Alliance Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) announced additional cost-cutting measures to address the continued weakness in the technology sector, in an attempt to return the company to profitability. The company announced the reduction of approximately 10 percent of its worldwide workforce. The majority of these positions are located in the Santa Clara facility. The company […]
Advanced Power Technology Inc. (APT, Bend, OR) announced that recent order push-outs and cancellations substantially exceeding prior expectations have resulted in lower...
Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) introduced the motor control and power-conversion family of dsPIC digital signal controllers, providing an easy-to-use solution for applications requiring motor control. The eight new devices combine a high-performance, 16-bit microcontroller; rich peripherals; and a fully implemented digital signal processor onto a single-chip digital signal controller. The dsPIC30Fxxx family features a […]
Winbond Electronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) announced that it has launched its first power control IC, the W83301R. The W83301R integrates a charge-pump...
Ningxia Xingri Electronics Co. Ltd. (China) has officially started the operation of its chip tantalum electrolytic capacitor production line to further penetrate the overseas market. The $18.12 million production line can output 250 million units annually. According to General Manager Zhong Jingming, the company decided to engage in other relevant business centering on tantalum capacity, […]
NEC Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) will transfer four of its electronic components business units and 5,000 employees to electrical materials maker Tokin Corp. on April 1, 2002, executives of both companies announced. Tokin will assume complete ownership of battery-maker NEC Mobile Energy Corp. and NEC Technologies (Thailand) Co., which makes capacitors, as well as the capacitor […]
Taiwan Liteon Inc. (Taiwan) has begun manufacturing dc/dc converters. Developed by an in-house research and development team formerly with Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ), the product uses VRM technology to supply 1V to 1.5V output. Taiwan Liteon aims to reach about three percent of the global dc/dc voltage converter market by the end of next […]
Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 1.5 million shares of the company's common stock. The company currently has approximately 17.8 million shares outstanding. Depending on market conditions, availability and other factors, repurchases may be made from time to time, at the management's discretion, […]
PSi Technologies Holdings Inc. (Manila, Philippines) announced the signing of a long-term assembly and test service agreement with Advanced Power Technology Inc. (APT, Bend, OR). Under the agreement, PSI will provide APT with outsourced assembly and test services primarily for the latter's power MOSFETs, FREDs, and IGBTs, which go into power-conversion applications such as motor […]
Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (China) announced its new FM7843 four-wire, resistive touchscreen, input controller, which is a 12-bit ADC that comes with a synchronous serial interface and a touchscreen-driving circuit. The controller features a shutdown mode that brings power dissipation down to 0.5µW. It is fully compatible with the Burr-Brown ADS7843, and is suitable […]
Nanjing No. 11 Radio Fty. (China) announced the LGCF and LGCC Series of chip inductors, which are specifically designed for HF applications....
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) announced its new MAX1964T/MAX1965T power supply controller ICs. A high-efficiency, step-down controller and multiple LDO controllers are integrated to provide all required voltages. The MAX1964T integrates a synchronous step-down controller and two positive LDO controllers, while the MAX1965T integrates a synchronous step-down controller, three positive LDO controllers and one […]
Electronika Ent. (India) announced the UWC Series of switching power supplies, which are available in 26 different models. The power supplies feature single and dual outputs that are isolated and offer good line and load regulations. The units have continuous short-circuit protection and operate from -25 to +70 degrees C ambient temperatures. Featuring power ratings […]
Allegro MicroSystems Inc. (Worcester, MA) unveiled the ATS660, a zero-speed digital differential Hall-effect sensor targeted for the automotive and industrial markets. It is suitable for sensing the speed and position of fine-pitch targets in demanding transmission and gear-box applications. The sensor has an open-collector output for direct digital interfacing and is offered in two highly […]
Potrans Electrical Corp. (Irvine, CA) announced its new 12W single-output, low-cost, lightweight switching power supply series. The series features 100Vac to 250Vac...