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Film cap offers wide capacitance values
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11/24/2003   Post a comment
A new series of compact, lead (Pb)-free electromagnetic interference suppression film capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. combines a wide range of capacitance values with pitch sizes down to 7.5 mm.
RF SAW filter touts small size
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11/24/2003   Post a comment
AVX Corp. claims its new series of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters for mobile phones features the industry's smallest chip scale package (CSP) RF SAW filter. The SF16 device measures 1.6 mm x 1.4 mm x 0.6 mm.
Capacitor makers pursue ultra-small packaging
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11/17/2003   Post a comment
Get ready for the 01005-size chip capacitor. Responding to industry demand for ever-shrinking electronics devices, passive component manufacturers such as Murata Electronics (Smyrna, Ga.) and Samsung Electro-Mechanics (Gyunggi-Do, Korea) have announced the availability of ceramic capacitors in a tiny 01005 case size to help designers develop smaller and lighter products.
New bright spot in LED market
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11/14/2003   Post a comment
Stanley Electric hopes its new tri-color LEDs will outshine the competition. Touting high brightness and tiny size, Stanley Electric delivers a new tri-color red-green-blue and amber-green-blue LEDs that offer a luminous intensity (depending on color) of up to 220 millicandelas (typical at If=20 milliamps) in a low profile 0.7-mm high surface-mount package.
Ferrite chip array packs four beads in one package
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11/13/2003   Post a comment
Achieving maximum space savings just got easier with J.W. Miller's new PMA series of surface-mount multilayer ferrite chip bead arrays. The new arrays pack four ferrite beads in a single package, which allows for handling of four separate lines simultaneously. Designed for high performance EMI suppression in multiple-line circuits, the PMA devices exhibit high reliability and stability.
Ta cap touts high capacitance, low profile
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. said its two new devices in the 592D family of solid tantalum chip capacitors provide the highest available capacitance values for low-profile tantalum capacitors. Part of the Vishay Sprague Tantamount product line, these new capacitors are designed for low-profile applications such as wireless GPRS PCMCIA modem cards and cell phones that require very high capacitance.
TFT LCD module delivers lower power consumption, higher brightness and wider viewing angle
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11/6/2003   Post a comment
Incorporating NEC's Super Advanced Super Fine Technology (SA-SFT) with support for a high 1600 x 1200 resolution and a wide 170-degree viewing angle, NEC Electronics America delivers a new 21.3-inch UXGA TFT (Thin Film Transistor) color LCD module to the industrial and medical markets. Sampling begins in November.
SMT inductor line offers current ratings up to 19 amps
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has expanded its power inductor product offering with the introduction of 11 models of the new PG0083 series of low-profile (4.2mm max.), high-power, surface mount inductors. Designed for high-density, high-power circuits that typically run at high temperatures, applications include voltage regulator modules (VRMs) for P4 or higher microprocessors, AC/DC switched-mode power supplies and DC/DC converters in distributed power architectures for high-performance servers
China opens up foreign component procurement
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Starting this month, China will begin to pry open another segment of its economy by giving foreign companies the right to set up wholly owned export divisions, further changing the dynamics of electronics companies operating in China.
TCXO offers tight stability in small package
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Responding to customer demand for small packaging and high performance in telecommunications applications, Connor-Winfield claims its new T501 is the industry's smallest temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) with a +/-4.6 ppm stability.
Synch clock generator compatible with existing platforms
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Connor-Winfield's new SCG102A synchronous clock generator is a pin-for-pin replacement for the Vectron FX102 product. The mixed-signal phase locked loop (PLL) generates LVPECL outputs from a fundamental frequency, low jitter, voltage controlled crystal oscillator. These are designed for line cards in telecommunications infrastructure equipment.
VCO line works in 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz frequency range
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
A new line of voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) from Crystek Crystals Corp. features a frequency range from 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz. The initial product launches include the CVCO55, CVCO45 and CVCO33. The company plans to launch additional products in the VCO family by first quarter 2004.
Wireless sensor nets demand trade-offs
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Wireless sensor networks represent an emerging technology that has great potential for widespread applications. These networks consist of a large number of simple nodes with limited power sources and functionality, but they offer far greater utility than the sum of those individual nodes.
Blue LED cuts back size, voltage for a better fit in portable apps
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11/1/2003   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.'s QTLP603C-EB blue LED combines a low profile with low voltage to give portable-application designers performance and size benefits. These tiny LED lamps can be used in backlighting keypads and pushbuttons in portable product designs, such as cell phones and PDAs.
Distributors shed failing components businesses
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11/1/2003   Post a comment
As the technology recession continues to hammer at distributors' profits, more are being forced to re-evaluate their business models. Reptron Electronics is the latest to conclude that it might be better off without its electronic-components operations.
Focus on Inductors
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11/1/2003   Post a comment
Spurred primarily by current requirements of evolving voltage regulator module (VRM) specifications, inductor manufacturers are developing new designs that offer higher current ratings in conjunction with higher operating temperatures, lower direct current resistance (DCR), tighter tolerance and smaller package sizes.

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