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Global Environmental Technology Market: Driving Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Sat, 12/23/2023 - 12:08

The environmental technology sector is experiencing a surge in growth and innovation as the world grapples with pressing ecological challenges. Also known as clean or green technology, these advancements aim to address the harmful impacts of technology on the environment and resource consumption. Increased awareness of ecological concerns, climate fluctuations, resource depletion, pollution, and habitat degradation has driven the demand for technological solutions to mitigate these issues.

Government regulations and global initiatives further propel the adoption of environmental technology to meet environmental standards and emissions targets. Notably, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Massive Earth Foundation launched the Low Carbon Earth (LCE) 2023 Climate Technology Accelerator in July 2023 to support startups combating climate change.

According to a recent report by Allied Market Research, the global environmental technology market is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 5.1% in the coming years.

Development of Environmental Technology:

Renewable Energy:

Environmental technologies like renewable energy harness naturally restored resources like sunlight, wind, and waves to generate clean electricity. This includes advancements in windmills, water turbines, and solar panels.

Smart Technology:

Smart home technology integrates sensors and IoT devices to optimize energy efficiency and meet users’ needs. This technology, facilitated by IoT connectivity, is a key component in the vision of future energy-efficient “smart cities.”

Electric Vehicles:

Electric vehicles, propelled by electric motors and rechargeable batteries, play a crucial role in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Government incentives are driving the adoption of electric vehicles globally.

India’s Environmental Technology Sector:

India has identified environmental technology as a top industrial sector for future growth. The country’s environmental technology market ranks sixth globally and is a leader in air pollution control and wastewater management. Initiatives like India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index and the National Drinking Water Program highlight the focus on sustainable development.

In conclusion, the global environmental technology market is rapidly expanding, offering immense opportunities for innovation and growth. With a heightened emphasis on sustainability, this market will remain a key focus for investment and development, paving the way for a more environmentally conscious future.

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Rohde & Schwarz verifies NXP’s next generation automotive radar sensor reference design for extremely short object distances

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 13:37

The radar target simulator R&S RTS, Rohde & Schwarz’s game-changing solution of automotive radar, in particular its ability to electronically simulate very close-range objects, has been used to verify the performance of NXP® Semiconductors’ next-generation radar sensor reference design. This collaboration enables the automotive industry to take another step forward in the development of automotive radar, the principal technology that enables advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving features.

Engineers from both companies conducted a comprehensive series of tests to verify the new sensor reference design which is based on NXP’s 28 nm RFCMOS radar one-chip SoC (SAF85xx). The R&S RTS radar test system combines the R&S AREG800 automotive radar echo generator with the R&S QAT100 antenna mmW frontend, offering unique short-distance object simulation capabilities as well as superior RF performance and advanced signal processing with many advanced functions. This enables realistic tests of next-generation automotive radar applications and brings the automotive industry’s vision of fully autonomous driving one step closer.

NXP’s next-generation automotive radar sensor reference design is enabled by the industry’s first 28 nm RFCMOS radar one-chip SoC family leveraging the R&S RTS radar test system. The radar sensor reference design can be used for short, medium and long-range radar applications to serve challenging NCAP (NCAP: New Car Assessment Program) safety requirements as well as comfort functions like highway pilot or urban pilot for the fast-growing segment of L2+ and L3 vehicles.

The R&S RTS is the only test system suitable for the complete characterization of radar sensors and radar echo generation with object distances down to the airgap value of the radar under test. It combines the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator as a backend and the R&S QAT100 antenna array or the R&S AREG8-81S as a frontend. The technically superior test solution is suitable for the whole automotive radar lifecycle including development lab, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), vehicle-in-the-loop (VIL), validation and production application requirements. The solution is also fully scalable and can emulate the most complex traffic scenarios for advanced driver assistance systems.

Adi Baumann, Senior Director ADAS R&D, at NXP Semiconductors says: “We have been collaborating closely and successfully with Rohde & Schwarz for many years on the verification of our automotive radar sensor reference designs. Rohde & Schwarz’ cutting-edge automotive radar test systems allow us high-quality and highly efficient validation of our automotive radar products and prove the outstanding performance of our radar one-chip. The level of experience, quality and support that Rohde & Schwarz provides to NXP is making a difference.”

Gerald Tietscher, Vice President of Signal Generators, Power Supplies and Meters from Rohde & Schwarz says: “We are grateful for the collaboration with NXP to accelerate the deployment of advanced automotive radar sensors based on 28 nm automotive radar chips. They serve ever more challenging NCAP safety requirements and will help enable new safety applications. Our experience in automotive radar testing allows us to provide a best-in-class test solution for this radar sensor design based on the industry’s first 28 nm RFCMOS one-chip radar SoC.”

NXP will present the latest developments for radar including the automotive radar sensor reference design at CES 2024 trade show in Las Vegas from January 9 to 12, 2024, at booth CP18.

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KPIT Technologies Unveils Sodium-ion Battery Technology to Address Import Dependency

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 13:15

KPIT Technologies has developed the Sodium-ion battery technology that not only promises to address import dependency on core battery materials but also opens up various applications across different sectors.

The use cases for electric vehicles, particularly two and three-wheelers, as well as commercial vehicles, highlight the potential for Sodium-ion batteries to contribute to the growth of the electric mobility sector. Additionally, its applications in stationary deployments, such as UPS backups and grid storage, suggest versatility and the ability to cater to a range of energy storage needs.

This development comes from a fruitful collaboration between KPIT Technologies and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and underscores the importance of industry-academia partnerships in advancing technological solutions. The contributions of the IISER Pune team in material synthesis, characterization, and battery testing showcase the collaborative effort required to bring such innovative technologies to fruition.

“Sustainability is at the heart of KPIT’s vision. We are working on multiple technologies to reimagine mobility and accelerate the push towards cleaner transportation. As the electric mobility ecosystem matured, we were cognizant of having alternate battery technologies and localizing the storage value chain. Our Sodium-ion battery technology, completely reliant on Earth’s abundant raw materials, is another testament to KPIT’s commitment towards the sustainable mobility ecosystem. We look forward to partnering with manufacturing companies to commercialize this technology globally,” said Ravi Pandit, Co-founder and Chairman of KPIT Technologies.

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Foxconn Applies to Set Up a Semiconductor Fab in India

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 12:27

Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing services company, has applied to establish a semiconductor fabrication unit (fab) in India. This information was shared by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Minister of State for Electronics and IT, in a written reply to Lok Sabha (the lower house of India’s Parliament). The application has been made under the “modified scheme for setting up semiconductor fabs in India.”

The development comes after Foxconn exited a joint venture with Vedanta Group to set up a chip plant in India.

The Indian government has been taking measures to boost electronics manufacturing in the country, with a particular focus on semiconductors. These measures include incentivizing large investments in electronic goods and appliances and promoting exports to enhance the electronics manufacturing ecosystem in India.

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Unlocking the World of RFID Chips: A Comprehensive Exploration

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 11:51

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips represent a silent revolution in technology, revolutionizing how we interact with the world in the age of digital innovation. Let’s examine RFID chips in more detail, including their definition, types, functions, applications, technology, and many benefits they offer to different businesses.

Definition of RFID Chip:

Using electromagnetic fields, RFID technology uses tags attached to items to identify and track them automatically. RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. The RFID chip, a tiny electronic device that stores and transmits data wirelessly via radio waves, is the brains behind this technology. RFID chips essentially function as digital fingerprints, making it possible to track and identify objects without direct line-of-sight scanning.

Types of RFID Chip:

There are several varieties of RFID chips, each made to meet a particular purpose. Active RFID and Passive RFID are the two main kinds.

  1. Active RFID Chips: Active RFID chips can broadcast signals over greater distances when they are powered by a battery, giving them an expanded range. Real-time location systems (RTLS), automobiles, and high-value asset tracking are all frequent uses for these devices.
  2. Passive RFID Chips: Passive RFID chips depend on the energy from the RFID reader’s signal to send data because they lack an internal power supply. They are frequently utilized in retail, access control, and inventory management. They are also reasonably priced and appropriate for short-range applications.

How RFID Chips Work:

RFID chips work on a straightforward but efficient principle. The RFID chip’s antenna collects radio waves emitted by an RFID reader and processes the signal to create a little electric current that activates the chip. The reader receives the chip’s unique identifier or data after that, enabling prompt and precise identification. Because this procedure takes place in a few milliseconds, RFID technology is incredibly effective.

Applications of RFID Chips:

RFID technology is highly versatile and has revolutionized operations and enhanced efficiency in a variety of sectors.

  1. Retail: RFID chips improve the whole shopping experience, decrease stockouts, and expedite inventory management.
  2. Logistics and Supply Chain: RFID makes it possible to trace shipments in real time, which minimizes errors, minimizes losses, and improves supply chain efficiency.
  3. Healthcare: In healthcare settings, RFID chips improve patient safety, track medical equipment, and simplify inventory management.
  4. Access Control: Access cards and key fobs for safe access to buildings and restricted areas frequently employ RFID technology.
  5. Automotive: RFID chips are used in toll collecting, keyless access, and vehicle tracking.

RFID Chip Technology:

The combination of radio frequency and data storage capabilities is the basis of RFID chip technology. The chips’ read ranges and capacities vary depending on whether they are passive, semi-passive, or active. The development of incredibly tiny, robust RFID chips appropriate for a wide range of applications is the result of miniaturization advancements.

RFID Chip Advantages:

The adoption of RFID technology brings forth numerous advantages:

  1. Efficiency: Obtaining data quickly and automatically increases operational effectiveness.
  2. Accuracy: Lower manual mistake rates improve the tracking and identification data accuracy.
  3. Cost-Effective: RFID reduces labour costs and operating expenses by streamlining procedures.
  4. Real-Time Tracking: Provides real-time visibility into assets, inventory, and personnel.
  5. Versatility: Applicable to a large number of use cases and industries.

In conclusion, RFID chips, which provide a smooth and effective way of tracking and identifying, are a revolutionary force in the digital world. The advantages and applications of RFID chips are anticipated to increase as technology develops, further establishing their status as a fundamental component of the modern era.

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India Establishes Itself as a Premier Hub for Global Capability Centers

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 11:19

Global Capability Centers (GCCs) mark as an excellent forum and a stimulator in catalysing innovation and development and binding the best talent together. 

There is no denying that India’s technology pool has spread leaps and bounds in the last decade. India is spearheading research, development, and innovation on a global front with over 1580 GCCs operating (as of FY 2023) with a market size of $46 billion, rising at a CAGR of 11.4%, encompassing the finest leadership roles across sections like engineering, operations, management, etc.

Looking precisely, India’s vibrant start-up ecosystem, highly competitive and digitally skilled talent pool, evolving workplace culture, strong service-oriented community, and crucial and active digital transformation initiatives taken by the government have all added to the authenticity and relevance of the business, thus attracting expansion of GCCs across the country. Reported, at least 20% of the Forbes 2000 global companies have set up their GCCs in India till 2023.

As per reports, 20k+ global leadership roles will be housed in India by 2030, with over 36% of them based in Bengaluru, followed by NCR, Mumbai, and Pune. The percentage of women in global roles in India is expected to rise to 30%. In terms of industries, 50% of the leadership roles are from the software and internet, followed by FMCG, and retail, Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI), telecom and Networking, and electrical and electronics verticals.

Rohit Jetly, Head of Shared Services and India Site Head, at Fidelity International

Rohit Jetly, Head of Shared Services and India Site Head, at Fidelity International, sheds some light on the trends following the expansion of GCCs in India and what more needs to be done in the coming year.

“2023 was an important year for India’s Global Capability Centres (GCCs), characterized by trends that highlight India’s crucial position in the global business arena. The surge in GCCs, which are projected to reach 2,000 in India over the next 3-4 years, reflects how organizations are harnessing India’s talent pool more in terms of depth of skill and the volume of innovation that can unfold from here, with substantial focus on areas like AI, analytics, digital, blockchain and cloud. This reaffirms the confidence global corporations place in India as a hub for advanced capabilities and underscores the nation’s position as a global leader in technology. The shift is further accentuated by the talent’s (especially engineers’ and technologists’), clear preference for working in GCCs and product firms, over traditional IT services firms.

In 2024, the outlook for GCCs seems promising and I expect them to play a pivotal role in shaping the future, albeit we take steps to consolidate our position in the rapidly changing world. Our leadership talent needs to be in tune with evolving and unmet customer needs and be ingenious enough to create solutions to meet their needs. They should be able to reimagine how they move through the value chain and improve the value arbitrage we provide. They also need to start thinking more creatively about improving our productivity as a collective. To deliver on our promise, our talent needs to excel, both from a skills perspective as well as from a cultural integration perspective and be more hands-on and connected to the business and customer outcomes they are serving.

At Fidelity International, India continues to be a place of strategic importance for over two decades now, having built strong customer-centric capability in the country, delivering work across engineering & technology, finance, digital, general counsel, data and analytics, cyber security etc. to name a few. More than 40% of our global talent is based in India and we have recently announced our operations in Bangalore, that will bolster our strategic presence in the country. We have thoughtfully crafted our approach to build a sustainable business, and to leverage India as a talent hotspot as well as a resilience location for our clients globally.”

The projections are vital, and so is the responsibility. India has cemented itself as the centre of excellence, and, while the stakes are soaring, we predict India will outperform in pulling global headquarters to manage end-to-end solutions from the country.

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Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI jointly verify Analog Devices’ leading O-RU reference design at i14y Lab PlugFest Fall 2023

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 11:10

At the recent O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest Fall 2023, hosted at the i14y Lab in Berlin – supported by Deutsche Telekom and EANTC and i14y consortium partners, Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions have presented their integrated solution for conformance testing of O-RAN Radio Units (O-RUs). With their joint test solution, which combines both companies’ industry-leading capabilities, they verified Analog Devices’ innovative 8T8R ORU reference design according to both O-RAN and 3GPP pre-conformance specifications.

Network disaggregation requires interoperability between Open RAN network equipment provided by different vendors. O-RAN radio units (O-RUs) need to conform with both 3GPP standards and O-RAN specifications. Fronthaul conformance tests as defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE verify the proper behavior of fronthaul interfaces and ensure that the ORU designs are interoperable with the O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU).

Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions are both leading in wireless communication testing and active in specifications development in the O-RAN ALLIANCE and 3GPP. Together they have developed an O-RAN conformance test solution supporting several Open Testing and Integration Centers (OTIC).

O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFests are periodic events organized and co-sponsored by O-RAN ALLIANCE to enable efficient progress of the O-RAN ecosystem through well-organized testing and integration. Vendors and providers come together to test, evaluate and verify their products and solutions. The O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest Fall 2023 was held in 16 labs across eight countries. One of these events was hosted at the i14y Lab in Berlin – supported by Deutsche Telekom and EANTC and i14y consortium partners. There, technology vendors like Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) had the opportunity to verify the conformance of their platforms with test and measurement solutions from Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions amongst others.

To address multiple application scenarios, ADI has developed a particularly flexible ORU reference design. The ADI Kerberos ORU (ADRV9040-RD-RUMB) 8T8R ORU reference design and development kit supports time division duplex (TDD) as well as frequency division duplex (FDD) modes up-to eight carriers (8CC) for all FR1 bands from 600 MHz up to 6 GHz. In addition, it includes a complete O-RAN Split 7.2 x both for 4G and 5G NR standards.

The setup used at the O-RAN PlugFest at the i14y Lab to validate ADI’s Kerberos ORU consisted of the following test solutions:
  •  The R&S SMM100A vector signal generator and R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz emulated a real-world radio environment by generating, capturing and analyzing RF signals. For in-depth debugging R&S VSE vector signal explorer analysis software was used allowing to access detailed measurement results.
  • The TM500 ORU Tester from VIAVI Solutions has implemented the O-DU side of the M-plane and C/U-plane functionality which was necessary for the configuration of the interface with the ORU and to exchange I/Q data over the Open Fronthaul.
  • The ORU Test Manager application from VIAVI has provided a single point of control for the integrated system and has ensured a seamless, fully automated user experience throughout the test setup.

At the i14y Lab PlugFest, this test platform evaluated various facets of the ADI ORU including its behavior, adherence to protocol standards, and compatibility with O-RAN ALLIANCE guidelines. This included the control and user plane (CU-Plane) for both FDD and TDD modes of operation. In addition, the setup supported test cases from 3GPP TS 38.141-1 Base Stations (BS) conducted conformance transceiver testing. The tests were executed under following conditions:

  • TDD: RF: 1×100 MHz CC; SCS: 30 kHz; Frequency band: DL/UL@3.8GHz
  • FDD: RF: 1×20 MHz CC; SCS: 15 kHz; Frequency band: DL 2.64203GHz and UL: 5.52203 GHz

Rohde & Schwarz helps to drive development, deployment and operation of Open RAN networks with its wide portfolio ranging from mobile network infrastructure equipment verification through conformance to mobile network testing and benchmarking.

Alexander Pabst, Vice President of Market Segment Wireless Communications at Rohde & Schwarz, says: “Open RAN is having its moment now. Large O-RAN deployments are planned in several regions all around the world. Open RAN pioneers like ADI require sophisticated ORU test solutions to verify the conformance and interoperability of their designs in a disaggregated multi-vendor network. The i14y Lab in Berlin is a fruitful collaboration space for testing, harmonizing and validating Open RAN solutions and we are proud to be a consortium partner of i14y Lab.”

Stephen Hire, Vice President of Wireless Marketing at VIAVI, says: “For network operators to gain confidence to deploy O-RAN equipment widely, they need to confirm that there are no interoperability issues, and that the performance of the radios is as good or better than traditional solutions. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with our partners Rohde & Schwarz and i14y Lab to help verify the capabilities of the ADI reference design to enable them to achieve an important milestone in the commercialization of O-RAN technology”.

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Seika Machinery Rolls Out Fully Automatic Sawa Ecobrid Stencil Cleaner and Sayaka CT23S Tabletop Router

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 09:58

Seika Machinery, Inc., a leading provider of advanced machinery, materials and engineering services, is pleased to announce the introduction of two new products: the new Sawa Ecobrid fully automatic stencil cleaner and the Sayaka CT23S tabletop router.

Sawa Ecobrid Fully Automatic Stencil Cleaner:

The fully automatic Sawa Ecobrid is a state-of-the-art fully stencil cleaner designed to revolutionize the cleaning process in electronic assembly. This innovative system brings efficiency and precision to stencil cleaning, ensuring optimal performance for surface mount technology (SMT) processes.

Key Features:
  • Fully automatic operation streamlines the cleaning process.
  • Advanced cleaning technology for optimal stencil performance.
  • User-friendly interface for seamless operation and control.
  • Eco-friendly design with a focus on resource efficiency.
  • Enhances overall productivity in electronic assembly.

Watch the demonstration video of the Sawa Ecobrid at SMTA Guadalajara: Sawa Ecobrid Video

Sayaka CT23S Tabletop Router:

Seika Machinery introduces the Sayaka CT23S, a versatile and efficient table top router designed to meet the diverse needs of electronic assembly. With its compact design and advanced features, the CT23S offers precision and speed in the processing of various materials.

Key Features:
  • Compact and space-saving design for tabletop use.
  • High-speed and precision routing for diverse applications.
  • User-friendly interface for easy setup and operation.
  • Ideal for the prototyping and small-scale production of PCBs.
  • Enhances flexibility in electronic assembly processes.

Witness the capabilities of the Sayaka CT23S in action at SMTA Guadalajara: Sayaka CT23S Video

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Anritsu, in Collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Israel Validates Industry First Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) NB-IoT testcase in CAG76

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 09:38

Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the first NTN NB-IoT Protocol Conformance Tests for have been validated on the 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR powered by the Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony)’s Altair device

NTN NB-IoT is a key IoT feature that useful in cases where the devices need to be deployed in remote regions without terrestrial cell network coverage. This is especially useful for asset tracking in maritime, logistics, mining, automotive and other areas.

“3GPP Release 17 which is described as the next stage for 5G and LTE, NTN enables new use cases and monetization opportunities for vertical industry segments,” said Kameda Keiji, General Manager of Mobile Solutions Division at Anritsu Corporation. “We are proud that our collaboration with Sony enables us to help the industry validate the new features quickly to market and enable certifications in GCF/PTCRB to bring certified devices to enable new applications.”

The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 36.523-1 corresponding to core requirements in TS 36.331 and have been submitted to 3GPP Radio Access Network Working Group 5 (RAN WG5) by Anritsu.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Anritsu,” said Christophe Flechelle, GM France & System Engineering Director at Sony Semiconductor Israel. “By establishing a certification program for NTN, we’re paving the way for faster integration of crucial satellite technologies into tracking devices and wearables. This collaboration marks a significant step towards technological advancement and widespread adoption in the industry.”

Product Outline 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR

The 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR is registered with both the GCF and PTCRB as Test Platform 251.

The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies. It supports 5G NR in both Standalone and Non-Standalone in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A Pro, W-CDMA and now NTN. When combined with Anritsu’s OTA RF chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G NR frequency bands.

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AAEON Breaks Ground with COM-R2KC6: Introducing AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series Processors in a Compact Powerhouse for Embedded Computing

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 08:56

In a strategic move to elevate its COM Express portfolio, AAEON has officially launched the COM-R2KC6, marking a milestone as the first model to integrate AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series Processors. This innovative board, available in SKUs with CPUs ranging from 15W to 45W, delivers exceptional performance with up to 4 cores and 8 threads – all while maintaining cost-efficiency.

Setting itself apart from its counterparts in AAEON’s COM Express Module range, the COM-R2KC6 stands out with its ability to support four simultaneous 4K displays through one eDP and three DDI connectors. This unique feature empowers users to unleash the full potential of the integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, while additional GPU support is made available through the board’s PEG [x4] slot.

Despite its compact 95mm x 95mm form factor, the COM-R2KC6 doesn’t compromise on connectivity. The board boasts an array of interfaces, including a LAN port supporting either Intel I226-LM or Intel I226-IT running at 2.5GbE, eight USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 running at 10Gbps, and one USB 3.2 at 5Gbps. Serial communication needs are met with an 8-bit GPIO, 2-Wire UART, and SMBus.

Flexibility is a key feature of the COM-R2KC6, accommodating up to 32GB of DDR4 system memory through dual SODIMM slots. For storage, the board supports dual SATA SSDs at 6Gb/s, and its functional versatility is further enhanced by up to six PCIe Gen 3 slots, providing users with a myriad of expansion options to tailor the board to their specific project needs. Additionally, LPC expansion via the COM-R2KC6’s carrier board introduces additional serial I/O functions, expanding the board’s application potential. AAEON’s latest release represents a significant leap in embedded computing technology, promising enhanced performance and versatility for a wide range of applications.

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Semiconductors on the Rise: IDC Forecasts a Resilient 20% Growth in 2024, Fueled by AI and Automotive Innovation

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 08:24

In a pivotal turn of events, the global semiconductor market is set to stage a robust comeback in 2024, with analysts from the renowned global market intelligence firm IDC predicting an impressive annual growth rate of 20%. Despite facing challenges, the semiconductor industry is gearing up for a transformative year, driven by escalating demand for artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC).

Galen Zeng, Senior Research Manager for Semiconductor Research at IDC Asia/Pacific, highlighted that the strict control of supply and output by memory manufacturers has triggered price increases since November. The surge in demand for AI applications across various sectors is expected to be a key driver in revitalizing the semiconductor sales market in 2024. Zeng confidently asserted, “The semiconductor supply chain, encompassing design, manufacturing, packaging, and testing, will bid farewell to the downturn in 2023.”

IDC forecasts eight pivotal trends for the semiconductor market in 2024, laying the foundation for a promising recovery:

  1. Semiconductor Sales Market to Bounce Back: Anticipating a revival, IDC projects the semiconductor sales market to surge with a remarkable 20% annual growth rate in 2024.
  2. ADAS & Infotainment Fuel Automotive Semiconductor Growth: The automotive semiconductor market is set to thrive, with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment driving the industry forward.
  3. Semiconductor AI Applications Expand: Artificial Intelligence is set to become more integrated into personal devices, such as smartphones, PCs, and wearables, fostering innovation and stimulating semiconductor demand.
  4. IC Design Growth in Asia-Pacific: Despite a sluggish 2023, IC design companies in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to rebound, with a projected 14% annual growth in 2024.
  5. Foundry Industry Sees Demand Rebound: The foundry industry, impacted by weak demand in 2023, is expected to recover in 2024, fueled by increased demand for consumer electronics and AI.
  6. China’s Production Capacity Expansion: China’s active expansion in production capacity, coupled with intensified price competition, poses challenges to non-Chinese foundries.
  7. 2.5/3D Packaging Market Surges: Advanced packaging technologies, crucial for meeting evolving chip requirements, are set to grow at a CAGR of 22% from 2023 to 2028.
  8. CoWoS Supply Chain Expansion Boosts AI Chip Supply: The CoWoS packaging technology, vital for AI chips, is expected to witness a 130% capacity increase by the second half of 2024, strengthening the AI chip supply chain.

The semiconductor industry is primed for a dynamic 2024, with technological advancements, increased demand, and strategic collaborations paving the way for a substantial recovery and growth.

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Top 10 Drone Manufacturers in the USA

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 12:52

Drone manufacturing typically involves prototyping and conceptualising the design pattern, choosing the right components (motors, propellers etc.), figuring out the most suitable navigation and communication systems and further quality control, testing and certifications for bringing the best drones into reality. 

Below is a list of the top 10 drone manufacturers in the United States of America



Location- San Mateo, CA

Skydio is a leader in autonomous drone technology in the USA. They design, assemble, and further provide extensive support for their drones in the states. Skydio drones are known for their ability to navigate complex environments autonomously. They use a combination of onboard cameras, sensors, and advanced algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles in real time, allowing them to fly safely without constant manual control.

Drones Docket

  • Skydio X10
  • Skydio X10D
  • Skydio X2
  • Skydio S2+

Software Docket – 

  • Skydio 3D Scan 
  • Skydio Remote Flight Deck 
Saxon Unmanned, Inc. 

Location –  McPherson, KS

Saxon Unmanned is a top-listed company known for providing dependable, rugged, and affordable remote solutions and best-in-class UAVs. 

Drones Docket

  • Monitor M14
  • Inspector UAS Multicopter
  • Viper M-series
  • TASC tactical Crawler
  • MCV Mobile Command Vehicle 

Location – Sarasota, FL

Luminier specializes in designing and manufacturing high-performance drone components and accessories. They are highly known in the drone-racing and FPV (First Person View) community for producing quality products. 

They manufacture commercial drones, light show drones, tactical drones, and consumer drones. Their other product range includes- flight cameras, video transmitters, LIPO batteries, antennae, electronics, propellers, brushless motors, etc. 



Location – Bingen, WA 

Insitu is an American company, wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing Defense, space and security. They are pioneers in providing excellent drone technology solutions in the USA. Their unmanned aircraft are used by military and defence departments, in maritime operations, environmental monitoring, and more. 

Drones Docket – 

  • Integrator VTOL
  • Integrator Extended Range
  • ScanEagle
  • ScanEagle3
  • RQ-21A

Payloads Docket – 

  • Alticam 14
  • EO950
  • EOIR5
  • Dual Imager
  • NSP-5
  • WAMI
  • PT-6
  • ViDAR
Inova Drone 

Location – San Diego, CA

Inova Drone is a commercial and defence-focused unmanned system designing company. They have been developing drones leveraging cutting-edge AI solutions and designing high-performance UAVs for mission-critical applications. They also work on customised design solutions. 

Hitec Commercial Solutions 

Location – San Diego, CA

With proven aerial expertise and having completed 2000+ precision mapping missions, Hitec’s mission is to provide end-to-end services for customers in agriculture, construction and excavation, energy and gas, engineering and surveying, mining and aggregates, public safety etc. Their Unmanned service solutions – data collection, event coverage, inspection, mapping, pilot training, and project monitoring are among the best.  

Flyt Aerospace 

Location – San Jose, CA

Flyt has over 9 years of experience in the drone and multirotor space. Their focus is on building VTOL vehicles that are easy to work with and the goal is to mass market eVTOL vehicles with precision technology and high-end capabilities. To achieve the same they are into building the following steps that help in gaining technical proficiency-

  • Hoverbikes
  • Skydiving drones
  • Two-seater recreational vehicles
  • Transportation

Drones Docket– 

  • The Defender UAV
  • The Red Hummingbird
Easy Aerial 

Location – Brooklyn, NY 

Easy Aerial provides military-grade autonomous drone solutions customised efficiently that meet security, mapping, and inspection needs. They are ISO-9001 certified company and a member of the Association of the United States Army, Security Industry Association, National Defense Industry Association, and National Advanced Mobility Consortium. All of their autonomous, solutions can be automatically deployed and commanded remotely from any location around the world. 

Drone America 

Location – Reno, NV

One of the top pioneers in UAS technologies, Drone America’s active projects include – drought relief, search and rescue, wildlife management, and industry partnerships. Their services in flight operations and training are top-notch and technology-friendly. 

Flight Operations –  

  • BVLOS Package Delivery
  • BI-State Fire Training
BRINC Drones

Location- Seattle, WA

BRINC’s goal is to build advanced drone technology and deploy UAVs that benefit communities and help save lives. Their aerial solutions cater to areas of law enforcement, fire, search and rescue, and defense. 

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RFID Sensors: Revolutionizing Asset Management and Operational Efficiency

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 11:43

RFID sensors have become groundbreaking instruments in the rapidly evolving world of technology, completely changing the way firms track and manage their assets. We will delve into the nuances of RFID sensors in this article, covering their description, types, and modes of operation as well as their numerous advantages.

What Are RFID Sensors?

An RFID sensor is a tag that automatically identifies and tracks assets via electromagnetic fields. Often called “smart barcodes,” these sensors are more advanced than standard barcodes since they can store more data and continue to work even when they are hidden. RFID sensors are well known for their durability and ability to endure severe environments, which makes them perfect for use in industrial settings.

How Do RFID Sensors Work?

RFID sensors are made up of an antenna and a chip. The radio waves are emitted by the antenna and picked up by the chip. When an RFID reader queries the chip, it transmits vital data that is stored on it. There are primarily two kinds of RFID tags: passive tags that rely on RFID reader power and active tags that have their power source for real-time tracking over great distances.

RFID sensors can be classified as low-frequency, high-frequency, or ultra-high-frequency depending on their frequency range. The latter is the most widely used in RFID systems, with frequencies ranging from 300 MHz to 3 GHz.

The Different Types Of RFID Sensors

RFID sensors come in many forms and serve different purposes. Dedicated to items, tags broadcast identification when questioned, while cards placed into readers are used for payments or access control. RFID stickers are tiny sticky sensors that are useful for tracking in restricted spaces or for marketing.

What Are The Benefits Of Deploying RFID Sensors?  
  1. Increased Efficiency: RFID sensors facilitate process improvement and waste reduction by tracking the movement of materials and products.
  2. Improved Asset Tracking: Businesses can detect regularly moved products, optimize storage layouts, and lower the risk of loss or theft with enhanced asset tracking capabilities.
  3. Improved Safety: RFID sensors monitor the whereabouts of workers and equipment in places like hospitals, guaranteeing their availability when needed and preventing unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
  4. Reduced Costs: RFID sensors help minimize expenses by tracking vehicle movement to save fuel costs, optimizing inventory levels, lowering storage costs, and automating labour-intensive operations like inventory counts.

An increasing number of companies will be able to make use of RFID sensor technology as it gets more widely available and reasonably priced. It’s expected that more companies will use RFID technology as a result of its falling costs to take advantage of its many advantages. 

In conclusion, RFID sensors are strong partners in the quest for operational excellence. The use of RFID sensors is helping to increase productivity, boost safety, and reduce costs in a variety of settings, including manufacturing plants, hospitals, and retail stores. The way that RFID technology is being incorporated into many industries is going to change how asset monitoring and management are done in the future.


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Top 10 Drone Companies In USA

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 07:19

Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are of vital significance in these times. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established rules and guidelines to ensure the safe and responsible use of drones in the national airspace.

Top 10 Drone Companies In USA

We have curated a list of top drone companies in the USA. 


Hylio is a renowned player in manufacturing precision crop care autonomous drones based in Texas, USA. A leader in developing in-house software and manufacturing powerful hardware, Hylio is working on many frontiers. Hylio has also developed its flagship ground control software- Agrosol. 

Drone Catalogue – 

  • AG-272
  • AG-230
  • AG-216
  • AG-210

Insitu designs, develops, and manufactures top-notch unmanned aerial systems. Their software design includes –  Common Ground Control Station, INEXA Control, Catalina, TacitView, and Tungsten SDK.   

Product Catalogue-

  • UAV
  • Integrated VTOL
  • Integrator Extended Range
  • Integrator
  • ScanEagle
  • Scaneagle3
  • RQ-21A
  • Payloads
  • Alticam 14
  • EO950
  • EOIR5
  • Dual Imager
  • NSP-5
  • WAMI
  • PT-6
  • ViDAR

Based in San Diego, California, ModalAI is a subsidiary of Qualcomm, involved in developing start-to-finish custom design services and plug-and-play computing platforms. They cater to industries like agriculture, e-commerce, infrastructure, intelligence, surveillance etc. Looking at numbers, the company holds 10+ years of experience in the U.S. robotics and drone industry with 500+ partners enabled with VOXL. 

Product Catalogue – 

  • Development Drones-
    • Starling
    • PX4 Autonomy Developer Kit
    • Sentinel 
    • Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G
  • Development Kit 
    • Ready to mount Flight Decks
    • VOXL 2
    • VOXL 2 Mini
Advanced Aircraft Company

Building high-precision drones for varied applications like precision agriculture, surveying and mapping, infrastructure inspection, department of defence, site security etc. Their design philosophy is based on fast, innovative, and safe solutions. The product catalogue includes – HAMR- Hybrid Advanced Multi-Rotor that is known for high-end mobility, balance, endurance, and power, Greased Lightning – under development, is a solid solution to the long endurance VTOL paradox, with heavy aerodynamic efficiency. 



AgEagle is a leading name in providing drones, sensors, and software for automated aerial intelligence. They have excelled in developing high-precision fixed-wing drones, high-performance RGB, thermal, and multispectral drone sensors, and powerful drone software. AgEagle caters to industries like agriculture, construction, defence, environmental monitoring, forestry etc. 

Product Catalogue-

  • eBee X
  • eBee AG
  • eBee Geo
  • eBee TAC Government
  • eBee TAC Public Safety
  • eBee Vision
Cleo Robotics

Leaders in Robotic innovation, Cleo Robotics specialises in unconventional robotic systems that hold brilliance in collecting critical data in GPS-denied, dangerous and difficult-to-reach areas. Their major drive is to eliminate manned missions into dangerous terrains and build holistic drones to accomplish tasks at hand. Dronal X1 Pro is the first UAV designed specifically for GPS-denied environments. 

Equinox Innovation Systems

Equinox Innovation is a prime UAV manufacturer in the USA. Their drone solutions cater to major spaces like – energy, military, telecom, public safety etc. Their drone solutions are highly known for intrinsic payload capacity, unlimited flight time, autonomous mobile landing, turnkey or modular, ultra-high network speed. 

Equinox product portfolio – 

  • Falcon Heavy 
  • Falcon Hybrid- Electric 
  • Falcon Medium 
  • Falcon light 
  • Falcon Efficient
  • Tether System 

Draganfly was established in 1998, with vast experience in the field of engineering, robotics, aviation, and model building. They provide major services in areas of engineering, training, flight services, data services, spraying services and industry solutions for agriculture, environment, humanitarian, insurance, public and safety, military and government. 

Product Catalogue-

  • Starling X.2
  • Draganfuel ignite 70cc
  • Commander 3 XL
  • Payloads and sensors 
  • Draganflyer Commander 2

Sentera an an organisation works aggressively in solving the toughest agronomic problems. Their range of sensors and drones includes- single, double 4k, 6X, 65R, DGR system, PHX. They are known for building high-performance aerial hardware that delivers accurate insights. 


AeroVironment is among the top solution providers in drone technology. Their Solutions include Unmanned systems, Loitering munition systems, network connectivity, payloads, and high-altitude pseudo satellites. 

  • Unmanned Systems Range- 
    • Medium UAS – JUMP 20, T-20
    • Small UAS – PUMA LE, PUMA 3 AE, Raven B, VAPOR Helicopter UAS
    • Unmanned Ground Vehicles – telemax EV0, tE0Dor EV0

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New 4.5 kV XHP 3 IGBT module enables downsizing of drives combined with maximum efficiency

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:21

The paradigm shift towards offloading complexity to suppliers and adopting smaller IGBT modules is evident in various applications. In response to the global push for downsizing and integration, Infineon Technologies AG introduces the 4.5 kV XHP 3 IGBT modules that will fundamentally change the landscape for medium voltage drives (MVD) and transportation applications operating at 2000 to 3300 V AC in 2- and 3-level topologies. Applications benefiting from the new devices include large conveyor belts, pumps, high-speed trains, locomotives, as well as commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles (CAV).

The XHP family comprises a 450 A dual IGBT module with TRENCHSTOP IGBT4 and an emitter-controlled diode, and a 450 A double diode module with emitter-controlled E4 Diode. Both modules feature improved isolation of 10.4 kV. Together, they help to simplify paralleling and downsizing without sacrificing efficiency. Previously, complex busbars were required to parallelize switching modules, resulting in complicated design efforts and leakage inductance. The innovative design of the XHP family simplifies paralleling by conveniently placing the connections side by side. As a result, only a single straight busbar is required for paralleling.

The 4.5 kV XHP family also allows developers to reduce the number of units. Conventional IGBT solutions use multiple single switches and a double diode. With the new devices, however, designs can be reduced to two dual switches and a smaller double diode – a significant step forward in integrated drives.

The combination of the XHP 3 FF450R45T3E4_B5 dual switch and the DD450S45T3E4_B5 double diode enables significant cost savings and a smaller footprint. For example, Infineon’s previous IGBT solutions required four 140 x 190 mm² or 140 x 130 mm² switches and one 140 x 130 mm² double diode. With the new XHP family, the components can be reduced to two 140 x 100 mm² dual switches and a smaller 140 x 100 mm² double diode.


The IGBT modules FF450R45T3E4_B5 and DD450S45T3E4_B5 are available now. More information is available at www.infineon.com/XHP.

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A Glimpse into 2024: Trends Revolutionizing India’s Approach to AI and Automation

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:11

UiPath, a leading enterprise automation software company, today announced the top five trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation that will transform the Indian workforce in 2024. 2023 was the year of AI hype, and 2024 will be the year when we realize the full potential of AI.

Arun Balasubramanian, Vice President and Managing Director, India and South Asia, UiPath said, “In the realm of digital transformation, the synergy between automation and AI is unlocking unprecedented value for enterprises worldwide. This isn’t merely about scaling up automation; it’s about unleashing the full potential of these technologies to revolutionize how we work. As we navigate the evolving landscape, it’s clear that the future lies in the seamless integration of AI and automation.”

“The future belongs to those who harness the power of AI and automation to navigate complexity, allowing a dynamic collaboration between human ingenuity and robotic efficiency. Navigating through the AI landscape has become more efficient through evolving technologies such as process mining, task mining, and co-pilots. As we pioneer safe AI, we’re shaping a future where enterprises thrive through innovation, efficiency, and the harmonious collaboration of people and machines,” Balasubramanian added.

Trend One: LLMs power virtual BFFs.

According to the UiPath Automation Generation Survey 2023, elder Indian employees are more receptive to the potential of AI-powered automation in helping them at work: 91% of Baby Boomer respondents think that automation would help them do their jobs better, while 87% of Generation Z, 86% of Millennial, and 84% of Generation X (84%) respondents feel similarly.

These sentiments would echo through 2024, as enterprise software providers are already integrating Large Language Models (LLMs). One notable application is copilots—virtual desktop assistants that comprehend individuals’ work contexts and tasks, communicating in plain language. Like the best human assistants, these copilots can rapidly learn to auto-complete various activities and proactively enhance workflow efficiency. UiPath, for example, incorporates Autopilot™ into tools for various users, streamlining tasks like data entry and email management.  With such significant developments, LLMs and Gen AI solutions are all set to reinvent how we work with machines and usher in a new boom in global productivity.

Trend Two: Safe AI becomes a focus of action and innovation.

The C-suite will prioritize countering AI risks, emphasizing safe AI to improve the risk/benefit equation. Expect a significant acceleration in AI governance adoption, with enterprise software companies integrating robust AI controls. Technology providers will enhance human-in-the-loop capabilities for improved human review. In 2024, organizations are shifting from aspirational to implementation phases, driven by innovative approaches. The Indian government already emphasizes innovation and is formulating policy frameworks like the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for responsible AI adoption, highlighting a commitment to transparency and accountability.

Trend Three: The C-suite seizes AI’s value with the help of automation.

Today, executives are exhilarated by the potential of AI to drive growth, and innovation, and revolutionize various aspects of work, enhancing productivity in unprecedented ways. In 2024, their primary focus will shift towards translating the potential of AI into tangible returns. Per a Nasscom report, AI adoption is poised to add $500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025. Automation is proving to be a swift enabler of various AI benefits. As companies in 2024 zero in on realizing their AI ambitions, they will increasingly turn to enterprise automation to facilitate the achievement of their objectives.

Trend Four: The transparent organization comes into focus—end-to-end. Process and task mining are shining; digital twinning is winning.

Until recently, enterprise managers grappled with poor visibility into end-to-end work processes, hindering problem diagnosis and issue resolution. Process intelligence, powered by AI in advanced process, task, and communications mining, has transformed this landscape. Now, organizations can continually monitor and evaluate processes comprehensively, gaining insights and identifying optimal solutions for efficient workflows. Leading innovators are even creating “digital twins” of their operations, providing dynamic real-time visibility, and modeling potential workflow improvements before implementation. This innovation is anticipated to drive increased adoption in 2024 and beyond.

Trend Five: Redefining work by building new relationships with machines.

The rise of large language models (LLMs) is expected to significantly impact the future of work, with the potential to automate up to 30% of current tasks by 2030. As LLMs continue to advance, they will likely be applied in various professions, and the workforce will need to adapt to new roles and responsibilities. Key areas of focus for thought leaders, policymakers, and education professionals include learning from professions further along the adoption path, addressing the labor implications of a virtual workforce, and redefining the best skillsets for the future. By 2024, these efforts will begin to reshape the workforce, requiring workers to develop new skills and adapt to new roles, while also addressing the needs and views of employees, employers, unions, governments, and the public at large.

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Diodes Incorporates High-Voltage Hall-Effect Latches AH371xQ Series into Automotive Product Line

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 13:58

In a strategic expansion of its product portfolio, Diodes Incorporated introduces the AH371xQ series of high-voltage Hall-effect latches. Specifically designed for automotive applications, these devices boast a proprietary Hall plate design that significantly enhances performance. The AH371xQ series finds utility in diverse functions such as brushless DC (BLDC) motor control, valve operation, linear and incremental rotary encoders, and position-sensing tasks.

Versatility for Automotive Systems

Operating within an impressive voltage range of 3V to 27V, with 40V load dump protection, the AH371xQ series offers versatility for integration into a wide array of automotive systems. This adaptability makes them ideal for in-vehicle comfort and engine management applications, including but not limited to window power-lift and sunroof movement, tailgate opening/closing mechanisms, seat adjustment motors, cooling fans, water/oil pumps, and speed measurement.

Enhanced Design Features

The devices feature a chopper-stabilized design, effectively mitigating the impact of thermal variation and providing superior stray field immunity. With a power-on time of typically 13µs, the AH371xQ series ensures swift and reliable operation. Engineers can choose from six sensitivity options covering 25 gauss to 140 gauss, offering flexibility in magnetic operating (BOP) and magnetic release (BRP) for various sensing distances and magnet types.

Advanced Output Flexibility and Robust Protection

Equipped with open-drain outputs, these Hall-effect latches provide enhanced external pull-up flexibility, accommodating voltages higher or lower than the supply voltage. The AH371xQ series boasts an 8kV human body model (HBM) electrostatic discharge (ESD) rating, demonstrating robust protection. Each device in the series includes a reverse blocking diode, overcurrent protection, and overvoltage clamp features.

Automotive Compliance and Availability

Diodes ensure the highest standards for these automotive-compliant Hall-effect latches. The AH371xQ series is AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualified, manufactured in IATF 16949 certified facilities, and supports PPAP documentation. Available in SOT23 (Type S), SC59, and SIP-3 (Bulk Pack) packages, with the AH3712Q also offered in U-DFN2020-6 (SWP) packages, the series is priced at $0.32 in 1,000 piece quantities.

For engineers seeking optimal solutions, the AH371xQ series, along with the complete range of Hall-effect sensors, can be explored using the Hall-effect sensor part selector tool. Diodes’ commitment to innovation and reliability is evident in these advanced additions to its automotive electronics lineup.

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Quantum Ecosystems and Technology Council of India (QETCI) organises National Quantum Science and Technology Symposium 2023

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 13:19

Quantum Security Centre was launched A Quantum Value Chain report was also released to set context for future planning

Quantum Ecosystems and Technology Council of India (QETCI) along with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITy), Government of India organized the  1st National Quantum Science and Technology Symposium (NQSTS) on 14th & 15th December 2023 at Scope Convention Centre, New Delhi.  National Quantum Science and Technology Symposium (NQSTS) was organized with the objective to galvanize the Quantum Eco System in the country and develop synergies to leverage the Quantum Technology to solve real life problems. NQSTS is a quantum odyssey designed to break boundaries, spark innovation, and unite visionaries to envision and explore the disruptive use of quantum technology with shared global learning.

Quantum Value Chain Report provides the Roadmap for India’s Quantum Future It provides a deep understanding of the Quantum Ecosystem in India Insights into the Supply Chain, Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats It provides Informed Policy recommendations and outlines opportunities for collaboration both internally and internationally. Most importantly it sets the context for future planning

National Quantum Science and Technology Symposium (NQSTS) had distinguished Speakers from Govt, Policy makers, Policy experts, Technical Experts, Business Leaders representing the complete Quantum Ecosystem in India. The experts sharing their views and experiences with the use of Quantum technology in the real world and the possibilities that lay ahead. The highlight of the 2-day symposium was the launch of the Centre for Quantum Security and Forum – a joint initiative by Quantum Science and Technology Symposium (QETCI) and CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science (CR Rao AIMSCS). The Centre will work with multiple stakeholders in the Quantum Security Ecosystem, create a community, and provide a place for experimentation, Proof of Concepts, Vendor Neutral papers and reports, training, workshops, etc. It is designed to fast-track quantum security measures and implementations.

To forge strategic partnerships to accelerate research and adoption of Quantum Technology a MoU was signed between QETCI and BeST Cluster to supporting the Bangalore Quantum Ecosystem, in the Research to Commercialization, Startups and Market Opportunity Creation. A Quantum Security Centre was also launched and the logo was unveiled.

The Quantum Value Chain Report was also released at the symposium in the presence of Honourable Member Niti Aayog and Chairperson QETCI, Dr V K Saraswat and Shri S Krishnan, the Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). It is a comprehensive report on the Quantum Ecosystem in India including the supply chain, allied value chains, non-supply chain elements in the ecosystem and does a deep dive into the Strength and Opportunities, Weaknesses and Threats associated with the Indian Quantum Ecosystem. The Report will be the basis for making data-based policy recommendations for strengthening the quantum supply chain in India.

Dr. V K Saraswat Chairman QETCI expressed, “Today signifies a significant stride in our quantum journey. QETCI is dedicated to establishing a robust foundation in the Quantum Landscape by uniting the education ecosystem. Together, we can cultivate collaboration in shaping curricula, extending crucial support to MSMEs and Startups.” Elaborating on the vision, he added, “QETCI envisions crafting an innovative environment, constructing mechanisms for G2G and B2B collaboration, thus assuming a groundbreaking role in nurturing and fortifying the quantum ecosystem.”

Touching upon the introduction of the Quantum Value Chain Report, he remarked, “The Quantum Value Chain report stands as evidence of our joint efforts in advancing quantum research and development.”

He underscored the pivotal role of the Quantum Value Chain and stressed the significance of international collaboration, stating, “Collaboration is the life force of our quantum pursuits, transcending boundaries and facilitating the smooth flow of knowledge across nations. We must contemplate concrete ways to enhance international collaboration in the quantum realm.”

Emphasizing the significance of the Quantum Value Chain Report, Shri Krishnan, Secretary Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology ( Meity)  highlighted that,” The report sets the groundwork for advancing quantum technologies within the country. Additionally, there are need for collaborative efforts among the government, industry, and academia to prepare the nation for global competitiveness.” He also highlighted MeitY’s initiative in the area of Quantum Technologies.

“The world is looking forward to a paradigm shift from classical to quantum, which holds promise in all aspects of technology. DRDO being one of the leading centres for quantum technologies, is taking steps to further the Government of India’s ambitious National Quantum Mission (NQM)”, said Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Chairperson of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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Advanced Test and Inspection at NEPCON Japan 2024

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 12:55

Test Research, Inc. (TRI), the leading Test and Inspection systems provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, will join NEPCON Japan 2024, held at Tokyo Big Sight from January 24 – 26, 2024, to showcase state-of-the-art Test and Inspection Solutions for the Smart Factory. Visit booth #E17-16 to experience the latest test and inspection innovations for the electronics manufacturing industry.

TRI will unveil the newly released SEMI 3D Optical Inspection Solutions: 3D SEMI SPI TR7007Q SII-S and 3D SEMI AOI TR7700Q SII-S. The SEMI Optical Inspection solutions are built for high-reliability industries and are equipped with superior specifications of a 25MP high-speed camera, 3.5 / 5 µm high-resolution, AI-Powered, and Metrology Ready.

Also presenting at NEPCON Japan will be the High-Speed Multi-Camera 3D AOI, TR7500QE Plus, world-class High-Speed 3D CT AXI TR7600 SIII for multiple industry applications and the most compact ICT in the market, TR5001T SII Tiny.

The AI solutions from TRI include AI Smart Programming, AI Repair Station, and more. TRI’s test and inspection solutions comply with Industry 4.0 standards like the IPC-Hermes-9852, IPC-CFX, and IPC-DPMX.

Join us at NEPCON Japan 2024 booth #E17-16 to discover why the leading EMS companies choose TRI as their Test and Inspection Partner.

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Navigating the Waves: A Comprehensive Guide to Different Types of RFID Cards

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 12:26

The smooth introduction of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology into our everyday routines has revolutionized various sectors by providing effective means of monitoring and controlling objects and data. RFID cards are at the centre of this technological revolution, with applications ranging from inventory management and payment systems to access control. This blog will look at various types of RFID cards and their unique features.

Understanding RFID Frequencies

RFID systems function using three distinct frequencies: ultra-high frequency (UHF), high frequency (HF), and low frequency (LF). The particular requirements of the application and the surrounding circumstances determine the frequency to be used.

1. Low-Frequency (LF) RFID:

LF RFID systems typically operate at 125 kHz or 134 kHz, with a frequency range of 30 kHz to 300 kHz. These cards are resistant to outside interference because of their short reading range of about 10 cm. LF RFID complies with ISO 14223 and ISO/IEC 18000-2 standards and finds use in access control and animal tracking.

2 . High-Frequency (HF) RFID:

HF RFID systems typically run at 13.56 MHz, although they can have frequencies as high as 30 MHz. The reading range (10 cm to 1 m) and data transfer speed are balanced on these cards. Applications utilizing ISO 15693, ECMA-340, ISO/IEC 18092, and MIFARE include tickets, payments, and data transfers.

3. Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) RFID:

UHF RFID systems follow the UHF Gen2 standard (860 to 960 MHz), which covers frequencies from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. UHF RFID technology offers quick data transmission and a read range of more than 12 meters, making it perfect for medicine identification and retail inventories. EPC Global Gen2 (ISO 18000-63) regulates the global standard.

4. Passive and Active RFID Systems

RFID cards are further categorized as passive or active based on their power source.

  • Passive RFID Cards:

These cards are stable and cost-effective since they run on the energy that the RFID reader transmits. They are used in logistics, inventory control, and access control.

  • Active RFID Cards:

Active RFID cards actively transmit signals because they are equipped with an internal power source, typically a battery. They are appropriate for real-time tracking of valuable assets and vehicles and have an extended read range (more than 100 meters).


RFID technology offers a wide range of solutions to meet the unique requirements of different industries and applications. Every form of RFID card has a certain function, whether it’s the extended read range of UHF RFID cards, the versatile balance of HF RFID cards, or the short-range capabilities of LF RFID cards. RFID card applications will grow further as technology advances, enhancing the productivity and creativity of many industries. In this fast-evolving RFID era, knowing the subtleties of each type of RFID card enables individuals and organizations to select the technology that best suits their needs.

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