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The expanding scope of projected capacitive touch sensing
23 September 2015, Tempe Technologies, Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI
Since the emergence of touchscreens, user interface technology has experienced continued and rapid evolution in order to meet ever rising consumer expectations. Projected capacitive touch sensing – ...

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Silicon’s successor could be black phosphorus
2 September 2015, News, Electronics Technology
Two separate studies have demonstrated the ability of black phosphorus to conduct electricity in two dimensions, marking it as a potential rival to graphene.

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Renewables slash SA’s energy costs
2 September 2015, Power Electronics / Power Management
A CSIR study has found that renewable energy from wind and solar projects created R4 billion more financial benefits than they cost during the first half of 2015.

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Self-powered serial EEPROM
2 September 2015, EBV Electrolink, DSP, Micros & Memory
Atmel launched a single-wire EEPROM with only two-pins – a data pin and ground pin for operation – making the new family ideal for the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, consumable, battery and cable ...

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New drivers open up new possibilities for LED lighting
2 September 2015, CST Electronics, Opto-Electronics, Power Electronics / Power Management
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are semiconductor devices that emit light when an electrical current passes through them. The benefits of using LEDs continue to evolve and mature, making them an increasingly ...

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Top 10 reasons for using ultracapacitors
2 September 2015, Electrocomp, Passive Components
Historically, the use of a single energy device to satisfy the entire power specification of an application required designers to either design for power (at times providing excess energy) or design for ...

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IoT’s biggest obstacle is security
12 August 2015, Gemalto IoT (Cinterion Wireless Modules), News
According to Mark Warren, Gemalto’s M2M solutions manager for Africa, trust is critical for IoT to achieve its potential, especially in terms of its adoption by the mass market.

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Set-top boxes see light of day after a year of gestation
12 August 2015, Microtronix Manufacturing, News, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
Mike Goodyer, CEO of Microtronix, reveals that his year-long vision to produce a fully functioning set-top box for digital TV has finally come to fruition.

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Meeting modern needs for conformal coating inspection
12 August 2015, MyKay Tronics, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
Modern electronic assemblies are seeing an increase in the popularity of using conformal coatings to guarantee proper functioning under various climatic and environmental conditions. In particular in ...

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Thousand-fold accuracy boost coming to SA time reference
22 July 2015, News
SKA South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with NMISA that will see its time reference accuracy narrowed from 5000 nanoseconds to just 4 nanoseconds.

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Design-to-cost benefits from supply chain visibility
22 July 2015, EDA Technologies, Design Automation
Design decisions have a cumulative impact on the life cycle cost of a product, with choices made during this phase contributing as much as 70% to the overall cost.

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DTI minister attends official ZYTEQ factory launch
1 July 2015, ZYTEQ Technologies, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services, News
ZYTEQ has invested in state of the art electronic assembly equipment and is able to offer a full range of assembly services.

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Chairman updates industry on arei’s activities
1 July 2015, News
Arnold Perumal, Chairman of the Association of Representatives for the Electronics Industry (arei), has issued a statement highlighting some of the association’s recent achievements and offering a glimpse ...

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Update to ISO 9001 standard looms
10 June 2015, News
Upon publication of the update, organisations certified to the current revision, ISO 9001:2008, will have three years to migrate their quality management system to the new edition.

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National Electronics Week embraced by national and provincial government
10 June 2015, News
National Electronics Week South Africa came to KwaZulu-Natal’s shores for the first time ever on 20 May. Organised in partnership with the Association of Representatives for the Electronics Industry (AREI), ...

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High-tech PCBs: making the right decisions from design to production
20 May 2015, Cirtech Electronics, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
An ever increasing number of electronic functions are being squeezed into smaller and smaller products – whether it’s consumer electronics, computers, automotive or medical technology, the overall trend ...

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Inductance-to-digital converters
20 May 2015, EBV Electrolink, Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI
Four new devices have expanded Texas Instruments’ inductance-to-digital converter (LDC) portfolio to include multichannel variants. The LDC1614 family offers two or four matched channels and up to 28-bit ...

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A new Thread in the wireless home networking tapestry
29 April 2015, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT, News
As if the world didn’t have enough wireless standards already, a new one will soon be making itself at home amongst the clutter.

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Haptics advancements put us in touch with complex systems – Part 2
29 April 2015, Avnet South Africa, Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI
The following is a continuation from Part 1 in Dataweek 8 April, in which an overview of haptics technology and its advances is provided.       Haptic system components The elements of a haptic system ...

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First ever all-digital radio transmitter invented
8 April 2015, Electronics Technology, News, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
The transmitter consists of an integrated circuit outputting a single stream of bits, and an antenna – with no conventional radio parts or digital-to-analog converter.

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