Electronica 2014 highlights

17 Nov

The four-day Electronica 2014 event, a major trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications, began Nov. 11 in Munich, Germany. The trade fair attracted exhibitors and visitors from 2,737 companies and 50 countries. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the trade fair this year has much to offer, with a focus on automobile, embedded systems and lighting.

Electronica is famous for its display of automotive technology, electronic components and energy efficiency solutions. According to the organizers, the number of exhibitors from Taiwan — a key member of the global electronics supply chain — was the third largest, behind only Germany and China.

In addition to the typical electronic components, automotive parts and lighting products, TechNews has picked out several highlights that are worthy of attention.

Robot made of 3D printed parts


You may have heard of 3D printing, but robots made with 3D printing technology? Cabling and interconnect solutions designer Axon’ Cable showcased a robot named Martin, made of parts manufactured by a 3D printer.

The life-size robot is made of 150 pieces of plastics. Its arm movement is controlled by Arduino solutions. In addition to the plastic parts of the body, Axon’ Cable can also produce its Built-to-Print cable assemblies with a 3D printing machine. Aside from the wiring and plastic parts, the connectors and other components in the robot were also made with 3D printing.

Test ground for new technology — Li-fi concept


The idea of using LED to transmit data has been floating around for a while now. Fraunhofer-Institut für Photonische Mikrosysteme (IPMS) of Germany exhibited a prototype LED at the Electronica 2014 which performs such a task. The LED light can wirelessly transmit data within 10 meters at a speed of up to 1GB per second.

Renesas Electronics

In addition to Germany, the organizers of the Electronica 2014 also worked with Belgium and Latvia to host joint exhibitions.

The Electronica 2014 does seem enticing particularly to electronics enthusiasts. Those who are not able to see the exhibits in person can follow the updates on Twitter via the #Elec14 hashtag