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Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

March 20, 2014 11:32 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.

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DC power connector is halogen free

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V

Engineering Update #50: Deploying maritime drones

March 20, 2014 10:24 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Deploying maritime drones: Now you didn’t really think the flyboys would get to play with all the unmanned toys did you? The Navy has its own plans to deploy drones, including the Hydra underwater “truck”, and other surveillance technology that can function in a maritime environment.

Photos of the Day: The ship's bridge of the future

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by VTT | News | Comments

VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.

Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating

March 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at the Hannover Messe (April 7-11) to find out how researchers from the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are applying this to heat and cool spaces and industrial processes.

Japan energy storage subsidies to spark market growth

March 19, 2014 11:44 am | by Sam Wilkinson, IHS research manager for Energy Storage | News | Comments

The introduction of subsidies for consumers and businesses installing energy storage in Japan and Germany is forecast to spark a drive to install the systems and help drive down costs just as they did for the solar PV industry over the past decade.

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Three-phase medium power film capacitors suit PFC, AC filtering applications

March 19, 2014 11:33 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released the FLB Series medium power film capacitors.  Packaged in a cylindrical aluminum can with terminals that enable direct, three-phase, internal wire connection, FLB Series capacitors are comprised of

Power supply unit is designed for CompactPCI Serial

March 19, 2014 11:11 am | Schroff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair (Straubenhardt) has created a 'quasi' standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed an AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as

Two-Watt DC/DC "cube" halves industry standard footprint

March 19, 2014 10:54 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MTU2 Series of miniature surface mounted 2-W DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) is believed to be the industry's smallest 2-W converter and measures 8.2 mm x 8.4 mm x 8.5 mm with a 0.69 cm2 footprint and presented as being 50 percent smaller than

600-V rectifiers are desirable for PFC applications

March 19, 2014 9:57 am | Central Semiconductor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) introduced several new 600-V HyperFast Rectifiers designed for extremely fast switching applications, such as Power Factor Correction (PFC), where total conduction losses must be minimized and at the same time, power density must be maximized. The series

Shunt resistor increases heat dissipation

March 18, 2014 12:06 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The HCS Series shunt resistor from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) uses a solid metal element that is elevated off the mounting plane. This elevated design increases the ability of the part to dissipate the heat into the ambient air and not into the PCB. The HCS2512, for example, will

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Innovative computer under scrutiny

March 18, 2014 11:18 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

D-Wave – a special computing machine with this name has been getting computer scientists and physicists talking for a number of years now. The Canadian technology company of the same name is advertising the machine as a quantum computer.

A new algorithm improves the efficiency of small wind turbines

March 18, 2014 11:16 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

In recent years, mini wind energy has been developing in a spectacular way. According to estimates by the WWEA-World Wind Energy Association, the level of development of the mini wind energy industry is not the same as that of the wind energy industry, although forecasts are optimistic.

JEDEC-qualified 600-V GaN-on-Silicon family includes PQFN-packaging, smaller die sizes

March 17, 2014 6:06 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. (Goleta, CA) announced 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride)-based, low-profile PQFN products and the expansion of its product portfolio in the industry-standard TO220 packages. The 600-V GaN HEMTs (high electron mobility transistors) use the

Stanford makes flexible carbon nanotube circuits more reliable and power efficient

March 17, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers would love to create flexible electronic devices, such as e-readers that could be folded to fit into a pocket. One approach they are trying involves designing circuits based on electronic fibers, known as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), instead of rigid silicon chips.

Power supplies are SEMI F47 compliant

March 17, 2014 2:49 pm | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies’ (Cork, Ireland) UltiMod and Xgen families of power supplies are compliant to SEMI F47, an essential standard requirement for Semiconductor Processing Voltage Sag Immunity. The UltiMod and Xgen families meet the required

Harnessing everyday motion to power mobile devices

March 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, presented these commercial possibilities and a unique vision for green energy.

Synchronous forward controller generates secondary bias for controlled VOUT start-up

March 17, 2014 12:03 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA)  announced the LT3752/LT3752-1, a high input voltage capable synchronous forward controller with active clamp transformer reset. A controlled VOUT start-up and shut-down is maintained using

A battery that 'breathes' could power next-gen electric vehicles

March 17, 2014 11:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting new progress on a "breathing" battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today's EVs.

PMICs present high efficiency and low standby power consumption for AC/DC power supplies

March 17, 2014 11:34 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two flyback power solutions that are said to achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for 5-W to 100-W AC/DC power supplies. The UCC28910 switcher with integrated

Virtual lab for nuclear waste repository research

March 14, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A nuclear waste repository must seal in radioactive waste safely for one million years. Researchers currently have to study them and their processes in real underground laboratories but a virtual underground laboratory will soon simplify their work.

Scripps Florida scientists devise new, lower cost method to create more usable fuels

March 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the United States continues to lead the world in the production of natural gas, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new and more efficient method with the potential to convert the major components found in natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals—opening the door to cheaper, more abundant energy and materials with much lower emissions.

Scientists find new way to upgrade natural gas

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

America's current energy boom may take a new direction thanks to the discovery of a new way to turn raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel. In the March 14 issue of Science magazine, chemists from Brigham Young University and The Scripps Research Institute detail a process that could reduce dependence on petroleum.

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