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Top 10 Semiconductor Purchasers

Top 10 Semiconductor Purchasers It's easy to evaluate the semiconductor market by looking at the top 10 OEM purchasers. EDN's summary of a recent Gartner study shows that the top 10 OEMs purchase about a third of all semiconductors. With Hewlett-Packard and Apple among the top players, not surprisingly the leading applications are PCs and mobile phones. Although semiconductor purchases by the top 10 declined 3.8% in 2008, Apple was up due to strong demand for its computers and phones. Top PC OEM HP is the major customer for DRAM, and Apple is one of the top two purchasers of NAND flash memory.

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Array of Electrical Connectors
Multi-Contact USA

Array of Electrical Connectors Multi-Contact's heart of all our electrical connector sets is our Multilam®band. These engineered contact elements, or bands, come in leaf spring configurations, torsional spring designs, and specialty two part copper/stainless steel configurations. Multi-Contact has been designing and supplying electrical connectors in all industrial applications including Aerospace, Robotics, Medical, Solar Energy, Industrial, and Test & Measurement.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Areva Reaps Billions

Areva Reaps Billions Investment in power generation facilities continues despite worldwide recession. Power says French nuclear giant Areva recently landed a number of new contacts; one a €5 billion contact to enrich uranium from French Électricité de France. It also signed an agreement to build two nuclear reactors in the Maharashtra state of India.

Billions for Transmission Lines

Billions for Transmission Lines It appears the U.S. stimulus bill will include billions for electrical transmission lines. Platts reports the U.S. House of Representatives approved $25 billion in tax credits for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and power storage technology and transmission. The bill has $11 billion for 'high technology' electricity transmission.

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Ethernet Connects Motor Drives

Ethernet Connects Motor Drives What's the best way to connect motor drives to plant control and monitoring systems? Ethernet tops the list, and that's the reason for launching a plug-in motion/machine control module for Ethernet-compatible drives. The controller module saves panel space and cabling by eliminating a separate external network controller.

Wireless Still Needs Connectors

Wireless Still Needs Connectors Wireless communications and telecommunications have cut industry demand for certain types of connectors. But vendors specializing in connectors used at wireless junctions can still benefit. Components in Electronics describes how one vendor helps wireless firms cut connector inventory by offering connectors covering a wider range of cables.

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Transparent Covers added to ARCA® Line
Fibox Enclosures

Transparent Covers added to ARCA® Line Fibox expands its ARCA® enclosure product line with the addition of transparent screw covers and hinged covers. ARCA enclosures, manufactured using injection molded polycarbonate, a high-performance plastic, offer customization, robustness, superior chemical resistance, and wide temperature range. ARCA features UL listing, NEMA 4X and IP 66/IP 67 rating, and CE certification.

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Temperature Measurement Secrets Revealed

Temperature Measurement Secrets Revealed This white paper shows how to measure temperature accurately and how to determine required temperature ranges. It also covers the device types that best measure different temperatures, and tells if temperature instruments require certification. The paper focuses on electronic temperature measurements. (A short registration may be required.)

Intel to Invest $7 Billion

Intel to Invest $7 Billion Everyone wants to be a market leader, but few have the courage get there by investing during a recession. The New York Times reports that Intel will spend $7 billion over the next two years to expand chip factories in the U.S. These facilities will produce a new line of less expensive and more energy-efficient chips.

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Nanocars Race Ahead

Nanocars Race Ahead Perhaps the most interesting MEMS machine is the nanocar. This ISA article traces the brief history of nanocars — from inception in 2005 to their current status. New measurement techniques show how much the cars move. The next step is to control movement by adding more wheels, and maybe by creating 'nanotracks' or roads.

Creating Energy from Vibration

Creating Energy from Vibration Wireless sensors obviate the need for wires to transmit data, but the sensors still require power wiring. Wiring can be eliminated via batteries, but a better solution is micro-sized energy harvesters in wireless sensors to replace or charge batteries. Energy harvesters convert ambient vibration, light, or heat energy into electricity.

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Faster, Safer, Smaller UL489 Molded Case Breakers
Villanova University Online

Faster, Safer, Smaller UL489 Molded Case Breakers ABB's latest breaker innovation delivers a new range of UL489 listed MCCB circuit breakers, up to 1200A, providing the lowest let-through, the highest interrupting capacities, in the smallest package. Tmax Breakers offer thermal magnetic or advanced electronic trip units plus universal accessories, increasing flexibility and safety, and lowering maintenance cost.

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January 7, 2010 - Volume 5 Issue 1
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