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30 September 2020

What the future holds for passive and interconnecting electronic components

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While the world economy is in freefall with the COVID-19 pandemic, with mass unemployment and trade plummeting, the global passive and interconnecting electronic components market is expected to continue growing thanks to demand from the developing world and the rise of 5G infrastructure.

Grand View Research has released forecasts for the passive and interconnecting electronic components market, predicting a compound annual growth rate of 5.3% from 2020 to 2027 with a slowdown from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The future is by no means certain and we do not know exactly how badly the world economy will be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. We do however have models that tell us demand will increase for electronics over time. This spells good news for components manufacturers and the wider electronics industry.

Changes in market demand

As the world economy is adversely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, demand for electronic components in many verticals will slow. This can be traced back to the reality that in times of uncertainty, consumers are warier of spending money. Less demand for products means a slowdown in production and demand.

However, regardless of the world economy, some regions do have stimulus. The United Kingdom, Japan, China, South Korea and the US are rolling out 5G network infrastructure and this will stimulate the electronics market. Smartphones, tablets, drones and other devices that rely on networking will be key beneficiaries.

So, it isn’t by any means doom and gloom for the global passive and interconnecting electronic components market. Growth is predicted from 2020 to 2027 and the COVID-19 outbreak will only slow down this growth temporarily.

How component sourcing has changed

In response to a fall in demand for products, passive and interconnecting electronic component production has slowed. In addition, a lot of stock hasn’t been used and is sitting in storage until such a time it is needed.

Prior to COVID-19, it was easy to think of component production as being in a state of perpetual motion for it was always present. Demand has fallen but that doesn’t mean it has ceased. Passive and interconnecting electronic components are still being sourced, albeit in smaller batches and more carefully than ever.

Another behaviour we have witnessed is component hoarding. OEMs are unsure of their partner’s manufacturing capabilities in the face of COVID-19. So, they are hoarding components to ensure they can scale up demand when the time is right. This is considered normal behaviour without a global pandemic, but we are seeing more extreme examples as a means to protect manufacturing output. Ultimately, this means there are less components to go around, which drives up the cost of certain components.

How we can help you with sourcing

The future may be uncertain but good preparation will help you through it. As your electronic component distribution partner, we can source components for you with access to all major manufacturers. We can source legacy, obsolete, state-of-the-art and short production run components at prices that suit your margin. Visit our website or click here  to use access our component search and enquire with us. We are here to help you with your electronic component needs.

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23 September 2020

Cyclops September COVID-19 lead times update

Cyclops September COVID-19 Lead time Update

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COVID-19 and Electrical component manufacturer lead times update

As we enter another global spike in COVID-19 more uncertainty rises in its impact it could have on electronic global supply chains and manufacturers.   

Manufacture Altera has had an increase in lead times to 15-16 weeks this is due to the demand from the server market. Analog devices have reported their lead times are more than 20 weeks on some parts, this is due to low capacity of ASP materials for medical parts.

Linear Technology have reported they are extending their LTM lead times to 20-24 weeks, while their LT series lead times currently stand at 16-20. LT1 and LTC1 are also unstable. Consequently, the company reported that parts used in medical equipment are experiencing unstable lead times, like Analog this is likely due to the impact of Covid-19 and the demand for medical supplies. NXP factories are experiencing wafer shortages and lack of production capacity. Their MPX/Sensor series has spiked to 26 weeks, the market price has risen by 20% this is a result in the sensors being used in medical treatments.

Maxim Integrated has announced due to the recent lockdown of Maxims Philippines factory has caused delays and lead times are remining at 14-16 with backlog unable to be pulled in. Similarly, company Microchip lead times are stretching to 16-20 weeks this is due to the limited factory capacity due to COVID-19. OMRON Micro switches are experiencing stretched lead times and increase in pricing particularly effecting the D2FC series. Lead times are now around 14-20 weeks. ROHM plants in Philippines are currently working at 50% due to COVID-19 quarantine.

AVX tantalum caps and F series parts are expecting shortage, the lead times have increased to a staggering 30-40 weeks, this has led to AVX not accepting lead time-based orders.

Need quicker lead times?

We are experiencing an increase in lead times due to COVID-19 as seen above manufactures are struggling to produce the mass quantity due to lock downs and shortage of staff.

We at cyclops electronics are here to provide those hard to find components in these challenging times. To search for your components please click here. Or email sales@cyclops-electronics.com for enquires.

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14 September 2020

5G Technology and drones - The future taking flight

5G Technology and drones - The future taking flight

5G Technology and drones - The future taking flight

The last decade has seen the commercial market for drones explode. The global drone market was estimated by PWC in 2016 to be worth just under £100 billion ($127bn) and that was 4 years ago, before the emergence of 5G technology.

Rapid advancements in the propulsion, navigation, sensory and battery systems that power drones has brought about the likes of drone delivery services, aerial photography, and a new way to conduct mountain search and rescue operations.

These varied examples of drone applications perfectly illustrates the real usefulness of drones. Key to their adoption has been lithium-ion batteries that charge rapidly and better navigation systems that enable pinpoint control.

However, as drones have been increasingly adopted, our data transfer needs have increased and 4G technology has been shown up to be less than ideal.  

The need for 5G

5G can theoretically reach speeds of 10 gigabits per second and it is expected to reliably offer 1 Gbit/s to 2 Gbit/s in a few years.

This is much faster than 4G. For drones, it means faster data transfer and data collection, enabling real-time analysis and access to big data files quickly.

However, while much has been made about the increased speed of 5G over 4G (it is up to 100 times faster than 4G) the real value for drones is the lower latency.

Latency is the lag that occurs when resources are requested over a network. For example, you might wish to check wind speed when flying, but when you request the data, it takes a few seconds to load. This delay is caused by latency across the network.

Latency for 4G is around 30 milliseconds, whereas with 5G it’s below 5 milliseconds. In a best case scenario, the latency can be 1 millisecond.

This latency improvement is massive for drones. It makes reliable live view and live streaming possible. Real-time footage becomes a reality. Load times become imperceptible and responsiveness increases between devices.

Another area where 5G benefits drones is the 5G New Radio interface, which enables a higher number of devices to be used in one area over a wave spectrum. This means more devices can be controlled to reduce congestion.

Meeting demand for 5G component sourcing

5G is an exciting technology but it is still in its infancy, and up until now drone architecture has been designed around 4G.

5G requires different components to handle the speed increase and demands placed over the network. Drones need a new architecture to transfer data in milliseconds and transmit high-definition footage in real-time.

In short, the current technology has to evolve.

Sourcing components like ESCs, flight controllers, GPS modules, receivers, antennas and batteries for 5G drones will become more challenging as more players in the market start to evolve their products to meet demand.

Day-to-day component sourcing will require good contacts in the industry just as it always has. But the race to 5G will accelerate demand and increase competition. This is where the value of an electronic components distributor like us comes in.

We can supply active, passive and electro-mechanical components, including 5G components, working directly for you to procure the best components at the lowest prices. If the future is 5G, we’ll help you meet it.

 

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07 April 2020

Cyclops Electronics, Cyclops Excess & Global Supply Services Statement 07.04.2020 Statement of strategy

Cyclops Electronics, Cyclops Excess & Global Supply Services Statement 07.04.2020 Statement of strategy

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Our business is currently remaining open during this period and we have taken several measures to ensure the continuous ability for us to safely provide components and other similar items to our customers.

During this period of uncertainty, we have assessed the risk and deployed team members to be working from home where possible. With this in mind we are committed to the health and safety of our team members who are operating in the warehouse locations.

We are providing enhanced levels of cleaning and standards of hygiene to members of staff and this will continue so we can offer our high levels of service to you as our customers.  

At this time we do not expect to any further measures to mean we will be forced to close. We would like to assure our customers that during this difficult time we are committed to supporting your manufacturing operations and all requirements we can assist with.

 

Best regards, 

Daniel Yodaiken

Managing Director


01 April 2020

Huawei vs Donald Trump

Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the US administration continues its criticism of China over coronavirus.

The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained, with both sides pinning blame for the spread of the disease and retaliation over the expulsion of journalists from both countries.

Under the proposed rule change, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment would be required to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei, who were blacklisted last year, limiting the company’s suppliers.

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Huawei warned on Tuesday that 2020 would be its most difficult year yet due to American trade restrictions which dealt a blow to its overseas sales in 2019 and predicted the Chinese government would retaliate against the United States.

"The Chinese government will not just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered on the chopping board," Chairman Eric Xu told reporters at the launch of Huawei's annual report.

The United States in the past has alleged that the Chinese government could use Huawei’s equipment to spy, an accusation rejected by the company.

According to one source, the rule-change is aimed at curbing sales of chips to Huawei by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, a major producer of chips for Huawei’s HiSilicon unit, as well as the world’s largest contract maker.

 “Even if this situation you mentioned happened, Huawei and also other Chinese companies can choose to buy chipsets from Samsung from Korea, MTK from Taiwan, and [Unisoc] in China, and use those companies to develop chips,” Huawei’s Xu said to Reuters.

Some Tech companies do use US made chip manufacturing equipment including Mediatek which has its chips made by TSMC.  According to electronics weekly, TSMC also makes the chips for Huawei’s chip design subsidiary HiSilicon.

Huawei said net profit for 2019 came in at 62.7 billion yuan ($8.9 billion), up 5.6% - its weakest growth in three years, and down from 25% jump a year earlier. Huawei also spent 15.3% of its 2019 revenue – $18.6 billion – on R&D.

It is still to be seen how Huawei will be affected by the US ban, if it is imposed.

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18 March 2020

Increased Lead Times

Supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak have forced Tesla (automotive manufacturer) to use an older version of an electronic component (processor) in their new Model 3 cars.

The processor is used in the autopilot system and provides semi-automatic driving by taking control of steering, accelerating and braking systems. The new processor (3.0) processes images 21 times faster than the older chip (2.5) that they have used. Following customer complaints about the use of the older 2.5 version of the processor Tesla have responded by offering a free upgrade when supply improves, which is an expensive solution.

Manufacturers across many industry sectors face the same dilemma when lead times increase at such a rate. Does production stop or do they attempt to find and install an alternative electronic component even if it is substandard?

As a specialist electronic component distributor, we would have been able to help without the excessive cost and requirement of a product recall or ceasing production.

The coronavirus has had a huge impact on lead times which have increased dramatically. Many events and marketing influences can have an unforeseen effect upon component manufacturing. Subsequent lead time increases for electronic components have a knock-on effect, which businesses such as Tesla have experienced, and ultimately in situations like this, it’s the end customer that suffers

With over 30 years of experience we are the experts when it comes to sourcing electronic components and we help businesses that don’t have the components they need by either supplying the original part or a component from an alternative manufacturer on a like for like basis.

If you’re concerned about increased lead times get in touch to find out how we can help.

We stock almost 200,000 line items and have access to many more though our international network. We operate with a 12 month guarantee and a price promise for your peace of mind

One solution customer’s use to mitigate potential shortage and increased lead time risk is our scheduled ordering service. Cyclops Electronics manage the supply of components and can actively respond to changes in the market to ensure your components are on hand when you need them.

Learn more about the benefits of schedule ordering services here.

 


05 December 2019

Consider selling your excess electronic components

Your business is thriving, but you are stuck with stock that just sits in the back of your warehouse taking up precious space. What can you do? You could scrap it, or you could try something radical!

You could consider selling your excess electronic component to specialist buyers like Cyclops Excess, who have been buying and managing excess electronic stock for over 20 years. We will not only buy your excess inventory but will also pay to move the lot! Freeing up your precious warehouse space and providing you with an instant cash injection.

Too many manufacturers see excess in a completely negative light and simply scrap it. We want to prove otherwise. Cyclops offers other solutions that not only take away the hassle of managing excess, but also produce a greater financial return.

Cyclops Excess are actively buying excess inventory on an international scale. We have purchased over £7 million worth of stock in the last year and are keen to work with more manufacturers to help them maximise the value held in their excess.

We recently put together a deal with a UK aerospace manufacturer that had traditionally scrapped their excess inventory to offset the loss against future tax liability. Under current UK regulations, the business would be able to claim 19% of the stock’s original value back against their tax liability by destroying it. However, we tabled a more beneficial plan of action. The OEM sold the stock to us but was still able to offset the depreciation realised between original purchase costs and their sale price to us, thus gaining an extra £25,000 over their tax savings. You can read our case study here.

Glen Bodilly, head of Cyclops Excess adds “Since becoming Excess Manager, I have helped Cyclops invest heavily in the excess division and we pride ourselves on a simple approach to help maximise return on investment whilst providing a tailored plan for each circumstance.”

Not sure about selling your excess electronic stock all in one go? We have several selling options for your consideration.

  1. Immediate payment
  2. Full Consignment
  3. Part payment and Consignment

Immediate Payment

  • We assess your stock for immediate purchase
  • Once purchase is agreed your stock is quickly removed
  • You get immediate cash, complete removal of goods and no ongoing liability

Full consignment

  • We sell your stock to maximise market value
  • Your surplus stock is marketed to over 16,000 OEMs, CEMs and Distributors worldwide
  • Your stock is relocated to our ISO approved warehouse

Part Payment and Consignment

  • We buy your stock for immediate cash and a percentage of future sales
  • Your surplus stock is removed and marketed worldwide
  • You maximise return by getting immediate cash and ongoing revenue

 

Our extensive experience in buying and selling excess and surplus electronic stock has given us a deep understanding of the business and provides us with the tools to offer you fair and friendly solutions when it comes to managing your excess inventory.

If you would like to enhance the financial forecast for your excess stock of electronic components, contact us today on +44 (0)1904 436 44 or email us on hello@cyclopsxs.com  for a free demonstration of the benefits to working with Cyclops Excess.

You can also follow us on twitter @Cyclopsxs and find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.


05 November 2019

Reshaping with transformative electronics

A team working under Professor Jae-Woong Jeong from the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST has invented a multifunctional electronic platform that can mechanically transform its shape, flexibility, and stretchability. As reported in Science Advances, this platform also allows users to seamlessly and precisely tune its stiffness and shape.

"This new class of electronics will not only offer robust, convenient interfaces for use in both tabletop or handheld setups, but also allow seamless integration with the skin when applied onto our bodies," said Professor Jeong.

The transformative electronics consist of a special gallium metal structure, hermetically encapsulated and sealed within a soft silicone material, combined with electronics that are designed to be flexible and stretchable. The mechanical transformation of the electronic systems is specifically triggered by temperature change events controlled by the user.

Once the transformative electronic platform comes in contact with a human body, the gallium metal encapsulated inside the silicone changes to a liquid state and softens the whole electronic structure, making it stretchable, flexible, and wearable. The gallium metal then solidifies again once the structure is peeled off the skin, making the electronic circuits stiff and stable. When flexible electronic circuits were integrated onto these transformative platforms, it empowered them with the ability to become either flexible and stretchable or rigid.

"This technology could not have been achieved without interdisciplinary efforts," said co-lead author Joo Yong Sim, who is a researcher with ETRI. "We worked together with electrical, mechanical, and biomedical engineers, as well as material scientists and neuroscientists to make this breakthrough."

This universal electronics platform allowed researchers to demonstrate applications that were highly adaptable and customisable, such as a multi-purpose personal electronics with variable stiffness and stretchability, a pressure sensor with tuneable bandwidth and sensitivity, and a neural probe that softens upon implantation into brain tissue.

This breakthrough can potentially reshape the consumer electronics industry, significantly impacting the way we use electronics in our daily life.


07 August 2019

World's thinnest Gold revealed

Scientists at the University of Leeds have created a new form of gold which is just two atoms thick which will make it the thinnest unsupported gold ever created.

Dubbed 2D gold, the material the material measures only 0.47 nanometers thick, which is roughly a million times thinner than a human finger nail, and could have a profoundly positive impact on the electronic industry and in the medical field.

Laboratory tests show that the ultra-thin 2-D gold is 10 times more efficient as a catalytic substrate than the currently used gold nanoparticles, which are 3-D materials with the majority of atoms residing in the bulk rather than at the surface.

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The lead author of the paper, Dr. Sunjie Ye, from Leeds' Molecular and Nanoscale Physics Group and the Leeds Institute of Medical Research, said: "This work amounts to a landmark achievement. Not only does it open up the possibility that gold can be used more efficiently in existing technologies, it is providing a route which would allow material scientists to develop other 2-D metals."

The flakes are extremly flexible, meaning they could form the basis of electronic components for bendable screens, electronic inks and transparent conducting displays. Standard benchmark tests revealed that gold nanoscale sheets were ten times more efficient than the gold nanoparticles conventionally used in industry.

Professor Evans thinks there will inevitably be comparisons made between the 2-D gold and the very first 2-D material ever created—graphene, which was fabricated at the University of Manchester in 2004.

He said: "The translation of any new material into working products can take a long time and you can't force it to do everything you might like to. With graphene, people have thought that it could be good for electronics or for transparent coatings—or as carbon nanotubes that could make an elevator to take us into space because of its super strength"

He thinks that with 2-D  they have got some very definite ideas about where it could be used, particularly in catalytic reactions and enzymatic reactions. "We know it will be more effective than existing technologies—so we have something that we believe people will be interested in developing with us." he added.


22 July 2019

What is conductive Ink and How is it used?

Everyone has seen those videos that have people drawing circuits that work on materials such as paper or even textile! So what is that liquid paint that connects the circuits up? It is conductive ink! There has been a lot of hype over the years that it is the material of the future and will eventually replace traditional circuits.

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Bare Conductive, a company based in London started by 4 students developed and have have been using this paint in different settings since 2009. After the paint was displayed at a student design conference in Eindhoven, interest from the public started to build. Soon, an email from Sony Music arrived saying they had an artist who wanted to use the paint in a music video. In the film, dancers' feet and hands were painted while they stood on a pad of the dried fluid, which was in turn connected to computers. The dancers became extensions of a circuit so that when their hands were slapped by the DJ Calvin Harris, various drums and beats would sound – a system dubbed a "humanthesizer".

So, how does this conductive ink work? Well, Conductive ink, as the name suggests, is a form of ink that can conduct electricity. Usually, the ink is infused with a conductive material, like graphite or silver, to enable electrical conduction.

Conductive ink is made by mixing tiny particles of conductive materials with non-conductive liquid mediums. The idea is to use a liquid medium that can flow relatively freely whilst building a chain of conductive materials behind it. Once the liquid medium dries, it should, in theory, lock the conductive particles (or inclusions) in place leaving a completed circuit.

Conductive inks have a variety of advantages over other existing solutions. One of the most important is that it can be easily customized to cater to a broad spectrum of industry requirements.

Conductive inks are a great option for e-textiles, as they can be applied after the main product has been produced without interfering with the textile production process at all.

Conductive ink can be used to repair circuits on printed circuit boards and can also be used in computer keyboards that contain membranes with printed circuits that can sense when a key is pressed.

Have you used conductive ink? Let us know what you did!


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