Tag Archives: Components

Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm Pitch

Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It’s understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we’ve built is 0.3mm pitch. … Continue reading

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The ESD Habbit, or An Unexpected Shock

Excitement is building here. In a little over two weeks from today, The Hobbit movie will be released to theaters. I’m sure everyone reading here knows the story, but in case you don’t I’ll spoil it for you. It’s a … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Small, as in 0.3mm

Not long ago, I wrote about a 0.3mm pitch wafer-scale BGA we received and were asked to place. The gist of that article was that those parts are very small and we d0n’t yet have a process that we feel … Continue reading

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And Another Footprint Thing

 When you are creating a footprint in your favorite CAD program, or reusing someone else’s footprint, double check the zero orientation. This post discusses the IPC-7351 specified zero rotation orientation. This picture on the left shows a library component with … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s almost June here in the Pacific Northwest. At least, that’s what the calendar says. I’m not sure I believe it at the moment. The weather is acting more like October. It’s a bit warmer than January, but every bit … Continue reading

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Sales Up, Profits Down

Another round of EMS quarterly reports came out today, as LaBarge and SMTC provided their numbers. Now that the bulk of the major EMS companies have reported, the picture is pretty clear that first quarter revenues were up fairly broadly … Continue reading

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Time to Panic?

Anecdotal reports indicate some manufacturers are purchasing larger-than-needed amounts of raw materials and certain components out of concern for supply availability in coming months. This is all tied to the shortages brought on by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. … Continue reading

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Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip …

Okay, water doesn’t have to actually be dripping down on to your parts to be a problem. I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but water also comes in vapor form. Weird. I wonder if there’s a way to … Continue reading

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Hello… Any Good Part Shipping Ideas?

Ever have one of those situations where there really aren’t any good answers? There may be right answers, but not necessarily any that fit well to the specific situation or are all that convenient. The question at hand relates to … Continue reading

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Narcissistic Parts

Maybe not completely narcissistic, but at least self-centered.  Or, self-centering. Okay, are you lost now? Am I making any sense at  all? Well, I’m going to say that it doesn’t matter, because the  world-revolves around me. But what I am … Continue reading

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