ON Semiconductor Sells IGBT Line to Close Fairchild Deal

ON Semiconductor Corp. has sold its insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) product line to Littelfuse, Inc.  in order to move ahead with its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required that ON Semiconductor “dispose of its” IGBT business prior to the closing of the acquisition. The IGBT business generated less than…

High-Speed Connectors: Around the Clock Design

New product introductions are the life blood of any component manufacturer and high-speed connector design is no exception.  While there may be talk in the industry that 25 Gbit/s design is done and challenges have been solved, it’s far from over, according to connector makers. Connector manufacturers continue to focus on performance in areas such…

USB Type-C Connectors Get Ruggedized

For engineers and purchasers who want to take advantage of the USB Type-C connector’s small footprint for harsh environment applications, Amphenol released a rugged version with a robust construction and an IP67 rating that also delivers electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection. Like the standard USB Type-C connector the rugged version offers power levels up to 100…

TI introduces the first differential inductive switch

Texas Instruments (TI) (TXN) today introduced the industry’s first differential inductive switch, with a dual-coil architecture that automatically compensates for variations in temperature and component aging. The LDC0851 detects the presence or absence of conductive material by using a simple coil drawn on a printed circuit board (PCB). This unique approach enables low-cost, highly reliable…

TI Tops Industrial Semiconductor Ranking

Texas Instruments was ranked the top vendor of semiconductors in the industrial sector in 2015, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, Intel, STMicroelectronics, and Renesas Electronics. Semicast estimates TI’s market share at 8.1 percent, followed by Infineon (6.8%), Intel (4.9%), STMicroelectronics (4.4%) and Renesas (3.8%). “Intel passed STMicroelectronics to become the…