Microsemi shrinks ambient light sensor Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. says it has introduced its smallest, lowest-cost, and easiest to implement ambient light sensor to its portfolio of automatic brightness control integrated circuits. The new LX1972 doesn't require optical filters and its output current can be used directly or converted to a voltage by placing the device in series with a single resistor at either of its two pins, said the company.
Mil-Qualified thinfilm chip resistors available in standard packages Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. touts that it's new MIL-PRF-55342 thinfilm chip resistors are the industry's first available in standard package sizes with resistance values from 100 ohms to 160 Kohms and a failure rate of 0.01% per 1,000 hours. As a result, designers no longer have to use commercial, non-qualified devices for applications requiring this combination of performance and size, said the company.
Cal-Chip offers full range of MLCCs Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. says its GMC series of multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) now includes 10 EIA sizes ranging from 0201 to 2225. Designed for high-density mounting, the devices feature an ultra-stable COG temperature dielectric, low dissipation factor, and low equivalent series resistance (ESR).
Ferrite material targets high frequency applications Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment In response to increased frequency demands, ACME Electronics Corp. has developed a new low core loss power material for high frequency electronics applications that provides excellent electrical stability over a wide temperature range for telecom and automotive applications, according to the company.
Vishay expands RF capacitor line Product News 9/23/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has expanded its silicon-based, surface-mount RF capacitor family with the introduction of a new device in a 0603 case size. Based on a proprietary semiconductor process developed by Vishay, the new capacitor's construction reduces parasitic inductance while providing self-resonant frequency (SRF) values that are two to three times higher than conventional RF capacitors.
Diodes protect data lines in portable electronics Product News 9/23/2004 Post a comment Optimized for space-constrained applications, Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s new ESD protection diodes are packaged in an ultra-small SOD523 (SC79) package that measures 0.8 x 1.6 x 0.6 mm. The new devices provide designers with a choice of five working voltages from 1 V to 12 V and maximum clamping voltages from 9 V to 25 V.
Wireless components tackle size issue in wireless apps Product News 9/23/2004 Post a comment Kyocera Corp. says its new 2.4 GHz chip balance filter and 5 GHz chip balun are the industry's smallest for short-range wireless communications. The new 2.4 GHz chip balance filter measures 2.0 x 1.25 x 0.85 mm while the new 5 GHz chip balun sports a package size of 1.6 x 0.8 x 0.6 mm. The devices also feature low insertion loss and high attenuation characteristics.
Microchip capacitors target microwave circuits Product News 9/23/2004 Post a comment Murata Electronics is offering three new lines of microchip capacitors that offer small packaging along with improved performance for microwave circuit applications. The CLB and CLG series of single-layer microchip capacitors and GMA series of multi-layer microchip capacitors all feature excellent characteristics at microwave frequencies due to a combination of ceramic technology with monolithic construction, said the company.
Complete Biometric System - easily integrates into applications Product News 9/23/2004 Post a comment Atmel announced the AT77SM0101BCB02VKE FingerChip biometric module, a complete biometric system including a processing facility and authentication software, aimed at facilitating the addition of a biometric feature into Physical Access Control, Point of Sales, Locks, and Time and Attendance systems or many other secure applications.
OSD offers 3.6-in. QVGA TFT display Product News 9/17/2004 Post a comment One Stop Displays (OSD) offers a new 3.6-in. QVGA display for portable computing, navigation, and test & measurement devices. The TFT-LCD display features a portrait-mode QVGA resolution, and offers an 8-bit digital interface that is easy to integrate to any 6800 or 8051 standard system.
RFID tags ubiquitous by 2010, MIT prof predicts News & Analysis 9/15/2004 Post a comment Kevin Ashton, vice president of ThingMagic Inc. and cofounder of the MIT Auto-ID Center, told a keynote audience at the Embedded Security Seminar conference in Boston that global RF sensor networks will be ubiquitous to the point of invisibility within a few years.
New design tools target micro sensor development for auto app Product News 9/15/2004 Post a comment Coventor Inc. has announced the ramp up of its automotive sensors design capabilities to help auto makers and suppliers meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's mandated side impact airbags in vehicles by 2009. Coventor's automotive "Design Tool Sets" consist of MEMS design software that enable engineers to design and build complex micro devices such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors for automotive applications.
ASIP device provides VGA port solution Product News 9/14/2004 Post a comment Providing PC OEMs with a lower cost ESD solution for VGA ports, California Micro Devices' new CM2010 Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) device packs several benefits and functions into a small package. In addition to offering 8 kV electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and integrating nine discrete components into a single chip and, the new ASIP device provides sync line buffering, level-shifting and impedance matching for VGA port applications.
Mini crystals meet tough auto requirements Product News 9/14/2004 Post a comment NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) offers two new series of surface-mount crystals for automotive applications. The NX5032GA and the NX8045GB crystals provide a clock signal source for CPUs in automotive power trains and safety control device applications that require high reliability. Plus, the devices offer engineers the opportunity to reduce the size and weight of their designs, while still providing high performance, said the company.
Blue LED Displays - multi-digit and interlocking designs Product News 9/14/2004 Post a comment In response to market demand, Forge Europa has considerably extended its blue LED display product portfolio to include both multi-digit and interlocking seven segment designs. Strict die selection and sorting prior to manufacture ensures that the new range is not only stylish and striking in appearance, but is also very consistent, meaning that multiple digit displays can be manufactured to the same level of performance that customers would expect from comparable green or red devic
Transflective 6.5" TFT panel - sunight increases display's brightness Product News 9/14/2004 Post a comment The innovative transflective 6.5" TFT panel in NLT (Natural Light Technology) from NEC combines the reflective technology of a standard TFT backlight with an additional transflective component at a very attractive price. The NL6448BC20-14 TFT display uses a special external transflective polarizer at the back of the display, reducing cost compared with solutions generating reflection within the LCD liquid.
Level transducer designed for dataloggers Product News 9/10/2004 Post a comment Pressure Systems, Inc. offers two new submersible KPSI hydrostatic level transducers that are designed specifically for compatibility with Campbell Scientific dataloggers. The Model 116 and 126 transducers provide an innovative ratiometric mV analog output to achieve a total error band (TEB) accuracy of ±0.3%, making them suitable for surface and groundwater level measurement and control applications, including well and surface water monitoring, soil remediation, and dewatering.
Inductors beef up performance Product News 9/10/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has added four new additions to its line of low-profile, surface-mount IHLP inductors that feature a height profile of 6.5 mm, inductance values of 5.6 μH, 6.8 μH, 8.2μH, and 10 μH with a tolerance of ±20%, and typical direct current resistance (DCR) values down to 0.47 milliohm.
UV curing sealant targets auto electronics assembly Product News 9/10/2004 Post a comment Henkel Technologies has announced the availability of its Loctite 5252, a medium viscosity, UV and moisture curing sealant designed for post-assembly use on electronic module enclosures. The material is particularly well suited for high-volume automotive electronics manufacturing.
Thin is in with new tri-axis accelerometer module Product News 9/9/2004 Post a comment Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. claims to have the developed the industry's thinnest ultra-small tri-axis accelerometer module by integrating the sensor chip with the control IC. Using micromachined technology in combination with silicon on insulator (SOI) wafers also contributed to the small size and high shock survivability of the module, said the company. This is Oki's first product for the MEMS market. The small footprint, measuring 5.0 x 5.0 x 1.4 mm, makes the new ML8950 module suitable fo
Kemet extends tantalum supply agreement News & Analysis 9/7/2004 Post a comment Capacitor supplier Kemet Corp. (Greenville, S.C.) has extended an existing long-term tantalum powder supply agreement with Cabot Corp. (Boston), agreeing to take shipments beyond the end of 2006 through the end of 2009.
11-Turns SMD Trimmer - is small, precise and sealed Product News 9/3/2004 Post a comment Copal Electronics unveiled the smallest 11 turns SMD trimmer that is fully compatible with RoHS/WEEE. Measuring only at 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.2 mm, SM-3 is ideal for applications that have space constraint but require precise adjustment like miniature sensors, Security Systems, Satellite Receivers, AC/DC Converters and many more.
EPCOS expands EMI film capacitor line Product News 9/2/2004 Post a comment Targeting power supply and line filter applications, EPCOS has upgraded its X2 EMI film capacitor series with a higher rated voltage and smaller packaging. The B3292x series is available in a capacitance range of .047 to 10 microfarad (μF).
NEMI revises tin whisker test requirements Product News 9/2/2004 Post a comment The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's (NEMI's) Tin Whisker User Group is offering the electronics industry a revised set of proposed recommendations for tin whisker acceptance test requirements and acceptance criteria for evaluating devices with tin finishes. Members of the group agree that pure tin finishes (and other high-tin content lead-free alloy finishes) present a risk of tin whisker-related failures in electronics, particularly for high-reliability applications and for desi
Lighting control transformers feature auto-reset overload protection Product News 9/2/2004 Post a comment Foster Transformer has launched a new line of lighting control transformers that provides an automatic reset overload protection feature. These new transformers are ideal for lighting control panels or wherever Class 2 protection is required to actuate banks of relays, contactors, solenoid valves, pilot lamps or similar loads, said the company.
Surge Capacitors - highest capacitance Y2/X1 compliant Product News 9/2/2004 Post a comment Syfer Technology announced the industry's highest capacitance Y2/X1 compliant surge capacitors in the 1808 case size. Built using COG and X7R dielectrics, the compact 1808 SY2 range of devices is available in production volumes in capacitances ranging from 4.7pF up to an impressive 1nF.
Agilent's new proximity sensor beats the fumble-fingered competition hands down . . . literally Product News 9/1/2004 Post a comment Review: You may never have trouble again remembering which button to push for the speakerphone option on your mobile phone thanks to Agilent's new optical proximity sensor. Touted as the industry's first optical proximity sensor for mobile applications, this nifty and low-cost sensor allows cell phone users to automatically switch from speakerphone to earpiece mode and vice versa in cell phones by simply placing the phone near your ear. This sensor, which may be the first solution
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.