The Arrival of Ultrafast Cluster Electronics

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  At Hi5 Electronics we are always keen to keep abreast of any new developments in the electronics sphere. After all, we are working in what is undoubtedly an incredibly fast-moving sector, and if you don’t keep up you risk missing out on important innovations that might be valuable to our own business here in […]


Choosing the right PCB manufacturer

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Once you have a design, you need to get it made. And that means that you need a specialist PCB manufacturer. Getting the right PCB manufacturer is important to the long-term success of your project. Choosing well can make your life much easier but choosing poorly can lead to a lot of grief. Before you […]


Electronics recycling: Breaking the e-waste addiction

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You may recently have seen news reports covering the issue with recycling in the UK.  Most of us are now attuned to the fact that we can recycle bottles, tins and paper but more attention is now being focused on electronics recycling. Here at Hi5 we fully appreciate the fact that the capacity – and […]


CES 2019: Electronic Product Designer’s Digest

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Held each January in Las Vegas, CES is the world’s premier consumer electronics show. For electronics designers, the media and the general public CES is a chance to see the upcoming year’s technology first – all in one place. Some ground-breaking products will go on to define a new generation of technology. Others will be […]


Fourth Industrial Revolution: Is your job future-proof?  

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Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a big effect on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cause more disruption than the steam engine and the First Industrial Revolution, according to the Bank of England’s Chief Economist. Do you have the right skills to stop you becoming technologically obsolete? We explore more in this blog post. The Bank […]


Halogen Ban: The Best Way to Switch to LED Bulbs

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Halogen light bulbs will start disappearing from shelves from the end of this month following an EU-wide sales ban. Although new LED bulbs are more expensive to buy compared with halogens, businesses and households will be able to make savings in the long-run through energy efficiencies. Early tech adopters might even be tempted to spend […]


No End in Sight for Component Shortage

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An unprecedented increase in demand for components has left many electronics manufacturers unable to get their hands on valuable parts. Although suppliers are starting to ramp up investment and increase capacity, analysts are warning that the supply crisis could run on into 2019 and beyond, leading to even higher prices and longer lead times. Components are […]


Robots you should be afraid of (and some you should pity)

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Late-nineties bash’em crash’em classic Robot Wars disappeared from our TV screens earlier this year after the series re-launch failed to capture hearts and minds with a new generation of viewers. There’s no telling exactly why the Robot Wars re-launch flopped, but we think it has something to do with the rise of smarter, scarier automatons […]


Rise of the hardware hackers

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A series of high-profile hacks has brought more attention to security concerns of connected devices. But how vulnerable is our hardware and how are the risks evolving? Everyday, everybody uses technology that enhances their lives in some small way. And the number of internet-connected devices is getting bigger every day as more individuals and companies […]


Hi5 Electronics at the PCB Design and Manufacture Live

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UK PCB manufacturer Hi5 Electronics will be exhibiting at PCB Design and Manufacture Live next month. It is the UK’s only fully dedicated exhibition for the sourcing of electronic components and services in PCB design and manufacturing processes. Held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 10 May, members of the Hi5 team […]