Inductors Deliver Performance, Size Improvements

Thanks to continuous improvements in performance and miniaturization, which help reduce OEM costs, the global inductor market is forecast to reach $3.75 billion in 2019 up from $2.78 billion in 2014, according to Micromarket Monitor. “The demand for surface mount and ceramic core inductor is continuously growing owing to the increased need of miniaturization without compromising the…

Infineon Low-Side Switches Replace EMRs

Munich, Germany – Infineon Technologies AG has launched the HITFET+ family of protected low-side switches as a replacement for electromechanical relays (EMRs). Key features of the HITFET+ family (High Integrated Temperature protected MOSFET) include diagnosis function, digital status feedback, short-circuit robustness, controlled slew rate adjustment for balancing switching losses and EMC compliance. Target applications include automotive and industrial.…

Automotive Touch Panel Market to Hit $1.5B by 2018

Englewood, Colo. (April 8, 2015) – The explosion of touch-enabled screens used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices, along with improvements in touch technology, are increasing demand for touch-screen automotive displays used for navigation, entertainment and online services, climate control, energy efficiency tracking and other activities. According to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source…

TI Rolls Out Smart Power Switches for Auto Apps

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first smart, high-side power switch with programmable current limit. Using the TPS1H100-Q1, designers can drive various loads in powertrain, body-electronics safety and driver-information systems. The highly integrated smart power switch can replace discrete components in powertrain and automotive body electronics, saving board space, reducing bill of…

Freescale/NXP Merger a Positive For Purchasing

Mergers always create some uncertainty in the supply chain. When two suppliers come together, such as  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd., it’s usually a positive for buyers. Instead of dealing with two vendors, purchasing is now dealing with one. The same is true for distribution partners – most of the time.…

Infor Delivers Cloud PLM to Tech Industry

New York, N.Y. – Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced Infor Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Accelerate, powered by Aras. Initially launched at Inforum 2014 as Infor PLM Innovate, this new PLM solution will provide strong value to automotive, industrial manufacturing, high tech and aerospace & defense customers. The Infor…