Test & Measurement

January 2020
TTI Offers Broad and Deep Inventory of Vishay Foil Resistors
TTI, Inc., is stocking commercial-grade Vishay Foil Resistors (VFR) brand of bulk metal foil resistors for immediate shipment. TTI’s offering of the deepest and broadest foil resistor inventory comprises resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (leaded) configurations, current sense and precision
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01/29/2020
Real-Time Clocks Offer Low-Standby Current for Infotainment
Diodes Incorporated announced that automotive-compliant versions of its popular, low-power, real-time clock (RTC) solutions, PT7C4363BQ and PT7C4563BQ (with an adjustable timer), are now available. Their wide temperature range makes them suitable for automotive applications, including infotainment systems, dashboard
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01/28/2020
First-of-its-Kind Pricing for Entry-Level Test Instruments
Rohde & Schwarz announced the company is changing its industry-first promotion to provide customers a new, extended offering titled, “This Changed Everything.” The extended promotion, which runs January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020, includes 10 value bench instrument solutions for customers to choose from.  Rohde
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01/24/2020

The Versatile Inductor
Traditionally, off-the-shelf power inductors have offered the capability to perform a variety of functions and serve many different applications. The same inductor might have served one circuit as a ripple-smoothing element in an LC output filter and as an EMI suppression choke in another. By contrast,
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01/23/2020
Compact, Extended-Range Programmable DC Power Supply
XP Power announced a new single output programmable DC power supply that is ideal for use in a wide variety of applications including laboratory, production, and embedded test & measurement. Multiple interfaces including USB, analogue, and LAN are built-in as standard, enhancing the flexibility and controllability
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01/21/2020
AI in the Data Center

Figure 1. Powering Artificial Intelligence

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Hung, a VP at Gartner, said that “almost everything Google is announcing these days is AI-related.” He said, “Google has a lead on artificial intelligence over many of its competitors, and it’s going to use that as a weapon to advance their products.” Although
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01/20/2020
Thermoelectric Cooling for Base Station and Cell Tower Equipment

Figure 1a and 1b. Due to the limited access for repair and maintenance of base station and cell towers, long life operation is required

Temperature control of sensitive telecom electronics in unattended mobile base stations and cell towers is vital for the operation of primary and back-up systems. Heat can significantly degrade the performance and operating life of telecom cabinets, energy storage systems and back-up battery systems. Mobile
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01/20/2020
Understanding the Basics of DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: DC-DC converters can be isolated or non-isolated

When Allesandro Volta made a battery out of copper and zinc disks and brine-soaked cardboard, it was a novelty and the low power DC produced had few practical applications. As electricity became better understood and it was discovered that rotating magnets could induce AC current in wires, the world of power
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01/20/2020
Growing Developments in LED Horticultural Lighting

Figure 1: Average plant response to PAR

The horticultural lighting industry is in the middle of a disruptive change – growers are now getting to grips with the LED ‘solid-state’ artificial light alternative, traditionally provided by high-pressure sodium lamps (HPS). HPS lamps are relatively efficient at 100-150 lumens per watt, actually similar
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01/20/2020
3W ACDC Converter with Transient Output Power Up to 12W
In some applications where high transient communication or drive power is required, such as electrical control systems, automatic meter reading, anti-theft alarms, and access electric lock applications, large amounts of power are outputted in a short time at transmitting
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01/17/2020
DC Load Product Series Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Vitrek introduces the DL Series of Digital, Programmable DC Loads, designed to support the testing requirements for the latest generation of off-line power supplies, dc-dc converters and LED drivers. The DL Series is also equipped to handle a wide range of battery testing requirements. The devices are
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01/15/2020
Microchip Simplifies Functional Safety Requirements
Functional safety certifications are required in many industries, but it is often a time-consuming and expensive process. Certifications can also require extensive justification for using specific development tools, unless the tool is already certified for compliance by functional safety experts such as TÜV
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01/15/2020
Oscilloscopes, Ethernet Switch Meet Wideband Test Conditions
Test and measurement specialist Rohde & Schwarz and semiconductor manufacturer Marvell have demonstrated successful compliance tests and debugging for high-speed digital interfaces on the 88Q6113 multi-gigabit automotive switch platform. Developments in advanced driver-assistance systems are creating
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01/09/2020
TAIYO YUDEN’s All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Secondary Batteries
TAIYO YUDEN announced today the development of all-solid state lithium-ion secondary batteries (hereinafter referred to as “all-solid-state batteries”) in which various technologies including the process technology of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are
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01/08/2020