Tag Archives: Semiconductors

How Does Switching Affect Semiconductors?

Even though ICs rule the world of electronics, the transistor does all the work. Within each IC are millions upon millions of transistors perpetually switching on and off so that the IC can carry out its intended functions. Even if one of the multitudes of transistors were to stop switching, the IC could lose part or all of its functionality. Circuits handling digital signals most often use transistors to switch from a high state to a low state and vice versa. It is usual to call a circuit point Read more [...]

Phosphorene Challenges Graphene as a Semiconductor

Though silicon has been the basis of semi-conductors for decades, it is facing stiff competition from other materials that promise to deliver several extras to consumers who like to enjoy more flexibility with their gadgets. For some time, graphene, a one atom thick allotrope of carbon has been under consideration for use in electronic devices because its thin structure allows electrons to travel across it much more rapidly than they would do across silicon. However, graphene has severe limitations, Read more [...]

Synthetic Diamond Manages Power

Power delivery using semiconductor devices is increasing at a rapid pace. This is evident from different forms of power delivered, whether it is controlled power through power inverters, or RF power through amplifiers. Power is necessary to operate nearly everything, such as for alternative forms of energy generation, electric vehicles, radar systems, cellular base stations and even smartphones. However, semiconductor devices need to dissipate the heat they generate, and this poses a stringent challenge Read more [...]

Will a shortage of electronic components hurt holiday sales?

Analysts are wondering if a shortage of electronic components might lead to smaller supplies of smartphones, video game consoles and other personal electronics like MP3 players, which usually sell very well during the holidays. Jason Busch, the founder and Managing Director of advisory firm Azul Partners said “There are a lot of conflicting signals within the supply chain right now. The losers will be consumers who might not get the products they want and manufacturers who will see an impact Read more [...]

Electronic Components Logos – Resources to Identify Manufacturers Logos

We get lots of strange electronic components and parts in here. Some are easy to identify; others not so much. It takes us lot of research time to identify unmarked electronic components and even more time to unearth the datasheet for them. Sometimes, they stay a mystery forever. Whenever possible we try to identify the manufacturer first to give us a lead on the electronic part. Over the years, we've discovered a treasure trove of information about the various manufacturers of semiconductor devices. Read more [...]

Available Methods of Marking Semiconductors

Semiconductor Markings - Available Methods Traditionally, most components have two or three lines of identifying marks plus a company logo. Over time, the manufacturer codes have become more involved to incorporate a component's identification plus the complete history of the process. Early on, it was the military applications that required very specific markings and identification processes. Current package markings are a by-product of those military requirements. When a semiconductor is clearly Read more [...]