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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

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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...

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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.

Multilayer organic capacitor series includes capacitance values to 5.1pF

December 17, 2013 1:16 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has doubled the capacitance of its 0603 Multilayer Organic Capacitor (MLOC) Series, extending the highest-rated capacitance value from 2.5pF to 5.1pF.  Ideal for applications including RF power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, filter networks, and instrumentation, AVX’s 0603 MLO capacitors exhibit low ESR....

Gate driver development boards enable high-speed power circuit creation

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced today the introduction of the DVRFD630 and DVRFD631 RF MOSFET Gate Driver Development Boards by its IXYS Colorado division. These general-purpose circuit boards are designed to demonstrate the performance of the IXRFD630 and IXRFD631 RF MOSFET gate drivers....

Voltage regulators provide the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable

December 17, 2013 12:51 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds to its extensive portfolio of low noise block regulators (LNBRs) designed for satellite receivers in Set Top Boxes and LCD TVs. Allegro’s “Generation 5” A8300 and A8300-1 are fully integrated linear and switching voltage regulators that are specifically designed to provide the power and the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable.

How to select an AC power supply

December 16, 2013 3:17 pm | by Grady Keeton, AMETEK Programmable Power | Articles | Comments

Today’s electronic products must work under all types of conditions, not just ideal ones. That being the case, AC sources used in test applications must not only supply a stable source of AC, they must also simulate power-line disturbances and other non-ideal situations.

Monolithic flyback DC/DC converter actively balances high-voltage stacks of batteries

December 16, 2013 3:09 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8584, a monolithic flyback DC/DC converter designed to actively balance high voltage stacks of batteries. These battery stacks are commonly found in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as fail-safe power supplies and energy storage systems.

1W DC-DC converter designed for industrial automation applications

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the MEF1 series of 1 Watt regulated DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Suitable for use in industrial, automation and instrumentation applications, these tightly regulated single output converters, rated to better than 1% of nominal output voltage, are packaged in a fully encapsulated single-in-line through-hole format....

US Department of Energy cracking down on idle adapters

December 13, 2013 4:24 pm | by Michael O’Loughlin, Senior Systems Solutions Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Portable devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and tablets have become popular over the years. Most people own at least two of these devices. Each device requires a power adapter to charge and provide power for these portable electronics.

Understanding the ambiguity of the peak power rating of TVS devices

December 13, 2013 3:55 pm | by Robert Ashton, Sudhama Shastri, ON Semiconductor | On Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

All electrical systems, including computers, entertainment systems, mobile phones, medical instrumentation and automotive electronics, need to be immune from damage due to electrical transients encountered on a day-to-day basis. Electrical transients can come from many sources.

Horizontal mating connectors engineered for high current loads

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose is now taking orders for its newest connector: the DF64 Series, a Horizontally Mated 2-Piece Connector System. Made available for board-to-board and board-to-wire interfaces, the 2-position DF64 Series connector measures 20.4 x 14.4 mm and has a mated height of just 4.7 mm.

Hybrid amplifiers provide up to +61 dBmV output power and 26 dB gain

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new hybrid amplifiers for CATV applications from TriQuint. The TAT8884HO GaAs power doubler amplifier operates from 50 to 1000 MHz and features high linearity and gain.

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