ST Develops Paper-Thin Batteries

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has started limited production of its EnFilm advanced rechargeable batteries that measure less than 0.25-mm thick. Target applications for these paper-thin batteries include next-generation personal technology and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. At 220µm thick and measuring 25.7 mm x 25.7 mm, ST’s EFL700A39 EnFilm solid-state lithium thin-film battery is suited for use in ultra-low-profile devices.…

TI Delivers Single-Chip Wi-Fi Solution

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has launched its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of low-power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. The Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a variety of home, industrial and…

ROHM Wearable Key Device Integrates Several Functions

Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM Semiconductor has developed a wearable key device that integrates multiple sensors, a Bluetooth LE IC, and a low-power sensor hub microcontroller into a compact, lightweight form factor. The device provides high functionality – counts the number of steps taken, estimates the number of calories consumed, and calculates distance to performing lock/unlock…

Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

Astrodyne Acquires Filter Concepts

Astrodyne Corporation, a global developer and manufacturer of specialized power solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Filter Concepts, Inc. (“Filter Concepts”). Filter Concepts is a well-established provider of EMI Filter products for demanding applications. Filter Concepts’ headquarters are in Santa Ana, Calif., where it designs, tests and manufactures its products. The…

IET Simplifies Digital Library

Access to a global collection of leading science, engineering and technology content, with over 190,000 technical documents, including 70,000 journal articles, 6,000 eBook chapters and 1,300 conference publications, is now available to engineering practitioners at the touch of a button. In order to make its Digital Library more accessible to individuals, the Institution of Engineering…

Asian Circuits Relocates HQ to CA

Asian Circuits Inc., a contract PCB manufacturer that specializes in turn-key printed circuit board assembly, is pleased to announce it has relocated its headquarters from Scarborough, Canada, to a new building located at 11501 Dublin Blvd., #200, Dublin, CA, as of June 27th, 2014. The relocation brings the company’s sales, marketing and technical support functions closer to…