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AC/DC power supplies designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), the MPG-120S series is a family of high performance 120W open-frame AC/DC power supplies specifically designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards. Fabricated on a ...

Wind farms generate enough power for every home in Scotland

November 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what is a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland...

Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

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Automotive lighting solution capable of driving LEDs up to 60 volts

November 11, 2014 3:39 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced two new devices for use in vehicle lighting systems. The NCV78763 advanced smart power ballast and dual channel LED driver provides a highly efficient single-chip automotive lighting solution that ...

The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Articles | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

Circuit protection diode targets industrial equipment CAN bus lines

November 10, 2014 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) debuts a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection diode for industrial applications such as assembly line automation, access control systems, machinery, and more. The new overvoltage protection component ...

Simplifying the measurements of mobile devices’ current pulses

November 7, 2014 5:07 pm | by David Wyban, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

As both businesses and individuals become increasingly dependent on (or some might say, addicted to) mobile communication products, the portion of integrated circuits and electronic sub-assemblies being designed for use in these applications is growing rapidly. Being mobile means these devices typically operate on battery power, so they have a limited supply of power available to them.

"Supercapacitors" combine with regular batteries to boost the power of electric cars

November 6, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a breakthrough in nanotechnology research by a QUT team. Researchers have developed lightweight "supercapacitors" that can be combined with regular batteries....

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Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

Engineering Newswire: Engineers drop bombs for safety

November 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Life Extension Program is an initiative by the National Nuclear Security Administration to inspect and update the nation’s inventory of warheads. Earlier this summer Sandia Labs had two successful tests that provided data for the program....

Triple-output power supply features twelve ranges

November 6, 2014 2:25 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the availability of Aim-TTi's MX100T, a 315 watt precision laboratory power supply offering three full-performance outputs each with multiple ranges. Unlike other triple-output power supplies ...

Buck regulator offers a thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the release of the fifth-generation EZBuck with the AOZ3103, a high-efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulator, with an operating input voltage range from 4.5V to 18V....

MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives ...

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Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

Zener diodes feature 500 mW of power dissipation

November 5, 2014 2:18 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced the first new series of Zener diodes with 500 mW of power dissipation in the new ultra-compact MicroSMF eSMP series package. Combining extremely tight voltage tolerances with low leakage current ...

'Grimsel' electric car breaks world record

November 5, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) finally did it: its 'grimsel' electric racing car smashed the previous world record when it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.79 seconds. The previous record of 2.134 seconds ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Current-sense transformers designed for automotive electronics

November 3, 2014 9:42 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two new SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics. The first type (B78417A285A003) is based on an EP7 ferrite core and has dimensions of only 10.6 mm x 12.2 mm x 11 mm.  It is designed....

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

LED power supply includes universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co. Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the low-cost 40 Watt GLC Series. The 40 Watt GLC has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC and offers output currents of 900, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2200, and 2400mA....

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