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Step-up DC/DC converter delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply

March 4, 2014 1:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3048, a step-up DC/DC converter with an integrated LDO output that delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply. The LT3048-15 delivers up to 40mA of continuous output current at 15V....

AEC-Q101-qualified MOSFETs enable lower on-resistance per die area

March 4, 2014 12:59 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) released the first AEC-Q101-qualified TrenchFET power MOSFETs to feature ThunderFET technology. To increase efficiency and save space in automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix 100 V n-channel SQJ402EP, SQJ488EP...

TVS diodes deliver industry standard bidirectional port protection for AC/DC power line applications

March 4, 2014 12:42 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced the introduction of new high Power TVS diodes that feature high-current bidirectional port protection and meet industry standards including IEC 61000-4-5 8/20 µs current surge requirements. Designated Bourns Models PTVS10-058C-TH and PTVS10-076C-TH...

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‘Battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits reduce measurement errors to below ± 2.8 percent

March 4, 2014 12:35 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power level of one-cell lithium-ion (Li+) batteries commonly used in a wide range of portable electronics....

'Fore!' heads up, wide use of more flexible metallic glass coming your way

March 4, 2014 10:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting early results on a way to make solar-powered panels in lights, calculators and roofs lighter, less expensive, more flexible (therefore less breakable) and more efficient. Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student, will present new findings on boosting the power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cells on March 3, at the American Physical Society Meeting in Denver.

Power management ICs designed for RF agile radio applications and FPGAs

March 4, 2014 9:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced an integrated family of efficient power management ICs (integrated circuits) targeting compact, high density power solutions for RF agile radio and FPGA/processor-based (field-programmable gate array) applications. Features include multiple buck regulators....

3-phase switched PDUs include 415V input support

March 3, 2014 4:03 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced eight 3-phase switched Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in both hardwire and plug-in options that provide up to 28.8kW capacity. These new PDUs support 415V 3-phase input to the rack, a highly efficient means of power distribution....

LED driver IC rated at a current of 1A

March 3, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced the HV9805, an LED driver IC, where the LED light source is arranged as a high-voltage LED string in order to accommodate certain lamp form factors, while allowing for cost savings through less complicated cooling and optical arrangements.

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7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature capacitance values from 10 to 330 µF

February 28, 2014 4:35 pm | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Liberty, SC) announces the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer capacitors packaged in a V-chip....

Multilayer ceramic transmitter produces a high output of 80 Db

February 28, 2014 3:44 pm | Transducers Direct | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced their new piezo ceramic MLCT (Multilayer Ceramic Transmitter) series. Its unique simple acoustic multi-layer ceramic construction produces a high output of 80 Db with only 16V low driving voltage.

New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel

February 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand.  In a study published last week in the journal Science, Choi and postdoctoral researcher Tae Woo Kim combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.

Medical grade, 65-W power adapters are approved to latest safety standards

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower (Santa Clara, CA) launched the TMP65 Series of low cost medical grade AC/DC desktop power adapters, which has both Class I and Class II models availability. The TMP65 Class II units, furnished with an IEC 320/C8 AC inlet without a ground pin, are

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Chinese partnership fuels NJIT's solar cell research

February 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earlier this month, NJIT formalized an agreement with Chinese partners that will advance the university's research on thin-film solar cells, an alternative energy technology with the potential to make buildings and other infrastructure substantially more energy-efficient.

Ultra-fast laser spectroscopy lights way to understanding new materials

February 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials. Seeing these dynamics is one emerging strategy to better understanding how new materials work, so that we can use them to enable new energy technologies.

Switch-mode transformers include universal input range of 90 to 265 Vac

February 28, 2014 1:24 pm | Premier Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Premier Magnetics (Lake Forest, CA) announces its POL-LYT Series of switch-mode transformers designed to complement Power Integrations’ LYTSwitch family of integrated off-line LED driver/controller ICs. Features include a universal input range of 90 to 265 Vac.

Surface-mount chip fuses feature high inrush

February 28, 2014 1:12 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components (Melville, NY) is pleased to announce the addition of NFVC_H series of surface-mount chip fuses to its expanded offering of circuit protection products. The newly released NFVC_H series feature high inrush withstanding performance in 6125 (2410) case size.

Power conversion systems provide high efficiencies to 97%

February 28, 2014 1:01 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer (Hopkinton, MA) unveils the new PowerStack Power System, which is a 400KW to +10MW highly reliable, fully-customizable “built-to-project” Power Conversion building block. This is a ruggedized design for harsh environments and utilizing the newest state-of-the-art insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT).

York physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency. Magnetic materials are currently used to store digital information.

Electric drive vehicles don’t reduce emissions

February 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A study was recently released by North Carolina State University that provides evidence supporting the fact that electric drive vehicles (EDVs) have little impact on reducing emissions. As an engineering audience that knows efficiency when they see it, most PD&D readers will throw their hands in the air having known this for some time.

Class-D amplifiers keeps evolving

February 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by Jun Honda, Director Audio Systems Engineering, International Rectifier | International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Class D is redefining the trade-offs in audio power amplifier design, simultaneously delivering smaller size and higher power density with better sound than Class AB audio systems. Class D also has the advantage of offering low distortion and more stable dynamic response....

90W AC/DC desktop power supply boasts industry’s slimmest package

February 26, 2014 4:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners (Hudson, MA) announces the PEAD90SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 90W of power. The standard input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz) converts to output voltages of 12VDC, 18VDC, 19VDC and 24VDC....

Using hypothesis testing for semiconductors

February 26, 2014 11:38 am | by Jitesh Shah, Integrated Device Technology | Articles | Comments

A semiconductor device is a composite structure built with materials that behave differently during manufacturing and in the application environment. At the same time, these materials are required to meet strict dimensional and form factor specifications for flawless integration in the system environment.  Any changes to the dimensions can negatively impact product quality...

Portable hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide green, sustainable power to Honolulu port

February 25, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clean hydrogen power that's expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide.

New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel

February 24, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains. The trouble with solar fuel production is the cost of producing the sun-capturing semiconductors and the catalysts to generate fuel.

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