Notable & Newsworthy

December 2020
Impulse Technologies Releases Anteral's 24-GHz uRAD Radar
Impulse Technologies is now offering the small but powerful uRAD modular 24-GHz radar system from Spanish innovator Anteral. The radar operates within the 24-GHz Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) band, using Doppler and frequency-modulated-continuous-wave (FMCW) techniques to measure the presence, velocity, and
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12/31/2020
Bionic Idea Boosts Lithium-Ion Extraction

Metal ion sieving using a bioinspired nanochannel membrane

Lithium is an energy-critical element that is considered to be a geopolitically significant resource. However, the supply of lithium may not be enough to meet continuously increasing demand. As a result, scientists are looking for new ways to extract lithium ions. Ion selective membranes have already been used
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12/31/2020
Public-Private Partnership for Development of Fusion Energy

PPPL physicist Gerrit Kramer with conceptual image of SPARC fusion reactor.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is collaborating with private industry on cutting-edge fusion research aimed at achieving commercial fusion energy. This work, enabled through a public-private DOE grant program, supports efforts to develop high-performance fusion gra
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12/31/2020
Army Research into Effective Training Model for Robots

New Army research reduces the unpredictability of current training reinforcement learning policies so that they are more practically applicable to physical systems, especially ground robots. These learning components will permit autonomous agents to reason and adapt to changing battlefield conditions.

Multi-domain operations, the Army's future operating concept, requires autonomous agents with learning components to operate alongside the warfighter. New Army research reduces the unpredictability of current training reinforcement learning policies so that they are more practically applicable to physical systems, esp
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12/31/2020
Ultra compact 12 Watt DC/DC converters for industrial use
The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI off
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12/28/2020
First High-Speed EV Charging Hub Comes to Adirondack Park
New York State unveiled the first non-Tesla fast charger for electric vehicles (EV) in the Adirondack Park – providing a key link to the North Country and better accessibility to the park region for drivers including those traveling to and from Montreal. The four 175 kilowatt Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) in
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12/22/2020
40 V eGaN FET Ideal for High Power Density Solutions
The EPC2055, a 40 V, 3 milliohm eGaN FET, offers designers a device that is smaller, more efficient, and more reliable than currently available devices for high performance, space-constrained applications.   This device is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for perf
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12/22/2020
DFC and The Rockefeller Foundation to Help End Energy Poverty
The Rockefeller Foundation and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work to end energy poverty by promoting investment in Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) around the world. The agreement will focus on delivering reliable, sustainable el
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12/21/2020
Violeds Modules Proven to Disinfect 99% of Airborne Viruses
Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) and Seoul Viosys have demonstrated that an air conditioning and heating system with its ultraviolet LED Violeds modules has the performance to disinfect 99% of airborne viruses, verified through testing by Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL). The testing demonstrated th
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12/21/2020
Stewart Connector Expands Cable Applied Connector Series
Stewart Connector, a Bel group company, expands the SealJack Cable Applied Connector series to support Cat 6a applications. The SealJack Cable Applied Connector series now supports Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a performance levels through IP67 plug kits, cable assemblies, and cable applied jacks. The SealJack Cable App
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12/21/2020
Rugged 14 to 110 GHz Waveguide Horn Antenna

The model DRH110 waveguide horn antenna from Impulse Technologies and developer RF SPIN features a broad 14-to-110-GHz frequency range, accessible at a 1.0-mm female coaxial connector.

Wireless technologies are consuming increasing amounts of frequency bandwidth, requiring electronic systems and their components to reach higher in frequencies. One of the key components for transmission and reception of high-frequency signals and for testing at high frequencies is the antenna. The newest wave
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12/21/2020
PSDcast – Predictions for 2021

GaN Systems' Director of Business Development, Julian Styles.

Since we’re always looking towards the future, we thought it’d be fun to try our hand at a few predictions for what we hope will be a far less catastrophic year. And to help with that, we’ve got our old friends at GaN Systems.
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12/21/2020
Two-Wire Hall Effect Switches with Self-Diagnostics
Diodes Incorporated has announced a family of automotive-compliant, two-wire unipolar (AH323xQ/4xQ) and latch (AH327xQ/8xQ) switch integrated circuits (ICs) that provide high sensitivity and high stability over wide operating voltage and temperature ranges. The ICs are for use in automotive proximity- and position-sensing appl
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12/18/2020
Operational Amplifier for Consumer and Industrial Equipment
ROHM announced the availability of a two-channel, high-speed, ground sense CMOS operational amplifier (op amp), BD77502FVM, optimized for consumer and industrial equipment requiring high-speed sensing – such as industrial measurement and control systems.  The proliferation of the Internet of Things (I
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12/18/2020
High-Temp Thermoelectric Cooler Maintains Peak Performance
By combining image-processing and pattern-recognition techniques, machine vision systems provide advanced inspection within quality control, robotics and wire bonding. Artificial intelligence (facial recognition) and object recognition for next generation vehicles are other emerging applications utilizing this evolvi
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12/18/2020
Russelectric Offers Customized Switchgear Simulators
Russelectric, A Siemens Business, announces the availability of Switchgear Simulators designed to train personnel on automatic and manual operation of Russelectric switchgear.  Customized to mimic the operation of the customer’s Russelectric switchgear/system, Russelectric simulators are ideal for famili
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12/18/2020
Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Station at JFK Airport
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the largest publicly accessible fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the Northeast is now operational at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. The ten-port charging station is part of a joint initiative by the New York Power Authority and the Port Au
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12/18/2020
Thick Film Chips Offer Low Thermal Resistance
Industrial and commercial power electronics demand robust resistor performance. When high stability and low thermal resistance are important, standard chip resistors may not be the best solution. Chip resistors with reverse geometry provide terminations on the long sides of the chip, as opposed to the short
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12/17/2020
Helping New York Reach Zero-Emission Electricity by 2040
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with Schneider Electric, General Electric, and Smarter Grid Solutions, received a $2.2 million award to develop a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to mitigate potential issues caused by integrating distributed energy resources (DER) with th
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12/17/2020
Eaton, China Complete Clean Energy Infrastructure Project
By 2035, half of global power generation will be from renewable energy resources, and power management company Eaton is helping the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) add more renewables to its grid. As the COVID-19 situation improved in China, Eaton helped move the Qinghai-Henan ultra-high-voltage direct cu
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12/17/2020
Easy-to-Use, Small Footprint Gate Driver for Fast Design-Ins
Infineon Technologies AG adds a new generation to its most versatile and simple to use EiceDRIVER 1ED Compact isolated gate driver family: the X3 Compact (1ED31xx) family. This gate driver provides separate output options together with active shutdown and short circuit clamping in DSO-8 300 mil package. The ac
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12/16/2020
Coaxial Connector Reduces Design Time
Hirose has expanded its compact coaxial connector offering to include a 75 Ohm, 4K/UHD transmission connector that enables internal wiring of equipment. The D.FL75 Series supports 12G-SDI standard and SMPTE ST 2082-1 in an industry leading space saving design that only requires 4.0 mm x 4.0mm printed circuit boa
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12/16/2020
Extended Pulse TVS for Heavy Duty Motor Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a high-energy extended pulse transient voltage suppressor module ideal for heavy duty remote DC power supply, base station and microwave protection, military-grade power bus, and other similar circuit protection applications. The two modules from the company are the unidirectional PNH1275 a
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12/15/2020
Leading Industry Smart Change

CITE 2021, Shenzhen Convention Center - April 9 - 11, 2021

The Organizing Committee of China Information Technology Expo held a press conference in Beijing, announcing that the 9th China electronic information Expo (“CITE 2021) will be held in Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center from April 9 to 11, 2021, and release the relevant preparations for the Expo to al
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12/15/2020
First IP67 Waterproof Sensor for High-Humidity Environments
Renesas Electronics Corporation expanded its popular ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) sensor platform with the industry’s first software-configurableIP67-qualified waterproof option for IAQ applications operating in wet or dirty environments such as kitchens, bathrooms, and hospital rooms, where th
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12/15/2020
Parallel Memory Family Designed for Space Systems
To reduce the time, cost and risk of developing spaceflight-qualified systems, designers may start with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices that can later be replaced by their space-qualified, radiation-tolerant equivalent parts available in plastic or ceramic packages featuring the same pinout distribution. Mi
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12/15/2020
Power Supplies with Highest Performance, Unique Flexibility
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. introduced its new Excelsys CoolX 3000 modular, configurable power platform.  Designed for a wide range of demanding medical and industrial applications, this 3000 W power supply platform delivers leading power density, provides unique flexibility, and features digital commu
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12/14/2020
80V Battery Charging Controller w/ Power Point Tracking
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced the LT8491 buck-boost battery charging controller that features Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), temperature compensation and I2C interface for telemetry and control. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float voltage. The
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12/14/2020
Purdue, West Point to Partner on Autonomous Race Car

Students and faculty from Purdue University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point are working together on a team entry for the Indy Autonomous Challenge. (Image provided)

The Indy Autonomous Challenge will bring together collegiate teams from around the world next October to run autonomous race cars around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed 2.5-mile oval. To get to the starting line, collegiate teams have been working since 2019 bringing together interested faculty and students, writing business plans and raising funds. The challenge, set for Oct. 21-23, is a series of events that has teams address topics such as artificial intelligence, sensors, data science and more i
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12/11/2020
PSDcast – Solving Range Anxiety with Charging Stations

Mark Henderson with EVBox

For your average driver to feel comfortable taking an EV for anything but a short commute, they have to know that the electric equivalent to a gas station is right around the corner – or wherever they might take a road trip.
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12/11/2020
VDA Quick Connectors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Automotive fastening and assembly solutions provider ARaymond has announced a new generation of VDA Quick Connectors — building on its decade of experience designing and manufacturing quick connectors complying with the VDA standard. Used for heating and cooling lines, including thermal regulation of batter
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12/11/2020
Signal Transformer Announces HCTC/HCTI Design Kit Combo
Signal Transformer, a Bel group company, announces their High Current Toroidal Choke (HCTC) and High Current Toroidal (HCTI) Design Kit Combination. Featuring 16 of their most popular HCTC and HCTI Series components in a convenient compartmented case, the wide assortment supports power conversion engineers with a
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12/10/2020
USB Type-C Port Protector Offers Short Circuit Protection
Diodes Incorporated announced the automotive-compliant, AEC-Q100 qualified, and PPAP capable DPO2039DABQ 4-channel protection solution for USB Type-C ports. DPO2039DABQ is targeted for use in applications including automotive head units, rear seat entertainment units, and in-car charging. There has been incre
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12/10/2020
Advanced Energy Releases Remote Plasma Source Products
Advanced Energy announced the launch of its new MAXstream remote plasma source (RPS) product line for plasma cleaning of process chambers used in semiconductor device manufacturing. With offerings available across a broad operating range, the MAXstream line delivers higher power accuracy, best-in-class plasma igniti
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12/10/2020
Texas Instruments Makes High-Reliability Products Available
Texas Instruments (TI) announced that it is making most of its high-reliability (HiRel) semiconductor products immediately available for online purchase on TI.com, helping aerospace and defense companies quickly get the authentic TI products they need for their next-generation space-grade and military-grade de
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12/09/2020
Arm Cortex MCU Family for Industrial, IoT Applications
Renesas Electronics Corporation expanded its RA4 Series microcontrollers (MCUs) with the new 32-bit RA4M3 Group of MCUs. The RA4M3 MCUs boost operating performance up to 100 MHz using the Arm Cortex-M33 core based on Armv8-M architecture. Featuring industry-leading performance, Arm TrustZone technology, Renesas’ Se
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12/09/2020
First 4-Quadrant Silicon PIN Photodiode in SMT Package
The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the industry's first 4-quadrant silicon PIN photodiode in a standard surface-mount package, qualified for automotive applications. Combining high photo sensitivity with low 0.1 % crosstalk and virtually no tolerance between its segments, the Vis
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12/09/2020
400 W AC-DC Convection-Cooled Sealed Power Supplies
Bel Power Solutions, a Bel group company, announces the ABS400/MBS400 Series of convection cooled power supplies which are sealed and fully potted, offer IP66/67 ingress protection and fit 1U applications. These power supplies may be mounted for conduction or convection cooling and are rated at 300 W in still air
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12/08/2020
1500 Volt Solar String Fuse, Holder Rated 35 to 60 Amperage
Littelfuse, Inc., announced the expansion of its SPXV series solar string fuses to include 35 to 60 amperage models. Designed to integrate into an LFXV15 fuse block and cover holder, these 20 x 127 mm 1500 V DC solar fuses protect photovoltaic (PV) installations from overloads and short circuits to minimize da
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12/08/2020
Gowanda Launches More Broadband Conicals
Gowanda Electronics announces the introduction of a new broadband microwave RF conical inductor series – C070 – available in Surface Mount (C070SM) and Flying Lead (C070FL) configurations to enhance utility for the electronic design community. Gowanda’s new C070 series was developed to address market ne
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12/07/2020
Extensive Range of High-Reliability External Antennas
AVX Corporation announces Ethertronics’ extensive range of high-performance, high-reliability external antennas designed to provide immediate, standardized solutions for a wide range of cross-market applications with challenging space, weight, and performance requirements. The nine antenna series offer a wide va
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12/07/2020
Toggle Switches Offer Space-Savings in Rugged Environments
C&K has expanded its toggle switch product family to include an illuminated version. Available in six different LED color options, the ILT Series delivers clear and distinct visual communication with users. The ILT Series saves valuable panel space by including the illumination mechanism within the switch, in
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12/07/2020
Electrolytic Capacitors Withstand 150°C and 80g Vibration
Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) has expanded its line of high performance flat electrolytic capacitors with the NHR Series. Able to withstand operating temperatures from -55 °C to 150 °C, NHR capacitors are constructed with rectangular stainless-steel cases and laser-welded covers and have near-hermetic se
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12/07/2020
Environmental Lights Launches New EdgeLight LED Light Bars
Environmental Lights announces the launch of their new EdgeLight LED Light Bars. EdgeLight LED Light Bars are high brightness LED light bars designed to provide light from the sides of light boxes or other edge lighting applications. They utilize optical lenses to direct the light out at pre-set angles to provid
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12/04/2020
Power Supplies Offer Titanium Efficiency for Datacenters
Bel Power Solutions announced the TET1500 Series power supply for servers, routers, network switches and other high availability applications such as storage appliances. This Titanium efficiency 1500 W power supply converts standard AC or high-voltage DC (HVDC) into a main 12 Vdc output for powering intermediate bu
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12/04/2020
Automotive 40/60V MOSFETs are 100% Tested for Key Specs
Taiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of the TQM… Family of single and dual N-channel automotive grade power MOSFETs. Offered with drain-to-source breakdown voltage (BVDSS) of either 40V or 60V, all of the 14 parts in this AEC-Q101 family feature a maximum operating temperature (Tj) of 175° C. And
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12/04/2020
How GaN Transistors Can be Paralleled

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Figure 1a: E-mode GaN HEMT equivalent circuit

Wide-bandgap (WBG) technology is increasingly becoming an alternative to traditional silicon MOSFETs in power converters. In market segments where the remaining percentage point or two of efficiency can really make a difference or an increase in power density can provide an advantage, a move to gallium nitride (G
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12/03/2020
Fans: Bearing the Strain of Cooling

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Figure 1: Typical cross-section of a sleeve bearing

All electronic systems produce heat to a greater or lesser extent. Thermal management is an essential task for all designers and, in many cases, they opt to use a fan to maintain a stream of cooling air over the hottest components. By doing so, reliability is increased for the components and the system. Maintaining te
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12/03/2020
Using Early EMI Testing to Validate SiC-based Designs

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Figure 1. Probing a power design with a real-time oscilloscope can help identify the sources and transmission paths of unwanted emissions

In applications like automotive, green energy, and data centers, the primary growth drivers for SiC are potential gains in performance, efficiency and power density. However, the gains in performance and size must still run the gauntlet of faster switching speeds, large currents, and issues related to new packaging re
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12/03/2020
Industrial Power Density and Connectivity Challenges

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Figure 1: The evolution of ABB’s modular components is enabling higher power densities for space-constrained applications

The AC-to-DC power conversion modules used in advanced automation and robotics systems continue to face escalating challenges of power density, precision, intelligence, and connectivity to keep pace with advancements in evolving motor control technology. Board-Level Power Density and Thermal Management The
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12/03/2020
Carbon Composition Resistors: Strengths and Weaknesses

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Figure 1: Carbon Composition Resistors

Carbon comps, as they are called, are now becoming scarcer. It is important to understand the technology behind the carbon comp as well as its strengths and weaknesses so that potential alternatives can be assessed. This document will explore the construction of carbon composition resistors and the performance be
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12/03/2020
The Promise of Complete 3D Motion and Robotics Visualization

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Figure 1: Sysmac studio: Keeping all disciplines of automation in one programming environment simplifies a controls engineer's design process

In the manufacturing industry, being able to simulate the design functionality of production equipment before machine building begins has wide-ranging – and obvious – advantages. Engineers can use meticulous CAD-based programs to lay out entire blocks of machinery and see how it takes up space within the pl
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12/03/2020
Permanent Magnetic Motors make Electric Vehicles Viable

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Figure 1: Autonomous Vehicle

The popularity of electric vehicles is rising in most key markets around the world, as environmentally-conscious consumers, prompted by increasing amounts of legislation, buy-in to the need for less polluting transport options in our towns and cities. This trend is also being driven by rapid improvements in the pe
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12/03/2020
Wireless EV Charging to Boost EV Adoption

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Figure 1: Using magnetic coupled resonant frequency techniques and impedance matching and compensation component for EV wireless charging. (Source: WiTricity)

The recently released Bloomberg Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 report highlights that new EV sales will continue to grow to an estimated 26 million vehicles by 2030. The increasing choice of available models, lower battery costs, and broader market adoption contribute to sales growth. The availability of a widespread EV
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12/03/2020
GaN Reliability Testing Beyond AEC for Automotive Lidar

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Figure 1: Illustration of how direct time-of-flight (DToF) and indirect time-of-flight (IToF) work

An automotive application using GaN power devices in high volume is lidar (light detection and ranging) for autonomous vehicles. Lidar technology provides information about a vehicle’s surroundings, thus requiring high accuracy and reliability to ensure safety and performance.  This article will discuss a
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12/03/2020
Optimizing Power Conversion in Rugged Environments

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Figure 1. More power in smaller packages is one of the goals of SWaP. Sample of Elma power solutions shown

Supplying power for today’s highly mobile, highly rugged embedded computing environments goes well beyond a mere power supply unit (PSU).  While an integrated PSU is key to system operation, dense electronics are demanding more power than can reasonably be supplied from just one power source. Because many embe
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12/03/2020
Could Perovskites Provide Cheap, Long-Term Solar Power?
In my ViewPoint column this month, I wrote a little about how governments are putting vehicle manufacturers under pressure to become more efficient and sustainable. This is not just a problem for the automotive industry. Governments themselves are trying to meet targets that they have either set for themselves or
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12/03/2020
Ford Spotlights Electric Mustang at Battery Show
The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days was sadly online-only, but we did see some cool emerging products – like Ford’s electric Mustang SUV. The Mustang Mach-E headlined Ford’s Day 1 Keynote, “Electrifying Iconic Vehicles.” And Ford couldn’t have picked a better candidate for electrification than an i
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12/03/2020
Goodbye to 2020
I don’t think many of us will be sad to see the back of the year, and hopefully 2021 is a much better year for everyone. It looks like several effective vaccines for COVID-19 will be available fairly soon and life can at least return to some kind of normality. 2021 certainly has some potential. Wide band
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12/03/2020
A Remote Automotive Showcase
One of the latest trade show casualties of COVID-19 was November’s Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo (rebranded as The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days). So instead of making the pilgrimage to the Motor City, we followed the lead of weddings, graduations, parties, and funer
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12/03/2020
Capacitor Technology is High-Performing and Configurable
Empower Semiconductor, the world leader in Integrated Voltage Regulators (IVR), today announced a breakthrough with the highest performance, most configurable, and smallest commercially available range of capacitors.  E-CAP is a vastly superior performing capacitor, far exceeding the semiconductor industry’s pr
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12/03/2020
Transportation Transformation: Rise of Connected Vehicles
Electrification used to move vehicles is a big part of the transportation market, but there is much more to it. Consider transportation outside of the U.S. where inexpensive energy is not as plentiful. Escalators – a form of transportation – are controlled electronically. Walk up to an escalator in Brazil, fo
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12/02/2020
Simple Power Backup Supply for a 3.3 V Rail

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Figure 1(a) and (b). Location of the blocking diode in the backup system schematic.

Data loss is a concern in telecom, industrial, and automotive applications where embedded systems require a dependable supply of power. Sudden power interruptions can corrupt data during read and write operations performed by hard drives and flash memory. Designers often use batteries, capacitors, and supercapacitors to
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12/02/2020
How SiC and GaN Enable Higher Power Conversion Efficiency

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Figure 1: Main differences between Si, SiC and GaN materials

Energy usage and its conversion from source to final application has been a subject of development ever since horsepower meant exactly that, and the design of a plough was critical to how many days it would take to prepare a field for planting. Today we think more about electrical energy and power conversion fr
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12/02/2020
Electric Vehicle Traction Systems Require Nimble, High Power Test Systems

Figure 1. Electric vehicle power systems cover voltage ranges from 900VDC to 12VDC at power levels that exceed 100s of KW

In a previously published article on this subject, we noted, “The market demand for reduction in the use of fossil fuels is driving the inexorable move toward EVs. The complexity of testing the whole spectrum of electronic devices and systems within this new breed of vehicles is placing higher demands on test eq
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12/01/2020
CRPS Power Supplies for Server and Networking Applications
Bel Power Solutions announced the PEC Series, a new series of power supplies that offers platinum level efficiency (up to 94 percent) for server, storage and networking applications. Based on the Common Redundant Power Supplies (CRPS) standard, the first models available in the PEC Series are the AC versions ra
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12/01/2020
Surface-Mount Reed Switches Offer Wider Sensitivity Range
Littelfuse, Inc. introduced the MITI-7 Series Ultra-Miniature Reed Switch, a Form A (single-pole, single-throw normally open or SPST-NO) switch that’s hermetically sealed in a 7-mm-long glass envelope. The MITI-7 Series offers sensitivity options ranging from 6 AT to 20 AT, far wider than existing magnetic sw
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12/01/2020