Ametherm Offers REACH-Compliant Protection Devices

Carson City, Nev. — As part of Ametherm’s commitment to the environment, the company today announced that its entire lineup of inrush current limiters and NTC thermistors conforms to the requirements of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. Taking effect in 2007, REACH was adopted to improve the protection of…

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Cypress Unveils $49 Kit for USB 3.0 Designs

San Jose, Calif. – Intel Developer Forum (IDF) — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that enables designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system. The new SuperSpeed Explorer Kit, now available for $49 online, is based on Cypress’s programmable EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller, which offers the…

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GaN Drives Microwave RF Power Semiconductor Market

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Spending on microwave RF power semiconductors continues to tick upward as the availability of new gallium nitride (GaN) devices for 4 to 18 GHz becomes more pervasive. Point-to-point communications, SATCOM, radars of all types, and new industrial/medical applications will all benefit by the introduction of these high-power GaN devices. “While gallium arsenide…

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TI Touts First Wireless Haptic Dev Kit

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects. The Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT), featuring Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app to control on-board LEDs…

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Altis, TSI Join eSilicon’s Wafer Quote System

San Jose, Calif. – eSilicon Corporation, a leading independent semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions provider, today announced the addition of two foundries — Altis Semiconductor and TSI Semiconductor — to its automated, instant online quote system for multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles. The service, accessed through user-friendly web or smartphone interfaces, instantly generates executable MPW quotes. Typically it can take…

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QuickLogic Sensor Hub Delivers Lower Active Power

Sunnyvale, Calif. – ArcticLink 3 S2 delivers 2X Customer Specific Programmable Logic Capacity, 4X Computational Performance, 4X Algorithm Capacity, 8X Sensor Data Buffer Industry leading active power consumption of < 150uW at 1.2V Fully pin-for-pin and software-compatible with previous generation ArcticLink 3 S1 QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), the innovator of ultra-low power programmable Customer Specific Standard…

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Intersil Delivers Single-Chip PMIC for Smartphones

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation has introduced the single-chip ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The company touts the ISL98611 as the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip, improving efficiency of both functions to increase smartphone battery life by an hour…

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Tablets Continue to Drive PC Market Growth

Total shipments of personal computing (PC) systems – desktops, notebooks, tablets, and Internet/cloud units – will continue to rise over the next several years despite a drop in desktop PC and notebook computer demand.  Thanks in part to growing demand for touchscreen tablets, total PC system shipments are forecast to rise 12 percent in 2014,…

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Vishay MC AT Resistors Meet AEC-Q200 Qualification

Malvern, Pa. — To meet the growing demand for AEC-Q200-qualified parts, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that its MC AT professional series of automotive thin film chip resistors is now AEC-Q200-qualified over its entire resistance range from 1 Ω to 1 MΩ. Designed to deliver stability under harsh environmental conditions in automotive and industrial applications,…

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