Automotive Lighting: LEDs Deliver Greater Functionality

LED adoption is driving growth and advanced functionality in automotive lighting, which is starting to trickle down from high-end to mid-range and low-end vehicles, according to a new report from Yole Développement (Yole) . The research firm expects the market to reach about $27.5 billion in 2017, up from $25.7 billion in 2016. Yole forecasts the automotive…

AVX Releases MQ Series Medical Grade MLCCs

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released the MQ Series medical grade MLCCs. Manufactured, tested, and qualified using stringent medical design, in-process, and lot acceptance requirements, MQ Series medical grade MLCCs deliver the superior reliability performance required by electronic life support applications, including: pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and neuromodulation…

U.S. Manufacturing: March Madness

Following six consecutive months of contraction, the U.S. manufacturing industry increased in March by a healthy 2.3 percentage points on the nation’s leading index. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) PMI reached 51.8 percent from the February reading of 49.5. Any number above 50 indicates growth. The PMI is riding high on an increase in…

Do OLEDs Have a Future in Solid State Lighting?

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology holds a lot of promise for mobile devices which are only going to proliferate in both the business and consumer markets. OLED, which is used for displays, uses very little power, can be applied to flexible substrates such as plastic, doesn’t wash out in bright sunlight and needs no…

Modular Connector Systems Reduce Costs, Lead Times

Power designers and purchasers of power connectors used in communications equipment can both benefit from modular connector systems. In many cases, these platforms offer a variety of configurations to provide more design flexibility for power designers, while lowering the cost of the bill materials (BOM) and eliminating the lead times associated with new tooling for…

Industry Tackles Technology & Sourcing Issues

Military and aerospace devices used to be the gold standard for quality and performance back in the days when the U.S. defense industry was one of the world’s biggest consumers of electronics components. Now, some industry experts believe, quality and performance advancements are being rivalled by the automotive industry. “It’s interesting —  the trends we…

Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

Could IoT Uplift 2016?

The industry’s next white knight has taken many forms, though none has proven as resilient as PC-refresh cycles. Great expectations now rest with the Internet of Things (IoT), which the electronics industry hopes will build into a crescendo of “Things” that will provide demand for components, networking infrastructure, and so forth. This scenario, of course,…