Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Great start to the new year for the semiconductor industry.

The semiconductor industry looks set for an impressive growth this year with the market on track to achieve a 9.4% expansion. With an estimated revenue of $353.2 billion, this is the highest rate of annual growth since 2010!
The report from IHS Technology believes the reason for this vast growth is due to the broad based nature of market expansion. Rather than just a few specific sectors doing well, 2014 saw a wider increase across the industry as a whole.

“While the upswing in 2013 was almost entirely driven by growth in a few specific memory segments, the rise in 2014 is built on a widespread increase in demand.” said Dale Ford, vice president and chief analyst at IHS Technology.

A further report from MIDF Equities Research found that global semiconductor sales rose 9.1% and has consistently outpaced itself for the 19th consecutive month. MIDF Research said this growth was due to the increased demand for smartphones, particularly in the emerging markets. This, combined with the growing popularity of wearable technology will only further help to boost the semiconductor industry as a whole. And that is never a bad thing!

Keep up to date with how the industry performs for the rest of the year by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and connecting on Google+

Monday, 12 January 2015

CES 2015 Semiconductor Round Up

Lots of really interesting and innovative things have come out of CES 2015, particularly in regards to new semiconductor releases. Here's a quick round up of some of the big chip releases:


Broadwell 5th Generation
This is the 5th Generation 14nm Broadwell Y Dual core which has been highly anticipated for some time now, but the results don't disappoint! It will increase battery life by up to 1.5 hours, will run faster and is more energy efficient than previous generation models. The die size has shrunken 37% and can fit 35 more transistors than other Intel chips.

The Broadwell 5th Gen chips should be ready to ship later this month and are ideal for the 2in1 laptop and tablet devices which are increasing in popularity. Intel are also expanding their Pentium and Celeron CPU ranges and further foraying into the wearable device world with Fossil and Oakley.

ON Semiconductor

3D Sensors
ON Semiconductor have been working with 3D stacking technology to create better 3D image sensors. Using stacking technology gives a smaller die and means each part of the sensor can be optimised, so they have improved pixel performance and better power consumption.

“3D stacking technology is an exciting breakthrough that enhances our ability to optimize ON Semiconductor’s future sensors,” said Sandor Barna, vice president of Technology for ON Semiconductor’s Image Sensor Group. “This technology provides manufacturing and design flexibility to ensure continued performance leadership across our entire sensor product portfolio.”


Super Chip
The Tegra X1 Superchip packs a humongous 1 Teraflop of processing power into a device the size of a thumbnail and uses under 10 watts of power. The Tegra X1 is twice as powerful as Nvidia's previous superchip, the Tegra K1, rendering 4k at 60Hz. This superchip should begin appearing in the first half of the year and has been designed for use in

Tegra X1's technical specifications include:
  • 256 core Maxwell GPU
  • 8CPU cores
  • 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
  • 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
  • 20nm process


Passive Keyless Entry
The NCF29A1 is primarily being used for Passive Keyless Entry for cars, It is a radio frequency transmitter and immobilizer in one. This chip can allow for extra features to be added to car remote keys such as auto locking when walking away from the vehicle and even a welcome light when approaching!

The NCF29A1 has longer ranger, lower power consumption, 40% longer battery life and 70% smaller form factor than previous chips. This smaller size and better battery life means PKE can be built into smartphones and wearable tech so you never have to worry about losing your car keys again!

Texas Instruments

Voice Control
Texas Instruments are working with Comcast on their Xfinity remote control, which uses TI's voice-over-RF4CE™ ZigBee® remote control technology to allow voice control to search for channels, shows and set DVR Recordings. No more pushing buttons and endlessly searching for what you want to watch – just say what you are looking for and it will appear on screen as if by magic!

You can purchase a huge range of semiconductors from Cyclops Electronics. Currently we have 144, 576 stocked line items and have access to over 600,000,000 more! Use our Fast Component Search to find the parts you need then call or email to place your order.

Keep up to date with all the latest industry news by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and connecting on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Samsung looking to the future

Samsung are placing their future in the 'Internet of Things' - the idea that nearly every object in everyday life will be connected to the internet. Not just phones and tablets but fridges, clothing, cars and eventually our entire homes.

In the opening keynote speech of CES 2015, Samsung SEO Boo-Keun Yoon, spoke about the Internet of Things over and over again, announcing that by 2017 90% of Samsung products will be focused on IOT. Though no real announcements were given on specific products or launches, it was clear Samsung are firm believers in the future of IOT, as Boo-Keun Yoon said: "IOT will change more than just our industry, that's because it will touch every aspect of our lives."

The Internet of Things is something which the technology and electronics industry have been speaking about for some time, perhaps now this has been made a key focus by such a large company, we will actually start to see mass connectivity happen - and soon.

Keep up to date with the latest industry news by following us on Twitter, Facebook & Google+

Monday, 15 December 2014

Can a robot cheetah save the world?

A robot which can run at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump almost 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven has been unveiled by engineers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The robot, inspired by a cheetah, is hoped to have real world applications including prosthetic limbs, wearable technologies, all-terrain wheelchairs and vehicles that can travel efficiently in rough terrain.

The team have had to create most of the components from scratch including motors, sensors and an on board computer. They have even created an algorithm which calculates how much energy should be exerted by each leg whilst running!

"This is kind of a Ferrari in the robotics world, like, we have to put all the expensive components and make it really that instinctive," said MIT Professor Sangbae Kim, Head of the school's Biomimetic Robotics Lab. "That's the only way to get that speed."

Watching the video of the robot in action, you can really see the cat-like movements of the robot. To say it weighs 70 pounds, the robot moves smoothly compared to other robotic devices and it is really possible to see how this technology could be used to enhance and even save lives. It is hoped this type of robot could be used in search and rescue operations or in hostile environments where it is too dangerous to send humans in.

The team still have some way to go in perfecting the technology but have come a long way in the last 5 years. “In the next 10 years, our goal is we are trying to make this robot to save a life," Kim said.

A worthy aim and we wish them all the best in achieving it.

For the latest industry news and new technologies, follow Cyclops on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+


Friday, 12 December 2014

Miniature batteries open up a world of possibilities

Researchers at Maryland University have created a tiny battery that has the potential to revolutionise our electronic products.

The battery, unlike any we have seen before, consists of individual 'nanopores', which are a hole in a ceramic sheet that holds electrolytes to carry electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end.

Just one of these pores on its own won't do a great deal, but when you consider that a billion of these pores can fit onto a surface the size of a postage stamp, there's a lot of potential there!

Currently the battery is in prototype mode but first author Chanyuan Liu says: “It can be charged in 12 minutes and recharged thousands of time.” The battery is working though and now the nanopore technology has been demonstrated, the team are working on making the next version more powerful so it can be used in a wider range of applications.

With smaller and smaller power sources becoming available, the electronics market will be able to shrink and miniaturise products like never before. Smaller, lighter phones and tablets, portable medical equipment and even electric cars will be able to utilise Maryland University's technology.

It's an exciting time in electronics and Cyclops Electronics are here to keep you firmly up to date with all the latest technological advances, product updates and scientific discoveries! Don't miss out on anything by following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2015 from all at Cyclops Electronics!

Are you getting excited about the upcoming holiday season? Here at Cyclops Electronics we certainly are and would like to wish you a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

We will be closed for the holiday season from 12:30 (GMT) Wednesday 24th December 2014, reopening in the New Year at 08:45 (GMT) on Monday 5th January 2015.

We will be ready and waiting for your enquiries in the new year and look forward to a happy and prosperous new year.

Season's Greetings and have a fantastic holiday season!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ready to experience a brand new kind of phone? Meet Google's Project ARA.

Google are currently working on the phone to change all phones. A new concept of modular phones which allow you to precisely tailor your phone – both aesthetically and functionally.

You begin with an endoskeleton, or 'Endo' as Google are affectionately calling it, which forms the basis of your phone and then add 'modules' which alter or add to the phone's functionality. Think of the ARA a little like a Lego phone, different bits snap in and out to make the phone whatever you want it to be.

Going on holiday? Get a great camera just by adding a new module. Into gaming? Add a faster processor while playing. Make music the centre of your world with super speakers or use medical sensors to keep a check on your health.

And the best part is you don't have to sacrifice one thing for another. Just a few clicks and swops and your super powerful gamer phone can transform into a lightweight, speedy phone perfect for the office. Or change the size by using different endos – have a tiny phone on Saturday night in your pocket or clutch bag and then make the same phone into a phablet for work on Monday morning!

The modules can also be shared by anyone else with an ARA phone – no need to upgrade every couple of years, upgrade constantly with modules that deliver what you need, when you need it.

This concept for phones, if it catches on (and let's face it, with Google behind it, it probably will catch on!) would be great news for electronic component companies. Rather than just needing a few components to make up the phone, every module will be made up of them. With the aim being that people own more modules than can be used at once, more electronic components will be needed than on a standard smartphone. More components is always a good thing for our industry!

(Google are still working on the prototype with a conference scheduled for January 14th 2015 where we should find out even more about the modular phone.)

Keep up to date with all the latest industry news by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, or connecting on Linked In and Google+