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About Mike

Mike Buetow is editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He is also vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

RoHS: 10 Years After

Every so often, I get to work on a project that I find utterly rewarding. The RoHS article in this month’s issue of PCD&F/Circuits Assembly was one such project. Titled “Was RoHS Worth It?“, it attempts to recap the chaos and … Continue reading

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Patents, Home and Abroad

The annual review of the world’s patent filings always tells an interesting story. Some 2.9 million applications were filed in 2015, up 7.8% year-over-year. China led with 1.01 million filings, followed by the US (526,000) and Japan (454,000), reports the … Continue reading

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Apple to US a Supply Chain Hurdle

It was, to paraphrase Homer, the headline that launched a thousand blogs: “Apple Could Make iPhones in US in Future: Sources.” Cue all the breathless op-eds. It won’t happen. Not because Apple doesn’t care about the US. And not because … Continue reading

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M&A Activity is About Connected Cars

Regardless of how fast autonomous vehicles become mainstream, the connected-car is on the verge of reality. The Siemens-Mentor deal announced yesterday is a prime example of one conglomerate’s desire to capitalize on the prospective market for connected technologies, which is … Continue reading

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Mentor’s Final Sale

In the end, Paul Singer did what Carl Icahn couldn’t: Got Mentor sold. Singer, the hedge fund manager known for taking large positions in companies and pushing for tough changes, breakups or sales, started accumulating shares of the EDA CAD company … Continue reading

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There’s Gold in Copper

Copper prices have jumped 25% in the past month, much of the gains coming in the past week. Can it last? Analysts are mixed. While most agree that pricing is well above the level its fundamentals suggest it should trade … Continue reading

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As We Were Saying

And in today’s headlines from India: “Foxconn Likely to Shy Away from $5 bn Investment in Maharashtra“: “Although the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer — which makes Apple’s iPhone and iPad — had entered into a pact with the state … Continue reading

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Filipino Fiasco

The situation in the Philippines is starting to feel a lot like that of Turkey from July of this year: A paranoid leader turned strongman seeks to exert his supreme dominance over a democratic nation. Will the country stand back while … Continue reading

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Mentor in Play

With Mentor stock being bought up by hedge funds (again) and the CAD company having gone so far as to enlist an outside banker to provide M&A advice, expect a lot more of this in coming months. One thing to keep in … Continue reading

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Racing to Failure?

Reuters is reporting that Samsung has temporarily suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after replacements for the first batch of devices also proved to be almost as good at spontaneously combusting as they are at surfing the Web. One … Continue reading

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