Thin-film inductors save board space Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Designed to fit space-constrained communications applications, BI Technologies Magnetic Components Division offers the BTC series of thin-film chip inductors in 0402 and 0603 package sizes.
AMS driver improves data transfer in analog sensors Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment The Sensors Division of MTS Systems has developed an Asset Management System (AMS) device driver for its model M-Series MR analog liquid-level sensor that allows easier access to internal data registers and controls all of the devices on the network using advanced automation software.
High linearity mixer and gain blocks for CATV, WiMAX Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment Hittite Microwave Corporation developed the HMC615LP4(E); a high IP3 mixer with integrated LO amplifier which is rated for 2.3 to 4.0 GHz, and exhibits +35 dBm input IP3 with only +4 dBm LO drive. The passive mixer topology is works for both upconversion and downconversion applications, and supports IF bandwidths of up to 1 GHz.
3-axis accelerometer miniaturizes motion sensing Product News 2/21/2007 Post a comment Targeting customer demand for miniaturized motion sensing in portable electronic devices, STMicroelectronics has added a power- and cost-optimized 3-axis accelerometer to its family of ultra-compact low-g linear accelerometers.
Diode laser bars operate under extreme conditions Product News 2/21/2007 Post a comment A series of conductively-cooled diode laser bars from Coherent, Inc. offers high power and extended lifetime even under adverse operating conditions such as elevated operating temperatures, frequent power cycling and extreme shock and vibration.
Epcos buys sensor specialist News & Analysis 2/21/2007 Post a comment Passive component vendor Epcos AG has acquired Aktiv Sensor GmbH. The Stahnsdorf, Germany, based company specializes in design and production of piezoelectric pressure sensors.
Kemet offers to buy European capacitor firm News & Analysis 2/20/2007 Post a comment Kemet Corp., a manufacturer of tantalum and aluminum capacitors, said it has offered to buy Evox Rifa Group Oyj, a maker of film and electrolytic capacitors, reportedly for approximately $55 million in cash.
Startup targets mobile phone health hazards Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment With the mobile communications industry’s biggest annual bash just opened in Barcelona, a year old company tried to dampen proceedings by warning of the health dangers of wireless communications and suggested it has the technology and product to protect people from the potentially harmful effects of radiation emitted from mobile devices.
High-voltage IC with PFC simplifies multi-lamp circuits Product News 2/9/2007 Post a comment International Rectifier introduced the IRS2168D high-voltage integrated circuit (HVIC) for electronic linear fluorescent lamp ballasts which incorporate active power factor correction (PFC). The IC integrates PFC, ballast control and a 600V half-bridge driver in a compact 16-lead S/O package and features a wide range input voltage PFC.
Improve Hall sensor rotor-position measurements: Part 2 Design How-To 2/2/2007 1 comment This part gives a method that eliminates errors due to imprecise rotor angular position data from Hall sensors while improving control system performance in terms of reduction of torque ripple and total harmonic distortion of currents in the motor phases.
IMS releases series of aluminum-nitride resistors Product News 2/2/2007 Post a comment International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS), announced their release of the APX-CS series of aluminum nitride (AlN) resistors. These surface-mount devices feature a metal center stripe on the backplane to improve thermal conductivity to the customer's groundplane.
Inventory issues thwart Epcos sales News & Analysis 2/1/2007 Post a comment Customer inventory reductions dragged down the sales of passive component manufacturer Epcos AG in its first quarter of FY 2007. In a year-over-year comparison, however, the company could significantly raise sales and profit.
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.