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Looking Forward

The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) announced at a press conference attended by nearly 100 members of the government, industry, research institutes, academia and the media that it will publish a white paper in September to address the future Taiwan … Continue reading

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Does Rising Nationalism Pose Threat to Electronics Supply Chain?

The amount of geopolitical discord around the world at present is stunning: Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and other major electronics manufacturing hubs are seeing a rise in nationalism and severe internal tension over how to address foreign pressure. Thailand in May endured … Continue reading

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PCB Panel Routing Technique

Most PCBs we receive are individually routed; i.e., not panelized. That doesn’t mean that, sometimes, sending them in a panel isn’t a good idea, or required. Generally, we don’t require panels (sometimes called a pallet), but there are some cases … Continue reading

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Component Packages — Let’s Get Small

I’ve been on a bit of a package binge lately. First talking about metric vs. US passive sizes, and then a very tiny ARM Cortex M0 from Freescale. The Freescale BGA part checks in at 1.6 x 2mm. That’s cool and I’m almost always … Continue reading

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Open The Pod Bay Doors, HASL

Does anyone use HASL (hot air surface leveling) anymore? It’s also known as HAL. Prior to the RoHS days, HASL was probably the most common surface finish. You can get it lead-free, but most boards seem to use immersion silver … 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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Public Data

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to receive a note from IPC indicating a change to its data collection methods. In an announcement touting its new market research subscription series, IPC said it would use aggregate company data along with … Continue reading

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What Goes Around

Taiwanese printed circuit fabricators are feeling the pain of the currency crunch as their South Korean competitors have been taking advantage of the cheap won (and, in the cases of Samsung and LG, the home court advantage) to woo new … Continue reading

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Riding High on Design

The herd is riding on the EDA vendors, almost all of which are at or near 52-week high share prices. In the past week, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys hit or were trading just pennies off their yearlong highs. National Instruments … Continue reading

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Electronics Assembly in Action

Folks, Struggling to find a good, royalty-free, video of electronics assembly, my Dartmouth ENGM 185 class on manufacturing processes decided to make our own. I think it is pretty good considering our limited ($0) budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afmz9-D4IPg It was filmed at … Continue reading

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