Microchip’s Radiation Hardened (Rad-Hard) Space-Grade DC-DC Converters

The Microchip SA50-28 family is the space industry’s only standard, non-hybrid space-grade power converters – it now includes 28 Volt (V)-input, 50-watt (W) radiation-tolerant options.

Traditional hybrid-style power converters may have a limit on non-standard voltages and functions, creating complex challenge for space system designers; however, these have been eliminated by Microchip’s discrete-component-based, space-grade DC-DC power converter family – which are much more flexible and customisable – greatly simplifying and accelerating system development compared to alternative space-grade power converters. It’s the industry’s only off-the-shelf 28V-input, radiation-tolerant power converter with surface-mount construction and non-hybrid assembly processes.

Microchip’s comprehensive SA50-28 line is a 20V- to 40V-input, 50W family with nine standard outputs of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 28V in single- and triple-output configurations. The devices can be tailored to a system’s exact power needs quickly with minimal additional costs as compared to hybrid-style power converter products. Other features include high efficiency, low output noise, output inhibit control, overcurrent protection, external synchronisation, and full-rated power operation through −55°C to +85°C with linear derating to +125°C.

These space-grade products that have join the rad-hard SA50-120 power converter family (introduced in February 2021) now reduce risk and development time for qualified space systems by allowing designers to start with proven commercially available off-the-shelf technology in ceramic or plastic packages and quickly scaling up development using lower screening levels than traditional Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) requirements.

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Solid State Supplies Announces Availability of Excelitas PAX Pulsed Xenon Light Sources for Analytical Instrumentation

High Power Light Engines Generate Continuous Spectrum Light from UV to NIR with Stable Output and Long Life

Redditch, UK: Solid State Supplies today announced that it can now supply Pulsed Xenon Light Sources from Excelitas, including the new µPAX-3 precision-aligned 2 Watt module.

Excelitas PAX Light Sources are compact, integrated light source solutions containing a flash lamp, trigger circuit, and power supply in an EMI-suppressant enclosure. The PAX family of compact, precision-aligned Xenon light engine modules is the ideal choice for clinical diagnostic, in-vitro diagnostics, life sciences, drug discovery, proteomics, and analytical instrumentation applications.

The new μPAX-3 is the next generation 2-Watt Pulsed Xenon Light Source, with a smaller, more robust design that is 17% smaller than its µPAX-2 predecessor. State-of-the-art electronics and a precision aligned flashlamp are packaged into a single light source capable of providing broadband light in microsecond pulses with exceptional arc stability.

Lorna Lawson, Excelitas Product Manager at Solid State Supplies, noted: “We are excited to be adding the PAX light sources to our existing portfolio of Excelitas products. These miniaturised modules can offer significant advantages over LEDs in analytical instrumentation and similar applications, particularly with regard to the broad and continuous spectrum of the light output.”

“Excelitas takes pride in providing specialty lighting products and solutions that help to create a brighter, healthier and safer environment, so we are pleased to introduce µPAX-3 as an enhanced evolution of our µPAX-2 light source,” said Mark Gaston, Product Manager at Excelitas. “µPAX-3 features guaranteed stability < 1% and precision arc alignment for easy integration and improved overall performance – all in a more robust and compact design compared to our µPAX-2. The µPAX-3 is an ideal solution for product designers and engineers developing small form factor analytical systems for point of care and field use applications such as medical analytics, water quality monitoring, environmental analysis and more.”

Xenon flash lamps are confined arc flashlamps which produce microsecond to millisecond duration pulses of broadband light of high radiant intensities. Capable of operating at high repetition rates, these flashlamps generate light over a continuous spectrum from ultraviolet to infrared, at very high powers from 2W/25mJ to 60W/1J.

Key features of pulsed Xenon light sources include:

  • High Stability & Output Power
  • Inherently Pulsed μs pulses
  • High Stability: CV < 1% • Long Lifetime: > 1X 109 Flashes
  • Wide operating temperature
  • Wide continuous spectrum VUV through NIR

Applications include:

  • UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Point-of-care Analytics
  • Environmental Analytics
  • Absorption Analysis
  • Fluorescence Trigger
  • Immunoassays
  • Microplate Readers

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About Solid State Supplies Ltd

Solid State Supplies (part of Solid State plc) is a technical, franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community.

Solid State Supplies sells semiconductors, related components and modules for embedded processing, control and communications (both wireless and wired), sensing and switching, power management, and LED lighting. Focusing on products from a limited number of suppliers, the company understands its products in depth and offers customers outstanding levels of commercial and technical support. Solid State Supplies has particular expertise in end-to-end IoT solutions using modules, finished products and cloud connectivity, sensing and switching for Electric Vehicles and high-reliability components for military and aerospace applications, and sensing and switching for electric vehicles.
Solid State Supplies’ Quality Management System accords with ISO 9001: 2015, AS9120, and AS9100.

About Excelitas Technologies

Excelitas Technologies® Corp. is a leading industrial technology manufacturer focused on delivering innovative, market-driven photonic solutions to meet the illumination, optical, optronic, sensing, detection and imaging needs of our OEM and end-user customers. Serving a vast array of applications across biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defence and aerospace sectors, Excelitas stands committed to enabling our customers’ success in their many various end-markets. Our team consists of more than 7,500 professionals working across North America, Europe and Asia, to serve customers worldwide.

Connect with Excelitas on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, or visit http://www.excelitas.com for more information.

Excelitas® and Excelitas Technologies® are registered trademarks of Excelitas Technologies Corp. All other products and services are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Solid State Supplies:
Rachel Sandeman
Emmett & Churchman Ltd
Tel: 07738 682833
Email: Rachel@ec-pr.com

Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit

ASUS IoT Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit

ASUS IoT’s Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit is a complete solution to identify faces and read key facial markers.

The Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit is made up of the ASUS IoT Tinker Board 2 and the FaceMe® software development kit (SDK) from CyberLink; the two paired together create a powerful package delivering facial recognition accuracy of up to 98.35%, at fast 154ms inference speeds.

In addition, the AI Dev kit is able to assess and determine attributes such as age, gender and head orientation. Paired with its high-accuracy and fast-speed face recognition abilities, this delivers a powerful platform for diverse applications such as identification for authentication or personalising digital signage to individual customers.

With steady GPIO connectivity, the Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit can even connect to electronic gates, door locks and intercom systems to create a secure access-control system.

Find out more about the ASUS IoT Face Recognition Edge AI Dev Kit here.

ASUS IoT Tinker Board 2

The ASUS IoT Tinker Board 2 is an Arm®-based single-board computer that supports the Android 10 operating system. Powered by a six-core Rockchip RK3399 system-on-chip (SoC) with the new 64-bit Armv8 architecture and multi-core Mali-T860, the Tinker Board 2 provides outstanding performance, rich wired and wireless connectivity, and dual 4K screen output support.

The Tinker Board 2 is a ready-to-use solution, ideal for – but not limited to – digital signage, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) and access-control systems for retail, public services, hospitality, and healthcare applications.

Find out more abou the ASUS IoT Tinker Board 2 here.

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New Partnership: ASUS IoT

Solid State Supplies Announces UK Partnership with ASUS IoT

– Close collaboration will accelerate distribution of ASUS IoT industrial motherboards, edge computers and AI solutions into new markets

Redditch, UK: Solid State Supplies today announced that it has joined the ASUS IoT Alliance Program for the collaboration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) development and solutions. By becoming a partner, Solid State Supplies – a UK-headquartered distributor focusing on electronic and manufacturing markets – will be able to address more opportunities and fulfil a more diverse range of customer needs in the IIoT and AI era. ASUS IoT and Solid State Supplies aim for close cooperation to help provide complete solutions for a wide array of IoT and cloud applications, and to achieve a win-win partnership with the whole industry.

As an experienced and trusted distributor, Solid State Supplies offers customers outstanding levels of commercial and technical support. It also has particular expertise in end-to-end IoT solutions using modules, finished products and cloud connectivity.

ASUS IoT has always been an innovator in the development of high-quality, high-performance computing platforms and works closely with its partners to offer a comprehensive range of high-quality, high-performance industrial computers for the different vertical markets.

This expanded relationship opens the ASUS IoT distribution network within UK and Ireland, offering all partners easy access to the ASUS IoT line up of industrial motherboards, edge computers and AI solutions, plus the ability to benefit from Solid State Supplies’ market-leading technical support and value-added services – creating a one-stop-shop solution.

“All of us at Solid State Supplies are delighted to be expanding our relationship with ASUS IoT,” said John Macmichael, Managing Director of Solid State Supplies. “As a leader within the IoT field we are constantly looking for dynamic, innovative partners and the solutions that ASUS IoT can bring to bear are market leading. With its focus on automation, healthcare, hospitality and retail and the strong blend of hardware, firmware and software, ASUS IoT has the ability to add value to almost every IoT application.”

“In order to provide the service that our customers demand, we continue to build on a world-class network of partners established over years,” said Casper Lee, Regional Sales Director of ASUS. “System Integrators, solution providers, technology partners, software providers, value-added resellers and our colleagues in local companies throughout the world support our range of services and our quality standards. Solid State Supplies is our newest partner in this network. The company provides excellent services for vendors and resellers and we are looking forward to working with its team.”

Find out more about ASUS IoT here or

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New: 2J Liberty 5GNR Wall Mount Antenna Series

Introducing the latest 2J Liberty 5GNR wall mount antenna series, designed to boost outdoor or indoor cellular coverage in remote and harsh environments.

The ultra wideband, IP67 certified 5GNR antenna provides durability, high performance and superior quality in challenging environments, operating within sub-6 GHz cellular bands (617-5925 MHz frequency range). This wideband antenna is fully 4G LTE backwards compatible with existing networks and is tuned for devices that operate on 5G NR, 4G LTE, FirstNet, CBRS, LPWA, CAT-X -Mx, CAT-NBx, NB-IoT, 3G and 2G standards.  

The Liberty series is the #1 choice for the next generation of devices by offering backward compatibility with existing technologies reducing overall implementation costs for providers and manufacturers.

View the 2J Liberty 5GNR Antenna series below, offering an omni-directional radiation pattern giving it a 360-degree uninterrupted signal quality, a stable 5GNR peak gain of ~4.0 dBi and a maximum efficiency of up to ~66.6% (above the industry standard).

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Ideal applications:

  • Wireless broadband communication
  • Building management
  • Telecommunication and mobile devices
  • Alarm panels
  • 5GNR and LTE applications
  • Electrical metering
  • Data terminals
  • Smart devices
  • First responders and public safety communications
  • Mobile HD TV 
  • Smart metering and sensors
  • Commercial, industrial, or home automation
  • Base stations and routers
  • High traffic device connectivity
  • Industrial/commercial/residential IoT/smart home/office
  • ATM machines
  • Vending machines


Connections (1)


Dimensions: 232 × Ø 20 (Ø 16)

Mounting: Connector Mount

  • Dipole Antenna
  • Ground Plane Independent
  • Wide band Antenna
  • 617-2690 MHz Sub 6GHz Bands
  • Full 4GLTE backward compatibility
  • 2.8 dBi 5G NR Peak Gain
  • N-Male connector


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Dimensions: 325 × 36 × 155 (220 × Ø 16)

Mounting: Wall Mount

Certificates: IP67

  • Ultra Wide band Antenna
  • 617-5925 MHz Sub 6GHz Bands
  • Full 4GLTE backward compatibility
  • Ground Plane Independent
  • 4.0 dBi 5G NR Peak Gain
  • High Performance
  • Antenna Bracket included
  • Waterproof Antenna
  • Customizable Cable and Connector


Connections (1)


Dimensions: 325 × 36 × 155 (220 × Ø 16)

Mounting: Wall Mount

Certificates: IP67

  • Ultra Wide band Antenna
  • 617-5925 MHz Sub 6GHz Bands
  • Full 4GLTE backward compatibility
  • Ground Plane Independent
  • 4.0 dBi 5G NR Peak Gain
  • High Performance
  • Antenna Bracket included
  • Waterproof Antenna
  • Customizable Cable and Connector


Connections (1)


Dimensions: 272 × 30 × 115 (220 × Ø 16)

Mounting: Wall Mount

Certificates: IP67

  • Ultra Wide band Antenna
  • 617-5925 MHz Sub 6GHz Bands
  • Full 4GLTE backward compatibility
  • Ground Plane Independent
  • 4.0 dBi 5G NR Peak Gain
  • High Performance
  • Antenna Bracket included
  • Waterproof Antenna
  • Customizable Cable and Connector


Connections (1) 5G NR/4GLTE/FirstNet/CBRS/LPWA/3G/2G

Dimensions: 271 × 30 × 115 (219 × Ø 16)

Mounting: Wall Mount

  • Ultra Wide band Antenna
  • 617-5925 MHz Sub 6GHz Bands
  • Full 4GLTE backward compatibility
  • Ground Plane Independent
  • 4.0 dBi 5G NR Peak Gain
  • High Performance
  • Antenna Bracket included
  • Customizable Cable and Connector

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New: Digi Connect EZ

The new Digi Connect EZ family is a ‘click-to-connect’ cellular solution that provides modern and secure connectivity that boots in seconds, configures in minutes, and runs for years. 

Designed to meet the demands of mission-critical applications, the Digi Connect EZ revolutionises operational infrastructure by expanding network connectivity and functionality to support automation connection, robotics control, centralised device management, data acquisition and point-of-sale equipment.

Digi Connect EZ is a ‘click-to-connect’ solution with 1, 2 or 4 serial ports, software-selectable for RS-232/422/485 communication, as well as optional LTE, Wi-Fi, and industrial specifications (extended temperature and C1D2).

Features of Digi Connect EZ:

  • 1, 2 or 4 software-selectable RS-232/422/485 serial ports to connect a wide variety of serial equipment over IP networks
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet (dual Ethernet on 2- and 4-port), with optional Wi-Fi, industrial temp, C1D2 rating and LTE
  • Ideal for applications requiring COM ports, serial tunnelling
  • or TCP/UDP sockets
  • Optimizes performance for the widest range of industry
  • standard and device-specific protocols
  • Built-in Digi TrustFence® for device security, secure encrypted connections, ongoing monitoring and support
  • Easy setup and mass configuration with Digi Navigator™ and Digi Remote Manager®

Digi Navigator

Digi Navigator is a tool that is what makes setting up easy because it gives users the ability to discover and configure within minutes eliminiating the hassle of finding devices on a network, configuring the IP address, defining serial ports and connected devices, setting up Digi RealPort and managing passwords.

Features of Digi Navigator

  • Find and connect to devices on a LAN
  • Guide IP address configuration
  • Configure for use with Digi RealPort
  • Quickly define serial ports and devices associated with ports
  • Access the Digi Connect EZ web and command line interface
  • Manage passwords easily

Find out more information and order now

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FPGA Design ‘Coffee Break’ Webinar Series

Come and virtually join our autumn series of short webinars which will provide an introduction to key FPGA design topics during your mid-morning ‘coffee break’ in September 2021.

The webinars are free to attend and each session lasts for 30 minutes.

Mix and match via the links below or book all three below.

2nd September at 11am

MCU vs FPGA vs ASIC – Differences and Advantages                     

This webinar will outline of the key differences between MCU, FPGA and ASIC and their individual strengths and weaknesses.

7th September at 11am

Top Application Areas for FPGAs                         

This session walks you through the consideration of which applications FPGAs are best suited for.

9th September at 11am

Design Security with FPGAs

This session will go through how to keep your design secure with the Microchip/Microsemi FPGA family.

Click on each link above to register for individual webinars or use the contact form below to register for all three webinars.

    EPC: ‘How to GaN’ Summer Webinar Series

    Spend your summer at GaN Beach with EPC – at least virtually – learning how to maximize the performance of your designs with leading edge GaN FETs and ICs.

    Our team of GaN Experts will be hosting a series of intensive webinar trainings focused on design techniques to achieve maximum performance in your GaN designs.

    Each session will last one hour including time for Q&A sessions with our presenters and panelists.

    This webinar series has now finished.

    EPC How to GaN Webinar Schedule:

    • July 14, 2021-High-Performance Layout Techniques to Maximize GaN Device Performance
    • July 28, 2021-Gate Drivers for GaN FETs
    • August 11, 2021-Understanding the Impact of Dead-time, QRR, and COSS
    • August 25, 2021-Thermal Management of GaN FETs

    All webinars will be held at 16:00 BST / 17:00 CET / 8:00AM PDT on the scheduled day.

    Register, attend, and engage with the team to earn points towards prizes.

    • Earn 250 points or more over the course of the series and receive an advanced digital copy of the new book GaN Power Devices and Applications.
    • Earn the most points for an individual webinar and receive a $100 Amazon card or equivalent donation to the charity of your choice.
    • Earn the most points over the course of the series and receive a $500 Amazon card or equivalent donation to the charity of your choice.

    New: Digi IX15

    Introducing the new Digi IX15 combined industrial-grade XBee gateway and cellular router; a low-price, quick-to-market option to chip-down DIY designs for networking operations.

    The IX15 helps build XBee or other cellular networks for connectivity to cloud applications or data centres using Python programming for edge computing.

    With C1D2 certifications and its rugged casing, it is designed to withstand harsh, corrosive environments making it ideal for oil and gas, water/wastewater, solar, agriculture and other industrial applications.

    When developers require a highly secure, common platform to reduce costs and time-to-market, the IX15 is a reduced-risk, efficient option.

    The Digi IX15 is compatible with Digi Remote Manager (Digi RM) – the command centre for your deployment. Digi RM is a cloud-based solution that allows the user to connect, setup, mass configure and maintain for thousands of remote devices.

    IX15 back view
    IX15 front view

    Digi IX15 Features:

    • 2.4GHz Digi XBee® 3 (Zigbee / DigiMesh / 802.15.4)
    • Cellular (Global LTE Cat-4, 3G, 2G)
    • Edge compute programmability – Python 3
    • Dual SIMs and Digi SureLink®
    • Bluetooth (hardware – 5.0, software – 4.2)
    • 1 x Ethernet (10/100)
    • 1 x Serial Port RS-232/485 (RJ45 10-pin)
    • Operating Temperature -40°C to +74°C
    • Digi TrustFence® security framework
    • Flat surface mounting or optional DIN rail clip
    • Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) certified

    Click Here to Buy the Digi IX15

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    GaN Power Design Webinar Series with EPC

    We are hosting a series of free GaN Power Design webinars with Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) starting from 11th May 2021.

    EPC webinars exhibit over 60 years of combined experience in advanced power management technology. From understanding critical design aspects to GaN power device reliability to identifying the value of GaN, EPC webinars help engineers in their next design and understand the nutshell advantages of GaN.

    The webinars cover GaN Power Design in suitable applications such as automotive systems, motor drives, medical, satellites and high-density computing.

    GaN Power Design Webinars:


    The webinars will be presented by Marco Palma, Director, Motor Control Systems & Applications at EPC.


    At the end of each session, there will be an opportunity for Q&As. However, to ensure your question will be covered efficiently, feel free to submit your question(s) below before the webinar or email danica.ngo@sssltd.com.