Powering Communications

June 2019
PSDcast - Building out the 5G Infrastructure

Paul Hart, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Radio Frequency, at NXP Semiconductors

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing 5G and what it'll take to build out the infrastructure. It's no exaggeration to say that 5G will transform telecommunications as we know it and further enable the Internet of Things, but a lot of work remains ...
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06/28/2019

700V and 600V Super Junction MOSFETs in 300mm Fab
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of700V and 600V αMOS5 Super Junction MOSFET families in 300mm technologies. αMOS5 is AOS’ latest generation of high voltage MOSFET, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs for Quick Charger, Adapter, P
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06/28/2019
Drone Transmits Uncompressed 4K Video in Real Time

SECOM and Tokyo Tech jointly developed a millimeter wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone.

SECOM and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) jointly developed a millimeter wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone. SECOM is focusing on services for securing wide area facilities by using
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06/28/2019
Component Enhances 5G/LTE Smartphone Battery Life
SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif.-- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced a new low-Rss(on)* LV (Low Voltage) MOSFET with reduced chip size for smartphone battery PCMs (Protection Circuit Modules). Extended life and increased protection for batteries in high-end LTE and 5G smartphones are bec
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06/26/2019
12A Buck Converter Designed for Ultra-Compact PCB Layout
Silanna Semiconductor announced its highly integrated SZPL8216A family of synchronous point-of-load (PoL) buck converters. These DC/DC buck converters integrate the functions of the DC/DC constant-on-time (COT) controller, output gate drivers and output power blocks all in one compact 3mmx4mm QFN package to deli
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06/25/2019
Littelfuse Introduces New Type 2 Surge Protection Devices
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. announced the launch of its SPD2 series of Type 2 surge protection devices. Transient overvoltage, or power surges, can damage components and drive added costs to repair or replace as well as create unplanned downtime. To prevent these events, the SPD2 series, utilized at power distribution or branch circuits,
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06/18/2019
PSDcast - GaN FETs for Satellite Applications

Josh Broline from Renesas

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Renesas about GaN FETs for satellites. Wide-bandgap semiconductors have enabled a host of applications, or boosted their efficiency, and for gallium nitride field-effect transistors, one of the more interesting applications is literally out of this world.
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06/18/2019
3W Ultra-thin Isolated Regulated Output DC/DC Converters
The new series URB/VRB-J(M)D/T-3W provides 4:1 and 2:1 ultra wide input range, features 1500VDC isolation voltage, and delivers efficiencies up to 83%. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition to meeting EN62368 standards, protections for input under-voltage, over voltage, over-current, output short cir
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06/17/2019
Fuji Electric 7th Generation IGBT Technology Powers Today’s High Efficiency Energy Conversion Systems

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Figure 1: IGBT cross sectional structure

Today’s Power Electronic market is driving development of compact, low-loss, and, high-reliability IGBT modules to optimize power conversion systems. In response, Fuji Electric has developed our 7th generation X-Series IGBT technology combining enhanced semiconductor chip characteristics and improved packaging str
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06/16/2019
Rectifiers Increase Power Density, Improve Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of FRED Pt Ultrafast recovery rectifiers with eight new 100 V and 200 V devices in the eSMP series SMP (DO-220AA) package, including the industry's first to offer current ratings to 2 A. Measuring 3.85 mm by 2.03 mm with a low 1 mm profile, the
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06/12/2019
Burst-Mode Operation: A Double-Edged Sword

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Figure 1: The Vg waveform under relatively heavy, resistive loading. (f=100kHz)

In response to ever evolving power supply efficiency standards, power supply manufacturers are using burst-mode operation (amongst a sea of other energy saving strategies) to decrease the standby power consumption of external power adaptors. Efficient conversion techniques do not come without some cost.  Bu
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06/07/2019
Plug Adapter Compliant to DOE VI Efficiency Standards
Fremont, CA — Phihong has announced the launch of its new 10W USB Interchangeable Plug Adapter Series, which is compliant to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE VI) efficiency regulations for external power supplies, as well as the European Union’s voluntary Code of Conduct Version 5 Tier 2 requirements. Th
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06/07/2019
IoT – IioT, IoE and oh da do dah day
Our industry loves acronyms in a big way. I think this is so finance people can sound like technologists and speak in industry jargon that makes them sound like experts in things other than financial analysis of organizations. In this case, IoT (or Internet of things), IIOT (the industrial Internet of things), an
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06/07/2019
Challenging Times
There is a bit of a dark cloud over the industry at the moment. It may not be too surprising since we are in one of the longest periods of sustained growth since the last downturn in 2008, meaning a market correction is probably relatively close. There have been a lot of indicators, including from market analyst IH
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06/06/2019
HARTING and HIROSE push infrastructure for Single Pair Ethernet
To make the new connection technology for Single Pair Ethernet a success, the technology partnership is pursuing the systematic expansion of SPE to achieve an end-to-end, complete infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of a portfolio of connectors, sockets, cables and cable sets on the component side. In
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06/06/2019
Rad-Hard 16-Channel Current Driver with Integrated Decoder
The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC. The device allows satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and cut solution footprint by 50 percent for their medium Earth orbit (MEO), geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), h
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06/06/2019
Encapsulated sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters
The modules are housed in the industry-standard sixteenth-brick form factor (35.3 x 25 x 10.4mm / 1.39 x 0.984 x 0.41 in), with sealed and encapsulated packaging. This ensures their reliability when exposed to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh environmental conditions. There are two variants: the PKU35
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06/06/2019
Powerbox announces 105 models of DC/DC converters featuring 2xMOPP medical approvals
The PMM15, PMM20 and PMM30 are certified to the 3rd Edition of the IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1 medical safety standard and rated for the highest levels of patient protection - 2xMOPP. With a clearance and creepage distance of 8mm, a typical leakage current of 2µA and a 5,000VAC isolation voltage, the modules ensur
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06/06/2019
New angled locking cable for IEC C14 Power Connectors
The newest connector in the IL13 family sets a benchmark in space limited locking situations. Due to its angled construction the connector can be beneficially used with devices standing next to a wall or in table-top applications. The connector comes in four different orientations to cater for any assem
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06/06/2019
Now at Mouser: Maxim’s MAX77860 Switch-Mode Buck Charger
The MAX77860 is ideal for USB Type-C charging for single-cell (1S) lithium-ion or lithium-polymer applications, portable medical equipment, portable industrial equipment, and mobile point-of-sale devices, as well as smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Maxim MAX77860 step-down charger, available from
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06/06/2019
10W reed relay suits high-PCB-density applications
Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W. 3V and 5V coils are available.   Fast operate and release times, typically 150 μs or less, make Series 122 relays ideal for high speed test systems such as A.T.E. switching matrices or multiplexers.
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06/06/2019
4-Watt Power Amplifier Operates from 27.5 – 30 GHz
Lowell, Massachusetts – MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. announced an addition to its portfolio of high-linearity Ka-Band power amplifiers with the introduction of the MAAP-011250. Ideally suited for next generation commercial VSAT outdoor units, the MAAP-011250 utilizes a balanced design, giving system designers’ a
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06/05/2019
Product Suite Addresses 5G RF Power Amplification Needs
BOSTON, MA – NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled one of the industry’s most integrated portfolio of  RF solutions for 5G cellular infrastructure, industrial and commercial markets.  Building on its strong legacy, disruptive R&D, world class manufacturing and global presence, NXP’s comprehensive suite
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06/04/2019
Vector Signal Option for Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies announces another significant addition to its UltraReal family of Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers with the release of a new integrated Vector Signal Analyzer Application Mode for Complex Signal Analysis. RIGOL's VSA Measurement Application allows RF engineers to characterize most of to
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06/04/2019
Accurate, Low-Cost 39 GHz Beamforming Transceiver for 5G

The transceiver, based on a 64-element phased-array design, takes up a chip area of 12 mm2.

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and NEC Corporation, Japan, present a 39 GHz transceiver with built-in calibration for fifth-generation (5G) applications. The advantages to be gained include better quality communications as well as cost-effective scalability. A team of more than 20 r
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06/03/2019
Wideband Amplifier for 5G Test and Measurement Applications
Lowell, Massachusetts – MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced a new wideband distributed amplifier with the introduction of the MAAM-011238, offered in both bare-DIE and Surface Mount packaged formats. Well suited for use in 5G test and measurement (T&M) equipment, the MAAM-011238 gives system designers the agility to leverage a single amplifier for 5G applications spanning sub-6 GHz to mmW frequencies. The MAAM-011238 amplifier supports wideband operation from 100 kHz up to 50 GHz (67.5 GHz for the
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06/03/2019
GaN Process for High-Power mmWave Applications
Tao Yuan, Taiwan: WIN Semiconductors Corp has expanded its gallium nitride (GaN) portfolio with the commercial release of a 0.15?m-gate technology, NP15-00, that supports emerging mmWave PA applications including radar, satellite communications and 5G massive MIMO infrastructure. The NP15-00 technology supports f
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06/03/2019
RF Converter Expands Call Capacity and Data Throughput
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced a mixed-signal front-end (MxFE) RF data converter platform that combines high-performance analog and digital signal processing for a range of wireless equipment such as 4G LTE and 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) radios. ADI’s new AD9081/2 MxFE platform allows man
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06/03/2019