TI Touts First Wireless Haptic Dev Kit

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects. The Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT), featuring Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app to control on-board LEDs…

Altis, TSI Join eSilicon’s Wafer Quote System

San Jose, Calif. – eSilicon Corporation, a leading independent semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions provider, today announced the addition of two foundries — Altis Semiconductor and TSI Semiconductor — to its automated, instant online quote system for multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles. The service, accessed through user-friendly web or smartphone interfaces, instantly generates executable MPW quotes. Typically it can take…

QuickLogic Sensor Hub Delivers Lower Active Power

Sunnyvale, Calif. – ArcticLink 3 S2 delivers 2X Customer Specific Programmable Logic Capacity, 4X Computational Performance, 4X Algorithm Capacity, 8X Sensor Data Buffer Industry leading active power consumption of < 150uW at 1.2V Fully pin-for-pin and software-compatible with previous generation ArcticLink 3 S1 QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), the innovator of ultra-low power programmable Customer Specific Standard…

Intersil Delivers Single-Chip PMIC for Smartphones

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation has introduced the single-chip ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The company touts the ISL98611 as the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip, improving efficiency of both functions to increase smartphone battery life by an hour…

Vishay MC AT Resistors Meet AEC-Q200 Qualification

Malvern, Pa. — To meet the growing demand for AEC-Q200-qualified parts, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that its MC AT professional series of automotive thin film chip resistors is now AEC-Q200-qualified over its entire resistance range from 1 Ω to 1 MΩ. Designed to deliver stability under harsh environmental conditions in automotive and industrial applications,…

IPC Launches Labor Pool Study

The apparent gap between the need for workers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and the available talent in North America is an issue that is especially pressing for electronics manufacturers who also seek workers with a manufacturing background. In response to the industry’s need for information and answers, IPC — Association Connecting…

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Customer Service 101: Make Things Right

I have the somewhat unique position of being part of a small-business enterprise and a consumer at the same time. Since Electronics Purchasing Strategies writes for professional procurement (among other audiences) I try to take a personal buying experience and then complicate it by a hundred-fold to put myself in the readers’ shoes. My supply chain…

RFMD Shareholders Approve TriQuint Merger

Greensboro, N.C. — RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD) today announced the preliminary results of its special meeting of shareholders held earlier this morning to approve its agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. RFMD shareholders voted to approve the merger agreement and to approve, by non-binding advisory vote, the compensation arrangements…