Notable & Newsworthy

March 2023
Cisco's LoRaWAN Module for the IR1110 Industrial Router is Now Fully Integrated with ThingPark LoRaWAN Network Platform

Cisco's LoRaWAN Module for the IR1110 Industrial Router is Now Fully Integrated with ThingPark LoRaWAN Network Platform

­Actility announces the integration of Cisco’s LoRaWAN module for the IR1110 industrial router into its ThingPark® platform to simplify and accelerate the ability to extend LPWAN connectivity to remote sites and meet the connectivity requirements of businesses wherever they operate.  
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03/31/2023
Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

­Helsinki has pledged to become carbon neutral by the year 2030. At the moment, the city’s most noteworthy source of direct emissions is district heating. Shutting down the coal-fired power plant in Hanasaari will result in a significant emissions reduction. According to estimates, Helsinki’s total emissions wi
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03/31/2023
Xilinx's Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit, Now at Mouser, Accelerates Workflows for Roboticists

Xilinx's Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit, Now at Mouser, Accelerates Workflows for Roboticists

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit from Xilinx. Offering high-performance industrial vision and real-time networking interfaces, this Xilinx starter kit allows roboticists to simplify their workflows when using the Kria K26 system-on-module (S
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03/31/2023
Isolated Power Supply Modules

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Figure 1: Structure of the isolated MicroModule 1769205132 of the FIMM series. It comprises a semiconductor IC, rectifier diodes, input and output capacitors and a transformer

­Industrial environments typically require reliable and interference-free power supplies. Usually, the different components of an industrial plant are powered by DC bus systems. This article explains how such a low-interference bipolar supply in the low-voltage range can be realized. Typical industrial plant
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03/31/2023
Programming/Debug Probe, with Extended Power-Measurement Range, Enables Next-Generation Ultra-Low-Power Applications

Programming/Debug Probe, with Extended Power-Measurement Range, Enables Next-Generation Ultra-Low-Power Applications

­STMicroelectronics’ STLINK-V3PWR is a new in-circuit debugging and programming probe that provides accurate power measurement suitable for applications running on any STM32 microcontroller (MCU). Having a wide dynamic range to handle power-conscious projects including IoT and wireless applicati
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03/30/2023
Kyocera-AVX Expands its Time- and Cost-Saving 9176-700 Series Capped IDC Connectors

Kyocera-AVX Expands its Time- and Cost-Saving 9176-700 Series Capped IDC Connectors

­KYOCERA AVX added new four- and five-position models to its 9176-700 Series capped insulation displacement contact (IDC) connectors for 18–24AWG wire, which are engineered to satisfy the demanding requirements of automotive, transportation, industrial, lighting, and medical applications.    9176-700 Series ca
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03/30/2023
RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

­RWE which owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets, have agreed on a partnership to analyze the Gulf of Mexico offshore wind market. The companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate the delivery of clean energy from offshore wind to industrial cu
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03/30/2023
Advanced Energy Extends High-Efficiency AC-DC Brick Converter Family to 48 V

Advanced Energy Extends High-Efficiency AC-DC Brick Converter Family to 48 V

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. has extended its Artesyn AIF family of intelligent, integrated and configurable full-brick AC-DC converters with the addition of a 48 V module. The AIF11WAC operates with best-in-class efficiencies up to 93% and delivers a small form factor solution for the latest 48 V power ar
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03/30/2023
onsemi Develops IGBT FS7 Switch Platform with Leading Performance for Industrial Markets

Asif Jakwani, senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Power Division, On Semi

­onsemi announced a new range of ultra-efficient 1200 V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) that minimize conduction and switching losses at a performance level that is industry-leading in the market. Intended to enhance efficiency in fast switching applications, the new devices will be primarily us
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03/29/2023
LinkSwitch-TNZ Allows More Efficient and Accurate AC Zero-Cross Detection in Smart Home Applications

LinkSwitch-TNZ Allows More Efficient and Accurate AC Zero-Cross Detection in Smart Home Applications

With more sensors, actuators and wireless control features being added into the smart home ecosystem, it’s increasingly hard for designers to meet product standby power requirements using discrete buck converters, which are inefficient in standby and require additional circuits for detecting AC line zero-crossing. Th
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03/29/2023
STMicroelectronics Makes Lithium Batteries Perform Better and Last Longer with High-Accuracy BMS Controller

STMicroelectronics Makes Lithium Batteries Perform Better and Last Longer with High-Accuracy BMS Controller

­STMicroelectronics’ L9961 battery-management-system (BMS) device provides market-leading accuracy and flexibility to enhance the performance, lifetime, and safety of Li-ion and Li-polymer batteries. Suitable for battery packs up to 25V, the L9961 provides monitoring, balancing, and prote
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03/29/2023
Riedon Unveils Digital DC Current Sensors - Making Current Measurement Even Easier

Riedon Unveils Digital DC Current Sensors - Making Current Measurement Even Easier

­Following the market traction achieved by its SSA Smart Shunt current sensor series, specialist power and precision resistor manufacturer Riedon Inc. has just announced another major product innovation.  The new SSD Smart Shunt series consists of highly-integrated digital system-in-package (SiP) dev
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03/29/2023
Experts use new Microscope, AI Algorithm, and Voltage Indicators to Image Electrical Activity Deep in the Brain

Jerry Chen, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology.

­When studying the brain, researchers are just beginning to use a method known as voltage imaging to track neural activity in the living animal. While this approach is a promising way to better understand neuron firing, behavior, and cognition, there are limitations and risk factors. The practice requires putting a
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03/29/2023
Scientists Integrate Two-Dimensional Materials into Silicon Microchips for Advanced Data Storage and Computation

Dr. Mario Lanza, associate professor of materials science and engineering, KAUST

­Two-dimensional materials are expected to revolutionize the semiconductors industry. However, despite multiple studies that have reported prototype devices with promising properties for sensing and driving electrical current, their technology readiness level is still very low because they mostly use synthesis an
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03/29/2023
Illinois Researchers Achieve the First Silicon Integrated ECRAM for a Practical AI Accelerator

ECRAM array

­The transformative changes brought by deep learning and artificial intelligence are accompanied by immense costs. For example, OpenAI’s ChatGPT algorithm costs at least $100,000 every day to operate. This could be reduced with accelerators, or computer hardware designed to efficiently perform the sp
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03/29/2023
Argonne, Progress Rail, Test Low-Carbon Fuels on the Path to Decarbonizing the Rail Industry

Michael Cleveland, director of Advanced Energy for Progress Rail

­In response to sustainability goals, the freight rail industry is working to boost the use of lower-carbon intensity fuels in diesel-powered fleets to support global efforts in mitigating climate change. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are two types of biofuels, which are produced from organic materials including
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03/29/2023
A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

­Due to the growing problems of environmental degradation and energy scarcity, there is an increasing demand for sustainable and renewable energy technology development. Over the past few decades, energy extraction from wastewater to develop efficient energy conversion technologies had been extensively studied. Em
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03/29/2023
Wärtsilä Marks Energy Storage Fire Safety Milestone as GridSolv Quantum Passes UL 9540A Requirements

Wärtsilä Marks Energy Storage Fire Safety Milestone as GridSolv Quantum Passes UL 9540A Requirements

­Technology group Wärtsilä has passed a significant milestone in ensuring the safety of its energy storage system (ESS), GridSolv Quantum, by successfully completing UL 9540A unit-level testing. Fire safety is a major priority for the energy storage industry and Wärtsilä’s ESSs are designed to meet s
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03/28/2023
Breakthrough in Battery Safety Technology

No thermal propagation: Pre-stack layout & ideal venting

­Farasis Energy has developed a module design concept to prevent thermal propagation using its newest generation of cells (Generation 4). The performance of the modules has been tested and confirmed by independent laboratories on module and pack level. Battery safety is thus significantly increased – an important ad
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03/28/2023
ASRock Industrial Launches the iEP-7020E Series Industrial IoT Controller for Intelligent Control at the Edge

ASRock Industrial Launches the iEP-7020E Series Industrial IoT Controller for Intelligent Control at the Edge

­ASRock Industrial is excited to release the iEP-7020E Series Industrial IoT Controller enabled by 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Embedded and Industrial Processors (Raptor Lake-P) for optimized performance and scalability. With Intel® Iris Xe graphics for fast AI and Intel® In-Band ECC support, delivering intelligent an
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03/28/2023
Infineon AIROC CYW20829 Bluetooth LE SoC Ready with Latest Bluetooth 5.4 Specification

Infineon AIROC CYW20829 Bluetooth LE SoC Ready with Latest Bluetooth 5.4 Specification

­Infineon Technologies AG announced its AIROC™ CYW20829 Bluetooth® LE system on chip (SoC) is ready with the newly released Bluetooth 5.4 specification. With the right combination of low power and high performance, AIROC CYW20829 is designed to support the entire spectrum of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) use ca
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03/28/2023
Team Mouser Electronics Wins the 11th Annual APEC Golf Tournament

Team Members are (left to right):

- Travis Moench - ROHM Semiconductor
- Jay Barrus - ROHM Semiconductor
-Regina Denbow - Mouser Electronics
- Mike Scott - Mouser Electronics
- Kevin Palmer - Vishay Semiconductor and Passives

­Congratulations to our Winners! The winning team consisted of players from Mouser Electronics, Rohm, and Vishay won the 11th annual APEC golf tournament played on March 19th at Celebrity Golf Club in Celebration, Florida.    Team Members are (left to right in photo): Tr
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03/28/2023
KEMET Announces Series for the Newly Released Military Performance Specification MIL-PRF-32700/1 and /2 for Polymer Tantalum Surface Mount Capacitors

KEMET Announces Series for the Newly Released Military Performance Specification MIL-PRF-32700/1 and /2 for Polymer Tantalum Surface Mount Capacitors

­KEMET, part of the YAGEO Group, announces the new polymer tantalum surface mount T580/T581 series. This series is in support of Military Performance Specification Sheets MIL-PRF-32700/1 and /2. The T580/T581 series will be the first polymer tantalum surface mount capacitors available to the market that will meet t
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03/28/2023
Antaira WiFi Access Point Extends Industrial Networks

Antaira WiFi Access Point Extends Industrial Networks

­Antaira Technologies has launched an industrial dual-radio wireless LAN access point optimized with added router capabilities that securely extends connectivity to the ever-growing number of WiFi devices deployed on high-density plant floors. Empowered by 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and boasting ultra-reliable stabil
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03/28/2023
LED Delivers Industry-Leading High-Power LED Efficacy

LED Delivers Industry-Leading High-Power LED Efficacy

Cree LED announced the release of its J Series 5050C E Class LEDs with the industry’s highest efficacy for high power LEDs: 228 lumens per watt (LPW) typical at 4000K, 70 CRI and 1W. The new J Series LEDs deliver up to three times the light output of competing 5050 LEDs at the same efficacy level. These advanced LE
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03/28/2023
Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder, Dies at 94

Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced that company co-founder Gordon Moore died on March 24, 2023, at the age of 94.

­Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today that company co-founder Gordon Moore has passed away at the age of 94. The foundation reported he died peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2023, surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii. Moore and his longtime colleague Robert Noyce founded In
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03/25/2023
The Tantalizing Potential for GaN in Electric Vehicle Power Electronics

Material properties of GaN & SiC relative to Si. Source: IDTechEx

­As electric vehicle (EV) power electronics undergoes a paradigm shift towards wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, it is clear that silicon carbide (SiC) is becoming the material of choice, while gallium nitride (GaN) is often shoe-boxed into telecommunications or optoelectronics applications. In part, this is
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03/24/2023
150 and 200 Watt DC/DC Converters with 12:1 Input Range

150 and 200 Watt DC/DC Converters with 12:1 Input Range

­TRACO POWER announces their new TEP 150UIR and TEP 200UIR families of 150 and 200 watt DC/DC converters with a 12:1 input range (14-160VDC) in a fully-encapsulated half brick package. These converters enable design engineers to utilize a single power supply solution that accepts an array of nominal system vol
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03/24/2023
Ultra-Low Noise, Ultra-High PSRR µModule Regulator Powers Noise-Sensitive Applications

Ultra-Low Noise, Ultra-High PSRR µModule Regulator Powers Noise-Sensitive Applications

­Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced a super low noise dual output DC/DC μModule regulator with patented silicon, layout, and packaging innovations. Operating from up to 40 V input, the LTM8080’s front-end is a high efficiency synchronous Silent Switcher step-down regulator followed by two separate low
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03/22/2023
Premio Reveals an Industrial Edge Computer with Power-over-Ethernet Features

Premio Reveals an Industrial Edge Computer with Power-over-Ethernet Features

Premio Inc., reveals the RCO-3000-CML small form factor PC. Supported by Intel 10th Generation Comet Lake embedded processors, the all-new RCO-3000-CML is a fanless industrial computer balancing processing performance and modular I/O configurability.  Newly integrated Premio EDGEBoost I/O modules off
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03/22/2023
The First Application-Specific MOSFETs for Hotswap in SMD Copper-Clip LFPAK88 Packaging for 60% Reduced Footprint

The First Application-Specific MOSFETs for Hotswap in SMD Copper-Clip LFPAK88 Packaging for 60% Reduced Footprint

­Nexperia announced the release of its first 80 V and 100 V application-specific MOSFETs (ASFETs) for hotswap with enhanced safe operating area (SOA) in a compact 8x8 mm LFPAK88 package. These new ASFETs are fully optimized for demanding hotswap and soft-start applications and are qualified to 175°C for us
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03/22/2023
onsemi Launches Simulation Tools to Bring Complex Power Electronics Applications to Market Faster

onsemi Launches Simulation Tools to Bring Complex Power Electronics Applications to Market Faster

­onsemi announced a breakthrough in simulation tools for onsemi’s EliteSiC Silicon Carbide (SiC) product family and its applications. The company launched the online Elite Power Simulator and Self-Service PLECS Model Generator, which provide meaningful insights for complex power electronic ap
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03/21/2023
Qorvo Delivers 5.4 mΩ 750V SiC FETs in TOLL Package for High Power Applications

Qorvo Delivers 5.4 mΩ 750V SiC FETs in TOLL Package for High Power Applications

­Qorvo will showcase a new surface-mount TO-leadless (TOLL) package for its high-performance, 5.4 milliohm (mΩ) 750V SiC FETs. This is the first product in a family of 750V SiC FETs that will be released in the TOLL package with on-resistance ranging from 5.4 mΩ to 60 mΩ. These devices are ideal for us
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03/21/2023
Silanna Semiconductor Launches First 100W Multi-Port Fast Charger Reference Design

Silanna Semiconductor Launches First 100W Multi-Port Fast Charger Reference Design

­Silanna Semiconductor, The Power Density Leader, has expanded its family of fast charger reference designs with the company’s first 100W multi-port offering. Built around Silanna’s CO2 Smart Power advanced AC/DC controllers and high-frequency DC/DC converters, the RD-16 integrates a front-end PFC converter stag
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03/17/2023
ETRI Introduces AI Tutor who Teaches Foreign Language Reading

ETRI researchers demonstrate the reading comprehension education conversation technology of the reading comprehension education AI system.

­The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed a reading comprehension education AI technology that allows you to learn foreign language listening, speaking, and reading by talking to an artificial intelligence (AI) tutor. It is expected to be of great help in the spread of
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03/17/2023
New Machine-Learning Approach Enables One to Identify one Molecule in a Billion Molecules Selectively with Graphene Sensors

Figure 1 (a) The schematic diagram of the activated-carbon functionalized graphene sensor. (b) The comparative plot of the XGBoost, KNN, and Naïve Bayes models performance.

­Graphene’s 2D nature, single molecule sensitivity, low noise, and high carrier concentration have generated a lot of interest in its application in gas sensors. However, due to its inherent non-selectivity, and huge p-doping in atmospheric air, its applications in gas sensing are often limited to controlled en
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03/17/2023
Electronic Skin as Flexible as Crocodile Skin

Image of a crocodile-skin-Inspired omnidirectionally stretchable pressure sensor

­The development of electronic skin with multiple senses is essential for various fields, including rehabilitation, healthcare, prosthetic limbs, and robotics. One of the key components of this technology is stretchable pressure sensors, which can detect various types of touch and pressure. Recently, a joint te
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03/17/2023
PSDcast – Renewable Energy vs. Coal

Energy scientist and author Jack Kerfoot

­Coal is going through a mini renaissance right now in Europe, mainly as a result of the war in Ukraine, but we’ve also seen coal usage drop dramatically over the last couple decades globally. What’s behind that and will renewables completely supplant coal?
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03/17/2023
PSDcast – Paving the way for Autonomous Trucking

Jamie Hoffacker, VP of Hardware, at Kodiak Robotics

­The idea of autonomous vehicles is intriguing, if for no other reason than artificial systems should be far safer in the road than humans. But for all the excitement, no autonomous vehicles are currently higher than a 2 on the SAE scale. And many feel the commercial trucking industry could take the first steps to
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03/16/2023
Perovskite Solar Cells from the Slot Die Coater - A Step Towards Industrial Production

The wet coating with a standard ink composition: the wet perovskite thin films (left) has a rib-like structure. The corresponding SEM image (right) of the annealed perovskite film shows inhomogeneities.

­Metal halide perovskites are considered to be a particularly low-cost and promising class of materials for next-generation solar modules. Perovskite solar cells can be produced with coating processes using liquid inks made from precursor materials and various solvents. After coating, the solvents evaporate an
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03/16/2023
Breakthrough in the Understanding of Quantum Turbulence

The researchers used a unique rotating cryostat in their study

­Researchers have shown how energy disappears in quantum turbulence, paving the way for a better understanding of turbulence in scales ranging from the microscopic to the planetary. Dr Samuli Autti from Lancaster University is one of the authors of a new study of quantum wave turbulence together with rese
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03/16/2023
CityU Scientists Develop Energy-Saving, Tunable Meta-Devices for High-Precision, Secure 6G Communications

The two meta-devices on top are for 2D manipulation, the one on the bottom left is for testing, and the one on bottom right is a metasurface from a triplet meta-device.

­The future of wireless communications is set to take a giant leap with the advent of sixth-generation (6G) wireless technology. A research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) invented a groundbreaking tunable terahertz (THz) meta-device that can control the radiation direction and coverage ar
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03/16/2023
Resilient Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying Even After Wing Damage

MIT researchers have developed resilient artificial muscles that can enable insect-scale aerial robots to effectively recover flight performance after suffering severe damage.

­Bumblebees are clumsy fliers. It is estimated that a foraging bee bumps into a flower about once per second, which damages its wings over time. Yet despite having many tiny rips or holes in their wings, bumblebees can still fly. Aerial robots, on the other hand, are not so resilient. Poke holes in the ro
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03/16/2023
Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG to Deliver Latest Sensor Solutions

Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG to Deliver Latest Sensor Solutions

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a new global distribution agreement with Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, an industry-leading manufacturer of physical, chemical and biological sensors. With over 30 years of experience, Innovative Sensor Technology’s suite of precision sensor solutions includes both pl
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03/16/2023
ABB to expand Robotics factory in US

ABB to expand Robotics factory in US

­Today, ABB strengthened its commitment to one of its largest customer markets – the US – with construction starting on the expansion of its existing North American robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The project is expected to be completed in November 2023 and represents an
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03/16/2023
Würth Elektronik Presents its WSEN-ISDS Motion Sensor

Würth Elektronik Presents its WSEN-ISDS Motion Sensor

­Würth Elektronik is expanding its range of compact MEMS-based sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer and integrated gyroscope. Its selectable measuring ranges and data rates makes WSEN-ISDS extremely versatile. To facilitate integration, the sensor outputs pre-calibrated, processed data for application-specific fu
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03/16/2023
Atlis Motor Vehicles Releases Battery Cell Data Showing Capability on Track to Enable 0 – 100% Charge in 15-mins or Less

Atlis Motor Vehicles Releases Battery Cell Data Showing Capability on Track to Enable 0 – 100% Charge in 15-mins or Less

­Atlis Motor Vehicles unveiled battery cell data for its proprietary pouch cell. Atlis’ NMC pouch cells successfully meet the targets necessary to enable 15-min charging and ensure consistent performance. Internal testing shows cells with up to 254 Wh/kg energy density, 1.74 mAh average internal resistance
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03/15/2023
Morse Micro and Quectel Partner to Take Wi-Fi HaLow to Market

Michael De Nil, co-founder and chief executive officer at Morse Micro

­Morse Micro and Quectel Wireless Solutions announced a strategic partnership to deliver Wi-Fi HaLow solutions to market. Through the partnership, Quectel will integrate Morse Micro’s 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow technology into a new module, designed for consumer, industrial, agricultural and other us
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03/15/2023
New Yorker Electronics Releases Vishay Load Switches with Programmable Current Limits & OVP Enhanced Reliability

New Yorker Electronics Releases Vishay Load Switches with Programmable Current Limits & OVP Enhanced Reliability

­New Yorker Electronics is featuring four newly released Vishay eFuses that feature programmable current limits and overvoltage protection (OVP) in the compact 3mm x 3mm TDFN package. Designed to operate over a wide 2.8V to 23V input voltage range — with a 28 VIN DC tolerance — the 3.5A SiP32433A/B and
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03/15/2023
TDK Offers a Wide Range of inductors for Industrial Single Pair Ethernet

TDK Offers a Wide Range of inductors for Industrial Single Pair Ethernet

­TDK Corporation has developed a series of inductors for Industrial Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) based on the IEEE 802.3cg standard for 10BASE-T1L. The suppression of asymmetrical interference is particularly important to achieve interference-free data traffic. The new RCM70CGI-471 common-mode choke, which has an
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03/15/2023
Halo Microelectronics Introduces a New Dual-Phase 40W Charge Pump Charger IC

Halo Microelectronics Introduces a New Dual-Phase 40W Charge Pump Charger IC

­Halo Microelectronics announces the launch of its HL7139A, a low-voltage fast direct charger for 1-cell Li-ion and Li-ion polymer batteries. The device integrates a dual-phase switched capacitive converter and reverse blocking MOSFET (QRB FET) to achieve a 97.4% efficiency for 4.5V output and 5A charging current wi
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03/15/2023
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Introduces a Powerful New Duo of Protection Switches for Type C EPR 3.1

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Introduces a Powerful New Duo of Protection Switches for Type C EPR 3.1

­Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced a powerful duo of sink and source switches that can increase the power delivery capability of USB Type-C ports to 140W, paving the way for Type C extended power range (EPR) implementations. The AOZ13937DI is suited for 28V Type C sinking applications while th
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03/15/2023
Sharge Selects GaN FETs from EPC for High-power USB PD Charger

Sharge Selects GaN FETs from EPC for High-power USB PD Charger

­Efficient Power Conversion has teamed up with SHARGE Technology (SHARGE) to design a 67 W USB PD charger with a power display screen. The Retro 67 fast charger uses EPC’s 100 V GaN FET, EPC2218, which can deliver 231 A pulsed current in a tiny footprint of 3.5 mm x 1.95 mm offering designers a significantly sm
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03/15/2023
Navitas Distribution Deal with Richardson Electronics Expands Americas Footprint for Next-Gen SiC Semiconductors

Navitas Distribution Deal with Richardson Electronics Expands Americas Footprint for Next-Gen SiC Semiconductors

­Navitas Semiconductor has announced a distribution agreement with Richardson Electronics, Ltd. covering next-generation silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for the Americas. Richardson Electronics will focus on Navitas’ world-leading GeneSiC power MOSFETs and MPS diodes that are rated from 650
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03/15/2023
Efficient and High-Performing Vehicle Architecture: Cooperation of Continental and Infineon

Efficient and High-Performing Vehicle Architecture: Cooperation of Continental and Infineon

­Continental will be collaborating with Infineon Technologies AG in the development of server-based vehicle architectures. The goal is an organized and efficient electrics/electronics (E/E) architecture with central high-performance computers (HPC) and a few, powerful Zone Control Units (ZCU) instead of up to a
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03/15/2023
Kohler Launches Three New KD Series Industrial Generators

Kohler Launches Three New KD Series Industrial Generators

­Kohler expands its industry-leading KD Series line of industrial generators with two new models, KD700 and KD750 for 60hz markets. These generators feature a new KOHLER 18L advanced diesel engine (KD18L06) that can also run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a renewable fuel source. These new model
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03/14/2023
Zinc Battery Initiative Welcomes Developer of Novel Battery Enhancing Additive

Dr. Josef Daniel-Ivad, manager of the Zinc Battery Initiative

Zinc Battery Initiative (ZBI) welcomes new member Octet Scientific Inc. ZBI’s rapidly growing membership is comprised of leading zinc battery manufacturers as well as developers of products designed to enhance battery capability. Located in Cleveland, Octet Scientific has created the OctoLyte™ family of
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03/14/2023
Cemtrex's Vicon Launches New Suite of AI-Based Analytics with Enhanced Lineup of Vicon Roughneck AI Camera Series

Cemtrex's Vicon Launches New Suite of AI-Based Analytics with Enhanced Lineup of Vicon Roughneck AI Camera Series

­Cemtrex Inc. announced Vicon Industries has released a new suite of AI-based analytics in an enhanced Vicon Roughneck AI Camera series, further improving its unified VMS platform for controlling video, access control, license plate recognition (LPR), and other integrated applications. Vicon’s enhanced
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03/14/2023
NRL to Launch First In-Space Laser Power Beaming Experiment

NRL to Launch First In-Space Laser Power Beaming Experiment

­The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is set to launch the Space Wireless Energy Laser Link (SWELL) to demonstrate laser power beaming in space as part of the scheduled U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program (STP) H9 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) March 15. SWELL is one of several e
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03/14/2023
Microchip Expands its Secure Authentication IC Portfolio

Microchip Expands its Secure Authentication IC Portfolio

­Embedded security continues to be a high priority, and architects need vetted, easy-to-use and cost-optimized security solutions that are compliant with industry best practices. To provide architects with comprehensive embedded security solutions, Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announces it
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Date:
03/14/2023
SEGGER Fully Supports ST's new STM32H5 MCU Series

Segger's J-links

­SEGGER announces that its J-Links, Flashers, full suite of development tools, and its emPower OS operating system fully support the new STM32H5 family of MCUs from STMicroelectronics. “SEGGER is delighted to be able to continue offering immediate support to new ST products as they h
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Date:
03/14/2023
Smart, Innovative IoT Sensor Hub Technology for a Sustainable World

Smart, Innovative IoT Sensor Hub Technology for a Sustainable World

­Micro Technic unveiled its latest generation of IoT sensor hubs. Skylark is a complete and flexible IoT solution that enables the monitoring and collection of data from any remote application. Simple to set up and connect to any sensor, Skylark comes with an easy device management platform. A resilient, st
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Date:
03/14/2023
Researchers Unveil Mystery of Operating Voltages in Li-CO2 Batteries

The schematics and performance of the test system.

­A team led by Prof. TAN Peng from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has renewed the understanding of the operating voltages of lithium-carbon dioxide (Li-CO2) batteries, providing a new strategy for the next generation of Li-CO2 batteries. Their work was published in Proceedings of
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Date:
03/13/2023
Recent Progress of Carbon-Based Non-Noble Metal Single-Atom Catalysts for Energy Conversion Electrocatalysis

The red outer ring represents the synthesis method of the catalyst, the green inner ring represents the catalytic application, the blue matrix represents the characterization technique, and the white inner circle represents NPM-SACs/CS.

­This review is led by Prof. Yuehe Lin (Washington State University), Prof. Welei Zhu (Nanjing University), and Prof. Yuanyuan Wang (Nanjing University), they provided an overview of recent developments in non-precious metal single-atom catalysts (NPM-SACs) for the electrocatalytic field. NPM-SACs with unique el
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Date:
03/13/2023
STMicroelectronics Simplifies and Accelerates Wireless Product Development with Certified STM32WB1MMC Bluetooth LE Module

STMicroelectronics Simplifies and Accelerates Wireless Product Development with Certified STM32WB1MMC Bluetooth LE Module

­The new STM32 Bluetooth wireless module from STMicroelectronics lets designers access the advantages of ST’s dual core STM32WB microcontrollers (MCUs), especially in projects intended for low-to-medium production volumes. The module simplifies development and accelerates time to market, combining
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Date:
03/13/2023
NFC Tag-Side Controller from Infineon Integrates Sensing and Energy-Harvesting to Enable Compact, Battery-Free Smart Sensing IoT Solutions

NFC Tag-Side Controller from Infineon Integrates Sensing and Energy-Harvesting to Enable Compact, Battery-Free Smart Sensing IoT Solutions

­NFC-based sensing controllers with energy-harvesting capabilities are critical for the development of passive smart devices that can operate with high accuracy, efficiency, and design convenience in a wide range of IoT applications. With the NGC1081, Infineon Technologies AG expands its product portfolio of NF
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Date:
03/13/2023
Lattice Advances Industrial Automation at the Edge with Latest Solution Stack Updates

Lattice Advances Industrial Automation at the Edge with Latest Solution Stack Updates

­Lattice Semiconductor announced the latest updates to the Lattice Automate and Lattice sensAI solution stacks that equip customers with new factory automation and industrial machine vision capabilities. Running on low power Lattice FPGAs, both solution stacks enable efficient, flexible, and secure Industrial ap
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Date:
03/13/2023
Mouser Electronics Signs Distribution Agreement with Astrocast to Deliver Satellite IoT Components

The Astronode S+, a certified, ready-to-install industrial satellite communication device based on the Astronode S and an Astronode Patch antenna.

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a new distribution agreement with Astrocast, a leading nanosatellite IoT network operator. Through the agreement, Mouser offers engineers Astrocast's Satellite IoT (SatIoT) technology to customers in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Swi
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Date:
03/13/2023
Scientist to Launch Interstellar Space Music

Dr Alyssa Schwartz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute and Musicology at Fairmont State University

­A scientist from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) will premiere a new piece of music at the SXSW EDU festival that has been created using data beamed back to Earth from interstellar space. On Thursday, 9 March, Dr Domenico Vicinanza will be joined on stage in Austin, Texas, by Dr Alyssa Schwartz,
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Date:
03/12/2023
Augmenting the Human Body with a Wearable Robotic Arm

Silvestro Micera, EPFL

­Imagine having a third arm –  a robotic one – to assist you with daily living. Silvestro Micera from EPFL, Switzerland, is engineering the human nervous system to make this a possibility. For decades, professor Silvestro Micera of EPFL has dedicated his research to helping people with sensory and motor
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Date:
03/12/2023
8-Billion Dollar Market Opportunity Enabled by Solid-State Batteries

Solid-state battery addressable market.

­The solid-state battery, one of the most promising next-generation battery technologies, has the potential to reshuffle the global battery supply chain, and a US$8 billion-market-size opportunity is potentially waiting for solid-state batteries, according to IDTechEX's report "Solid-State and Polymer Bat
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Date:
03/10/2023
Infineon's AURIX & TRAVEO Microcontroller Families Extend Their Support for IEC 61508 Hardware and Software Metrics Enabling Industrial Safety up to SIL-3

Infineon's AURIX & TRAVEO Microcontroller Families Extend Their Support for IEC 61508 Hardware and Software Metrics Enabling Industrial Safety up to SIL-3

­Industrial control systems must have a minimal error rate even in harsh environments, making safe and secure system development  crucial. The AURIX TC3x and TRAVEO T2G microcontroller product families from Infineon Technologies AG address these requirements with a wide range of integrated hardware functional sa
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Date:
03/10/2023
±1% Accuracy Current Sense Amplifier ICs Reduce Mounting Area by Approximately 46% Over Conventional Configurations

±1% Accuracy Current Sense Amplifier ICs Reduce Mounting Area by Approximately 46% Over Conventional Configurations

­ROHM Semiconductor announced the BD1421x-LA series of space-saving, high accuracy current sense amplifier ICs for industrial (e.g., wireless base stations, PLCs, inverters) and consumer applications (e.g., home appliances). For years, the demand for current sensing has been increasing in severa
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Date:
03/10/2023
Automotive-Qualified Micro-Power Op Amp Endures Harsh Temperature and Extended Mission Profile

Automotive-Qualified Micro-Power Op Amp Endures Harsh Temperature and Extended Mission Profile

­With micro-power current consumption and 150°C operating-temperature capability, STMicroelectronics’ TSU111H 5V automotive operational amplifier delivers a combination of properties that are unusual to find in one device. Qualified to AEC-Q100 temperature Grade 0 (-40°C to 150°C), the TSU11
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Date:
03/10/2023
SolarEdge Announces New 'Rate Saver' Solar + Battery Solution to Keep Solar Winning in the NEM 3.0 California Market

The newly announced SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ reduces battery system cost by up to 38% and provides industry-high power yield for maximum Time-of-Use savings, offering superior payback periods.

­SolarEdge announced its new SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ solar + battery solution for California. As the State transitions to a self-consumption market under the new NEM 3.0 Net Billing Tariff, the new DC-Coupled solar + battery solution provides homeowners who do not require home back-up a more cost-effective wa
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Date:
03/09/2023
24V DC UPS Solution for 100h Long-Term Backup

24V DC UPS Solution for 100h Long-Term Backup

­Bicker Elektronik, Donauwoerth/Germany, has introduced a new DC UPS solution for long-term backup applications. The 24V emergency power supply is equipped with the particularly safe and durable LiFePO4 battery technology and offers backup times of up to 100 hours. Consisting of the UPSI-2406D intelligent charging and
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Date:
03/09/2023
QuSecure Pioneers First-Ever U.S. Live End-to-End Satellite Quantum-Resilient Cryptographic Communications Link Through Space

Lisa Hammitt, QuSecure Board Director

­QuSecure, Inc., announced that the company has accomplished the first known live, end-to-end quantum-resilient cryptographic communications satellite link through space, marking the first time U.S. satellite data transmissions have been protected from classical and quantum decryption attacks using post-quantum cr
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Date:
03/09/2023
Nano Dimension Installs 3D Printing System for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Yoav Stern, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nano Dimension

­Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that it has installed one of its 3D printing systems – the Admaflex130 – at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (“Marshall”). Marshall procured the printing system as part of a project to 3D print sodium ion batteries. The 3D printing system that is part of
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Date:
03/08/2023
100V Industrial-Grade STripFET F8 Devices Improve Figure of Merit by 40%

100V Industrial-Grade STripFET F8 Devices Improve Figure of Merit by 40%

­STMicroelectronics’ STL120N10F8 N-channel 100V power MOSFETs combine extremely low gate-drain charge (QGD) and on-resistance RDS(on), giving 40% better figure of merit (FoM) than comparable devices of the preceding generation. The new MOSFETs leverage ST’s advanced STPOWER STripFET F8 technolo
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Date:
03/08/2023
High-Voltage MCU with USB-C PD and Buck-Boost Charging Controller, Streamlining Embedded System Design

High-Voltage MCU with USB-C PD and Buck-Boost Charging Controller, Streamlining Embedded System Design

­USB-C has been widely adopted as the connector of choice in the consumer electronics industry and is expected to replace the majority of conventional power adapters up to 240 W. As the world transitions to USB-C-based DC power sources, fast-charging protocols are becoming ubiquitous, enabling greater functionality an
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Date:
03/08/2023
ROHM's SiC SBDs Chosen by Murata Power Solutions for Data Center PSUs

ROHM's SiC SBDs Chosen by Murata Power Solutions for Data Center PSUs

­ROHM Semiconductor announced that Murata Power Solutions is using its high performance silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs) to increase performance and reduce the size of Power Supply Units (PSUs) for data center applications. ROHM’s SCS308AH SiC SBDs feature high surge re
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Date:
03/08/2023
Infineon Acquires GaN Systems for $830 Million, Expanding its Gallium Nitride Portfolio

Infineon CEO Jochen Hanebeck

­Infineon and GaN Systems just dropped a bombshell in the lead-up to the biggest power show of the year – Infineon will acquire GaN Systems for US $830 million. With the Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC) less than a fortnight away, this definitely shakes up the balance of power and adds an i
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Date:
03/08/2023
Microchip Expands its Industrial-Grade Single Pair Ethernet Portfolio

Microchip Expands its Industrial-Grade Single Pair Ethernet Portfolio

­SPE technology is setting the stage for all-Ethernet IIoT and industrial Operational Technology (OT) networks that are built with a new class of synchronized low-speed Ethernet edge devices and a simplified cabling infrastructure for latency-sensitive traffic streams. Microchip Technology Inc. announces ne
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Date:
03/07/2023
DC/DC Converters Provide Flexible, Power-Dense Solutions for Data-Hungry Applications

DC/DC Converters Provide Flexible, Power-Dense Solutions for Data-Hungry Applications

­Helping to enable the next generation of high-performance, computing-intensive technologies, ABB Power Conversion introduced its DLynx IIITM point-of-load (POL) modules, the third generation of its proven digital DLynx family. The high-current modules enable board design flexibility by im
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Date:
03/07/2023
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chooses SemiQ’s Silicon Carbide Device for Particle Accelerator Project

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chooses SemiQ’s Silicon Carbide Device for Particle Accelerator Project

­Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has chosen SemiQ, Inc. to supply Silicon Carbide diodes for an ongoing particle accelerator project. SemiQ developed its top-side solderable 1200V 10A silicon carbide diode in a SMC package to withstand continuous high current pulse operation at 15 times rated current.
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Date:
03/07/2023
Skydel Becomes First GNSS Simulator to Break High-Capacity Barrier

Skydel Becomes First GNSS Simulator to Break High-Capacity Barrier

­Orolia announced that Skydel, its flagship GNSS simulation engine software, can generate more than 500 signals from a single platform. By leveraging its software-defined architecture, Skydel’s potential can be massively scaled upwards when employing a robust set of hardware components. GNSS users, ex
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Date:
03/07/2023
Littelfuse Expands eFuse Protection ICs Series to Address More Diverse, Demanding Applications

Littelfuse Expands eFuse Protection ICs Series to Address More Diverse, Demanding Applications

­Littelfuse, Inc. announced the latest release of four versatile circuit protection devices in the eFuse Protection ICs product line. The latest eFuse Protection ICs utilize an innovative design ideal for a wide range of power inputs (3.3V to 28V) with highly integrated protection. These semicondu
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Date:
03/07/2023
Bourns Introduces High Efficiency Planar Transformer Series Engineered for High Frequency, Smaller Space DC-DC Conversion Designs

Bourns Introduces High Efficiency Planar Transformer Series Engineered for High Frequency, Smaller Space DC-DC Conversion Designs

­Bourns, Inc., introduced its Model PLN0xx-ED21 Series Planar Transformers with the advanced features needed to meet today's high frequency, smaller space power conversion application requirements. These forward converter transformers are designed to deliver outstanding high volumetric power density, low
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Date:
03/06/2023
Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth Combo Extends Battery-Life for IoT Applications with up to 65% Power Reduction

Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth Combo Extends Battery-Life for IoT Applications with up to 65% Power Reduction

­Infineon Technologies AG announced the new AIROC CYW43022 ultra-low power, dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth combo, extending its broad portfolio of existing AIROC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products. The CYW43022 ultra-low power architecture delivers industry-leading performance, with up to a 65 percent reduction in
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Date:
03/06/2023
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Introduces a New AC-DC Active Bridge Rectifier Solution

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Introduces a New AC-DC Active Bridge Rectifier Solution

­Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced an extension to its active bridge driver, AlphaZBL™ family. Available in an SOP-8L package, the AOZ7203AV is a self-powered dual driver IC for driving external high-voltage MOSFETs to replace twolow-side diodes of bridge rectifier. The new device is
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Date:
03/03/2023
Ohio University Awarded $2 Million from Department of Energy to Develop Products from Coal Waste

Damilola Daramola, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Ohio University

­The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it has funded six research and development projects that will repurpose domestic coal resources for high-value graphitic products and carbon-metal composites that can be employed in clean energy technologies. Ohio University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy an
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Date:
03/03/2023
CoaXPress Express over Fiber Optic Cables Opens Up New Opportunities in High-Speed Imaging

The CoaXPress over Fiber protocol is an add-on to the CoaXPress 2.0 specification that enables camera data to be transmitted over fiber optic cable.

­Introduced last year, CoaXPress over Fiber (CXPoF) is an emerging machine vision technology that opens up an exciting new realm of high-speed imaging opportunities. An extension of the existing CoaXPress 2.1 specification, CXPoF supports data transport from a camera to the host PC over fiber optic cabling in
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Date:
03/03/2023
Wide Bandgap Devices and

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­It was only a matter of time for wide bandgap products to find broad acceptance in real-world applications. According to the analysis firm Yole, for instance, silicon carbide is driving the revolution in transportation and creating a multi-billion-dollar market. SiC devices are already being deployed in EVs an
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Date:
03/01/2023
Easy Design Path to Advanced Power Supply

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Figure 1: Electrical schematic of an LTC7803-based converter with VIN from 5 V to 38 V and VOUT at 3.3 V at 20 A

­LTC7803 isa synchronous step-down controller developed by ADI to simplify the design of high-performance power supplies. The main features of the controller are integrated, low impedance gate drivers able to switch N-channel MOSFETs, which reduce overall converter cost and increases efficiency; extremely low op
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Date:
03/01/2023
Britishvolt Closure a Huge Blow to the UK Automotive Industry

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­There’s no doubt about the largest story in the industry since the start of the year in the UK, and possibly even Europe – the news that Britishvolt has entered administration. It is a collapse which has embarrassed the UK government and dented the country’s ambition as it tries to position itself as a
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Date:
03/01/2023
Alabama, Florida Power Utilities Allegedly Paid for Positive News Coverage

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Whoops! No matter your political leanings, most of us pine for a free and independent press – especially regarding consumer matters. We all want to rest assured that our journalistic institutions aren’t beholden to special interests. So when a report suggests that two of the biggest utility firms in
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Date:
03/01/2023
SiC Delivers Next-Generation Efficiency and Sustainability

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Figure 1: SiC devices offer superior properties to legacy silicon, including higher efficiency, faster switching speeds, and exceptional thermal dissipation

­Silicon carbide (SiC) is a critically important technology as high-power, high-speed applications test the limits of conventional silicon. Next-generation systems not only continue to push the boundaries of performance and capability, but also disrupt and replace systems that burn fossil fuels (e.g. transportation, el
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Date:
03/01/2023
PCB Design Considerations with SiC FETs

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Figure 1: The loop from switch to DC link capacitor can be long and have significant inductance

­Optimising PCB layout in a power converter design is a complex task at the best of times, but there can be extra challenges when you have to allow for the ultra-fast voltage and current edge rates seen with wide band-gap devices such as a SiC FET, a normally-off, cascode combination of a SiC JFET and Si-MOSFET.  Th
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Date:
03/01/2023
GaN-Based Design of a 2 kW 48 V/12 V Bi-Directional Power Module for 48 V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1: Simplified schematic diagram of the bi-directional converter

­The hybrid vehicle market has more than doubled from 2017 from 2.0% to 5.1% and by 2025, one of every 10 vehicles sold worldwide is projected to be a 48 V mild hybrid. 48 V systems boost fuel efficiency, deliver four times the power without increasing engine size, and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions without in
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Date:
03/01/2023
EtherCAT Measurement Terminals in Wind Farm Monitoring

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Figure 1: A diagram of the circuit showing the distributed I/O to place accelerometers and full bridge strain gauges terminated close to the measurement locations

­The UK aims to build enough wind farms to power every household by 2030. The potential of wind power was demonstrated by a recent record, when on a single day in January wind farms produced 19,835 megawatts, which is enough to cover more than half of England’s electricity needs. The increased investment in
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Date:
03/01/2023
Innovations in Laser Power Solutions for Medical Applications

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Figure 1: Multi-function laser / IPL systems have complex power needs

­According to a report by Straits Research, the market for aesthetic lasers and energy devices was valued at USD 4.46 billion in 2021, with a projection that it will exceed USD 10 billion by 2030 – a growth of over 10% PA. Developments in the laser technology have created new laser-based treatments such as r
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Date:
03/01/2023
Pushing the Power Density Envelope in DC/DC Conversion

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­One of the biggest challenges in enabling Artificial Intelligence (AI) computing is the increase of processing power in a fixed converter footprint. As a consequence, such intense power demands are shifting rack power levels above the 30-kW range. The “Open Compute Project” (OCP) attempts to address these ch
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Date:
03/01/2023
Meeting Narrow-band Power Line Communication Requirements in Smart Grid Infrastructure Designs

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Figure 1: As more renewable energy sources have been added to the grid, it has been become largely de-centralized where power comes from a variety of local sources

­Today’s smart energy grids must be able to access real-time data collection through sophisticated communication, monitoring and control capabilities giving operators the ability to manage increasingly decentralized power generation and remedy any outage situations. Adding renewables and energy storage to th
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Date:
03/01/2023
The Importance of Being Direct and Concise in Communication Protocols

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Figure 1: Comparative wire-overhead analysis for key protocol messages

­When it comes to communication protocols, it is far more important to focus on conciseness and directness — as anything that is not strictly necessary to convey information is just a waste of time and energy.  In other terms, if we think in terms of information theory when communicating, then we w
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Date:
03/01/2023
WBG Materials Coming of Age

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­As we head into Spring, hopefully as the weather picks up, it gives the economy a bit of a lift too. It’s definitely been a tough few years with the COVID-19 pandemic followed closely by the war in Ukraine. Both of these events have disrupted the global supply chain and led to spiralling inflation. However
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Date:
03/01/2023
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