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LED pricing dives on falling demand

LED prices fell sharply in the third quarter of 2010 due to a sudden decline in demand, including inventory adjustments resulting from less-than-expected large-size panel and lighting application demand, reported LEDinside,Taipai,Taiwan. LED pricing for large-size panel applications fell approximately 11 to 16 percent while tags for high-power LEDs used in lighting applications dropped more than … Read more

Avnet expands product offering with three new deals

Avnet Inc. has expanded its line card thanks to two new distribution agreements with Energy Micro and Micross Components and the availability of two new power management ICs (PMICs) from Texas Instruments Inc. Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia has signed a contract for distribution of Energy Micro’s ultra-low-power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller, extending their pan-European and pan-American … Read more

Mouser boosts portfolio with RF energy harvesting

Mouser Electronics, Inc. and Powercast Corp. have signed a global distribution agreement that allows the catalog distributor to sell Powercast’s Powerharvester receivers. These devices harvest RF energy (radio waves) and convert it into DC power for low-power applications over distance. The devices are available from stock. The Powercast P2110 915-MHz Powerharvester receiver can provide intermittent power … Read more

Outlook looks bleak for display driver ICs

Although the global display driver IC (DDIC) market is projected to reach $6.5 million in 2010, up 14 percent from the 2009 low of $5.7 billion, the long-term outlook looks bleak in the face of continued technological advances, reported iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc.,El Segundo,Calif. After two successive years of decline, DDIC shipments will … Read more

Maxim enters optical sensor market

Maxim Integrated Products has entered the optical sensor market with the launch of a fully integrated digital ambient-light sensor (ALS) with a unique adaptive gain block. The MAX9635 integrates two photodiodes, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and all necessary digital functionality in a 2 x 2-mm package. The MAX9635 is well-suited for tablet and notebook PCs, … Read more

Global IC market to grow 9% in 2011

The global semiconductor market is forecast to grow nine percent in 2011, reaching $303 billion, after rising 23 percent in 2010, according to International Data Corp. (IDC),Framingham,Mass. IDC’s latest Semiconductor Application Forecaster (SAF) also projects a six percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2010 to 2015 forecast period. However, IDC noted that several … Read more

Nichia tops LED supplier ranking

Nichia remains the top supplier by revenue for the second year in a row, but will be challenged in 2011 by Samsung LED, which currently holds the number two position, reports IMS Research,Wellingborough,England. The market research firm projects that Samsung LED will overtake Nichia in 2011 when demand for LCD-TVs with LED backlights starts to … Read more

Digi-Key stocks dc/dc POL modules, LED modules

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. has expanded its line card with two new product lines. The catalog distributor now stocks Novum point-of-load (POL) modules and a demonstration kit from CUI Inc., and Cree’s LED Module LMR4 with the company’s TrueWhite Technology, along with versions that feature Cree EasyWhite solutions. Aimed at the emerging digital control … Read more

Toshiba NAND shipments to slow due to power outage

Shipments of Toshiba’s NAND flash memory could be 20 percent lower through February due to a brief power outage in December at the company’s manufacturing fab inYokkaichi,Japan, reported Jim Handy, semiconductor analyst at Objective Analysis,Los Gatos,Calif. It’s unclear whether the outage impacted only one or all four Toshiba fabs in Yokkaichi. Handy said Toshiba’s Y1 … Read more

How RoHS Recast Impacts OEMs

RoHS amendments simplify product scope but add a more stringent process for demonstrating product compliance. Medical OEMs also may miss compliance deadlines. By Kenneth Stanvick, Design Chain Associates, LLC In November, the European Parliament voted to adopt the latest proposed amendments to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. A review of their impact on … Read more