When discussing electronics, it is common to come across the terms "integrated circuits" and "chips." For the most part, these are used interchangeably, and while this is usually not an issue, there are several differences that go above pure semantics. In this blog, we delve into the world of semiconductors to understand the difference between integrated circuits and chips. Through this, we will explore the definition, manufacturing process, effects, shapes, packages, and historical significance of these electronic components, allowing you to have a clearer understanding of these crucial building blocks of modern technology. Read more >>

Posted on July 12, 2023 John Smith Electronics


In the world of electronic components, ensuring the protection of sensitive circuits and devices from damaging power surges is paramount. While there are a variety of protective equipment and devices available, one of the most popular options comes in the form of the surge suppression integrated circuit (IC). In this blog, we will explore what surge suppression ICs are, their significance in safeguarding electronic systems, and how they work so that you can best determine whether or not they are a good fit for your individual needs. Read more >>

Posted on June 20, 2023 John Smith Electronics


AFR Enterprises has built its reputation as a leading supplier of electronic components and accessories across the globe. With a broad range of products and services, our company caters to the needs of DIY enthusiasts, professionals, and businesses alike. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at how AFR Enterprises, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, serves as a premier distribution platform of electronics parts of all types. Read more >>

Posted on April 12, 2023 John Smith Electronics

AFR Enterprises has built its reputation as a leading supplier of electronic components and accessories across the globe. With a broad range of products and services, our company caters to the needs of DIY enthusiasts, professionals, and businesses alike. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at how AFR Enterprises, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, serves as a premier distribution platform of electronics parts of all types. Read more >>

Posted on January 27, 2023 John Smith Electronics

Across many optical communication systems, signals are prone to disruption, compromising the data received. In these systems, data is transmitted in the form of light through a fiber cable, and when the signal travels, it is often distorted. As such, an optical amplifier should be used to boost the electrical signal without altering its form. While electronic amplifiers may be used for a similar purpose, optical amplifiers are less time consuming and do not require signal conversion. For all of your optical fiber communication applications, consider integrating one of the following optical amplifiers for a distortionless data signal. Read more >>

Posted on October 28, 2022 John Smith Electronics

Whether from internal causes like switching surges, or natural causes such as lightning strikes, overvoltage can seriously damage a circuit. To account for this risk, many electrical components have been created to manage or suppress the flow of current in the event of a power surge. A varistor, also called “Voltage- Dependent Resistor” (VDR), is one such device which has an electrical resistance that varies with applied voltage. Due to their ability to adapt to the voltage of a current, varistors are mainly used to clamp the voltage when a circuit is subjected to overvoltage and to absorb excess current to protect sensitive devices. The material of the resistor body is a semiconductor, meaning it will go from being an insulator to a conductor when subjected to a specific voltage. Read more >>

Posted on August 19, 2022 John Smith Electronics

A thermistor is a type of resistance thermometer or resistor that has functions which depend on temperature. It is a temperature-sensing element made up of a sintered semiconductor material. A thermistor is also a powerful tool that exhibits a huge change in resistance which is proportional to a small temperature change. Thermistors are of two types - positive temperature coefficient (PTC) and negative temperature coefficient (NTC) viations. In this blog, we will talk about positive temperature coefficient (PTC) thermistors in particular. Read more >>

Posted on April 22, 2022 John Smith Electronics

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Posted on February 24, 2022 John Smith Electronics

Field effect transistors, or FETs, are a commonplace electronic component found in many circuit assemblies. Coming in the form of assembled discrete electronic components, FETs are capable of managing the flow of current through the voltage that is induced at the gate terminal. While FETs are often found in numerous power control, electronic switching, and amplification applications, their primary use is within integrated circuits where they enable large scale assemblies to operate with ease. In this blog, we will discuss FETs in more detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of their common functionalities and types. Read more >>

Posted on February 9, 2022 John Smith Electronics

Whether an electronic circuit is used to power a simple calculator or advanced server systems, many of the same basic building block components are used to construct such assemblies. Across all circuits, the resistor, capacitor, and inductor are the most widely used components, each of which serve varying roles. While resistors manage and control the flow of current, capacitors are capable of storing electrical energy within an electric field as a passive component. Inductors, on the other hand, are quite similar to capacitors, albeit storing energy within a magnetic field. In this blog, we will discuss inductors in more detail, allowing you to better understand their design and use within electronic circuitry. Read more >>

Posted on December 7, 2021 John Smith Electronics


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