Counterattacking the counterfeit

February 10, 2017

Everyone loves a bargain, so I am sure from time to time; we have all bought a cheaper version phone charger for your mobile. However a massive problem nowadays is counterfeit chargers for portable electronic devices. At the end of last year, Apple claimed that of 100 Apple-branded charging accessories it bought on Amazon, 90 were counterfeits. Around the same time, Britain’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute reported that of 400…


Nanotechnology to benefit the environment

December 22, 2016

Nanotechnology offers many chances to benefit the environment and health. It can be applied to save raw materials and energy, develop enhanced solar cells and more efficient rechargeable batteries and replace harmful substances with eco-compatible solutions. “Nanotechnology is a seminal technology. The UMWELTnanoTECH project association has delivered excellent results. Even the smallest achievements can make a huge contribution to protecting the environment. We must treat the opportunities this future technology…


NTC thermistors withstand high input energy

September 29, 2016

A series of inrush current limiting NTC thermistors designed to withstand high input energy from 500 to 900J and steady-state currents from 10 to 50A has been announced by Ametherm. Offering a rugged design, MS35 series devices are optimized for high-power applications, including solar inverters, battery chargers, and DC/DC converters. The MS35 series consists of seven thermistors featuring resistance from 0.5 to 20Ω, dissipation constants from 78 to 102.45mw/°C, and…


Paint coating for chokes protects from water and dust

August 16, 2016

Protecting them from water and dust, chokes with a protective paint coating according to IP66 have been introduced by SMP Sintermetalle Prometheus (SMP). The components are used to choke the current in inverters that are exposed to harsh ambient conditions, including rail vehicles or oil rig applications. The IP66 protection rating enables the chokes to be mounted outside the inverters. The advantage of this kind of mounting is that the…


Tight TCR ideal for all types of current applications

August 9, 2016

Stackpole have introduced the AEC-Q200 qualified CSS and CSSH series which offers ±15ppm/°C TCR for chip sizes 1206, 2010, 2512, and 2728. This tight TCR is available in resistance values ranging from 7 up to 100mΩ depending on size. The combination of tight TCR and precision tolerances down to ±0.5% mean the CSS and CSSH are ideal for all types of current sense and control applications. In addition, this series offers…


Data center theft solved by real-time monitoring antenna

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August 8, 2016

The physical security of IT equipment is often overlooked, as shown with regular headlines about the latest cybercrime attack stealing important or commercially sensitive data. One area in particular is the almost casual theft of small pieces of equipment from the racks. For example, the latest helium filled 10TB hard drive represent a £600 investment and with up to 22 drives used in a 4U storage array, loss through theft…


Antennas provide superior radiation characteristics

August 5, 2016

A new high performance antenna has been announced by Antenna Company, for a wide variety of applications including both indoor and outdoor WiFi, connected home, mobile computing, telematics and IoT applications. Antenna Company’s patented SuperShape technology improves gain, efficiency, isolation and coverage versus conventional embedded antenna designs on the market. Independent benchmark tests have shown SuperShape antennas to increase range and throughput by 50-100% in both line of sight and non-line of…


Resistors optimized for sulfur-rich environments

August 5, 2016

Optimized for applications exposed to sulfur-rich environments such as communication infrastructure, automotive systems and industrial equipment, the availability of anti-sulfuration chip resistors have been announced by ROHM. Sulfur particles are generally present in the air in various forms due to sulfur and automotive exhaust gases. In sulfurous environments these particles can be adsorbed by the silver plating used in electronic components, including on the surface of the inner and side…


Resistors optimized for automotive and industrial applications

August 3, 2016

A series of anti-surge, high-power thick film chip resistors optimized for use in automotive and industrial applications has been announced by Vishay Intertechnology. For applications subject to high and repetitive surge pulses, devices in the AEC-Q200-qualified RCS e3 series offer superior pulse load performance and ESD surge characteristics when compared to standard chip resistors. The RCS e3 series devices also provide higher power ratings up to 0.4W. RCS e3 series…


Vishay Aluminum Capacitors with Increased Vibration Resistance

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July 14, 2016

Vishay introduced five new series of aluminum capacitors with increased vibration capabilities over standard devices. Providing high stability and reliability in automotive and industrial applications, the Vishay BCcomponents surface-mount 260 CLA-V, 246 CTI-V, and 250 CRZ-V and radial 246 RTI-V and 250 RMI-V combine their high-vibration performance with low impedance, high ripple current, and long useful life. The SMD and radial devices released today offer vibration resistance up to 30…