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Surge protectors indicate their end of life

April 15, 2014 11:43 am | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) has introduced a line of surge 0rotectors that show when they need to be replaced. The EOL3-277-20KA series Surge Protectors include an LED indicator that lights up when the unit reaches end-of-life, when the

High-voltage power module addresses 12V, 24V, 36V, and 48V input rail applications

April 14, 2014 4:16 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL8216M 80 Volt, 4 Amp non-isolated DC/DC step-down power module. The ISL8216M power module provides a complete power supply in a package that can be used across multiple applications....

Module system promises simplicity and reliability to ultracapacitor design and installation

April 14, 2014 3:14 pm | Ioxus | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus (Oneonta, NY) announced the launch of the iMOD X, a new series of module systems for a common, single-piece extruded housing for application across all of its axial ultracapacitors. iMOD X-Series allows for

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Surge protective device protects from currents in excess of 10,000 amperes on an 8/20 µS waveform

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced it has added a new surge protective device (SPD) for signal and data line applications to its industry-leading portfolio. Designated Bourns Model 1840, the new device is a heavy-duty, MSP Multi-Stage Protector....

DC/DC converter series provides 36 W of output power at 12 VDC

April 11, 2014 2:13 pm | Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. (Atkinson, NH) introduced the new Cool Power Technologies 36-W wide input range 32nd brick DC/DC converter series. These open frame modules provide 36 W of output power at 12 VDC – appropriate for

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

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1.8V oscillators intended for low-cost EMI reduction

April 9, 2014 2:41 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY has introduced another oscillator to the Euroquartz range of Spread Spectrum low-EMI oscillators that uses spread spectrum (dithered) techniques to reduce electromagnetic interference by up to 15dB. The new 18HM series oscillators have a supply voltage of 1.8V....

Micropower 30-µV op amp settles in 15 µS to 0.0015 percent

April 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LT6020, a dual 3-V to 30-V fast settling operational amplifier, featuring 30 µV maximum input offset voltage and 0.5 µV/°C max VOS drift. While supply current is only 100 µA maximum per amplifier, proprietary slew enhancement circuitry provides

Miniature high side load switches deliver up to 3 A in a 1-mm x 1.5-mm package

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC94161/62/63/64/65; a family of high-side load switches with low on resistance (14.5 mΩ) capable of delivering up to 3 A of continuous current in a small 1-mm x 1.5-mm wafer level chip-scale package. These small devices feature

6.5kV press-pack IGBT includes DC collector current rating of 258A

April 8, 2014 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS UK, IXYS Corporation’s (Chippenham, England), high power subsidiary, announced the launch of a new 6.5kV press-pack IGBT. The new 6.5kV device is asymmetrical blocking with a fully rated anti-parallel diode included within the package. DC collector current rating is 258A....

DC-DC regulators offer 0.1% line regulation

April 8, 2014 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced a new line of high-power switching regulators to add to its popular PowerBlox family of DC-DC converter products. The XR76108, XR76112 and XR76115 are Synchronous Step Down Regulators supporting point-of-load (POL) supplies....

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Planar transformers combine high efficiency and low leakage inductance

April 8, 2014 1:31 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) has released two new series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input....

Five from EELive, part one

April 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | eConais, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 edition of EELive is in the rear-view mirror. Along with the damp weather, spirits were dampened, too. Perhaps the show is going through an identity crisis given the recent name changes or the success of Embedded World. In fact, when I spoke to exhibitors about their new product offerings that coincide with the show, some responses began with

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

April 7, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released today. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014....

Polymer tantalum capacitors well-suited for automotive infotainment systems

April 7, 2014 12:34 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) presented its most recent product performance results for polymer tantalum capacitors developed according to the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q200 Reliability Document at the 2014 CARTS International Conference in Santa Clara, CA....

Power capacitors rated at up to more than 10,000 µF

April 7, 2014 10:04 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) has extended its range of EPCOS MKK power capacitors. The new MKK DCI-R series with resin impregnation is based on the proven MKK DC series with gas impregnation and MKK DC-I with oil impregnation. Features include....

Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...

April 2014: Digital ICs

April 4, 2014 12:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. This breakthrough by chemical engineers at Oregon State University could soon reduce the cost of solar energy....

Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

35-nA RTC integrates solid state battery

April 3, 2014 1:45 am | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) announced the commercial release of the EnerChip RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power real time clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5-mm x 5-mm plastic package....

Strain can alter materials' properties

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the ongoing search for new materials for fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics, separation membranes, and electronic devices, one newer approach involves applying and managing stresses within known materials to give them dramatically different properties....

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