mobile | classic  
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology Magazine


Search...

Electronics Buyers' Guide

Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook 2015


 

SA gets the smarts
13 November 2013, News

Initiated by Seemahale Telecoms and CZ Electronics (in which Seemahale has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 51% stake), this project is aimed at bringing mobile Internet accessibility to the masses in both South Africa and the rest of the continent. "Most smartphones and tablet computers are affordable only to the affluent consumer, with those people in rural areas and with lower incomes not able to afford this 'luxury'," said Pillay.

Sagran Pillay
Sagran Pillay

He explained that the technology is being jointly designed by a team of 20 engineers at CZ Electronics and an engineering team in Taiwan. “For the interim we will be supplied with semi knockdown kits by the same Taiwanese company. We will then assemble all the components at our facilities in Boksburg, Gauteng. Full training will be provided by the Taiwanese team for a period of approximately three months to ensure our employees are fully up to speed.”

Once the local team is completely familiarised with the placement of components onto the printed circuit boards, the kits will then be supplied in a complete knockdown form. “We anticipate that this will take place after approximately six months,” Pillay clarified. “Depending on demand, we will be in a position to increase our current employee capacity of 180 to a targeted 280. Our initial goal is to produce 100 000 units per annum, so with our current capability of placing 200 000 components per hour, we are presently able to meet demand.

“However, we are confident that the demand for both the tablet and the smartphone will be such that we would need to add to the current equipment that we have available in our facilities. As needed, we will also increase our local team and provide in-house training for them,” added Pillay.

He pointed out that the beta versions of the products are currently undergoing testing by ICASA and, once approvals are supplied, they will be ready to enter the production stage. “We will be officially launching a demonstration version of the technology at the Africom show in Cape Town in mid-November to allow consumers to look at and ‘test drive’ the products. Once we go into full production of the completed products early next year, we will use the South African market as a barometer for introducing the technology into other African countries,” Pillay said.

Initially, the company will produce a 10,1” tablet and a 5” smartphone, both running on Android without overlays and with the ability to run on Wi-Fi, 2G or 3G. Both devices have a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Because the devices run on Android, consumers will be able to visit the Android App Store to download the apps they require. The devices will include a number of standard apps such as Facebook, Google and Twitter at launch.

The tablet employs a quad-core Cortex A7 1,2 GHz core processor with 1 GB of RAM and between 4 and 16 GB of internal memory. It also includes a mini HDMI port and a SIM slot. Weighing in at approximately 580 grams, the device is powered by an 8600 mAh battery for competitive uptime. “The expected selling price is approximately R3500, which will allow an increasing number of consumers to acquire a device,” said Pillay.

Similarly, the phone will enter the market at approximately R2500 and will feature a 960x540 pixel LCD capacitive touchscreen, 4 GB of Flash-based storage and a 1,5 GHz processor. “The beauty of the phone is that it comes standard with dual SIM cards, making it a great option for prepaid phone users,” enthused Pillay.

The issue of power in remote areas has been considered: “We are aware that in some of the more outlying areas, charging the devices could be problematic given the intermittent and even absent suitable infrastructure available. We will therefore be looking at solar energy and other alternative energy sources to ensure that connectivity is not interrupted,” Pillay explained.

He believes that the biggest challenge the company will face is changing the mindset of the South African public in terms of resistance to locally manufactured technology. “South Africa has pioneered many technological advancements over the years and CZ Electronics Manufacturing has been involved in a number of joint ventures with local and international companies to bring high-tech products to market. One of these is the ISDN units manufactured under licence to third parties for Telkom. We are certainly in a position to produce quality technology that will allow affordable connectivity and access to the Internet.

“Our intention with the introduction of these two devices is therefore twofold: Firstly, we want to make the advantages of information and communication technology available to as many people as possible. Secondly, through the creation of jobs, we would like to increase the development of skills in an increasing number of people to ensure a sustainable future through social investment,” Pillay concluded.

For more information contact Sagran Pillay, CZ Electronics Manufacturing, +27 (0)11 914 5240, info@czelectronics.co.za, www.czelectronics.co.za


Credit(s)
Supplied By: CZ Electronics Manufacturing
Tel: +27 11 914 5240
Fax: +27 11 914 4533
Email: info@czelectronics.co.za
www: www.czelectronics.co.za
       

Further reading:

  • Sasol to once again sponsor SA solar car challenge
    20 April 2016, News
    The 2016 iteration will once again see strong overseas entrants competing against local teams who are building more and more competitive vehicles.
  • Laser breakthrough made by SA and Italian team
    20 April 2016, News, Electronics Technology
    Nature Photonics recently published research by a team from South Africa and Italy demonstrating a new type of laser that is able to produce laser beams ‘with a twist’ as its output.
  • The state of electronic component distribution in SA
    20 April 2016, News
    With component distribution forming such a vital link in the supply chain, two of the biggest South African distributors share their insights on the health of the local market.
  • NuVision scoops Digi-Key agency
    20 April 2016, NuVision Electronics, News
    NuVision Electronics has been appointed the official authorised reseller for Digi-Key products in southern Africa. The deal gives customers access to the entire Digi-Key portfolio of products through NuVision’s local offices.
  • SKA gets R40 million boost
    20 April 2016, News
    A Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)-led consortium has received 2 251 920 Euros (more than R40,3 million) from Horizon 2020, a European Union (EU) programme for research and innovation. The ...
  • Wits physics school takes delivery of new oscilloscope
    20 April 2016, Comtest, News
    Wits University’s High Energy Physics (HEP) Group recently took delivery of a Tektronix MSO70804C, 8 GHz 25 GSps mixed signal oscilloscope, together with an 8 GHz Trimode differential probe, which will ...
  • Forging ahead toward Industry 4.0
    20 April 2016, EBV Electrolink, News
    Network provider Cisco has predicted that in the year 2020, around 50 billion applications will be connected with the Internet of Things (IoT). One aspect of this IoT is known as Industry 4.0. But Industry ...
  • Semiconductor unit shipments will soon top one trillion annually
    20 April 2016, News
    Total yearly semiconductor unit shipments (integrated circuits and opto-sensor-discrete, or O-S-D, devices) are forecast to continue their upward march and are now expected to top one trillion units for ...
  • Electronics news digest
    23 March 2016, News
    South Africa • Jasco enjoyed a strong second half of 2015, with an increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) of 783% to 5,74 cents. Group revenue of R558,1 million increased by 11,1%, driven by ...
  • A giant leap for high-speed design
    23 March 2016, Technews Publishing, News
    What made this interview truly unique and exciting was the opportunity to shoot the breeze with one of the few people alive who worked on Apollo 11.
  • DTI commits R15 million to study fuel cell market
    23 March 2016, News
    Minister Rob Davies asserted that the project, which is intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa, will go further than government had previously envisaged.
  • CSIR collaborating on dynamic spectrum access research
    23 March 2016, News
    BITRI is interested in building its own Television White Spaces (TVWS) experimental network, and has requested the CSIR to assist with the design and deployment of Botswana’s TVWS network testbed.

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    Classic | Mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.