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Schottky diodes feature zero recovery time

December 20, 2013 3:17 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for four new 650V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new devices are the latest addition to Microsemi's SiC Schottky product family.

High-efficiency DIN rail-mount power supplies feature compact sizes

December 20, 2013 3:08 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda DRB series of DIN rail power supplies for low power applications that require less space on the mounting rail. Designed to support the growing trend for simple and economic DIN power solutions in industrial, building automation and process control applications...

AC-DC power supply achieves 92% efficiency at 50 percent full load

December 19, 2013 1:35 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the D1U86G series of 86 mm wide, 460 Watt front end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. The D1U86G can achieve a high minimum conversion efficiency of 92 percent at 50 percent full load. With 1U form factor, these units measure only 86.0 x 196.9 x 39.9 mm....

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Exposing the roots of the lithium battery problem

December 18, 2013 11:34 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes. Hampering this change, however, has been the so-called dendrite problem.

Multilayer organic capacitor series includes capacitance values to 5.1pF

December 17, 2013 1:16 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has doubled the capacitance of its 0603 Multilayer Organic Capacitor (MLOC) Series, extending the highest-rated capacitance value from 2.5pF to 5.1pF.  Ideal for applications including RF power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, filter networks, and instrumentation, AVX’s 0603 MLO capacitors exhibit low ESR....

Gate driver development boards enable high-speed power circuit creation

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced today the introduction of the DVRFD630 and DVRFD631 RF MOSFET Gate Driver Development Boards by its IXYS Colorado division. These general-purpose circuit boards are designed to demonstrate the performance of the IXRFD630 and IXRFD631 RF MOSFET gate drivers....

Voltage regulators provide the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable

December 17, 2013 12:51 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds to its extensive portfolio of low noise block regulators (LNBRs) designed for satellite receivers in Set Top Boxes and LCD TVs. Allegro’s “Generation 5” A8300 and A8300-1 are fully integrated linear and switching voltage regulators that are specifically designed to provide the power and the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable.

How to select an AC power supply

December 16, 2013 3:17 pm | by Grady Keeton, AMETEK Programmable Power | Articles | Comments

Today’s electronic products must work under all types of conditions, not just ideal ones. That being the case, AC sources used in test applications must not only supply a stable source of AC, they must also simulate power-line disturbances and other non-ideal situations.

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Monolithic flyback DC/DC converter actively balances high-voltage stacks of batteries

December 16, 2013 3:09 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8584, a monolithic flyback DC/DC converter designed to actively balance high voltage stacks of batteries. These battery stacks are commonly found in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as fail-safe power supplies and energy storage systems.

1W DC-DC converter designed for industrial automation applications

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the MEF1 series of 1 Watt regulated DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Suitable for use in industrial, automation and instrumentation applications, these tightly regulated single output converters, rated to better than 1% of nominal output voltage, are packaged in a fully encapsulated single-in-line through-hole format....

US Department of Energy cracking down on idle adapters

December 13, 2013 4:24 pm | by Michael O’Loughlin, Senior Systems Solutions Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Portable devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and tablets have become popular over the years. Most people own at least two of these devices. Each device requires a power adapter to charge and provide power for these portable electronics.

Understanding the ambiguity of the peak power rating of TVS devices

December 13, 2013 3:55 pm | by Robert Ashton, Sudhama Shastri, ON Semiconductor | On Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

All electrical systems, including computers, entertainment systems, mobile phones, medical instrumentation and automotive electronics, need to be immune from damage due to electrical transients encountered on a day-to-day basis. Electrical transients can come from many sources.

Horizontal mating connectors engineered for high current loads

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose is now taking orders for its newest connector: the DF64 Series, a Horizontally Mated 2-Piece Connector System. Made available for board-to-board and board-to-wire interfaces, the 2-position DF64 Series connector measures 20.4 x 14.4 mm and has a mated height of just 4.7 mm.

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Hybrid amplifiers provide up to +61 dBmV output power and 26 dB gain

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new hybrid amplifiers for CATV applications from TriQuint. The TAT8884HO GaAs power doubler amplifier operates from 50 to 1000 MHz and features high linearity and gain.

Power MOSFETs offer a low-side maximum on-resistance down to 6.4 mΩ

December 13, 2013 9:52 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology launched two new AEC-Q101-qualified, 40 V, dual n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs in the asymmetric PowerPAK SO-8L package. For automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix SQJ940EP and SQJ942EP combine both high- and low-side MOSFETs....

Surge rectifiers offer a 20% lower profile

December 12, 2013 2:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Surge Components has announced a new line of low-profile bridge rectifiers that provide design engineers several advantages in terms of power management and height including a 30% lower profile than other brides in a similar class. Product highlights include....

Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets

December 11, 2013 10:43 am | by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis | News | Comments

The future availability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be pivotal in reaching ambitious climate targets, according to a new comprehensive study of future energy technologies from IIASA, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, and researchers worldwide.

DC/DC converter delivers a maximum of 25 A at an output of 1.2 V

December 11, 2013 9:40 am | Powervation, Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Powervation announced that its PV3012 digital controller is being used by leading power supply innovator, Murata Power Solutions in a new DC/DC module. OKLF-T/25-W12N-C is a non-isolated, DC/DC converter delivering a maximum of 25 A at an output of 1.2 V, when operating up to 70°C with a 200 LFM airflow.

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

Research team finds way to make solar cells thin, efficient and flexible

December 9, 2013 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Converting sunshine into electricity is not difficult, but doing so efficiently and on a large scale is one of the reasons why people still rely on the electric grid and not a national solar cell network. But a team of researchers may be one step closer to tapping into the full potential of solar cells.

Power MOSFETs suit DC-DC converter applications

December 6, 2013 2:29 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. has introduced the new AP4034 family of 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs in several popular package alternatives to meet differing cost/performance points. All the AP4034 MOSFETs provide fast switching performance and feature a low typical gate charge of 15nC for good switching performance.

IGBTs provide faster switching performance with improved reliability

December 6, 2013 12:23 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor introduces a series of 1200 V field stop trench IGBTs. Targeting hard-switching industrial applications such as solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and welders, this new IGBT series will help power engineers achieve better efficiency and reliability in their designs.

Active harmonic filter improves efficiency while reducing harmonic pollution

December 5, 2013 2:10 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer is proud to introduce their new PB Series three-wire and four-wire active harmonic filter modular systems that are designed to meet IEEE-519. The Power Balance (PB) family is scalable and offers a practical solution for improving power quality for tower buildings....

Power supplies designed for medical applications

December 5, 2013 1:58 pm | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

SL Power Electronics announces its MB60S single-output, convection-cooled, wide temperature range power supply that provides 60 watts of power in an ultra-compact  2” x 3” x 1.0” package. Joining SL Power’s line of high-density open frame AC/DC medical-grade power supplies, the MB60S is approved to the highest safety standards....

SolarCity to back up solar with Tesla batteries

December 5, 2013 10:22 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The solar panel installer SolarCity is beginning to address one of solar power's big drawbacks: The sun doesn't always shine. The solution: big battery packs that will provide backup power while lowering electric bills. The supplier: electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose CEO Elon Musk is also the chairman of SolarCity.

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