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Tech Focus: The Electric Vehicle Race to Market

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Three rapidly advancing technologies are driving this collective race towards zero-emission e-mobility: wide-bandgap (WBG) devices, more power-dense batteries, and faster charging capabilities.

In this guest commentary, Hwee Yng Yeo from Keysight Technologies shares her insights into the great EV race.

GaN and SiC wide-bandgap power semiconductors facilitate a host of onboard EV power conversion applications. Image credit: Keysight Technologies.

GaN and SiC wide-bandgap power semiconductors facilitate a host of onboard EV power conversion applications. Image credit: Keysight Technologies.

Since its inception on a paper napkin more than a decade ago, Formula E has evolved rapidly as a motorsport with a mission.

Entertainment aside, this electric streetcar racing’s founding mission is to showcase sustainable mobility to the world, and it has done pretty well.

It’s the only motorsport to have ISO 20121 certification for net zero carbon footprint since its first race in Shanghai in 2014.

Getting the Formula E car into pole-position entails a lot of hardware and software technology to extract maximum efficiency from the electric vehicle’s (EV) powertrain and battery.

For the key automotive OEMs, it’s not just about getting their car across the checkered flag first.

With billions of R&D dollars poured into developing better EVs, the goal of participating automakers goes beyond the championship trophy.

Learnings from these high-intensity races are applied to improve electromobility technologies back in the R&D labs.

Three rapidly advancing technologies are driving this collective race towards zero-emission e-mobility:

  1. wide-bandgap (WBG) devices
  2. more power-dense batteries
  3. faster charging capabilities

Efficient power conversion with WBG devices

A lot of power conversion takes place in the EV.

A DC-DC converter for example, steps down the power from the high-voltage EV battery to 12 V, with further conversions to run onboard systems like lighting, radio, and air-conditioning (see the diagram above).

The author of this article is Hwee Yng Yeo, the industry solutions manager for Automotive and Energy at Keysight Technologies.

The author of this article is Hwee Yng Yeo, the industry solutions manager for Automotive and Energy at Keysight Technologies.

WBG devices such as Silicon carbide (SiC) and Gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors are used in transistors to facilitate this power conversion throughout the vehicle.

GaN applications are an emerging technology area, and developers find it hard to validate their design for these high-performance power converters.

Increased frequency and higher power affect the reliability of measurements needed to characterise the device’s performance.

It can be hard to distinguish whether the measured signal is the device’s characteristic or caused by the measurement setup.

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New Arrival: ApeosWide 3030/6050 Monochrome Wide-Format MFC Printers

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Fujifilm Business Innovation (previously Fuji Xerox) launches the ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers with three new products under two models for scanning and printing A0 size drawings with enhanced security functions to prevent leakage of confidential drawings.

The new ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers from Fujifilm Business Innovation support secure scanning and printing for engineering drawings in the manufacturing, construction and facility management industries.

The new ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers from Fujifilm Business Innovation support secure scanning and printing for engineering drawings in the manufacturing, construction and facility management industries.

The ApeosWide 3030/6050 multifunction printers with its existing security print and copy management are equipped with robust network security functions with the latest version of the network security standard – Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3), which provides a stronger encryption for network communications.

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Dell Technologies Edge Advances Extend IT Beyond Data Center

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Dell Technologies has announced new edge innovations as part of the company’s strategy to build new growth areas that help organisations accelerate their digital transformation. These new solutions and updates were revealed during the 2021 Dell Technologies Summit (13-14 October).

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

The latest edge advancements by Dell Technologies include innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organisations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud — from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

  • Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes, which extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads.
  • Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus, which helps manufacturers make quick decisions to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • Dell EMC Edge Gateway, which connects multiple edge devices across operational technology and IT environments to deliver real-time data insights.
  • Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform, which optimises GPUs to ingest streaming video and supports real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge systems.
  • Dell Latitude Rugged laptops, which can withstand harsh edge environments while maintaining high levels of performance and connectivity.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: Signify Lighting the Fast Lane to IoT

Friday, September 10th, 2021

IoT – or the Internet of Things – has been the buzzword for a while now and businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to fast track their IoT adoptions and rollouts.

I spoke with Jitender Khurana to find out how a traditional lighting network can be harnessed to rapidly transform a dumb building into a smart IoT-enabled environment.

Jitender Khurana is the Country Head & Managing Director for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify. Photo: Signify.

Jitender Khurana is the Country Head & Managing Director for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify. Photo: Signify.

I asked Jitender the key to Signify’s competitive advantage in helping its customers embrace IoT.

Three simple words: “Lighting is ubiquitous,” says Jitender, head honcho for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify.

Lighting is ubiquitous,” says Jitender Khurana, head honcho for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify.

But how does that give Signify a leg up in helping businesses embrace IoT more quickly and easily?

Well, the most tedious aspect of rolling out an IoT implementation is typically the deployment of IoT sensors and the network connecting these sensors back to the IoT platform.

Laying the network for both power supply and data tends to be both costly and time-consuming.

For Signify – that network is simply the lighting network that forms the basic infrastructure of any building or facility.

As far as the world leader in lighting is concerned, “Where there’s light(ing), there can be an IoT sensor integrated into the luminaire”.

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EPOS Launches in Singapore, Offering Audio Solutions for Businesses

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

EPOS, Demant Group’s enterprise and gaming audio brand headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, today officially launches in Singapore.

Showcase of EPOS’ main lines of audio comms products as the Danish company officially launches in Singapore: ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series.

Showcase of EPOS’ main lines of audio comms products as the Danish company officially launches in Singapore: ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series.

EPOS operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and the Singapore debut is in line with the brand’s continued commitment to develop, innovate and offer audio solutions for the region’s professionals.

The latest products from EPOS’s ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series caters to professionals such as mobile workers who are looking for audio and video solutions that ensure a highly productive and optimized audio experience in today’s distributed work landscape.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Canon Maxify GX7070 & MaxifyGX6070 SOHO Printers

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Canon’s Maxify GX7070 (S$889) and Maxify GX6070 (S$769) are its first pigment-based refillable Ink Tank printers to target high volume colour printing demand in SOHOs (Small Office Home Office).

Canon’s Maxify GX7070 and Maxify GX6070 refillable ink tank printers promise to help small and mid-size offices meet the need for colour printing in high volumes, while making it affordable to do so.

Canon’s Maxify GX7070 and Maxify GX6070 refillable ink tank printers promise to help small and mid-size offices meet the need for colour printing in high volumes, while making it affordable to do so.

The new printers aim to help small and mid-size offices to increase business efficiency and productivity while keeping costs low.

Announced at a time when remote working has turned to the norm, Canon’s latest ink tank printers boast a host of features such as high-speed water resistant printing and flexible paper handling.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Canon Pixma G670 and Pixma G570 Home Printers

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Canon’s Pixma G670 (S$499) and Pixma G570 (S$399) 6-colour refillable ink tank photo printers are made for home and small businesses.

The new ink system in the Pixma G570 and Pixma G670 combines with Canon photo papers to deliver exceptional print longevity, with photos that can resist fading for up to 200 years under the right storage conditions.

The new ink system in the Pixma G570 and Pixma G670 combines with Canon photo papers to deliver exceptional print longevity, with photos that can resist fading for up to 200 years under the right storage conditions.

Canon’s latest Pixma photo printers promise high-quality photo prints at low cost.

Due to the increase in work from home and remote learning arrangements, this is ideal for businesses printing and selling photographic works and families who would like to print travel photos but are worried about printing costs.

“For homes and small businesses, printing high-quality photos can be costly and troublesome especially if they have to source a third-party vendor to do it. With the new PIXMA photo printers, we hope to make the photo printing process cost-efficient and at the same time, ensure that all photos are printed in high-quality,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

The Pixma photo printers’ 6-ink cartridge system makes photos look richer and more vivid.

In addition to the conventional CMYK 4-ink system, the Pixma G570 and G670 features additional red and grey ink cartridges.

The red ink supercharges photographs ranging from blood-red sunsets to automobiles in gleaming red, injecting an arterial intensity not possible with composite inks.

The grey ink ensures consistent monochromatic accuracy in print after print, while Black ink adds contrast, enhancing subject focus as well as fore from background separation.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot Device with Wi-Fi 6

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

The addition of this new 5G Mobile Hotspot device extends the networking ecosystem that Linksys offers from home networking to mobile networking on-the-go. Available in Singapore now at S$799 at all authorised outlets.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The new 5G Mobile Hotspot device from Linksys provides Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to up to 15 mobile devices.

This is great for providing Internet access at event venues with no Wi-Fi networks.

Or during vacation for sharing a local mobile data plan with the rest of the family.

It can also serve as a backup networking solution in case the home broadband connection is down (as in the recent telco outage), or when the Wi-Fi network in an event venue is weak or down.

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New Arrival: Apeos Printers & MFCs from Fujifilm Business Innovation

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Fujifilm Business Innovatin Singapore has launched new printers and multifunction devices in its ApeosPro, Apeos C and ApeosPrint Series.

The latest printers and multifunction devices from Fujifilm Business Innovation cater for the entire range of use cases, from over-the-counter printers to high-performance multifunction devices.

The latest printers and multifunction devices from Fujifilm Business Innovation cater for the entire range of use cases, from over-the-counter printers to high-performance multifunction devices.

The new printers were launched in conjunction with the unveiling of the company’s new office and customer experience centre (CEC) at Mapletree Business City in Singapore.

Featuring a new Apeos logo, the exterior of the new multifunction devices and printers have undergone a design facelift.

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Fujifilm Business Innovation Singapore Unveils New Office & CEC

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Fujifilm Business Innovation Singapore has unveiled its new office and customer experience centre (CEC) at Mapletree Business City.

FUJIFILM Business Innovation houses over 800 employees in the new premise which comprises both a working office and a customer experience centre.

FUJIFILM Business Innovation houses over 800 employees in the new premise which comprises both a working office and a customer experience centre.

The CEC and new office at Mappletree Business City were announced in conjunction with the launch of the Fujifilm’s latest range of multifunction devices and printers from the ApeosPro, Apeos C and ApeosPrint Series.

The office will serve as its Asia Pacific and Singapore Headquarters.

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