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

Top Procurement Teams Deliver Twice the Cost Reductions

Chicago, Ill. —While strategies to control costs vary across industries, achieving cost reductions is always a concern for procurement and supply chain executives. A new study from A.T. Kearney indicates that leading company procurement organizations are at the forefront of these reductions, delivering twice the cost reduction compared to other companies through excellence in managing…

New Electronic Components Tout Power and Space Savings

Here’s a look at some of the newest electronic components aimed at the portable, mobile and wearable markets – all expected to have good solid growth over the next several years. For example, ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018.…

Bourns Expands LAN Transformer Line

Riverside, Calif. – Bourns, Inc. has extended its family of LAN 10/100/1000 Base-T transformers with a model designed specifically for Ethernet-based applications with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) functionality. The new model also delivers an extended operating temperature (-40 to +85 °C) making it suitable for harsh environment applications. Designated Model SM51589PEL, the new LAN transformer can be used as…

Cactus Semi Updates Medical Eval Board

Chandler, Ariz. — Cactus Semiconductor has updated its microprocessor evaluation board for its application-specific standard product (ASSP) medical chip to deliver better manufacturability and a lower profile. The update includes new microcontroller (MCU) unit packaging for easier manufacturability, and new inductors for a lower profile. The EB1CSI021 evaluation board targets battery-powered neurostimulation medical applications. The low-power, 8-bit…

Micrel Launches Mini DC/DC Power Modules

San Jose, Calif. — Micrel Inc. has introduced a new family of miniature, low-profile DC/DC power modules for space-constrained applications. The new devices include the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264 (2A) step-down power modules capable of 100-percent duty cycle. Available with an input voltage range from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, these compact modules integrate a synchronous buck converter…

Wearables to Drive Display Panel Growth

El Segundo, Calif. — Demand for wearable electronics, initially fueled by smartwatch computing, is forecast to drive rapid growth for display panels over the next several years. IHS Technology forecasts industry revenue will increase from a projected $300 million in 2014 to more than 80 percent annually for at least four more years as high resolution…

OmniVision Camera Chip Targets Portables

Santa Clara, Calif. — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has launched the OVM6211 CameraCubeChip, a complete global shutter camera solution in the industry’s smallest form factor. The OVM6211 enables a variety of applications in consumer devices, including key machine and computer vision capabilities such as gesture recognition, eye tracking and motion detection. The camera solution targets advanced applications…

KEMET Debuts New High Temp Capacitors

Greenville, S.C. — KEMET Corporation has introduced a new line of High Temperature Radial Molded Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors, which offer industry-leading performance in extreme environments and high temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. These capacitors can withstand the severe shock and vibration conditions associated with deep-well and horizontal drilling activities, and are also well-suited for use in geophysical probes,…