Tech news tagged ‘components’

Electronica 2012: Tackling component obsolescence

Electronica 2012 will host an Obsolescence Day on November 14 in Munich when COG Deutschland will present management strategies for solving the problems of obsolete components. The short product life cycles for many consumer products is having its impact on the industrial sector with many semiconductors either increasingly difficult to…

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Altera to launch 20nm FPGAs next year

Altera intends to launch 20nm products next year with volume production starting in 2014, Bradley Howe, senior vice president for R&D at Altera, told a meeting in London this morning. The process will deliver twice the density of 28nm and a 60% reduction in static and dynamic power…

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Relays latch on to smart meter designs

By 2020 as many as 78 million electricity smart meters will need to use AC latching and power relays to manage the supply and measurement of electricity to the user, writes Steve Drumm

Most of Europe’s 240 million electricity meters are expected to be replaced by smart meters by…

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Touchscreen uses scatter, works with gloves, or anything

Swedish start-up FlatFrog has an in-glass touchscreen that uses scattered light to provide multi-touch. “The capacitive technology used in most competing screens reacts to electronic fields in the screen, hence it responds only to fingertips,” said FlatFrog. “Planar scatter detection [PSD] reacts also to thick gloves, plastic…

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Inside: Heliatek’s organic solar cell

Earlier this week, Dresden-based Heliatek claimed a world organic solar cell efficiency record: 9.8%. Although the record setting cell was 1cm2 and made on glass, the firm is entirely focussed on producing large sheets of solar cells on flexible plastic film that will be integrated into the fabric…

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Colour rendering from LED lighting

See also: Electronics Weekly’s other roundups of content related to LEDs:LED technology – White LEDsLED technology – Coloured LEDsLED technology – LEDs generalLED technology – LEDs Lighting 1LED technology – LEDs Lighting 2LED technology – OLEDs Start to look into LED lighting and quickly it becomes obvious that one type of LED will not…

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Not so quick to call the market bounce back

Guest columnist Edmund Coady, sales director at Charcroft Electronics, asks whether extended lead times on many passive components is evidence of sustained recovery in the market or just a short-lived bubble? Lead-times for some passives are being stretched as many component manufacturers report a huge rise in bookings…

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Rohm offers big tantalum capacitors in 1608 size

Rohm Semiconductor has introduced a tantalum capacitor with a package structure that allows a 4V/100µF device to be offered in a 1608 size. The package design includes a high efficiency bottom electrode structure that maximises capacitance in a minimal form factor. The full product range includes six models…

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Acal to buy BFi OPTiLAS

Acal to buy BFi OPTiLAS Distributor Acal is to acquire BFi OPTiLAS, a distributor of electronic and photonic components, and provider of calibration and maintenance services. The price is E10m in cash and two million Acal ordinary shares. “This is a key step in our stated strategy of specialisation. By…

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Ansoft focuses on HFSS v12 for 2009 User Conference

Ansoft has announced details of its 2009 User Conference, to be held on 23 September in Basingstoke. The main focus of the event is its EDA software for simulating high-frequency and high-speed components, HFSS v12, which is scheduled for release in the autumn. The agenda includes topics such…

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