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Lambda Opens Design Verification Lab

To provide enhanced testing capabilities for end customers with custom power solutions, Lambda, headquartered in San Diego, opened a new design verification lab (DVL) facility in Melville, N.Y. This new facility promises benefits by streamlining the documentation and design process with a full suite of design engineering and manufacturing services under one roof. This process produces designs that are ready for high-volume manufacturing of custom products. Lambda can now supply production-quality Beta units almost immediately after receiving prototype approval and materials, significantly reducing the time-to-market.

The DVL simulates the actual manufacturing process with a full, mirror-image production line identical to the company's main manufacturing facilities. In addition to facilitating the design and approval process, this gives Lambda the capability to produce low-volume quantities of standard and custom products. The DVL maintains its own parts inventory to further speed up assembly of prototypes and Beta units. The company has the capability to manufacture build-to-print jobs, and also specializes in the production of power supplies with specifications developed in collaboration with the customer. For more information, visit the Web at www.lambdapower.com.

Power Supplies Needed for Always-On Mobile Devices

A new study from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) notes that a new generation of power supplies is needed to allow mobile Internet devices to be as useful as imagined. As users try to replicate their “always-on” Internet experience on a mobile device, many will find that the power supply for these next generation clients is insufficient in battery life and standby time. Fortunately, there is a movement toward more robust power supplies, according to the recent ABI study, “Wireless Power Systems: Powering the Next Generation of Wireless Devices.”

Mobile commerce and mobile applications will require more complex mobile devices, including those that combine voice, data, and multimedia applications. Next generation power supplies need to be highly efficient and possess a higher energy-density ratio, to allow these complex devices with long component chains to perform properly.

The study dissected battery technologies, along with the alternative power supplies under development. Battery regulations and the advancements made in portable fuel cells are also included, as well as forecasts for mobile client growth and growth of the battery industry by technology.

For additional information, contact the Allied Business Intelligence Inc. Web site at www.alliedworld.com or call (516) 624-3113.

EIA Honors Vishay's Dr. Felix Zandman

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) awarded its 2001 Medal of Honor to Dr. Felix Zandman, CEO and chairman of Vishay Intertechnology Inc. The committee selected Dr. Zandman for the award based on his vision, leadership, and courage, which enabled him to survive the Holocaust to become founder and head of a major multinational high-tech corporation. He will receive the award at the EIA Spring Conference, May 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Zandman, a noted author and innovator, has published three textbooks and many scientific papers. He holds 39 patents in the United States and abroad. He's received the Order of Merit for Research and Invention (France), Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Stress Analysis, Franklin Institute Medal for Science, Best Strategic Investor Award from the Israel Manufacturers Association, and Legion of Honor awarded by the President of France.

Under Dr. Zandman's leadership, Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is the largest U.S. and European manufacturer of passive electronic components and a major worldwide producer of semiconductor components. Dr. Zandman holds a mechanical engineering degree and Masters of Science in physics from the University of Nancy (France) and a PhD in physics from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He also received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Beer Sheva (Israel) and from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).

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