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Reliability Gives Way to Market Pressures

In this Special Report, we take a closer look at growing concerns over the steady decline of technology reliability and safety. The list of examples keeps growing, ranging from the flawed navigation software blamed for the Boeing 737 Max crashes to consumer products that have burst into flames and injured their owners. How did we…

New Wave of Power Generation R&D Harnesses Water’s Energy

Alternative-energy discussions tend to focus on land-based technologies, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, but strategies for harnessing the power of water have been explored in recent decades and are commanding more attention and investment dollars. Energy companies and startups are harnessing the power-generation potential of tidal energy. (Image: Pixabay) Energy companies and startups are…

WBG Semiconductors to Take Spotlight at Power Conference

The power electronics community will gather in Munich in December to network with peers, learn from experts, and take a deep dive into designing with wide-bandgap power devices. MUNICH — Power electronics is rapidly moving to wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors as the gateway to more-efficient designs for a host of high-growth applications. WBG materials such as…

SiC Hits the Performance Marks for xEV Systems

The market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fully electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. Vehicles in these categories, sometimes collectively referred to as xEVs, incorporate numerous power electronic devices, most of which are based on silicon technology today. The most advanced xEV designs, however, require power electronics solutions that can achieve higher efficiency…

AMS Takeover Bid for Osram Fails

Sensor specialist AMS AG has failed to conclude a US$4.9 billion takeover of Osram Light AG. AMS said it had received the support of 51.6% of Osram shareholders, below the unconditional acceptance level of 62.5%. AMS nonetheless remains the largest single shareholder in Osram, having knocked Allianz Global Investors out of the top spot last…

u-blox Chip, Module Improve Global Positioning Accuracy

Among the key challenges for positioning technology are accuracy, especially in dense urban areas, and the ability to trust the reported position of a device. Swiss chip and module developer u-blox says its new M9 global-positioning platform addresses these issues, offering meter-level positioning accuracy and the ability to detect spoofing attacks when combined with special…

GaN HEMTs Boost Electric Motor Applications

Emerging electronics applications require electric motor designs that squeeze higher performance from ever more compact platforms. Designers are hard-pressed to meet the new requirements with motor driver circuits based on traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs. As silicon technology reaches theoretical limits for power density, breakdown voltage, and switching frequency, it gets tougher for designers to…

MEMS Sensors Enable Precise, Efficient Automotive Systems

The internet of things and industrial IoT applications aim to obtain useful information from the data flows acquired by sensors. The IoT and IIoT are both based on a multilayered approach in which peripheral devices communicate with a high-level application directly or through intermediate resources. Microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) sensors have the potential to provide significant benefits…