Notable & Newsworthy

August 2021
Operational Threat Sensor
SynSaber announced that the company is in development to deliver the industrial community’s first palm-sized threat sensor that will provide operation technology (OT) visibility in every industrial control system (ICS) environment, from remote substations to global manufacturing. When available, th
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08/31/2021

Stackpole Improves Power Rating For RNCF0201 Resistor To 0.05W
As design engineers continue to push the miniaturization of electronic devices while maintaining or increasing functionality, there is a corresponding need for smaller and more precise electronic components, such as chip resistors. If a precision application requires both small size and high-power handling, finding
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08/31/2021
Current Limit Power Switch Protects Automotive Subsystems
Diodes Incorporated introduces the AP22653Q programmable current limiting power switch. Streamlining power system design and assuring ongoing reliability, this automotive-compliant device provides a controlled and protected power path. It is rated to handle continuous load currents of up to 1.5A. Key ap
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08/31/2021
Next-Generation Supercapacitors for Automotive Applications
KEMET, part of the YAGEO Group, announces its new high-performance supercapacitors for automotive electronics, the FMD and FU0H series. These series deliver 1,000 hours at 85°C/85% RH-rated voltage and operational temperature ranging from -40°C to 85°C. The FMD series offers the highest lifetime with up to 4,0
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08/31/2021
CoaXPress Version of EoSens Creation High-Speed Camera
Mikrotron has followed up on the successful launch of its 10GigE GenICam EoSens Creation two-megapixel camera with a new CoaXPress version 2.0, the EoSens Creation 2.0CXP2. Like the 10GigE model, the new camera lets engineers embed custom IP (image processing algorithms) into a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA that
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08/30/2021
250W Convection Cooled, DC-DC Converters for Harsh Environments
ABSOPULSE Electronics PDC 250-HSA-P59 series is a recent addition to the company’s line of fully encapsulated, convection cooled DC-DC converters.  The 250W units are entirely potted with a thermally conductive MIL-grade silicon rubber compound with a UL94V-0 flammability rating. Full encapsulation
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08/30/2021
A Multi-Site Resting-State Magnetic Resonance Image Database
In recent years, with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the development of an environment for collecting massive datasets, AI is becoming increasingly important in various fields, including basic science, marketing, logistics, finance, and medicine. In medicine, progressively, AI te
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08/30/2021
A Novel Analog Processor for High-Performance Computing

Researchers at the George Washington University have developed a nanophotonic analog accelerator to solve challenging engineering and science problems, known as partial differential equations, in fractions of a second.

Analog photonic solutions offer unique opportunities to address complex computational tasks with unprecedented performance in terms of energy dissipation and speeds, overcoming current limitations of modern computing architectures based on electron flows and digital approaches. In a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications Ph
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08/30/2021
Nanoscale Systems for Generating Various Forms of Light

Multiparticle scattering in plasmonic systems

For decades, scholars have believed that the quantum statistical properties of bosons are preserved in plasmonic systems, and therefore will not create different form of light. This rapidly growing field of research focuses on quantum properties of light and its interaction with matter at the nanoscale level. St
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08/30/2021
S-FRAME Acquired by Altair

James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair

Corum announces that their client, British Columbia, Canada-based S-FRAME Software, has been acquired by Altair, the global leader converging simulation, HPC, and AI. S-FRAME’s structural analysis software platform is used by engineers to evaluate a structure’s ability to withstand external loads (like wind, wa
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08/29/2021
AMADA WELD TECH's MM-400A Desktop Resistance Weld Checker
AMADA WELD TECH announces the new MM-400A desktop resistance weld checker. With the MM-400A, operators can easily monitor and manage key welding variables that result in changes in weld heat, including current, voltage, time, force and displacement. The compact unit supports AC, DC inverter, AC inverter, transistor and
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08/29/2021
Ideal Diode Protection Switch for Type-C Power Delivery
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced a new Type-C Power Delivery high voltage sink protection switch using ideal diode methodology for reverse current protection.  The AOZ13984DI-02 and AOZ13987DI-02 are smart protection switches in a single small thermally en
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08/29/2021
Analog Devices Completes Acquisition of Maxim Integrated

Vincent Roche, President and CEO of Analog Devices, announced the company's acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products.

Analog Devices, Inc. announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The combination further strengthens ADI’s position as a high-performance analog semiconductor company with trailing twelve-month revenue of over $9 billion1, industry leading margins, and fr
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08/27/2021
Lazer Spot and Orange EV to Deploy 25+ Electric Yard Trucks
Orange EV, has announced a multi-year agreement with Georgia-based Lazer Spot, Inc. to manufacture and deliver more than 25 EV trucks in 2021 and 2022. Lazer Spot, the largest yard management firm in the U.S., sought a mature EV partner that could deliver a fleet of zero emission EV yard trucks that could be
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08/26/2021
RWE's Cassadaga Onshore Wind Farm in Operation
Silvia Ortín, CEO Wind Onshore and PV, RWE Renewables: "Cassadaga marks another major accomplishment in our expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. market. As one of the leading onshore wind companies our strategy for renewables is geared for growth. We look forward to providing clean energy and lo
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08/26/2021
Current Probe Kit Facilitates Safe 480V Panel Connected Load Studies
POWERetc Corporation announces the availability of the CCPK-6 Cabinet Current Probe Kit that enables routine panel capacity studies to be performed in 480V panels – without the need to open or power down the panel. The kit includes a 4-phase, 6”-diameter MicroFlex current probe assembly rated at 4000A, a
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08/26/2021
onsemi to Acquire GT Advanced Technologies

Hassane El-Khoury, president and chief executive officer of onsemi

onsemi and GT Advanced Technologies (“GTAT”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which onsemi will acquire GTAT for $415 million in cash. Founded in 1994, GTAT has significant experience in crystalline growth, including SiC. SiC is a key material for next-generation semiconductors
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08/26/2021
PSDcast – Capturing the Power of the Ocean

C-Power CEO Reenst Lesemann

Along with Vicor, C-Power helped develop a new version of their autonomous offshore power systems called SeaRay.
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08/26/2021
SoCalREN Works to Level the Employment Playing Field
Local high-school students are receiving valuable training toward future careers in the fast-growing energy industry via an initiative from the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). The Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students (ACES) Engineering Pathway Program is a unique network of non-profit
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08/25/2021
Lattice Certus-NX FPGAs Optimized for Automotive Applications
Lattice Semiconductor expanded its growing portfolio of automotive products with the announcement of versions of the Lattice Certus-NX FPGA family optimized for infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and safety-focused applications. Built on the Lattice Nexus platform, th
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08/25/2021
Driving High-Power Class-D Audio to New Heights

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Figure 1. Class-D multi-chip modules integrate PWM modulator, high voltage gate driver, MOSFET output stage, and protection features in one device. (MERUS™ application brochure).

Class-D audio power amplifiers have succeeded in professional and high-end consumer markets by offering a combination of small size, low heat dissipation, high integration, and great sound. Efficiency has always been a strong point of the class-D topology; the key to eliminating the bulky heatsinks needed
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08/24/2021
Power Conversion System Added to SGIP Approved Inverter List
Oztek Corp announced that its OZpcs-RS40 power conversion system has been added to the California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Verified Equipment List. Approval was issued on August 10 by AESC Inc., who is the lead member of the SGIP Technical Working Group (TWG) which reviews new equipment fo
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08/23/2021
Sager Electronics Offers TRACO Power TXLN AC/DC Power Supplies
Sager Electronics is now stocking TRACO Power's TXLN series of AC/DC power supplies. Delivering 12 power levels covering 18W to 960W, TRACO Power’s TXLN series AC/DC power supplies are designed for cost-critical applications. Its low-profile metal case and screw terminal block connection allows
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08/23/2021
Rugged 3-40 Watt DC/DC Converters w/ 3kVAC Reinforced Isolation
TRACO POWER announces their new THR-WI series of 3 / 10 / 20 / 40 watt DC/DC Converters with double / reinforced insulation providing up to 3,000 VAC Isolation. These products operate over an ultra-wide 4-1 input range with up to 90% efficiencies and operating temperatures from -40°C to 80°C (105°C maximum case te
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08/23/2021
Phoenix Contact Axioline Smart Elements Available Now at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces Phoenix Contact’s new Axioline Smart Elements are available from stock now. Phoenix Contact Axioline Smart Element stations consist of either a controller or bus interface module, one or more base units and any combination of available smart elements to meet your I/O needs. Digital an
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08/23/2021
Harwin Datamate Horizontal Backshells in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability Datamate Horizontal Backshells from stock at TTI. Harwin has added to their range of Datamate Metal Backshells with the new horizontal version that is perfect for use with 90o PCB mounted connectors. They can be used with SMT or thru-hole mounted connectors, available with or w
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08/23/2021
Commercial Space Revenues Help Space Economy Grow 55% Over Decade

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, released “The Space Report 2021 36th Annual Space Symposium Special Edition,” which explores commercial space revenues, the global space workforce, the market for small launch vehicle developers, sustainability for lunar exploration, the SmallSat economy, the potential of nuclear power and propulsion, and the future of international lunar space policy.  “The Space Report 2021 36th Annual Space Symposium Special Edition” found that the global space economy, which reached $447B in 2020, was 176% greater than in Space Foundation’s first economic analysis in
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08/23/2021
AEC-Q200 Compliant Fuses with High DC Voltage Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection, a Bel group company, announced the 0ACH Series of fast-acting, high current SMD brick fuses. The series offers high current ratings and high interrupting ratings within a small package size of 4.5 x 4.5 x 12.3 mm.  The 0ACH Series is designed for automotive and other app
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08/23/2021
Automotive Grade Inductor Offers Operating Temperature to +180°C
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of high temperature Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductors with a new device in the 2020 case size. The Vishay Dale IHLP-2020CZ-8A combines a high continuous operating temperature to +180 °C with a low profile of 3 mm to save spac
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08/23/2021
Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Build an Algorithm to 'Do the Twist'

Illustration of the XPCS experiments. The translation and rotation of the particles within the scattering volume leads to variation of the speckle patterns shown on the right. While the grainy, noise-like texture makes these images appear visually similar, the MTECS algorithm is able to detect and analyze tiny variations between patterns.

Mathematicians at the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a mathematical algorithm to decipher the rotational dynamics of twisting particles in large complex systems from the X-ray scattering patterns ob
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08/23/2021
Tackling Limitations of Data Transfer During Space Exploration

WVU's Piyush Mehta was recently awarded a $750,000 grant to create an artificial intelligence-based algorithm for use in NASA deep space missions.

Engineers at West Virginia University are helping to solve one of the greatest limitations of space exploration—sending and receiving information between a spacecraft and the ground station— thanks to a $750,000 award from NASA’s highly competitive Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Researc
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08/23/2021
Designing for High-Precision, Robot-Based Surface Measurements

The image shows the new system during a calibration process that involves a CMOS camera. The light spot where measurements are acquires as well as the fast-steering mirror (FSM) and confocal chromatic sensor (CCS) can be seen.

Researchers have developed a lightweight optical system for 3D inspection of surfaces with micron-scale precision. The new measurement tool could greatly enhance quality control inspection for high-tech products including semiconductor chips, solar panels and consumer electronics such as flat panel televisions. Because vibration
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08/23/2021
Layered Graphene for Unique Quantum Confinement in 2-D

Staff scientist Jurek Sadowski (left) and postdoc Zhongwei Dai at the Quantum Material Press (QPress) facility at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The large circular piece is the central QPress robot, with various modules attached on the sides for sample annealing, film deposition, plasma cleaning, and sample libraries. The full QPress system, still under development, will automate the stacking of 2-D materials into layered structures with exotic properties for quantum applications.

Scientists studying two different configurations of bilayer graphene—the two-dimensional (2-D), atom-thin form of carbon—have detected electronic and optical interlayer resonances. In these resonant states, electrons bounce back and forth between the two atomic planes in the 2-D interface at the same frequency. By
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08/23/2021
Study: w/ Regulation, Benefits Outweigh Risks for Autonomous Vehicles
An interdisciplinary panel of experts has assessed the risks and potential benefits associated with deploying autonomous vehicles (AVs) on U.S. roads and predicts that the benefits will substantially outweigh potential harms – but only if the AVs are well regulated. “We wanted to assess the potential harms and
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08/23/2021
Rosendin Powers New Valley Metro Streetcar in Arizona
Rosendin is proud to recognize local construction teams who built the Valley Metro Tempe Streetcar Project. Crews spent over three years building the region’s first modern-day streetcar line along busy roads and shopping areas that remained open during construction. The three-mile loop trac
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08/20/2021
Honeywell Aerospace Proximity Sensors in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., now has available inventory on Honeywell’s General Aerospace Proximity Sensors (GAPS) and Harsh Aerospace Proximity Sensors (HAPS).  These are two new platforms of proximity sensors that were previously known as the IHM Series. Both platforms incorporate Honeywell’s patented Integrated Health Mo
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08/20/2021
The World's Largest Battery Energy Storage System
LG Energy Solution and Vistra Corp. celebrated the completion of the 400MW/1.6GWh Vistra Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Monterey County, CA, at a Media Day on 19 August, 2021. Representatives from California ISO, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Vistra, Burns & McDonnell and LG Energy Solution as well as
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08/20/2021
Embry-Riddle Uses VR to Train Midshipmen in Cybersecurity Defense
Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are designing a simulator to train Navy ROTC students, or midshipmen, in how to identify cybersecurity threats. To accomplish this goal, they’re leveraging virtual reality (VR) expertise found on the Daytona Beach Campus.    Backed by classroom lectures and digital simulators, the state-of-the-art centerpiece of the course is the virtual reality component which, according to Dr. Andy Dattel, director of the Cognitive Engineering Research in Transportation Systems (CERTS) Lab, simulates the bridge of a ship, putting students in control of identifying potential threats before they become catastrophic.  “Participants monitor outside displays — other ships in the ocean — as well as in
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08/20/2021
LED Floodlight Available in 12,000 – 65,000 Lumen Models
Dialight announced the debut of its new versatile ProSite LED Floodlight. Building upon Dialight's pedigree of best-in-class technology when it comes to power supplies, advanced optics, and mechanical designs, the team succeeded in creating both a highly efficient and rugged product built to last in th
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08/18/2021
TTI Stocks Amphenol Temperature Scanning Entry System
TTI, Inc., offers available inventory on Amphenol Advanced Sensors’ TSCAN-750 Temperature Scanning Entry System.  This system combines traditional infrared (IR) temperature measurement with artificial intelligence (Al) facial recognition and provides full and partial facial recognition with the capab
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08/18/2021
Digital Multiphase Controller for General-Purpose Applications
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduces the first product of the AOS Digital Controller product portfolio. The AOZ97774QE is offered in a QFN 5mm x 5mm package and provides the industry’s most flexible DC/DC controller supporting 5G Wireless, Networking, Optical Communication, and
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08/18/2021
Thin Film Chip Fuse Offers AEC-Q200 Qualification
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.  introduced a new very fast-acting thin film chip fuse. For automotive applications, the Vishay Beyschlag MFU 0603 AT is AEC-Q200 qualified and features current ratings from 0.5 A to 5.0 A.  The device released today will be used in electric (EV) and hybrid electric
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08/18/2021
Williams Advanced Engineering, Molicel Agreement Covers Next-Gen Battery Cells
Williams Advanced Engineering and Molicel have agreed to a strategic collaboration to support the next generation of high performance, superior quality, lithium-ion power battery cells. The collaboration will bring together power-optimised cell technology from Molicel, together with WAE’s advanced system de
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08/18/2021
Cree/Wolfspeed, STMicroelectronics Expand 150mm SiC Wafer Agreement
Cree, Inc. and STMicroelectronics announced the expansion of an existing multi-year, long-term silicon carbide wafer supply agreement. The amended agreement, which calls for Cree to supply ST with 150mm silicon carbide bare and epitaxial wafers over the next several years, is now worth more than $800 million
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08/18/2021
Stackpole Adds High Current Jumper to RPC-UP 0805 and 1206 Sizes
Electronic circuits frequently require zero-ohm jumpers for ease of manufacture or to make trace routing easier. Some of these applications require current handling that exceed the capabilities of general purpose chip resistors. For high current handling requirements with frequent pulse conditions, the RPC-U
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08/17/2021
Tantalum Nitride Precision Chip Resistors Add 10 ppm/ºC TCR
Stackpole’s AEC qualified RTAN series utilizes tantalum nitride technology to provide moisture proof precision chip resistor performance.  The RTAN film passes biased humidity testing at 85ºC, 85% relative humidity, and 10% bias with very little shift in resistance.  The materials and de
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08/17/2021
Murata Electronics Develops New XRCGB-F1S Series Crystals
Murata Electronics has developed the XRCGB-F1S series crystals. It provides improved temperature characteristics and lower frequency tolerance (+-10ppm). Using a silicon conductive paste in the construction process, they are able to achieve a reduction in temperature variation characteristics across the te
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08/17/2021
PSDcast – A New 120 kW Solar Inverter

Magnus Asbo, Senior Director of Technical Product Management at SolarEdge

Today, we’re taking a closer look at a new development by SolarEdge, a leading global smart energy leader, whose Energy Hub Inverter previously won an Innovation Trophy at the 2021 Sustainability Awards.
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08/17/2021
Chargers and Transmitters for Drones, Autonomous Mobile Robots
WiBotic introduced several new cutting-edge chargers and transmitters for drones and autonomous mobile robots. The products showcase WiBotic’s expertise in innovating efficient charging solutions for robots that operate in all sorts of environments, even under the harshest conditions. Specifically, these new
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08/17/2021
Linebird Launches Osprey NPS, an Unmanned Aerial Platform
Linebird announced the launch of its Osprey Nonconductive Payload System, known as Osprey NPS. The debut of the new drone technology is supported by SensorLink Corporation, Linebird's lead investor, and will make live-line work safer, more time efficient, and more accessible by leveraging the power of unmanned aer
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08/17/2021
US-Made Batteries w/ Atomic Layer Deposition Enter Space
Forge Nano is proud to announce the successful launch of high-energy, Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries into orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission on June 20, 2021. The Li-ion batteries, featuring Forge Nano Particle ALD (PALD) technology and Enersys Zero Volt technology, were integrated in
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08/17/2021
Cost-effective IP67 Tactile Switch for High Volume Applications
C&K has developed a versatile sealed tactile switch suited for a wide variety of consumer, industrial, IoT and portable electronic applications that require long operational life at a cost-effective price point. The EL tactile switch series combines common heights and actuation forces with a longer li
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08/16/2021
3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver Maximizes Battery Life
TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH & Co. KG, now part of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., introduces the fully integrated TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate driver that simplifies design and maximizes battery life of brushless direct current (DC) motor drives. The TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate dr
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08/16/2021
500W Stereo Gallium Nitride Streaming Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier
Just add speakers! The Starkrimson Streamer Ultra combines a DAC, streamer, and amplifier all inside an easy-to-use enclosure that will blend into any décor. The Starkrimson Streamer Ultra represents a new kind of high-end audio system that offers commanding performance in a discreet package. It can pe
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08/16/2021
Op Amps Series Achieves Breakthrough Noise Immunity
ROHM Semiconductor announced the BD8758xY series (BD87581YG-C, BD87582YFVM-C) of rail-to-rail input/output high-speed CMOS op amps. The devices feature improved EMI immunity for automotive and industrial equipment applications requiring high-speed sensing in harsh environments, such as vehicle eng
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08/16/2021
Calex's 150W DC/DC Converters Shipping from Sager Electronics
Sager Electronics is now stocking Calex's HBM 150W DC/DC converters.  Delivering the latest technology in fixed frequency power conversion, Calex’s HBM series is ideal for industrial, railway, and harsh environment applications. The HBM series is designed for the highest reliability, using the
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08/16/2021
Leading Engineering Firm Drives Automation Partnership with Siemens
The automation division of a multi-disciplinary engineering firm has been chosen among a select few to partner with technology giant Siemens. And the venture coincides with the launch of the engineering firm’s new 5000 sq.ft. facility, as it increases its operational footprint in the UK, now having in exces
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08/16/2021
Vayyar Launches High-Resolution mmWave Tracker Module
Vayyar has launched the world’s most advanced mmWave development module. Powered by a highly integrated 4D imaging Radar-on-Chip (RoC), ‘Vayyar Element’ enables innovators to put real-time detection and tracking at the core of their products.  Developed for seamless integration with everything fro
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08/12/2021
Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Compliant 100 W USB-C PD PPS Charger
Transphorm, Inc. announced a collaboration with power solutions manufacturer Salom to bring to market a Quick Charge 5 compliant 100 watt GaN power adapter that is slated for release in Q4 2021.  The new USB-C Power Delivery (USB-C PD) charger will pair with Quick Charge 5 technology—capable of chargi
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08/12/2021
Air Flow Monitoring Differential Pressure Sensor Click Board
MikroElektronika (MIKROE) has launched Air Flow Click– an air flow monitoring peripheral development board for applications that demand high precision, extended measurement range, and the convenience of a single device. Ideal for sensitive medical applications such as ventilators, spirometers and sleep dia
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08/11/2021
ESD Protection Diode w/ Space-Saving DFN1006-2A Package
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released a new bidirectional asymmetrical (BiAs) single-line ESD protection diode in the compact new DFN1006-2A package with side-wettable terminals. Saving space over solutions in SOT packages, the Vishay Semiconductors VCUT0714BHD1 offers low capacitance and leakage current for th
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08/11/2021
NAI Introduces LMR 240 and 400 Coax Cable Assemblies
NAI continues its introduction of new standard interconnect products under the STEADY LINK brand with the launch of a new line of Series-C LMR* 240 and 400 coaxial cable assemblies.  Series-C coax jumpers are designed to address the dramatic increase in the use of mobile devices by providing interconnect so
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08/11/2021
Piezo Sounder Achieves Higher Sound Pressure in Same Footprint
Murata Electronics has newly developed the PKMCS0909E48H0-R1 SMD Piezo Sounder at 4.8 KHz which is a new and improved model from the current SMD sounder (PKMCS0909E4000-R1).The new sounder uses the same 9mm x 9mm footprint, is 1mm taller, uses new materials, operates at 800 Hz higher in frequency and boosts th
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08/10/2021
FPGAs Reach Performance Milestone for Edge Compute Systems
Edge compute systems need compact programmable devices with low power consumption and a small enough thermal footprint to eliminate fans and other heat mitigation while providing robust compute horsepower. Microchip Technology Inc. has solved this challenge by cutting static power consumption for its mid-bandwidth Fi
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08/10/2021
Piezo Sounder Drives Higher SPL and Longer Runtimes
Diodes Incorporated introduces the PAM8907 piezoelectric sounder driver, for maximizing sound pressure level (SPL) delivery from a ceramic/piezo sounder. The PAM8907 has a built-in synchronous boost converter, which extends SPL in battery-powered systems and outperforms other similar sounder drivers. The
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08/10/2021
Mahr Introduces New Digital Amplifier for Length Metrology
Mahr Inc. has introduced the new Millimar C 1202, a full feature, configurable, low-cost, digital length evaluation amplifier for high precision measurements in the inspection or production environment. The C 1202 features a high-resolution, high-color contrast display that provides clear and very re
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08/10/2021
New Higher-Performance, Lower-Cost Transistors
GaN Systems introduced two new transistors in the industry’s broadest portfolio of GaN power transistors. The transistors are packaged in a standard 8×8 mm PDFN package. The GS-065-011-2-L allows users to reduce the cost per watt of delivered powered in 45W to 150W applications and the GS-065-030-2-L is th
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08/10/2021
UnitedSiC launches FET-Jet Calculator v2
UnitedSiC has launched an upgrade to its FET-Jet Calculator. This new version (v2) significantly streamlines the SiC FET and Schottky diode selection process and simplifies the analysis of all power related results. First launched in March, this simple, registration-free online tool facilitates the designer’s se
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08/10/2021
Active Clamp Flyback Controller for Power Adapters up to 100W
Silanna Semiconductor, The Power Density Leader, has launched a new integrated active clamp flyback (ACF) controller that will reduce the operational and no-load/ stand-by power consumption of high-efficiency chargers and adapters while driving down component count, BOM cost and size.  The SZ1131 ACF cont
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08/10/2021
Emerson Helps Alaska's Largest Wind Farm w/ Affordable Clean Energy

Emerson’s modernization of Golden Valley Electric Association’s Eva Creek wind farm automation technology and software increases the reliability of low-cost, clean energy generation for customers in northern Alaska.

Emerson announced the completion of a digital transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generation at Golden Valley Electric Association’s (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm. The project improves the management of Alaska’s largest wind farm. Rural Alaskan communities are on the fr
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08/09/2021
PSDcast – How Much Power Does

Y. Charlie Hu, Michael and Katherine Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

The generally accepted wisdom is that your phone’s “dark mode” saves a bunch of power. But according to a new study at Purdue University, for most people, the actual power savings are microscopic.
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08/09/2021
Sager Electronics Offers TDK-Lambda's Buck-Boost DC-DC Converters
Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda's i7C 300W High-Density Buck-Boost DC-DC Converters.  TDK-Lambda’s i7C non-isolated DC-DC converters are ideal for producing additional DC output voltage rails up to 300W from a single output 12V, 24V, or 48V AC-DC power supply. The converter
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08/08/2021
Automotive-Grade Semi-Shielded Power Inductor Series
Bourns, Inc., announced its automotive-grade Model SRN6045HA power inductor series. These new inductors feature semi-shielded construction to combine the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, and offer lower magnetic field radiation than non-shielded inductors. The new products are a more cost-effi
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08/08/2021
Acopian Announces 2021 Power Supply Engineering Scholarship Winner

Yoelis Brito of Newark, New Jersey, who won the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship

Acopian Power Supplies announced that Yoelis Brito of Newark, New Jersey has been named the recipient of the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship.  The scholarship program was established to help talented engineering students, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate college or
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08/08/2021
PMIC Delivers Complete Power Solution To Reduce Design Time
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RAA215300 PMIC (Power Management IC) optimized to complement Renesas’ RZ/V2L and RZ/G2L microprocessors (MPUs) designed for AI-enabled applications. The new high performance PMIC offers a wide range of features, including nine channels, a built-in charger and a re
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Date:
08/06/2021
AVX Releases New Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor Portfolio
AVX Corporation has released a full range of aluminum capacitors spanning three different electrolytic technologies and six different series. This new range of surface-mount aluminum chip capacitors add a ninth capacitor type to AVX’s already-extensive capacitor product portfolio, which also in
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Date:
08/06/2021
NVIDIA-based AI Supercomputing for Next Gen Space Applications
Aitech has developed the S-A1760 Venus, the most powerful and smallest radiation-characterized space AI GPGPU. The new, small form factor (SFF) system is rated for space flight and small satellite constellations used in near earth orbit (NEO) and low earth orbit (LEO) applications.   The COTS-based system is valid
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Date:
08/04/2021
Expanded Line of 1210-Size Automotive-Grade Chip Inductors
Bourns, Inc., announced the expansion of its line of 1210-size automotive grade common mode chip inductors. The new Model SRF3225TABM and SRF3225TAFD common mode chip inductor series offer low radiation and high impedance over a broad frequency range to suppress Electromagnetic Interference (E
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Date:
08/04/2021
High-Efficiency Compact Convection-Cooled Power Supplies
Jasper Electronics has introduced a line of compact convection cooled power supplies featuring 28 new model series with output power rated from 200W to 500W. Designated the GPAD Series, the new power supplies are designed to provide high efficiency fanless operation in low voltage, high current, and high po
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Date:
08/03/2021
Programmable DC Power Supplies for Test and Measurement
Advanced Energy expands its presence in the test and measurement market with the launch of the new Intelligent Laboratory Series (iLS) of programmable DC power supplies. With industry-leading small footprint and high-power density, the iLS600, iLS600-R and iLS1500 feature programmable capability with best-in-class me
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Date:
08/03/2021
1700 V SiC Schottky Barrier Diodes Offer Faster Switching
Littelfuse, Inc. announced the expansion of its silicon carbide (SiC) diodes portfolio to include the 1700 V-class.  The LSIC2SD170Bxx Series SiC Schottky Diodes are available in the TO-247-2L package with a choice of current ratings (10A, 25A, or 50A). The
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Date:
08/03/2021
20 V Input, Tiny, 6.25 mm × 6.25 mm, 12 A and 15 A µModule Regulators

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Figure 1. The LTM4638 and LTM4626 differ in output current but have identical pinout

The LTM4626 and LTM4638 are high efficiency, step-down µModule regulators capable of 12 A and 15 A continuous output current, respectively,from input voltages between 3.1 V and 20 V. They feature an innovative 3D packaging as
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Date:
08/02/2021
Which Skills Will Future Workers Need?
We put a lot of emphasis on teaching our kids skills, but do we teach them for the present or what they will actually need in the future? I read a couple of articles this week that got me thinking about that question. The first article was in The Conversation and was in a response to UK Prime Minister, Boris Jo
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Date:
08/02/2021
Can New Supersonic Commercial Airliner Avoid the Mistakes of the Concorde?
United Airlines wants to bring supersonic speeds back to commercial aviation by 2029.  The Chicago-based aviation juggernaut announced plans to purchase 15 supersonic, zero-emissions jetliners from Boom Supersonic, with a rollout in 2025, a first flight in 2026, and the first passengers in 2029. But a mountain of te
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Date:
08/02/2021
To EV, or to HEV: That is the Question
As the transportation sector becomes electrified, many consumers remain conflicted about buying a new car that is fully electric vehicles (EVs). Whether warranted or based on misconceptions, concerns about EVs are slowing their adoption. Fortunately for automotive suppliers–and power electronics engineers–hybrid el
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Date:
08/02/2021
The Heat is On
August means vacation time for most of us here in Europe. Unfortunately it is still difficult to travel abroad because of the pandemic, so most people will have to stay much closer to home. At the time of writing Scotland is having a heatwave. People from other countries would probably scoff at temperatures of
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Date:
08/02/2021
Powering EVs and Returning to Normal
The public side of design engineering is very slowly returning to normal. COVID infection rates are plummeting, people are returning to work (at the office), and large public gatherings are a thing again. Kinda sorta. We all watched a favorite sports team quarantined in a “bubble” or play out a whole s
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Date:
08/02/2021
Commercial Inductor w/ High Temperature Operation to 155°C
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new commercial IHLP low profile, high current inductor that is the industry's first composite inductor in the 19 mm by 19 mm by 7 mm 7575 case size. Offering high temperature operation to +155 °C for computer, telecom, and industrial applications, the Vishay Dale IHLP 757
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Date:
08/02/2021
Automotive USB 2.0 and a 5 V, Type-C Solution for Charging

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Figure 1. Automotive USB charger block diagram

USB charging ports have become an essential part of the modern vehicle infotainment system. Passengers are increasingly accustomed to connecting their vehicle’s electrical system to both power their portable devices and, conversely, use those devices for a variety of vehicle information and entertainment functions. To
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Date:
08/01/2021
Power Module Upgrade for Improved Power Density and Lifetime

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Figure 1: The upper part shows a schematic of power modules on closed (top) and open (bottom) liquid heat-sink solutions. The lower part is a picture of the wave technology on the power module baseplate together with the open heat sink

Electrified drive trains in heavy-duty vehicles pose a challenge for semiconductors in a multitude of ways. One key element includes the highly repetitive load cycles that define demanding lifetime requirements for power modules. The wave baseplate is an upgrade of the well-established EconoDUAL3 package: a ri
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Date:
08/01/2021
How DC Fast Charging Applications are Boosting EV Car Adoption

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Figure 1: When it comes to charging EVs, there are several methodologies depending on the operating paradigm and available infrastructure

The current generation of Electric Vehicles (EVs) can accept electricity at a much faster rate than previous models, to the extent that current charging stations can’t handle the vehicles' ability to accept a charge.  Unfortunately, many legacy chargers are AC-driven systems, with only a fraction of existin
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Date:
08/01/2021
Eliminate the 12V Battery and Increase EV Performance

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Figure 1: Transient test comparison: 48V-to-12V at 75A compared to a 12V battery. The Vicor NBM2317 power module response to a 50A load is three times faster than a standard 12V battery

Look under the hood of an electric vehicle and you may be surprised to find a conventional 12V lead-acid battery, or an additional 48V battery. You may wonder why does an EV need a conventional battery when there’s a 400V or 800V battery already in the vehicle to power the motors? Today the 12V or 48V batteries po
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Date:
08/01/2021
Advances in LED Control Systems for Automotive Exterior Lighting

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Figure 1: Automotive LED applications

The automotive lighting market continues to grow strongly and is forecast by analyst Yolé to reach US$38.8 billion by 2024. Over the past few years, LEDs have taken an increasing share of this market, and LED exterior lights have become a familiar sight on our roads.  Compared to incandescent bulbs, LE
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Date:
08/01/2021
Extending Wireless Charging to Higher Power Applications

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Figure 1: Conventional Wireless Charger Design

While cable-free charging based on standards such as Qi has become commonplace for small, portable devices there have traditionally been challenges in taking wireless up to higher power levels. Now that is set to change with emerging technologies that not only overcome the limitations of conventional wireless st
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Date:
08/01/2021
Using High Voltage DC-DC Converters in Critical Applications

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Figure. 1 XP Power HRC05 power module

Over the years, through observations in the field and conversations with design engineers, four challenges regularly present themselves when integrating high voltage DC-DC power modules into critical, long term applications. The most important criterium is to define the requirements of the power module correctly, th
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Date:
08/01/2021
White Chip LEDs Deliver Increased Brightness

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Figure 1: New White chip LEDs improve visibility

High brightness white chip LEDs (light emitting diodes) are finding more applications as engineers expand their potential for high-density mounting, high luminous intensity, and energy efficiency. Moreover, recent technological advances have made it possible to achieve the same brightness level on a significan
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Date:
08/01/2021
Meeting the Power Demands of Always-on Data Centers

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Figure 1: Modern data center racks (Source: FPM datacom brochure)

Whether it’s consumers storing their photos in iCloud or Google Drive, or businesses running their hosted systems, someone has to manage the data center that’s providing the service. But what does today’s boom in cloud computing mean for the power supply and conversion sub-systems in all those data centers? Power demands on the up
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Date:
08/01/2021