• STMicroelectronics to Hold its First-ever ST Taiwan Tech Day

    STMicroelectronics to Hold its First-ever ST Taiwan Tech Day

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    STMicroelectronics is holding its first-ever ST Taiwan Tech Day at the Taipei New Horizon on November 2. The event is designed to provide valued customers and partners with the most up-to-date information on ST products and solutions to facilitate innovation and achieve success.

    With the theme “Our Technology Starts with You,” this extensive technology event will offer insightful speeches and showcase over 40 demonstrations centered around four mega trends: Smart Mobility, Power & Energy, IoT & Connectivity, and Sensing the World. Attendees can experience first-hand the latest innovations and learn how ST’s technologies are contributing to a safer, greener, and more connected world. It will also be a great opportunity to help developers and innovators stay ahead of the curve in today’s rapidly evolving market.

    Innovation highlights

    Smart Mobility
    Zonal Gateway: Zonal Gateway acts as a bridge between the automotive central computer and traditional signal-based ECUs. This technology is supported by ST’s wide range of automotive-grade products and enables Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) with Data Distribution Service (DDS) protocol and Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA). The Zonal Gateway offers a solution for modernizing automotive systems, allowing for seamless communication between different components and enabling efficient and secure updates.

    3rd-Generation SiC Modules: The industry leader in Silicon Carbide (SiC), ST offers a wide range of solutions to help developers improve the power efficiency and reduce the size and weight of automotive inverters with its 3rd-generation SiC modules. The traction inverter is a critical component in electric vehicles as it converts energy from the battery to drive the motors in the drivetrain.

    These converters must handle high power and currents, provide fail-safe operation, and handle EMC challenges. Alongside the SiC modules, ST’s range of solutions includes AEC-Q101 qualified IGBTs, silicon and silicon-carbide MOSFETs and diodes, AEC-Q100 qualified galvanically isolated IGBT and MOSFET gate drivers, and SPC5 32-bit automotive microcontrollers. These offerings enable scalable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient EV traction inverter solutions.

    Power & Energy
    Digital Power: ST’s digital power solution is a comprehensive set of reference designs that empower designers to create efficient, feature-rich power supplies for a wide range of applications. The demo highlights two powerful solutions: the 25kW DAB DC/DC converter with ST’s ACEPACK module, a highly efficient and reliable power converter ideal for industrial and automotive applications, and the 30kW Gen3 SiC MOSFET three-phase interleaved LLC solution with an STM32G4 MCU for ultra-high voltage EV charger — a cutting-edge power supply designed to provide ultra-fast charging for electric vehicles.

    With these solutions, designers can create custom power systems that are efficient, reliable, and tailored to their specific needs.

    Precision Position Control: ST is a leading technology provider for motor control and servo drives, offering power device technologies, computational processing, isolated devices, industrial safety, ecosystem for industrial automation, connectivity, and predictive maintenance. With ST’s state-of-the-art motor-control technologies, the motor can precisely control movement to a specific position.

    The demo consists of two small BLDC motors that can hold two shapes that do not fit together when they are in phase. The precision motor-control algorithm enables the rotation and movement of the shapes towards each other at any time, offsetting the relative position of the two shapes by 90 degrees while rotating. This unique position allows coupling between the shapes, with a rotation speed that ensures the phase shift is not noticeable, demonstrating precision position control in a harmonic movement coordinated simultaneously with other shapes.

    IoT & Connectivity
    Edge AI Washing Machine Solution: This solution utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve unparalleled levels of energy and water efficiency by accurately measuring the weight of clothes inside the machine. The AI model generated by ST’s NanoEdge AI Studio significantly improves measurement accuracy compared to traditional algorithms by analyzing and learning the features of current signals. This technology can advance the washing-machine industry to a next level by optimizing energy and water consumption while providing more accurate measurements.

    Compact Production Line with IO-Link System: The IO-Link automated product line demonstrates ST’s total solution application in a smart factory, utilizing IO-Link technology to manage digital input/output, sensors, and solenoid air valve drivers. The demos include digital IO boards, sensor boards, and actuator boards from ST’s Automation Competence Center’s reference demo boards. The IO-Link products simplify the installation, setup, maintenance, and repair of factory automation systems, enhancing system flexibility to produce different product models. The IO-Link diagnostic function enables smarter and more reliable factory operations.

    Sensing the World
    3D Sensing Solutions:
     ST showcases the advanced imaging capabilities of the 3D stereo-vision camera solutions for machine-vision applications. The eYs3D stereo camera reference design features ST’s high-performance, near-infrared VD56G3 global-shutter image sensors, ensuring the highest quality depth sensing and point-cloud creation.

    Additionally, the VD55H1 low-noise, low-power, indirect Time-of-Flight (iToF) sensor die, manufactured using advanced backside-illuminated, stacked-wafer technology, enables the creation of a small form-factor 3D camera capable of producing high-definition depth maps with a typical ranging distance of up to 5 meters in full resolution and beyond 5 meters with patterned illumination. This demo highlights ST’s commitment to providing cutting-edge technology for machine-vision applications.

    ISPU for personal electronics: ISPU (Intelligent Sensor Processing Unit) is a new processing category embedded in ST’s LSM6DSO16IS MEMS module. It is an ultra-low-power, high-performance programmable core that can execute signal processing and AI algorithms in real-time. The ISPU offers C programming and an enhanced ecosystem with libraries and 3rd-party tools/IDE, making it a state-of-the-art feature for any personal electronics.

    In addition to the insightful speeches and exciting technology showcase, more than 20 in-depth technical presentations covering Smart Mobility, Power and Energy, and IoT and Connectivity will provide a close look at the cutting-edge technologies that are shaping our world.

    To learn more about the exciting demos and program, please visit the ST Taiwan Tech Day event page.

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  • GaN Systems Shares Key Takeaways from SEMICON Taiwan 2023

    GaN Systems Shares Key Takeaways from SEMICON Taiwan 2023

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    SEMICON Taiwan 2023 once again underscored Taiwan’s strategic importance in the global semiconductor industry. Entering its 28th year, the event was held in Taipei, gathering 950 exhibitors with 3,000 booths and attracting more than 62,000 visitors. The sheer scale of participation was evident in the hour-long traffic queues and bustling metro platforms as people flocked into the Exhibition Halls.

    Innovations and sustainability were the focal points of this year’s show. Distinguished figures from the industry took the stage to emphasize the resilience of the semiconductor supply chain and envision a greener and more intelligent future enabled by semiconductors. Fueled by tremendous opportunities in artificial intelligence, communications, and automotive electronics, the semiconductor industry is poised to expand to a trillion-dollar market by the close of this decade despite the short-term cyclical downturns.

    Reshaping Mobility with Power Semiconductors

    This year, energy efficiency came to the forefront of innovations, especially among applications that have far-reaching impacts on the global economy, with electric vehicles being one.

    Electrification and autonomous trends continue to drive up the semiconductor content per vehicle. Wide bandgap semiconductors like SiC and GaN have emerged as pivotal players, making substantial contributions to the performance and efficiency of next-generation electric vehicles.

    It was exciting to see industry key players illustrate significant improvements achieved by new-generation semiconductors in terms of power efficiency, power density, and connectivity. Research firms estimate that silicon-based semiconductors will grow at a CAGR of 4% from 2022 to 2028, while SiC will grow at 31% and GaN at 49%, highlighting the growth potential of wide bandgap semiconductors.

    More Data, More Computing Power, More Energy Consumption

    The rapid adoption of artificial intelligence applications in every aspect of our lives presents a significant opportunity for the semiconductor industry. The recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, like generative AI, are made possible by the progress of semiconductor technologies, which were on full display at this year’s expo.

    The computing power and the memory access required for AI applications are still growing at an unprecedented pace, and the energy consumption is proportional to the computing capability. More efficient energy conversion and distribution solutions are critical for data centers to accommodate increasing energy-intensive workloads.

    Key takeaways Summary

    • SEMICON Taiwan once again turned out to be an enlightening event, fostering the exchange of experiences and the dissemination of ingenious ideas.
    • Energy efficiency challenges overall system performance as electronic devices become versatile and highly integrated. GaN power semiconductors are a low-cost and reliable solution to tackle power challenges for power-hungry applications.
    • Technology advancement hinges on two significant investments: innovation and talent. We’re pleased to note these were repeatedly addressed in keynotes and presentations at this year’s event.

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  • Okmetic Presented Customized Silicon and SOI Wafers at the ISES EU Power Event in Italy

    Okmetic Presented Customized Silicon and SOI Wafers at the ISES EU Power Event in Italy

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    Okmetic CTO Atte Haapalinna gave a speech in September 2023 at the ISES EU Power event on Customized Silicon and SOI Wafers Enabling Enhanced Power Devices.

    Advanced silicon wafers can greatly improve power device performance and reduce power losses. Okmetic Power wafer line provides an optimal platform for the manufacture of various power devices. Power device optimized wafer solutions improve power device performance, reduce Total Cost of Ownership and enable more refined designs.

    Okmetic Power wafer line comprise:

    Read more about Okmetic’s Power wafer line: Power Wafer Line | Okmetic

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  • STMicroelectronics Holds 5th Industrial Summit in China

    STMicroelectronics Holds 5th Industrial Summit in China

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    STMicroelectronics will host its Industrial Summit 2023 at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel, in Shenzhen, China, on Sep 28.

    In recognition of the extraordinary climate-related challenges, ST has long been guided by its unwavering commitment to sustainability. The Company is actively working to increase power efficiency with its cutting-edge solutions for diffused intelligence (Digitalization) and Energy and Power Conversion, forging a path towards reduced carbon emissions and a sustainable future.

    The Industrial Summit is the industry’s premier technology showcase of ST’s Industrial products and solutions. The theme of this year’s event is “Powering Your Sustainable Innovation.” Visitors will hear about the Company’s focus on Smart Power and Smart Digitalization during insightful keynotes and about 30 technical sessions, while also having the chance to experience over 150 demos focused on 3 market segments: Automation, Power & Energy, and Motor Control. The Summit will also host a number of showstoppers developed in close collaboration with ST’s customers and partners.

    Innovation highlights in the key focus areas

    To provide ST’s Industrial customers in Asia with strong and efficient support for their development activities, ST operates three dedicated Industrial Competence Centers focused on Motor Control, Automation, and Power and Energy that are located close to customers. At Industrial Summit 2023, ST and its customers and partners will showcase multiple innovations listed below leveraging expertise and system-level solutions from these three industrial Competence Centers.

    Microgrid: Microgrid is a distributed grid network that is connected to renewable sources and energy storage to minimize energy transmission loss and provide efficient energy utilization while maintaining the benefits of grid connection. ST joined forces with customers to showcase a Microgrid application with multiple energy generation and storage solutions including a photovoltaic (PV) optimizer, a string inverter, a micro-inverter, a hybrid inverter with energy storage, stand-alone energy storage, and an energy-usage example using EV charging stations.

    A list of the advanced technologies ST used in this multiapplication demo includes a full range of industry-leading STM32 MCUs, breakthrough wide bandgap power technologies such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium nitride (GaN), power metering products, and power-line communication (PLC) controllers. In particular, GaN power discretes and system-in-package devices like ST’s MasterGaN and Sti2GaN are expected to be the preferred technology for future residential PV+ energy storage system (ESS) applications that require high power density and energy efficiency.

    KNX Energy Management System: KNX is a global standard with high compatibility and a huge supplier base, making it ideal for the efficient energy system in buildings. At the Industrial Summit, ST will showcase how a KNX Energy-Management System manages energy consumption and generation from various energy sources, such as Solar Inverters, Microgrid, and Battery Storage, for all aspects of applications in buildings, home appliances, and EV charging stations. The KNX Energy-Management System can play an important role in achieving carbon neutrality, enabling energy production and consumption tracking, as well as static and dynamic load management.

    By adopting this system, users can proactively decide whether renewable energy should be consumed or stored, while the system provides an optimized energy solution based on user needs. STKNX is a highly competitive KNX transceiver used in a wide range of KNX products from many manufacturers. In addition, ST’s best-in-class MCU, SiC and GaN power technologies, and power conversion ICs are also utilized in this energy-management system.

    Servo Drives OrchestraAccording to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 53% of global electricity is consumed by motors, which makes motor-control efficiency among the most effective targets for sustainability benefits. On top of better energy performance of the motors themselves, great potential for improvement lies in how electric motors are integrated into industrial equipment and systems.

    At the Summit, ST will showcase its most comprehensive motor-control demo – the Servo Drives Orchestra. This solution comprises 8 reference designs with loads ranging from 500W to 22kW. Each of the motors controls a rope that pulls a load and demonstrates high-precision position control, in harmonic movement coordinated simultaneously with the other motors. Each motor drive executes the commands sent by I/O link from the podium where an HMI (Human Machine Interface) controls the mode selection while each drive controller collects temperature and vibration data, executes condition-monitoring algorithms, and wirelessly sends data to the Baidu Cloud. The cloud then reports back system behavior and power savings, among other parameters.

    ST is a leading technology provider for servo drives, power-device technologies, computational processing, isolation devices, industrial safety product, and for ecosystems, and for Industrial Automation, Predictive Maintenance, and Connectivity. The Servo Drives Orchestra demo uses an STM32 microcontroller, ST drivers, as well as SiC and GaN power solutions for overall efficiency improvement.

    Efficient Transformation to Factory Automation: The use of IO-Link products in factory automation systems can simplify the installation, setup, maintenance, and repair processes, while also contributing to increased production efficiency, energy savings, and carbon neutrality. ST is committed to providing a complete solution for any IO-Link device applications, including a free IO-Link device mini stack, to help manufacturers optimize their operations and achieve greater sustainability.

    ST will feature an Automated packing machine with automatic printing and labeling functions for smart factories that utilizes the Company’s IO-Link technology to manage digital input/output, sensors, and solenoid air valve drivers. The system is controlled by a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), and the system status can be displayed and controlled on an HMI. By connecting the system to a LoRa node, the machine can be remotely monitored and controlled through the IoT Cloud via a LoRa Gateway. The machine uses Digital IO boards, sensor boards, and actuator boards developed by ST Automation Competence Center, demonstrating the comprehensive ST portfolio in action.

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  • GF Brings Industry Leaders Together for Technology Summit 2023 in Europe

    GF Brings Industry Leaders Together for Technology Summit 2023 in Europe

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    At its annual Technology Summit in Europe beginning September 27th, GlobalFoundries (GF), is highlighting key advancements to its technology platforms and solutions that will enable better power efficiency, enhanced performance and security for applications across critical end markets including IoT, smart mobile and automotive. These milestones highlight GF’s semiconductor manufacturing leadership in product development, validation and market readiness for critical applications in IoT, 5G and 6G smartphones, and electric vehicles.

    Building upon the GF Technology Summit in North America this past August, the sessions in Munich will focus on leading at the edge, manufacturing semiconductors in a digital, AI-driven, world through the evolving landscape of communications infrastructure and the electrification of vehicles.

    GF’s President and CEO, Dr. Thomas Caulfield, will kick-off the event with a keynote address entitled “Essential chips fuel the era of AI,” which emphasizes the transformative potential of these technologies and their significance in the rapidly evolving semiconductor landscape. In addition, Peter Schiefer, Infineon Division President Automotive, Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics and Karsten Schnake, Board Member for Procurement at of ŠKODA AUTO & Head of Project COMPASS at Volkswagen AG will take the stage.

    Dr. Thomas Caulfield, joined by leaders in the fabless semiconductor and end-markets industries, will also share GF’s corporate vision for manufacturing the essential chips we rely on to live, work, and connect. In addition, GF’s technology and product management leaders, accompanied by partners in the semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem, will outline the company’s technology and solutions roadmap.

    Held at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, the two-day summit also introduces a new format. This year, representatives from GF’s Technology, Business, and Commercial teams are on hand to host small group meetings, facilitating deeper discussions and partnerships with GF customers.

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  • Frost & Sullivan WBG Semiconductors Think Tank Overcoming Challenges, Unlocking Potential

    Frost & Sullivan WBG Semiconductors Think Tank: Overcoming Challenges, Unlocking Potential

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    Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductors play a strategic role in driving innovation and creating energy efficient and high-performance electronics. Demand for these semiconductors is fueled by sustainability, industry advancements, and advanced connectivity.

    However, meeting this demand requires addressing challenges like cost, technology reliability, and geo-politic chaos among others. While the global WBG semiconductor industry is poised for unprecedented growth in the next 10 years, it would be critical to prioritize the opportunities, and effectively tackle the challenges to meet the short-term and long-term demands.

    Join Frost & Sullivan for an engaging and thought-provoking Think Tank on “WBG Semiconductors: Overcoming Challenges, Unlocking Potential” on July 28, at 10:00 AM, EDT. The distinguished panel of semiconductor professionals will share their expertise and experiences and will address pressing questions like:

    • How can WBG semiconductors play a central role in driving sustainability goals?
    • How can WBG semiconductors contribute to improving efficiency in renewable energy systems and energy infrastructure?
    • What role would regulations and standards play in driving the adoption of WBG semiconductors?
    • Electric vehicles (EVs) have long been strong advocates for WBG semiconductors – What are the current opportunities beyond EV that demand immediate action?

    Mark your calendars to engage in discussion with:

    • Prabhu Karunakaran, Industry Principal at Frost & Sullivan
    • Jonathan Robinson, VP Research, Power and Energy at Frost & Sullivan
    • Stephen Oliver, Marketing & Investor Relations at Navitas Semiconductor
    • Alexey Cherkasov, Marketing & Sales Director at Leapers Semiconductor

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  • Bodo's WBG Expert Talk

    Bodo’s WBG Expert Talk

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    Talk to the experts during Bodo Arlt’s virtual roundtable, focused on wide bandgap technology. Its goal is to keep the dialog going on, independent of any events that are hosted on fixed dates. These expert talks will build on the articles published in Bodo’s Power Systems magazine, giving you the chance to ask questions to the experts out of the industry.

    If you are interested in participating as an expert, please plan your article for the magazine. Bodo’s team will then invite you to one of the upcoming rounds. The aim is to give as many companies as possible this opportunity, since a wide variety of contributions is of value to everyone. Different speakers will bring new perspectives and approaches.

    Bodo’s next session will take place on July 26th.
    SiC discussion is planned from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and GaN from 4:30 to 5:30 pm CEST

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  • Getting the Best Performance Out of SiC with Proper Gate Drive Solutions

    Getting Best Performance Out of SiC with Proper Gate Drive Solutions

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    Silicon Carbide allows for more efficient, smaller, and more capable power conversion systems but getting the most out of these wide-bandgap devices requires intentional selection of everything around the switch. One of the most important parts of the system is the gate driver. The gate drive solution directly impacts the switching efficiency of the SiC MOSFET as well as can have features to make systems more reliable like Miller Clamp and Short Circuit Protection.

    From the protection features available on the market today, to the robustness of isolated gate driver solutions, this training will teach about the intricacies of Silicon Carbide needs in gate drivers, the variety of gate drivers available, and the benefits of the various features that gate drivers can provide to the system designer.

    During this webinar you will learn:

    • Benefits of Silicon Carbide devices in power systems
    • Why we need gate drivers for power MOSFETs
    • Particulars of driving SiC MOSFETs
    • Common Mode Transient Immunity
    • Sizing the gate driver power supply and how to implement it
    • Why certain gate drive voltages are recommended and application considerations
      • Benefits of additional gate driver features for system design
      • Miller Clamping
      • Short Circuit Protection
      • Fault Reporting
    • Which gate drivers should be considered depending on the application, including the offering from Analog Devices
    • Resources available to design in Silicon Carbide and SiC Gate Drivers

    • Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2023
    • Time: 9:00 am EDT | 15:00 CET
    • Duration: 1 hour

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  • Latest Advances in SiC and GaN Power Electronics Ecosystem

    Latest Advances in SiC and GaN Power Electronics Ecosystem

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    PowerAmerica invites you to our annual Summer Workshop, August 8-10, 2023, on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC. Expect great networking and presentations on the latest in the business and technology of silicon carbide and gallium nitride power semiconductors and applications.

     The workshop includes:

    • Keynote remarks by industry leaders
    • WBG Tutorials by leading practitioners
    • Reports on 10 SiC and GaN PowerAmerica member-funded projects
    • Update on SiC and GaN market trends
    • Roadmapping future PowerAmerica initiatives
    • Commercialization Success Stories
    • Ample networking opportunities

    Find the agenda and register for the event at PowerAmerica website.

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  • Welcome to ISES EU Power 2023

    Welcome to ISES EU Power 2023

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    If you haven’t had a chance to visit a wonderful Lake Maggiore yet, this September you can enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Italy in a company of power semiconductors superstars discussing SiC & GaN technologies. After a successful series of events across the world, International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) returns to Italy with ISES EU Power 2023 edition.

    With a regional focus on the power semiconductor market, the EU Power International Semiconductor Executive Summits seeks to strengthen the EU supply chain and promote key executives in the semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research through our networking and conference platform which consists of working with key industry stakeholders to encourage progress and collaboration.

    With speakers coming from STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, Semikron Danfoss, onsemi, Wolfspeed, Renesas, ROHM, Nexperia, SK Siltron, Soitec, Okmetic, Aehr Test Systems, Amkor Technology, Innoscience, Cambridge GaN Devices, Ferrari, Volkswagen, Volvo, Škoda, and many more leaders of power electronics and automotive industries, you are about to be a part of the power semiconductors event like never before.

    During two days of the event, all participants will be discussing and disclosing the latest news and advances in silicon carbide and gallium nitride technologies, sharing the view of the future and taking a close look at the current state of the industry, supply chain, global collaboration, exhisting problems and emerging opportunities.

    You can find the agenda of ISES EU Power 2023 at the event website.

    International Semiconductor Executive Summit EU Power provides a unique platform for networking and expanding your knowledge base. Here are just a few topics that will be covered this September:

    • SiC and GaN Manufacturability
    • Variety of WBG Applications
    • SiC Wafer & Materials
    • Power Packaging
    • Design and Reliability

    The event offers various packages for participation:

    • Standard Pass
    • Member Pass
    • Partner Pass
    • Virtual Pass
    • Numerous Sponsorship Packages and VIP Passes

    All interested to participate can register at ISES EU Power 2023 website.

    ISES EU Power 2023 will take place at Regina Palace Hotel. Overlooking the shore of Lago Maggiore, the Regina Palace Hotel is located in a favored spot in the center of Stresa, considered the pearl of Lago Maggiore. The hotel represents yesteryear’s charm and prestige enriched by the history and the grace that each epoch has donated.

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