A line of 120 diodes from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (www.vishay.com) trims board space by as much as 50%. Package height for switching, ESD protection, and zener and Schottky diodes is only 0.98 mm, lower than anything else now on the market, according to Vishay. The packages, which are lead free, take only 3.7 x 1.8 mm of board space.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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