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Digi-Key to distribute Sanken Electric’s portfolio globally Electronic components distributor Digi-Key has signed a global distribution agreement with Sanken Electric Co., a leading global supplier of analog power Semiconductor products. Sanken’s long history began in 1937, when the Toho Industrial Research Laboratory was established and commenced research and trial manufacture of selenium rectifiers. Boasting one of the widest ranges of electronic components in the industry, Sanken manufactures products including ICs, transistors, thyristors, diodes, LEDs and CCFLs, as well as A/C Adapters and power supplies, among others. Digi-Key www.digikey.com FIGnition inFUZE 8-bit computer at RS Components RS components now makes available the FIGnition inFUZE, a new customised version of the low-cost, self-assembly 8-bit FIGnition computer that has been developed primarily for educational use as a simple, practical aid to understanding basic computing. FIGnition is supplied as a kit of parts comprising a small, bare PCB and a set of components including an 8-bit 20MHz ATmega328 microcontroller, a 512Kbyte Flash memory chip and an 8Kbyte RAM device. Designed for construction by beginners, FIGnition comes pre-loaded with the Forth programming language, providing a simple, efficient environment in which to interactively learn and run computer code. RS components http://uk.rs-online.com TTI expands its European connector assembly plant TTI has significantly increased both the scale and scope of its European connector assembly service. First opened in 2010 to service the European defence and hi-rel markets, the facility is based at TTI’s European Distribution Centre in Gerlinden, near Munich, Germany. It has more than doubled in size and can now produce seven different connector styles and their many variants, with new ranges planned for later this year. At the 500m² site, the distributor now has 12 dedicated workstations and shelving for 2,800 component parts. TTI www.ttieurope.com element14 launches Raspberry Pi projects portal website element14’s latest online resource, Raspberry Pi Projects, provides a single location for Raspberry Pi owners of all skill levels to highlight their creations and learn how to move onto the next level. Making it easier for users to try out and store more Pi projects, the distributor has also launched the 8GB Raspberry Pi bundle, a pack that incorporates a Raspberry Pi B Board and an 8GB SD card with the all six of the official Raspberry Pi Foundation approved operating systems preloaded on the memory card. The 8GB SD card provides users with all the space they need to create and store their Raspberry Pi projects. Raspberry Pi Projects caters to Raspberry Pi owners of all levels; from the complete beginner using their Raspberry Pi for the first time, to professional design engineers. element14 www.element14.com RF, IF and microwave signal processing components Components distributor Richardson RFPD and Wavelex have launched the Wavelex website. Offering the full portfolio of the company’s RF, IF and microwave signal processing components for the RF and microwave industry, the website showcases Wavelex’ devices, well-suited for test and measurement, wireless infrastructure, medical, and military applications. Each product listing on the new site includes key specifications and a link to the corresponding data sheet. Product category tables can be sorted by any of the key technical specifications. Each product listing also includes a “buy” button for online purchasing via Richardson RFPD, the exclusive worldwide distributor for Wavelex products. Richardson RFPD www.richardsonrfpd.com Mouser adds smallest-outline transistor from Rohm Mouser Electronics now supplies the smallest transistor package on the market, manufactured by Rohm Semiconductor, suited to designs for thin, compact portable devices. Rohm Semiconductor ultra compact MOSFETs and bipolar transistors in the VML0806 case type measure 0.8×0.6mm with a height of only 0.36mm. Until recently, problems related to internal element miniaturisation, bonding stability, package process accuracy, and surface mount technology limited the smallest conventional transistors to the 1006 size (1.0×0.6mm, t=0.37mm). Rohm was able to overcome these challenges by using a smaller element and high-precision package process technology, resulting in a compact form factor. Mouser Electronics www.mouser.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2013 49


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