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Improved Spring Probe Enhances First Pass Yield
Publication Date: 11/23/2010


A typical IC's life starts with the concept/prototype phase, moves to the design validation phase, leaps into the application development phase, rides into production phase and ends with upgrade/replacement phase.
Not a Foreign Concept, Gowanda Exports to China
Publication Date: 11/23/2010


We are all familiar with China being a major exporter of goods to the United States. But how many times do we hear of a company — no less a US manufacturer of electronic components — exporting products to China? It is almost a foreign concept.
LED Light Source: A Major Advance in Fluorescence Microscopy
Publication Date: 11/23/2010


Fluorescence microscopy requires an intense light source at the specific wavelength that will excite fluorescent dyes and proteins. The traditional method employs a white light, typically from a Mercury or Xenon arc lamp. Although such broad spectrum lamps can generate ample light at ...
Filling the Gap in the Wire Bonder Market
Publication Date: 11/23/2010


Following the trend set by component and systems manufacturers of moving their operations to the Far East, the companies that build the equipment for these industries have also headed east. A case in point: Kulicke & Soffa's recent decision to relocate its headquarters to Singapore ...
A New Look at Vapor Phase
Publication Date: 11/23/2010


Vapor phase reflow systems have had a curious history. They were the first reflow systems, back in the 1960s, before surface-mount technology and infrared reflow were introduced. When infrared and convection infrared reflow ovens came along, vapor phase systems faded away, but not quite ...
Finding Counterfeits with Ultrasound
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


The vast majority of counterfeit plastic-encapsulated microcircuits (PEMs) are not counterfeit in the sense that a phony $20 bill is counterfeit. They are not made from scratch, as the phony bill is. Instead they are "recycled" — removed from recycled printed wiring boards and cosmetically ...
Distributors: Special Help in Troubled Market
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Reliability and consistency are two of the top reasons that engineers look to electronic component distributors for parts. These reasons still hold true, especially during unique economic times such as the ones we face today.
Choosing the Right Joystick
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Joysticks have become the user interface of choice for many industrial and high-performance control systems. For applications as diverse as security-camera surveillance, motorized wheelchairs, microscopes, construction equipment and submarines, joysticks provide the flexibility and ...
HSI Sealed Reeds Solve Medical Problems
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Syncro Medical, a medical device company, wanted to pioneer a smarter, better, and easier-to-administrate small bowel feeding tube for critical care patients.
 
Historically, feeding tubes had markings to indicate a certain insertion position length into the human body. Doctors would mark their measurements of the length on the tube that had...
Counterfeit Products: Just Say No
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Once upon a time, you could buy a "genuine" Rolex watch on a New York City street corner for $25 — right next to the pushcart vendor selling Sabrett hot dogs. It looked good, and might even tell time — for a while. When you bought it, you knew for sure it was a fake, and would ...
Stopping ESD in Today's SMT Manufacturing
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


A blank printed wiring board (PWB) by itself is not considered to be an ESD risk and it isn't. However, the board can become charged, and when an ESD-sensitive component touches it, a discharge is imminent. Often, PWBs arrive at the factory wrapped in a regular plastic wrap. When the boards ...
Getting Help with Bare Die
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


Specifying and obtaining the correct bare die to build hybrid microcircuits and multi-chip modules presents some specific problems. Dominant design factors here are hermeticity, size, and weight. However, the special needs related to the supply of bare die continues to mystify much of the ...
Passive Components for Critical-Use Applications
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


It is often taken for granted that Military Specification "Mil-Spec" passive components are the best choice for critical-use applications due to the special testing that each piece is subjected to. But are all Mil-spec components the same? Do all military specifications ensure highest reliability ...
Distributor Turns Contract Mfgr. & Does It All
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


In the late 80s and early 90s many Tier 1 aerospace, aviation, and defense systems providers redefined their own roles in the industry and subsequently that of their supply chain. These Tier 1 suppliers began to identify themselves as System integrators and as such focused their efforts ...
Discretes Aren't Always Passive
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


As a specialist distributor, our mission is to field technically informed salespeople who provide assurance of supply and product of high quality from leading component manufacturers. While there are some similarities between our model and other component distributors, we tend to maintain ...
Design Considerations for Switches
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


In human-machine interface devices, the individual electromechanical switching mechanisms are where the rubber really meets the road. After all, it is with the individual switches that the machine's human counterpart actually interacts with the device and controls its processes. As such ...
Improving Testing of Solar Energy Photovoltaics
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Photovoltaic (PV) production is the world's fastest-growing energy technology, increasing by an average of 48 percent each year for the past six years. Evolving wafer-based photovoltaic technologies demand specialized machinery to accommodate these fragile and ever-thinning PV cells ...
Danger: Counterfeit Components Having Population Explosion
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Whether designing a new system or redesigning an old one, engineers often use components that have worked well for them in past — most often to reduce the risks of a delayed system introduction due to open supply channels for new, and recently released product...
How Mazak Upgraded its World-Class Parts Distribution Center
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Mazak is the largest metal cutting machinery builder in the world, with eight manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, the UK, Singapore and China along with 30 technology centers world wide. By producing machines close to its major markets in the world Mazak better understands ...
Solving Design Problems with Flat Pack Transformers
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Magnetic components are often viewed as constraints to power supply innovation. Today, market forces and research are driving power supplies to new levels of efficiency and power density. However, along with all this innovation comes a new level of circuit complexity complete with its own issues of ...
 
 
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