Ametherm Thermistor Targets Extremely High Voltages

Carson City, Nev. — Ametherm released a new PTC circuit protection thermistor with an industry-high voltage rating of 680 V for inrush current limiting and overcurrent protection in applications such as welding equipment and plasma cutters with extremely high voltages from 480 V to 930 V. The MCL20 500100-A thermistor features a 680-V voltage rating…

ROHM AC/DC Converter Control Targets SiC MOSFET Drive

Santa Clara, Calif. —  ROHM touts the development of the industry’s first AC/DC converter control IC designed specifically for SiC MOSFET drive in industrial equipment such as servers and other large power applications. The BD7682FJ-LB integrates a gate drive circuit optimized for SiC MOSFET drive, together with a quasi-resonant system that delivers lower noise and higher efficiency versus…

Microsemi Debuts Inductive Sensor Interface ICs

Aliso Viejo, Calif.  — Microsemi Corp. rolled out the first device in its new family of sensor interface integrated circuits (ICs) based on inductive sensing technology. The company claims the LX3301A as the first inductive sensor IC in the market using linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) architecture implementations on printed circuit boards (PCB), targeting automotive and…

ST Claims First Auto-Qualified 2-Mbit EEPROM

STMicroelectronics claimed the industry’s first AEC-Q100-qualified 2Mbit EEPROM device opening up new opportunities in parameter storage and management in complex automotive modules. These include new advanced applications such as hybrid, electric, or high-power truck engines that require extensive use of various parameters, including the information on air volume, fuel injection, exhaust, or battery charge, to maximize power-conversion…

Supplier Collaboration Needed for Smart Lighting

Energy costs can be reduced by at least 90 percent by implementing smart lighting systems, according to recent research from Gartner. This tremendous cost savings, which is expected to drive greater adoption, opens up big opportunities for component manufacturers – including makers of LEDs, sensors & controls, and interconnects. These component vendors can extend their…

ROHM Bets on Digital Power with Powervation Acquisition

ROHM Co., Ltd., a global analog power IC manufacturer, has acquired Powervation Ltd., a privately-held digital power IC manufacturer for approximately $70 million, in an all-cash transaction.  The acquisition is expected to significantly expand ROHM’s market position in the digital power solutions market as analog technologies continue to be displaced by digital power. ROHM is…

Biometrics in Mobile Devices Generate Big Growth

Although revenue and shipment forecasts for biometric technologies vary among market researchers, there is no doubt that the use of these technologies in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets will grow significantly over the next five years across industries and regions. A new report from Acuity Market Intelligence indicates that the global mobile biometric market…