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Bipolar Power Transistor Boosts Current Capability by 50 Percent

May 25, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced the first member in a new family of high-performance bipolar power transistors. The new transistors offer an outstanding combination of high current capability, collector-emitter blocking voltage and ultra-low collector-emitter saturation voltage, making...

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SMD Tantalum capacitors operate in harsh environments

May 25, 2011 4:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended its TRM and TRJ ‘Professional’ series of SMD tantalum capacitors. Devices are aimed at high-end commercial applications with an extended product life, such as automotive devices, avionics and industrial equipment. Tantalum capacitors are the preferred solution...

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Current Transducers for Solar Installations

May 25, 2011 4:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

LEM has introduced the CTSR family of current transducers for use in a range of safety-critical applications including solar installations. Two transducers in the new series measure AC or DC leakage nominal currents, from values as small as 300 and …

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It's Time to ACT

May 25, 2011 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

In my November 29, 2010 and my February 15, 2011 blog postings, I described some tools and strategies based on behavioral psychology that some companies and organizations are using to encourage people to use less energy and purchase clean energy. Here's another one.

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The Perfect Divider

May 24, 2011 9:41 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Voltage dividers that divide by 10, or 100, or 1,000 are tough with standard resistors. The numbers do not come out exactly with standard resistors. By adding one resistor to the divider it is possible to get the division ratio exact (not counting resistor tolerances).

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Drive Less, Save More

May 24, 2011 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

For someone who works in the Vehicle Technologies Program, I actually don't spend that much time in my automobile. I usually get around using a combination of public transit, my bike, and my own two feet. But I'm an exception. In the U.S., the vehicle miles travelled per person is...

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Bike to Work - or Anywhere - for Fuel Savings

May 23, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I realized over the weekend that I missed National Bike to Work Day on Friday (and Bike to Work Week all last week), so I didn't get a chance to remind all of you blog readers to bike to work if you can! Even if you missed the national event, do some searching to see if your city has its...

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Drivers for Ultra-Compact LED Lamps

May 19, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The first in a new family of mains-operated LED lamp drivers from STMicroelectronics will enable designers to deliver more reliable and efficient LED retrofit lamps featuring primary-side current regulation. LED lighting, including retrofit bulbs, is expected to account for 80% …

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Full bridge DC motor driver IC in THT package

May 19, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Glyn, distributor of high-end microelectronics, offers Toshiba’s driver IC TB6568KQ for brush-type DC motors. The TB6568KQ is one of the smallest brush DC motor drivers (BDC) in a THT package (Through Hole Technology) suitable for four-quadrant operation. The operating voltage …

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125V Tantalum Polymer Capacitor

May 19, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

AVX Corporation has announced the capability to manufacture a 125V tantalum polymer capacitor, more than twice the rated voltage of similar products on the market today. Passing the 100V milestone for the first time represents a significant development in the …

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Collaborative Innovation Drives Economic Growth

May 19, 2011 7:58 am | by Tom Waechter, President and CEO of JDSU | Comments

In my role as the CEO of a global technology company, I’m often asked to reveal the secret to market growth. When I think of what drives our brand and our interaction with customers two words come to mind: collaborative innovation.

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How Would You Use a Smart Meter to Manage Your Energy Use?

May 19, 2011 4:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Andrea told you about smart meters and how they can help you monitor your home's energy usage.

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Ballast Controller for Energy-Saving Fluorescent Lighting

May 18, 2011 4:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With today’s worldwide energy-saving regulations demanding the more efficient use of available energy, STMicroelectronics has unveiled a new ballast controller capable of reducing design time and costs. The new IC will fulfill the requirements of energy-saving regulations such as ENERGY...

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Small ‘Six-Pack’ MOSFETs with higher performance for automotive applications

May 18, 2011 4:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Glyn, distributor of high-end microelectronics, offers the new RJM0603JSC MOSFET from Renesas. Intended especially for the automotive industry, the IC combines three N- and three P-channel MOSFETs with 60V drain to source voltage in a tiny HSOP20 package. With the …

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Power modules with silicon carbide JFETs

May 18, 2011 4:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, has launched the first standard power modules featuring exceedingly fast Normally Off SiC JFETs from SemiSouth for high-performance solar inverters. The company implemented the MNPC topology with split outs to achieve...

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