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Top Story July 1, 2015
Engineers Contend with New Architectures & Pricing Challenges
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Moore's Law continues to hold dominance in the industry, and so we see much discussion around the opportunities presented by new geometries especially for Consumer Electronics (CE) and enterprise markets. After all, the volume of components demanded by CE and enterprise sectors is significantly higher, cycles rapidly, and is affected by often sudden ...
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Industry News
North American PCB Results in May Were Mixed but Book-to-Bill Ratio Remains Positive
IPC announced the May findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales were down slightly but orders were up. The ...
IPC
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very ...
EE Times
Xiaomi takes first big step outside Asia with Brazil smartphone
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step ...
Reuters
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Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending to Decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5 trillion in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute ...
Gartner
Bigger, Cheaper, Faster Data in the Cloud
The kind of data science that worked for President Obama is coming to cloud computing, and working at a speed faster than the president ever saw.A company called ...
The New York Times
Is There a Spacing Spec for SMD Components?
Is there a general minimum spacing requirement or should we apply SMT components to comply with the majority of the SMT pick and place systems on the market?
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
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Wood-fired LED lantern converts waste heat into light & power
Don't let the Stove Lite LED lantern's appearance deceive you. Beneath those old-timey looks, lies a thermo-electric generator (TEG), which uses the Seebeck effect ...
EDN
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at ...
EBN
Bromine Free PWBs
What are the pros and cons of bromine in PWBs? Are bromine and lead free connected?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
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Mocking AI Panic
Many people today are concerned by the prospect of out-of-control artificial intelligence. Some call it "killer AI," "evil AI," or "malevolent AI." Billionaires ...
IEEE Spectrum
Is Apple Planning To Introduce 3 Brand New iPhones?
Apple is expected to debut two new iPhone models this year, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. The company might be working on a smaller 4-inch ...
BGR
Ten Rules for Jumper Wires
The need to attach jumper wires to circuit board assemblies is inevitable. This program covers 10 key rules for attaching jumper wires to assembled boards.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
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4 Lessons From a Man Who Knows How to 'Get Things Done'
To celebrate the new, revised edition of his now-iconic book, Getting Things Done, I recently had the chance to interview entrepreneur and organizer David Allen ...
Entrepreneur
Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. ...
Reuters
Even Apple and Facebook can suffer from a bad rep, report says
Guess which tech company has the world's best reputation. The answer? Samsung, the Korean consumer electronics giant, is the world's "most reputable" tech company ...
CNET
Foxconn replacing workers with robots
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. is the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer, making products such as the iPhone and iPad. It employs more than ...
Focus Taiwan
Climate Change in Electronics: Immediate & Practical Preparations & Solutions
Few people are asking how asking how the world's electronics industry is preparing to operate on a 2° Celsius warmer planet and consumers and corporate customers ...
EBN
Automotive King Redefines Future
Automotive is becoming one of the largest sectors of the electronics market pulling along with it the major suppliers. Renesas, for instance, made its fortune in ...
EE Times
Sony to raise nearly $4 billion, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaround
Japan's Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker ...
Reuters
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Press Releases
Alltemated's Expansion
Enthone Publishes Wear Resistant Coatings Guide
Aqua Klean Systems Signs Rep Agreement with Kirby & Demarest
Ersa Closes the Gap with the Smartflow 2020
eSurface and Printech Sign License Agreement
Mayson Brooks Joins Akrometrix LLC as President & CEO
MiTAC Becomes First V810 User of ViTrox Technologies in Mainland China
Boundary Scan for non scanable partitions
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Test Your Knowledge
When was Halley's Comet was first spotted by the Aztecs
See answer below.
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Ask the Experts
Solder Mask Ghosting
Some here are convinced that we have solder mask ghosting on PCBs because our global suppliers are not curing the mask sufficiently. ...
Responses by:
Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
Dr. Craig D. Hillman, CEO & Managing Partner, DfR Solutions
Greg York, Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
Richard D. Stadem, Advanced Engineer/Scientist, General Dynamics

More Ask the Experts
Selective Soldering Frame Causing Cold Solder Joints
Tough Hand Soldering Problem
Package-on-Package Rework
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White Papers
Depaneling of Circuit Boards
Reduce ESD Susceptibility
Reworkable Underfill for High-Value Assemblies
Basics of Ball Grid Arrays (BGAs)
Five Points of Electronics Assembly
Selective Soldering - an Integral Method in Manufacturing
Reliable Soldering for high and mix selective soldering processes
Potting Electronics from Corrosive Operating Environments
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Quote of the Day
"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar Wilde
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What Year Was It?
Hong Kong Returned to China
Hong Kong Returned to China
Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

The day was Jul 1. What year was it?
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Calendar
Jul 13, 2015: Tin Whisker Mitigation Measurements using a Test Vehicle
Jul 16, 2015: Ohio Expo & Tech Forum
Jul 16, 2015: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing Seminar/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 16, 2015: Webinar: DI-water and Low Standoff Cleaning Challenges
Jul 17, 2015: Webinar - Best PCB Layout Practices for Successful Manufacturing
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Cartoon of the Day
Cartoon
"Your smartphone is overqualified."
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
When was Halley's Comet was first spotted by the Aztecs
Answer: Halley's Comet was first spotted in 240 BC