LEDs Lead the Way for GaN Adoption

The commercialization of semiconductor devices using gallium nitride (GaN) as a substrate material is expected to rise as developed countries address global environmental issues in their policymaking, according to Gartner Inc. However, there are still several technical and cost challenges that the technology faces on the road to adoption. These include concerns related to crystal…

Renesas Tops Automotive IC Ranking

London, England — Renesas Electronics was the top vendor of semiconductors to the original equipment (OE) automotive sector in 2013, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, and NXP. Revenue for the OE automotive semiconductor market is estimated at $27.1 billion in 2013, according to the market research…

Illinois Capacitor Debuts High Temp Al Polymer Capacitor

Lincolnwood, Ill. — Illinois Capacitor’s  AVG Series of aluminum polymer capacitors offers the very low equivalent series of resistance (ESR) of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperature (up to 125°C), up to 160 WVDC and is available with…

TI Unveils First IoT-Capable LaunchPad

Austin, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has extended its microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem with the introduction of the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad. Touted as the first Internet of Things (IoT) enabled LaunchPad, this evaluation tool platform enables engineers to prototype a wide range of cloud-enabled applications, bringing connectivity to any new or existing LaunchPad-based…

Ecliptek Unveils Search Tool for Buyers, Designers

EXCLUSIVE — Ecliptek Corp. has launched a new parts search tool to help its customers — both purchasers and designers — to quickly find the frequency control parts they need based on their individual design priorities. The SmartSearch tool allows customers to quickly search through Ecliptek’s database of more than two million part numbers based…

Murata Capacitor Targets Auto Apps

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Americas has launched its RCE Series, a monolithic ceramic capacitor (MLCC) line developed to meet the requirements of the automotive market. The radial, lead- and halogen-free capacitor series complies with both the AEC-Q200 requirement and the ISO7636-2 surge test. Measuring 3.6 x 3.5-7.7 x 13 mm, the series provides a rated voltage of DC25V – 1kV,…