Texas Instruments has introduced the bq51050B chip for wireless recharging of smartphones and tablet computers, employing the Wireless Power Consortium 1.1 standard for Qi-compliant mobile devices. The chipmaker also debuted the bq500410A wireless power transfer controller chip.
The Vishay Foil Resistors division of Vishay Precision Group introduced a line of bulk metal foil resistors. The parts have extended pads to enable use in high-power, high-temperature applications, and are specified to work in conditions with temperatures of up to 225 degrees C.
Increased sales of smartphones and tablet computers will push revenues for consumer and mobile microelectromechanical system devices to $2.25 billion in 2011, up 37% from last year's $1.64 billion, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm sees the MEMS segment growing 22.5% per year, reaching $4.54 billion in 2015.
DigiTimes Research reports China's 12th Five Year Plan will focus on promoting research and development within the country's semiconductor industry and the global competitiveness of Chinese chipmakers. China's leading silicon foundries -- Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, Semiconductor Manufacturing International, Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics and Shanghai Huali Microelectronics -- will account for about two-thirds of merchant foundry capacity by 2015, according to DigiTimes.
Toshiba Electronics Europe added to its TPCx line of 30V power metal oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors with nine new devices. The MOSFETs are contained in SOP-8 and thin small outline nonleaded packages.