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Infineon adds logic level to StrongIRFETs

Infineon has extended its StrongIRFET Power MOSFET family with Logic Level StrongIRFETs which can be driven directly from a microcontroller. With the logic level extension, Infineon meets the market’s demand for StrongIRFETs that do not require a stand-alone driver. In the logic level variant the necessary gate-source…

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Skeleton and Adgero recover kinetic energy in lorries

Skeleton Technologies and Adgero have developed a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for road freight vehicles. The hybrid system is designed to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 25%, and is optimised for intermodal road transport solutions, says the company. The Adgero Hybrid System consists of a…

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LAPIS sampling 10-cell li-ion battery monitoring IC

LAPIS Semiconductor, a part of ROHM, is sampling a 10-cell lithium-ion battery monitoring LSI that provides a current consumption of 25μA (typ.) making it suitable for battery protection systems in cordless vacuum cleaners, electric tools, and other portable equipment. The ML5233 has 0.1μA (typ.) current…

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Toshiba expands backside illumination CMOS sensor range

Toshiba has expanded its range of backside illumination CMOS image sensors equipped with Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF). Designed for use in smartphones and tablets the sensors achieve high performance image capture and low power consumption. The range expansion features the 8 megapixel (MP) T4KA3-121, the 16 MP T4KC3…

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Audi to show first OLED rear lights

Audi will demonstrate Matrix OLED rear lights in a concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt. According to the German car manufacturer, the benefits of using OLEDs is that they are homogenous light sources which do not require any reflectors, light guides or similar optical components. Audi predicts that research…

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HiRel hybrid DC-DC converters for drillers

Infineon subsidiary IR HiRel is selling hermetic hybrid DC-DC converters rated at 185ºC in a 1-inch wide package. The devices are designed specifically for oil and gas exploration downhole tools and can withstand the high temperature as well as the high shock environment typically found in these…

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Wireless will replace wires, says Bell Labs chief

Phones lines to homes and offices will one day be defunct and we will all one day connect to telecoms networks wirelessly, according to Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent. He also believes networks will be rebuilding themselves like connections in the human brain to…

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Nasa plans to send CubeSats to explore planets

Low cost miniature satellites could one day be used to orbit and explore distant objects such as planets and comets. Nasa is investigating the feasibility of sending CubeSats out of earth orbit to investigate distant objects. The hope is that this will dramatically reduce the cost of sending probes to…

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