C&K Introduces Industry-First NanoT Series

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– C&K, the leading manufacturer of high reliability electromechanical switches, today announced the launch of its new Nano Tactile (NanoT) switch series, the smallest solution on the market for sophisticated applications powered by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including smart watches and medical wearables such as health monitoring trackers and hearing aids.

The NanoT tactile switches are housed in a 2.2 x 1.70 x 1.65 mm package, which enables designers to add new functionality to their units or reduce their PCB size. They are available in PIP or SMT on edge-mount configurations to protect wearable and medical products from extreme environmental conditions such as vibration, accidental drops, or exposure to liquid while also improving the devices’ life cycles.

Built for High-Quality and Performance, NanoT Serves the Wearable and Medical Device Markets Where Miniaturized Solutions Are in High Demand.

About C&K
At C&K, we do more than just make the world’s best switches. We are trusted advisors, helping global brands and innovators improve customer satisfaction by building better products. C&K offers more than 55,000 standard products, 5.5 million switch combinations, as well as custom designed solutions, to help solve the hardest engineering challenges faced in the automotive, industrial, IoT, wearables, medical, telecom, consumer products, aerospace and POS terminal industries. For over 80 years, leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of electronics have turned to C&K when they require mission-critical reliability in an electromechanical switch, high-rel connector or custom assembly. The reason they keep coming back is because C&K’s innovative design, cutting-edge production process, and strict quality assurance standards produce the world’s best switches and components.

Marvell Technology looks to 5G potential

Marvell Technology is expected to ride the fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology wave. The chip maker has been working on 5G-focused chips, and has struck partnerships to take advantage of this fast-growing market.

5G network transition is expected in the latter half of the year and Marvell Technology is planning to ramp up its 5G related offerings in line with the customer demand. Marvell already has clinched design wins for its Fusion processor for deployment in base stations and expects more deals to come through in the near future. The 5G production ramp up is expected to start in the latter half of the year as the transition from 4G to 5G networks resume from the customers. Marvell expects demand to increase for its Fusion processors and custom multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) chips.

5G presents lots of opportunities

Marvell is preparing to launch several new 5G products (fusion baseband, processors, and ethernet switches). According to Gartner, worldwide 5G wireless network infrastructure revenue will reach $4.2 billion. This represented a growth rate of 89% from 2019. According to Marvell Technology’s CEO Matthew Murphy “Our design win momentum continues in 5G, and we recently announced a significant long-term partnership with Samsung to deliver multiple generations of embedded processors and baseband processors for both LTE and 5G base stations. We expect shipments of our 5G products to start to ramp toward the end of the fiscal year 2020 and continue to grow rapidly into fiscal 2021 and beyond.”

GOWIN Semiconductor Introduces FPGA Product Line with Built-In Security

GOWIN-Secure-FPGASource: GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. SAN JOSE, Calif. and GUANGZHOU, China, July 1, 2019 – GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., the world’s fastest-growing programmable logic company, announces the release of it’s latest product line called SecureFPGA.  SecureFPGA is targeted for endpoint and server management applications utilizing built-in security functions to eliminate the rise of security attacks and breaches in edge computing.

Connected devices in our day to day lives are the new norm.  However, with the growth of these devices comes the increased threat to steal data and impair edge and IoT platforms.  Attacks on connected utility monitoring systems, automated factories, and automobiles are becoming everyday occurrences.  To stop these kinds of attacks a secure root of trust at the edge, followed by secure authentication techniques to connect to the cloud is required.

“GOWIN’s SecureFPGA’s offer a complete cryptographic solution to securely connect endpoints to the cloud,” said Scott Casper, Director of Sales for GOWIN Semiconductor, “with this new device, our customers can deploy endpoint products into the market with security built in.”

GOWIN’s SecureFPGA product family uses physically unclonable functionality (SRAM PUF) to establish a Root of Trust onboard the FPGA.  Once configured, the device can create unique keys for encryption/decryption and authentication functions.  Standard routines like secure boot, secure download, and key exchange can be done effortlessly. 

“SRAM PUF security provides a root of trust without storing sensitive information in non-volitile memory, “ stated Grant Jennings, Director of International Marketing for GOWIN. “Now devices and platforms can be uniquely identified, verify firmware signitures, generate keys and encrypt data with a root of trust established on power up.”

The SecureFPGA 2K LUT version will be sampling in Q3’2019.  The SecureFPGA 4K LUT version is scheduled to sample and mass production in Q4’2019.  For more information about the SecureFPGA product family, please see website www.gowinsemi.com

About GOWIN Semiconductor Corp.

GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. produces field-programmable gate array (FPGA). It offers its products under the brand name ARORA, LittleBee, and GOWIN EDA. It serves communication, industrial, automotive, consumer, medical, cloud computing, and data center sector. Founded in 2014, Gowin Semiconductor Corp., headquartered with major R&D in China, has the vision to accelerate customer innovation worldwide with our programmable solutions. We focus on optimizing our products and removing barriers for customers using programmable logic devices. Gowin commitments to technology and quality enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership from using FPGA on their production boards. Gowin’s offerings include a broad portfolio of programmable logic devices, design software, intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, and development kits. Gowin strives to serve customers in the consumer, industrial, communication, medical, and automotive markets worldwide.

For more information about GOWIN, please visit www.gowinsemi.com


The Top 50 Electronics Distributors

The Top 50 Electronics Distributors: Restarting Growth and Running with It

Top 50 Distributors 2019
The electronics industry saw the signs of a turnaround in the second half of the year as demand spiked and lead times extended for memory ICs, capacitors, resistors, discrete semiconductors and power components. Longer lead times – and allocations – have plagued buyers throughout 2017 and into 2018. This has led to significant challenges in component availability. Distributors with the most on-hand inventory are typically the winners during periods of component shortages and supply constraints.

Since 1991, IBS Electronics has been named one of SourceToday’s Top 50 Distributors. This year, we were ranked #33. This annual report recognizes top global distributors for electronics across a range of industries. Criteria considered were financial results reported by each company, as well as estimates for other private companies that did not comment. Also taken into account were each business’ priorities and major concerns, including next year’s estimated revenues. Overall, electronics have been experiencing a boom the past years, leading to component shortages. but healthy growth for distributors.

New Infineon HybridPACK Power Modules Enable Fast and Flexible

Infineon HybridPACK Drive Flat Power Module
Munich, Germany – 2 May 2019 – In order to support the automotive industry in building up a broad and cost competitive portfolio of hybrid and electric vehicles (xEV), Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) is launching new power modules for xEV main inverters. At this year’s PCIM trade fair Infineon will present four new HybridPACK™ Drive modules optimized for different inverter performance levels between 100 kW and 200 kW. Furthermore, Infineon introduces the HybridPACK Double Sided Cooling (DSC) S2, a technology upgrade to the existing HybridPACK DSC. This module targets main inverters up to 80 kW in hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with high power density requirements.

Infineon’s HybridPACK™ family extends across the full power spectrum required by IGBT modules in hybrid and electric vehicles. Various product versions in six different packages enable maximum scalability across voltage and power classes, from 200 A to 900 A and 400 V to 1200 V (nominal chip values).

The new HybridPACK Drive products will be available in June 2019, the HybridPACK DSC S2 will be available in July 2019. More information is available at www.infineon.com/hybridpack.

Infineon at the PCIM 2019

At the PCIM 2019 tradeshow, Infineon is presenting innovative product-to-system solutions for applications that are set to power the world and shape the future. Infineon’s demos are presented at booth #313 in hall 9 (Nuremberg, Germany, 7-9 May 2019). Information about the PCIM show highlights is available at www.infineon.com/pcim.

ETAL delivers Excellence in Magnetic Components at PCIM 2019

etal-transfomersDitchling, Sussex, 15 April 2019 – ETAL, a world leader in high performance passive components, is delivering Excellence in Magnetic Components at the forthcoming PCIM exhibition in Nuremberg (Hall 6, Stand 104). ETAL is specifically showcasing solutions for renewable energy, automotive, railway, robotics, defence, medical and industrial applications and is focussing on reaching customers in the DACH, French and Iberian regions.

ETAL Group, originally founded in 1968 is a leading supplier of in-house developed high-performance magnetic components, primarily transformers and inductors for the telecom, power technology, automotive and defence industries.

Following the acquisition of Anaview in 2013, its product range expanded to also include high-end class D amplifiers for the audio industry. ETAL Group conducts operations through local offices in Sweden, Estonia, UK, US, China, India and Sri Lanka, and through distribution partners in an additional 20 or so countries. Production takes place at the company’s own facilities in Estonia and Sri Lanka as well as through production partners in Asia.

The ETAL Group represents the Magnetics business area in KAMIC Group, a privately held corporate group based in Sweden. The group consists of some 20 companies offering technical products and services in a number of well-defined market niches.

Most of its companies conduct trading and agency operations, but the group also includes companies with in-house product development and manufacturing. Together, the companies of KAMIC Group have a very wide customer base and many of its customers are multinational industrial companies with global production. The key customer segments include manufacturers of telecom equipment, commercial vehicles, digital signage solutions and automation equipment, as well as electrical contractors and building consultants.

ETAL specialises in custom products and in optimising designs but also offers a range of standard components. Its’ portfolio includes chokes, air coils, coils, current transformers, power transformers and signal transformers. A particular strength is high-end and reliable planar products such as custom made transformers and/or inductors that combine superior performance with overall low cost. ETAL also has a long history in designing and manufacturing of very small toroid products and complex modules. Often these products are made into common mode chokes but can also be found as compact high efficient fly back transformers.

Headquartered at the Kamic Group HQ in Stockholm, ETAL Group conducts its business operations through offices in Sweden, Estonia, UK, China and Sri Lanka, and through distribution partners in an additional 20 or so countries. Production takes place at the company’s own facilities in the UK, Estonia and Sri Lanka as well as through production partners in Asia. ETAL Group has a 5000 sq.mt. site in Ratmalana, Sri Lanka and a 2400 sq. mt. site in Estonia. Following the acquisition of SIGA in the UK in 2018, ETAL has access to a purpose built, 15,000 sq.ft factory in the UK where over 50 employees produce a wide range of high quality transformers and inductors. A custom engineering team is based at the same location.

About ETAL Group

Since 1968, ETAL Group has been a leading supplier of in-house developed high-performance magnetic components, primarily transformers and inductors. ETAL develops, manufactures and sells magnetic components to a world-wide market through offices in Europe, Asia and through distribution partners in an additional 20 countries. Production takes place at the company’s own facilities in Estonia and Sri Lanka as well as through production partners in Asia.

CUI USB Type C Connectors

CUI USB Type C CUI’s Interconnect Group has added USB Type C connectors to its USB product family. The UJ31 receptacle connector series and UP31 plug connector series conform to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard that supports data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps and power delivery up to 100 W at 20 V. With a reversible connector interface for simple and reliable mating, these USB Type C connectors provide designers with a compact, versatile solution for a variety of I/O applications in consumer and portable electronic devices, including high volume storage products, digital audio devices, and mobile computing equipment.

CUI’s Type C plug and receptacle connectors conform to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard that supports data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps and power delivery up to 100 W at 20 V, offer a 5 A current rating for faster power charging, and high durability for up to 10,000 mating cycles.

Incorporating A, B, Micro AB, Micro B, Mini AB, Mini B, and C USB connector types, CUI’s USB standard 2.0, 3.1 Gen 1 (previously 3.0), and 3.1 Gen 2 connectors are ideal for a variety of I/O applications in consumer and portable electronic devices. Offered in receptacle or plug types with horizontal or vertical orientations, our USB connector line features a number of mounting styles including surface mount, cable mount, mid mount SMT and through hole, allowing them to plug into virtually any design. These USB connectors also feature an operating temperature range up to -30 to +85°C and reliability as high as 10,000 mating cycles.

New Mean Well Power Supplies

Mean Well offers a wide range of AC/DC power supplies, DC/DC converters, DC/AC inverters and AC/AC transformers that range from 1 to 20kW. When looking for a Mean Well power supply for LED lighting it is easy to get lost in the many different options available. First, it is a good idea to know the specific needs of your project. Often, power supplies are wrongly chosen for an LED project which leads to failure. In order to cut out any issues use the quick checklist below when looking for an LED power Supply.

Mean Well Power Supply and Driver Catalog This quick selection guide will go through the many categories and options offered by Mean Well.

Mean well announces new series for LED Driver, DIN Rail power supplies or other application where power supplies are needed. All Meanwell related news can be found per news category.

XLG-150/200 Series

XLG-150/200 Series

To offer a complete product choice, the XLG-150/200 series (150/ 200W) is soon officially unveiled after the launch of XLG-25/50/75 /100 series (25/50/75 /10W). The whole series adopts constant power mode design, which is convenient for customers to design and adjust driver current for various LED light sources. Key product features include:

  • Full power at 70~100% operation.(Constant Power mode)

  • Wide input range 100-305V AC(Class I).

  • Protection function: SCP/OVP/OTP.

  • 3 in 1 dimming function with isolation design.

  • Surge protection: 6KV/4KV (10KV/6KV optional)

  • India (EESL) version with Input over voltage protection.

  • Lifetime >50,000 hrs and 5 years warranty

EPP-120S Series

EPP-120S Series

MEAN WELL has achieved 120W in a 3”x2” PCB form factor via technical breakthrough and is proud to release the ultra-high power density miniaturized EPP-120S series. Key product features include:

  • 3”x 2” ultra-high power density miniaturized design (18.2W/in3 )

  • Full range 80~264VAC input with built-in PFC function

  • 120W output power without external fan cooling, 150W peak load (10 seconds)

  • Suitable for installation in Class I (with FG) or Class II (no FG) systems
  • No load power consumption

  • High efficiency up to 94%

  • -30~+85℃ ultra-wide operating temperature range

  • Operation altitude up to 5000 meters

  • Protections: short circuit/overload/over voltage/over temperature

  • Compliance to ITE (IEC/EN/UL62368) safety: CB/UL/cUL/TUV/EAC/CE

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 76.2×50.8x28mm

  • 3 years warranty

RPS-120S Series

RPS-120S Series

MEAN WELL is expanding the RPS family’s 3”x2” product offering to 120W, up from 30~65W of the previously released RPS-30/45/65, by releasing the ultra-high power density RPS-120S series. Key product features include:

  • 3”x 2” ultra-high power density miniaturized design (18.2W/in3 )

  • Full range 80~264VAC input with built-in PFC function

  • 120W output power without external fan cooling, 150W peak load (10 seconds)

  • 2xMOPP isolation level, low leakage current, suitable for type BF medical applications
  • Suitable for installation in Class I (with FG) or Class II (no FG) systems

  • No load power consumption

  • igh efficiency up to 94%

  • -30~+85℃ ultra-wide operating temperature range

  • Operation altitude up to 4000 meters

  • Protections: short circuit/overload/over voltage/over temperature

  • Compliance to medical (IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI 60601) safety: CB/UL/cUL/TUV/EAC/CE

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 76.2×50.8x28mm

  • 3 years warranty

Ametherm NTC thermistor probe assembly with ring lug


Designed for high-accuracy temperature sensing and measurement in Li-ion battery power applications, Ametherm’s PANR 103395-342 NTC thermistor probe assembly combines a specially designed ring lug for battery mounting with a high dielectric voltage rating of 4000 VAC.

The thermistors are manufactured from a specially formulated metal oxide ceramic material that is extremely accurate in sensing temperature and is ideal for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, off-grid energy storage, and alternative energy applications. Providing a high-stability replacement for less-accurate thermocouples, the PANR 103395-342 experiences minimal drift from its initial electrical values. The device offers resistance at 25°C of 10kΩ, beta of 3950°K, dissipation constant of 8mW/°C, thermal time constant of 10.0 s, and an operating temperature range of -50 to + 180°C. The RoHS-compliant assembly features 18-AWG stranded Teflon-insulated lead wires.

Ametherm’s NTC sensing thermistors include the PANR 103395-342 probe assembly with a ring lug for easy and secure mounting to battery terminals. The device is extremely accurate and experiences minimal drift from its initial electrical values to provide a high-stability replacement for thermocouples. The temperature probe features a high-dielectric withstand voltage, resistance at 25°C of 10kΩ, beta of 3950°K, and dissipation constant of 8mW/°C.

In addition, Ametherm’s MM35-DIN series of inrush current limiting NTC thermistors designed to withstand high input energy of 1200J and steady-state currents from 50.0A to 80.0A at 680V. Offered in DIN-rail-mountable packages, these inrush current limiters are optimized for high-power industrial and green energy applications, including variable frequency motor drives, wind turbines, large inverters, single- and three-phase motors, and transformers. The MM35-DIN series features resistance at 25°C from 0.2Ω to 1.5Ω, with maximum power of 38.4W.