Technical Features

June 2018
Effective USB 3.1 Filtering and Protection

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Figure 1: USB-C dongle used to demonstrate USB 3.1 filtering and protection

The USB connector and standard are one of the most widely implemented and successful interfaces ever used. The applications are commercial and industrial, and both have been pushing the standard to be faster. The USB standard has been updated to version 3.1. This standard increases data transfer speeds to 5
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07/23/2019
Powering the Robotic Future

Figure 1: The motion control unit is wired to each actuator separately; fitted effectors require their own, separate wiring harness.

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06/05/2018
Battery Technology: Power to the People

Figure 1: TDK battery

As the roll out of billions of sensors and wireless nodes in the Internet of Things (IoT) progresses, more attention is being paid to the battery technology that powers them. At the same time developers of electric cars are also looking for better battery solutions. Regularly changing the batteries
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06/05/2018
A Smart Approach to Energy Disaggregation

Figure 1 – Traditional energy disaggregation monitoring requires several submeters; NIALM monitoring happens at the main breaker level.

In today’s world, careful and intelligent energy management is critical.Rising energy costs and environmental pressures are all driving corporations to examine their energy use more closely and, in turn, driving the development of advanced energy management systems. Demand for compliance with green
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06/05/2018

Alliance Delivers Greater Customer Choice in 48V Direct DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: A typical PSA application with two CPUs and twin pairs of memory banks (Source: PSA)

Developing power system solutions for advanced and demanding applications such as data centres is challenging enough without the additional concern of being locked in to a single supplier. Forward-thinking companies in the power module industry have recognised that users of DC-DC power modules, especially those
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06/05/2018
The semiconductor industry continues to deliver greater levels of integration, therefore electronic products will continue to shrink in size but grow in performance. The user experience is constantly evolving as a result, and the physical size of a device no longer determines its impact. This paradigm is enabled
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06/05/2018
The Growing Ecosystem for eGaN FET Power Conversion

Figure 1: Building blocks of a typical synchronous GaN buck converter.

In recent years, GaN-based power conversion has increased in popularity due to the inherent benefits of eGaN FETs over conventional Si transistors. Migrating a converter design from Si to GaN offers many system-level improvements, which require consideration of all the components in that system. This trend has
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06/05/2018
Selecting High-Voltage Components for Safety and Space Savings

Figure 1: KEMET’s high voltage ceramic capacitor with internal arc protection.

The laws of physics can restrict designers’ options in pursuit of miniaturization when high operating voltages are involved. Careful component selection can help utilize space as efficiently as possible while ensuring safety and reliability.  Designing equipment to operate at voltages above
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06/05/2018