Notable & Newsworthy

July 2022
Listening to the People Results in a More Sustainable Future Energy System

This graphic shows the fraction of different types of electricity sources in the US in 2050 based on an energy mix plan that takes into account the preferences and demographics of various racial groups, with projections by the US Energy Information Administration based on current plans and policies

­As policymakers around the world aim to cut carbon emissions and meet climate goals, new research points to a critical group whose opinions could help to shape energy planning for the better: the consumers. By taking into account the demographics and preferences of US racial groups, clarified through a nationa
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07/29/2022

Common Table Sugar Key to Allaying Safety Concern in Aqueous Zinc Batteries

Researchers designed a sucrose-modified aqueous electrolyte that increases the mobility of zinc ion in response to the electric field and successfully achieves dendrite-free zinc batteries without compromising electrochemical performance.

­Due to their low cost and environmental friendliness, aqueous zinc batteries have the potential to play an important role in future energy storage systems for applications like the power grid. However, a safety concern has slowed the progress of this emerging technology. In a July 28 study published
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07/29/2022
High-Performance Waveguide Devices for Next Generation Photonic Chips

SPIM-WGs with varying cross-sections, enabling mode conversion

­With the advance of semiconductor industry, the traditional electronic integrated circuit is approaching its limit in bandwidth and energy consumption. Compared to electronic integrated circuits, photonic integrated circuits exhibit lower transmission loss, wider bandwidth and smaller time delay. On the other ha
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07/29/2022
Scientists Fabricate High-Performance Large-Area Perovskite Submodules for Solar Cells

Surface redox engineering of vacuum-deposited NiOx for top-performance perovskite solar cells and modules

­Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are promising solar technologies. Although low-cost wet processing has shown advantages in small-area PSC fabrication, the preparation of uniform charge transport layers with thickness of several nanometers from solution for meter-sized large area products is still challenging. Recently, a researc
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07/29/2022
New Yorker Electronics Expands Ready-to-Ship Inventory of Vishay's MIL-PRF-55342 Thick and Thin Film Chip Resistor

New Yorker Electronics Expands Ready-to-Ship Inventory of Vishay’s MIL-PRF-55342 Thick and Thin Film Chip Resistors

­New Yorker Electronics, Co., Inc., announced the expansion of its ready-to-ship inventory of Vishay Dale (Military M/D55342) RCWPM thick film, and E/H thin film surface-mount resistor series.  The QPL MIL-PRF-55342 chips are widely specified for employment in the broadest range of miss
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07/28/2022
TTI Europe Now Stocks Amphenol's IP67 M8 Single Pair Ethernet Connections

TTI Europe Now Stocks Amphenol's IP67 M8 Single Pair Ethernet Connections

­TTI, Inc. – Europe is now stocking Amphenol IP67 M8 Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) connections for rugged industrial applications. Engineers can benefit from uninterrupted connectivity from remote field devices to the cloud for increased uptime, but with a small M8-sized interface so they can reduce the size of
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07/28/2022
Virtual Reality Flight-Training Program at Embry-Riddle Set for Expansion

Dr. Ken Byrnes, Flight Department chair and assistant dean of the College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle

­As the flight-training industry increasingly moves toward virtual reality (VR) as one way to combat the looming pilot shortage, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will further expand its VR capabilities this fall — a move that will allow 100 additional students to advance through the program this ye
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07/28/2022
Digital Low Resistance Ohmmeter Features Noise Rejection Mode

New Digital Low Resistance Ohmmeter from Megger Features Noise Rejection Mode

­Megger has added to its family of digital low resistance ohmmeters to include the DLRO2X. This enhanced version of the DLRO2 features data storage, test limits and noise rejection test mode.  The DLRO2X is ideal for use in aviation, renewable energy, rail, marine and oil and gas application
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07/28/2022
GreenSpur Wind, Niron Magnetics Develop New Rare Earth-free Generator Solution for the Offshore Wind Market

GreenSpur Wind and Niron Magnetics Collaborate to Develop New Rare Earth-free Generator Solution for the Offshore Wind Market

GreenSpur Wind, the company who has developed a new generator for the global offshore wind market, and Niron Magnetics, the company pioneering the world’s first high-performance, rare earth-free permanent magnets, today announced a milestone in developing a new, lighter, and highly efficient rare ea
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07/27/2022
Board for Carbon Dioxide Measurement Features an Integrated Prototyping Concept to Test System Behavior

The new XENSIV™ PAS CO2 Shield2Go board is suitable for both air quality monitoring and demand-controlled ventilation for energy savings.

­Poor ventilation can lead to rapid accumulation of CO 2. This is a threat to human well-being, as even moderate CO 2 concentrations can affect health and productivity. Efficient indoor air quality monitoring systems can prevent such issues. In addition, carbon dioxide detection is enabling energy sa
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07/27/2022
Mouser Electronics and Allegro MicroSystems Announce Global Distribution Agreement

Mouser Electronics and Allegro MicroSystems Announce Global Distribution Agreement

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, announces a new global distribution agreement with Allegro MicroSystems, a global leader in power and sensing solutions for motion control and en
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07/27/2022
Promising Prospects in Solar District Heating Market, FMI Report Expects Modest Growth at 7% CAGR

Promising Prospects in Solar District Heating Market, FMI Report Expects Modest Growth at 7% CAGR

­The demand for solar district heating exceeded USD 2.5 billion in 2021, and it is expected to increase at a CAGR of over 7% from 2022 to 2028. The global solar district heating market is predicted to grow over the forecast period, as technology is a cost-effective and environmentally responsib
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07/27/2022
2:1 Charge Pump Direct Charger IC Powers Samsung's Galaxy A23 Smartphones

2:1 Charge Pump Direct Charger IC Powers Samsung's Galaxy A23 Smartphones

­Halo Microelectronics announced that its HL7132, a 2:1 Charge Pump Direct Charger IC is used on Samsung’s Galaxy A23 smartphones. The HL7132 is a low-voltage 2:1 fast direct charger IC for 1-cell Li-ion and Li-polymer batteries that enable the charge current to be doubled by doubling the input current f
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07/27/2022
Atlas Introduces Sealed Lamp technology for Weather-Ometer Instruments

Atlas introduces Sealed Lamp technology for the Ci4000 and Ci4400 Weather-Ometer instruments.

­Atlas has just introduced Sealed Lamps for its Ci4000 and Ci4400 Weather-Ometers. The unique preassembled design makes the world’s most-advanced weathering instruments even easier to operate and maintain. The Ci4000 and Ci4400 Weather-Ometers currently use interchangeable glass filters
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07/26/2022
The Industry's Most Volumetric Efficient EMI-RFI Three-Phase Filter EMC Solution

The Industry's Most Volumetric Efficient EMI-RFI Three-Phase Filter EMC Solution

­As part of the YAGEO Group and leading global electronic components supplier, KEMET announces its new GTX series of metal box three-phase filters. This series fulfills the growing need for EMI-RFI filters to suppress electromagnetic conductive noise in general purpose inverters and medical power supplies. Th
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07/26/2022
UnitedSiC (now Qorvo) Extends Highest-performance, Most Efficient 750V SiC FET Portfolio

UnitedSiC (now Qorvo) Extends Highest-performance, Most Efficient 750V SiC FET Portfolio for Power Designs

­Qorvo announced seven 750V silicon carbide (SiC) FETs in the surface mount D2PAK-7L package. With this package option, Qorvo’s SiC FETs are tailored for the rapidly growing applications of onboard chargers, soft-switched DC/DC converters, battery charging (fast DC and industrial) and IT/server powe
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07/26/2022
Infineon's CoolSiC Devices Help EVs Become Emergency Backup Power

Infineon's CoolSiC Devices Help EVs Become Emergency Backup Power

­CoolSiC products from Infineon Technologies AG are adopted by Delta Electronics, a Taiwan-based global leading provider of power and energy management solutions, to allow for a big step towards energy transition and carbon neutrality with green power. With the successful development of bi-directional inverters, a
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07/26/2022
Hybrid Flyback Controller, CoolGaN IPS Enable Higher Efficiency and Power Density

Hybrid Flyback Controller, CoolGaN IPS Enable Higher Efficiency and Power Density

­With the rising number of mobile devices, notebooks and battery-powered equipment, the need for increased charging power and fast charging has emerged. For engineers, this trend poses the challenge of achieving ever-higher power levels in smaller form factors while simultaneously meeting thermal performance re
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07/25/2022
Ampaire Announces RED Aircraft GmbH as Reciprocating Engine Supplier for Hybrid-Electric Eco Caravan

Ampaire Announces RED Aircraft GmbH as Reciprocating Engine Supplier for Hybrid-Electric Eco Caravan

­Ampaire announced a key exclusive supplier for the hybrid-electric propulsion system it is developing for its Eco Caravan aircraft, an upgrade to the current Cessna Grand Caravan. Ampaire will use a RED Aircraft AO3 series compression ignition engine rated to 550 hp (405 kW) in an integrated parallel configuration. Th
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07/25/2022
PSDcast – What's Holding EVs Back from the Mainstream?

Co-CEO of NexGen Power Systems, Dinesh Ramanathan.

­Numerous factors are holding EVs back, namely range anxiety, lack of infrastructure, and adjusting to new norms, like possibly having to at least partially plan your day around a recharge (or not, if quick charge systems mature quickly). And on the line to discuss these matters is the Co-CEO of NexGen Power Sy
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07/21/2022
Global EV Traction Motor Market Size Worth USD 23486.5 Million, by 2028

Global EV Traction Motor Market Size Worth USD 23486.5 Million, by 2028

Vantage Market Research’s recent analysis of the Global EV Traction Motor Market finds that the increasing adoption and sales of electric vehicles are expediting market growth. In addition, rising government initiatives and an increase in demand for high-performance motors are anticipated to augment th
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07/20/2022
World's First Industrial-Grade 3D Ultrasonic Collision Avoidance Sensor

World's First Industrial-Grade 3D Ultrasonic Collision Avoidance Sensor

­The Munich based high-tech startup Toposens is announcing the market launch of its first commercial Toposens 3D COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM for mobile robots based on the proprietary Toposens 3D ultrasonic echolocation technology. This represents a key milestone for the company following more th
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07/20/2022
ZapBatt, Toshiba Unlock Lithium Titanium Oxide Battery Technology for Micro-mobility

Charlie Welch, the co-founder and CEO of ZapBatt

­As companies emphasize the importance of micro-mobility initiatives in urban areas ZapBatt has partnered with Toshiba (TOSBF), merging its proprietary Artificial intelligence (AI) software technology and next-gen battery hardware with Toshiba’s lithium titanium oxide (LTO) battery cells to
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07/19/2022
Fully Calibrated MEMS Pirani Vacuum Transducer Designed for Cost-Effective OEM Integration

Fully Calibrated MEMS Pirani Vacuum Transducer Designed for Cost-Effective OEM Integration

­Posifa Technologies introduced its new PVC4100 series fully calibrated MEMS Pirani vacuum transducer. Designed for cost-effective OEM integration, the device consists of a surface-mount MEMS Pirani sensor and microcontroller-based measuring electronics — all packaged in an ultra-compact PCB assembly featuring a
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07/19/2022
TAE Technologies Exceeds Fusion Reactor Performance Goals By 250%

The Copernicus

­After achieving temperatures greater than 75 million degrees Celsius and demonstrating unmatched real-time control of plasma with its state-of-the-art fusion research reactor, Norman, TAE Technologies announced that it has secured strategic and institutional investments to fund the construction of it
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07/19/2022
200W Half-Brick DC-DC Converters Feature a 12:1 Ultra-Wide Input Range

200W Half-Brick DC-DC Converters Feature a 12:1 Ultra-Wide Input Range

­TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the 200W TDK-Lambda brand PYH200 series of DC-DC converters. Featuring a 12:1 ultra-wide input range of 14 to 160Vdc, these board mount products are packaged in the industry-standard half-brick format measuring 61.0 x 57.9 x 12.7mm (L x W x H). The housing is silicon po
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07/19/2022
100 V and 200 V Rad-Hard GaN Power Devices Increase Power Density for Demanding Space Applications

100 V and 200 V Rad-Hard GaN Power Devices Increase Power Density for Demanding Space Applications

­EPC Space announces the introduction of two new rad-hard GaN transistors with ultra-low on-resistance and extremely low gate charge for high power density solutions that are lower cost and more efficient than the nearest comparable radiation-hardened silicon MOSFET. These devices come packaged in hermetic pa
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07/19/2022
Motor-Drive Reference Designs from STMicroelectronics Include STSPIN32 and Production-Ready PCB

Motor-Drive Reference Designs from STMicroelectronics Include STSPIN32 and Production-Ready PCB

­STMicroelectronics has released two reference designs that simplify building complete industrial or home-appliance motor drives for compressors with the STSPIN32 motor-control system-in-package (SiP). Each integrates the motor controller with a three-phase inverter to power the motor, and an offline converter an
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07/18/2022
ROHM's 4th-Gen Fast Recovery Diodes Deliver Low Loss Performance

ROHM's 4th-Gen Fast Recovery Diodes Deliver Low Loss Performance

­ROHM Semiconductor announced its fourth generation 650V fast recovery diodes (FRDs), the RFL/RFS Series, featuring low forward voltage (VF) and fast reverse recovery time (trr), respectively, as well as ultra-low noise characteristics. The new devices are ideal for industrial and consumer equ
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07/18/2022
Sensata Technologies Develops Passive Inceptor for the Advanced Air Mobility Market

Sensata Technologies Develops Passive Inceptor for the Advanced Air Mobility Market

­Sensata Technologies announced it has developed a new fly-by-wire inceptor for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and has provided prototypes to several advanced air mobility manufacturers. A passive inceptor is a cockpit control device through which pilot inputs are collected
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07/18/2022
PSDcast – Recovering Thermal Energy from Wastewater

CEO of Sharc Energy, Lynn Mueller

­Today, we’re talking about a form of renewable energy that doesn’t get near as much attention as, say, solar or wind power. That being wastewater energy — or to be more specific, recovering thermal energy from wastewater.
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07/15/2022
Halo Microelectronics Introduces a USB Type-C VBUS Combo Switch with Protection

Halo Microelectronics Introduces a USB Type-C VBUS Combo Switch with Protection

­Halo Microelectronics announced the release of HL5099, a USB Type-C VBUS Combo Switch with Protection. The HL5099 provides a dual-channel VBUS power switch with 3.3V low dropout (LDO) for USB power delivery (PD) applications. The device includes a bi-directional high-voltage switch that can support up to 22V
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07/15/2022
High-Power Fuse Product Family Features New Telecommunications Model

High-Power Fuse Product Family Features New Telecommunications Model

­Bourns, Inc., announced it has further expanded its POWrFuse High-Power Fuse product family with a new telecommunications model series. Bourns specifically designed the POWrFuse Model PF-N Series to meet the requirements of the UL 284-1 standard. Supporting operation up to 170 VDC and with two PCB mounting co
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07/15/2022
IPOL DC-DC Buck Regulator Power Modules Enable Space-Efficient and Simpler Designs

IPOL DC-DC Buck Regulator Power Modules Enable Space-Efficient and Simpler Designs

­Contemporary server, communication, and network storage applications struggle to minimize power losses and solution size. Meanwhile, the rapidly changing market also requires system solution providers to address market needs faster than usual. Therefore, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) now int
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07/15/2022
Taiwan Semiconductor 40V MOSFETs Deliver Improved SMPS Performance

Taiwan Semiconductor 40V MOSFETs Deliver Improved SMPS Performance

­Taiwan Semiconductor introduces the PerFET Series of single- and dual-channel 40V power MOSFETS. Built on proprietary device structures and processes that enable exceptionally low on-state resistance and switching FOM (figure-of-merit), the PerFET device’s achievement of 50% RDS(ON)and 40% FOM re
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07/15/2022
Debunking the Myths That Discourage Public Funding of Clean Energy

Jonas Meckling, who was the Coleman P. Burke Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor at YSE in 2021 and is associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley

­To spur decarbonization, public investments must go beyond government support of research and development and expand into the manufacturing and deployment of new technology. To do this, governments must move beyond the myths surrounding public investment in clean energy that discourage use of public funds, a
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07/15/2022
Deformable Pump Gives Soft Robots a Heart

Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering

­The Tin Man didn’t have one. The Grinch’s was three sizes too small. And for soft robots, the electronically powered pumps that function as their “hearts” are so bulky and rigid, they must be decoupled from the robot’s body – a separation that can leak energy and render the bots less efficient. Now, a collabo
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07/15/2022
PSDcast – Using GaN to Improve Motor System Efficiency and Power Density in Robotics

Martin Wattenberg, Staff System Application Engineer for GaN-based systems, Infineon Technologies

­Infineon recently authored a 3-part article series for us on service robotics, and we’d like to delve a little deeper with the author of the first piece, Martin Wattenberg, Staff System Application Engineer for GaN-based systems, Infineon Technologies.
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07/11/2022
Bourns Adds to POWrFuse High-Power Fuse Product Family w/ Three Industrial Model Series

POWrFuse High-Power Fuse models

­Bourns, Inc., announced it has added three new model series to its POWrFuse™ High-Power Fuse product family. The POWrFuse™ Model PF-G (63 A), PF-J and PF-H (Ind) series are specifically designed to meet the requirements of UL 248-14 while Model PF-G (90 A) is designed to meet bo
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07/06/2022
Kohler HVO Fuel Capabilities Provide Customers with a Pathway to Zero Carbon

Kohler HVO Fuel Capabilities provide customers with a pathway to zero carbon

­Kohler Power Systems, part of Kohler Co., has announced that its entire offering of mission-critical diesel generators is compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), marking a significant breakthrough in the usage of alternative fuels in backup power. No adaptations to the installed generators are required, al
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07/06/2022
Infineon, Oxford Ionics Jointly Develop Leading Trapped Ion Quantum Processors

Infineon ion trap on chip carrier (copyright Infineon)

­Infineon Technologies AG and Oxford Ionics announce a collaboration to build high-performance and fully integrated quantum processing units (QPUs). The combination of Oxford Ionics’ unique electronic qubit control (EQC) technology with Infineon’s world-leading engineering and manufacturing capabilities, as
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07/06/2022
Wärtsilä's Flexible Engine Solutions Support Italy's Transition Towards its Renewable Energy Targets

Italo Ballestrelli, FATA EPC Executive Vice President, COO; Marco Golinelli, Wärtsilä Sr. Business Dev. Manager, Sales & Commercial; Stefano Avenati, FATA EPC Head of Sales and Proposals, at the agreement signing ceremony. © Wärtsilä Corporation

­The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines with auxiliaries for a 75 MW power plant being built in Termoli, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The plant has been contracted by energy utility Metaenergiaproduzione, and is under construction by FATA SpA, a member of the Danieli Group. The order was pl
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07/06/2022
Battery-grade Lithium Hydroxide Produced in a Test Program Based on Ore from Keliber's Largest Deposit

Hannu Hautala, CEO, Keliber

­Keliber has completed a four-phase pilot-scale test programme and verified the behaviour of the ore from the company's largest deposit, Rapasaari, at all stages of the production process. A similar pilot-scale test programme has previously been carried out using ore from Syväjärvi, the mine where quarrying wil
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07/06/2022
High Power Density 12W DC/DC for Demanding Applications

PDL12W

P-DUKE has launched its high power density DC/DC converter series in a SIP-8 package named PDL12W. It expands P-Duke’s successful SIP8 casing DC/DC converter range from 2W to 9W with a 12W version. There are three 4:1 input voltage ranges available: 4.5-18, 9-36 and 18-75VDC allowing 25V, 50V, and 100V transient puls
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07/06/2022
Electric Vehicle Component Testing using AZX Regenerative Grid Simulators

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Figure 1. Electric Vehicle Testing

­Besides costs, one of the major obstacles for most consumers preventing them from adopting electric vehicles over IEC vehicles is range anxiety. Although great strides have been made in efficient energy conversion and battery power density, a typical range of 200 to 300 miles for most EV’s is still less th
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07/05/2022
­12 Watt DC/DC Converters (SIP-8) for Industrial Applications

Traco Power’s TMR 12WI series

  The product offers a very high power density of 4.73W/cm³ in an ultra-compact SIP-8 metal package occupying only 2.0 cm² (0.3 square inch) of board space.   An excellent efficiency of up to 90% allows for an extended operating temperature range of –40° to +65°C without derating under
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07/04/2022
Versatile LED Driver Can Be Used with Input Voltages Above or Below the Level of the LED String

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Figure 1. The LTM8042 driving four LEDs where VIN = 5.75 V to 10.25 V and IOUT = 0.5 A

­The LTM8042 is a µModule® LED driver capable of supporting LEDs with up to 1A current and a 3000:1 dimming ratio. It operates from input voltages of 3V to 30V and a wide frequency range of 250kHz to 2 MHz, enabling its use in a wide array of applications, such as scanners and automotive and avionic lightin
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07/01/2022
Mobile Telephone Mast Goes Off-Grid

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

We are accustomed to having contact with the rest of the world at any time through our mobile phones. We can access our emails, make calls or text from almost anywhere in the world to any other place. The areas that do not have good access to at least 4G mobile coverage are at a definite economic disadvantage, and t
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07/01/2022
Is 5 Minutes the

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­That appears to be the case, if recent press is any indication – like Enovix Corporation’s battery cells achieving a 5-minute charge. The company in question, a big player in advanced silicon-anode lithium-ion battery development and production, just announced that their 0.27 Ah Electric Vehicle (EV) test
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07/01/2022
Batteries and Energy Storage

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­Batteries are a hot topic. Prior to the pandemic, I counted about 355 battery-centric events being held worldwide over a year-long period – almost one a day. This comes as no surprise since the global battery market was valued at USD 108.4 billion in 2019 and is expected to have a compound annual growth ra
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07/01/2022
Next-Generation Battery Management System Architectures

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Next-Generation Battery Management System Architectures

­DC fast chargers take between 30 to 45 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent. This fast charging process generates a significant amount of heat, because the internal resistance to the high current generates a temperature rise. For a typical 400 V EV battery, therefore, the charging rate is limited by se
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07/01/2022
More Bang for Your Boost

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Figure 1. Evaluation kit of the ADP1612

­The ADP1612 is a low-cost, high-efficiency boost converter that operates at 1.3MHz. It has a shutdown pin that reduces the quiescent current to less than 2 μA and operates with an input voltage down to 1.8 V making it ideal for battery-powered electronics. However, as the battery voltage drops, it
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07/01/2022
Why Lithium is Taking Over Stationary Energy Storage

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Figure 1: This chart contains the most common commercialized sub-chemistries of lithium-ion batteries. Different applications require different performance characteristics and can be better served by selecting the correct chemistry.

­Today, you don't have to look very far to find a device that is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Chances are, you've got one in your pocket, or sitting somewhere on your desk. You might be reading this article using a lithium-ion powered device! Lithium-ion batteries are the hidden power source behind billions of c
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07/01/2022
Application of Power MOSFET in Battery Management Charge-Discharge System

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Figure 1. Battery protection board circuit diagram

­Power MOSFETs are required to be connected in series between the inside of the lithium-ion battery pack and the output load. At the same time, the dedicated IC is used to control the on and off of MOSFET for managing the charge and discharge of the battery, as shown in Figure 1. In consumer electronic systems, su
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07/01/2022
Analog and Power Management Solutions for Asset Tracking

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Figure 1: The major functional blocks of a battery-powered wireless connected asset tracker – key analog functions are highlighted in the shaded areas (source ST)

­The internet of things has already transformed many business operations and consumer services, and the development of battery-powered wireless connected asset trackers continues the adoption of IoT technologies. An asset tracker contains circuit functions to determine its position and communicate the locatio
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07/01/2022
Power Supply Eliminates Electricity Metering Tampering

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Figure 1: With a properly designed transformer, this flyback power supply continues to operate in the presence of an external magnetic field

­Tampering with an electricity meter can be as simple as placing a strong magnet near the power supply transformer. The applied magnetic field can disrupt power conversion and hinder the meter’s ability to accurately monitor electricity usage. Using a magnet to disable an electricity meter is especially eff
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07/01/2022
The Value of a Modular Design for Protection Testing Schemes

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Figure 1. A modular platform can house different power sources and logical inputs and outputs to expand testing capabilities

­Power and utility companies are making unprecedented investments in substation automation and going further with implementations of the IEC 61580 standard in their substation network designs. There are certain drawbacks to modernization when it comes to protection testing. The vast majority of protective r
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07/01/2022
Making the Business Case for UPS

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Figure 1. A SolarEdge data center, which uses a UPS as a kind of insurance policy

­Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are generally thought of as insurance policies for companies and institutions with critical power requirements such as hospitals, research facilities, laboratories, data centres, manufacturers, healthcare, government, academic, research, and transportation facilities, provi
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07/01/2022
Charged Up for Summer

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­July is traditionally the holiday season in Europe, and hopefully you are on a beach or somewhere else just as relaxing. It has been a busy start to the year, and it looks like the end of the year will be even busier. If you are lying on the beach, it is likely that some of you will be listening to music on your
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07/01/2022
The Ubiquity of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­It’s beginning to look a lot like…normalcy. And for someone who gets cabin fever when I’m stuck inside for even a day, I couldn’t be happier. New COVID-19 cases continue to drop, from a U.S. 7-day average of nearly 700K as of 1/24 to 85K as of 6/21. Obviously, tens of thousands of instances of some
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07/01/2022
The Dawn of a New Era with High-Power Wireless Charging

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Figure 1: Wireless power transmitter system with WLC1115

Overview of Inductive charging and Qi specification Wireless charging technologies range from inductive, magnetic resonant, and capacitive to RF radiation, laser, acoustic, and other emerging ones. The inductive coupling technology is the front runner [1], and hence its associated standard Qi is the most pre
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07/01/2022