Notable & Newsworthy

November 2021
PSDcast – Reducing Emissions (and Range Anxiety) Through Electrification

Martin Schulz, Global Principal, Application Engineering, Littelfuse, Inc.

Littelfuse just released a white paper called “Reducing Emissions Through Electrification: "A Path to Sustainable Energy Consumption in the Transportation Sector,” and since it’s relevant to both our December issue, which deals with transportation, and our January issue, which deals with EVs and the ch
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11/29/2021

A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics and STMicroelectronics for SiC R&D

Prof Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director, Institute of Microelectronics

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the start of a Research & Development (R&D) collaboration in
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11/26/2021
South Fork Wind Project Earns Final Approval from BOEM

Liz Burdock, president and CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Fork Wind  project to begin construction off the coast of New York. South Fork Wind is the second commercial-scale offshore wind project in U.S. waters to complete BOEM review. This follows  the fi
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11/24/2021
Power Supplies Offer Superior Performance and Reliability
SL Power Electronics (SLPE) announces the launch of the NGB SERIES of high power density convection rated AC-DC power supplies. Intended for applications including medical, industrial, audio broadcast and LED lighting the NGB series offers a wealth of application relevant features and is availa
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11/24/2021
Salvaging Rare Earth Elements from Electronic Waste

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, at Penn State

Manufacturers rely on rare earth elements, like neodymium, to create strong magnets used in motors for electronics including hybrid cars, aircraft generators, loudspeakers, hard drives and in-ear headphones. But mineral deposits containing neodymium are hard to reach and are found in just a few places on Earth. With rising ne
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11/24/2021
Solitron Devices announces High-Rel 650V Silicon Carbide MOSFET
Solitron Devices is pleased to announce the introduction of the SD11702, 650V Silicon Carbide (SiC), ultra-low RDS(on) MOSFET. Packaged in a hermetically sealed TO-258, the SD11702 is built for the most demanding industrial, aerospace and defence applications. With operating temperatures of -55°C
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11/23/2021
Analog Devices' Battery Management IC Delivers Longer Battery Runtime
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced the MAX17330 battery management integrated circuit (IC) with integrated fuel gauge and advanced battery protection for one-cell lithium-ion/polymer batteries that delivers longer battery runtime for consumer applications than similar products. The new IC expands ADI’s bat
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11/23/2021
Multi-Cell Battery Front End Family for High-Cell Count Systems
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced a new family of multi-cell full battery front end (BFE) ICs for battery management systems (BMS) built for the larger, high-voltage battery packs that power e-scooters, energy storage, high-voltage power tools, and other high-voltage equipment. The new ICs provide fast, fl
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11/23/2021
New Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton researchers have developed a method to foil eavesdroppers by building security into the physical nature of wireless transmissions. The signal is clear for the intended recipient but noise for others.

Emerging 5G wireless systems are designed to support high-bandwidth and low-latency networks connecting everything from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. But these large and complex communication networks could also pose new security concerns. Encryption methods now used to secure communications from eave
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11/23/2021
Robotics and AI to Improve Health Rehabilitation

UC3M

A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation  service that can be used at health centres as well as at home. Inrobics was created using research results from the University’s De
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11/23/2021
Deeper Defense Against Cyber Attacks

Industrial control systems that are widely used to monitor and operate factories and critical infrastructure have largely moved online, making them more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

To address the growing threat of cyberattacks on industrial control systems, a KAUST team including Fouzi Harrou, Wu Wang and led by Ying Sun has developed an improved method for detecting malicious intrusions. Internet-based industrial control systems are widely used to monitor and operate factories and criti
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11/23/2021
Natural Solution to Large-Scale Energy Storage

Professor Xavier Crispin and research engineers Ujwala Ail and Ziyauddin Khan, at the crimper that manufactures coin cell batteries to prove the concept, in the Laboratory of Organic Electronics.

The old saying goes that you could wait for hours to catch a bus and then two come along at once. The subject of last week’s TechTalk was how cellulose derived from trees could be used to make the electrolyte for a solid-state battery that may overcome the previous downsides to the technology (their brittleness
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11/23/2021
One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors – Thanks to a Spiderweb

Artist impression of an artificial spider web probed with laser light

A team of researchers from TU Delft managed to design one of the world’s most precise microchip sensors; the device can function at room temperature – a ‘holy grail’ for quantum technologies and sensing. Combining nanotechnology and machine learning inspired by nature’s spiderwebs, they were able to ma
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11/23/2021
High Isolation DC/DC Converter for Railway Applications
RHKW/RHDW series are high performance DC/DC converters with 3000VAC reinforced isolation with 4.5 mm clearance/ creeping distances for safety critical application. This next generation of board mountable DC/DC converters has been designed especially for the demanding, ruggedized railway and industrial applications. The series consis
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11/19/2021
A Unique 2 x MOPP Medical-Grade 60W DC/DC Converter
MPQ60W series is a high-performance DC/DC converter widely used in medical and homecare applications, such as: laser treatment, electrosurgical systems, physiotherapy chairs, medical aesthetic, endoscopic devices, patient monitoring, drug delivery, C-arms, defibrillation and air ambulance, etc. This series is
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11/19/2021
SPS 2021 is Canceled

Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Following the announcement made by Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder in today's press conference, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH is canceling the SPS - Smart Production Solutions, which was scheduled to take place in Nuremberg from 23 - 25 November 2021. In addition to the continued rise in infection rates and
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11/19/2021
Battery Management System Enables Battery Hot Swapping
Sensata Technologies announced the availability of its new i-BMS battery management system (BMS) for electrified applications up to 60V. The new i-BMS Battery Management System from Sensata’s Lithium Balance product brand, acquired by Sensata earlier in the year, is a cell chemistry agnostic, compact,
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11/19/2021
Battery Charger IC Powers Latest Low-Voltage Rechargeable Batteries
ROHM Semiconductor introduced the BD71631QWZ battery charger IC, designed to provide low-voltage charging of wearables (e.g., wireless ear buds) and thin, compact IoT devices (e.g., smart displays) powered by rechargeable batteries. In recent years, the need for safer, higher density rechargea
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11/19/2021
TTI Enters Purchase Agreement to Acquire SMD Inc.

Don Akery, President, TTI Americas

TTI, Inc., announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire SMD Inc., a privately held electronic component distributor headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon completion of the transaction, SMD President/Owner Rich Unruh will continue to lead the company, reporting to Don Akery, President, TTI
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11/19/2021
SemiQ Announces Launch of 1200V 80mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET
SemiQ announced the launch of its 2nd Generation Silicon Carbide power switch, a 1200V 80mΩ SiC MOSFET, expanding its portfolio of SiC power devices. This MOSFET complements the company’s existing SiC rectifiers at 650V, 1200V and 1700V. SemiQ has engineered this MOSFET to provide the best trade-off of co
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11/18/2021
NGK, TOREX, Ossia Collaborate to Promote Wireless Power Transmission

EnerCera Coin (above four products)

NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (hereinafter, “NGK”), TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR LTD. (hereinafter, "TOREX") and Ossia Inc. (hereinafter "Ossia") have started working together to spread the use of wireless power transmission/transfer (WPT) systems. The companies have developed a WPT power receiv
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11/17/2021
Commercial IHSR High Temperature Inductor Delivers Ultra Low DCR
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new commercial IHSR high temperature inductor in the 7.4 mm by 6.6 mm by 3.0 mm 2525 case size. Designed for multi-phase, high current power supplies and filters, the Vishay Dale IHSR-2525CZ-51 offers a 50 % reduction in DCR over typical power inductors, excellent in
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11/17/2021
Richardson Electronics Offers Lithium-Iron Phosphate Batteries
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announces the availability of AMOGREENTECH’s energy storage system solutions using lithium-iron-phosphate batteries. AMOGREENTECH manufactures energy storage systems (ESS), including the new lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries. The LiFePO4 is a safe battery option wi
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11/16/2021
First Commercial Dual-Beam Active Beamforming ICs for Satcom Systems
Renesas Electronics Corporation expanded its portfolio of mmWave LNAs and Tx BFICs with the introduction of three new dual-beam active beamforming ICs: F6121 for Ku-band Satcom F6122 for Ka-band Satcom and F6123 for Ku-band radar and line-of-sight communications Featuring best-in-class power consumption, noise figure
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11/16/2021
Lattice Acquires Mirametrix

Jim Anderson, President and CEO, Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced it has acquired Mirametrix, Inc., a software company focused on advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for computer vision applications, in an all-cash, accretive transaction. Mirametrix software has been successfully deployed in more than 20 million en
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11/16/2021
Polymer Tantalum Chip Capacitors for Harsh Operating Conditions
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of vPolyTan surface-mount polymer tantalum molded chip capacitors designed to deliver reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity operating conditions.  Vishay Polytech T50 series capacitors feature a robust design with improved
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11/15/2021
Common Mode Choke Series for DC Power Line Applications
Bourns, Inc., announced its new automotive grade, AEC-Q200 compliant SRF7035A Common Mode Choke Series designed to support high voltage and current in DC power line applications. There are five impedance ratings with voltages up to 80 VDC and current up to 5 A. This gives designers additional fl
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11/15/2021
TE Connectivity M12 D-Code to RJ45 Cordsets in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now stocking a wide selection of TE Connectivity M12 D-Code to RJ45 Cordset solutions. TE Connectivity’s M12 Ethernet Cat5e communication package is now being extended by introducing the female configurations as well as the D-code to RJ45 Cordsets. The extended 4-pole D-Coded Cordsets comply wi
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11/15/2021
Phoenix Contact 4th Gen QUINT DC/DC Converters in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of Phoenix Contact's 4th Gen QUINT DC/DC Converters with Conformal Coating from TTI. The newest QUINT DC/DC Converters from Phoenix Contact feature conformal coating for protection in harsh environments. The converters have been approved for use in ATEX, IECEx and Class I
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11/15/2021
PSDcast – Powercast Shows off RF Wireless Charging Applications

Powercast COO and CTO, Dr. Charles Greene.

Just recently, Powercast put out the “Powered by Powercast” video series, where they show real-world examples of their over-the-air RF wireless charging technology, and we’re going to discuss that series, and one application in particular, today.
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11/12/2021
The Industry's First 40 Gbps Differential Switch
Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), announced the formal qualification and production release of the MM5600.  This new product is a unique double-pole/double-throw (DPDT) switch providing the industry’s highest performance and data rates for high-speed differential switching applications, including nex
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11/11/2021
Ultra-high Power Thick Film Chips Offer PCB Space Savings
Today’s electronics devices push the envelope for smaller designs and greater functionality. Stackpole’s RMCP-UP is a high-power thick film chip resistor with very high power ratings for each case size, ranging from 0.2W rated 0402 size to 3W 2512 size. These elevated power ratings allow design engineers to
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11/11/2021
Pasadena Water and Power's new EV Charging Depot Opens
To support the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the City of Pasadena recently opened its new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot, providing 26 fast chargers to the public. The new depot includes fast-charging stations owned by the City and by Tesla. Global design firm Stantec assisted wi
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11/08/2021
Third-Gen GaN Power IC with GaNSense Technology
Navitas Semiconductor has announced the launch of GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology. GaNSense technology integrates critical, real-time, autonomous sensing and protection circuits which further improves Navitas’ industry-leading reliability and robustness, while increasing the energy savings an
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11/08/2021
Lithium-Ion Innovation to Enhance Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure
Power management company Eaton announced a leap forward for lithium-ion battery capabilities in uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) in North America with the launch of its new LXP-P series solutions. The solutions, comprised of lightweight battery cabinets with pre-installed batteries using lithium-ion phosphate te
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11/08/2021
Haptic Feedback Actuator Offers High Force Density
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new customizable haptic feedback actuator for touchscreens, joysticks, and touch switch panels in commercial applications. Offering a compact, two-piece construction with mounting holes for easy installation and direct application of force, the Vishay Custom Magnetics IHPT-1411AF-AB0 delivers hi
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11/08/2021
PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

The former president and CEO of UnitedSiC, and Qorvo’s new general manager of Power Device Solutions, Dr. Chris Dries.

Two of the leading players in our industry just made a bombshell announcement – Qorvo, a leading provider of RF solutions, acquired United Silicon Carbide, a leading manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors.
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11/05/2021
Qorvo® Acquires United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a Leading Provider of Silicon Carbide Power Semiconductors
November 4, 2021– Qorvo® (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has announced that it has acquired Princeton, New Jersey-based United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a leading manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors. The acquisition of United Silicon
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11/04/2021
Wireless Systems Simplify IoT Connectivity for Industrial Equipment
Sensata Technologies announced the availability of its new Industrial Wireless Systems. Sensata’s broad offering makes it easier for digital transformation leaders, automation engineers and plant managers to implement scalable, cost-effective connectivity to their equipment. Wireless networks eliminate
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11/04/2021
Stackpole Releases Automotive-Grade Chip Resistors
Electronics that require high reliability are no longer confined to military, aerospace, medical, or automotive market sectors. Many types of electronic end products now demand the higher reliability provided by automotive grade resistors. Automotive grade resistors offer increased reliability without the high
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11/04/2021
First Industrial Temperature Grade DDR5, DDR4 Registered Clock Drivers
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the industry’s first industrial temperature DDR5 (5RCD0148H) and DDR4 (4RCD0232K) registered clock drivers (RCDs). The new devices are targeted at demanding applications such as edge computing, automotive vehicles, industry 4.0, and 5G applications. The new indus
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11/04/2021
AEC-Q101 Qualified Gen 5 600 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast Rectifiers
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 10 new AEC-Q101 qualified FRED Pt Gen 5 600 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast rectifiers for automotive applications. Offering the best reverse recovery performance for devices in their class, the 15 A, 30 A, 60 A, and 75 A Vishay Semiconductors rectifiers are designed to increase th
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11/04/2021
Buck/Boost Converter Maintains Industry's Lowest Quiescent Current
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a new bidirectional buck/boost converter with an ultra-low quiescent current (IQ) of 60 nA – one-third the IQ of competing boost converters. The TPS61094 buck/boost converter integrates a buck mode for supercapacitor charging while providing ultra-low IQ, enabling engineers to
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11/04/2021
High Efficiency Schottky Barrier Diodes for Automotive Applications
ROHM Semiconductor announced its expanded portfolio of Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) with 24 new compact, high efficiency models (12 RBR series and 12 RBQ series). These devices – 178 in total – are ideal for protection and rectification circuits in automotive, industrial equipment, an
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11/04/2021
Semi-Shielded Power Inductor Series with a High Q Value
Bourns, Inc., released its Model SRN2012T semi-shielded power inductor series. The new inductors employ wirewound construction on a ferrite core to offer high inductance and Q values. They also offer a superior self-resonant frequency plus low DC resistance in a compact size with an operating temperatu
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11/04/2021
Electrification Solutions for Megawatt Charging of Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
Sensata Technologies announced its new High Voltage Junction Box solutions provide safe and reliable protection and power distribution for high power charging of commercial electric vehicles. The solutions include DC Charging Boxes that support megawatt charging of medium and heavy-duty electric tr
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11/04/2021
Entering the Final Quarter with Motors and Optimism
As you read this, we’ve surpassed the spooky part of the year, and we’re rapidly approaching the grandaddy of all gluttonous feasts and a holiday where a jolly fat man squeezes down your chimney to deliver gifts. And despite COVID stubbornly sticking around, like that freeloading uncle over the holidays,
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11/01/2021
BMW Custom Paint Process Highlights Industry 4.0 Benefits
The Special Report in this month’s issue focusses on Motor Drives, Robotics and Controls. Inside that Special Report, we talked a lot on how to make these parts of the production process more efficient, which is a key part of Industry 4.0 along with using sensors and AI to optimize production and predict when ma
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11/01/2021
Crypto's Computational and Energy Demands are Unsustainable
Bitcoin. Just by typing the above, I’ve likely opened a can of worms about monetary systems, the role of government in regulating currency, and possibly even the pros and cons of the gold standard. But the future of Bitcoin – and every brand that survives the inevitable crypto crash – is dependent on
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11/01/2021
2 kW DC-DC Demonstration Board for Efficient Bidirectional Converters
EPC announces the availability of the EPC9163, a 2 kW, two-phase 48 V – 12 V bidirectional converter that operates with 96.5% efficiency in a very small footprint. The design of this demonstration board is scalable; that is, two converters can be paralleled to achieve 4 kW or three converters can be paralleled to
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11/01/2021
onsemi Completes Acquisition of GT Advanced Technologies

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

onsemi announced that it has completed its acquisition of GT Advanced Technologies, a producer of silicon carbide (SiC). The acquisition enhances onsemi’s ability to secure and grow supply of SiC. onsemi’s customers will benefit from GTAT’s extensive experience in crystalline growth as well as its
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11/01/2021
Modular Panel Potentiometer with Rotational Torque of 8 Ncm
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a new modular panel potentiometer that delivers industry-high rotational torque of 8 Ncm — 200 % higher than the closest competing device — for off-road, aeronautics, and industrial applications. Featuring up to seven modules, the Vishay Sfernice P11H is offered in
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11/01/2021
OEMs, Including Robotics Manufacturers, Expect Complete Motor Drive and Control Solutions
Robotics isn’t just about replacing humans in manufacturing anymore. It covers everything from robot vacuums and surgical robots to self-guided ROVs to AI-driven production equipment, Cobots and more. According to market research sources, the global robotics market is projected to reach $189.56 billion by 20
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11/01/2021
Dual-Channel, 42 V, 4 A Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 with 6.2 μA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. 7.5 V/4 A and 3.3 V/4 A outputs feature fast transient response

The LT8650S42 V, dual-channel, 4 A synchronous Silent Switcher 2 regulator features a wide input voltage range of 3 V to 42 V, ideal for automotive, industrial, and other step-down applications. Its quiescent current is only 6.2µA with the outputs in regulation — a critical feature in automotive environments wh
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11/01/2021
Don't Sacrifice Performance for Environmental Concerns

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Figure 1: Block Diagram of Subway/Light rail Traction and Auxiliary Unit

High performance and higher efficiency are common trends in most technologies, but particularly in transportation applications where the potential for significant environmental impact on a global scale is high. Greener, cleaner ideals are taking the lead in defining new goals for how technology must balance pe
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11/01/2021
MCU Power Architecture Takes Battery Life to the Limit

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Figure 1: Power consumption model

The spectacular growth of the IoT is driving the need to develop new, battery powered sensing devices, that are smarter, faster and can last for longer on smaller, cheaper batteries. To satisfy the demand for higher performance, we must steal time from many of the other system components, reallocating the time -
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11/01/2021
Best Practices to Enhance Industrial Cybersecurity – Energy Storage System

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Figure 1. Typical scenario of an energy storage system.

In this article, we will share the best practices to safeguard critical infrastructure: the energy storage system for the renewable energy sector. When it comes to renewable energy, we often think of solar or wind farms that bring cleaner electricity to global citizens. It is a great initiative that keeps dri
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11/01/2021
Breaking the Mold – SiC FETs as Circuit Breakers

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Figure 1: A JFET (left), SiC FET cascode (middle) and a dual gate SiC FET cascode (right)

Mechanical circuit breakers provide a secure means to make an almost lossless connection when on, and provide complete isolation when off, but they have their drawbacks. They are relatively slow to make and break and they arc across their contacts, particularly with DC, resulting in a limited operating life. Ne
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11/01/2021
TLVR High Voltage Considerations

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Figure 1: TLVR schematic

Since TLVR is a relatively new development, particular details and properties are still being studied. This article focuses on the transient behavior of TLVR, which affects isolation requirements for the magnetics, as well as isolation and safety considerations for the whole motherboard. TLVR and Transient
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11/01/2021
Reducing Resources in EMC Compliant Applications

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Figure 1: EMI immunity of op amps affects system operation

There are growing requirements in many industries for sensing technologies for measuring and control instruments, or for managing small signals. Op amps connect the sensor to the rest of the system. However, today’s systems have much higher component densities, leading to increased noise levels. Installi
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11/01/2021
Fast Reacting, Optical Encoder Feedback System

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Figure 1. Closed-loop motor control feedback system

Motor rotation information such as position, speed, and direction must be accurate in order to produce precise drivers and controllers across a wide variety of emerging applications—for example, in pick-and-place machines that mount microscopic components in the limited PCB area. Recently, motor controls have be
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11/01/2021
GaN Devices for Smaller, Lighter, Smoother Motor Drives

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Figure 1: Voltage modulation and phase current at 20 kHz with 500 ns dead time

So far, silicon-based power devices have been dominant in the inverter electronics, but today their performance is nearing their theoretical limits. There is an increasing need for higher power density. Gallium nitride (GaN) transistors and ICs have the best attributes to satisfy these needs. The superior
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11/01/2021
Factory Calibrated Configurable IO-Module Brings the Wiring Cabinet to You

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Figure 1: Technician adjusting connections at wiring closet

Connecting sensors and actuators to a process controller at the wiring cabinet is still a manually intensive and sometimes frustrating task. For example, if a process modification means a valve being driven by a Digital Output (DO) voltage must be changed to one using a 4-20mA Analog Output (AO) current, a technician mu
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11/01/2021
It's a Fair COP26
As we head to the end of the year, it is often time to look back and reflect on how things have changed. This month, and very close to where I live, leaders from around the world will be doing their own retrospective analysis on how they are progressing towards meeting the climate change goals they had previously se
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11/01/2021