TI Claims First Multichannel LDCs

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first multichannel inductance-to-digital converters (LDCs). The four new devices in the LDC1614 family expand TI’s LDC portfolio first introduced in 2013. The devices offer two or four matched channels and up to 28-bit resolution in a single integrated circuit (IC). The combination of precision and…

Hoffmann-Krippner Delivers Rugged LVDT Sensors

Frisco, Tex. – Hoffmann – Krippner Inc. now offers a wide range of rugged LVDT sensors from its German partner company INELTA for contactless and wear-free path and position detection. The LVDT sensors operate on the principle of the differential transformer and are suitable for many applications, such as medical technology, industrial, seafaring, testing, machinery…

Sharp Delivers LCD Graphic Display for Wearables

Camas, Wash. — Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) has unveiled its 1.33-inch (diagonal) Color Memory LCD graphics display. The 8-color LCD module offers ultra-low-power consumption, enabling longer time between recharges for small display products with a battery. It also enables designers to meet the growing demand for “always-on” devices such as smart watches that…

Bridgelux Debuts Integrated Smart Module LED Array

Livermore, Calif. – Bridgelux debuted the first of its integrated smart module suite of products at the recent 2015 Light Fair International Conference in New York. Designed with open platform technology, the Xenio integrated smart module LED array is compatible with a variety of standards, protocols and other technologies to ensure ease of integration and future functionality,…

APS Releases 100-W LED Power Supply

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) has released the MBC100 series of 100-watt (W) LED power supplies for high-bay lighting applications. The MBC-100 family features five models offering constant current operation ranging from 960 to 2800 mA. All models feature a 90-305VAC input range, 91% efficiency, -40˚C to 70˚C convection cooled operation, and OVP/OCP/OTP protection circuits. The…

Osram Expands Sensor Line for Wearables

Osram Opto Semiconductors has expanded its sensor portfolio for wearable products with the introduction of the SFH 7051 integrated optical sensor specifically designed for heart rate monitoring. Consuming very little power to maximize battery life, the sensor targets fitness trackers, smart watches and other wearables. The SFH 7051 consists of a large-format photodiode and three…

Currency Valuations Hurt Passives Industry

Cary, N. C. — Despite steadily increasing demand from several sectors, currency valuations, particularly the Yen, Won and NT$ to the U.S. dollar are resulting in price erosion and lower revenue growth in the passive electronic components industry, according to new research from Paumanok Publications Inc. A key finding of the report, “Passive Electronic Components: World…

Tapping into Wearables Demand for Business

There is much more to the wearables market than just activity trackers like Fitbit and smartwatches like Apple Watch or Pebble Watch for consumer use. A recent research report, “Putting Wearables to Work: Insights on Wearable Technology in Business,” from Salesforce indicates that wearables are a strategic platform for improving business performance and companies are…