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Sep 22, 2017
Google Buys HTC's Pixel Team
Google will pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone operations, including employees and intellectual property, in a deal that represents Google's second major foray into the smartphone business following its brief ownership of Motorola Mobility. HTC has served as the contract manufacturer for Pixel, the Android phone Google introduced last October. Pixel and Pixel XL ...
EE Times
iPhone X Production Faces Further Delays, Will Start in Mid-October
Final production on the iPhone X has yet to start, even though Apple will begin taking orders for the device in just over a month. Raymond James chip analyst Christopher ...
Toshiba, keen to seal $18 billion chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays
Japan's Toshiba Corp is locked in last minute discussions over "key issues" with the would-be buyers of its $18 billion memory chip business led by U.S. private equity ...
Winner-Takes-All Strategy at Customers' Expense?
Competitors, partners, and customers in our interdependent semiconductor industry often have mutual interests that could benefit from cooperation. By offering customers ...
EE Times
Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?
Recently, the "trolley problem," a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions ...
Obexion Tackles Lithium Battery Shipping Challenges
For electronics OEMs, shipping lithium batteries and products that integrate lithium batteries has become a nightmare of shifting regulations and potential disasters ...
Virtual Access Augments Test Coverage
Detecting open solder connections with electrical test techniques is a major challenge for manufacturers because of the erosion of test pads.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
3 Proven Strategies on Taking Breaks That Will Help You Become More Productive
Working for long, uninterrupted hours, day after day, may make you feel productive, but, in reality, it's likely hurting your performance. Every busy ...
Make the Most of Big Data & Information Sharing in the IoT with PLM
A little as a year ago, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) were being told about the benefits of big data, but most didn't know where to start or have the time ...
Solder Paste Inspection - When and Why
Folks at our facility are pushing us to purchase a 3D solder paste inspection system. Are these systems common and under what condition should we consider buying one? ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Pangea is Born: How will it Impact the Flash Memory Supply Chain?
If the planned $18 billion sale of Toshiba Corp.'s flash memory unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity, LP survives legal objections and receives ...
Electronic Purchasing Strategies
Is All Engineering Mechatronics Now?
Today's engineer is expected to understand both mechanical and electronic engineering principles. The term mechatronics is getting wide use, but there is confusion about ...
Design News
Conformal Coating Over No-Clean Flux
We need to apply conformal coating to one assembly. Can we apply coating directly over circuit board assembled using no-clean flux?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2017 Supply Chain Top 15 for Europe
Three Companies Join for the First Time. Unilever Retains Top Spot in Rankings as Inditex Takes Second Place Winners Revealed at the Gartner Supply Chain ...
Finally, a Driverless Car with Some Common Sense
A startup called iSee thinks a new approach to AI will make self-driving cars better at dealing with unexpected situations. Boston's notoriously unfriendly ...
MIT Technology Review
Dell Sees Solid Year-Over-Year Growth in Worldwide PC Monitor Market in Second Quarter of 2017, According to IDC
Worldwide monitor shipments totaled 28.5 million units in 2Q17, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker ...
Tiny Quantum Computer Simulates Complex Molecules
Someday, engineers will build large quantum computers that can solve currently impossible science problems, crack unbreakable encryption, and make artificial ...
IEEE Spectrum
Press Releases
CyberOptics Debuts Coordinate Measurement Software for SQ3000 CMM System
Electrolube Opens State-Of-The-Art R&D Centre in China
The world's smallest footprint Reed Relay to be showcased at ITC 2017
INTERFLUX Electronics Completes Testing on New Alloy at Ersa Demo Room
American Standard Circuits Earns AS9100 Rev D
New IPC Studies Show World PCB Market Up in 2016
ISELED Alliance welcomes Valeo as a new member
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Ultrasonic Cleaning Considerations
I need to wash boards in an ultrasonic cleaner. What considerations do we need to know about it - virgin parts, populated boards, board technology, etc.?
Responses by:
Terry Munson, President/Senior Technical Consultant, Foresite
Mike Jones, Vice President, Micro Care
Bill Schreiber, President, Smart Sonic Corporation
Jade Bridges, European Technical Support Specialist, Electrolube Ltd

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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What is the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
Answer: The most common noncontagious disease is periodontal disease, such as gingivitis or inflammation of the gums or gum disease.