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Enabling EV Charging Infrastructure in India

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 14:18

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The world is becoming sensitive towards climate change and adapting technologies and solutions that can accelerate resolutions to avoid further disruption to climate. Needless to say, the electric vehicle is one such solution. Around 57% of all global passenger vehicle sales and over 30% of the passenger vehicle fleet will be electric by 2040, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The BNEF Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019 expects annual passenger EV sales to rise to 10 million in 2025, 28 million in 2030, and 56 million by 2040.

But for India, vision is already set for 2030 with maximum dependency on electric vehicles, especially for public transportation where the government in transformation at high speed. India is highly adaptive to new technology, and when it is about EV adoption, we can understand with current launches of electric vehicles how it is streaming up more. The government recently shared its view to have that in the next three years, one can experience the EV charging station every 3 km. As a recent report suggested, India has the potential to become the largest electric vehicle (EV) market in the world, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Ola Electric institute. But being hungry doesn’t solve the food problem. Having electric vehicles also means to have charging stations and infrastructure that can meet the growing demand. The best thing about EV charging is that it can be done at home as well. And the future will see the maximum dependency on AC chargers only, which can be done at both commercial and residential places. So the coming time is gearing up to have more electrification of electric vehicle and strengthen up then the ecosystem of EV charging.

Currently, EV is the trend in India, with the automobile industry becoming absorbed about electric vehicles. But the priority is not to only provide but adapt. The big question is why should customers consider electric vehicle as their priority means of transportation? This can only be channelized when we have a perfect balance of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure that convinces the people that there are less or no hurdles in driving a vehicle, which reduces the carbon emission. This year there were multiple launches of electric cars in Auto Expo 2020. To some extent, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the theme of Auto Expo was going electric with major automobile brands showcasing how they will contribute to the EV infrastructure.

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And subsequently, the government and companies are doing their part in making the path of EV established with strengthening the infrastructure. With GOI’s vision to have an EV charging station every 3 km in the next 3 years, it can be perceived that everyone is playing their role in making EV a future of tomorrow’s automobile sector. The government is setting a platform with various measures that will benefit the EV ecosystem, like reducing GST on EV Chargers from 18% to 5%.

The growth for the more electric vehicle on roads can only be done with a stable atmosphere that requires encouragement for sustainability by prioritizing the growth of the EV ecosystem. This can be done by creating a well-connected charging infrastructure on the Pan-India level.

But the market needs a lot more in terms of infrastructure and value. For example, an acute shortage of Cobalt, which is the major raw material for lithium-ion batteries, can become a significant concern for the adoption of EV. But we are confident that the automotive industry is resilient enough to come up with alternate materials for manufacturing EV batteries.

Apart from fiscal benefit, the government should introduce non-fiscal incentives that can convince customers to explore electric cars as their first choice. Like waving off Road-tax and RC for EV vehicles can be a high turning point for people to consider electric vehicles as a prime option. Also, small initiatives like free parking in the malls, special zones with only EV vehicles like Connaught Place in Delhi, which will also reduce the carbon emission, can be a great contributor.

Once the path has been smoothened, the EV sector can witness its next adaptation, which is about vehicle-grid technology that will also revolutionize the electricity infrastructure. Imagine having a car that not only solves the transportation problem but also can be utilized to provide electricity to the home. That is the solution future is holding for EV infrastructure.

As a leading player, we are uniquely positioned to offer complete end-to-end solutions with both on-board and off-board chargers. Our energy-efficient, compact, and extremely robust solutions for onboard chargers (DC-DC Converters & Powertrain) give us a distinctive advantage because of our global expertise. We have been consistent in developing technologies and solutions that strengthen the EV charging infrastructure and showcase our support in partnering with GOI’s ‘E-Mobility Mission.’

We have been partnering with leading OEMs and automobile brands to provide our EV Charging solutions and have already installed more than 700 chargers. We have both AC and DC chargers to ensure that the market has end-to-end solutions from our energy-efficient products that will enhance the growth of EV in India.

But like discussed earlier, the major challenge is not just supplying but also to provide the knowledge in implementing smooth execution. Taking the same faith ahead, we recently launched the E-Mobility Tech Experience Center conceptualized to provide an industry platform that will support all types of ratings and configurations and be an enabler when it comes to an understanding of the ecosystem of EV charging solutions. The aim is to encourage more and more partners and associates to familiarize themselves with the technology which is being initiated by providing knowledge and practical experience with a different type of charging solutions for all kinds of electric vehicles under one roof. We have various range of energy-efficient AC & DC EV chargers such as GB/T, CCS, ChadeMO along with OCA certified Testing Tools, Charging Process Simulators, Load Simulators, and Charge Point Operator software platform. That will help the future to be more precise with perfect knowledge of the process.

Being a green company with a vision to power green India for us EV Charging is one of the key businesses which rightly projects our vision to provide clean energy. Thus our R&D lab is continuously working to ensure that we have the technology with us that can always support the EV charging ecosystem and reduce the hurdles in achieving it.

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Enabling a sovereign cloud using a multi-cloud foundation

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 14:10

The adoption of multiple clouds by European business and public agencies continues to increase due to the need for competitive differentiation and growth through speed, quality and the delivery of great customer experiences. To achieve these goals, IT and business executives must manage challenges across data governance, security and compliance to protect sensitive customer, citizen and country data using privacy, access and security controls.

Data has become both a business and national asset. The ability of enterprises and governments to control data and run workloads while operating within legal jurisdiction, complying with multi-jurisdictional regulations, and protecting against unauthorized access requires a critical set of sovereign capabilities which are essential for customer trust and business growth.

Given this transformational journey, sovereign clouds should be included as part of a multi-cloud strategy. Using common sovereign tenants and principles is becoming increasingly necessary while at the same time supporting capabilities that deliver efficiency, reduce complexity and enable standardization. This approach provides a foundation from which IT and business teams can ensure that the necessary solutions are in place to control, secure, and store data in compliance with relevant regional, national, and (where applicable) international laws and guidelines. A multi-cloud architecture can provide layers to meet local and national regulations, and thereby give organizations greater choices and flexibility across multiple sovereign cloud environments. Fundamentally, a multi-cloud approach to sovereign cloud is about unlocking and supporting emerging data economies with as little complexity and uncertainty as possible. This approach empowers enterprises to focus more on serving their stakeholders through innovation and growth. Additionally, a multi-cloud approach to a sovereign cloud enables legacy application and back-end infrastructure modernization.

Technology executives must understand that establishing a sovereign cloud is complex and difficult, especially without assistance from a partner or vendor with deep expertise. There are various complex dimensions spanning data security and data protection, understanding regulations and their impact on technology needs, and the complexity of driving standardization and controls across multiple clouds. In addition, data classification for a sovereign cloud is essential for its success. This complexity requires technology leaders to build expertise with strategic partners who have the depth and bench strength to deploy a sovereign cloud. As part of a sovereign cloud foundation, multi-cloud tools enable organizations to tailor infrastructure to their specific needs and respond in an agile way to data privacy, security and geopolitical disruptions.

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When it comes to vendor and partner support, customers should not expect to create a sovereign cloud on their own because of the required complexity and expertise. Let’s take two examples of sovereign cloud deployments using large global professional service partners, VMware and Broadcom. VMware’s technology has been a critical foundation for driving innovation and scale for governments and public agencies in Europe for many years. With a set of tools that can position customers to work across multiple clouds, VMware can enable the critical foundational requirements for a sovereign cloud, and has been an instrumental partner in the process of driving innovation for governments and public agencies in Europe. After its pending acquisition by Broadcom, VMware will be supported by Broadcom’s lengthy track record of significant R&D investments, an innovation-focused culture, and commitment to customers. Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware creates opportunities for the new, combined organization to offer customers a more complete set of sovereign cloud capabilities. Such a set of capabilities could help accelerate digital transformation across Europe while also furthering the needs and objectives of sovereign clouds.

Digging deeper into multi-cloud technology capabilities, enterprises must consider how to manage the necessary controls, security and data transparency required for a sovereign cloud. Without the right technology foundation that empowers these capabilities, the successful deployment of a sovereign cloud is simply not possible. Additional key areas customers must consider enabling a sovereign cloud include:

  • Basing the technology architecture on a resilient and scalable architecture that takes advantage of process automation across application, service and operational tasks and capabilities
  • Taking a focus on data and security policies that deliver layers of digital protection and sovereignty across the software development pipeline and service operations
  • Enabling processes that empower jurisdictional controls, and an ability to adjust to geo-political dynamics, enabling business and IT teams to manage and control confidential data via advanced methods and practices
  • Enabling an organization to adopt country-specific regulatory, compliance, and data requirements, (regardless of the underlying cloud platforms) with data control points and reporting mechanisms

Multi-cloud solutions like those offered by VMware provide European enterprises and the public sector with a flexible, consistent digital foundation to build, run, manage, connect and protect their most important and complex workloads. Once Broadcom completes its pending acquisition of VMware, the combined company can make new and significant R&D investments, develop a stronger and broader set of innovations, and foster larger professional service partnerships focused on multi-cloud capabilities to power and enable sovereign cloud.

Stephen Elliot | BroadcomStephen Elliot | Broadcom

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3 Reasons Why IO-Link is Changing Smart Factory Decision Making

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 13:25

Brian Condell and Michael Jackson | Analog Devices

Industry 4.0 is about gathering data from the very edge of the factory floor to provide factory controllers with the valuable insights they need to make better informed or ‘smarter’ decisions. It also allows manufacturers to customize products quickly and easily without incurring substantial costs in reconfiguring their manufacturing processes. This opens the door to ‘batch-of-one’ manufacturing processes, which reduce waste and makes factory production more sustainable. IO-Link has a significant role to play in making Industry 4.0 real, not only for new factories but also by making it easy to upgrade existing brownfield facilities. The number of IO-Link nodes has been growing exponentially in recent years and this growth trajectory is projected to continue. This blog looks at the three key benefits that IO-Link delivers for manufacturers who want to be smarter about how they run their processes. Figure 1 below shows IO-Link growth rate.

pastedimage1683641293117v4.png-752x282Figure 1. Growing number of installed IO-Link nodes IO-Link Brings Intelligence to the Edge

IO-Link provides sensors and actuators at the very edge of the factory floor with a bidirectional, digital data communications interface up to 230kbps. This enables them to measure, monitor, and influence potentially every stage of the production line. More decision-making at the edge means less data requires transferring to a PLC in the control room, saving time and energy. For example, by using pin 2 (I/Q) in the IO-Link interface as a digital output (DO), in addition to the C/Q data line, a sensor can read the input signal from a binary sensor and simultaneously drive an LED to flag that a threshold has been exceeded with no requirement for user input in making this decision. Figure 1 below shows the block diagram of a typical IO-Link Sensor.

pastedimage1683641283892v3.png-670x310Figure 2. Building Blocks of an IO-Link Sensor IO-Link Simplifies Installation

IO-Link uses a standardized interface that replaces traditional analog, binary, and serial interfaces with a convenient M12 connector already commonly in use in industrial environments. Additionally, upgrading a facility to use IO-Link is low-cost because it uses standard unshielded cabling installations like the 3-core, unshielded IO-Link cable with M12 connectors shown in Figure 3. IO-Link is also backward-compatible with serial input/output (SIO) binary signaling, meaning IO-Link capable sensors can communicate with existing PLCs using a standard digital input communication channel. Once a PLC module has been upgraded to connect with an IO-Link master, the C/Q line on an IO-Link channel enables bidirectional communication to take place with devices on the factory floor. IO-Link is also fieldbus agnostic meaning it can be used seamlessly in a variety of industrial networking architectures.

pastedimage1683641273126v2.png-640x480Figure 3. IO-Link cable IO-Link Reduces Maintenance and Increases Uptime

IO-Link enables the flow of real-time diagnostic information that allows engineers to identify and quickly address problems before they cause a process to go down and allowing technicians to replace faulty sensors quickly. Self-commissioning devices and automatic parameter setting is a feature of IO-Link capable devices which makes this task even easier. In many cases, technicians no longer need to visit the factory floor at all, as configuration updates can be performed remotely from the control room. For example, when a production line needs to be adjusted for a different product, process parameters can be reconfigured in real-time, minimizing downtime, and allowing a speedier return to full production. Figure 4 below shows a reference design for a distance sensor like those used to measure the size of objects on a conveyor belt. However, unlike conventional sensors, the measurement distance for this IO-Link sensor can be modified remotely from the process control if the tolerance for the object size required changing.

pastedimage1683641262629v1.png-640x480Figure 4. MAXREFDES174: IO-Link Distance Sensor

 

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How can smart charging steer electric vehicle uptake in India?

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 13:02
Electric vehicles can support renewable energy integration under the right policies

The government of India announced ambitious energy transition plans at COP26, saying it will deploy 500 GW of renewable electricity generation capacity by 2030 and sign up to the global EV30@30 campaign.

The renewables plan would triple India’s renewables capacity and the campaign calls for electric vehicles to make up at least 30% of new vehicle sales by 2030.

These two ambitious targets are closely connected. Shifting the country’s vehicle fleet from internal combustion engines to electric motors will further trim emissions if accompanied by an accelerated decarbonisation of India’s power sector. At the same time, electrifying road transport will unleash a tremendous number of distributed energy sources, which – if properly piloted and managed – could help absorb surplus solar and wind generation, reduce costs for consumers and utilities, and further incentivise EV adoption.

Beyond spurring EV sales, policy support for charging infrastructure and incentives for grid-friendly charging are essential to realise this potential, in particular to encourage daytime charging to absorb abundant solar output during the day.

The Indian policy landscape gives EVs the green light

EV uptake in India rose sharply in 2022, with electric car sales quadrupling to 48 000 vehicles from 12 000 in 2021. The two-wheeler sales share reached 7% while electric three-wheelers were 55% of new sales at 450 000 vehicles, ahead of China’s 350 000. One of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler factories is being built in Tamil Nadu.

The government of India supports EV deployment through the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV (FAME) II scheme, aiming to reduce primary oil consumption and pollution in cities as well as creating battery and EV manufacturing capacity at global scale. Phase one of the scheme was launched in 2015 with an allocation of INR 5.3 billion (USD 65 million1). FAME’s second phase began in April 2019, with funding boosted to INR 100 billion (USD 1.2 billion), and around 85% of the funding allocated to EV purchasing incentives. The scale up also added a component for charging infrastructure deployment, amounting to 10% of the funding allocation. In 2021 the scheme was extended to 2024.

Government think-tank NITI Aayog released Version 1 of its Handbook to Guide EV Charging Infrastructure in India in August 2021, further focusing attention on charging infrastructure. The handbook aims to guide authorities in planning and realising charging infrastructure and is set to be updated over time. India’s Ministry of Power also released revised guidelines and standards for charging infrastructure in 2022. Public charging infrastructure has jumped up in the last year from 900 publicly accessible chargers in 2021 to nearly 11 000 in 2022.

The rate of EV deployment varies across the country with the highest shares of EV sales in Delhi, Tripura, Assam and Karnataka where state-level policies are supportive. Delhi, for example, targets EVs to reach 25% of new vehicle sales by 2024. It has restrictions on polluting vehicles and exempts EVs from registration fees and road taxes.

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EVs and solar can benefit each other

Scaling up solar PV and EVs presents potential challenges and opportunities for power systems. Large amounts of PV capacity can lead to excess generation availability during the day, resulting in curtailment.

At the same time, the natural tendency to recharge cars after returning home from work can add significantly to evening peak loads just as the sun is setting, stressing grid capacities and boosting required generating capacity, which may be met by fossil fuel generators.

On the other hand, these two technologies can complement each other if EVs can be charged during daylight hours with cheaper, cleaner electricity, at the same time helping integrate solar generation

Timing is everything

Time of use tariffs are currently one of the main measures to incentivise system-friendly EV charging patterns. In today’s India, time of use tariffs incentivise night-time charging, there by reducing peak loads. However, as solar generation plays an increasingly large role in the power mix, the key will be to shift charging to the daytime when solar output is high.

In order to illustrate the impacts of different charging strategies in a future Indian power system, we modelled several different charging cases in the context of the World Energy Outlook’s Announced Pledges Scenario in India for 2030 using the IEA’s India Regional Power System Model. The Announced Pledges Scenario includes all recent major national announcements as of September 2022 for 2030 targets and longer-term net zero and other pledges.

For this assessment, 80% of plug-in light duty vehicles and 2-to-3 wheelers are assumed to follow one of four different charging patterns: baseline, night, day, and dynamic (optimised) charging. This evaluation aims to illustrate the potential benefit of specific charging approaches if adopted by most eligible vehicles, with 20% of the fleet remaining on the baseline pattern to account for limitations in the availability of vehicles for charging. Commercial vehicles and trucks are excluded because of their tighter time constraints for charging, especially during the workday.

We look at three types of impact that EVs can have on the system: increased peak electricity demand costs, operational costs (e.g. power plant fuel consumption) and CO2 emissions associated with charging. The first finding is that while night charging in this scenario can substantially reduce the peak electricity demand impact of EV charging, it has only a small benefit for operating costs and even less for emissions. This is because increased night-time demand is met primarily by coal, so while it avoids the need for increased capacity it still entails similar operating costs and emissions.

Percentage change in peak and operating costs, and emissons due to EV charging relative to baseline charging scenario due to different charging regimes, Announced Pledges Scenario, 2030
Charging regime Peak costs Operating Emissions
Night time -80 -5 -1
Day time -80 -29 -10
Dynamic (optimised) -80 -30 -11

Note: Percentage reductions are calculated relative to a baseline case with predominantly unmanaged charging and refer to costs and emissions relating to EV charging only, e.g. an 80% reduction in the peak costs associated with electric vehicles. All cases are based on the IEA’s India Regional Model in the Announced Pledges Scenario in 2030. Operating costs consist of the costs for fuel, generation ramping and generator startups and shutdowns.

By contrast, a fixed charging pattern with EV load concentrated during the daytime results in the same reduction in peak costs accompanied by a much larger reduction in operating costs and a substantial reduction in the emissions associated with EV charging. If the benefit were entirely passed on to EV users, this would translate in a reduction in energy component of the charging cost from 0.41 to 0.29 USD per kWh. This illustrates that even a fixed time of use tariff structure could deliver large benefits, but the key will be to ensure that the timing is aligned to hours of high solar production rather than focusing only on peak load reduction. There is also the need with time of use tariffs to manage the risk of creating new load peaks due to coincident charging, where a specific tariff encourages too many users to charge EVs at the same time.

Dynamic charging has more relevance at the distribution level

Optimizing the EV charging pattern, which represents real-time load adjustment that might be achieved by dynamic tariffs, reduces operating costs by 29% and CO2 emissions by 11%. The similar benefit in terms of operating cost savings between fixed and dynamic daytime charging indicates that even if non-dynamic approaches do not account for daily weather variations, the bulk of system-level benefits of shifting EV load into the daytime can still be captured.

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Dynamic charging may have larger benefits at the distribution level, where it can manage local peaks in demand or renewables supply. Time of use tariffs can cause charging demand to exceed supply, e.g., during the daytime on a cloudy day, which can be avoided by dynamic tariffs. This effect may be more pronounced locally than at the system level where geographical smoothing applies for both load and renewables supply.

The synergies between EV and PV are also important at the local level. When possible, co-locating rooftop solar generation and electric vehicle charging provides an opportunity to mitigate the impacts of both technologies on the local grid. Where solar generation and EV demand are more physically distant, dynamic charging can come into play to help avoid grid congestion, and it may be necessary to consider grid strengthening.

EVs could ultimately contribute to peak supply

Further improvements in managing the EV fleet and ensuring their active participation in system balancing and emissions reduction can be achieved through vehicle-to-grid approaches. Vehicle-to-grid allows for both managed charging and discharging of EVs and, with the right tariff structure, can contribute to both balancing the power system as well as reducing EV owners’ charging bills.

EVs with vehicle-to-grid capabilities could potentially provide a large contribution to the power system. The services they can provide encompass both the ability to meet peak demand and an improved ability to provide ancillary services since each vehicle’s battery can both charge and discharge to smooth fluctuations in demand or supply, in effect acting as distributed storage.

Enabling vehicle-to-grid EVs in India faces similar challenges to smart charging, as well as additional barriers. These include complex value chains, the need for strong communication networks and protocols for linking with the grid, consumer acceptability and a need for mechanisms to reward providing ancillary services.

Policy support has an essential role in both EV uptake and smart charging

Policy has a key role in paving the way for increased EV uptake as well as ensuring system-friendly deployment. The IEA has recently published a framework that can be used to prioritise policy actions according to EV and variable renewables uptake. A number of key findings from a Clean Energy Ministerial accelerator on EV deployment are relevant to promoting system-friendly electric vehicles in India. In particular, the need for active engagement of stakeholders at many levels, the importance of taking into account mobility needs as well as grid assets, and the central role of infrastructure planning.

Policy supports for EVs in India so far have focused on alleviating the purchase cost of vehicles. This remains an important focus area in the shorter term, until EV prices fall to a level where they are competitive with conventional vehicles. Support for new business models such as “energy as a service” approaches, where vehicle owners lease rather than own batteries, can also enable faster uptake.

Further increases in availability of charging infrastructure will be a key priority going forward. The benefits of daytime charging places an important emphasis on the availability of charging at workplaces or parking lots, where vehicles are likely to be stationed during the day. This is already receiving attention in some states, with for example a workplace charging guidebook for corporates in Delhi released by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi and World Resources Institute, India in November 2021. An increased focus on enabling work charging stations throughout India can have the dual benefit of increasing access to charging infrastructure and enabling daytime charging.

Increased availability of tariffs that can incentivise system-friendly charging will also be important. Most Indian states have some time of use tariffs available, but these are mostly limited to commercial and industrial users and current cost-recovery frameworks in India and do not incentivise distribution companies to pursue more advanced tariff offerings. At the same time, many states have already issued specific EV charging tariffs across India, and the open access minimum load requirement has been reduced to enable wheeling of renewable power directly to charging stations that have a load of more than 100 kW. Improving the regulatory incentives for distribution companies is a key policy measure to further advance smart charging in India, e.g., through performance-based regulation.

Given the rapid trajectory of EV sales in India, these policy measures need to be developed and implemented so that EVs and their capacity become an asset rather than an additional burden for India’s power sector.

 

Zoe-Hungerford-2Zoe-Hungerford – Energy Analyst
International Energy Agency

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Best of both worlds: Combining NFC and Qi for wireless charging in cars

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 12:45

The past years have seen user experience become increasingly integral to innovations around and inside cars. One key aspect included in this trend is the charging of mobile phones. Although this feature has been present for some time, it just got a much-needed makeover with the integration of Qi wireless charging and Near Field Communication (NFC).

Both Qi and NFC operate using inductive coupling. In this new setup in cars, Qi enables the charging of mobile phones and NFC, wireless communication over a short distance. You just have to put your phone down onto the charger and it immediately establishes connectivity to exchange data via NFC and to charge via Qi.

All the Convenience and Efficiency in One Spot

Qi charging and NFC complement each other to address a new generation of automotive use cases. Thus, it was expected at some point that both would share the same location in the middle console of cars. The benefits of having them in one spot are quite obvious. It is all about the user convenience, driver comfort and safety of NFC cards.

The smartphone needs to be placed in one spot to perform authorization for engine start via NFC, according to the CCC scheme, and to be charged via the Qi subsystem. In addition, the NFC is there to detect smart cards, tags and key fobs—and prevent their destruction by the active Qi field. The risk of such an unwanted event increased in recent years due to the Qi standard moving from 5W to 15W+ charging power.

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With a combined Qi and NFC solution, there is no need to place the phone in two different locations in the car. Just one electronic control unit (ECU) manages combined Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®, saving space and integration efforts in the car. Since Bluetooth and Wi-fi require authentication to connect phones to car electronics, Wi-Fi can also automatically connect the phone via out-of-band pairing to the car’s Wi-fi and Bluetooth networks. This is possible without going through any specific configuration process.

Top-Notch RF Performance for Seamless Integration in the Middle Console

NFC and Qi charging require inductive antennas and coils to transfer data and sufficient energy using the same surface or volume, given the changes the new Qi2 standard with magnetic alignment is bringing. This definitively presents some technical hurdles in their integration due to the extra complexity from materials and limited space, which gives no room for communication or charging blind spots.

NFC devices that offer top-notch radio frequency (RF) performance are crucial to overcoming those integration challenges and ensuring reliable communication with the phones and detuned cards across full-charging surfaces. It is important to distinguish between the phones emulating cards and the cards themselves. If the phone emulates only a Type A or B technology, it is indistinguishable on the protocol level from a card of the same type. For this reason, there is a clear need for extra capabilities to extend the protocol-based distinguishing, with measurements of analog properties of the cards and the phones.

NXP is Providing the Right Enablement

The NCx3321 and MWCT2xxx family are the latest products from NXP offering excellent RF capabilities and a unique feature set optimized for optimal performance in the middle console applications. By offering high-RF output power combined with dynamic power control and excellent sensitivity, NCx3321 is the right choice for automotive customers requesting extended operating volume. The innovative Analog Sense feature for distinguishing smart cards from smartphones is a real game changer in enabling effective card protection for Qi chargers.

On top of the very compelling hardware, NXP also offers the Automotive NFC Library with asynchronous API and a full feature set according to the NFC Forum CR13/CCC specification. This software is also available as AUTOSAR Complex Device Driver to speed up the development of automotive NFC applications. These unique features and the complete hardware and software offering, make NCx3321 suitable for use in a wide range of automotive applications involving security (car access), safety (NFC card protection) and convenience (Bluetooth LE / Wi-Fi Pairing).

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Revolutionary 3D wind turbulence simulation with real world data from LIDAR system

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 10:04

Flagship digitizer card by Spectrum helps to optimize new skyscrapers

A common way of designing a new large building is to make a scale model and test it in a wind tunnel. This has been a recognised test for over 50 years but it is known to underestimate the peak loads, so correction factors are applied to provide a safety margin. Another drawback is that the wind just comes from one direction at a time whereas in the real world, gusts and the large eddies can fluctuate from many different directions at once. A Danish company, Vind-Vind, is developing a new turbulence model to capture the effects of wind on a building in natural conditions. This modelling uses real world data to enhance its accuracy, gathered with a LIDAR system using 10 ns pulses. Particles in the air reflect the laser, the changes in the returned light due to the Doppler effect are analysed using the latest flagship product of Spectrum Instrumentation, the ultrafast M5i.3321 digitizer card.  

 

Per Jørgensen, CEO of Vind-Vind, explained: “At present, there are two ways to measure wind movement, either low resolution at a long distance of several kilometres or high resolution over a short distance of a few hundred meters. We created a new LIDAR-based instrument to measure long distances at a high resolution. Key to this is the ability of the Spectrum digitizer card to capture the data at its very high sampling rate of 3.2 GigaSamples per second with 12 bit resolution. This is actually more than we need but it gives us the margin to allow for ‘noisy’ conditions and weak signals. The extra bandwidth also means that we can immediately identify and filter out high frequency noise leaving only low frequency noise to be eliminated later when processing the data.”

As can be imagined, keeping track of a vast number of dust particles moving in the wind generates a huge amount of data. Vind-Vind was initially going to use an FPGA platform but rejected this approach as being too complex to programme and not having enough compute power to handle the large amount of data being created every second. The data problem was solved by using Spectrum’s SCAPP drivers (Spectrum’s CUDA access for parallel processing). In this solution, the M5i digitizer with its 16-lane PCIe interface sends the collected data with up to 12.8 GigaByte per second directly to a CUDA-based graphics card instead of the PC CPU. The graphic card, in this case a Nvidia Quadro A4000 including a GPU with 6,144 cores, is processing the data much faster than the CPU of the PC with only 6 or 8 cores.

Vind-Vind’s initial goal for its computer modelling is to assess how the turbulence compares to the measured turbulence over an urban environment. After that, turbulence modelling will be improved to include the effects of a higher section of the atmosphere with wind gusts from different directions. Accurate data gathered in the real world can then be used to verify and validate the predictions of the 3D computer simulation. “With proven accuracy, our 3D wind modelling can be used to provide greater levels of safety and wind comfort as it will predict the complex nature of the real world, and not the constrained version of the wind tunnel” added Jorgensen. “Eventually it will mean that the considerable over specification that architects have to build in because of the inaccuracy of wind tunnel models can be reduced. This means improving sustainability and saving costs by cutting down on the unnecessary use of materials.”

Pic2_Digitizer-M5i.3321_(web)Fig. 2: The M5i.3321-x16 digitizer card offers 3.2 GS/s sampling speed, 12 bit resolution and 1 GHz bandwidth on each of the two channels. The M5i.33xx family has 5 different models with 10 GS/s top speed and over 3 GHz as highest bandwidth.

The company envisages that its 3D wind modelling will prove invaluable for the many situations where typical wind tunnels cannot provide useful results such as the complex wind interactions of atmospheric turbulence with urban environments, clusters of wind turbines, bridges or airports.

Vind-Vind consists of two sister companies: PJ Science ApS has its focus on producing and selling the innovative LIDAR systems, and Vind-Vind ApS is the consulting company doing wind analysis for the construction industry. More info: www.vindvind.com

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The STM32Wx microcontrollers: Ideal fit for RF designers looking for more than a simple radio device

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 08:43

The STM32Wx microcontrollers enable wireless connectivity supporting the sub-GHz band and the 2.4 GHz frequency range. STM32 Wireless MCUs are highly integrated and reliable as they address a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. STM32Wx solutions are compatible with multiple protocols, from point-to-point and mesh to wide-area networks. They are power efficient and offer built-in security features.

During the presentation, Mohit Arora, Wireless Marketing Manager, South Asia and India Region, STMicroelectronics, and Olivier Lardy, Senior Marketing Manager, Wireless Connectivity, Asia Pacific region, STMicroelectronics presented before the media on STM32 wireless ecosystem and how it enables IoT and connectivity with STM32 wireless solutions.

The presentation discusses ST’s ambition to become a leading company in wireless solutions by way of growing STM32 wireless portfolio covering entry-level to high-end products, combined with a wide support ecosystem along with full-featured and robust radio IP with state-of-the-art low power consumption and built-in security as security is part of ST’s DNA and embedded in all products as well as ST’s strong involvement in the key alliances shaping the next connectivity standards.

Rashi Bajpai, Sub Editor, ELE Times, probe further on STMicroelectronics STM32 Wireless MCU Series. Excerpt.

ELE Times: Where does STMicroelectronics stand in the wireless and IoT segment, also brief us on your latest developments in the STM32 wireless MCU series.

STMicroelectronics: Wireless technologies have been here for decades now and there are multiple technologies available. We are all used to this now. Our mission is to help our customers easily leverage wireless connectivity across a wide range of applications today and in the future.

This relies on five key pillars.

  1. Many wireless protocols need to be supported. We support many technologies – especially in the sub-Gig area and the BLE area with committed investments to add more in the near future.
  2. Extensive hardware offering. Flexibility is key for our customers so offering them products with different flavors to allow them to get the right product fitting their needs is very important.
  3. Seamless software migration.STM32 wireless is STM32 which means that users benefit from the already massively adopted STM32 Cube ecosystem.
  4. STM32 family is extremely strong and well-recognized in the general-purpose area. As an example, STMicroelectronics is a board member of the CSA alliance which is shaping the Matter specification/ecosystem. This alliance is also taking care of the ZigBeeR standard. We are also a board member of the FIRA alliance covering UWB technology.
  5. Security is crucial in the coming years. Adding wireless connectivity to a design can potentially expose it to attacks as adding wireless connectivity is like opening a door. Doors can be used by attackers and this needs to be prevented. We are adding multiple features to help customers combat security issues.

Now, coming to our STM32 wireless MCU product families. Right now, we have three product families available. The first one is the STM32WL family. The products in this family address what we call the sub-gigahertz market, and they are multi-protocol capable meaning that they can support different types of protocols like LoRa, SigFox, or Wireless M-Bus. Users can also develop their custom protocols on these products. These products also come with single-core and dual-core versions where the dual-core version will bring additional security to our customers so that they can improve the system’s security.

Read more- https://blog.st.com/stm32wl/

The second family is the STM32WB. B stands for Bluetooth low energy, but it also supports 802.15.4 protocols like ZigBee, Thread, or Matter. The STM32WB is also a dual-core platform, multiprotocol capable of delivering strong performance. It is based on Cortex M4 and Cortex M0+. The latest family that we introduced in March this year is the STM32WBA family. This family is focused on BLE and brings a lot of innovation. We are transitioning from Cortex M4 to Cortex M33 for higher performance and increased security.

ELE Times: Tell us about STMicroelectronics’ development approach for its STM32WL segment, the underlying technology, and the overall software and tools ecosystem.

STMicroelectronics: STM32WL is the world’s first LoRaR – enabled System-on-Chip solution. How we created the STM32WL is simple. We have a lot of STM32 general-purpose MCUs able to deal with low-power applications. In this case, we took the STM32L4 platform, removed some peripherals, integrated the radio IP interface on the same die, and came out with STM32WL. This brings a lot of advantages because the peripherals are similar in L4 and WL. Customers can have a seamless transition from L4 to WL. It limits the risks in terms of development on their side. Right now, our real star is STM32WL5x, and this device supports LoRa, a very famous protocol. With this, we support GFSK. With GFSK one can do modulations like wireless MBus, WiSUN, etc. We support Sigfox, Mioty, Zeta, and the implementation of proprietary. We also support GMSK which is used in a lot of applications like coastal monitoring. Then there is support for BPSK which is famous for Sigfox, and a new technology here is the Kineis which is connectivity for satellites where one can send direct messages using the STM32WL node to the satellite.

Overall if we look into the ecosystem of STM32WL, we offer software, and pre-certified libraries integrated with example applications. As for the LoRaWAN, we have the stack integrated with the basic examples to help users directly connect to the standard LoRaWAN ecosystems. So, the whole stack, libraries, drivers, and examples are well integrated into the package. The package is also pre-validated for customers to get started. Similarly, for Sigfox we offer the cube package called X-CUBE-SFOX with a similar offering.

In most cases, one may not have to write any specific code to connect to their ecosystem. Our variety of example codes will be sufficient for PoC and form a base to get started with on-end application development. All these packages are integrated with the STM32 CubeMX where one can configure the packages, extract them, integrate multiple packages in the same application/project, and port across our MCUs and SoCs.

ELE Times: Brief us on the STM32WBA Bluetooth low Energy 5.3 platform, how the ecosystem handles simplification of the user’s design journey, and steps taken to tackle security breaches.

STMicroelectronics: STM32WBA leverages our 40nanometer technology platform, which is a platform on which most of our latest products will be introduced. For STM32WBA, we are leveraging the STM32U5 platform with the same approach as the one explained previously for the STM32WL. We removed some peripherals and integrated the IP for the BLE. The result is the STM32WBA. Likewise, customers moving from U5 to WBA will be very comfortable because the IPs are similar, and the architecture is the same. We have included the Trust Zone, the reason we moved from dual core to single core is because the Trust Zone brings the capability for code isolation. Also, an important highlight is that the product is targeting SESIP L3 certification and L3 certification again for ARM’s driven PSA Alliance.

Within STMicroelectronics, we have invested in security for quite a long time, so it’s already present on the STM32 products. We now have active tampers. For example, if someone tries to access some part of the device, it will trigger an alert and be considered an attack, and any attack detection can trigger automatic functions as well as a dedicated code to minimize the attack footprint. One can lock the debug port with different regressions which enables advanced debugging and offers complete locking to avoid anyone accessing the device afterward. Side channel attack protection is also available.

Know more- https://blog.st.com/stm32wba/

ELE Times: What is the role of Reference designs in the evolution of the STM32 wireless MCU series and tell us about the Cube framework?

STMicroelectronics: On top of chips and evaluation kits, we also have reference designs. We have created multiple reference design platforms, leveraging, again, on all our multiple products, which are offered with complete software packages. Our customers can then play with it. They can quickly develop some proof of concept and can replicate it if they need to. They can also remove some parts, if not required. And obviously, there are detailed documents all in the public domain. It also helps us go higher in the value chain and to better understand their requirements in terms of application.

Another important element in the ecosystem is what we call the Cube framework. The idea here is that we want to take our customers through the whole journey. When they start working on STM32 they will find several tools to help them. First is the Finder to help them select the right device. Then to develop their project they can use CubeMX to configure their project, and CubeIDE to develop their code. Customers will get access to the Cube Programmer to load their target as well as some monitoring tools to ensure that the behavior of the device is the one expected. In the end, STM32 wireless products are STM32 which means that our customers benefit from the existing STM32 ecosystem.

ELE Times: What are the go-to features of STEVAL-ASTRA 1B? 

STMicroelectronics: STEVAL-ASTRA1B is our multi-connectivity Asset Tracking Reference design where we integrate multiple communication technologies like Bluetooth, LoRaWAN, NFC, and GPS wireless functionalities in reference design and offer a complimentary SDK (which is maintained regularly) with supporting mobile apps and cloud integration. All these are integrated with several sensors, power management, and batteries to offer developers a ready-to-use hardware platform for rapid prototyping. For the ASTRA platform, the hardware is open and pre-certified by us, and all the design documentation for the hardware is available at https://www.st.com/. We also offer a mobile app platform. This app is offered with the code on GitHub. The app is used to configure the device and can be used with NFC or Bluetooth.

On top of this, we also offer a cloud dashboard which is an ST-managed cloud dashboard for evaluation purposes – DSH ASSETRACKING, which can be used for tracking and monitoring the device. One can register their device to this cloud, and send the data from nodes directly via the LoRa wan gateway host pushing data to ST Dashboard. One can look at the device on the global map, locate where it is, and see the logs stored for the device, giving the user an experience of a functional prototype. The user can put this ASTRA device readily for a PoC test case by mounting it onto something and tracking it on the globe with the LoRaWAN network.

ELE Times: You have reference designs and modules on offer, are these certified for the required standards?

STMicroelectronics: Yes, all reference designs, including STEVAL-ASTRA1B, EVAL boards, and modules offered by ST are certified to meet the required regional and protocol standards, including Bluetooth and LPWANs.

ELE Times: For MCU customers, can they reuse the code written on STM32 on STM32W families or do they need to write it again?

STMicroelectronics: The STM32 firmware ecosystem is based on our coding standard defined under STM32Cube. Therefore, code developed per the STM32Cube standard can easily be ported to our different products, including wireless MCUs.

ELE Times: Can you explain your 10-year longevity commitment?

STMicroelectronics: ST offers an assurance that all products in the STM32 Wireless series will be available for 10 years. This means that we will make available the part or provide a pin equivalent for 10 years from the date of the announcement, more details can be found at https://www.st.com/content/st_com/en/about/quality-and-reliability/product-longevity.html#10-year-longevity

This commitment is valid for any STM32 whether it is wireless or not.

ELE Times: How can customers use the anti-tamper features of STM32WBA?

STMicroelectronics: The STM32WBA implements various security features that include anti-tamper detection. With this feature, the MCUs can detect events like transient perturbations and erase secret data in case of attack, save a calendar timestamp of the tamper event, and detect pins for opens/shorts. All tamper events can trigger a hardware action or a software call defined by the user.

ELE Times: How is Matter different from Bluetooth mesh and Zigbee?

STMicroelectronics: Matter has been architected using IPV6 as its base layer. So, all connectivity options supporting IPV6 today and in the future should be usable with Matter. This is a major differentiation for matter.

IPV6 allows Matter to solve the issue of interoperability between different communication media on which many consortiums have struggled. Offering a means to connect all of the various physical layers for communication in a home attracted a lot of developers who might have been providing their solutions on incompatible technologies. This unification layer was definitely needed and will deliver a boost to the entire smart home market.

ELE Times: Where do you see STMicroelectronics leadership in wireless MCU in the next two years?

STMicroelectronics: ST’s leadership in MCUs and our strong portfolio of wireless technologies, including BLE/2.4GHz and sub-GHz, is helping us grow in wireless MCUs. We are bringing lots of innovation and have a deep pipeline of new products coming to help customers sustain *their* innovation. That approach will help ST maintain its leadership in MCUs and grow its position in wireless MCUs.

ELE Times: How do you differentiate in your offerings vs. what is available from other suppliers?

STMicroelectronics: At ST, we’ve developed a successful recipe with general-purpose MCUs and our wireless MCUs will benefit from the same recipe. The recipe combines a very strong product offering with multiple application-based reference designs, software packages, and an exceptional ecosystem that we continuously enrich along with committed lead times and deliveries.

ELE Times: How would existing customers of STM32 MCUs benefit from your wireless offerings?

STMicroelectronics: Wireless STM32 MCUs are built on the foundation of the STM32! This means that the STM32 ecosystem is the same offering we give to existing customers that assures a very easy way to move into the wireless field. The wireless STM32 MCUs share the same DNA and ecosystem, so customers developing with any STM32 will find it really easy to develop applications on STM32 wireless MCUs.

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DigiKey Debuts Factory Tomorrow Season 3 Video Series

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 15:20

Third season explores powering production with alternative energy sources, sustainable operations and more

DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, has released the first episode in Season 3 of its “Factory Tomorrow” video series focused on the latest innovations driving sustainable change in industrial automation.

Sponsored by Schneider Electric and Panduit, the three-episode series will take a closer look at how powering production with alternative energy sources, sustainable operations and more are shaping the next major leap forward for manufacturing.

“As global demand continues to increase, automation technology has rapidly advanced to keep pace, especially at the intersection of sustainability and efficiency,” said Eric Halvorson, partnership marketing manager II, strategic programs at DigiKey. “Innovative partnerships with suppliers like Panduit and Schneider Electric illustrate our shared vision of a more sustainable future and ensure DigiKey’s customers have access to the products they need to accelerate progress.”

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“Sustainability is part of the DNA of Schneider Electric,” said Lisa Causarano, international account manager, global strategic accounts, CPG Segment at Schneider Electric. “It’s exciting to see the changes that have been implemented in our Lexington, Ky., facility and I’m looking forward to seeing what else can be achieved toward sustainable manufacturing, in our industry and beyond.”

“Efficiency and sustainability have been a focus of Panduit’s physical infrastructure for more than 60 years across all of our global operations,” said Tom Kelly, senior vice president, business units at Panduit. “We are excited to partner with DigiKey to help service our customers as they focus on reducing the environmental impact associated with production and fulfillment of our shared customers’ demand.”

The first of three videos in the series, “Reducing the Impact of Production,” is now live on DigiKey’s website, and explores how the factories of tomorrow will rely on a foundation of connectivity and high-speed infrastructure. This episode highlights Panduit and how their commitment to sustainability enables better technologies for customers and the planet.

The second video, entitled “Inspiring Change on the Factory Floor,” will feature a visit to Schneider Electric’s smart factory in Lexington, to learn how it serves as a model for others in the industry looking to create more sustainable operations. The third video, “Sustainable Automation Techniques in Action,” will showcase how automation and sustainability intersect within DigiKey’s cutting edge distribution facility.

To learn more about the video series and how DigiKey is supporting sustainability in the rapidly growing automation and control industry, visit the DigiKey Automation website.

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New eBook from Mouser Electronics and Bourns Highlights Growing Role of Passive Components in Electronics Design

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 14:57

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components™, has released a new eBook in collaboration with Bourns, Inc., exploring the role of passives in emerging electronics applications, including renewables, hybrids, and electric vehicles.

In Passives and Their Emerging Applications, eleven experts from companies including Bourns, Eaton, Samsung Electronics, and Whirlpool offer their insights regarding the vital role of passives in electronic circuits. The eBook features five chapters focusing on different types of passives, as well as the long-term outlook for passives in the future of electronics design. Chapter topics include magnetics, circuit protection, current measurement, and resistive solutions for pre/discharging circuits.

Passive components play an essential role in the operation of electronic devices, supporting functions including signal processing, power conversion, power management, and electromagnetic interference suppression. While passives have always been used in electronics, they are growing in importance for a range of next-generation solutions, including 5G mobile networks, green energy storage, smartphones, and autonomous vehicles. Passive components help facilitate electronic designs that are increasingly complex, ensuring reliable performance even in harsh environments with extreme temperatures, humidity or vibration.

The new eBook includes links to 10 relevant products from Bourns, including the SRPWA Series AEC-Q200 Compliant Shielded Power Inductors, the PTVS1-0xxC-H Series High Current Power TVS Diodes, the CMP-Q Series High Power Anti-Surge Chip Resistors, and the PLN Series Planar Transformers. Bourns’ reliable passive components deliver high current surge protection and reliable switching for demanding designs and applications.

Bourns’ range of products, available from Mouser, includes connectors, sensors, switches, and fixed resistors. To learn more about Bourns, visit https://www.mouser.com/manufacturer/bourns/.

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To read the new eBook, go to https://resources.mouser.com/manufacturer-ebooks/passives-and-their-emerging-applications.

To view all of Mouser’s eBooks, visit https://resources.mouser.com/manufacturer-ebooks/.

Mouser / Bourns Passives and Their Emerging Applications eBook

As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world’s widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship™. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers’ designs, Mouser’s website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information.

Engineers can stay abreast of today’s exciting product, technology and application news through Mouser’s complimentary e-newsletter. Mouser’s email news and reference subscriptions are customizable to the unique and changing project needs of customers and subscribers. No other distributor gives engineers this much customization and control over the information they receive. Learn about emerging technologies, product trends and more by signing up today at https://sub.info.mouser.com/subscriber.

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Mouser Expands Range of Wireless Connectivity Products

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 14:35

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components™, continues to expand its portfolio of wireless connectivity products.

Wireless connectivity underpins many technologies in our daily lives, from robust and precise automotive positioning to enabling satellite-based IoT connectivity for geographically remote assets. Without the provision of wireless communication, none of these applications would be possible. As an area of technology that is constantly evolving, keeping pace with the latest innovative wireless modules is key for any application’s success.

New wireless product highlights available from Mouser include the following:

  • Supporting LoRaWAN applications, the LR1121 IC from Semtech is an ultra-low power, long-range multiband transceiver. It covers the global ISM frequency bands in the range of 150 MHz to 960 MHz as well as 2.4 GHz and the satellite 2.1 GHz S-band. It supports any combination of modulation methods, including LoRa, (G)FSK, and Long Range FHSS (LR-FHSS) and provides compliance with ETSI EN300 220, FCC CFR 47 Part 15 and other wireless regulatory standards. The LR1121 contains a cryptographic engine capable of AES-128 encryption and decryption algorithms and is fully compatible with SX1261/2/8 devices and the LoRaWAN standard. An integrated power amplifier provides up to +22 dBm in the sub-GHz spectrum and up to +11 dBm at 2.4 GHz. The Semtech LR1121 transceiver suits a wide variety of use cases, from smart metering and smart city applications through to monitoring agricultural sensors and tracking assets.
  • The nRF7002 by Nordic Semiconductor is a Wi-Fi® 6 companion IC that enables ultra-low power connectivity for a wide range of battery-powered Wi-Fi products, such as smart home applications, industrial IoT sensors, and wellness wearable devices. It supports non-Nordic host devices but has been designed to work alongside Nordic’s established nRF52/nRF53 series Bluetooth® SoCs and the highly integrated nRF9160 cellular IoT system-in-package (SiP). The nRF7002 supports all Matter protocols and Thread mesh networks. To support Wi-Fi 6 prototyping, the Nordic nRF7002-DK development kit includes a Nordic nRF5340 multiprotocol SoC host and permits the trialing of Wi-Fi 6 features such as OFDMA (orthogonal frequency-division multiple access), beam forming, and setting the target wake-up time (TWT).
  • Designed for the growing ecosystem of spatial context awareness use cases, the Type 2BP ultra-wideband (UWB) module from Murata provides secure and precise distance ranging using time of flight (ToF) measurements in addition to accurate location detection. Operating in the 6250 MHz to 8250 MHz spectrum, the module supports up to three antennas enabling 2D or 3D angle-of-arrival (AoA) and incorporates NXP’s SR150 Trimension UWB chipset, clock and filters. This highly integrated approach greatly simplifies UWB wireless development and certification. To further aid prototyping, the Murata Type2BP UWB evaluation kit comprises an NXP QN9090 Bluetooth Low Energy microcontroller SoC, PCB patch antenna, and all interface and level-shifting components.

In Q2 2023, Mouser launched almost 30,000 new parts ready for shipment. To see more new innovative products, visit https://info.mouser.com/new_Products/.

As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world’s widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship™. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers’ designs, Mouser’s website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information.

Engineers can stay abreast of today’s exciting product, technology and application news through Mouser’s complimentary e-newsletter. Mouser’s email news and reference subscriptions are customizable to the unique and changing project needs of customers and subscribers. No other distributor gives engineers this much customization and control over the information they receive. Learn about emerging technologies, product trends and more by signing up today at https://sub.info.mouser.com/subscriber.

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Global Distributor Mouser Electronics Adds 29 New Manufacturers in First Half of 2023

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 14:16

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor continues to expand its line card by adding 29 new manufacturers to date in 2023. With more than 1,200 manufacturer brands, Mouser now offers an even wider range of product options for its global customer base of design engineers, component buyers, procurement agents, educators and students.

“We are proud to offer our customers the widest selection of the latest technologies and products from the top electronic component manufacturers,” said Jeff Newell, Mouser Electronics Senior Vice President of Products. “With almost 30 new manufacturers in just the first half of the year, and our continuing expansion into industrial automation and factory control, we are committed to being the industry’s NPI leader and one-stop source for the components and development tools our customers need.”

Mouser’s Global Distribution Center handles a massive inventory of more than 1.1 million unique SKUs for semiconductors and electronic components across all product categories, including embedded, connectors, optoelectronics, passives and more.

Among the new manufacturer partners Mouser has added in 2023 are:

  • ATC Automatic Timing & Controls, a manufacturer of highly rugged, high-reliability products that are engineered to provide accurate and repeatable timing and monitoring operations in all types of industrial environments, including factory automation, food processing, packaging, water treatment and many OEM applications.
  • Banner Engineering, a leader in industrial automation providing innovative solutions for warehouse and factory sensing, machine safety, and state indication, helping companies increase efficiency, safeguard equipment, and protect personnel.
  • Intelligent Memory, a fabless memory manufacturer serving the industrial electronics market. Intelligent Memory’s extensive product portfolio consists of DRAM ICs and modules (from SDR to DDR4) and a variety of managed NAND products for industrial applications.

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  • XSemi, an IC design company specializing in analog and power semiconductors, primarily focusing on the automotive and industrial sectors.
  • EnOcean, a leading developer of wireless energy harvesting technology for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. EnOcean produces maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors, which gain the device’s energy from their surroundings, including movement, light, and temperature.

Since 2020, Mouser has added almost 250 new manufacturers. To see Mouser’s newest manufacturer partners, visit https://www.mouser.com/new-manufacturer/.Mouser / New Manufacture Partners for 2023, Q1 and Q2

As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world’s widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship™. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers’ designs, Mouser’s website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information.

Engineers can stay abreast of today’s exciting product, technology and application news through Mouser’s complimentary e-newsletter. Mouser’s email news and reference subscriptions are customizable to the unique and changing project needs of customers and subscribers. No other distributor gives engineers this much customization and control over the information they receive. Learn about emerging technologies, product trends and more by signing up today at https://sub.info.mouser.com/subscriber.

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Crystal IS and Asahi Kasei Announce First 4-inch Aluminum Nitride Substrate

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 14:03

Crystal IS, an Asahi Kasei company, announced the successful production of a 4-inch (100 mm) diameter single-crystal aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate. This is the first reported aluminum nitride substrate at this size and demonstrates the scalability of Crystal IS processes for growing AlN bulk single-crystals to meet production demands for this semiconductor material.

Aluminum nitride substrates have low defect densities, high UV transparency, and low concentrations of impurities. AlN is attractive for a variety of industries, such as UVC LEDs and power devices, due to its ultra-wide bandgap and very high thermal conductivity. The 4-inch substrate produced shows a usable area of over 80% based on current requirements for UVC LEDs.

“We are extremely excited to announce the achievement of a 4-inch bulk aluminum nitride substrate,” said Dr Naohiro Kuze, Executive Fellow, Research Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology of Asahi Kasei. “This accomplishment signifies that aluminum nitride is commercially viable for new industries beyond just UVC LEDs.”

Founded in 1997 to develop native aluminum nitride substrates, Crystal IS manufactures UVC LEDs on its commercial process for 2-inch diameter substrates. These LEDs enable industry-leading relia-bility and performance at the ideal germicidal wavelengths from 260 nm – 270 nm. The current capacity of the facility can meet the volume requirements for consumer devices using UVC LEDs based on the existing 2-inch production line.

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“This indicates the scalability of our processes to deliver quality devices on Aluminum Nitride,” said Eoin Connolly, President and CEO of Crystal IS. “We are proud of the team’s accomplishment and its impact on the semiconductor industry as a whole.”

Crystal IS currently produces thousands of 2-inch substrates annually to support the production of its Klaran and Optan product lines. The commercialization of 4-inch AlN substrates will quadruple the device output of the existing footprint of the Green Island facility. It will also enable the development of new applications on aluminum nitride substrates as it integrates into existing fabrication lines for power and RF devices using alternative materials.

Crystal IS will present the progress on 4-inch substrates at this month’s 23rd American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy in Tucson, Arizona. For more information on Aluminum Nitride and Crystal IS products, visit cisuvc.com or contact pr@cisuvc.com.

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AAEON Unveils the BOXER-6406-ADN: A Compact and Durable Embedded Computer for Smart Factory Applications

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 13:48

AAEON’s newest system targets the smart factory market with high-performance computing in a rugged fanless PC.

Leading provider of embedded PC solutions, AAEON, is delighted to announce the official launch of the BOXER-6406-ADN, a compact and fanless embedded computer built upon the Intel Atom® Processor X Series/Intel® Processor N-series Processor platform.

Designed to cater to the demands of smart factory applications, the BOXER-6406-ADN boasts a range of features that establish it as a remarkably robust choice for industrial projects. Notably, the system boasts an impressive operational temperature range spanning from -20°C to 60°C. Furthermore, it supports a wide voltage input range of 9V to 36V, inclusive of over/under-voltage current protection as well as short-circuit protection. To enhance its durability, the system is equipped with IEC 68-2-27 anti-shock tolerance and advanced anti-vibration capabilities. Lockable I/O connectors have also been incorporated to safeguard against wear and tear.

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With dimensions measuring just 186mm x 104.6mm x 49.1mm, the BOXER-6406-ADN’s compact chassis can be easily wall-mounted for convenient deployment. The system relies solely on passive cooling mechanisms, foregoing fan-assisted cooling systems to prevent the accumulation of contaminants when deployed in smart factory settings.

The BOXER-6406-ADN is available in various SKUs, powered by the Intel® Processor N200, Intel® Processor N50, or the Intel Atom® x7211E. These selections were made due to their exceptional combination of power-efficiency and capable processing performance.

For system memory, the BOXER-6406-ADN offers 32GB of DDR5 running at 4800Mhz via SODIMM slot, which gives high-bandwidth data transmission to its collection of industrially conducive interfaces, such as DB-9 and DB-15 ports for RS-232/422/485 and digital I/O functions. On top of this, its I/O also includes two RJ-45 ports for Intel® I226-LM ethernet running at 2.5GbE, dual HDMI, and a total of four USB type-A ports (USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2).

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Flexible storage is offered via a 2.5″ SATA drive and an M.2 2280 M-Key, with additional expansion supported by the presence of an M.2 2230 E-Key for Wi-Fi, as well as full-size Mini Card and SIM slots.

AAEON has affirmed that due to its rugged, compact, and fanless construction, coupled with an array of high-speed interfaces, the BOXER-6406-ADN is precisely tailored to the needs of the smart factory market. The company specifically highlights its suitability for applications such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), edge gateways, and automated manufacturing.

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Vishay Intertechnology Signs Agreement With Immersion to Bundle Haptic Technology Licenses With IHPT Series Actuators

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 12:04

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that it is releasing a new series of IHPT solenoid-based haptic actuators that are bundled with patent licenses for Immersion Corporation’s (NASDAQ: IMMR) haptic technology. The bundled offering streamlines the design-in process for these devices and eliminates the need for a separate license to implement haptic effects.

Vishay’s IHPT series haptic actuators utilize compact and cost-effective solenoid technology to provide high force level HD effects with a drive voltage between 8 V and 16 V. The first device in the series — the IHPT1411 — provides a force level up to 120 N. Dimensions for the IHPT1411 are 35 mm by 35 mm by 16 mm. Additional devices offering a variety of force levels and sizes will be available later in 2023 to cover a wide range of automotive and commercial applications.

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Since Vishay’s IHPT actuators operate off commonly available 12 V systems with IC driving circuits, they lower the cost of implementing haptic experiences in a wide range of end products. Applications for the IHPT series include LCD touchscreens, touch panels, buttons, rotary knobs, joysticks, and other human machine interfaces (HMI).

Vishay provides basic guidelines on how to mount and drive the IHPT actuators to create a basic suite of haptic experiences that the user can build on for their specific application. More information is available at www.vishay.com/doc?34604.

Due to licensing restrictions, IHPT haptic actuators are not available for certain applications, including gaming. More information on use restrictions is available at www.vishay.com/doc?34602.

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Closing the loop between artificial intelligence and robotic experiments

Sat, 08/26/2023 - 10:58

The search for innovative materials will be greatly assisted by software that can suggest new experimental possibilities and also control the robotic systems that check them out.

The powers of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic experiment systems have come together in pioneering proof-of-concept work at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. The researchers describe the development and demonstration of their “closed loop” automation software in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Methods.

“The overall aim of our work is to allow experiments exploring materials science to be designed and then proceed automatically, with no human intervention,” says physicist and software engineer Ryo Tamura at the NIMS Center for Basic Research on Materials. The AI first performs the information gathering and experimental design tasks normally done by humans, and then controls the robotic systems that can execute the required physical tasks.

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The team demonstrated the potential of their system by using it to identify electrolytes that would be suitable for mediating the movement of ions in lithium-metal batteries.

The software, called the NIMS Orchestration System (NIMS-OS), contains two basic types of modules. The first uses AI algorithms to explore archived data on the properties of materials. It selects promising materials and proposes experimental procedures that would allow them to achieve a desired aim. The second type of module generates the instructions needed to control a robotic system that will put the instructions into practice.

To make the whole process as easy to use as possible for a wide range of researchers the team also designed an easy-to-use graphical user interface to control it.

“The results of initial work by the robotic system via NIMS-OS can be fed back to refine the AI algorithms that control it, through several cycles of test and improvement,” says Tamura.

In the proof-of-concept task that explored options for making electrolytes that maximize the performance of an electrode in a lithium-metal battery, NIMS-OS utilized systems that were robotically assembled into electrochemical cells and subjected to charging and discharging cycles to analyze their performance. The results clearly identified the better electrolyte composition and indicated there is room for improvement on the electrolytes that are currently widely used commercially.

“Our NIMS-OS is now publicly available as open-source software at the widely used GitHub website,” says Tamura. “We now plan to develop it further to allow it to work together with many different types of robotic experiment systems.”

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Exhibition: TDK spotlights innovations fueling automotive, ICT, IoT, AR/VR, renewable energy and power supplies

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 15:14
  • TDK joins Electronica India 2023, demonstrating its comprehensive component and system solution portfolio in exhibition hall 5, booth ED11
  • TDK offers multiple demonstrations and experiences for attendees to immerse themselves in the latest solutions for all sorts of passive components including sensors and power supplies for applications like mobility (ADAS, xEV including 2-wheeler), Beyond 5G (information and communication technology), IoT, AR/VR, industrial and renewable energy.

TDK Corporation joins Electronica India 2023 to showcase more than 60 technology demonstrations and experiences across its component and system solution portfolio for the entire spectrum of electronics applications at Electronica India in Bengaluru, from September 13 to 15, 2023. The TDK booth, located in exhibition hall 5, #ED11, will feature solutions for all sorts of passive components, as well as sensors and power supplies for applications like mobility (ADAS, xEV including 2-wheeler), Beyond 5G (information and communication technology), IoT, AR/VR, industrial and renewable energy.

Mobility ADAS / EV
  • ADAS & xEV Passive Components and Sensors: Showcasing the complete range of TDK solutions placed into real-sized PCBs within a simplified automotive design layout.
  • High-voltage contactors: Gas-filled high-voltage contactors, designed to meet the demands of high-voltage and high-current DC applications, especially for disconnecting high-voltage lithium-ion batteries.
  • Wireless power transfer coil: Qi-compliant planar wireless power coil utilizing a unique copper patterning technology for high-efficiency wireless power transfer.
  • SmartAutomotive™ Demo: MEMS sensors designed or specifically qualified and tested to support infotainment, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and other technological features for the automotive market e.g., tilt, crash, and crash driving detection.
  • Hall sensors: TDK offers the world’s largest Hall sensor portfolio covering all automotive applications in powertrain, chassis and safety, and body and comfort for linear and angular position detection of the pedal, throttle, gear position, etc.
Beyond 5G
  • Passive components for base stations and smartphones: Showcasing the complete range of TDK solutions specifically for 5G communication applications.
  • μPOL™: The smallest available point-of-load DC-DC converter for applications such as big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G supplies, and IoT networking.
  • Partner demos: 5G, 4G, and 4G fallback 2G cellular modules based on Qualcomm for IoT, smart energy meter applications designed and developed in India by partners (Cavli Wireless and MoMagic) using TDK components like RF filters, RF inductors, etc.
IoT
  • Passive components for IoT: Showcasing the complete range of TDK solutions specifically for IoT applications.
  • SmartSonic™: TDK’s ultrasonic Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors integrate a MEMS PMUT (Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer) with an ultra-low power SoC (System on Chip) in a miniature package for reflow soldering. These sensor solutions can range to targets of any composition up to 5 meters in any lighting condition, making them ideal for a variety of applications, including obstacle avoidance, presence detection, robotics, security & surveillance, AR/VR, drones, liquid level sensing, smart home/building, and general IoT.
  • SmartIndustrial™: Industrial-graded 6-axis MEMS motion sensors for industrial applications including precision agriculture, construction machinery, drones, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), robots, and predictive maintenance of industrial motors.
  • Partner demos: 4G wearable tracker based on Qualcomm platform for tracking of assets, humans, and pets, developed in India by partners (BORQS) using the entire range of TDK components and sensors for connectivity, haptics, audio, display, EMC and other applications.
AR/VR
  • Passive components: Showcasing the complete range of TDK products and solutions like IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and ToF sensors, MEMS microphones, RF filters, chip antennas, TVS diodes, chip beads, etc. for AR/VR applications.
  • SmartSound™: TDK’s digital high-performance PDM-based (Pulse Density Modulation) MEMS microphones with breakthrough new low power levels as well as an industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and acoustic overload point (AOP), all inside a single standard 3.5 x 2.65 x 0.98 mm package, providing consistent performance part-to-part and over temperature, which offers a wider dynamic range with applications in AR/VR, True Wireless Stereo (TWS), smart homes, mobile devices, and robotics.
  • Magnetic suppression sheet demo: The soft magnetic sheet material “Flexield” from TDK is an electromagnetic shield material made of magnetic materials and resin. It suppresses noise radiated from electronic devices across a wide frequency range. Because it is a sheet-type product with excellent flexibility in fabrication, mounting it on mobile devices such as notebook PCs, digital cameras, and cellular phones is easy.
Renewable Energy
  • Passive components: Showcasing the complete range of TDK products and solutions like DC film capacitors, aluminum electrolytic capacitors, power capacitors (AC/DC), MOVs, ferrite cores, transformers, motor-run AC capacitors, PFC capacitors, and accessories for various industrial, renewable and consumer durable applications.
  • EV charging modules: 50-kW and 11-kW modules for EV fast charging using various TDK products.
Power Supplies
  • Innovative AC-DC and DC-DC converters for industrial, medical, test and measurement, communications, and renewable energy markets. Visitors will see the latest high-density 1.5-kW 1U-height, TDK’s GENESYS+TM family of programmable DC power supply systems, with products designed specifically for test systems.
  • Next-generation low-profile AC-DC converters displaying the 2” x 4” 250 W rated CUS250M, i7x series of up to 750 W non-isolated DC-DC step-down converters, CCG series of isolated low-power DC-DC converters. FQB and HQA seamlessly combine filter and DC-DC converter for rugged and harsh environmental applications, RGx series, and a highly efficient non-isolated rugged DC-DC converter

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TI simplifies current sensing with the industry’s most accurate Hall-effect sensors and integrated shunt solutions

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 15:13
  • Lowest-drift isolated Hall-effect current sensor reduces design complexity in high-voltage systems
  • EZShunt™ integrated shunt portfolio simplifies designs while reducing system cost and maximizing performance

Texas Instruments (TI) (Nasdaq: TXN), a leader in advanced sensing technologies, today debuted new current sensors to help engineers simplify their designs while improving accuracy. Designed for a broad range of common-mode voltages and temperatures, the new products include a lowest-drift isolated Hall-effect current sensor for high-voltage systems and a portfolio of current shunt monitors that eliminate the need for an external shunt resistor for nonisolated voltage rails.

The new TMCS1123 Hall-effect current sensor offers design simplicity and accuracy for high-voltage systems, featuring the industry’s highest reinforced isolation and highest accuracy over lifetime and temperature. For nonisolated systems up to 85 V and 75 ARMS, TI’s new EZShunt™ portfolio includes the industry’s smallest fully integrated current shunt monitor and the industry’s highest-accuracy 75-A integrated shunt solution. For more information, see TI.com/TMCS1123 and TI.com/EZShunt.

“When choosing a current-sensing solution, design engineers weigh the trade-offs of four key factors: cost, size, accuracy and speed,” said Jason Cole, business unit manager. “These new products highlight how the breadth of our sensing technologies address this design challenge for a variety of systems. Take the TMCS1123, for example; its high accuracy and low propagation delay enable designers to now use Hall-effect sensors in high-voltage systems where they couldn’t before – and that opens the door to reduce system cost and size.”

Achieve fast, accurate control in high-voltage systems with Hall-effect current sensors

The need for highly accurate current measurements in high-voltage systems such as electric vehicle chargers and solar inverters is growing, but Hall-effect current sensors have typically been overlooked given their high drift over lifetime. The TMCS1123 Hall-effect current sensor features the highest reinforced isolation working voltage of 1,100 VDC. The TMCS1123 also features a maximum sensitivity error of ±0.75% with 50 ppm/°C drift over temperature and ±0.5% drift over lifetime. With this high accuracy, the TMCS1123 enables designers to optimize system performance while simplifying design. The high precision and stability over lifetime remove the need to recalibrate equipment, reducing costly and time-consuming maintenance.

In addition, achieving precise control of power conversion is paramount for optimizing system efficiency and protection. The TMCS1123 features low propagation delay of 600 ns and bandwidth of 250 kHz, which enable faster control loops while keeping noise low to help increase system efficiency. To learn more, see the technical article, “How to simplify accurate current sensing in high-voltage systems.”

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Simplify and reduce system size with EZShunt technology

TI’s new EZShunt portfolio of current-sensing solutions simplifies designs by removing the need for an external shunt resistor. The portfolio provides a fully integrated current-sensing solution that fits within the footprint of a 1206 shunt resistor, offering the value of a discrete solution with the simplicity of a single chip.

The EZShunt portfolio offers both cost-optimized and high-accuracy options, featuring drift as low as 25 ppm/°C, in a variety of packages and shunt values. The INA700 is the industry’s smallest integrated current shunt monitor, enabling engineers to reduce the size of their current-sensing solution by as much as 84%. The portfolio also includes the INA781, the industry’s highest-accuracy 75-A integrated shunt solution, which supports common-mode voltages up to 85 V.

TI’s new Hall-effect and EZShunt current-sensing solutions build on the company’s commitment to helping engineers sense the world more accurately. To learn more, see TI.com/sensing.

Package, availability and pricing

Preproduction quantities of the TMCS1123 Hall-effect current sensor are available now, only on TI.com, in a 10.3-mm-by-10.3-mm, 10-pin small outline integrated circuit (SOIC) package. Pricing starts at US$2.37 in 1,000-unit quantities. Designers can purchase the TMCS1123EVM for US$49.99. Multiple payment and shipping options are available on TI.com. Higher bandwidth and automotive-qualified versions of the TMCS1123 are expected to be available in fourth quarter of 2023 and second quarter of 2024, respectively.

Preproduction quantities of EZShunt products are available now, only on TI.com, in a variety of package options as small as 1.319-mm x 1.239-mm. Pricing starts at US$0.80. Designers can purchase evaluation modules starting at US$49.99. Multiple payment and shipping options are available on TI.com. Analog and automotive versions of EZShunt products are expected to be available in second quarter of 2024.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Nasdaq: TXN) is a global semiconductor company that designs, manufactures, tests and sells analog and embedded processing chips for markets such as industrial, automotive, personal electronics, communications equipment and enterprise systems. Our passion to create a better world by making electronics more affordable through semiconductors is alive today, as each generation of innovation builds upon the last to make our technology smaller, more efficient, more reliable and more affordable – making it possible for semiconductors to go into electronics everywhere. We think of this as Engineering Progress. It’s what we do and have been doing for decades. Learn more at TI.com.

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The big fat Indian approach for making a robust Energy Storage System

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 14:05

The vision under which the GOI is approaching to meet its energy targets includes a number of goals and strategies. By 2030 India has set up a mile stone to adopt 50% energy for its mobility drive. Along with that India has made policies for long-term economic success which includes a net zero carbon dependence by 2070. The vision also includes to develop India into a vibrant society that will drive a thriving economy to be an ambitious nation.

2030 targets

India is on its way to achieve 500 GW energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 under the campaign for renewable energy classified as “Panchamrit”. Gradually India’s growth has been terrific and result oriented. India is at the 4th position in renewable energy installed capacity (including Large Hydro), and is standing on the 4th position in wind power capacity & in the race of developed nation it is on the 4th spot in solar power capacity globally (According to REN21 renewables 2022 Global Status Report). According to reports India has steadily increased its renewable energy capacity by 396% in the last 8.5 years and at current it stands at more than 174.53 GW which is about 42.5%  of the country’s total capacity (as recorded in Feb 2023). As a result, India went through a drastic shift of 9.83% year-on-year growth in 2022.

Industry Scenario

The energy storage industry in India is at a nascent stage but has the potential to become a major industry in this decade. The government is promoting the development and adoption of energy storage technologies. Accounting till Feb 2023, India has achieved a combined installed capacity of 174.53 GW from its renewable energy sources including hydropower. Below mentioned is the data of India’s renewable sources capacity

  • Wind Power: 41.9 GW
  • Solar Power: 63.3 GW
  • Biomass/cogeneration: 10.2 GW
  • Small Hydro Power: 4.93 GW
  • Waste To Energy: 0.52 GW
  • Large Hydro: 46.85 GW

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Additionally, the Indian government had target projections for the year 2030 under which the growth drivers are mentioned below:

  • Government Commitments

India is all set to reduce its carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030. GOI is setting up new schemes to reduce the carbon intensity of the nation’s economy by 45%.

  • Proposed Solar Cities and Parks

The GOI has proposed to setup 59 solar parks of 40 GW across the nation.

  • National Green Hydrogen Mission

Towards the cause, GOI have initiated outlay of INR 19,744 crore for this mission including an outlay of INR 17,490 crore for the SIGHT programme, INR 1,466 crore for pilot projects, INR 400 crore for R&D, and INR 388 crore towards mission components.

  • Atmanirbhar Bharat

GOI has introduced a PLI scheme under which there are financial outlays of INR 24,000 crore that has been approved for manufacturing of Solar PV.

  • Off-shore Wind Energy

The GOI has made projection of 30 GW by 2030 for medium- and long-term targets of Off-shore wind power capacity.

In addition to government support, the energy storage industry in India is seeing increased interest from the private sector. Several companies, such as Tata Power and Fortum, have announced plans to invest in energy storage technology. Additionally, several startups have emerged in the energy storage space, such as Sun Mobility and Bijli, which are working to develop innovative energy storage solutions.

Overall, the energy storage industry in India is expected to grow significantly in this decade. With the right policies in place and increased private sector investment, the industry could become a major driver of India’s economic growth.

Energy Storage Trends

Energy Storage Trends

To overlay the undergoing rapid transformations, GOI is coming with lasting solutions in the manufacturing, and service of renewable energy industry. To classify the economic power system operation trends, we have categorised them in three concepts:

  • Moving away from the traditional approach
  • Developing storage systems that can scale the large geographical areas
  • Transitioning from centralized to distributed energy storage.

Broadly, the current trends of energy storage solutions in India are:

Short Term Response Energy Storage Devices

Short-term response energy storage (STRES) devices are gaining popularity in India as a cost-effective solution for balancing intermittent renewable energy sources. These devices can store electricity for a few seconds to minutes and release it back into the grid when needed to maintain a reliable and stable supply of electricity.

STRES devices are becoming increasingly popular in India due to their ability to reduce grid congestion and balance intermittent renewable energy sources. The most popular STRES devices used in India are flywheel energy storage systems, lithium-ion batteries, and compressed air energy storage systems. Flywheel energy storage systems are well-suited for short-term energy storage due to their low cost and high efficiency. Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly popular due to their long-life, high-energy density, and low maintenance requirements. Compressed air energy storage systems are also gaining popularity in India due to their low cost and low environmental impact.

In addition to these devices, other forms of STRES such as pumped-hydro storage, thermal energy storage, and electrochemical storage are also being used in India. These technologies are being used to provide support to the grid and enable the integration of renewable energy sources.

Advanced Thermal Energy Storage

India is making significant strides in the field of thermal energy storage. The country has established a number of thermal energy storage projects, such as the Narmada Thermal Energy Storage Plant in Gujarat, the Kolar Thermal Energy Storage Plant in Karnataka, and the Ramagundam Thermal Energy Storage Plant in Andhra Pradesh. These projects are designed to store energy generated during periods of low demand and to use it during peak periods. This helps reduce electricity costs, minimize the need for additional power generation capacity, and improve power supply reliability.

In addition, India is investing in research and development of advanced thermal energy storage technologies. This includes the development of phase-change materials such as paraffin wax, which can store and release large amounts of energy in a reversible fashion. India is also exploring the use of molten salt technology for thermal energy storage.

Finally, India has embarked on several projects like Indian Institute of Science’s Solar Thermal Energy Storage Facility. These initiatives are expected to help India meet its growing electricity demands.

Enhanced Redox Flow Battery

Redox flow batteries are an advanced form of energy storage technology. Redox flow batteries are a type of electrochemical cell that has two tanks of electrolyte solution, which consist of a mix of two or more ions. When electricity is applied to the cell, the ions move from one tank to the other, creating a flow of electric current. This type of battery has advantages over traditional batteries, such as a longer life span, higher energy density, and lower cost. In India, redox flow batteries are being piloted for grid-level energy storage applications, such as providing backup power for remote villages, providing energy during grid outages, and enabling the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. The Indian government has shown support for this technology and has taken steps to promote its deployment.

Energy transition and decarbonization drive

The Indian government has taken several steps towards transitioning to a low-carbon economy. At the COP 26 India raised a memoranda to commit towards the aggressive climate change under which India will be installing 500 GW of non-fossil fuel energy. It has also mentioned that India will be sourcing its 50% energy requirements from the renewables by 2030 and by 2070 whole economy will be achieving net zero. Another agenda it encompasses is that country’s mobility drive will include 30% Electric Vehicles by 2030 which is 1% at the present moment. An avalanche of net savings of USD 26.7 to 33.3 billion dollars on the oil imports. The market is addressing the penetration of energy storage with a compound annual growth rate of 44.5%. Whereas, the major contributors are the EV segment with 64%, followed by grid-level applications with 22%, behind-the-meter usage with 8%, and consumer electronics with 6%.

Evolution of ESS

Evolution of ESS

In the past few year GOI policies have escalated the capacity manifold and the local ecosystem. The latest standalone Energy Storage System technologies are the next major advancements in the power sector that has evolved with times. The national ESS policies have been important growth drivers that has significantly addressed the major impediments faced by the domestic industry, with a time-based target. The integration of these comprehensive policies and the new business models have evolved the energy storage systems in India creating future-proof products available in the domestic market. The union budget of the fiscal-year 2023 has addressed such concerns and have spared a dedicated infrastructure for the advancements in energy storage. Below mentioned are the highlights:

  • Identified Green Growth as one of the nodes in the SAPTARISHI (A list of 7 priorities)
  • Investment of $2.4 Billion for National Hydrogen Mission for the production of 5 MMT by 2030 and adding a budget of $36 million additionally.
  • An initiative Visibility Gap Funding led by GOI that will support the 4GWh battery energy storage systems
  • Established $1.02/2.5 billion central sector support for ISTS infrastructure in Ladakh to get 13 GW energy.
Conclusion

The GOI have been inventive and enthusiastic towards adoption of green and clear energy. Past few years have been tough for India but the year 2023 had a great start. As recorded in Feb 2023 India’s renewable energy capacity have increased by 396% in the last 8.5 years and talking of current scenario, India is producing more than 174.53 GW which is about 42.5% of the country’s total capacity.

The write-up is authored by Neeraj Kumar Singal. Founder and CEO of Semco Group. He is passionate about Clean Energy and working on various projects to build a robust Lithium-ion ecosystem. One of his ventures, SEMCO Infratech is a solution provider of Lithium-ion cell manufacturing and pack assembly equipment. He can be reached at nks@semcoindia.com

Neeraj Kumar Singal Founder and CEO, SemcoNeeraj Kumar Singal: Founder and CEO of Semco Group

 

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Dharmistha Chaudhary Joins Magenta Mobility as Chief Human Resources Officer

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 13:55

Mumbai, 22nd August 2023: Magenta Mobility, a pioneer in integrated Electric Mobility solutions, is excited to announce the appointment of Dharmistha Chaudhary as its Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). With an illustrious career spanning more than 22 years across diverse sectors including logistics, retail, and manufacturing, Dharmistha brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic vision to her role at Magenta Mobility. Previously, she has worked with organisations like Sandvik Asia Limited, Reliance Group, Chalhoub Group, and  CMA CGM Group.

“I am thrilled to lead the Human Resource vertical at Magenta Mobility. Here at Magenta, I will be involved in shaping Magenta’s overall strategic direction, encompassing critical domains of Human Capital, including talent acquisition, compensation and performance management, succession planning, learning, and development, as well as fostering a culture of transparency, positivity, and openness across all functions and verticals. With the scale at which Magenta is growing and expanding to new cities, there will be a significant number of hirings across different verticals that I will be driving, encompassing both employees and driver partners,” commented Dharmistha Chaudhary.

She emphasized, “I firmly believe that investments in human capital are equally vital as investments in product R&D. Our people are our greatest asset, and creating an environment where they can thrive is of utmost importance. I am dedicated to unleashing the innate drive within individuals to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected. By doing so, we will not only empower our team and driver partners to achieve more but also create value for both them and Magenta.”

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Maxson Lewis, Founder, and Managing Director of Magenta Mobility, expressed his enthusiasm about the addition of Dharmistha Chaudhary to the team, “We are excited to have Dharmistha on board as our CHRO. Her holistic approach to human resources, combined with her proven expertise in leadership development and strategic planning, aligns seamlessly with our values and growth trajectory. Through her leadership, we aim to cultivate a workplace where every individual’s potential is unlocked, leading to collective success.”

Dharmistha Chaudhary’s appointment as Chief Human Resources Officer comes at a pivotal moment as Magenta Mobility accelerates its operations and expands its market presence. With a strategic focus on human capital, Magenta Mobility is poised to continue its journey as a leading force in the dynamic electric mobility sector.

Magenta Mobility raised USD 22 Million from two marquee investors – bp Ventures and Morgan Stanley India Infrastructure. Earlier this month, the brand proudly announced its operation in Pune. Currently operational in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Mysuru, Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, Magenta Mobility is expanding its operational presence in multiple other cities. The brand employs a team size of around 200+ employees including 15 key individuals in leadership roles and has ambitious plans to scale up its fleet, driver partner network, and workforce during this year as it envisions operational expansion into additional cities.

About Magenta Mobility:

Magenta Mobility is a leading end-to-end integrated E-Mobility solution provider. The company is committed to its vision of & quot;Electrifying & Decarbonizing Logistics in India" providing a clean, sustainable, and affordable delivery solution nationwide. Currently, it has an electric fleet of over 1000 vehicles spread across Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon, serving clients in e- commerce, grocery delivery, FMCG, food & pharmaceuticals for their last-mile deliveries. Furthermore, with its own Electric Fleet Management System, the organisation is an excellent partner for organisations hoping to achieve practical portability goals in decarbonisation.

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New Gigabit Ethernet Switch with AVB/TSN and Integrated PHYs for Industrial Automation

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 13:39

The LAN9662 includes a Real-Time Engine to process high-speed cyclical data in flight

Industrial automation and digital transformation are driving market growth for scalable and standardized networking solutions to address the needs of commercial Operational Technology (OT) deployments. To provide automation manufacturers with a comprehensive networking solution, Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announces the LAN9662 Gigabit Ethernet Switch with four ports, Audio-Video Bridging and Time Sensitive Network (AVB/TSN), two integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T PHYs and a 600 MHz Arm® Cortex®-A7 CPU subsystem.

To support industrial Ethernet applications, the LAN9662 features a Real-Time Engine (RTE) that provides the ability to modify the Ethernet frame in flight, enabling faster cyclical data rates and low latency. The LAN9662 is compliant with key industry standards such as the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC/UA) and PROFINET software stack, offering deterministic communication capabilities necessary for industrial networking applications.

“Expanding on the LAN966x family, the LAN9662 opens a path to scale with TSN-enabled networking endpoints,” said Charles Forni, vice president of Microchip’s USB and networking business unit. “Our solutions offer customers the advantage of starting their designs with industry standards met, supported by a comprehensive software portfolio.”

 

With two integrated PHYs, the LAN9662 provides extremely low latency to support various daisy chain topologies. The PHY interfaces enable fast data processing within a specified time to provide a reliable network for automation applications such as motor, conveyor and multi-axis robot controllers.

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The LAN9662 supports up to two RGMII/RMII, up to two 1000BASE-X/SerDes/2.5GBASE-X/KX, and a Quad-SGMII/Quad-USGMII interface. The configurable interfaces allow designers to reach various types of physical layers or interconnects they may require.

Microchip is an established supplier of industrial-grade networking solutions, offering a broad portfolio of robust, energy efficient and highly integrated products with deterministic switching and fault-tolerant redundancy. Its products significantly reduce the complexity and overhead of deploying Ethernet across a variety of industrial applications. To learn more about Microchip’s Ethernet solutions.

Development Tools

The LAN9662 is supported by Microchip’s Switch API, the EVB-LAN9662 and the EVB-LAN9662-Carrier Board. Software support is also offered through Platform BSP, Linux® Switchdev and PROFINET Software Stack.

Pricing and Availability

The LAN9662 is available at $13.10 in volume quantities. For additional information and to purchase, contact a Microchip sales representative, authorized worldwide distributor or visit Microchip’s Purchasing and Client Services website, www.microchipdirect.com.

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About Microchip Technology:

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 125,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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