Category Archives: Hot Wires

Mike Buetow’s thoughts on the industry

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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Straightforward Explanation of MIL-I-46058C for Conformal Coatings

During your selection of conformal coating you ran in to a specification that you have seen before but not fully understood.  Conformal coating choices are vast, but with so many available, how does a user pick the correct one? Are there minimum … 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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Simple Recipe to Avoid Conformal Coating Blush

Your conformal coating film is supposed to be clear and transparent, but it’s cloudy-white and dull … it’s blushing. This condition is an indication that your coating film is trying to tell you something, and it isn’t that it’s embarrassed.  … 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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