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January 20, 2020
Industry Responds Favorably to New Trade Deals
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U.S. government approval of two trade deals this week has drawn favorable response from the electronics industry. Trade organizations applaud the USMCA agreement and characterize a "phase one" deal with China as a good first step. Here's what the IPC said: "The electronics manufacturing industry welcomes the U.S.-China "phase one" trade deal being signed in Washington, and the pathway ...
EPS News
VIEWPOINT 2020: Michael Sivigny, General Manager, CeTaQ Americas
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CeTaQ provides 3rd party on-site mobile measurement & equipment solutions for validating quality specification performance. Whether you're an OEM needing to confirm your specs or the end user needing the highest level of accuracy for complex SMT manufacturing, CeTaQ measures it. Robotic automation work cells ...
CeTaQ Americas
Differences Between Through-Hole and Surface-Mount
A concise comparison between the through-hole and SMT methods for use as a decision-making reference guide for PCB designers.
Technical Paper
VIEWPOINT 2020: Keysight Executive Team, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
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New realms of measurement will grow in importance in 2020: Measurement based tools of many kinds are key enablers for the technology-based products and solutions we incorporate into our daily lives, and it will transform as disruptive technologies come into play. • In 2020, advanced applications related to 5G, will explode ...
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Comparing Soldering Results of ENIG and EPIG Post Steam Exposure
Periodic Pulse Plating of Mid-Aspect Ratio PCB's for Enhanced Productivity
6 Common Mistakes of BGA Rework
How solder ball technology can facilitate QFP device transition
Overcoming Tombstones and Opens Due to Thermal Inequalities
BGA Site Modification - Is It Possible?
Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) in Electronics Contract Manufacturing
Reliable Novel Nickel-Free Surface Finish Solution for High-Frequency PCB Applications
Compal constructing second plant in Vietnam
Compal Electronics will see its Vietnam-based plant soon run at full capacity, and is therefore constructing a new plant in the country with additional capacity to come ...
Digitimes
Fiat Chrysler and Foxconn plan push into Chinese electric car market
Automaker Fiat Chrysler plans to set up a joint venture with the parent of iPhone assembler Foxconn to build electric cars and develop internet-connected vehicles in ...
Reuters
Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing
In April 2019, Tile.com, which helps users find lost or misplaced items, suddenly found itself competing with Apple Inc, after years of enjoying a mutually beneficial ...
Reuters
Fundamentals of Signal Integrity
As the name suggests, signal integrity deals with the integrity of an electrical signal. It all stems from the fact that digital signals are not really binary values of "1" ...
Design News
Tech Professions Dominate Rankings of Best Jobs in the U.S.
What makes a job nearly perfect? It's a combination of salary, demand (the number empty posts waiting to be filled), and job satisfaction, according to job search firm ...
IEEE Spectrum
Alloy Composition and Aging on the Survivability of Lead-Free Solders
A comparison of failure modes for different packaging architectures at elevated test temperatures and vibration has been presented in this study.
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab
The big differences between 4G and 5G
The development of ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, was made possible by 4G. With 5G, ridesharing cars could one day navigate themselves -- no human ...
CNN
Bloomberg plan would make all new U.S. cars electric by 2035
Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by making electric vehicles ...
Reuters
The Great AI Boom Ahead
Investment in artificial intelligence is rising rapidly. AI-related opportunities and threats are just becoming visible to most decision-makers.
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing
How Becoming a Lifelong Learner Is a Must If You Want to Achieve and Maintain Success
If you were to survey highly successful people, you'd discover they share a philosophy of being lifelong learners — they continue to learn and grow. Unsuccessful...
Entrepreneur
iPhone maker Foxconn could work with Fiat Chrysler on electric cars
Taiwan's Foxconn might soon join forces with Fiat Chrysler to develop electric cars. Best known for making iPhones for Apple, Foxconn said in a statement that it is working ...
CNN
Volkswagen to buy 20% of Chinese battery maker Guoxuan amid electric push
Volkswagen AG is set to take a 20% stake in Chinese electric vehicle battery maker Guoxuan High-tech Co Ltd, two sources told Reuters, as the German firm accelerates ...
Reuters
Facebook sued in U.S. federal court for alleged anticompetitive conduct
Four companies sued Facebook Inc in U.S. federal court for alleged anticompetitive conduct, saying the social network inappropriately revoked developer access to its ...
Reuters
Jan 23, 2020: Rocky Mountain Expo & Tech Forum
Feb 1, 2020: IPC APEX Expo 2020
Feb 10, 2020: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium
Feb 11, 2020: ATX Automation Technology
Feb 21, 2020: Using Rigid-Flex PCBs to Improve Design Reliability Webinar
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Dross Particles Sticking to PCBs
We are wave soldering using 63/37 tin-lead solder. After wave, we are finding solder dross particles sticking the the PCB surface. We clean the dross from the solder bath ...
Responses by:
Richard D. Stadem
Advanced Engineer/Scientist, General Dynamics
Greg York
Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
Leo Lambert
Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
Peter Biocca
Senior Market Development Engineer, Kester
Fritz Byle
Process Engineer, Astronautics
Terry Munson
President/Senior Technical Consultant, Foresite
Gary Freedman
President, Colab Engineering
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At next month's IPC APEX EXPO electronics event in San Diego, CA, Henkel's exhibit and conference participation will highlight the materials leader's ...
Henkel Corporation
BTU Now Supports the Hermes Standard
BTU International, Inc. now supports the Hermes Standard, officially referred to as IPC-HERMES-9852. Hermes links individual machines together with a direct form ...
BTU International, Inc.
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IPC Announces a New Era of Design Initiatives -- IPC Design
Electrification & autonomy: another (r)evolution for the automotive sector?
Potassium-driven batteries: An effort towards more sustainable environment
UP Media Group Issues Call For Abstracts For PCB West 2020
Inovar Hires Aerospace & Defense Industry Veteran Gregory Bradfield
Clariant delivers humidity security for level 2+ SMDs to IPC APEX
Southwest Systems Technology Announces Rep Agreement with VersaCall USA
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What country would you come up in if you drilled a hole straight through the Earth from Buenos Aires?
Answer: China