Month: October 2022

The History of Integrated Circuits

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Though there is no one integrated circuit inventor, the idea for this technology occurred concurrently among several different scientists and engineers involved in developing computing technology since the early 1900s. In the first half of the 20th century, vacuum tubes dominated electronic devices. The first giant computers commissioned by the US government in the 1940s… Read more »

Understanding the Advantages & Applications of PN Junction Diodes

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A diode is a two-terminal electronic component that has high electrical resistance on one end and low electrical resistance on the other end. As a result, this widely used electronic component conducts electricity in one direction.  Early diodes have two electrodes: cathode and anode. The cathode is a negatively charged electrode, while the anode is… Read more »

How to Purchase and Source Electronic Components

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Supply chains faced pressure early on as many governments globally shut down nonessential manufacturing in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Many manufacturers scrambled to find new suppliers who weren’t yet affected. This temporary move away from trusted suppliers created a situation where counterfeiters could more easily pass their wares, bringing on… Read more »

A Guide to Identifying Counterfeits in the Electronic Components Market

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Counterfeit products have long plagued the electronics industry. Consumer electronics – including microchips, iPhones, other electronic devices and their components – represent 10% of fake products seized. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) found that counterfeiting in the US electronic components market cost the industry $7.5 billion in annual revenue and over 11,000 jobs. The FBI… Read more »