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Future Electronics launches FAI in UK and Eire

Distributor Future Electronics has introduced its FAI Electronics division into the UK and Eire as part of a global initiative, offering medium-sized and developing electronics manufacturers services that are generally only available to larger companies, such as guaranteed stock availability, enhanced credit terms and expert technical support.

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LED driver controller able to handle more demanding lighting applications

By extending input voltage operation from 60V down to as low as 5.0V, the new ZXLD1371 LED driver controller from Diodes Incorporated has been designed to handle as broad a range of applications as possible, including those subject to the greatest variance in input voltage, such as automotive lighting and 12VAC powered systems.

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New plugmeter reference board provides blueprint for embedded power meter

Future Energy Solutions, a division of technical broadline distributor Future Electronics, has released a Plugmeter reference design that will enable the rapid development of electricity metering applications which show consumers their current or recent power usage.

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Maxim’s hi-speed USB protectors offer robust ESD protection for mobile connectivity

Maxim Integrated has introduced the MAX16919/MAX16969, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 automotive-grade protectors with iPod/iPhone fast-charge detection and USB host-charger detection for all USB gadgets. The protectors’ fast-charge detection supports both Hi-Speed USB (480Mbps) and full-speed USB (12Mbps) operation, which conveniently lets consumers recharge their USB devices while driving.

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Renesas announces Eclipse-based integrated development environment

Renesas Electronics Europe has announced the launch of an Eclipse-based platform, the Eclipse studio, known as e2studio, to provide a flexible development environment for its microcontrollers (MCU). With the release of the e2studio, developers of Renesas’ RL78, RX and V850 families of MCUs can now benefit from Eclipse based debugging capabilities as well as the established CDT functionality.

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Cree releases packaged 1700V SiC schottky diodes

Cree has introduced a series of packaged diodes that deliver what is believed to be the highest blocking voltage available in SiC Schottky technology. The 1700V Z-Rec Schottky diodes are almost able to eliminate the reverse recovery losses suffered in silicon PiN diode alternatives, enabling ultra-efficient, smaller and lighter systems.

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New CMC standard header and solder-mount headers with press-fit terminals

The Molex CMC product line has been expanded with the introduction of a 154-circuit header in compliant-pin mount and 32- and 112-circuit solder-mount headers. Designed to perform in high-conductivity applications and harsh environments, CMC is an industry standard interface used in transport powertrain applications, including ECUs (engine control units), automatic gearboxes, suspension controllers and electric parking brakes.

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New range of medical power supplies from TDK-Lambda

TDK-Lambda UK has introduced a new 150W range to its CSS series of AC-DC medical power supplies – the single output CSS150 combines a 4kVac reinforced input-to-output isolation with dual fusing and an input-to-ground isolation of 1.5kVac to meet global 60601-1 2nd & 3rd Editions safety approvals for medical equipment.

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Vicor launches new online IBC power simulation tool

Vicor Corporation has unveiled its new IBC Power Simulation tool, an online simulation capability that enables power system designers to interactively model the electrical and thermal performance of intermediate bus converters in application-specific operating conditions and thermal environments. Available to users via Vicor’s PowerBench online design centre, the IBC Power Simulation tool offers greater visibility into key electrical and thermal performance attributes of Intermediate Bus Converters (“IBCs”).

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Farnell becomes a member of Trace

The multichannel electronics distributor, Farnell, has been granted a certificate of membership signifying the company’s commitment to transparency in international commercial transactions by TRACE International. TRACE is a non-profit membership association that pools resources to provide practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational companies.

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