Intersil Corp. (Palm Bay, FL) has signed an agreement to sell its discrete power business to Fairchild Semiconductor International (Sunnyvale, CA) for about $338 million in cash. Intersil expects a one-time gain during the first quarter and plans to use proceeds for acquisitions, alliances and product development. Fairchild estimates that the combination of its power […]
International Resistive Co. Inc. (IRC, Boone, NC) is now offering low-profile surface-mount cylindrical resistors with lead times as low as four weeks. Designated the MM Series, these resistors provide drop-in replacements for Monitored End-Point Load Forecasting (MELF) devices. The MM Series utilizes IRC's Metal Glaze thick film-resistive element fired onto a ceramic core with capless […]
Sipex Corp. (Billerica, MA) announced the availability of its new SP4491, an independent, dual-electroluminescent (EL) lamp driver offered in a 10-pin MSOP package that provides an integrated solution for driving two EL lamps separately or concurrently. Sipex's single-IC solution uses one coil and one resistor, and operates within a 2.2V to 6.0V range. The driver […]
The board of directors of Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 2.125 cents per share of common stock, payable February 12, 2001, to stockholders of record on January 31, 2001.
IXYS Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) reported what it claims is its eleventh consecutive quarter of record revenues and sixteenth consecutive quarter of increased revenues. For the third quarter ended December 31, 2000, revenues were $29.2 million. This represents a 49 percent increase from the quarter of fiscal 1999. Net income for the quarter ended December […]
Philips Semiconductor (Sunnyvale, CA) recently introduced the TEA1507 GreenChip II, their second generation of green switched-mode power supply controller ICs operating directly from the rectified universal mains. The new multi-chip module consists of two ICs. While the high-voltage BCD chip works directly from the rectified mains voltage, a second low-voltage BiCMOS IC is used for […]
Texas Instruments (TI, Dallas, TX) has introduced the TPS6210x family of low-power buck converters with integrated FETs. These new devices use smaller inductors and capacitors as well as eliminate the need for an external Schottky rectifier. TI claims that the new devices were designed to take full advantage of the life of a battery cell, […]
Tyco International Ltd. (Bermuda) reported that diluted earnings per share for its first quarter ended December 31, 2000 were 57 cents, a 24 percent increase over earnings of 46 cents per share in its first quarter of fiscal 2000. Net income before extraordinary items and cumulative effect of accounting change rose to $1.01 billion, an […]
AVX Corp. (Myrtle Beach, SC) has introduced a smaller size of its U-dielectric capacitors with NP0 temperature characteristics, the 0402 U-dielectric. The U Series capacitors are C0G chip capacitors rated from 25V rated from 25V in the 0402 size, 50V in 0603, 100V in 0805 and 200V in the 1210 size. The 0402 capacitors are […]
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced the release of a stacked, metallized, polyester-film capacitor that they claim provides improved pulse handling and self-healing capabilities, as compared with devices built on conventional wound-film technology. The new Vishay Roederstein MKT1826 features a compact design and, the company maintains, superior reliability. It is intended for coupling, blocking, bypassing, […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) has introduced the IR1176, an application-specific synchronous-rectification IC. IR claims that the new device simplifies and improves isolated dc/dc converters with voltage output down to 1.5V, powering telecom and broadband network servers. When used with IR dc/dc converter-specific HEXFET power MOSFETs, the IR1176 SRIC is claimed to enhance 1.5V […]
Intertech (Portland, ME) will be holding an intensive workshop entitled "Designing Motors and Generators for Automotive Applications" from May 22 through 23, 2001, at the Boscolo Hotel Plaza Concorde in Nice, France. This seminar will provide extensive detail on designing permanent magnets, switched reluctance, and synchronous and induction electric motors, including dc and brushless dc […]
Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, ME) has introduced its FAN7554 versatile PWM controller IC for use with power MOSFETs in off-line, dc/dc conversion and other switch-mode power supply applications, such as those found in desktop computers, monitors and power adapters. The FAN7554 is a current-mode PWM controller that operates up to 500kHz. Fairchild Semiconductor claims that […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) has introduced two new HEXFET power MOSFETs, the IRF7811W and the IRF7822. IR claims that these...
Tyco Electronics Corp.'s (Menlo Park, CA) subsidiary, Raychem, announced its new networking and telecommunications over-current circuit-protection component, the TSL250-080 device. With a 30 percent smaller footprint than existing TS250 devices, the surface-mount PolySwitch resettable fuse is designed for network cards with increased port densities and provides protection against power faults in LANs, wireless local loops, […]