Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wearable technology you will actually want...

You wouldn't expect to see Intel at New York Fashion Week or Diane von Furstenberg collaborating with Google but that is exactly where the component industry is heading – Two previously unrelated worlds are merging and collaborating as the trend for wearable technologies hots up.

Component and technological industries have been aware for a long while that smartphones and smart watches are responsible for the recent rise in sales but the next step is making wearables that people actually want to wear – that look great and perform amazingly.

Luckily, Intel have seen the light and are not only creating something other than a sports watch but have realised that to make wearable tech actually wearable they need to work with designers. By teaming up with several leading fashion designers including fashion powerhouse Ralph Lauren and design team Opening Ceremony, Intel have planted themselves firmly at the forefront of wearable tech:

A gorgeous bracelet made with semi precious stones and a 1.6 inch sapphire touch screen. They are keeping pretty schtum about what it will actually do until the official launch in October but it is thought it will link with your smartphone to alert when receiving texts, emails etc.


These Tshirts were developed for the US Open 2014 and feature sensors knitted into the shirt which report biometric information such as the wearer's stress levels and respiration to a smartphone app. There’s also a built-in “black box” with an embedded accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth chip for sending the data straight to your smartphone. Ralph Lauren even designed an app for reviewing your performance mid-game.


While yes it is another smartwatch, at least this is one that you can be worn to the office and the bar and anywhere else for that matter! you know it's going to look good– and do so much: it syncs with your smartphone to alert you of emails, texts, the weather and of course tell you the time!

All of these advances in wearable tech are great news for the semiconductor industry as they will keep the sales going in the right direction! Keep up to date with all the latest news about the industry by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook! And don't forget to use Cyclops when you need rapid sourcing and supply of electronic components.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Smartphones or Semiconductors? Samsung makes a decision

Tech giant Samsung are a company with two very different things happening at once. On the one hand, their smartphone sales are way down with profits falling by almost 60% but their semiconductor business is very much on the up, so much so they are investing an eye watering $14.7 billion on a new chip plant.

Samsung's latest operating profit is $3.8 billion, which is down a huge 59.7% from last year's quarterly figure. This is not only their 4th straight quarterly drop but also their weakest quarterly drop since Q2 2011.

It is thought this is due to poor sales of their smartphones as they are being squeezed out of the market by Apple at the high end and by cheaper Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Lenovo at the lower end. They have a lot of excess inventory and are struggling to sell older 3G models as both Europe and China switch to 4G.

Because of this, Samsung are pushing their semiconductor business. As the largest memory chip maker, it makes sense that they should lean on this side of the business as the phone sales drop. To prove their commitment to the chip side of the business, they are investing in a new 790,000m² chip plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Work on the project is due to start next year, aiming to be completed in 2017. CEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon said:

“Our investment into the new fabrication plant will significantly influence the shaping of Samsung’s future semiconductor business.”
Analysts have been forecasting furiously and believe the Samsung will report a stronger operating profit in their semiconductor division than the handset division for the first time in over three years. They also find themselves in the unique position of still being able to make money when their rival's phones sell as they make electronic components for major brands including HTC, Sony and Apple. 

It is unlikely that Samsung will ever withdraw from the smartphone market, in fact they have promised “new smartphone lineups featuring new materials and innovative designs,” but with profits coming from the semiconductor end of the business it makes sense that it should focus its efforts here to reap the rewards.

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Sources:
Market Business News
Cnet
DW.De

 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Packing, Preparing and Prepping! - Electronica 2014

Electronica 2014 is fast approaching and we are just about ready for it! Everything has been ordered and is ready to ship on over to Munich where we will be spending 4 days from the 11th to 14th November!

If you haven't already, why not make an appointment to talk to us? We will be available to speak with you about our wide range of services, from Electronic Component Distribution to PCB Assembly.

Cyclops Group at Electronica 2012
The last Electronica in 2012 was a great event where we were able to speak with many customers, both old and new. Come and make your appointment and have some fun with your free gift! You'll get a fantastic Remote control Quadcopter or Range Rover Evoque just for making an appointment.




Your choice of free gift just for making an appointment to see us!

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!