LTCC samples in two weeks Product News 3/31/2004 Post a comment TDK Research & Development Corp. has opened a new prototyping facility for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) products in its Phoenix design center, which now offers both product design and prototyping services. The new facility allows the company to turnaround LTCC sample devices in two weeks.
Inductors find a home in high-current filtering Product News 3/31/2004 Post a comment Carlsbad, Calif. The new 51P53XX inductor series from Vitec Electronics Corp. can handle DC/DC conversion in notebook computers, handheld devices and battery-powered and low-voltage converters that require a low profile and current handling of up to 17 amps (A).
Symmetry expands display portfolio Product News 3/30/2004 Post a comment Strengthening its display products portfolio, Symmetry Electronics Corp. has signed two new North American distribution agreements with AAEON Electronics and Emerging Display Technologies (EDT). Symmetry will distribute AAEON's entire product line of single board computers and EDT's full line of STN and FSTN LCDs, and LTPS TFTs. The distributor will support both lines through its Display Products Division.
TCXOs designed for GPS Product News 3/30/2004 Post a comment CMAC MicroTechnology has developed a new series of global positioning system (GPS) temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) that can be used with the recently launched Chinese Beidou (Twin Star) navigation satellites.
EMI filter with ESD protection targets MMC interfaces Product News 3/25/2004 Post a comment California Micro Devices has unveiled its new CM1424 electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter array with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection at CTIA Wireless 2004. The company claims the new device is the industry's first EMI filter with ESD protection for multimedia memory card (MMC) interfaces, which are becoming increasingly popular in wireless handset and mobile electronics devices.
SMT resistors deliver power ratings up to 5 watts Product News 3/25/2004 Post a comment Using an innovative "Z" lead configuration to enable high power axial resistors to be surface mountable, TT electronics' Welwyn Components Division touts that it has developed the highest power surface-mount resistor that can handle the harsh temperatures found in automotive environments.
Bi-color LEDs go surface mount Product News 3/24/2004 Post a comment Elma Electronic is providing its line of bi-color LEDs in surface-mount packages, which can help customers reduce costs during the manufacturing process by eliminating the need to drill special holes or use a separate soldering process for through-hole devices.
Raltron launches lead-free program Product News 3/24/2004 Post a comment Raltron Electronics Corp. has launched its lead-free program to ensure compliance with the European Union Legislation and the published Restrictions On Hazardous Substances (RoHS) banning lead (Pb) after July 1, 2006.
Choke features high performance in small size Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment J.W. Miller Magnetics has expanded its conformal coated RF choke line with the introduction of the 79F series. Incorporating many design characteristics of the company's existing conformal coated choke offerings, the 79F devices feature a significantly smaller subminiature design, measuring 0.10 inch in diameter with a 0.16-inch length.
Tiny diodes save space for portable devices Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment Offering high reliability and a wide voltage range, Vishay Intertechnology's new zener diode series is housed in an ultra-small SOD-523 (SC79) plastic package, measuring 1.2 x 0.8 mm with a 0.6-mm height.
Sensors handle tough auto environments Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed two new sensors that can withstand harsh automotive environments. The new OPB350 non-contact fluid sensor detects virtually any liquid including water, oil, gasoline, coolant or hydraulic fluids for braking or power steering systems, while the new Hall Effect sensor provides position sensing of rotary shafts.
Image sensor packs in the features Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Hamamatsu Corp. offers a new CMOS linear image sensor that provides high sensitivity, low dark current and low noise, which makes it suitable for image input applications such as position detection and image reading. In addition, the new S9226 features a built-in timing generator and an advanced signal processing circuit in a small package.
Current sense resistors withstand auto apps Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Driven by increased usage of small motor controls in automotive applications, TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has introduced two new lines of precision current sense resistors. Designated as the OAR and OARS series, these resistors offer increased high dissipation and cooler operation for automotive applications.
Digi-Key offers ADI products Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Digi-Key Corp., a leading electronic components distributor, has signed an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) that allows Digi-Key to distribute the IC manufacturer's products in the Americas
Substrate eliminates heatsinks for auto LEDs Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Giving automotive lighting system designers a lighter, cooler and less expensive method of mounting visible LEDs, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division says it has developed an economical anodized aluminum substrate material with superior thermal conductivity that addresses the problem of heat dissipation in direct-mounted LEDs.
Wireless products pose challenges for passive component makers News & Analysis 3/17/2004 Post a comment Passive-component manufacturers are building wireless products that leverage advances in integration, miniaturization and silicon processing. Companies such as AVX, Jaro Components, Vishay and Yageo have devised solutions that include housing components in tiny, 0201 case sizes as well as ball-grid-array packages.
Caps withstand harsh auto environment Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Responding to requirements from automotive electronics design engineers for capacitors with improved thermal performance, AVX Corp. has developed a unique base metal electrode (BME) system featuring a soft termination layer for its multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs).
Wireless products pose challenges for passive component makers Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Passive-component manufacturers are building wireless products that leverage advances in integration, miniaturization and silicon processing. Companies such as AVX, Jaro Components, Vishay and Yageo have devised solutions that include housing components in tiny, 0201 case sizes as well as ball-grid-array packages.
Mini thermistor probe offers quick response time Product News 3/15/2004 Post a comment BetaTHERM Sensors offers a new Glass Fast Time Response thermistor probe with a response time of 30 milliseconds (in liquids), which may be used in a variety of instrumentation and medical applications that require the measurement of small volumes of liquids and gases.
Power film caps replace electrolytics Product News 3/15/2004 Post a comment Cornell Dubilier's three new ElectroFilm series of power film capacitors may replace aluminum electrolytic capacitors in applications where increased reliability is required. These new capacitors provide stable high capacitance, high voltage/current capabilities and low equivalent series resistance (ESR).
Sensing solution detects ultra-low light levels Product News 3/15/2004 Post a comment Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) says its new light-to-frequency converter is capable of sensing ultra-low light levels undetectable by most silicon-based sensors. This new sensing solution combines enhanced sensitivity with low dark-signal circuitry (typical dark frequency of 0.1 Hz) that extends the performance range down to very low light levels of 0.00002 Lux.
Ultra-small ESD protection devices safeguard portable electronics Product News 3/12/2004 Post a comment Semtech Corp.'s new family of ultra-small transient voltage suppressors (TVS) are designed for electrostatic protection of portable electronic devices including cell phones, PDAs and digital cameras. Designated the MicroClamp family, the first product in the family is the μClamp 0501H, a TVS diode in a two-lead SOD-523 package that measures 0.9 x 1.7 x 0.6 mm.
TFT LCD module packs new features Product News 3/12/2004 Post a comment Optrex America's new T-51750 6.5-inch diagonal color TFT LCD module with VGA resolution incorporates a range of new features including an ultra-slim outline, high front-of-screen performance, and economical chip-on-glass (COG) construction. Applications include medical diagnostic, test and measurement, marine/GPS, home appliance, office equipment, avionics and automotive.
Filter device protects power circuits Product News 3/11/2004 Post a comment A new combination surge protector and EMI/RFI filter device from Phoenix Contact protects single-phase power circuits. The TRABTECH surge filter includes a coordinated TVSS and EMI/RFI filter circuit to provide tight voltage clamping, electrical noise filtering, sine wave tracking, and high surge current handling capacity for electronic equipment protection.
Backplane design moves to center stage News & Analysis 3/10/2004 Post a comment Switched serial interconnects have placed substantial performance demands on backplane design. The open-specification organizations VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) and PCI Industrial Computing Manufacturers Group (PICMG) are offering new higher-speed backplane architectures; they plan to handle faster applications by using switched-fabric backplane technologies. But 3.125- and 6.25-Gbits/s signaling requires backplane designers to adopt new design methodologies and choose between n
Inductors target dc-to-dc power conversion Product News 3/7/2004 Post a comment Targeting consumer electronics and telecommunications products, Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has introduced two new series of power shielded surface-mount (SMT) inductors for local dc-to-dc power conversion. Dubbed the PF0464/PF0465 series, the inductors pack a high current rating of 4.5 amps (A) in a low-profile (3-mm height for the PF0464 and 4-mm height for the PF0465), small footprint package (7.2 x 7.2 mm max) with inductance values up to 100μH.
New inductor design improves efficiency, saves board space Product News 3/7/2004 Post a comment In response to growing demands from the semiconductor industry to reduce inductor footprint and increase efficiency, TT electronics' BI Technologies Magnetic Components Division recently developed a new family of self-shielding inductors to replace the traditional iron powdered toroidal design.
OPTEK announces breakthrough in infrared sensing Product News 3/7/2004 Post a comment TT electronics OPTEK Technology touts the industry's first standard optical emitter/photo transistor pair with variable distance sensing capability and DC drive current. The infrared sensor pair works up to one meter for linear or vertical sensing applications.
AVX OXICap delivers high capacitance, ultra low ESR Product News 3/1/2004 Post a comment AVX Corp. has developed a new niobium oxide multi-anode (NOM) capacitor that delivers low equivalent series resistance (ESR), high capacitance, and high ripple current for applications such as power supply decoupling and high-speed data processing. Designated the OxiCap Series, this family of capacitors utilizes advanced technology to provide design engineers with a safe (non-burning) high resistance failure mode.
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.