Powering Communications

January 2017
Ideal Power collaborates with global innovator of power conversion products

Ideal Power announced their most recent partnership with leading manufacturer of AC-DC and DC-DC power conversion, P-Duke Power

Ideal Power announced their most recent partnership with leading manufacturer of AC-DC and DC-DC power conversion, P-Duke Power. The company is renowned for providing highly certified power products, services and solutions to such markets as Medical, Rail, Industrial, Communications and Semi-Conductor equipment
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01/31/2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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01/30/2017
Robert Bosch and, correspondingly, Bosch Sensortec as a wholly owned subsidiary, has joined the MIPI Alliance as a Contributor Member. The MIPI Alliance is a non-profit organization with more than 275 active member companies, developing interface specifications which drive consistency in processor and peripheral
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01/30/2017

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting and Bluetooth® low energy technology, in partnership with Energous, the developer of WattUp, a wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance, today announced the
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01/30/2017
Resolution is the most obvious battleground on which rival television and display manufacturers fight. Consumers have been willing to pay a premium for high-definition HD) displays, and, more recently, for 4k displays. Eventually, ultra-high definition 8k displays are expected to supersede the current generation
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01/28/2017
We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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01/28/2017
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is growing steadily as battery technologies improve and the driving range of such vehicles increases. Perhaps as important, EVs/HEVs offer a “green” alternative to traditional vehicles powered by internal-combustion gasoline engines. EVs
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01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
Keeping up with consumer

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The consumer electronics market is growing, yet it’s always in a state of flux. In this huge and competitive market you must have the latest features and functions and the best, easy-to-use interface, or your products will be yesterday’s news and they won’t sell.  The typical pace of the consumer
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Date:
01/28/2017
This year’s CES, the 50th, was a geek orgy of gadgets and their related services and infrastructures, each vying for attention in the hopes that it will be the “Next Big Thing”. The reality is that there probably won’t be any one new big shiny thing going forward, the big thing is that there
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01/28/2017
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

It has long been postulated that graphene should undergo a superconducting transition, but can’t

Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential. Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene
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01/27/2017
Vishay's fourth-gen 600 V E series power MOSFET lowers conduction, switching losses

Vishay Siliconix n-channel SiHP065N60E

Vishay Intertechnology introduced the first device in its fourth generation of 600 V E Series power MOSFETs. Providing high efficiency for telecom, industrial, and enterprise power supply applications, the Vishay Siliconix n-channel SiHP065N60E slashes on-resistance by 30 % compared with previous 600 V E Series
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01/26/2017
Torex expands lineup of transient voltage suppressors

XBP14E5UFN series transient voltage suppressors

Torex Semiconductor has released the XBP14E5UFN series of transient voltage suppressors, intended to be mounted in close proximity to an external interface to protect downstream ICs from electrostatic discharge. Supporting high-speed signal lines with a low pin capacitance, the XBP14E5UFN is ideal
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01/26/2017
Recom's latest 2W DC/DC converters use less than 1/3 square inches

RTC2 series modules

The new 2W RTC2 series modules from RECOM come in a six-pin SMD open-frame package with a footprint of less than 1/3 of a square inch. The 2:1 inputs voltage ranges of 4.5 to 9VDC or 18 to 36VDC can handle up to 15VDC and 50VDC respectively for up to 100ms. The converters are insulated up to 3kVDC/1s, and reach
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01/25/2017
The PCIM Europe Conference 2017 takes place from 16 – 18 May 2017, and covers with its conference program a wide range of topics including recent developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials. The comprehensive offer ranges
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01/25/2017
The exciting future of automotive electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The automotive industry is in a state of change, especially in the power & electronics of infotainment. Rental cars often have Bluetooth interfaces now, and I have often seen information like call logs, text messages, and other data from the previous driver.  I erase them as a courtesy to others and
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01/25/2017
XP Power's 18-36 W desktop supplies meet latest level VI and CoC Tier 2 standards

VET series power supplies

XP Power announced four new series of external/desktop power supplies that meet the latest level VI and CoC Tier 2 green standards. The single output power supplies are perfect for customers requiring a low power, external, 18, 24, 30 or 36W power source for their new designs that need to meet current legislation
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01/24/2017
IAR Systems appoints director of corporate development

Anders Holmberg

IAR Systems, a leading provider of software tools and services for embedded development, announces that the company has appointed Anders Holmberg as Director of Corporate Development. This new role at IAR Systems will focus on the planning and execution of strategies to meet the company’s increased ambitions
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01/20/2017
Lenze, a leader and manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drive, motion control and automation technologies, recently announced the appointment of Ralph Rosa as president of Lenze Americas. “More than ever, Lenze’s motion centric applications and solutions expertise can make a real difference
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01/19/2017
PSDcast -  Eaton's Nick Klus on their Switching Device Flex Center

Eaton's Nick Klus

In this PSDcast Eaton's Nick Klus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their Switching Device Flex Center, an engineering solution development service. Eaton's Switching Device Flex Center designs and modifies safety switches, enclosed circuit breakers, and rotary disconnects for needs that are not
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Date:
01/19/2017
TDK's low-loss thin-film metal inductors have high current capability for power circuits

TFM160808ALC thin-film inductor

TDK presents the TFM160808ALC thin-film inductor for power supply circuits, which features a maximum DC resistance of 62 mΩ that is 30 percent lower than for existing types (e.g. TFM160808ALM, 0.47 μH). The new type, whose compact dimensions are just 1.6 mm x 0.8 mm x 0.8 mm, also offers a high rated current
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01/18/2017
AptoVision, Aquantia, Christie Digital, NETGEAR, Sony and ZeeVee announced that they have formed the SDVoE Alliance to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology that allows software to define AV applications.
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01/12/2017
 Maxim’s MAX17242/17243 DC-DC synchronous buck converters now at Mouser

MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters from Maxim Integrated. These high-efficiency, synchronous converters with integrated MOSFETs help minimize
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01/11/2017
MINMAX launches cost-optimized 10W DIP DC-DC converter

MIW10 series

MINMAX announced the new MIW10 series of 10W Isolated / Regulated DC-DC Converters in the small 24 pin DIP package measuring only 1.25 x 0.80 x 0.40” where space is critical. The MIW10 family of dc-dc converters consists of 21 models offering 9-18 / 18-36 / 36-75 VDC Input Ranges with single and
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01/10/2017
Vishay's tiny 1500W bi-directional SMT PAR transient voltage suppressors now at TT

Vishay TPC11CA to TPC36CA Surface Mount TVS

The industry’s first bi-directional 1500W surface-mount PAR transient voltage suppressors (TVS) in a low-profile eSMP® SMPC (TO-277A) package are now available in Europe at TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. Vishay TPCxxCA Series devices have a low profile of typically
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01/09/2017
Linear's SmartMesh IP wireless mesh networks with thousands of nodes

SmartMesh IP now offers an even wider range of features

Linear Technology’s SmartMesh IP wireless sensor network (WSN) product line has expanded to address the growing needs of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. New capabilities include the SmartMesh VManager networking software, which seamlessly increases the mesh network capacity to thousands of
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01/06/2017
PSDcast - Charlie Swiontek of Murata on the Architects of Modern Power

Charlie Swiontek

In this PSDcast, Charlie Swiontek of Murata talks to Alix Paulttre of Power Systems Design about the Architects of Modern Power consortium. Architects of Modern Power is a strategic partnership between CUI, Ericsson, and Murata  that will enable the power design community to benefit from world-class
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Date:
01/06/2017
LoRa Alliance members myDevices, an Internet of Things solutions company; Senet, the first and fastest growing North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long-range Internet of Things (IoT) applications built on the LoRaWAN protocol; and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor
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01/05/2017
Maxim claims first remote tuner solution to support worldwide automotive radio

MAX2175 RF to Bits tuner

Using the remote tuner solution from Maxim Integrated Products, designers can significantly simplify the head unit design of a vehicle and reduce cables. The MAX2175 RF to Bits tuner within the solution eliminates the need to rework the vehicle’s hardware to support worldwide radio standards, allowing updates
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Date:
01/05/2017
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced the availability of two new versions of its transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices in its patented plastic large area device (PLAD) package. The 18-kilowatt (kW) MPLAD18KP and
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Date:
01/04/2017
RS Components introduces Raspberry Pi easy-to-solder prototyping board

RS Pro solder-tag board

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a distributor for engineers, has launched a 40-pin solder-tag board for the highly popular Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer board. Exclusively available from RS, the new RS Pro solder-tag board is ideal for electronics engineers developing prototypes
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Date:
01/03/2017