Quartz device maker Epsom Toyocom launches operations Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment Epson Toyocom Corp., formed through the integration of the quartz device business of Seiko Epson Corp. (Epson) and Toyo Communication Equipment Co., Ltd. (Toyocom), will begin operations on Oct. 1, aiming to be the largest global supplier of quartz crystals and oscillators.
3.2 MP sensor brings high-end digital photos to mainstream handsets Product News 9/29/2005 Post a comment Marking a new step in making high-end digital photography available to more mobile devices, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has launched its new OV3630, a high performance 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor for digital still image and video/still camera products. Incorporating the company's new 2.2 micron OmniPixel2 technology, the new imager, with a lens format of 1/3.2 inches, enables a very compact auto focus and zoom camera module size, making it possible to bring 3-megapixel camera phones into t
Wirewound resistors suit industrial applications Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has introduced a line of ceramic-housed, commercial-grade wirewound resistors with unique spade lead, PC-board mountable terminations. Standing high off the PC-board, these new PCB series resistors eliminate temperature concerns typically associated with power resistors.
Higher resolution 3.2MP image sensor targets camera phones Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its Dynastron complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor product line with the addition of a new 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor chip, aimed at high-end camera-enabled mobile handsets.
Quartz crystals designed for easy mounting Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Seiko Instruments offers four new quartz crystals that may be used with real-time clocks and timers or as a clock source for micro-computers. They can also be incorporated into cellular phones, PDAs, radio communication equipment, and other portable equipment.
Power inductor touts lowest DCR/μH for its size Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology's newest addition to its IHLP family of high-current inductors touts the lowest direct current resistance (DCR)/μH available in a 0.402 x 0.402-in. [10.2 x 10.2-mm] package with a low 0.157-in. [4.0-mm] height. The new IHLP-4040DZ-15 inductor features DCR values as low as 0.50 mΩ at 0.19μH.
1.3 MP imagers deliver higher resolution for camera phones Product News 9/27/2005 Post a comment Designed to replace existing 1/4-inch VGA image sensors and 1/4-inch VGA systems-on-a-chip (SoC) image sensors in camera phones, the newly launched suite of 1/4-inch optical format, 1.3-megapixel imaging solutions from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. allows mobile device manufacturers to upgrade their products with improved image quality at a higher resolution while maintaining the same optical format and form factor.
E-Power LEDs provide 700 mA version Product News 9/27/2005 Post a comment Para Light Corp. has added a 700-mA series to its popular EP4 family of 150 mA and 350 mA enhanced-power (E-Power) LEDs. Available in 3- and 5-watt versions, the new 700 mA series LEDs may be used in traffic signals and signage, flashlights, reading lights, as well as track, cabinet, emergency, security, entertainment industry and architectural lighting applications.
Power inductors suit portable designs Product News 9/26/2005 Post a comment The new NR3012 series of 3 x 3-mm power inductors from Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. rounds out the company's low-profile wirewound inductor line for power circuit applications in battery-powered portable electronic equipment.
Power resistors deliver thermal performance Product News 9/23/2005 Post a comment Designed to provide excellent thermal performance in densely populated power supply circuits, BI Technologies SMT Division has developed a new series of non-inductive power resistors with power ratings from 20 W to 140 W in popular TO-126, TO-220, TO263 and TO-247 transistor-style packages.
Ferrite bead chip inductors tackle high-current, high-speed signals Product News 9/21/2005 Post a comment Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has introduced a broad line of multi-layer ferrite bead chip inductors for high-current and high-speed signal applications. Applications for the new CB series devices include graphics cards, field programmable logic, voltage regulation modules, point of load converters, and dc/dc converters in laptop, notebook, and tablet PCs.
Power components target mil/aero apps Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has introduced several series of off-the-shelf inductors and transformers for military/aerospace power applications. These new rugged devices include the SLED PL8100 series of rail-mount inductors, the SLIC PL8200 and PL8300 series of self-leaded package transformers and inductors, and the POGO PL8400 series transformers.
Current sense resistors save board space with new config Product News 9/15/2005 Post a comment TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has developed a "tight-pitch" version of its open air, metal element current sense resistor (OAR series) with ratings as high as 3 watts (W) in a reduced PC-board footprint. These new OAR-TP series devices are designed to save board space in densely-packed power supply designs.
Micron launches high-quality image CMOS sensors Product News 9/14/2005 Post a comment Developed to bring high resolution and high-quality imaging into mainstream digital still camera and camera phone markets, Micron Technology, Inc. has unveiled its new 3.1-megapixel and 5-megapixel complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors aimed at these two markets. Said to rival the image quality of CCD sensors currently used in point-and-shoot digital still cameras (DSCs), these new CMOS image sensors feature the company's proprietary low-noise, high-sensitivity DigitalCl
Chip resistor doubles voltage rating Product News 9/14/2005 Post a comment State of the Art (SOTA), Inc. has introduced a new 0203 (.020 x .030 in.) size chip resistor on alumina that offers double the voltage rating, from 15 volts (V) to 30 V, as compared with the existing 0302 chip resistor. The power handling capability is comparable to the 0302 resistor at 40 mW.
TDK low loss ferrites are ideal for transformers Product News 9/14/2005 Post a comment TDK Electronics has introduced a low loss ferrite material PC47, targeting the market for switching power supplies, adapters for notebook PCs and CCFL LCD backlights. The PC47 is ideal for the transformer applications due to its low core loss at wide frequency range of 100 kHz to 300 kHz.
Welwyn surface-mount resistors have ratings up to 50 GigOhms Product News 9/14/2005 Post a comment TT electronics Welwyn Components has developed a family of high reliability chip resistors with a resistance range to 50G ohms. Designated the HR series, this resistor range is ideal for applications that require very high feedback division ratio in high gain amplifiers for instrumentation, test & measurement and medical equipment.
Piezo alarms withstand harsh conditions Product News 9/9/2005 Post a comment Challenge Electronics, Inc. has introduced a new series of miniature, lead-free piezo alarms that fit a variety of audible systems including those in marine, automotive, industrial, agricultural and medical environments. These continuous tone CE-C80 devices are factory tested to withstand exposure to salt spray (ASTM B117 for 300 hours) and meet or exceed industry specifications for vibration and shock resistance.
Metal oxide resistors provide surface-mount option Product News 9/2/2005 Post a comment Helping designers convert more through-hole devices on their circuit boards to surface-mount components, the new SMX series of molded metal oxide resistors from Stackpole Electronics Inc. provide a surface-mount option in power ratings up to 3 watts for higher power circuit designs
Termination networks deliver ESD protection for high-speed memory busses Product News 9/2/2005 Post a comment Designed to terminate high-speed memory busses, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has introduced a new series of termination and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection networks. The new QDN series schottky diode termination networks are available in three circuit configurations specifically designed to provide termination for both controlled and uncontrolled line terminations.
Ceramic capacitors target specific design challenges Product News 9/1/2005 Post a comment Capacitor manufacturers are looking to offset steep price declines of ceramic capacitors with new designs and technologies. The good news for designers is the myriad of new specialty products that target specific applications or solve a particular design challenge.
Mature Design Tools Move MEMS into the Mainstream News & Analysis 9/1/2005 Post a comment Because MEMS structures can deliver new features and capabilities in high-volume consumer products, electronics engineers are increasingly being confronted with a new opportunity and challenge: Designing their own MEMS. Learning the intricacies of MEMS design has, in the past, presented a major obstacle to design teams. That is quickly changingbut, explains Jack Shandle, there are still a few pitfalls that must be avoided.
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.