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I wanted to take a minute and share a few really cool new power devices I've come across lately that I think are definitely worth your consideration on your next designs. These are all module based products, which is not to say I don't advocate for discrete designs, but I continue to see new and innovative modules that ease the design process and cost deltas between module and discrete continue to shrink. Here are 3 devices I'd recommend taking a look at for your next designs.   TDK uPOL ...
A research team in Germany developed the world's smallest micro supercapacitor, which can be safely used in the human body. (Image Credit: Research Group Prof. Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt)   Scientists in Germany recently created the world's smallest micro supercapacitor, achieved by combining tiny electronics with origami-inspired fabrication. The micro supercapacitor, which is smaller than a speck of dust, stores the same voltage level as an AAA battery. It also utilizes crucial blood ingredie ...
The 3D printed channel fasteners were installed during a planned fuel outage at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 2 in Athens, Alabama. (Image Credit: Framatome)   This prompts a serious thought – would you trust a 3D printed part in a mission-critical application? Have you ever used a 3D printed part in a product design?   During a planned refueling outage, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) installed four 3D-printed fuel assembly brackets, now in routine operation, at its Bro ...
The breakthrough could pave the way toward faster electronics. (Image Credit: Intralist.com/Unsplash)   Northeastern University scientists claim to have made a breakthrough quantum physics discovery that could help lead to the next generation of computers, sensors, and switches.  Their findings are based on the discovery of a topological axion insulator, a unique quantum matter state that was once thought to be theoretical but now exists.   The axion insulating state was achiev ...
Electronics are becoming more like computers every day and almost every new television or receiver connects to the Internet to report bugs, or to download the latest new app or firmware update. To support this functionality, the internals of these devices contain their own microprocessor brains and have architecture approaching that of a PC. With these developments, software has become just as important as hardware in terms of safety, and to address this, a new standard called IEC 62368-1 was pu ...
The team’s purified tin selenide in polycrystalline form could lead to affordable devices that convert heat waste into electricity. (Image Credit: Northwestern University)   Scientists from Northwestern University and Seoul National University recently found a way to convert heat into electricity through a purified tin selenide in polycrystalline form, an inexpensive solution. The thermoelectric material outperforms the single-crystal form, making it the most efficient system to date ...

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