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February 2024 Newsletter

Feb 29, 2024

February 2024 Updates for Design Engineers 

Read the latest semiconductor and electronics news and updates. 

In this edition:

  1. McKinsey Electronics at the World Defense Show 2024 in Riyadh-KSA

  2. NI Upgrades LabVIEW™ 

  3. L3Harris® x EDGE: New WESCAM Authorized Service Center in the UAE

We're thrilled to share the highlights of McKinsey Electronics' presence at the World Defense Show (WDS) 2024 in Riyadh, KSA. This event, held at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center from February 4 to 8, was a prestigious gathering of worldwide industry leaders, experts and professionals.

The show featured key contributions from local, regional and international companies, highlighting their current and future efforts to the advancement of the Aerospace, Marine and Defense industries and provided an ideal environment for McKinsey Electronics to showcase our solutions in supply chain management and chip sourcing, particularly for these industries.

At WDS, we were supporting Saudi companies, aligning our strategy with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to foster a technologically advanced ecosystem, and demonstrating our capabilities in circuit design and semiconductor solutions that are crucial for advancing the defense industry.

Our booth was a focal point of innovation, featuring an impressive display of our latest circuit design and chip solutions, including a standout giant PCB and a bionic carbon fiber arm. We also presented our SynQor® Military-Grade power modules, offering a glimpse into the future of reliable and efficient Mil-grade power solutions. Live demonstrations of our products and power supplies gave attendees valuable insights into the performance and versatility of our defense grade products.

Beyond showcasing products, McKinsey Electronics has always provided technical support in both hardware and software areas. Our contributions, including Aerospace, Marine, and Defense software and platforms, are part of our broader strategy to empower the Saudi market with the necessary tools and knowledge to excel in the semiconductor industry.

As we continue to support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's ambitious Vision 2030, McKinsey Electronics remains at the forefront, offering avant-garde solutions and technical expertise to navigate the chip market. Our journey at WDS 2024 is just one of the many steps we're taking towards a technologically empowered future.

Stay tuned for more updates and breakthroughs from McKinsey Electronics. Together, we're setting the stage for a new era of technological excellence in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

NI Upgrades LabVIEW 

National Instruments Corporation (NI, part of EMERSON™) unveiled a significant upgrade to LabVIEW, its renowned 40-year-old platform for data acquisition and automation. This update enhances engineers' ability to leverage test insights for improved product and business performance. Key features include a zoom function for the block diagram, quick object creation, and visual enhancements for execution highlighting and speed options. Additionally, there's faster application rebuilding and support for Python® in a virtual environment.

Moreover, NI's collaboration with expert LabVIEW software consulting companies aims to enhance package-related workflows in LabVIEW, introducing improvements to the VI Package Manager (VIPM) and the addition of Dragon. These enhancements aim to streamline code sharing and reuse. The upgrades make LabVIEW more user-friendly, efficient and powerful, enabling test professionals and engineers to focus on enhancing business performance.

For the latest NI products and software, contact McKinsey Electronics – NI  distributor in the region.

L3Harris x EDGE: New WESCAM Authorized Service Center in the UAE

L3Harris Technologies, in partnership with EDGE Group PJSC, inaugurated the new and first WESCAM Authorized Service Center (WASC) in the Middle East, on Friday, February 2, 2024. This cutting-edge facility underscores L3Harris’s dedication to reinforcing its customer-care infrastructure and fostering self-reliant national defense capabilities among its clientele.

The 42,000-square-foot WASC, managed and staffed by proficient UAE nationals, is outfitted with advanced equipment and resources necessary for servicing WESCAM MX™ Series EO/IR systems used by the UAE Armed Forces and regional clients. Leveraging EDGE's local expertise and operational proficiency, the service center aims to enhance customer operational readiness and reduce maintenance turnaround times.

L3Harris will collaborate closely with EARTH, a component of EDGE, and its Electro-Optical Centre of Excellence (EOCE), renowned for its EO/IR imaging and targeting sensor systems service capabilities.

This initiative aligns with L3Harris’s objective to strengthen the UAE's service capabilities, establish enduring partnerships in the region and further facilitate the continued success of the semiconductor and electronics component industry by driving demand for high-tech components and fostering innovation in the region.

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