Slow Adoption for ePassports

El Segundo, Calif. – Shipments of smart electronic passports (ePassports) will experience relatively weak growth over the next several years, despite their capability to address security concerns at airports and border crossings, according to IHS Technology. Global shipments of ePassports is expected to reach 175 million units in 2019, up from 113 million in 2013, which…

Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…

Ametherm SURGE-GARD Devices Certified to UL 1434

Carson City, Nev. — Ametherm today announced that its SURGE-GARD™ series of NTC inrush current limiting thermistors, recently acquired by Ametherm from Measurement Specialties (formerly RTI Electronics), has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification per UL file number E209153. The devices are certified to UL 1434 for single- and three-phase input voltages up to 480 VAC. Manufactured in Ametherm’s…

Resilinc Enhances Conflict Minerals Tool

Milpitas, Calif. – Resilinc Corp., a provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, has released a new version of its Resilinc Conflict Minerals Module that is focused on driving down the costs of reporting and increasing supplier participation rates across global supply chains. A key feature includes a supplier network-based approach that enables suppliers to publish CFSI templates once…

Ingram Micro Mobility Speeds Up Device Recovery

Indianapolis, Ind. – In a move to support increasing demand for mobility device repair, refurbishment and recycling, Ingram Micro Mobility, a division of Ingram Micro Inc., is expanding device-recovery service operations at a key returns center in Plainfield, Indiana. The tech distributor and supply chain services company expects 15 percent growth at this facility alone in July. In North America,…

New Components Meet Designer, Buyer Requirements

Electronic component manufacturers are developing more and more new devices that serve double-duty roles – helping designers simplify and speed up their designs while reducing the bill of materials (BOM) and overall systems cost for the procurement teams. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest devices that play dual roles, including switching regulators, motor…

Molex Improves DDR4 DIMM Sockets

Lisle, Ill. – Molex Incorporated has updated its DDR4 DIMM sockets with multiple improvements in both aerodynamic and standard versions, giving design engineers more options and improved performance. The aerodynamic socket features a through-hole termination style and streamlined latch and housing feature for better airflow and space-savings. The standard version features three termination styles: press-fit for solderless processes, surface…