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27 October 2015
Technology for Charity!
The concept of charity hasn’t changed in many decades, however, the way in which we give to charities certainly has.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has created a fitness band that combines exercise, gaming and charity, three components that nobody thought would merge.
The Fitness Band has been designed with children in mind, specifically for two purposes. Firstly, it increases the awareness of helping others through fun.
The device acts as a pedometer, and each child wearing the band will receive digital missions to complete a certain amount of steps. Once these steps have been completed, they unlock a parcel of food which is then sent to undernourished children.
Whilst benefiting the people that are sent the food, the Fitness Band is also encouraging children to do more exercise, who need more physical activity in their day-to-day lives.
The way it works is that the Fitness Band itself costs about $40.00 to buy outright, then each mission completed which then benefits the children in need cost around $4.00 to download. It’s this $4.00 that is put towards the UNICEF charity.
UNICEF has cleverly created a device to be deemed ‘cool’ by the kids, which will make it desirable to every 11 year old. The more popular this piece of tech becomes, the more people are helped in the long run.
This is not the only technology that has been created recently with charity in mind though. Since it was BTTFD, (Back to the Future Day) less than a week ago, NIKE decided to create something EXTRA special.
With the help of their designers, NIKE has created the ‘Self Tying Trainer’ as featured in the film. They have done this for a number of reasons, one, to celebrate the once in a lifetime event of BTTFD, but also, to support a charity.
Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, who designed the movies original shoe, sent Michael J Fox a letter, explaining his idea, and explaining that funds raised from an auction of the incredible shoes will all be donated to the Michael J Fox Fund – A charity set up by Fox to help find a cure for Parkinson’s, which Fox himself suffers from.
The idea in Hatfield’s clever head is that during the later stages of the awful disease that is Parkinson’s; simple things such as shoe tying become a difficult task. With a self-tying trainer, sufferers need not worry about it.
The trainers are currently on auction for over £10,000, so if you’re desperate for this futuristic design, you had better get saving those pennies now!
It’s inspiring to see how the advances in technology do not just affect the life of the person using them, but the lives of many others in need to.
21 October 2015
Back To The Future; We're already there!
Who said the hover board wouldn’t be invented by 2015?
In April 2015 an inventor from Montreal called Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the Guinness World Record for the longest hover board flight in history!
The autonomously powered hover board of his own design and construction flew up to 5 metres over a lake, covering a distance of 275.9 metres on a trip that lasted over a minute and a half!
It has been announced that now, 31 year old Duru and his company, Omni Hover boards, are working on a new and improved version of the device, hoping to develop the propeller-powered piece of technology further.
The news of this futuristic development couldn’t have been announced at a more appropriate time, as we are just about to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of world famous ‘Back To The Future’ trilogy.
Back To The Future first brought fun-filled futuristic excitement to our very small television screens in 1985, when Dr. Emmett Brown accidentally sends Marty McFly back in time 30 years. The Back to the Future trilogy also saw Marty ride a hover board in Back to the Future Part II in 1989, to escape Biffs gang members in the year 2015.
In the 80’s, technology such as hover boards and time machines may have seemed eons away, but with development from persistent inventors such as Duru, the future may be closer than we once thought.
With Cyclops, there is no need for time travel. With 106,536 hard to find or obsolete electronic components, the future is now!
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19 October 2015
The Merger Memo!
Four Technology companies this year alone have decided to join forces in order to create success.
In May, Avago Technologies agreed to buy Broadcom Corp for $37 billion, and then again in June, Intel Corp decided to buy Altera Corp for $16.7 billion.
Once again, the whispers of merging are being heard in the hallways of Maxim Integrated Product Inc, who have recently been approached by Analog Devices.
A spike in shares indicates that more and more people have caught wind of the possible deal.
Maxim’s market has dropped from about $17.58 billion down t $9.88 as of Tuesday close, which could mean that merging with Avago is in their best interest.
What do you think the outcome will be? Email us today and let us know!
14 October 2015
The Four Golden Rules of Avoiding Counterfeit Components
Four steps to take when buying obsolete electronic components –
An article written by John Pallazola on his ‘Earthtron Blog’ explores the dos and don’ts of buying Electriconic Components, and the correct procedure to take when endeavouring to buy obsolete components.
Within this article, Pallazola claims that the act of Counterfeiting is due to ‘Bad people in this world’, and that the act of Counterfeiting is ‘exposing a weakness of someone in a desperate situation in order to gain maximum benefit for themselves’.
Here at Cyclops Electronics, we take Counterfeiting extremely seriously, and we endeavour to do everything within our power to fight it.
Cyclops holds a valued client base, and does everything possible to ensure that a trusting relationship is formed with their clients beginning from the moment that they enquire.
The Four Golden Rules!
According to Pallazola, there are ‘Four Golden Rules’ that you must follow when you are purchasing Obsolete Components.
The first rule is Trustworthiness, research is essential when deciding which company to purchase your stock from. Cyclops Electronics has brilliant feedback from happy clients and is a noticeably credited member of the Electronic Resellers Association, (ERAI), and also has ISO900 Accreditations so you can rest assured that Cyclops is as trustworthy as they come.
The second rule is Traceability, it is important to know where your parts are coming from to know for sure whether they are genuine or not. Simple things such as the use of factory packaging, factory trays and original invoices indicate that a company is using genuine stock. Companies that fail to provide the original packaging often create excuses as to why it was lost, and may be counterfeit. One way that Cyclops can help with traceability is to provide CofCs when requested at requirement stage, they will always try to help their customers with CofCs when necessary.
The third rule is Testing, when in doubt, test your stock! FPGA testing can be difficult and expensive, however, legitimate reseller should be able to provide test reports when requested. Typically, most companies can take parts in and test a 10-15% sampling with a 1-2 day turn around. Testing your products before purchase is something that Cyclops is happy to help with, to ensure that you are happy with your stock.
The final rule according to Pallazola is Tangibility. This may seem obvious, but if a company can provide you with tangible details such as quantity, datecodes, pricing and photographs of real stock then this can prove that they actually have the components in stock. It is advisable to avoid companies that store their stock ‘overseas’ and offer a vague 1-2 week delivery scheme as they may not always be being honest. Cyclops store all of their stock in the UK, and offer a next day delivery service to make sure you receive your products as soon as possible.
Can all of this worry be avoided?
Buying obsolete components may seem a daunting process, and after reading this you may have been put off the process all together, but here at Cyclops, we can help.
As well as directly supplying obsolete components to our clients, Cyclops also offers a sourcing service. This means that you don’t have to worry about any of the above issues, and you can leave all of the hard work to us. We can use our database of respectable external companies to source any component that you may be having trouble finding.
Cyclops also follow strict procedures to check any components authenticity after which, if we are still not happy, we will send any components away for tests.
When dealing with Cyclops, you can be assured that any component we have sourced and supplied have been scrutinised in our anti-counterfeit procedure.
05 October 2015
Electronic Counterfeits: Can they be avoided?
The global rise in Counterfeiting in the past 10 years
The issues surrounding electronic counterfeit has been within the public’s eye for many years, however the intensity and complexity of the problem has only become obvious over the past 10 years, and more so over the most recent 5 years.
Electronic Counterfeit is not something that is to be taken lightly. Components that are not genuine can fail to perform under the most critical circumstances, and can lead to endangering the lives of the general public.
The dangers of Counterfeit Components:
An example of such an event could be Counterfeits that have been discovered in missile guidance systems, which causes serious security problems for the U.S Department of Defence.
As well as missile guidance systems, electronic counterfeit components have also been found in everyday items such as servers, routers and storage hardware, though less dangerous, this is still not acceptable, and needs to be prevented.
One way of monitoring and avoiding Counterfeit components is Serialization technology. This includes components being given a universal unique ID serial number which can then be identified by all.
Some companies apply this technique when labelling components; however, not all do, creating a lot of different ‘home-grown’ barcodes for the same component, allowing Counterfeits to enter the supply chain.
Anti Counterfeit, Inspection and Testing Procedures:
Here at Cyclops electronics, we follow strict guidelines and procedures when it comes to inspecting for Counterfeit Components.
To enhance our strict ISO 9001 quality and testing procedures we also use the Sentry Counterfeit Detector from ABI Electronics to ensure the authenticity of devices and to protect you from Counterfeit products.
In addition, we also have the capability to conduct X-Ray, X-Ray Fluorescence, high resolution microscopy and dimensional analysis and decapsulation tests to further screen our components. Each step is made with the utmost care to help combat Counterfeiting.
Does this work?
When last analysed Cyclops Electronics RMA rate was less than 0.05% of all lines shipped, giving you complete peace of mind that your production lines, and your profitability, won’t be compromised by counterfeit components when purchasing from us.
If you want to know more about our Counterfeit Procedures, you can give us a call on 01904 435 456 or email via email@example.com. We are always here to help!
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