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Z-based Bulk Metal foil tech boosts resistor performance
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. claims its new VSMP1206 high-precision, surface-mount, Bulk Metal Z-foil resistor is the industry's first such device to combine a high power rating of 300 mW, load life stability of 0.01%, and a low nominal temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of ±0.5 ppm/°C in an industry-standard, surface-mount package.
Mini ceramic motor automates in-vacuum alignment
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
Electronic Direct now supplies hard-to-find parts in N. America
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
Electronic Direct, an independent Munich, Germany-based company that specializes in providing active, passive, and system components, has opened an East Coast office to serve North American electronics and technology companies looking to procure hard-to-find and obsolete electronic components.
Marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle locks out water
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Waytek Inc. has added a new marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle that comes with a water tight sealing cap for protection against harsh weather conditions. This deluxe 12-volt standard receptacle is made from corrosion resistant marine grade materials. The plug securely locks into receptacle to provide a moisture proof connection.
Optical switch performs non-contact sensing
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a compact infrared slotted switch for general-purpose machine and automation applications that require a non-contacting sensor.
No solder or mounting holes required for 10 GHz socket
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Ironwood Electronics' new high performance 10 GHz socket can accommodate 0.5-mm pitch, 11 x 11-mm body ICs such as the AMKOR MAF223 BGA, and arrays with up to 400 balls. The SG-BGA-7026 socket doesn't require solder or mounting holes for attachment, only a 1.25-mm perimeter space for the socket body on the target PC-board.
Emergency stop switch combines compact size with full functionality
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
The new Series 61 emergency stop switch from EAO meets the industrial industry's need for miniaturization and robustness. These new switches may be used in a variety of compact control panels for machinery, process control and access control equipment such as production lines, cranes, robots, moving platforms, security systems and emergency exits.
PartMiner partners with Chinese university to enhance electronic components database
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
PartMiner, Inc. has announced a partnership with Beijing's Tsinghua University to provide content about Chinese manufactured electronic components for its CAPS database of more than 35 million components. The database includes detailed, searchable technical data and information about product changes and obsolescence.
Mini MC card connectors offer alternate choice to MMCX connectors
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Aliner Industries Inc. offers a complete range of MC card coax connectors that includes more than a dozen products. The line includes three types of RF antenna switches plus straight/right angle plugs and jacks for popular cable sizes.
Japanese companies look to integrate, not outsource
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Outsourcing and fabless foundry business strategies are common in the semiconductor industry, but Rohm, Sony and Renesas are seeking more integration.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
USB OTG for Faster Cores and Faster Streams
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Embedded ASIC and SoC Designers Gain Hi-Speed USB Host, Device or OTG Support.
The Beginning of the Mega Solar Age
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Kyocera announces the development of a large-scale solar module with 200-watt output capability. The company says it is ideally geared for large-scale solar electric generating systems of 100 kilowatts (kW) or greater.
Metal alloy strip resistors combine current and resistance for current sensing in laptops
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies offers design engineers a current-sense device, capable of handling high current loads to sense the current on multiple phases to help balance the overall load.
AdTech offers multi-layer co-fired ceramic design guide
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Technical Ceramics Company (AdTech)offers designers a new design guide on advanced electronic packages manufactured with co-fired multi-layer ceramic technology. Typical applications include multi-chip modules, microwave packages, high frequency feed-throughs, crystal packages, custom pin grid arrays and ceramic/metal packages.
Active EMI filters suit DC/DC converters
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Picor, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp. has added three new devices to its QPI family of active EMI filters. The company says the new products — QPI-3, QPI-5 and QPI-6 — support all 24- and 48-volt (V) DC/DC converter applications including COTS, industrial, information technology and telecommunications with higher current ratings and lower costs.
Tiny 10 MBd optocouplers operate up to 100°C
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of 10 MBd optocouplers in an SOIC-8 package that is rated for operating temperatures up to 100°C.
POLs stress cost-performance edge for distributed power
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
V-Infinity's new VPOL series of DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters point to their high efficiency (up to 94 percent in the 5 volt models) and low cost (priced starting at $10 each in OEM quantities) for a range of distributed power architecture applications. They're available in 5-, 15-, and 16-amp versions with single outputs from 0.75 to 5 volts.
Bipolars do motors a good turn
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Zetex Semiconductors' newest bipolar transistors, the ZX5T851Z NPN and ZX5T951Z PNP devices, tout efficient high-current operation for DC motor control applications. The transistors, in an SOT89 (4.4-by-4.0 mm footprint) and rated for a power dissipation of 2.1 watts, are also billed as a more cost-effective alternative to much larger or other traditional packages (e.g., SOT223, DPAK).
Parlex, Infineon team on substrates for electronic ID products
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Parlex Corp., a supplier of flexible interconnects, has formed a joint venture with Infineon Technologies AG to manufacture and sell advanced technology substrates for secure mobile electronic identification products.
Schottky diodes double thermal, density ratings
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation's UPDS3200 and UPDS5100H high-voltage Schottky diodes, in a compact PowerDI 5 package licensed from Diodes Incorporated, are designed to provide twice the power density of conventional packages. They're rated at 3 amps/200 volts, and 5 amps/100 volts/low leakage, respectively, for applications ranging from notebook computers to industrial ballasts. In addition, their environmentally friendly RoHS-compliant package, which contain no lead, bromide, or antimony, slashes therma
UMC to invest in CMOS image sensor developer
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
IC Media Corp., a developer of CMOS image sensors, on Tuesday (Dec. 28) said that it has closed its Series D financing round of $12 million.
Half-brick for PoE touts high efficiency
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Touting high efficiency— 92.5 percent at full load—Advanced Power Conversion's H201 series DC/DC converter complies with the IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver 200 watts at a regulated 52.5 volts (nominal 48-V input) for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications.
Heatsinkable wirewound resistors tout thermal and space advantages
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Ohmite Manufacturing Company has introduced a new WFH series of flat heatsinkable wirewound resistors with ratings from 90 to 330 watts. The company says the new resistors offer a cost, weight and space savings as well as superior thermal efficiencies compared with conventional aluminum-housed resistors.
High-current inductor meets extreme apps
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Resistant to moisture, salt, and chemicals, the new low-profile, high-current IHLP inductor from Vishay Intertechnology can be used in automotive applications and other extreme environments. The new IHLM-2525CZ-01 series features the lowest DCR/μH for its package size — 0.255 in. x 0.270 in. (6.47 mm x 6.86 mm) with a low 0.118-in. (3.0-mm) profile — and excellent operation over a frequency range up to 5 MHz.
Advanced MOSFETs boost DC/DC performance
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has added eight new 40-, 60-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-volt single n-channel devices to its SOP Advance MOSFET family to improve the performance of medium-power DC/DC converters. The company also has its first MOSFET device in a new smaller and thinner package, its TSSOP Advanced.
JVC develops BD/DVD disk to ease Blu-ray transition
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Hoping to ease the transition from DVD to Blu-ray Disc, JVC has developed a Blu-ray/ DVD Combo ROM Disc, containing two DVD layers and one BD layer.
Pushbutton switches serve many applications
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
NKK Switches offers a new series of standard-size illuminated and non-illuminated pushbutton switches with an extensive selection of options. The new LB series is available in a myriad of configurations, styles, and colors.
SSMCX connectors tout high reliability
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Aliner claims its SSMCX connectors offer extreme reliability and durability due to its CNC process technology and utilization of design for assembly (DFA) and DFU concepts that results in reduced assembly cost and end product failure rates.
Tuning fork crystals shrink in size
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Raltron Electronics Corp. says the new RT series is the company's smallest tuning fork crystal line. The reduced height of 0.85 mm maximum makes the new series suitable for low-profile applications including cell phones, clock timers, PDAs and wireless devices.
Diode-type thermistor suits high temp apps
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Selco Products Company has introduced a new diode-type (DT) thermistor series that can be used in a variety of high temperature and household appliance applications.
Low Profile PCB Connector stacks at 0.9mm high
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Continuous miniaturization & increased component density on PCB's has created a demand for a very low profile connector on a 0.4mm pitch that stacks at 0.9mm high
Non-Volatile FRAM Memory offers 1 MBit capacity
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics launched its 1 MBit FRAM, the highest ever capacity for FRAM non-volatile memory, also featuring high speed read and write operations, low power consumption, and high endurance.
100-Pin 8-Bit Micro eliminates need for external LCD drivers
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Toshiba has expanded its family of high-performance CMOS 8-bit microcontrollers with a device that integrates 32Kbytes of flash memory, an LCD driver circuit, and key peripherals and interfaces into a compact 100-pin package
Safety Relays - plug-in sockets for easy exchange
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
Elesta introduces entire range of plug in sockets for safety relays
ATCA backplane offers full redundancy
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Elma Bustronic Corp. offers a fully pluggable AdvancedTCA (ATCA) backplane. The company says the hot-swappable feature of the 14-slot Dual Star ATCA backplane reduces mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and lowers cabling costs.
Tiny thermistor offers enhanced response time
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
AVX Corp. has developed an 0402 surface-mount thermistor for temperature compensation and control applications in handheld and portable electronics equipment such as mobile phones, hard disk drives, laptop computers and compact disc players.
SMA connectors target commercial apps
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
ITT Industries, Cannon has launched a new range of SMA connectors targeted at diverse markets, including medical electronics, industrial controls and cellular radio base stations for non-harsh applications. These new devices feature crimp/solder center contacts on the cable plugs, a low number of piece parts for ease of assembly, and stand-off steps on the legs of the PC-board jacks.
Flex data links available on 0.5 and 0.8-mm pitch
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Samtec Inc. offers its Flex Data Links with socket and terminal strip interfaces on 0.5 mm (.0197 in.) (HFHM2-DP Series) and 0.8 mm (.0315 in.) pitch (HFEM-SE, HFEM-DP and HFEM2-DP Series) for high-speed board-to-board connections.
PartMiner adds hazardous material content to electronic components database
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
To address the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and related environmental compliance issues facing the electronics industry, PartMiner has added lead-free and RoHS material content to its CAPS electronic component database of more than 35 million components from 1900+ manufacturers.
Netgear bridges PC-home entertainment gap
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Netgear Inc. has unveiled a wireless device that bridges the gap between PC digital content and home-entertainment systems utilizing 802.11 technologies.
Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
Software lets signal integrity analyzers meet PCI Express 1.1 specs
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement equipment maker Wavecrest, a developer of signal integrity analysis products, announces that its SIA Family of signal integrity analyzers meet the new PCI Express 1.1 Specification defined by the PCI-SIG. With PCI Express coming on strong, this product makes a timely debut.
JTAG targets production test
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Working with JTAG? Here's a new software add-on that gives you a graphical way to run JTAG tests in production-line settings. Use it to test boards with JTAG-compatible devices on-board, such as BGAs, chip-scale packages, flip-chips, and other high-density packages.
Linear Tech answers handheld application needs with new LVDO
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
In response to emerging handheld applications, Linear Technology Corp. has developed the LTC3025 very low dropout regulator (VLDO) with a dropout voltage of only 45 mV, and an output current of 300 mA.
Atmel targets PC drives and DVD recorders with high-speed laser diode drivers in tiny packages
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s ATR084x family is designed for digital versatile disk with read/write function (DVD±RW)/CD-RW combo drives and enables RW speeds of up to 16 times (DVD±RW), and 52 times (CD-RW), respectively.
Sealed switches feature ultra-mini size
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Featuring the company's sliding twin crossbar contact mechanism, the new G3T and G3B series of ultra-miniature, sealed toggle and pushbutton switches from NKK Switches provides logic level switching reliability. With every actuation, the gold-plated contacts are wiped clean to provide a smoother, positive detent actuation and increased contact stability.
Plug-in power monitor sends e-mail alerts
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Here's a new battery-backed-up power monitor that's essentially an e-mail-enabled Internet appliance. It uses any active public telephone line connection, and that line can even be shared with another device at the monitored location. Priced at about $300, this device can inform you if 110-V AC power is lost, or when it is restored at any given location.
USB-to-GPIB adapter transforms PC into IEEE-488.2 controller
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Test equipment maker Keithley Instruments has a USB-to-GPIB adapter that's priced at less than $500. It transforms any computer with a USB port into a full-function IEEE-488.2 controller.
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