Element14 Expands Passives Portfolio

Element14 has expanded its portfolio of tape and reel passives, discretes and connectors for electronics design and production, including 10,000 of the most essential high-performance passives from industry-leading global suppliers such as AVX, Epcos, Kemet, Panasonic and Vishay. Contract manufacturers, CEM and OEM, will benefit from the operational and cost savings using these products in…

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Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing

The Galaxy S5 is indicative of a broader trend in the smartphone: evolution over revolution. We have been spoiled with revolutionary new features and game-changing performance increases. However, the hardware innovation appears to be slowing down. The Galaxy 5 is an evolutionary product. It improves on a few areas, but ultimately there is not enough…

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RFMW Stocking TriQuint Wideband Transistors

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for wideband, DC-3.5GHz GaN transistors from TriQuint. Available as the T2G4003532-FS earless package or the T2G4003532-FL, both transistors are input prematched for S-band operation. The devices are constructed with TriQuint’s proven TQGaN25 process, which features advanced field plate techniques to optimize power and efficiency at high drain bias operating…

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Crowdsourcing the Counterfeiting Problem

Many minds make light work: That's the wisdom of crowdsourcing. A new online community is hoping to leverage the power of the people to help address counterfeit risk and obsolescence headaches in the supply chain. Network Product Solutions LLC has launched the Trusted Global Buyers Network (TGBN), an online community that will allow members to…

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‘Social TV’ Talks Back to Smart TV

The problem with Smart TV is that its main value is an Internet connection, something that is not unique. Consumers can use game consoles or Internet TV boxes such as the new Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku, among others. Each provides the network connection but no compelling user interface that's commonplace on smartphones,…

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Renesas Tops Automotive IC Supplier Ranking

El Segundo, Calif. —Renesas maintained its number one ranking in the automotive semiconductor market in 2013, with a half-billion-dollar gap over the second-place competitor, Infineon, according to IHS Technology. Rounding out the top five are STMicroelecronics, Freescale and NXP. The overall automotive semiconductor market expanded five percent in 2013, reaching $26.7 billion in 2013, up from $25.4…

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