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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: RF Amplifiers

May 1, 2015 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Amplifiers are important in wireless communications for increasing the voltage, current, or power of a signal. They accept a varying input signal and produce an output signal that varies the same way, but with larger amplitude.

Power supplies include a repeatable waveform from 600 Hz to 3000 Hz

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Amada Miyachi | Product Releases | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation announces its new IS-800CR and IS-1400CR mid-frequency inverter power supplies. These new power supplies are perfect for a wide range of aerospace, electronic automotive, battery, and appliance applications, including commutator fusing, copper wire to terminal, sheet metal, and bus bar....

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Power Sources & Conditioning Devices

April 30, 2015 1:48 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Power is the backbone of the electronics industry, with limitless applications as well as devices used to supply and/or manipulate the power. Here is just a small sampling of some component types that are eligible: power supplies/SMPS, converters ...

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Programmable DC electronic loads can sink current up to 60 A

April 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by B&K Precision Corporation | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced its new 8600 Series programmable DC electronic loads. Delivering the performance of modular system DC electronic loads in a compact benchtop form factor, the 8600 Series marks the latest highlight in the history of the company's standalone DC load offerings. The new ...

Tracking exploding lithium-ion batteries in real-time

April 28, 2015 2:02 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause ...

Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

April 27, 2015 9:10 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets. The new alloy--a potential replacement for high-performance ...

Current-sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

April 27, 2015 8:57 am | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The CST2010 Series of current sense transformers from Coilcraft detect switching current up to 40 Amps over a frequency range of 50 to 500 kHz while also isolating circuits electrically, resulting in up to 10X lower power dissipation than current sense resistors. This makes them ideal for ...

The industry’s first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

April 23, 2015 4:17 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. is offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet Tab source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI at high dv/dt to enable low switching loss and high-speed ...

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Shielded power inductors provide inductance values up to 33 µH

April 23, 2015 12:39 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx Family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions – one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH – delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space....

Development boards feature an ARM Cortex-M3 core running up to 180MHz

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Three new NXP development boards in the LPC Xpresso family are part of an established and popular toolchain featuring the power of LPC microcontrollers based on ARMs Cortex-M cores. The boards are able to work with most existing LPC Xpresso accessories and Arduino compatible shields to enhance functional capabilities....

DIN rail mountable power supply is only one inch wide

April 23, 2015 8:56 am | by Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect Inc. (ASI) introduces a 24 Vdc DIN rail mountable power supply that is only one inch wide. The new ASIUSP-24PFN-15D has an input range is from 90 to 264 Vac and 120 to 370 Vdc and an output of 1.6 Amp at 15 Vdc. It is ideal for sensor applications. The wide input range makes this power supply a ...

Photos of the Day: Chevrolet debuts FNR — a vision of the future

April 20, 2015 3:07 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The FNR imagines what a fully autonomous, electric vehicle might look like many years from now and is meant to appeal to young, Chinese consumers. The concept's design from the minds at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center does a pretty neat magic trick, too....

NTC thermistor dies support gold wire bonding and conductive adhesive gluing

April 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new leadless NTC thermistor dies — contacted on the top and bottom — that provide designers with the same mounting options as IGBT semiconductors. Featuring gold metallization, the Vishay BC components NTCC300E4 supports gold wire bonding and ...

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Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

40W AC/DC power supplies offer universal AC input

April 17, 2015 1:03 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPM-40SE series is a family of compact, 40W AC/DC power supplies. These high performance, encapsulated modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, robust filtering and high reliability. Six standard models operate from a universal input of 85 to 264 VAC; providing tightly regulated ...

140W ISM band transistor provides clean power

April 17, 2015 12:27 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for an LDMOS power transistor internally matched for broadband operation from 2400 to 2500MHz. NXP’s BLF2425M7LS140 provides 140W average CW power with 18.5dB of gain. The BLF2425M7LS140 draws 1.3A from a 28V supply with efficiencies up to 52%....

Rectifier provides power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications

April 16, 2015 11:16 am | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s CP3500 rectifier is the latest addition to its recently launched rectifier product line and provides industry-leading power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications. It is the industry’s first compact, 3.5-kilowatt (kW) AC to 48-volt DC rectifier in a 1U module, providing a higher power-to-space ratio than ...

Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

Should we train vets for renewable energy jobs?

April 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Barack Obama has made renewable energy a keystone of his presidency, and part of his efforts include training an estimated 75,000 workers for the renewable energy industry by 2020. Last week, Obama announced a "Solar Ready Vets" program....

Programmable DC power supplies feature voltage of 600W

April 6, 2015 3:18 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of 600W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies.  This extensive series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160, 0-320 or 0-650VDC and with output powers of 200, 400, 600 and 800W.  These higher voltages ...

Researchers create first metal-free catalyst for rechargeable zinc-air batteries

April 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of North Texas have made what they believe is the first metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst that performs as well or better than most metal and ...

DC-DC converters with IP66-rated protection suit extreme environments

April 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ HVI 500-D3G series of high input voltage, ultra-rugged, IP66-rated DC-DC converters are designed and built for extreme applications that require a waterproof, dust-proof, sand-proof, oil-, fire- and/or explosion-proof solution. They are typically used in heavy industry, mining ...

Showcasing an electric motorcycle at the world's most dangerous race

April 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Polina Brodsky,Technical Coordinator, Buckeye Current Racing: Electric motorcycle at Ohio State. She was part of the team that has showcased electric motorcycles at the Isle of Man racing competition....

Battery energy storage project shows promise for electricity network

April 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Griffith University | News | Comments

With rising electricity prices one of the biggest issues facing households, Griffith University (Australia) research into energy storage and supply holds the promise of cheaper, better quality power for the low voltage (LV) electricity distribution network. According to the research ...

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