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Review: White LED light guides illuminate 3G cell phones
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1/29/2004   Post a comment
Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. says its new family of MicroLens molded white LED light guides are the brightest, most efficient, most cost-effective backlighting solution available for today's 3G cell phones. Check out the details in Gina Roos' review.
VCXOs offer low jitter, low cost
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1/28/2004   Post a comment
Connor-Winfield's new V300/400/500 series of voltage controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) with low jitter are designed for PLL systems in ATM/SONET/SDH applications that require low jitter and tight stability.
Tiny accelerometer targets consumer applications
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1/28/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has once again shown its technology leadership in the MEMS sensors business with the introduction of the ADXL32x family of iMEMS (integrated micro electromechanical system) accelerometers. The company claims the new devices are the industry's first dual-axis MEMS accelerometers available in 4-mm x 4-mm x 1.45-mm plastic lead frame chip scale packages (LFCSP).
SMT audio transducers deliver high sound output
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1/28/2004   Post a comment
Star Micronics America, Inc. introduces the MLT series of audio transducers that delivers a high quality sound output in a compact package. These devices may be used in cell phones, mobile devices, medical equipment, appliances and computer peripherals.
New technology offers designers an electronically adjustable micro-resistor
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1/27/2004   Post a comment
Microbridge Technologies Inc., a specialist in micro-systems technology, says its new polysilicon resistor dubbed the Rejustor is the industry's first electronically precision-adjustable micro-resistor. This device provides high-precision resistive trimming without requiring manual or mechanical adjustments.
Resistor shrinks in size, maintains power rating
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1/27/2004   Post a comment
A new 0.25-watt, surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. offers the same power rating as a larger 1206 case size resistor in a smaller 0805-size package. It also offers greater overload and pulse-handling capability.
Updated process slashes size of CDMA RF filters
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has reworked its proprietary film bulk-acoustic-resonator (FBAR) process technology to achieve a 66 percent reduction in the size of RF duplexer and RF filter devices for code-division multiple-access PCS phones operating in the 1,900-MHz band.
National's first standalone VCO touts spacing savings, high reliability
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
Complementing its PLLatinum phase-locked loop (PLL) and single-chip solutions that integrate PLLs and VCOs, National Semiconductor Corp. has introduced the first member of a new family of standalone, monolithic voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) that is designed to save significant board space in mobile handsets. These devices are critical blocks in transceiver designs where their accuracy impacts overall radio performance.
Up and running on the Red planet
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1/23/2004   Post a comment
On a planet that is fast-becoming a technological graveyard for failed robotic exploration, NASA can tally up one more achievement on Mars thanks in part to AVX Corp., which contributed to the successful landing and deployment of NASA's exploration rover Spirit last week. AVX's CYR20 glass-dielectric capacitors are designed into the rover lift mechanism actuator and lander petal actuator circuits of the Spirit rover as well as its twin, Opportunity, which is scheduled to land on Mars on Jan. 24.
Mouser adds Crystek Crystals to line card
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1/23/2004   Post a comment
Crystek Crystals Corp. has signed Mouser Electronics Inc. as its national catalog distributor. Engineers will now be able to source Crystek's line of high performance and high frequency timing solutions from Mouser Electronics.
Dual rate VCXO replaces two VCXOs
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1/20/2004   Post a comment
Simplifying circuit design while saving board space is a key benefit of a new dual rate voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (DR-VCXO) from NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.). The new 7311Q series replaces two VCXOs in communications systems that require a dual rate pure frequency signal.
Mini thermistors deliver fast time response time, high stability
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1/19/2004   Post a comment
A new range of miniature radial and axial glass thermistors from Betatherm Sensors are designed for air flow and liquid flow sensing applications. Available in a 0.4-mm package, the miniature sensors offer a fast response time of less than 0.2 seconds in liquids for applications that call for a rapid time/temperature response.
Power inductors target VRM apps
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
The new low-cost PA0513 series of shielded power inductors from Pulse, a Technitrol Co. combine high efficiency and high frequency performance in a standard 5050 footprint for voltage regulator module (VRM) applications in desktop and portable computers, workstations and servers.
Power entry modules handle up to 20 amps
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
The Corcom Products business unit of Tyco Electronics has launched a new series of filtered power entry modules. The EEJ series modules offer current ratings from 1 to 20 amps (A), and are available in a variety of terminations and installation types such as flange or snap-in mount.
Resistor shrinks in size, maintains power rating
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
A new 0.25-watt, surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. offers the same power rating as a larger 1206 case size resistor in a smaller 0805-size package. It also offers greater overload and pulse-handling capability.
Study shows users not familiar with IEEE-1451 smart sensor spec
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1/15/2004   Post a comment
A recent study entitled The Global Market For Industrial Electronic Temperature Controllers finds that a high majority of industrial-electronic temperature-controller users are unfamiliar with the IEEE-1451 smart sensor standard. How 'bout you?
Capacitor claims lowest profile in 0402 package
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1/14/2004   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has expanded its silicon-based capacitor line with the introduction of the HPC0402B and HPC0402C devices for smart card applications. Based on Vishay's proprietary semiconductor process, the new components are touted as the industry's first silicon-based capacitors optimized for this application, operating at higher frequencies and higher performance than conventional low-profile capacitors.
TransFeed caps pack TVS with EMI filtering in a single device
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1/13/2004   Post a comment
Combining the company's TransGuard multilayer varistor (MLV) and FeedThru filter technologies, AVX Corp.'s new TransFeed capacitor array offers the electrical characteristics of both technologies to provide circuit designers with state-of-the-art circuit protection and EMI reduction over a wide range of frequencies. The new device can replace at least two components for transient voltage suppression (TVS) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression. Gina Roos reports.
Head-up displays get second glance
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
The emergence of bright, multicolor light-emitting diodes (LEDs), combined with breakthroughs in windshield optics, is laying the groundwork for a new generation of head-up automotive displays that carmakers and suppliers said will enhance safety while delivering navigational and other information to drivers.
TransFeed caps pack TVS with EMI filtering in a single device
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1/9/2004   Post a comment
Combining the company's TransGuard multilayer varistor (MLV) and FeedThru filter technologies, AVX Corp.'s new TransFeed capacitor array offers the electrical characteristics of both technologies to provide circuit designers with state-of-the-art circuit protection and EMI reduction over a wide range of frequencies. The new device can replace at least two components for transient voltage suppression (TVS) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression.
Rectifiers set new standard for current capability
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1/6/2004   Post a comment
Touting high current ratings and space savings, Vishay Intertechnology Inc. claims that its new series of high-current-density Schottky rectifiers are rated for up to three times as much current load as industry standard devices.
Low-cost TCVCXO designed for lead-free soldering
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology, a Solectron company, offers a low-cost series of temperature-compensated voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (TCVCXO) that are designed to withstand a peak reflow soldering temperature of 260 degrees C for 10 seconds, which makes them suitable for lead-free soldering processes. These devices can be used in a variety of communications and industrial applications including broadband wireless devices as well as test and measurement equipment.


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