Kdo has partnered with the Micro:bit Educational

Foundation to distribute the new micro:bit. OKdo will support the Foundation’s aim of extending the reach of the BBC micro:bit, so that every child in the world has the possibility of learning digital creativity and computing skills. Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the

Micro:bit Educational Foundation, explained: “We launched the micro:bit to help children shape the world around them by using computational thinking and technology to unlock their creative potential and enhance their life choices in the 21st century. We’re excited to partner with OKdo and Electrocomponents because they have the capability to help us reach new markets, inspire new generations and support our objectives for the Micro:bit Educational Foundation.” This new revision of the pocket-

sized BBC micro:bit, the first significant update since its launch in 2016, now incorporates a built- in loudspeaker and microphone.

With its enhanced audio and voice capabilities, children can expand their creative skills while continuing to benefit from all the features and functions of the original micro:bit. Hands-on learning both inside

and outside of the classroom is an essential part of children developing a passion for new technologies early in their educational development. To support this, the micro:bit hardware is now powerful enough to run machine learning systems, and the Foundation will support this with new resources in the future, extending the range of learning opportunities possible from this accessible, and compact computer.


elcome to the October issue. In this issue we focus on contact

manufacturing with a Q&A with MTEK’s Mattias Andersson, on business opportunities amidst the pandemic and how automation is driving manufacturing to the next level on p10. Joe Booth from Altus offers his

personal perspective on the chaos caused and potential opportunities for electronics companies in the wake of Covid-19 on p12. Dong Wang, from Analog Devices,


The Ensenso N-Series is a compact and robust 3D camera system designed specifically for 3D applications in robotics and automated series production. With IP65/67 protection, it is also well-suited for use in harsher environments. The housing of the new Ensenso N40/N45 3D cameras is made of fibre-reinforced plastic – resulting in the lightest stereo vision cameras with Gigabit Ethernet in the IDS product range. When mounted on a robot arm, for example, this means less stress on the robot mechanics. The cameras also minimise the risk of injury thanks to their rounded edges. As a result, they also excel in

collaborative use with human colleagues. Electronics have also been revised for the new 3D cameras: The improved infrared projector enables higher

light output and has an optimised heat management. This results, among other things, in better data quality or higher clock rates. The projector is optionally available with blue illumination in the visible range (465nm) or with infrared illumination (850nm). The new models each include two monochrome CMOS sensors (global shutter, 1280 x 1024 pixels) and are

equipped with screwable GPIO connectors for trigger and flash. Power-over-Ethernet allows data transfer and power supply to be realised even over long cable distances. The Ensenso selector on the IDS website helps customers to choose the right camera model.

Inc. discusses monolithic solutions and how to significantly reduce device size whilst improving EMI performance on p14. Rebound Electronics looks at

how businesses can learn from the pandemic’s effects and the importance of strategic risk management and planning on p18. In our focus on interconnection,

we explore durable edge protection from DTi for use in trains to protect cables from damage on p20. Whilst PEI-Genesis discusess choosing an extreme temperature connector and how picking the right connector first time can make all the difference, on p21. On p22 GCT explores how to simplify connector design. Plus more of the latest product news and industry updates Michelle Winny Editor


Microtest Corporation has signed a UK distribution agreement with test instrument and power supply specialist, Telonic Instruments. Microtest’s extensive test and measurement portfolio is now available in the UK from Telonic Instruments. Microtest’s portfolio includes component testers – including LCR meters, impedance

analysers and DC bias current test systems; safety testers, including Hipot testers; transformer testers, cable and motor testers and automatic test equipment, together with a wide selection of fixtures and accessories. Partnering with Telonic Instruments will develop the business, said Mike Chou, CEO of

Microtest. “It’s been a great start,” he observed. “Working with Telonic Instruments is going to increase Microtest’s competitiveness in the UK electronics measurement market,” he added.

There is a special promotion running until the end of 2020: a 15% discount on the price of two Microtest LCR meters, the LCR Meter 6365 and LCR Meter

6366. The LCR Meter 6365 and LCR Meter 6366 are ideal for synchronous tests in production lines, automated testing, quality assurance and incoming quality

control. Both have multi-step functions, USB storage and basic accuracy of ±0.05%.


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