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Powering Communications

January 2016
Flash in the pan

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the beautiful things about being a wordsmith is that one finds all kinds of history, culture, and advice in many of the quaint and poetic turns of phrase that exist in the (American) English language. One such turn of phrase is “flash in the pan” which is so good at describing a situation that its
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01/29/2016
Bring back IrDA

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

With all the buzz around optical data transfer technology development lately, especially in light of the push to empower small, low-power intelligent devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). What many forget is that there was and is a technology that is well-suited for final-feet connection between intelligent
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01/29/2016
China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016

Current-mode control has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years now, but it is still a topic that creates much confusion in the minds of many engineers and researchers. In this series of articles, Dr. Ridley shows historical reasons for the confusion, and presents for the first time the source
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01/29/2016
The sub-28 nanometer Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) now available feature the in-dustry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 Gbps floating-point operations. Built on sub-28 nm process technology, these FPGAs provide up to 17.4 Gbps for long-reach
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01/29/2016
Key criteria for designing power supplies units (PSU) for consumer applications are low cost, high efficiency, good thermal performance and low Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Starting with an optimal power conversion topology assists the design process. Flyback topology is optimal for low and mid power
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01/27/2016
From cellphones to electric vehicles and smart grid energy storage, the use of rechargeable batteries is dramatically increasing. Engineers that design products that use these rechargeable batteries must be able to characterize the battery performance in their designs. Programmable bidirectional DC power supplies
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01/27/2016
As electronic systems continue to become more compact, temperature plays an increasingly important role in system reliability and power efficiency. Many engineers are already familiar with how temperature can affect reliability; if a system becomes too hot, device operation can become unpredictable. Using a
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01/27/2016
Most systems require multiple different voltage rails. Voltages below the system ground voltage, or zero voltage, are considered to be negative voltages. Such voltages are needed in many different applications. In power electronics, some switch types may not reliably be turned off if ground voltage is applied
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01/27/2016
Utilities are in a time of transition. Legacy communications circuits are being discontinued by carriers and there is pressure for utilities to move to new packet-based services. In addition, much of the new smart grid applications and products that are being introduced by vendors are based on Ethernet, adding
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01/27/2016
Anaren’s Wireless Group announced that it will release version 1.5 of its Atmosphere development platform in the coming weeks. The combined local and on-line software tool set helps manufacturers at every RF-design skill-level build applications for mobile devices and programs for embedded devices simultaneously.
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01/26/2016
Johnson Controls, a U.S. maker of car batteries and heating and ventilation equipment, agreed to acquire Ireland-based peer Tyco International in a $16.5 billion deal that will lower its tax bill, the companies said on Monday. By moving its headquarters to Cork, Ireland, Johnson Controls would become the latest
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01/26/2016
Mouser, Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol team up for building blocks for USB Type-C

USB Type-C portfolio

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is teaming up with Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol Commercial Products to present the building blocks of a USB Type-C solution. Delivering data rates up to 10Gbps and up to 100W of power with a reversible interface for easy and reliable mating, USB Type-C technology offers a multifunction,
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01/26/2016
Altera, now a part of Intel Corporation, announced the results of the 5G Algorithm Innovation Competition, the industry's first awards competition to focus on aligning silicon and systems companies with the research community to create a pool of new and innovative ideas to help accelerate 5G, the fifth generation
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01/26/2016
Vishay Intertechnology's BiSy Single-Line ESD protection diodes feature low working range to 3.3 V

Bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics

Vishay Intertechnology released two new bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics with a low working range of 3.3 V in the ultra-compact CLP0603 silicon package. Measuring only 0.6 mm by 0.3 mm with a very low height of 0.27 mm, the Vishay Semiconductors VBUS03B1-SD0
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01/26/2016
Murata announces mass production of highest Q chip inductors available

LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors

Murata announced mass production of the LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors in the ultra-compact 01005 size (0.4 x 0.2 mm). Along with the trend toward increased multiband capability and ever more sophisticated functions, the configuration of the RF circuits in smartphones and other compact
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01/25/2016
Graphene tech can mesh biophysics and semiconductors

Neuromorphic chips consist of networks of transistors that interact the way neurons do

Neuromorphic chips are the new hotness in semiconductor research. These chips consist of networks of transistors that interact the way neurons do, allowing them to process analog input, like visual information, faster and more accurately than silicon chips can. We’ve been inching our way closer
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01/25/2016
The emergence of commercially available and cost-effective gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors begins a new age in power electronics. There are significant benefits in using enhancement-mode gallium nitride FET (eGaN FET) devices in power converters for existing data center and telecommunications architectures
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01/25/2016
Molex debuts high-speed solutions, processes, and partnership at DesignCon 2016

Molex exhibited their solutions at DesignCon 2016

Molex showcased its extensive technical expertise and broad product portfolio at DesignCon 2016 Expo and Conference, held January 20-21 at the Santa Clara Conference Center in Santa Clara, CA. Demonstrations at Molex booth 817 highlighted products that
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01/21/2016
New hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries found

Berkeley Lab battery scientist Nitash Balsara

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation
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01/20/2016
Pulse introduces multi-mode satellite navigation system antenna

Monarch Series multi-mode global navigation satellite system ceramic antennas

Pulse Electronics' Monarch Series multi-mode global navigation satellite system ceramic antennas provide wireless signal reception for the four major global and regional satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou (Compass), and Galileo. The Monarch Series W3010 is a compact, low profile antenna that delivers high
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01/20/2016
Phihong launches high efficiency, low-cost 10W wall-plug adapter series

PSM10A wall plug adapters

Phihong USA, a leading supplier of OEM power solutions, has introduced a new series of 10W, fixed blade wall-plug adapters. Designated the PSM10A Series, the new wall-plug adapters deliver high efficiency at a low cost, making them ideally suited for a wide range of consumer electronics applications, including:
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01/20/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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01/19/2016
ROHM's latest PMICs optimized for Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake core processor architecture

The BD99991GW PMIC

ROHM has released for mass production two system Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs).These PMICs are optimized for low power and will enable fanless designs of space-conscious mobile PC products such as Ultrabooks™, 2-in-1 detachables, and tablets built around Intel’s 14nm Skylake processor.  The
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01/15/2016
IBC SOLAR, a leading photovoltaic system provider, has had the IBC FlexiSun solar cable in its portfolio for more than ten years. The latest version of the all-purpose solar cable, which is buriable and produced in Bavaria, meets the new standard EN 50618. IBC SOLAR is therefore currently the only system service
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01/13/2016
Rutronik to focus on IoT at Embedded World

Rutronik is focusing on the IoT at embedded world 2016 (booth 5.238)

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente is focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) at embedded world 2016 (booth 5.238): At RUTRONIK EMBEDDED visitors will find selected components from the areas of Wireless, Displays, Boards and Storage characterized by their durability, long-term availability and high integration
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01/13/2016
Molex offers fully-harnessed cables for heavy industrial applications

Fully customisable cable assemblies and harnesses for use in harsh environments

Molex offers fully customisable cable assemblies and harnesses for use in harsh environments, such as those found in industrial automation and robotics applications. By combining its modular D-Sub mixed layout and Heavy Duty Connector families with Flamar cables, Molex cable assembly and harnessing service helps
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01/13/2016
Pacific Crest Transformers announces that it has added to its factory capacity here in Medford, doubling the size of its largest transformer. PCT will now be able manufacture transformers up to 30 MVA. “This represents another very significant step in growth of Pacific Crest Transformers,” said
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01/11/2016
EPC taps Yuanzhe Zhang as director of applications engineering

Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang

EPC is proud to announce that Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang has joined the EPC engineering team as Director, Applications Engineering. As a member of the EPC applications team, Dr. Zhang's focus will be designing state-of-the-art envelope tracking systems for 4G, LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure that demonstrate
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01/11/2016
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide its increasingly popular metal marking product to one of Europe’s leading electricity
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01/06/2016
Linear Technology introduced the LTC3643, a bidirectional, high-voltage boost capacitor charger that automatically converts to a buck regulator for system backup. The proprietary, single-inductor topology with integrated PowerPath functionality does the work of two separate switching regulators, reducing size,
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01/06/2016
SiBeam introduces USB 3.0 802.11Ad reference design

USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig)

SiBEAM, a Lattice Semiconductor company, announced a USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig) for wireless connectivity at gigabit per second speeds over the 60 GHz frequency band. The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity
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01/05/2016
Torex Semiconductor will open an R&D Center in April 2016 at TOREX USA in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. for the purpose of strengthening research and development of high value-added analog power ICs that will be the mainstay of the next generation. Sunnyvale, California, where the new R&D
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01/05/2016
The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, announced it is working with the Thread Group on an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks. The solution will
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01/05/2016
AT&T next week will reveal how it will work with cities to turn everyday objects like traffic lights and parking spots into tools to manage congestion and conserve energy. The presentation is part of the telecommunications giant’s broader plan to diversify its business portfolio, a strategy
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01/04/2016
FCI's USB 3.1 reversible type C connectors now available through TTI

FCI USB 3.1 Type C connector

Now available in Europe through TTI, FCI’s new USB 3.1 Type C Connectors boast a small form factor design that is reversible for quick and easy connection whichever way it is inserted. The USB 3.1 Type C Connector is a new standard plug and receptacle which provides a multi-function single cable solution for
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Date:
01/04/2016
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