Notable & Newsworthy

June 2023
Infineon and Kontrol Join Forces to Improve the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Infineon and Kontrol Join Forces to Improve the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

­Infineon Technologies AG and the Austrian product compliance company Kontrol are entering into a strategic partnership to make the future of mobility as both legally compliant and safe as possible. In the field of autonomous driving, legal requirements, standards, norms, and court rulings still pose major ch
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06/30/2023

Mouser Electronics Unlocks Transformative Industrial Solutions Through Extensive Resource Hub

Mouser Electronics Unlocks Transformative Industrial Solutions Through Extensive Resource Hub

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., offers an insightful industrial resource center, providing a wealth of information about the cutting-edge technologies that are driving the modern industrial automation transformation. Mouser explores the advantages of predictive maintenance and machine learning on edge devices an
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06/30/2023
Nautilus Solar Energy Opens Community Solar Farm Built on Former Sand Quarry

At a ribbon cutting ceremony at the North Berwick, ME site, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, (“Nautilus”) announced the official opening of a 7MW community solar farm constructed on a former sand pit.

­Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, (“Nautilus”) announced the official opening of a 7MW community solar farm in North Berwick, ME. Constructed on a former sand pit, this innovative project represents the transformation of compromised land into a productive source of clean energy, local jobs, and economic growth fo
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06/30/2023
Littelfuse Introduces Micro-D Connector Series with Removable Crimp Contacts for Aerospace Industry

Littelfuse Introduces Micro-D Connector Series with Removable Crimp Contacts for Aerospace Industry

­Littelfuse, Inc. announced the availability of its latest C&K product – the MDMA Micro-D Connector with removable crimp contacts. This unique design innovation allows end users to easily create custom cable harnesses, a feature not currently offered by any other Micro-D connectors on the market. No soldering or
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06/30/2023
Navitas and Plexim Accelerate Time-to-Market with PLECS Models for Next-generation GeneSiC Power Semiconductors

Navitas and Plexim Accelerate Time-to-Market with PLECS Models for Next-generation GeneSiC Power Semiconductors

­Navitas Semiconductor and Plexim GmbH announce a partnership to release GeneSiC G3™ SiC MOSFET and Gen 5 MPS diode PLECS thermal loss models for highly-accurate simulations of complete power electronics systems.   Power designers can simulate power and thermal losses in various soft- and
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06/30/2023
Melexis Motor Driver Boosts new Functions for EVs Premiumization

Melexis Motor Driver Boosts new Functions for EVs Premiumization

­Melexis introduces the MLX81334, a motor driver designed to optimize electric vehicles thermal valves (accurate battery temperature control) and expansion valves (heat pump refrigeration loop). This enables longer range for EVs. The MLX81334 complements our embedded motor drivers portfolio with extended memories an
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06/30/2023
How Computers and Artificial Intelligence Evolve Together

The Buddy Compiler framework, a work in progress, will include a benchmark framework, a domain-specific architecture framework, a co-design module, and a compiler-as-a-service platform in addition to a compiler framework.

­Co-design, that is, designing software and hardware simultaneously, is one way of attempting to meet the computing-power needs of today’s artificial intelligence applications. Compilers, which translate instructions from one representation to another, are a key piece of the puzzle. A group of researchers at
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06/30/2023
Space Debris: A Quantitative Analysis of the In-Orbit Collision Risk and its Effects on the Earth

The model developed by researchers at the Faculty of Economics of the UMA establishes the optimal rate of satellite launches to maximize benefits

­The amount of space debris has not stopped increasing since the first satellite was launched in 1957. The European Space Agency (ESA) estimates that there are more than 131,000,000 useless space waste objects, between 1 millimeter and 10 centimeters, currently orbiting around the Earth at an average speed of
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06/30/2023
Consumers More Likely to Use Virtual Apparel Try-On Software if Interactive

University of Missouri research shows consumers’ concerns about privacy when trying on clothing virtually can be reduced by making the technology versatile and easy to use.

­While more and more people are shopping online, purchasing clothes on the internet poses a unique challenge: What if it doesn’t fit? The apparel industry’s latest solution is virtual try-on sessions that allow consumers to share photos or measurements of themselves to create a similar-sized avatar. While some cons
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06/30/2023
Researchers Teach an AI to Write Better Chart Captions

Researchers Teach an AI to Write Better Chart Captions

­Chart captions that explain complex trends and patterns are important for improving a reader’s ability to comprehend and retain the data being presented. And for people with visual disabilities, the information in a caption often provides their only means of understanding the chart. But writing effective
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06/30/2023
Scientists Edge Toward Scalable Quantum Simulations on a Photonic Chip

A new system developed by researchers at the University of Rochester allows them to conduct quantum simulations in a synthetic space that mimics the physical world by controlling the frequency, or color, of quantum entangled photons as time elapses.

­Scientists have made an important step toward developing computers advanced enough to simulate complex natural phenomena at the quantum level. While these types of simulations are too cumbersome or outright impossible for classical computers to handle, photonics-based quantum computing systems could provide a
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06/30/2023
Exploring Solutions for Energy-efficient Data Centers

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Figure 1. Data center power architectures. Unregulated IBC for high-density applications, such as AI, accelerator cards (left), and 12-V regulated common rail (right)

­Introduction Data centers consume vast volumes of power, meaning even the most minor improvements in their performance efficiency translate into significant power savings. This article explores two novel power conversion topologies from Infineon - the Dual-stage Regulated Hybrid Switched Capacitor (DR-HSC) converter and the Regulated Hybrid Switched Capacitor (RHSC) converter, which combines a Hybrid Sw
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06/30/2023
Omni-Pro Electronics Announces Good-Ark's Release of the new DFN0603 ESD Protection Diodes

Omni-Pro Electronics Announces Good-Ark's Release of the new DFN0603 ESD Protection Diodes

­Good-Ark Semiconductor's newest DFN0603 ESD TVS series from Omni Pro Electronics offers low leakage, fast response time and low clamping voltage. Packaged in the DFN0603 (0201), these devices are specifically designed to protect sensitive components connected to data and transmission lines from overvoltage cau
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06/29/2023
STMicroelectronics' STM32 USB PD Microcontrollers Now Support UCSI Specification to Accelerate Type-C Power Delivery Adoption

STMicroelectronics' STM32 USB PD Microcontrollers Now Support UCSI Specification to Accelerate Type-C Power Delivery Adoption

­STMicroelectronics has added a USB Type-C connector system interface (UCSI) library in the STM32Cube software ecosystem for STM32 microcontrollers (MCUs) to accelerate development of USB-C Power Delivery (PD) applications. The X-CUBE-UCSI is a turnkey UCSI-certified solution with ready-to-use hardware
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06/29/2023
How AgriSolar Helped the Cows Come Home to One Northeast Farm

How AgriSolar Helped the Cows Come Home to One Northeast Farm

­For more than 150 years Knowlton Family Farms in Grafton, Massachusetts has been a family-owned operation. It’s grown and shrunk over the years, and now is back in a period of expansion thanks to combining solar energy production with agriculture. The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT)&nb
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06/27/2023
Vishay Intertechnology Enhances Anti-Surge Thick Film Power Resistor with Power Rating

Vishay Intertechnology Enhances Anti-Surge Thick Film Power Resistor with Power Rating

­New Yorker Electronics has announced Vishay’s release of its newly enhanced Vishay Draloric RCS0805 e3 anti-surge thick film resistor in the 0805 case size with a higher power rating of 0.5W. With its increased power rating, the RCS0805 e3 can now be used in place of four standard parallel resistors in
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06/27/2023
Modular Solar Generator Is Lightweight, Portable and Can Power a Small House for Days

Modular Solar Generator Is Lightweight, Portable and Can Power a Small House for Days

­A new breakthrough battery technology developed by Decarbon Venture (DCV) delivers the world's lightest real alternative to a gas-powered generator. Harnessing solar power and semi-solid battery technology, Decarbon Venture's first swappable portable generator allows batteries to be removed and fresh batt
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06/27/2023
Silicon Carbide Schottky Barrier Diodes Designed for Applications that Require Higher Efficiency, Switching Performance and Low Power Loss

Silicon Carbide Schottky Barrier Diodes Designed for Applications that Require Higher Efficiency, Switching Performance and Low Power Loss

­Bourns, Inc., announced its first 650 V – 1200 V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs). The Bourns® SiC SBD line consists of six models engineered to provide excellent current carrying and thermal capabilities and high power density for increased performance and reliability. Th
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06/27/2023
Infineon Teams up with EleQtron to Deliver Three Generations of Trapped-Ion Quantum Processor Units

Infineon Teams up with EleQtron to Deliver Three Generations of Trapped-Ion Quantum Processor Units

­Infineon Technologies AG and eleQtron GmbH, a pioneer in Quantum Computing (QC) from Siegen, North Rhine Westfalia, Germany, announced their partnership to jointly develop trapped ion Quantum Processor Units (QPUs) for scalable quantum computers. This second Infineon partnership with a key player in the ion-trap fi
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06/27/2023
onsemi Launches End-to-End Positioning System to Enable Accurate, More Power-Efficient Asset Tracking

onsemi Launches End-to-End Positioning System to Enable Accurate, More Power-Efficient Asset Tracking

­onsemi launched an end-to-end positioning system that enables the simpler and faster development of more accurate, cost- and power-efficient asset tracking solutions. The system is based on onsemi’s RSL15 MCU, the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth® 5.2 MCU, and incorporates software algorithms an
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06/27/2023
Galvanically Isolated High-Side Switches with Diagnostics Control and Protect Industrial Loads

Galvanically Isolated High-Side Switches with Diagnostics Control and Protect Industrial Loads

­STMicroelectronics has launched a family of octal high-side switches that combine galvanic isolation for robustness, RDS(on) below 260mΩ for energy efficiency, and protection and diagnostics for reliability and fault recovery. The 8-channel switches, ISO808, ISO808A, ISO808-1, and ISO808A-1, drive all
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Date:
06/26/2023
Reliable, Widely Available EV Charging Infrastructure Is Critical to Support the Booming EV Market

Multiple types of EV charging solutions exist today to serve different market needs.

­During the past few years, the global electric vehicle (EV) industry has experienced tremendous growth. Total global electric vehicle sales went from approximately 3.1 million in 2020 to over 9 million in 2022. IDTechEx predicts more than 12 million EV sales in 2023 and exponential growth in the co
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06/26/2023
Infineon Launches Two XENSIV Barometric Air Pressure Sensors

Infineon Launches Two XENSIV Barometric Air Pressure Sensors

­Infineon Technologies AG introduces two new XENSIV barometric air pressure (BAP) sensors: the KP464 and KP466, both targeted at automotive applications. While the KP464 is primarily designed for engine control management, the KP466 BAP sensor is intended for seat comfort functions. KP464 enables fuel effi
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06/26/2023
Solitron Devices Announces First Military Grade 700V 15mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET

Solitron Devices Announces First Military Grade 700V 15mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET

­Solitron Devices is pleased to announce the introduction of the SD11710 the latest in our series of hi-rel MOSFETs and the industry’s first military grade 700V silicon carbide (SiC) device.  Packaged in an extremely rugged hermetically sealed TO-258, the SD11710 is built for the most demanding
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06/26/2023
NSF Invests $162 Million in Research Centers to Accelerate Materials Science From Lab to Factory

NSF Invests $162 Million in Research Centers to Accelerate Materials Science From Lab to Factory

­A $162 million investment from the U.S. National Science Foundation will drive the creation of advanced materials capable of remarkable things — from being tough enough to withstand the heat of a fusion reactor to processing information at the quantum level. Nine Materials Research Science and Engineering Ce
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06/26/2023
ProTek Devices' Newest TVS Components Target Circuit Protection in Electric Vehicle Applications and EV Charging Systems

ProTek Devices' Newest TVS Components Target Circuit Protection in Electric Vehicle Applications and EV Charging Systems

­ProTek Devices has introduced a couple of TVS components targeted at a delivering circuit protection across a variety of electric vehicle (EV) systems including hybrid electric vehicles, charging systems, and automotive electronic control units (ECU). One is a 7,000 Watt TVS component and the other is 11,000 Wa
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06/26/2023
Würth Elektronik Presents its WE-HEPC SMT Power Inductor Series

Würth Elektronik Presents its WE-HEPC SMT Power Inductor Series

­Würth Elektronik presents WE-HEPC, its smallest NiZn-ferrite based self-shielded power inductor to date. Thanks to a new and completely automated manufacturing process, these inductors provide consistent very high quality and a higher saturation current than any previous own or known competitive product. In
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06/26/2023
Scientists Develop a High-Energy-Density and Ultralong-Life Aqueous Zinc-Ion Battery

Scientists Develop a High-energy-density and Ultralong-life Aqueous Zinc-ion Battery

­A research team at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), led by Prof. ZHAO Bangchuan, developed a high-performance aqueous zinc-ion battery with ultralong cycle lifespan in a weak magnetic field. The relevant results were published in Materials Horizons.
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06/26/2023
Novel Single Crystals Show Promising Electric Field Control of Magnetism

High resolution X-ray diffraction patterns at in-situ applied electric fields, corresponding variation of lattice spaces with applied electric fields, and variation of magnetization at different electric fields and temperatures for the 0.58BiFeO3-0.42Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 single crystal.

­A research team led by associate Prof. YIN Lihua from Institute of Solid State physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) demonstrated clear control of magnetism (M) at low electric fields (E) at room temperature in a recent research. The E-induced phase transformation an
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06/26/2023
Towards Efficient Lithium–Air Batteries with Solution Plasma-Based Synthesis of Perovskite Hydroxide Catalysts

Scientists from SIT, Japan developed a new and efficient method to synthesize CSO nanocrystals in under 20 minutes using solution plasma process.

­With global warming on the rise, it has become imperative to reduce fossil fuel dependency and switch to alternate green energy sources. The development of electric vehicles is a move towards this direction. However, electric vehicles require high energy density batteries for their functioning, and conventional li
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06/26/2023
NIST 'Toggle Switch' Can Help Quantum Computers Cut Through the Noise

This photo shows the central working region of the device. In the lower section, the three large rectangles (light blue) represent the two quantum bits, or qubits, at right and left and the resonator in the center.

­What good is a powerful computer if you can’t read its output? Or readily reprogram it to do different jobs? People who design quantum computers face these challenges, and a new device may make them easier to solve.  The device, introduced by a team of scientists at the National Institute of Standa
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06/26/2023
Breakthrough Boosts Quantum AI

Martin Larocca, the lead author of the manuscript and postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos

­A groundbreaking theoretical proof shows that a technique called overparametrization enhances performance in quantum machine learning for applications that stymie classical computers. “We believe our results will be useful in using machine learning to learn the properties of quantum data, such as classi
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06/26/2023
Act Now to Prevent Uncontrolled Rise in Carbon Footprint of Computational Science, say Cambridge Scientists

Dr Loïc Lannelongue, research associate in biomedical data science and a postdoctoral associate at Jesus College, Cambridge

­Cambridge scientists have set out principles for how computational science – which powers discoveries from unveiling the mysteries of the universe to developing treatments to fight cancer to improving our understanding of the human genome, but can have a substantial carbon footprint – can be made more en
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06/26/2023
Novel Spectroscopic Technique for Exploring Relaxor–Ferroelectric Materials

Lead-based B-site complex perovskites, also referred to as “relaxors,” exhibit large dielectric responses due to their complex structures. Understanding their atomic arrangements and inhomogeneous structures is, therefore, challenging.

­The exploitation of polarization or charge separation in ferroelectric materials has led to remarkable advances in various fields, such as the development of new ultrasound diagnostic devices. Prominently, these ferroelectric materials have led to piezoelectric devices capable of transforming electric signals in
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06/26/2023
Tidal Stream Research to Cut Carbon and Boost Energy Security

Tidal stream energy research facility at the University of Oxford

­Researchers working to cut carbon emissions and boost energy security using tidal stream power are set to benefit from a £7 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council investment. ‘Co-design to deliver Scalable Tidal Stream Energy’ (CoTide) will bring together three multi-disciplinary teams fro
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06/26/2023
A New Technique for Cooling Membranes with Lasers

In the Basel experiment, a laser beam is directed onto a membrane (square in the middle). Using the reflected laser light, delayed by a fibre optic cable (violet), the membrane is then cooled down to less than a thousandth of a degree above absolute zero.

­Using a new technique, researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in cooling a small membrane down to temperatures close to absolute zero using only laser light. Such extremely cooled membranes could, for instance, find applications in highly sensitive sensors. As long as 400 years ago, the Germa
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06/26/2023
Navitas and GravaStar

Navitas and GravaStar "Roll Out" World's First 65 W GaNFast Chargers Customized to Transformers Movie Characters

Navitas Semiconductor announced that GravaStar’s new Alpha65 Transformers-branded fast chargers use the next-generation GaNSense Control power IC. These custom chargers celebrate the world-wide release of the action-packed movie "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts™." Well-crafted, with uniq
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06/23/2023
ODU Offers Innovative Thermocouple Module for all Modular Connectors

ODU Offers Innovative Thermocouple Module for all Modular Connectors

­The thermocouple module was specially developed as an interface for high-temperature measurement chains. It is ideally suited for use in demanding environments such as blast furnaces in steel production as well as in large industrial plants and test cabinets. In addition to the ODU-MAC® White-Line and Si
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06/23/2023
Carling Technologies Introduces DC Rheostat Switch for Commercial Vehicle Lighting Control

Carling Technologies Introduces DC Rheostat Switch for Commercial Vehicle Lighting Control

­Carling Technologies, a Littelfuse, Inc. brand, announced the introduction of a new configurable rheostat switch designed for vehicle lighting control. Available for 12 VDC and 24 VDC systems, the CVR-Series automotive rheostat switch is made with durable thermoplastic materials and silver-plated brass terminals fo
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06/23/2023
Mikrotron Camera Combines High-Speed CXP12 Interface with Internal Image Processing

Mikrotron Creation Cameras with CoaXPress

­Mikrotron has expanded its EoSens Creation line of user-programmable cameras by introducing the model 2.0CCX12-CMD2 featuring the CoaXPress-12 (CXP12) interface.  The EoSens® Creation 2.0CCX12-CMD2 can be used as a standard machine vision camera, but its full potential unfolds with the
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Date:
06/23/2023
Hillcrest Commences Manufacturing of ZVS-enabled Power Modules

Hillcrest Commences Manufacturing of ZVS-enabled Power Modules

With the design phase now complete, the Company is now manufacturing the EV industry's first silicon carbide (SiC) power module prototype optimized for Hillcrest's proprietary Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) technology. Manufacturing is taking place at the facilities of the Company's strategic partner, Syste
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Date:
06/22/2023
Bourns Launches Automotive Grade Semi-shielded Power Inductor Series Featuring High Operating Temperatures Up to 150°C

Bourns® Model SRN8040HA Semi-shielded Power Inductors

­Bourns, Inc., announced a new AEC-Q200 compliant, automotive grade semi-shielded power inductor series that features a high operating temperature range from -40 °C up to 150 °C. The Bourns® Model SRN8040HA Series is constructed using the company's advanced magnetic silicon-based coa
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06/22/2023
Eco Wave Power and Lian Tat Company Sign MoU to Bring Wave Energy to Taiwan

Inna Braverman, CY Huang and Lian Tat Company's team

­Eco Wave Power Global AB announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lian Tat Company (“LTC”), a leading maritime engineering company, to bring Eco Wave Power’s wave energy technology to Taiwan. According to the terms of the agreement, Eco Wave Power and Lian Tat Company will enter int
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06/22/2023
Toshiba Releases a New Range of Low-Current, High-Input Voltage LDO Regulators

Toshiba Releases a New Range of Low-Current, High-Input Voltage LDO Regulators

­Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has launched the first three devices in the new TCR1HF series of low drop-out (LDO) regulators. Featuring high input voltage and low current consumption the TCR1HF18B, TCR1HF33B, and TCR1HF50B offer fixed output voltages of 1.8V, 3.3V, and 5.0V respectively. The new additions
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Date:
06/22/2023
USABC Awards $2.6 Million Lithium Electrode-Based Cell Development Contract to Farasis Energy USA

Battery technologies beyond lithium-ion for EV application

­The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) earlier this year announced a $2.6 million contract to Farasis Energy USA in Hayward (California) to develop beyond lithium-ion battery technologies. The program goal is to develop a lithium metal-based anode with nickel-rich cathode and liquid el
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Date:
06/22/2023
600W Wireless Power Platform Reduces Costs of Deploying Wireless Industrial, Micro-Mobility, Robotics, Medical and Telecom Systems

600W Wireless Power Platform Reduces Costs of Deploying Wireless Industrial, Micro-Mobility, Robotics, Medical and Telecom Systems

­Powermat Technologies announced its PMT350 600W wireless power platform, the next generation in its family of platforms based on the company’s SmartInductive™ hybrid inductive/resonance technology. Building on the company’s innovation legacy and previous-generation 40W, 200W and 300W platforms, Pow
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06/22/2023
STMicroelectronics Reveals Integrated Hot-Swap and Ideal-Diode Controller for Automotive Safety-Critical Applications up to ASIL-D

STMicroelectronics Reveals Integrated Hot-Swap and Ideal-Diode Controller for Automotive Safety-Critical Applications up to ASIL-D

­The STMicroelectronics STPM801 is the market’s first automotive-qualified integrated hot-swap and ideal-diode controller featured for functional-safety applications. The ideal-diode controller drives an external MOSFET replacing a Schottky diode conventionally used for reverse-input protectio
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06/22/2023
ABB Power Conversion Expands MPR-Series Rectifier Family with 850-Watt Versions

ABB Power Conversion Expands MPR-Series Rectifier Family with 850-Watt Versions

­To help address the challenges of more power in less space, ABB Power Conversion has expanded its MPR-series rectifier family with two new 850-watt MPR0812 power supplies. The MPR0812TEX12Z01A is designed for forward air flow for cooling and the MPR0812TER12Z02A utilizes reverse air flow. The compact,
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Date:
06/22/2023
Wise-integration and Savoy Group Introduce World's First Embedded GaN Charger with E-Bike Battery

Wise-integration and Savoy Group Introduce World's First Embedded GaN Charger with E-Bike Battery

­Wise-integration and Savoy Group announced the new GaN charger for e-bikes embedded with the battery of the new electric bike from KILOW, Savoy Group’s e-mobility division. The urbanized e-bike and onboard charger free riders of two common pain points they face on the streets: running out of po
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06/22/2023
Edge Protect Embedded Security Solution Meets System Developers and Regulatory Requirements for Consumer and Industrial IoT Applications

Edge Protect Embedded Security Solution Meets System Developers and Regulatory Requirements for Consumer and Industrial IoT Applications

­Infineon Technologies AG announced the launch of its Edge Protect™ embedded security solution. The new software solution has four categories of security configurations for customer requirements in IoT applications based on increasing security capabilities. Edge Protect is optimized for Infineon’s PS
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Date:
06/22/2023
Modular Solution for Inverter Ripple Currents in EVs

Vicor showcased a number of power modules at EEHE 2023

The Vicor power modules showcased at the exhibition included solutions for EV fast charging, high voltage battery conversion and bridging 48V-12V systems. At the event, Haris Muhedinovic, Principle Field Application Engineer from Vicor, presented a talk focussing on the problems that inverter ripple currents and v
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Date:
06/20/2023
Vicor to Present how to Accelerate xEV Design Using 48V

Greg Green, Director of Automotive Marketing at Vicor

In the wake of Tesla’s announcement to move to 48V power, there has been momentum in identifying the best path to converting from 12V to 48V for automotive applications. Vicor will explain the benefits of using 48V and how high density power modules make the transition easy, and enable flexibility and scalability f
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06/20/2023
Vicor Announces Global Distribution Agreement with Avnet

Vicor Announces Global Distribution Agreement with Avnet

The agreement expands access to Vicor’s power modules through Avnet’s world-class design and supply chain, enabling global customers to achieve world-changing innovation with higher system performance and greater scalability. “This is a great opportunity for Vicor to partner with a global leader aligned with Vicor
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Date:
06/20/2023
High-Density Power Modules for a Robotic Revolution

Vicor has interviewed OLogic on the Vicor Powering Innovation podcast.

OLogic helps design a wide variety of robotics and consumer products, as well as commercial electronic devices. Located in the Silicon Valley area, they are the premier robotics design consultants, helping world-class brands and many of today’s most innovative robotic start-up companies accelerate time-to-market.
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06/20/2023
Shadow Robot Launches Robotics Consulting and Advisory Services

Shadow Robot Launches Robotics Consulting and Advisory Services

­The Shadow Robot Company, the UK’s pioneering robotics company best-known for its Dextrous Hand series, announced the launch of its Robotics Consultancy Service.  The Shadow Robot Company, a London-based robotics company that designs and manufactures state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands
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Date:
06/19/2023
EDP Renewables and NIPSCO Enter Into Long-Term Agreement for the 198-Megawatt Carpenter Wind Farm in Indiana

EDP Renewables and NIPSCO Enter Into Long-Term Agreement for the 198-Megawatt Carpenter Wind Farm in Indiana

­EDP Renewables SA, through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC, and Northern Indiana Public Service Company, LLC, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc., have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 198-megawatt (MW) Carpenter Wind Farm in Jasper County, Indiana. This PPA is in
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Date:
06/19/2023
Thermal Energy Storage Market Size Worth $22.6 Bn by 2031

Thermal Energy Storage Market Size Worth $22.6 Bn by 2031

­The global thermal energy storage market was valued at US$ 4.3 Bn in 2020 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 16.3% from 2021 to 2031. Thermal Energy Storage Market to Reach US$ 22.6 Bn by 2031: TMR Study Increase in installation of thermal energy storage (TES) in concentrated solar power
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06/19/2023
ROHM Semiconductor and Vitesco Technologies Form Long-Term SiC Supply Partnership

Mr. Andreas Wolf, CEO of Vitesco Technologies (right), Dr. Kazuhide Ino, Member of the Board, Managing Executive Officer, and CFO of ROHM Co. Ltd. (left)

­ROHM Semiconductor and Vitesco Technologies announced they have formed a long-term silicon carbide (SiC) supply partnership worth more than one billion U.S. dollars (2024 through 2030). The development partnership between the companies, which started in 2020, formed the basis for the supply pa
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Date:
06/19/2023
Clean, Sustainable Fuels Made 'From Thin Air' and Plastic Waste

Photograph showing carbon capture from air and its photoelectrochemical conversion into fuel with simultaneous waste plastic conversion into chemicals.

­Researchers have demonstrated how carbon dioxide can be captured from industrial processes – or even directly from the air – and transformed into clean, sustainable fuels using just the energy from the Sun. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, developed a solar-powered reactor that conv
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Date:
06/19/2023
Hillcrest Completes Design of EV Industry's First ZVS-enabled Power Module

Hillcrest Chief Technology Officer, Ari Berger

­Hillcrest Energy Technologies is pleased to announce the completion of the design phase for the industry's first silicon carbide (SiC) power module optimized for Hillcrest's proprietary Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) technology. Hillcrest's ZVS power modules are being developed in collaboration with the Com
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Date:
06/16/2023
SEGGER adds Stack Overflow Prevention Technology to Embedded Studio for ARM

SEGGER adds Stack Overflow Prevention Technology to Embedded Studio for ARM

­The latest release of SEGGER's Embedded Studio for ARM comes with STOP technology, designed by SEGGER to reliably prevent stack overflows. With STOP enabled, the compiler adds a call to a stack limit-check routine wherever necessary, before adjusting the stack pointer.  The STOP option for the hi
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Date:
06/16/2023
SCHURTER's New Touchless Hidden Switch is Concealed Behind Surface

SCHURTER's New Touchless Hidden Switch is Concealed Behind Surface

­SCHURTER introduces the innovative THS switch series with optical sensor technology that can be concealed behind any surface without the need for mounting holes. A small opening in the user interface is all that is needed to allow the ToF sensor to actuate. Equipment and appliances used in public areas has
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06/16/2023
Mersen Canada Receives Prestigious IMARK Award

Mersen Canada Receives Prestigious IMARK Award

­Mersen Canada is pleased to announce its induction into IMARK Canada’s prestigious “Order of the Golden Maple Leaf” in 2022. Mersen has received this award every year since 2018. This award program recognizes and rewards members and suppliers for their superior participation in IMARK Canada programs
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06/16/2023
PSDcast – Solving the Energy Crisis and Supporting the Renewable Energy Transition

GHD's Global Leader of Future Energy, Dr. Tej Gidda

­The money flowing into renewable energy has slowed down considerably, as GHD’s report SHOCKED concludes that, between 2020 and 2022, energy investments were about 203 billion lower than expected under normal market conditions.
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06/16/2023
LG Unveils New Digital Signage Display with Integrated Broadsign OOH Advertising Platform for EV Chargers

LG Unveils New Digital Signage Display with Integrated Broadsign OOH Advertising Platform for EV Chargers

­LG Business Solutions USA has unveiled an attractive new digital signage display for public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, an integrated solution that is expected to help maximize return-on-investment for installations at hotels, stadiums, shopping malls and more. It pairs 55-inch high-brightness LG
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06/15/2023
TTTech and STMicroelectronics Collaborate to Provide High-Performance Networking Solutions for Deep Space

TTTech and STMicroelectronics Collaborate to Provide High-Performance Networking Solutions for Deep Space

­As the global space industry grows, it requires a steady supply of highly reliable “space-grade” chips for an increasing number of programs. TTTech, a technology leader in safe networking and computing platforms, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
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06/15/2023
PSDcast – Battery Formation and Test

Jeff Myatt, Senior Marketing Manager, Vicor

­High voltage battery manufacturing faces a number of economic challenges, including and especially battery formation and test, which apparently makes up a full one-third of the cost of a high voltage battery.
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06/15/2023
Digital Isolators Offer Robust High-Voltage Isolation, Best-in-Class Efficiency and Noise Immunity

Digital Isolators Offer Robust High-Voltage Isolation, Best-in-Class Efficiency and Noise Immunity

­Digital isolators have become the preferred choice in many modern designs because of the many benefits they offer. These include an optimized system bill of materials (BOM) and reduced printed circuit board (PCB) area, as well as accurate timing characteristics with lower power consumption. They also offer im
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06/15/2023
IDTechEx: Buying an Autonomous Electric Car Will Feel More Like Buying a Laptop Than a Car

Semiconductor devices found on autonomous electric vehicles

­Computer chips have been part of cars for a long time, but no one really cares about them until they stop working or they are late to the production line, grinding manufacturing to an industry-shaking halt. However, the research within IDTechEx's "Semiconductors for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles 2023-2033" rep
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06/15/2023
Moxa Wireless AP/bridge/client Accelerates Data Transmission Speeds in Industrial Networks

Moxa Wireless AP/bridge/client Accelerates Data Transmission Speeds in Industrial Networks

­Moxa Inc. has introduced the AWK-3252A wireless AP/bridge/client to meet the growing need for faster data transmission speeds. The AWK-3252A aims to optimize mobile automation and IP surveillance systems in mining, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and other industries, driving improved outc
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06/15/2023
50V Motor Driver ICs Reduce Component Count, Save Board Space and Enable Second Sourcing Strategies

50V Motor Driver ICs Reduce Component Count, Save Board Space and Enable Second Sourcing Strategies

­Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (“Toshiba”) has just introduced four new motor driver ICs. The series includes two constant-current dual H-bridge drivers for driving up to two motors each, and a pair of two-phase bipolar stepping motor driver ICs. All four new Toshiba drivers feature built-in charge pump ca
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06/15/2023
Toshiba's Compact new Photorelays Feature Maximum Turn on Time of Only 0.25ms

Toshiba's Compact new Photorelays Feature Maximum Turn on Time of Only 0.25ms

­Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (“Toshiba”) has just introduced the TLP3476S. This new photorelay has a maximum turn-on time of 0.25ms - which is a 50% reduction over the company’s existing TLP3475S photorelay and enables greatly improved switching capabilities. Available in an S-VSON4T package, it comprises a
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06/14/2023
BLOCK PCB Power Transformers now available from Agile Electronics

BLOCK PCB Power Transformers now available from Agile Electronics

­Agile Electronics can now supply PCB mounted power transformers from BLOCK. Block is one of the largest manufacturers of transformers, power supplies, electronic circuit breakers and uninterruptible power supplies for the reliable supply and distribution of power. BLOCK PCB transformers are vacuu
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06/14/2023
RWE Connects its First Utility-Scale Battery Storage Project to the California Grid

RWE Connects its First Utility-Scale Battery Storage Project to the California Grid

­RWE continues to expand its renewables portfolio in the U.S., connecting its first utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) to the California Independent System Operator. The project, Fifth Standard, also includes a 150-megawatt (MWac) solar PV facility, expected to be complete in August. The BESS fa
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06/14/2023
Microwave Switch Design Tool Simplifies Configuration of LXI Microwave Switching and Relay Systems

Microwave Switch Design Tool Simplifies Configuration of LXI Microwave Switching and Relay Systems

­Pickering Interfaces announced its Microwave Switch Design Tool, a new free online tool for configuring flexible LXI microwave switching products. The dedicated tool will simplify the configuration of custom LXI RF & microwave switching systems, helping bring powerful, flexible microwave design functionality to
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06/14/2023
SolarEdge Unveils New Bi-Directional DC-Coupled Electric Vehicle Charger

SolarEdge Unveils New Bi-Directional DC-Coupled Electric Vehicle Charger

­SolarEdge Technologies unveiled its new Bi-Directional DC EV Charger at Intersolar Europe. The new charger will enable solar-powered Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) functionalities and is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2024. Based on SolarEdge’s innovativ
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06/14/2023
Metamaterials with Built-In Frustration Have Mechanical Memory

A 3D-printed Möbius strip (left) and odd-numbered metaring (right). These are both non-orientable objects that will necessarily have a point along the ring that does not deform.

­Researchers from the UvA Institute of Physics and ENS de Lyon have discovered how to design materials that necessarily have a point or line where the material doesn’t deform under stress, and that even remember how they have been poked or squeezed in the past. These results could be used in robotics and me
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06/14/2023
For Experimental Physicists, Quantum Frustration Leads to Fundamental Discovery

Rendering of the moat band, which frustrates particles and leads to the chiral bose-liquid state.

­A team of physicists, including University of Massachusetts assistant professor Tigran Sedrakyan, recently announced that they have discovered a new phase of matter. Called the “chiral bose-liquid state,” the discovery opens a new path in the age-old effort to understand the nature of the physical wo
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06/14/2023
Engineering Safer Machine Learning

Juan Andres Bazerque, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering

­Children first learning to walk may go a bit too fast and fall down, or run into a piece of furniture. However, that cause-and-effect element teaches them invaluable information about how their bodies move through space so that they can avoid falling in the future.  Machines learn in a lot of the sa
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06/14/2023
Concentric AI Granted Foundational Patent for Revolutionizing Data Security with Semantic Intelligence

Karthik Krishnan, Founder and CEO, Concentric AI

­Concentric AI announced it has been awarded a groundbreaking patent for its pioneering approach to data security. The patent, titled “Method and Electronic Device for Generating Semantic Representation of Document using Large Language Models to Determine Data Security Risk,” showcases Concentric AI’s le
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06/14/2023
U.S. DoE, Sunvapor, and Oberon Fuels Aim to Unlock Zero-Emission Renewable Fuel Production with Test of Novel Solar Steam & Battery Technology

U.S. DoE, Sunvapor, and Oberon Fuels Aim to Unlock Zero-Emission Renewable Fuel Production with Test of Novel Solar Steam & Battery Technology

­The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a demonstration of Sunvapor’s solar steam and thermal battery technology to further lower the Carbon Intensity (CI) of the renewable dimethyl ether (DME) produced by Oberon Fuels at its Maverick Innovation Center in Brawley, California. The demonstration pr
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06/13/2023
Engaging Communities for the Acceptance and Adoption of Wind Energy in the EU

Engaging Communities for the Acceptance and Adoption of Wind Energy in the EU

­The Wind in my backyard (WIMBY) project uses holistic modeling tools to advance social awareness and engagement on large wind power installations in the EU. According to the researchers, WIMBY can pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future by facilitating the acceptance of wind farms that are both wi
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06/13/2023
ADI Announces Software-Defined Signal Processing Solution

ADI Announces Software-Defined Signal Processing Solution

­Analog Devices, Inc. announced Apollo MxFE, its most advanced software-defined, direct RF-sampling, wideband mixed signal front end platform. Apollo MxFE enables next-generation applications such as phased array radar, electronic surveillance, test and measurement, and 6G communications in the Aerospace &a
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06/13/2023
New Cesium Atomic Clock Provides Autonomous Precise Time of 100 ns Holdover for Months

New Cesium Atomic Clock Provides Autonomous Precise Time of 100 ns Holdover for Months

­From everyday applications such as mobile phones and banking to complex underwater defense missions, the need for synchronized precise timing and frequency solutions is critical to safeguard and process data as intended. Many of these applications rely on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to pr
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06/12/2023
PX5 RTOS Simplifies Development of 64-bit Hard Real-Time Applications with Support for IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm

William Lamie, CEO, PX5

­PX5 announced hard real-time Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) and Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) support for the 64-bit Arm architecture integrated with the IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm development environment. This new support brings unprecedented load balancing and security features to hard real-time ap
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06/12/2023
Infineon Releases new, Enhanced Features and Capabilities to Accelerate Embedded Development in ModusToolbox 3.1

Infineon Releases new, Enhanced Features and Capabilities to Accelerate Embedded Development in ModusToolbox 3.1

­As software becomes a critical feature in the variety of embedded solutions in today’s products, embedded developers must have the right software tools to bring these products to market. This includes development tools that provide flexibility and the best platform with features and capabilities that extend fr
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06/12/2023
Concentric Champions Customers in On-Highway Electrification Journey

Concentric Champions Customers in On-Highway Electrification Journey

­There’s no question that the world is moving towards a net zero future, and with this comes a growing demand for zero-emission vehicles - using both battery electric and fuel cell technology. So says Martin Kunz, President & CEO of Concentric AB, an innovator in flow control and fluid po
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06/09/2023
Transphorm Announces Low-Cost Driver Solution for SuperGaN FETs

Transphorm Announces Low-Cost Driver Solution for SuperGaN FETs

­Transphorm, Inc. released details on a high-performance, low-cost driver solution. For use in low- to mid-power applications such as LED lighting, charging, microinverters, UPSes, and gaming computers, the design option strengthens the company’s value proposition for customers in those segments of the $3
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06/09/2023
PSDcast – Producing Green Hydrogen

Verdagy CEO Marty Neese

­Verdagy has released a solution that, according to their associated white paper, helps drives down the investment and energy costs needed for the industrial-scale production of green hydrogen.
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06/09/2023
Advanced Energy Adds 150 W Offerings to High-Efficiency Medical and Industrial Power Supply Family

Advanced Energy Adds 150 W Offerings to High-Efficiency Medical and Industrial Power Supply Family

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. has expanded its SL Power NGB family of AC-DC power supplies with the addition of a new 150 W series. As with the company’s existing NGB family ranging from 250 W to 1200 W, the new NGB150 series meets the performance, size, reliability and compliance needs of the most demanding mi
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06/08/2023
Volvo Autonomous Solutions Expands its Footprint and Starts Operations in Texas

Volvo Autonomous Solutions Expands its Footprint and Starts Operations in Texas

­V.A.S. has opened an office in Fort Worth, Texas dedicated to driving activities to set up its first autonomous freight corridors that will run from Dallas Forth Worth to El Paso and from Dallas to Houston. To prepare for commercial launch, V.A.S. has also started to haul loads with trucks using drivers for ke
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06/08/2023
Flex-ATX Power Supply with EN/UL 62368-1 Supplies Industrial Mainboards

Small, powerful & reliable: Flex-ATX power supply with EN/UL 62368-1 supplies industrial mainboards

­With the BEH-531H industrial PC power supply unit, Bicker Elektronik, Donauwoerth/Germany, presents a compact and reliable Flex-ATX PSU for current industrial mainboards. With an output of 300 Watts and an extended operating temperature range of -10...+60°C, this IPC power supply convinces with outstanding per
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06/08/2023
Industry-First PXI/PXIe Microwave Relay Modules Capable of Switching 110 GHz Signals from Pickering Interfaces

Industry-First PXI/PXIe Microwave Relay Modules Capable of Switching 110 GHz Signals from Pickering Interfaces

­Pickering Interfaces announced a new range of PXI/PXIe microwave relay modules capable of switching the 110 GHz signals associated with demanding RF & communications applications, including emerging technologies such as automotive radar. Launching at IMS, this extension to Pickering’s family of ter
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06/08/2023
Researchers Tune Thermal Conductivity of Materials 'On The Fly' for More Energy-Efficient Devices

University of Minnesota Twin Cities mechanical engineering Ph.D. students Yingying Zhang and Chi Zhang conduct measurements using a home-built system involving ultrafast laser pulses to study the lanthanum strontium cobaltite devices.

­A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities scientists and engineers discovered a new method for tuning the thermal conductivity of materials to control heat flow ”on the fly.” Their tuning range is the highest ever recorded among one-step processes in the field, and will open a door to developing mo
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06/08/2023
Infineon's HYPERRAM 3.0 memory and Autotalks' 3rd Generation Chipset Drive Next-Generation Automotive V2X Applications

Infineon's HYPERRAM 3.0 memory and Autotalks' 3rd Generation Chipset Drive Next-Generation Automotive V2X Applications

­Infineon Technologies AG and Autotalks announced that the two companies are collaborating to deliver solutions for next-generation V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything communication) applications. In this collaboration, Infineon provides its automotive-grade HYPERRAM™ 3.0 memory to support Autotalks’ TEKTON3 and SE
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06/07/2023
NTU Singapore and Delta Electronics Set up $24 Million Corporate Lab for Advanced Robotic Technologies

(L-R) Dr Chiueh Tzi-Cker, General Director, Delta Research Centre, Mr Yancey Hai, Chairman, Delta Electronics Inc, Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Prof Ho Teck Hua, NTU President, and Prof Lam Khin Yong, Vice President (Industry), NTU...

­Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Delta Electronics, global provider of IoT-based Smart Green Solutions, have established the $24 million Delta-NTU Corporate Lab for Advanced Robotics, continuing their close collaboration in research & development for advanced te
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06/07/2023
Laird Thermal Systems Unveils Micro Multistage Thermoelectric Cooler and Optical TEAs Integration Capability

Laird Thermal Systems Unveils Micro Multistage Thermoelectric Cooler and Optical TEAs Integration Capability

­Laird Thermal Systems has developed the new OptoTEC MSX Series of micro multistage thermoelectric coolers and the capability to integrate them into various optical packages, including widely used TO-39, TO-46, or TO-8, creating advanced Optical Thermoelectric Assemblies (TEAs). The MSX Series utilizes advanced ce
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06/06/2023
UL Solutions Breaks Ground at North America Advanced Battery Laboratory in Auburn Hills, Michigan

UL Solutions Breaks Ground at North America Advanced Battery Laboratory in Auburn Hills, Michigan

­UL Solutions officially began construction of its North America Advanced Battery Laboratory in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Located near the center of the United States (U.S.) automotive industry, the facility will help enable electric vehicle (EV) and industrial battery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) an
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06/06/2023
Air Products Awards Envision Energy 1.67 GW Wind Turbine Contract for NEOM Green Hydrogen Company

Zhang Lei, CEO of Envision Energy

­Envision Energy announced that it has signed a contract to supply 1.67 GW wind turbines for NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, the world's largest utility-scale hydrogen plant powered entirely by renewable energy. The mega plant is located at Oxagon, Saudi Arabia's region of NEOM.   Under the contract, E
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06/06/2023
5G Radios Shrink With NXP's New Top-Side Cooling For RF Power

5G Radios Shrink With NXP's New Top-Side Cooling For RF Power

­NXP Semiconductors announced a family of top-side cooled RF amplifier modules, based on a packaging innovation designed to enable thinner and lighter radios for 5G infrastructure. These smaller base stations can be more easily and cost-effectively installed, and blend more discretely into their environment. NX
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06/06/2023
Nidec and Renesas Collaborate on Semiconductor Solutions for Next-Generation E-Axle for EVs

Vivek Bhan, Senior Vice President, Co-General Manager of High Performance Computing, Analog and Power Solutions Group at Renesas

­Nidec Corporation and Renesas Electronics Corporation have agreed to join forces on the development of semiconductor solutions for a next-generation E-Axle (X-in-1 system) that integrates an EV drive motor and power electronics for electric vehicles (EVs). Today’s EVs are increasingly adopting the 3-in-1
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06/06/2023
Solitron Devices Announces 1200V, 120A Silicon Carbide Power Modules

Solitron Devices Announces 1200V, 120A Silicon Carbide Power Modules

­Solitron Devices is pleased to announce the introduction of the SD11911 and SD11912 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Modules.  Both modules feature two independent, high current MOSFETs.  Solitron power modules maximize the benefits of SiC, with a unique robust and cost-effective packaging
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06/06/2023
SolarEdge Introduces Solar-Attached EV Management Solution for the Commercial and Industrial Segment

SolarEdge EV charging management solution

­SolarEdge Technologies announced the launch of a solar-attached Electric Vehicle (EV) management solution for the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment. The new software-based solution, which further expands SolarEdge`s growing suite of C&I-focused products and software, manages and optimizes
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06/05/2023
Mouser Now Shipping Analog Devices LTM8080 µModule Regulator for Low-Noise Sensitive Applications

Mouser Now Shipping Analog Devices LTM8080 µModule Regulator for Low-Noise Sensitive Applications

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now shipping the LTM8080 µModule® regulator from Analog Devices, Inc. The LTM8080 is a super low-noise, dual output DC/DC μModule regulator with patented silicon, layout and packaging innovations, specifically designed to power digital loads while reducing swi
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06/02/2023
Renesas Completes Acquisition of Panthronics

Sailesh Chittipeddi, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Embedded Processing, Digital Power and Signal Chain Solutions Group, Renesas

­ Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its successful completion of acquiring Panthronics AG (“Panthronics”), a fabless semiconductor company specializing in high-performance wireless products. The acquisition was completed as of June 2, 2023 JST, June 1, 2023 CEST, following required re
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06/02/2023
Aitech's Space-rated AI Supercomputer On NASA Atmospheric Re-entry Demonstration

NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator

­With the successful launch and re-entry of NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) on November 10, 2022, Aitech’s NVIDIA-based, space-characterized S-A1760 Venus AI supercomputer became the first use of GPGPU technology in space. Aitech is a leading provider of
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06/02/2023
Pre-Charge Circuits in High-Voltage Systems

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Figure 1: Pre-charge Initial State

­An inrush current, also referred to as input surge current, or switch on surge, is the high current, which is often drawn when circuits are initially switched on. Power converters can have inrush currents that are many times higher than their steady-state currents. This is due to the initial charging current of
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06/01/2023
Europe Lays its Chips on the Table

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­The EU has finally passed its Chips Act. According to the EU, the European Chips Act was designed to address semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe’s technological leadership. The act will make more than € 43 billion of public and private investments available to build a European based semiconductor su
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06/01/2023
China Wants Homegrown AI to Reflect Domestic Politics

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Believe it or not, but this is good news…just not for the reasons you might think. In the last several years, artificial intelligence has exploded, with the global market worth about $137 billion in 2022. AI has become the topic du jour in the tech world. Will it make our lives easier? Is the robo-apoc
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06/01/2023
Meeting the Challenges of Higher-Power LED Lighting Applications

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­The global lighting market is projected to reach $163.72 billion by 2027, up from $118.33 billion in 2019,  according to a recent report by Fortune Business Insights.  Of all the most popular lighting technologies available – LEDs, CFLS, HIDs, halogens, incandescent -- LEDs have the highest market sh
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06/01/2023
LED Driver Topology Guide for Automotive Applications

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Figure 1. Buck converter example: LT3932

­In many systems — including the myriad of regulators deployed in automotive power delivery systems —the design of power conversion regulators is often a difficult and complex task. This article aims to simplify the selection process by explaining the benefits, trade-offs, and applications for different sw
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06/01/2023
Light, Efficient LED Power Design Uses 48V and Power Modules

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­LED technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last decade, in many cases displacing LCD technology.  We are most familiar with the changes we have seen as our consumer televisions have gotten progressively thinner, lighter yet larger and more energy efficient.  But even more significant ad
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06/01/2023
The Spectrum of the Smart City

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Table 1: Find your best source

­Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that has a constant influence on people, flora, fauna, and on technologies. The different wavelengths of this radiation are used in a variety of established, as well as cutting-edge, applications. Since the end of the 20th century, it was impossible to imagine medical di
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06/01/2023
Precision Thin Film Resistors – Nichrome vs Tantalum Nitride – a Comparison

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Figure 1: Precision Chip Resistors

­The two main resistive materials used in the manufacturing of precision chip resistors are nichrome (NiCr) and tantalum nitride (TaN).  This article will discuss the similarities and differences between resistors made with these two material types; from manufacturing to material properties to overall el
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06/01/2023
Powering Indoor Farms Efficiently with Centralized Power

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Figure 1: Data centers bending the energy usage curve

­Indoor horticulture relies on creating an environment for plants to grow with controlled heating, cooling and lighting – without relying on the sun – which require electrical energy. With rising energy costs and, in some areas, scarcity of supply, farmers are seeking systems that are reliable, cont
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06/01/2023
Passing EMI/EMC Tests is a Challenge

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Figure 1: Reference design to meet Class B emissions and Class IV immunity from CUI Inc’s PBO-15C datasheet

­Electrical and electronic systems generate electromagnetic fields that can interfere with other electronic products unless steps are taken to avoid it. All electronics products must demonstrate that they conform to standards regarding electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The sources a
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06/01/2023
Power ICs Integrate Fast, Autonomous, Precise Protection Circuits for Ultimate System Robustness

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Figure 1: Device overload causes high temperatures and destruction

­As maximum load requirements increase and size decreases, the current, power and thermal stress also increases for the power switching device. The need to protect against overload conditions becomes paramount. As switching frequency increases, the need for faster fault detection, reaction, and protection times be
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06/01/2023
Bringing a Digital Dimension to Revolutionary Smart Shunt Technology

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Figure 1: A Riedon SSD Smart Shunt

­By achieving high efficiency levels, environmental guidelines can be adhered to and electricity consumption costs made more manageable. Conversely, elevated efficiency levels must be maintained in places where energy is being generated, so that it can always be used to full effect.  There are many high
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06/01/2023
Lighting the Way into Summer

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

I can’t believe that half the year has gone already. It seems hardly any time has passed since the start of the year and we are are already in the month with the longest day! June is my favourite month in Scotland. Because of the country’s northerly location, it is light right up until 11pm, and then the su
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06/01/2023
Shining a Light on PCIM

Shining a Light on PCIM

­Summer’s right around the corner, but last month, it was PCIM Europe bringing the heat! One of the kings amongst trade shows, PCIM Europe has called Nuremburg home since 1979, with a legacy stretching back further than all but a scant few events like electronica, CES, and several others. It’s certainly establ
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06/01/2023
Port of Seattle Commissions Third Shore Power System at Pier 66

Port of Seattle Commissions Third Shore Power System at Pier 66

­The Port of Seattle is installing a third shore power system at Pier 66, making it the world’s first port with three of the systems for cruise ships. The technology can significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality by allowing ships to connect to electricity and turn off diesel engines while at th
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06/01/2023
Lithium-Ion Battery Separator Market is Expected to hit $15.46 Bn by 2029

Lithium-Ion Battery Separator Market Report Scope and Research Methodology

­A global Energy & Power research and business-consulting firm, Maximize Market Research, has published a market intelligence report on the “Lithium-Ion Battery Separator Market”. The primary and secondary data sources are used for gathering data and domain experts have analyzed the Lithium-Ion Battery Se
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06/01/2023
ROHM Introduces Class-Leading Low ON Resistance N-Channel MOSFETs

ROHM Introduces Class-Leading Low ON Resistance N-Channel MOSFETs

­ROHM Semiconductor announced the RS6xxxxBx / RH6xxxxBx series of N-channel MOSFETs (40V/60V/80V/100V/150V; 13 part numbers) suitable for applications operating on 24V/36V/48V power supplies, such as base stations, servers, and motors for industrial and consumer equipment. In recent years, wo
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06/01/2023