Notable & Newsworthy

November 2020
Plug Power and Gaussin Collaborate on Hydrogen Vehicles
Plug Power Inc. is bringing a commercial suite of ProGen-powered Gaussin transportation vehicles to market in 2021 as a solution to decarbonize the logistics ecosystem. Integrated solutions, ranging from ProGen-powered Gaussin terminal tractors to automated guided vehicles, will use green hydrogen produced by Pl
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11/30/2020

Hybrid Aluminum Polymer Capacitors for Auto Applications
KEMET announces the launch of three hybrid aluminum polymer capacitor series: A780, PHA225, and PHH225. These AEC-Q200 qualified capacitors offer a combination of highly conductive polymer technology and liquid electrolytic material in a hybrid design, resulting in outstanding electrical performance for automotive an
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11/25/2020
CsPbBrI2 Perovskites w/ Low Energy Loss for Photovoltaics
Over the years, the efficiency of PSCs has increased at an unprecedented pace. However, many reports have revealed significant irreversible decomposition of the organic component under high humidity and high temperature conditions, implying the instability of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cell in re
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11/25/2020
Researchers Create Nanoscale Slalom Course for Electrons

Illustration of sketched serpentine nanowires created from lanthanum aluminate and strontium titanate. The side-to-side motion of the electrons as they travel gives them additional properties that can be used to make quantum devices

A research team led by professors from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have created a serpentine path for electrons, imbuing them with new properties that could be useful in future quantum devices. Jeremy Levy, a distinguished professor of condensed matter physics, and Patrick Irvin, research professor
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11/25/2020
3D Printing for Aerospace Composites Using Oil Waste

Aviation parts printed on a 3D printer from new metal powders

Scientists from NUST MISIS have improved the technology of 3D printing from aluminum, having achieved an increase in the hardness of products by 1,5 times. The nanocarbon additive to aluminum powder, which they have developed, obtained from the products of processing associated petroleum gas, will improve the qu
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11/25/2020
Towards 6G Wireless Communication Networks

An overview of 6G wireless communication networks

The fifth generation (5G) wireless communication networks are being deployed worldwide from 2020 and more capabilities are in the process of being standardized, such as mass connectivity, ultra-reliability, and guaranteed low latency. However, 5G will not meet all requirements of the future in 2030 and beyond, an
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11/25/2020
Higher Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries for Renewable Energy

In the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, researchers investigate the origins of degradation in high energy density LIB cathode materials and develop strategies for mitigating those degradation mechanisms and improving LIB performance. Figure 1: Scanning electron microscopy images of as-synthesized NCA at different magnifications. Figure 2: Transmission electron microscopy images showing the surface of the Gr-R-nNCA particles

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) that function as high-performance power sources for renewable applications, such as electric vehicles and consumer electronics, require electrodes that deliver high energy density without compromising cell lifetimes. In the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, by AIP Publi
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11/25/2020
PSDcast – Correcting the Gender Disparity in Engineering

Holly Good, the National Distribution Manager for Cornell Dubilier Electronics and Founding Advisory Board Member for Women in Electronics.

Women in Electronics is a 501 c non-profit that’s dedicated to the professional and personal development of women in the electronics industry, and at their 4th Annual Leadership Conference, they recognized Holly Good with their “WE Recognizes” award.
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11/24/2020
Stewart Connector Introduces a DIN Rail RJ45 Mounting Module
Stewart Connector, a Bel group company, releases a DIN Rail RJ45 Mounting Module, most commonly used in industrial networking applications. Stewart Connector’s DIN Rail RJ45 Mounting Module is designed for easy tool-less mounting and RJ45 jack installation. Each DIN Rail Mounting Module includes removable
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11/24/2020
Vishay's Modelithics Broadband Microwave Global Models
The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced the availability of new broadband Microwave Global Models for Vishay Sfernice CH series resistors in the 02016, 0402, and 0603 case sizes. The new models are available within the Modelithics COMPLETE Library and mmWave & 5G Library. Modelithics' measuremen
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11/24/2020
400W AC-DC Power Supplies for Medical Applications
Bel Power Solutions announced the ABC401 / MBC401 Series of 400 W AC-DC power supplies in five different low-profile 1U packages, including open frame, enclosed, U-channel, perforated cover and vented cover configurations. The ABC401 Series (industrial) and MBC401 Series (medical) are rated high efficiency (94% typ
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11/24/2020
GaN Modules Feature Superior System Performance
GaN Systems announced the availability of four new integrated power module evaluation kits: 100V Driver GaN DC/DC Power Stage Module, 650V 150A Half-Bridge IPM, 650V 150A Full-Bridge Module and Driver, and 650V 300A 3-Phase Module and Driver. These modules are designed to be easy to use and evaluate performance in
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11/23/2020
Integration-Ready Refrigerant Gas Sensors Meet A2L Standards
NevadaNano Inc. announced it expanded its Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS) Refrigerant Product Family with gas sensors for A1, A2L, and A3 refrigerants. The NevadaNano family of sensors is the first to meet the new North American Standards Developing Organizations and global IEC/CENELECstandards as well as
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11/23/2020
Sager Electronics Offers NMB’s PWM Cooling Fans
Sager Electronics is now stocking NMB’s High Performance PWM Cooling Fans. NMB’s new series of high performance, 4 wire, PWM driven fans with tachometer signal offer high torque, efficient motor technology, and aerodynamic impeller design. Benefits of the PWM series include increased fan life expectancy, ene
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11/23/2020
NYPA to Install 2,300 LED Streetlights in Sullivan County
The New York Power Authority is installing LED street lighting at municipalities in Sullivan County as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY program, which calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by 2025. The lighting upgrades will be undertaken throughout the Town of Tusten, Town of Fallsburg and Town of Thompson, in addition to the replacement of street lighting along Sullivan County roads. In total, the more than $3 million upgrade, financed and implemented by NYPA, includes the replacement of more than 2,340 streetlights with energy-saving LED fixtures, improving lighting quality and neighborhood safety while reducing energy and maintenance costs. The installations are expected to begin this month and complete in th
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11/23/2020
Enhancing Battery Performance with Quantum Sensors
A new project aimed at harnessing quantum technology to enhance vehicle battery performance has been awarded Partnership Resource Funding by the University of Birmingham-led UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing. The project, led by University of Sussex researchers, addresses a crucial need to increa
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11/20/2020
Bel Magnetic Solutions Expands Vertical Mount ICM Series
Bel Magnetic Solutions expands the Vertical Mount MagJack ICM series to include 1GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T, 5GBASE-T and 10GBASE-T with 60W PoE options. These Vertical Mount ICMs are ideally suited for 5G cellular equipment, single-board motherboards, industrial PCs, printers, daughter cards, industrial controllers, an
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11/20/2020
Strengthened Power Conversion Offering with IGBT Modules
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. strengthened their power conversion product offering with Fuji Electric’s 7th generation (X-Series) IGBT modules. Fuji’s 7th Generation IGBT modules represent the latest IGBT chip technology and is specifically designed to complement requirements needed for the latest power conver
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11/20/2020
A&I Power's Revolutionary Sustainable Power Generator
A&I Power announced the launch of their revolutionary technology which offers a highly efficient method of electrical production. A&I Power's patented generator doesn't require fossil fuels, is self-contained, and doesn't have moving parts, and, as a result, is more efficient than traditional power genera
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11/20/2020
SATEC Adds BACnet Protocol to Its Energy Metering Products
SATEC, Inc., announces the addition of BACnet to the suite of protocols included as standard along with MODBUS and DNP provided with its BFM136 and BFM-II Branch Feeder Monitors. This communications protocol update addresses the specific need in commercial building environments to connect and communicate with the
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11/19/2020
 New 60A-Rated 8.5mm-Pitch Power Connector from Harwin
Harwin has significantly raised the power levels that its product portfolio can support with the introduction of the Kona series. These 8.5mm pitch connectors’ contacts are capable of delivering 60A of current. This means that applications such as battery charging can be addressed without having to split the cu
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11/19/2020
Cost-Effective Non-Isolated PoL Switching Regulators
XP Power announces the introduction of the SVR surface mount and VR through-hole, non-isolated DC-DC switching regulators. With efficiencies of up to 96% and operating temperatures of -40°C to +85°C, the Point of Load (PoL) devices are ideal as replacements for low efficiency linear regulators. They operate fr
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11/19/2020
The First 8-bit MCU Family for CAN FD Networks
Meeting the demand for increased bandwidth and flexible data rates in evolving automotive applications like safety and communication, while further supporting the development of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), Microchip Technology Inc. announced its PIC18 Q84 family— the first PIC18 microcontroller (M
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11/19/2020
Expanded Illuminated Pushbutton Series w/ Steel Version
RAFI has enhanced its RAFIX 30 FS+ illuminated pushbutton offering with the introduction of a stainless steel version. The sleek, modern design is available with optional ring lighting for stylish indication. Commonly used in automation, automotive, industrial and off-road vehicle applications, the RAFIX 30 FS+ illu
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11/18/2020
North Carolina is Well-Positioned for Battery Storage Growth
A new report released by Audubon North Carolina shows just how well-positioned the state is to grow its battery storage industry. Called “Battery Storage: North Carolina’s Footprint in the Global Value Chain,” the report analyzes data from across North Carolina, identifying companies with 1,200 locations in the state that have the potential to do business in the battery storage space. These companies represent 160,000 workers and $45 billion in sales, and can be found across the state, from Morganton to Jacksonville. “Battery storage is a critical step toward a cleaner energy future for North Carolina, but it also makes good business sense,” said Andrew Hutson, Audubon North Carolina execut
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11/17/2020
Wisk and NASA Accelerate Autonomous Advanced Air Mobility
Wisk is teaming with NASA in the first partnership between the two organizations to focus on the safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into Urban Air Mobility applications at a national level.  The partnership is part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign strategy to develop key guid
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11/17/2020
Step-Down DC/DC Converter w/ Internal 18V Driver Transistor
Torex Semiconductor Ltd. has launched the XD9263/XC9264 series of the 500mA synchronous step-down DC/DC converters with internal 18V operation driver transistors for in-vehicle use (compliant with AEC-Q100). The number of in-vehicle cameras installed per automobile for sensing and viewing applications has recentl
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11/16/2020
TCI Releases Sine Wave Filter with Connectivity
TCI announced the latest addition to their connectivity solutions – KMG with PQconnect Sine Wave Filters. These sine wave filters enable users to monitor and track performance using network communications. Sine wave filters convert the PWM wave form to a near sinusoidal wave form by attenuating the carrier fr
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11/16/2020
UPS for Secure, Connected Backup Power in Harsh Environments
Power management company Eaton announced a step forward for industrial backup power with the North American launch of the Ferrups FX uninterruptible power supply (“UPS”). Building upon decades of proven performance of the Eaton FERRUPS UPS, this new solution brings intelligent capabilities and cybersecurity to
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11/16/2020
600V Super Junction MOSFETs in SMD-type TOLL Package
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of a Fast Switching 600V αMOS5 Super Junction MOSFETs in SMD-type TOLL Package. αMOS5 is AOS’s latest generation of high voltage MOSFET, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs for Quick Charger, Adapter, PC Power, Server, In
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11/16/2020
First Safety Certified Touchscreen Controllers for the Home
To reduce the risk of fires in the kitchen and also floods in the laundry room, European IEC 60730 and U.S. UL 60730 Class B specifications require safety mechanisms in home appliances, such as ovens, cooktops, washing machines and clothes dryers. Helping designers meet these functional safety requirements in to
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11/16/2020
High-Side Switch ICs Include User-Definable Protection
ROHM has announced the development of a new family of four AEC-Q100 qualified high side switch ICs targeting the automotive market. Available in both 1- and 2-channel variants with RDS(on) ratings of 45mΩ, 70mΩ and 90mΩ, these IPDs (Intelligent Power Devices) incorporate multiple protection functions, ra
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11/16/2020
Würth Elektronik’s online platform REDEXPERT expanded
Würth Elektronik has heeded its customers’ suggestions from the practical area and has installed a feature that enables the direct comparison of aluminum-electrolyte and aluminum-polymer capacitors. The calculation of the ripple current has also been improved. The RedExpert online platform has now been modified
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11/13/2020
30W medical power supplies are (EU) 2019/1782 compliant
Certified to the medical safety standards IEC 60601-1 and EN 60601-1-11 and compliant to EN 60601-1-2 Edition 4 for EMC, the products have a Class II input requiring no earth ground. The WWM30 also meets the EU Tier 2 ((EU) 2019/1782) and DoE Level VI efficiency standards. The series is suited for home healthca
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11/13/2020
Low-inductance SiC power module and programmable gate driver kit
The transformation to electrify transportation – from trains, trams, and trolleys to buses, automobiles and EV chargers – continues at a rapid pace, as countries shift toward improved modes of transit with greater efficiency and innovative technology. Microchip has announced its AgileSwitch digital programmab
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11/13/2020
Isao Matsumoto appointed as President and CEO of ROHM Co, Ltd.
Isao Matsumoto has worked for ROHM since 1985. Most recently he was responsible for quality, safety and production as Director, Member of the Board and Managing Executive Officer. With his expertise across business segments, passion for innovation and his network with employees, customers and investors built up
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11/13/2020
ESCC QPL-approved polymer electrolytic multianode capacitors
The company’s well-proven TCS Series COTS-Plus Solid Polymer Electrolytic Multianode Chip Capacitors, which are manufactured at the ESA-qualified AVX Czech Republic facility in Lanskroun, are now listed on the European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) Qualified Parts List (QPL), Detailed Specification 3012/006
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11/13/2020
Digital XDP controller for cost-effective flyback LED drivers
It provides high power factor and constant voltage output. The device operates in quasi-resonant mode (QRM) to maximize the efficiency and minimize the electromagnetic interference (EMI) over a wide load range. It accommodates active burst mode (ABM) at light load to prevent audible noise while achieving a no-lo
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11/13/2020
Würth Elektronik presents WE-TGF thermoconductive gap filler
The outstanding feature of the self-adhesive gap-filler material: The non-conductive barrier with a high dielectric strength has a high thermoconductivity index of 1 W/(m*K). The material easily adapts to the differing thicknesses of components on the PCB and fills the gaps between hot electronic components and me
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11/13/2020
The MAX31889 digital temperature sensor features an unmatched combination of accuracy and power consumption, replacing expensive resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) in precise temperature-sensitive applications. The MAX31825 digital temperature sensor enables up to 64 devices per bus, all parasitically powe
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11/13/2020
SiC MADK board for servo drives
As part of the MADK platform for motors of up to 7.5 kW, the evaluation board EVAL-M5-IMZ120R-SIC is a 3-phase inverter board aiming at servo drive applications. As a true first, Infineon offers details about schematics (PDF), parts (Excel), layout (Gerber), and design package (Altium) as download package on t
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11/13/2020
E-PEAS & TCT demonstrate inductive energy harvesting
By bringing together TCT’s engineering expertise in ferromagnetic cores with e-peas’ popular AEMS series of ultra-low power PMICs, the two companies have been able to develop an innovative energy harvesting platform that is based on induction. This will have huge potential within building automation and sm
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11/13/2020
Durable 1.27mm pitch connectors with cable assemblies
Based on customer feedback, the company has just introduced off-the-shelf IDC cable assembly options to accompany the existing discrete connector components. These are available now direct from stock through Harwin’s global network of distributors. On each of these assemblies, a ribbon cable is fitted with female conne
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11/13/2020
15W wireless power P9415-R receiver with WattShare TRx mode
The new 15W wireless power receiver enables smartphones, power banks, and portable industrial and medical equipment, to wirelessly charge other mobile devices and accessories that also have wireless charging capabilities. The P9415-R features up to 5W of transmit power capability in transmitter/receiver (TRx) mo
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11/13/2020
Complete audio system leveraging A2B Audio Bus Technology
The system also includes audio FX processors, multi-channel audio systems, MIDI synthesisers, and other DSP-based audio systems. SAM includes the dual-SHARC+ core ADSP-SC589 audio processor SoC (with an integrated Arm Cortex-A5 core) and leverages Analog Devices’ A2B audio bus technology. In addition to the main
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11/13/2020
The ultimate generation of safe, smart and stable Li-ion cell
The devices can be considered as the result of the last years’ efforts to further evolutionize reliability, longevity and performance alongside the requirements of contemporary applications. “Frankly spoken”, Norbert Depresles, Section Head of Business Development EMEA from Panasonic Industry Europe says, “
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11/13/2020
Schaffner reintroduce single-phase EMC filter
Large and complex machine tools with multiple driving axes and very long motor cables can be subjected to major reliability problems caused by internal coupling of interferences from the drive system to the control wires. This can cause dropouts and interrupts of the control unit and consequently lead to unnece
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11/13/2020
Vicor and Arrow agree global distribution agreement
“We are looking forward to working closely with Arrow to offer highly differentiated modular power solutions to their extensive customer base,” said Rich Begen, Vice President of Vicor global distribution and channel strategy. “This agreement comes at a time when many of our customers are asking for sma
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11/13/2020
Highly efficient GaN-powered LYTSwitch-6 LED drivers
The LYT6078C uses Power Integrations’ PowiGaN gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver efficiency and performance benefits, demonstrated by the new design example report (DER-920) the company is also announcing today. The PowiGaN-based LYT6078C IC incorporates a 750 V power switch and delivers flicker-free ou
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11/13/2020
310VAC rated safety class X2 automotive film capacitors
This metallized polypropylene film capacitor series from Panasonic Industry Europe benefits from original in-house patterned metallization process with fuse mechanism function by Panasonic. This unique technology delivers stable capacitance level over the product lifetime and therefore guarantees a higher relia
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11/13/2020
Nexperia TrEOS automotive ESD protection
In common with all TrEOS components, the new parts combine extremely low capacitance ensuring high signal integrity, extremely low clamping and high robustness for modern automotive interfaces. Specific automotive applications include infotainment, multimedia and ADAS systems featuring USB 3.2, HDMI, LVDS, SerD
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11/13/2020
Flex Power Designer with design support for Xilinx FPGAs
The new 4.0 release also provides further system optimization and loop compensator features to improve overall power-stage design analysis, helping power designers to accelerate time to market. Primarily, the latest major upgrade to this software version provides a load-based design capability that enables a
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11/13/2020
Compact auto-ranging DC supply with energy-recovering DC load
The PSB series are microprocessor controlled bi-directional supplies that feature two devices in one: an auto-ranging DC power supply and an electronic DC load with energy recovery. The bi-directional package replaces individual programmable sources and loads, and the regenerative load returns up to 95% of test
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11/13/2020
Essential analog transceivers deliver reliable connectivity
These devices are designed to increase industrial system uptime for factory-floor networks. The MAX33012E features the industry’s most advanced fault detection and reporting, while the MAX33072E provides the ability to connect the broadest range of disparate nodes, increasing reliability by enabling the connectio
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11/13/2020
WE-MK high-frequency, multilayer ceramic inductors
WE-MK is available in three different sizes—0201, 0402 and 0603—as well as various inductance values from 1 nH up to 470 nH. The WE-MK inductors have very stable inductance over the entire operating temperature range from -55 to +125°C with inductance tolerances of ±5% or ±0.3 nH (depending on inductance val
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11/13/2020
RS Components stocks HARTING SPE connectivity solutions
Compliant with the newly established IEC 63171-6 industry standard, the Tw1ster connector series fully addresses the needs within modern industrial settings for more compact, lightweight cabling. Through these cutting-edge interconnect components, both data and power can be simultaneously transported, thereby reduc
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11/13/2020
The Industry's Smallest, Lowest-Power Intelligent Actuator
The new Trinamic-branded PD42-1-1243-IOLINK intelligent actuator by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. enables modern smart factories to quickly and remotely adjust an actuator’s electrical characteristics to minimize factory downtime and maximize throughput. It combines a NEMA-17 stepper motor with controller an
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11/13/2020
TRENCHSTOP IGBT7 technology now available in TO-247 housing
The device comes in a TO-247 with 650 V break down voltage. The new TRENCHSTOP family portfolio consists of current ratings of 20 A, 30 A, 40 A, 50 A, and 75 A. It can easily be used for replacing previous technologies and for paralleling. This version of IGBT7 is especially suited to applications such as indust
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11/13/2020
Switching regulators are drop-in replacements for LMxx devices
TSR-WI devices offer high efficiencies of up to 94%, along with low standby current and excellent line/load regulation. The TSR-WI Series comprises two families of single-output switching regulator — known as TSR-0.6WI and TSR-1WI, with 0.6A and 1A maximum output current ratings, respectively — and output
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11/13/2020
Sapphire crystal with payment chip from Infineon
"A fast and robust connection from the watch to the reader at the checkout is crucial for customer acceptance," says Alex Kalbermatten, CEO of Winwatch. "Infineon surpasses all other solutions currently available on the market in terms of wireless quality. For example, by integrating the contact
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11/13/2020
SCR Controller Provides Smallest Industry Footprint
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced the expansion of its market-leading line of SCR (silicon controlled rectifier) power controllers with its new Thyro-A+ for precision industrial and semiconductor heating applications. Thyro-A+ provides customers with next-generation SCR accuracy and load monitoring, th
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11/13/2020
Würth Elektronik extends online IC reference design service
Würth Elektronik offers access to this online library of more than 10,000 reference designs to support product development. Within just a few clicks, engineers can find Würth Elektronik components recommended by the IC house to facilitate the fast and reliable development of their product. With its advanced,
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11/13/2020
Second-generation full-SiC industrial power modules
The low power loss characteristics and high carrier frequency operation of the SiC-MOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor) and SiC-SBD (schottky barrier diode) chips in the modules are expected to facilitate the development of more efficient, smaller and lighter weight power equipment in various in
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11/13/2020
TDK-Lambda invests £11.5m in UK manufacturing facility
The investment, which will be staged over the next three and a half years, will enable the company to increase production capacity by 50%. The original factory was built over 50 years ago with further expansion in the mid-1980s. While the company has invested heavily in new equipment and building upgrades over
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11/13/2020
RS Components adds SiC MOSFETs from ON Semiconductor
The new N-channel SiC MOSFETs support accelerated switching speeds (with rise times of as little as 10ns). Exhibiting on-resistance figures going down to 20mΩ alongside industry-leading gate charge values, they are subject to minimal power losses. Exceptionally robust, these devices can cope with ultra-high c
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11/13/2020
Lite-on delivers SMPS with 80 PLUS Titanium certificate
The trend of digitalization has accelerated. Consequently, the number of server farms has risen and with it the power demand. Driven by the phenomenon of global warming, the importance of higher energy efficiency of operations is therefore increasing. Introduced in 2004, the measurement standards defined by th
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11/13/2020
Zero cross detection ICs for home appliances
The rising demand for smart home devices and IoT applications has added communication functionality (i.e. Wi-Fi) to home appliances. As it is necessary for such devices to always be ON to maintain communication, manufacturers are required to reduce standby power consumption even more to around 0.5W. This calls
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11/13/2020
Infineon on board for marathon ride through Germany
The tour started today in Oberstdorf and is scheduled to end in early December on the island Sylt. On the way, it will stop at all German fast-charging points with a charging capacity of more than 60 kilowatts. The Infineon sites in Warstein and Dresden are also part of the route. In the car are Mannheim's long
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11/13/2020
Quarter brick digital DC/DC converter delivers up to 500 W
The new converter family provides indispensable monitoring functionality and control of the feedback loop to help stabilization. The high-density BMR683 converter is introduced in the industry-standard quarter-brick format, saving valuable board space. The device has an output power up to 500 W at 28 Vout, and an in
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11/13/2020
Common mode filter with ESD protection
It is suitable for the latest HDMI 2.1 standard up to 12G FRL, where eye-diagram tests were passed even with “worst cable model”. Stefan Seider, Nexperia’s product manager for high-speed protection and filtering) commented: “HDMI 2.1 enables displays with higher resolution and better colours. However
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11/13/2020
Low profile, 3-phase 5kW AC-DC power supply
In common with the existing products in the range, the new HPT5K0-L units feature a three-phase, three-wire & earth, 180 to 528VAC input and they carry ITE/industrial and medical agency approvals. The new ‘-L’ designated units are supplied in a chassis mount package with a height of just 63mm (2.5”)
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11/13/2020
SIGA on-track to expand transformer production facilities
Following risk assessments and government advice, the new facilities are set to meet UK government guidelines including those for coronavirus pandemic precautions. Richard Thrussell, General Manager of SIGA (Electronics) Ltd, commented: “We completed the deal with Stabilised Transformers only a few days a
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11/13/2020
COSEL adds 300W power solution with triple isolated outputs
The RBC300F is an open-frame, configurable AC/DC power supply with triple outputs tailored for robotic controllers and factory automation. Based on a unique concept, the Cosel RBC300F series offers three configurable isolated outputs, with one having a reinforced isolation to power Intelligent Gate Bipolar Trans
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11/13/2020
100 V eGaN FET Family
The applications for these leading-edge devices include synchronous rectification, class-D audio, infotainment systems, DC-DC converters (hard-switched and resonant), and lidar for autonomous cars, robotics, and drones. The EPC2218 (3.2 mΩ, 231 Apulsed) and the EPC2204 (6 mΩ, 125 Apulsed) have nearly 20% lo
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11/13/2020
Littelfuse Launches DC Disconnect Switch Product Line
Littelfuse, Inc., announced the introduction of its DC Disconnect Switch product line. The Littelfuse LS6 (available in 1000 and 500 V) and the LS6R (available in 1500 V) series are energy-efficient, compact disconnect switches that quickly break or resume the flow of current safely. Offered in both 250 and 40
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11/11/2020
Bringing Pre-programmed Security to the Auto Market
Due to the rise of in-vehicle network connections like Bluetooth and LTE/5G, today's vehicles host more vulnerabilities than ever before, driving new cybersecurity regulations and specifications for the automotive market. Helping OEMs and their module suppliers simplify the upgrade of existing designs to meet secu
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11/11/2020
Stackpole Adds 3.5W-Rated Current Sense Chip Resistor
Power supplies and power controls have a wide range of sensing requirements. For applications that require high sensing precision and high power where the element TCR is more important than low resistance values, the CSRT2512-UP offers a 3.5W rated chip resistor in a package that normally only allows for 1 or
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11/10/2020
Putting the 'Arch' in First-Class Architectural Lighting
Amerlux launched a groundbreaking set of LED linear lighting solutions that gift wraps creative freedom so architects and designers can let their ceiling lighting design flow with the grace and bends of a scenic river—in standard and custom-request offering. Curvano offers a 2.5" aperture in recessed
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11/10/2020
PSDcast – A Solar System for PBS on top of a Mountain

COO of K12 Energy, Joel Harrison Carr

Every once in a while, we hear about a story that we just have to learn more about – so when we heard that K12 Energy installed a solar system for PBS on top of a California mountain, we had to investigate further!
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11/10/2020
GaN FET with Integrated Driver and Active Power Management
Texas Instruments (TI) expanded its high-voltage power management portfolio with the next generation of 650-V and 600-V gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for automotive and industrial applications. With a fast-switching, 2.2-MHz integrated gate driver, the new families of GaN FETs help engineers de
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11/09/2020
Automotive Primary DC/DC Converters Offer Stable Output
ROHM has developed a new lineup of 12 automotive primary DC/DC converters. The BD9P series is optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters. In recent years, the continued electrification of vehicle systems has increa
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11/09/2020
170V eGaN FET Offers Best-in-Class Synchronous Rectification
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2059 (6.8 mΩ, 170 V) eGaN FET.  This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of po
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11/09/2020
Evaluating the Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on the Grid
A joint research project to study how proposed offshore wind farms may impact New York State’s electric grid was announced today by Clarkson University, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). The study will inform and help realize Governor An
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11/08/2020
400W Medical Power Supply Series Extended w/ 15-48V Outputs
TDK Corporation announces the addition of 15V, 19V, 28V, 36V, 48V outputs and models with an integral fan to the TDK-Lambda brand CUS400M series. Rated at 400W with forced air cooling and 250W when convection cooled, the family now covers 12 to 48V outputs. A broad choice of mechanical configurations is also av
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11/08/2020
MOSFETs: Maintenance-Free Servo Drives Without Cooling Fans
Infineon Technologies AG supports the robotics and automation industry in implementing maintenance-free motor drive inverters. By introducing the new CoolSiC MOSFET with .XT interconnection technology in a 1200 V optimized D 2PAK-7 SMD package, passive cooling becomes possible. Up to 80 percent loss reductio
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11/06/2020
Cable Assemblies Ideal for High Noise Environments
Stewart Connector, a Bel group company, introduces their Category 8.1 cable assemblies (patch cords) that support 25 and 40 Gbps Ethernet transmission speeds over balanced twisted-pair copper cabling. They are designed to meet Category 8.1 performance standards as defined by ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017 and ANSI/TIA-56
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11/06/2020
KVM-over-IP/LCD Drawer Models For Dominion LX II Portfolio
Raritan announced the combo KVM-over-IP/LCD drawers (DLX2-108-LED, DLX2-116-LED, DLX2-216-LED) and KVM-over-IP only units (DLX2-108, DLX2-116, DLX2-216) for its existing Dominion LX II portfolio. With up to 256 connected devices, the new models are ideal for IT administration tasks or for organizations wit
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11/06/2020
A Modular Capacitor Concept for DC Link Applications
TDK Corporation presents ModCap − a modular capacitor concept for DC link applications. The newly developed power capacitors are available for rated voltages of 1100 V to 2300 V and cover a 365 µF to 2525 µF capacitance range. The rated currents between 105 A and 180 A are type-conditioned wi
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11/04/2020
A Method to Detect Charge Traps in Organic Semiconductors

Lead author, Nasim Zarrabi measuring the photo-response of organic solar cells at Optoelectronics Laboratory of Swansea University.

Scientists at Swansea University have developed a very sensitive method to detect the tiny signatures of so called 'charge traps' in organic semiconductors. The research, published in Nature Communications and supported by the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund, may change views a
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11/04/2020
Thermoelectric Coolers Provide Temperature Stability
Imaging sensors and other sensitive camera components such as FPGA's require active cooling to keep operating temperatures below their maximum limit, ensuring high-quality image resolution. Due to solar radiation and increased heat flux density from surrounding electronics, outdoor security cameras can reach temp
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11/04/2020
Nuvera Launches E-45 Fuel Cell Engine
Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, announced that its Nuvera E-45 fuel cell engine is now commercially available. The most recent addition to the Nuvera product line, the E-45 fuel cell engine enables seamless integration into commercial medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications such as electric delivery vans, buses, Cl
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11/04/2020
Reducing Size of Automotive Designs w/ Ultra-Compact MOSFETs
ROHM has released the ultra-compact AEC-Q101 qualified MOSFETs, RV8C010UN, RV8L002SN and BSS84X, best-in-class 1mm2 size that deliver automotive-grade reliability. The products are suitable for high-density applications such as ADAS and automotive ECUs. The continuing electrification of vehicles in recent y
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11/03/2020
Switchcraft Z Series DC Power Plugs in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of Switchcraft’s new Z Series DC Power Plugs from stock at TTI. Switchcraft’s design improvements include a touch-proof tip, recessed "first make, last break" ground contact and a larger cable clamp for greater safer and versatility. The “Z” Series Power Pl
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11/03/2020
Environmental Lights Launches New RS232 to DMX Converter
Environmental Lights announces the launch of their new RS232 to DMX Converter for the A/V industry. The RS232 to DMX Converter is the ideal tool for A/V integrators who want to incorporate low voltage LED lighting into their whole-house control systems. It receives the RS232 signal from the master control sys
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11/03/2020
Vishay High-Speed, Surface-Mount IR Emitters offered by TTI
TTI, Inc., is now stocking the VSMY5940/5850 family of High-power IR LEDs from Vishay. These compact LED products are targeted for industrial, security illumination and medical sensing applications requiring focused light emission. Vishay has now broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the release of new hig
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11/03/2020
Joint Venture for Large-Scale Production of Fuel-Cells
Volvo and Daimler are both seeking to make the new company a leading global manufacturer of fuel cells, and thus help the world take a major step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050. The Volvo Group will acquire 50 percent of the partnership interests in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH &a
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11/02/2020
42V Input Window Voltage Detector with Diagnostic Method
Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. in Japan has launched the R3154, a high-accuracy window voltage detector operating at a supply voltage up to 42V and intended for use in a wide variety of applications including automotive equipment. The chip consists of two detectors for overvoltage and undervoltage monitoring, ea
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11/02/2020
Intelligent Cameras Enhance Human Perception
A team of researchers at the Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has developed an intelligent camera that achieves not only high spatial and temporal but also spectral resolution. The camera has a wide range of applications that ca
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11/02/2020
Understanding Thermal Resistance's Impact at a System Level

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Figure 1: Thermal resistance comprises multiple stages, from junction to ambient

The principles that apply to current flow, in terms of resistance, can be likened to the resistance that heat encounters when flowing from hot to cold bodies. Every material and its interface will have a thermal resistance, and these figures can be used to calculate the rate at which heat is removed from its so
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11/02/2020
Incorporating Baseplate Cooled Converter Modules

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Figure 1: An example of the variation in efficiency with input voltage and load

When designing rugged equipment designed for outdoor use, sealing them from external environmental conditions is a prudent step, but it does introduce some design challenges, one of which is how to provide the power supply capability, particularly when relatively high levels of power are required. Most high-power su
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11/02/2020
The SIMO DC-DC Converter - The Audio Amplifier's Best Friend

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Figure 1. Small wireless audio devices have challenging size and battery life requirements and are expected to provide excellent audio performance.

Generally, traditional switch mode power supplies (SMPS) are considered to be very noisy compared to that of the low-dropout (LDO) regulators. The switching action associated with switching regulators generates noise and resulting harmonics, which can affect the overall system performance in audio applications. Th
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Date:
11/02/2020
The Mechanics of Grid Edge Intelligence

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Figure 1. Applications and devices will impact grid architecture

Emerging trends – electric vehicles (EVs), distributed energy resources (DER), advanced battery applications, smart devices and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology – have fundamentally transformed how we design, operate and maintain the grid. A decade ago, utilities were tasked with adding intelligence to their
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Date:
11/02/2020
Unlock Higher Efficiency with Digital Switchgear
Electricity in today’s world is required like the air we breathe; we can’t live without it. But we only realize the importance of power availability when electricity supply fails. From industrial manufacturing and food processing facilities, to data centers and support systems like lighting and air conditioning, al
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11/02/2020
Timing Challenges in Industrial Applications

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Figure 1. Network topology of a multiaxis machine

Robots typically have six axes that need to be controlled in a coordinated manner, and sometimes seven if the robot is moving along a rail. In CNC machining, 5-axis coordination is common, although there are applications that utilize up to 12 axes in which tools and workpieces are both being moved with respect to
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11/02/2020
Shrinking Industrial Designs with Highly Integrated PMICs

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Figure 1: Functional block diagram of a condition monitoring analog front end attached to a host microcontroller (Source: Mouser)

The industrial manufacturing landscape is undergoing considerable change. Led by government initiatives such as Industry 4.0 and the associated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) trend, organizations are keen to embrace and harness the data gathered from a vast army of connected sensors. Promising to yield an
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Date:
11/02/2020
Improving Automation to Support Living, Working Post-COVID
The longer-term prospects for business in a post-COVID-19 world look decent, as analysis adjusted for COVID-19 predicts exponential growth between now and 2025. The ability to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase output are all well-known reasons for businesses to introduce robots to their operations. But no
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11/02/2020
Past, Present and Future of Powerline Inspection Automation

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Figure 1. Snowy powerline

Tedious. If you ask electric utilities for one word on powerline inspection, that would probably be it. Time-consuming and expensive would probably also feature. Yet vital would be just as valid: there is no way to safely operate a transmission and distribution network without inspecting lines for damage or risk fr
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11/02/2020
Is it Time for Onshoring?
November is the month of Guy Fawkes, war remembrance and normally electronica. In the US this year, it is Thanksgiving and elections. I’m writing this a week before the election, and as you read this, the result will already be known. The ramifications from the US election will be felt around the world, both di
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11/02/2020
Robotics Can Help us Navigate a Post-COVID World
With election season upon us – if you’re in the U.S., you should’ve cast your ballot by now – it’s nice to know you can have some good, clean non-partisan fun with Power Systems Design. And as we explained in the editorial call, “Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls” is one of those critical
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Date:
11/02/2020
When Greener Means More Profitable
The US election is a major event that will have consequences throughout the world and I feel there is more that can be discussed, especially on the subject of power. Both candidates and parties may agree on cutting reliance on China, but on power generation and the environment, they are almost as far apart as po
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11/02/2020
Taking a Survey of Firefighting Robotics
The California wildfires didn’t just reignite the climate change debate – it also spotlighted the use of robotics in firefighting…and how far we have to go. Police and military units have deployed bomb disposal robots for almost half a century – U.S. EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) has used iRob
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11/02/2020
Advances in Motor Drives and Robotics: The Future is Here
If the cost/benefit ratio for new technology can’t be justified, it won’t be adopted. Case in point: Not long ago, our industry dreamed of using variable speed motor drives for appliances and consumer HVAC systems when, in reality, the cost of these electronics was often higher than the end product. We knew in
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11/02/2020
High-Power Silicon Switches Save Bias Power

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Figure 1. Antenna switch.

Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) transceiver architectures are widely used in the design of high power RF wireless communications systems. As a step into the 5G era, massive MIMO systems covering cellular bands are now being deployed in urban areas to meet the emerging demand for high data throughput and a
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Date:
11/02/2020
Forty Years of Know-How

Figure 1: Technology development and product family positioning of Infineon’s 12-300 V power MOSFET offering

Our world has experienced dramatic change over the past 50 years. New economic, social and technological trends have emerged significantly impacting our way of life in different ways.  Regardless of the way and degree to which the world has been changing, one thing remains: technology plays a crucial role in
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Date:
11/01/2020