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15 November 2016

Microchip sells Atmel assets to Solomon Systech

Nearly a year after Microchip Technology Inc formally agreed a $3.56bn deal to purchase Atmel Corp, the American company has signed off certain Atmel assets to the Hong Kong based semiconductor firm Solomon Systech for a fee believed to be $23m.

The pure cash transaction includes the sale of certain semiconductor products, equipment, a variety of patents associated with the company’s mobile touch line, and intellectual property licences.

In a press release, Solomon Systech announced more details, saying that the deal was mainly centred around the Atmel’s maXTouch line, and access to a design database that housed over 500 patents.

Commenting on the deal, Microchip’s Chairman and CEO Steve Sanghi said the agreement culminates the firm’s plans to sell non-core assets that it had inherited from its acquisition of Atmel and the turn of the year.

“Since the closing of our acquisition of Atmel,” Sangi explained, “we have been working diligently on the integration activities associated with Atmel which include taking actions to achieve strong financial returns.

“We believe we are well on our way to significantly improving Atmel’s business model which we believe will provide substantial long-term value to our stockholders,” he added.

Sangi's counterpart at Solomon Syshtech, Yeh Tsuei Chi, said that the "purchase deal is a strong strategic fit [that] aligns with our development strategy, as mobile touch is one of our core business areas.

This move has further increased speculation about the long-term availability of Atmel products since Microchip’s takeover.

Microchip does have an extremely good history of managing end-of-life situations carefully – the franchise availability of some electronic components from the early 1990s is a prime example of this – but with the rights to some Atmel parts moving to Solomon Systech, nobody definitively knows what will happen in the short, medium and long-term.

There has been some speculation online that some older components may be discontinued, though proof is yet to emerge that this is the case.

Either way, it could be worth keeping tabs on developments regarding the production and market availability of older Atmel lines.


11 November 2016

Infineon's Sub1 Reloaded sets a new Rubik's Cube record

What links a Rubik’s Cube and the future of autonomous vehicles? Infineon Technologies.

At Electronica, Infineon, the German semiconductor manufacturer, showcased its Sub1 Reloaded machine to the world.

In front of a healthy crowd, the AURIX microcontroller powered device blitzed a Rubik’s Cube, taking just 0.637 seconds to solve the legendary 3D combination puzzle that has been baffling people since its invention in 1974.

With that sub seven-tenth time, it shaved a quarter of a second off the previous world record, which was also held by an Infineon powered machine.

The successful world record attempt was done to highlight the sheer power of Infineon’s AURIX architecture, which is similar to the one used in current driver-assistance systems.

“We used this as a metaphor to show how digital systems are constructed,” explained Gregor Rodehueser, a spokesman for the Neubiberg-based company.

“We wanted to show that problems can be solved much more efficiently using microelectronics.

“This is also the case when it comes to automated driving, where you have to have very low latencies and absolutely reliable and quick technologies.”

As well as containing an AURIX microprocessor, Sub1 Reloaded is comprised of a number of other microchips that enables it to solve complex problems.

So, how does it work that quickly?

To start off, the machine rapidly detected the position of the coloured elements and then devised the fastest solution to the problem of a scrambled Rubik’s Cube. Once the plan a plan had been worked out, that information was sent straight to six motors – one for each side of the cube – that solved the cube.

All that was done in 0.637 seconds.


10 November 2016

Electronica 2016: Day Three

The last time we looked, it was Monday night, the Bavarian skies were threatening to cover Munich in a blanket of snow and our team had the nerves and excitement that comes with preparing and planning for the world’s leading electronic exhibition.

Now, it’s Thursday evening and there’s only one day left of Electronica 2016! Where has the time gone?!

It’s been a couple of days here in Munich and we have been right in the middle of the action. You may have seen that the German chipmaker Infineon has been showcasing their world-leading Sub1 Reloaded machine at the event. Fitted with a load of technology that is destined for use in autonomous vehicles at some point in the future, Infineon’s super-computer took under a second (0.637s to be exact) to solve a Rubik’s Cube – a brand new world record! There’ll be more about that incredible feat later.

Away from record-breaking deeds, we’ve used our downtime wisely by seeing ‘working’ Lego cities, listening to tales of battling robots and striking poses with a legendary figure of American cinema. But it’s not all been fun and games as we’ve also taken a keen interest in the seminars and mini-exhibitions that have all been taking place during the event. The discussion on the future of autonomous vehicles was especially eye-opening.

And, of course, we have been talking about Cyclops to the attendees. We have had a really fantastic reception from both existing and potential partners alike about the services that Cyclops Electronics can offer.

With over twenty-five years’ experience in the industry and a global group network, we have risen from a small one-office outfit in the United Kingdom to a company that provide procurement and sourcing solutions to fellow dealers, OEMs and CEMs from around the world.

Our original speciality is in the location of hard-to-find, obsolete and end-of-life electronic components. However, as we have grown over the years we have expanded to offer companies a wide range of associated solutions, such as excess inventory management, stockholding and supply chain administration.

We’ll be on hand all day tomorrow to discuss how Cyclops can help your businesses. We’d to love to see you before Electronica closes its doors, so why not set a little bit of time aside and head along to Stand 179, Hall A5?

See you tomorrow, hopefully!

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09 November 2016

Electronica 2016- Day Two: NXP unveils the smallest 8pin logic at Electronica

Designed with phones and the Internet of Things in mind, the component manufacturer NXP has just unveiled a new range of SOT1233 devices – internally called the GX8 – that come in 0.8 x 1.35mm packaging, the smallest yet for an 8pin logic chip.

Details about the SOT1233 line were released at Electronica earlier today and in an accompanying statement, the firm commented that chips address “the continual trend in electronic systems towards smaller and smaller packages, low-power consumption and low system costs.”

“These logic devices are used to provide the interface between the different ASICs, and with this new introduction, most AXP, AUP and LVC functions are now available in [the] GX.”

Production for the chips are planned for Q4 this year.

Cyclops Electronics has over 177,000 line items in stock, including many popular lines from leading chipmakers such as NXP. If you’d like to learn more about our extensive inventory of electronic components, visit the Cyclops at Electronica – we’re at Stand 179, Hall A5.


08 November 2016

Electronica 2016 - Day One

At 9am prompt, the doors to Messe Munchen opened to the public, signifying the start of Electronica 2016.

After months of preparation and countless sleepless nights in the run-up to the event, seeing the first intrepid explorers make their way into our hall was a satisfying and rewarding sight!

Even though the event is only a couple of hours old at the time of writing, it’s been a promising and exciting experience so far. We have had the opportunity to speak to an array of people and businesses from across Europe - including some market-leading OEMs from Central Europe and a number of prominent German manufacturing firms – and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us.

If you want to learn more about Cyclops Electronics and the wider Cyclops Group and find out exactly how our procurement specialists can source the obsolete and hard-to-find components that you need to keep your production lines moving, head over to Stand 179 in Hall A5 where you’ll find our team. Just keep an eye out for the aqua blue – you won’t be able to miss us!

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For more information, email electronica@cyclops-electronics.com


07 November 2016

Electronically Engineered Plants

Thanks to a group of American scientists, we’re now thinking about swapping our potted indoor plants for a collection of electronically engineered ones that can communicate with phones, tablets and computers.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have engineered spinach so that it can detect explosives and connect with wireless handheld devices.

This experiment is one of the first in the world that has successfully demonstrated the active potential of plant nanobionics, a process that involves adding electronic systems into plants.

The team from MIT enhanced spinach leaves by adding carbon nanotubes, effectively creating a species of plant that would be sensitive to a certain class of chemical compounds known as nitroaromatics.

This could be an important breakthrough as nitroaromatics are generally present in a wide range of explosives, such as landmines.

The plants would grow under normal circumstances but if they detected a nitroaromatic compound in the soil, the manually inserted carbon nanotubes would emit a fluorescent signal that could be picked up an infrared camera. This camera would then ping a small computer or other similar device, and send a warning notification.

“This is a novel demonstration of how we have overcome the plant/human communication barrier,” explained Michael Strano, the leader of MIT’s research team.

“They have an extensive root network in the soil, are constantly sampling groundwater, and have a way to self-power the transport of that water up into the leaves.”

It is hoped that by altering plants in this manner, scientists could create a network that would to alert people about a whole manner of pollutants and explosives whilst also being capable of spotting the early warning signs of environmental disasters.

“Plants are very environmentally responsive,” the professor of chemical engineering added.

“They know that there is going to be a drought long before we do [and] they can detect small changes in the properties of soil and water.

“If we tap into those chemical signalling pathways, there is a wealth of information to access.”

Min Hao Wong, a MIT graduate student and the study’s lead author, noted that their work could be of commercial benefit to the agricultural sector, due to farmers having more information that can directly affect crop yields and overall margins.

So now that we are one step closer to having autonomous plants, I, for one, eagerly anticipate the impending invasion of cyber-conscious Triffids…


04 November 2016

Electronica 2016 - We're on our way!

After six months of planning, countless hours of work and the best part of a week packing, we’re ready to board our flights to Munich and exhibit at Electronica.

Taking place every two years, Electronica, the world’s biggest trade fair for the electronics industry, attracts a wide range of component distributors, semiconductor manufacturers, decision makers and inquisitive OEMs to the Bavarian capital.

This year’s event takes place next week (November 8th-11th) and e will be right in the heart of the action at Stand 179, Hall A5!

Conveniently located on one of the hall’s major thoroughfares, we will be on hand to discuss everything there is to do with the electronics industry, and how Cyclops can help you source and procure the electronic components that your production lines need.

Last the time event took place, 73,000 people headed to the Messe München and this time around, the organisers are expecting even more people to pass through the exhibition centre’s turnstiles. Needless to say, we are predicting that it’s going to be one extremely busy, tiring and rewarding week!

Speaking about our plans for the week, Bev Scott, our Head of Marketing, said: “It’s been a great time preparing to return to Munich for Electronica.

“After an incredibly enjoyable and valuable exhibition last time out, we’re ready and raring to get out there and promote the incredible work that our staff do when it comes to the sourcing of electronic components.”

In order to accommodate the increased demand from both exhibitors and visitors alike, the event’s organisers have decided to open up another hall, bringing the total used up to thirteen. Alongside the additional exhibition space, Electronica will also feature the debut of the Embedded Platform Village and the Start-up Village. Both areas will feature seminars, conferences, and give businesses the opportunity to network and meet with potential investors.

If you haven’t booked your meeting with Cyclops Electronics, now is the time to do so.

We have a small number of time slots available for designated appointments, so if you’d like to speak to your account manager or a nominated representative about our global component distribution, stockholding capabilities and inventory management services, we recommend that you send an e-mail over as soon as possible!


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