Friday, 21 February 2014

EU Amendment of RoHS Exemptions for Medical Devices and Fluorescent Lamps

From the 22nd July 2014, medical devices, excluding active implantable devices (IVD), will need to comply with the RoHS recast. Then, from 22nd July 2016, IVD devices will also need to comply.

Due to various reasons such as safety, a negative impact to the environment or no substitutes etc, the European Parliament and the Council have amended Annex IV of RoHS recast.

Therefore on 9th January 2014, a total of 16 amendments to the RoHS Directive were published.15 of which affecting medical devices (Annex IV) and also a new exemption for mercury in certain compact fluorescent lamps which will be included in RoHS Annex III.

In accordance with Article 4(1) of the RoHS recast, Member States need to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market (including cables and spare parts for repairs, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacities), do not contain the restricted substances beyond the threshold in RoHS Annex II.

Member States need to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with RoHS recast by the last day of the sixth month after these amendments enter into force.

To read the article in full and to view a table of all consolidated exemptions, please visit the SGS website.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Cyclops Electronics to Attend the ESCO Anti-Counterfeiting Seminar

The Electronic Systems Community (ESCO) are again hosting their annual seminar advising how to avoid counterfeit components entering the UK supply chain. 

Reports of counterfeit parts in the electronics supply chain quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, with parts infiltrating even the most secure supply chains. So far this year, the Anti Counterfeiting Forum website has received on average 30 new reports of alleged counterfeit components per week.

ESCO's seminar, 'Strategies for Counterfeit Avoidance in the Electronics Supply Chain', will build on previous seminars by providing an update on the work being carried out by various groups to combat the threat of counterfeit components. It will feature talks from some of the UK's leading experts.

The seminar will be held on Thursday 27th February 2014 at the 1VS Conference Centre in London. Cyclops Electronics will be in attendance and we look forward to seeing you there.

If you are unable to make the seminar, check back here after the event to read our blog post detailing the key discussions.

For more information about the seminar or to register, please click here.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Semiconductor Industry Posts Record Sales in 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) have reported that worldwide semiconductor sales reached an industry annual record in 2013, totalling $305.6 billion. This is an increase of 4.8% from 2012's total of $291.6 billion.

December 2013 alone reached $26.6 billion, marking the strongest December on record. Also, Q4 2013 global sales reached $79.9, a 7.7% increase from the $74.2 billion reached in Q4 2012.

“The global semiconductor industry exceeded $300 billion in sales for the first time ever in 2013, spurred by consistent, steady growth across nearly all regions and product categories,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, SIA. “The industry finished the year on a strong note with its best December on record, indicating that recent momentum is likely to carry over into 2014.” 

Strong demand was seen in several product segments in 2013, with Logic being the largest semiconductor category by sales, reaching $85.9 billion in 2013, a 5.2% increase from 2012. Memory at $67.0 billion and MOS Micro-ICs at $58.7 billion, were also up in the top 3 in terms of revenue sales. Memory was the fastest growing segment with an increase of 17.6% in 2013, with DRAM performing particularly well, increasing by 33.3% year-over-year. While NAND flash also experienced a strong growth of 8.1%.

Other well performing product segments include; optoelectronic products which reached $27.6 billion in sales with a 5.3% annual increase, and Analog which reached $40.1 billion in sales with a 2.1% annual increase.

To read the article in full, please visit the SIA website

Friday, 7 February 2014

Cyclops Group Raises Money for The Renal Unit at St Helier Hospital

Cyclops Electronics held a dress down day here at our York office to help support The Renal Unit at St Helier Hospital in Surrey, raising £80!

Thank you to everyone who took part to raise money for this worthy charity.

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