Thursday, 29 August 2013

Toshiba Announces the Opening of New Thai-Based Semiconductor Facility

Toshiba have today announced that their Thai-based Group company, Toshiba Semiconductor Thailand (TST), has completed its relocation to a new semiconductor manufacturing facility.

Situated 140km north-east of Bangkok, this state of the art facility has already started mass production, marking the company's recovery from the devastating 2011 flooding.

Construction of the plant began in July 2012 and limited production started in April of this year, the facility is now operating at its current target capacity and is 1.4 times the size of the flood damaged plant.

TST carries out back-end processes, the assembly and packaging of small signal devices and photocouplers, both product areas where strong demand growth is expected. Small signal devices control current and voltage in digital consumer products and are essential components in products such as smart phones and tablets. Photocouplers are widely used in industrial products, including inverters.

To read the press release in full, please visit the Toshiba website.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Bank Holiday Opening Times

On Monday 26th August 2013 we will be closed for the bank holiday weekend from 16:30 (BST) Friday 23rd August 2013, reopening at 08:45 (BST) on Tuesday 27th August 2013.

In the meantime though we are here to help source all your electronic component requirements. Whether it is shortage, obsolete or day to day electronic component requirements, click here to conduct an instant components search using our extensive online search database that has access to over 10.2 million components globally.

Monday, 19 August 2013

DRAM Prices Set to Rise in 2013

According to semiconductor market research company, IC Insights, DRAM average selling prices have increased each month throughout 2013. The price jumped an estimated 42% in quarter 2 2013, compared to the same period in 2012 following a 22% rise in quarter 1 2013.

IC Insights forecast that the DRAM average selling price will grow to $2.53 by quarter 3 which will be 50% greater than quarter 3 2012. It is then expected to decrease slightly in quarter 4 to $2.52. Please see image below. 

IC Insights believe that one contributing factor to the increase in DRAM price is that fewer suppliers are participating in the DRAM market today compared to 2010. Also DRAM capital spending as a percent of sales has declined from 31% in 2011, to 19% in 2012 and is forecast to be only 12% in 2013.

With a reduced amount of new capacity being added, the supply-demand balance is now favouring DRAM suppliers, as demand is beginning to overtake supply, resulting in the increase in price.

Also with the computer industry moving more towards smart phone and tablets over the traditional notebook and desktop, most suppliers have scaled back their output of lower priced PC DRAM and transitioned to higher priced mobile DRAM.

To read the article in full or to download the report, please visit the IC Insights website.

If you are being affected by price increases, why not try Cyclops' Scheduling Service. Your orders can be scheduled up to 12 months in advance, so you get fixed prices, meaning no surprise price fluctuations!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Cyclops Gains Another Year of ERAI Membership

Here at Cyclops we believe in putting something back into the industry, that's why we have gained yet another year of ERAI membership. We renew our membership at the ERAI every year and have been members since 1997.

The ERAI are a privately held information services organisation who monitor, investigate and report on issues affecting the global semiconductor supply chain. At Cyclops we feel it is important to keep our membership up to date to ensure that we maintain our customers' trust.

ERAI's services enable companies to perform industry specific risk mitigation on suspect counterfeit, high-risk and non-conforming parts and also on problematic vendors and customers.

As an electronic component distributor, we understand the risks counterfeit parts pose, this is why we launched our Combat Counterfeit Electronic Components Campaign. We also offer our popular FREE 8 Step Guide To Buying Electronic Components With Confidence And Avoiding Counterfeits.

We have also developed a unique set of procedures and techniques for the authentication of electronic components, to find out more about this process, please visit our website or view our Anti-Counterfeiting, Inspection and Testing Procedures video below. 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cyclops Run the York 10k for The Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund

Cyclops employees took part in the gruelling York 10k Run For All on Sunday 4th August 2013. All sponsorship raised was donated to the Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund.

This charity was set up by Guy Francis, brother-in-law of Cyclops' Senior Account Manager, Matthew Pannett. Guy lost his fight against cancer in 2002 at the age of 23 years. He felt it was essential that there should be research into the primary bone cancer osteosarcoma, from which he had suffered and for which he had already worked hard to raise funds himself.

To find out more about this worthy charity, please visit the website:

To view more pictures from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Cyclops Raises Money for The MS Society

Cyclops held a dress down day here in our York office to help support The MS Society and raised £70!

Our customer Steve Ambrose from Ambrose Electronics, is taking part in a 100 mile run on 10th August to help raise funds for this worthy charity. Steve will aim to complete the run in only 21 hours! The MS Society aims to raise money towards research into the cause and cure for this condition and provides support, information and services to those affected. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dress down day and from all of us here at Cyclops, we wish Steve the best of luck! 

To sponsor Steve, please visit his Just Giving page here - 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

6 Substances Added to the SVHC Candidate List

In June 2013, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) updated the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to include 6 more substances. The current list contains 144 substances which will be added to over time. To see the full SVHC list, read our related blog post here.

According to the draft multi-annual work programme 2014 – 2018 which was published back in May of this year, ECHA expects to receive 50 substance proposals per year in this five year period.

The table below shows the new additions to the list. To read this article in full, please visit the SGS website. The notification deadline for the 6 new substances added to the Candidate List is 20 December 2013.