Integrated circuits and microchips are essential for all electronic products, from smartphones and tablets to home theatre systems and household appliances. They are what makes gadgets and devices perform the different tasks that they are programmed to do.
Hong Kong is an important hub for electronic parts and components in Asia-Pacific as many items from the US, Europe, Japan and Korea are re-exported via the city to Mainland China, and vice versa. The following is a quality selection of microchips, ICs, and related components from Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese suppliers.
Kazoo Technology (Hong Kong) Ltd’s DRIFT (duplex response interface for touchscreens) is an embedded communication transceiver that can perform data read/write with a device by laying it on a touchscreen. The component boasts the award-winning Electric Field Messaging (EFM) technology as it can be used for devices to be paired via Bluetooth by touching touchscreens or file transfers. Measuring 5x5x1.5cm, it is powered by a single CR2032 battery and comes with a software development kit for all major platforms including iOS, Android and Windows.
2. Wi-Fi module
The TI CC3220 Wi-Fi module from Propagation Systems Ltd can be configured to function in access point (AP) mode, Wi-Fi Direct mode or client mode. It is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.11b, g and n Wi-Fi standards and supports host interfaces in SD, SPI, I2C, UART, PCM, I2S, PWM and ADC.
3. 64-channel DSP card for VoIP
Hopsford Industries Ltd supplies this Panasonic KX TDE0111 64-channel DSP card for VoIP which can add a number of gateway trunks to a network. Ideal for companies with offices around the world, the component offers connection for 16 IP trunks and 32 IP phones and can further be expanded for up to 32 IP trunks and 64 IP phones. It is compatible with a wide range of systems, including KX-TDA 100/200/600, KX-TDE 100/200/600 and KX-NCP500/1000.
4. Intel CPU
The Intel-branded Core i7-8650U (FJ8067703281718 SR3L8) processor provided by Firstsing Co Ltd is from the Intel Core i7 Mobile Edition CPU series. Its specifications include a frequency of 1.9 GHz, a turbo frequency of 4.2 GHz, four cores and a physical memory of 32 GB. Measuring 4.2×2.4cm, it has a maximum operating temperature of 100°C and 15 watts of thermal design power.
This NV08C-CSM-BRD receiver card from Advanced Information Technology Co Ltd provides navigation functions to mobile and portable devices. Measuring 35x50x4.7mm, it is easy to integrate and provides several integration options, including active or passive antenna connection with automatic detection, antenna power supply and short circuit protection. The component is compatible with existing GNSS systems including GPS, GLONASS and SBAS, as well as future GNSS systems such as GALILEO and QZSS.
6. Bluetooth audio module
K-Solution Consulting Co Ltd’s PRBMA00 low latency Bluetooth audio module has a maximum latency of about 16ms, which can be reduced when a lower audio signal is needed. Measuring 17x30mm, it features a Tensilica HiFi3 DSP core with an LX7 processor, 16MB Flash, 352KB RAM and two 32×32 MAC. The component is also equipped with multiple audio outputs, including an audio PWM output with a SNR up to -122dBv. It is ideal for use in speakers, sound bars, home theatre systems and gaming headsets.