Retronix Blog

Jan 11, 2018

New and Emerging Technology Support

In the progressive climate of Electronics, Retronix are receiving more enquiries from companies at the very cutting edge of innovation and technology. The world is changing with the progression of innovation within the electronics industry. New processes and tooling are bringing the future closer to the present with innovations like smart homes, voice control, drones, automation, augmented reality and driverless cars for example.

Due to the unique collection of services that Retronix can offer along with the wide variety of companies we work with increasing our knowledge base, Retronix is now seeing an upturn in the cutting-edge technology companies that are requesting our assistance.

These innovations include:

Equipment for the implementation of the highly anticipated 5G networks

5G Networks


5G promises to be the biggest step forward in mobile technology yet, this will offer faster speeds than 4G along with other benefits. The current top end 4G networks can deliver peak download speeds of 300Mbits/s, 5G promises to offer speeds in excess of 1Gb/s with many suppliers already promising that this will be closer to 10Gb/s. 5G will also increase the bandwidth in the current mobile network by opening up a new and less congested frequency spectrum. As the IOT becomes more common place with an increase in connected devices in our homes and cities the move to 5G will play a crucial part in this development.

Fingerprint sensors

Fingerprint Sensors

This is another area that is progressing due to the latest innovations in ASIC design making these devices a lot smaller and adding the potential for this to be used on more, and, smaller devices. This can be seen with the possibility of fingerprint sensors being embedded into payment cards, driving licences and passports in the future. From a payment card point of view this will be a huge leap forward for the contactless card payment security issues.

Driverless cars


An fast expanding area, and reliable sensors are a crucial part of this becoming a reality. The sensors will come in a variety of forms with LiDARs (light based radars) that will create invisible pulses and base the movement on the return times to create a profile around the cars. Ultrasonic sensors will also be used as these use high frequency sound waves instead of microwaves, this will create sound waves that will echo back to the receiver to identify the location of the car in relation to objects. Wheel speed sensors are another sensor that will be fitted to monitor and control the speed and braking systems of the vehicles.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

This ties in with the driverless cars as well as many other fields, the quest for artificial intelligence began over 70 years ago with the thought that one-day computers would be able to think like humans, very little progression was made on this idea until the last 25 years when the advances in technology mean we now may be on the brink of these ideas becoming a reality. One of the signs of this progression happened in 2011 when IBM’s “Watson” AI device took on the human brain in a US based quiz show, after 3 years of training Watson to recognise patterns in questions and answers, Watson defeated the two best human contestants that the show had ever had. AI is an area that is only going to grow as industries start to understand the fresh potentials that this offers.

Augmented reality


AR is also an innovation that has been able to push forward due to the advances in ASICs. The uses for this is more than just for the commercial industry for gaming, there is huge potential for this to be used across a wide range of industries like design, construction and manufacturing where you can bring your design to life in front of you using AR goggles. This allows for visualisation of your prototypes before manufacture. The potential for AR in healthcare is being researched as a tool for training future surgeons and in the same area there is research to implement this into education. Educators have known for some time that learning cannot just include learning from reading, there needs to be creative and interactive elements as well. The majority of students will own a smart phone and the potential to include AR in tandem with the smart phone to offer a new perspective on the education process is going to help engage these students into their learning in a far more relative way for the tech minded youth of today.

Retronix is proud and excited to play a role in assisting the development of these technologies and offer support to some of the most innovative companies in the world. Our services are unique within the industry and the support and advice that you will receive will ensure that you will return for use of our services again.

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