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China Power Shortage: IQD’s Challenges and Outlook on the current situation

China Power Shortage: IQD’s Challenges and Outlook on the current situation

Posted: 14th October 2021
IQD, in common with the majority of component suppliers, has recently experienced supply disruptions from raw material suppliers, lack of capacity, extremely long lead times or even allocation in the 32.768 kHz market as well as allocation of critical semiconductors, which we are managing with our manufacturing partners. Now there is a potential for further disruption to… Read More

COVID-19 and its effect on the electronics manufacturing supply chain

COVID-19 and its effect on the electronics manufacturing supply chain

Posted: 31st August 2021
The entire electronic component industry has lately been facing exceptional growth across many markets including automotive, telecommunications, 5G infrastructure, smartphones, electric vehicles, plus an ever-growing consumer electronics market of course. But with this surge in the market, what impact does this have on the supply chain? In our last blog, COVID-19 and its… Read More

What You Need to Know about Phase Noise and Jitter

Figure 1 – Square wave plot showing jitter

Posted: 1st July 2021
In an ideal world, an oscillator’s output waveform would only be at one specific and exact frequency and also be stable with regards to time; however all oscillator output signals also include ‘noise’ whether that is in the form of fluctuations in frequency, time or amplitude. Therefore, we need some metrics to measure and make sense of these imperfections. That is where… Read More

Back-to-Basics - Specifying quartz crystals: additional parameters to consider for your application

Back-to-Basics - Specifying quartz crystals:  additional parameters to consider for your application

Posted: 27th May 2021
In the last blog, we looked into the main parameters to consider when designing-in a quartz crystal in your application. This time, we will focus on other parameters to extend the understanding of quartz crystals and support designing electronic solutions.   1.    ESR Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) is a measurement of the resistance of the crystal at series resonance… Read More

Back-to-Basics - Specifying quartz crystals

Back-to-Basics - Specifying quartz crystals

Posted: 5th May 2021
Today the usage of timing devices increases with each new technological breakthrough. Gradually, more engineers become responsible for specifying crystal parameters for their electronic designs. This drives the need to better understand crystals. In this blog, we will cover the key crystal parameters to consider when designing an application.   1.    Frequency The… Read More

Finding the perfect size – considerations when choosing the size of your timing device

Finding the perfect size – considerations when choosing the size of your timing device

Posted: 25th March 2021
As most manufacturers of electronic devices continue to reduce the size of their products, pressure is put on to passive component manufacturers to continuously reduce the package sizes of their parts. But does reducing the package size of components only come with benefits, or are there some drawbacks to this trend as well? This blog provides an insight into the… Read More

COVID-19 and its effect on the electronics manufacturing industry

COVID-19 and its effect on the electronics manufacturing industry

Posted: 25th February 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic every country in the world entered some form of lockdown and this has had a considerable impact on the world’s manufacturing industry. Initially, factories were forced to close or to operate on vastly reduce staffing levels, which left them at a fraction of normal output. At the same time, industries including hospitality, retail and travel… Read More

Does size really matter? – Design effect of crystal downsizing

Product range picture

Posted: 26th January 2021
Miniaturisation is an ongoing trend in the electronic industry. Wearables, smart home devices, mobile devices, electronics in automotive applications... - these are just a few examples of applications that require more and more smaller components. Every manufacturer of electronic components is working to bring smaller and smaller components onto the market. But this size… Read More