The formation of Fastron Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) will be announced at Wescon 2000 to consolidate and expand marketing for Fastron throughout America. Fastron Chairman Gabor Faskerty admits that the US market is "demanding and highly competitive," but he remains confident that Fastron's "high quality, competitive prices and ability to quickly deliver custom products" will […]
Microsemi Corp. (Santa Ana, CA) said it has started what it called a major expansion of its Linfinity Microelectronics (Garden Grove, CA) IC fab. The company wants to complete the expanded fab by August 2001 to meet $75.0 to $100.0 million of revenues the company expects to earn from power management, RFICs and advanced optoelectronic […]
International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced 24 hermetically sealed, high-reliability HEXFET power MOSFETs for step-down dc/dc power-conversion systems in satellite launch vehicles, missiles, down-hole oil drilling and undersea broad-band communications equipment. According to the company, the devices are toughened to survive high-humidity temperature conditions or vacuum, and this fabrication technology delivers as much as 65 […]
National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) announced a pair of high-precision current-gauge ICs for monitoring battery capacity in cellular phones, information appliances...
Semtech Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) unveiled a new power supply controller the company claims will lower battery life in notebook PCs and other portable applications. The SC1401 integrates an efficient switching controller and a linear regulator controller into one device that operates from a 6V to 30V input supply. The device has an onboard efficiency […]
A new LDO regulator that eliminates the need for scarce tantalum capacitors in power-conversion designs has been announced by Siliconix Inc. (Santa Clara, CA). The new Vishay Siliconix Si9182DH can be used with ceramic 2.2-microfarad capacitors on the input and output while providing improved performance over ICs requiring more expensive tantalum components, according to Siliconix. […]
TelCom Semiconductor Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced nine new inverting charge-pump voltage doublers, the TC1682 through TC1684, the TC2682 through TC2684 and...
Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) unveiled a new integrated, single-cell, lithium-ion, battery-protection circuit that yields the smallest system solution on the market, according...
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) announced that it will triple its research and development spending by 2001 over its 1999 spending levels and will double the product introductions it plans to release in this year to 400. The company plans to commit 80 percent of its research and development to analog-power management and broadband applications, with […]
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that it has acquired the business of Spectrol Electronics Corp. (Ontario, CA). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition will be immediately accretive. Vishay would not comment on whether it is adding Spectrol facilities in California or the United Kingdom, or employees through the acquisition from […]
The shortage of charge-coupled devices, a crucial component in scanners, is expected to lower many scanner manufacturers' previous shipment targets for 1,200dpi models by 30 to 40 percent in the upcoming boom season. The originally tight CCD supplies, compounded by the fact that Toshiba Corp. (Houston, TX) suffered from power shortages earlier in August, may […]
Intersil Holding Corp. (Irvine, CA) announced the latest addition to its family of power semiconductors. The 150V family of UltraFET MOSFETs is designed for use in uninterruptible power supplies, dc/dc converters and power supplies, and general-purpose load control. Intersil claims that the device improves the power efficiency required to enable high-speed computing and Internet data […]
Intersil Holding Corp. (Irvine, CA) released its multiple-output dc/dc controller CPU power regulator for advanced configuration power interface (ACPI)-compliant PCs. This power regulator uses Intel's Tahoma Pentium 4 (P4) that interfaces with Rambus memory. According to Intersil, the ACPI specification enables computers to transition into an active state to perform routine activities. When tasks are […]
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI, Dallas, TX) stated that it has finalized its $7.6-billion acquisition of Burr-Brown Corp. (Tucson, AZ). The move keeps the digital DSP company within huge profit reports in the 3G phone, DSL and consumer audio-systems markets. TI said it plans to integrate its process technologies with Burr-Brown's analog expertise to build DSL […]
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) announced that it has completed the facility construction in the first phase of expansion of its manufacturing facility in Aizu, Japan. The expanded facility will provide new manufacturing capacity to support ON Semiconductor's strategic growth in efficient analog integrated circuits and better power-management devices for wireless applications. The Aizu plant handles […]