Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Cyclops Group May Bank Holiday Opening Times

The Cyclops Group UK office will be closed on Monday 26th May and will reopen on Tuesday 27th May at 08:45 (GMT), for all your electronic component needs. 

If you have any requirements, please send them over before the bank holiday and we will work on them straight away.

Whilst we are away, please feel free to use our online fast components search to submit a request for quote and we will be in touch as soon as we return.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Cyclops Group Raises Money for York Rescue Boat Charity

A dress down day was held at our UK head office in York on Friday 2nd May 2014 to help raise money for our local charity, the York Rescue Boat Charity

The charity was set up to provide assistance, safety and education on and about the rivers of York which came about as a result of the recent tragedies within our city. 

The Cyclops Group managed to raise £90. A big thank you to everyone who took part to help raise funds for this very worthy charity. 

If you would like to donate yourself, please visit the York Rescue Boat Charity Facebook page

Monday, 12 May 2014

EU Amendments to Hazardous Substances in Medical Devices

On 12 March 2014, the EU Parliament completed a final vote on a proposal for a regulation regarding the use of phthalates in medical devices.  

The proposal will amend Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. It requires the ban of substances that are classified or recognised as:
  • Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction 1A or 1B (CMR, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008), or 
  • Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs) 
Photo Courtesy of SGS
The revision only applies to substances of 0.1% concentration and above and which are contained within medical devices that come into contact with the human body. Should safer alternatives come available, then substances will be phased out within 8 years. 

If the medical device in question is used in the treatment of children, pregnant or nursing women, phthalates should be banned as of 1st January 2020. The only exception is when no safer alternative substance is available, in which case, the device's packaging and labelling will then need to indicate this. 

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

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Global Chip Revenue Rose by 5% In 2013

According to latest research from IHS Technology, worldwide semiconductor revenue rose a solid 5% in 2013, with memory chips performing best.

The total semiconductor revenue in 2013 reached $318.1 billion, which was up from $303.1 billion in 2012.

2013 ended particularly well, as fourth quarter revenue climbed 7.6% compared to the same period during 2012. This came as promising news after 2012 saw a 2.4% decrease from 2011's total revenue of $310.6 billion.

Vice President of IHS Technology, Dale Ford states that “Memory ICs were the key driver of growth in the semiconductor industry in 2013. Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) showed the strongest expansion among major memory segments, with revenue surging by 32.5% as suppliers were able to achieve a balance between supply and demand that yielded lucrative pricing for parts. NAND flash also posted a strong year – at 24.2% growth – as demand for the memory from smartphones and tablets continued to rise”.

Please click here to read the article in full.

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