Bourns Adds Custom Options for Power Designs

In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical market, the slightest advantage can help secure a component’s spot in an OEM design. IP&E component manufacturer Bourns Inc. is expanding its competitive edge in the power electronics market by acquiring specific assets of the Transtek brand of magnetics components. Transtek’s product portfolio included custom transformers, inductors and coils…

Flextronics to Make NEXTracker Controllers

Flextronics International Ltd. said it has been selected to manufacture self-powered tracker controllers for NEXTracker Inc., a producer of horizontal tracking equipment used for solar projects, efficient power conversion (EPC) facilities and other energy systems. NEXTracker’s products are used in clean technology programs across several continents and the company operates offices in Asia, Europe and…

ST IGBTs Increase Energy Efficiency

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has introduced its new M-Series of 1200-V IGBTs that feature advanced trench-gate field-stop technology. The new design is said to save more energy and increase reliability in applications such as solar inverters, welding equipment, uninterruptible power supplies, and industrial motor drives. With highly optimized conduction and turn-off characteristics, as well as low…

Solar Industry Expenditures to Rebound

 The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industrywide capital spending in three years in 2014, according to the PV Manufacturing & Capital Spending Tool from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Global capital spending by producers of photovoltaic…

EU Solar Tariffs a Mixed Bag for Vendors

The European Union’s tariff on solar panels and modules manufactured in China will impact the electronics market on several fronts. For manufacturers in the solar business, prices will stabilize or increase due to lessened competition from Chinese vendors. Buyers, however, may experience the opposite: prices for the subassemblies that make up a solar system may…