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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.

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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...

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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....

New device stores electricity on silicon chips

October 23, 2013 11:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

RF power amplifier linearizer enables reduced overall BOM costs

October 23, 2013 9:27 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Scintera Networks' SC1894 radio frequency power amplifier linearizer (RFPAL). As power amplifiers are driven into saturation they increase in both efficiency and distortion. The SC1894 injects a correction signal at the input of the PA in order to minimize distortion at the output of the PA.

Vectoring transformers serve VDSL2 vectoring and non-vectoring configurations

October 22, 2013 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces the BX4285LNL and BX4285LNLT VDSL vectoring transformers. These transformers can be used in both VDSL2 vectoring and non-vectoring configurations as Class H line drivers to deliver high bandwidth over existing copper transmission lines.

Hybrid amplifiers utilize proprietary on-die linearization for best-in-class performance

October 21, 2013 1:18 pm | Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor has released the first two members of its cost-effective TriAccess hybrid-packaged power doubler family. These CATV infrastructure devices are the first to utilize proprietary on-die linearization for best-in-class performance including excellent gain and low distortion.

Piezoelectric accelerometer features high-temperature operation to +482 degrees C

October 21, 2013 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market introduction of the Endevco model 2280, a hermetically sealed, triaxial, piezoelectric charge output accelerometer with high-temperature operation to +482 degrees C (+900  degrees F).

Solar panels can be used to provide heating and air conditioning

October 21, 2013 10:51 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

The use of solar panels to produce toilets hot water is standard practice, but researchers at the Madrid Universities Carlos III and Politécnica suggest that they may also be used to provide large offices with heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Their proposal involves the incorporation of solar collectors into a gas-based cogeneration system...

NTU scientists make breakthrough solar technology

October 21, 2013 10:42 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

In the near future, solar panels will not only be more efficient but also a lot cheaper and affordable for everyone, thanks to research by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists. This next generation solar cell, made from organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials, is about five times cheaper than current thin-film solar cells, due to a simpler solution-based manufacturing process.

Low-voltage DC-DC converters designed for satellite power systems

October 21, 2013 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the LSO Series of feature-rich radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) low-voltage, single- and dual-output DC-DC converter modules for satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life. The LSO Series delivers isolated output voltages from 1.5V to 15.0V with typical efficiency performance up to 81 percent....

What technology changed board-level assembly in 2013?

October 18, 2013 2:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on board-level assembly. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches! We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences...

Reference design serves Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced the first reference design for a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply. Launched earlier this year, the Quick Charge 2.0 protocol from Qualcomm enables users to charge mobile devices, such as tablets and cellphone handsets, up to 75% faster than when using conventional USB charging technology.

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