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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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A bright future for outdoor displays

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Rick Ho, North America Regional Marketing Manager, Dow Corning | Comments

Outdoor LED displays represent a global market that is on track to more than double by 2020, from $5 billion in 2015 to $12 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. The prevailing technology is based on through-hole technology (THT) LED modules, but demand ...

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Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

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Doubling DSP efficiency with high-performance SRAM

February 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Suhail Zain, Director of New Product Development and Strategic Marketing for Aerospace & Defense, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Comments

With their well-defined architecture and deterministic processing, DSPs accelerate the performance of a wide range of military and defense applications, including radar, software defined radio (SDRs), aircraft imaging, and target detection systems. By removing ...

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An aircraft’s electric power characteristics

February 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Bharat Rawal and Ron Demcko, AVX Corp | Comments

Aircraft electric power characteristics are critical in present-day designs. Design engineers of system blocks, ranging from central processing units to control surface actuators/motors, are increasingly concerned with voltage holdup and quality during transition times between ...

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What driver assistance system will change the way we drive?

February 3, 2015 10:01 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Would you trust an autonomous car? Would you trust its extra pair of eyes identifying the objects all around, in all circumstances — including pitch-black night, heavy rain or deep fog? Would you trust your car to adapt its speed and to change lanes according to the ...

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