company's accumulated experience in High Ceiling lighting. The DOT series combines elegant design, performance and functionality; setting it up to be the
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01/20/2020
8,000 Hour, 105°C Aluminum Electrolytic Snap-in Capacitors
Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) introduces its 381LL series of long-life snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors. The series, designated with an expected life of 8,000 hours at full-rated conditions, demonstrates superb stability in capacitance and DC leakage current over time on test. The snap-in
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01/20/2020
Thermoelectric Cooling for Base Station and Cell Tower Equipment

Figure 1a and 1b. Due to the limited access for repair and maintenance of base station and cell towers, long life operation is required

Temperature control of sensitive telecom electronics in unattended mobile base stations and cell towers is vital for the operation of primary and back-up systems. Heat can significantly degrade the performance and operating life of telecom cabinets, energy storage systems and back-up battery systems. Mobile
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01/20/2020
Understanding the Basics of DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: DC-DC converters can be isolated or non-isolated

When Allesandro Volta made a battery out of copper and zinc disks and brine-soaked cardboard, it was a novelty and the low power DC produced had few practical applications. As electricity became better understood and it was discovered that rotating magnets could induce AC current in wires, the world of power
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01/20/2020
Growing Developments in LED Horticultural Lighting

Figure 1: Average plant response to PAR

The horticultural lighting industry is in the middle of a disruptive change – growers are now getting to grips with the LED ‘solid-state’ artificial light alternative, traditionally provided by high-pressure sodium lamps (HPS). HPS lamps are relatively efficient at 100-150 lumens per watt, actually similar
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01/20/2020
Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Far field pattern of UV-C laser projected onto a fluorescent screen.

Nagoya University scientists, in cooperation with Asahi Kasei Corporation, have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light, according to research published in the journal Applied Physics Express. "Our laser diode emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength,
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01/20/2020
Artificial Intelligence to Improve Resolution of Brain MRI

Researchers of the ICAI Group -- Computational Intelligence and Image Analysis -- of the University of Malaga (UMA) have designed an unprecedented method that is capable of improving brain images obtained through magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence.

Researchers of the ICAI Group -Computational Intelligence and Image Analysis- of the University of Malaga (UMA) have designed an unprecedented method that is capable of improving brain images obtained through magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence. This new model manages to increase
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01/17/2020
Industry's Smallest Ultra-thin Bus Switches Save Board Space
Diodes Incorporated announced that its family of quad- and dual-channel 4:1 and 2:1 bus switches are now available in an ultra-thin QFN (UQFN) package. The UQFN package makes it easier for OEMs to increase PCB density and reduce product dimensions when developing PC notebooks and tablets as well as networking
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01/17/2020
Outdoor Riding Arena LED Lighting Packages
Access Fixtures is introducing a comprehensive new line of outdoor riding arena LED lighting packages designed with budget and convenience in mind. The new LED lighting packages range from solutions for backyard riding arenas to professional arenas for training, horse shows, roping, barrel racing and even rodeo.
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01/17/2020
Software Improves Workflow of Systems Engineering Process
Maplesoft announced a new release of MapleMBSE, the software that enables companies to employ a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) process within their design projects without requiring every stakeholder on the project to be an expert in complex MBSE tools. The latest release, MapleMBSE 2020, offers improved
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01/17/2020
10 Watt DC/DC Converter for Rugged Industrial Applications
TRACO POWER announces their new THN 10 WIR series of 10 watt high-density DC/DC Converters in the industry standard 1” x 1” footprint and qualified for rugged industrial and railway applications and certified to EN 50155 and EN 61373 standards. The THN 10WIR series of ruggedized 10 Watt DC/DC
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01/17/2020
3W ACDC Converter with Transient Output Power Up to 12W
In some applications where high transient communication or drive power is required, such as electrical control systems, automatic meter reading, anti-theft alarms, and access electric lock applications, large amounts of power are outputted in a short time at transmitting
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01/17/2020
Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance
Microchip Technology Inc. announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies dedicated to the improvement of social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical
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01/16/2020
Four-Terminal Current-Sense Resistors Offer High Accuracy
Current sensing for high efficiency can be done easily and economically using current sense resistors, however as resistance values are reduced, the measurement error due to lead resistance becomes more of a problem. For applications desiring high efficiency with the best possible temperature
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01/15/2020
Sager Electronics Offers ATEX Gas Sensor from NevadaNano
Sager Electronics is now stocking NevadaNano’s Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS) Low Global Warming (LGW) Refrigerant Gas Sensor. NevadaNano’s Refrigerant Gas Sensor provides accurate and reliable detection of flammable (A2L) R32, R454b and other LGW refrigerant gases common in leaks in HVAC
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01/15/2020
Proximity Sensors w/ Power Consumption Down to 6 Microamps
The Optoelectronics Group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new fully integrated proximity sensors designed to increase efficiency and performance in consumer and industrial applications. Featuring an IR emitter and a vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), respectively, the Vishay Semiconductors
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01/15/2020
33W and 65W Integrated Active Clamp Flyback Controllers
Silanna Semiconductor announced that its SZ1101 and SZ1105 fully integrated active clamp flyback (ACF) controllers for designing high-power-density AC/DC power adapters are now fully qualified and in production. The SZ1101 33W version is suited for designing mobile phone travel adapters,
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01/15/2020
Colloidal Quantum Dot Laser Diodes Just Around the Corner

These are colloidal quantum dots operating in LED mode.

Los Alamos scientists have incorporated meticulously engineered colloidal quantum dots into a new type of light emitting diodes (LEDs) containing an integrated optical resonator, which allows them to function as lasers. These novel, dual-function devices clear the path towards versatile, manufacturing-friendly
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01/15/2020
How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

Next-generation ammonia-salt based pretreatment processes facilitate efficient breakdown of waste biomass such as corn stalks, leaves and other residue (called corn stover).

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works well
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01/15/2020
Gate Drivers Achieve AEC-Q100 Automotive Qualification
Power Integrations announced the launch of its automotive-qualified SID1181KQ SCALE-iDriver gate driver for 750 V-rated IGBTs. The new part expands the company’s range of auto-qualified driver ICs, following the introduction of the 1200 V SID1182KQ driver IC. Compact, efficient and highly robust,
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01/15/2020
EMA Launches CADSync with Native SOLIDWORKS Connector
EMA Design Automation announced CADSync, providing a streamlined way to accurately pass high-fidelity design data and changes between Cadence PCB and SOLIDWORKS. The current state of ECAD/MCAD 'collaboration' typically involves throwing large STEP files over the wall hoping each team
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01/15/2020
DC Load Product Series Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Vitrek introduces the DL Series of Digital, Programmable DC Loads, designed to support the testing requirements for the latest generation of off-line power supplies, dc-dc converters and LED drivers. The DL Series is also equipped to handle a wide range of battery testing requirements. The devices are
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Date:
01/15/2020
Microchip Simplifies Functional Safety Requirements
Functional safety certifications are required in many industries, but it is often a time-consuming and expensive process. Certifications can also require extensive justification for using specific development tools, unless the tool is already certified for compliance by functional safety experts such as TÜV
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01/15/2020
Space-Qualified COTS-Based Radiation-Tolerant Devices
Ethernet is becoming more common in spacecraft to enable hardwired communication speed, support higher data rates, and facilitate interoperability between satellites and other spacecraft. As Ethernet in space applications continues to expand, Microchip Technology Inc. announced the industry’s first space-qualified
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01/14/2020
Laserphysics: At the Pulse of a Light Wave
Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) have developed a novel type of detector that enables the oscillation profile of light waves to be precisely determined. Light is hard to get
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Date:
01/12/2020
Improving Solar Cells' Back-Contact with DOE Project

Researchers will work to improve the solar cell's back contact, the layer furthest from the light source.

Fifty years ago, solar power was rare, expensive and specialized - barely a blip on the energy landscape. Today, rooftop and commercial solar markets are exploding, generating 2.5% of all electricity in the U.S. and fueled by the urgency of climate change. For many years, Colorado State University
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Date:
01/12/2020
Gasification Goes Green

Naomi Halas, director of Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics, is an engineer and chemist who's spent more than 25 years pioneering the use of light-activated nanomaterials.

Rice University engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of a major segment of the chemical industry. The particle, tiny spheres of copper dotted with single atoms of ruthenium, is the key component in a green process for making syngas, or synthesis
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01/12/2020
Optimizing Precision Cell Measurement Accuracy in Automotive Battery Management Systems

Figure 1. Simplified block diagram of the ISL78714 multi-cell Li-ion battery manager

BMS designers have learned how to optimize BMS measurements and achieve high performance in an electrically and environmentally hostile automotive setting. The designers focus is still on cell measurement requiring millivolt and milliamp accuracy, and time-synchronizing these voltage and current measurements
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Date:
01/11/2020
Causes and Consequences of Manufacturing Deviations
What causes manufacturing deviations, and how do they affect the quality of technical products? Since 2016, the research group FOR2271 'Process-oriented tolerance management with virtual assurance methods' has been investigating these issues at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The German
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Date:
01/10/2020
On-Metal RFID tag Delivers Real-Time Data for Tool Tracking
Murata Electronics announced the LXTBKZMCMG-010, a RFID tag designed to be placed directly on metal, such as surgical tools. The solution can be incorporated into any device’s tool tracking system to quickly determine a specific item’s usage, warranty status, and assign user accountability. These features
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01/09/2020
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection Announces Slow Blow SMD Fuses
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0680L Series of ceramic surface mount fuses with in-rush current withstand capability in a 2410 SMD package size. These slow blow fuses are designed for automotive and applications which require high DC voltage ratings and high DC interrupting ratings. Bel’s
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01/09/2020
Simplifying Power Supply Design for Auto Camera Systems
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the ISL78083, a highly integrated power management IC (PMIC) that simplifies power supply design for use in multiple HD camera modules, reducing development cycles, bill of materials (BOM) cost and supply chain risks. The automotive camera PMIC accepts direct-from-battery
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01/09/2020
Shrink Power Footprint by up to 80% in True Wireless Earbuds
Designers of ultra-low-power portables and wearables can shrink the size of a power and communication interface to the charging dock by up to 80 percent with the MAX20340, the industry’s smallest 2-pin bi-directional DC powerline communications (PLC) device from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. With power and
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Date:
01/09/2020
General Fusion Enters Strategic Partnership with Hatch
General Fusion announced that it has entered into an industrial partnership with Hatch Ltd. (Hatch) to bring power plant engineering and other expertise to its Fusion Demonstration Plant project.  This partnership includes an investment by Hatch into the recently announced General Fusion USD $65 million
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Date:
01/09/2020
Industry's Widest Dynamic Range PDM Microphone
TDK Corporation announces the T5818 Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) microphone with a dynamic range of 107dB at 590µA, the widest dynamic range in the industry at the lowest power. This allows for excellent acoustic performance
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Date:
01/09/2020
Metal Film Resistors Offer High Power to Size Ratio
Stackpole's RNS Series is ideal for designs that require downsizing or added features. It is also a popular choice for new designs that require the smallest form factor possible for a given power rating. Specifically, the RNS 1/2W has a 1/8W body size, the 1W has a ¼ watt body size, and the
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Date:
01/09/2020
Oscilloscopes, Ethernet Switch Meet Wideband Test Conditions
Test and measurement specialist Rohde & Schwarz and semiconductor manufacturer Marvell have demonstrated successful compliance tests and debugging for high-speed digital interfaces on the 88Q6113 multi-gigabit automotive switch platform. Developments in advanced driver-assistance systems are creating
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01/09/2020
DesignCore Development Kit Designed Around TI SoC Processor
D3 Engineering, a Texas Instruments platinum design partner, announced their DesignCore RVP-TDA4Vx Development Kit with rugged ECU. The DesignCore RVP-TDA4Vx Rugged ECU accelerates ADAS and autonomous system product design­­­ through production. The production-intent kit features TI’s TDA4VM SoC processor
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01/09/2020
Power Platform Mitigates Voltage Sags and Swells
Legend Power Systems Inc. has continued enhancing its groundbreaking SmartGATE platform. The platform’s management of power quality issues now includes the ability to mitigate the effects of voltage sags and swells, which are key causes of damage to motors, computer system crashes and a general shortening
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Date:
01/09/2020
20 F addition to Electric Double-Layer Capacitor LP Series
TAIYO YUDEN announced today the addition of LP12352R7206 (φ12.5 × 35 mm, 20 F), our highest-capacitance product, to our cylinder-type electric double-layer capacitor LP series. Example applications for this
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Date:
01/08/2020
Automotive Chip Bead Inductor with an Operating Temperature of up to 150°C
TAIYO YUDEN has announced today the mass-production of the AEC-Q200 (reliability qualification test standard for automotive passive components) qualified noise suppression component, power chip bead inductor FB Series Type T, FB TH1608 (1.6×0.8×0.8 mm).
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Date:
01/08/2020
TAIYO YUDEN’s All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Secondary Batteries
TAIYO YUDEN announced today the development of all-solid state lithium-ion secondary batteries (hereinafter referred to as “all-solid-state batteries”) in which various technologies including the process technology of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are
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Date:
01/08/2020
World's First MIPI Standard SoundWire Microphone
TDK Corporation introduces the world’s first MIPI Standard SoundWire microphone for mobile, IoT and other consumer devices. This multimode microphone pushes the boundaries of digital microphone acoustic performance while providing advanced feature sets with very low power. The T5808
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Date:
01/08/2020
The Highest Power Density 2.0MW UPS
Mitsubishi Electric announces the release of the 9900D, a line of UPS products designed for the relentless demands faced by today’s cloud and colocation data centers. The 9900D is the smallest modular scalable static UPS capable of the highest power densities. The 9900D uses 400kVA power modules
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01/08/2020
Coilcraft Introduces High-Voltage Molded Power Inductors
Coilcraft has expanded its market-proven XEL Family of high-performance, molded power inductors to include three new higher-voltage series: the XEL401xV, XEL4020V and XEL4030V. All three offer operating voltage ratings of 120 V, 50% higher than the standard versions. They also offer exceptionally low DC resistance
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Date:
01/07/2020
Lynk Labs Signs License Agreement With Feit Electric Company
Lynk Labs, Inc. announced that it has entered into a license and product development agreement with Feit Electric Company, Inc. ("Feit Electric"). The license provides Feit Electric with a comprehensive license in and to the entire Lynk Labs patent portfolio, provides Lynk Labs with a license in and
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Date:
01/07/2020
Power Management IC Adopted in Google Coral AI Products
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its ISL91301B Power Management IC (PMIC) is designed into the latest Google Coral products. They include the Mini PCIe Accelerator, M.2 Accelerator A+E Key, M.2 Accelerator B+M Key, and System-on-Module (SoM). Google Coral integrates seamlessly into processes at any
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Date:
01/07/2020
High-Voltage DC-DC Power Module for Scientific Applications
XP Power announced the launch of a new 30 Watt DC-DC power module that can generate up to 6kVDC from a single 24VDC input. The HRL30 series provides an accurate high voltage output for a wide variety of applications, including scientific and semiconductor uses. With 22 voltage models in the
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Date:
01/07/2020
Ultra-Low Dropout Linear LED Driver Extends Lighting Strips
Diodes Incorporated announced the BCR430UW6 linear LED driver with ultra-low dropout voltage and constant current regulation between 5mA and 100mA. This combination allows more LEDs to be driven from a low supply voltage, making the BCR430UW6 suitable for applications that require multiple LEDs to operate together,
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01/07/2020
GPTÂUnveils a Fully-Coated Isolation Gasket
Garlock Pipeline Technologies (GPT) has announced the unveiling of EVOLUTION. The next generation of isolation gaskets, EVOLUTION features easier installation, tight sealing, high-temperature operation, no permeation, hydrotesting isolation, fire-safety and chemical-resistance. Featuring a thinner,
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Date:
01/07/2020
MEMS-Based

The CH-101

TDK Corporation announces the immediate availability to select OEMs of the Chirp CH-201 MEMS-based ultrasonic Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor with extended sensing range. This ToF sensor utilizes a tiny ultrasonic transducer chip that sends a pulse of ultrasound and then listens for echoes
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Date:
01/07/2020
Advanced Metal Etching Launches Aluminum Etching Services
Advanced Metal Etching is expanding its services to add aluminum etching to serve customers in these markets. One of the markets driving the aluminum increase is transportation, specifically automotive and aerospace. According to
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Date:
01/07/2020
Power Dressing

The mechanical and thermoelectrical self-healing process of the composite film.

Reproduced with permission from reference one

Wearable electronics could be perpetually powered by stretchy, self-mending materials that use body heat to generate electricity. Three carefully curated organic compounds have been combined to develop a prototype thermoelectric material that is both stretchy and self-healing, can generate its own electricity,
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Date:
01/06/2020
The 'Dark Side' of a Single-Crystal Complex Oxide Thin Film

Argonne scientists have looked at the local ferroelectric properties of the bottom atomic layers of freestanding complex oxide PZT detached from the epitaxial substrate.

Analysis from a team led by Argonne researchers reveals never-before-seen details about a type of thin film being explored for advanced microelectronics. Research from a team led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory offers
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01/06/2020
Abracon Acquires ILSI America LLC
Abracon, LLC (Abracon) announces the successful acquisition of ILSI America LLC. Abracon will continue supporting the ILSI, MMD, Ecliptek and Oscilent brands for new and existing customers. The ILSI America product portfolio complements Abracon’s existing product offerings and provides Abracon’s
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Date:
01/06/2020
Smart Watch Display Shipments Total 57 Million in Q3
After a year of sustained strong growth in 2018, shipments of smart watch displays have continued to rise in 2019, reaching 57 million units in the third quarter, according to IHS Markit | Technology, now part of Informa Tech. Shipments rose by 34 percent year-on-year
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Date:
01/06/2020
Applications Processor with Dedicated Neural Processing Unit
NXP Semiconductors N.V. expanded its industry-leading EdgeVerse portfolio with the i.MX 8M Plus application processor – the first i.MX family to integrate a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for advanced machine learning inference at the industrial and IoT (Internet-of-Things) edge.  The
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Date:
01/06/2020
Sublimation: Graphene Surprises Researchers Again

Abstraction

Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Institute for High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences have used computer modeling to refine the melting curve of graphite that has been studied for over 100 years, with inconsistent findings. They also found that graphene
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Date:
01/06/2020
Nanoscale Sensors see how High Pressure Affects Materials

Krishan Kumar Pandey, Valery Levitas and Mehdi Kamrani, left to right, study materials subject to high pressures in Levitas' Iowa State University laboratory.

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures. As the researchers reported in the journal Science, that matters because, "Pressure alters the physical, chemical and electronic properties of
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Date:
01/06/2020
Automotive Ethernet Switch for Time-Sensitive Networking
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced a multi-gigabit Ethernet switch designed to help automakers deliver the high-speed networks required for evolving connected vehicles. The NXP SJA1110 is the first automotive Ethernet switch with safety capabilities built in, offering integrated 100BASE-T1 PHYs, hardware-assisted
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01/06/2020
E-Paper Displays Bring Higher Resolutions in Larger Formats
Pervasive Displays (PDi) announces the introduction of the E24581JS084 5.8-inch and E2969JS084 9.7-inch tri-color Electronic Paper Display (EPD) modules offering high bi-stable image resolution of 134 dpi and 121 dpi respectively. Along with their high resolution, ultra-low power operation and
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Date:
01/06/2020
Altair Acquires newFASANT, Grows Electromagnetics Portfolio

The GTD module is used to analyze the propagation and study the coverage of several antennas placed in an urban environment.

Altair announced the acquisition of newFASANT, offering leading technology in computational and high-frequency electromagnetics. newFASANT’s solutions address a wide range of electromagnetic problems in areas such as antenna design and placement, radar cross section (RCS) analysis, automotive V2V/ADAS,
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Date:
01/06/2020
Mophie Debuts Powerstation Go Universal Battery at CES 2020
Mophie unveiled the powerstation go universal battery at CES 2020. The portable jump starter for any SUV or full-sized car additionally features two USB-A ports, an AC power outlet, and Qi wireless charging for mobile devices and laptops. Lightweight and portable, the powerstation go easily fits inside a bag
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Date:
01/06/2020
Monash Creates World's Most Efficient Lithium-Sulfur Battery

Associate Professor Matthew Hill, Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani and Professor Mainak Majumder.

Monash University researchers have developed the world's most efficient lithium-sulphur battery, capable of powering a smartphone for five continuous days. Prototype cells have been developed in Germany. Further testing in cars and solar grids to take place in Australia in 2020. Researchers
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Date:
01/03/2020
Treatment of Spaceflight Medical Risk 200+ Miles Above Earth

International Space Station

Serena Auñón-Chancellor, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine's branch campus in Baton Rouge, is the lead author of a paper describing a previously unrecognized risk of spaceflight discovered during a study of astronauts involved in long-duration
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Date:
01/03/2020
Supply of Minerals and Metals for a Low-Carbon Energy Future

Cobalt miner operating in the DRC.

The global low-carbon revolution could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals, a new academic study has warned. The amount of cobalt, copper, lithium, cadmium, and rare earth elements needed
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Date:
01/03/2020
Researchers Build a Particle Accelerator That Fits on a Chip

This image, magnified 25,000 times, shows a section of a prototype accelerator-on-a-chip. The segment shown here are one-tenth the width of a human.

On a hillside above Stanford University, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory operates a scientific instrument nearly 2 miles long. In this giant accelerator, a stream of electrons flows through a vacuum pipe, as bursts of microwave radiation nudge the particles ever-faster forward until their velocity approaches
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Date:
01/03/2020
BP Looks to ORNL, ADIOS to Help Rein in Data

The Adaptable IO System (ADIOS) provides a simple, flexible way for scientists to describe the data in their code that may need to be written, read, or processed outside of the running simulation.

Researchers across the scientific spectrum crave data, as it is essential to understanding the natural world and, by extension, accelerating scientific progress. Lately, however, the tools of scientific endeavor have become so powerful that the amount of data obtained from experiments and observations is often
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Date:
01/03/2020
Researchers Advance Quantum Computer Performance Benchmark

An ORNL research team lead is developing a universal benchmark for the accuracy and performance of quantum computers based on quantum chemistry simulations.

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. Their findings were published in npj Quantum Information. Quantum
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Date:
01/02/2020
Reversing Electrons' Course Through Nature's Solar Cells
Think of a train coming down the tracks to a switch point where it could go either to the right or the left -- and it always goes to the right. Photosynthetic organisms have a similar switch point. After sunlight is absorbed, energy transfers rapidly to a protein called the reaction center. From this
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Date:
01/02/2020
Finding Ways to Overcome Signal Loss in Magnonic Circuits

Study co-author Alexander Sadovnikov and the experimental setup for Brillouin spectroscopy.

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Kotelnikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, and N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University have demonstrated that the coupling elements in magnonic logic circuits are so crucial that a poorly selected waveguide can lead to signal
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Date:
01/02/2020
Stadium and Sports Lights Produce up to 179 Lumens per watt
Access Fixtures has announced  a new LED sports light - the versatile and powerful STAD. STAD is an LED sports lighter with a twist. While STAD is a superior choice for new sports lighting projects, STAD is designed to be a perfect one-for-one replacement of outdated
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Date:
01/02/2020
Tighe & Bond Acquires Halvorson Design
Tighe & Bond, which does engineering and environmental consulting, announces it has acquired Boston-based Halvorson Design, a firm specializing in landscape architecture, planning and urban design. The acquisition expands the geographic footprint, capabilities and sector expertise of both firms, and offers
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Date:
01/02/2020
Spectroscopy: A Fine Sense for Molecules
Scientists at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have developed a unique laser technology for the analysis of the molecular composition of biological samples. It is capable of detecting minimal variations in the chemical make up of organic systems. At the biochemical level, organisms can be thought
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Date:
01/01/2020