Technical Features

May 2024
StrongIRFET™ 2 Power MOSFETs in 30 V are Ready for Future Applications

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Figure 1: StrongIRFET™ and OptiMOS™ power MOSFET portfolio

­The rapidly evolving world of electronics fuels the need for more efficient, powerful, and compact components. This drive for innovation extends to silicon power MOSFETs, where substantial efforts are dedicated to enhancing capabilities for a wide range of power electronic applications, including drives, switched
Date:
06/28/2024
Qorvo Hard-Wires Safety Features into Motor Controllers for 44V-72V Power Tools and Appliances

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Figure 1: PAC52711

Introduction We're all familiar with the pervasive hum of gas-powered gardening equipment in the spring, summer and fall, from hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and jack hammers, not to mention the droning of snowblowers in the winter. While gas-powered tools have long been a staple for outdoor mainte
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Date:
05/31/2024
New Power Supply Concepts Needed for Intelligent Edge Sensors

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Figure 1: SPoE supplies up to 52W via a single 2-wire cable up to 1km in length

­A smart sensor is created by adding a microcontroller to the sensor. However, this unit has higher current consumption, so new concepts for supplying the higher current are required. This is especially true for existing industrial plants and infrastructure. The solutions should provide easy and secure means of
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Date:
05/01/2024
How the IIoT is Changing the Face of Manufacturing

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Figure 1: Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP is the lowest power complete cellular IoT solution on the market – extending battery life

­Digital computers first disrupted factory automation in the late 1960s. The machines ushered an era of computer aided design (CAD), consistent manufacture of complex components, greater automation using programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and higher productivity. The period was considered the third generation of
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Date:
05/01/2024
Circuit Simulation Shapes Up for Energy-Conscious Design

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Figure 1: Improved I-V curves

­SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) was created at Berkeley in 1970 and has become the reference for integrated circuit simulators, receiving an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing award in 2011. The ability to model components and simulate their behavior has empowered ge
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Date:
05/01/2024
GenAI – Helping to Tame the Most Power-Intensive Computing Application on Earth

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Figure 1: GenAI training GPU-based processor chiplet complex with high-bandwidth memories (HBMs) mounted on an accelerator module (AM)

­Training generative AI (genAI) neural network models typically take months, with thousands of multi-billion-transistor GPU-based processors, high-bandwidth SDRAMs, and terabit per second optical network switches operating simultaneously and continuously. While genAI holds the promise of increasing human productivity, it
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Date:
05/01/2024
Galvanic Isolation Keeps Pace with Control Requirements

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Figure 1: Isolation locations in a PLC

­There are two distinct trends in the design of the electronic systems that support motors. On one side are power generation and electrical distribution subsystems that operate at voltages that are moving toward the kilovolt regime. On the other are high-speed MCUs that enable advanced algorithms to optimise sy
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Date:
05/01/2024
Improving Residential Solar System Designs

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Figure 1: Residential Solar Inverter System Block Diagram

­The deployment of residential solar systems, which is expected to proliferate over the next five years, will provide many benefits to users, including providing a reliable, clean, green energy source to power home appliances, charge electric vehicles and transfer power back to the grid. This article provides an
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Date:
05/01/2024
How to Extend Data and Power over Extended Distances

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Figure 1: Illustration of FMP System

­Class 1, 2, and 3 circuits are classified as remote-control, signaling, and power-limited circuits in the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC defines such circuits as that portion of the wiring system between the load side of the overcurrent protection device (OCPD) or the power-limited supply and all co
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Date:
05/01/2024
Power Modules: One Shortcut to EMI Compliance

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Figure 1: Notional spectra for a square, trapezoidal, and triangular signal

­Electronic devices that are in proximity or share common conductors are susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI) that can disrupt their operation. Minimizing emissions is necessary to ensure that electrical systems do not interfere with each other’s normal operation when placed in the same environment. Po
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Date:
05/01/2024
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