Notable & Newsworthy

October 2021
Powering Clustered AI Processors

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Figure 1: PRM™ and VTM™ are the building blocks of FPA. PRMs are selected based on the system input voltage range and power requirements; VTMs are selected based on the output voltage range and current requirements. The PRM can be mounted anywhere in the system where convenient; the VTM should be mounted as close to the processor core as possible

The recent introduction of new clustered AI ASIC processor based supercomputers are pushing the boundaries of power delivery networks to levels that were never imagined just a few years ago. With current levels approaching 100 kiloamps/ASIC cluster, innovation is needed across power system architectures, topologies, con
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10/27/2021

Boosted LUXEON HL2X Lumen Longevity and Color Stability
Lumileds upgraded its high-power LUXEON HL2X portfolio with higher light output and superior lifetime and color stability. The entire LUXEON HL2X portfolio is available for orders with standard 12-week lead times. Now, with 330 or more lumens at 700mA and 85°C, LUXEON HL2X is the ideal choice for roadway, ar
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10/26/2021
Through-Hole Inductors Deliver 156 A Saturation Current
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new Automotive Grade IHTH high current, high temperature through-hole inductors in the compact 1500 case size. For automotive applications, the Vishay Dale IHTH-1500MZ-5A (0.47 µH to 4.7 µH) delivers high saturation current of 156 A and very low typical DC
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10/25/2021
TVS Array for Circuit Protection in Common Computing Interfaces
ProTek Devices has introduced a steering diode / transient voltage suppressor array (TVS array) for circuit protection in common computing interfaces like HDMI and DVI, USB, SATA and PCIe, and more. It provides an ultra-low capacitance of 0.3pF, typical for I/O to ground. The new device part number is the PLR0
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10/25/2021
BeBop Sensors Releases Patented Intelligent Sensing Technologies
BeBop Sensors has announced a new smart fabric sensor designed for next gen human interaction. The Note Touch reference design includes a small fabric sensing array (16x16 nodes) and a software toolkit to experiment with touch interfaces on any curved or flat surface and rapidly bring new
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10/25/2021
Wireless MCUs Support New Bluetooth 5.3 Low Energy Spec
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that it is developing new microcontrollers (MCUs) that will support the recently released Bluetooth 5.3 Low Energy (LE) Specification. The new devices will be part of the Renesas Advanced (RA) Family of 32-bit Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers, joining the RA4W1 Bluetooth 5.
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10/21/2021
Rondo-Pak Announces Major Solar Energy Project with Dynamic Energy
Dynamic Energy LLC was selected by Rondo-Pak to deliver solar power to its Camden, New Jersey operations. Rondo-Pak, which produces quality folding cartons and printed components for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, will invest over $4 million in the major solar project. Once installed, the pr
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10/21/2021
New Series of 3V Multiple I/O Serial NOR Flash Memory Solutions
Alliance Memory announced a new line of 3V multiple input/output serial NOR flash memory products designed to provide supply continuity for Micron Technology customers utilizing discontinued N25Q series devices. Offering support for single, dual, and quad SPI modes, the AS25F series combines fast read performance up
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10/21/2021
Holo Industries' Large-format Holographic Touch Solutions
Holo Industries LLC has expanded its line of Holographic Touch solutions to include large-format, contactless holographic systems for machine, factory and other rugged industrial applications. The holographic image is clear and precise, and Holo’s user interface (UI), is accurate and responsive, providing ze
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10/21/2021
Functional Safety Packages Simplify Design of ASIL B and ASIL C Safety Applications
Safety is a primary concern in automotive applications to ensure reliable operation and end users’ wellbeing. Microchip Technology Inc. is offering newly certified functional safety packages to enable engineers to develop their products as per the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. Microchip is an
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10/21/2021
Ultra-small Coaxial Connector Supports 5G Applications
Hirose has enhanced its compact coaxial connector offering to serve the emerging 5G device market. 5G applications require connectors that can handle higher frequency, and the C.FL Series coaxial connector supports up to 30Ghz in an ultra-small footprint.   Measuring only 2 mm x 2 mm with a&nb
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10/21/2021
Imaging Technique Reveals Strains and Defects in Vanadium Oxide

Edwin Fohtung, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Researchers led by Edwin Fohtung, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have developed a new technique for revealing defects in nanostructured vanadium oxide, a widely used transition metal with many potential applications including electrochemical anodes, op
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10/18/2021
Scientists seen as Trustworthy when Sharing their own Online Videos

A new study finds viewers of online videos respond positively to researchers who present their own work, as compared to third-party presenters.

Any writer can tell you that the narrator of a story can make a significant difference. A new study finds that the same holds true for science videos, with viewers responding positively to researchers who present their own work, as compared to third-party presenters. “We wanted to see how effective researche
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10/18/2021
Valve Testing Capabilities to aid Carbon Capture, Storage

The Flow Component Testing Facilities (FCTF) consist of a number of dedicated facilities housed in a single location that are used to perform both standard and custom testing. SwRI engineers will be exhibiting the Institute’s CO2 SSSV testing capabilities, as well as the other FCTF valve testing capabilities, at the Valve World Americas Expo & Conference in Houston, Texas Oct. 13-14 at Booth no. 405.

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Nitrogen Blowdown Facility has succeeded at recreating the intense conditions of a gas event, making it possible to test subsurface safety valves’ (SSSV) ability to withstand associated gas flow rates at high pressures to prevent injury, loss of life and environmental ef
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10/18/2021
High-Voltage Chip Divider Reduces Component Counts
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the industry's first high-voltage chip divider to be offered in a ribbed molded package with compliant surface-mount leads. Designed to reduce component counts and improve TC tracking performance and ratio stability in automotive and industrial equipment, the Vishay Techno CDMM delivers a m
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10/18/2021
Transceiver Family With Industry's Highest EFT Immunity
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RAA78815x Family of 5V differential RS-485/422 transceivers with industry-leading electrical fast transient (EFT) immunity – ±5000V – and ESD protection up to ±16,000V, making these products the ideal solution for noise-sensitive industrial communication networks. The
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10/18/2021
Thin Film Chip Resistors Ideal For Consumer, Industrial Electronics
Stackpole Electronics’ CSRT2512-UP was developed to provide accurate, high power current sensing for consumer and industrial electronic devices that exceed the capabilities of most 2512 case sizes available in the industry. The AEC-Q200 compliant CSRT2512-UP has unique thin film material properties and pr
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10/15/2021
TDK Releases Force-Rebalance Digital MEMS Accelerometer
TDK Corporation announces that Tronics AXO 315, a miniature high-performance 1-axis closed-loop digital MEMS accelerometer, is now available for purchase at Digi-Key, Mouser and Farnell and its affiliates Newark and Element 14. The AXO315 sensor and its Arduino-based evaluation kit are now available globally fr
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10/14/2021
Harvard Researchers use Dyes to Store Data

Amit Nagarkar helped develop a data-storage system that uses fluorescent dyes.

In the digital age, every byte of data needs to go somewhere — and preferably stay there a long time. That last part is a major problem when it comes to data-storage systems, which typically last less than 20 years. A group of Harvard chemists is trying to solve the issue with an innovation that resembles ti
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10/14/2021
Quarks at High Momentum Shake Foundations of Visible Matter

Artistic rendering of quarks in deuterium.

Two independent studies have illuminated unexpected substructures in the fundamental components of all matter. Preliminary results using a novel tagging method could explain the origin of the longstanding nuclear paradox known as the EMC effect. Meanwhile, authors will share next steps after the recent observation of
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10/14/2021
Single-Atom Catalyst Produces Hydrogen from Urea

▲ The schematic diagram for the UOR process using high-loading RhSA stabilized on strained oxide surface (left). Full urea electrolysis system for green hydrogen evolution (middle). Energy-saving urea electrolysis compared to water electrolysis (right).

While hydrogen is widely suggested as an alternative fuel with zero carbon emission, the majority of commercial hydrogen fuel production is obtained from the refining of fossils fuels. The limited reservoir of fossils fuels and their negative impact on the environment has encouraged researchers to develop alternative te
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10/14/2021
Ultrasound Enables Faster, more Sustainable Battery Recycling

A view of the experimental metal ion recovery system.

Known by expectant parents as the technology that enables them to see their child for the first time, ultrasound can be used at extremely low frequencies to serve an entirely different purpose. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology report the first time ultrasound to extract valuable metals from electric ca
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10/14/2021
Artificial Ferroelectric Materials Help Induce Mechanical Behaviors
A pair of University of Texas at Arlington researchers is trying to understand how “smart” mechanical behaviors can be engineered in artificial ferroelectric materials. Ye Cao, an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and Joseph Ngai, an associate professor in the Physi
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10/14/2021
PSDcast – Using Capacitors to Improve the Efficiency of Energy Storage

KYOCERA AVX’s Ron Demcko

Today's topic is capacitors, or more specifically, their relation to energy storage which, in the age of electric vehicles and the monumental power requirements of the IoT, has become a universal concern.
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10/14/2021
VPT Introduces 50V Input SVL Series of Space DC-DC Converters
VPT, Inc. announces the availability of its SVLFL, SVLHF, SVLTR, and SVLSA Series of 50 volt, space-qualified DC-DC converters. Characterized by Total Ionizing Dose (TID) performance, including Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS), to 60 krad, the series is operable over the full military te
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10/13/2021
High-Efficiency Class-D Stereo Audio Amplifier Saves Battery Power
Diodes Incorporated introduces the PAM8965 Class-D stereo audio power amplifier with an integrated synchronous boost converter. This high-efficiency device is targeted for use in AI-enabled speaker systems and portable musical instruments - where elevated output power, extended battery life, and compact co
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10/13/2021
Dual MOSFETs Deliver Class-Leading Low ON Resistance
ROHM Semiconductor announced the QH8Mx5/SH8Mx5 series of dual-MOSFET products (N-channel + P-channel) featuring ±40V/±60V withstand voltages. The devices are ideal for driving motors in base stations (cooling fans) and industrial applications, such as factory automation equipment requ
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10/13/2021
Vertical-Mount Inductor in 4025 Case Size Saves Space
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new IHVR vertical-mount inductor in the 10.25 mm by 6.4 mm by 10 mm 4025 case size. Optimizing inductance and minimizing DCR for increased efficiency in DC/DC converters, the newly designed Vishay Dale IHVR-4025JZ-3Z offers high temperature operation up to +15
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10/13/2021
MCU Group w/ Ultra-Low Power, Innovative Peripheral Functions
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced a new Group within its 32-bit RA Family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The RA2E2 Group, based on the latest Arm Cortex-M23 core, offers a unique combination of extremely low power consumption, a set of excellent peripherals targeted at IoT endpoint applications, and space-saving pa
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10/13/2021
Powering IoT Modules w/ Supercapacitors, Solar Panels, and Power Management ICs

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Figure 1: A schematic view of Analog Devices’ LTC31102A, bidirectional, buck-boost DC/DC regulator and charger/balancer

To further improve IoT modules, many manufacturers are developing set-and-forget IoT modules designed to either eliminate batteries or extend battery life so significantly that end-users rarely to never have to concern themselves with powering their IoT modules. In pursuit of this goal, IoT module manufactu
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10/12/2021
100 Watt Railway DC-DC Converter with 12:1 Input Range
TRACO POWER announces the new TEP 100UIR family of 100 Watt DC/DC converters in a fully encapsulated, compact Quarter brick footprint with an ultra-wide 12:1 input range for harsh environments in railway and industrial applications. The ultra-wide 12:1 input voltage range (9-75 / 14-160 VDC) lets system buil
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10/12/2021
3D Hall-Effect Position Sensor Provides Speed and Precision
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the industry’s most accurate 3D Hall-effect position sensor. With the TMAG5170, engineers can achieve uncalibrated ultra-high precision at speeds up to 20 kSPS for faster and more accurate real-time control in factory automation and motor-drive applications. The sensor also pr
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10/12/2021
AC Harmonic Filter Capacitors Offer Built-in Protection Systems
Cornell Dubilier announces its new, patented, PCD series of high current, AC harmonic filter capacitors offering dual, built-in, fail-safe protection systems, one at each end of the capacitor. Similar capacitors in this category have one open-circuit pressure device located under the top cover that requ
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10/12/2021
Microchip Adds Controllers to Capacitive Touchscreen Controller Family
Networked and connected home appliances enable both users and manufacturers to communicate with them via the internet. For example, the user of a kitchen oven might look up a new recipe online or a manufacturer might perform remote diagnostics or over-the-air firmware updates. Displays and touch sensors are es
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10/12/2021
Small Signal Schottky and Switching Diodes w/ DFN1006-2A Package
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new surface-mount small signal diodes in the ultra compact DFN1006-2A plastic package with wettable flanks. Designed to save space and improve thermal performance in automotive and industrial applications, the 40 V BAS40L Schottky and 100 V BAS16L switching di
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10/11/2021

General Micro Systems today launched its Velocity “4x4” quad GPGPU artificial intelligence (AI) server designed for battlefield applications like command posts, tactical operation centers (TOCs) and protected platforms such as autonomous vehicles, wide body airborne sensor fusion, surveillance, data mining, sy
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10/11/2021
Prism Bi-Level LED Circuit Board Indicators from TTI
TTI, Inc., is now stocking Dialight’s 596-2326 Prism LED Circuit Board Indicators. These small form factor indicator lights are designed to meet the unique requirements of interface cards, networking and test equipment applications. Dialight’s 591-2326 Prism LED Circuit Board Indicators are the small, ri
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10/10/2021
ROHM 780nm Multi Mode Laser Diodes Available at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now offering 780nm Multi Mode Infrared LASERs from ROHM Semiconductor, an enhanced product offering targeted at industrial applications. These semiconductor LASERs are Opto devices, often referred to as LASER diodes or LDs. ROHM is one of the industry’s largest producer of LASER diodes. The RLD78
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10/10/2021
ROHM's 75W High Optical Output Laser Diode for LiDAR
ROHM Semiconductor announced they have developed a high optical output laser diode, the RLD90QZW3, for applications such as AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) and service robots in the industrial equipment sector and robot vacuums in the consumer field that incorporate LiDAR for distance measurement an
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10/10/2021
3D-Printed Wireless Wearables that Never Need a Charge

University of Arizona engineers have developed a way to 3D-print medical-grade wearable devices, such as these ones, based on body scans of the wearer.

Wearable sensors to monitor everything from step count to heart rate are nearly ubiquitous. But for scenarios such as measuring the onset of frailty in older adults, promptly diagnosing deadly diseases, testing the efficacy of new drugs or tracking the performance of professional athletes, medical-grade devices ar
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10/10/2021
PSDcast – The Future of Battery Energy Storage

CBI’s Senior Technical Director Manager, Matt Raiford

The Consortium for Battery Innovation just released their 2021 Technical Roadmap, and in their own words, “the opportunities for the global lead battery industry to provide sustainable, reliable and high-performing batteries to achieve global electrification and decarbonization targets are limitless.”
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10/08/2021
High-Precision Voltage Reference IC Provides Very-Low Drift
Extended-temperature-range voltage reference ICs for automotive and industrial applications require low drift, high reliability and high performance. Microchip Technology Inc. announced the release of a high-precision voltage reference (Vref) IC that meets these needs at a cost-effective price. The new MCP1502 is
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10/08/2021
Miniaturized, Highly Sensitive MEMS Pressure Sensor Element 
TDK Corporation presents the new C35 type pressure sensor element, designed to measure a range of 0 to 100 mbar. It combines high sensitivity with extremely low dimensions of just 2.05 x 2.05 x 1.2 mm, enabling compact pressure sensor designs.  The pressure sensor element with ordering code B58601E35
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10/07/2021
Engineer Awarded $5M to Build Quantum-Powered Navigation Tools

University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering Zheshen Zhang

Zheshen Zhang, a University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is leading a $5 million quantum technology project to advance navigation for autonomous vehicles and spacecraft, as well as measurement of otherworldly materials such as dark matter and gravitational waves. The National
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10/07/2021
New GPS Data Helps Scientists Better Understand Ionosphere

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth approximately 11,000 miles in space. The GPS satellites in this animation are not drawn to scale. However, their orbits and orientation to the Earth are approximately correct. GPS satellites are organized into six different orbital paths completely covering the Earth. Looking at the Earth top down from the North Pole, the six orbits are spaced at 60-degree intervals. Looking at the Earth from the equator, each orbit is moderately tilted at 50 degrees.

A new data source to help scientists better understand the ionosphere and its potential impact on communications and positioning, navigation, and timing—an essential utility for many critical operations—is now available to the public. The data, which was collected by sensors on GPS satellites in 2018, was re
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10/07/2021
Automotive Gateway Solution Based on R-Car S4 SoCs and PMICs
Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled an innovative automotive gateway solution with R-Car S4 system on chips (SoCs) and power management ICs (PMICs) for next-generation vehicle computers, communication gateways, domain servers and application servers. Renesas' new solution meets the automotive industry's high
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10/06/2021
Reliable Power for Global Telecommunications Infrastructure
Building on its proven GP100 rectifier platform, ABB Power Conversion has developed a new lower-voltage, true three-phase, 6-kilowatt (kW) version to provide the power levels needed in telecommunication and networking applications. The low-line rectifiers provide the foundation for a variety of lower-voltage power system
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10/06/2021
Illinois Tech Professor Joins National Program for STEM Faculty

Georgia Papavasiliou, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech)

Georgia Papavasiliou, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), has been named a fellow in the third cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to
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10/06/2021
Surge Protective Device for Residential Load Centers
Mersen is excited to introduce a new surge protective device for residential applications, the Surge-Trap Load Center Series (STLC). Mersen’s Surge-Trap STLC surge protective device adds a critical layer of surge protection for your entire home. From your family room to your office and your kitchen, your entire el
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10/05/2021
Murata Announces Engineering Fund at Kennesaw State University

Dean Ian Ferguson with Kennesaw State University

Murata announced that it established the Futoshi “Fred” Chanoki Honorary Engineering Fund at Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET) at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Named after Murata Electronics North America’s first president, the funding will support the needs of
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10/05/2021
Precision Tantalum Nitride Chip Resistors In Stock at Stackpole
Current market conditions have made it more important than ever to be able to find stock on commonly used components such as precision chip resistors. Stackpole’s RTAN series is an AEC compliant precision chip resistor with most popular resistance values available from stock in the 0805 and 1206 sizes.  The RTAN’s
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10/05/2021
Three-Phase Input DIN rail Power Supplies w/ +20% Peak Power
TDK Corporation announces the addition of three-phase AC input models to the TDK-Lambda DRB series of economically priced DIN rail mount power supplies. Rated for continuous operation at 120W and 240W with 12V, 24V and 48V outputs, the units can deliver a peak of 144W and 288W for two seconds. This, and a constant cu
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10/05/2021
Handheld Resistance Weld Checker Supports Process Development
AMADA WELD TECH. announces the new MM-410A handheld resistance weld checker, ideal for both monitoring and troubleshooting issues in production. The compact unit supports a wide range of resistance welding technologies, including AC, DC inverter, AC inverter, transistor, and capacitive discharge. Featuring a si
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10/04/2021
AOS Unveils Wireless Charging Transmitter Solutions
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced a new family of Coil Drivers.  The initial product, AOZ32033AQI, offers 30V, 11mOhm in a QFN3x3 package. AOZ32033AQI is an integrated half-bridge gate driver capable of driving high-side and low-side N-channel MOSFETs. It features SRC (Slew Ra
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10/04/2021
$18M Grant to Build National Semiconductor Fabrication Facility

Professor Alan Mantooth from the University of Arkansas

Engineering researchers led by Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth have received $17.87 million from the National Science Foundation to build and operate a national silicon carbide research and fabrication facility at the University of Arkansas. “The national impact of having a fabrication facility such a
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10/04/2021
Specific UV Light Wavelength Offers Safe way to Curb COVID-19

UV light being emitted by a krypton chloride excimer lamp, fueled by molecules moving between different states of energy.

A specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light is not only extremely effective at killing the virus which causes COVID-19, but is also safer for use in public spaces, finds new University of Colorado Boulder research.  The study, published this month in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, is the fi
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10/04/2021
Quantum Computers can be Better than the sum of their Parts

A chip containing an ion trap that researchers use to capture and control atomic ion qubits (quantum bits).

Pobody’s nerfect—not even the indifferent, calculating bits that are the foundation of computers. But JQI Fellow Christopher Monroe’s group, together with colleagues from Duke University, have made progress toward ensuring we can trust the results of quantum computers even when they are built from pieces th
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10/04/2021
Induced Flaws in Quantum Materials Could Enhance Superconducting

Irreversible, plastic deformation causes extended crystalline defects in the quantum material strontium titanate (SrTiO3) to organize into periodic structures, as revealed by neutron and x-ray scattering processes. These structures enhance electronic properties such as superconductivity.

In a surprising discovery, an international team of researchers, led by scientists in the University of Minnesota Center for Quantum Materials, found that deformations in quantum materials that cause imperfections in the crystal structure can actually improve the material’s superconducting and electrical properties. The groundbre
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10/04/2021
SwRI Receives $1.6 Million Contract for new Inspection Methods

The dark regions in this image show the “dirty white spots” sometimes found in nickel alloy engine components, anomalies that can lead to catastrophic failures. SwRI, under a new FAA contract, will develop new inspection methods to ensure anomalies like these are detected during the manufacturing process.

Southwest Research Institute is leading a team effort to develop new inspection methods for nickel alloy billet materials used in commercial aircraft engine components under a new $1.6 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract. In 2016, American Airlines Flight 383 was preparing to take off fr
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10/04/2021
Powering the Internet of Things
Mordor Intelligence forecasts the global IoT market to reach a value of USD 1,386.06 billion by 2026 – up from USD 761.4 billion in 2020. This 10.53% CAGR makes sense since “the IoT” has transitioned from a buzzword into practical applications during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even the IIoT (Industrial IoT), t
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10/01/2021
High Efficiency, High Density PSM μModule Regulator with Programmable Compensation

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Figure 1. 1V and 1.8 V outputs at 25 A with I2C serial control and monitoring interface.

FPGA boards, as well as prototype, testing, and measurement applications demand versatile and high-density power solutions. The LTM4678 is a dual 25 A or single 50 A µModule regulator with digital power system management (PSM) in a small 16 mm × 16 mm footprint. It features: Dual digitally adjustable ana
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10/01/2021
The BYLink Power Management Concept

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Figure 1: General concept of high and low-voltage PMICs connected together

In automotive systems, the 12 V and 24 V supply from the battery is used and derived in multiple supply rails to satisfy the system power demand. NXP’s portfolio of safety PMICs with embedded system features can be classified in two main categories: the high-voltage PMICs (HV PMIC) and low-voltage PMICs (LV PM
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10/01/2021
Understanding the Factors Affecting Heat Loss

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Figure 1: Measuring heat loss

Troubleshooting any inefficiencies and reducing heat loss can improve the efficiency of heating systems and save costs. Here, it breaks down the factors related to heat loss and explains how to calculate predicted heat loss for your application. Heat loss is the intentional or unintentional movement of heat f
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10/01/2021
Haptic Devices Add Positive Feedback to the Automotive Experience

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Figure 1. Haptic use within a car

Our five senses keep us alive: we instinctively draw back from things that are too hot or loud that cause pain. Our environment has defined how these reactions developed over time. Non-language communication that takes advantage of innate perception Our sense of balance and other innate mechanisms have
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10/01/2021
Negative Resistance: Selecting the Optimal Capacitor for Your DC-DC Converter

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Figure 1: An example of a standard dc-dc converter application

If your DC-DC converter doesn’t work, you might check all the obvious causes that it could stem from - such as it not being plugged in correctly, not turned on, the input fuse having blown, etc. - none of which appear to be the issue.  So you are completely perplexed as to why it won’t play ball. But, ha
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10/01/2021
Digital Power Supply Control Adds Value to IoT Applications

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Figure 1 - Analogue power supply with simple digital interface

Digital control in power supplies can mean different things ranging from simple digital signalling of status/alarms and on/off control of a traditional analogue controller, through addition of more sophisticated functions with a simple microcontroller, all the way through to full implementation of feedback loop comp
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10/01/2021
Accelerating Innovation at the Edge

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Figure 1: Kria K26 SOM

When deploying a system at the edge, power consumption, footprint, and cost are all limiting factors. Increasing processing demands, within the limitations of edge processing, mean that providing the required performance level is challenging. While CPUs have experienced improvements at the edge, the gains have sl
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10/01/2021
Enabling Efficient Power Consumption in IIoT Applications

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Figure 1: Industrial Internet of Things is being integrated into many modern manufacturing processes

Offering a wide range of benefits, including greater reliability, enhanced safety, minimal downtime, enhanced productivity, and cost-effectiveness, IIoT is becoming critical to the manufacturing industry. However, power consumption is a key concern in IIoT systems. For example, remote monitoring and real-time da
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10/01/2021
Backup Power Considerations for the Digital Transformation

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Figure 1. The acceleration of the digital transformation should force engineers to rethink their approach to backup power to ensure systems are adequately protected

Advancements such as the Internet of Things, automation and cloud infrastructure have gone from competitive advantages to business necessities to accommodate remote work, reductions in staffing and other critical challenges brought on by the pandemic. This acceleration should force engineers to rethink their app
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10/01/2021
Powering Industrial Innovation with Next-Gen Connectivity

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Figure 1. The skilled manufacturing worker of the future will have IoT expertise in a hybrid environment where employees and robots work together

IoT-enabled devices share vast amounts of data via wired or wireless networks to provide real-time information about the state of “the thing” that is being monitored. Furthermore, connected devices have been advancing business operations and completely revolutionizing the way information is collected and proce
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10/01/2021
One Charger to Rule Them All
At the time I am writing I write this, the EU is announcing that it is revising the Radio Equipment Directive to harmonize charging port and fast charging technology: USB-C will become the standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles in the co
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10/01/2021
Chevy Bolt Recall is Sad Reminder of EVs' Achilles Heel
General Motors has finally begun production on a new batch of Chevy Bolts that don’t contain tainted LG batteries which led to at least a dozen fires and a full recall. And sadly, this whole sorry episode just gives easy ammo to EV critics. If electric vehicles have an especially problematic issue – other
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10/01/2021
Smart Power for Smart Machines
As we enter the final quarter of the year, it looks as if we are finally getting past the worst of the Covid pandemic. There are even some events beginning to take place. I haven’t been to any myself so far, but the people I have been speaking to that have attended were fairly upbeat. Exhibitions and conferences re
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10/01/2021
Connecting the World with More than Just a Pandemic
How’s the new normal treating you? While COVID-19 hospitalizations have recently increased for children aged 11 and below, and coronavirus deaths aren’t going away anytime soon, the overall infection rates have dropped considerably. According to the CDC, the Delta variant is the only one classif
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10/01/2021