Pulse unveils RoHS compliance initiatives Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has announced its plan for compliance with the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Under its compliance program, all new products will be designed to be RoHS compliant and existing products will be evaluated and upgraded to be compliant with both the material and production process requirements of RoHS. The conversion of Pulse production operations is in process and will be completed during 2005.
Micro-miniature transponder coil targets automotive apps Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Perllo Technologies LLC and its manufacturing partner ECM Electronics Ltd. have introduced their new ECM63T transponder coil for direct tire pressure management system (TPMS) applications in the N. American automotive market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has set a deadline by 2008 that requires all lightweight cars and trucks to have a direct TPMS.
Lead-free inductors target automotive, industrial apps Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Perllo Technologies LLC and manufacturing partner ECM Electronics Ltd. have introduced a new series of lead-free power inductors for automotive and industrial control applications. Developed to help power supply engineers design more power efficient circuits, the new compact ECxxC series provides better reflow solderability and higher current handling capability than other low-profile solutions, said the company.
Chip resistors deliver more power Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment TT Electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a series of pulse withstanding thickfilm chip resistors with improved power ratings in smaller case sizes. Designated the PWC series, the surface-mount chip resistors deliver up to 50 percent higher power ratings than conventional thickfilm resistors in a standard 2512 package.
Supercaps tout low ESR, high voltage ratings Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. says it has made significant improvements to its BestCap (Battery Energy Saving Technology Capacitor) series of electrochemical supercapacitors, which have resulted in the highest voltages available in the industry for low equivalent series resistance (ESR) pulse supercapacitors.
Flat chip resister arrays provide tight tracking Product News 2/22/2005 Post a comment Malvern, Pa. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.'s new series of flat chip resistor arrays provide tracking temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) values as low as ± 10 ppm/°K with a matched tolerance of 0.1%. The new surface-mount devices integrate four thin-film resistors in a 0612 package.
ESD protection device targets next-generation USB apps Product News 2/19/2005 Post a comment Camarillo, Calif. Semtech Corp. has expanded its EClamp family of protection devices with the addition of the EClamp3343C, a protection device that works with both upstream and downstream USB 2.0 (full speed) and on-the-go (OTG) ports in portable electronics and peripherals. The new device protects USB ports from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Dot matrix display features small size Product News 2/18/2005 Post a comment Walnut, Calif. Para Light Corp. has introduced a small and precise dot matrix display for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications such as graphics and advertisement sign boards.
Universal LED mounts meet RoHS compliance Product News 2/18/2005 Post a comment Irvine, Calif. BivarOpto, the Optoelectronics Division of Bivar, Inc., has announced the availability of new self-retaining universal LED mounts that meet the process requirements for lead-free soldering in compliance with the European Union's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.
Magnetostrictive sensor touts industry's smallest size Product News 2/18/2005 Post a comment Cary, N.C. MTS Systems Corp. Sensors Division says it has developed the industry's smallest magnetostrictive position sensor. The new modular Temposonics C-Series linear-position sensor fits into a 36 mm (1.4 in.) x 23 mm (0.91 in.) cylindrical package, making it a smaller replacement for older technology sensors such as linear potentiometers and LVDTs.
Taiyo Yuden doubles capacitance in 0402 MLCC Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Schaumburg, Ill. Thanks to manufacturing process improvements, Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. says it has released the industry's first 2.2 microfarad (μF) multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) in a standard 0402 case size. This doubles the capacitance of 1 μ previously available in a 0402. Designed for cell phones, digital cameras and personal data assistants, these new devices can replace larger 2.2 μF 0603 devices in these applications for a 50% board space savings.
SOC sensor advances mobile handset designs Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Cannes, France Micron Technology, Inc. has launched its new 2-megapixel system-on-a-chip (SOC) sensor featuring the company's DigitalClarity CMOS imaging technology at this week's 2005 3GSM World Congress. The new ultra low-power MT9D111 integrates Micron's advanced 2-megapixel sensor core with a new generation of image processing technologies in one integrated circuit. The MT9D111 is said to be one of the first SOC devices with integrated auto focus and real-time JPEG compression. All th
OmniVision launches its first SMIA-compliant image sensor for camera phones Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Cannes, France OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has announced the introduction of its first CameraChip with Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA) at the 2005 3GSM World Congress this week. With the addition of SMIA-compliant CMOS image sensors, the company expects to extend its reach into the high-volume mobile handset market with its OmniPixel technology.
Mini reflective optical sensor works in bright sunlight Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment Malvern, Pa. Vishay Intertechnology Inc. touts its new TCND3000 miniature reflective optical sensor series is capable of operating in bright sunlight up to 200 kLux. In addition, it offers proximity detection at a distance of 2 cm and touch detection at a distance of 1 cm from the sensor surface.
Beganto enhances component sampling service Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment Fremont, Calif. Beganto Inc. has announced the second generation of its online NeedaSample application, accessible at www.needasample.com, that enables engineers and buyers to procure electronic component samples from participating manufacturers and distributors. New online features include filtering, batch processing and e-mail preference management to help engineers monitor and manage the progress of their sample requests.
Ferroresonant transformers provide stable output voltage Product News 2/14/2005 Post a comment Cincinnati, Ohio Ferroresonant transformers from Foster Transformer provide a stable power output (typically ±3%) for input voltages that vary as much as ±15%. The standard square wave output requires less filtering than linear transformers for DC applications, said the company.
Cal Micro offers industry-first HDMI port protection Product News 2/14/2005 Post a comment Milpitas, Calif. California Micro Devices says it has introduced the industry's first High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port protection devices that provide functional integration along with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. This means the new MediaGuard CM2020 and CM2021 devices provide a complete HDMI protection and signal integrity solution, including backdrive protection on all signals, level shifting circuits, and overcurrent protection (CM2020 only).
IMS expands passive component offering Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has expanded its product portfolio to include a wide range of resistors and attenuators for microwave, RF, sensor and instrumentation applications.
Trace Labs offers tin whisker testing Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment Trace Laboratories-Central, an independent testing facility, has established a new certification and testing program for tin whisker growth on components that are to be designed for lead-free compliance with the European Union's Directive on the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Tin-based plating is known to be susceptible to the formation of "needle-like protrusions, or whiskers," that can result in reliability issues.
Luxeon LEDs set new performance standards Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment Touting more light output, higher temperature capability and surface-mount technology, Lumileds Lighting has announced the upcoming expansion
of its Luxeon high-power LED family with new emitters that offer up to 65 lumens in white at 350 mA, 185°C allowable junction temperature, and a JEDEC moisture sensitivity level of 2a.
SM high inductance chokes handle high voltage Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment Providing designers with a surface-mount choke option, Gowanda Electronics has released a new series of RF surface-mount chokes designed for use in the lighting industry, specifically targeting starter circuits and electronic ballasts, and other applications where high-voltage handling capability is required.
Thinner, programmable RGB LED targets mobile devices Product News 2/9/2005 Post a comment Available in the industry's thinnest package, the new SMTC0606 programmable surface-mount RGB (red, green, blue) LED from BivarOpto, the Optoelectronics Division of Bivar Inc., is housed in a 0606 package with a new, ultra-thin 0.6 mm (0.024 in.) profile for mobile devices that require thinner packages such as cell phones, e-book readers, MP3 digital music players and personal data assistants (PDAs).
Newark InOne offers free re-reeling service for passive components Product News 2/9/2005 Post a comment Newark InOne, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc, has announced that its warehouse in South Carolina now automatically re-reels cut and tape orders for surface-mount passive components for any length 18 inches or longer at no extra charge with same-day shipments. Typically, small-quantity distributors offer the service for an additional fee, and are only available in standard length increments.
Cal Micro brings EMI filtering to the next level for handset designers Product News 2/8/2005 Post a comment Solving EMI issues in media-rich, clamshell-type cell phones just got a lot easier with California Micro Devices' new inductor-based EMI filters that are the first products based on the company's new Praetorian process technology that allows for the integration of spiral inductors with resistors, capacitors and ESD protection diodes. These new devices support both higher data rates and provide higher levels of attenuation at high frequencies, which are key to efficient filtering of wireless hand
Vishay, Siliconix report weak Q4 but strong year News & Analysis 2/8/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. posted a net loss of $54.5 million, or 33 cents per share on sales of $541.6 million in its fourth 2004 fiscal quarter ended December, compared to net earnings of $10.3 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $567.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Microwave resistor sample kit available for prototyping Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a sample kit of its ball grid termination arrays, attenuators and discrete terminators to provide engineers with samples for prototype designs. These components deliver high-frequency performance in commercial and military communication systems, industrial equipment, medical systems and automotive assemblies.
Linear Hall-effect sensors offer low-cost option Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment Complementing the company's existing portfolio of standard analog output Hall-effect sensors, Allegro MicroSystems Inc. now offers two new devices, designated as A1373 and A1374, with a low-cost option for field programmability. The new output-pin programmable linear Hall-effect sensors feature a modified four-lead SIP package, lower output noise, and programming on the output pin.
Hall-effect sensor provides accuracy in harsh environments Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment TT Electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a rugged Hall-effect sensor capable of delivering accurate position sensing over a wide range of temperatures, including the most severe environmental and temperature conditions, and operating over a broad range of supply voltages, which makes them suitable for military and space applications.
Startup enters online distribution business Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment Need parts in a hurry? Start-up SpotComponents, LLC is a new Internet-based authorized distributor of electronic components that touts fast quotes with immediate purchasing capability. Initially, the company will handle passive components, followed by discrete semiconductors later in year.
Epcos sieht rot im ersten Quartal News & Analysis 2/3/2005 Post a comment Einen starken Umsatzeinbruch musste Epcos im ersten Quartal seines Geschäftsjahres hinnehmen. Beim Nachsteuerergebnis rutschte das Unternehmen gar in die roten Zahlen. Die Zukunftsperspektive sieht nicht viel besser aus.
Avnet offers full line of biometric fingerprint solutions Product News 2/1/2005 Post a comment Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet Inc., has inked a new distribution agreement with biometric fingerprint solutions company UPEK Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Avnet Electronics Marketing will carry UPEK's full line of biometric products.
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.