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Top Story May 25, 2016
More Challenges for Apple Chief on Asia Tour
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With slowing iPhone sales in China, Apple Inc is having to take India more seriously, but investors hoping for a stock price fillip from CEO Tim Cook's week-long Asia trip instead were given a taste of the daunting challenges that lie ahead. The second leg of Cook's trip, to India, the world's third-largest smartphone market, comes at a crucial time as Apple battles slowing ...
Reuters

Industry News
Use Supply Chain to Predict Consumer Demand
Perhaps no industry deals with volatility in consumer demand quite as much as consumer electronics. The combination of shrinking product lifecycles and broad, rapid ...
EBN
Top 50 Distributors: Market Struggle with Flat Growth
The major distributors are struggling with mediocre growth carried over from 2015 and the challenge remains a major concern for the distribution market based on ...
Electronics Purchasing Strategies
Second sourcing vs. single source EMS manufacturing partners
A lot of conversation surrounds the topic when it makes sense for electronics OEM decision makers to move from sole sourcing EMS for their contract electronics ...
Venture Outsource
 
 
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
Apple Inc, which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more ...
Reuters
iPhone 7 Could Have OLED Display
The upcoming iPhone 7 is at the center of Apple's rumor mill, and tech watchers are in a frenzy trying to pinpoint the new features we'll see when the smartphone makes ...
EE Times
How Effective Is Nano Coating On Stencils?
With nano coatings on stencils evolving over the past few years, what is the best method to measure the nano coating thickness? How do you know if the coating ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk

The Power of Saying 'No'
As entrepreneurs we hear "no" on a regular basis. It's almost like it's part of the job description. To try and counteract some of that negativity, we say yes ...
Entrepreneur
Moore on his Law and More
In a video interview from his home in Hawaii, Gordon Moore shared his views on the future of technology including the future of his landmark prediction that has fueled ...
EE Times
Teardown: A Tiny Drone & Its Controller
Latest-generation drones now cost around $1,000, if not more. Too rich for your blood? How about $100? Or how about ... $10? Seriously! Back in February, I picked up a ...
EE Times
 
 
SMT Component Lead Oxidation
How can we remove oxidation from SMT component leads? The component leads are oxidized due to long time storage.
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
My Genes Don't Seem to Fit
I fear I've been a tad confused with regards to life, the universe, and everything. Possibly it's just that, as the years have slid by, my head has become so full ...
EE Times
The Development of a 0.3 mm Pitch CSP Assembly Process
A major study looks at different aspects of the stencil printing process and their impact upon the assembly and reliability of CSP components.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor

Nokia could cut 10,000-15,000 jobs worldwide
Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs globally - far more than it has announced so far - after its acquisition of Franco-American ...
Reuters
Google's Tensor Processing Units Change the Rules for Machine Learning
One of the most interesting -- and unexpected -- announcements Google made at its I/O developers conference last week was that it has designed and implemented its own ...
PC Magazine
How to Calculate 'Breakeven'
We recently explained the process of arriving at calculations for mark-up and gross margin. Next, we thought we would walk reader through calculating 'breakeven.' ...
Entrepreneur
Next Wave Mobile Arrives & Benefits Supply Chain Bottom Line
Reverse logistics, the operations and process related to the reuse of products and materials, is often times viewed as a necessary evil of sorts. It's complicated. It's ...
EBN
Gartner Reveals 2016 Cool Vendors Are Turning 'DigiFlip' to Their Advantage
CIOs and IT leaders realize that disruption will become the norm as the flip from the predigital universe to the digital universe occupies strategic thinking ...
Gartner
Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables
At one point this month renewable energy sources briefly supplied close to 90 percent of the power on Germany's electric grid. But that doesn't mean the world's ...
MIT Technology Review
7 essential skills for firmware engineers
Having the right tools for the job is critical to success in embedded development. But in the hands of the improperly skilled, even the right tools can yield a disastrous ...
EDN
'High Automation' Autonomous Cars on Roads by 2020
Self-driving automotive technology took a big step forward this week, as NXP Semiconductors rolled out a pizza-box-sized module that could bring production-level ...
Design News
 
 
Press Releases
Alpha to Showcase High Relialbity LED Soldering Materials at GILE
AIM'S Technical Support Team Receives IPC-A-610 Certification
Indium's VP of Technology to Chair Workshop at ECTC
Digicom Electronics Presents Diamond Track EMS Services
New High Power 270Vdc VPX Power Card Exceeds Previous Market Offerings
Nano Dimension Named a 2016 'Cool Vendor in 3D Printing' by Gartner, Inc.
Yamaha Motor IM Europe announces agreement with Stepan for Austrian market
Lithium-ion batteries will dominate the battery business
 
 
         
Test Your Knowledge
What bodily function can reach the breakneck speed of 200 miles an hour?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
Best Way to Eliminate Dross?
What is the best way to reduce the dross in tin/lead solder pot?
Responses by:
Georgian Simion, Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
Greg York, Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
Doug Dixon, Global Marketing Director, Henkel Electronics
Bryan Kerr, Principal Engineer - CMA Lab, BAE Systems
Edward Zamborsky, Regional Sales Manager, OK International Inc.
Gregory Arslanian, Global Segment Manager, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Rick Fiacco, Global Director of Sales, APS Novastar
Daniel (Baer) Feinberg, Vice President, Fein-Line Associates
Tim Kardish, CEO, APS Novastar
Leo Lambert, Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation

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May 23, 2016: EOS, ESD and How to Differentiate Short Course (Munich)
May 24, 2016: Carolinas Expo & Tech Forum
May 30, 2016: Semiconductor Reliability and Qualification Short Course (Munich)
Jun 1, 2016: Key Issues of EMI/EMC: How to build a compliant product
Jun 7, 2016: Advanced Thermal Management and Packaging Materials Short Course
Jun 9, 2016: Philadelphia Expo & Tech Forum
Jun 21, 2016: iMAPS New England Annual Business Meeting
Cartoon of the Day
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"You said I lack critical leadership skills, but I'm being as critical as I can!"
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
Test Your Knowledge Answer
What bodily function can reach the breakneck speed of 200 miles an hour?
Answer: The sneeze