IPC: PCB Shipments Sluggish

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the January findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. January PCB sales and orders were below the levels of January 2013. The book-to-bill ratio in January continued climbing, but remains below parity at 0.95. Slow Start to 2014 Total North American PCB shipments…

Component Trends: Some Reductions in Leadtimes

The month of March is bringing spring – at least that is what many in the U.S. fervently hope. It’s also brought a couple of leadtime reductions in IP&E products. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, leadtimes for commercial electromechanical, military electromechanical and power supplies all fell from the prior month. Commercial…

Illinois Capacitor Debuts High Temp Al Polymer Capacitor

Lincolnwood, Ill. — Illinois Capacitor’s  AVG Series of aluminum polymer capacitors offers the very low equivalent series of resistance (ESR) of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperature (up to 125°C), up to 160 WVDC and is available with…

Semtech Names New Exec

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the appointment of Charles B. Ammann as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Ammann succeeds Randall H. Holliday, who has announced his retirement. “I am pleased to have a seasoned executive and legal professional of Chuck’s caliber join Semtech’s…

TI Unveils First IoT-Capable LaunchPad

Austin, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has extended its microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem with the introduction of the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad. Touted as the first Internet of Things (IoT) enabled LaunchPad, this evaluation tool platform enables engineers to prototype a wide range of cloud-enabled applications, bringing connectivity to any new or existing LaunchPad-based…