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February 2014: Power

February 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by ECN Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

We’re always looking to expand our expertise and knowledge base here at ECN, so we’re using this Power issue to introduce our brand-new editorial advisory board. Our new board is made up of the industry elite with a broad range of engineering expertise that we’ll be utilizing throughout the year....

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

DC-DC converters achieve efficiencies in the range of 93 - 95%

February 6, 2014 11:08 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced two additions to the Okami OKL range of non-isolated point-of-load DC-DC converters manufactured by Murata Power Solutions. The OKL2-T/12 and the OKL2-T/20 converters feature Murata's inspectable Land Grid Array (iLGA) package....

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Inductors feature magnetic coupling > 90%

February 5, 2014 11:34 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (MALVERN, PA) introduced the first devices in a new series of composite-coupled inductors, built on the company's IHLP technology, for use in SEPIC DC/DC converters, and other applications.

CAT6 RJ45 four-pair protector promises 10x faster performance than CAT5

February 4, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITW Linx (Carol Stream, IL) launched its SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair surge protector. Thoroughly tested to meet or exceed CAT6 standards for signal integrity and featuring solid state technology for enhanced surge protection and exceptional respose time, the SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair offers

Control IC reduces part count for high-performance dimming applications

January 31, 2014 10:19 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IRS2983 control IC for single-stage Flyback and Buck-Boost topologies used in LED drivers and power supplies. The IRS2983 employs primary side regulation that reduces component count and simplifies design by eliminating the opto-isolator and other components necessary for isolated feedback for fixed loads.

RF switch attenuators provide up to 6 GHz

January 30, 2014 1:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave (Allen, TX) has released a new line of compact hot-switchable variable attenuators. RF attenuators are used to reduce the amplitude of an electronic signature in many common electronic scenarios including lab testing equipment, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and power and signal monitoring systems.

Coupled flatwire inductor designed for high-performance switching regulators

January 29, 2014 5:03 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

High-performance switching regulators require powerful inductors with stable inductance and soft saturation to cope with high currents. Würth Elektronik eiSos (Watertown, SD) has developed the WE-CFWI range of coupled flatwire inductors. The windings can be connected in series and in parallel.

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AC/DC power supplies offer international compliance and low leakage current

January 29, 2014 4:49 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

Sunpower (Berkshire, England) has announced its new MSP-600 series of AC/DC medical enclosed type power supplies. These 600 W products comprise an extension to Sunpower’s well-established MSP-100, MSP-200, MSP-300 and MSP-450 series.

Single-cable solution offers cable lengths of up to 100 m

January 29, 2014 1:42 pm | Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With the Hybrid Motor Cable Project called HMC 6 from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL), the company has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so now only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical cabinet.

Uninterruptible power system supports energy efficient 400 volt installations

January 29, 2014 1:26 pm | Mitsubishi Elec. America | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric announces its new 9950A UPS that provides mission-critical operations with an efficient UPS design for 400 volt power distribution infrastructures. Widely adopted in Europe and Asia, the 230/400 volt power distribution approach has gained traction in high-density data centers in North America due to significant increases in energy efficiencies....

Ceramic capacitors offer first-to-market CV values

January 29, 2014 8:58 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation is pleased to announce High Voltage-High Temperature (HV-HT) Series, 200 degrees C Capable Surface Mount Ceramic Capacitors in C0G Dielectric. This new product line offers industry-leading performance at extreme temperatures, patented C0G dielectric technology and greater volumetric efficiency....

15-75 watt switchers offer higher efficiencies and <0.5W no load power consumption

January 28, 2014 1:59 pm | Powergate Llc / Tracopower | Product Releases | Comments

PowerGate LLC announces the release of the TRACOPOWER TXM015/25/35/50/75 series of enclosed switching power supplies with improved efficiencies and reduced power consumption at no load. An optimized thermal design, conformal coating and a robust mechanical design qualify these products for use in harsh industrial environment.

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SMD power inductors feature low-loss pressed iron powder core

January 24, 2014 9:47 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced the new LMIP Series SMD power inductors. Featuring a homogeneous pressed iron powder core construction, LMIP Series inductors exhibit low loss and reduced inductance drop due to applied current, enabling higher saturation current ratings in smaller, lower profile packages.

Power supplies offer up to 1350VA of AC power

January 23, 2014 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax now presents its customer base with the Behlman PF1350 and PF1351. Targeting mission-critical industrial and military powers system designs, these compact, power factor-corrected bench-top units differentiate themselves from competing AC frequency products on the market through their compelling mix of performance, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter features 95% efficiency & low noise operation

January 22, 2014 1:51 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the LTC3111, a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 1.5A of output current from a wide range of power sources, including single or multiple cell batteries, supercapacitor stacks and wall adapters. The device’s 2.5V to 15V input and output voltage range provides a regulated output....

DC-DC modules achieve 88% efficiency

January 22, 2014 1:43 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the SPM series of low-power isolated DC-DC modules designed specifically for use in electronic equipment that will be subject to harsh environments such as outdoor communications, applications with little or no forced air cooling, smart grid and industrial process control equipment.

Synchronous step-down DC/DC controller enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of the current sense signal

January 21, 2014 11:19 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3875, a dual output current-mode synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that enables the use of very low DC resistance (DCR) power inductors by using a novel DCR sensing architecture that enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of the current sense signal.

Passive Inter-Modulation terminations boast a PIM spec of -127dBc with two 20W input tones

January 21, 2014 10:38 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for low Passive Inter-Modulation (PIM) terminations from EMC Technology. The 32P7197F, 110W flange mount termination boasts a PIM spec of -127dBc with two 20W input tones. Designed for demanding infrastructure applications, EMC’s 32P7197F operates to 2GHz....

Sunlight-readable mono graphic OLEDs feature total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W

January 20, 2014 11:54 am | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is excited to announce their new 2.4” Sunlight Readable Mono Graphic OLED. This low cost passive matrix 2.4” Mono Graphic OLED display module makes a great option for any application using small size LCDs. With a total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W, this OLED display is designed for hand-held and battery operated applications....

35A DC-DC converter module attains typical efficiency rating of 94%

January 20, 2014 11:36 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the latest addition to the OKLP range of "Power Block" products from Murata Power Solutions. In addition to the recently introduced 25A, Murata now offers the OKLP-X/35-W12-C, a 35A Power Block solution. This Power Block concept sits between a discrete Point-of-Load (PoL) design....

Inductor ideal for switched-mode power supply applications

January 20, 2014 10:19 am | Renco Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renco Electronics announces the release of the company’s high current version of the best selling product in compact form, the RL-5480HC. Under the slogan, “smaller is better”, Renco debuted the RL-5480HC. The inductor’s high saturation materials allow for ideal use in switched-mode power supply applications....

380 VDC input bus converter modules enable high voltage DC distribution with 98 percent efficient conversion

January 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation unveiled the first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. This new ChiP bus converter module (BCM) supplies 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98 percent peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. The module is asserted to

Power amplifiers cover the frequency range of 2.7 to 3.7GHz

January 14, 2014 4:29 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two S-band power amplifiers from TriQuint. The TGA2583 and TGA2585 cover the frequency range of 2.7 to 3.7GHz with 10 and 18 watts of saturated output power respectively. Both TriQuint devices offer power added efficiency of 54% with a small signal gain of 33dB.

Off-line PWM controllers features integrated power MOSFET

January 14, 2014 3:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of off-line PWM controllers that incorporate both a sense MOSFET and a current mode PWM controller IC. This new series is offered by Allegro and manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan.

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