Archive for November, 2013

RF430FRL152H Novel Ferroelectric RAM Memory (FRAM) NFC Embedded Tag Based Sensors

RF430FRL152H Dynamic NFC Sensor Solution The RF430FRL152H device is suited for NFC sensor applications. This differentiated offering by Texas Instruments provides an NFC front end supporting an ISO15693 RF protocol, a 16-bit microcontroller and 2KB of universal FRAM memory all integrated in a single device. The embedded MSP430™ microcontroller core enables the device to be […]

Labelling telecom cables makes life easier

Twisted and tangled cables allowing us to electronically transport information are a nightmare for those responsible for identifying, maintaining and installing telecom system components such as horizontal links, backbone cables, faceplates/outlets and termination hardware. Though largely invisible to the average person, in a building, these cables connect  telephones, alarms, servers, computers and video images. Shrink […]

Software agreement renewed

MTN Group and Opera Software have signed a new two-year agreement to offer a custom version of Opera Mini to MTN subscribers across 17 of its 22 markets. Opera Mini is a mobile web browser that compresses webpages to as little as 10% of their initial size,which helps customers to save on data costs and […]

The proposed Scrap Metal Dealer Act (South Africa)

Something that I feel is necessary and is becoming a big concern in South Africa is cable theft. Cable theft is putting a big dent in our industry never mind the loss of income due to this on-going problem. I started to look around other countries to see if this is also a big concern […]

An easy approach to develop 3D gesturing systems

Microchip announces the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems.  The kit provides designers with an easy step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with Microchip’s MGC3130 and electrodes that meet their specific space requirements, and is the first single-chip 3D gesture/free space position tracking solution. It is a complete reference system consisting of an MGC3130 module […]

Four new boards with USB connectivity

National Instruments has announced four new R series boards (USB-7855R, USB-7856R, USB-7855R OEM and USB-7856R OEM) with USB connectivity, which help engineers add FPGA technology to any PC-based system using one of the most widely adopted buses on the market. These products, based on the LabView Rio architecture, are a result of the company’s continued […]

Implementing first large-scale process domain virtualisation in SA

Exxaro’s Grootegeluk coal mine is one of the most efficient mining operations in the world and operates the world’s largest coal beneficiation complex. A sufficiently impressive pedigree that Exxaro saw fit to improve even more by virtualising their extensive process domain assets on a massive scale. Background Exxaro has five main strategic objectives and one […]

A systematic analysis of advantages and disadvantages of both concepts

by Dr. Martin Doppelbauer, SEW Eurodrive The current trend towards slow-running direct drives is driven by a demand for precision, reliability and low maintenance, among others. This article provides a theoretical comparison of diriect drives and gearmotors based on known growth laws and a few practical assumptions. When comparing direct drives and geared motors, it must […]

Energy users rebel against Eskom

In an unprecedented show of muscle, the Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG), including mining giants BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata, put their foot down over Eskom’s call for prolonged restraint in electricity usage, prompting a quick rethink of the emergency declaration by the power utility. Last night Eskom issued a statement revoking […]

Power developments in Africa

Cameroon hydro project Cameroon has appointed Joule Africa to develop a new hydropower project on the Katsina Ala river in the north-west region of the country. Joule Africa will work with the Cameroon government and Lahmeyer International to do a full feasibility and bankability study. The pre-feasibility assessments indicated that the full cascade has the […]