Partnerships Aim to Drive IoT Designs

The growing connectivity in a variety of applications ranging from smart personal devices to automotive infotainment and navigation, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), offers big potential opportunities for component vendors across a number of devices including microcontrollers, microprocessors, and sensors. IHS Technology expects the global market for connected, or Internet-enabled devices, to surpass 6…

Manufacturing Rebounds From Winter & Budget Woes

There are still plenty of reasons to be concerned about policies in Washington D.C., but budget fears seem to be abating among manufacturers. In its monthly report on the domestic manufacturing industry, the Institute for Supply Management found in two major sectors – computer and electronic products and transportation equipment – government spending is loosening…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

Methode Rides High on Automotive

Methode Electronics Inc. is bracing for the usual turbulence and poor visibility in several of its market segments but the components vendor appears well buffered by new design wins at major customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and prospects for higher sales into the automotive markets. With quarterly sales surging the supplier of interconnects, power and other…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

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,…

Coilcraft CPS Unveils Extreme Temperature Inductor

Cary, Ill. — Coilcraft CPS (Critical Products & Services) has introduced the AT549RBT cored-spring inductor that features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C,  targeting extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. The AT549RBT offers an inductance value of 1.0 µH, a maximum current rating of 1.0 Amp and DC resistance of 15.0…

America Semiconductor Offers High-Rel 50W Zener Diodes

Union, N.J. — America Semiconductor, LLC offers a series of 50-watt Zener diodes in a wide voltage range of 6.8 V to 200 V in a DO-5 case. The 50-W devices (part numbers: 1N3305 thru 1N3350) provide voltage regulation protection in a variety of applications including alternative energy, oil drilling, power grid, welding, HVAC, and…

Amphenol Data Link Connectors Withstand High Vibrations

Amphenol Industrial Products Group offers the MAX-M12 data link connector that meets the SAE J2839 and IEC 61076-2-101 specifications. The Max-M12 connector withstands connector-to-cable retention forces of 444 N and contact retention forces of 110 N, tested at 100 mating cycles minimum. This interconnect is suited for heavy equipment, rail mass transit, mining, and process…

Linear Tech Delivers High-Efficiency Buck Converter

Milpitas, Calif. — Linear Technology offers the LTC3638, a 140-V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current.  It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, which makes it suitable for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications. The devices are available in industrial, automotive, and military…