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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....

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....

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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....

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

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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....

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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....

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

March 20, 2014 11:32 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.

DC power connector is halogen free

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V

Engineering Update #50: Deploying maritime drones

March 20, 2014 10:24 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Deploying maritime drones: Now you didn’t really think the flyboys would get to play with all the unmanned toys did you? The Navy has its own plans to deploy drones, including the Hydra underwater “truck”, and other surveillance technology that can function in a maritime environment.

Photos of the Day: The ship's bridge of the future

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by VTT | News | Comments

VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.

Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating

March 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at the Hannover Messe (April 7-11) to find out how researchers from the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are applying this to heat and cool spaces and industrial processes.

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