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Power Passives and Discretes

 



 

 

Power Passives and Discretes

October 2014
Steve Sandler of Picotest on power test and noise

Steve Sandler of Picotest

In this PSDcast Steve Sandler of Picotest talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the issues of power test, especially in the area of reducing noise. Not only is noise in a system a potential interference hazard, it is also a sign that the system is not operating optimally. Speed, bandwith, and probe
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10/31/2014
Analog Devices introduced the industry’s highest precision, highest speed magnetic angle sensor. The high-resolution ADA4571 sensor is four times more accurate (0.5° max), 60 percent faster and uses 40 percent less power than competing angle sensors. The ADA4571 directly measures motor position
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10/28/2014
Fraunhofer to demo economical micro energy harvesting tech at electronica 2014

Fraunhofer researchers are using this lab coater to produce piezoelectric AlN layers for low power sensors in an economically feasible manner

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they need for this from their immediate environment - from vibrations,
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10/27/2014

BeBop Sensors launches wearable smart-fabric device

BeBop’s Monolithic Fabric Sensors integrate sensors, traces, and electronics into a single piece of fabric

BeBop Sensors, a wearable sensor technology company created by musical instrument inventor Keith McMillen and KMI, announced their first product, the BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor, the first and only ultra thin wearable smart fabric sensor that measures all aspects of physicality, including bend, location,
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10/27/2014
In October 1983, a record-breaking wind generator was taken into operation and the world’s largest wind energy converter called Growian (artificial German abbreviation meaning large scale wind power plant) went live. The 3MW machine can be considered an example how the world has changed since this happened. Though
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10/26/2014
The “Internet of Things” (IoT), refers to a growing trend to connect not only people and computers, but all sorts of “things” to the Internet, and therefore, each other. By way of example, consider if you will applications such as industrial plants or large infrastructure projects where connecting more
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10/26/2014
Addressing energy theft

Kevin Mays, IUS Technologies

Smart grid technology can optimize power distribution in highly visible ways. End-of-line sensing and two-way communication capabilities allow utilities to boost efficiency through volt/VAR optimization, real-time peak demand response, and self-healing. Similar connected sensing technology can also be used to
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10/25/2014
The latest 4.5kV IGBT/diode chip set from Infineon has been developed and optimized for HVDC applications. It features very low on state voltage losses combined with fast turn on behavior for high current, high voltage and high robust short circuits behavior. High robustness will be demonstrated using HDR technologies
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10/25/2014
Some portable applications need to be powered up from an external +5V wall adapter supply and still require a +5V system voltage when in battery-backup mode. This design provides a simple method of switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Lithium-ion (Li+) battery. The design
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10/24/2014
Maxwell Technologies announced a joint development agreement with Corning, with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost. The
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10/24/2014
Compact screw-terminal aluminum electrolytic capacitors offer high ripple current capability

EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitor

TDK presents three new series of EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitors with screw terminals. They are characterized by their high ripple current capability and simultaneously highly compact dimensions. The capacitors of the new B43703* series are designed for rated voltages from 350 V DC to 450 V DC and cover
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10/23/2014
LEM's latest current transducers range pushes Hall effect tech to the next level

LF xx10 transducers for non-intrusive and isolated nominal measurements of DC, AC and pulsed currents

LEM announced the range of LF xx10 transducers for non-intrusive and isolated nominal measurements of DC, AC and pulsed currents from 100 A to 2000 A with 4 new series: LF 210-S, LF 310-S, LF 510-S, LF 1010-S. A fifth, the LF 2010-S will be available in February 2015. LEM has developed a way to make Hall effect
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10/23/2014
Keithley's wafer-level support includes high-voltage capacitance-voltage test for parametric curve tracer configurations

Model 8020 High-Power Interface Panel

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, introduced their latest enhancements to its Parametric Curve Tracer (PTC) configurations that incorporate high-power SourceMeter Source Measure Unit (SMU) instruments. For test engineers responsible for configuring high power
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10/23/2014
Lee Stauffer of Keithley on wafer-level test

Lee Stauffer of Keithley

In this PSDcast Lee Stauffer, Senior Staff Technologist for Keithley Instruments’ Semiconductor Measurements Group, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wafer-level test. Keithley Instruments recently enhanced its Parametric Curve Tracer configurations that incorporate high power SourceMeter
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10/22/2014
Depending on the conditions under which you measure a Sepic converter, it can appear either easy to control, or extremely difficult. Make sure you always make an extended range of measurements on your Sepic design if you wish to ensure avoiding the troublesome regions. Sepic converter with
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10/21/2014
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that is actively engaged in Ofgem funded projects with Western Power Distribution (WPD), Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD)
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10/21/2014
Stackpole releases anti-corrosive thin film chip resistor sample kits

Stackpole engineering sample kits designed for precision applications

Stackpole announces the release of their engineering sample kits designed for precision applications. The moisture withstanding RNCS Series kits contain 20 pieces each of 45 of the most popular resistance values for the 0603 size kit and 47 of the most popular values for the 0805 size kit. The RNCS0603 kit has
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10/20/2014
Vishay's IGBT power modules provide complete integrated solution for solar inverters and UPS

Vishay's IGBT power modules are designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies

Vishay Intertechnology introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED and FRED Pt diode technologies, and thermistors for easy thermal management in
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10/15/2014
TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity, announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Measurement Specialties. Measurement Specialties, a leading global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies including pressure,
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10/14/2014
Compact snap-in aluminum electrolytic caps offer significantly increased ripple-current capability

EPCOS snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors

TDK presents their latest EPCOS snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors. They are characterized by a ripple current capability that is up to 25 percent higher than for the types of the preceding EPCOS series. The capacitors of the new B43642* series are manufactured in highly compact sizes with diameters ranging
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10/14/2014
As the fastest-growing segment of the global water meter industry, the worldwide market for two-way smart meters is set to surpass the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2019, with managed services, analytics and smart water network adoption all combining to accelerate growth, according to a new report from
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10/10/2014
Stackpole expands high power resistor value range

TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors

Stackpole announces the expansion of the TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors. The TR Series value range now starts at 50 milliohms and goes up to 20K ohms for most sizes (the TR30 value range extends up to 100K ohms). The TR Series is available in 0.5% tolerances and TCR as low as 50 ppm making
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10/09/2014
Paul Lee of Intersil on energy management

Paul Lee of Intersil

in this PSDcast Paul Lee, Product Marketing Manger at Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about energy magagement in advanced systems. In order to manage energy properly one must be able to measure it accurately. Intersil's ISL2802x digital power monitor (DPM) family delivers high accuracy
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10/09/2014
Since the beginning of time medical doctors have looked for better ways to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from internal ailments or injury. The ability to examine and treat patients from within in a minimally invasive way and with the least amount of discomfort has been an important part of medical practice
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10/08/2014
Analog Devices introduced the industry’s highest speed, high–temperature, 16-bit, A/D converter, which is more than twice as fast as currently available converters and provides error-free operation at temperatures of up to 175 degrees Celsius. With sample rates up to 600-kSPS, the AD7981 PulSAR®
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10/08/2014
IR’s Automotive-Qualified 40V 5x6mm Dual PQFN COOLiRFET™s Deliver Benchmark Performance for Low Power Motor Applications

IR automotive-qualified COOLiRFET power MOSFETs

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the AUIRFN8459 and AUIRFN8458 40V automotive-qualified COOLiRFET™ power MOSFETs that offer benchmark on-state resistance (RDS(on)) for automotive applications requiring compact size and high current performance including pump motor
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10/07/2014
Cambrios launches next-gen silver-nanowire ITO replacement

ClearOhm material being produced (top), a close-up of the silver nanowires (bottom)

Cambrios Technologies, a leader in silver nanowire-based solutions for the transparent conductor markets, announced the launch of its next generation ClearOhm® material that has been designed into touch sensors for various applications. In addition, the company’s high volume manufacturing line commissioned
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10/07/2014
Alfred Binder of ams on position sensors and intelligent motion

Alfred Binder of ams

In this PSDcast Alfred Binder of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of proper sensing in intelligent systems. Regardless of the horsepower of the processor, there is no precision without feedback. Sensors give a system the information it needs for proper and efficient operation.
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10/07/2014
Farsens announced that it will be exhibiting products from its product portfolio at Electronica 2014 and Euro ID 2014 trade fairs. Our sales team will be showing the newest innovations in battery-free RFID sensor solutions in our booths. Electronica 2014 will be held November 11-14
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10/06/2014
Maxim Integrated’s flow meter solution lasts up to 20 years on a single battery

MAXREFDES70# ultrasonic flow meter reference design

Utilities can now improve water- and heat-metering accuracy by an order of magnitude, while operating for up to 20 years on a single “A”-size battery with the MAXREFDES70# ultrasonic flow meter reference design from Maxim Integrated. Traditional mechanical flow meters measure water and heat usage
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10/06/2014
University of Texas research may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

Dr. Jiyoung Kim (left) and Dr. Kyeongjae “K.J.” Cho examine a wafer used to make transistors. The two created new technology that could reduce energy consumption in mobile devices and computers

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use. This technology taps into the power of a single electron to
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10/02/2014
Vishay's latest 12V chipscale MOSFET cuts power use in ultraportable apps

Chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB

A power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released by Vishay Intertechnology. The chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB provides the industry's lowest on-resistance at a 1.8 V gate drive for
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10/02/2014

 



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