Toshiba Announces Addition Of Silicon Nitride Bearing Ball Blanks And Engine Components To Its Diverse Product Portfolio

Industry-Leading Components Will Complement TAEC's Advanced Materials Product Line

Jan 04, 2012, 08:00 ET from Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced that it will now sell and support the silicon nitride bearing ball blanks and engine components manufactured by Toshiba Materials Co. Ltd.  These products, formerly represented by Enceratec, a joint venture of Cummins, Inc. and Toshiba Materials Co., Ltd., will now be available direct from TAEC to customers in Europe and North America.

"The addition of Toshiba Material's silicon nitride bearing blanks product line will complement the diverse collection of other advanced material based products currently available from TAEC," said Jim Walker, director, business development with the Advanced Materials Division of TAEC.  "Hybrid ball bearings are now being used in a growing number of applications ranging from machine tool spindles and windmills to the main engine turbo pumps on the space shuttle.  Hybrid bearings enable rotating machine systems to attain significantly higher speeds and improved reliability, even in lubrication starved environments." 

Other advanced materials and components currently available from TAEC include high thermal conductivity ceramic substrates for high power electronic circuits; amorphous cores for voltage regulation and electronic circuit noise suppression; specialty tungsten and molybdenum wire and components for lighting and inspection applications, and scintillating crystals and screens for x-ray based inspection and security systems.

For more information about Toshiba silicon nitride bearing blanks, please visit TAEC's website.

*About TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide.  A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, LCD displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2010 WW Semiconductor Revenue, April 2011). Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today has over 490 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. Visit Toshiba's web site at

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice.  Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.  In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at, or from your TAEC representative.



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