ST Develops Paper-Thin Batteries

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has started limited production of its EnFilm advanced rechargeable batteries that measure less than 0.25-mm thick. Target applications for these paper-thin batteries include next-generation personal technology and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. At 220µm thick and measuring 25.7 mm x 25.7 mm, ST’s EFL700A39 EnFilm solid-state lithium thin-film battery is suited for use in ultra-low-profile devices.…

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TI Delivers Single-Chip Wi-Fi Solution

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has launched its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of low-power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. The Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a variety of home, industrial and…

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Soraa Claims First Full-Visible Spectrum LED Light Engines

Fremont, Calif. – Soraa has claimed the industry’s first full-visible spectrum line of LED light engines. The new light engines use 50 percent less power and have a higher center beam intensity (CBCP) than current integral LED fixtures. The engines allow fixtures to be 50 percent smaller due to their small diameter and low profile. It also features…

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ROHM Wearable Key Device Integrates Several Functions

Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM Semiconductor has developed a wearable key device that integrates multiple sensors, a Bluetooth LE IC, and a low-power sensor hub microcontroller into a compact, lightweight form factor. The device provides high functionality – counts the number of steps taken, estimates the number of calories consumed, and calculates distance to performing lock/unlock…

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Tough Market Ahead for Digital Signage

El Segundo, Calif. —The digital signage industry faces tough competition from cheaper, conventional TV panels that replace specialized custom products, according to a new report from IHS Technology. The signage and professional displays market is forecast to reach $13.76 billion in 2014, up from $13.58 billion in 2013, but still down from $14 billion in 2012. The…

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Sager Electronics Completes Acquisition of PowerGate LLC

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Electromechanical and Power components, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of PowerGate LLC, a premier North American power specialist distributor headquartered in Santa Clara, California. With the completion of this acquisition, Sager Electronics has added nineteen additional sales professionals assisting customers…

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IPC’s ‘Meet the Policymakers’ Program Hosts Congressional Visits From Coast to Coast

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® today co-hosted congressional visits to Optimum Design Associates (ODA) and JPS Industries Inc. as part of its nationwide effort to educate members of Congress about legislative and regulatory issues that impact the electronics manufacturing industry. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) visited the ODA facility in Pleasanton, Calif.,…

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Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

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