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Comprehensive design environments cut through the clutter for power system designers

February 19, 2014 8:19 am | by Mike Model and Anurag Jagota, Application Engineers, GE Critical Power | Articles | Comments

Meeting the unrelenting demands of tight design schedules will always be a challenge for developers of board-mounted power architectures with point-of-load (POL) DC-DC power modules. As board complexities grow—driving drastic increases in the number of POL power rails—designers must rapidly respond....

Relay system promises increased flexibility

February 14, 2014 12:14 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduced RIFLINE Complete, a modular ice cube-style relay system with a broad range of accessories. The system is available as either completely assembled modules, which can save assembly time and labor costs, or as individual components, to

Power connectors aim to fill a critical power gap with a small footprint

February 14, 2014 11:45 am | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex’ (Lisle, IL) Mega-Fit wire-to-board, mid-range power connector is presented as filling a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23 A in a small 5.7-mm footprint. The connectors are appropriate for

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4:1 input, 1" x 2", 50-W DC/DC converters target applications requiring very wide inputs

February 14, 2014 11:12 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s (Stoughton, MA) MB5000RU Series delivers 50 W of isolated, tightly regulated output power in a 1 x 2 x 0.4 inch case. The converters are designed for applications requiring very wide inputs, compact size, high

Power inductors offer current ratings to 98.8 Amps

February 12, 2014 10:32 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) introduces the XAL1010 Series of high-temperature, shielded power inductors which combines excellent current handling and exceptionally low DC resistance in a rugged, molded package. Features include thirteen inductance values from 0.22 to 15 µH.

Photos of the Day: A fish on wheels

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Studio diip — a company specializing in image-recognition products — developed the "Fish on Wheels", a self-driving car for fish. The system uses a webcam, batter power Beagleboard, and an Arduino controlled robot vehicle, and the vehicle basically turns in whatever direction the fish swims.

Obtaining low power for industrial devices: Energy harvesting, batteries or hybrids?

February 11, 2014 8:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The concept of energy harvesting has been around for as long as windmills and waterwheels were used to harness energy. In the last decade, the possibilities of using low-power harvested energy have greatly expanded in the industrial market as devices became smaller, autonomous and required less power.

Mid-voltage MOSFETs optimize power utilization in a space-saving package

February 10, 2014 2:32 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Many end applications — such as IP phones, motor control circuits, active clamp switches, and load switches — need to offer higher energy efficiency in a smaller footprint in order to meet manufacturers’ demands. Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) developed the FDMC86xxxP series of P-channel PowerTrench MOSFETs....

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Current-mode step-up converter offers adjustable output voltage up to 27V

February 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) is introducing a new current mode step up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6V to 5.5V, while the output voltage can be adjusted up to 27V.

Wind farms to blink only when necessary

February 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wind power has been booming in Germany since the beginning of the energy transition. However, the voices of critics have been growing along with the increasing number of wind turbines. Citizens' initiatives in Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemberg for instance have founded a umbrella association meant to provide local groups with a political say.

Flat-pack lens boosts solar power

February 10, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Micro-machining could be used to create almost flat, Fresnel lenses, that boost the electrical efficiency of solar panels, according to researchers in China. Fresnel lenses were invented by French engineer and scientist Augustin-Jean Fresnel in the early nineteenth century....

Watch this fish drive his own tank around

February 10, 2014 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do you ever feel like your fish is jealous of the cat and dog who can walk freely about the house just because they have the ability to “breathe oxygen”? Have you caught your fish eyeing the parrot and his high flying, free-wheeling ways? Is he jealous of the hamster in the ball who gets to roll around the house?

Linear power supplies now UL and CE certified

February 7, 2014 3:26 pm | Acopian | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by Acopian Power Supplies (Easton, PA) is the UL recognition and CE approval of their mini encapsulated series of linear regulated power supplies. The AC-DC power supply series is encapsulated in an ultra-compact, low profile housing to provide the ultimate in environmental protection in space-limited applications.

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DC/DC products offer high efficiency, isolation

February 7, 2014 1:21 pm | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) announces the low output noise LN-Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically to meet the needs of signal sensitive applications such as unmanned vehicles, test and measurement systems, medical instruments and data acquisition and control systems.

5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

February 2014: Power

February 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by ECN Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

We’re always looking to expand our expertise and knowledge base here at ECN, so we’re using this Power issue to introduce our brand-new editorial advisory board. Our new board is made up of the industry elite with a broad range of engineering expertise that we’ll be utilizing throughout the year....

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

DC-DC converters achieve efficiencies in the range of 93 - 95%

February 6, 2014 11:08 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced two additions to the Okami OKL range of non-isolated point-of-load DC-DC converters manufactured by Murata Power Solutions. The OKL2-T/12 and the OKL2-T/20 converters feature Murata's inspectable Land Grid Array (iLGA) package....

Inductors feature magnetic coupling > 90%

February 5, 2014 11:34 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (MALVERN, PA) introduced the first devices in a new series of composite-coupled inductors, built on the company's IHLP technology, for use in SEPIC DC/DC converters, and other applications.

CAT6 RJ45 four-pair protector promises 10x faster performance than CAT5

February 4, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITW Linx (Carol Stream, IL) launched its SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair surge protector. Thoroughly tested to meet or exceed CAT6 standards for signal integrity and featuring solid state technology for enhanced surge protection and exceptional respose time, the SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair offers

Control IC reduces part count for high-performance dimming applications

January 31, 2014 10:19 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IRS2983 control IC for single-stage Flyback and Buck-Boost topologies used in LED drivers and power supplies. The IRS2983 employs primary side regulation that reduces component count and simplifies design by eliminating the opto-isolator and other components necessary for isolated feedback for fixed loads.

RF switch attenuators provide up to 6 GHz

January 30, 2014 1:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave (Allen, TX) has released a new line of compact hot-switchable variable attenuators. RF attenuators are used to reduce the amplitude of an electronic signature in many common electronic scenarios including lab testing equipment, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and power and signal monitoring systems.

Coupled flatwire inductor designed for high-performance switching regulators

January 29, 2014 5:03 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

High-performance switching regulators require powerful inductors with stable inductance and soft saturation to cope with high currents. Würth Elektronik eiSos (Watertown, SD) has developed the WE-CFWI range of coupled flatwire inductors. The windings can be connected in series and in parallel.

AC/DC power supplies offer international compliance and low leakage current

January 29, 2014 4:49 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

Sunpower (Berkshire, England) has announced its new MSP-600 series of AC/DC medical enclosed type power supplies. These 600 W products comprise an extension to Sunpower’s well-established MSP-100, MSP-200, MSP-300 and MSP-450 series.

Single-cable solution offers cable lengths of up to 100 m

January 29, 2014 1:42 pm | Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With the Hybrid Motor Cable Project called HMC 6 from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL), the company has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so now only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical cabinet.

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