Notable & Newsworthy

December 2022
Power Modules Accelerate the Path to Long-Haul, Autonomous Trucking

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Figure 1: Kodiak Robotics integrates autonomous technology into commercial fleets using power modules.

­Commercial trucking is the backbone of the U.S. economy. That has never been more evident than in the past few years as Covid-19 supply chain disruptions gripped the country. At the same time, it’s becoming harder and harder to find people who want to drive trucks. The average American truck driver is abou
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12/31/2022
Solar-Powered Cells: Light-Activated Proton Pumps Generate Cellular Energy, Extend Life

Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D., associate professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and Pharmacology & Physiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center

­New research in the journal Nature Aging takes a page from the field of renewable energy and shows that genetically engineered mitochondria can convert light energy into chemical energy that cells can use, ultimately extending the life of the roundworm C. elegans.  While the prospect of sunlight-charged ce
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12/30/2022
Intelligent Programmable Meta-Imagers: A Timely Approach to Task-Specific, Noise-Adaptive Sensing

Scheme of dynamic metasurface antenna

­Sensing systems are becoming prevalent in many areas of our lives, such as in ambient-assisted health care, autonomous vehicles, and touchless human-computer interaction. However, these systems often lack intelligence: they tend to gather all available information, even if it is not relevant. This can lead no
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12/30/2022
Guanine-Egulated Proton Transfer Enhances CO2-to-CH4 Selectivity over Copper Electrode

Several purines are modified on Cu electrodes to regulate the surface proton delivery in CO2 reduction. The CH4 production is remarkably enhanced after guanine modification, due to its moderate proton transfer capability.

­Electrochemical CO2 reduction is an effective way to realize the artificial carbon cycle and has attracted more and more attention in recent years. Cu is the only metallic catalyst that can realize CO2 deep reduction to various carbonaceous products, but it suffers from low selectivity. Surface modification is
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12/30/2022
Infineon Technologies and Rainforest Connection use Sensor Technology to Protect Vulnerable Regions

Infineon Technologies and Rainforest Connection use Sensor Technology to Protect Vulnerable Regions

­The preservation of rainforests is crucial to prevent climate change. However, illegal deforestation and wildfires threaten the most vulnerable areas of our planet. Infineon Technologies AG is extending its collaboration with the NGO Rainforest Connection (RFCx). The partners pursue the common goal of monitoring th
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12/29/2022
Influenza or a Cold? A New Technology can Help You

Microresonators made of germanium. These might have a bigger impact on your future than you might think.

­Some people do such smart and difficult things that it’s hard to see what in the world they might have to do with you and me, so we just shrug them off. But that’s often the wrong response. What if you had a simple gadget at home that could tell you why you’re feeling so lousy? Our microresonator is about 100 time
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12/29/2022
Development of Next-Generation Solid Electrolyte Technology, 'Stable' Even When Exposed to the Atmosphere

Development of Next-Generation Solid Electrolyte Technology, 'Stable' Even When Exposed to the Atmosphere

­Professor Lee Jong-won’s team of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at DGIST (President: Kuk Yang), together with Professor Moon Jang-hyeok’s team from the Chung-Ang University, announced the development of solid electrolytes with enhanced atmospheric stability on Wednesday, December 7. Lithium ion batte
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12/29/2022
Dawn of Solid-State Quantum Networks

Experimental configuration of quantum interference between two independent solid-state QD single-photon sources separated by 302 km fiber. DM: dichromatic mirror, LP: long pass, BP: band pass, BS: beam splitter, SNSPD: superconducting nanowire single- photon detector, HWP: half-wave plate...

­This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics celebrated the fundamental interest of quantum entanglement, and also envisioned the potential applications in “the second quantum revolution” — a new age when we are able to manipulate the weirdness of quantum mechanics, including quantum superposition and entanglement. A
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12/29/2022
A Greener Internet of Things with no Wires Attached

Wirelessly powered electronics developed by KAUST researchers could help to make internet of things technology more environmentally friendly.

­Emerging forms of thin-film device technologies that rely on alternative semiconductor materials, such as printable organics, nanocarbon allotropes and metal oxides, could contribute to a more economically and environmentally sustainable internet of things (IoT), a KAUST-led international team suggests. The IoT is se
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12/29/2022
Low Tortuosity Electrode Design Facilitates the Development of High-Performance LMO Batteries

Scientists from Huazhong University of Science and Technology fabricate low tortuosity LMO electrodes and the mechanisms.

­“The development of electric vehicles and electric bicycles has sparked interest in powered lithium-ion batteries.” said paper author Jia Xie, professor at school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). “It is critical to developing advanced electrode ma
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12/29/2022
Making the Unimaginable Possible in Materials Discovery

Reaction pathway from simple precursor to complex structure. Final product here is a layered structure with five elements — sodium, barium, oxygen, copper and sulfur.

The world’s best artists can take a handful of differently colored paints and create a museum-worthy canvas that looks like nothing else. They do so by drawing upon inspiration, knowledge of what’s been done in the past and design rules they learned after years in the studio.  Chemists work in a simi
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12/27/2022
Elucidating the Mechanism of High Proton Conduction to Develop Clean Energy Materials

Elucidating the Mechanism of High Proton Conduction to Develop Clean Energy Materials

­Electrochemical devices such as fuel cells are becoming indispensable for new power generation technologies because they can efficiently produce renewable energy. Ceramic proton conductors can be used in many applications, including protonic ceramic fuel cells (PCFCs), hydrogen pumps, sensors, and separation me
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12/27/2022
Aston University to Help Power Indonesia with Affordable Energy Made from Rice Straw

Dr Jude Onwudili

­Scientists at the Energy and Bioproducts Institute at Aston University are to start a project to convert Indonesia’s unwanted rice straw into low-cost energy on a commercial scale. Each year the country produces 100 million tonnes of the rice waste, of which 60% is burned in open fields, causing air pollu
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12/27/2022
STEM Fests are Back!

Students and their families check out Argonne’s table at a local STEM fest.

For an inspiring day of science and engineering activities for kids, there’s little better than a STEM fest. For children in elementary, middle and high schools, science, technology, engineering and mathematics fairs provide an opportunity to see and participate in the game-changing science and techn
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12/27/2022
New Software Based on Artificial Intelligence Helps to Interpret Complex Data

Dr Gregor Hartmann, the physicist and data scientist who supervises the Joint Lab on Artificial Intelligence Methods at HZB

­More is not always better, but sometimes a problem. With highly complex data, which have many dimensions due to their numerous parameters, correlations are often no longer recognisable. Especially since experimentally obtained data are additionally disturbed and noisy due to influences that cannot be controlled. Helping humans to interpr
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12/27/2022
At the Edge of Graphene-Based Electronics

The researchers' graphene device grown on a silicon carbide substrate chip.

­A pressing quest in the field of nanoelectronics is the search for a material that could replace silicon. Graphene has seemed promising for decades. But its potential faltered along the way, due to damaging processing methods and the lack of a new electronics paradigm to embrace it. With silicon nearly maxed ou
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12/27/2022
The Physical Intelligence of Ant and Robot Collectives

The Physical Intelligence of Ant and Robot Collectives

­Individual ants are relatively simple creatures and yet a colony of ants can perform really complex tasks, such as intricate construction, foraging and defense.  Recently, Harvard researchers took inspiration from ants to design a team of relatively simple robots that can work collectively to perfor
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12/27/2022
Deconvoluting the Data: Charge Density Distributions of Electric Double Layers

Schematic of the CP-3D-AFM technique

­Expanding on their recently developed electrochemical 3D atomic force microscopy (EC-3D-AFM) technique, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have derived the depth profile of the charge density of electric double layers (EDLs). Through statistical analysis, peak deconvolution, and electrostatic ca
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12/27/2022
Mouser Electronics Announces Partnership with DS PENSKE for Formula E Season 9

Mouser Electronics Announces Partnership with DS PENSKE for Formula E Season 9

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., is proud to announce their support of the PENSKE AUTOSPORT group and the newly formed DS PENSKE Formula E team. For the upcoming ninth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the PENSKE AUTOSPORT group will be teaming up with the French automotive brand DS Automobiles. Mouser is partne
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12/26/2022
New Technique Reveals Changing Shapes of Magnetic Noise in Space and Time

Using specially designed diamonds with nitrogen-vacancy centers, researchers at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a technique to measure noise in a material by studying correlations....

­Electromagnetic noise poses a major problem for communications, prompting wireless carriers to invest heavily in technologies to overcome it. But for a team of scientists exploring the atomic realm, measuring tiny fluctuations in noise could hold the key to discovery. “Noise is usually thought of as a n
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12/26/2022
Novel Preparation of Next-Generation Anode Delivers Boost to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Schematic illustration of the LiCPON solid electrolyte and silicon-monoxide-carbon composite anode and consequent structure following battery cycling.

­The hunt for the next generation of materials for anodes in lithium-ion batteries has long suffered from a series of parasitic chemical reactions for many of the proposed replacements for the graphite that is conventionally used. A novel preparation technique for a silicon-monoxide-carbon composite material lo
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12/26/2022
Novel Near-Infrared Light Detection Method Using Upconversion Materials is Demonstrated

A perovskite-based photodetecting device for near-infrared (NIR) light was prepared by using perovskite coated up-conversion nanoparticles(UCNPs) with strong NIR absorption and high UC efficiency.

­Under the JST Strategic Basic Research Program PRESTO, Associate Professor Ayumi Ishii of Teikyo University of Science with her team members has developed a new near-infrared light sensor by using a material that converts weak near-infrared light to visible light. Near-infrared light is used in a wide ra
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12/26/2022
Using Additive Manufacturing to Detect Counterfeit Parts

Raymundo Arroyave, professor of materials science and engineering and Segers Family Dean’s Excellence Professor

­Ensuring manufactured goods and components have not been copied and replaced illegally by counterfeited goods is a high-priority concern of the manufacturing and defense industries in the U.S. and around the world. A potential solution would hold wide-reaching impacts and implications in various areas ran
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12/26/2022
Universities Lag in Capturing and Using Data to Make Institutional Decisions

Universities Lag in Capturing and Using Data to Make Institutional Decisions

­In a Policy Forum, Christine Borgman and Amy Brand argue that most universities lag behind industry, business, and government when it comes to leveraging data they generate for strategic decision-making and planning. Their view is informed by interviews with university leaders from 12 U.S. institutions. Interview qu
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12/26/2022
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A new approach to cooling – ionocaloric refrigeration – leverages the large temperature change and heat absorption associated with repeatedly melting an ethylene carbonate (seen here) solvent with a sodium iodide (NaI) salt.

­Seeking to make cooling more climate friendly and efficient, researchers used an environmentally-benign solvent and a salt – versus hydrofluorocarbons or other liquid refrigerants – to present a new refrigeration system that improves over existing refrigeration technologies, including solid-state ca
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12/26/2022
Researchers Zoom in on Battery Wear and Tear

PME researchers collected data on how different components of a thick lithium ion battery electrode evolve after successive cycles (one snapshot of the microscopy data shown on the left). Then, they used this data to create a computational model (right) illustrating the degradation....

­From the moment you first use it, a new lithium-ion battery is degrading. After a few hundred charge cycles, you’ll notice — your phone, laptop or electric car battery wears out more quickly. Eventually, it stops holding a charge at all.  Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of
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12/26/2022
Meta-Optics: The Disruptive Technology You Didn't See Coming

Centre Director (front, knelling third from left) Professor Dragomir Neshev and the team of students, researchers, and international collaborators gather to celebrate team achievements at the 'better together - together we're meta' conference in November 2022.

­Robots and autonomous cars will have eyes that see much more than the human eye is capable of, a review of the growing field of meta-optics has found. Meta-optics is advancing science and technology far beyond the 3000-year-old optical paradigm that we rely on for the visual human-machine interface, such as t
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12/26/2022
STMicroelectronics Enhances Digital Power Combination Controller for Overload Stability and Regulation

STMicroelectronics Enhances Digital Power Combination Controller for Overload Stability and Regulation

­STMicroelectronics’ STNRG011A digital power combination controller for 90W to 300W power supplies features enhanced overload management that ensures accurate output-voltage regulation when overcurrent protection is active. Integrating a power-factor correction (PFC) controller, LLC resonant half-brid
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12/21/2022
LDRA Supports Artemis I Mission Success With Robust Verification & Validation Processes for Orion Spacecraft

LDRA Supports Artemis I Mission Success With Robust Verification & Validation Processes for Orion Spacecraft

­As the Artemis I uncrewed moon-orbiting mission came to a successful end, LDRA – the project’s software vertification, source code analysis, and testing partner – reiterated its ongoing support in the development of the mission software. An essential component in the development of the Or
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12/21/2022
Designing Better Battery Electrolytes

Shirley Meng, chief scientist at the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science

­Looking at the future of battery materials. Designing a battery is a three-part process. You need a positive electrode, you need a negative electrode, and — importantly — you need an electrolyte that works with both electrodes. An electrolyte is the battery component that transfers ions — charge-
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12/20/2022
Study Shows How Machine Learning Could Predict Rare Disastrous Events, Like Earthquakes or Pandemics

George Karniadakis, a professor of applied mathematics and engineering at Brown University

­When it comes to predicting disasters brought on by extreme events (think earthquakes, pandemics or “rogue waves” that could destroy coastal structures), computational modeling faces an almost insurmountable challenge: Statistically speaking, these events are so rare that there’s just not enough data on
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12/20/2022
UCF Researchers Create Technology that Harvests Radio Waves for Energy

Reza Abdolvand, professor and chair of UCF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

­To meet the growing energy needs of the internet of things (IoT) and wireless communication systems, University of Central Florida researchers have developed a technology for converting radio frequency signals into direct current electricity. The technology can reduce the electronic industry’s reliance
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12/20/2022
Coherent Manipulation of Spin Qubits at Room Temperature

Initialization, coherent quantum-state control, and readout of spins at room temperature using solution-grown quantum dots

­A research group led by Prof. WU Kaifeng from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences recently reported the successful initialization, coherent quantum-state control, and readout of spins at room temperature using solution-grown quantum dots, which represents an important ad
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12/20/2022
DC Inrush Current Limiter for Flexible System Integration

DC Inrush Current Limiter for Flexible System Integration

­The new BE-DCEB10A from Bicker Elektronik, Donauwoerth/Germany, reliably protects against high currents that occur when capacitive DC loads are switched on and can damage the power supply or trigger fuse elements. With input voltages of 10 to 30VDC, the compact PCB module limits the inrush current to approx. 12A
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12/20/2022
ROHM's New MOSFETs Contribute to Higher Efficiency and Safer Operation with an Original Insulation Structure

ROHM's New MOSFETs Contribute to Higher Efficiency and Safer Operation with an Original Insulation Structure

­ROHM Semiconductor announced they have developed a compact, high efficiency 20V N-channel MOSFET (RA1C030LD), optimized for switching in small, thin devices, including smartphones and wearables such as wireless earbuds and other hearable equipment. In recent years, the increasing sophistication and power
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12/20/2022
Sager Electronics and LEM Sign Distribution Agreement

Craig Sanderson, Vice President of Supplier Marketing & Product Management for Sager Electronics

­Sager Electronics announced the addition of LEM USA, Inc. to its line card. LEM is the global leader in current and voltage sensors and transducers. “We’re excited to expand our reach in North America with Sager Electronics, whose commitment to customer service and expertise in products and applicati
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12/19/2022
STMicroelectronics Eases and Accelerates User-Interface Design on STM32 MCUs with new TouchGFX Stock

STMicroelectronics eases and accelerates user-interface design on STM32 MCUs with new TouchGFX Stock

­With the latest version of the TouchGFX software package, STMicroelectronics has made it easier to build great user interfaces (UIs) for applications hosted on STM32 microcontrollers. Release 4.21 features TouchGFX Stock, a large set of free graphics designs, images and icons. These help users easily ma
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12/19/2022
The 75th Anniversary of the Transistor

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Bardeen and Brattain's Point Contact transistor 1947

­While driving home from Bell Telephone Laboratories Murray Hill facility in New Jersey during a "Miracle Month" of intense activity culminating in their demonstration of the first transistor, Walter Brattain told his carpool colleagues, "Bardeen and I produced an amplifier using the field effect
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12/17/2022
SEGGER J-Link Software Update Saves Enough to Power 50 German Homes

SEGGER J-Link Software Update Saves Enough to Power 50 German Homes

­With the latest software update, SEGGER has further reduced the power consumption of its J-Link line of debug probes, introducing Standby and Eco modes.  Standby mode does not affect J Link's legendary performance and requires nothing more than installing the latest software, which can be dow
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12/16/2022
High-Compact Torque Vectoring EDU Delivers Double the Power in the Smallest Package

High-Compact Torque Vectoring EDU Delivers Double the Power in the Smallest Package

­The new EDU from the engineering partner and system supplier hofer powertrain reaches new levels of compactness and brings installation possibilities that were not possible before. It enables elegant integration, significantly saves space, and offers maximum flexibility in designing new EV drivetrains. The new High-
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12/16/2022
PSDcast – The Outlook for Renewable Energy in 2023

Kevin Kohlstedt from Energy Shares

­Every once in a while, we like to take a top-down appraisal of the issues affecting our industry, and nothing’s more pertinent, especially these days, than renewable energy.
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12/16/2022
Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Enters Into Agreement with Synergy Bioproducts to Develop Vermont Renewable Energy Biomass Plant

Kam Mahdi, CEO of ­Clean Energy Technologies

­Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Synergy Bioproducts Corporation to design, build and operate a biomass renewable energy processing facility using its revolutionary high temperature ablative fast pyrolysis reactor (HTAP Biomass Reactor). Located in Vermont, th
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12/15/2022
SHARC Energy Supplies City of Vancouver in the Largest Wastewater Energy Transfer Project in North America

SHARC Energy Supplies City of Vancouver in the Largest Wastewater Energy Transfer Project in North America

­SHARC International Systems Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Supply and Maintenance Agreement with the City of Vancouver, for the provision and maintenance of five SHARC Systems for the False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (“False Creek NEU”) Expansion. The expansion is
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12/15/2022
Autofleet Launches First Self-Serve Electrification Simulator

Autofleet Launches First Self-Serve Electrification Simulator to Accurately Plan the Transition to Electric Vehicles for Fleets and Charging Point Operators

­Autofleet has introduced a new, self-serve Fleet Planning Simulator that makes it quick and easy to accurately plan all aspects of the deployment of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and build-out of Charging Infrastructure. This includes considerations such as vehicle models and range, as well as charger placement, ty
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12/15/2022
Melexis Expands its Portfolio of High-Speed Inductive Resolver ICs

Melexis Expands its Portfolio of High-Speed Inductive Resolver ICs

­Melexis is expanding its range of automotive-qualified inductive resolvers for e-motor applications (power steering, traction motor, brake booster). The MLX90517 complements the MLX90510 by providing raw signals to enable off-chip compensation in the ECU. Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company,
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12/15/2022
 Wolfspeed Expands and Extends Silicon Carbide Wafer Supply Agreement with a Leading Global Semiconductor Company

Dr. Cengiz Balkas, SVP and GM of Materials for Wolfspeed

­Wolfspeed, Inc. announced the expansion of an existing multi-year, long-term Silicon Carbide wafer supply agreement, now worth approximately $225 million, with a leading power device company. The expanded agreement calls for Wolfspeed to supply the company with 150 mm Silicon Carbide bare and epitaxial wafers, re
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12/15/2022
Chicony Power and TI Join Forces to Bring GaN Technology to Next-Generation Energy-Efficient Laptop Power Adapter

Luke Lee, Texas Instruments' vice president for Asia and president for Taiwan, Korea and South Asia

­Texas Instruments (TI) announced that Chicony Power designed in TI’s integrated gallium nitride (GaN) technology to power its latest 65-W laptop power adapter, Le Petit. Leveraging TI’s half-bridge GaN FET with integrated gate driver, LMG2610, Chicony Power and TI collaborated on a design to reduce the si
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12/14/2022
Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Conversion Unit Arrives at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power

­Eco Wave Power Global AB announced that the energy conversion unit, formerly deployed in Gibraltar, has officially arrived at its new home, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, United States, where it will be installed as a pilot station in the coming months. This is the first U.S. location for Eco Wave Power’s te
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12/14/2022
Alliance Memory Expands Multiple I/O Serial NOR Flash Memory Series With New 1.8V, 128Mb Solutions

Alliance Memory Expands Multiple I/O Serial NOR Flash Memory Series With New 1.8V, 128Mb Solutions

­Alliance Memory announced that the company has expanded its AS25F series of multiple input/output serial NOR flash memory products with two new 1.8V, 128Mb devices. Offering support for single, dual, and quad SPI modes — with a QPI function — the AS25F1128MQ-70SIN and AS25F1128MQ-70WIN combine fast rea
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12/14/2022
Advanced Energy Introduces Rugged, High Reliability DC/DC Modules Optimized for Rail and Mass Transportation Applications

Advanced Energy Introduces Rugged, High Reliability DC/DC Modules Optimized for Rail and Mass Transportation Applications

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. introduced two rugged DC/ DC converters optimized for demanding railway and other mass transportation applications. The ERM100 and ERM150 series extend the company’s Artesyn™ product line with compact quarter-brick, fully encapsulated 100 W and 150 W options with efficiency lev
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12/14/2022
CUI Devices Introduces Ultra-Compact 3 x 2 mm Tactile Switch

CUI Devices Introduces Ultra-Compact 3 x 2 mm Tactile Switch

­CUI Devices’ Switches Group announced the introduction of one of the industry’s smallest tactile switches. Housed in an ultra-compact 3 x 2 x 0.6 mm package, the TS19 series carries an IP67 rating for dealing with moisture and environmental contaminants as well as a rugged lifecycle ra
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12/13/2022
Building the U.S. Battery Supply Chain - The Midwest's First Advanced Silicon Anode Production Facility

Dr. Francis Wang, CEO of NanoGraf

­NanoGraf, an advanced battery material company enabling longer-lasting, higher-energy, and higher-power lithium-ion batteries, announced plans to launch battery materials production in a new office and manufacturing facility in Chicago. The 17,000 square foot facility is located on the Near West Side adjacent to
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12/13/2022
HF DC Link Capacitors Feature Ultra-Low ESL

TDK releases ModCap HF DC link capacitors with ultra-low ESL

­TDK Corporation presents ModCapTM HF, a modular capacitor concept for DC link applications that is able to work at very high switching frequencies. The six newly developed power capacitors of the B25647A* series are available for rated voltages from 900 V to 1600 V and cover a capacitance spectrum fr
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12/13/2022
Remote Healthcare Using 5G in Mountainous Areas for Effective use of Resources and Quality Assurance of Treatment

A physical therapist conducts a remote medical interview at Shinshiro municipal hospital

­Japan’s population is rapidly aging. As a result, new challenges have emerged as an increased number of elderly people, many of whom live in isolated parts of the country, need medical and nursing care despite inadequate medical resources. Now, a group from Nagoya University in central Japan has found that in
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12/13/2022
Hummingbird Flight Could Provide Insights for Biomimicry in Aerial Vehicles

Hummingbird Flight Could Provide Insights for Biomimicry in Aerial Vehicles

­Hummingbirds occupy a unique place in nature: They fly like insects but have the musculoskeletal system of birds. According to Bo Cheng, the Kenneth K. and Olivia J. Kuo Early Career Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, hummingbirds have extreme aerial agility and flight forms, wh
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12/13/2022
Argonne Researchers Awarded Joint Projects in Advanced Computing

Salman Habib, director of Argonne’s Computational Science division

­Argonne scientists were awarded projects in nuclear physics, high energy physics, and Earth system model development through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program. What are the basic building blocks of matter? How did the universe evolve? What will happ
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12/13/2022
2D Material May Enable Ultra-Sharp Cellphone Photos in Low Light

Saptarshi Das, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State

­A new type of active pixel sensor that uses a novel two-dimensional material may both enable ultra-sharp cellphone photos and create a new class of extremely energy-efficient Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, according to a team of Penn State researchers.   “When people are looking for a new pho
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12/13/2022
New Optical Computing Approach Offers Ultrafast Processing

The optical chirality logic gate is made of a material which emit lights with different circular polarization depending on the chirality of the input beams.

­Logic gates are the fundamental components of computer processors. Conventional logic gates are electronic – they work by shuffling around electrons – but scientists have been developing light-based optical logic gates to meet the data processing and transfer demands of next-generation computing. New optical ch
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12/13/2022
Compact 750W 60kV power supply for high-power applications

XP Power's new range of high-voltage power solutions offers the flexibility and control demanded by semiconductor applications.

The units will be of particular interest to electrical design engineers and system integration engineers working in ion implantation, e-beam welding, and e-beam additive manufacturing – as well as many other application sectors. The new FT series addresses challenges engineers face with limited high-volt
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12/13/2022
The American Nuclear Society Welcomes Fusion Ignition Milestone

­American Nuclear Society President Steven Arndt

­American Nuclear Society (ANS) President Steven Arndt and ANS CEO and Executive Director Craig Piercy issued the following statement: "The American Nuclear Society and the Fusion Energy Division of the American Nuclear Society congratulate the National Ignition Facility (NIF) team at Lawrence Livermore N
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12/13/2022
General Fusion Exceeds Core Technology Performance Targets with Plasma and Compression Prototypes

General Fusion’s plasma injector exceeds requirements with 10-millisecond self-sustaining energy confinement time without requiring active magnetic stabilization, auxiliary heating, or a conventional divertor.

­General Fusion has demonstrated plasma energy confinement times, plasma temperatures, and compression system performance that support meeting its goal of 10 keV (100 million degrees Celsius) in the company’s integrated Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) demonstration, being built to 70 percent scale of
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12/12/2022
Imperas Releases new Updates, Test Suites, and Functional Coverage Library to Support the Rapid Growth in RISC-V Verification

Imperas Releases new Updates, Test Suites, and Functional Coverage Library to Support the Rapid Growth in RISC-V Verification

­Imperas Software Ltd. announced the latest updates to ImperasDV to support the rapid growth in RISC-V verification as developers extend into established and emerging applications with new design innovations based on the flexibility of RISC-V. ImperasDV is the integrated solution for RISC-V processor verification th
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12/12/2022
MathWorks Simulink Products now Support Infineon's Latest AURIX TC4x Family of Automotive Microcontrollers

MathWorks Simulink products now support Infineon’s latest AURIX TC4x family of automotive microcontrollers

­MathWorks and Infineon Technologies AG announced a hardware support package for the MathWorks Simulink products for Infineon’s latest AURIX TC4x family of automotive microcontrollers. Automotive engineers designing advanced electric vehicles, sensor fusion, and radar signal processing functions can use the ha
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12/12/2022
CDE Polymer Chip Capacitor Line Expanded to 35VDC

CDE Polymer Chip Capacitor Line Expanded to 35VDC

­Cornell Dubilier’s XMPL Polymer Chip Capacitor Series has been expanded to match applications with higher voltage and capacitance requirements. Their excellent capacitance and voltage stability with temperature and frequency make these conductive polymer capacitors ideal for applications where bulk storage an
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12/12/2022
Pemamek Introduces new Agile and Compact PEMA Skytrack Robot Welding Station

Pemamek introduces new agile and compact PEMA Skytrack robot welding station

­Pemamek has launched a new agile and compact robot welding station, PEMA Skytrack. The solution features a 2-axis PEMA Skyhook Pro positioner, a 6-axis Yaskawa robot welding arm and linear robot track. PEMA Skytrack sets a new standard for compact robot stations with its 2-ton handling capacity and 2600mm (1
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12/09/2022
LeydenJar Secures EU Backing in Financing of new Battery Factory

Founder and CEO of LeydenJar Christian Rood

­Dutch battery innovator LeydenJar has secured the funding to build its first factory to produce silicon anode foil. The company will invest €60 million in the construction of its first production facility, called “Plant One”, of which €30 million comes from a European Investment Bank loan facility. This fi
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12/09/2022
ROHM Delivers the Industry's Highest Rated Power Shunt Resistors in the 0508 Size

ROHM Delivers the Industry's Highest Rated Power Shunt Resistors in the 0508 Size

­ROHM Semiconductor announced they have developed the LTR10L series of wide terminal shunt resistors, optimized for a variety of applications in the automotive, industrial, and consumer sectors. ROHM has also strengthened their considerable lineup with two updated general-purpose MCR series sh
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12/09/2022
Eco Wave Power Inks Historic Concession Agreement to build 77-Megawatt Power Station

Mustafa Kemal Macit, President and CEO of OREN Ordu Enerji and Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power, signing a 77 MW Concession Agreement in EWP offices

­Eco Wave Power Global AB (publ) announced that it has entered into an agreement with OREN Ordu Enerji (“Ordu Energji”), a fully owned subsidiary of Ordu Municipality, for the potential construction of an up to 77-megawatt (MW) wave energy installation in Ordu, Turkey – the largest agreement in the Company’s hi
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12/08/2022
Wärtsilä-Built Flexible 94 MW Power Plant in Dresden is Ready to Support Germany’s Energy Transition

The new, state-of-the-art gas engine CHP plant in Dresden generates 90 MW of electricity and 84 MW of heat, and is also black start capable.

­The flexible Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, supplied and built by the technology group Wärtsilä for the German public utility SachsenEnergie, has been commissioned and handed over for commercial operation. The plant was extensively tested to verify its reliability and performance before the hand-over in
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12/08/2022
Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

­The new MLX90376 is an absolute magnetic position sensor IC, handling 360° rotary automotive applications with strong stray field immunity (SFI). Its dual-stacked die PCB-less version is unique to the market. The device supports system integration up to ASIL D level functional safety, offering state-of-the-art se
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12/08/2022
STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

­STMicroelectronics has released high-power modules for electric vehicles that boost performance and driving range. ST’s new silicon-carbide (SiC) power modules have been selected for Hyundai’s E-GMP electric-vehicle platform shared by KIA EV6 and several models. Five new SiC-MOSFET based pow
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12/07/2022
WATT Fuel Cell Continues Business Momentum Growth With Generac Investment

Caine Finnerty, WATT Fuel Cell's president, chief operating officer and founder

­WATT Fuel Cell is excited to announce an investment from Generac Power Systems, a market leader in residential energy technology. The new investment closes 2022 with growing momentum toward commercial launch of fuel cell-driven power for homeowners. As a part of the transaction, a member from the Generac ex
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12/07/2022
Ultra-Efficient Non-Isolated Digital DC/DC Converter for Computing and Telecom Equipment

Ultra-Efficient Non-Isolated Digital DC/DC Converter for Computing and Telecom Equipment

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced the company’s first non-isolated bus converter (NIBC) in industry-standard quarter-brick format for 48 V power conversion in computing and telecom applications. Operating at up to 900 W with efficiencies as high as 97%, the new Advanced Energy Artesyn NDQ900 DC/DC con
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12/07/2022
Flex Power Modules' BMR510 Upgraded with Improved Efficiency

Flex Power Modules’ BMR510 upgraded with improved efficiency

­Flex Power Modules is announcing an upgrade to the specification of their innovative BMR510, a two-phase voltage regulator module. The BMR510 now utilizes advanced materials of magnetic core, yielding high inductance in a small package size, allowing lower switching frequency operation than would be necessary wi
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12/07/2022
Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

­Efficient Power Conversion Corporation expands the selection of automotive, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of 80 V, 6 mΩ EPC2204A that delivers 125 A pulsed current in a 2.5 mm x 1.5 mm footprint and the 80 V, 3.2 mΩ EPC2218A that delivers 231 A pulsed current is a 3.
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12/07/2022
Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

­The shift to sustainable truck transport is happening in many parts of the world, including Australia, where sales of electric trucks are starting to pick up. The country is committed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of th
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12/07/2022
Würth Elektronik Partners with Student-Run, Fighting Robot Team

The Team of Fighting Robot Black Dragon supported by Würth Elektronik: Along with a financial sponsorship, Würth Elektronik offers technical assistance

­Würth Elektronik is pleased to announce that it will be a major sponsor of Team Uairrior and their fighting robot, Black Dragon, as they compete in the BattleBots Season 7 Tournament on The Discovery Channel in January 2023.  Würth Elektronik, a global electronic and electromachnical manufacturer, is excite
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12/06/2022
Smallest IP67-Rated Tactile Switch Available Provides Greater Design Flexibility

Smallest IP67-Rated Tactile Switch Available Provides Greater Design Flexibility

­Littelfuse, Inc. announced the new C&K Switches NanoT product line, a series of miniature, surface-mounted, very low profile, waterproof tactile switches.  Smart wearables, health monitoring devices, and other battery-powered IoT devices are driving the need for a higher density o
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Date:
12/06/2022
World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

­Ambarella, Inc. announced the world’s first centralized 4D imaging radar architecture, which allows both central processing of raw radar data and deep, low-level fusion with other sensor inputs—including cameras, lidar and ultrasonics. This breakthrough architecture provides greater environmental pe
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12/06/2022
UTAC Celebrates two Billion Copper Clip Devices Shipped

UTAC shipping two billion devices featuring the companies’ Cu clip to enhance thermal performance

­UTAC, the leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, has further underlined its strength in advanced power packaging solutions by achieving a major commercial milestone – the shipping of two billion devices that feature a copper (Cu) clip to enhance thermal performance.  Cu clip pack
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12/06/2022
SiTime Precision Timing Solution Provides Clocking for New AMD Alveo X3 Series Platform

SiTime Precision Timing Solution Provides Clocking for New AMD Alveo X3 Series Platform

­SiTime Corporation announced that AMD is using SiTime MEMS precision timing solutions for its new Alveo X3 series, the first AMD network cards designed with screened FPGAs and optimized specifically for low latency electronic trading. Designed for the fintech industry, AMD’s first network in
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12/06/2022
Finding the Right AI for You

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Peter Koo

­The human genome is three billion letters of code, and each person has millions of variations. While no human can realistically sift through all that code, computers can. Artificial intelligence (AI) programs can find patterns in the genome related to disease much faster than humans can. They also sp
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12/05/2022
Researchers say Space Atomic Clocks Could Help Uncover the Nature of Dark Matter

Artist's impression of a space atomic clock used to uncover dark matter.

­Studying an atomic clock on-board a spacecraft inside the orbit of Mercury and very near to the Sun might be the trick to uncovering the nature of dark matter, suggests a new study published in Nature Astronomy.  Dark matter makes up more than 80 per cent of mass in the universe, but it has so fa
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12/05/2022
Milestone for Laser Technology

German-French research team builds free-electron laser at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) driven by particles from a plasma accelerator - and generates well-controllable laser flashes for the first time with this still young technology.

­Extremely intense light pulses generated by free-electron lasers (FELs) are versatile tools in research. Particularly in the X-ray range, they can be deployed to analyze the details of atomic structures of a wide variety of materials and to follow fundamental ultrafast processes with great precision. Until no
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12/05/2022
Indium Corporation Introduces LED Paste for Advanced Mini/MicroLED Applications

Indium Corporation Introduces LED Paste for Advanced Mini/MicroLED Applications

­Indium Corporation has expanded its portfolio of proven pastes with a new no-clean, halogen-free solder paste designed for advanced LED applications, including COB, COG, SMT, and other LED varieties. LEDPaste NC38HF combines superior wetting performance with excellent stencil print transfer efficienc
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12/02/2022
Wurth Elektronik Presents Reference Design for its Gigabit Ethernet Front End

Wurth Elektronik Presents Reference Design for its Gigabit Ethernet Front End

Würth Elektronik has published its RD016 reference design and the corresponding application note ANP116. With this, the manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components provides valuable information for the development of EMC-compliant Gigabit Ethernet applications. Developers obtain an optimized ci
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12/02/2022
ROHM and BASiC Semiconductor Form a Strategic Partnership

Weiwei He (right), General Manager of Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor Ltd. and Isao Matsumoto (left), President and CEO of ROHM Co., Ltd.

­ROHM Semiconductor and Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor announced they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement on SiC power devices for automotive applications. A signing ceremony was held at ROHM’s headquarters in Kyoto to commemorate the occasion. Under this agreement, the two companies will leve
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12/02/2022
i-ToF Imager Based on Infineon's Novel Pixel Technology Boosts 3D Camera System Performance

i-ToF Imager Based on Infineon's Novel Pixel Technology Boosts 3D Camera System Performance

­Infineon Technologies AG in cooperation with 3D Time-of-Flight specialist and premium partner pmdtechnologies is introducing the IRS2975C imager sensor, a performance-push evolution of the IRS2875C. The imager works according to the Time-of-Flight (ToF) principle known as indirect ToF (i-ToF) and is the first in
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Date:
12/02/2022
Kibble-Zurek Mechanism for Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions

Observing the Kibble-Zurek Mechanism in Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions

­Phase transitions describe various phenomena around us, from water turning into ice to magnetic transitions to the superconducting transition where electrical resistance vanishes. In the cases of superconductivity and magnetism, the phase transition is continuous, characterized by “symmetry breaking” that le
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12/02/2022
Palm E-Tattoo Can Tell When You're Stressed Out

An illustration of the snaked e-tattoo attached to the palm and a smartwatch reader.

­Our palms tell us a lot about our emotional state, tending to get wet when people are excited or nervous. This reaction is used to measure emotional stress and help people with mental health issues, but the devices to do it now are bulky, unreliable and can perpetuate social stigma by sticking very visible se
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12/02/2022
Researchers Observe Directly Turbulent Magnetic Reconnection in Solar Wind

A schematic drawing of the heliospheric current sheet, a structure in the solar wind, and the reconnection paradigm within it.

­Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the direction of Prof. WANG Rongsheng and Prof. LU Quanming, used data from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to directly observe bursty and turbulent magnetic reconnection in the solar wi
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12/02/2022
Toward Stable Aqueous Zn-ion Batteries

Scheme of the Protective mechanisms of NTP-C

­“Aqueous ZIBs hold great potential as competitive candidates for next-generation energy storage devices,” said corresponding author Ying Bai, professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology. “Thanks to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and high security.” Bai explained
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12/02/2022
Too Hot for SPICE

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Figure 1: Double pulse testing using standard power MOSFET models

­One of the biggest challenges facing engineers when designing with discrete power MOSFETs is the fact standard simulation models provided by many manufacturers are limited in how well they emulate real-world performance. This reduces the usefulness of SPICE simulations when attempting to understand how a circuit wi
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Date:
12/01/2022
All Metal Current Sense Resistors – The Superior Current Sense Resistor Technology

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Figure 1a: All metal sense resistors with plated terminations

­With the rapid growth of electronic content, devices, and circuitry pervading so many market segments, the need for current sense resistors has exploded. Because of the wide range of end products and applications, there is an equally wide range of sense resistor requirements. While there are several viable te
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12/01/2022
Leading the Charge in Mobile Phones

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Figure 1: Halo Microelectronics HL7132 application circuit for charge pump fast charger

­We rely upon our mobile devices and wearables more and more, so we constantly seek enhanced performance and functionality from them. However, with this comes the need for increased battery capacity, despite recent advances in efficient operation. Convenience is the key, allowing users to charge these high-capacity de
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12/01/2022
Electrifying Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­With so much going around the world, the year has flown in. For a news junkie like myself, it has been fascinating, and often horrifying, watching everything unfold. As for the industry, it has been very mixed. The rate of innovation doesn’t seem to be slowing any, but the overall market conditions look as
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12/01/2022
Shoring Up the Transportation of the Future

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Well, we made it through another year without any cataclysmic disasters. You’d think that wouldn’t be a notable achievement, but in the era of COVID and the accompanying economic recession, sometimes just crossing the finish line is a remarkable feat. We’re about to put a somewhat forgettable year behi
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12/01/2022
Codasip and Intel Bring RISC-V Development to Higher-Education

Keith Graham, Vice President of University and Customer Experience Program, Codasip

­Codasip announced it is collaborating with Intel® to enable undergraduate and graduate level courses to benefit from faster, simplified architectural exploration combining Codasip RISC-V IP cores, the Codasip Studio development environment, and Intel's FPGA platforms. Intel also announced 
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12/01/2022
Menlo Micro Delivers World's Highest Power MEMS Switch

Menlo Micro Delivers World's Highest Power MEMS Switch

­Menlo Micro introduced the world’s first micromechanical power switch capable of handling 10A in a miniature 5mm x 5mm surface-mount package. With its ultra-low 0.010 ohm contact resistance, the new MM9200 Ideal Switch is the lowest-loss and highest power capable micro-mechanical switch ever cr
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12/01/2022
High-Performance / Low-Cost 30W DC-DC Converter with 4:1 Input Range

High-Performance / Low-Cost 30W DC-DC Converter with 4:1 Input Range

­TRACO POWER announces it’s next generation of 30W DC-DC converters in the standard 1 x 1 inch footprint with the new THL 30WI series. This next-generation product greatly improves the “cost / performance” ratio in the 30W, 1 x 1” industry standard product area. Combined with safety approvals to the lat
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12/01/2022
Dual-Channel, 8.5 A, 18 V, Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher Device with 16 µA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. Ultralow EMI emission, dual output LT8652S-based 12 V to 3.3 V and 1.2 V synchronous step-down converter

­LT8652S is a dual-channel, synchronous, monolithic, step-down regulator featuring a 3 V to 18 V input range. It can deliver up to 8.5 A of continuous current from both channels and supports loads up to 12 A from each channel. It features peak current-mode control with an extremely low 20 ns minimum on-time, wh
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12/01/2022
Renewable Energy Has Problems to be Considered

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­One of the problems with renewable energy is that the generators generally tend to take up a lot of space. Whether it is a solar farm or a wind farm, the area required to provide a decent amount of power is usually quite extensive. This is always inconvenient when areas that need the power most, such as cities, ar
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12/01/2022
Why Solar Windows Could be the Future of Renewable Energy

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Solar power is growing rapidly across the globe, but it faces several roadblocks, not the least of which are aesthetic factors. And now Swiss scientists have announced an efficiency record for a type of solar cell – “dye-sensitized” solar cells (DSCs) – that could help bypass one of the average consumer’s bi
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12/01/2022
The Promise of the EV Market

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­A rule in business holds that if a market is unperturbed by outside influences, three players will converge. Thus, the “Big Three” U.S. automakers – GM, Ford, Chrysler – dominated the automotive transportation market for most of the 20th century. Since then, many new brands have disrupted the market; pl
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12/01/2022
Meeting Rail Equipment Power Challenges

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Figure 1: Various rail nominal voltages, dips, and surges

­DC-DC converters used in onboard rail applications must meet challenging electrical supply and environmental specifications. The widespread adoption of the European Train Control System (ETCS) at the heart of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is setting new, more stringent requirements for po
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12/01/2022
Increasing Ruggedness in High-Current E-FUSE Smart Switches

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Figure 1. Block diagram of a smart automotive power distribution system

­The major trend in power distribution systems is the replacement of the centralized architecture, which distributes the electric power from the battery to the individual loading systems and includes a central relay and fuse box for overload protection. The new automotive systems are based on smart power distribution wi
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12/01/2022
4D Imaging Radar helps L2+ and Higher Vehicle Enablement

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Figure 1: Levels of ADAS and autonomous driving

­The adoption and evolution of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) are crucial to safer driving, avoiding accidents, and saving lives. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings and five-star safety ratings accelerate this shift, making automatic emergency braking, blind-spot de
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12/01/2022
Industrial and Automotive Filters Make the Grade with Advanced Materials Technology

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Figure 1. Electrifying major automotive systems boosts efficiency and economy

­Electrification is a major factor in moves towards smart industry and smart driving. The trend is bringing increasing numbers of high-powered electrical systems into close proximity with each other, such as arrays of industrial robots inside factories. In automotive markets, the latest vehicles are adding gr
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12/01/2022
The Micro-Mobility Business Model is Built on a Foundation of Sand

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Figure 1. Quicker charge times with ZapBatt lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries would mean e-bikes getting back on the road quicker, saving on related downtime costs

­The micro-mobility industry can be a legitimate answer to climate warnings, battery supply chain issues driving up the cost of EVs, and rising gas prices deterring people from car ownership and towards more economical alternatives. These significant challenges have driven e-bikes from niche to mainstream in the la
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12/01/2022
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