Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ready to experience a brand new kind of phone? Meet Google's Project ARA.

Google are currently working on the phone to change all phones. A new concept of modular phones which allow you to precisely tailor your phone – both aesthetically and functionally.

You begin with an endoskeleton, or 'Endo' as Google are affectionately calling it, which forms the basis of your phone and then add 'modules' which alter or add to the phone's functionality. Think of the ARA a little like a Lego phone, different bits snap in and out to make the phone whatever you want it to be.

Going on holiday? Get a great camera just by adding a new module. Into gaming? Add a faster processor while playing. Make music the centre of your world with super speakers or use medical sensors to keep a check on your health.

And the best part is you don't have to sacrifice one thing for another. Just a few clicks and swops and your super powerful gamer phone can transform into a lightweight, speedy phone perfect for the office. Or change the size by using different endos – have a tiny phone on Saturday night in your pocket or clutch bag and then make the same phone into a phablet for work on Monday morning!

The modules can also be shared by anyone else with an ARA phone – no need to upgrade every couple of years, upgrade constantly with modules that deliver what you need, when you need it.

This concept for phones, if it catches on (and let's face it, with Google behind it, it probably will catch on!) would be great news for electronic component companies. Rather than just needing a few components to make up the phone, every module will be made up of them. With the aim being that people own more modules than can be used at once, more electronic components will be needed than on a standard smartphone. More components is always a good thing for our industry!

(Google are still working on the prototype with a conference scheduled for January 14th 2015 where we should find out even more about the modular phone.)

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Electronica 2014 - A great week!

The team ready to greet all our customers!
The week we spent in Munich was absolutely brilliant! It was great to meet so many of our customers and to see some new faces too. Our team worked really hard delivering information and advice to everyone about electronic component distribution, scheduling and obsolete services.

The fair as a whole was a roaring success with 73,000 visitors across the 4 days all here with one interest – electronics! Our semiconductor hall was one of the busiest and had a great atmosphere all week.

Thank you to everybody that came to see us, we hope you enjoyed your time in Munich as much as we did! If you couldn't make it to Electronica this year – don't worry! You can still find out all that Cyclops has to offer you by downloading our company presentation here or for specific information regarding our services just follow the links below:

Time for us to recover now – Electronica may be fun but it's also a lot of hard work! 

Busy, busy meeting everyone!
If you have any Electronica pictures you want to share, head on over to our Facebook page or show us them on Twitter using @CyclopsGroup We would love to see how Electronica was for you!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Electronica 2014 – We're Here!

Well, we have made it to the lovely city of Munich and are all very excited to get Electronica 2014 underway! The stand is set up, drinks are chilled and we are ready to greet you all. Come by Hall A5, Stand 171 to be given the Cyclops Group hospitality treatment!

Choose from a range of beverages as you speak with our team about electronic component distribution. We are here all week so you have plenty of opportunity to spend some time with us.

Our team are ready and waiting for you!
You can even enter our prize draw to win a brand new iPad! Visit the stand for more details.

If you are not going to Electronica this year, you can find out more about the Cyclops Group here or download our company presentation here.

We hope you can make it down to see us and we are really looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible. We're ready to show you exactly why you should choose Cyclops for your component stocking and distribution requirements!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A Spooktactular Halloween 2014!

Any excuse to have a bit of fun in the Cyclops office and Halloween 2014 was no exception! We played trick or treat with the sales team, had some spooky fancy dress and of course ate lots and lots of sweeties!

We also like others to benefit from all the fun we had by raising money for Cancer Research UK with our dress down/dress up day. We raised over £90 for this great charity - thank you to everyone who participated, best get planning next years costume now!!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Rise in sales puts semiconductor industry at ease

The last few weeks have been interesting in terms of semiconductor sales after Microchip's CEO made the dire announcement that the industry may be facing a downturn, when their sales were lower than expected. It was seeming like he was correct in his predictions with other semiconductor company's stocks falling as a result. However, as these other companies now release their Q3 results, the story may not be quite as bad as we were all fearing; Most are reporting increases in sales and revenue, both from Q2 and year on year:

Texas Instruments: $3, 501, 000 revenue, up 6.4% compared to Q2

NXP: $1, 515, 000 revenue in Q3 – 12% up on Q2 and 21% up year on year

Freescale: $1.21 billion revenue – 2% up on Q2 and 12% up year on year

Intel: $14.6 billion in Q3 up 8% year on year and beat their own estimates by $0.1 billion

Lattice: $9.41 million net income, up 2.6% year on year, but slightly down on what company told investors

Looking at these results the outlook may not be that terrible after all. Of course it is difficult to base the whole industry on one company's performance but the surety of Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi made everyone question the future of the semiconductor industry. Hopefully, he made a mistake and the poor results of one company shouldn't have too much impact on the rest of the semiconductor industry.

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