USB 3.2: The Basics

    08/17/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    Like Goldilocks we know when something is just right. Not too big, not too difficult, not too hot or cold (as in porridge). When it isn’t we don’t hide our displeasure. But the recent announcement from the USB Promoter Group— which counts Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Texas Instruments among its members— regarding the upcoming USB 3.2 standard seems “spot on,” as my British friends might put it. So without delay here’s the good news: USB transfer speeds will double (up to 20Gb/s) and if you have a USB Type-C cable certified for 10Gb/s “SuperSpeed+” there’s no need for new cables.

    The Changing Structure of the European High-Tech Economy

    07/27/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    The European high-tech economy is broken down in this book based on regional analysis of serviceable geography, or basically a distance marker from airports or factories. As is the case in the USA, the market in Europe is fragmenting with demand being introspective and only remaining in place at this writing, and seemingly, because of protectionism; remains in the continent.

    Continuing Progress on the Anti-Counterfeiting Front

    07/14/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    There may be a temptation to conclude that after a flurry of activity 12 months ago nothing of great moment is occurring with regard to the design, development and licensing of technology aimed at reducing the harmful effects of counterfeiting, Any such assessment, however, would be grossly misleading.

    Capacitor Raw Materials: Outlook On Availability and Continuity of Supply

    07/11/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    This article drills down into the supply chain for capacitor materials to determine materials availability and expected continuity of supply to the capacitor markets over the next five years.

    New Passive Component Design Kit for IoT Applications

    06/22/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    The Internet of Things is not only driving the electronic component market, but it’s also influencing the direction design/development kits are taking. While passives and connectors are changing to meet the new demands of IoT projects (for example many IoT nodes need capacitors for coupling, decoupling and filtering), manufacturers also are being asked to deliver smaller packages that deliver the same capacitance or resistance as their former larger versions along with excellent reliability and a high Mean Time To Failure (MTTF).

    MLCC Shortages and Why They Might Last Longer than Expected

    06/02/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    The CEO at the top vendor of nickel electrode powder in the world noted to me once that their ability to produce small spherical coated shapes consistently at a microscopic level far exceeded that of ceramic dielectric materials, and this would be a continued problem for years to come as the technology progressed.

    Materials Development Drives New Momentum for Supercaps

    05/16/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    A supercapacitor stores and releases energy in an electric field by physically separating positive and negative charges (unlike batteries which use a chemical reaction). Supercapacitors typically have higher energy density than other capacitors and higher power density than batteries. A supercapacitor is able to respond almost instantly and can routinely operate for more than 15 years with very little, if any, need for maintenance.

    Ruthenium Prices Skyrocket as Resistor Markets Tighten

    05/08/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    (Paumanok Publications, Inc. Cary NC USA) Tantalum capacitor lead times continued to stretch in March on a month-to-month basis as vendors and material suppliers tried to come up with a "perfect storm" of reasons for the sudden shortage of molded Ta205 chip capacitors. This MarketEYE installment suggests that the shortage of tantalum capacitors has led to exuberant buying of other passive components, especially MLCC, thick film chip resistors and surface mount inductors.

    Technical papers of interest at APEC 2017

    04/14/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    Conventional wisdom says that the way to grab headlines at a major conference is to hold all announcements until opening day then launch the new products with your PR agency and marketing department beating the publicity drums loudly enough to be heard for miles around.

    Lead Times for Passives Extend into the Twilight Zone

    03/30/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    (Paumanok Publications, Inc. Cary NC USA) Tantalum capacitor lead times continued to stretch in March on a month-to-month basis as vendors and material suppliers tried to come up with a "perfect storm" of reasons for the sudden shortage of molded Ta205 chip capacitors. This MarketEYE installment suggests that the shortage of tantalum capacitors has led to exuberant buying of other passive components, especially MLCC, thick film chip resistors and surface mount inductors.

    The Global Market for Medical Electronics and Outlook to 2022

    02/28/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    This MarketEYE article covers the global market for medical “devices” as described by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the materials and electronic components that support them. Paumanok Publications, Inc. estimates the medical technology market, or “MedTech” market at $390 Billion USD worldwide and includes $160 billion in medical electronic devices and $230 billion in medical “materials.” The following chart illustrates the growth in the worldwide MedTech market between 2005 and 2016, when the market grew from $250 BB USD in value to $390 BB USD in value, which represents an average annual growth rate during that time period of approximately 4%. The dual engine that has growth in “MedTech” from 2005 to 2008 and steady state growth from 2012 to 2017, is the combination of an aging population in Western markets and to support emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The forecast is for the global MedTech market to grow from $390 BB USD in 2016 to $515 BB USD by 2022 to continue to support aging populations and emerging economies, but also because of the interjection of electronic solutions where materials have traditionally been used.

    First Look at New and Notable Passives at APEC 2017

    02/14/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    Conventional wisdom says that the way to grab headlines at a major conference is to hold all announcements until opening day then launch the new products with your PR agency and marketing department beating the publicity drums loudly enough to be heard for miles around.

    48V Power for Cars: A New Opportunity for Passives

    02/14/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    As electrical demands in cars increase beyond the capabilities of the traditional 12V supply, automakers are moving to 48V power rails, which offer some attractive advantages: lower overall fuel consumption, a smaller environmental impact (especially CO2 emissions), improved engine performance and the ability to introduce a new series of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

    The 2016 Year in Review and the Year Ahead

    02/07/2017 Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

    Each year at approximately this time I offer the readers of MarketEYE a synopsis of the preceding year and outlook for the coming year. This year is no exception.

    In 2017 ReRAM Will Make its Presence Felt

    01/17/2017 Murray Slovick in: Passives

    Gazing into a crystal ball can be a risky business, but amidst the haze one thing seems clear about the future of non-volatile memory: 2017 will see a big push by Resistive Random-Access Memory (ReRAM) manufacturers into mainstream commercial applications, leveraging advantages such as very-high-storage density, low power consumption and long endurance that have been tantalizing potential users for several years.

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