Notable & Newsworthy

October 2022
Constructing Charge Transfer Channels on Photoanode Surface by Electrochemical Treatment

Electrochemical cyclic voltammetry treatment initiates the formation of HyMoOx surface defects, which act as charge transfer channels for photogenerated holes. Via these charge transfer channels, the charge separation and photoelectrochemical performance of Mo-doped BiVO4 electrode are enhanced.

­Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting presents a promising way to convert solar energy into storable and transportable hydrogen energy. Among investigated semiconducting materials, BiVO4 is considered as an intriguing photoanode candidate, due to its low theoretical onset potential and relatively hi
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10/31/2022
ToF Imager Enables Advanced Obstacle Avoidance and Smart Navigation in Vacuum Cleaning Robot

ToF Imager Enables Advanced Obstacle Avoidance and Smart Navigation in Vacuum Cleaning Robot

­Dreame has launched its new vacuum cleaning robot, the Dreame Bot W10 Pro. The smart vacuum cleaner is equipped with a camera featuring the REAL3 Time of Flight (ToF) image sensor from Infineon Technologies AG and pmdtechnologies. The ToF imager enables smart navigation, 3D mapping, and excellent obstacle av
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10/28/2022
ICs for Automotive Multi-Displays Simplify Video Transmission

ICs for Automotive Multi-Displays Simplify Video Transmission

­ROHM Semiconductor announced new full-HD compatible (1980 x 1080 pixels) SerDes ICs (serializer: BU18TL82-M; deserializer: BU18RL82-M) optimized for multi-screen vehicle displays.   Unlike typical SerDes ICs that must be connected in pairs for each video transmission, ROHM’s new BU18R
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10/28/2022
Crowley, Humboldt Bay to Develop and Operate California Wind Terminal

Crowley, Humboldt Bay to Develop and Operate California Wind Terminal

­Crowley signed an agreement with the Port of Humboldt Bay to exclusively negotiate to be the developer and operator of a terminal to serve as California’s first hub for offshore wind energy installations.   Through Crowley’s Wind Services group, the company will enter into negotiations with the
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10/28/2022
Infineon Launches New 950 V Superjunction MOSFETs

Infineon Launches New 950 V Superjunction MOSFETs

­To address contemporary market needs for improved form factors and energy-efficient products, Infineon Technologies has developed a new CoolMOS PFD7 high-voltage MOSFET family, setting a new benchmark in 950 V superjunction (SJ) technology. The new 950 V series combines outstanding performance with state-of-the-art ea
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10/28/2022
New Form of Universal Quantum Computers

The team led by Wolfgang Lechner (right): Kilian Ender, Anette Messinger and Michael Fellner (from left).

­Quantum bits (qubits) in a quantum computer serve as a computing unit and memory at the same time. Because quantum information cannot be copied, it cannot be stored in a memory as in a classical computer. Due to this limitation, all qubits in a quantum computer must be able to interact with each other. This is
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10/28/2022
Real-Time Space Observations can now Keep Watch Over 'Super Emitter' Power Plants

Real-Time Space Observations can now Keep Watch Over 'Super Emitter' Power Plants

­Countries signed up to the 2015 Paris Agreement have committed themselves to keep the rise in average global temperature ‘well below’ 2 °C. Every five years, they are to issue so-called ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs), describing their actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions an
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10/28/2022
dcbel and LG Energy Solution Partner for Future-Proof Home Energy Solution

dcbel and LG Energy Solution partner for future-proof home energy solution

­Smart home energy company dcbel has partnered with LG Energy Solution, a leading global manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, to co-market an integrated solution for the residential energy needs of the future. The collaboration brings together experts in distributed energy resources to illustrate th
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10/27/2022
New Hybrid Structures Could Pave the way to More Stable Quantum Computers

Cui-Zu Chang, Henry W. Knerr Early Career Professor and Associate Professor of Physics at Penn State

­A new way to combine two materials with special electrical properties — a monolayer superconductor and a topological insulator — provides the best platform to date to explore an unusual form of superconductivity called topological superconductivity. The combination could provide the basis for topological qu
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10/27/2022
Smart Metering Platform Available on 32-bit MCU Product Family Equipped with an MPL460 PLC Modem

Smart Metering Platform Available on 32-bit MCU Product Family Equipped with an MPL460 PLC Modem

­The design complexity of smart meters continues to evolve as different communications solutions are integrated into the framework and as regulatory compliance requirements are mandated. To meet the growing demand for a feature-rich yet simple design solution for developing smart meters, Microchip Technology In
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10/26/2022
Compact 300mA Automotive-Grade LDO Regulators for High Performance ADAS Sensors

ROHM’s New Compact 300mA Automotive-Grade LDO Regulators for High Performance ADAS Sensors

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the new BUxxJA3DG-C series of automotive-grade LDO regulator ICs (BU12JA3DG-C, BU15JA3DG-C, BU18JA3DG-C, BU25JA3DG-C, BU30JA3DG-C, BU33JA3DG-C). The devices are designed for automotive applications, such as sensors for ADAS (Advanced Driver As
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10/26/2022
Chinese Car Company NETA First to use Infineon's New-Generation BMS Solution

Chinese Car Company NETA First to use Infineon's New-Generation BMS Solution

­NETA Auto, a Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer, is the first to implement the new generation battery management system (BMS) solution from Infineon Technologies AG. Infineon's BMS solution will be used in the NETA vehicle series. It was developed together with the supporting supplier B&Z Technology, whi
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10/25/2022
PXIe Chassis Features high Cooling and Power per Slot and Intelligent Monitoring

PXIe Chassis Features high Cooling and Power per Slot and Intelligent Monitoring

­Pickering Interfaces launched its model 42-926-001 18-slot PXIe chassis, which offers Gen2 performance, is higher spec’d than competing models, with double the PXISA cooling spec per slot and more power to the backplane, and is available on shorter lead-times at a lower cost. Model 42-926 high-perf
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10/25/2022
MEMS Microphones Ideal for Active Noise Canceling Applications

MEMS Microphones Ideal for Active Noise Canceling Applications

­CUI Devices’ Audio Group announced the addition of two MEMS microphone models designed for active noise cancellation. The CMM-2718AB-3815NC-TR and CMM-2718AT-3817NC-TR are analog MEMS microphones featuring omnidirectional directivity and bottom or top port locations, respectively. Thanks to their flat fr
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10/25/2022
PearlX Announces New Community Solar & Storage Virtual Power Plants for Renters in California following $70M Series B Round

Participating tenants will gain access to solar, storage and electrification initiatives on-site, enabling them to significantly reduce their energy bills, as well as a cheaper way to charge their EVs and adopt smart thermostats.

­Flexible energy provider, PearlX Infrastructure LLC (PearlX), announces the launch of its unique multi-family Virtual Power Plant (VPP) model in California. Following the success of the company’s VPP multi-family initiative in Texas earlier this year, PearlX is now replicating the model at a much la
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10/25/2022
IPMs Increase Reliability and Performance for Low- and Medium-Power Drive Applications

IPMs Increase Reliability and Performance for Low- and Medium-Power Drive Applications

­Infineon Technologies AG has launched the IM523 series of the CIPOS Mini family. The highly efficient IPMs (intelligent power modules) are based on the new 600 V Reverse Conducting Drive 2 (RCD2) IGBT technology, and come with an open emitter. The CIPOS IM523 series enables the integration of various power an
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10/25/2022
Superaerophobic Polyethyleneimine Hydrogels for Improving Electrochemical Hydrogen Production by Promoting Bubble Detachment

Professor Jungki Ryu and his research team in the Department of Energy Engineering at UNIST.

­A research team, affiliated with UNIST recently reported that the performance of electrodes for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) can be significantly improve even without expensive electrocatalysts and complicated processes by modifying them with superaerophobic polymeric hydrogels. This br
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10/25/2022
KIMM Develops the World's First Elephant Trunk-Mimetic Robot Hand, Capable of Gripping Even Fine Needles

(Upper) Elephant and gripper gripping objects in various sizes and shapes. (Lower) Comparison of an elephant trunk and the gripper gripping potato chips.

­A gripper robot has been developed that can grasp all types of objects, from very fine or thin objects such as acupuncture needles and sewing needles to large objects such as boxes. The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (President Sang Jin Park, hereafter referred to as KIMM), an instit
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10/25/2022
10 Fundamental Scientific Questions on Intelligent Computing

10 Fundamental Scientific Questions on Intelligent Computing

­"Can machines think?" This epoch-making question was first raised by Alan Turing in 1950 in his groundbreaking paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." This opened up a new field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and people’s boundless curiosity about computing and intelligence wa
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10/25/2022
Astoria Students Receive Mentoring at Boys & Girls Club for Paths to STEM Careers

Astoria Students Receive Mentoring at Boys & Girls Club for Paths to STEM Careers

­Youth at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens yesterday joined a “speed mentoring” session focused on environmental careers as they learned about electrified transportation and green energy jobs from representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison and 174 Power Global, a renewable en
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10/24/2022
Robotic Insect Toys Build Undergraduate Research Skills in Physics

Hexbug Nanos used in online lab course to teach undergraduate research skills in physics.

­Although the sudden switch to remote and hybrid learning was seen as an enormous challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, academic and commercial interest in creative online lab class development has since skyrocketed. In the American Journal of Physics, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Pomona College i
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10/21/2022
Advance Brings Quantum Computing One Step Closer to Implementation

Scientists from the University of Tokyo invented a way to cool down and measure the motion of a trapped electron in the quantum regime using hybrid quantum systems.

­Quantum computers are powerful computational devices that rely on quantum mechanics, or the science of how particles like electrons and atoms interact with the world around them. These devices could potentially be used to solve certain kinds of computational problems in a much shorter amount of time. Scientists ha
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10/21/2022
New Covalent Organic Framework Material Accelerates the Solar Fuel Generation

(a) Schematic synthetic procedure toward COF-BBT, the inset illustrates the powdery product from a single reaction batch; (b) experimental and simulated XRD patterns of COF-BBT together with its Rietveld refinement result; (c) schematic structure of COF-BBT viewed from the top and the side.

­Two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D COFs) are a new class of organic semiconductors, and have recently demonstrated great potential for solar fuel production. They are generally formed from the ordered π-π stacking of molecular layers, and usually possess periodic columnar π-arrays that can fa
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10/21/2022
Microcontrollers Create an Easier Way to Add Bluetooth Low-Energy Connectivity

Microcontrollers Create an Easier Way to Add Bluetooth Low-Energy Connectivity

­Wireless connectivity has become a mandatory feature for many products but often increases the cost and complexity of system design since it generally must be added as part of the larger application. Microchip Technology Inc. is introducing its first Arm Cortex-M4F-based PIC microcontroller (MCU) family to
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10/21/2022
U.S. Army Chooses Resilient Lead Batteries

Dr. Matt Raiford, CBI project manager

­The U.S. Army has chosen advanced lead battery energy storage systems to enhance its operational effectiveness in disaster zones and in combat. A project led by Paragon Solutions, Inc., and the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is providing a new set of systems that can provide power for critical military operations anywhere in the world. Paragon, a woman-owned engineering firm, and a member of the Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization (CEED), partnered with CBI, a global lead battery research hub, to develop the winning proposal in response to a request issued to CEED members by the Consortium Management Group (CMG). The
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10/21/2022
Inertial Measurement Unit Delivers High Accuracy and Power Efficiency for new Consumer use Cases

Bosch launches cost-effective motion sensor BMI323

­Tiny MEMS motion sensors are all around us. They make consumer products easier to use and improve how our smartphones and other gadgets interact with us. These sensors are precise, compact and power-efficient, however, until now, they have been complex for basic applications. To address this issue, Bo
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10/20/2022
Next-Gen Software as a Service Offering Optimizes Product Development with Intelligent Data

Next-Gen Software as a Service Offering Optimizes Product Development with Intelligent Data

­Infineon Technologies AG is bringing digitalization to the edge-from-the-cloud. The company announced the next generation of its Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, Infineon’s CIRRENT IoT Network Intelligence (INI) – a cloud SaaS offering that helps IoT developers quickly and cost-effectively ga
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10/20/2022
STMicroelectronics Accelerates Development of Innovative Connected Objects with Smart STM32 Wireless Module

Hakim Jaafar, General Manager - BLE/802.15.4 MCU, STMicroelectronics

­STMicroelectronics is helping increase industrial productivity and reduce waste and pollution with its smart wireless module. Conceived for Industry 4.0 applications, this module, the STM32WB5MMGH6, simplifies using ST’s innovative wireless microcontrollers in powerful use cases li
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10/20/2022
Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

­Melexis’ new LIN pre-driver IC for relay DC motors offers a combination of high power, compactness, and attractive pricing. The MLX81160 is the latest addition to the company’s Gen3 family of compatible embedded motor drivers. Its 48 KB of memory (16 KB ROM for the included LIN protocol and 32 KB Flash fo
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10/20/2022
CA-Based Battery Company One of First Recipients of Biden Infrastructure Law Funding

Dr. Kang Sun, Chief Executive Officer of Amprius

­Amprius Technologies, Inc. announced that the company was awarded a $50 million cost sharing grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”)’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (“MESC”). Amprius is among the first set of companies to receive funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan In
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10/20/2022
Industry's Smallest Smart Motor Module Designed to Meet Reduced PCB Layout Requirements

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Unveils Industry’s Smallest Smart Motor Module Designed to Meet Reduced PCB Layout Requirements

­Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced an extension to its compact Smart Motor Module (SMM) family. Available in an ultra-compact, thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm QFN-18L package, the highly integrated AOZ9530QV SMM is a half-bridge power stage with a slew of features and protections th
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10/20/2022
Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

­Driven by the same mission to decarbonise professional mobility, Renault Trucks has joined forces with Kleuster, a Lyon-based electric cargo bike manufacturer, to accelerate the production and distribution of the Freegônes e-cargo bikes. These cargo bikes will be assembled at the heart of Renault Trucks' Vé
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10/17/2022
High SOA MOSFET Optimized for 12V Hot Swap Applications

High SOA MOSFET Optimized for 12V Hot Swap Applications

­Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of, AONS30300, a 30V MOSFET with low on-resistance. The AONS30300 features a high Safe Operating Area (SOA) capability making it ideally suited for demanding applications such as hot swap and eFuse.  A high SOA is essential in server
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10/17/2022
AEC-Q100-Qualified IC Load Switches Offer Industry-Leading Low-Leakage Current for Automotive and Commercial-Grade Systems

AEC-Q100-Qualified IC Load Switches Offer Industry-Leading Low-Leakage Current for Automotive and Commercial-Grade Systems

­GLF Integrated Power, manufacturer of innovative ultra-low-power load switches, is pleased to introduce two new Automotive grade AEC-Q100IQSmart load switch ICs. The AEC-Q100 qualified GLF1111Q and GLF1200Q are rated for a wide temperature range (Grade 1 -40°C to +125°C). The GLF1111Q provides indus
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10/17/2022
Omni Pro Electronics Announces HALO Release of 2.5G and 5G Ethernet Transformers

Omni Pro Electronics Announces HALO Release of 2.5G and 5G Ethernet Transformers

­Omni Pro Electronics has announced HALO Electronics’ the release of its new line of 2.5G and 5G Ethernet transformers to address the increasing data rates of enterprise networking equipment and the higher bandwidth requirements of wireless access points. The 2.5G/5G data rates are an important intermediary ste
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10/17/2022
SemiQ Announces Launch of 1200V 40mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET

SemiQ Announces Launch of 1200V 40mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET

­SemiQ announced the launch of its 2nd Generation Silicon Carbide power switch, a 1200V 40mΩ SiC MOSFET, expanding its portfolio of SiC power devices. This MOSFET complements the company’s existing 80mΩ SiC MOSFETs and SiC rectifiers at 650V, 1200V and 1700V. SemiQ has engineered this MOSFET to provid
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10/17/2022
Smart Materials: Metal Cations-Recognizable Thermoresponsive Polymers

The novel thermoresponsive polymer was created by adding ions to polymers and aqueous solutions. Its thermoresponsiveness can easily be controlled by changing the type and mixing ratio of ionic species.

­Often referred to as smart materials, temperature-responsive or thermoresponsive polymers are gaining attention for their ability to respond to external temperature changes, allowing for an extensive range of applications. Making this smart material even smarter by improving the flexibility of its response to
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10/14/2022
New Walking Robot Design Could Revolutionize how we Build Things in Space

Manu Nair, PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln

­Researchers have designed a state-of-the-art walking robot that could revolutionize large construction projects in space. They tested the feasibility of the robot for the in-space assembly of a 25m Large Aperture Space Telescope. They present their findings in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. A scaled-down pr
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10/14/2022
Non-Illuminated Switch with Colored Ring Indication

Non-Illuminated Switch with Colored Ring Indication

­SCHURTER extends its Metal Design Line series MSM to include a version with a non-illuminated indicator. A colored ring is used instead of an illuminated ring, which lowers the cost of the switch and eliminates the cost associated with wiring an external power source to drive LEDs. Consistent with SCHURTER qu
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10/14/2022
Shedding Animated Light on Automotive LED Drivers

Shedding Animated Light on Automotive LED Drivers

­Melexis launches its next member of the MeLiBu family, the MLX81143 LED driver. It includes 21 LED drivers and improves the power management of the full system. The MLX81143 has an extremely wide dimming range allowing optimal brightness adjustment during night and day. The MeLiBu interface makes it possible to
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10/13/2022
Compact SMD TVS Diodes Provide High-Reliability, 66% Increase in Surge Handling

Compact SMD TVS Diodes Provide High-Reliability, 66% Increase in Surge Handling

­Littelfuse, Inc., announced the new 5.0SMDJxxS-HRA TVS Diode Series. The high-reliability TVS diodes are designed, manufactured, and screened to provide robust overvoltage protection, with low early failures and zero degradation over continuous surge events. Today's aircraft use more and new compos
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10/13/2022
Flex Power Modules Teams up with onsemi to Develop Ultra-Small Intermediate Bus Converter

Flex Power Modules Teams up with onsemi to Develop Ultra-Small Intermediate Bus Converter

­Developed in collaboration with onsemi, the non-isolated and unregulated BMR313 delivers a peak power rating of 3 kW in an ultra-small package, just 23.4 x 17.8 x 7.65 mm, yielding an astonishing 908 W/cm3 power density. Input voltage range is 40 – 60 V and the 4:1 input to output ration yields an output of
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10/13/2022
InferSens to Introduce Ultra-Low-Power Edge DL Sensor Technology for Commercial and Industrial Applications

InferSens to Introduce Ultra-Low-Power Edge DL Sensor Technology for Commercial and Industrial Applications

­CAMBRIDGE-based InferSens announced the first application of its game-changing sensor technology, which brings sophisticated deep learning to extremely low-power sensors and opens a raft of new, at-the-edge, data-rich sensor applications, which were previously hard or even impossible to address. Deep learning
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10/13/2022
Robust Capacitors with Low Self-Inductance and High Design Flexibility

Robust Capacitors with Low Self-Inductance and High Design Flexibility

­TDK Corporation presents the B3271*H* series, new EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications that feature high energy and power density. The capacitors are rated for voltages from 500 V DC to 1600 V DC, offer capacitance values from 0.47 µF to 170 µF and are suitable for a maximum operating temperature of
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10/13/2022
Improving Battery Safety and Efficiency for Electric Vehicles

Interfacial reaction driving force together with capillary force facilitate the transient infiltration of molten Li into a 3D host for stable 3D composite lithium anode.

­As electric vehicles and personal portable electronics become more ubiquitous, researchers are trying to solve some of the major limitations of current lithium-ion battery technology, which uses a graphite anode and a lithium-based transition metal oxide cathode. In contrast, lithium metal batteries, which us
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10/13/2022
CityU Chemists Boost Eco-Friendly Battery Performance Using Catalysts with Unconventional Phase Nanostructures

Figure 1. Schematic illustration of the aprotic Li-CO2 battery.

­The metal-carbon dioxide battery is a promising and environmentally friendly technology, but its energy efficiency is limited. Recently, a research team co-led by chemists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) discovered an innovative way to overcome this problem by introducing an unconventional ph
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10/13/2022
5.3 Billion Mobile Phones will Become Waste in 2022; A Small Fraction will be Properly Disposed of

Hoarding of the many types of small, unused, dead or broken plug-in and battery-operated products is the focus of this year’s 5th annual International E-Waste Day

­Experts expect roughly 5.3 billion mobile / smartphones will drop out of use this year. Stacked flat atop one another at an average depth of 9 mm that many disused phones would rise roughly 50,000 km – 120 times higher than the International Space Station; one-eighth of the way to the moon.   And, despite their val
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10/13/2022
International Collaboration Investigates the use of Soft Materials as Semiconductors in Solar Power

Professor Furis and Yamagata University graduate student Sun He are aligning the HORIBA spectrofluorometer for low temperature photoluminescence excitation experiments on small molecule semiconductors in the Yoshida lab.

­The race is on to find more economical, clean and efficient forms of energy, and an international research collaboration is working to find a solution by optimizing solar power using organic, soft electronic materials as semiconductors. Madalina Furis, Ph.D., and researchers with the Center for Quantum R
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10/13/2022
RIGOL Introduces DSG5000 Series Multi-Channel Coherent Microwave RF Source for Frequencies Up to 20 GHz

RIGOL Introduces DSG5000 Series Multi-Channel Coherent Microwave RF Source for Frequencies Up to 20 GHz

­RIGOL Technologies announces a new RF Microwave Generator, the DSG5000 Series, that can generate up to 20GHz carriers with high signal fidelity. These new generators are available with 2, 4, 6, or 8 independent RF channels packaged in a single 2U full width mainframe. The DSG5000 Series features impressive lo
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10/12/2022
M8 Connector Models Added to CUI Devices' Circular Connectors Line

M8 Connector Models Added to CUI Devices' Circular Connectors Line

­CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group announced the addition of M8 connector types to its line of circular connectors. The CDM8 family offers a range of male or female jack versions with contact position options of 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 pins. These M8 connectors are A coded to support 1 Gbit Ethernet or B coded fo
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10/12/2022
Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

­The energy crisis that has been building for a year has mostly affected the UK and European countries so far, but its impacts are starting to be felt in the US new GridBeyond paper says. In the UK, wholesale energy prices increased rapidly from the second half of 2021. As a net importer of energy, the UK is
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10/12/2022
Analog Devices Announces Multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet Switch Platform

Analog Devices Announces Multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet Switch Platform

­Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced the ADIN2299, a multiprotocol industrial ethernet switch platform, to address the connectivity needs of industrial and process automation, motion control, transportation, and energy automation. The industrial ethernet switch platform is designed to operate in a star, li
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10/12/2022
GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

­EPC announces the availability of the EPC9176, a 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC23102 ePower Stage GaN IC with embedded gate driver function and two  GaN FET with 5.2 mΩ typical RDS(on). The EPC9176 operates from an input supply voltage between 20 V and 80 V and can deliver up
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10/12/2022
New Initiative Builds First Solar Mini-Grid Powered Large-Scale Irrigation Systems in Africa

The DREAM Initiative announces the building of the first solar mini-grid powered large-scale irrigation systems in Africa during a launch event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

­The Distributed Renewable Energy – Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) initiative will build the first solar mini-grid powered large scale irrigation systems in Africa, providing famers with reliable, affordable, and sustainable irrigation. Today, the initiative begins with the launch of nine renewable energy mi
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Date:
10/11/2022
Mouser Stocking MEMSIC MHA-18x Hall-Effect Switches

Mouser Stocking MEMSIC MHA-18x Hall-Effect Switches

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the MHA-18x Hall effect switches from MEMSIC. MEMSIC MHA-18x devices are low-power, ultra-high-precision Hall effect sensors optimized for battery-powered applications. These devices are fully integrated CMOS ICs that are designed to output hi
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10/10/2022
Taiwan Semiconductor Offers New Source for Critical Automotive-Grade Low-Dropout Linear Regulators

Taiwan Semiconductor Offers New Source for Critical Automotive-Grade Low-Dropout Linear Regulators

­Taiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the TQL8xx Family of automotive-grade, low-dropout (LDO) regulators. These high-reliability, AEC-Q101 qualified LDOs offer manufacturers a reliable alternative source for the critically important linear regulators utilized in numerous battery-driven au
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10/10/2022
General Micro Systems Introduces X9 Venom OpenVPX Single Board Systems and Chassis

The ATR-PLUS is an 8 slot chassis.

­General Micro Systems introduced a new product family of 3U and 6U OpenVPX computer boards, peripherals and ATR-style chassis for use in U.S. Army ground, air, communications and weapons systems. The “X9 Venom” family of 21 products will be available by early 2023, starting first with the 3U
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10/10/2022
Scientists Design Electrolyte for Lithium Metal Anodes for use in Lithium Metal Batteries

Schematic of the ion distribution of interfacial high-concentration electrolyte (upper left) and the discharge/charge voltage profiles of the conventional concentration electrolyte and the interfacial high-concentration electrolyte (upper right).

­With the growing demand for electric vehicles, the need for high-safety, long-life batteries also rises. Yet the electric vehicles’ demand for high energy density batteries outpaces the capabilities of the current lithium-ion batteries. Scientists are looking to develop lithium metal batteries with lithium me
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10/10/2022
Chiplet Integration Technology with Simplest Scheme

Comparison between conventional semiconductor integrated circuits and chiplet integrated structures

­Since their invention in the middle of the 20th century, semiconductor integrated circuits have become the driving force behind the world's digital transformation thanks to Moore's Law, which improves performance, reduces power consumption, and lowers costs through device miniaturization and improved integration. Howe
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10/10/2022
Mobile Network Data, an Efficient Method for Assessing the Spread of Epidemics

Figure 1. Risk pa (up) versus Census map (down)

­The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 forced governments around the world to take measures to prevent its spread among the population and, thus, reduce the number of fatalities as a result of the virus. A few months later, as mobility restrictions and confinements were gradually lifted, states decided to
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10/10/2022
High Power Shunt Resistors for Accurate Measurement in High Current Applications

Bourns new resistor series with metal sensing pins offer accurate measurement for high current designs

­Bourns, Inc., announced an extension to its Model CSM2F Series power shunt resistor portfolio with 12 new series. These new series feature riveted through-hole metal sensing pins meeting the growing need for accurate positioning of voltage sense points in high current applications. These latest ad
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10/10/2022
Solving Weight and Supply Chain Issues with Military Batteries

Solving Weight and Supply Chain Issues with Military Batteries

­50 years ago, military personnel had few electronic devices at their disposal, so did not need to acquire or carry many batteries. In the years since, as the number of devices grew, so did the number of batteries needed to power them, which started to impact the supply chain and the weight a soldier must carry. He
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10/06/2022
Simplifying Development of Dual-Core Applications with Support for Simultaneous Debug

Simplifying Development of Dual-Core Applications with Support for Simultaneous Debug

­As multicore devices become prevalent in the embedded microcontroller space, system designers face increasingly complex challenges in software development. To help accelerate time-to-market and simplify overall design, Infineon Technologies AG  announced the release of ModusToolbox™ 3.0 – an
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10/06/2022
Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

­Volvo Trucks will deliver fully electric heavy-duty trucks to Amazon in Germany by year end. The 20 Volvo FH Electric are expected to drive more than one million road kilometres annually, fuelled with electricity instead of diesel. Heavy goods vehicles and other commercial vehicles make up around 36%
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10/06/2022
GMS Launches Rugged Wearable Computer for Solders on the Ground

The S1502-MP wearable “cloud computer” is the first product to provide high levels of battery compute resources to soldiers and Marines in a manpack (MP) form factor.

­General Micro Systems launched its battery-powered “X9 Spider Wearable” S1502-MP mobile computer intended for dismounted soldiers and Marines who need on-the-move high-performance processing, communications, video, database access and artificial intelligence (AI). Designed from the ground up to offer th
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10/05/2022
Next-Gen NFC Chip Eases Certification of Digital Car-Key Systems

Next-Gen NFC Chip Eases Certification of Digital Car-Key Systems

­STMicroelectronics has introduced the latest generation of its automotive-qualified NFC reader ICs for Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) digital-key applications, with enhanced features that increase performance and ease product certification. The ST25R3920B is used in car-door and cente
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10/04/2022
Rugged Ultra-Wide Input 30-75W DC-DC Quarter-Brick Converters Suit Industrial and Rail Applications

Rugged Ultra-Wide Input 30-75W DC-DC Quarter-Brick Converters Suit Industrial and Rail Applications

­TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the 30-75W TDK-Lambda brand PYQ series of DC-DC converters. The PYQ50 with 30-50W output power features a 12:1 ultra-wide input range of 14 to 160Vdc, and the PYQ75 with 75W an 8:1 input of 9-75Vdc. These board mount products are packaged in the industry-standard qu
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10/04/2022
SiTime Delivers Precision Timing Solution for Tesla Dojo AI Supercomputer

Nara Bharath, executive vice president of systems engineering at SiTime

SiTime Corporation announced that they are delivering precision timing solutions for the Tesla Dojo System, featured in Tesla’s AI Day 2022.  As mentioned in the AI day 2 presentation on Dojo Supercomputer, Dojo has been built with a no limits philosophy and Dojo’s system design lead, Bill Chan
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10/04/2022
Industry's First Automotive-Qualified MLVs With FLEXITERM Technology

Industry's First Automotive-Qualified MLVs With FLEXITERM Technology

­KYOCERA AVX has released the industry’s first automotive-qualified multilayer varistors (MLVs) equipped with the company’s patented FLEXITERM soft termination technology, which has been widely employed on a number of automotive-qualified multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for more than 15 ye
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10/04/2022
Achieving High Power Density in a Regulated IBC for Data Center Applications

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Figure 1: 48 V server architecture in a typical data center

Introduction Approximately half of the energy consumed in a typical data center is wasted, either during power conversion or through cooling. Given the increasingly urgent requirement to reduce CO2 emissions, this undesirable situation required addressing at both system and converter levels. Research [1] indicates that using 48 V power distribution at the rack level would help to reduce power los
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10/01/2022
Dual-Channel, 42 V, 2 A, Monolithic, Synchronous, Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 Device with 6.2 µA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. Wide input range, dual-channel, 2 A step-down regulator with high efficiency and low EMI

­The LT8653S is a dual-channel, 2 A, synchronous step-down regulator with a 3 V-to-42 V input voltage range. Silent Switcher 2 technology enables the LT8653S to simultaneously operate at high frequency and high efficiency with exceptional EMI performance — meeting the demanding requirements of automotive, in
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10/01/2022
The EV that Nobody Needed

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­The incentives to get an electrical vehicle are pretty obvious. You help the environment by not using dirty fossil fuels and save money on cheaper running and maintenance costs, even as electricity prices rise, savings can be significant. The initial upfront costs of EVs are also dropping, and there are often go
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10/01/2022
UK Green Home Upgrades Could Provide £7bn in Annual Benefits, but Caveats Remain

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­According to a study, green home upgrades could boost the UK economy by £7bn a year (about $8 bn U.S. dollars) and create 140,000 new jobs by 2030. But that’s contingent on a huge multitude of factors, including a giant upfront investment for renewable energy in general. The study in question, by Cambri
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10/01/2022
The Cost of Powering the IoT

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

A number of years ago when I was the general chair of an APEC conference, we predicted that in the not-too-distant future there would be more “things” on the internet than there were people. At the time, we didn’t have a clear idea of what this really meant – or how accurate this prediction would be. To
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10/01/2022
Leveraging High-Z Technology to Cut Solution Power and Size

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Figure 1. A signal chain with a traditional muxed SAR ADC

­Muxed SAR ADCs are commonly used in applications where there is a need to constantly monitor multiple critical variables in the system. In optical communications applications, laser biasing could be monitored via optical power measurement, while EEG/ECG signals from electrodes could be monitored in VSM applications. The
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10/01/2022
Making Garbage Management Operations Smarter

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Figure 1: IoT-enabled sensor technology is set to revolutionise waste management

­Waste collection is an essential service that municipal bodies need to perform on a regular basis. EU figures (published in 2020) show that each citizen resident in one of its member states on average generated 505kg of garbage waste each year. When applied to the entire population, that clearly constitutes a
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10/01/2022
IT/OT Convergence, Industry 4.0, and the IIoT

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Figure 1. IT solutions collect and analyze information to generate awareness and regulate business processes, while OT solutions collect and analyze information to control physical equipment processes

­Information technology (IT) generates, collects, stores, manipulates, analyzes, and delivers data within and between organizations via computing, networking, and storage technologies. IT is characterized by the ability to be programmed and reprogrammed to meet the needs of various users, applications, and ne
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10/01/2022
Relays Race to Help Bridge the Gap in EV Charging Capacity

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Figure 1: layout of a typical Mode 4 charger

­Data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) highlights a huge asymmetry between demand for electric vehicles and the provision of reliable charging facilities. To meet CO2 targets, sales of electric vehicles will need to pick up massively in all EU countries. A recent study shows th
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10/01/2022
Powering the Stadium and Fan Experience

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­Stadiums and arenas are now some of the most technologically sophisticated environments on the planet. Once little more than big piles of concrete, steel beams and benches, arenas are now replete with digital signage, advanced wireless communications networks, and the latest security systems, with more technology on
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10/01/2022
Increasing Power Electronics Efficiency Using Current Sense Resistors

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Figure 1: Current sense resistors detect and convert current to voltage

­For circuit designers and systems operators, understanding what level of current is flowing through a circuit and being delivered is often a key requirement in many applications. Maximizing the operating performance of a battery, controlling motor speeds, and the ability to hot swap server units are examples of
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10/01/2022
Selecting a Low-lq Voltage Reference to Minimize Power Consumption

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Figure 1: A basic analog-to-digital signal chain

­As electronic circuits improve, they become smaller, more precise and more accurate. For a variety of reasons, designers of applications such as industrial automation and medical are under even more pressure to deliver a circuit that is both accurate and has low power consumption. Many applications with thes
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10/01/2022
Everything is Smart, Even Rubbish

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

It has been a busy month for me, with lots of meetings, many of which are featured in our weekly TechTalk newsletter. I think it is a great new format, which I’m enjoying producing. We’ve had some really good content over the last month, including an interview with Marco Palma from EPC on the hidden benefits of
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10/01/2022
Bringing the World Together...in Munich

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Fall is upon us, and while I’m not particularly enthused about the onslaught of pumpkin spice lattes (and every imaginable pumpkin permutation), I’m thrilled about trade show season. As you read this, we’re about a month away from electronica, the biggest and most important industry event, and my Eu
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10/01/2022
Driving Wide Bandgap Devices

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­In power electronics, semiconductor transistors with a wide bandgap, such as silicon carbide or gallium nitride, are becoming increasingly popular. Higher switching speeds promise higher efficiency and higher power densities. Two reference designs from Würth Elektronik show how an isolated 6 W auxiliary power suppl
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10/01/2022
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