NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)testing Ascent Solar CIGS Technology on International Space Station

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) chose the Ascent Solar's CIGS solar technology for an experiment on the International Space Station. The MISSE-X (Materials International Space Station Experiment) flight experiment launched on Nov. 17, 2018 aboard the NG CRS-10 mission. The NG CRS-10 subsequently docked on the ISS on Nov.…

ROHM's New 1700V/250A Rated SiC Power Module Proves Reliable

ROHM recently reported the development of a 1700V/250A rated SiC power module. According to ROHM, the module boasts the industry’s highest level of reliability optimized for inverter and converter applications including industrial high power supplies and outdoor power generation systems. ROHM points out that power applications for electric vehicles and…

Bluetooth Switch Reference Design from ON Semiconductor Uses Only Harvested Energy

Phoenix, Arizona-based firm ON Semiconductor, introduced its Bluetooth Low Energy Switch reference design that operates entirely from harvested energy. The platform demonstrates how the RSL10 System-in-Package (SIP) can enable Bluetooth 5 devices that are battery-less and entirely self-powered. Potential applications include lighting control, building automation, and asset tracking. [caption id="attachment_287679" align="alignleft"…

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Infineon Acquires Siltectra for its Cold Split Technology

Infineon Technologies AG of Munich, Germany reports that it has acquired Siltectra GmbH, a start-up located in Dresden. The start-up, which was established in 2010, has developed an innovative technology (Cold Split) to efficiently process crystal material with minimal loss of material compared to common sawing technologies. After the acquisition …

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ON Semiconductor Introduces IPMs for Electric Vehicles

ON Semiconductor introduced IPMs for electric and plugin hybrid electric vehicles.

ON Semiconductor of Phoenix, Arizona USA, launched new Automotive Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) that enhance overall performance in high-voltage DC-DC conversion and onboard charging (OBC), and other applications for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). IPMs Offer Very High Power Density The IPMs deliver extremely high power …

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3D-Sensing and 5G Markets Focus of II-VI’s Finisar Acquisition

Compoundsemi component maker II-VI of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, reported that it plans to acquire optical communications firm Finisar of Sunnyvale, California USA. The intended focus of the combined firm will be on the 3D-sensing and 5G markets. The Boards of Directors of both II-VI and Finisar unanimously approved the merger …

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Facebook Data Center to Get Solar Power from First Solar Power Plant

First Solar, a Tempe, Arizona-based maker of Cadmium Telluride solar cells, plans to develop and build a solar power plant to support Facebook’s Prineville, Oregon Data Center. The 58 megawatt (MW)AC Cove Mountain Solar Project, near Enterprise, Utah, will generate renewable energy that will support Facebook’s Prineville Data Center. The …

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AFRL Awards Qorvo Contract to Develop GaN Modeling Tool

Qorvo®, a provider of RF solutions based in Greensboro, North Carolina USA, reported that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) awarded the company a four-year contract. For the contract, Qorvo intends to develop and implement a physics-based, unified gallium nitride (GaN) modeling framework to speed up the designing of …

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