Stratos Lightwave performs testing and eval services for opto systems Product News 8/25/2004 Post a comment Stratos Lightwave LLC has announced new services for performance testing and verification of opto-electronic products and systems used in harsh operating environments, specifically for military, commercial aviation, or industrial applications. These product testing and evaluation services provide optical system designers with validation of proper optical performance, environmental testing, and failure analysis.
AVX releases quick reference to CV values Product News 8/25/2004 Post a comment AVX Corp. has released a capacitance/voltage (CV) value reference guide for all of its capacitor dielectrics to help designers select the most appropriate capacitor technology, size and parametric options for their applications. Available in print and online, the new periodic tables will provide a quick reference to the most recent updates for a broad range of AVX capacitor dielectrics.
Mini TCXOs target GPS and satellite radio apps Product News 8/25/2004 Post a comment Measuring 5.0 x 3.2 mm with a height of 1.4-mm, NDK's (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) new NT5032S surface-mount temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) series offers standard frequencies for GPS and satellite radio applications.
RFI filter prevents modem connection failure Product News 8/24/2004 Post a comment Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has introduced its Excelsus L-222RJDP radio frequency interference (RFI) filter that optimizes DSL modem performance by blocking interference from AM/FM/HAM radio, televisions, home network devices, and other RF sources.
SM inductors tackle size and power issues Product News 8/23/2004 Post a comment Coil Winding Specialist (CWS) claims its new CWS-5 series of high current, surface-mount inductors offer the highest current rated parts in the industry in a small package size of 0.52 in. x 0.52 in. with a height of 0.21 inches.
Mini filter combines high Q, low insertion loss, small footprint Product News 8/23/2004 Post a comment Leveraging proprietary design techniques, Trilithic Inc. says its new series of miniature RF filters deliver the high performance characteristics of typically much larger devices. They are available in a variety of models, ranging from low-cost, surface-mount styles to mil-spec and space-qualified versions that meet stringent requirements for shock, vibration, temperature cycling, as well as other key parameters.
Sculpted Foam - offers unmatched compression set Product News 8/23/2004 Post a comment Laird Technologies has introduced a Sculpted Foam UL94 VO rated Fabric-Over-Foam shielding gasket product line. The sculpted foam technology offers unmatched compression set while providing a relatively soft Compression Load Deflection (CLD)
Linear sensor reinvents braking system for Joint Strike Fighter Product News 8/20/2004 Post a comment TT electronics' BI Technologies Electronic Components Division has developed a new linear position sensor, based on the company's Model 400 series of precision potentiometer/position sensors, for the rudder pedal assembly adjuster of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. The new sensor provides redundant position outputs and is lower in weight than the non-contact sensors that it replaces.
Detector module synchronizes optical networks Product News 8/19/2004 Post a comment Designed for synchronization of optical networking equipment, PLLs, synthesizers, and other telecom applications, Raltron Electronics Corp.'s new Model SY13 "Frequency and Phase Lock" detector is designed to monitor and determine if two external input signals are synchronized in phase or in frequency.
Audio alerts meet new medical requirements Product News 8/19/2004 Post a comment Transducers USA says its TRIE-23xx and TRIE-26xx buzzers meet new medical equipment requirements and has received initial approval to supply the components to the medical market. The new specification requires that medical and analysis equipment be provided with alerts that offer different frequency level outputs so that individual instruments can be identified by their pitch. It also requires that the alerts have audio outputs with frequencies lower than 1000 cycles per second.
Surge resistors manage overloads News & Analysis 8/18/2004 Post a comment Designed with engineers in mind who have a need for higher surge capabilities in critical safety applications, TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has developed a new series of rugged surge resistors to manage overloads in motor control circuits for automotive and industrial applications.
Extra-bright white LEDs light up signals and signs Product News 8/16/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a series of extra-bright white indium gallium nitride (InGaN) LEDs for electronic signs and signals. The company says the combination of high brightness and weather-resistant packaging
makes these LEDs suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications such as gaming machines, traffic signals and signs, stadium scoreboards, advertising and other variable message signs.
Surge resistors manage overloads Product News 8/13/2004 Post a comment Designed with engineers in mind who have a need for higher surge capabilities in critical safety applications, TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has developed a new series of rugged surge resistors to manage overloads in motor control circuits for automotive and industrial applications.
Fingerprint sensors meet lead-free requirements Product News 8/13/2004 Post a comment AuthenTec, Inc. says its the first company in the biometrics industry to offer lead-free solutions for its complete line of fingerprint sensors. The company's TruePrint fingerprint sensors meet current Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), and European Commission Directive on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) standards.
Ferrite beads provide noise suppression in the GHz range Product News 8/12/2004 Post a comment Providing filtering in the GHz frequency range, a new surface-mount ferrite bead series from Murata Electronics features low DC resistance (DCR) and high current ratings, which makes them suitable for power line applications, I/O lines, computer interface lines, high-speed bus lines and compact digital equipment.
Small color OLED targets security apps Product News 8/12/2004 Post a comment A new 1.5 in. color OLED from One Stop Displays features an ultra-thin 1.65 mm-thick display that makes it suitable for next-generation ID, security cards, and programmable card applications.
Laser nano sensor promises improved resolution Product News 8/12/2004 Post a comment A new a high speed, high accuracy laser nano sensor (LNS) from LMI Technologies (USA), Inc. offers an improved resolution as fine as 0.7 nanometers at speeds up to 200 kHz. It features a miniature sensor head and a small spot size for use in tight work spaces. High-tech industrial applications include micro-positioning polished components such as silicon wafers, lenses or circuitry as well as the measurement of vibration, thickness, roughness and precision switching.
Three-terminal capacitors enhance frequency performance, noise suppression Product News 8/12/2004 Post a comment Murata Electronics' new three-terminal capacitor series offers high frequency performance and noise suppression. The surface-mount NFM18PS capacitors are constructed of a modified electrode structure that reduces equivalent series inductance (ESL), thus improving high frequency filtering performance. The new capacitors provide 50 dB to 70 dB insertion loss in the 100 MHz to 1 GHz range.
Transponder Coils - for automotive systems Product News 8/10/2004 Post a comment Prompted by new legislation in the US that requires new vehicles to be fitted with a low tyre pressure warning system as a safety device, TDK has developed its TPL series of transponder coils. The TPL series is ideal for automotive systems including tyre pressure monitoring systems, passive keyless entry devices and engine immobilisers.
Polyswitch circuit protection device shrinks by 25% Product News 8/9/2004 Post a comment Developed in response to customer requests for smaller devices that can be used in space-constrained customer premise equipment, Raychem Circuit Protection, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has launched its new PolySwitch TRF600-150 circuit protection device for telecom and networking applications. The new lead-free device is 25% smaller than the previous version and helps provide resettable overcurrent protection in telephones, fax machines, set-top boxes, security systems, modems, and othe
IR emitters improve radiant intensity by up to 43% Product News 8/9/2004 Post a comment Targeting emerging automotive, consumer and industrial applications, Vishay Intertechnology's next-generation family of high-speed infrared emitters combines high-speed performance with significant improvements in radiant intensity. Built on double hetero chip GaAlAs/GaAlAs technology, the new IR emitters offer improvements of up to 43% in radiant intensity compared with previous generation devices, which extends the range and reliability of infrared data transmission and light barrier systems i
ESD protection devices safeguard portable products Product News 8/9/2004 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has expanded its MicroClamp family of ultra-small transient voltage suppressors (TVS) with the introduction of three new multi-line devices that are designed to protect critical circuits in cell phones, PDAs, digital music players and other portable electronic devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD).
Vitec guarantees tight tolerance for power inductors Product News 8/6/2004 Post a comment Driven by changing voltage regulator module (VRM) requirements, Vitec Electronics' new 59P901X series of inductors pack high frequency, high efficiency and low direct current resistance (DCR) in a small package. A key advantage over similar power inductors, says the company, is its tight tolerance of ±10% for DCR.
Temperature Variable Attenuator - now comes in a coaxial package Product News 8/6/2004 Post a comment The temperature variable attenuator Thermopad® from EMC Technology, a Smiths Interconnect company, now comes in a coaxial package.
The coaxial TVA version of the Thermopad® product line offers the same benefits as the standard temperature variable attenuator (cost-effective, high-performance and very reliable) but with the added benefit of a SMA male to SMA female interface.
Lead Free Inductors - offer increased reliability Product News 8/6/2004 Post a comment TTI offers two new series of lead-free inductors from TDK that help designers to follow the EU RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) for lead-free electrical equipment in advance of the July 2006 deadline
SMT Power Dividers - have 50W power rating Product News 8/6/2004 Post a comment Florida RF Labs, a Smiths Interconnect company, has introduced a range of surface mount power dividers.
The devices offer design engineers the benefits of 2-way, 3-way or 4-way power division. All power dividers feature excellent port to port isolation capabilities.
Vishay reports profit but sees flat quarter News & Analysis 8/3/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. posted net earnings of $41.1 million on sales of $647 million in the second quarter ended June, up from $2.9 million on sales of $538 million in the year-ago second quarter.
Skintight: Startup launches RFID alternative News & Analysis 8/3/2004 Post a comment A German startup has developed a possible alternative to short-range communication technologies such as RFID, Bluetooth and Near Field Communications (NFC). In contrast to those processes, Skinplex technology uses human skin as a transmission medium.
Resistor networks feature tight tolerance, small size Product News 8/3/2004 Post a comment Once again Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has made it clear who is the technology leader in the thin-film passive components market with the introduction of its MP series of precision thin-film resistor divider networks. Vishay said these are the first resistor divider networks to offer a 0.05% resistance ratio tolerance in an ultra-small SC-70 package. These devices are designed for use in instrumentation amplifiers, precision voltage dividers, and bridge network circuitry.
OLED displays promote longer lifetime Product News 8/3/2004 Post a comment Responding to the industry's needs for longer lifetime OLED displays, One Stop Displays (OSD) said its new monochrome displays are rated at 20 k hrs to half-brightness. The company said this lifetime is 100% greater than many other OLED manufacturers' claims to technology lifetime. Testing is performed at 70 nits of display brightness at 25°C.
Diode array bundles ESD protection with space savings, low capacitance Product News 8/2/2004 Post a comment Targeting high volume, mainstream applications, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is offering a new low-capacitance, bidirectional ESD protection diode array in the SOT-143 SMD package. The new Vishay Semiconductors GCDA15C-1 diode array provides ESD protection in high-speed data lines, WAN/LAN equipment, wireless systems as well as ADSL, RS-232, RS-422, and V.90 interfaces.
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.