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Multiple aircraft seat suppliers currently offering Astronics wireless charging in their commercial airline seats. Astronics, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), is providing its new wireless charging module (WCM) for integration into several suppliers’ seat models. The first integrations are scheduled to roll out on aircraft in early 2019.

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Proterra, a innovator in heavy duty electric transportation for the North American mass transit market, announced that it has closed a $155 million investment round co-led by Daimler, manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Tao Capital Partners co-led the round, joined by G2VP and other technology investors.

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SiC power device market is clearly entering into the rapid growth phase, in particular, driving by automotive applications, which is growth with a CAGR2017-2023 of 73%, according to the lastest SiC report, Power SiC 2018: Materials, Devices and Applications. Indeed, EV/HEV applications are not only driven the market volume but also leading the technology progress; such as power module packaging technology analysed in the report Power Module Packaging 2018: Material Market and Technology Trends. As the pioneer on the EV market, Tesla’s move attracts vast attention. Its adoption of SiC MOSFETs in the Model 3 is one of the most noticeable news for power semiconductor as well as SiC community in year 2018. In this interview, we invite you to discover the story behind the SiC MOSFET module design used by Tesla, the technology and the difficulties associated.

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A Standard PFC CCM boost converter using GaN unleashes new power management capabilities - Transphorm Inc.and Delta Electronics disclosed today that the power supply unit (PSU) manufacturer’s newest innovation comes from practical use of Transphorm’s high-voltage (HV) GaN FETs. Delta’s latest 80Plus Platinum 800 Watt PSU now offers a backup lithium-ion battery. Should a data center lose power, the PSU’s battery will keep connected servers running for one minute—long enough to allow for a proper power down sequence. The use of GaN enabled Delta to reduce the power system size by ~25 percent, allowing for battery inclusion within a CRPS form factor.

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As part of the strategic orientation of its E-Mobility division, ElringKlinger AG has taken the decision to focus on PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) technology in future; it is of key relevance to mobile applications. Against this backdrop, ElringKlinger will sell its existing business centered around high-temperature SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) technology - which will also cover its ownership interest in new enerday GmbH, Neubrandenburg - to Dresden-based sunfire GmbH. The parties to the contract have agreed not to disclose details relating to the purchase price. 

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The first electric car from the proposed new venture from Qatar Quality Trading Company will roll out of the assembly line in 2022. Named `Katara', the 700hp green car would have a range of 1000-km on a 10-minute single charge. The $9bn-project is backed by the production technology of ARM of Japan and is expected to come up near the New Industrial Area, company officials said. The plant will be spread over 6.5 sqkm.

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