Absolute Optical Encoders Achieve ±0.5 µm Accuracy

In some semiconductor applications, component “multitasking” can lead to axes collisions. Amicra Microtechnologies, a developer and manufacturer of precision assembly systems that bond and mount active/passive semiconductors, lenses, MEMS and processors for microelectronics and micro-optics applications in the automotive, telecommunications and information technology industries found a way to prevent such collisions. Its NovaPlus series machines

EtherCAT: new device standard for semiconductor industry

The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) released ETG.5003-1 device standard for the semiconductor industry. This standard has nine corresponding specific device profiles to aid engineers in the design of tools in the semiconductor industry. With these device profiles, EtherCAT can be used for more than just motion control, I/O, sensors, and gateways in semiconductor manufacturing machines.

Protect Electronics with Silicones

by Rohit Ramnath, Master Bond Inc. Silicone compounds are used in thousands of electronic systems to seal, bond, coat, and encapsulate components, enabling them to perform reliably under challenging conditions. Formulators continue to improve silicones to make them easier to use and to offer a wider variety of properties. Since the 1980’s, the electronics industry

Introducing SENTINEL Molded Foam Silicone Rubber Heaters

Durex Industries recently announced the product introduction of the SENTINEL Molded Foam Silicone Rubber Heater.   In semiconductor equipment applications Durex Industries’ SENTINEL heaters offer the advances of improved thermal efficiency, higher process temperatures, and reduced system cost. Durex Industries developed this advanced heater technology, because Semiconductor Equipment Industry engineers need thermal solutions that meet specifications

Fairchild Semiconductor’s New Motion SPM 5 Series

Designers of motor control systems need solutions that optimize efficiency and ensure maximum reliability under harsh application conditions. To meet this challenge, Fairchild Semiconductor developed the SPM 5 smart power module series 3-phase MOSFET inverter solution, providing designers an AC induction motor (ACIM) and Brushless DC (BLDC) motor inverter solution for motors up to 200W including

Processors lead the way to better industrial PCs

Until now, new processor generations have generally been limited to office and home computers. It often took time for industrial PCs to play catch up in terms of performance and multimedia capabilities. This isn’t the case with the Automation PC 910 from B&R. This system was developed in close cooperation with semiconductor manufacturer Intel®, which

Freescale Freedom development platform KL02Z from Newark element14

Newark element14 will now stock the Freescale Semiconductor Freedom development platform KL02Z evaluation and development tool, designed for the rapid prototyping of microcontroller-based applications. Featuring the new energy efficient Kinetis KL02 ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU, the KL02Z Freedom Development Platform offers design engineers 32-bit performance at the cost of traditional 8 & 16-bit MCUs, making it

Bosch Rexroth to showcase semiconductor production at SEMICON West 2013

Bosch Rexroth will share its automation technology portfolio and expertise for semiconductor manufacturing and printed electronics at SEMICON West 2013, July 9-11 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The drive and control company will be exhibiting in booth 1919 in the South Hall. Rexroth will exhibit several advanced drive and control systems, including its compact

High-Performance Brushless Servo Systems Tech Tip

Topics covered in this Tech Tip: Comparison of DC servomotors and brushless servomotors Sinusoidal and trapezoidal brushless servos Sinusoidal EMF and sinusoidal current Sinusoidal control for brushless and induction motors Closed-loop control for high performance Sponsored by: Download Design World’s Tech Tips E-Book Please complete the form below to unlock Design World’s Tech Tips E-Book.

How to improve heat dissipation in 3-D microelectronic systems

Heat continues to be a challenge with integrated circuit design. “There is really no good way to address the heat dissipation need with existing technology, and the problem is getting worse because computing power is increasing and the capabilities being put on chips are expanding,” said Yogendra Joshi, a professor in Georgia Tech’s Woodruff School

New Automation PC 910 from B&R Developed in Cooperation with Intel

Until now, new processor generations have generally been limited to office and home computers. It often took time for industrial PCs to play catch up in terms of performance and multimedia capabilities. This isn’t the case with the new Automation PC 910 from B&R. This system was developed in close cooperation with the US semiconductor

Servo Couplings for High Tech Applications

Edited by Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor High tech applications in industries such as medical, semiconductor, solar, packaging, and printing require precision components to maintain a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. The shaft coupling is an important component of such systems, used, for example, to connect servomotors to linear systems. A variety of servo couplings

Digital Controller Technology for Solid-State Lighting

Ikon Semiconductor’s integrated circuit (IC), for the dimmable LED retrofit market, is designed to meet cost and performance standards for today’s LED lighting products, while enabling greater design simplicity for bulb manufacturers and OEMs. Its IC solutions match the efficiency of comparative two-stage architectures, but with up to 25 percent fewer components. With broad dimmer

Olson LED Ideal Light Source for Covert Surveillance

The infrared Oslon black SFH 4725S LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors has a wavelength of 940 nanometers, making it nearly invisible to the human eye, and its black package reflects virtually no ambient light. Together with its high optical output power of almost one watt, this infrared LED is the ideal light source for covert

NI Releases Automated Test Outlook 2013

National Instruments released its Automated Test Outlook 2013 highlighting the company’s research into the latest test and measurement technologies and methodologies. The report examines trends affecting industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, semiconductor, telecommunications and transportation. Engineers and managers can use the report to take advantage of the latest strategies and best

Materials meet the demands of smaller electronic devices

As consumer electronic devices become smaller, thinner and more versatile, the space available within these devices for electronic components, such as micro-potentiometers, is also shrinking. The materials chosen for these applications must exhibit a balance of characteristics. These include self-extinguishing behavior upon exposure to flame, dimensional stability, creep resistance at high temperatures, sufficient mechanical and

Closed loop wind tunnel tests semiconductor components

In some semiconductor applications, it is required to test components in hot air to meet certain standards. The CLWT-115 research quality closed-loop wind tunnel provides an accurate and convenient system for thermally characterizing PCBs, heat sinks and components at controlled temperatures from ambient to 85°C (185°F). The wind tunnel produces air flows up to 5

Novel Encoder Feedback for Position and Velocity Accuracy

For applications that require position or velocity feedback integrated into electromechanical actuators, the LinACE absolute linear encoder is a novel approach. The encoder has an accuracy of ±5 µm and delivers full closed-loop control. The encoder comprises a solid steel shaft with fully integrated scale and a sliding read-head module with no internal moving parts,

Global Semiconductor Sales Top $24 Billion for First Time in 2012

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.1 billion for the month of April 2012, a 3.4 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $23.3 billion. This marks the largest month-over-month growth for the industry since May 2010. However, […]

Power Supply Tips

Easier Access to Smaller Quantities of Semiconductor Chips

When you’re prototyping a design for a new consumer product, or a medical product, it would be nice if you could purchase a minimum number of semiconductor devices rather then purchase the usual hundred-plus quantity. Texas Instruments offers a program that lets you obtain small quantities of semiconductor devices for your prototyping needs through its

Multi-output Regulators

The ADP5041 and ADP5040 multi-output regulators combine a high-efficiency, 3-MHz, 1.2-A buck regulator and two 300-mA LDOs (low dropout regulators) in a small 20-lead LFCSP package. These integrated regulators provide an integrated circuit device using nine components and 50 mm2 of board space. These units are power management companions to mid-range FPGAs, microprocessor and DSP

Disc Couplings for Highly Accurate Systems

Ruland offers both single and double disc style couplings for highly accurate systems found in industries such as test and measurement, medical, semiconductor, solar, and liquid handling. Disc couplings have low inertia and are torsionally stiff making them suitable for precise zero-backlash systems with speeds up to 10,000 rpm. Ruland single disc coupling, clamp style,

Developments In Precision Positioning Stages with High Speed Range

High-precision linear stages used for applications such as surface measurement in life sciences, semiconductor manufacturing and other industries often require two distinctly different modes of motion. A rapid mode usually is needed to change locations quickly in the workspace, which might then be followed by very slow motion for finer focusing and resolution. The traditional

Taiyo Yuden Adds Mouser Electronics as Distributor

TAIYO YUDEN (U.S.A.) INC has signed up Mouser Electronics as an authorized distributor for its extensive line of passive components and module products. Mouser’s Web site and catalogs will provide customers with quick and convenient access to all of TAIYO YUDEN’s component and module products, as well as to Mouser’s responsive and expert customer service.

Omega Introduces Precision Fluidized Bath FFB-8 Series

Omega introduces its FFB-8 series that offers a wide operating range of 50 to 700°C (122-1292°F), PID temperature control and a built-in dust extraction and collection system. The model FFB-8 employs the principle of fluidization of a mass of finely divided particles to provide a safe, essentially isothermal environment with a high rate of heat