Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Electronica 2014 – Have you made your appointment yet?

Hurry, hurry! We still have the last few appointment slots available for Electronica 2014. Don't miss out on speaking to our lovely staff about:

  • Global Electronic Component Distribution 
  • PCB Assembly & Electronic Manufacturing Services 
  • International Excess Electronic Component Management
  • Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

We are really looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible and will answer any questions or queries you may have about your electronic components.

Sit down and enjoy a drink with us as we work out how The Cyclops Group can help your business.

Quadcopter & Range Rover Evoque remote control toys

Don't forget – if you make an appointment you will receive a FREE fantastic remote control Quadcopter or Range Rover Evoqe! These toys are so great, you'll have hours of fun with them!

We can't wait to meet you in Munich so get booking those last few appointments today!  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wearable technology you will actually want...

You wouldn't expect to see Intel at New York Fashion Week or Diane von Furstenberg collaborating with Google but that is exactly where the component industry is heading – Two previously unrelated worlds are merging and collaborating as the trend for wearable technologies hots up.

Component and technological industries have been aware for a long while that smartphones and smart watches are responsible for the recent rise in sales but the next step is making wearables that people actually want to wear – that look great and perform amazingly.

Luckily, Intel have seen the light and are not only creating something other than a sports watch but have realised that to make wearable tech actually wearable they need to work with designers. By teaming up with several leading fashion designers including fashion powerhouse Ralph Lauren and design team Opening Ceremony, Intel have planted themselves firmly at the forefront of wearable tech:

A gorgeous bracelet made with semi precious stones and a 1.6 inch sapphire touch screen. They are keeping pretty schtum about what it will actually do until the official launch in October but it is thought it will link with your smartphone to alert when receiving texts, emails etc.

These Tshirts were developed for the US Open 2014 and feature sensors knitted into the shirt which report biometric information such as the wearer's stress levels and respiration to a smartphone app. There’s also a built-in “black box” with an embedded accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth chip for sending the data straight to your smartphone. Ralph Lauren even designed an app for reviewing your performance mid-game.

While yes it is another smartwatch, at least this is one that you can be worn to the office and the bar and anywhere else for that matter! you know it's going to look good– and do so much: it syncs with your smartphone to alert you of emails, texts, the weather and of course tell you the time!

All of these advances in wearable tech are great news for the semiconductor industry as they will keep the sales going in the right direction! Keep up to date with all the latest news about the industry by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook! And don't forget to use Cyclops when you need rapid sourcing and supply of electronic components.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Smartphones or Semiconductors? Samsung makes a decision

Tech giant Samsung are a company with two very different things happening at once. On the one hand, their smartphone sales are way down with profits falling by almost 60% but their semiconductor business is very much on the up, so much so they are investing an eye watering $14.7 billion on a new chip plant.

Samsung's latest operating profit is $3.8 billion, which is down a huge 59.7% from last year's quarterly figure. This is not only their 4th straight quarterly drop but also their weakest quarterly drop since Q2 2011.

It is thought this is due to poor sales of their smartphones as they are being squeezed out of the market by Apple at the high end and by cheaper Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Lenovo at the lower end. They have a lot of excess inventory and are struggling to sell older 3G models as both Europe and China switch to 4G.

Because of this, Samsung are pushing their semiconductor business. As the largest memory chip maker, it makes sense that they should lean on this side of the business as the phone sales drop. To prove their commitment to the chip side of the business, they are investing in a new 790,000m² chip plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Work on the project is due to start next year, aiming to be completed in 2017. CEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon said:

“Our investment into the new fabrication plant will significantly influence the shaping of Samsung’s future semiconductor business.”
Analysts have been forecasting furiously and believe the Samsung will report a stronger operating profit in their semiconductor division than the handset division for the first time in over three years. They also find themselves in the unique position of still being able to make money when their rival's phones sell as they make electronic components for major brands including HTC, Sony and Apple. 

It is unlikely that Samsung will ever withdraw from the smartphone market, in fact they have promised “new smartphone lineups featuring new materials and innovative designs,” but with profits coming from the semiconductor end of the business it makes sense that it should focus its efforts here to reap the rewards.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Packing, Preparing and Prepping! - Electronica 2014

Electronica 2014 is fast approaching and we are just about ready for it! Everything has been ordered and is ready to ship on over to Munich where we will be spending 4 days from the 11th to 14th November!

If you haven't already, why not make an appointment to talk to us? We will be available to speak with you about our wide range of services, from Electronic Component Distribution to PCB Assembly.

Cyclops Group at Electronica 2012
The last Electronica in 2012 was a great event where we were able to speak with many customers, both old and new. Come and make your appointment and have some fun with your free gift! You'll get a fantastic Remote control Quadcopter or Range Rover Evoque just for making an appointment.

Your choice of free gift just for making an appointment to see us!