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EMS provider exhibits design prowess at Philippine show

28 Jun 2012  | Vivek Nanda

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Philippine-based EMS provider Ionics EMS Inc. showcased its "generic" product lines at the Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) in Manila earlier this month. While most of the company's clients are overseas, "we are also serving the local companies here in the Philippines," stressed Valerio A. Carandang, assistant VP, design and development group, talking to EE Times Asia during the trade show. Indeed, Ionics counts the country's major utility and telecom companies as key customers.

"Basically we are providing services to the OEMs and ODMs," Carandang said, introducing his company. "They have their own design and we manufacture it. Most of our production however is for turnkey [projects]. So, we buy our own materials. And we are also doing ODM now." The company focuses on the telecommunications products offering WiMax and Wi-Fi products and ATU-C boxes for the telcos.

Plug Computer

Figure 1: Philippines-based EMS provider Ionics displays Nimbus (left and middle) and Stratus (right) series headless computers at the PSECE.

Ionics sells development kits under their own brand but most (95-98 percent, according to Carandang) are generic products [unbranded for OEMs]. "One of the products we have developed so far is the Plug Computer," he said (figure 1). It is a headless computer targeted primarily at developers with a kit.

"It runs with a 1.2GHz processor [Marvell Sheeva 88F6281], 512MB NAND [Flash] and RAM [DDR2, 400MHz] and we have Gigabit Ethernet here and a USB port [describing the Nimbus series]," said Carandang. "It's open source—it's running Linux. In the developer's kit, there's a JTAG here. They can port in their developed program.

"This one here is the Stratus [figure 1]. Basically, it has some radios in it. So, we have Wi-Fi and we have the option of the Z-Wave or the Zigbee. This has a 2GHz processor and it has a 1.8-inch hard disk drive. This is 120GB, but is expandable to 500GB or even 1TB.

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