ESD devices save space in high-speed, high frequency apps Product News 12/31/2003 Post a comment A new series of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection diodes from Royal Philips Electronics protect consumer and communications applications from ESD and other voltage induced transient pulses, and saves up to 90% board space in high speed, high frequency applications.
Ground transient terminator stops transients on ground lines Product News 12/16/2003 Post a comment 9 Corp. claims its ground transient terminator (GTT), developed by ECM Electronics, is the first suppression device to directly protect the ground line, eliminating transients that common mode surge technologies can't handle. The new device prevents surges and noise from entering equipment from sources such as proximity lightning strikes, load switching and EMI/RFI sources.
Interface board offers flexibility Product News 12/12/2003 Post a comment Elma Electronic Inc. offers a new interface board for its IPM Sentry Shelf Manager that provides flexibility in how and where shelf managers are plugged into CompactPCI, AdvancedTCA, or other system architectures.
New switch technology touts low cost, custom tactile response Product News 12/10/2003 Post a comment Duraswitch Industries Inc. has developed a new switch technology as a low-cost alternative to domes and conductive rubber keypads for both low and high-volume production. Initially targeting applications that call for numerous keys in close proximity such as computer keyboards, the new PushFlex technology allows a few to dozens of switches to be built on a single panel with a relatively little increase in overall cost.
NKK offers more pushbutton choices Product News 12/9/2003 Post a comment NKK Switches announced the availability of its new UB series of illuminated and non-illuminated pushbutton switches. The UB series provides power or logic level rated devices in a compact body, with a behind-panel depth of .394 in. (10mm). Square models have a panel cutout of .628 in. (16.2mm), and rectangular devices have a cutout of .638 in. (16.2mm) x .882 in. (22.4mm).
OEMs, think twice before nickel-and-diming vendors Product News 12/2/2003 Post a comment Battered by the prolonged downturn, commodity component suppliers and their distributors still face their biggest battle: severe price degradation. Though unit volume shipments have climbed over the past couple of quarters, any chance of revenue growth has been offset for several consecutive quarters by sinking average selling prices (ASPs).
More consolidation hurts smaller OEMs Product News 12/2/2003 Post a comment Another year of negative growth will mean more consolidation in the North American distribution industry. Indeed, the latest sale illustrates that even the smallest of distributors aren't immune to the industry downturn, considering what happened this year to the electronic components businesses of both Pioneer Standard and Reptron.