New electrolyte promises to rid lithium batteries of short-circuiting dendrites

Dendrites – thin conductive filaments that form inside lithium batteries – reduce the life of these cells and are often responsible for them catching fire. Scientists working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the US Department of Energy claim to have produced a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that not only completely eliminates dendrites, but also promises to increase battery effi ...

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LTC Design Note: Inverting DC/DC controller converts a positive input to a negative output with a single inductor

There are several ways to produce a negative voltage from a positive voltage source, including using a transformer or two inductors and/or multiple switches. However, none are as easy as using the LTC3863, which is elegant in its simplicity, has superior efficiency at light loads and reduces parts count compared to alternative solutions. Advanced Controller Capabilities The LTC3863 can produce a –0.4V to –1 ...

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3D Eagle BRD Viewer

3D BRD Viewer is a free tool to visualize CadSoft EAGLE PCB Designs in 3D. You can drag your .brd file anywhere on this page and have a full 360 degree view of how your board will appear after assembly. Overview 3D BRD Viewer is a free tool to visualize CadSoft EAGLE PCB Designs in 3D. You can drag your .brd file anywhere on this page and have a full 360 degree view of how your board will appear after assem ...

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Simple SSR has zero-cross on/off switching

This Design Idea is a solid state relay (SSR) which uses a triac to switch AC loads at high current. There are plenty of simple SSR circuits available, but this may be the simplest circuit that achieves turn-on and turn-off only when the AC line voltage is near zero. Figure 1  AC SSR schematic with zero-cross switching (use browser zoom or open in another tab to enlarge) Transistor Q2 acts as a clamp to dis ...

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LTC3402 – 2A, 3MHz Micropower Synchronous Boost Converter

Features Synchronous Rectification: Up to 97% Efficiency 2A Switch Current Rating Fixed Frequency Operation Up to 3MHz Wide Input Range: 0.5V to 5V Very Low Quiescent Current: 38µA (Burst Mode Operation) 2.6V to 5V Adjustable Output Voltage 0.85V (Typ) Start-Up Voltage No External Schottky Diode Required (VOUT < 4.3V) Synchronizable Switching Frequency Burst Mode Enable Control Antiringing Control Reduce ...

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A data-acquisition system on a chip

Multifunction data-acquisition systems have been around for a long time as stand-alone instruments, plug-in cards, cabled computer peripherals, and embedded in systems. Such systems are often designed with separate ADCs, DACs, and digital I/O devices. Many microcontrollers include ADCs and DACs, but that locks you into using that device. The AD5592R from Analog Devices combines all of these I/O functions, l ...

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MEC extender – and you’re a level higher

We already know, that Switches MEC Unimec switch in up to eight ways and also that they´re available as momentary or alternate (latching). UNIMEC switches feature perhaps only one “disadvantage” - that on the same PCB no other higher components can be used (which would be higher than the switch). If you´re satisfied with the UNIMEC features, but despite that you cannot use them in your application right for ...

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