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1200 watt power supply achieves 94% platinum efficiency

November 6, 2013 4:14 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced today the D1U54P series of 54mm wide 1200 Watt front-end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. With industry leading efficiency of greater than 94% and a power density in excess of 28 Watts per cubic inch, these low-profile units measure only 54.5 x 321.5 x 40 mm and fit the industry standard 1U package format.

Reference platform promises fast, secure smart meter designs

November 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its Capistrano reference platform targeting designers of smart meters looking to reduce time to market, attain higher accuracy, and secure their designs. Using the company's Zeus metering SoC, Capistrano protects designs with advanced cryptography, physical attack

IC family features 95% power conversion efficiency

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the growing worldwide demand for power hungry smart phones and tablet computers, Active-Semi today announced a new family of Power Bank IC solutions, the ACT2800 product family. The first two devices in this evolutionary product series are the ACT2801 and ACT2802.

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Audio speaker driver IC brings 3X power output to Ultrabooks

November 5, 2013 12:05 pm | Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Product Releases | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announced today the first product in its new range of Class D audio products, the DA7202. This powerful, highly efficient low EMI Class D speaker driver provides greater power output and improved efficiency levels for Ultrabooks, tablets and speaker accessories powered by a dual cell battery pack.

Thyristors offer more than 40% increase in current rating over existing designs

November 5, 2013 9:54 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, IXYS UK Westcode Ltd., introduced three new 1.8kV pressure contact phase control thyristors with increased power density. The new improved designs offer more than 40% increase in current rating over existing designs, while retaining the overall same package footprint.

Frequency converters cover the range of 60 Hz to 400 Hz

November 4, 2013 1:02 pm | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The Behlman FC5003 is an ultra-rugged COTS power supply designed to convert common 120/208 VAC, 3-phase, 60 Hz ground power to 115/200 VAC, 3-phase 400 Hz power used by aircraft and other vehicles, and equipment that require 400 Hz.

MOSFET boasts an Rds(on) of only 19 mΩ in a TO 247 package

November 4, 2013 9:13 am | Mouser Electronics, Infineon | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced the availability of the CoolMOS C7 MOSFET from Infineon Technologies, with 650V Superjunction MOSFET technology and one of the lowest Rds(on) specs in the industry. A MOSFET behaves like a voltage controlled switch or resistor. The lower the on‑state resistance (Rds(on)), the more current flows through the switch and therefore the higher the efficiency of the circuit.

Capacitor series includes extended capacitance range up to 39µF

November 1, 2013 12:51 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its Mini-TurboCap and RoHS Compliant Mini-TurboCap Series with a new 25V rating and an extended capacitance range (up to 39µF) for its 50V parts. Now available in 25V, 50V, and 100V, these state-of-the-art base metal electrode (BME) capacitor series exhibit extremely high volumetric efficiency....

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High-power laser diode driver includes output current from 10 amperes to 450 amperes

October 31, 2013 2:46 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced the introduction of the PCX-7500 high-power laser diode driver/current source by its IXYS Colorado division. This instrument provides precision pulsed current with accurate microprocessor-based digital power control.

Step-down µModule regulator delivers full output current at over 50°C ambient

October 31, 2013 2:39 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology has launched the LTM4633, a triple output 10A step-down µModule (micromodule) regulator in a 15 x 15 x 5.01mm BGA package with integrated heat sink for enhanced heat dissipation. Combined with bypass capacitors and three resistors, the LTM4633 solution fits within 4.5cm² on a dual-sided PCB.

Breakthrough research produces brighter, more efficiently produced lighting

October 31, 2013 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By determining simple guidelines, researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Solid State Lighting & Energy Center (SSLEC) have made it possible to optimize phosphors –– a key component in white LED lighting –– allowing for brighter, more efficient lights. "These guidelines should permit the discovery of new and improved phosphors in a rational rather than trial-and-error manner"...

AC-DC power supplies designed for harsh environments

October 29, 2013 3:38 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. is proud to introduce their new TER Series of rugged, ultra low-profile ac-dc power supplies designed for heavy industrial applications. All units are uniquely sealed in a heat-conducting potting material and are specifically designed for projects that demand reliable and shock resistant power supplies in the harshest operating conditions.

Multicell battery gas gauge makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks

October 29, 2013 3:18 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. Absolutely no level shifting circuitry on the supply and measurement pins is required to interface with multicell voltages, so total current consumption is minimized and measurement accuracy is preserved.

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IGBT module features total Current - Voltage capability of 600 Ampere and 650 Volt

October 29, 2013 9:27 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced today a new high-power phase-leg in the SimBus-F outline with a total Current - Voltage capability of 600 Ampere and 650 Volt. The excellent best-in-class performance of the discrete 650 Volt XPT Trench IGBT products is now also available in module outlines, up to 600 Amperes with the IXYS fast “Sonic” diodes.

Scientists to gain from view inside of fuel cells

October 28, 2013 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Powerful scanners that give scientists a direct line of sight into hydrogen fuel cells are the latest tools Simon Fraser University researchers will use to help Ballard Power Systems Inc create more durable, lower-cost fuel cells. Use of these fuel cells in vehicles can substantially reduce harmful emissions in the transportation sector.

ASU, Georgia Tech create breakthrough for solar cell efficiency

October 28, 2013 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research into making better crystals, with high crystalline quality, light emission efficiency and luminosity, is also at the heart of studies being done at Arizona State University by Research Scientist Alec Fischer and Doctoral Candidate Yong Wei in Professor Fernando Ponce's group in the Department of Physics.

Sensors in energy harvesting

October 28, 2013 11:08 am | by Armin Anders, Vice President Business Development, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Global challenges in energy generation and consumption motivates governments worldwide to set ambitious goals for increased energy efficiency, which results in a fast growing need for energy efficient buildings. Therefore, innovative, sustainable technologies that can be easily installed, especially in retrofit projects, are a necessity if the governments’ ambitious objectives are to be realized.

RF power amplifier optimized for 20 to 1000 MHz operation

October 24, 2013 4:34 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Nitronex | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a new 28V gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) RF power amplifier from Nitronex. The NPA1006 is a wideband GaN power amplifier optimized for 20 to 1000 MHz operation.

Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 24, 2013 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

The CPC1968 is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current with a 5°C/W heat sink. The output is constructed with MOSFET switches and photovoltaic die, while the input utilizes a highly efficient GaAIAs infrared LED to provide the optically coupled control.

Futuristic copper foam batteries get more bang for the buck

October 24, 2013 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

People use their GPS apps, cameras, and mobile internet to navigate strange cities in search of good coffee, record "selfie" commentary while they wait in line, and upload their videos directly to social media sites while they sip their latte. But no amount of high-tech savvy can save a well-loved device from dying when its battery is drained.

Three-phase inverter with integrated PFC shrinks and simplifies appliance motor drive design

October 24, 2013 1:22 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the IRAM630-1562F Intelligent Power Module (IPM) featuring Power Factor Correction (PFC) and inverter stage. The new IPM shrinks and simplifies design of energy-efficient appliance and light industrial motor drive applications including air conditioners and washing machines.

Team uses forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors

October 24, 2013 12:56 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost – and with environmentally friendly byproducts. The report appears in the journal Electrochimica Acta.

Force to be reckoned with: NIST measures laser power with portable scale

October 24, 2013 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel method for measuring laser power by reflecting the light off a mirrored scale, which behaves as a force detector. Although it may sound odd, the technique is promising as a simpler, faster, less costly and more portable alternative...

Modbus gateway designed to convert Modbus ASCII or Modbus RTU serial signals into Modbus TCP Ethernet

October 23, 2013 5:02 pm | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics has expanded its family of Vlinx Modbus Communications Gateways with the MESP211, a low-cost, compact gateway designed to convert Modbus ASCII or Modbus RTU serial signals into Modbus TCP Ethernet. The MESP211 connects Modbus devices to Ethernet networks....

Power transistor designed for broadband avionics data link applications

October 23, 2013 12:06 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD introduces a new 50V gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) RF power high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The 0912GN-650V is internally-matched and capable of providing over 17 dB gain....

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