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  • Cover Story
    Optimizing Pb-Free SMT Process Parameters
    A Taguchi approach reveals the most important process steps and best settings for screen-printing and reflow, as well as the best combination of paste and board finishes for lead-free soldering.
    Antonio Buonomo, Alessandro Lo Schiavo and Fabrizio Rotulo

  • Packaging
    A New, Thin High-Performance Organic Substrate
    A new flip-chip package can be conventionally processed and meets lead-free demands, all while surpassing 10 GHz performance tests.
    Donald Banks, Robin Gorrell, Duy Le-Huu, David Hanson and Shichun Qu

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    Our annual directory of products, services and suppliers.

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On the cover: This month's top story lists the optimum reflow and printing settings for lead-free alloys. (© Gencay M. Emin)

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Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

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The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.

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Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

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Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.

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