Test & Measurement

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Expanded Performance Chiller Platform w/ Thermoelectric-based Unit
The Nextreme NRC400 Performance Chiller is an ideal cooling solution for research laboratories, analytical imaging, industrial laser systems, and test & measurement applications where precise temperature in a highly portable chiller is required.  Solid-state thermoelectric coolers utilize the Pelti
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Date:
09/21/2021

Integrated 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver Maximizes Battery Life
The TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate driver integrates all three bottom shunt amplifiers to provide a complete motor drive solution with 30-percent improved power efficiency, while simplifying design by reducing component count by half when compared to similar solutions.   The TMC6140-LA is optimized for performan
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09/16/2021
Gate Driver Improves EconoDUAL IGBT Module Performance by 20%
The new drivers improve the performance of multiple parallel EconoDUAL modules by 20%, allowing users to eliminate one of every six modules from power inverters and converter stacks. In addition to saving the cost of the driver and module, this reduces control complexity and costs related to modules, wiring, hardware,
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Date:
09/16/2021
300W and 1,000W programmable electronic DC loads
The series comprises 300W and 1,000W power levels and either a 120V or 500V maximum rating. The SFL incorporates high-speed current feedback control to eliminate load current overshoot and oscillation to generate a stable and predictable load waveform during turn-on or dynamic operation. The unit is capable of ope
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09/16/2021
MagI³C-FDSM-36-V family extended with 12 V output voltage
The power module in a SIP-3 package represents a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements for the real-world voltage transients of a 24 V industrial power architecture. The new module operates from 16 to 36 VIN and generates a fixed output voltage of 12 V with current up to 1 A.   The FDSM
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09/16/2021
Rutronik adds Infineon StrongIRFET 2 Power MOSFETs
They are suitable for both low and high switching frequencies. This new technology offers 40 percent improved RDS(on) and over 50 percent lower gate charge (Qg) compared to previous StrongIRFET™ devices. The higher power efficiency thus generated ensures improved overall system performance. The Infineon StrongI
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09/16/2021
PXI/PXIe 5 Amp Power Relay Modules Double Switching Density
The 40/42-153 and 40/42-158 power relay modules are suitable for switching heavy AC or DC loads or for controlling large external relays, contactors and solenoids. They are available in multiple configurations up to 50 SPST (Single Pole Single Throw) relays (-153) or 32 SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) relays (-158
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Date:
09/16/2021
GaN Gate Driver Boosts Speed, Flexibility, and Integration
The output is closely matched between high-side and low-side outputs, to handle high-frequency switching of GaN enhancement-mode FETs.   Also suitable for driving N-channel silicon MOSFETs at up to 20V, the STDRIVEG600 allows the flexibility to apply up to 6V gate-source voltage (VGS) on GaN devices to e
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Date:
09/16/2021
Precision-Adjustable Current Limit Power Switch
Streamlining power system design and assuring ongoing reliability, this automotive-compliant device provides a controlled and protected power path. It is rated to handle continuous load currents of up to 1.5A. Key applications include protection of vehicle USB ports and ECU supply rails, and infotainment and telem
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09/16/2021
IQRB-2 rubidium oscillator handbook available now summarising key test data
The handbook summarises tests undertaken: from temperature stability and short-term stability to supply pushing and more.   The IQRB-2 fills the gap between the IQRB-1 and the IQRB-3; the IQRB-1 delivers a superb price performance ratio, whereas the IQRB-3 offers an exceptional phase noise performa
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Date:
09/16/2021
Infineon and Panasonic accelerate GaN technology development
Gen2 offers higher efficiency and power density levels. The outstanding performance and reliability combined with the capability of 8-inch GaN-on-Si wafer production mark Infineon’s strategic outreach to the growing demand for GaN power semiconductors. In accordance with market requirements, Gen2 will be developed
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Date:
09/16/2021
Buy a Fluke thermal imager, get a free Fluke lens
The lenses provide greater flexibility across the range of applications for thermal imaging cameras by delivering increased accuracy and precise image quality. All lenses are interchangeable and compatible with Fluke’s range of thermal imaging cameras.   Thermal imaging applications Thermal im
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Date:
09/16/2021
Packaging design avoids known flip-chip mounting challenges
The new resistor features a standoff construction that offers an improvement over regular flip chip technology.   The FRFS0402 is ideally suited for use in telecommunication network equipment (including 5G, downhole data center, or fiber optics), medical equipment (including pace makers or hearing-
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09/16/2021
300W, 1,000W Programmable DC Loads Offer Multiple Operating Modes
TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda brand SFL series of programmable electronic DC loads. The series comprises 300W and 1,000W power levels and either a 120V or 500V maximum rating. The SFL incorporates high-speed current feedback control to eliminate load current overshoot and oscillation to
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Date:
09/15/2021
Stray-Field Compensated Sensors with Redundancy Function
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas 3D HAL sensor portfolio with the Hall-sensors HAR 3900 and HAR 3930*. The products enable stray-field compensated position detection in automotive and industrial applications while addressing the need for ISO 26262 compliant developments. Samples are available on request. Th
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Date:
09/12/2021
Single Axis MEMS Accelerometers Offer Low-Noise Measurements
Silicon Designs, Inc. announced the immediate availability of stock quantities of its industry best-selling single axis Model 2210 series.   These low-noise, low-cost MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules offer accurate and repeatable measurements across a variety of lower-frequency vibration t
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09/08/2021
Renesas Shows Dialog Synergies with 39 Winning Combinations
The Japanese company took that opportunity to host a press conference to explain the reasons for the acquisition further and to launch 39 of the company’s Winning Combinations to demonstrate how the Dialog portfolio meshes with Renasas products to allow Rensas to compete in new areas and applications. The fi
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Date:
09/06/2021
Integration is What You Need

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Figure 1. WBG and silicon power switch Infineon brands positioning

Introduction Today’s switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) are smaller, more efficient, and lower-cost than ever. The key to their performance is the power switch technologies at their heart – but how should designers choose the right material for this and find the best component to meet their needs? While silicon is the most widely-known constituent of semiconductors, a new group of wide bandgap (WBG) materials is increasingly finding its way into applications. One example is gallium nitride (
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Date:
09/01/2021
Sensing…a Change in the Air
“However long the night, the dawn will break.” - African Proverb To borrow a market term, it’s hard to know if we’ve leveled out from 2020’s lunacy or if we’re in the eye of a slightly different storm. Lineage B.1.617.2 (aka, the COVID-19 “Delta Variant”) has enabled a worldwide coronavirus resu
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Date:
09/01/2021
Tried and Tested
Once again, summer is over and we are heading towards the end of the year. There’s not much travelling happening because of the COVID pandemic, but hopefully you managed to get a nice summer break, even if it was closer to home than usual. I’ve been away days here and there and mainly enjoying Scotland’s ma
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Date:
09/01/2021
How Digital MEMS Sensor Technology Revolutionizes What Can Go Where

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Figure 1a. sensor chip in SMD package

One underappreciated benefit of MEMS technology is the ability it gives designers to partition systems in new ways to create much more flexible end products. In this article, we take a look at a common application for vacuum sensors — the portable vacuum gauge — to illustrate how digital MEMS sensor technology ca
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Date:
09/01/2021
Source Measuring Units (SMUs): Adding Power and Flexibility to Test Equipment
The global test and measurement equipment market is expected to exceed $31 billion by 2025, according to a recent report from VNZ research. The major driver of this growth is the development of sophisticated modular test instrumentation. Not only does it have amazing networking and communications capabilities, th
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Date:
09/01/2021