Two years ago the Morris Group of companies was at a turning point. The Newcastle-based manufacturer found that the mining turndown, mixed in with some archaic manufacturing practises, was affecting its profitability. The group specialised in a range of products and services for the mining and other industries, such as temperature sensors, electronic componentry and … Continue reading How Lean manufacturing saved an electronics company
Australian energy storage specialist Redflow is selling its batteries in Asian countries where telecommunications have leap-frogged copper lines into wireless telephony and broadband. Many Asian nations have jumped straight to cellular network-based phone and Internet services because they lack the copper-based communication networks that exist in countries like Australia. As a result, Redflow is pursuing … Continue reading Battery manufacturer charges into Asian telecom markets
Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions (PSCS) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) have reached an agreement to jointly develop next-generation 40nm Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM) technology for mass production. ReRAM, similar to mainstream flash memory, is a type of non-volatile memory that features a simple structure, high-speed processing and low power consumption. Panasonic first entered mass production … Continue reading Panasonic and UMC sign ReRAM agreement
PayPal has released the second wave of its Digital Goods Economy Survey, which looks at the attitudes, habits, and behaviors of the digital media consumer across the digital video (including movie/TV series) and digital music industries. These findings complement recent PayPal research on the digital gaming and eBook industries. The 10-market, 10,000 consumer research study … Continue reading Smartphone on ascendancy as preferred music/movie device
According to a new report from Research and Markets, the Human Machine Interface (HMI) market is expected to be worth US$5.86 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 9 per cent between 2016 and 2022. The growth of this market is propelled by growing acceptance of industrial automation equipment in the manufacturing sector, evolution … Continue reading HMI market worth almost US$6 billion by 2022
Toshiba has launched the TCB502HQ – a 4-channel power amplifier IC that detects output offset voltage, a factor in speaker burnout. The new IC integrates a newly developed, full-time offset detection circuit that detects output offset voltage even during sound reproduction, preventing speaker burnout. Manufacturers constantly seek to respond to consumer demand by refining the … Continue reading Power amplifier IC gives car speaker consistent sound quality
Toshiba has announced the launch of a 1.3A output current CMOS LDO regulator, TCR13AGADJ, for use in the power supplies of mobile devices. In the WCSP6F package, the new regulator measures 0.8mm x 1.2mm, t: 0.33mm (max). The device is an LDO regulator that can be used in a variety of applications including wifi … Continue reading Regulator designed for wifi chipsets in tablets and smartphones
Smartphones come with an assortment of sensors that can track behaviours such as our internet search and browse history, where we go, what music we listen to, who we speak to, just to name a few. The habitual nature of people means this data could be used to give insight into our mental wellbeing. Acute … Continue reading Your smartphone knows a lot about you, but what about your mental health?
3D printed guns are back in the news after Queensland Police reported last week that they had discovered a 3D printer in a raid on what appeared to be a “large-scale” weapons production facility as a part of Operation Oscar Quantum. According to police, the raid uncovered homemade weapons and ammunition in a workshop manufacturing … Continue reading A licence to print: how real is the risk posed by 3D printed guns?
Testing of the 5G standard by US telcos Verizon and AT&T has already begun, with the roll-out of the latest iteration of wireless signal likely to be a commercial reality by 2020. As the name suggests, it will be the 5th generation of wireless signal, and along with it will come many features, the best … Continue reading What 5G means for electronics
Australian technology distributor Madison Technologies has announced a new partnership with global IP Camera solutions manufacturer Mobotix, that sees the company become the preferred Mobotix thermal partner for Australia. “We are delighted that our work with and commitment to Mobotix has been acknowledged through this agreement,” says Madison Technologies’ Managing Director, David Redfern. “Our customers … Continue reading Madison gets Mobotix distributorship
Toshiba has announced the outline schedule for the construction of a state-of-the-art fabrication facility at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, for expanded production of BiCS FLASH, its proprietary 3D Flash memory. Following on from the March announcement of its intention to build a new BiCS FLASH facility, the company decided to start construction in February … Continue reading Toshiba to build a new 3D flash plant
Battery manufacturers seeking to extend flight times for airborne drones can look to Australian nanotechnology start-up Nano-Nouvelle as a company who is developing a solution to the issue. The Sunshine Coast-based company is developing nanotechnology that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries by as much as 50 per cent. This year, … Continue reading Aussie company working to extend drone battery life
Motorola recently released the world’s thinnest smartphone, the Moto Z. Having gotten his hands on a device at the launch in October, Mike Wheeler wondered how they could fit all the functionality into such a small space without affecting performance. He spoke with Motorola Lenovo’s US-based Australian vice president of engineering, device innovation and architecture, … Continue reading Inside the world’s thinnest smartphone
Lenovo and Nimble Storage have announced a strategic partnership intended to transform data centre capabilities by delivering new levels of efficiency and scale, and slashing the time IT teams spend managing infrastructure. Lenovo and Nimble will enable the use of predictive analytics in infrastructure management to automate service activities, allowing data centres to redeploy their … Continue reading Partnership provides predictive analytics for infrastructure management
Australian company 4DS Memory has announced it has successfully developed and tested 40 nanometre (nm) interface switching resistive random access memory (ReRAM) cells. This milestone is said to represent a digital memory cell size that is smaller than the current large scale volume production sizes of existing non-volatile memory technology, 3D NAND Flash (3D Flash). … Continue reading Taking ReRAM cells to the next level
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the past six months, you’ll know that Samsung has had a marketing disaster on its hands with the Galaxy Note 7 after more than 30 of the units caught fire and/or exploded. Samsung did the right thing – they stopped selling the device, issued a recall, and … Continue reading Why did the Galaxy Note 7 catch fire?
Regardless of the external and geopolitical conditions that develop across the globe, it is a general rule that national economies tend to thrive so long as they diversify. This remains the key to sustainable growth, even during times of reported volatility or uncertainty. In many ways, the Australian economy represents the perfect embodiment of this … Continue reading Australia’s electronics market boom
DEWESoft has redesigned their all-in-one unit the Sirius R2D with its built in 12-inch multi-touch full HD display. The inclusion being the powerful SBOXse PC, which allows guaranteed full data throughput utilising EtherCAT technology. The EtherCAT connection provides the power and transfers the measurement data and synchronisation using one single cable. This allows the R2D … Continue reading Upgrade for Sirius all-in-one DAQ
The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32GB of NAND flash memory costs $219.80, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a specialist critical information, analytics and solutions. After $5 in basic manufacturing costs are added, Apple’s total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 rises to $224.80. The … Continue reading Apple charge consumers three times the price of iPhone7 build