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China: drag on semiconductor market?

The Chinese stock market (as measured by the Hang Seng Index) dropped 11% from 14th August to 24th August over concerns of a slowing economy. In reaction, the U.S. stock market (as measured by the S&P 500) dropped 11% from 17th August to 25th August. The China market has since rebounded 2% while the U.S. market rebounded 5%. Will a slowing China drag down the global economy? China accounts for about half of the global semiconductor market. Will slowing semiconductor demand in China lead to a major slowdown in the global semiconductor market?
2nd September 2015

Exclusive deal covers sockets and interconnects

Exclusive deal covers sockets and interconnects
Luso Electronics is to be the exclusive UK distribution of Andon’s sockets and interconnects. Headquartered in the US with an ISO 9001 production facility, Andon manufactures IC sockets, adapters, board-to-board interconnects and contact/terminal products. Besides stock products in large or small volumes, Andon can also deliver bespoke interconnect solutions, which Luso can help design and develop for UK customers.
2nd September 2015

UI innovations are transforming HMI

According to the Future of Customer Experience with User Interface Technologies analysis from Frost & Sullivan, the future of UIs will largely rely on touchless, hands-free operation. Technologies like gesture recognition, image recognition and Natural Language Processing (NLP) will be increasingly used to design accessible UIs that enable secure, reliable and touchless interactions.
2nd September 2015


Industry veterans strengthen Electro Rent Europe's UK push

Industry veterans strengthen Electro Rent Europe's UK push
Electro Rent Europe has named two industry verterans to key positions within its new UK office. Mike Sullivan (pictured) becomes Business Manager, UK, and Stephen Skinner has been appointed Account Manager.  The appointments follow the recent opening of Electro Rent Europe’s UK office, which will provide customers with localised stock and support.
2nd September 2015

Wearables & bioelectronics need better energy storage

According to Lux Research, wearable, implantable and other medical devices are creating energy demands and design requirements beyond conventional batteries. Existing battery solutions barely satisfy the demands for increased functionality and power in existing medical devices and may have slowed the shift toward personalised health care in many areas of medicine.
2nd September 2015

China slowdown leading manufacturers to review business plans

Manufacturers are increasing their vigilance in key markets in light of growing risks and uncertainty in the global economy, according to a new survey of almost 300 companies published today by EEF. As a consequence of the stock market turbulence in China, the shadow of crisis talks in the euro zone and the potential for further trade restrictions with Russia, economic forecasters aren’t the only ones reviewing their outlook for the months ahead.
28th August 2015

Prosthetic hand allows boy to change grip with gestures

Prosthetic hand allows boy to change grip with gestures
  A nine-year-old boy, born with his right arm missing from the elbow, has become the first child in the UK to be fitted with a bionic hand. The i-limb quantum, developed by Touch Bionics, allows Josh Cathcart to do the things that many of us take for granted, such as eat with a knife and fork.
28th August 2015

Cogiscan discusses scalable TTC solutions at SMTAI

Cogiscan has announced that it will discuss its scalable platform in Booth #1038 at SMTA International, from 29th to 30th September, 2015 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Illinois, USA.
28th August 2015

Tablet screen sizes expanding as iPad Pro approaches

Large screen sizes are gaining favour as the tablet transforms into a productivity device, with shipments growing 185% year-on-year in 2015. According to a recent Strategy Analytics’ Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) report, Apple’s iPad Pro will join a market that is primed for growth, thanks to the success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and larger 2-in-1 detachable tablets from traditional PC vendors like Lenovo, Acer and Asus.
28th August 2015

Ethernet switches feature IEEE 1588-2008 PTP

Ethernet switches feature IEEE 1588-2008 PTP
Microchip has added the LAN9353/4/5 Three-Port, 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switches to its reliable portfolio of Ethernet solutions, including Ethernet switches, controllers, bridges and PHYs. Featuring the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) standard for clock accuracy in the sub-ns range, these highly integrated Ethernet switches offload both synchronisation and communications processing from the host CPU.
28th August 2015


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