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A Guide to Identifying Counterfeits in the Electronic Components Market

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 »

Part 2: Advantages & Applications of Integrated Circuits

This blog is Part Two of our two-part series highlighting integrated circuit design types, functions, and advantages. [Follow the links for Part One here.] Although each type of integrated circuit functions in specific ways that perform specialized tasks, innumerable modern electronic devices depend upon them and would not work without them. Below, we highlight some… Read more »

Part 1: Integrated Circuit Functions & Types

This blog is Part One of our two-part series highlighting integrated circuit types, functions, and advantages. Arguably the most important invention of the 20th century, an integrated circuit functions as a timer, microprocessor, amplifier, oscillator, or even as computer memory. It’s essential to modern computers, and the basis for the vast majority of electronic equipment… Read more »

Featured Manufacturer: Kingbright

One of the central tenets of our business and a crucial reason why customers view Solid State Inc. as a leading distributor of top-quality electronic components is that we align ourselves with the best in the business. Kingbright has been at the top of the LED manufacturing game for more than three decades, pushing the… Read more »

An Introduction to Solid State Rectifiers

A rectifier is a device that converts currents, specifically an alternating current into a direct one, by allowing the current to flow through it in one direction. This allows electronic devices to function properly – in fact, without a rectifier, most electronics simply wouldn’t work. Rectifiers are used across a wide variety of devices and… Read more »

Thyristor Q&A: Everything You Need to Know

Thyristors are solid-state semiconductor devices that share certain similarities with diodes, resistors and transistors. Despite being a small device, a thyristor can reliably conduct a lot of electricity and tolerate extremely high power levels. If you’re not familiar with thyristors or are wondering how to tell the difference between thyristors and other semiconductor devices, Solid… Read more »

Featured Manufacturer: NTE Electronics

Solid State Inc. is proud to be a distributor of the best quality electronic components. We carry a range of products by trusted manufacturers, including NTE Electronics, Inc., who have been a leading supplier of NTE and ECG brand name components for over 40 years. From NASA space projects to medical applications – and essentially… Read more »

Transistor Basics: Types of Transistors & Applications

Transistors are semiconductor devices that allow for the existence of electronics that you use regularly, such as cell phones, radios, calculators and computers. There are several types of transistors to consider for different applications, so it’s crucial to understand the basic principles of how a transistor operates.

Featured Manufacturer: Littelfuse

When it comes to innovative products in the electronic components industry, Littelfuse is one of the most trusted manufacturers in the business. In fact, there’s a good chance you already own a product that functions with Littelfuse electronic components. From tablets to electric cars, Littelfuse components make our lives safer and easier, especially as devices… Read more »

Easy Ways to Streamline & Increase Production Before Winter

As the cooler months approach, orders begin to come in and business starts booming again. Make sure your company is ready by streamlining your production process to increase your output and profit this winter. Don’t worry, we won’t suggest rebranding or making TV commercials, we know you don’t have time for that. Instead, make these… Read more »

AVX Extends MLC Tempeture Range

AVX is proud to announce the release of our new X8L High Temperature & High Capacitance dielectric. X8L dielectric offers extended capacitance ranges when compared to X8R. Some key features/benefits include: High Capacitance for 150°C applications Flexiterm® available for critical mechanical and thermal cycling applications AECQ-200 available Epoxy termination available for hybrid applications X8L Temperature… Read more »

A New Segmentation for Electric Vehicles

NOVEMBER 2009 • Nick Hodson and John Newman : Automotive & Assembly Practice Global carmakers are trying to define a future market for electric vehicles. To reach beyond affluent, environmentally conscious, or technically enamored buyers, these companies will need to develop products that satisfy the consumers’ main concern—good value for money. Given the current cost… Read more »

Energy Star program comes under attack

The article posted in governmentexecutive.com caught my attention. I’m not sure what to believe anymore but I do believe we need to continue to march forward with our efforts to minimize energy consumption while creating new generation technology. Does a gas-powered alarm clock the size of a small generator sound energy efficient to you? Or… Read more »

SIA: January Sales Rise

“If the current trends continue, there is upside potential for 2010 growth above our November forecast of $242.1 billion, but a growing global economy driven by consumer purchasing will be key to sustaining these trends,” says SIA President George Scalise. By Ann Steffora Mutschler, Contributing Editor– Electronic News 3/1/2010 Reflecting the improving business environment for… Read more »

Bergquist Pre-Applies Bond-Ply 450 to PCBs

Found this interesting article regarding Bergquist Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Feb 23, 2009 The reflow-resistant thermal interface tape saves product manufacturers from manually applying thermal interface material after assembly. This streamlines production, allowing to quickly bond the metal-core PCB to a heatsink avoiding laborious attachment of individual screws or clips. The pre-applied Bond-Ply… Read more »