International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of hermetically sealed, high-reliability HEXFRED products to include new 200V ultrafast recovery diodes with soft reverse recovery characteristics. In addition to typical high-reliability space and military applications, the new HFB25xx20, HFB20xx20C, HFB60xx20 and HFB60xx20C diodes may be used in moisture-sensitive undersea fiber optic […]
SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) announced today that it has been collaborating with Powercell Corp. (Burlington, MA) to qualify SatCon's power conversion electronics and controls for potential use in Powercell's PowerBlock family of electric power reliability and power quality products. SatCon has been working with Powercell to develop proprietary assemblies and control software, which are […]
Micrel Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kendin Communications Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA), a fabless semiconductor company. In connection with the acquisition, Micrel will issue approximately 6.2 million shares of its common stock and options in exchange for all outstanding Kendin securities and options to purchase Kendin securities. The […]
Apex Microtechnology Corp. (Tucson, AZ) announced its new PA50 and PA52 power operational amplifiers. Both the PA50 and PA52 are chip-and-wire hybrid solutions, rated at 40A continuous, with 100A output in one- to three-millisecond pulses. The PA50 and PA52 have a power bandwith of 400kHz and a slew rate of 50V/µs. The devices are able […]
Pulse (San Diego, CA) announced the first in a new series of 6A surface-mount current-sense transformers for the dc/dc market. The transformer's applications include feedback control, overload sensing, detecting load-drop and circuit shutdown. They are specifically designed to detect ac current changes and supply an output for control circuitry. The series is rated for currents […]
Texas Instruments (TI, Dallas, TX) reported its first-quarter financial results. Pro-forma earnings per share were $0.18. Revenue was $2,528.0 million, down eight percent from $2,761.0 million in the year-ago quarter, and down 17 percent sequentially. Pro-forma operating profit was $340.0 million, down from $608.0 million in the year-ago quarter and from $683.0 million in the […]
Fairchild Semiconductor International (San Jose, CA) introduced a new family of operational amplifiers. The five new products offer a range of performance...
The board of directors of AVX Corp. (Myrtle Beach, SC) recently met and approved a stock repurchase program. The company's cash flow generated $320.0 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, and the company currently has a cash balance of almost $500.0 million. Due to this favorable financial position, the board authorized the […]
Tyco Electronics Corp. (Menlo Park, CA) announced the introduction of its MAC300 PolySwitch resettable fuse from its Raychem Circuit Protection division. The new MAC300 device is custom-designed for the new AAAA NiMH cells. Tyco reports that pack protection is provided by incorporating the MAC300 device in a molded cap combined with cell interconnect, which is […]
Micrel Semiconductor Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced a new family of -70V hot-swap power controllers designed for telecom switch applications. Manufactured in 20-pin TSSOP and thermally enhanced TSSOP packages, the MIC2596 and MIC2597 incorporate two completely independent -70V channels. Each channel integrates a high-voltage MOSFET with adjustable current limiting. The MIC2596 and MIC2597 have on-chip […]
Micro Linear Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced its financial results for the quarter ended April 1, 2001. Net revenues for the first quarter of 2001 were $3.4 million, compared to net revenues of $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2000, and $11.4 million for the first quarter of 2000. Gross margin increased to $2.0 […]
International Rectifier Corp. (IR, El Segundo, CA) recently released the new IRU3037 synchronous buck controller IC. The new device includes a soft-start feature designed to allow smooth start-up from idle to decrease transients caused by inrush current and overshoot. The new control IC enables single-supply operation from 5V or 12V inputs, with an input range […]
Pulse (San Diego, CA) has entered the automotive electronics marketplace with the recent acquisition of Mexico City-based Grupo ECM by Pulse's parent company, Technitrol (Philadelphia, PA). Antonio Laguna, president of Grupo ECM, has become president of the new division, to be renamed Pulse-ECM. In making the announcement, John Kowalski, president of Pulse, noted that the […]
Sipex Corp. (Billerica, MA) announced the availability of its new SP6661 high-speed, high-current charge pump inverter/doubler. The SP6661 can be configured as either a voltage doubler, with Vin from 2.5V to 5.0V for a Vout of 5V to 10V, or a voltage inverter, with Vin from 1.5V to 5.0V for a Vout of -1.5V to […]
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, PA) has launched Quick-Net, a prototyping service for precision thin-film resistor networks. The service promises designers and manufacturers...