Notable & Newsworthy

February 2024
CoolSiC™ MOSFET 750 V G1 from Infineon Make Onboard Chargers Smaller, Lighter and More Efficient

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Figure 1: Electric vehicle stock by mode in the Announced Pledges Scenario, 2022-2030 IEA Global EV Outlook 2023

­The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2030, 60 percent of the automobile market will consist of electric vehicles (EV), resulting in over 200 million electric powertrains on the road (Figure 1). In addition to this rapid growth, the automotive industry must integrate various other trends, su
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02/29/2024
­eBook Highlights Productivity and Energy Efficiency Solutions

Mouser and Analog Devices have released an eBook on sustainable manufacturing practices.

  In Engineering a More Sustainable Future: Redefining Industrial Efficiency in the Digital Age, experts from Mouser and ADI explore a wide range of topics related to industrial efficiency. The eBook features more than ten articles, including a detailed analysis of motor encoders, a single-pair Ethernet con
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02/26/2024
­Efficient, Compact MOSFET Modules in Full-Bridge Configurations

SemiQ’s high-performance 1200V SiC modules are designed to operate reliably in high-frequency and high-power environments.

  SemiQ unveiled the latest addition to the company’s QSiC family. The QSiC 1200V SiC MOSFET modules in full-bridge configurations deliver near zero switching loss, significantly improving efficiency, reducing heat dissipation, and allowing the use of smaller heatsinks.   With a high br
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02/26/2024
Mouser Launches Comprehensive Wearables Resource Centre

Mouser Launches Wearables Resource Centre

­   From smartwatches and fitness trackers to the world of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets, Mouser delves into a multitude of topics, trends, solutions, and products to give engineers the necessary information and equipment to evolve the realm of wearable technology further.
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02/26/2024
­High Amperage EV Connectors with 500 Amps Charging Capability

­High Amperage EV Connectors with 500 Amps Charging Capability

  This groundbreaking high amperage solution is available in 200 A, 250 A and 300 A variants with an enhanced boost mode that increases its amperage to 500 A. Designed and manufactured in Europe, these tethered lead, mode 4 connectors feature a unique exchangeable mating face that enables EV charging network
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02/26/2024
­P-Duke Adds Ultra-Compact 50W Unit to Medical AC/DC Range

P-DUKE has expanded its medical grade open-frame power supplies portfolio with the addition of the new MAD50 series, ranging from 15W to 450W.

  The series features a compact 3"x1.5" footprint and delivers 50W continuous output power, with a peak power function that allows the power supply to deliver up to 140% of rated output power for 5 seconds. It is designed with a high conversion efficiency of up to 92.5%, enabling full-power ope
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02/26/2024
­Next-Gen GaN Technology Enables Super-Fast Charging

­Next-Gen GaN Technology Enables Super-Fast Charging

  Flagship hardware specifications include a 2340 x 1080 (FHD+) dynamic AMOLED 2X, and 120 Hz screen, plus the Galaxy S24 delivers innovative and practical AI features to help transform the way users communicate, create and discover the world. Galaxy AI features like Live Translate, Chat Assist and new “Circl
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02/26/2024
­Infineon sells manufacturing sites to ASE

­Infineon sells manufacturing sites to ASE

  The plants currently run under the entity names Infineon Technologies Manufacturing Ltd. – Philippine Branch (Cavite) and Infineon Technologies Power Semitech Co., Ltd. (Cheonan) and will be acquired by ASE Inc. and ASE Korea Inc. respectively. Post the transaction, ASE will assume operations with
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02/26/2024
­KYOCERA AVX's SCM Supercapacitor modules – at Rutronik

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  The SCM series is suitable for high-current or industrial applications, including renewable energy generation, grid-connected storage, or the buffering of power peaks.   Thanks to active balancing, the capacitor modules have a stable voltage level in the individual cells installed in the
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02/26/2024
­Epishine and Nanopower Semiconductor Forge Partnership

Epishine has partnered with Nanopower to provide solutions solely powered by Epishine’s indoor solar cells.

  The partnership aims to combine Epishine's expertise in indoor solar cells with Nanopower's groundbreaking technology, which substantially reduces power consumption in IoT devices. This collaboration is set to redefine industry standards for energy efficiency and eliminate batteries while keeping all fu
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02/26/2024
­Analog Devices Expands Partnership with TSMC

Special arrangement through JASM secures ADI’s long-term chip supply and focuses on 40nm and finer process technology nodes

  Analog Devices has made a special arrangement with TSMC to supply long-term wafer capacity through Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inc. (“JASM”).   JASM is TSMC’s majority-owned manufacturing subsidiary in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.   Building on ADI’s more than
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02/26/2024
­Silanna Semiconductor Takes ACF Integration to Next Level

Highly integrated ACF controller simplifies and speeds design of high-efficiency, high-power-density AC/DC power supplies and adapters.

  Silanna Semiconductor has expanded its CO2 Smart Power Family of AC/DC and DC/DC converter technologies.   The new active clamp flyback (ACF) controller integrates adaptive digital PWM control with ultra-high-voltage (UHV) components comprising a 700 V primary GaN FET, X capacitor (X-Cap) d
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02/26/2024
PSDcast – LG Enters the U.S. EV Charging Market

Dennis Carter, LG’s Director of Sales in the EV Charging division

­One of the most important factors for EVs entering the mainstream is an abundance of charging stations. And nothing speaks to the mainstream like a multimedia consumer juggernaut…like LG. This South Korean multinational conglomerate just announced that it’d be entering the US EV charging market with its fi
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02/23/2024
TTI Europe Acquires Specialist Transportation Cable Assembly Manufacturer and Interconnect Distributor Raffenday Limited

Geoff Breed, Vice President Marketing TTI, Inc. – Europe

­TTI, Inc. – Europe, a leading specialty distributor of Interconnect, Passive, Electromechanical, Sensor, Discrete and Powercomponents, announces the acquisition of Raffenday Ltd. With production and a distribution center in the UK plus facilities in Slovakia, Raffenday’s high-quality, technical
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Date:
02/21/2024
OmniOn Power Expands BPS Power System Family, Offers Enhanced Flexibility

OmniOn Power Expands BPS Power System Family, Offers Enhanced Flexibility

­OmniOn Power has expanded its recently announced BPS power system family with its new BPS-Flex, providing advanced controller features in a compact, cost-efficient footprint. The power system offers a broad range of power, from 2 to 18 kilowatts (kW), depending on the number of shelves and rectifiers us
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02/21/2024
Solar Charge Controller Market is Predicted to Reach USD 182.2 billion, at a CAGR of 16.5% by 2031

Solar Charge Controller Market is Predicted to Reach USD 182.2 billion, at a CAGR of 16.5% by 2031

­Transparency Market Research Inc. -The global solar charge controller market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 16.5% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for solar charge controller is estimated to reach US$ 182.2 billion by the end of
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02/21/2024
Navitas Powers Samsung Galaxy S24 with Integrated AI

Navitas Powers Samsung Galaxy S24 with Integrated AI

Navitas Semiconductor has announced that its GaNFast™ power ICs drive Samsung’s 25 W “Super-Fast Charging” (SFC) for the new, AI-enhanced Galaxy S24 smartphone.   Flagship hardware specifications include a 2340 x 1080 (FHD+) dynamic AMOLED 2X, and 120 Hz screen,&nbs
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02/21/2024
ITT Cannon Introduces New CCS2 High Amperage EV Connectors with 500 Amps Charging Capability

ITT Cannon Introduces New CCS2 High Amperage EV Connectors with 500 Amps Charging Capability

­ITT Cannon announced the launch of its high-performance CCS2 Electric Vehicle (EV) connector for the European charging station market. This groundbreaking high amperage solution is available in 200 A, 250 A and 300 A variants with an enhanced boost mode that increases its amperage to 500 A. Designed an
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02/21/2024
Infineon Introduces the OPTIGA Trust M MTR, Making it Easy to add Matter and Security to Smart Home Devices

The new process of building Matter devices with OPTIGA™ Trust M MTR – simple, easy and secured.

­In a world of increasing connectivity and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things, it is important to simplify interoperability across connected devices and to enhance their security and reliability. The Matter standard 1 was created precisely for this purpose. In order to facilitate integration of
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02/21/2024
Highly-Efficient, Compact MOSFET Modules in Full-Bridge Configurations for Solar Inverter and EV Charging

Highly-Efficient, Compact MOSFET Modules in Full-Bridge Configurations for Solar Inverter and EV Charging

­SemiQ Inc, a designer, developer, and global supplier of superior silicon carbide (SiC) solutions for ultra-efficient, high-performance, and high-voltage applications, unveiled the latest addition to the company’s QSiC™ family. The QSiC 1200V SiC MOSFET modules in full-bridge configurations deliver near ze
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02/19/2024
Global Graphene Battery Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 957 million by 2030

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­Graphene batteries have emerged as the world's quickest energy storage technology. The commercialization of graphene to improve batteries in recent years and give highly efficient energy storage solutions is driving the global graphene battery market. Graphene is an excellent material for high-capacity ene
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02/19/2024
New eBook from Mouser and Analog Devices Highlights New Solutions for Enhanced Productivity and Energy Efficiency

New eBook from Mouser and Analog Devices Highlights New Solutions for Enhanced Productivity and Energy Efficiency

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorised global distributor with the newest electronic components and industrial automation products, has released a new eBook in collaboration with Analog Devices, offering a detailed analysis of the technologies being used to support sustainable manufacturing pr
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02/19/2024
thyssenkrupp Steel and RWE Sign a Contract for Supply of Green Electricity to the First Direct Reduction Plant

Offshore wind energy plays a decisive role in the energy supply of the tkH2Steel transformation project and contributes significantly to achieving our climate targets.

­thyssenkrupp Steel and RWE have signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to supply green electricity to the first direct reduction plant at the Duisburg location with electrically powered melters. The contract, with a term of 10 years, provides for a delivery volume of 112 GWh per year. The electricity wi
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02/19/2024
LiTime Has Released 12V 100Ah Group 24 Lithium Battery with Bluetooth Function

LiTime Has Released 12V 100Ah Group 24 Lithium Battery with Bluetooth Function

­LiTime is delighted to present its newest breakthrough: the 12V 100Ah Group 24 Bluetooth Lithium Deep Cycle Battery. This battery is equipped with Smart Bluetooth 5.0. Users can connect the LiTime APP to monitor the battery's overall status and data in real time, including SOC, charge/discharge/idle state
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02/19/2024
SOLARCYCLE Invests $344M in Solar Manufacturing Facility in GA

Suvi Sharma, CEO and Co-Founder of SOLARCYCLE

­Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that SOLARCYCLE, an advanced technology-based solar recycling company, will create more than 600 new full-time jobs in Polk County, investing an estimated $344 million in a solar glass manufacturing facility in Cedartown. The facility will be the first-of-its-kind in
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02/19/2024
Second Year of Cal Poly Astronomy Fellowship to Examine High-Energy Particle Jets Near Supermassive Black Holes

Mary Kertzman (DePauw University physics professor), Cal Poly students Connor Poggemann (physics) and Will Root (aerospace engineering) and Jodi Christiansen (Cal Poly physics professor) stand in front of one of the VERITAS telescopes.

­In the second year of the Astronomy Faculty Research Fellowship in Cal Poly’s Bailey College of Science and Mathematics, a research team will study extremely high-energy photons emitted by the extreme environment found near mega-sized black holes. The fellowship was launched in 2023 through a generous
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02/19/2024
Combating Fractional Spurs in Phase Locked Loops to Improve Wireless System Performance in Beyond 5G

The proposed cascaded divider technique achieves a substantially improved PLL performance by minimizing fractional spurs.

­Two innovative design techniques lead to substantial improvements in performance in fractional-N phase locked loops (PLLs), report scientists from Tokyo Tech. The proposed methods are aimed to minimize unwanted signals known as fractional spurs, which typically plague PLLs used in many modern radar systems an
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02/19/2024
Widely Used Machine Learning Models Reproduce Dataset Bias in Rice Study

Rodrigo Ferreira, assistant teaching professor of computer science, Rice University

­Rice University computer science researchers have found bias in widely used machine learning tools used for immunotherapy research. Ph.D. students Anja Conev, Romanos Fasoulis and Sarah Hall-Swan, working with computer science faculty members Rodrigo Ferreira and Lydia Kavraki, reviewed publicly
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02/19/2024
Under Pressure - Space Exploration in our Time

Thomas Zurbuchen, Michelle Hanlon, and David Malaspina speak with science journalist, Nadia Drake about space exploration, diverse collaborations, and ethical policies.

­In the past decade, humanity has seen the birth and expansion of a commercial space sector with new, private players, addressing technological challenges - from space launch to communication and satellite imagery of Earth. Last year, the global space industry skyrocketed launching more than 2,660* satellites in
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02/19/2024
­SBDs Achieve Class-Leading Reverse Recovery Time

ROHM has developed 100V breakdown Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) that deliver industry-leading reverse recovery time (trr).

  The SBDs are intended for applications including power supply and protection circuits in automotive, industrial, and consumer applications.   Although numerous types of diodes exist, highly efficient SBDs are increasingly being used inside a variety of applications. Particularly SBDs with a trench
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02/18/2024
­Farnell Adds NI LabVIEW+ Suite

­Farnell Adds NI LabVIEW+ Suite

  Farnell now stocks NI’s LabVIEW+ Suite, a software bundle comprised of LabVIEW plus, TestStand, DIAdem, and FlexLogger, purpose-built tools for measurement, analysis, and test designed to enable engineers to build better automated test systems, faster.   LabVIEW has been NI’s benchmark so
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02/18/2024
­Murata Achieves Highest Rating in CDP 2023 Climate Change List

­Murata Achieves Highest Rating in CDP 2023 Climate Change List

  The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has recognized Murata Manufacturing by including them in the prestigious 2023 climate change A List.   Once more, Murata has been recognized with the highest distinction, acknowledging the company’s commitment to the environment stewardship and innovation,
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02/18/2024
­StrongIRFET 2 MOSFETs From Infineon Available at Rutronik

Rutronik integrates the new StrongIRFET 2 MOSFETs from Infineon into its product portfolio.

  The new generation impresses with its higher power efficiency, which leads to improved overall system performance. Due to a higher current load tolerance, several parallel connected components are no longer necessary. That saves space on the PCB and reduces costs. The transistors are in stock and availabl
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02/18/2024
­Enhanced Reliability Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

COSEL's PDA series of AC/DC power supplies has enhanced reliability for industrial applications.

  In order to offer the highest price/performance ratio while maintaining a high quality standard, the PDA series uses a quasi-resonant topology with a limited number of components, resulting in higher reliability. The PDA series is 100% form, fit and function backwards compatible with the PBA series, which is ret
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02/18/2024
­GaN FETs Deliver Power Density and Efficiency

EPC GaN FETs leverage drivers and controllers by Analog Devices to simplify GaN design, increase efficiency, reduce cooling cost.

  EPC announces the availability of several reference designs that feature EPC GaN FETs and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) controllers. The newly released EPC9195 synchronous buck converter reference design board, operating at 750 kHz switching frequency, converts an input voltage of 36 V - 48 V to a regu
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02/18/2024
­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

  Murata Power Solutions is known worldwide as the leading manufacturer of DC-DC converters as well as compact, high-efficiency power products designed to address power application requirements of all sizes.   The new products added to the range carried by Farnell include the MGN1 series of DC-DC conv
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02/18/2024
­0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

­Samtec 0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

  It also includes a lower-profile 5 mm mated height. ERF6 & ERM6 Series Edge Rate connectors support 56 Gbps PAM4 high-speed, rugged mezzanine applications for industrial, embedded vision, instrumentation and monitoring, drones, and robotics.   ERF6 & ERM6 have two rows of pins while ma
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02/18/2024
­Pulsiv & Astute Electronics Expand Distribution Agreement

Pulsiv and Astute Electronics have expanded their distribution agreement to include USA, Australia and New Zealand.

  Astute Electronics Ltd was founded 35 years ago by Managing Director, Geoff Hill to bridge the gap between broadline and independent distribution in the European supply chain. Still privately owned, the business now operates across five continents and has evolved into a global technology solutions pla
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02/18/2024
­480W and 960W Three-phase AC-DC DIN Rail Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda’s DRB series of DIN rail mount power supplies now includes higher power and three-phase AC input models.

  With 24V, 48V and 72V outputs, the products are rated for continuous operation at 480W or 960W and can deliver a boost of 720W and 1440W respectively for up to seven seconds. This, and a constant current overload characteristic, enables operation with capacitive and inductive loads. These power supplie
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02/18/2024
Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

­  The guide is aimed at developers looking to use a DC/DC flyback converter to achieve greater stability and reliability in power supply design. It might also be useful for those who use optocouplers for galvanic isolation of the feedback path. Applications include primary and auxiliary power supplies f
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02/18/2024
­Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in CFP3-HP Packaging

Nexperia ­Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in CFP3-HP Packaging

  The portfolio includes 11 industrial, as well as 11 AEC-Q101 qualified products. This release supports the growing trend for manufacturers to replace devices in SMx-type packaging with smaller footprint CFP-packaged devices, especially in automotive applications. These diodes are suitable for use in,
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02/18/2024
3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC

3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC

­Nisshinbo Micro Devices Inc. has launched the NA7200BE series 3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC intended for general purposes such as fan and other small BLDC motors. The versatile NA7200BE offers a range of functions to design a feature-rich circuit to drive BLDC motors. A wide operating voltage range fr
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Date:
02/16/2024
Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

­The global accelerometer market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for accelerometer is estimated to reach US$ 2.4 billion by the end of 2031. The proliferation of Internet of Things
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02/16/2024
CES 2024 Showed that the Future of Cars will be Defined by AI

Connected and software-defined vehicle features.

IDTechEx’s new report, “Future Automotive Technologies 2024-2034: Applications, Megatrends, Forecasts”, highlights the biggest changes coming to cars over the next ten years. Electrification will change what powers cars, and automation will change how they are driven, but one of the biggest opportunities is
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02/16/2024
Declining Consumer Confidence in the US Energy System Highlights Need for Action

Trey Thornton, EY Americas Power & Utilities Leader

­The EY Energy Consumer Confidence Index (ECCI) reveals an 8-point plunge in consumer confidence toward the US energy system, tumbling from 64.8 in 2022 down to 56.9 today. Most Americans believe they are doing everything they can to be sustainable (68%) and that energy providers should take the lead in shifting to
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02/15/2024
Carbon Intensity Regulation to Make or Break Global Low-Carbon Hydrogen Market

Carbon Intensity Regulation to Make or Break Global Low-Carbon Hydrogen Market

­The future of low-carbon hydrogen hinges on global policymakers introducing regulations and subsidies that focus on the carbon intensity of the hydrogen produced rather than its colour, according to Wood Mackenzie’s Horizons report ‘Over the rainbow: Why understanding full value-chain carbon intensity is
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02/15/2024
Infineon Introduces Lower-Cost Bluetooth Long-Range Module, CYW20822-P4TAI040, for Low-Power Applications

Infineon’s CYW20822-P4TAI040 is designed to support the entire spectrum of Bluetooth LE-LR use cases

­Infineon Technologies AG announced the CYW20822-P4TAI040, its latest Bluetooth® module that pushes the low-power and range boundaries for wireless connectivity in IoT and consumer electronics. This module is the most cost effective in its class, offers seamless integration, enhanced performance with Bluetooth lo
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02/15/2024
Wärtsilä to Deliver one of Scotland's Largest Energy Storage Systems to Zenobē with Quantum High Energy

Aerial view of Zenobē's 300 MW battery energy storage site in construction in Blackhillock, Scotland © Zenobē

­Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 300-megawatt (MW) / 600-megawatt hour (MWh) energy storage system under an Engineered Equipment Delivery (EEQ) contract to Zenobē, an electric vehicle fleet and battery storage specialist, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. This is the second energy storage system Wärtsilä is
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02/15/2024
Fundamental Equation for Superconducting Quantum Bits Revised

Cryogenic microwave setup used for quantum device measurements.

Physicists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have uncovered that Josephson tunnel junctions – the fundamental building blocks of superconducting quantum computers – are more complex than previously thought. Just like overtones in a musical instrument, harmonics are su
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02/15/2024
Renesas Electronics Announces Intent to Acquire Altium

Hidetoshi Shibata, CEO of Renesas

­Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altium Limited (“Altium”, ASX: ALU), a global leader in electronics design systems, today announced they have entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement (“SIA”) for Renesas to acquire Altium by way of a Scheme of Arrangement under Australian law (“Scheme”). Un
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Date:
02/15/2024
SiTime Complete and Differentiated Clock Portfolio Now Available

Multiple SiTime clocks and oscillators are used throughout the cloud and datacenter.

­For datacenter, AI and networking applications to function properly, you’ve got to get the timing right. That can be a challenge as data proliferates and workloads continue to increase. For example, in the datacenter, data travels through switches, active cables and SmartNIC cards to se
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Date:
02/14/2024
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Conceptual art of the operating device, consisting of a nanopillar-loaded drum sandwiched by two periodically segmented mirrors, allowing the laser light to strongly interact with the drum quantum mechanically at room temperature.

­In the realm of quantum mechanics, the ability to observe and control quantum phenomena at room temperature has long been elusive, especially on a large or “macroscopic” scale. Traditionally, such observations have been confined to environments near absolute zero, where quantum effects are easier to detect. Bu
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02/14/2024
Altermagnetism Proves its Place on the Magnetic Family Tree

In Nature, researchers report the discovery of a new type of fundamental magnetism, termed ‘altermagnetism’. Juraj Krempasky, scientist at PSI and first author of the publication stands at the Swiss Light Source SLS where the experimental proof of altermagnetism was made. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Insti

­There is now a new addition to the magnetic family: thanks to experiments at the Swiss Light Source SLS, researchers have proved the existence of altermagnetism. The experimental discovery of this new branch of magnetism is reported in Nature and signifies new fundamental physics, with major implications fo
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02/14/2024
Argonne Scientists Use AI to Identify New Materials for Carbon Capture

Scientific visualization of the AI-guided assembly of a novel metal organic framework with high carbon dioxide adsorption capacity and synthesizable linkers. Building blocks, predicted by generative AI, are shown on the left, while the final AI-predicted structure is shown on the right.

­Generative AI techniques, machine learning and simulations give researchers new opportunities to identify environmentally friendly metal-organic framework materials. Carbon capture is a critical technology in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities. But a sui
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02/14/2024
New Study Pinpoints Startups' Vulnerabilities to Innovation Imitation

Charlotte Jacobs, of Louisiana State University

­There’s a Catch-22 to business inventions: endorsements lend credibility and boost market share for innovations, but that same attention leaves even patented products vulnerable to imitation. While it has long been accepted that smaller companies have greater risks associated with IP poaching, a new st
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02/14/2024
Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

The quantum dot sensor industry was worth US$ 181.3 million in 2022. A CAGR of 20.9% is projected from 2023 to 2031, reaching US$ 972.3 million. Positive market influences also come from the increased emphasis on sustainability and environmental awareness. Because quantum dot sensors can run at lo
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02/14/2024
Magnesium Protects Tantalum, a Promising Material for Making Qubits

Chenyu Zhou, a research associate in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and first author on the study, with Mingzhao Liu (CFN), Yimei Zhu (CMPMS), and Junsik Mun (CFN and CMPMSD), at the DynaCool Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) in CFN.

­Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that adding a layer of magnesium improves the properties of tantalum, a superconducting material that shows great promise for building qubits, the basis of quantum computers. As described in a&
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02/14/2024
Scientists Create Effective 'Spark Plug' for Direct-Drive Inertial Confinement Fusion Experiments

A a view from inside the OMEGA target chamber during a direct-drive inertial fusion experiment at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Scientists fired 28 kilojoules of laser energy at small capsules filled with deuterium and tritium fuel, causing the capsules to implode...

­Scientists from the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) led experiments to demonstrate an effective “spark plug” for direct-drive methods of inertial confinement fusion (ICF). In two studies published in Nature Physics, the authors discuss their results an
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02/14/2024
TimeProvider 4500 Series is the Industry's First Grandmaster to Provide High-Speed Network Interfaces up to 25 Gbps

TimeProvider 4500 Series is the Industry's First Grandmaster to Provide High-Speed Network Interfaces up to 25 Gbps

­The operators of critical infrastructure market segments such as 5G telecommunications, power utilities and transportation need to continuously upgrade their networks with technology capable of delivering higher processing speeds and highly accurate time sources that are not dependent on the Global Navigation Sa
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02/14/2024
PEM Fuel Cell Materials Market Growth Driven by Transportation Sector

Materials for PEM fuel cells market value and market share by component.

­With the growing hydrogen economy, proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells are the subject of ongoing innovation, especially in terms of materials development. Dominant incumbent materials are seen for certain components, but alternative competitive options are emerging, and the technology landscape is beginning to
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Date:
02/14/2024
OpenTitan Partnership Makes History as First Open-Source Silicon Project to Reach Commercial Availability

OpenTitan – The World’s First Commercial-Grade Open-Source Silicon is Here!

­lowRISC C.I.C., the open silicon ecosystem organization, and the OpenTitan coalition today announced a historic milestone as the first open-source silicon project to reach commercial availability, with validated chips in hand. The capstone moment is the result of an unprecedented amount of support an
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Date:
02/13/2024
KYOCERA AVX Releases TCD Series DLA 04051 & COTS-Plus Conductive Polymer Capacitors

KAVX034 TCD Series DLA & COTS-Plus Capacitors

­KYOCERA AVX released the new TCD Series DLA 04051 and COTS-Plus conductive polymer capacitors. These new high-reliability conductive polymer capacitors are engineered for use in demanding military, aerospace, defense, and industrial applications, including power supplies and filtering circuits, and compliant wi
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Date:
02/13/2024
Vibration Sensor Market Size to Exceed USD 5.6 billion by 2031

Vibration Sensor Market Size to Exceed USD 5.6 billion by 2031

The global vibration sensor market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for vibration sensor is estimated to reach US$ 5.6 billion by the end of 2031.  With increasing concerns about env
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Date:
02/13/2024
Nexperia Now Offers Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in Space-Saving CFP3-HP Packaging

Nexperia Now Offers Automotive Planar Schottky Diodes in Space-Saving CFP3-HP Packaging

­Nexperia, the global semiconductor manufacturer announced that it is now offering a portfolio of 22 new planar Schottky diodes in CFP3-HP packaging. The portfolio includes 11 industrial, as well as 11 AEC-Q101 qualified products. This release supports the growing trend for manufacturers to replace de
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02/13/2024
General Micro Systems Lightweight, Smart, Rugged Tablet/Display Adds Flexibility, Portability, and Intelligence to the Battlefield

The X9 Spider Thunderbolt Tablet/Display offers the ultimate in battlefield flexibility, portability and intelligence as a rugged mounted display or
operation as a compact, hand-held computer

The smart version of ­General Micro Systems’ recently introduced high-definition (HD) rugged Thunderbolt display adds the Qualcomm® QRB6165 embedded/AI processor, uniquely enabling the tablet to be mounted on a ship or vehicle; mounted and then dismounted for portable operations or used exclusively as
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02/13/2024
A New Way to let AI Chatbots Converse All Day Without Crashing

A New Way to let AI Chatbots Converse All Day Without Crashing

­When a human-AI conversation involves many rounds of continuous dialogue, the powerful large language machine-learning models that drive chatbots like ChatGPT sometimes start to collapse, causing the bots’ performance to rapidly deteriorate. A team of researchers from MIT and elsewhere has pinpointed a surpris
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02/13/2024
Exploring the Effect of Ring Closing on Fluorescence of Supramolecular Polymers

(a) The toroidal assemblies with no termini are not easily deformed in solution, resulting in less excitation energy loss and strong yellow fluorescence. (b) The randomly coiled assemblies are easily deformed, resulting in excitation energy loss and a weak orange fluorescence.

­In supramolecular chemistry, the self-assembly state of molecules plays a significant role in determining their tangible properties. Controlling the self-assembled state has garnered significant attention as it can be exploited to design materials with desired properties like charge transport capability and fl
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02/13/2024
University of Limerick, Ireland Study Reveals Eco-Friendly Way to Generate Power From Waste Wood

Muhammad Muddasar, a NXTGENWOOD PhD student based at the Bernal Institute with Professor Maurice N Collins, Professor of Materials Science in UL’s School of Engineering and Principal Investigator at the Bernal Institute

­A new study by researchers at University of Limerick in Ireland has revealed a sustainable method of efficiently converting waste heat into electricity using Irish wood products, while minimising costs and environmental impact. The groundbreaking study, led by researchers at UL in collaboration with coll
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02/13/2024
First Representative Survey of Energy Insecurity in New York City

Diana Hernández, PhD, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

­Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted the first representative survey of energy insecurity and health of New York City residents. The study’s findings – including that energy insecurity is experienced by approx
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02/13/2024
­10A Relays Deliver High Dielectric Strength for Extra Safety

Omron has extended its relay portfolio with the introduction of its G6RN-E, for heat pumps, smart building, factory automation and energy applications.

  The latest model provides current load to 10A, with extended dielectric strength to 6000VAC, high sensitivity with 220mW coil power consumption.   The new G6RN-E relays provide greater safety, conforming glow-wire test requirements for household and similar electrical appliances to IEC/EN60335-1 and con
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02/12/2024
­Synchronous 34V Input Buck Switching Regulator Controller

Nisshinbo Micro Devices has launched the NC2780AK series switching regulators intended for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.

  The NC2780AK has a wide input voltage range from 4.0 to 34 V and an externally adjustable output voltage from 0.7 to 5.3 V. An additional external high-side and low-side N-Channel MOSFET and some passive components are required to complete the buck switching regulator controller. The product is highly
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02/12/2024
­IP67 – even when unmated

Protective caps for binder's 670- and 770-series cable connectors reliably protect the components against any ingress of dust and liquids when unmated.

  The requirements of protection degree IP67 are thereby met. binder, a leading supplier of industrial circular connectors, is adding protective caps for the cable connectors to its NCC (Not Connected Closed) 670- and 770-series portfolio. Their task is to prevent the ingress of particles and humidity
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02/12/2024
­Infineon and Anker Open Joint Innovation Application Center

Infineon Technologies announced a joint Innovation Application Center in Shenzhen with Anker Innovations, a global leader in charging technology.

  With the center already fully operating, it is paving the way for more energy-efficient and CO2-saving charging solutions that support decarbonization.   Driven by the growing consumer demand for faster charging solutions due to an increasing usage of mobile devices, laptops and other b
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02/12/2024
­Innovative Double-Sided Cooling DFN 5x6 Package

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has announced the AONA66916, a 100V MOSFET packaged in a top and bottom side cooling DFN 5 x 6 package.

  Delivering a state-of-the-art package that keeps its semiconductor products cooler, AOS is taking a huge step in enabling engineers to develop more efficient designs in telecommunications and industrial applications that must frequently operate in harsh conditions.   Typically, when using
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02/12/2024
­SOT-223-3 600V MOSFETs Contribute to Smaller Designs

ROHM has added a lineup of compact 600V Super Junction MOSFETs – the R6004END4 / R6003KND4 / R6006KND4 / R6002JND4 / R6003JND4.

  These devices are ideal for small lighting power supplies, pumps, and motors. In recent years, power supplies for lighting and motors for pumps are required to be smaller as devices become more sophisticated – spurring the demand for compact MOSFETs that are essential for switching operation.  
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02/12/2024
­Infineon and Wolfspeed extend multi-year SiC wafer agreement

­Infineon and Wolfspeed extend multi-year SiC wafer agreement

  Infineon and Wolfspeed have announced the expansion and extension of their existing long-term 150mm silicon carbide wafer supply agreement.   The extended partnership includes a multi-year capacity reservation agreement. It contributes to Infineon’s general supply chain stability, also with rega
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02/12/2024
Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

­Solid-state lighting uses semiconductors to convert electricity into light. A solid-state lighting system generates visible light through electroluminescence, in which an electric current is passed through a semiconductor diode specially formulated to glow. Solid-state lighting is used in many applications be
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02/12/2024
Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

­The global temperature sensor market was projected to attain US$ 6 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to garner a 5.4% CAGR from 2022 to 2031 and by 2031, the market is likely to attain US$ 10.1 billion by 2031. A temperature sensor is an electrical device that detects and measu
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02/12/2024
100V Bi-Directional GaN IC for 48V/60V Battery Management System Applications

100V Bi-Directional GaN IC for 48V/60V Battery Management System Applications

­Innoscience Technology has launched a new 100V bi-directional member of the company’s VGaN IC family. The first family of VGaN devices rated 40V with wide on-resistance range (1.2mOhm – 12mOhm) have been successfully deployed in the USB OVP of mobile phones such as OPPO, OnePlus etc. The new 100V
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02/12/2024
Vector Introduces New Configurable Test System for Charging Communication Tests

Vector Introduces New Configurable Test System for Charging Communication Tests

­Vector's vCTS, short for Vector Charging Test System, is a modular test system for charging communications tests. vCTS offers both manufacturers and suppliers of electric vehicles and charging stations comprehensive conformity and interoperability tests to validate charging communication. The new product is
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02/12/2024
Unlocking Quantum Precision: Expanded Superconducting Strips for Enhanced Photon-Counting Accuracy

Superconducting microstrip photon-number-resolving detector.

­Using single photons as qubits has become a prominent strategy in quantum information technology. Accurately determining the number of photons is crucial in various quantum systems, including quantum computation, quantum communication, and quantum metrology. Photon-number-resolving detectors (PNRDs) play a vi
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02/12/2024
Making AI a Partner in Neuroscientific Discovery

Making AI a Partner in Neuroscientific Discovery

­The past year has seen major advances in Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT. The ability of these models to interpret and produce human text sources (and other sequence data) has implications for people in many areas of human activity. A new perspective paper in the journal Neuron argues th
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02/12/2024
Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

­Quantum computing has been hailed as a technology that can outperform classical computing in both speed and memory usage, potentially opening the way to making predictions of physical phenomena not previously possible. Many see quantum computing’s advent as marking a paradigm shift from classical
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02/12/2024
New AI Tool Discovers Realistic 'Metamaterials' with Unusual Properties

New AI Tool Discovers Realistic 'Metamaterials' with Unusual Properties

­The properties of normal materials, such as stiffness and flexibility, are determined by the molecular composition of the material, but the properties of metamaterials are determined by the geometry of the structure from which they are built. Researchers design these structures digitally and then have it 3D-printed. Th
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02/12/2024
There is no Proof that AI can be Controlled, According to Extensive Survey

There is no Proof that AI can be Controlled, According to Extensive Survey

­There is no current evidence that AI can be controlled safely, according to an extensive review, and without proof that AI can be controlled, it should not be developed, a researcher warns. Despite the recognition that the problem of AI control may be one of the most important problems facing humanity, it remain
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02/12/2024
Exploring new Futures in Space: A Revolutionary Integration of Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, and Space Exploration

Doppelgängers3, A film by Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian

­The SETI Institute, leading humanity's quest to understand the origins and prevalence of life and intelligence in the universe and share that knowledge with the world, is pioneering innovative approaches to understanding our place in the cosmos. The SETI Institute is proud to support a groundbreaking project fro
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02/12/2024
New Process Allows Full Recovery of Starting Materials from Tough Polymer Composites

A polymer, functionalized carbon fibers and a crosslinker are mixed and cured. The components can be retrieved by addition of an alcohol, pinacol.

­In a win for chemistry, inventors at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed a closed-loop path for synthesizing an exceptionally tough carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, or CFRP, and later recovering all of its starting materials. A lightweight, strong and tough composite material,
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02/12/2024
PSDcast – Honoring Thomas Edison's Legacy with Menlo Micro's MM9200

Menlo Micro's Co-Founder & Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris Giovanniello

­Menlo Micro’s MM9200 is the world’s first micromechanical power switch capable of handling 10A in a miniature 5mm x 5mm surface-mount package. And here to delve into it a bit more is Menlo Micro's Co-Founder & Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris Giovanniello.
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02/11/2024
PSDcast – AC Grid Simulator Combines an AC Source, DC Power Supply, and Electronic Load in a Single Unit

Pacific Power Source’s Director of Marketing, Herman vanEijkelenburg

­The AGX Series, from Pacific Power Source, uses advanced Silicon Carbide power devices, is good for a wide range of AC and DC power test applications, and the company will be showing off the series at APEC. And on the line to discuss it is Pacific Power Source’s Director of Marketing, Herman vanEijkel
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02/11/2024
Dual-Channel High-Side Switches for Robust Automotive Protection

Dual-Channel High-Side Switches for Robust Automotive Protection

  The ZXMS82090S14PQ, ZXMS82120S14PQ, and ZXMS82180S14PQ switches are an expansion of the company’s IntelliFET self-protected MOSFET portfolio. These intelligent switches deliver high power within a compact footprint while also providing robust protection and diagnostic capabilities. The series is d
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02/09/2024
­Automotive Power Inductors Bring 38% Reduction in DC Resistance

­Automotive Power Inductors Bring 38% Reduction in DC Resistance

  Compared with existing products in the Murata DFE2MCAH_J0 series, the 0.33µH part, for example achieves the highest standards in the industry with a reduction of 38% in DC resistance to 18 mOhm along with a 31% increase in rated current to 5.1 A for the same temperature rise. Rated current for a sp
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02/09/2024
­Analog Devices Appoints New EVP and CFO

Analog Devices has appointed Richard C. Puccio, Jr. as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

  In the role, Mr. Puccio will set ADI’s financial strategy and lead the company’s global finance operations. Mr. Puccio will report to CEO and Chair Vincent Roche.   “Rich brings tremendous experience and capability from his more than three decades of leading financial advisory and
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02/09/2024
­Mouser Electronics Launches Alternative Energy Resource Hub

­Mouser Electronics Launches Alternative Energy Resource Hub

  The centre features a comprehensive selection of content, products and solutions. Readers will discover innovative uses of renewable power, keen insights into commercial and industrial electric vehicles, and learn how energy storage systems will be key for the transition to renewable energy.  
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02/09/2024
­Arrow Expands Automotive Centre of Excellence in Egypt

Rick Marano, president of Arrow’s global components business

  Arrow’s Automotive CoE addresses the opportunities and helps resolve the challenges associated with connected, autonomous and electrification technologies in the automotive industry. The complexities associated with adopting such emerging technologies, including lack of in-house engineering talent
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02/09/2024
­New Current Sensor for High-Power Automotive Applications

­New Current Sensor for High-Power Automotive Applications

  The collaboration results in the core-based Nano sensor that is 60% smaller than anything previously available without any compromise on performance.   “The Nano current sensor is a great example of how LEM is able to work hand-in-hand with industry specialists to tackle customers’ system challenges and
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02/09/2024
­Vicor Powering Innovation Podcast Addresses Edge Computing

­Vicor Powering Innovation Podcast Addresses Edge Computing

  The discussion addressed how edge computing (EC) systems bring cloud computing closer to where it’s needed for mission critical applications such as hospitals and smart cities. In the latest episode, Fred Buining CTO of HIRO sits down with David Krakauer, VP of Corporate Marketing at Vicor, to offe
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02/09/2024
Power Meter Market to be Worth USD 20.0 billion by 2031

Power Meter Market to be Worth USD 20.0 billion by 2031

­Transparency Market Research Inc. - The global power meter Market was projected to attain US$ 11.2 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to garner a 6.6% CAGR from 2022 to 2031 and by 2031, the market is likely to attain US$ 20 billion by 2031.  Since power meters are immun
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02/09/2024
IDTechEx Discusses Whether Fuel Cell Vehicles Will Succeed and What It Would Take

The cost of green hydrogen needs to reduce dramatically to match BEV charging costs.

­The sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars have largely stalled from 2021 onwards, but does this mean there is no market for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the future, and what is required to make them a success? IDTechEx's report, "Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2024-2044: Markets, Technologies, and Foreca
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02/09/2024
­Energy balance calculator for battery life optimization

Nexperia has announced the Energy Balance Calculator

  The calculator facilitates the integration of Nexperia’s Energy Harvesting PMICs into their systems by providing engineers with precise data for informed decision-making.   At the core of Nexperia's Energy Harvesting PMICs is the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) algorithm, enabling
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02/08/2024
­Würth Elektronik partners with Gator Motorsports

Würth Elektronik partners with Gator Motorsports

  As a partner, Würth Elektronik is supporting UFSAE in its objective to design and build a high-performance electric racecar for international collegiate competitions.   UFSAE is a dynamic organization comprising interdisciplinary students who collaborate to create a cutting-edge Electri
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02/08/2024
­Vishay vPolyTan Polymer Tantalum Chip Capacitors from Rutronik

­Vishay vPolyTan Polymer Tantalum Chip Capacitors from Rutronik

  The AEC-Q200 qualified components impress with their extremely low ESR, lower voltage derating, and safe failure mode, combined with higher volumetric efficiency than comparable conventional tantalum capacitors. Due to their high ripple current capability of up to 2.37 A, the capacitors are particularly suitab
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02/08/2024
­Infineon and Worksport partner on portable power stations

­Infineon and Worksport partner on portable power stations

  Enabled by Infineon’s GaN transistors, the power converters will be lighter and smaller in size with reduced system costs. In addition, Infineon will support Worksport in the optimization of circuits and layout design to further reduce size and increase power density.   “Infineon’s
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02/08/2024
­High-accuracy zero-drift op amp is temperature stable

­High-accuracy zero-drift op amp is temperature stable

  Capable of accurately amplifying output signals from sensors installed in various measurement devices, this new op amp is ideal for current sensing applications such as power control inverters and temperature/pressures/flow/gas detectors.   As automotive and industrial equipment become more sophisticated and applica
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02/08/2024
­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

  The device is 100% pin-to-pin compatible with the previous MagI³C-FISM. It has improved properties: the efficiency goes up to 84 percent, the ambient temperature range has been increased to 105°C and the isolation voltage is 3 kV (for 60 seconds). Like some of its predecessors, this power module ha
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02/08/2024
­VMAX chooses Infineon for EV fast charging

­VMAX chooses Infineon for EV fast charging

  Infineon’s components come in a D²PAK package and combine ultra-fast TRENCHSTOP 5 IGBTs with half-rated free-wheeling SiC Schottky barrier diodes to achieve a perfect cost-performance ratio for both hard and soft switching topologies. With their superior performance, optimized power density and le
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02/08/2024
­Silanna to introduce cutting-edge power sharing technology

­Silanna to introduce cutting-edge power sharing technology

  As well as demonstrating the significant advances in power supply solutions that embody Silanna's commitment to efficiency, performance, and innovation, the company’s Director of Marketing, Hubie Noto, will present a technical session on "Adaptive Intelligent Power Sharing Multiport Power Supplie
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02/08/2024
­AT Series connectors from Amphenol now at Rutronik

­AT Series connectors from Amphenol now at Rutronik

  These heavy-duty, waterproof connectors are available in different form factors as well as BoardLock, StructurePlus, LED, HYPERBUSS, and PanelMate options. They are a cost-effective choice and have been developed to be compatible with all other existing standard products industrywide. Designed to IP68
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02/08/2024
­Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors from Powell Electronics

­Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors from Powell Electronics

    Rugged miniature cylindrical Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors are immediately available through Powell Electronics   The components feature a reliable bayonet coupling design with rear-removable crimp contacts.   The Conesys MIL-DTL-26482 connectors are available with
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02/08/2024
New Yorker Electronics Releases New Exxelia High-Power Alcon Film Capacitor Series

New Yorker Electronics Releases New Exxelia High-Power Alcon Film Capacitor Series

­New Yorker Electronics has announced the release of Exxelia’s new Alcon FP-20-400-SP Film-Capacitor for high-power applications. Because of its extraordinary power density, it’s able to handle high levels of power without compromising on performance. This device has an operating frequency up to 1000KH
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02/08/2024
Littelfuse Introduces Ultra-Miniature Overmolded Reed Switch Solution for Space-Constrained Designs

Littelfuse Introduces Ultra-Miniature Overmolded Reed Switch Solution for Space-Constrained Designs

­Littelfuse, Inc. introduces the 59177 Series ultra-miniature overmolded reed switch, offering designers unparalleled flexibility for space-constrained applications. With its compact design and low power consumption, the 59177 Series reed switch provides a reliable solution for various high-speed switching ap
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02/08/2024
High-Performance Photoelectrochemical Cells with MoS2 Nanoflakes/TiO2 Photoanode on 3D Porous Carbon Spun Fabric

In the process of manufacturing a 3D porous MoS2/CSF photoelectrode, the Oxi-PAN staple fibers were used and applied as intersected warps and wefts in the plain weave process, leading to excellent mechanical and structural stability.

­This research is led by Donghee Park (Center for Opto-Electronic Materials and Devices, Post-Silicon Semiconductor Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea) and Dong Ick Son (Institute of Advanced Composite Materials, Korea Institute of Science and Technology; KIST School, Department of
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02/08/2024
New Study Finds

Yarn-shaped supercapacitors created by NC State researchers in the Wilson College of Textiles. Photo courtesy of Nanfei He, NC State University.

­As interest in wearable technology has surged, research into creating energy-storage devices that can be woven into textiles has also increased. Researchers at North Carolina State University have now identified a “sweet spot” at which the length of a threadlike energy storage technology called a “yarn-shaped su
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02/08/2024
How Teachers Make Ethical Judgments When Using AI in the Classroom

Researchers at the USC Center for Generative AI and Society and the USC Rossier School of Education investigated teachers’ perspectives on ethics around AI for the first report to be published by the center.

­A teacher’s gender and comfort with technology factor into whether artificial intelligence is adopted in the classroom, as shown in a new report from the USC Center for Generative AI and Society. The study, “AI in K-12 Classrooms: Ethical Considerations and Lessons Learned,” explores how teach
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02/08/2024
Chemists Decipher Reaction Process That Could Improve Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

UCLA chemist Xiangfeng Duan

Lithium-sulfur batteries have the potential to transform energy storage, with exceptional theoretical capacity and performance in combination with an element in abundant supply. But the intricate reaction mechanism, particularly during discharge, has been challenging to solve. UCLA researchers have identified
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02/08/2024
Researchers Measure and Control Interactions Between Magnetic Ripples Using Lasers

Ilustration of the crystal structure of the yttrium alloy, with the red line at left representing the laser pulse in and the blue and green lines at right representing the two types of magnons created.

­One vision for the future of computing involves using ripples in magnetic fields — called magnons — as a basic mechanism. In this application, magnons would be comparable to electricity as the basis for electronics. In conventional digital technologies, such magnonic systems are expected to be far fa
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02/08/2024
Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

­An Argonne team developing materials for solid-state batteries took an unexpected detour to investigate tiny short-circuits known as soft-shorts. Their insights will benefit battery researchers around the world. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have shed impo
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02/08/2024
Resting Boosts Performance of Lithium Metal Batteries

Yi Cui, the Fortinet Founders Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering, Stanford

­Next-generation electric vehicles could run on lithium metal batteries that go 500 to 700 miles on a single charge, twice the range of conventional lithium-ion batteries in EVs today. But lithium metal technology has serious drawbacks: The battery rapidly loses its capacity to store energy after relativel
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02/08/2024
ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the new LMR1002F-LB zero-drift operational amplifier (op amp). It is designed for industrial and consumer electronics devices and minimizes both input offset voltage and input offset voltage temperature drift. Capable of accurately amplifying output signals from se
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02/08/2024
Environmental Lights Announces the Launch of Dual-Mode Universal Dimming Drivers

Environmental Lights Announces the Launch of Dual-Mode Universal Dimming Drivers

­Environmental Lights, a leader in LED lighting solutions, announces the launch of Dual-Mode Universal Dimming Drivers. Dual-Mode Universal (DMU) Dimming Drivers are highly versatile power supplies. These full-capacity drivers accept universal input dimming signals compatible with all major control systems.
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02/08/2024
Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

­The Global Quantum Dots Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 26.04% from 2023 to 2030, according to a new report published by Verified Market Research®. The report reveals that the market was valued at USD 4.58 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 36.79 Billion by th
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02/08/2024
Nautilus Solar Energy Acquires 12.7MW Community Solar Portfolio from SolAmerica Energy

David Okuwobi, Business Development Director at Nautilus

­Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC announced the acquisition of a 12.7 MW portfolio of community solar projects from SolAmerica Energy, LLC (“SolAmerica”). Both projects, located in Canton, NY, are expected to be fully operational in 2024. Once completed, the community solar projects will provide clean energy to
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02/08/2024
Inexpensive, Carbon-Neutral Biofuels are Finally Possible

UCR associate research professor Charles Cai, who developed the CELF biomass pretreatment technology.

­When it comes to making fuel from plants, the first step has always been the hardest — breaking down the plant matter. A new study finds that introducing a simple, renewable chemical to the pretreatment step can finally make next-generation biofuel production both cost-effective and carbon neutral.  For biofuels
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02/08/2024
LitePoint, Morse Micro, and AzureWave Collaborate to Advance Wi-Fi HaLow Adoption Across Industrial IoT Applications

Prakash Guda, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Morse Micro

­LitePoint, a leading provider of wireless test solutions, today announced a strategic collaboration with Morse Micro, the leading Wi-Fi HaLow silicon vendor, and AzureWave Technologies, Inc., a worldwide leading provider of wireless connectivity and image processing solutions, to expand innovative us
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02/08/2024
Infineon and Honda sign MoU to collaborate on ICs

Infineon and Honda sign MoU to collaborate on ICs

The two companies also agreed to continue discussions on supply stability, as well as to encourage transferring mutual knowledge and collaborate on projects aimed at accelerating the time to market of technologies. “Infineon’s system understanding, our broad product portfolio and outstanding quality have made us an appr
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02/08/2024
­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

  The single-chip switcher achieves over 95 percent efficiency with a novel secondary-side control scheme which achieves zero-voltage switching (ZVS) without a dedicated and costly additional high voltage switch. The new IC, which features a 750 V or a 900 V PowiGaN™ primary switch, primary-side contr
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02/08/2024
Charging Station “Usage Taxes” Could Slow the Growth of EVs

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Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­A sensible way to preserve tax revenues or a barrier to progress? That’s the question plaguing Kentuckians, as the Bluegrass State has enacted a use tax on public EV charging stations. EVs and hybrids will help fulfill a number of environmental goals, reducing fossil fuel consumption and cutting emissions. But
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02/06/2024
An Engineer’s Guide to EV Battery Management Systems

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Figure 1: An electric vehicle's battery pack. (Source: Nissan)

An EV's primary energy source is a battery pack (Figure 1). A pack is typically designed to fit on the vehicle's underside, between the front and back wheels, and occupies the space usually reserved for a transmission tunnel, exhaust, and fuel tank in an internal combustion vehicle. Keeping the pack as low as poss
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02/06/2024
Joint Lab for NEV Developments with GaN and SiC Technology

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Joint Lab for NEV Developments with GaN and SiC Technology

Navitas Semiconductor and SHINRY announced the opening of a joint R&D power laboratory to accelerate the development of New-Energy Vehicle (NEV) power systems enabled by Navitas' GaNFast™ technology. SHINRY is active in on-board power supplies and strategic supplier to Honda, Hyundai, BYD, Geely, XPENG, BAIC
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02/06/2024
STMicroelectronics Announces new Organization

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STMicroelectronics Announces new Organization

STMicroelectronics moves from three to two product groups, AMPS and MDRF. The Analog, Power & Discrete, MEMS and Sensors Group (APMS) will be led by Marco Cassis, ST President and member of the Executive Committee, and the Microcontrollers, Digital ICs and RF products group (MDRF) will be led by Remi El-Ou
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Date:
02/06/2024
Collaboration in Manufacturing Power Devices

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Collaboration in Manufacturing Power Devices

A plan by ROHM and Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation to collaborate in the manufacture and increased volume production of power devices has been recognized and will be supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a measure supporting the Japanese Government's target of secure and st
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Date:
02/06/2024
Developing a Wireless BMS Production Test Solution

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Developing a Wireless BMS Production Test Solution

­Rohde & Schwarz, together with ADI, has developed an ultra-compact automated test equipment (ATE) system for wireless battery management systems (wBMS). With this test setup, the necessary wBMS module calibration, receiver, transmitter and DC tests can be conducted fast and executed reliably for verifica
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02/06/2024
Power Semiconductor Modules for EVs and PHEVs

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Power Semiconductor Modules for EVs and PHEVs

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced the coming release of six J3-Series power semiconductor modules for various electric vehicles (xEV), featuring either a silicon carbide metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (SiC-MOSFET) or a RC-IGBT (Si), with compact designs and scalability for use in the in
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Date:
02/06/2024
A Grand Showcase for Power Electronics

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­We’re here. The lavish gala we’ve all been waiting for. The Super Bowl of our industry. The most important event of the year. For us, the Applied Power Electronics Conference is more than just a trade show, an exhibition for all things power and power-adjacent. It’s the totality of everything we repres
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Date:
02/04/2024
Offline Flyback Switcher IC with Zero-Voltage Switching (ZVS) for 95 % Efficiency

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Offline Flyback Switcher IC with Zero-Voltage Switching (ZVS) for 95 % Efficiency

Power Integrations has released the InnoSwitch5-Pro family of high-efficiency, programmable flyback switcher ICs. The single-chip switcher achieves over 95 percent efficiency with a novel secondary-side control scheme which achieves zero-voltage switching (ZVS) without a dedicated and costly additional high-volta
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Date:
02/04/2024
GaN FETs Enable 75 - 231 Ampere Laser Diode Control in Nanoseconds for Lidar

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GaN FETs Enable 75 - 231 Ampere Laser Diode Control in Nanoseconds for Lidar

­EPC launches three laser driver boards dubbed EPC9179, EPC9181 and EPC9180 containing pulse current laser drivers of 75 A, 125 A, and 231 A, showcasing EPC's AEC-Q101-qualified GaN FETs. These FETs (EPC2252, EPC2204A, and EPC2218A) are 30% smaller and said to be more cost-effective than their predecessors. Des
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Date:
02/04/2024
FRD Super Junction MOSFETs with RDS(on) of 95 mOhm

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FRD Super Junction MOSFETs with RDS(on) of 95 mOhm

­Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) has released two aMOS5 600V FRD Super Junction MOSFETs. aMOS5 is AOS's high voltage MOSFET platform, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs of servers, workstations, telecom rectifiers, solar Inverters, EV charging, motor drives and industrial pow
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Date:
02/04/2024
SiC FET in D2PAK for 750V EV Designs

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SiC FET in D2PAK for 750V EV Designs

­Qorvo unveiled an automotive-qualified SiC FET offering an RDS(on) of 9mΩ in a compact D2PAK-7L package. This 750V SiC FET is the first in a new family of pin-compatible SiC FETs from Qorvo with RDS(on) options up to 60mΩ, making them well suited for electric vehicle applications, including on-b
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Date:
02/04/2024
150mm and 200mm SiC Wafer Supply Secured

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150mm and 200mm SiC Wafer Supply Secured

­Infineon Technologies and Wolfspeed announced the expansion and extension of their existing long-term 150mm silicon carbide wafer supply agreement, originally signed in February 2018. The extended partnership includes a multi-year capacity reservation agreement. It contributes to Infineon's general supply chain
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Date:
02/04/2024
Strengthening the Scandinavian Presence

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Strengthening the Scandinavian Presence

With the establishment of Würth Elektronik Danmark A/S, customers from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands now have a direct point of contact for their electronic and electromechanical component needs. Previously, these markets were also served by the Swedish subsidiary. Würth Elektronik Danmark A/S is based in the
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Date:
02/04/2024
Acquisition of 1500 VDC Converter Technology and Team

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Acquisition of 1500 VDC Converter Technology and Team

Danfoss Drives has announced the acquisition of the ACE300 product and the takeover of the product team from Finland-based company Ampner to extend the electrification portfolio with a dedicated 1500 VDC power converter. The product will be integrated within Danfoss Drives' portfolio of Electrification Solutions with pr
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Date:
02/04/2024
Renesas to Acquire Transphorm: Expanding its Power Portfolio with GaN Technology

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Renesas to Acquire Transphorm: Expanding its Power Portfolio with GaN Technology

Renesas Electronics and Transphorm announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of Renesas will acquire all outstanding shares of Transphorm's common stock. The transaction values Transphorm at approximately $339 million. The acquisition will provide Renesas with in-house
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Date:
02/04/2024
Beware When Slowing Down Switching Transitions

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Figure 1. Switching transitions in a switch-mode power supply with input voltage at the switching node

Fast switching transients in switching regulators are advantageous because they drastically lower the switching losses in a switch-mode power supply. Especially a thigh switching frequencies,the efficiency of a switching regulator can be greatly improved. However, fast switching transitions also yield some disad
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Date:
02/01/2024
Nexperia Announces Wide-Bandgap Plans

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

A few months ago, in my weekly TechTalk newsletter I wrote about the 20th anniversary of Nexperia’s LFPAK technology. At the time of its introduction, the new packaging was revolutionary and offered many advantages to designers. For example, instead of bonding wires, the technique used copper clips to provide a
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Date:
02/01/2024
Is the Turing Test Still Relevant?

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

South Park recently did an episode with a co-writer’s credit for ChatGPT (bear with me), and it did a great job summarizing the inscrutable nature of artificial intelligence and, with some minor extrapolation, why the Turing Test needs to evolve. On the famously topical show, the kids use ChatGPT to answer text messa
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Date:
02/01/2024
The Ongoing Promise of Wide Bandgap Devices

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

The global wide bandgap semiconductor (WBGS) market is experiencing significant growth. Valued at $1.6 billion in 2022, this market is projected to reach $5.4 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 13.2% from 2023, according to Allied Market Research. I notice that every power conference in recent years talks about this
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Date:
02/01/2024
Power Supply Management of GaN MMIC Power Amplifiers

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Figure 1. Typical GaN PA control system

Systems that incorporate highly integrated and highly sophisticated, high power radio frequency (RF) GaN power amplifiers (PAs), such as pulsed radar applications, are a constant challenge for today’s digital control and management systems to keep up with these ever-increasing levels of sophistication.These co
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Date:
02/01/2024
The Ascent of GaN

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Table 1: GaN (EPC2071) vs. Silicon Comparison

The adoption of gallium nitride (GaN) in power devices has seen significant growth in recent years. In this article the various factors impacting the adoption of GaN are examined as well as how these challenges are being addressed and overcome.  With over 14 years of volume production experience, EPC has id
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Date:
02/01/2024
Separating Charging and Load Requirements in EVs

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Figure 1. Share of xEV in percentage

The high-voltage energy stored in the EV battery is converted by HV-LV DCDC conversion systems into a low voltage that can be used by the vehicle's electrical and electronic systems. This conversion is critical to the intended operation of the vehicle as it contributes to maintaining the power supply to vital systems
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Date:
02/01/2024
The Benefits of Magnetically Geared Drives and Motors

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Figure 1: Micromobility

Quieter, cleaner and in the case of lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs) much smaller, today’s electric, hybrid and micromobility vehicles offer real potential to mitigate many of the problems associated with the UK’s noisy, congested and polluting traffic. What’s more, as the technology used in these vehi
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Date:
02/01/2024
Taking Aerospace and Defense to New Heights

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Figure 1: Personal use electric aircraft are being developed by many companies around the world, most powered by multiple permanent magnet motors

High-performance permanent magnet motors are propelling major technological progress in the aerospace and defense sectors. These mission-critical applications include propulsion and power generation systems in military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, drones, portable munitions, and armored vehicles. Furth
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Date:
02/01/2024
Say Hello to Bidirectional Topologies in EV Charging

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Figure 1: If the charging infrastructure and power grid are connected by a bidirectional converter, the charging hub functions as a source of power that can support the grid as necessary

The average gas station fill-up for vehicles only takes two minutes. With more electric vehicles (EVs) hitting the road every day, drivers’ expectations of similar conveniences remain unequivocally strong, driving the need for DC fast charging capabilities and infrastructure. To facilitate this paramount and
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Date:
02/01/2024
How Wolfspeed Power Modules are Revolutionizing 3-Phase Industrial Low Voltage Motor Drives

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Based on the most conservative estimates, electric motors account for more than 50% of all industrial electricity used globally, and 45% of all global electricity. Making industrial motor drive systems even a fraction more efficient would significantly impact global energy consumption and reduce environmental im
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Date:
02/01/2024
Keeping Things Cool

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Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

Welcome to the February edition of Power Systems Design Europe. We now know that 2023 was the hottest year on record. Even though it narrowly missed breaching the key international climate target of 1.5oC over the long-term average with a final reading of 1.48oC, the predictions are that this year will be even h
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Date:
02/01/2024
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