Inductors tout high power handling Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment CoEv Magnetics, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has released its new DZM series of lead-free power inductors that offer higher power handling capability for switching power supplies and portable electronics. The company says the low profile and improved DC bias performance allow design engineers to increase power handling and performance of their products without sacrificing board space.
VCXO extends frequency range in smaller package Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) is offering a new miniature voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) with an extended frequency range up to 180 MHz in a 7 x 5 x 1.6-mm footprint. Housed in a hermetically sealed 6-pad SMD package, the NV7050SA series is available in the frequency range of 1.544 to 180 MHz. Applications include telecom and enterprise networks, base stations, and instrumentation.
Current sense transformers combine small size and high power Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment Designed for a variety of communications and networking applications, the new CT323 surface-mount current sense transformers from Datatronic Distribution, Inc. are rated at 20 amps in a 4.8-mm square package. The company says this surpasses the 10 A rating typically available for this type of device.
Large LED panel indictors target industrial apps Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment High brightness, a wide viewing angle and large size translates into high visibility for a new LED panel indicator from Lumex Inc. The company touts that its jumbo LED panel indicator can be seen from a distance of 100 feet (over 30 meters) for applications that call for a bright and highly-visible indicator particularly for industrial and process control panels.
Resistor networks reach new industry-low ratio tolerance Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment Two new families of precision thin-film resistor networks from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. extend the ratio tolerance to a new industry-low of 0.01% in SOT-23 and 8-pin SOIC packages. The MPM and ORN matched-pair and quad resistor networks offer designers an alternative to technologies such as wirewound and hermetic packaging that was previously required to maintain a low tolerance. These devices are designed for instrumentation amplifiers, precision voltage dividers and bridge network circuitry
Small OLED displays available in volume production Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment One Stop Displays claims it's the first company to offer a 1.6-in. color OLED in mass production quantities. The new 1.6-in. OLED offers a 262 k color depth, a digital interface, and the same viewing characteristics representative of organic technology. OLED technology features 160° horizontal and vertical viewing, 100:1 contrast ratios, and displays that are less than 2-mm thick.
Tapa-Circuit turns one fuse slot into two Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment A new Tapa-Circuit fuse holder from Waytek Inc. allows two fuses to be plugged into one slot on the circuit panel. Rated for 10 A at 12 V, the new device provides one fuse holder to protect an existing circuit, and a second fuse holder to protect an additional new circuit.
NRC sponsors lead-free seminar Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment NRC Electronics, Inc. in conjunction with Design Chain Associates and EPTAC Corp. will present a half-day "Introduction to Lead Free" seminar on the impact of the European Union Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and WEEE Hazardous Materials Directives on July 21, 2004 at NRC's Florida facility.
Murata improves ceramic filters for module makers News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Review: Developing a new high dielectric process technique with existing ceramic materials is what's keeping Murata Electronics in the filtering game as module makers require lower profile height components. The new planar high-density passive device (PHPD) technology, which enables thin-film printing on high Q (quality) factor ceramics, can be used to manufacture and combine multiple components in low-profile designs. The first new product based on Murata's PHPD technology is a 5 GHz micro-chip
Murata improves ceramic filters for module makers Product News 6/18/2004 Post a comment Review: Developing a new high dielectric process technique with existing ceramic materials is what's keeping Murata Electronics in the filtering game as module makers require lower profile height components. The new planar high-density passive device (PHPD) technology, which enables thin-film printing on high Q (quality) factor ceramics, can be used to manufacture and combine multiple components in low-profile designs. The first new product based on Murata's PHPD technology is a 5 GHz micro-chip
Fingerprint sensor does double duty for cell phones Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment Review: AuthenTec, a leader in fingerprint authentication technology, has unveiled its latest sensor, the AES2510, touting several key innovations including a low CPU load threshold, integrated navigation capability and the elimination of a companion-chip commonly used in existing fingerprint authentication solutions for cell phones. By providing fingerprint authentication in combination with navigation capabilities in a single chip, this new slide sensor will enable designers to simplify and pa
Finer pitch CSP IPDs provide board real estate and cost savings Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment Review: Targeting next-generation wireless handset designs, California Micro Devices has shrunk the size of its integrated passive chip scale package (CSP) devices by more than 20% by moving to a 0.40-mm pad pitch from an industry-standard 0.50-mm pitch. For designers, this means a significant board space savings as well as cost savings for new designs.
Thin-film attenuators tackle high-frequency applications Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment Based on its proprietary TaNFilm technology, a unique tantalum nitride film process, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a series of thin-film surface-mount attenuators capable of high frequency performance in a variety of wireless applications. Available in custom resistances for wireless applications such as satellite, radar and microwave data links, the highly stable TaNFilm material makes these attenuators a good choice for use in high reliability military and avionics ap
Infineon launches three new auto safety sensor lines Product News 6/10/2004 Post a comment Expanding the company's solution portfolio for automotive safety applications, Infineon Technologies AG has unveiled three new sensor products for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), rollover sensing and anti-lock brake systems (ABS) at the recent Sensors Conference & Expo in Detroit, Mich.
SMI ramps up production of ultra-small and co-integrated sensor lines Product News 6/9/2004 Post a comment Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI), a high-volume supplier of low-cost, high-performance pressure sensors, has increased the production capacity of its new lines of ultra-small and co-integrated sensors on six-inch wafers. The company also announced faster new etching capabilities that enable greater device densities per wafer for three-dimensional structures and lower device cost.
Small LCD display provides wider viewing area for greater functionality Product News 6/9/2004 Post a comment Review: NKK Switches is offering an improved version of its small STN LCD display with a wider, high-contrast viewing area of 13.9 x 10.6 mm and a 36 x 24 pixel resolution to maximize clarity. Pixel size is 0.32 x 0.32 mm. Available with straight PC terminals and bi-color (red and green) LED backlighting with standard or super bright options, the small programmable display is designed for space-constrained applications that require graphics, text or moving images. They can be used alone or with
Coventor and Kyocera partner to speed up MEMS development Product News 6/8/2004 Post a comment To enable packaging analysis early in the design cycle and to drive MEMS commercialization, Coventor, Inc., a MEMS design software developer, and Kyocera, a leader in IC and MEMS package solutions, have partnered to provide software libraries for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications. The package libraries, developed jointly by the companies, contain software models for a variety of MEMS-compatible open tool hermetic ceramic packages, which are offered in Kyocera's product portfolio
Small display delivers power efficiency for mobile A/V products Product News 6/3/2004 Post a comment Sharp Corp. and its North American components group Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas announced the introduction of their first 3.6-inch Amorphous Silicon (A-Si) digital LCD liquid crystal display (LCD) with native landscape orientation for mobile audio/video (A/V) devices. It also supports TV video standards.
Resistors deliver higher performance, smaller size for medical apps News & Analysis 6/2/2004 Post a comment As their next-generation designs continue to shrink in size, medical equipment manufacturers are calling for resistors that deliver higher frequency, extended resistance values and tighter tolerance all in a small, surface-mount package. Thanks to the use of new materials, refined manufacturing processes as well as advanced packaging technologies, resistor manufacturers are making the grade and fine-tuning their resistor technologies to meet the demands for higher performance and smaller footpri
High-voltage chip resistors target medical devices News & Analysis 6/2/2004 Post a comment Review: SEI Electronics Inc. says its new high-voltage chip resistor series for medical applications outperforms its competitors in higher withstanding voltage and resistance range. The new HVC resistors can replace current solutions such as axial-leaded film and wirewound resistors in high-voltage medical applications with a smaller and surface-mountable part.
Resistors deliver higher performance, smaller size for medical apps Product News 6/1/2004 Post a comment As their next-generation designs continue to shrink in size, medical equipment manufacturers are calling for resistors that deliver higher frequency, extended resistance values and tighter tolerance all in a small, surface-mount package. Thanks to the use of new materials, refined manufacturing processes as well as advanced packaging technologies, resistor manufacturers are making the grade and fine-tuning their resistor technologies to meet the demands for higher performance and smaller footpri
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.