Category Archives: Weiner’s World

Industry veteran Gene Weiner gives his perspective on the happenings and history of the electronics and printed circuit board industries.

Bypassing 2.5D

Did Nvidia’s announcement that it would use 3D packaging with silicon-through-vias on some forthcoming Pascal graphics processors to make more memory available with minimal delays signal the start of a general acceptance of stacked memory chips? IPC Apex Expo was … Continue reading

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Defining the New World

Where are 2 1/2D and 3D going? How will “active” interposers be defined — and where will they be used? What’s the real scoop for TSVs (through-silicon vias)? The Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium held this month seemed to confuse some … Continue reading

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No New Lessons for 2014

Here we go again! It is 2014 and I have read the obligatory half dozen or so 2013 reviews about our industry. I searched for something unique, something significant, and something that would provide me with lessons learned that would … Continue reading

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Changing Times

Many name brands are now gone, never to return.* Others have been sold off (merged into others) and will be bled for opportunistic sales. Their product ranges included dry film photo resist, drilling machines (laser and mechanical), phototool generators, test … Continue reading

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New Technologies at the TPCA Show

The mood at the TPCA Show in Taipei last week was relatively somber with light activity on the show floor even as the technical conference had a strong showing. It was a bit of a shock (but not totally unexpected due … Continue reading

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A Forerunner of Good Things to Come?

This could be, if the U.S. government provides incentives to manufacture in the US. Motorola’s dramatic introduction of the Moto X smartphone assembled in the US at a build-cost competitive to that of Apple’s IPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 shows … Continue reading

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What Really Counts?

How do you do it today? What really counts in this age of digitization, dehumanization and automation? Is the lowest “price” always the lowest cost? How do you define “customer relations” in the digital age? Does management know how to … Continue reading

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JPCA Show: More Questions than Answers

The show must go on! But what show? There were more than 60 small booths representing universities and local institutes at the JPCA filling spots formerly inhabited by PCB makers and their suppliers. Few Westerners (other than exhibitors or employees of Japanese- … Continue reading

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‘Follow the Money’

Although all the presentations and keynote speakers at the Electronic System Technologies Conference in Las Vegas in May were of value, interesting and well-presented to those who attended the various tracks, several caught my attention as being especially worthy of further … Continue reading

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Another National Treasure Lost?

The April 26 news in the Cedar Rapids Gazette announcing the impending closure of Rockwell Collins’ 49-year-old printed circuit operations should be spotlighted nationally for several reasons. It cites declining profits and business as the reason for the decision. It follows by just … Continue reading

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