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Feb 24, 2017
Breakthroughs Take Backseat in iPhone 8
When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been ...
Smart Road to Parked Car: Talk to Me
When cars start talking both to one another and to traffic signals, they will sometimes suffer from the cellphone user's bane: dropped calls. That's because there ...
IEEE Spectrum
How Will Politics Impact the Semiconductor Industry and Overall Business Climate?
Some key political events late in 2016 could start having an effect on the electronics and semiconductor industries in terms of the countries where work is ...
Electronic Design
Self-Driving Cars Might Need Standards, but Whose?
The PC revolution, the internet boom, the smartphone economy -- all were propelled along by a common set of technological standards. So will a standard platform ...
The New York Times
How To Determine Stencil Thickness
On what basis is stencil thickness decided in the case of BGA's or fine pitch components? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, address this question.
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
No Relief from DRAM Shortages, Price Hikes
Buyers of memory devices will face DRAM shortages and price hikes in the first half of 2017 until capacity expansion plans kick in during the second half of the ...
Electronics Purchasing Strategies
UPS Takes Test Foray into Residential Delivery via Drone
Drones are cool but the logistics industry is still looking for ways to make the use of the technology feasible. This week, package delivery company UPS, working ...
Why Trust Is the New Marketing Currency
If someone sidles up on the street and wants to sell you a "Rolex," you'll likely run. Do the same with digital marketers who similarly fail to secure your ...
Can Water be Harmful to Electronics Components?
A new quality assurance engineer insists that electronics components should not be cleaned with water. Can you enlighten us?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
What Is 5G, and When Do I Get It?
Look at the top corner of your phone screen. Right now, it probably reads 4G LTE, and you're probably fine with that. But soon--and we're talking years, not months ...
4 Technology Trends to Help You Stay Ahead with Customers in 2017
Long gone are the days when customers would accept sluggish order processing speeds of up to 27 days. With Amazon and other e-commerce giants transforming the B2C ...
Industry Progress from 2005 to Present Day
This paper compares assembly and test of various 1.0 mm pitch CBGAs conducted between 2005 and 2014.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
5 Habits of Successful People Before 8 a.m.
Setting a positive, productive tone for the day is all about giving yourself time to get your wits together. Prepare for your entry into the work arena, if you ...
IDC Forecasts $1.2 Trillion in Worldwide Spending on Digital Transformation Technologies in 2017
A new update to the Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide spending on digital transformation ...
Why Collaborative Robots Are Spiking in Sales
Collaborative robots are becoming less expensive, more flexible, and increasingly filling a skills and cost niche. Robot sales in 2016 saw a 10% sales increase ...
Design News
Microbe That Acts as Natural Nanowire Paves Way for Greener Electronics
Microbiologists have discovered a microbe that acts as a type of natural nanowire and could lead to the development of more sustainable components for electronic ...
Design News
Press Releases
Water Soluble SnPb Solder Paste for Demanding Applications from Henkel
DELTEC Uses Networked 3D Inspection from Viscom
STI Goes to SMTA Houston Discusses Materials & Services Offerings
TMC Receives NADCAP AC7120 Accreditation for Electronics
Ersa to Attend the SMTA Houston/Dallas Expo & Tech Forums
IPC Honors Uyemura and Honeywell with Corporate Recognition Awards
Indium Corporation Expert to Present at SMTA San Diego Chapter Meeting
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Test Your Knowledge
What glass-cleaning device did Mary Anderson invent in 1902?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
Use of Nitrogen for Hand Soldering
Is there any reasonable way to hand solder without flux to totally eliminate cleaning? Is there such a thing as using nitrogen in a local area while hand soldering?
Responses by:
Richard Boyle, Global Product Champion, Henkel Electronics
Alan Cable, President, ACE Production Technologies
Neil Poole, Senior Applications Chemist, Henkel Electronics
Karthik Vijay, Technical Manager - Europe, Indium Corp.
Mike Konrad, President, Aqueous Technologies

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Quote of the Day
"The worst day of fishing beats the best day of working."
What Year Was It?
New Orleanians Take to the Streets for Mardi Gras
New Orleanians Take to the Streets for Mardi Gras
A group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.
The day was Feb 27. What year was it?
Mar 7, 2017: SMTA Dallas Expo & Tech Forum
Mar 9, 2017: Houston Expo & Tech Forum
Mar 23, 2017: Free Webinar - Why Clean PCBs
Mar 27, 2017: 2017 EOS/ESD Manufacturing Symposium in Singapore
Mar 28, 2017: Southeast Asia Technical on Electronics Assembly
Mar 29, 2017: SMTA Boise Expo & Tech Forum
Cartoon of the Day
"I'm married to my career. I keep a photo of my desk on my desk."
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What glass-cleaning device did Mary Anderson invent in 1902?
Answer: The windshield wiper