NTC Thermistors Deliver Precise Temperature Measurement

Temperature measurement accuracy is an essential part of many electronics designs. This is especially true in consumer, industrial and automotive electronics applications where the functionality or efficiency of an entire system is often dependent on temperature-based variables. With recent advances in surface-mounted negative temperature coefficient (SMD NTC) thermistors, designers, engineers and purchasers – all involved…

Bradley’s Law: Pricing Competitiveness Mirror Supply Chain Influence

A company should expect to pay for a specific electronic device a price commensurate with their Competitiveness within that particular commodity. This Competitiveness is the measure of how the supply chain sees the company – Ken Bradley, Founder & CTO, Lytica Inc. When Ken Bradley founded Lytica in 2005 as a consultancy practice, his primary…

Conflict Minerals Rule: A Repeal Won’t Kill it

The Conflict Minerals Regulation is here to stay. A part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law in July, 2010 by then President Barack Obama, the conflict minerals regulation has become a global phenomenon. Despised by many industry associations but publicly embraced by all of the major players in…

Molex and TE: The Next Step in Second-Source Agreements

In a move designed to deliver dual-sourced, high-speed connectors and cables aimed at next-generation data communications applications, Molex and TE Connectivity have announced a Dual Source Alliance (DSA) agreement that enables them to manufacture the same new generation of high-speed input/output (I/O) and backplane connectors and cable assemblies. Under the agreement, the two companies will…

Connectors Get Ruggedized, Shrink for Outdoor Apps

TE Connectivity’s new FullAXS Mini connectors address several challenges in rugged outdoor environment applications – miniaturization, harsh environmental conditions, and ease of installation. One of the best design features of the new fiber-optic connector – in addition to the sealing system – is its user friendliness, enabling one-handed installations for wireless equipment and other rugged…

Flip Chips and Solder Bump Technology Gaining Popularity

In modern times, the flip chip market has seen a lot of new advancements and innovations. Flip chips are used in a wide array of industries such as electronics, automotive & transport, IT & telecommunication, and healthcare. The electronic industry has witnessed a surge in the demand for flip chips as smartphones and tablets are…