Current sensor beefs up accuracy Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems Inc. has launched an improved accuracy and extended range version of its existing ACS752 family of current sensors. The new ACS754/5 current sensors provide a smaller, lower cost alternative to toroid-based sensors for precise current sensing in industrial, consumer, communications and automotive systems.
Pin diode VVAs deliver higher performance Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment M/A-COM, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has unveiled a new product line of lower loss, higher linearity PIN diode-based voltage variable attenuators (VVAs). Touting superior insertion loss and lower distortion characteristics compared to FET devices, these VVAs are suitable for handset and infrastructure applications.
Smallest tantalum chip cap fits portable devices Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment AVX recently developed the industry's first 0402 tantalum chip capacitor that offers the highest volumetric efficiency currently available, delivering up to 10 microfarads (μF) in an 0402 case size. Designated the 0402 TACMicrochip series, the chip capacitors are suitable for applications that require high capacitance values and low leakage characteristics such as battery-powered equipment, and medical applications such as heart pacemakers.
Online service provides pricing and availability for multiple parts Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment PartMiner, Inc., a leading global provider of information and commerce services for electronic components, has launched a new online analytical tool that enables customers to assess the price range and market availability for multiple parts simultaneously. Initially available as a PC-based service, the Procure tool includes historical pricing and availability information for a broad range of components including semiconductors, passives and interconnects.
Epson, Toyo to merge quartz device operations News & Analysis 11/26/2004 Post a comment Japanese quartz device suppliers Seiko Epson Corp. and Toyo Communications Equipment are planning to merge their activities in the sector, with the companies setting a start date of October 2005 for the joint venture.
Maxwell Technologies inks distribution deal with Tecate Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with Tecate Industries, a leading supplier of capacitor products, to distribute Maxwell's BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products in North America. These lines include Maxwell's PC5, PC5-5, PC10 and BOOSTCAP0350 ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules.
Inductor achieves up to 60% more energy storage Product News 11/23/2004 Post a comment Coil Winding Specialist (CWS) says its new state-of-the-art filter inductor series offers the highest current density in the smallest package. The new Series E70340-xxx supplies an inductance range from 1 μH to 30 μH, with current ratings from 100 to 250 amps (A).
Dual high-voltage Schottky rectifiers tout 200-V reverse voltage Product News 11/23/2004 Post a comment Three new dual high-voltage Schottky rectifiers from Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. features a 200-V reverse voltage, the highest available voltage for a silicon Schottky rectifier, claims the company. In addition, the new rectifiers offer a 20-amp (A) forward current rating and a maximum operating junction temperature of 175°C.
Cabot prevails in tantalum dispute with AVX News & Analysis 11/22/2004 Post a comment The United States District Court has dismissed an antitrust suit by AVX Corp. against Cabot Corp., settling the most recent dispute between a passive component supplier against the Boston-based tantalum powder supplier.
High Q, Low ESR Capacitors - for high frequency applications Product News 11/22/2004 Post a comment Announced by Syfer Technology is a range of high Q low ESR capacitors designed specifically for high frequency applications. The ceramic capacitors are available in two device sizes: 0505 and 1111, in capacitance ranges from 0.5pF to 100pF and 1pF to 1000pF respectively.
Resistor-set silicon oscillator generates clock signals up to 170 MHz Product News 11/18/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology touts that its new silicon oscillator is the industry's fastest timing solution for FPGAs, CPLDs, microprocessors and DSPs. The LTC6905 resistor-set oscillator can generate clock signals from 17 MHz to 170 MHz using the SOT-23 device and one resistor. The output frequency is determined by the resistor, allowing generation of any frequency value over the entire range.
OSRAM expands DRAGON LED family Product News 11/18/2004 Post a comment OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc. has expanded its Golden DRAGON family of high-performance LEDs with the addition of a new warm-white LED that combines typical LED benefits such as long life, small die size and rugged design with a warm color, in a compact 1.8-mm high package. This new LED may be used in specialty lighting applications such as in car interiors and display cabinets.
Thin Film Resistors - for precision analog applications Product News 11/17/2004 Post a comment PolarFab, a US-owned, pure-play analog and mixed-signal semiconductor foundry, has introduced an SiChrome (SiCr) thin film resistor that features low parasitics and a 500-Ohm sheet resistance to help reduce die size. The resistor is available on PolarFab's RFBC and ABC3 0.8-micron c-BiCMOS processes, used for manufacturing integrated circuits for high performance amplifier, line driver, consumer electronics, and power management applications.
CTS Corp. to acquire EMS provider SMTEK News & Analysis 11/17/2004 Post a comment Electronic components supplier CTS Corp. (Elkhart, Ind.) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire SMTEK International Inc. (Moorpark, Calif.), an electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider, for cash and stock.
Capacitive sensor controls liquid levels Product News 11/16/2004 Post a comment Schurter Inc.'s new CLS 16 capacitive sensor is designed to control liquid levels in both non-metal and metal tubs and tanks. The sensor's flat design is particularly suited for use in sinks, bathtubs, hot tubs, spas and other containers of non-aggressive liquids.
Inductors combine EMI shielding, small size with design flexibility Product News 11/16/2004 Post a comment Featuring an integral EMI shield as a standard feature, the new 4700 and 4800 series of surface-mount inductors from C&D Technologies are best suited for designs where minimizing electrical noise is an important concern. The 4700 and 4800 inductors, with maximum heights of 5.0 mm and 6.2 mm, respectively, also meet requirements in space-constrained applications.
J.W. Miller launches first common mode chip filter line Product News 11/16/2004 Post a comment J.W. Miller Magnetics has added its first common mode EMI chip filter series to its portfolio of magnetics products. The company says the new PM0805CM and PM1206CM surface-mount chip filters provide high performance common-mode impedance and excellent noise suppression in signal lines for a variety of high-speed standard analog and digital applications.
Sealed, mini pulse transformer targets hi-rel apps Product News 11/16/2004 Post a comment Designed for pulse and signal applications in timing, gate drive and data transmission circuits, the new 4257 pulse transformers from Datatronics Romoland, Inc. feature a rugged sealed design that meets Mil-PRF-21038 requirements for military, aerospace, instrumentation and other hi-reliability applications. These include trigger and signal applications in radar, motor speed controls, instrumentation and data transmission.
Brighter LEDs target outdoor use Product News 11/16/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. has expanded its line of extra-bright indium gallium nitride (InGaN) LEDs for the outdoor electronic sign and signals market by adding new devices in 4 mm (T-1) and 5 mm (T-1 3/4) domed through-hole packages with oval-pattern lamps. Touted as the company's brightest InGaN LEDs, the combination of high brightness and weather-resistant packaging with an oval radiation pattern makes these LEDs suitable for applications such as full-color outdoor video displays, stadium sco
Oscillators pack performance in smaller packaging Product News 11/12/2004 Post a comment The wireless and portable markets continue to drive new product development for smaller and lower cost packaging in the crystal and oscillator market. Frequency control manufacturers also face growing demand for lower current consumption and higher frequency requirements. In many cases, oscillator manufacturers such as Crystek, Ecliptek, Fox, NDK and SaRonix continue to shrink the size of their clock oscillators down to 3.2 x 5 mm and crystal packaging as small as 3.2 x 1.2 mm.
Digital optocouplers boast breakthrough features Product News 11/12/2004 Post a comment Designed for a variety of consumer, computing, communications and industrial applications, Agilent Technologies Inc. bolsters its isolation products portfolio with the introduction of the industry's first line of 3.3-volt (V), 15 Mbaud, multi-channel and bi-directional digital optocouplers. By leveraging the company's patented manufacturing technology for stacking LEDs, Agilent was able to design the highly integrated parts necessary to develop multi-channel optocouplers. Available in dual, trip
Epcos sucht die Qualitäts-Herausforderung News & Analysis 11/10/2004 Post a comment Trotz eines bisher enttäuschenden Weihnachstgeschäfts sieht Epcos dem kommenden Jahr eher mit Optimismus entgegen. Vor allem von der Qualitätsoffensive der Kfz-Elektronik-Industrie verspricht sich der Hersteller passiver Bauelemente eine Verbesserung seiner Marktposition.
ZVEI erwartet für 2005 weiteres Wachstum News & Analysis 11/10/2004 Post a comment Der deutsche Markt für elektronische Bauelemente wird nach Einschätzung des ZVEI-Fachverbandes Electronic Components and Systems 2004 um 7,4 Prozent auf 17,0 Milliarden Euro wachsen. Vor dem Hintergrund der anhaltenden Innovationsdynamik der Branche und moderat positiver Konjunkturerwartungen prognostiziert der Fachverband für das Jahr 2005 eine Fortsetzung der moderaten Aufwärtsbewegung in leicht abgeschwächter Form.
Common mode choke designed for USB 2.0 standard Product News 11/10/2004 Post a comment Eliminating common mode noise in high-speed networks using USB 2.0 and other high-speed differential signal transmission applications such as IEEE 1394 and LVDS, a new ChipChoke series of common mode chokes from Pulse, a Technitrol Company, can be used in PCs, scanners, printers, handheld devices, digital cameras, games, set-top boxes, and LCD displays.
Feedthru filters provide low-cost EMI suppression Product News 11/10/2004 Post a comment Providing automotive design engineers with significant noise reduction in digital circuits up to 5 GHz, AVX Corp. has developed a new series of feedthru filters for data lines in automotive entertainment systems. Designated the W2F4 and W3F4 series, the feedthru arrays contain four elements with a common ground connection, making them suitable for multi-line designs. The multi-element array package also provides a board space savings, reduced component count and lower placement costs.
Chip inductors target high-frequency apps Product News 11/10/2004 Post a comment The new DR354-1-2-3-4 series of surface-mount wirewound chip inductors from Datatronic Distribution, Inc. combine performance and miniature packaging for high-frequency applications in a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial devices.
New quartz crystal packaging reduces cost Product News 11/10/2004 Post a comment Fox Electronics touts that a new quartz crystal packaging technology provides a cost reduction of up to 20% or more over conventional ceramic packaging, and eliminates the recurring problems of ceramic shortages. The new FQ series, utilizing the proprietary crystal packaging technique, is initially offered in three popular crystal package sizes, each available in 2- or 4-pad configurations.
Miniature SAW filters designed for RKE applications Product News 11/10/2004 Post a comment Designed specifically for front-end selectivity in transmitter (Tx) or receiver (Rx) remote keyless entry (RKE) applications, the new series of SAW (surface acoustic wave) filters from NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) are housed in a miniature 3.8 x 3.8 mm hermetically sealed ceramic SMD package with a maximum height of 1.2 mm.
Choke inductor combines wide inductance range with low profile Product News 11/5/2004 Post a comment Murata Electronics North America offers a new wirewound choke inductor that provides a wide inductance range with a maximum height of 0.95 mm for low-profile designs. Designated the LQH2MC series, these devices are designed for all general choke applications, and in particular for cellular white LED applications.
Tiny display optimized for video on handheld devices Product News 11/3/2004 Post a comment Designers of new multi-content mobile devices that must carefully balance cost, size, weight and performance have another choice when it comes to small displays. Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has developed a new 2.2-inch QCIF+ Advanced-TFT LCD (AD-TFT LCD) module that is capable of displaying full-motion video and images on a standard cell-phone size display. Sharp says it's the first company to offer this size display as a standard part for mobile phones and other portable handheld dev
Lead-free compliance still lagging, says study News & Analysis 11/3/2004 Post a comment Only 69 percent of electronic industry contract manufacturers expect to be fully compliant with global environmental legislation taking effect July 2006 prescribed by the European Union's (EU's) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, according a study by Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) and Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of distributor Avnet Inc. (Phoenix).
Vishay says slow bookings will hamper Q4 sales News & Analysis 11/3/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) reported third-quarter earnings of $22.1 million, or 13 cents per share, on sales of $584.3 million, compared to $6.7 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $533.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Yageo reports lower sales as prices drop News & Analysis 11/2/2004 Post a comment Taiwan passive supplier Yageo Corp. reported third-quarter earnings of $4.8 million on sales of $127.8 million, compared to $4.7 million on sales of $134.7 million in the previous quarter and $6.7 million on sales of $123.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
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.