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Engineers' Insight from Avnet Abacus is designed to keep you up to date with the latest industry news, product innovation and current topics from the world of electronic components.

Designing the Input Filter Stage for Inverters and Drives

Inverters and and drives have become basic building blocks for many modern power applications. These applications must meet statutory and practical requirements for input EMI filtering and protection against injury to personnel and equipment

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Wearables: Creating Challenges & Opportunities for Connector Manufacturers

The Internet of Things is on everyone’s lips as the next wave of technology that will drive the electronics industry forward. Wearable technology is expected to be one of the big sectors in terms of volume of product in demand.

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What's Super about Supercapacitors?

Supercapacitors are an alternative to using a battery or indeed the more common-or-garden variety of capacitor in many energy storage applications due to their many advantages.

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Advancing Standards in USB Technology

Back in April 2014, at the Intel Developers Forum in Shenzhen, China, the USB Type-C connector made its debut. Now commercially available, the new connector features a particularly significant technical advance.

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Maintaining Performance and Reliability with High-speed Connectors

Data and telecom equipment has had to evolve to address growth in data traffic, and nowhere are the challenges more apparent than at physical connector interfaces.

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Design Trends: Batteries for IoT

The Internet of things is opening up a whole new sphere of applications for electronic systems and selecting the right batteries for these systems can be tricky.

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Modern Electromechanical Relays Meet Today's Reliability Demands

Although they've been superseded in some applications by newer technologies such as solid state relays, electromechanical relays still have a lot to offer

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Do you need more than enough? Specifying AC-DC Power Supplies

Bigger is always better, isn't it? That's not necessarily the case when it comes to specifying an AC-DC power supply.

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'Wet' vs. Polymer Aluminium Capacitors

Aluminium electrolytic and polymer wound aluminium electrolytic capacitors may seem similar at first glance, however the technologies offer very different performance characteristics.

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