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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....

DC/DC converter available in ultra-compact SIP-8 package

April 2, 2014 2:06 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the ITX series of 6 Watt DC/DC converters encapsulated in an industry standard SIP 8-pin package measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches (21.85 x 11.1 x 9.2 mm). Delivering a power density of up to 46 Watts per cubic inch...

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

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Insulation resistance tester rated at 15 kV

April 1, 2014 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, Pa) now offers a versatile insulation resistance tester (IRT) rated at 15 kV. The MIT1525 measures motors and generators above 34,500 V and equipment rated above 35 kV. Ideal for applications that use cables, transformers, motors/generators, circuit breakers, and bushings....

Power connectors deliver current density at 23.0 amps per circuit

April 1, 2014 10:01 am | Newark, Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 (Chicago, IL) is now offering the Molex Mega-Fit Power Connector, delivering current density at 23.0 amps per circuit on a 5.7-millimeter pitch and row spacing. The compact form factor paired with high-current terminals provides one of the most power-dense connectors available....

Power shunt resistors provide precise sensing of high currents

March 31, 2014 1:06 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) has expanded their line of Power Shunt Resistors to include the PSI and PSE series, which address higher-current applications. The power ratings of the PSE (5 Watts) and PSI (3 Watts) allow these resistors to offer a smooth current flow....

Intelligent LED controller offers I2C control and low standby power

March 31, 2014 12:58 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell 88EM8189 featuring I2C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for smart wireless bulbs....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

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Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

Power IC model library features over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced version 4.1 of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator with over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. The Power IC Model Library includes model netlists....

Sensor designed for transportation electronic power steering

March 26, 2014 2:44 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

TT Electronics’ (Fullerton, CA) Sensing and Control division has expanded its series of sensors for electronic power steering (EPS) applications. The new Magnetorque Plus combines TT Electronics’ proven non-contacting torque sensor with a multi-turn position sensor in a single compact package....

Surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SM Series from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh NC) offers a robust wirewound product in a surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. Some applications require power handling of at least 2 watts, but design engineers have concerns about parts cracking....

Adapter ideal for charging lithium ion batteries

March 25, 2014 3:50 pm | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA (Fremont, CA) has modified one of its top-selling products, the 10W ultra-thin PSA10F Series adapter, to include a DC cord terminated by a Micro-B USB connector. Designated the PSA10F-050, the power adapter has an output of 5V and 2A....

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Dual IGBT gate driver features two high-current outputs

March 25, 2014 3:25 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announced the availability of the IX2204 Dual IGBT Gate Driver. The IX2204 features two high-current outputs, each capable of sourcing 2A and sinking 4A. Manufactured on IXYS ICD's advanced BCDMOS Silicon on Insulator (SOI) process...

AC/DC power supplies feature wide operating temperature for heavy industry

March 25, 2014 11:17 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced 500-W and 600-W models for its TER family of 250-W to 1500-W low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The new TER-500LP and TER-600LP models are uniquely sealed in a heat conducting potting material and feature

Wearable electronics to drive additional $70 million in battery revenue during next four years

March 25, 2014 10:01 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global market for batteries used in wearable electronics will grow more than tenfold in just four short years, propelled by portable new products especially suitable for active sports and fitness lifestyles, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Researchers improve performance of III-V nanowire solar cells on graphene

March 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a field of small wires—standing at attention like a tiny field of wheat—gathering the Sun’s rays as the first step in solar energy conversion. Researchers have achieved new levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires from a class of materials....

Super junction MOSFETs improve power efficiency, reduce product footprint

March 21, 2014 4:35 pm | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (Irvine, CA) has introduced a new series of high-speed switching type super junction MOSFETs. The new DTMOS IV-H series consists of the TK31N60X, TK39N60X and TK62N60X, and is based on Toshiba's fourth generation 600V super junction MOSFET DTMOS IV series....

Box-shaped pressure vessel for LNG developed by KAIST research team

March 21, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Korean researchers successfully showcased the installation and operation of a box-shaped, high-pressure tank for the storage of liquefied natural gas in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The development was the first of its kind in the world. Pressure vessels have many applications....

Current-sensing IC boosts overall system efficiency

March 21, 2014 11:51 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the robust IR25750 general-purpose current-sensing IC available in an ultra-compact SOT23-5L package that boosts overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings....

600-V SOT-23 current sensing IC aims to boost overall system efficiency and save space

March 21, 2014 10:50 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier, IR (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IR25750 general purpose current sensing IC available in a SOT23-5L package that is said to boost overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings for high current applications. By extracting

Who will win the wireless power dogfight?

March 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s like Betamax and VHS. The United States and the Soviet Union. Tom and Jerry. The furious tussle between direct induction and resonant magnetic induction played out at the 2014 Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC). This is a desperate fight that’ll determine the future of wireless power....

E3-production – sustainable manufacturing

March 21, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scarce and expensive raw materials, rising energy prices, climate protection, and demographic shifts leave industrial production with a lot to contend with in the coming years. In the “ E3-production” lighthouse project, researchers are laying the groundwork to achieve sustainable production....

Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The worldwide demand for solar and wind power skyrockets. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. The dramatic growth of the wind and solar industries has led utilities to begin testing large-scale technologies....

Compact fuse provides 1500 A breaking compacity at 500 VAC

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) is pleased to announce the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The high breaking capacity of 1500A at rated voltage safeguards electronic systems and operators in the event of a catastrophic short circuit incident....

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