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

Expect Smart Meter IC Prices to Rise

The average semiconductor cost in smart meters used for two-way communications between meters and utilities was about $11 in 2014; however, average selling prices (ASPs) are expected to increase as the industry needs to move to 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), memory chips, and single system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, according to IHS Inc. The smart meter market is…

CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High Growth

The CMOS image sensor market is on track to grow 15 percent in 2015, reaching $10.1 billion, after a strong increase of 19 percent in 2014, according to IC Insights. This is after only four percent growth in 2013 due to price erosion and inventory corrections in the camera phone market, said the market researcher.…

A Peek Inside a Buyer’s Toolkit

Buyers have a host of tools at their disposal to help them do their jobs better and faster. These electronics components inventory search and/or data aggregator websites have one thing in common – delivering parts data that range from supply chain information including lead times, pricing, lifecycle/obsolescence information, and environmental compliance data;  to technical specifications…

Samsung Delivers V-NAND SSDs

Seoul, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. added three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs, based on 3-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, to its portfolio of advanced enterprise and data center SSDs. Designed for OEMs, the PM1633, PM1725 and PM953 SSDs are available in a range of interfaces and form factors based on Samsung’s proprietary 3-bit MLC V-NAND flash…

Amphenol Rolls High-Current Cabling System

Sidney, N.Y. – Amphenol Industrial Products Group releases SurLok Plus, a high current cabling system designed for energy storage in commercial and residential battery storage systems as well as electric and hybrid electric vehicles. SurLok Plus, used by inverter and power supply manufacturers, is optimized for battery pack connections from 50 A to 400 A using a touch-safe…