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Small, shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 A

June 18, 2014 7:17 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a 1.9-mm X 2.0-mm package.

8-channel, 12-bit oscilloscope features up to 1 GHz of bandwidth

June 18, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy announced the HDO8000 oscilloscope product line with 8 analog input channels, 12-bits of vertical resolution utilizing Teledyne LeCroy’s HD4096 technology, and up to 1 GHz of bandwidth. The HDO8000 oscilloscopes have maximum performance....

Small, 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators extend battery life in tight spaces

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s smallest and highest performance 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators. Designed to extend battery life in Li-Ion battery-powered designs ranging from…

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Develop a more efficient energy grid power supply

June 16, 2014 10:55 am | by Xavier Ramus, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The intent of the smart grid is to allow communication through the power supply to increase the efficiency of the energy grid. This is achieved by ensuring that any equipment connected to the power grid will not only be power efficient for the intended functionality, but will also use the energy in the most efficient manner, minimizing peak power consumption and average overall power usage.

COTS quarter bricks offer up to 300W of power

June 16, 2014 9:14 am | Synqor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SynQor, Inc. (Boxborough, MA) announces the release of its Military Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) EXA Series of isolated and fully regulated DC-DC Converters. This new EXA Series offers up to 300W of power in a quarter brick package. These highly efficient (95% at full load), high power density DC-DC converters have a 28V nominal input voltage....

DC/DC converters provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation

June 13, 2014 9:04 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

A new addition to the economical F-Series line of DC/DC converters from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA), the DIP package style products are available in output power levels of  3W, 5W, 6W, and 10W. All provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation and come in industry-standard packages and pinouts....

What board-level technologies will be game changers in the near future?

June 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Market Disrupters for our July issue. Our own ECN IMPACT Awards have inspired us to look deeper into the world of market disrupters. For our August issue, we're asking you, the experts, to tell us what the next big thing is when it comes to board-level technologies.

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

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1200-V IGBTs promise long life, energy savings

June 12, 2014 10:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ (Geneva) latest 1200-V IGBTs use second-generation trench-gate field-stop high-speed technology to boost energy efficiency and ruggedness in applications such as solar inverters, welders, uninterruptible power supplies, and…

EV design raises the bar for electric system design tools

June 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Synopsys | Articles | Comments

Designing electrical systems for electric vehicle platforms is much more complicated than designing electrical systems for internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms. To meet the new challenges, system engineers require design tools capable of scaling with EV system complexity....

Take charge: Future-proofing for EV charging with larger on-board charging

June 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE Programs, Leviton Mfg. Co. | Articles | Comments

With more than 175,000 plug-in vehicles in America today, advancements to ensure charging solutions meet current and future requirements are paramount. An emerging trend with the next generation of electrical vehicles is the utilization of larger on-board chargers....

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

AC-DC switching power supply achieves 10 kW

June 11, 2014 9:49 am | Pioneer Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Pioneer Magnetics (Santa Monica, CA) announces a 10 kW AC-DC switching power supply in a 5” X 5” X 17.5” package. One of the most important aspects of this technical breakthrough of the PM38220B series is for the end user to be able to double its power by adding just 2 additional inches....

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Lightfair 2014 rewind

June 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Osram Opto Semiconductors, Thomas Research Products, Wago Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2014 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1-4. Every year, this show presents a variety of luminaires and fixtures for the industrial, home, buildings, and outdoor markets along with a healthy mix of component vendors showing off their discrete and modular products that enable the amazing new lighting products. In this age of Internet of Things (IoT), exhibitors continued their march toward...

Inductors target high-density power circuitry

June 10, 2014 11:49 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Magnetically shielded Sumida (Schaumburg, IL) CDRH3D23 Series Power Inductors are suitable for high-density power circuitry.  With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield higher inductance values than…

June 2014: Electric Cars

June 10, 2014 10:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Electric cars are finally becoming a serious contender in the automotive world. The mileage is increasing, the price is decreasing, and the batteries are no longer on fire. But it’s been a long road for the technology and with over 175,000 plug-in vehicles on the road today, the challenges won’t stop anytime soon.

Touch-safe cover suits 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuse

June 9, 2014 9:57 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) introduced the ESO 10.3x38 touch-safe fuse cover designed to safely and securely insert and extract 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuses. After inserting the ESO 10.3x38 with captive fuse into the fuse clips, the complete installation provides…

Control IC is optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies

June 7, 2014 3:38 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced its integrated IRS29831 LEDrivIR control IC optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies used in LED drivers including LED bulb replacement, LED tube lighting and down lights.

Maximize shelf life with a one-time, push-button switch

June 6, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Hartshorne, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Many modern portable devices must be shipped with a battery installed so that a customer can power it up initially without any battery installation or charging. Any excessive current “leakage” from the components connected to the battery may result in a dead device in the hands of a customer.

Touch-safe connector houses up to five contact positions

June 6, 2014 11:13 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of a five-position offering to the Mini SPEC Pak connector family.  This environmentally sealed and touch safe connector houses up to five contact positions in a

Cleaning the air with roof tiles

June 5, 2014 12:24 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per yearas a car driven 11,000 miles

Engineering Update #61: A planet that shouldn’t exist

June 5, 2014 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Announced at a press conference at meeting of the American Astronomical society, was the discovery of a planet that is 17-times heavier than earth called Kepler-10c. The planet exists in the Draco constellation, about 560 light-years from earth. The latest smart phone security: If someone does something suspicious with a phone...

2D transistors promise a faster electronics future

June 4, 2014 11:36 am | by Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Faster electronic device architectures are in the offing with the unveiling of the world’s first fully two-dimensional field-effect transistor (FET) by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Unlike conventional FETs made from silicon, these 2D FETs suffer no performance drop-off under high voltages and provide high electron mobility, even when scaled to a monolayer in thickness.

Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Blogs | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats

June 3, 2014 9:15 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT and BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats running for office in coal country in a tough spot on Monday: Criticize their president, or side with him and become part of what could be a major drag on their region's economy.

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