Notable & Newsworthy

May 2020
Ohio Announces Results of Hyperloop Feasibility Study
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has released the results of their Midwest Connect study, exploring a hyperloop connection between Columbus, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. The study found that the route would create $300 billion in overall economic benefits and reduce CO2 emission by 4 million tons. 
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05/29/2020

Liquid Pumps Provide Durable Hydraulic Power Source
High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces its T-Series pneumatically operated liquid pumps, engineered to provide an extremely safe, reliable and durable hydraulic power source for applications up to 68,000 psi (4,688 bar). Combining HiP's high pressure expertise with Gra
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05/29/2020
TTI Lets You
TTI, Inc., is now stocking the APTD1608 family of lensed LEDs from Kingbright. These focused products are targeted for backlighting and indication in industrial and medical equipment applications.  Kingbright is offering 1.6 mm x 0.8 mm SMD LEDs with a low profile 0.95 mm thickness. With a molded-in lens to p
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05/29/2020
Power Purchase Agreement for 160 MW Kentucky Solar Project
Geronimo Energy (Geronimo), a National Grid company, and Big Rivers Electric Corporation (Big Rivers) announced today the execution of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Unbridled Solar Project (Unbridled Solar) in Henderson and Webster Counties, Kentucky. Unbridled Solar is a 160 megawatt (MW) clean solar en
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05/29/2020
Bridge Completion Modules Improve Strain Measurements
The Micro-Measurements brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. introduced the MRF-Series Bridge Completion Modules (BCM).  Built with Vishay foil resistors, the most stable resistor technology available, the MRF-Series improves the quality of strain measurements for a broad range of applications, such as me
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05/29/2020
Allied Electronics Donates Equipment for First Responders
Allied Electronics & Automation has launched an effort to produce and donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders in the local area. The project is part of a broader global effort by companies in the Electrocomponents plc Group to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. To date, that global effort ha
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05/28/2020
Buck-Boost DC-DC Converters Have Output Adjustment to 48V
TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the i7C series of 8A 300W rated non-isolated DC-DC converters, packaged with the industry standard 1/16th pinout. The output voltage of these step-up and step-down converters can be adjusted from 9.6 to 48V and accept a wide range input voltage of 9 to 53V. The converters sea
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05/28/2020
MIPI 2:1 Switch Supports Multi-Camera Devices
Diodes Incorporated announced the introduction of the PI3WVR626, a MIPI D-PHY/C-PHY 2:1 switch that enables a single host device to interface with two MIPI compliant modules, helping engineers optimize the design of multi-camera cell phones and other personal computing devices. Many consumer devices now fea
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05/27/2020
Area Light Allows for High Installation Flexibility
  Dialight announced the availability of new upgrades to the Vigilant and SafeSite Area Light. The new Universal Mounting Adapter (UMA) sold as an accessory allows the greatest stock flexibility ever offered to distributors by Dialight for oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, manufacturing and heavy indu
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05/27/2020
Switch Matrix Product Line Minimizes Insertion Loss
American Microwave Corporation recently released a switch matrix product line from single pole to 65 throw with exceptional insertion loss.  The base specifications comprise: Frequency: .5Ghz to 40GHz Insertion Los:s <7dB up to 18GHz and <10dB up to 40GHz Isolation: 65 dB minimum Switching speed <500n
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05/26/2020
USB Type C Receptacle Designed for Power Only Applications
CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group announced the introduction of a new USB Type C connector designed for power only applications. The UJC-HP-3-SMT-TR is a 6-pin USB Type C receptacle that can deliver up to 60 W of power with a 3 A rated current and 20 Vdc rated voltage. By removing the data transfer pins, this US
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05/26/2020
Small-Signal MOSFET for Ultra-Sensitive Gas Detection
Linear Systems announces the launch of its lower-noise, Improved Standard Product 3N163 small-signal MOSFET for ultra-sensitive gas detection and other sensor applications. The 3N163 P-Channel enhancement mode MOSFET was designed originally for front-end amplification of gas detection sensors. The part has
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05/26/2020
Current-Sensing Chip Resistor Offers Power Rating up to 5W
Applications requiring power control and monitoring are becoming more demanding. Specifically, added functionality and higher power requirements require higher efficiency, high accuracy, and higher power handling. Products that only required a 1 or 2W current sense resistor in the past may now desire a 3, 4, or
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05/26/2020
Researchers Develop Library of Atomically Thin 2D Materials

This schematic diagram depicts the step-by-step of how a typical Ta7S12 ic-2D material is formed.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created a whole new library of atomically thin, two-dimensional (2D) materials using a novel and powerful approach of engineering the composition of transition metal dichalcogenides. Materials that are atomically thin offer a platform to explor
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05/26/2020
TTI Stocks H20 Optical Incremental Encoders from BEI Sensors
TTI, Inc., is now stocking Sensata’s BEI Sensors H20 Incremental Optical Encoders.  The H20 is an extremely rugged encoder designed to economically fill the resolution range up to 4096 cycles per turn. This compact unit features a shock resistant disc, heavy duty bearings and EMI shielding. The H20 conforms to
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05/26/2020
High-Speed Switching, Expanded Lineup of P-channel MOSFETs
Torex Semiconductor Ltd. has launched six new products of XP231P02015R (-30 Withstand Voltage) for MOSFETs. XP231P02015R (-30 Withstand Voltage) is a general-purpose, P-channel MOSFET with low on-resistance and high-speed switching. It can be used for various applications such as relay circuits and switching ci
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05/25/2020
Next Gen of Drone Surveying System Features from Microdrones
Fresh off the heels of releasing a new Microdrones as a Service (mdaaS) business model that makes drone surveying and LiDAR accessible to geomatics companies of all sizes, Microdrones announces additional developments that demonstrate a constant commitment to customers. According to Microdrones CEO Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil,
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05/22/2020
World's Fastest Internet Speed from a Single Optical Chip
Researchers from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities have successfully tested and recorded Australia's fastest internet data speed, and that of the world, from a single optical chip - capable of downloading 1000 high definition movies in a split second. Published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications
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05/22/2020
Onboard Separation Technology set to Improve Fuel Economy
A technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. Designed to work with a car's existing fuel, the onboard separation tech
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05/22/2020
Fusion Plasma Discovery Could Help Realize Fusion Power

PPPL physicist Ammar Hakim, left, and graduate student Noah Mandell with figures from Mandell's paper showing the first computer simulations of kinetic plasma turbulence near the edge of fusion devices that can account for fluctuations of magnetic field lines.

A major roadblock to producing safe, clean and abundant fusion energy on Earth is the lack of detailed understanding of how the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions behaves at the edge of fusion facilities called "tokamaks." Recent breakthroughs by researchers at the U.S. Department of
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05/22/2020
Multidirectional Optical Sensor from Rohm In Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now stocking the RPI-1035 optical sensor from Rohm Semiconductor. This sensor is targeted for specialty sensing applications including cameras, medical, industrial, manufacturing automation, safety and security equipment. The RPI-1035 is a uniquely packaged surface mounted 4 direction detector.
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05/21/2020
Omron's All-in-One Controller for Compact IoT Applications
Omron Automation Americas recently announced the release of its new CP2E Series all-in-one controller that provides advanced control that enables IIoT connectivity for compact machines. The controller improves manufacturing productivity and quality by making it easy to visualize the performance and data of connected ma
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05/21/2020
Mouser Electronics Announces Agreement with Trenz Electronic
Mouser Electronics, Inc., has signed a global distribution agreement with Trenz Electronic. With this deal, Mouser now distributes a selection of Trenz Electronic’s industrial-grade Xilinx FPGA-based MPSoC SoMs, which feature powerful switch-mode power supplies for all on-board voltages, providing a high-performance so
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05/21/2020
750W Regulated 48V-to-12V Converter with 97% Peak Efficiency
The new DCM3717 enables customers in data center, automotive and industrial markets to quickly deploy high-performance 48V power delivery for legacy 12V loads while achieving significant power-system size, weight and efficiency benefits. The DCM3717 operates from a 40 – 60V SELV input, is non-isolated and provi
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05/21/2020
UPS Prevents Vital Data Loss and Hardware Damage
Recognizing the high costs posed by unexpected power disruptions, Emerson has expanded its industrial-grade line of Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) with the SolaHD SLN and SPS Series of mini-tower UPS. Both the SLN and SPS deliver reliable battery backup and surge protection in response to utility po
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05/21/2020
Rectifiers Offer Best-in-Class (8A/1kV) Specifications
Taiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of the TUAS8x Series of surface-mount device (SMD) rectifiers, available with voltage ratings from 200V-1000V. The TUAS8x Series device’s wettable flank package enables higher power density, increased manufacturing yields and reliability in a wide range of power co
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05/21/2020
Power Block MOSFET Increases Power Converter Efficiency
Diodes Incorporated announced the availability of the first in a new generation of discrete MOSFETs. The DMN3012LEG delivers increased efficiency in a smaller package to provide significant cost, power, and space savings in a wide variety of power conversion and control applications. The DMN3012LEG integrates dua
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05/21/2020
Vishay Seven Segment Displays in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now offering Vishay's full line of seven segment displays. These high intensity thru hole and SMD products are available in single to 4-digit options for many product applications. Vishay's seven segment offering covers a wide variety of packages, segments and colors. These parts are optimized f
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05/20/2020
Dialog Semi Adds Distance Measurement to BLE SoCs
Dialog Semiconductor plc announced a new Wireless Ranging (WiRa) Software Development Kit (SDK) that adds highly accurate and reliable distance measurement capabilities to its DA1469x family of BLE SoCs. The need for more accurate and reliable distance measurement and tracing technology has become even more
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05/20/2020
Next-Generation Eco-Friendly Recirculating Chillers
Laird Thermal Systems has released its next generation of eco-friendly recirculating chillers for precise temperature control of analytical, medical and industrial equipment. The Nextreme Recirculating Chiller platform features high-quality components, environmentally friendly refrigerants, low-noise components an
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05/19/2020
CCell Renewables and Vicor to Power new Coral Reef Growth
CCell Renewables is a marine engineering company with a mission to combat coastal erosion and enhance marine ecosystems by restoring and growing new coral reefs on a large scale. According to the latest figures over 70% of the world's coastlines are eroding. With 200 million people worldwide reliant on the protection tha
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05/19/2020
1200V SiC MOSFET Targets Industrial and Automotive Market
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release ofthe new 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) aSiC MOSFET technology platform. Specifically targeting the industrial and automotive market, this next-generation technology will enable customers to achieve higher levels of efficiency and power density co
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05/19/2020
LED Driver for Stable Lighting During Battery Voltage Drops
ROHM recently announced the development of an ultra-compact high output linear LED driver IC (BD18336NUF-M) that provides stable lighting even in the event of battery voltage drops on a single chip, making it ideal for a broad range of socket-type LED lamps used in vehicle systems, from DRLs (Daytime Running La
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05/19/2020
Lighting Transformer Series for Low-Voltage Lighting Systems
Signal Transformer announces their latest product offering for the lighting industry, the Lighting Transformer (LT) Series. The compact LT Transformer components offer Safety Extra Low Voltage (SELV) outputs designed for industries and OEM installations of landscape, track, recessed and LED lighting, as well as secu
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05/19/2020
Koch Industries Acquires Imaging Tech Company DarkVision
Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) announced it has acquired a majority stake in DarkVision Technologies Inc. (DarkVision) in the first step towards developing a broad asset integrity platform within KES. In conjunction with the acquisition, KES has also made a significant growth equity investment in DarkVision to
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05/19/2020
Automotive ReDriver Enables DisplayPort via USB Type-C
Diodes Incorporated announced the industry's first automotive AEC-Q100 grade 3 qualified 10Gbps USB-C DisplayPort Alternate (DP-Alt) mode linear ReDriver IC. The DP-Alt mode allows the transfer of DisplayPort signals through a USB Type-C connector. Supporting 8.1Gbps DP1.4 and the 10Gbps USB 3.2 specifications, the
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05/19/2020
CS Energy Completes Construction of NJ's Largest Solar Plant
CS Energy, LLC, has successfully completed the largest solar project in New Jersey. The project owner, Ben Moreell Solar Farm, LLC and Department of the Navy (DON) executed a lease for approximately 170 acres of underutilized land for the purpose of constructing a 28.5 MW ground-mount project located at Naval We
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05/18/2020
Generator Source Brings Backup Power to Residential Space
Generator Source announced the launch of its new platform to help residential customers plan and purchase backup power equipment. Generator Mart will assist consumers and small businesses find the right generators and accessories to provide reliable power 24/7/365. Generator Mart offers a curated selection o
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05/18/2020
Microchip Shows Software Development Kit, Neural Network IP
With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and the Internet of Things (IoT), applications are moving to the network edge where data is collected, requiring power-efficient solutions to deliver more computational performance in ever smaller, thermally constrained form factors. Through it
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05/18/2020
UTAC, AEM to develop Next-Gen CMOS Image Sensor Test Systems

John Nelson, President and CEO of UTAC and Chandran Nair President of AEM signing the collaboration agreement

UTAC Holdings Ltd and AEM Holdings Ltd (AEM) jointly announced a plan to collaborate and jointly develop the next-generation, cost-effective test system solutions for CMOS Image Sensor products. Fuelled by the growing need in the fields of security, automotive safety, autonomous vehicles and industrial application
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05/18/2020
A Theoretical Boost to Nano-Scale Devices

The newly developed formalism and QFL splitting analysis led to new ways of characterizing extremely scaled-down semiconductor devices and the technology computer-aided design (TCAD) of next- generation nano-electronic/energy/bio devices.

Semiconductor companies are struggling to develop devices that are mere nanometers in size, and much of the challenge lies in being able to more accurately describe the underlying physics at that nano-scale. But a new computational approach that has been in the works for a decade could break down these barriers. Devices using sem
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05/18/2020
High-Accuracy GPS-Like System for Flexible Medical Robots

GPS satellites ping smartphones and based on how long it takes for the signal to arrive, the GPS receiver in the smartphone can determine where the cell phone is.

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive. Many current methods also require exposure to
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05/18/2020
Making Flexible Thin-Film Electronics More Durable

Professor Jae Eun Jang (back) and Ms. Su Jin Heo (front) next to their experimental setup, with which they observed how cracks formed and propagated in thin flexible conductors with various types of micro-hole arrays.

The prospect of the widespread commercialization and application of flexible electronics has kept researchers worldwide searching for ingenious ways to enhance their performance and durability. From wearable smart devices to solar cells and health sensors, flexible electronics holds much promise in many engineering fi
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05/18/2020
Charge-to-Spin Interconversion in Graphene Heterostructures

Figure. (a) Direct and (b) inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect (inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect also called the spin galvanic effect; SGE) mechanism and measurement setup, (c) Fermi surface of the Rashba state with electric field applied, and (d) the comparison of the direct and inverse Rashba Edelstein effect resistance measured.

KAIST physicists described a route to design the energy-efficient generation, manipulation and detection of spin currents using nonmagnetic two-dimensional materials. The research team, led by Professor Sungjae Cho, observed highly efficient charge-to-spin interconversion via the gate-tunable Rashba-Edelstien ef
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05/18/2020
Cost-Optimized 1 Amp POL Converters with 6~36 Input Range
TRACO Power's new TSR 1E non-isolated / point-of-load DC/DC converters consist of the two most common input /output combinations and are specifically designed to offer a low-cost solution while maintaining a high-quality standard The two cost-optimized models are the TSR 1-2433E (6~36Vin / 3.3 Vout @1A) and the T
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05/18/2020
Graphene-Reinforced Carbon Fiber for Stronger Car Materials

Using lab experiments and computer simulations, shown here, a team of researchers found that adding graphene to the carbon fiber production process greatly strengthens the material, and this may one day pave the way for higher-strength, cost-effective car materials.

A new way of creating carbon fibers -- which are typically expensive to make -- could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars, according to a team of researchers. Using a mix of computer simulations and laboratory experiments, the te
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05/18/2020
Efficient, 'Green' Quantum-Dot Solar Cells Exploit Defects

Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots (left) and the corresponding distributions of Cu, In, Zn and Se across the film thickness.

Novel quantum dot solar cells developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on. "This quantum-dot approach shows great promise for a new type of toxic-element-free, inexpensi
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05/18/2020
Intervalley Transitions can Boost Valleytronic Technology

Image shows intervalley exciton light emission from monolayer WSe2. Monolayer WSe2 consists of a two-dimensional array of tungsten atoms (cyan balls) and selenium atoms (yellow balls).

An international research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has observed light emission from a new type of transition between electronic valleys, known as intervalley transmissions. The research provides a new way to read out valley information, potentially leading to new ty
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05/17/2020
The Path Ahead for Faster, Smaller Computer Processors

From left: Associate Professor Stefano Palomba, Dr Alessandro Tuniz, Professor Martijn De Sterke in the lab at the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

Light is emerging as the leading vehicle for information processing in computers and telecommunications as our need for energy efficiency and bandwidth increases. Already the gold standard for intercontinental communication through fibre-optics, photons are replacing electrons as the main carriers of inform
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05/17/2020
PSDcast -- Smart Control for At-Home Lighting Applications

Bruno Damien from On Semiconductor

With most of us stuck inside, I'm sure many of you are catching up on personal projects, including smart home systems and connected lighting. So I thought it'd be instructive (and hopefully entertaining) to discuss the potential for these exciting technologies, and we're excited to have Bruno Damien from On Semic
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05/15/2020
Soft Feedback Tact Switches Include Ultra-Low Sound Version
C&K has enhanced its tactile switch offering to include a low sound, long travel and positive tactile feedback version. The Tact Low Sound (TLS) Series provides advanced haptic communication with ultra-soft feedback that can be customized to meet vehicle interior requirements. The compact switch with J le
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05/15/2020
PCIM Asia 2020 Postponed to November
The organisers of PCIM Asia have confirmed that the 2020 edition of the fair will now take place from 16 - 18 November due in part to disruptions to international travel resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Scheduled to take place in early July in Shanghai, the exhibition and conference for power electronics, in
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05/15/2020
Making Quantum 'Waves' in Ultrathin Materials

Illustration of plasmon waves created by an ultrafast laser coupled to an atomic force microscopy tip. The plasmon waves are shown as concentric red and blue rings moving slowly across an atomically thin layer of tantalum disulfide.

Wavelike, collective oscillations of electrons known as "plasmons" are very important for determining the optical and electronic properties of metals. In atomically thin 2D materials, plasmons have an energy that is more useful for applications, including sensors and communication devices, than plas
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05/15/2020
A Soft Touch for Robotic Hardware

A soft tube expands and contracts to create movement.

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer the same functionality but afford the robot greater flexibility. Soft robots can be more ad
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05/15/2020
KEMET KC-LINK Cap for Fast Switching in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., has stock of KEMET's KC-LINK capacitor that offers industry leading performance for fast switching wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor applications. With an operating temperature of 150°C, these capacitors can be mounted close to fast switching semiconductors in high power density applications. Very hig
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05/15/2020
The Higher Standard of DC/DC Power Supplies
Dean Technology, Inc., announced the introduction of its new collection of standard DC / DC high-voltage power supply modules. The UMR collection consists of three full series that are form-fit-function replacements for industry standard solutions covering two package sizes, biasing or capacitor charging variations, and
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05/14/2020
Alloy Powder Material Optimizes Inductor Performance
Micrometals introduces new SenMax Alloy Powder material specifically formulated to optimize inductor performance parameters for demanding power applications. Micrometals has released a new proprietary formulation of distributed gap alloy powder core called SenMax. This new material is an advanced formulati
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05/14/2020
Amplifier Evaluation Kit for Class-D Audio Systems
GaN Systems announced the debut and availability of a new amplifier evaluation kit for high sound quality Class-D audio systems. The evaluation kit includes a 2 channel, 200W per channel (8 ohm) Class-D audio amplifier and companion 400W, continuous power audio-grade SMPS. This solution highlights an easy plug an
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05/14/2020
Signal Conditioner IC Targets Medical and IoT Sensor Apps
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the ZSSC3240 sensor signal conditioner (SSC) - the newest member of its leading-edge SSC portfolio. The ZSSC3240 delivers high accuracy, sensitivity, and flexibility for sensor applications such as resistive pressure sensors and medical infrared thermometers. This new SS
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05/14/2020
TE Connectivity's Fluid Property Sensor, In Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now stocking the new Fluid Property Sensor (FPS) from TE Connectivity's Sensor Solutions. This is a fluid property sensor that will directly and simultaneously measure the viscosity, density, dielectric constant and temperature of oil and other fluids. Relying on patented tuning fork technology, the
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05/14/2020
1200A ChiP-set Enables High-Performance AI Accelerator Cards
Vicor Corporation announced a ChiP-set for high performance GPU, CPU, and ASIC ("XPU") processors powered directly from 48V. A driver, MCD4609, and a pair of MCM4609 current multiplier modules supply up to 650A continuous and 1,200A peak. Owing to their small footprint and low profile (45.7 x 8.6 x 3.2mm), current mul
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05/14/2020
Industry-First Standard Detector for Security CT Apps
Detection Technology unveiled the industry's first off-the-shelf detector subsystem for security CT (computed tomography) applications. The plug-and-play-type subsystem, branded as Aurora CT, includes ready-made, multislice detector boards and a data acquisition system (DAS). Aurora CT speeds up time-to-market and
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05/13/2020
Nichicon 80V Solid Polymer Electrolytic Caps From TTI
Nichicon's PCH series of chip-type conductive polymer aluminum capacitors are available with voltages up to 80V and a lifetime of 4,000 hours at 135°C. These new offerings allow customers to select a product that meets their needs even at high temperatures, without compromising the features of conductive polymer alu
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05/13/2020
Polymer Glass Provides Support for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

The molecular structure of the new polymer glass facilitated the movement of protons (H+) across it under dry conditions at 120°C.

Scientists at Japan's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) are leading efforts to synthesize stronger and efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cell membranes. Most fuel cells currently on the market employ liquid membranes. A new coordination polymer glass membrane, reported in the journal Che
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05/13/2020
Organic Layers Toward Efficient p-i-n Perovskite Solar Cells

Pero-SCs based on blade-coated BDT-TPA-sTh HTL and MAPbI3 active layer: (a) J-V curves in the reverse-scan direction; inset: schematic illustration of blade-coated HTLs. (b) J-V curves of a 1-cm2 pero-SC module in the reverse-scan direction; inset: schematic illustration of device-structure of modules.

Perovskite solar cells (pero-SCs) show great potential in the photoelectric fields due to high power conversion efficiency (PCE), simple processing technology, low fabrication cost, etc.. Recently, the highest certificated PCE of pero-SC has reached 25.2%, which shows great promise for the commercialization. Th
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05/13/2020
Open Rack Power Shelf Supports 48-Volt Infrastructure
Advanced Energy announced its Artesyn Embedded Power product group is introducing a new Open Compute Project Open Rack version 3 (OCP ORv3) power shelf, designed to support the move to 48-volt data center infrastructure. Traditionally, data center racks have used 12-volt power shelves, but higher performan
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05/12/2020
Chassis and Board Mount Line Expansion Features Power Boost
CUI Inc. announced the addition of nine power supply series to its ac-dc product family. The PSK-S12B, PSK-S25B, PSK-S60B, VOF-S12B, VOF-S25B, VOF-S60B, VOF-S12C, VOF-S25C and VOF-S60C offer 12 to 60 W of continuous power in chassis and board mount packages. These ac-dc power supplies have been designed for a
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05/12/2020
Alliance Provides UAS Inspection Services for Texas
Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (TEC) and Exelon Clearsight, LLC (Exelon Clearsight) announced they have formed a partnership to bring advanced UAS (drone), robot, and software enabled inspections to utilities in Texas. Under the agreement, TEC will have exclusive rights to sell Exelon Clearsight's services to
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05/12/2020
Bear Power Supplies Wins Contract to Design EV Charger
Bear Power Supplies has won a contract to design a charger for lithium-ion battery packs for an electrical vehicle (EV) application. The custom 550-Watt AC/DC converter will have a universal 120/240 VAC input for worldwide use. It will feature a fan-less design, rugged aluminum housing, and custom output cable. "Our design engin
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05/12/2020
Murata's Family of Film Type Inductors in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., is stocking the LQP Family of Film Type Inductors from Murata. Murata's LQP Family of Film Type Inductors, feature high Q characteristics in a very compact multilayer package for advanced RF designs. High inductance accuracy and superior performance is achieved by the film type manufacturing method. Th
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05/12/2020
3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor for Faster Path to Nuclear Energy

The Transformational Challenge Reactor Demonstration Program uses thermal imaging to actively monitor the direct deposition of stainless steel to 3D print a component. The hexagonal structure took close to 40 hours to build, with temperatures reaching over 1,400 degrees Celsius around the melt pool where a laser heats and melts while adding a new layer.

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components. The Transforma
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05/12/2020
Study Analyzes the Unexpected Behavior of Hydrogen Flames

Propagation of an "ultra-lean" hydrogen flame in a very narrow combustion chamber. The images on the left show a flame propagating vertically downward; those on the right are burning in the opposite direction. The dark markings show the path followed by the flame, while the lighter parts show the hydrogen that has not been burned.

Hydrogen flames can propagate even with very little fuel, within surprisingly narrow gaps and can extend breaking up into fractal patterns. That is the unexpected physical behavior of this gas when it burns, which has been detected by a scientific team led by researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U
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05/12/2020
Researchers Create Electronic Diodes Beyond 5G Performance

David Storm, a research physicist, and Tyler Growden, a National Research Council postdoctoral researcher, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory with their molecular beam epitaxy system that develops gallium nitride-based (GaN) semiconductors in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2020. Storm and Growden published their research on GaN semiconductor materials, which showed high yield and performance well suited for high frequency and high power electronic devices in Applied Physics Letters.

David Storm, a research physicist, and Tyler Growden, an electrical engineer, both with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, developed a new gallium nitride-based electrical component called a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) with performance beyond the anticipated speed of 5G. The fifth-generation network technolog
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05/12/2020
SBC has 16 PCIe Lanes to Alleviate Processing Bottlenecks
Aitech has released its latest security-enabled SBC (single board computer) that features up to 16 lanes of PCIe to handle increased data processing requirements, while protecting the board from data attacks and cyber threats.  The new C878 is a 3U VPX board that provides Intel Xeon D level processing in a
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05/12/2020
Grant Supports Risk Analysis System for Renewable Energy
With the support of a $2.66 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), a research team led by Aparna Gupta, an associate professor of quantitative finance in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop crucial risk management tools for the power sector to better in
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05/12/2020
Defective Graphene has High Electrocatalytic Activity

This is defective graphene.

Scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Skoltech, and the Russian Academy of Sciences Joint Institute for High Temperatures have conducted a theoretical study of the effects of defects in graphene on electron transfer at the graphene-solution interface. Their calculations show that defects ca
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05/11/2020
Renesas Extends Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity to 32-Bit MCUs
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the first RA microcontroller (MCU) with an integrated Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy radio. The single-chip RA4W1 MCU includes a 48 MHz, 32-bit Arm Cortex-M4 core and Bluetooth 5.0 core delivered in a 56-pin QFN package. Together, the RA4W1 MCU and easy-to-use Flexible Software Pa
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05/11/2020
Silicon Labs SoCs, Now at Mouser, Deliver Secure Performance
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the latest Wireless Gecko system-on-chip (SoC) families from Silicon Labs. The new SoCs are highly energy efficient, delivering exceptional battery life for a range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Silicon Labs EFR32BG22 (BG22) SoCs are single-chip so
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05/11/2020
NIST Scientists Create Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
Once unimaginable, transistors consisting only of several-atom clusters or even single atoms promise to become the building blocks of a new generation of computers with unparalleled memory and processing power. But to realize the full potential of these tiny transistors -- miniature electrical on-off switches --
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05/11/2020
Computer Vision Helps Scientists Study Lithium Ion Batteries

A new computer vision algorithm for identifying particles in a lithium-ion battery cathode has helped researchers track the cathode's degradation over time.

Lithium-ion batteries lose their juice over time, causing scientists and engineer to work hard to understand that process in detail. Now, scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have combined sophisticated machine learning algorithms with X-ray tomography data to produce a d
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05/11/2020
2W DC/DC Converter Boosts Industrial Range
Flex Power Modules has extended its range of miniature isolated DC/DC converters aimed at industrial applications with the introduction of the PUB-2B series. Available in single or dual output options, the high-performance unregulated modules provide an output power of up to 2 W with no minimum load required. H
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05/07/2020
New Customizable Shelf Light Bars from Environmental Lights
  Environmental Lights announces the launch of new Customizable Shelf Light Bars. Customizable Shelf Light Bars are the ideal lighting solution for convenience store displays, retail gondolas or any shelving system that needs discreet product lighting. They are available in multiple sizes and connec
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05/06/2020
Dialight's GRP LED Linear Receives Zone 1 Certification
  Dialight Group's new SafeSite Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) linear light has now been certified for use in ATEX Zone I Hazardous Areas. Already certified for use in Zone 2 Hazardous Areas at the product's launch in October, the enhanced certification for the rugged new fitting  opens up the
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05/06/2020
Computational Imaging Benefits from Untrained Neural Network
Computational imaging (CI) techniques exploit optical device and calculation algorithms to reconstruct object information. A key goal of CI is to develop more advanced algorithms in order to simplify hardware equipment and improve imaging quality. Deep learning, one of the most powerful algorithms, uses a de
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05/06/2020
Could Hotel Robots Help Hospitality Industry After COVID-19?
Lead author Dr Tracy Xu, Lecturer in Hospitality at The University of Surrey's world-renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has had her paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The research behind the paper involved speaking to 19 hotel HR experts to i
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05/06/2020
Bourns Introduces Chip LAN 10/100 Base-T Transformer Module
Bourns, Inc., introduced a new Chip LAN 10/100 Base-T Transformer Module to help Ethernet and LAN-based application developers save valuable board space and increase design flexibility while meeting dynamic data line requirements. This new transformer integrates two Model SM453229-381N7Y Chip LAN transformers and
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05/06/2020
KIST Develops Large Stretchable and Transparent Electrodes

A Korean research team has developed a large-scale stretchable and transparent electrode for the stretchable display. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a research team has developed a technology to fabricate a large-area wavy silver nanowire network electrode that is structurally stretchable with a high degree of conductivity and transparency.

A Korean research team has developed a large-scale stretchable and transparent electrode for the stretchable display. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a research team, led by Dr. Sang-Soo Lee and Dr. Jeong Gon Son at KIST's Photo-Electronic Hybrids Research Center, has developed a t
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05/06/2020
Real-Time Visualization of Solid-Phase Ion Migration

Image: A, Schematic illustration of the ion migration process under e-beam irradiation. B, Reconstructed atomic structure of proposed solid-phase migration within Te nanowire. C, Illustration of the migration path within Te nanowire.

The USTC team led by Prof. YU Shuhong from University of Science and Technology of China, collaborating with Prof. WU Jianbo from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has shed new lights on the topic of solid-phase ion migration. Researchers demonstrated a unique in-situ strategy for visualizing the dynamic solid-phase io
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05/06/2020
6-Axis IMU with Industry-Leading Motion Sensor Performance
TDK Corporation announces the availability of the InvenSense ICM-42688-P high-performance motion sensor, a 6-axis MEMS MotionTracking device that combines a 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer in a 2.5mm x 3mm x 0.9mm package. The device enables high-precision motion sensing applications such as robotics, we
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05/05/2020
Power Management ICs Enhance Battery-Powered IoT Design
Silicon Labs announces a new line of energy-friendly power management ICs (PMICs) serving as dedicated companion chips for EFR32 wireless devices and EFM32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The EFP01 PMIC family provides a flexible, system-level power management solution enhancing the energy efficiency of battery-powered ap
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05/05/2020
Microcontroller Family Enables Real-Time Control
As the Internet of Things (IoT) delivers greater connectivity for industrial and home applications and as connected vehicles enhance cabin and operational features, higher-performance microcontrollers are required for better real-time control as well as to enable enhanced human machine interface applications. Mi
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05/05/2020
250/450W Power Supply for Healthcare and ITE Applications
XP Power announces the new ECH450 series of compact, high efficiency power supplies available in open frame or a range of enclosed formats. Delivering 250W when convection cooled and the full 450W when force cooled, or when using the enclosed versions with an integral fan, the ECH450 series offers class B conducted &a
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05/05/2020
JEDEC-Compliant Temperature Sensor for DDR5 Memory Modules
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new precision temperature sensor, the TS5111, targeting DDR5 memory modules as well as a host of other applications such as solid-state disks (SSDs), computing motherboards, and communications equipment that require accurate, real-time temperature monitoring. The new JE
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05/05/2020
Defibrillator Capacitors Offer High-Energy Density
Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. announces the availability of its Q Series film capacitors for medical defibrillator applications. Designed specifically for today's quick response and professional use defibrillators, the Q Series meets the reliability demands of Class III medical devices.  Used extensively in
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05/05/2020
Bluetooth Device Detects Fermentation Process Over Days

Block diagram of the multichannel potentiostat with six 3-electrode biosensors producing data that flows through a printed circuit board and transmits wirelessly to a LabVIEW interface using Bluetooth.

Electrochemical reactions that occur in processes like ethanolic fermentation include the transformation of sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Similar processes occur when the human body breaks down food, drugs or other compounds. Monitoring these metabolic processes helps in testing, studying and comba
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05/05/2020
Broadband Enhancement Relies on Precise Tilt

Broadband enhancement of the on-chip single photon extraction via tilted hyperbolic metamaterials. A quantum emitter is positioned very close to a hyperbolic metamaterial, whose optical axis is tilted with respect to the end facet of nanofiber.

Quantum photonics involves a new type of technology that relies on photons, the elementary particle of light. These photons can potentially carry quantum bits of information over large distances. If the photon source could be placed on a single chip and made to produce photons at a high rate, this could enable hi
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05/05/2020
Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion with Air Plasmas

A schematic diagram of a prototype microwave air plasma thruster and the images of the bright plasma jet at different microwave powers. This device consists of a microwave power supply, an air compressor, a compressed microwave waveguide and a flame ignitor.

Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and leading to adverse respiratory effects and devastation due to global warming. A team of researche
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05/05/2020
Saving Energy, Lives: A Solar Chimney can Boost Fire Safety
A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimised for both energy saving and fire safety, as part of the sustainable features of a new
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05/05/2020
Power Is in the Air

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Figure 1 – CISPR 25 Class 5 Initial Testing 100 KHz to 30 MHz

Recently, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC or "Qi") technology won the technology battle and is now the low power standard for handsets. This fact was further cemented with implementation of the Qi technology by all leading worldwide handset makers. Car models, with wireless charging available, is now at
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05/04/2020
Working with High Voltage Renewable Energy Sources

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Table 1: Switch states for a 3L-NPC phase leg

The energy landscape is shifting, with growing concern over the use of carbon-based fuels and greater momentum behind making the most of renewables.  Photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines are a common site across the landscape and along coastlines.  Large renewable installations require higher op
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05/04/2020
Thermoelectric Coolers Help Machine Vision Systems Look Good
Machine vision technology has traditionally been used for vision inspection, quality control, robotics, wire bonding and down-hole applications where machine vision systems obtain data from analyzing images of a specific process or activity. Leveraging advanced hardware and software systems, machine vision technology al
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05/04/2020
USB Type C Power Delivery and Protection

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Figure 1. USB-C Enables Compact, Slim Industrial Designs while Supporting Various
Power and Connectivity Standards

USB Type C adoption in notebooks, tablets, and smartphones continues to increase due to the features it offers. It is an upgrade to existing USB standards like USB 2.0 and 3.1 while also serving as a replacement for standards like Thunderbolt and Displaypor
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05/04/2020
Can We Attain Better Audio Amplification? Yes, We GaN!

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Figure 1: Basic block diagram of a Class D amplifier design

Audio is a complex application space, especially when operating in the realms of the audiophile. The highest-end audio equipment comes with a hefty price tag and audio amplifiers of differing types attract followings of users who believe their choice best reproduces a true interpretation of the original recording being played. While the merits and weaknesses of v
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05/04/2020
Go Green with SiC

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Figure 1: The stacked SiC FET cascode with an Si-MOSFET die on the source pad of a SiC JFET and its equivalent circuit

Initiatives to go 'carbon' neutral' such as the '2050 long-term strategy' in the EU, to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, have sharpened engineers' focus on power conversion architectures and their efficiency. Minimising losses has always been a design engineer's goal anyway; low values directly reduce energy and cooling costs while equipment can be sma
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05/04/2020
Switched Capacitor Converter for Energy Transfer, Conversion

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Figure 1. Switched-capacitor power inverter (top) and voltage doubler (bottom)

As a means of controlling the transfer of energy from a source to power a load, switched capacitor converters can offer a simple, inductor-free alternative to conventional circuits such as buck or boost converters. Eliminating the output inductor can remove
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05/04/2020
DC Power Supplies for Industrial Control and Automation

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Figure 1. 24 Vdc power supplies are very versatile in that they are compatible with most control system components

Industrial control panels can, and sometimes do, use many different power and control voltages ranging from 480 Vac down to 24 Vac, and 110 Vdc down to 5 Vdc, with occasional designs using voltages outside these ranges. We've previously written about power distribution for control panels gen
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05/04/2020
Best Practices for Powering USB4

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Figure 1: USB Cable Plug Form Factors

The power landscape is getting simpler with industry convergence on USB Power Delivery (PD) standards, and with good implementations USB4 can continue that trend. Ensuring the best possible charging experience across multiple new use cases will depend on several application design decisions. The main purpose o
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05/04/2020
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
The phrase in the title above is an old one, but never more true than now. Disasters, whether natural or manmade, are a time when humans drop barriers and work closely to help each other. Technology innovation always get a boost at times of adversity too. At the moment, many companies have dropped everything to
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05/04/2020
Accentuate the Positive
Last month, PSD sent an e-newsletter touting the "Good Stuff" - a collection of good news in our industry. And I thought I'd share some of those positive vibes. Because we could all use a pick-me-up. One of the very first feel-good stories in our new, quarantined reality came via the automotive space. COV
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05/04/2020
UPS with Industrial Size Protection in Compact Form Factor
As part of its strategy to ensure customers of total protection from unexpected power disruptions, Emerson has introduced the SolaHD SSW Mini-Tower Line-Interactive UPS. Available in capacities from 700VA to 1440VA, the SolaHD SSW represents a highly economical choice for preventing costly damage to IT and automation eq
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05/04/2020
RRC Portable Power Solution Shipping from Sager Electronics
Sager Electronics is now stocking RRC Power Solution's complete portable power solution for medical and industrial designs. RRC offers a complete portable power solution, including power management modules, battery chargers, standard battery packs and accessories. RRC Power Solutions' standard batteries are approve
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05/04/2020
TTI has Molex's Mirror Mezz Connectors In Stock
TTI, Inc., announces Molex's Hermaphroditic Mirror Mezz Connectors available from stock. Supporting data speeds up to 56 Gp/s per differential pair the hermaphroditic Mirror Mezz lowers application costs by reducing the number of mating parts required versus traditional mezzanine products offered today. Fewe
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05/04/2020
SDK for NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Development Kit
BitFlow has released a Linux AArch64 (64-bit ARM) SDK that enables seamless integration of BitFlow frame grabbers with the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Development Kit.  Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow, states, "Many of our customers are already using GPU solutions such as NVIDIA for image p
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05/04/2020
High-Voltage Aluminum Capacitors Increase Design Flexibility
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new series of Automotive Grade, surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors that combine high voltages up to 450 V with operating temperatures up to +125 °C and useful life up to 6,000 hours for automotive and industrial applications. The high voltage range of
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05/04/2020
Options are Endless for Power Semiconductor Device Selection
When I first started in the power electronics industry in the seventies, device selection was limited. We were moving from silicon bipolar transistors and rudimentary rectifiers to MOSFETs and better rectifiers. Surface-mount technology and co-packaged ICs with power devices and/or drivers were unheard of and usi
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05/03/2020
Monolithic 65 V, 8 A Step-Down Regulators with Fast Transient Response

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Figure 1. 12 V, 8 A application using LT8645S at 400 kHz

The LT8645S and LT8646S are 65 V synchronous step-down monolithic regulators capable of supporting 8 A outputs. Their Silent Switcher 2 architecture enables exceptional EMI performance regardless of layout. The LT8646S features RC external compensation to optimize transient responses. Wide In
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05/03/2020
Transforming EV Charging with New Winding Techniques

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Figure 1: Core losses for a typical ferrite material – source Ferroxcube 3C90 data

Modern power conversion techniques all push towards higher efficiency for good reason; energy saving is clearly important but there are applications where functionality is also enhanced. Examples would be alternative energy systems such as solar and wind, and electric vehicle chargers where fewer losses equate to shorter recha
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05/03/2020
5 Home IoT Devices that would Benefit from e-Paper Displays

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E-paper brings several benefits to home IoT systems, enabling them to display information to the user that can be seen in ambient light using minimal power.  What's more, the technology can display in color (yellow and red), enabling the delivery of eye-catching alerts. Here we look at five of the be
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05/03/2020
Solar Inverter Design

Figure 1: Replacing a SJ with a SiC MOSFET, switching loss decreases significantly

Due to the ever-increasing demand for a clean and renewable source of energy, installing solar systems has accelerated significantly in the last decade. Contemporary solar applications require very highly efficient, power-dense and lightweight grid-tied inverters. Traditionally, IGBT has been the device of
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05/03/2020
Protect Industrial IoT Equipment with PTC Resettable Fuses

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Figure 1. Typical PTC and ESD USB 3.0/3.1 application

PTC resettable fuses can open electric circuits during fault events like one-time fuses, but are resettable, allowing them to achieve longer use over the product's lifetime. Each PTC fuse consists of a positive temperature coefficient material whose internal resistance increases exponentially with an increase in
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05/03/2020
In Search of the Lighting Material of the Future

Smolentsev in front of SwissFEL

At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers have gained insights into a promising material for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The substance enables high light yields and would be inexpensive to produce on a large scale - that means it is practically made for use in large-area room lighting. Researchers ha
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05/01/2020
Twisting 2D Materials Uncovers Their Superpowers

The twist angle between the layers governs the crystal symmetry and can lead to a variety of interesting physical behaviours, such as unconventional superconductivity, tunnelling conductance, nonlinear optics and structural super-lubricity.

Two-dimensional (2D) materials, which consist of a single layer of atoms, have attracted a lot of attention since the isolation of graphene in 2004. They have unique electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, like high conductivity, flexibility and strength, which makes them promising materials for such th
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05/01/2020
3D-Printed Concrete for Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure

Illustration of a 3D-printed concrete suction pile anchor for connecting floating wind turbines to the seabed via mooring lines.

Wind off the coasts of the U.S. could be used to generate more than double the combined electricity capacity of all the nation's electric power plants, reports have suggested. But building wind turbines offshore is expensive, requiring parts to be shipped at least 30 miles away from a coast. Purdue University engine
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05/01/2020