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DC-DC modules achieve 88% efficiency

January 22, 2014 1:43 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the SPM series of low-power isolated DC-DC modules designed specifically for use in electronic equipment that will be subject to harsh environments such as outdoor communications, applications with little or no forced air cooling, smart grid and industrial process control equipment.

Synchronous step-down DC/DC controller enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of the current sense signal

January 21, 2014 11:19 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3875, a dual output current-mode synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that enables the use of very low DC resistance (DCR) power inductors by using a novel DCR sensing architecture that enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of the current sense signal.

Passive Inter-Modulation terminations boast a PIM spec of -127dBc with two 20W input tones

January 21, 2014 10:38 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for low Passive Inter-Modulation (PIM) terminations from EMC Technology. The 32P7197F, 110W flange mount termination boasts a PIM spec of -127dBc with two 20W input tones. Designed for demanding infrastructure applications, EMC’s 32P7197F operates to 2GHz....

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Sunlight-readable mono graphic OLEDs feature total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W

January 20, 2014 11:54 am | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is excited to announce their new 2.4” Sunlight Readable Mono Graphic OLED. This low cost passive matrix 2.4” Mono Graphic OLED display module makes a great option for any application using small size LCDs. With a total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W, this OLED display is designed for hand-held and battery operated applications....

35A DC-DC converter module attains typical efficiency rating of 94%

January 20, 2014 11:36 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the latest addition to the OKLP range of "Power Block" products from Murata Power Solutions. In addition to the recently introduced 25A, Murata now offers the OKLP-X/35-W12-C, a 35A Power Block solution. This Power Block concept sits between a discrete Point-of-Load (PoL) design....

Inductor ideal for switched-mode power supply applications

January 20, 2014 10:19 am | Renco Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renco Electronics announces the release of the company’s high current version of the best selling product in compact form, the RL-5480HC. Under the slogan, “smaller is better”, Renco debuted the RL-5480HC. The inductor’s high saturation materials allow for ideal use in switched-mode power supply applications....

380 VDC input bus converter modules enable high voltage DC distribution with 98 percent efficient conversion

January 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation unveiled the first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. This new ChiP bus converter module (BCM) supplies 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98 percent peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. The module is asserted to

Power amplifiers cover the frequency range of 2.7 to 3.7GHz

January 14, 2014 4:29 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two S-band power amplifiers from TriQuint. The TGA2583 and TGA2585 cover the frequency range of 2.7 to 3.7GHz with 10 and 18 watts of saturated output power respectively. Both TriQuint devices offer power added efficiency of 54% with a small signal gain of 33dB.

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Off-line PWM controllers features integrated power MOSFET

January 14, 2014 3:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of off-line PWM controllers that incorporate both a sense MOSFET and a current mode PWM controller IC. This new series is offered by Allegro and manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan.

300W AC/DC power supplies certified to EN 60601 3RD edition

January 14, 2014 1:39 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPU-300M series, now available from MicroPower Direct, is a family of compact 300W AC/DC power supplies that are certified to EN 60601 3RD edition. These power supplies offer a unique combination of power, and safety, combined with robust performance & compact construction.

Will solar energy ever be a viable alternative to traditional power?

January 14, 2014 10:13 am | Apc- Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Solar is already a viable alternative to traditional carbon based and nuclear thermal power plants. In 2012, over 31 Gigawatts (GW) of new PV generation went online globally including 3.5GW in the United States alone. In 2013, that number in the United States is expected to grow by 28% to reach 4.9GW.

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

January 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

Battery development may extend range of electric cars

January 10, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend the technology's lifespan...

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Surface mount piezoelectric buzzer offers low profile of 1.9mm

January 10, 2014 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Americas announced the expansion of its Surface mount piezoelectric buzzer family with the launch of the PKMCS0909E4000-R1, the smallest surface mount buzzer available on the market today.  Measuring just 9x9mm, this piezoelectric solution fully withstands reflow soldering without the slightest degradation in performance.

Interface adapter provides eight individually configurable serial ports

January 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Sealevel Systems Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announces the 7802e, a new PCI Express serial interface adapter that provides eight serial ports individually configurable for RS-422 or RS-485 communications. For error-free operation in high-speed serial applications, the board's high-performance 16C950 UART includes 128-byte FIFOs, eight times larger than those found on standard 16550 UARTs.

Leak detection kit finds leaks in petroleum

January 9, 2014 3:26 pm | Spectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation has unveiled the OLK-441 Leak Detection Kit, which finds leaks quickly and efficiently in petroleum- or synthetic-based fluid systems. It’s ideal for use with hydraulic systems, compressors, engines, gearboxes and fuel systems.

Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

January 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable. The novel battery technology is reported in a paper...

Solar energy to power iconic Vegas welcome sign

January 9, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city's iconic welcome sign. Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

WakaWaka isn’t just for Fozzie Bear anymore

January 8, 2014 4:19 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The phrase “WakaWaka” is being thrown around at this year’s CES and there isn’t a muppet in sight. WakaWaka is a business venture that aims to provide high-tech and low-cost solar technology to developing countries and areas affected by natural (or manmade, they won’t ask!) disaster. The company hopes to end the global problem of “energy-poverty” as well as provide a way for people to charge their electronics during power outages.

Bridge rectifier increases energy efficiency

January 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Good-Ark Semiconductor announces the launch of DB520, a 5A/200V Schottky Bridge Rectifier in the DFS package.  This device performs full-wave rectification with high surge current capability, increased energy efficiency and low VF.  Featuring a VRRM of 200V and a low VF (max) of 0.85V @ 5.0A, the DB520 is ideal for LED lighting and power management applications. 

650-V green mode buck switches offer high power efficiency with system design scalability

January 8, 2014 12:02 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FSL306 and FSL336 650 V Green Mode AC Buck Switches offer burst-mode operation with the low available operating current (250 µA) that helps to reduce standby mode power consumption for increased energy efficiency. Power scalability from

An improved, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting devices

January 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Solar energy appears to be the only form of renewable that can be exploited at level that matches the world's growing needs. However, it is equally necessary to find efficient ways to store solar energy in order to ensure a consistent energy supply when sunlight is scarce.

AC-DC power supplies offer high efficiency single output for convection, forced air cooling

January 8, 2014 9:04 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced a 130 Watt addition to the ECS series of AC-DC power supplies. Packaged in a compact 2 x 4 x 1.25 inch (50.8 x 101.6 x 31.8 mm) open-frame format, the high efficiency single output ECS130 can be either convection or forced air cooled and used in a variety of end-applications.

RAMBO a small but powerful magnet

January 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have pioneered a tabletop magnetic pulse generator that does the work of a room-sized machine – and more. The device dubbed “RAMBO” – short for Rice Advanced Magnet with Broadband Optics – will allow researchers who visit the university to run spectroscopy-based experiments on materials in pulsed magnetic fields of up to 30 tesla.

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