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25-Watt 1”x 1” DC/DC converter offers a 2:1 input range

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | Contech, A Division Of Calex | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech (Concord, CA) announced the “QMS” Series of DC/DC converters. The QMS Series offers up to 25 Watts of fully regulated output power. The series offers a 2:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 12 V, 24 V, and 48 VDC.

Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

July 9, 2014 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a drawback: they don't produce energy as predictably as plants powered by oil, coal or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk....

IEEE 802.3bt: Not all detection schemes are equal

July 9, 2014 10:21 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Can you safely apply power to equipment connected to a PoE-enabled switch when performing detection on all four pairs in parallel? In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the consequences of detecting PDs on all four pairs (also referred to as both alternatives) in parallel.

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3-position panel mount connector handles 22 A at 600 V

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of the Panel Mount Connector to the 3 Position Mini PL family of SPEC Pak sealed connectors. This compact, panel mountable connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V AC/DC (UL). The Panel Mount Connector is secured to a panel via a jam nut....

Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

Three-phase DIN rail power supplies designed for tight spaces

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) (Mechanicsburg, PA) has announced compact 80 mm wide three-phase DIN rail power supplies for tight spaces. The twelve models in the series meet the Machinery Directive EN60204-1 requirements and have a 92%+ maximum efficiency rating....

DC-DC converters feature remote on/off, remote sense, and output voltage adjustment

July 7, 2014 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) has launched its new SHHN000A3CL isolated DC-DC converters, providing board designers with a bipolar dual-output module in a compact footprint. The latest addition to GE’s Hammerhead series of power modules ...

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

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Multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection

July 1, 2014 3:52 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZVE Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) is a low-capacitance, surface-mount multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection. High capacitance can distort or even block communications signals. Since the ZVE Series is a multilayer varistor, it is inherently bi-directional....

Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

Constant-current LED drivers meet demands of low-wattage intelligent lighting systems

June 30, 2014 2:10 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The LCM-25(DA) 25 W constant current LED power supply from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) allows designers to implement low-wattage intelligent LED lighting control systems and project style lighting designs. The LCM 25(DA) is the latest addition to the LCM series....

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

Power packaging developments are advancing energy efficiency

June 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mahadevan Iyer2 | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Power packaging is an essential part of our design process here at TI.  Our innovative packaging technology brings in advancements in cost, high performance, and low and medium power applications, enabling differentiated products for TI and our customers.  For example, TI recently introduced two flyback power solutions, the UCC28910 and the UCC28630, that achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for...

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Film capacitors offer snap-in terminals for easy PCB mounting

June 30, 2014 10:52 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has launched the FRC Series medium power DC-link film capacitors, which feature a wide range of capacitance and voltage values in addition to self-healing properties. These capacitors…

Programmable DC power supply line adds two 360-W and two 720-W models

June 30, 2014 10:00 am | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) announced the new Series 2260B Programmable DC Power Supplies, which include two 360-W and two 720-W models. The Series 2260B family, which complements the recently introduced Series 2200 family of single- and multi-channel power supplies, is designed for…

LED power supplies offer output current ratings to 700mA

June 27, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power (Concord CA) announces the 20 Watt GLCT Series of constant current Triac/ELV dimmable LED Power Supplies. The Series consist of four models with output current ratings of 400, 500, 600 and 700mA. The current range with dimming is 10% to 100% of the full rated output....

PXI Express digitizer supports the industry’s widest input range at ±100V

June 26, 2014 4:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its new PXIe-9848H 8-CH 14-bit 100 MS/s high-speed PXI Express digitizer. The PXIe-9848H features a x15/x50 signal conditioning module providing both a high input voltage range of ±100V and high dynamic performance to deliver the optimum solution....

Two-output DC-DC converters designed for satellite power systems

June 26, 2014 4:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the D Series of low power radiation-tolerant two output DC-DC converters developed to meet the high-reliability design needs of satellite power systems. The new D28xxD and D50xxxxP D Series of DC-DC converters offer extremely low output noise....

15 Watt AC-DC power supply targets medical applications

June 25, 2014 10:05 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the EML15 series of 15 Watt single-output AC-DC power supplies suitable for use in medical equipment. Complying with 3rd edition EN60601-1, ES60601-1, CSA-C22.2 No. 60601-1, IEC60601-1 medical safety standards, this extremely compact power supply is believed to be the smallest device....

Pilot study for SEPTA indicates annual energy savings exceeding $250K

June 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

ABB has released the results of a six-month pilot program of an innovative public transit energy storage system (ESS) designed to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) from an inefficient energy consumer into both a smart consumer and producer of energy....

TVS diode array offers superior clamping protection

June 24, 2014 2:53 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SM24CANA Series 200W TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes) for protecting the automotive Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transient (EFT), and other overvoltage transients....

650-W PSU is cPCI pluggable

June 24, 2014 11:51 am | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

Verotec (Eastleigh, UK) has extended its range of pluggable power supplies for use in CompactPCI systems with the introduction of a quad output 650-W unit. To meet the PICMG 2.11 Power Interface high power requirements on the 3.3-V and 5-V rails, the compact slimline 6U 8HP 160-mm unit features…

Power supply series extends to 650V output

June 23, 2014 10:29 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Neptune, NJ) announces the introduction of high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of 200W and 400W programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of up to 160, 320 or 650VDC, extending the line-up from 100VDC maximum....

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

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