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Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

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Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

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Sensors and the Internet of Things

March 13, 2015 9:23 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

On its current trajectory, global IP traffic should to grow over the five-year interval from 2013 to 2018 at a CAGR of 21% from 107 to 247 exabytes per month, according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index report. Consumer traffic dominates the trend, accounting for about 80% ...

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Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

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The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

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Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

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Top 5 common mistakes to avoid in power electronics design

March 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Colella, Electrocube | Comments

With more than 50 years in the electronics industry, we thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes that occur during the design of power electronics systems. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences ...

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Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

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What’s the best defense against component counterfeiting?

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | Comments

If we were to do a root cause analysis of the counterfeit component crisis in the electronics supply chain, I think we would find that while sourcing outside the authorized channel and the blatant disregard of criminals for intellectual property rights are significant contributors to the problem....

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Advanced materials are essential to unlocking new LED and OLED devices

March 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Serpil Gonen Williams, VP of Product Development, Pixelligent Technologies | Comments

During the past few years, LED-based lighting products have achieved significant market acceptance while OLED-based lighting products are poised for tremendous market growth in the near future. To continue commercial growth of these applications, there is a significant need ...

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MEMS technology enables innovative functions for portable HD projection

February 10, 2015 9:41 am | by Anshul Jain, Broad Market and Worldwide Applications Manager, Texas Instruments DLP Products | Comments

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) display technology, renowned for its excellent image quality, is used in more than 80 percent of the world’s digital cinemas. Recent innovations in size, efficiency and brightness now enable this same proven technology to be incorporated into ...

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Smart meters and the data-directed grid

February 10, 2015 8:57 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Smart meters are physically located on the periphery of smart grids but, from a data perspective, they are at the heart of data-driven electric-energy distribution systems. Indeed, at a time when computational resources are small, cheap, readily available, and easily deployed, smartness isn’t really ...

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3 trends in passives for 2015

February 9, 2015 1:08 pm | by Larisa Miles, Newark element14 | Comments

Like any evolving technology, in recent years the electronic components industry has seen a shift toward passive components that are smaller, more reliable and more powerful. Distributors and manufacturers alike are investing heavily in the development of these features, and we ...

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Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

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