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ESD Standards
Class 0 ESD Manufacturing Qualification
A series of Class 0 case studies at high-rel manufacturers illustrate the complexity and customization required to successfully produce products utilizing ultra-sensitive devices. They also form the basis of a third-party qualification for Class 0 manufacturing operations.
by Ted Dangelmayer

IP Protection
Royalty Treatment
A patent is a time-limited monopoly granted by the federal government to inventors. A patent encourages innovation by giving a patent owner exclusive rights to his or her invention. On the surface, a patent is a fairly simple concept. It protects an invention. However, just as designing, engineering and manufacturing a product is a complex process fraught with potential risks, a patent is much more than simply protection for an invention.
by Kathlene Ingham

Charge Characterization
Ensuring Charge Measurement Application Accuracy
Electrostatic discharge or a release of static charge can damage sensitive electronic components, resulting in failures, reduced reliability and increased rework costs, or latent component failures in equipment in the field. That potential for damage makes the ability to characterize charge accurately extremely important for electronics manufacturers. But what is charge and how is it measured?
by Jonathan L. Tucker



  • Caveat Lector
    EMS showing its age?
    Mike Buetow



    • Sherman’s Market
      LEDs shine.
      Randall Sherman and Frank Klomp

    • ROI
      A sporting chance.
      Peter Bigelow



  • On the Forefront
    ECTC highlights.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Selective Soldering
    Custom nozzles.
    Al Cable

  • Solar Technologies
    Solar conversion efficiency, part II.
    Tom Falcon

  • Defects Database
    Reworked components.
    Dr. Davide Di Maio

  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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