Protecting PCBs: Costs & Benefits of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, RTV & Overmolding

Printed circuit board assemblies often require protection from moisture, dust, or vibration. Common techniques include conformal coating, encapsulation, room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone spot treatment and overmolding. Here is what to look for in a contract manufacturer’s (CM) capabilities and how your choice impacts lead time, cost, and quality. Conformal coating. Photo courtesy: Z-Axis Conformal…

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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…

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Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors

MADISON, Wis. — One of the unintended consequences of the M&A feeding frenzy in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are getting targeted by patent trolls. Jean-Christophe Eloy Jean-Christoph Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement (Lyon, France), told EE Times that the semiconductor market embodies “all the ingredients” that make it attractive…

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Future Electronics Samples Cypress 802.11ac Solutions

Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has announced immediate sampling availability of Cypress’s new CYW43455 and CYW54907 802.11ac wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT, with full production scheduled for May 2017. These new WICED®-based Wi-Fi® MCU and combo solutions from Cypress streamline the integration of high performance Wi-Fi into IoT devices, thus…

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Avnet Names Lou Lutostanski as VP, IoT

Avnet (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced the promotion of Lou Lutostanski to the role of vice president of Internet of Things (IoT), effective immediately. Lutostanski will report directly to Pete Bartolotta, chief transformation officer for Avnet. In his new role, Lutostanski will strengthen Avnet’s IoT strategy and further Avnet’s reach to makers,…

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Power Adapter Regulations – Comparing DoE Level VI and CoC Tier 2

  The successive laws mandating higher average efficiencies in external power supplies have undoubtedly had a significant impact on global power consumption over the past decade. However, ensuring that your external power supply is up-to-date with the dynamic regulatory environment has become a complex task.When the United States Department of Energy (DoE) implemented its Level…

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Advanced MP Inks Distribution Deal with GAPTEC

Advanced MP Technology has announced their newly signed distribution agreement with GAPTEC Electronic, a leader in innovative low energy consumption products. GAPTEC Electronic specializes in DC-DC and AC-DC voltage transformers, supplying a selected range of transformers with typical insulation and industrial voltages as well as currently common terminal pin assignments. GAPTEC’s extensive product offering list,…

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ST Teams with Wurth Elektronik on Power Supply Design

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is extending the focus of its eDesignSuite online design environment with the addition of complementing components from Wurth Elektronik, a major transformer[1] manufacturer, to help customers complete their new projects more quickly and cost-effectively. More and more electronic product design is done online…

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