Gina Roos is executive editor of EPS News. She can be reached at gina.roos@epsnewsonline.com.

Vishay MLCCs

Vishay Offers Alternatives to EOL MLCCs

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is offering a number of multilayer chip capacitors (MLCCs) that may be used as alternatives for end-of-life (EOL) commodity parts. Several component manufacturers have recently announced EOL product change notifications (PCNs) for select NPO, X7R and X5R ceramic capacitors. “A lot of customers don’t realize we manufacture these parts unless they are in…

APEC- TI's GaN FET drivers

APEC Product Roundup: BOM and Space Savers

APEC is a leading conference for power electronics that showcases the latest innovations in power products. The overriding themes at this year’s show are system cost reduction through integration and lower bill of materials (BOM); faster time to market and simplifying design. Power electronics manufacturers also are keenly focused on delivering higher efficiency and cutting…

Cree CEO Gregg Lowe

Cree Buys Infineon’s RF Power Business

Cree, Inc. has acquired Infineon Technologies’ RF Power Business for approximately $426 million, which strengthens its position in radio frequency (RF) gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) technologies. The acquisition is expected to expand the Cree Wolfspeed business unit’s growth opportunity in the wireless market as the industry transitions to 4G and 5G networks. Cree…

IC Insights - annual wafer capacity trends

Component Shortages Will Ease as Wafer Capacity Grows

Silicon wafer production capacity last year wasn’t enough to meet supply and demand across several IC segments, particularly memory components and discrete semiconductors, which resulted in component shortages and extended lead times. Wafer capacity is now forecast to increase over the next two years, which will lessen supply constraints and stabilize pricing as more capacity…

Yole IPDs report - supply chain

IPDs Reduce BOMs, Save Space & Improve Performance

Initially developed to replace discrete capacitors, resistors and inductors, integrated passive devices (IPDs) are having a kind of resurgence thanks to the development of ever-shrinking electronic devices that need to pack more electronics components into smaller spaces. These newer devices are far from simple capacitor and resistor arrays. Today, IPDs can reduce an OEM’s bill…