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Power Passives and Discretes

October 2012
Renesas Electronics Europe supports Eco Solar Breizh racing team for World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia

Click image to enlarge: In addition to its sponsorship, Renesas Electronics Europe is donating microcontrollers to the Eco Solar Breizh development team for energy harvesting, energy and battery management, sensor measurement, and communication within the car.

Renesas Electronics Europe has announced that it is sponsoring and supplying electronic components to Eco Solar Breizh, a multidisciplinary association based in Brittany, France. The mission of Eco
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10/29/2012
Plessey develops sensor-based method to monitor driver fatigue

Click image to enlarge: EPIC sensors utilise capacitive coupling to measure ECG through normal clothing and seat cover fabric.

Plessey has developed a novel method to monitor driver fatigue based on its multi-award winning EPIC (electric-potential integrated circuit) sensor technology. According to the British Royal Society
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10/29/2012
Plessey developed sensor  monitors driver fatigue

Epic sensor monitors driver alertness

Plessey is using its EPIC sensor technology to monitor driver fatigue. According to the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, research shows driver fatigue may be a contributory
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10/29/2012

Power management of an artificial hand

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Figure 1: Southampton hands. Across each palm can be seen a dc motor with a worm and wheel to rotate the thumb. Five other motors flex and extend the fingers and thumb. The fingertips have touch (force), slip/texture, and temperature sensors.

For an upper extremity amputee, mass is a main factor when choosing an artificial hand. A hand should be lightweight so that high pressure points do not develop inside the plastic socket that attaches
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10/25/2012
ON semiconductor to spotlight innovative energy-efficient technologies at Electronica 2012 Hall A5 stand 225

Click image to enlarge: ON Semiconductor will host live demonstrations, technical briefings and on-site meetings with customers, analysts, and media at Electronica 2012 Hall A5 Stand 225.

ON Semiconductor will have an expanded presence at the Electronica 2012 tradeshow in Munich this November. Live on-site demonstrations and technical briefings will spotlight the company's latest product
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10/25/2012
48th Fighter Wing save energy with transformer initiative

Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England A box of 120-volt, U.S. specification, power cords sits in front of an F-15E Strike Eagle. The 48th Fighter Wing is currently switching these cords with 240-volt, European specification, power cords on dual-voltage devices as a part of the Transformer Cut-Off Initiative, a USAFE (U.S. Air Forces in Europe-wide) energy savings initiative.

With Energy Action Month underway, the 48th Fighter Wing is leading the way in a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-wide initiative to save energy by vastly reducing the amount of power transformers the base
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10/22/2012
Plessey to launch ECG monitor at Electronica

Left and right signal data is transmitted via a Bluetooth link to a smartphone or tablet

Plessey will launch a hand-held, ECG monitor at this year's Electronica Show. Aimed at the home health market, the imPulse will allow routine, quick and accurate recording of ECG signas,l outside
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10/22/2012
ON Semiconductor expands high-performance trench field-stop IGBT portfolio for motor control, solar, and UPS

Click image to enlarge: ON Semiconductor has expanded its NGBTxx family of 1.2 kV trench FS IGBTs with nine new energy-efficient devices.

ON Semiconductor has expanded its NGBTxx family of 1.2 kV trench FS (field-stop) IGBTs (insulated-gate bipolar transistors) with nine new energy-efficient devices. The new IGBTs improve overall system
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10/22/2012
Senseonics submits clinical study protocol to UK and German regulatory agencies

Monitoring device and implantable sensor

Sensors for Medicine and Science Inc, the Maryland based medical device company developing and commercialising the first fully implantable, long-term CGM ( continuous glucose monitoring) system,
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10/19/2012
Isabellenhütte Heusler has new overall head of development

Dr Jan Marien, head of R&D

Over the past three decades, Isabellenhütte Heusler, based in Dillenburg Germany has undergone a fundamental change, evolving from a supplier of semi-finished products into a globally active company,
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10/18/2012
WirelessHART and IP wireless-sensor networks achieve ultra-low power consumption < 50 μA per node

Click image to enlarge: LTC5800 QFN & LTP5902 PCB module with FCC, CE & IC modular radio certifications available with optional chip antenna

Linear Technology's Dust Networks product group has introduced the SmartMesh LTC5800 SoC and LTP5900 module families of low-power IEEE 802.15.4E-compliant wireless-sensor networking products. SmartMesh
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10/17/2012
Reducing standby power consumption for LED Lighting
LEDs provide high-efficiency, environment-friendly characteristics, and a long life compared to conventional lighting sources. Therefore, they are becoming a primary light-source choice to reduce
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10/16/2012
Peratech win Tech Brief Award from NASA

Click image to enlarge: Nasa's Robonaut is equipped with QTC-based finger sensors that provide touch feedback as good as a human hand.

Peratech, an innovator in touch technology, has been presented with a Tech Brief Award by NASA in recognition for its contribution of QTC (Quantum Tunnelling Composite) technology used to provide
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10/15/2012
IR Expands Family of IGBTs with 600V Trench Ultrafast IGBT's for Appliance Motor Drives
International Rectifier has announced the expansion of its family of Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of the IRGR4045DPbF and IRGS4045DPbF. The new 600V Trench ultrafast
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10/15/2012
Atmel expands automotive qualified MaXTouch controller family

MaXTouch controller diagram

Atmel Corp has announced new automotive-qualified maXTouch controllers for in-car control systems. These new devices will bring today's smartphone experience into contemporary cars, even for drivers
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10/14/2012
Zytronics meets oil and gas sector exacting requirements

Explosion-proof terminals designed for use in off-shore oil and gas drilling.

Zytronic's proprietary Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT) has on many occasions proved its ability to be employed in the most uncompromising of environments. Recent successes in heavy industry
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10/14/2012
Infineon highlights smart-meter ICs
Infineon has presented its smart-grid technologies at the Metering, Billing / CRM Europe 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, where it showed off the building blocks for an intelligent infrastructure,
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10/12/2012
Cornell Dubilier introduces type BLC, high-energy-density DC-link capacitors for medium-power inverter systems

Click image to enlarge: Available in values from 8 to 55 μF and voltage ratings from 700 to 1100 V DC, type BLC DC link capacitors are packaged in UL94V-0 plastic boxes with 4 pins for low ESR.

Cornell Dubilier announces the release of its type BLC high-energy-density board-mount DC-link capacitors for medium-power inverter systems. Type BLC capacitors are an excellent choice for demanding
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10/10/2012
Cornell Dubilier announces purchase of Orange Drop film-capacitor line from SB Electronics

Click image to enlarge: Orange Drop capacitors are available in values from 0.22 nF to 10 ?F and voltages from 100 V to 2 kV DC.

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has announced that it has acquired the Orange Drop film-capacitor product lines and all other radial product lines, from capacitor maker, SBE of Barre, VT. Orange Drop
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10/08/2012
Imec, Holst Centre, and Panasonic develop brainwave headset

Click image to enlarge: Wireless EEG headset

Imec, Holst Centre, and Panasonic have developed a new prototype wireless EEG (electroencephalogram) headset. The system combines ease-of-use with ultra-low power electronics. Continuous impedance
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10/07/2012
Lamborghini to incorporate Maxwell Technologies' Ultracapacitors in stop-start idle-elimination

A Maxwell 1200-Farad, 2.7-volt ultracapacitor cell is one of six that the capacitor module for the Lamborghini idle-elimination system uses.

Maxwell Technologies Inc have announced that Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., the producer of luxury sports cars, will incorporate Maxwell ultracapacitors to support a stop-start idle-elimination system
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10/04/2012
SUCCESS consortium demonstrates mm-wave radar sensor

Click image to enlarge: The miniature 122-GHz radar system

The SUCCESS (Silicon-based Ultra-Compact Cost-Efficient System Design for mmWaveSensors) consortium has implemented the first prototype of a fully integrated 122 GHz radar sensor. It includes a mixed-signal
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10/03/2012
New website helps engineers design power transformers and AC line reactors

Software for efficient energy transformer design

A new website to help engineers accelerate and improve the design of electrical power transformers and AC line reactors has been launched by Cobham Technical Services. Designed to be a useful resource
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10/02/2012

 



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