Mouser Launches Dev Tool Center

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, announced today the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows developers to select from a variety of development tools for products such as microcontrollers, analog and digital ICs, LED lighting, optoelectronics, wireless, and more.…

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Power Group Tackles Second-Source Dilemma

New technologies almost always have an advantage over their predecessors and engineers love to try out leading-edge products. But for purchasing, this dynamic creates a dilemma: suppliers often develop products or platforms that are unique to that vendor. OEMs and their manufacturing partners may end up with a single source for a product – a…

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Cypress & Spansion to Merge in $4b Deal

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Spansion, Inc. (NYSE: CODE) today announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually and create a leading global provider of microcontrollers and specialized memories needed in today’s embedded systems.…

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Industrial Sector Helps Drive Component Demand

The electronic components industry, particularly semiconductors, is getting a big boost from industrial applications. The global market for industrial semiconductors is forecast to increase by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching $38.5 billion, according to new research from IHS Technology. The growth is attributed to “continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy,” the two largest…

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The Spec Dilemma

All measured data comes from testing under certain conditions. If you vary the conditions, the specs can either be much better or much worse. Why can that be a problem? It's not practical for manufacturers to provide performance data for every conceivable set of test conditions. Thus manufacturers often provide typical performance characteristics along with…

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Atmel Temp Sensor Reduces System Cost

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation has claimed the industry’s first family of high-precision digital temperature sensors with the widest Vcc range from 1.7 V to 5.5 V. Delivering higher temperature accuracy and faster I2C bus communication speeds, the new devices are available with integrated nonvolatile registers and serial EEPROM memory making them suitable for consumer, industrial, computer, and medical…

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Sunburst Electronics Earns IPC Certification

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Sunburst Electronics, an electronics manufacturing services firm in Erie, Pa. The facility successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.…

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