Soraa to Build GaN on GaN LED Facility in New York

Soraa, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lighting products and gallium nitride on gallium nitride (GaN on GaN) LED technology, plans to open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Syracuse, New York. The company will build a new state-of-the-art GaN on GaN LED fabrication facility in partnership with the State of New York and in coordination with SUNY College…

Mouser Stocks BeagleBone Green Dev Board

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the highly anticipated BeagleBone Green, a Linux-based development board from BeagleBoard.org and Seeed Studio. The BeagleBone Green updates the popular BeagleBone Black, retaining theAM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex®-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. Rather than keeping the BeagleBone Black’s HDMI connector and chip, the BeagleBone Green contains Seeed Studio’s plug-and-play Grove connectors. With this new board, Seeed…

Price Erosion Curtails Sensor Growth

Global revenues for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) are expected to reach $66.4 billion in 2015, up three percent from 2014 when sales rose by nine percent, according to IC Insights. The two biggest contributors to slow growth are sensors/actuators and discretes, which have struggled with consistent growth after rebounding in 2014,…

InvenSense Expands into Automotive Market

San Jose, Calif. – InvenSense, Inc., a provider of MEMS sensor platforms, has entered the automotive market with the introduction of automotive sensor solutions for safety and non-safety applications. Entrance into the market was driven by increased demand for personalized in-vehicle experience, improved safety, assisted automated driving, and predictable maintenance systems. The company is developing MEMS…

Taking LED Controllers to the Next Level

Selecting a LED controller for your lighting application is not an easy task. There are a host of device variations that have to be considered along with the expertise of the power supply designer. But assuredly most purchasers of LED controllers are looking to accomplish three things – lower system losses (higher efficiency), achieve a…

Magnetic Sensor Growth Shifts to Automotive Sector

Englewood, Colo.  – Global revenues for the semiconductor-based magnetic sensor market grew less than one percent in 2014, primarily due to ongoing price erosion in the electronic compass sensor market, according to IHS Inc. However, the market researcher forecasts nearly four percent growth in 2015 due to rising demand in the automotive sector. The automotive sensor market…

Resistor Makers Address Anti-Sulfur Requirements

Sulfur contamination in chip resistors was primarily an issue for the automotive industry, but over the past several years it has migrated into other applications. Sulfur contamination can impact the long-term reliability of resistors in high-sulfur content environments. While there aren’t a huge number of applications in high-sulfur environments, in some industrial locations, such as…