Cypress & Spansion to Merge in $4b Deal

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Spansion, Inc. (NYSE: CODE) today announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually and create a leading global provider of microcontrollers and specialized memories needed in today’s embedded systems.…

Industrial Sector Helps Drive Component Demand

The electronic components industry, particularly semiconductors, is getting a big boost from industrial applications. The global market for industrial semiconductors is forecast to increase by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching $38.5 billion, according to new research from IHS Technology. The growth is attributed to “continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy,” the two largest…

Atmel Temp Sensor Reduces System Cost

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation has claimed the industry’s first family of high-precision digital temperature sensors with the widest Vcc range from 1.7 V to 5.5 V. Delivering higher temperature accuracy and faster I2C bus communication speeds, the new devices are available with integrated nonvolatile registers and serial EEPROM memory making them suitable for consumer, industrial, computer, and medical…

Sunburst Electronics Earns IPC Certification

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Sunburst Electronics, an electronics manufacturing services firm in Erie, Pa. The facility successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.…

ST RF Transistors Deliver High-Power Density

Geneva – STMicroelectronics’ STAC250V2-500E 13.6-MHz RF power transistor delivers high-power density in a miniaturized and thermally efficient package for high-output class-E industrial power supplies. The STAC250V2-500E offers load-mismatch capability of 20:1, the highest in the industry, for enhanced safety up to the maximum power of 600 W, said ST. The STAC250V2-500E device’s 0.55 x 1.35-inch STAC air-cavity package is…

America Semiconductor Rectifiers Optimized for Industrial

Linden, N.J. – America Semiconductor, LLC has developed a series of high-power standard recovery rectifiers in a DO4 package.  Offered in stud cathode and stud anode versions, the parts are available with current ratings ranging from 6 A to 25 A. The high-reliability components are hermetically sealed to ensure robust and dependable performance in harsh and…

Linear Temp Sensor IC Offers High Accuracy

Milpitas, Calif. – Linear Technology Corp. has launched the LTC2983 high performance digital temperature measurement IC, which directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and 0.001°C resolution. The analog front end offers low noise, low offset buffered ADCs, and all the necessary excitation and control circuits for each sensor. The measurements are performed…

Microchip DSC Targets Harsh Environments

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33 “EV” family provides 5-V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, which is suited for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive (including sensors, user interface, fuel pumps, cooling fans and water pumps), appliance (including…