Darnell.Com Inc. (Corona, CA) announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Shenzhen IC-Net Co., a leading Chinese e-commerce company specializing in integrated circuits, semiconductors and related electronic products under the auspices of the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC) and the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The terms of the strategic partnership […]
Microsemi Corp.'s (Santa Ana, CA) Linfinity power management division debuted the second product in a new line of dc/dc converter ICs for use in personal computers and PDAs. The LX1734 is a high-speed inverting dc/dc current-mode controller from a 4V to 10V supply. Microsemi claims that, with a 1A 20V integrated switch, the converter can […]
National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) launched a new series of constant-current switched capacitor power converters, LM2791-H/L and LM2792-H/L. These converters are designed for white LED display lighting and can power both backlight and frontlight LEDs found in color displays for mobile handsets, PDAs and digital cameras. Designed to regulate multiple outputs matched to within […]
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD, Sunnyvale, CA) announced that their chairman and CEO, Jerry Sanders, will turn over position of CEO to Hector Ruiz, effective April 2002. Sanders, who is 64, will retain the chairmanship through 2003. Currently Ruiz is serving as both president and COO of the company. The coming retirement of Sanders will […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) has expanded its engineering capabilities and dc/dc power management integrated circuit (IC) product lines with the acquisition of Unisem Inc., completed on January 5, 2001. Among the new products IR acquired with Unisem are switching control ICs and LDO regulators, which the company claims meet or exceed voltage and […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) and Ideas Electronics (Singapore), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enersave Holdings Ltd., recently collaborated to develop a new line of electronic ballasts (ECGs), the Multi-Lamp ECGs. Available in single, twin and dimming versions, the new ECGs allow one ballast to be deployed on lamps with different wattages. Ideas Electronics claims […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its fast recovery epitaxial diode (FRED) family to include four new 400V...
Advanced Power Technology Inc. (APT, Bend, OR) has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2000. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2000 were $12.5 million, up 60 percent over the $7.8 million achieved in the fourth quarter of 1999 and up 3.4 percent sequentially from the $12.1 million recorded […]
National Semiconductor (Furstenfeldbruck, Germany) announced a new family of supervisory ICs with a variety of factory-programmable features that can be configured in hundreds of possible combinations. Housed in the chip-scale micro SMD package, the LM3700 family uses EEPROM technology and is designed to monitor power supplies in intelligent instruments, cellular phones, computers, PDAs, pagers and […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) announced a 1,000V radiation-hardened (rad-hard) power MOSFET. IR claims that the IRHY7G30CMSE rad-hard power MOSFET improves...
General Semiconductor Inc. (Melville, NY) reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2000. Sales increased 6.3 percent, to $119.9 million, from the $112.8 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 1999. Sales of $493.7 million for the year increased 18.4 percent over the $417.1 reported in 1999 and reached a record high. […]
The semiconductor products sector of Motorola (Schaumburg, IL) announced that, in a continuation of cost-reduction measures that began in the fourth quarter, further steps to boost efficiency and improve profitability are being taken. These measures will include a substantial reduction in capital spending and operating budgets, further business and manufacturing consolidations, and the elimination of […]
Infineon Technologies (Munich, Germany) has begun producing its thinQ! family of Schottky diodes based on silicon carbide (SiC) technology. The company claims that, compared with conventional power diodes in silicon or gallium arsenide technology, SiC Schottky diodes allow significantly lower switching losses and higher switching frequencies, while offering much higher operating voltage ranges. The company […]
Siliconix Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced that net income for the year ended December 31, 2000 was a record $107.6 million, or $3.60 per share, an increase of 63 percent over the $66.1 million, or $2.21 per share, achieved in 1999. Net sales in 2000 were a record $473.1 million, a 23 percent increase over […]
Semtech Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) announced the production-level availability of their SC1454 150mA, low-noise, dual-linear regulator. This device features the small packaging, low quiescent current and low dropout voltage necessary for portable, battery-powered products. The device is a dual Ultra Low Dropout Regulator (ULDO) designed to fully support a single-cell Li-ion battery or four-cell NiMH/Alkaline […]