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11 Jul 2015


by Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

Texas Instruments says it is making, “high-accuracy measurement more attainable with the first current-sense amplifier to integrate a high-precision, low-drift 2 mΩ shunt resistor,” – the device can cut calibration effort, system cost, and footprint for test and measurement, communications load monitoring, and power supplies.

For highly accurate measurements over a wide temperature range, TI’s INA250 integrates the shunt resistor with a bi-directional, zero-drift current-sense amplifier to support both low-side and high-side implementations. It enables high-accuracy current measurements at common-mode voltages that can vary from 0 to 36V. The family of devices will be available in four output scales; 200, 500 and 800 mV/A, and 2 V/A; the maximum current through the shunt resistor is 10A at the full rated temperature of 125C, or 15A at up to 85C. Its accuracy and low drift reduce or may even eliminate designers’ calibration effort for many systems. This integration also enables lower system cost and a smaller board footprint compared to alternative solutions.

Current-sense amp integrates precision shunt resistor, in single package – [Link]

10 Jul 2015


by Markus Appel @ edn.com:

Optocouplers, also known as opto-isolators, are components that transfer electrical signals between two isolated circuits by using infrared light. As an isolator, an optocoupler can prevent high voltages from affecting the side of the circuit receiving the signal. Transferring signals over a light barrier by using an infrared light-emitting diode and a light-sensitive product, such as a phototransistor, is the main structure of an optocoupler. On the first page, datasheets provide the main product description, its features, suggested areas of applications, ordering information, and agency approvals, as shown in Figure 1 for the VO617A optocoupler with phototransistor output. Following pages provide key technical specifications, operating conditions, and graphs showing the behavior of the product.

Guidelines for reading an optocoupler datasheet – [Link]

13 Jun 2015


by R. Colin Johnson @ eetimes.com:

PORTLAND, Ore. — In its rush to get to market “while the iron is hot,” Vesper Technologies Inc. (Boston) has announced what it still claims is the industry’s highest signal-to-ratio (SNR) for a high-definition (HD) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone, even though it is scaled back to 68dB rather than the astounding 70dB SNR MEMS mic they previously promised.

“Our roadmap now calls for the 70dB version in 2016, followed by an ultra-miniature, low-power 72dB model in 2017 and a 75dB signal-to-noise ratio model by 2018,” Vesper Chief Executive Officer Matt Crowley told EE Times. “Even at 68dB, our current model VM101 almost doubles the performance compared to current high-end 65 dB SNR capacitive MEMS microphones.”

Industry’s Most Sensitive MEMS Mic – [Link]

17 Feb 2015

Infineon Opti5

by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Extending Infineon Technologies’ OptiMOS 5 portfolio of power MOSFETs are 80-V and 100-V variants optimized for high switching frequencies used in synchronous rectification applications for telecom and server power supplies, as well as industrial applications such as solar, low-voltage drives, and power adapters. OptiMOS 5 devices slash on-resistance by up to 45% for 80-V parts and up to 24% for 100-V parts compared to the previous generation.

Additionally, the OptiMOS 5 80-V variant offers a 38% reduction in output charge and the 100-V variant a 25% reduction. Less output charge means reduced switching losses and lower voltage overshoot in hard switching topologies and synchronous rectification. Moreover, a reduction in gate charge of 24% for 80-V devices and 29% for 100-V devices also reduces switching losses, especially at light load operation and in applications requiring high efficiency throughout the entire load range.

Next-generation MOSFETs cut on-resistance – [Link]

29 Jan 2015


Compact installation step relays Finder 26 series save energy similarly like latching relays, but they also operate on AC voltage.

Step relays are able to effectively control lighting or other devices and they significantly simplify circuit complexity at the same time. If you´re familiar with a bistable (latching) relay, then you know, that a relay can keep its status (On/Off) even without a power supply. A step relay, which we´d like to introduce to you this time, is mechanically significantly different from latching relays, but it also features this energy-saving property – i.e. maintaining the On/Off status even without a power supply.

A step relay is usually available with an AC coil and it´s very simply controllable by one push-button switch (momentary SPST-NO). The principle of the step relay is in the fact, that a driving coil mechanically moves a contact mechanism in various sequences. Each switching of a relay (switching a power to a coil) moves a mechanism in one “step” further. In the simplest case the sequence looks as On/Off/On/… But it also can be in other way, as illustrated in the attached picture. Step relay are probably the most frequently used for switching of lighting. This is enabled by a fact, that simple push-button switches, controlling a coil, are connected in parallel. In result, the circuitry gets much simpler and to control one or two lighting circuits from several places, it´s necessary to use only 2 wires (moreover only with a small cross-section – say 0,5mm2). Second saving is in a practically zero power consumption of the relay itself, as energy is only necessary to change a relay status.

Finder 26 series is constructed as a “small box”, which can be placed on a panel but also for example – into a common wall installation enclosure. On stock we keep the type, what´s a two-pole (10A) relay with 230Vac coil, with the On/Off sequence. Upon order, we´re able to supply you also versions with 12/24/48/110Vac coils and also modules for usage with 12/24VDC and for usage with illuminated switches.

Detailed information and a comprehensive table about possibilities of usage of particular types will provide you the Finder 26 datasheet. Useful examples of usage of these and also other switching components from Finder will provide you the document „Finder – The Electrician´s guide”.

With a step relay Finder 26 can be saved energy and also installation costs – [Link]

30 Dec 2014


Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP® low-profile, high-current inductor with an industry-high continuous operating temperature range to +180°C. Offered in the 2525 case size with a low profile of 3.0 mm, the new Vishay Dale IHLP-2525CZ-8A provides a wide range of inductance values from 0.47 µH to 22 µH.

With a frequency range up to 1 MHz, the AEC-Q200-qualified device released today serves as a high-performing, space- and power-saving solution for voltage regulator modules (VRM) and DC/DC converters in high-temperature automotive applications. End products include engine and transmission control units, diesel injection drivers, entertainment and navigation systems, noise suppression for motors, windshield wipers, HID and LED lighting, heating and ventilation blowers, and power seats and mirrors.

New Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade Low-Profile, High-Current Inductor Offers Continuous High-Temperature Operation to +180°C – [Link]

22 Dec 2014


Moreover, new UMTS/HSPA module Quectel UG95 is pin-compatible with GSM/GPRS module M95 thus offering extraordinarily simple way to migrate to 3G without a PCB redesign.

To have a possibility to choose a component on a given PCB place according to our wish is certainly advantageous. For example in audio equipment to use a simple operating amplifier (for less demanding applications) or in other case to use a pin-compatible high-end operating amplifier for more demanding applications (on the same PCB position). This compatibility is common in some fields, in other ones not that much …

In a segment of GSM/GPRS/UMTS modules is this compatibility a sort of an exception, so arrival of the new Quectel UG95 module on the market can be an interesting solution how to use the same design for smaller GSM/GPRS/EDGE connection (with the M95 module) and also for a substantially faster UMTS/HSPA connection with the UG95 module.

Do you use 2G module M95 and you wish for a higher transfer speed?

UG95 offer extraordinary possibility to design your device able to work with M95 or also with UG95 module. UG95 features more pins than M95 but their position is compatible, so at a PCB design it´s possible to place all pins on a PCB and their real use will depend on whether you´ll use M95 or UG95.In result it´s possible to assemble the same PCB with M95 or UG95 module according to given application requirements.

UG95 is based on a new Intel XMM6255 chipset. In general, UMTS/HSPA transfer offers not only a higher transfer speed of pictures and data but mainly higher reliability of connection even in hazard conditions. That can be very important for critical applications like telemetry, process control, security and similar. Because from a new module we usually expect enhanced functionality, even in this field the UG95 has what to offer, for example:

  • rich set of internet protocols – TCP/UDP/PPP/MMS*/SMTP*/FTP*/SSL* (*-in development)
  • standard industrial interfaces – USB 2.0/UART/I2C/PCM
  • high sensitivity and top-class audio algorithms, digital audio output (PCM)

New module is available in a form of the module itself – UG95EA-02-NCH-STD (suitable for a mass usage into a target appliance) and also in a form of a known „adapter board“ UG95-TE-A mainly intended for development using the UC20EVBKIT development kit.

Detailed information will provide you the UG95 presentation, UG95 specification and the document Quectel UG95&M95 compatible design.

UMTS module UG95 = reliable transfer even in hazard conditions – [Link]

19 Dec 2014


by elektor.com:

Lattice Semiconductor has developed two power-saving IP cores intended for use in smartphones and mobile devices. Known as ‘Voice Solution’ the two IPs are: Voice Command supporting hands-free and always-on applications, and Voice Recognition which improves the user experience by enhancing security and reducing false trigger inputs. They essentially act as a processing front-end, allowing the main processor to remain in low power dormant mode until voice commands have been processed and recognized by the Lattice Voice Processor.

Lattice FPGA Voice Processors – [Link]

17 Dec 2014


Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced the launch of a new transistor output photocoupler in a low-height SO6L 4 pin package – the TLP385. With its low-height of 2.3 mm (max), 45 percent lower than DIP4 packages, the TLP385 can be used in situations with strict height requirements. Applications including motherboards, programmable logic controllers, AC adapters, I/O interface boards, inverter interfaces and general purpose power supplies are suited to the new photocouplers.

Toshiba’s new photocoupler has an isolation specification equivalent to DIP4 F (wide lead) type package products, and provides a creepage and clearance distance of 8 mm (min) and isolation voltage of 5 kVrms (min).

Toshiba Introduces New Low-Height Transistor Output Photocoupler – [Link]

16 Dec 2014


by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

International Rectifier’s IRFH4257D is a 25-V dual N-channel power MOSFET housed in a 4×5-mm PQFN power-block package aimed at 12-V input DC/DC synchronous buck applications, such as telecom equipment, servers, graphic cards, and computers. With this latest power-block addition, designers now have the option of choosing a 4×5-mm or 5×6-mm PQFN to suit their design requirements.

Dual MOSFET squeezes into PQFN package – [Link]





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