Adapter enables testing of microBGA devices Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment Aries Electronics has rolled out the latest addition to its line of Correct-A-Chip intelligent adapters that can modify designs without changing existing PC-board layouts. The new 12-ball microBGA to 14-pin DIP adapter enables designers to test or breadboard a 12-ball microBGA device on an existing PC-board with 0.300-in. holes. The top of the adapter accepts a 12-ball microBGA on a 0.5-mm pitch, and the bottom of the adapter supports 14-pin DIP packages.
Capacitive touch sensors feature low power consumption Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment Designed for inexpensive touch controls in almost any product, Saelig Co., a U.S. distributor for Quantum Research Group in the U.K., offers the manufacturer's new QT110 family of QTouch capacitive touch sensor ICs for charge-transfer capacitive touch-sensing switch applications such as on/off buttons, appliance controls, security detection, lighting controls, intrinsically safe switches and toys/interactive games.
E-Power LEDs are offered in infrared versions Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment Para Light Corp. has introduced infrared versions of its EP2 and EP4 families of enhanced-power (E-Power) LEDs. The new IR series LEDs are designed for use in remote control and charge-coupled devices, infrared applied systems, smoke detectors, security lighting, and a variety of other applications.
Miniature trimmer extends resistance range Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a new multi-turn 3-mm trimmer that combines a small size with an extended resistance range. The new RoHS-compliant 43 Series trimming potentiometers, with top adjust capabilities, are said to match the size of the industry's smallest multi-turn, sealed surface-mount trimmers.
Survey: most companies are dysfunctional News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Most organizations are dysfunctional and exhibit "unhealthy" traits that prevent them from turning decisions into action, according to new research by management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Exar loses proxy board battle News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Communications chip maker Exar Corp. appears to have lost a proxy board battle following the sudden retirement of Donald Ciffone Jr., the company’s chairman, effective Oct. 31.
Low-cost box converts PC into network analyzer Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment Ten-Tec's got a new RF vector network analyzer that's low in cost but provides quite a few of the capabilities of pricey bench-top analyzers that cost thousands. This unit works with your PC, covering 200-kHz to 120-MHz.
Level 3 to buy WilTel News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Level 3 Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire the second generation of the broadband company known as WilTel Communications Group for $680 million.
WiMax SoC family improves cell coverage News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Space Time Coding, diversity combining, full subchannelization and Automatic Repeat Request are among the features Sequans has built into its SoCs to enable the deployment of low power pico-base stations and self-install terminals.
What makes a champion? News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment This issue shines the spotlight on five companies nominated by our readers as among the best in managing the complex design and supply chain processes. From new product development to supplier selection to manufacturing and logistics, this year's Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Supply & Design Chain Champions have distinguished themselves from the pack. It's my hope that these profiles will spark ideas that will boost your company's supply and design chain performance.
IDHs fueling electronics market growth in China News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment With the recent increase in the number of independent design houses (IDHs) in China, particularly in the wireless-handset sector, Western companies may wonder what this emerging outsourced-services segment might bring to bear on the supply chain.
Siemens to increase manufacturing in Asia News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Siemens AG employs over 430,000 people worldwide-more than 12 percent of them in the Asia-Pacific region. That number could grow dramatically in the next years, as the German electronics and industrial company implements a reorganization plan that calls for its various units to increase production in Asia.
The company's Logistics and Assembly Systems Group is leading the charge. In September, the division delivered its first high-speed Siplace placement machine from its new surface-mount t
The mysteries of RoHS exemption News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment If you are seeking an exemption from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, the European Union (EU) unfortunately offers no precise guidance or tidy procedures to follow. So, how do you get one? Build your case by getting others to agree and declare victory? Essentially that's the way it's done.
Manuel Suarez, a lawyer at Brussels-based law firm White & Case LLP, which assists manufacturers with RoHS compliance issues, said that while there is no form a company can send
China's RoHS is official News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment On Sept. 28, the People's Republic of China notified the World Trade Organization's Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade that its proposed "RoHS-equivalent" law, known as the Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products, is now available, albeit only in Chinese.
Energy Drain News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment For the electronics industry, Hurricane Katrina was a yawn. Not only did the storm's ferocious winds fail to budge the sector, observers expect little, if any, boost from the approximately $200 billion the government is likely to spend cleaning up the Gulf Coast and rehabilitating the local economy.
Striking a balance News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment In part II of this series, we noted that pricing for electronics manufacturing services is based on four elements-three dealing with cost and one providing the opportunity for profit. Therefore, the selling price of an EMS product is the combination of cost plus margin.
Lean all over News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment A Lean devotee isn't hard to spot. One adherent, an electronics industry executive who loves cooking, introduced Lean principles in his kitchen at home. Another reorganized his office, his wardrobe and then his typical workday to capture the essence of Lean.
Making do with less News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Many top-tier OEMs seek to mitigate their supply base risks in part through sophisticated enterprise and supply chain software from major service providers like SAP and Oracle.
This option is often not available to small and midsize electronics manufacturers, whose slim wallets can't finance the multimillion-dollar applications available from the world's biggest supply chain management software vendors.
The Champions News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Laurels don't come easy. Just ask executives at companies selected this year as Supply & Design Chain Champions by ESM editors. Typically, the accolades were preceded by years of hard work spent in obscure offices, on long-haul flights and intense negotiations over the tiniest problems, supplier management issues and manufacturing snafus.
Satisfaction guaranteed News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Ed Chiu's consuming passion is not for the faint of heart. He wants everyone around him to be happy, a utopian dream that this unflappable electronics industry executive seriously believes can be achieved.
Those who know Chiu don't doubt his commitment to this goal, one that has filtered through to his business activities at CSS Laboratories Inc., a small, privately held combo OEM and EMS provider in Irvine, Calif. Chiu's simple belief is that his company's success ultimately lies in satisfyin
Precision surgery News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Transplanting IBM's personal computer unit to China's Lenovo went smoothly. Here's the inside story of how the companies merged their supply chain units without losing key customers or disrupting production.
No shortcuts News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment There is no mystery to be solved, no "secret sauce" to be unearthed. Jabil Circuit Inc. is just a customer-centric company that has honed the art of helping its OEM customers improve their profitability one step at a time, say executives at the EMS provider.
That may be so, but Jabil's top executives are also quick to add that a big part of the company's arsenal is its decentralized supply chain-a system Jabil has refined over the years to meet its customers' requirements quickly, efficiently an
A richer mix News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Logitech's transition from a simple, one-product supply chain to a complex multiproduct system looks deceptively simple. Behind the smooth transition was an intense focus on efficient deployment of resources that continues today
Nimble Giant News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has come a long way. Once considered a disorganized conglomerate scrambling for market acceptance, the Korean company has over the past decade transformed itself into a savvy, nimble powerhouse that dominates a long list of markets.
Besides being the leading producer of both DRAM and flash memory chips and the world's second-largest chip vendor overall, Samsung also is the No. 1 maker of color TVs, computer monitors and TFT-LCD screens, not to mention the world's thi
Perilous success News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment I love my iPod mini. It was a birthday gift from my wife and it's been a pleasant addition to my collection of electronic gadgets. It's been a great companion on the road and a good reason to go hunting for old-favorite music: reggae songs by Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Third World and Yellowman; and obscure songs from my teenage years in Nigeria by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade. You may not know Fela or Sunny, but my point is this: The iPod made it possible for me to pack a thousand of my
Nvidia raises share in graphics chip rankings News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment In the third quarter NVidia was able to raise its share of the market for graphics chips but it could not overturn the pecking order which sees Intel and ATI as the top two ranked graphics chips suppliers, according to Jon Peddie Research, a consulting firm specializing in graphics and multimedia.
Samsung inks codec agreement with Vimio News & Analysis 11/1/2005 Post a comment Ireland-based Vimio plc, a developer of mobile content distribution software, has signed an agreement to license its audio and video codecs to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for use in mobile phones.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.