Paper Batteries: Are They for Real?

When I first heard about paper batteries, I was skeptical. I have worked with companies that had batteries on mylar and similar materials, but paper? I was intrigued, so I agreed to speak to Shreefal Mehta, CEO, and Dave Rich, Senior Director, at The Paper Battery Company. The company started in 2008 and is based…

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Amphenol Recognizes Channel Partners

TTI, Inc. the leading global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components announced today that the company and its subsidiary, Mouser Electronics, has received the Global Partnership award for distributor excellence from Amphenol Corporation, at the Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Global Partnership award is the highest level of achievement that…

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RFMW Carrying BAW Filters

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two BAW filters targeting applications where 2.4GHz WLAN, Bluetooth and Wi-FI products must coexist with 4G LTE and TD-LTE signals. TriQuint’s 885062 and 885071 coexistence filters offer high rejection in adjacent LTE bands yet come in an industry-leading small package measuring 1.4×1.2×0.46mm. Small size does not compromise…

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Kemet Narrows Loss Gap in 2014

KEMET Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, today reported preliminary results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Results included in this earnings release have been adjusted to reflect discontinued operations as the Film and Electrolytic Business group completed the sale of its machinery division…

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The Oncoming Tide of E-Waste

Electronics have become an integral, almost mundane, part of our everyday lives. The convenience they bring is great, but there is a downside to their presence. The other day, one of the students I work with took apart a plug-in air freshener for a project he was working on. The whole office was surprised to…

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Globalfoundries Introduces 55-nm Platform

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today introduced an optimized semiconductor manufacturing platform aimed specifically at meeting the stringent and evolving needs of the automotive industry. Built on the company’s 55-nanometer (nm) Low Power process and AEC-Q100 Group D qualified, the solution includes a comprehensive set of technology and design enablement capabilities tailored to improve the efficiency, performance, and power…

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Securing the Semiconductor Supply Chain

Often, OEMs are left to worry about the problem of counterfeit semiconductors. Really, though, the semiconductor industry should be following some crucial guidelines to ensure the integrity of devices in the supply chain. The danger of counterfeit or substandard semiconductor devices getting into a supply chain, especially when due to EOL events, is nothing new.…

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Let Engineers Define the Specs

Industry standards don't always make sense. A standard may be a requirement by a specific industry. Specs for some connectors, obscure specifications (such as GM's long-lived wheel arch clearance for extreme snow), or federal requirements created to provide a measure of something technical come to mind. (I think we can all agree non-technical people should…

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