Friday, 29 August 2014

Smartphones boost semiconductor spending

Who doesn't love being able to check the weather, catch up with friends, order the groceries and take time out with a game all on one device?! That's right, we just can't live without our smartphones! 62% of adults in the UK own a smartphone and that number just keeps growing. (Source: Ofcom)

The technology used to make our lives oh so simple and enable us to tweet, poke, snap and play our way through life is continually growing. And this is amazing news for semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. Why? Because smartphones and new mobile products such as smart watches are pushing the market. 
 
Market tracker Gartner expect global spending on semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials to total $62.1 billion in 2014 – this is up 7% from 2013. Gartner also projected that global chip sales in 2014 will reach $336 billion! (Source: investors.com)
This growth is stimulated by the strong sales of smartphones so it's good news we all just adore our smartphones!!

Cyclops Electronics are a leading global electronic component distributor there for you when you need hard to source electronic components, like semiconductors, quickly because of allocation, long lead times, obsolescence or quality issues. Contact CyclopsElectronics for a fast response to your enquiries and a reliable on time delivery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Infineon Take over International Rectifier Corp

Infineon, Germany's largest chip maker have purchased International Rectifer Corp for a massive $3 billion! This is a clever move from Infineon as it allows them to move into the US and be so much closer to Silicon Valley and all the cutting edge technology that happens over in California.

The Chief Executive of Infineon said:

“It is very important for us to be in the U.S. and close to the highly innovative region of California,” Ploss said on a conference call. “International Rectifier does that.” (Source: Bloomberg Business Week)

Despite a rise in semiconductor sales, (Evertiq) several large chip companies are merging in response to rising design and fabrication costs. This will probably not be the last such merge we see over the coming months.

Cyclops Electronics carry a huge range of both Infineon and International Rectifier parts and we look forward to the combination and expertise of both companies together.

Check out our Infineon and International Rectifer parts here.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cyclops Group August Bank Holiday Opening Times

The Cyclops Group UK office will be closed on Monday 25th August and will reopen on Tuesday 26th August 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 quote request and we will be in touch as soon as we return.

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Cyclops Group raise over £400 for Prince of Wales Hospice!

Four of our staff members turned themselves into bright (albeit a bit sweaty!) works of art to raise money for The Prince of Wales Hospice. Charlotte, Gizem, Zoe and Bev took part in this weekend's “Run or Dye” charity run at Castle Howard.

This particular 5K run is slightly different from other charity sporting events as during the race, participants are showered with powder-based plant dye in every colour imaginable until they are unlike any runners you have ever seen!

The team after completing the colourful Run or Dye race!
The team completed the run for The Prince of Wales Hospice as a family member of the Cyclops' team has sadly been battling cancer for the last 18 months and has been receiving treatment there. The hospice provides palliative care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

So far the girls have raised an outstanding £433.96 and we are all incredibly impressed with them! The rest of the office will also be having a dress down day later in the month to raise even more money for this amazing charity.

If you would like to add to the total a donation page has been set up to sponsor the colourful runners and donations can be made via the Just Giving website:
www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Team-Sally2014

For more information regarding ''The Prince Of Wales Hospice'' please visit
http://www.pwh.org.uk/

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wearable Technology – More than just fashion accessories?

With the advent of smaller and smaller wireless power receivers, components and chargers the possibilities for the application of this technology is endless. An exciting way these small devices are being used is in wearable technology, where technology of varying types is used within an item of clothing or accessories. Perhaps the most widely publicised is the ubiquitous Google Glass but what else can be done and how can the technology and the aesthetic work together to create an amazing looking item that also works exceptionally well?

Integrated Device Technology has released its smallest ever 2W wireless power receiver and battery charger, which it describes as: delivering leading technology in a compact package ideal for small form factors, including wearable applications.” The IDTP9026 has a 12C interface for programming, charging voltage, termination current and the thermal control loop. It is a single chip solution which has managed to reduce overall area while still keeping all components and a high performance.

This small device, along with many others like it will enable wireless technology to develop in ways we never thought possible. Right now, most of the wearable technology comes in the form of extensions to our smartphones in the form of watches (Samsung Gear) and glasses (Google Glass) but the development of smaller, more powerful devices, and crucially chargers, could open the way for many other types of technology. From light reactive dresses to chronic disease management and everything in between, small components have the power to change the world and how we view it.