Thursday, 25 September 2014

IBM & Global Foundries – Has a decision been made?

 Way back in May it was announced that IBM were considering selling their semiconductor sector. Global Foundries were the leading buyer (though buyer is an interesting term as IBM are actually offering inducement money to get it off their hands) and that was that. Now, after some bargaining and bartering, it looks as though the deal is finally going ahead.

While no official announcement has been made, Daniel Nenni leading industry writer and consultant, has written an article on Semiwiki.com stating that the deal is all but complete. Initial negotiations broke down due to money issues with IBM offering $1bn but Global Foundries holding out for $2bn. Looks like Global Foundries got their own way as Nenni states:

“In most negotiations there is a point where you just stare at each other and the first one to blink loses. IBM definitely blinked because the final number that was mentioned to me is in excess of $2B.”

It has been an interesting tale, with the two companies being on and off more times than Ross and Rachel! Now it looks as if an agreement has been reached, what does this mean to the rest of the industry? IBM has stated that it will not leave the semiconductor business completely. (Just last month the company pledged $3billion on developing computer chip innovations at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.) and Global Foundries are constantly growing and evolving.

Hopefully the technical expertise IBM will be able to give to Global Foundries will help the company rise up and become a legitimate competitor to other, larger manufacturers and help keep the industry growing and competitive.

No matter what happens, Cyclops Electronics will keep up to date and make sure we have all parts and components you need, from all major manufacturers. See for yourself using our Fast Component Search tool! 



(Sources: SemiWiki & Times Union)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Meet the latest addition to the Cyclops team!

We all know counterfeit components are a huge problem, a giant headache and quite frankly, a complete pain to the industry. They impact on safety, quality and the integrity of companies. Anything that can help us keep counterfeit parts out of the supply chain is surely a great thing....

That's why we have a new defence against counterfeits – The Pricelynx Acid Free Decapsulation Machine!

Watch a demo video of the Decapsulation Machine
in action by clicking here.
What makes this machine so great?


Well, like something from a sci fi movie it allows us to really get into the component to see if the compound die is correct, this is the only way to know if the parts are original. And. as it doesn't use any acids or lasers, it is very eco-friendly and safe to use.

This revolutionary way we are now able to access the component means we can confirm authenticity of the part, stopping counterfeits going into our supply chain and keeping you safe.

At Cyclops, we work hard to ensure you don’t end up with counterfeit products, just high quality, hard working components. We have a number of internal systems to check for counterfeit parts and want to become your trusted supplier for all active, passive and electro-mechanical components.
 
Find out even more information about the strict anti counterfeit procedures we have in place – Click Here

Our handy, helpful and best of all FREE guide to help you around the pitfalls of counterfeit components, how to avoid them and make sure you only use quality parts. Get your copy here today!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Electronica 2014 – Who's getting excited?






Just under 2 months until Electronica 2014 kicks off and we are getting excited here at Cyclops! We had such a great time at the last Electronica in 2012 and absolutely loved meeting everyone, November can't come quick enough!

The Team at Electronica 2012
Electronica is the world's leading trade fair showcasing state of the art electronics, hardware, software and components. 2012 saw 72,000 people from 78 different countries attending and this year looks to be much the same.
Meeting customers in 2012

Our team heading to Munich are really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible and it gives you the chance to learn more about what we can offer you. Getting face to face with our suppliers and customers is such a great thing to do and we love taking the opportunity to do so.

If you're attending Electronica this year why not make an appointment to come and see us? Enjoy a drink with us and let's plan how Cyclops Group can effectively and efficiently help your business.

Make your appointment today – just visit our site here.

(You'll also get an amazing remote control car or a cool quadcopter just for making an appointment to see us! Refreshments and a fun toy, what more could you want?!)
The Quadcopter & Range Rover Evoque remote control toys.














Terms & Conditions: 
- One remote control Range Rover Evoque or one Quadcopter per appointment attendee 
- Range Rover are not endorsing, sponsoring or otherwise affiliated with this event

Friday, 5 September 2014

Murata to takeover Peregrine


Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd are planning to takeover Peregrine Semiconductor Corp in a deal worth an estimated $471 million.

Both companies have worked closely in the past, with Murata being one of Peregrine's largest customers. The companies complement each other well and will be able to develop better, more dynamic RF technology together.

This acquisition will combine Murata' s world leading RF module capabilities with Peregrine's best in class RF front end products. Peregrine has a team of talented RF designers.” said Norio Nakajima, Executive Vice President, Director of Communication Business Unit of Murato.

This is looking like it will be a great partnership and some amazing products are likely to come our way. We have a selection of Murata products available and look forward to the new technology to come out of this partnership.

Check out our Murata products, along with thousands of other products by using the Fast Component Search on our website!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Huge sales increases for semiconductor industry

Fantastic news comes from the Semiconductor Industry Association as they release the sales figures for July..... And they have risen by 9.9% from last July!!

In fact, there has been a month on month and year on year increase across all regions and even across all product categories.

The total sales for July 2014 were an astounding $28.07 billion, which is up from last year's total of $25.53 billion and are 2.4% higher than the total for June.

For Europe, the news gets even better as there has been a 14.9% rise in sales from this time last year. All excellent news for everyone in the semiconductor industry – lets hope the rest of the year goes just as well!

To find any semiconductors you are looking for, use our simple and quick Fast Component Search. We can source obsolete and hard to find components as well as any others you may be after.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Smartphones boost semiconductor spending

Who doesn't love being able to check the weather, catch up with friends, order the groceries and take time out with a game all on one device?! That's right, we just can't live without our smartphones! 62% of adults in the UK own a smartphone and that number just keeps growing. (Source: Ofcom)

The technology used to make our lives oh so simple and enable us to tweet, poke, snap and play our way through life is continually growing. And this is amazing news for semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. Why? Because smartphones and new mobile products such as smart watches are pushing the market. 
 
Market tracker Gartner expect global spending on semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials to total $62.1 billion in 2014 – this is up 7% from 2013. Gartner also projected that global chip sales in 2014 will reach $336 billion! (Source: investors.com)
This growth is stimulated by the strong sales of smartphones so it's good news we all just adore our smartphones!!

Cyclops Electronics are a leading global electronic component distributor there for you when you need hard to source electronic components, like semiconductors, quickly because of allocation, long lead times, obsolescence or quality issues. Contact CyclopsElectronics for a fast response to your enquiries and a reliable on time delivery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Infineon Take over International Rectifier Corp

Infineon, Germany's largest chip maker have purchased International Rectifer Corp for a massive $3 billion! This is a clever move from Infineon as it allows them to move into the US and be so much closer to Silicon Valley and all the cutting edge technology that happens over in California.

The Chief Executive of Infineon said:

“It is very important for us to be in the U.S. and close to the highly innovative region of California,” Ploss said on a conference call. “International Rectifier does that.” (Source: Bloomberg Business Week)

Despite a rise in semiconductor sales, (Evertiq) several large chip companies are merging in response to rising design and fabrication costs. This will probably not be the last such merge we see over the coming months.

Cyclops Electronics carry a huge range of both Infineon and International Rectifier parts and we look forward to the combination and expertise of both companies together.

Check out our Infineon and International Rectifer parts here.

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