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The History of RFID

Posted: 25th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

After moving from the industrial fasteners and fixings market into electronic components distribution predominately focussing on RF products, I was interested to look into the history of RF and its origins to better understand the products and their uses in today’s modern technology.

The history of radio frequency identification technology is generally believed to have evolved from World War II. After the discovery of radar in 1935 by Scottish physicist Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, the British, Germans, Japanese and Americans were all using radar to warn of approaching planes, the issue being there was no way to identify between which planes belonged to the enemy and a country’s own returning from a mission. read more...

Top Buying Tips

Posted: 25th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

Ever had the problem of expecting parts to be delivered and then finding that the lead time has been pushed out? The increase in lead times affects all of us at one time or another, this may result in additional costs being incurred whether it is for machine down time or just the initial cost of the part you need.

There are ways of avoiding this issue by making sure you plan ahead: read more...

Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders

Posted: 25th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

Some refreshing news! The first quarter of 2013 has shown an average 2% increase in the sales figures of the top 20 semiconductor companies in comparison with the same period of 2012.

An increase of 1% in the worldwide semiconductor market has also transpired. read more...

Integrated Circuit Packaging Acronyms

Posted: 25th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

Chip Carrier

  • BCC – Bump chip carrier
  • CLCC – Ceramic leadless chip carrier
  • LCC – Leaded chip carrier
  • LCCC – Leaded ceramic chip carrier
  • DLCC – Dual lead-less chip carrier
  • PLCC – Plastic leaded chip carrier

Pin Grid Arrays read more...

Gismos and Gadgets in the Automotive Industry

Posted: 25th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

What's happening in the innovative world of the automotive design industry?

As my biggest customer is in the automotive industry, it makes complete sense that I have an invested interest in cars. read more...

WHAT A FIT BUNCH WE’RE BECOMING...

Posted: 12th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

As we’re becoming more and more health-conscious and focussed on fitness, it’s not surprising we’re seeing a stream of gadgets for monitoring everything from good-old calories burned to your quality of sleep. Even apps that offer us better food choices. They have evolved so much since the old-school days of the pedometer!

Wearable devices that examine our health and fitness certainly aren’t new to the market – of course we already have the Nike FuelBand and the Jawbone Up, and now we have the FitBit Flex. This latest addition to the activity tracker group of gadgets offers us a calorie counter, monitor the number of steps taken & distance travelled and also your quality of sleep. read more...

INDUSTRY TRENDS IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Posted: 11th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

With the conversion from analog to digital, many new standards in audio and video have been introduced; vastly improving the affordability and quality of the digital multimedia experience. The proliferation of broadband and wireless has further enabled ease of access and it has become rewarding and easy for consumers to access fresh media.

Trends in the consumer electronic market have transpired from the improvement in quality and easy access accelerated by the fast moving digital revolution: read more...

CYPRESS SEMI'S TRUETOUCH GEN4

Posted: 11th July 2013
Category: General Blog Posts

At last! We can now use our touch screens in the Winter months too, without getting cold hands!

This is thanks to Cypress Semiconductor, who claim that its TrueTouch Gen4 touchscreen controllers will track gloved fingers on capacitive touchscreens. read more...