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Top auto electronics stories of 2006
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
From cosmic rays damaging electronics to the FlexRay protocol's impact on auto safety, here are the stories electronic engineers thought were tops for the year.
Light pipes come in many colors
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Elma Electronic offers light pipes for front panel enclosure applications in a variety of colors. The LEDs transfer light to the front panel with a translucent and intense coloration and can emit light even when embedded deeper within a panel.
Epoxy resin adheres to many substrate materials
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Master Bond has successfully completed in use trial testing for its EP21TDC-2AN epoxy resin compound. This cured compound is used for high performance bonding, coating, and encapsulation.
Encapsulant developed for image sensor assembly
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Henkel has announced the commercial availability of a new non-conductive paste (NCP) underfill encapsulant for flip-chip image sensor applications. The Hysol FP5110 material is said to provide excellent adhesion to both 2- and 3-layer flexible printed circuits.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
Ambient light sensors adjust LCD brightness to save battery power
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Ambient light sensors are used as backlighting controls in any number of LCD display applications from consumer electronics to automotive, and by automatically adjusting display brightness, they can conserve battery life, which is a key benefit in mobile device applications. These sensors work well in all kinds of light sources from natural sunlight to fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
Synchronous clock supports SONET, SDH frequencies
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Connor-Winfield has released its STC4130, an integrated single chip solution for the synchronous clock in SDH and SONET network elements.
Resistor meets lightning strike specs
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
IRC has certified its HSF series surface-mount resistor meets or exceeds GR1089 lightning strike specifications, providing a smaller alternative to larger through-hole components typically certified for this spec. The HSF series resistor provides secondary lightning protection for board-level telecommunications applications.
Inductors feature higher current, lower inductance
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Vishay has expanded its IHLP family with the release of the IHLP-4040DZ-01 and IHLP-4040DZ-11 low-profile, high-current inductors, which feature high maximum frequencies and low inductance values.
Ceramic capacitors double capacitance ratings
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden expands its multilayer ceramic capacitor offering with the WK series devices that deliver double the capacitance ratings in 0402, 0603 and 0805 packages.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
In a deal that could bring online auctions into the mainstream among electronics multinationals, eBay Inc., the biggest name in online auctions, has teamed up with FreeFlow, an Intenet-auction service provider that has, until now, focused in the high-tech sector.
Under The Hood: TI 65-nm chip at heart of Nokia 2610
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Decapping the chip at the heart of Nokia's 2610 entry-level phone shows a 65-nm Texas Instruments baseband processor supported externally by Samsung memory and an Infineon RF front end.
Thermal gap filler cools hot PCB components
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
The Softtherm 86/200 material from MH&W International provides a thermally conductive gap filling interface between hot PCB components and cooling devices including heat spreaders, heat sinks and heat pipes.
Clock oscillators deliver low jitter
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Raltron Electronics has released a family of high-frequency clock oscillators with low-jitter performance of less than 1 ps RMS for use in mass storage networks, Fibre Channel and Ethernet applications.
Precision resistor delivers load life stability of +-0.005%
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Vishay's improved Z201 ultra-high-precision Z-Foil resistor delivers a very low TCR, low PCR, tight tolerances and high insensitivity to ESD.
Split-core current transformers monitor energy consumption, active power
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
LEM introduces the compact TT series of split-core AC current transformers, which is said to offer high accuracy, excellent linearity and very low phase shift thanks to an innovative ferrite core material.
Compact thyristor module designed for PFC apps
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
EPCOS has expanded its range of thyristor modules with the introduction of the TSM-LC10 for PFC applications in the low reactive power range.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 2
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference.
Crystal oscillator IC uses ten times less power
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic has introduced the EM7604, a low-power CMOS crystal oscillator circuit that may be used in a variety of applications such as network servers, computers, mobile phones, digital systems and portable field communications.
Free tool offers MOSFET thermal simulation
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
A free on-line tool that employs finite element analysis lets designers run thermal simulations on Vishay Siliconix MOSFETs.
Kemet expands RoHS-compliant capacitor line
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Kemet beefs up its environmentally-friendly product portfolio with RoHS-compliant versions of two popular radial ceramic capacitor lines.
Open-type trimmers address no-wash board applications
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
BI Technologies expands its variable resistor offering with a complete line of open-type trimming potentiometers for board-level interface applications.
Zetex claims major switch advance for LNB design
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Analog ICs and discrete devices specialist Zetex Semiconductors is claiming a major breakthrough in Low Noise Block (LNB) design with a 4:2 IF switch that integrates gain and control function that it says significantly improves IF signal reliability, eliminates false switching and reduces circuit complexity.
Module enhances temperature measurement accuracy
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
The 143-131A cold junction compensation module from BI Technologies is designed to enhance the accuracy of temperature measurements.
Long-life capacitor targets battery back-up apps
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
CDE has developed a 15-year long-life Type EDL capacitor specifically for use in battery back-up applications.


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