Notable & Newsworthy

September 2022
5V Op-Amp Family Optimizes Power and Signal-Conditioning Performance

STMicroelectronics expands 5V op-amp family, to optimize power and signal-conditioning performance

­STMicroelectronics has added the TSV782 high-performance dual op amp to its 5V family, with 30MHz gain bandwidth (GBW) and 50µV (typical) input offset voltage for high-speed, high-accuracy signal conditioning. Able to function with a supply as low as 2.0V, the TSV782 can operate from a deeply
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09/28/2022
Linear DC Power Supply Provides Low Current Measurements and Improved Output Speed

Linear DC Power Supply Provides Low Current Measurements and Improved Output Speed

­RIGOL Technologies announces their next generation of Programmable Linear DC Power Supplies, the DP2000. This completely new benchtop power supply features 3 fully isolated channels with automatic internal series and parallel connections and an intuitive 4.3” touch screen. The DP2000 delivers high resolution fo
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09/28/2022
DC/DC Converter IC for ADAS Achieves Best-in-Class Stable Operation

DC/DC Converter IC for ADAS Achieves Best-in-Class Stable Operation

­ROHM Semiconductor announced the BD9S402MUF-C, a new buck DC/DC converter IC with built-in MOSFET (switching regulator) for automotive applications such as infotainment and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) incorporating onboard sensors and cameras that are becoming more advanced. In recent yea
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09/28/2022
Cellular-Based Remote RF Wireless Charging Platform Enables Mobile Carriers to Offer Power as a Service

Cellular-Based Remote RF Wireless Charging Platform Enables Mobile Carriers to Offer Power as a Service

­Powercast Corporation has created a unique cellular-based RF Power-Over-Distance Wireless Charging Platform, built around Sequans Monarch cellular IoT connectivity technology.  Operating in the lower 600 – 900 MHz frequency bands licensed by mobile carriers, the Powercast cellular-based RF Wirele
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09/28/2022
System Synchronizer Delivers Class D Compliance for O-RAN S-Plane Requirements

System Synchronizer Delivers Class D Compliance for O-RAN S-Plane Requirements

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that its 8A34001 System Synchronizer for IEEE 1588 is being used within the AMD Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC DFE ZCU670 Evaluation Kit and reference design for 5G Next-Gen Radio (5G NR).  The 8A34001 System Synchronizer for IEEE 1588 is part of Renesas
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09/28/2022
Offline AC-DC Primary-Side PWM Controllers for Flyback Converters

Offline AC-DC Primary-Side PWM Controllers for Flyback Converters

­Elevation Semiconductor announced the release of its two high-efficiency power ICs with smaller footprints for fast-charging solutions. The HL9510 and HL9512 are flyback PWM controller ICs that operate in a quasi-resonant (QR) mode to significantly enhance the system efficiency and power density. Both ICs
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09/28/2022
Higher Voltage Biasing High Voltage Power Supplies

Higher Voltage Biasing High Voltage Power Supplies

­Dean Technology, Inc. announced the introduction of a new series of high voltage power supplies designed specifically for higher voltage applications needing a biasing module. The new UMR-A-10000 series, which is another extension of the existing UMR Collection of power supplies, offers output voltages up to
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09/28/2022
28-Port Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches Futureproof Substation Automation Systems

28-Port Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches Futureproof Substation Automation Systems

­Moxa RKS-G4028 Series Gigabit Ethernet managed switches serve as foundational building blocks in power substations with up to 28 Gigabit ports to fulfill future scalability requirements, modular interfaces for flexible connector combinations, certified IEC 62443-4-2 enterprise-grade cybersecurity, an
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09/28/2022
Enabling ECU-Level Automotive Software Development Without Hardware

Enabling ECU-Level Automotive Software Development Without Hardware

­Renesas Electronics Corporation launched a new integrated development environment that allows engineers to rapidly create software for automotive ECUs (Electronic Control Units) containing multiple hardware devices. The fully integrated environment supports co-simulation, debug and trace, high-speed simulation an
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09/28/2022
PSDcast – A Solar Canopy with 30x Faster Installation

Tom McCalmont, the CEO and co-founder of Paired Power

­Paired Power has developed a solar canopy charging station for EVs that doesn’t require permitting and installs 30x faster than traditional solar canopies.
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09/27/2022
Precision Timing Solution for Autonomous Vehicles

Precision Timing Solution for Autonomous Vehicles

­SiTime Corporation introduced a new automotive oscillator family, based on SiTime’s advanced MEMS technology. The new differential oscillators are 10x more resilient and ensure reliable operation of ADAS across extreme road conditions and temperatures. The launch of the new automotive oscillator, AEC-Q100 Si
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09/27/2022
Multi-Pixel Driver with CAN FD Light Powers Next-Generation Automotive Lighting

Multi-Pixel Driver with CAN FD Light Powers Next-Generation Automotive Lighting

­STMicroelectronics’ L99LDLH32 linear current regulator delivers a convenient, integrated solution for dynamic automotive lighting controlled using the lightweight CAN FD Light protocol. Ideal for use with OLED lamps that provide bright, homogeneous, and high-contrast lighting from a small surface area, the ne
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09/27/2022
TDK Offers Clip-on NTC Sensors for Heat Pumps in E-Mobility

TDK offers clip-on NTC sensors for heat pumps in e-mobility

­TDK Corporation presents the new B58101A0109A* (HP100) series of heat pump sensors for measuring the refrigerant temperature indirectly via the pipes' surface temperature. The NTC-based sensors are specifically designed to meet automotive requirements. Standard for pipe diameters of 12.8 mm, this clip-on des
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09/27/2022
Power Companies on Track for Energy Transition but Must not Neglect Full ESG Responsibilities

Power companies on track for energy transition but must not neglect full ESG responsibilities, says GlobalData

­Power companies will face increasing pressure to respond to both social and governance issues while navigating their way through the energy transition process in the following decade, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.  A focus on ‘E’ in ‘ESG’: 40% global power to
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09/22/2022
Single-Stage Flyback Controller for Battery Charging Applications, Enabling Hassle-Free and Scalable

Single-Stage Flyback Controller for Battery Charging Applications, Enabling Hassle-Free and Scalable

­Battery-powered appliances, one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments, require energy-efficient, robust, and cost-effective battery charging. For this reason Infineon Technologies AG extends its offering of AC-DC controller ICs by introducing the ICC80QSG single-stage PWM controller for flyback topologies. Th
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09/22/2022
NexTech Batteries Earns Milestone UN/DOT Safety Certification

Bill Burger, CEO of NexTech Batteries

­NexTech Batteries received UN/DOT 38.3.5 safety certification for its patented semi-solid-state lithium-sulfur 5.4 amp hour cell – exceeding test standards required for air transportation and other modes of transit.  “The UN/DOT safety certification is yet another confirmation that our patente
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09/22/2022
NXP Collaborates with Elektrobit to Develop Software for Next-Generation Automotive Battery Management Systems

NXP Collaborates with Elektrobit to Develop Software for Next-Generation Automotive Battery Management Systems

­The software jointly developed with Elektrobit aims to reduce the entry-level cost of battery management system (BMS) development and enhance ease-of-use of NXP’s high-voltage BMS reference design (HVBMS RD). What’s new: NXP Semiconductors has joined forces with Elektrobit to co-develop the softw
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09/22/2022
Upgrading Your Computer to Quantum

Researchers at The University of Tokyo grow a nanoscale layer of a superconducting material on top of a nitride-semiconductor substrate, which may help facilitate the integration of quantum qubits with existing microelectronics

­Computers that can make use of the “spooky” properties of quantum mechanics to solve problems faster than current technology may sound alluring, but first they must overcome a massive disadvantage. Scientists from Japan may have found the answer through their demonstration of how a superconducting material, ni
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09/22/2022
Study Suggests Watching TV with Your Child can Help Their Cognitive Development

Dr Eszter Somogyi from the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth

­Over the past 30 years, the number of television programs targeting infants has been increasing. Between 1997 and 2014, screen time doubled among children aged 0 to 2 years. A new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has on a young child’s cognitive
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09/22/2022
Smart Microrobots Walk Autonomously with Electronic ‘Brains’

Itai Cohen, professor of physics, Cornell

­Cornell University researchers have installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size – smaller than an ant’s head – so that they can walk autonomously without being externally controlled. While Cornell researchers and others have previously developed
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09/22/2022
Rooftop Solar Cells can be a Boon for Water Conservation Too

Avner Vengosh, Duke University

­Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water, say a pair of Duke University researchers who have done the math. A given household may save an average 16,200 gallons of water per year by installing rooftop solar, th
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09/22/2022
UCI and National Lab Researchers Develop a Cobalt-Free Cathode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Huolin Xin, UCI professor of physics & astronomy

­Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and four national laboratories have devised a way to make lithium-ion battery cathodes without using cobalt, a mineral plagued by price volatility and geopolitical complications. In a paper published today in Nature, the scientists describe how they
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09/22/2022
SolarEdge Launches Next-Gen Smart Power Optimizer Series with a Multi-Layered Safety Technology

SolarEdge Launches Next-Gen C&I Smart Power Optimizer Series with a Multi-Layered Safety Technology

­SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of the S-Series new range of smart Power Optimizers. Now available for commercial and industrial PV applications across North America, the next generation Power Optimizers adds SolarEdge Sense Connect technology to its multi-layered approach for safety. SolarEdge Sense Con
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09/21/2022
I2C Programmable 3A Dynamic Voltage Scaling Buck Converters

I2C Programmable 3A Dynamic Voltage Scaling Buck Converters

­Halo Microelectronics announced the release of its HL7593 and HL7594 devices, a series of synchronous buck converters optimized to supply different subsystems of portable applications. The HL7593/HL7594 series output voltage ranges from 0.600V to 1.394V in 6.25mV steps or 0.27V to 0.6272V in 2.8125mV steps prog
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09/21/2022
High-Current PTVS Diode Capable of Handling 20 kA Surge Current

High Current PTVS Diode Capable of Handling 20 kA Surge Current

­Bourns, Inc., introduced a bidirectional power transient voltage suppressor (PTVS) diode designed for high power DC line protection applications. The new Model PTVS20-015C-TH is capable of handling 20 kA current surge at a low voltage of 15 V making it an ideal and effective electrostatic di
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09/21/2022
KiloVault Announces Upgrade to its Deep Cycle Solar Batteries

KiloVault Announces Upgrade to its Deep Cycle Solar Batteries

­KiloVault, a provider of innovative and affordable residential and commercial renewable energy solutions, is announcing several crucial enhancements to its line of HLX+ lithium batteries.     The enhancements include: HLX+ Bridge: This new product allows viewing information of ent
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09/21/2022
3-Phase EMC Filter Series Designed for Machine Safety

3-Phase EMC Filter Series Designed for Machine Safety

­SCHURTER expands the FMAC NEO and FMAD NEO 3-phase filter families to meet IEC 60204-1. Downsized for smaller footprint, without any compromise to performance, the two new filter series are suitable for use in energy applications such as EV fast charging and battery storage, as well as industrial applications in
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09/21/2022
More Powerful UV-C LEDs for Sterilization Applications

The new UV-C LEDs of the WL-SUMW product series.

Würth Elektronik presents new products in the field of optoelectronics: The manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components expands the WL-SUMW series with more powerful UV-C LEDs for sterilization applications and introduces UV-A LEDs with particularly low height under the designation WL-SUTW, wh
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09/20/2022
Savant Enhances Smart Home Experience with Schumacher Electric Vehicle Charger

Savant Enhances Smart Home Experience with Schumacher Electric Vehicle Charger

­Savant Systems, Inc., has added a premium EV charger as part of their suite of energy management products. The Savant LVL 2 EV Charger complements the already robust Savant Power System platform that includes intelligent load management and monitoring, scalable battery storage solutions, and environmental co
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09/20/2022
New Data Shows Nextracker Proprietary Software Improves Solar Plant Performance

New Data Shows Nextracker Proprietary Software Improves Solar Plant Performance

Nextracker LLC has published a first-of-its-kind white paper based on third-party analysis showing how Nextracker's machine-learning software improves utility-scale solar power plant performance. In a series of tests conducted at operational sites, TrueCapture increased annual energy production by
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09/19/2022
Functional Safety, Cybersecurity Protection and AUTOSAR Compatibility Features Now Available on 32-bit MCU

Functional Safety, Cybersecurity Protection and AUTOSAR Compatibility Features Now Available on 32-bit MCU

­Manufacturers of electronic systems ranging from vehicles to home appliances are moving towards automating and connecting end applications, spurring the need for industry standards related to functional safety and cybersecurity protection to ensure their products operate safely and securely. To provide manufacturers wi
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09/16/2022
800 V and 950 V AC-DC Integrated Power Stages Expand the Fixed-Frequency CoolSET Portfolio

800 V and 950 V AC-DC Integrated Power Stages Expand the Fixed-Frequency CoolSET Portfolio

­Optimized performance, efficiency, and reliability in high-voltage power supplies need to be combined with reduced bill-of-material (BOM) count and cost, as well as lower design efforts. With its 5th generation fixed-frequency (FF) CoolSET portfolio, Infineon Technologies AG offers the ri
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09/14/2022
Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

­As the first global truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo Trucks is now starting series production of heavy electric, 44 ton* trucks. Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of the electric versions of the company’s most important product range, its heavy-duty trucks: Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo
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09/14/2022
ETRI Leads International Standardization of the Medical 3D Printing and 3D Scanning

Research team of ETRI discussing about the process of medical 3D standard

­Korean researchers are taking the lead in developing international standards for medical 3D printing and 3D scanning, which are essential for creating customized medical devices for each patient. If this standard is developed, it is expected to be of great help in promoting public health, revitalizing the re
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09/14/2022
DOE Announces $178 Million to Advance Bioenergy Technology

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm

­The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food and agricultural production, and create more resilient supply chains. This funding will support cutting-edge bi
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09/14/2022
New Method for Comparing Neural Networks Exposes how Artificial Intelligence Works

Researchers at Los Alamos are looking at new ways to compare neural networks. This image was created with an artificial intelligence software called Stable Diffusion, using the prompt “Peeking into the black box of neural networks.”

­A team at Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a novel approach for comparing neural networks that looks within the “black box” of artificial intelligence to help researchers understand neural network behavior. Neural networks recognize patterns in datasets; they are used everywhere in so
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09/14/2022
Reaching National Electric Vehicle Goal Unlikely by 2030 Without Lower Prices, Better Policy

John Graham

­The United States government has set an ambitious national goal of reaching 50 percent penetration of plug-in electric vehicles by 2030, but a new study from researchers at Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that the U.S. is unlikely to meet th
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09/14/2022
Tech Startup WaveLogix Receives Federal SBIR Grant to Develop its IoT Sensors for Concrete Strength Monitoring

The Rebel sensor from WaveLogix improves upon the industry standard to measure concrete strength. WaveLogix has received a six-month SBIR Phase I grant worth $255,996 from the NSF to develop it further.

­WaveLogix, a startup technology company that is commercializing an Internet of Things sensing system for infrastructure monitoring, has received a six-month SBIR Phase I grant worth $255,996 from the National Science Foundation to develop its technology. The company’s Rebel brand of concrete strength
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09/14/2022
Intriguing Material Property Found in Complex Nanostructures Could Dissipate Energy

Unique defects in a 3D material.

­Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina State University have discovered for the first time a unique property in complex nanostructures that has thus far only been found in simple nanostructures. Additionally, they have unraveled the internal mechanics of the materials that makes th
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09/14/2022
Unlocking Human-Like Perception in Self-Driving Vehicles

Freiburg robotics researchers Prof. Dr. Abhinav Valada

­How can mobile robots perceive and understand the environment correctly, even if parts of the environment are occluded by other objects? This is a key question that must be solved for self-driving vehicles to safely navigate in large crowded cities. While humans can imagine complete physical structures of ob
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09/14/2022
COSEL Announces Three new DIN Rail Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

COSEL Announces Three new DIN Rail Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

­COSEL Co, Ltd announced the launch of three new DIN Rail AC/DC power supplies for industrial applications. Based on its long experience and expertise in developing high efficiency power conversion solutions for demanding industrial applications optimized for highly automated manufacturing, Cosel’s design tea
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09/13/2022
First-Ever Wildfire Sensor Added to GRIDWIDE FIRE-SPY Fleet

First-Ever Wildfire Sensor Added to GRIDWIDE FIRE-SPY Fleet

­GRID2020, Inc. announced that the industry’s first-ever three phase distribution transformer-mounted wildfire mitigation sensor device has successfully completed its intended regimen of private, secure cellular communications certification; now including prioritized utility operator and first responder cellular ca
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09/13/2022
Portland General Electric Partners with InnovationForce to Rapidly Accelerate Innovation Program in Support of Decarbonization Initiatives

InnovationForce CEO Kim Getgen

­InnovationForce recently completed the first 18 months of its Connected Utility Lab with Portland General Electric (PGE), identifying about $340 million in potential savings from the first set of use cases driven by leading technology ecosystem partners including Intel, Google the 5GOpen In
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09/13/2022
First-Ever Hybrid Semiconductor Circuit Protection Devices

ProTek Devices Intros its First-Ever Hybrid Semiconductor Circuit Protection Devices

­ProTek Devices has introduced a hybrid semiconductor technology that is the company’s first ever for circuit protection in common industrial and household applications like power adapters, home appliances, industrial automation controls, smart meters and other critical applications. The new patent-pending te
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09/13/2022
Ruggedized 250W Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters, Conduction-Cooled and Wide Range Inputs and Outputs

Ruggedised 250W Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters, Conduction-Cooled and Wide Range Inputs and Outputs

­TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the 250W rated TDK-Lambda RGA series of ruggedised non-isolated DC-DC converters. Capable of operating from an input voltage of 9 to 40V or 9 to 53V, the non-isolated step-down converters deliver output voltages that can be adjustable from 3.3 to 15V, 3.3 to 24V or
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09/13/2022
VDA-Compliant LIN Alternator Regulator Raises Performance and Flexibility of 12V Car Systems

VDA-Compliant LIN Alternator Regulator Raises Performance and Flexibility of 12V Car Systems

­STMicroelectronics has introduced the L9918 automotive alternator regulator, with enhanced features to ensure the stability of 12V vehicle electrical systems. The regulator contains a MOSFET to deliver alternator excitation current and a freewheeling diode to handle the rotor current when excitation is turned
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09/13/2022
New Laser-Based Instrument Designed to Boost Hydrogen Research

Researchers developed an analytical instrument that uses an ultrafast laser for precise temperature and concentration measurements of hydrogen. They used it to study the hydrogen flame shown here.

­Researchers have developed an analytical instrument that uses an ultrafast laser for precise temperature and concentration measurements of hydrogen. Their new approach could help advance the study of greener hydrogen-based fuels for use in spacecraft and airplanes. “This instrument will provide powerful
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09/13/2022
Where do High-Energy Particles that Endanger Satellites, Astronauts, and Airplanes Come From?

Where do High-Energy Particles that Endanger Satellites, Astronauts, and Airplanes Come From?

­For decades, scientists have been trying to solve a vexing problem about the weather in outer space: At unpredictable times, high-energy particles bombard the earth and objects outside the earth’s atmosphere with radiation that can endanger the lives of astronauts and destroy satellites’ electronic equipment. Th
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09/13/2022
Decarbonizing the Energy System by 2050 Could Save Trillions, Says new Oxford Study

Dr Rupert Way, postdoctoral researcher at Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

­Transitioning to a decarbonised energy system by around 2050 is expected to save the world at least $12 trillion, compared to continuing our current levels of fossil fuel use, according to a peer-reviewed study by Oxford University researchers, published in the journal Joule today. The research
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09/13/2022
UTAC Holdings Factory-Rooftop Solar Generator Goes Live to Save 467 Tons of CO2 Every Year

UTAC’s rooftop installation will generate over one million kWh of green energy annually

­UTAC Holdings Ltd. (UTAC), a global semiconductor test and assembly services provider, has installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its Singapore factory, helping UTAC to reduce their carbon footprint and extend sustainability initiatives that have already cut the Company’s CO2 emissions by 38% since 20
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09/13/2022
AI-Powered Product for Industrial Asset and OT Network Visibility

AI-Powered Product for Industrial Asset and OT Network Visibility

­OPSWAT announced the launch of OPSWAT Neuralyzer, a new neural network cybersecurity product that enables OT personnel to protect their critical environments and supply chain through asset discovery, inventory management, network visibility, and vulnerability and risk management. With its intuitive OT
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09/12/2022
Next-Gen Integrated POL DC-DC Regulators with a Fast COT Engine Plus SVID and I²C/PMBus Digital Interfaces

Next-Gen Integrated POL DC-DC Regulators with a Fast COT Engine Plus SVID and I²C/PMBus Digital Interfaces

­As artificial intelligence (AI) technology is integrated into massive data centers, the demand for higher performance will continue to increase. Following this trend, high power density and energy-efficient solutions for smart enterprise systems have also become challenging. As a result, Infineon Te
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09/08/2022
Expanded Family of Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost

Expanded Family of Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost

­EPC expands the selection of off-the-shelf GaN FETs in thermally enhanced QFN packages with the introduction of the 100 V EPC2306 designed for 48 V DC-DC conversion used in high-density computing applications, in 48 V BLDC motor drives for e-mobility and robotics, and in solar optimizers an
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09/08/2022
EDP Launches Energy Starter 2022, a Program to Promote Innovative Initiatives in the Energy Sector

EDP Launches Energy Starter 2022, a Program to Promote Innovative Initiatives in the Energy Sector

­EDP has just launched the second module of the Energy Starter 2022 program, the collaborative innovation program created with the mission of introducing startups and fast-growing technology companies (scaleups) to EDP specialists from around the world. This program, which already had the first module in
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09/08/2022
Unique Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device could help millions of people worldwide with lupus and other light-sensitive diseases by providing access to real-time data for more personalized treatments.

­A team of engineers and doctors at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that is placed directly on the skin and gives real-time feedback to correlate light exposure with disease flare-ups. The device could help millions of people worldwide with lu
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09/08/2022
KIMS Accelerates the Era of Green Hydrogen Production

A schematic diagram of anion exchange membrane water electrolysis stack (left) and a graph of long-term durability performance evaluation (right)

­The joint research team led by Dr. Sung Mook Choi of the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Dr. Jang Yong Lee of the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) developed a highly active and highly durable no
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09/08/2022
Hybrid Sensor for Full Automotive Interior Monitoring

STMicroelectronics sets the scene for advanced in-car safety and comfort with new hybrid sensor for full interior monitoring

STMicroelectronics is already equipping carmakers with the required technologies. While DMS promises greater road safety by assessing driver alertness, the next-generation dual image sensor ST announced today monitors the full vehicle interior covering both the driver and all passengers. New applications en
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09/08/2022
Ultra-High-Density 2400 W Power Supply with 80PLUS Titanium Efficiency Certification

Ultra-High-Density 2400 W Power Supply with 80PLUS Titanium Efficiency Certification

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. expanded its family of ultra-high-density front-end power supplies with the addition of the Artesyn CSU2400AT 2400 W series. The new series combines the common redundant power supply (CPRS) form factor with an 80PLUS Titanium efficiency certification. Operating with effi
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09/08/2022
Navitas Releases Industry First GaNSense Half-Bridge Power ICs

Navitas Releases Industry First GaNSense Half-Bridge Power ICs

­Navitas Semiconductor announced the industry’s first GaNSense half-bridge power ICs. These half-bridge ICs enable a new level of MHz switching frequencies while dramatically reducing the system cost and complexity compared to existing discrete solutions. GaNSense half-bridge power ICs integrate two GaN F
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09/07/2022
Halo Microelectronics Introduces 4-Channel USB Type-C Port Protection Solution

Halo Microelectronics Introduces 4-Channel USB Type-C Port Protection Solution

­Halo Microelectronics announced the release of its HL8261, a 4-channel USB Type-C port protector for all computing, docking, and adapter essentials. In today’s applications, Sideband Use (SBU) channels can carry high-speed data, which makes protecting the SBU pins from electrostatic discharge (ESD) dam
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09/06/2022
Flexible Power Modules from STMicroelectronics Simplify SiC Inverter Designs

Flexible Power Modules from STMicroelectronics Simplify SiC Inverter Designs

­STMicroelectronics has released two STPOWER modules that contain 1200V silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFETs in popular configurations. Each uses ST’s ACEPACK1 2 package technology to ensure high power density and simplified assembly. The first of the new modules, the A2F12M12W2-F1, is a four-pac
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09/06/2022
Low Voltage Testing with Bias Power Supplies

Low-Voltage Solution for Load Variation Testing

­The use of semiconductors in devices has skyrocketed in past decades. This leads to a large growth in the demand for more semiconductor components and the need to develop new solutions to power each device. Compounded with this growth in the market is the drive for increased performance and efficiency for ea
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09/03/2022
Digi-Key Announces Distribution Agreement with Schneider Electric

Digi-Key now offers a wide selection of Schneider Electric’s power, automation and control, and sensor products.

­Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, announced that it has secured a distribution agreement in North America with Schneider Electric, one of the largest suppliers of electrical and automation an
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09/03/2022
ADI's RF Front-End Family Enables Compact 5G Massive MIMO Network Radios

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Figure 1: M-MIMO RF front-end block diagram

­Massive multiple input, multiple output (M-MIMO) radios have seen their popularity surge in the late stage deployment of 4G LTE cellular base stations, particularly in dense urban areas where small cells effectively filled the cellular coverage voids while boosting higher data speed services. The success of th
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09/01/2022
Fighting Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­One of the things I read a lot about is conspiracy theories, particularly ones involving science. This is mainly due to the fact that I have a close family member who has fallen down that rabbit hole. Additionally, whenever I make one of my infrequent visits to Facebook, I am usually surprised by someone who I
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09/01/2022
Space-Based Solar Power is Prohibitively Expensive and Unrealistic

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a noble idea that’s likely impractical for a number of reasons. But first, let’s clear up what SBSP isn’t – it’s not, by any means, a new concept. Researchers have pondered the idea since the early 1970s, during the height of the Apollo program, and SBSP was first
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09/01/2022
The Test & Measurement and Sensors Markets Converge

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­The test and measurement equipment market is forecast to reach $33 billion by 2025 and is estimated to grow from now until then at a CAGR of 4.05%, according to research organization MarketsandMarketsTM. Although this market still comprises the typical DMM, oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer segments, it also in
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09/01/2022
Independent Testing Helps Solve Battery Temperature Issues

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Figure 1. Keysight 34980A data acquisition switch / measure unit (SMU)

­Large-scale applications typically use battery packs with modules wired in series and parallel connections. Thermal sensors placed strategically across a battery pack detect temperature variations. Large battery-pack thermal imbalance usually starts with the non-uniformities of battery cells affecting their charging and
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09/01/2022
Testing Times for Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1: Wireless charging is emerging as a solution to range anxiety

­With the growing awareness of the damage that can be caused by fossil fuels, electric vehicles are certainly having their moment in the sun. But are potential drivers and buyers of EVs convinced that these vehicles can give them what they need? To really allow the EV market to take off, consumers need to know th
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09/01/2022
MEMS Switches Speed Test Capability and System Productivity

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Figure 1: Eye diagram at 32Gbps (RF1 to RFC with reference trace, pattern used PRBS 215-1)

­The semiconductor market is evolving with higher speed and higher density interchip communications for advanced processors. Assuring quality amidst this increasing complexity and demand for increased throughput is a challenge for today’s ATE designers. One critical aspect is the increasing number of transmitter
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09/01/2022
When Selecting a DC Power Supply, Understand its Output Characteristic

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Figure 1: Output curve for an autoranging power supply compared with a power supply with a rectangular output. The autoranging supply provides higher output voltage, higher output current, and full power output at more V-I points.

­An important but overlooked aspect of power supply selection is the type of output characteristic that the power supply has. A typical power supply has a rectangular output in which maximum power is delivered only at the supply’s maximum rated voltage and maximum rated current. Another option is a power suppl
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09/01/2022
Current Sensing for Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1: 4p108s Battery Pack Configuration

­Electromobility in the form of electric bicycles or Electric Vehicles (EVs) has gained popularity as gasoline prices increase and the public becomes environmentally aware. These electromobility vehicles consist of an electric battery for energy storage, an electric motor for movement and a controller to manage th
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09/01/2022
Accurate Current Sensing for Next-Generation EV Designs

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Figure 1. Conventional Hall sensor in concentrator air gap

­Automotive manufacturers need to enhance the performance and capabilities of their electric vehicle (EV) models to differentiate and attract buyers to switch from conventional vehicles. Reliability, extended driving range, and safe fast-charging are important buying criteria that can be improved with precision cu
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09/01/2022
Pushing EVs Ahead of the Curve

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Figure 1: A bidirectional OBC enables new vehicle-to-everything use cases

­Electric vehicle (EV) on-board chargers (OBCs) can take several forms based on power level and functions. Charging powers vary from less than 2 kW in applications such as electric scooters to 22 kW in high-end EVs. Traditionally, charging power is unidirectional, but bi-directional charging is gaining traction. Why bidirectional OBC
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09/01/2022
GaN Drives Development of Next-Generation EVs

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Figure 1: Applications for GaN power semiconductors in EVs

­According to a recent report1 transportation generates around 8 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually, with passenger vehicles responsible for almost half the total. As we drive towards ‘net zero’, moving to electric vehicles (EVs) is being seen as a large part of the solution. However, there remains an
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09/01/2022
Qi Charging Gets a Much-Needed Security Boost

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Figure 1: Secure provisioning is mandated by the Qi 1.3 standard

­Qi inductive charging took a while to catch on because the emergence of the new technologies was hindered by opposing approaches. So, while Qi was first released in 2010 it took another five years before it emerged as preeminent. Since then, the Wireless Power Consortium has made significant enhancements to Qi
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09/01/2022
Testing Times and the Most New Technology in One Place

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

Autumn is here and with that trade show time. This is an electronica year, and I’m looking forward to getting back to Munich and catching up with colleagues, as well as seeing what is new in the industry. Electronica is always very hard work, but there is nowhere else on earth that so much new technology can be
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09/01/2022
A Much-Appreciated Change of Seasons with a very Testy Topic

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Welcome to the Fall, and a very special welcome to less extreme weather. After the brutal summer we’ve had, I’ve never been happier for a seasonal change (in fact, I think I’ve had reverse seasonal depression over the last several months). Then again, if my wife read this, she’d probably kill me s
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09/01/2022
Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Powering AI in Data Centers

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Figure 1: 4:1 Zero-voltage switching (ZVS) switched capacitor (ZSC) topology

Introduction Today’s data centers typically contain a dual-CPU server connected to multiple hard drives. These server systems excel at storing large amounts of information while processing a limited amount of it. However, they are not optimized for number crunching the huge volumes of data that help keep us safe from hackers, answer questions about the universe, or even drive an auto
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09/01/2022
STMicroelectronics Introduces Stellar P6 Automotive MCU for EV Platform System Integration

STMicroelectronics Introduces Stellar P6 Automotive MCU for EV Platform System Integration

­STMicroelectronics has unveiled new microcontrollers (MCUs) targeting the coming electrified drivetrains and domain-oriented, over-the-air updateable systems that are the foundation of the next generation of EVs. As the vehicles generate, process, and transfer large data flows, especially to support th
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09/01/2022