Apacer Wins 8th Streak of Taiwan Excellence An Innovator for Optimized User Experience and Making Differences

Apacer has done it again! As the market leader with number one ranking in global share in industrial SSD for four consecutive years in the worldwide survey report of Gartner Inc., digital storage expert Apacer was recently awarded for the 8th streak during the 25th Taiwan Excellence. A total of 1188 products entered contest, but only 528 products from 230 brands won titles after the rigorous selection process. Six of Apacer’s products received Award, which proves that Apacer has a strong core advantage in developing outstanding innovations for digital storage.

Customer needs have always been the center of focus for Apacer. By making breakthroughs and introducing products designed for better user experience, Apacer is ceaseless with dedication in providing better memory solutions. Our areas of expertise include embedded solution, gaming, mobile, cloud, and big data. With supports from all around, the products that won 25th Taiwan Excellence include: AS720 Dual Interface SSD, PANTHER DDR4 Gaming Memory Module & AS330 SSD, AH180 USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Flash Drive, AH159/AH118 USB 3.1 Gen 1/ 2.0 Super-mini Flash Drive, AC830 Military-Grade Shockproof Portable Hard Drive, and Super-Mini Industrial SSD SDM7 7P/180D DP.

AS720: World’s First Dual Interface SSD
AS720 is the world’s first dual interface SSD that has both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and SATAIII 6Gb/s. Its textured surface in a champagne shade makes it a perfect choice to be used together with iMac and Macbook. AS720 also functions as a direct memory for digital film camera Blackmagic, allowing 4KProRes format to be directly stored for immediate editing. With advanced features like high speed transmission, Windows-To-Go, anti-impact, and anti-shock protections, the compact sized AS720 is the leading edge storage solution with excellent performance.

PANTHER DDR4 Gaming Memory Module & AS330 SSD: an Efficiency Booster
Apacer’s PANTHER DDR4 and AS330 SSD are especially designed for advanced gaming and smoother experience on desktops and laptops. Equipped with the next-generation SATAIII interface, AS330 SSD performs 545/520MB for the read/write speed. Created to support Intel Skylake platform, PANTHER DDR4 gaming memory module has excellent heat conductivity and an intricate IC design to ensure superb performances and stability that copes with complicated gaming needs.

AH180 USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Flash Drive: Have the Convenience Your Way
AH180 USB 3.1 Type-C dual flash drive is the perfect companion for slim notebook computers. Its reversible Type-C connector can be conveniently inserted at either direction, while the OTG function allows flexible usage. The USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A interface allows faster processing speed, making read/write more efficient. The exterior of AH180 is inspired by comic superheroes. The glorious color combination between gold and red makes AH180 a marvelous highlight on modern electronic devices, which tend to bear a sleek but simple look. The cover is designed to stay attached at all times to ensure convenient usage. FileBridge, an exclusive app designed by Apacer, makes file sharing and exchanges between devices and computers easier than ever.

AH159/AH118 USB 3.1 Gen 1/ 2.0 Super-mini Flash Drive
AH159 is a flash memory equipped with USB 3.1 Gen 1 for SuperSpeed transmission. The fresh colored exterior comprises a vibrant sky blue hue with letters in white. AH118, a USB 2.0, is available in black and fuchsia. These vivid colors are an enhancement to personal styles, while the rubber material achieves a pleasant touch on its rounded silhouette. You can fully trust your data with these memory solutions, because they are built dustproof, waterproof and shockproof.

AC830 Military-Grade Shockproof Portable Hard Drive: the Solid Guard for Your Data
AC830 is a mil-spec rugged portable hard drive that can maintain performance in extreme conditions. Engineered with waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof functions, AC830 is built with a metallic exterior with strong rigidity to protect data in case of accidental falls within 1.2-meter height, or 1-meter depth submersion in water. The aesthetics is given much dedication: AC830 is stylized with a smooth silhouette with a futuristic mood. The matte finish of the surface ensures no fingerprints will be left to tarnish its sleekness.

Super-Mini Industrial SSD SDM7 7P/180D DP: an Advanced and Reliable Upgrade
Apacer continues to strengthen its technology in making industrial SSD solutions. SDM7 7P/180D DP (SATA Disk Module 7 7Pin/180Degree Dual PCB) is a super-mini industrial SSD that is made with rigid and flex boards with a hinged design that allows the boards to stack for better flexibility and shock absorption. The result achieves a boosted memory capacity of 256GB at four-channel speed, up to 500MB/s read and 300MB/s write.

ams announces completion of transaction to acquire Heptagon and related capital increase

Premstaetten, Austria (24 January 2017) – ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor and analog solutions, announces the completion of the transaction to acquire 100% of the shares in Heptagon and the related capital increase of 11,011,281 new shares from authorized capital excluding subscription rights. ams announced on 24 October 2016 that the company had signed an agreement to acquire Heptagon, the worldwide leader in high performance optical packaging and micro-optics.

The upfront consideration for the transaction includes approximately USD 64 million in cash, 5,450,586 ams shares from currently held treasury shares as well as 11,011,281 new shares from authorized capital. The capital increase creating the 11,011,281 new shares from authorized capital was registered with the commercial register today and the shares are admitted to trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange from tomorrow, 25 January 2017, onwards. The total number of shares outstanding of ams AG will therefore be 84,419,826 no par value bearer shares with a calculated nominal value of EUR 1.00 per share.

Following the registration, the selling shareholders of Heptagon hold approximately 19.5% of the total registered share capital of ams. They are subject to a market standard, staggered lock-up obligation ending in the second quarter 2018.

Artila Bridges the Domain Knowledge of IT and OT with Node-RED

When talking about Automation 4.0 or Internet of Things, it is never an easy job that can be accomplished by a single technical people, a task force or even a company. The IT people needs to learn Modbus, PLC logic, low level C language for I/O control and the OT people needs to know about database, ERP, and web technology. To bridges the technology gap between these two groups of people, Artila provides a ready to go IoT gateway,Matrix-700 embedded computer which supports Linux OS and Node-RED.

Node-RED is developed by IBM and is a visual wiring tool for internet of things. Simply drag and drop the nodes to your flow editor and connect and configure the nodes, then your application is ready to go. Node-RED uses browser to edit the node and flow and thank to the open social development that users can share their nodes and flows by importing and exporting of the library which are stored in JSON and managed by npm. Artila’s Matrix-700 provides a ready to go Node-RED to connect your industrial devices and push the field data and information to the database of backend server or even cloud and vice versa.




In addition to use Matrix as a gateway, Artila’s Remote I/O series can directly push sensor data to server and cloud. Artila’s RIO series support Modbus, Restful Web API, MQTT and Bluemix IoT which allow IT or OT people to directly access the sensor data and perform I/O control.




Artila IoT gateways provide you an open, ready to use application platform which can connect your industrial devices to server and cloud securely and effectively via Ethernet, Wireless LAN and 3G/LTE.






Artila Releases New Cortex-A5 Based Industrial Embedded Linux Computer Matrix-700

Artila Electronics, the leading designer and manufacturer of embedded device networking and computing, is proud to release Matrix-700, Cortex-A5 based industrial embedded Linux computer.

Matrix-700 is such as fanless, long term stability, faster flash memory, flexible input / output function and smaller dimension, etc., powered by a ATMEL 536MHz ATSAMA5D35 Cortex-A5 CPU which is equipped with 512MB SDRAM, 8MB Flash and especially suitable for 24/7/365 non-stop running for unmanned application environment. The industrial embedded Linux computer of Matrix-700 features one Gigabit and one 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 high speed (480Mbps) Host ports, four software configurable RS-232 / 485 serial ports, one microSD socket, one USB client port which can be powered directly and function as console.

Matrix-700 is shipped with Linux kernel 3.18.x and file system plus many software utilities such as web server, PHP, python, MySQL and SQLite. Users can download the Toolchain, Package Management from Artila web site. User also can use apt-get to upgrade Toolchain on local site via Ethernet. Webmin is available in Matrix-700 and is ready for customer’s web-based application. User can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more.

Low power consumption of Cortex-A5 processor plus high efficiency of Linux kernel 3.18.x and file system make Matrix-700 an ideal light weight computing platform for device networking and remote monitoring. We provide an easy way to upgrade kernel at the Artila website.

Ericson Continues to Push the Competitive Market in Temporary Power & Lighting

Ericson Continues to Push the Competitive Market in Temporary Power & Lighting

Ericson, engineering and manufacturing of temporary power and lighting products announces pricing changes to support rep and distributor markets with decrease in pricing to stay afloat the competitive landscape.

“Ericson is working diligently to maintain status as the leading temporary power and lighting solutions provider in the industry. With various competitors in the field, our objectives are to continuously benchmark and position our pricing to keep sustainability in the marketplace” says, Operations Manager, John Ericson III.

Previously known as Regional Sales Managers, Ericson is working at establishing internal change to a business development culture. Firstly, Regional Sales Manager received a title change to Business Development Managers. Focused on managing the Representative field, Business Development Managers are nurturing external relationships, creating and cultivating business from many angles.

The Ericson Marketing program is becoming supplementary to Business Development Managers, Representatives, and Distributors. Marketing automation programs and lead generation is a primary focus into 2016.

“By positioning Ericson as a business development culture, the organization is working on numerous tasks and fine-tuning processes aimed at development and growth opportunities from sales, marketing to human resources. The goal is to create long-term value for the organization not only internally but for our Reps, Distributors, and End-users” says, Interim President, Chris Jaskiewicz.

Artila Releases New C Programmable I/O Controller Module

Artila Releases New C Programmable I/O Controller Module

All in one web based control, sensor hub and device gateway computing platform

RIO-2015PG Artila Electronics, the leading designer and manufacturer of embedded device networking and computing, is proud to release RIO-2015PG, the new FreeRTOS programmable remote I/O module. RIO-2015PG is powered by a 32-bit Atmel SAM4E16E 120MHz ARM Cortex M4 processor which is equipped with 256KB SRAM, 3MB Flash and FreeRTOS real time operating system. The industrial I/O of RIO-2015PG features one 10/100 MHz Ethernet port, one RS-232, one isolated RS-485, four isolated analog input channels, two isolated analog output channels, four isolated digital input and two channels of relay and one 1-wire interface for temperature or humidity sensors.
RIO-2015PG is shipped with a FreeRTOS+lwIP board support package (BSP), device manager utility and example programs. Users can download the Toolchain, Atmel Studio from Atmel web site. A tiny web server is available in RIO-2015PG and is ready for customer’s web-based application. Example programs which demonstrate serial and Ethernet data communication, Web configuration and I/O controls are available in the RIO-2015PG application development kit. The device manager utility featuring device discovery, network configuration, user’s web page and firmware upload is also included. An example program which demonstrates how to push sensor data to IBM Bluemix using MQTT is also included for quick sensor to cloud application development.
Low power consumption of ARM cortex M4 plus high efficiency of FreeRTOS make RIO-2015PG an ideal light weight computing platform for device networking and remote monitoring.

Cactus Now Offering -40C to +85C MLC Flash Storage Products

Cactus has been asked over the past few years for MLC NAND based Flash Storage Devices which could meet an Industrial Operating Temperature range of -40C to +85C. After significant efforts in R&D, we’ve developed a production screening process which allows us to offer extended temperature using MLC NAND on select products.

At this moment our latest 240S Series Commercial Grade 2.5” SATA III SSD and mSATA as well as our 240 Series Commercial Grade SD Card have an optional extended temp range. We are planning to release a 240S Series MLC CFast and M.2 form factor with wider temp option shortly.

The Cactus proprietary production process involves a custom built burn-in chamber with many slots to screen large numbers of flash storage devices at a time. The burn-in chamber is coupled with a specially designed in-house software program with routines to determine which MLC devices are capable of supporting extended temperature.

While MLC NAND based flash storage devices are intended for applications which do not have high write endurance requirements, they still may be used in an environment with extreme temperatures. The Cactus offering addresses these requirements.

Here are the details for the initial MLC products offering Industrial Temperature support:

Industrial Temp SATA SSD MLC

240S Series 2.5” MLC SATA III SSD Industrial Temp:

  • 16GB to 512GB (1TB in 2H 2016)
  • High Shock & Vibration of 3000G and 20G respectively
  • Optional -40C to 85C Operating Temperature Range
Industrial Temp mSATA MLC

240S Series MLC mSATA Industrial Temp:

  • 8GB to 256GB
  • High Shock & Vibration of 3000G and 30G respectively
  • Optional -40C to 85C Operating Temperature Range
Industrial Temp SD Card MLC

240 Series MLC SD Card Industrial Temp:

  • 4GB to 128GB
  • Sequential Read/Write of 80 & 40MB/sec respectively
  • Optional -40C to 85C Operating Temperature Range
Cactus continues to listen to requests from our customer base. We develop products needed in the Embedded OEM and Industrial markets. If you have a specific need for a flash storage device in these areas, please contact us to discuss.

Cactus Technologies Exhibiting Latest Flash Storage Offering at Embedded World

Cactus Technologies, Ltd. will be exhibiting its latest flash storage offerings at Embedded World 2016 from February 23-25, 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany.

We encourage OEMs of Embedded, Industrial and Automotive electronic systems to visit us at our booth location of Hall 2 booth 2-101.

Steve Larrivee, VP Sales & Marketing of Cactus Technologies Ltd. said, “Embedded World is a leading show worldwide for embedded systems. Please visit us to see our latest flash storage products and discuss your OEM system requirements.”

Our extremely reliable, long life cycle, locked-BOM, industry leading Industrial Grade Flash Storage Products based on SLC NAND, such as CompactFlash, SD Cards, microSD, PC Card, mSATA, CFast, USB Flash Drive and other form factors will be on display.

In addition, our Commercial Grade products, based on MLC NAND, with locked-BOM control, such as CF, SD, CFast, mSATA and others will be exhibited.

New Flash Storage Products to be shown include:

  • New Series of Commercial Grade CF, SD, USB, SSD and others
  • High Capacity Commercial Grade 2TB/4TB SATA III SSD
  • Industrial USB Flash Drive

Joseph Chang, Vice President of Engineering, remarked, “Technical staff will be available at the show to discuss particular OEM embedded design requirements and describe in-depth our product features to meet these needs.”

For over 10 years, Cactus Technologies has been supporting OEMs Worldwide with the highest reliability Industrial Embedded Flash Storage Products using industry leading controller technology and industrial strength flash memory.

Our Industrial products enable OEM’s systems to operate without a fault in the harshest and most mission critical environments. In addition, Cactus offers Commercial Grade embedded products based on MLC NAND, which have Locked-BOM and Extended Life Cycles for budget limited applications.

AMS Technologies presents Capacitor Charging Power Supplies with up to 3.5kW

The ECAPACITAS Series of Capacitor Charging Power Supplies are designed as a robust and reliable power supply for either 1kV, 2kV and 4kV Operation producing 3.5kW at full voltage

These Power Supplies are used to charge energy storage Capacitors for Medical, Industrial and Optical Applications such as Electroporation, Medical Equipment such as Ultrasonic and Defibrillators, as Charging Units for Pulsed Flash lamps and also for Pulsed Electrostatic Applications in the industrial and automotive fields, amongst others.

The units include Power Factor Correction of more than 0.98 and are also CE marked making them suitable for laboratory as well as for use in OEM Units.

The Capacitor Chargers are remotely controlled via TTL signals and offer Over Temperature, Short circuit, Over Voltage and Open Circuit Protection.

Click here for detailed specifications ECAPACITAS-3kW5

Please also look at our extensive range of Energy Storage Capacitors from 500V to 100kV.

Artila Releases Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Sensors and Actuators Solution

Artila is proud to release the enhanced RIO-2010, the new generation of web enabled data acquisition and control module with MQTT support. MQTT is a lightweight publish / subscribe messaging protocol which is an OASIS standard and is ideal for sensor and device communication with low network bandwidth.

RIO-2010 is equipped with MAXIM 1-wire bus to acquire temperature data from DS18B20 digital thermometer, 16 isolated digital input channels to monitor the high / low status and 8 relays to perform On/Off control. The built-in web server is used to configure the alarm settings, On/Off control strategy and email alert. Once alarm, RIO-2010 will send message to MQTT broker, log event, trigger relay on or off and send email to the administrators.

In addition to MQTT, RIO-2010 also supports Modbus TCP / RTU control and Web AJAX interface which make system integration flexible and easy. The management utility software is available for users to configure network and MQTT, authorized IP to access it and Modbus settings.

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