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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

In Memory of Steve Chidester

Steve Chidester was a class act. EDA software can be a cutthroat place, but good luck finding someone who would even think of saying something unkind about Steve. Known inside Cadence as “Mr. Allegro,” Steve could as well have been called Boomerang for the … Continue reading

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Is This the Future of AOI?

Engineers at MIT have designed an atomic force microscope that scans images 2,000 times faster than existing commercial models. With this new high-speed instrument, the team produced images of chemical processes taking place at the nano-scale at the rate close … Continue reading

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Users Could Find New CES ‘Wearables’ Painfully Restrictive

The early reports from CES indicate wearable devices continue to be the hot item. Among the early headliners: Samsung’s WELT wellness belt, which is really a backpack that charges phones via solar panels, among other things; Samsung’s Smart Suit, which to my … Continue reading

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The Top 10 in PCD&F

Yesterday, we reported the top 10 best-read articles published by CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY in 2015. Today we list the best-read articles from PCD&F. The list includes features that were published for the first time in calendar 2015. Rankings are based on … Continue reading

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The Top 10 in CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY

For the past several years, we have taken a few moments at year-end to look back at the best-read articles of 2015. The list includes features that were published for the first time in calendar 2015. Rankings are based on … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

With 2015 almost over, UP Media Group would like to take this opportunity to thank our advertisers, exhibitors, colleagues and loyal readers for another successful year. It was a good year for us, topped by another terrific PCB West. We wish … Continue reading

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Made in the USA

This is a pet peeve, so forgive me in advance. Manufacturing in the US is by no means dead. We don’t have nearly the number of unskilled or semi-skilled manufacturing jobs as once before, thanks in part to hands-free automation … Continue reading

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Automakers ‘Dashing’ for 3d Party Platforms

The fight for the dashboard is heating up as reports surfaced this week that two major automakers will ditch their current embedded software systems in favor of alternatives from Google and Apple. Ford, which has dabbled with Apple’s CarPlay for two … Continue reading

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Talking About the AirAsia Crash Report

A great discussion of the final report of last year’s AirAsia crash is taking place on the IPC TechNet listserv this week. Investigators say solder fatigue on the plane’s rudder control warning system precipitated the disaster. To register, send an email using the following format: … Continue reading

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The Rule of 3/N for Estimating Field Failure Rates

Folks, It looks like Patty is a bit troubled…. When she was younger, Patty was always annoyed by cranky old people, and now she was worrying that she might become one. The trigger making her cranky was what students know … Continue reading

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