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Rohde & Schwarz and IMST demonstrate active antenna array OTA-testing for satellite terminals at the EuMW 2023

ELE Times - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 15:12

Active antenna arrays with beamforming capabilities are a key technology for establishing links between satellite terminals and end devices on the ground. At the European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2023 in Berlin, Rohde & Schwarz and IMST will showcase a solution for over-the-air (OTA) measurements of electrically large beamforming antenna arrays for various SATCOM applications.

New satellite constellations in low Earth orbit (LEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO) or geostationary orbit (GEO) allow uninterrupted connectivity on land, at sea and in the air. Besides classic A&D satellite applications, the new orbits will enable new services such as global tracking, internet of things (IoT), remote sensing or nonterrestrial networks (NTN), which will drive demand for SATCOM infrastructure testing in the coming years.

Rohde & Schwarz has joined forces with IMST to demonstrate a powerful solution for SATCOM terminal testing at the EuMW in Berlin. Testing the performance of satellite terminal systems and components with appropriate signals under realistic over-the-air conditions is crucial. SATCOM infrastructure size, formfactor, weight and performance are all challenging for SATCOM terminal manufacturers.

At the EuMW, Rohde & Schwarz and IMST will showcase a test solution that uses the compact R&S ATS1800C CATR based test chamber from Rohde & Schwarz for OTA measurements to characterize a SANTANA IV antenna array module from IMST. The R&S ATS1800C has a high-quality CATR reflector that creates a large quiet zone (QZ) for much higher measurement certainty relative to other solutions. The R&S ZNA vector network analyzer can comprehensively test and reliably characterize DUTs. R&S AMS32 software measures technical parameters such as magnitude and phase of far field and near field
distributions, as well as metrics such as error vector magnitude (EVM) to characterize the digitally-modulated transceiver performance.

The SANTANA IV module (FKZ 50RK1925) is a smart antenna terminal designed by IMST. It is equipped with electronically controlled antenna beam steering that allows the beam shape and pointing direction to be electronically adjusted without any moving mechanical parts. The TX antenna array has 64 elements that support dual linear or circular polarization. The array was designed for an operating frequency range from 29.5 GHz to 30 GHz, which can be used for applications such as SATCOM-on-the-move (SOTM). The single
64-element module can be used as a base module for larger arrays.

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OMRON Device & Module Solutions Business Charts Out Strategy for Growth in India

ELE Times - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 14:45

OMRON Device & Module Solutions business, a leading provider of electronic components, has announced its strategic growth plan for India. Focused on four key growth domains, the company aims to strengthen its presence via working together with market & technology leaders to create advanced solutions catering to varied industry needs in these domains.

The growth domains charted out by the company are DC Infra, DC Drive, High Frequency Equipment and Remote/Virtual Reality. The key industries identified under these growth domains are electric vehicles (EV), mobility, energy infrastructure (EV charging and Photo Voltaic – PV charging stations & inverters), and semiconductor testing and inspection systems.

1.Vinod Raphael, Country Business Head, OMRON DMS Business, India at Electronica

“OMRON’s forte is connecting & switching, and we aim to work together with market leaders in these segments to create advanced solutions answering to pertinent needs of society. Recognizing the immense potential of India’s fast-growing electronics industry, with this strategy, we aim level up our efforts to contribute towards its future growth. This is also in sync with our vision -Shaping the Future 2030,” says Vinod Raphael, Country Business Head, OMRON Device & Module Solutions Business, India.

As per Vinod, OMRON is working together with market & technology leaders in these domains and aim to work together with them to support creation of advanced applications and solutions that ultimately create value for an existing societal issue with a deeper and wider impact or for solving newer social issues. “These players are well versed with the market & technology needs. Hence, new & futuristic products and solutions created along with them will help us penetrate deeper into the target markets in these growth domains,” he added.

Regarding the DC drive domain, OMRON aims to provide safe and efficient DC disconnection for Solar/PV, Energy Storage System (ESS), farming, power tools and robotics industries. Recognizing the critical importance of establishing a robust & safe charging network to facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, under DC Infra, the company strives to empower makers to develop high- safety & quality as well as compact charging solutions for electric vehicles. This will contribute to the growth of India’s electric vehicle ecosystem. Energyapplications like Photo Voltaic (PV) inverters is another focus industry for OMRON under this domain to support the growing adoption of cleaner, sustainable & solar energy based renewable energy solutions. Under High Frequency Equipment domain, the company is reaching out to semiconductor manufacturers to enable them with advanced “testing” solutions that will expedite the quality and add immense value to the performance of their semiconductor-based solutions.

3.OMRON at ElectronicaFurther sharing more details, Vinod shares, “Along with this pivotal growth-domain strategy, we will continue to work on strategically enhancing our distribution expanse to cater to the local needs of India in the mobility and home appliances sectors.”

For Mobility, OMRON aims to enhance its pace in providing cutting-edge solutions for green vehicles, connected & smart transportation systems, and autonomous driving technologies. By offering advanced electronic components and systems, the company aims to enhance the safety, efficiency, and comfort of future mobility solutions.

As OMRON embarks on this new strategic direction, it reinforces its commitment to provide one of the most balanced & holistic value proposition in terms of Quality, Cost, Delivery and Service to its customers harnessing the potential of these four growth domains, driving technological advancements, empowering local industries, and fostering sustainable development in India.

The company showcased its range of solutions at the ongoing South Asia’s leading trade fair for electronic components, systems, applications and solutions – ELECTRONICA India, at Bengaluru held from Sep 13 to 15, 2023.

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About OMRON Corporation and its Device & Module Solutions Business

OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of “Sensing & Control + Think.” Since its founding in 1933, OMRON has continued to contribute to the development of society by solving social issues through industrial automation, healthcare, social systems, and device & module solutions. It has about 30,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in around 120 countries and regions.

Started in 2003, OMRON Device & Module Solutions business in India is a leading provider of advanced electronic components in the country. The portfolio includes high-quality, high precision & performance

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STMicroelectronics’ wireless microcontrollers make Sindcon smart meters more efficient and sustainable

ELE Times - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 14:41

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced its collaboration with Sindcon (Singapore) IoT Technology Pte Ltd, a smart meter provider based in Singapore. The project is adding STM32WLE5 LoRaWAN® wireless microcontrollers from ST into Sindcon’s network of more than 50,000 water, gas, and energy meters in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“The STM32WLE5 microcontroller (MCU) uses a long-range, low-power wireless radio operating on the LoRaWAN network to enable remote meter reading that addresses Jakarta’s diverse and expansive landscape of urban and forested terrain,” said Paolo Oteri, APeC (Asia Pacific excluding China) Marketing Director at STMicroelectronics. “As a small system-on-chip (SoC), the STM32 wireless microcontroller also lets customers like Sindcon pack more features into their smart meters, without increasing the size or form factor of their product.”

“Sindcon’s smart meters in Jakarta are located inside private apartments, residential areas, industrial water utilities, and shopping malls, making meter-reading challenging and expensive. We selected the STM32WLE5 for its high integration benefits to our customers and because it enhances performance, size, security, and power consumption,” said Chen Deyu, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) at Sindcon.

The project will be Sindcon’s first deployment in Indonesia using the highly integrated STM32WLE5CC wireless MCU from ST, a Sub-GHz wireless microcontroller featuring an Arm® Cortex®-M4 core operating at 48 MHz. The MCU contains 256 Kbytes of Flash memory, 64 Kbytes of SRAM, LoRa® modulation, and AES 256-bit encryption.

With the STM32WLE5, Sindcon’s retrofitted meters contain an advanced battery management system that can support accurate remote readings for up to 10 years.

The meters are currently being retrofitted and will be fully installed by the end of 2023.

Save the date and experience the demo at Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP), a Hannover MESSE event from 18 – 20 October 2023 at the Singapore Expo.

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Anritsu Partners with MPI and ATV Systems to Showcase 6G AiP Measurements at European Microwave Week 2023 in Berlin

ELE Times - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 14:26

Anritsu Company, in partnership with MPI and ATV, will be showcasing state-of-the-art 6G Antenna in Package (AiP) measurements at EuMW 2023 in Berlin. The solution comprises a VectorStar VNA that sweeps from 70 kHz to 220 GHz with patented NLTL technology-based millimeter-wave (mmWave) extenders. The mmWave extenders convert up/down signals to 220 GHz and are so small that they can be easily mounted on a robotic arm that performs a scan around the AiP in a pre-programmed, high-resolution step yielding accurate antenna radiation pattern measurements at D and G band frequencies. The robotic arm and the probe station are provided by MPI and ATV systems who excel in their respective domains of probe stations/probes and measurement automation expertise.

The AiP can be probed/fed from either the side of the antenna, which can be placed on a glass substrate or any other material, or it can be probed from the bottom so that the probing does not interfere with the radiation of the antenna. The special Titan Probes used for probing the AiP is connected to the VectorStar mmWave modules.

They can be single ended or differential depending upon the application.

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Best Battery Scooty in USA

ELE Times - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 14:07

In an era where sustainable and eco-friendly transportation options are gaining momentum, battery-powered scooters are taking centre stage as a convenient, clean, and efficient mode of commuting. With the electric scooter market growing rapidly, it’s crucial to distinguish the best battery scooters available in the USA. In this blog, we’ll delve into some of the top contenders in this exciting electric revolution.

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1. Tesla Model M

When it comes to innovative electric vehicles, Tesla stands as a beacon of technological prowess. The Tesla Model M electric scooter reflects the company’s commitment to excellence. With its sleek design and cutting-edge technology, the Model M offers an exceptional riding experience. Equipped with a high-capacity battery, it boasts an impressive range on a single charge. Additionally, the scooter features swift acceleration and a regenerative braking system, catering to those who seek both style and performance in their electric scooter.

2. Segway Ninebot MAX

Segway, renowned for its pioneering work in personal transportation, has produced another gem with the Ninebot MAX electric scooter. This scooter is celebrated for its outstanding battery life, capable of travelling up to 40 miles on a single charge. Its robust build and large, air-filled tires provide a comfortable and stable ride, making it a versatile choice for a variety of terrains. Safety is paramount with the Ninebot MAX, which includes front and rear lights, reflectors, and a reliable braking system.

3. Boosted Rev

Boosted, recognized for its electric skateboards, ventured into the electric scooter market with the Boosted Rev. This scooter is the perfect fusion of power and portability, ideal for urban commuters navigating through bustling city streets. The Boosted Rev boasts a long-lasting battery and dual motors capable of reaching speeds of up to 24 mph. Its sturdy construction and user-friendly controls make it a top choice for those who value quality and performance.

4. Razor EcoSmart Metro HD Electric Scooter

Razor, famous for its traditional kick scooters, has made a smooth transition into the electric scooter arena with the EcoSmart Metro HD. This scooter seamlessly combines eco-friendliness with affordability. Powered by a high-torque motor and a long-lasting battery, it’s a superb choice for short commutes and running errands. What sets it apart is its retro design and comfortable seat, providing riders with a unique and enjoyable experience.

5. Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter

Xiaomi, known for offering high-quality tech products at competitive prices, has made its mark in the electric scooter market with the Mi Electric Scooter. This scooter is lightweight and foldable, making it exceptionally portable and ideal for city living. Despite its compact size, the Mi Electric Scooter delivers a decent battery life and a top speed of 15.5 mph, catering to urban commuters seeking convenience and efficiency.

6. Zero 10

For those seeking a robust and high-performance electric scooter, the Zero 10X might be the ultimate choice. This scooter is engineered for power and durability, featuring dual motors and an extensive-range battery. With a top speed of 40 mph and the ability to conquer off-road terrain, the Zero 10X is an adventurer’s dream. It’s designed for individuals who crave speed and versatility in their electric scooter.

The electric scooter market in the USA is flourishing, offering consumers a plethora of options tailored to various preferences and needs. Whether you prioritize range, speed, portability, or affordability, there’s a battery scooter that aligns with your desires. As we continue to embrace eco-friendly transportation solutions, these electric scooters represent a significant stride toward a greener and more sustainable future on the streets of America.

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What is moment of inertia?

EDN Network - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 17:00

In a state of bewilderment one fine day, I asked a group of three mechanical engineers at this company where I was then employed if they could please explain to me the concept of “moment of inertia”. To my utter astonishment, none of them could offer an explanation. None of them knew!

Since then, though, I think I’ve found out.

Sir Isaac Newton taught us (please forgive my paraphrasing) that for linear motion of some object, we have F = m*A which means that a mass “m” will undergo a changing linear velocity at some value of acceleration “A” under the influence of an applied force “F”.

Figure 1 Linear motion on a frictionless surface where force is equal to mass multiplied by acceleration. Source: John Dunn

There is an analogous equation for rotary motion. We have T = J*Θ where “T” is the torque applied to some object having a moment of inertia “J” which experiences a rotary acceleration called “Θ” which can be measured in units of radians per second squared.

Figure 2 Rotary Motion where the torque applied to an object is equal to its moment of inertia about the rotation axis multiplied by its rotary acceleration. Source: John Dunn

In a rotary motor, the armature will have some particular moment of inertia. There will also be a motor coefficient of torque designated kt. The torque that gets created within that motor will be kt multiplied by the armature current. In short, we will have T = kt*I where I is the armature current.

Writing further, we have kt*I = J* Θ which rearranges to Θ = kt I / J = Angular acceleration.

Angular acceleration is directly proportional to the applied armature current times the coefficient of torque and inversely proportional to the moment of inertia.

John Dunn is an electronics consultant, and a graduate of The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (BSEE) and of New York University (MSEE).

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Infineon presents XENSIV™ tire pressure sensor with intelligent features for tire pressure monitoring systems

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:55

Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) combines its proven automotive expertise with its patented glass-silicon-glass MEMS sensor for the automotive tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) market to launch the XENSIV™ SP49 tire pressure monitoring sensor. The sensor integrates MEMS sensors and ASIC and provides smart tire features that enable advanced tire pressure monitoring systems. It features a powerful 32-bit Arm® M0+ core, a large flash memory and RAM, Low Power Monitoring (LPM), and optimized fast acceleration sensing. The SP49 is ideally suited for intelligent tire functions such as on-tire auto-position sensing, tire inflation assistance, tire blowout detection, and load detection.

The SP49 is a pin-to-pin replacement for Infineon’s last generation SP40 TPMS products. With its hardware master/slave I²C interface and software-simulated UART, SPI and PWM interfaces, the SP49 is ideal for sub-1GHz and scalable for BLE TPMS. Available at ASIL-A, the sensor offers a high level of integration and is optimized to perform all functions required to implement a modern TPMS module. With its integrated microcontroller, sensors and convenient peripherals, the SP49 requires only a few passive components to form a complete TPMS sensor unit. The device is designed for low power consumption, making it ideal for battery-powered applications.

In addition to the ability to generate a wake-up from the integrated interval timer, the SP49 products are suitable for stand-alone remote pressure sensing solutions that require low power consumption. In these applications, the LF receiver with wake-up capability and best-in-class sensitivity enables on-demand measurements.


The XENSIV tire pressure sensor can be ordered now. More information is available at www.infineon.com/tire-pressure-sensor-tpms/sp49 .

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Nuvoton and Altia Announce Cooperation for Embedded GUI Solutions for Next- Generation IoT and Smart Home Devices

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:50

Nuvoton Technology Corporation, a leading provider of microcontrollers and microprocessors, and Altia, a leading supplier of graphical user interface (GUI) development solutions for production embedded displays, announce that Altia-generated graphics code is running on the Nuvoton MPU NUC980. Customers of Altia and Nuvoton can now consider this powerful combination of technologies for their next-generation embedded devices.

Altia is a concept-to-code GUI solution that gives developers the power to deliver artists’ 2D and 3D graphics to production-embedded hardware. Altia code generators are optimized to leverage the full feature set of hardware, yielding the lowest memory footprint and best performance on a chip. Altia graphics code is designed for over 100 million devices worldwide in products ranging from automotive and industrial to consumer and medical.

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“Nuvoton looks forward to cooperating with Altia on projects for customers designing applications for the Internet of Things and Smart Home. Altia’s industry-standard solutions will enable our customers to deliver powerful embedded GUIs and a rich user experience on hardware like the Nuvoton MPU NUC980. Altia and Nuvoton will enable cost-efficient embedded solutions combining well-tested hardware and software that allow a fast time to market,” Nuvoton remarks.

“Altia is well-suited to partner on code generation solutions like the Nuvoton MPU NUC980,” states Jeff Urkevich, Director of Product Marketing for Altia. “With powerful features to maximize GUI performance and carefully architected code generators yielding highly optimized code, Altia enables the smallest footprint and fastest execution on chip.”

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Vishay Intertechnology Increases Power Density for POL Converters With the Industry’s Smallest 6 A, 20 A, and 25 A Buck Regulator Modules

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:31

Offered in 10.6 mm by 6.5 mm by 3 mm Package, microBRICK® Devices Are Up to 69 % Smaller Than Competing Solutions and Feature Wide Input Voltage Ranges From 4.5 V to 60 V

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced new 6 A, 20 A, and 25 A microBRICK® synchronous buck regulator modules designed to deliver increased power density and efficiency for point of load (POL) converters. Offered in a 10.6 mm by 6.5 mm by 3 mm package, the Vishay Siliconix SiC931, SiC951, and SiC967 are the smallest such devices on the market — with the lowest height — and feature wide input voltage ranges from 4.5 V to 60 V.

Up to 69 % smaller than other solutions, the regulator modules released today each offer two high performance MOSFETs, an inductor, and a controller, with only minimal external components needed for configuration and loop compensation. The devices’ compact size dramatically increases power density, while their high level of integration reduces design complexity and time to market. The regulators’ controllers consume minimum quiescent current, enabling peak efficiencies of up to 97 %. In data centers, the telecom infrastructure, and industrial applications, microBRICK regulators help reduce energy consumption by more efficiently delivering power to FPGAs, ASICs, and SoC core power supplies.

Highly configurable, the regulators combine their wide input voltage ranges with adjustable output voltages down to 0.3 V. In addition, the SiC931 features four programmable switching frequencies at 600 kHz, 1 MHz, 1.5 MHz, and 2 MHz, while the SiC967 and SiC951 offer adjustable switching ranges from 100 kHz to 2 MHz and 300 kHz to 1.5 MHz, respectively. All three devices offer an adjustable current limit, while the SiC931 features an adjustable soft start and the PMBus 1.3 compliant SiC951 supports sequential, tracking, and simultaneous operation.

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The regulator modules provide versatile solutions for a wide range of applications, including POL converters in servers, cloud computing, high performance computing, and desktop computers; industrial automation, motor drives, and tools; surveillance systems; consumer electronics; and 5G telecom equipment. For these applications, the SiC951 and SiC967 offer three operating modes: forced continuous conduction, ultrasonic, and power save. The SiC931 provides forced continuous conduction and power save modes. In power-saving mode, when the inductor current crosses zero, the control scheme turns off the low side MOSFET to deploy a diode emulation mode. The switching frequency decreases in proportion to load conditions. There is no minimum switching frequency limitation, allowing for the best possible efficiency at light loads.

The devices’ constant on-time (COT) architecture delivers ultrafast transient response with minimum output capacitance and tight ripple regulation at very light loads. It also enables loop stability regardless of the type of output capacitor used, including low ESR ceramic capacitors. The regulators feature a robust protection feature set for reliable operation, output overvoltage (OVP) and undervoltage protection (UVP), cycle by cycle overcurrent protection (OCP), short circuit protection (SCP) with auto retry, over temperature protection (OTP), and a power good flag.

Device Specification Table:

Part # VIN range VOUT Current Package
SiC931 4.5 V to 18 V 0.6 V to 5.5 V 20 A PowerPAK MLP60-A6C
SiC951 4.5 V to 20 V 0.3 V to 5.5 V 25 A PowerPAK MLP59-A6C
SiC967 4.5 V to 60 V 0.8 V to 15 V 6 A PowerPAK MLP54-A6C

Samples and production quantities of the new regulator modules are available now, with lead times of 20 weeks.

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Auto ID Systems and WOW RFID Join Forces to Revolutionize RFID and IoT Solutions in India

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:13

Centena Group Company, Auto ID Systems, a dominant market leader in the issuance of secure ID cards in India for many years, has now ventured into the areas of IoT and RFID solutions. The company has signed an agreement with WOW RFID, an innovative technology leader in RFID and IoT solutions in the Middle East on the sidelines of the SmartTech Asia 2023, Bengaluru. Under this agreement, Auto ID Systems will introduce for WOW RFID’s range of solutions in India and be responsible for marketing, sales, implementation, and support. WOW RFID’s offerings include its flagship product, the Bene Track and Trace Solutions, which leverages a combination of multiple IoT technologies, including UHF (Ultra High Frequency), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and IoT sensors.

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“The RFID solution market in India is vast, and we see a significant gap in addressing the needs of our customers. Auto ID Systems’ solutions have been developed to cater to a wide array of sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, warehousing, and retail. In addition to RFID, the company is introducing the latest technologies in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and multiple sensors. Unlike many players in India offering solutions based on traditional UHF technology and focusing on specific verticals, Auto ID Systems is bringing the latest IoT technologies like Angle of Arrival (AOA) in BLE and high-precision UWB to the forefront, with a broad focus on multiple sectors. Our global knowledge and expertise in RFID technologies, coupled with our extensive local presence across India, will undoubtedly provide our customers with the best solutions.” stated Sri Venkatesan, Director of Auto-ID Systems

The partnership between Auto ID Systems and WOW RFID promises to revolutionize the landscape of IoT and RFID solutions in India. This collaboration aims to empower businesses across various sectors by providing innovative, efficient, and cutting-edge technology solutions that enhance visibility, traceability, and overall operational excellence. The rollout of 5G networks in India will further accelerate IoT implementations.

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Semikart makes remarkable strides in the world of electronics!

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:13

Semikart’s journey has been marked by significant milestones, starting with its alpha launch in 2016, followed by the beta launch in 2017 and a UI/UX revamp in 2018. One of the company’s distinguishing features is its role as an online Distribution and B2C Sales organization in the electronics industry. Notably, Semikart has acquired over 6000+ new customers as of 2023 and witnessed substantial growth in monthly part searches, reaching 40,000 per month in 2022.

At the heart of Semikart’s offerings is a powerful Search Engine that grants access to an impressive inventory of over 8 million components. The company also excels in providing real-time stock and pricing information through API integrations with suppliers and manufacturers. With an online database encompassing more than 6,000 customers who have previously made purchases on Semikart, the company has demonstrated its commitment to customer-centricity. Furthermore, Semikart takes charge of customs clearance and shipping logistics, providing a seamless end-to-end experience for its clients.

A key aspect that sets Semikart apart is its collaborations with industry giants like Mouser, Arrow, Digi-Key, LCSC, MASTER, TEM, RUTRONIK, PEI-GENESIS, and Element 14. These partnerships enable Semikart to offer an expansive range of products and solutions while tapping into the expertise and reliability of these renowned players.

Semikart’s journey has been characterized by continuous growth and adaptation. 2020 saw remarkable strides fuelled by API integrations and the listing of 8 million plus products on its platform. In 2021, the focus was on enhancing user experience while simultaneously expanding the customer base both online and offline. In 2022, Semikart concentrated on acquiring new high-demand suppliers, effectively building a diversified product portfolio catering to various industry verticals. With the onset of 2023, Semikart has ramped up efforts to enhance brand awareness through organic and paid marketing on social media and search engines.

Semikart recognizes that the electronics industry is characterized by rapid evolution. To stay ahead of the competition, the company remains committed to innovation and staying abreast of technological advancements. This commitment is vital to addressing the unique needs of industries such as EVs, Drones, Space, Robotics, and Lighting. Semikart’s approach to partnerships, especially with its collaboration with industry leaders, drives innovation by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Considering supply chain disruptions, Semikart places a premium on maintaining a stable and reliable supply chain. This ensures that customer demands are met efficiently even in the face of challenges. This commitment aligns with Semikart’s dedication to offering cutting-edge components and solutions across diverse industry verticals.

Semikart’s approach to sustainability and eco-friendly technologies is evident in its portfolio. The company actively promotes the adoption of environmentally responsible technologies among its clients. In terms of technology trends, Semikart recognizes the transformative potential of AI, IoT, and emerging technologies. The company’s adaptation to these trends is integral to its pursuit of remaining a leader in the electronics distribution and product development domain.

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Fostering a culture of innovation is a cornerstone of Semikart’s approach. The company encourages its team to think outside the box, tackling new challenges and risks with creativity and ingenuity. Semikart’s commitment to innovation is instrumental in its ability to provide solutions that meet the evolving demands of its diverse clientele.

As the electronics industry continues to evolve, Semikart remains dedicated to maintaining a customer-centric approach. The company recognizes that the needs of clients across different verticals are varied and dynamic. By focusing on understanding and addressing these needs effectively, Semikart ensures its customers receive tailored solutions that enhance their operations.

The global pandemic posed unprecedented challenges, and Semikart adapted swiftly. The company embraced remote work, prioritized safety measures, and leveraged digital tools to maintain operations. From this experience, Semikart learned the importance of resilience and flexibility in navigating unforeseen disruptions.

Looking forward, Mr. Ramesh Donthi, Managing Director, “Semikart’s long-term vision involves contributing significantly to the technological landscape. With its emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and customer-centricity, the company aims to play a pivotal role in shaping the electronics industry over the next decade. As technology continues to advance, Semikart is poised to lead in providing cutting-edge components and solutions that drive progress and innovation”.

In terms of major projects, Mr. Shashank Donthi, CEO, “Semikart has been instrumental in implementing its technology for clients in various industries. These projects often involve comprehensive solutions tailored to meet the unique requirements of sectors like EV, Drones, Space, Robotics, and Lighting. Semikart’s expertise in components, logistics, and technology integration has enabled these projects to thrive and achieve their objectives effectively”.

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Global UV LED Market expected to reach a Valuation of US$ 3.2 billion by 2033, rising at a CAGR of 18.6% | Future Market Insights, Inc.

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:00

The global UV LED market is most likely to experience a CAGR of 18.6% from 2023 to 2033. By the end of the aforementioned forecast period, the market is poised to be valued at US$ 3.2 billion, according to a recently published report by Future Market Insights.

Plant growth and pest control are three of the many applications of UV LEDs in horticulture and agriculture. Some wavelengths of ultraviolet light are effective at stimulating certain plant responses, such as increased yield, improved color, and enhanced nutrient content. UV radiation’s germicidal properties are poised to boost demand as waterborne diseases are on the rise, particularly in emerging countries across Asia. Industrial liquid waste and wastewater treatment are becoming more advanced, which is driving market growth.

LEDs with UVC wavelengths have been in high demand as businesses and institutions seek effective disinfection methods. Various disinfection devices have used UVC LEDs for portable and stationary use, including handheld sterilizers, air purifiers, water sanitizers, and surface disinfectors. UV In industries such as printing, automotive, electronics, and healthcare, LEDs are used to cure inks, coatings, and adhesives. Inks and coatings cured by UV light have become increasingly popular, increasing UV LED demand.

Disinfectants like UV LEDs kill or inactivate microorganisms chemical-free and efficiently. With the COVID-19 pandemic, UV LEDs have become more popular in various applications, like water purification, air sanitization, surface sanitation, and medical equipment sterilization. As part of forensic investigations and counterfeit detection, UV light is commonly used to detect counterfeits. Using advanced UV LED technology, researchers could enhance the accuracy and reliability of forensic analysis, assisting with crime scene investigations and counterfeit product identification.

Key Takeaways
  • The UV LED market is expected to record an absolute dollar growth of US$ 2.6 billion.
  • Revenues from UV LED printers in the United Kingdom are expected to reach US$ 88 million by 2033.
  • Forecasts indicate that the UVC technology market is expected to grow at an 18.3% CAGR by 2033.
  • By 2033, UV LEDs are expected to dominate the market in Asia Pacific, generating a 48.9% market share.
  • By 2033, the UV LED market in China is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.2%.
  • Between 2023 and 2033, the UV LED market in Japan is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.8%.
  • As the industrial sector grows, it is estimated that it will grow at an 18% CAGR by 2033.

“Technological innovations and new products are expected to grow the demand for UV LEDs on the market. There will be an increased demand for air purifiers in the future, which will drive UV LED market demand,” says an analyst at Future Market Insights.

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Global UV LED Market: Market Dynamics

Primarily, the numerous improvements in the manufacturing sector drive market expansion. Furthermore, the expansion of government energy conservation initiatives contributes significantly. Moreover, the broadening scope of technology’s potential uses adds to this growth. Notably, UV LED technology boasts numerous advantages, including low power consumption, high switching speed, small size, reliable UV output, significant cost savings, and secure operation. Consequently, almost all industries now extensively utilize the technology. Additionally, UV LEDS had very few applications in the past.

Competition Landscape

Examining the competitive landscape of the global UV LED market, key vendors include Koninklijke Philips N.V., Crystal IS, LG INNOTEK, NICHIA CORPORATION, Phoseon Technology, SemiLEDs Corporation, Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd., Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc., Halma plc, and Heraeus Holding.

Key Market Players

Ongoing mergers and acquisitions are likely to complement UV LED market growth scenarios. In addition, leading manufacturers are expected to increase research and development investment in durable, efficient, and adaptable products.

Key Market Developments:
  • In July 2023, Eurolabel will embrace GEW ArcLED technology as it transitions to UV LED. Customers at Eurolabel come from the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, industrial, and logistics industries. Their team has used GEW UV curing systems for almost two decades. Their latest upgrade is the Gallus Labelmaster, which runs both UV LED and UV arc curing simultaneously.
  • In July 2023, Targus revealed the UV-C LED Disinfection Light was a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree. The UV-C Light technology in this no-touch solution breaks down the DNA of microorganisms, helping to reduce pathogens on device surfaces. With its sleek design, modern appearance, and lightweight, the Disinfection Light stands on desktops between keyboards and monitors to disinfect surfaces automatically on mice, keyboards, and other stuff in the disinfection range.

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EPIC Foundation signs MOU with KDEM, announces launch of first 100% ‘Designed in India’ Tablet, LED Driver Chip

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 12:43

EPIC Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by industry veterans and Cofounders of HCL Dr Ajai Chowdhry and Arjun Malhotra unveiled its vision aimed at transforming India into as an Electronic Hardware Product Nation. With a highly skilled young workforce and competitive wages coupled with the right geopolitical nudge, the foundation believes India can become the next design and manufacturing destination, thereby contributing to making India a US $400bn Electronics industry.

As part of its vision, the foundation announced the launch of two products –  a) an LED Driver chip that is designed by a startup in Bengaluru and ready to go into production to replace a Chinese chip and; b) first 100% Designed in India Tablet for education and social empowerment with unique features of repairability and upgradability, developed on the principles of repair-reuse-recycle – not found in any other imported tablet. The foundation also signed an MOU with Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) and is presently in advanced discussions with several other academic institutions, with an aim to develop distinct “Designed in India” products catering to 1.4 billion Indians. The MOU with KDEM was signed by Dr. Ajai Chowdhry and Shri BV Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission. EPIC Foundation recently entered into an MOU with the Andhra Pradesh Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA), whereby the foundation will be advising and enabling APEITA on technical and strategic interventions with an aim to strengthen the electronics sector in the state.

Dr Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman, EPIC Foundation and Member of the MeitY task force to realise India’s potential  to become a Product Nation said, “Creating a robust design & manufacturing ecosystem requires tremendous amount of support from all stakeholders. EPIC Foundation aims to be the interface between Industry and State Government with MEITY, Niti Aayog DST and DPIIT to address key challenges and recalibrate the policies. Solidifying its commitment to move the nation up the value chain to be at the forefront of design, manufacturing and production, EPIC Foundation will work towards enabling critical Global Collaboration with Key ESDM regions like Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Japan and the USA”

Commenting on the MoU with KDEM , Chowdhry added, “KDEM is working on ESDM sector growth under the Beyond Bengaluru initiative which covers cities such as Mysore, Hubli, Belgaum, Mangalore, Shivamogga. They have start up incubators and accelerators. We will support these start ups with Technical mentoring,  go-to-market strategies and help overcome operational issues and challenges.”

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The announcements came in the presence of Shri. Amitesh Sinha, Joint Secretary Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology; Shri. BV Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission; Mr Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission;  Mr. Mohandas Pai, Chairman Aarin Capital and Manipal Global Education; Mr. Sharad Sharma, Co-founder iSPIRIT, Mr Amrit Manwani, CMD, Sahasra Group and other eminent guests from Industry, government, and Academia.

Shri. Amitesh Sinha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said, “The largest part of the value chain is product designing, is a concept where the design company has full control over the entire value chain including selection of materials, vendors for component manufacturing and finally selling of the product. The concept itself is very important.  The increased demand for electronic hardware products is boosting the market size. Focussed government schemes on product manufacturing are being deployed. We have the right talent pool. Time has come to make India’s own products.”

Sinha continued, “Government from its side is trying to create demand for products. That demand is coming in a different way. Telecom for instance is clearly an element of design. Similarly, PLI in IT Hardware 2.0 is an element of designing of a processor; and there are several other areas. Going forward, we will see a lot of policies which will support such initiatives. I wish EPIC Foundation that it should take this journey forward. Dr. Ajai Chowdhry is known for his passion and is driving this initiative. I am hopeful he will come up with a framework to support this initiative.”

Propelling the vision of ‘India, the Product Nation’ EPIC Foundation will support and work closely with State Governments in implementing ESDM policies. To leverage positive economies of scale, the foundation has deployed ‘Right to Repair’ policy where it will not only support product design companies to design products for serviceability but also identify service companies to service the products.

“The highly skilled, young work force of India along with a favourable geopolitical environment present an opportune time for India to take the plunge into becoming a global hub for the electronics industry. We are continuously tapping into those opportunities and are looking at increasing design, manufacturing and production capacities. The launch of the two products today is just the beginning; we have a steady roadmap of developing and empowering 500 successful hardware product design companies by supporting them with financial assistance and funding, mentoring, certification and testing, manufacturing and market access”, Chowdhry added.

EPIC Foundation’s strategic priorities encompass several key areas. These include forming collaborative partnerships with 4-5 esteemed technical institutes in specific states to foster innovation. Additionally the foundation will actively participate in policy advocacy, collaborating with both Central and State Government bodies to incentivize product development and manufacturing (DLI Model). To further bolster market demand, EPIC Foundation is dedicated to reviving and collaborating with various government agencies to implement the Preferential Market Access (PMA) Policy at both the Central and State levels.

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Panasonic Launches New NPM-G Series SMT Machines in India for a Fully Automated Production Line

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 12:41

Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions India (PSFSIN) – a division company of a leading diversified technology company – Panasonic Life Solutions India – today announced the launch of new cutting-edge NPM-G Series surface mount technology (SMT) machines, NPM-GH and NPM-GP, for Indian manufacturers. The new NPM-GH modular mounter and the NPM-GP screen printing machines mark a significant step towards realizing the concept of “Autonomous Factory” operations, ushering in a new era of efficiency and precision in assembling state-of-the-art Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).

The NPM G Series SMT machines are designed to respond in real-time to customer supply and demand changes through continuous, autonomous updates. This feature helps to make the autonomous factory a reality. Overall, the mounting system offers flexibility and customizable options to address the production needs of PCBAs and extend automation in manufacturing.


Commenting during the launch, Mr. Manish Sharma, Chairman of Panasonic Life Solutions India and South Asia, said, “India is poised to become the next global manufacturing hub, and initiatives like the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme are encouraging the global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to utilize the Indian economic and demographic ecosystem to set their manufacturing base in the country, thus realizing self-reliance (Aatmanirbhar) agenda. Aligned with this vision, we are excited to contribute to this journey by introducing the state-of-the-art NPM-G series SMT machines. These innovative solutions will empower OEMS with enhanced autonomous capabilities for PCB Assembly which are critical components for mobiles & wearables and electronic products, enabling them to scale their operations and produce world-class products right here in India.”

While emphasizing the transformative impact of these new SMT machines, Tsutomu Naito, Divisional Managing Director of Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions India said, “We aim to drive process innovation within manufacturing facilities by seamlessly integrating competitive equipment and edge devices, forming the foundation for optimizing both production lines and entire factory operations. The NPM-GH and NPM-GP SMT machines represent a significant leap forward in achieving autonomous factories that set new standards for production capacity, quality, and efficiency for PCB Assembly. These new cutting-edge machines improve overall productivity by 12% when compared with previous generations of SMT machines. With this launch we reaffirm our commitment to enabling automation excellence in manufacturing, allowing manufacturers to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of smart factories and autonomous production.”

Panasonic’s SMT Machines Details:

1. NPM-GH Modular Mounter: Precision Meets Productivity

The NPM-GH modular mounter is the flagship model designed for the “Autonomous Factory” that redefines industry standards with its unparalleled mounting accuracy and exceptional productivity using new Flat contact heads. Utilizing a compact and lightweight mounting head, the NPM-GH achieves an astounding speed of 103,000 chips per hour in high production mode.

Notably, this machine also boasts an accuracy level of ±15 μm. Each type of head delivers greater component compatibility from micro-sized chips to large BGAs & large-size connectors. It has Autonomous control variations in 5M’s (Man, Machine, Material, Method, and Measurement) & reduces dependency on skill-based operators. An enlarged operation screen enhances the user interface, while the ability to simultaneously control each side of the machine enhances operability.

2. NPM-GP/L Screen Printing Machine with automatic printing process functions


With a printing accuracy of ±3.8 μm and a cycle time of 12 seconds, including PCB Transport, Positioning, Recognition, Printing and each time Cleaning for the PCB Size 250 x 150mm the NPM-GP/L boasts the world’s top solder paste printing performance. The machine helps in increasing production time with features like Automated model changeover, Automated operations during production & optimization of maintenance timing. The key feature like APC 5M helps maintain printing quality at a consistently high level.

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EuMW 2023: Rohde & Schwarz introduces the shortest possible distance simulation for FMCW radars

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 12:21

The radar test system from Rohde & Schwarz simulates driving scenarios for testing radar-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and radar sensors used in automated driving cars (AD) entirely over the air. Now Rohde & Schwarz introduce new options for the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator and the R&S QAT100 antenna array. The system is able to generate extremely short distances for the artificial objects and therefore enables realistic autonomous braking tests with the smallest distance possible on the market.

Rohde & Schwarz RTSThe Rohde & Schwarz RTS is not limited to just simple or complex situations but can handle
everything in between.

The Rohde & Schwarz radar test system (RTS) is perfect for radar object simulation, from single sensor tests to 360° environments, covering 76-81 GHz for automotive radar sensors. Its scalability and adaptability allow a wide range of ADAS traffic scenarios to be electronically generated along the whole testing lifecycle.

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The solution consists of the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator as a backend and the R&S QAT100 antenna array as a frontend and it can be used in benchtop development, Hardware-in-the-Loop and Vehicle-in-the-Loop. For production, the solution consists of the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator as a backend and the R&S AREG8-24/81S/D antenna as a frontend. Now, with new options for the R&S AREG800A, the system is the most flexible and scalable on the market. From the automotive radar perspective, a higher instantaneous bandwidth improves the distance resolution. With the mmW remote frontends R&S AREG8-81S/D, the instantaneous bandwidth will be extended from 4 GHz to 5GHz, offering a future-proof solution so that the users can measure their automotive radars using a higher bandwidth. Laterally, highly accurate moving objects can be simulated using the R&S RTS. A new feature for near object range allows a minimum distance of one or more artificial objects to be reduced down to the airgap value of the radar under test.

For the R&S QAT100 Rohde & Schwarz introduces the new option R&S QAT-B1 ENHANCED FLATNESS. The R&S QAT-B1 contains a detailed characterization of each antenna of the QAT frontends. With this option, the accuracy of the amplitude flatness of all antennas is improved when operated with R&S AREG800A.

The R&S RTS enables tests currently performed in real-world test drives to be relocated to the lab, enabling errors to be detected at an early stage and delivering significant cost savings.

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New digitizer cards deliver 4.7 GHz signal acquisition and analysis

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 10:27

New flagship models by Spectrum Instrumentation combine 10 GS/s sampling, 12-bit resolution, 4.7 GHz bandwidth and 12.8 GB/s data streaming

Spectrum Instrumentation has extended the M5i flagship series of high-speed PCIe Digitizers, adding two new models with ultrawide bandwidths that go up to 4.7 GHz for -3 dB attenuation or even 5 GHz for -5 dB attenuation. The models M5i.3360 and M5i.3367 provide one and two channels respectively. Each card is capable of sampling at rates up to 10 GS/s, with 12-bit vertical resolution, specifically designed to deliver the most accurate acquisition and analysis of signals in the GHz range. The high bandwidth, combined with fast sampling, allows signals to be analysed for frequency content anywhere from DC to the Nyquist limit (half the sample rate, or up to 5 GHz), making them ideal for working with extremely fast signals in laser systems, semiconductor testing, spectroscopy, reflectometry and a wide variety of RF applications.

Oliver Rovini, Chief Technical Officer, said “At 4.7 GHz, these new digitizer cards offer our highest bandwidth capability to date. More bandwidth means less signal attenuation at higher frequencies. It also makes it possible to detect and measure faster pulses and signal edge speeds. As such, bandwidth is critical for any engineer or scientist that wants to measure and characterize high frequency electronic signals. Our flagship digitizer line that is based on 12-bit ADC technology, now has seven different models with sampling rates from 3.2 to 10 GS/s and bandwidths from 1 to 4.7 GHz. The range lets our customers choose the performance level that perfectly fits their specific requirements.”

On-board memory and market-leading streaming speed

To handle a diversity of input signals, the raw acquisition performance is complimented by flexible front-end circuitry with programmable full-scale ranges, from ±200 mV to ±2.5 V, and input offset. Acquisitions can be stored in a generous 4 GB (2 GSamples) of on-board memory (16 GB or 8 GSamples optional) and transferred over the PCIe bus at the fastest speeds possible. All cards of the M5i series use 16-lane, Gen 3, PCIe technology, which allows the acquired data to be streamed at a staggering 12.8 GB/s. The on-board memory can be used as a ring-buffer, working much like a conventional oscilloscope, or as a FIFO-buffer for continuous data streaming. The data can also be sent to PC memory for storage or directly to CPUs and CUDA-based GPUs for customized signal processing and analysis.

Recording modes and trigger modes

Acquisitions can be made in both single-shot or multiple-waveform recording modes. Multiple-waveform recording allows the capture of numerous events, even at very high trigger rates. Conventional edge triggering, which includes trigger time stamping, is enhanced by a number of sophisticated trigger modes that help with the capture of the most elusive events. These include Window, Re-Arm, Delay and Software triggers, as well as the ability to use the cards inputs (channel, trigger and digital lines) to set up specific trigger conditions based on Boolean logic.

Drivers and software  

Perfect for automated testing systems, the cards come with all the tools necessary to use them in a PC running either a Windows or Linux operating system. A software development kit (SDK) enables the cards to be programmed with today’s most popular languages, such as C, C++, C#, Delphi, VB.NET, J#, Python, Julia, Java, LabVIEW, and MATLAB. The SDK contains all the required driver libraries as well as numerous programming examples. Alternatively, for users who don’t want to write their own code, the company offers SBench 6 Professional. SBench 6 is a powerful measurement GUI for full card control, with display, analysis, storage, and documentation capabilities. It also includes processing techniques such as FFT’s, for frequency domain analysis, and data interpolation for improved timing measurements.

5 years warranty

The new M5i.3360-x16 and M5i.3367-x16 cards carry a 5-year product warranty, with free software and firmware updates, as well as customer support directly from the engineering team for the life of the product. All the digitizer cards are available now with delivery being 4-6 weeks after the receipt of an order.

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Inventec and Renesas Announce Agreement to Design EV Automotive Gateways

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 09:54

Technology Partnership Accelerates Development of Next-Generation Vehicles Worldwide

Inventec (TPE:2356), a global leader in high-powered servers headquartered in Taiwan, and Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that they have agreed to jointly design automotive-grade gateway solutions for the rapidly-growing electric vehicle (EV) market. Targeting Tier-1 automotive suppliers and OEMs, the companies will develop a Proof of Concept (PoC) for connected gateways based on the industry-leading R-Car system-on-chip (SoC) from Renesas.

Under the terms of the agreement, Renesas will provide Inventec its latest offering of R-Car SoCs, analog, and power products, along with engineering support to assist Inventec in developing a PoC for next-generation in-vehicle connected gateway systems. The two companies will regularly share product development roadmaps, market insights and specifications. The first PoC will integrate cybersecurity and over-the-air (OTA) features for connected gateway applications and is expected to be available by Inventec in Q2 of 2024.

“We are delighted to have Inventec as a partner to build a faster and more secure gateway solution for EVs,” said Takeshi Fuse, Head of Function Unit and Business Development for the High Performance Computing, Analog and Power Solutions Group at Renesas. “As Tier1s and car manufacturers increasingly invest in automotive electrification, we are uniquely positioned to build a working design that addresses the complex demands of today’s automotive industry.”

“We have years of experience serving the PC, server and mobile phone markets and meeting the performance and reliability requirements of our customers,” said Sam Yeh, Chairman of Inventec. “The integration of our technology with Renesas’ field-proven R-Car SoC platform will enable us to reach a new base of EV customers in search of advanced intelligent automotive solutions around the world.”

The development of the PoC for automotive gateways reflects a transformational shift toward new E/E (electrical and electronics) architectures in the automotive industry. Automotive system developers need to integrate complex networks of electronic control units (ECUs) into their vehicles and enable software to receive OTA updates securely. The new PoC will not only drive innovation in vehicle development, but also create new possibilities for emerging vehicle manufacturers worldwide to take part in the rapidly expanding EV market.

The Renesas R-Car is a high-performance, scalable compute platform that addresses a wide range of automotive applications, such as Automated Driving (AD), ADAS, connected gateways, in-vehicle infotainment systems, cockpits, and dashboards. In the future, the two companies plan to collaborate not only in connected gateways, but also in a wide range of in-vehicle applications such as vehicle computers, and battery management systems.

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Renesas Commences Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares and ADSs of Sequans

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 08:20

Shareholders to Receive U.S. $0.7575 per Ordinary Share and U.S. $3.03 per ADS in cash

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723, “Renesas”) and Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS, “Sequans”) today announced that Renesas has commenced the previously-announced tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Sequans for $0.7575 per ordinary share and American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) of Sequans for $3.03 per ADS (each ADS representing four ordinary shares) in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes.

The tender offer is being made pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between Renesas and Sequans dated August 4, 2023, as amended. As previously announced on August 16, 2023, the Sequans Board of Directors determined that the Renesas offer is consistent with and will further the business objectives and goals of Sequans, and is in the best interests of Sequans, its employees, and its shareholders, and recommends that all holders of ordinary shares and ADSs accept Renesas’ offer and tender their outstanding shares and/or ADSs to Renesas.

The tender offer is scheduled to expire at one minute after 11:59 P.M. (New York City time) on October 6, 2023, unless extended or terminated. The closing of the tender offer is subject to the valid tender of ordinary shares and ADSs of Sequans representing – together with ordinary shares and ADSs of Sequans beneficially owned by Renesas, if any – at least 90% of the fully diluted ordinary shares and ADSs, as well as confirmation of tax treatment from relevant authorities, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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Industry Veteran F. R. Singhvi takes over as President, Automotive Skills Development Council

ELE Times - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 08:06

Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), sole sector skill council in India supported by the Indian automobile industry, announced the nomination of Auto component industry veteran F R Singhvi, as its next President. Concurrently, Vinkesh Gulati has been appointed as Vice President. These appointments come as ASDC marks its biennial leadership transition at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today.

F R Singhvi’s appointment as President follows the successful tenure of Vinod Aggarwal (President SIAM and MD & CEO, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd), who has played a pivotal role in steering ASDC’s growth over the past two years. During his tenure, ASDC’s notable achievements include the launching of the National Automotive Olympiad, facilitating over 1 lakh apprenticeships through NAPS, and increasing ASDC’s outreach to all corners of India by organizing job fairs for communities in remote areas. ASDC has also expanded its perspective to span CSR initiatives, electric mobility programs, and leveraging prestigious industry events.

With over 39 years of professional experience and a background as a Chartered Accountant, F R Singhvi is the co – promoter and the Joint Managing Director of Sansera Engineering Ltd. Over the years, he has been actively driving initiatives at the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA), where he leads Pillar 3 programs encompassing ACT, Skilling and Mentoring, HR, YBLF and representing ACMA in ASDC Governing Council.

Expressing his enthusiasm for his new role, F R Singhvi said, “I have been part of ASDC and excited to lead ASDC in its endeavours to skill, upskill, and reskill the personnal within the automotive industry. ASDC has grown into a vital institution, significantly contributing to the auto sector through its various skill-based initiatives.”

Vinkesh Gulati, newly appointed Vice President, stated, “ASDC has built a strong foundation over the years. We have achieved significant milestones, with robust industry and ecosystem engagement. Notable accomplishments include our collaboration with GIZ GmbH to launch the E-Bus Up School Capacity Building Program, expansion into areas such as EVs, sustainability, safety, and diagnostics, and the revision of our Qualification Packs/curriculum based on insights from over 300+ industry experts. Additionally, ASDC has actively participated in G20 discussions on the future of work. I look forward to taking this forward in my new capacity.”

Outgoing President Vinod Aggarwal concluded by saying, “I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to serve as President ASDC over the past two years, during which ASDC drove several pathbreaking initiatives. Looking ahead, the Indian Automotive industry will play a key role during India’s transformation in its Amrut Kaal by incorporating sustainable technologies and modern practices. I am confident that based on its rigorous curriculum and outreach, ASDC’s training will play a pivotal role in supporting India’s youthful workforce in the coming years. My best wishes to incoming President F R Singhvi and incoming Vice President Vinkesh Gulati, Arindam Lahiri, CEO and the ASDC team as they continue to drive the council’s mission to develop a highly skilled workforce for the automotive industry.”

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