December 2013


Electronics through the looking glass


Aliyah Esmail

TAITRONICS, one of the world’s largest electronic shows, took place in October with IECQ leading the way.

The future of electronics unveiled

What will the future of electronics hold? Will we use 3D printers to make a spacecraft to take us to the moon? Will our electronics be able to reveal our emotional state to others? This year at TAITRONICS, the 39th Taipei International Electronics Show, exhibitors showcased items that we could only have dreamed about in the past.


One of the themes at this year’s was the Taiwan Hidden Champions ICT Industry Promotion Program. The MIT Inside Future Experience pavilion looked forward to the technologies likely to be around in 2020. The futuristic pavilion viewed the world through the vehicles of the human mind and technological innovation, allowing visitors to see how technology could be more personal and integrated into daily life. One example of this was a set of bunny ears that provided others with an indication your state of health and mind at that moment.


IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has attended TAITRONICS for the past six years. This year Dave W. Smith, Chairman of IECQ, helped open the show to visitors and Steve Allan, IECQ Project Officer, gave a seminar on IECQ AQP (Automotive Qualification Programme). IECQ also had a booth at the show courtesy of ECC Corporation (the US Member Body of IECQ) and its Chinese Taipei representative, CTECCB (Chinese Taipei Electronic Components Certification Board).


TAITRONICS is one of the world's most important electronics shows, attracting hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers not only from Asia but also from the rest of the world. It presents a great opportunity for IECQ representatives to network and meet with professionals who have placed their trust in the System over a number of years, as well as heightening the System's visibility in a very competitive market. Components and equipment make up a large part of the three day show which this year attracted over 45 000 visitors.

Presenting AQP

One of the goals for IECQ in attending the show was to bring IECQ AQP to the attention of the automotive components’ industry. The programme gives the automotive industry a standardized way of testing components to ensure their reliability. IECQ AQP helps automotive manufacturers avoid multiple tests and their related costs. It can also be used by independent, third-party certification bodies to make sure that components meet automotive industry standards.


Organizations that hold IECQ Automotive Qualification Programme Certification show the international market that they and their facilities comply with the requirements of the IECQ System. These organizations are also demonstrating that they comply with the relevant declared technical Standards and Specifications for their scope of activity.


As cars continue to be adapted and modernized with smarter electronics that help drivers avoid collisions and stop them driving if they are dozing off, IECQ AQP in its turn will help automotive manufacturers have confidence that the components they are buying have been fully assessed and are under the constant scrutiny of an independent, internationally accepted IECQ Certification Body.


The future may astound and surprise us but IECQ will continue to ensure that the electronic and electrical components in our devices work well and are safe.


  • Dave W. Smith lies on a bed that readjusts when a person stops breathing to help people with sleep apnea
  • Maureen Smith tries on bunny ears that tell Dave how she is feeling
  • Steve Allan gives a seminar on AQP


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