Archive for January, 2012

Multi service platform Layer 3 switches

The RX1500 products are designed to operate in harsh environments, with the ability to handle high levels of electro-magnetic interference, radio frequency interference and a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. Designed to meet the demands imposed by the industrial, utility and military network applications, this family is fully modular, allowing for a high level […]

Maliciously modified apps a vector for infecting devices

In response to the increasing interest in mobile applications, McAfee offers some tips to avoid downloading bad apps. While reported mobile malware incidents are still relatively low in number, the company is seeing significant growth in the mobile malware threat landscape. Due to the fact that smartphones and tablets have eclipsed unit sales of desktop […]

Reduce desktop PC total cost of ownership

Fujitsu has introduced the Futro A300 thin client, providing businesses with easy access to server-based computing. The new all-round Fujitsu model is said to deliver a with total cost of ownership saving of up to 80%, compared with standard desktop PCs. In migrating from desktop PCs to this thin client, it is claimed that organisations […]

Free State and Northern Cape

General issues From the region and all the members we would like to congratulate Mark Mfikoe, Cliffy Davis and Michael Straton with their election as president, first vice-president and second vice-president respectively for 2012.  I wish all our members, office bearers and ECA (SA) staff a very prosperous 2012. The provisional meeting dates for the […]

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Industry Alerts

Ericsson to grow patent business Ericsson has announced a focus on further monetising its intellectual property rights assets, including a restructure which will see the company’s chief intellectual property officer reporting directly to the CEO. The company says as they are entering the networked society, built-in wireless access beyond traditional devices like phones, laptops and […]

Bernie Carr

Bernie Carr was born in the East End of London in 1948, just after World War II, and spent his early years exploring bomb sites and collecting “odd bits of machinery” to take home and dismantle. Bernie Carr He attended a technical high school where he tried out the “traditional” trades. His carpentry teacher tried […]


by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT The debate about long term evolution (LTE) and LTE extra will continue for a long time and while the WiMAX Forum is still making its voice heard, it appears that a large chunk of the telecommunications industry has accepted that WiMAX is great for backhaul but that LTE will […]

Conduits and fittings for the energy generation market

Tank Industries’ electronics division has launched new range of cable protection products.The PMA brand, distributed by the company for over ten years, offers a broad range of cable protection productsfor high technology applications in copper and also for fibre optic cables. PMA’s 30 years experience in the design and manufacture of cable protection systems guarantees […]

Electron microscope takes materials science to a new level

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT A R126-million Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy has opened at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. This will enable our scientists to analyse materials right down to atomic level. The double aberration-corrected high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. […]