October 3, 2013 



Welcome to the first issue of EPS' Hot Products newsletter.This newsletter gives us the opportunity to provide our readers with the latest innovations in component developments across all sectors - passives, electromechanical, interconnects, and semiconductors.


This month's selection of hot product picks focuses on technology advances for high-reliability applications, ranging from medical devices to industrial equipment. The unifying factor here is their high performance specs. It's also a nice mix of product types, including an op amp, motor driver, MCU, cable, rocker switch, oscillators, data converter, and mixed-signal control processor.


Let's first take a look at why I selected Linear's LTdC2057HV op amp  as a hot product pick for this month. In addition to its high stability over temperature, time, input range and supply voltage − all needed for hi-rel apps, this part offers more than 140-dB dynamic range while operating on a 60V (30V) supply, enabling tiny signals to be amplified in the presence of much larger signals without losing precision. Wide dynamic range is the key point for this product.


In a changing world where energy efficiency and energy savings is high on the priority list of many OEMs, Toshiba's TB6585AFTG integrated motor driver IC for three-phase DC brushless motors fits the bill. Along with low-power consumption, the device features quiet operation and low vibration − all major benefits particularly for home appliances. Another nice feature is its leadless, thermally efficient QFN48 7- x 7-mm package with an "assembly bonding technique" that improves the current handling capability by 45 percent over the previous version of the device.


C&K Components' SW series of heavy-duty rocker switches was selected primarily because of its extended operating life range, rated at beyond 6,000 cycles, making them well suited for rugged apps, including household appliances, industrial equipment, audio & visual (A/V) equipment, telecommunication, and office equipment. An added benefit is the availability in a bunch of flavors: SPST, SPDT and DPST.


As the market shifts to 32-bit MCUs, Freescale is ready to meet demand with the industry's first claimed 5-V 32-bit MCU built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor for industrial applications. The Kinetis E series MCUs feature electromagnetic noise immunity for systems that traditionally use 8- and 16-bit MCUs, such as white goods and industrial applications.


Why did I select Molex's Temp-Flex microwave coax cable? Three words: ultra-low-loss. These cables are said to provide "extremely stable electrical performance" with minimal impedance and insertion loss variation in dynamic apps. They achieve 85 to 88 percent velocity of propagation (VOP) for increased signal speed, making them over qualified even for military/aerospace specifications.


There are several reasons to include Fox Electronics' XpressO TCXO as one of my top picks. These include tighter stabilities, custom frequencies, and quick delivery. Available in ten working days or less, the XpressO-TC HCMOS TCXOs are available with stabilities of +/-1.5 ppm from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C as well as down to +/-1 ppm from 0 degrees C to +70 degrees C. They also offer an advantage with custom frequencies that can be specified up to 250 MHz, well beyond the typical 50-MHz to 60-MHz frequency range of traditional TCXOs.

It's not every day that a component supplier invents a new component type, but that is exactly what Texas Instruments claims.TI says it has developed the industry's first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), which it describes as a "new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors to deliver higher resolution, increased reliability, and greater flexibility than existing sensing solutions at a lower system cost." One of the nice features about this device is its versatility. It can be used in a variety of applications ranging from mobile devices to medical equipment.


Analog Devices' ADSP-CM40x family was selected as one of this month's hot products not because ADI says it's a new standard for mixed-signal control processors (well, maybe a little because it did catch my eye), but rather because it integrates a high precision A/D converter - 14 bits of accuracy - and the fastest ARM Cortex-M4 processor core. Biggest benefactors will be solar inverter and embedded industrial applications.


Always remember, these are my personal opinions. Product selection should include consultation with your vendors and product datasheet reviews. Please scroll down for more detailed information about each of these products, and other significant products introduced over the past month.


Do you think I should have considered other products for this month's picks? Send me a note at gina.roos@epsnewsonline.com.


Best regards,




Gina Roos
Executive editor
Electronics Purchasing Strategies

Linear Op Amp Claims Widest Dynamic Range
Linear Technology introduces the LTC2057HV, a zero-drift operational amplifier with self-calibrating circuitry that provides high DC precision and stability over changes in temperature, time, input range and supply voltage. For purchasers who buy components for high precision products, the LTC2057HV op amp is suitable for applications such as high resolution data acquisition, reference buffering, test & measurement, electronic scales, thermocouple amplifiers, strain gauges, low-side current sense, and automotive monitors and control. Continue reading

Toshiba Motor Driver IC Touts Energy Savings
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) introduces an integrated, sine-wave motor driver IC for three-phase DC brushless motors, which are used in fan motors for home appliances. Touting energy savings for home appliances, the TB6585AFTG device is said to enable quiet operation, low vibration, and low-power consumption for ventilation and electric fans typically used in range hoods, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers.Continue reading

C&K Extends Operating Life for Rocker Switches
C&K Components extends the operating life of its  SW serise of heavy-duty rocker switches to beyond 6,000 cycles. These rocker switches are rated up to 16A and are available in single pole single throw (SPST), single pole double throw (SPDT) and double pole single throw (DPST) versions. The SW Series switches feature a contact resistance of 100 mohms, insulation resistance of 100 Mohms, and dielectric strength of 1,500 Vac. Contact rating is 6.5 A at 125 Vac. Continue reading

Freescale Debuts Industrial-Grade 32-Bit MCUs
Freescale Semiconductor claims the industry's first 5-V 32-bit MCUs built on the ARM Cortex-MO+ processor. The Kinetis E series MCUs feature electromagnetic noise immunity for systems that traditionally use 8- and 16-bit MCUs, such as white goods and industrial applications. Target applications include dishwashers, refrigerators, home and building control systems, motor control fans, industrial converters and other equipment that operate in high-noise environments.Continue reading

Molex Offers Ultra-Low-Loss Cable
Molex Inc. introduces a line of microwave cable assemblies that achieve 85 to 88 percent velocity of propagation (VOP) for increased signal speed, exceeding aerospace and defense specifications. The  Temp-Flex air-dielectric ultra-low-loss flexible microwave coaxial cables feature a patented dual monofilament air-enhanced design and a helically wrapped shield.The coax cable solutions are said to provide extremely stable electrical performance with minimal impedance and insertion loss variation in dynamic applications. Continue reading

Fox TCXOs Deliver Tighter Stabilities

Fox Electronics now offers its XpressO temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) with tighter stabilities in custom frequencies up to 250 MHz. Available in ten working days or less, the XpressO-TC HCMOS TCXOs are available with stabilities of +/-1.5 ppm from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C as well as down to +/-1 ppm from 0 degrees C to +70 degrees C. The TCXOs expand Fox's FXTC-HE73 series that meets the humidity, shock and vibration requirements of MIL-STD-202.  Continue reading

TI Creates New Type of Data Converter
Texas Instruments (TI) claims the industry's first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), which the company describes as a "new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors to deliver higher resolution, increased reliability, and greater flexibility than existing sensing solutions at a lower system cost." One of its key features is that it enables sub-micron resolution in position-sensing applications with 16-bit resonance impedance and 24-bit inductance values. Continue reading

ADI Claims New Standard for Mixed-Signal Control Processors

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) recently launched a mixed-signal control processor that claims to integrate the industry's only embedded dual 16-bit A/D converter with up to 14 bits of accuracy together with a 240-MHz floating-point ARM Cortex-M4 processor core. The ADSP-CM40x devices are aimed at improving the energy efficiency and performance of equipment manufacturers that require highly accurate, closed-loop control in servo, motor-drive, solar photo-voltaic (PV) inverter and other embedded industrial applications. Continue reading

New Products 
Component News 

Delph: Avnet aims to be even Bigger in IP&E

Avnet Inc. prides itself on being a broadline distributor that's able to supply all the components needed by its thousands of customers globally. That hasn't stopped the company from trying in recent years to stamp its imprint on the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a segment where it has an understated position despite being one of the top distributors. Continue reading

NKK Expands its Reach to Customers
NKK Switches, a maker of highly engineered switch products, wants to make its products available to as many customers as possible.  The Japan-based component maker, which already sells about 75 percent of its volume through the channel, is increasing that level to reach more product development teams, consolidate market information and ensure the right NKK inventory is in place for its customers.  Continue reading

Honeywell's Product Platforms Save Time, Money

The product platform approach helps enhance the design process by helping to ensure that new and updated designs can be brought to market faster. The ability to design-in a customized version of an already pre-approved sensor often means that design engineers do not have to re-certify the new, upgraded products, saving both time and money. Continue reading


Commoditization & Consolidation: Scourge of IP&E Market

There are numerous challenges ahead for interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IPE) components manufacturers, component distributors and equipment makers. Commoditization - the rapid erosion of pricing and profit margins - isn't a problem for just suppliers.  Continue reading

Aavid Delivers Quick-Turn Thermal Management Assemblies

In a move to meet growing customer demand for complete thermal management solutions, Aavid Thermalloy has formed a Quick-Turn & Prototype Business Unit at its Laconia headquarters facility. The business unit will serve customers worldwide. 
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Component Makers Prep For Consumer Medical Devices

The Baby Boomer generation is the gift that keeps on giving to the global economy. The demographic of people 65 and older is one driver behind demand for consumer medical devices, which will reach $8.2 billion by the end of 2013, reports IHS.  Continue reading 


STMicro Sites Get ISO Energy 'OK'


Cirrus Logic Acquires Acoustic Technologies


Macronix Sues Spansion Over Patents


AVX Receives Delphi Award


Kemet Holds 30th Capacitor KIT

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