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The Complete Guide to PCB Prototyping

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PCB prototyping is a necessary part of the electronic product development cycle. Our online PCB prototype shop can turn even the most complicated designs into working prototypes quickly and with minimal fuss. What is PCB prototyping? When you are making a new electronic product or component, you need to know that the finished article will perform as you […]


Mined rare earth materials used in electronics products revealed

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As a society, we are now well-versed in the benefits of recycling in our own homes – everything from food waste to glass, paper to tin cans.  However, recycling is also taking place in the electronics industry, and on an industrial, rather than domestic, scale. We are, of course, many decades into the ubiquitous use […]


Augmented Reality Could Revolutionise PCB Design

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A new augmented reality (AR) smartphone app could help PCB designers visualise, debug and assemble printed circuit boards more easily. Unlike virtual reality, which fully immerses the user in a digital world through a headset or similar device, AR overlays digital content onto an existing reality through a smartphone screen or tablet. One recent example […]


Red Wine is Secret Ingredient in New Wearable Tech

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When red wine is introduced to clothing, it normally spells disaster for the wearer. Whether it is baking soda, gin or dish soap, everybody has a genius life hack to remove red wine from a white shirt. But researchers at the University of Manchester have worked out that they can create flexible, durable and more […]


Manchester Scientists Solve Solar Cell Defect

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A team of scientists from the University of Manchester have solved a decades-old problem that limited the efficiency of solar panels. Standard solar panels that you see on homes and industrial buildings are about 20% efficient – turning 1KW of sunshine into around 200W of output per metre2. But under circumstances, this efficiency is limited […]


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 designed your PCB, 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 […]


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 […]