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Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

High-speed hard-switching 650-V IGBTs promise improved switching performance and efficiency

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation is expanding its 650V XPTIGBT product portfolio. With current ratings ranging from 16 A to 200 A, these new devices are designed to achieve an optimal balance between the turn-off energy loss and on-state voltage, especially

Hybrid coupler offers low profile, high performance

January 7, 2014 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 3 dB hybrid coupler from Anaren. The low profile, high performance X3C25F1-03S, the latest Femto-sized coupler in the Xinger® III family of products from Anaren, has been miniaturized to a 3 mm x 5 mm footprint without sacrificing electrical performance.

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High voltage power supplies offer flexibility to attain peak performance

January 7, 2014 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AM4014-CE1 and the AM8014-CE1 are micro-controller based variable high voltage power supplies with a regulated Vout range from 1.0kV to 4.0kV with the AM4014-CE1 type and 1.0kV to 8.0kV with the AM8014-CE1 type. These power supplies with micro-controller based features add flexibility for the designer to optimize the required voltage levels to attain the peak performance levels of their equipment or system with one multi-featured power device for a complete range system evaluation.

Three-wire and four-wire active harmonic filter modular systems designed to meet IEEE-519

January 6, 2014 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. is proud to introduce our new PB-W (Wall-Mount) Series of three-wire and four-wire active (3x200VAC to 3x480VAC) harmonic filter modular systems that are designed to meet IEEE-519. The Power Balance (PB-W) family is scalable and offers a cost-effective solution for improving power quality for tower buildings as well as automation, wind turbine and a wide range of industrial applications. The Wall-Mount versions are ideal for mounting in small and confined areas, as well as the required “out of reach” locations.

Switch operates from 5 to 2200 MHz

January 6, 2014 9:30 am | Richardson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new absorptive 75-Ohm RF single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The PE42721 is manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS process, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, offering the performance of GaAs with the economy and integration of conventional CMOS. Peregrine’s HaRP technology enhancements provide for new RF architectures and unmatched linearity in RF front end solutions.

Cloud-based tool helps designers select an optimal DC/DC module for their power board

January 3, 2014 2:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business announced the launch of its cloud-based Power Module Wizard, providing board designers with an intuitive tool to help them easily select the optimal DC/DC modules for their power board. The tool is said to help board designers

C compiler supports Power Architecture

January 3, 2014 1:42 pm | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited announced a new major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture-based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx Series and STMicroelectronics SPC5 Series. The new compiler brings

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AC/DC power supplies come with medical & ITE dual approvals

January 3, 2014 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower launches its TWM65 series of 2" x 3" ultra-compact open frame AC/DC power supplies featuring 65 watts output, 0.2 watt no-load power consumption and medical-ITE dual approvals. The TWM65 series features 90 to 264 volts universal AC input and 0.95 power factor.

Gate drive IC shrinks automotive high current switching systems

January 2, 2014 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the compact AUIR08152S automotive-qualified gate drive IC featuring high output current in excess of 10 A that shrinks system size and is said to boost performance in automotive and industrial high-power switching applications.

One-Watt DC/DC converter targets industrial applications

January 2, 2014 9:51 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the MEF1 Series of 1-W regulated DC/DC converters. Suitable for use in industrial, automation and instrumentation applications, these tightly regulated single output converters, rated to better than 1 percent of nominal output voltage...

Step-up converter delivers up to 350 W from 12-V input

January 2, 2014 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited announced the F351 Series of a step-up, full-brick DC-DC converter that delivers up to 350 W from a nominal 12-V (11-V to 18-V) input. These converters are suited for battery back-up, transportation, industrial controls and automotive applications.

Opto-less, wide input range DC/DC converter extends operating life to 30 years

January 2, 2014 9:25 am | Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse’s DRH-150 wide input range, long-life DC/DC converter for rugged industrial environments is designed for an operating life of up to 30 years. By eliminating optocouplers in the feedback loop and significantly reducing component count...

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Lithium-ion cells designed for use in harsh environments

December 30, 2013 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran Batteries now offers an expanded line of TLI Series, a new family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments. Standard rechargeable lithium-ion cells have inherent drawbacks, including short operating life....

Three-pole Pole IP68 connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V

December 27, 2013 11:59 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (APP) introduced the 3 Position Mini PL connector. This compact, environmentally sealed (IP68) connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V (UL). The 3 Position Mini PL connector features a manual release latch to

Get to know IEC60601-1 3rd Edition before selecting your medical power supply

December 24, 2013 12:17 pm | by Jay vanWormer, Murata Power Solutions, www.murata-ps.com | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Articles | Comments

Standards and their implementation can often cause a lot of confusion, and the 3rd edition of the medical safety standard IEC60601-1 is no exception. Initially ratified as early as 2005, it has only been since the recent withdrawal of the second edition that engineers are forced to take note of the changes.

How is the power industry helping the datacenter meet huge energy demands?

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | Ericsson Power Modules, Vicor Corp., Murata Power Solutions Inc., Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Datacenter processing requirements and associated power demands are accelerating at a staggering rate, driven by a host of compute-intensive business, research and consumer applications such as the ‘triple play’ of voice, video and Internet via mobile phones. This is yielding increasingly glaring power and cost inefficiencies....

Vertical single poke home WTB contacts suit harsh industrial applications

December 24, 2013 10:02 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation expanded its series of single poke home wire-to-board (WTB) contacts with a new family of vertical top and bottom entry contacts. Featuring high spring force, dual beam, phosphor bronze contacts, the new vertical 9296 Series provides maximum mechanical stability and wire retention

Finding the pathway to a career in power technology

December 24, 2013 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot to be said about how being around great people can have a positive, nurturing influence on a career. When you talk to Bob White, who has been very instrumental in creating and advancing the PMBus standard and who continues to be a very prolific speaker at power-related events, he’s quick to praise the people he met along the way....

Solid-state power amplifiers designed for a wide range of X-Band frequency applications

December 23, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTT announces a new family of compact, GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) operating in the 7.0 to 11.0 GHz frequency range for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and military microwave applications. CTT’s latest compact SSPA designs offer as much as 100 Watts of Output Power in a compact package.

Digital PWM controller designed for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies

December 20, 2013 3:26 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel introduced the MIC21000, true-digital PWM controller for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies in computing and telecom applications. Designed to work with an external industry standard DrMOS as well as Micrel's proprietary IntelliMOS solution, the MIC21000 can be used as a flexible building block....

Schottky diodes feature zero recovery time

December 20, 2013 3:17 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for four new 650V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new devices are the latest addition to Microsemi's SiC Schottky product family.

High-efficiency DIN rail-mount power supplies feature compact sizes

December 20, 2013 3:08 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda DRB series of DIN rail power supplies for low power applications that require less space on the mounting rail. Designed to support the growing trend for simple and economic DIN power solutions in industrial, building automation and process control applications...

AC-DC power supply achieves 92% efficiency at 50 percent full load

December 19, 2013 1:35 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the D1U86G series of 86 mm wide, 460 Watt front end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. The D1U86G can achieve a high minimum conversion efficiency of 92 percent at 50 percent full load. With 1U form factor, these units measure only 86.0 x 196.9 x 39.9 mm....

Exposing the roots of the lithium battery problem

December 18, 2013 11:34 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes. Hampering this change, however, has been the so-called dendrite problem.

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