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Oct 20, 2017
Component Shortages to Last 'Longer Than Expected'
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There's no short-term relief ahead for electronics manufacturers that are scrambling for components. Tight supplies of capacitors and resistors are expected to last into mid-2018--longer than industry experts expected. The dreaded words "allocation" and "double-ordering" are coming up more frequently, meaning OEMs and EMS providers are facing long-term sourcing challenges. Thick- ...
Electronic Purchasing Strategies
'Anemic' iPhone 8 demand drags Apple shares lower
Apple Inc's shares fell nearly 3% on signs of weak demand for the iPhone 8 that caused analysts and investors to question the company's staggered release strategy ...
Reuters
After Long Decline, PC Shipments Forecast to Rise in 2018
Shipments of PCs will return to growth -- albeit tepid growth -- in 2018 after six consecutive years of declines, according to the latest forecast from market ...
EE Times
Alphabet's CapitalG leads Lyft's $1 billion funding round
Lyft Inc has raised $1 billion in fresh financing, the ride-services company said, in a round led by one of Alphabet Inc's investment funds, further complicating ...
Reuters
Smart Power Electronic Converters May Help Stabilize the Grid
When Qing-Chang Zhong, IEEE Fellow and a professor of energy and power engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, thinks of the words "democracy" ...
IEEE Spectrum
Is Customer Approval Required for Class 3 Repair?
We have a case where a non-aerospace customer's board was repaired without prior authorization. It was for a class 3 assembly. Does it specify in an IPC document ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Why It's on You to Stop People From Interrupting You
Whether you're contributing your thoughts in a meeting, giving a presentation or having a routine conversation with a colleague, getting interrupted can be stressful, ...
Entrepreneur
4 Techniques for Removing Solder Mask
This program explains four techniques for removing solder mask including grinding, milling, chemical stripping, and micro-blasting.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
Billions in tax breaks offered to Amazon for second headquarters
Amazon.com Inc is receiving offers of billions of dollars in tax breaks and other subsidies from cities and states across North America that are participating ...
Reuters
Taiwan shares end up as electronics sector gains
Shares in Taiwan closed higher Thursday on the back of gains posted by the bellwether electronics sector, as investors here were encouraged to pick up stocks by ...
Focus Taiwan News
Where, Oh Where, Are My Test Points!
As embedded system developers, we spend a lot of time trying to get our systems to work the way they are supposed to. So why are we not following simple best practices ...
Design News
Samsung Electronics shares fall 3%, easing from record-high on profit-taking
Shares of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd extended losses, easing from a record-high reached due to profit-taking. Samsung Electronics shares fell as much as 3.2% to their ...
Reuters
Most Important Factors for Screen Printing
Which of these factors is more critical to the solder printing process, solder paste volume or solder print alignment?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Samsung Finds its Online Voice
Samsung put its Bixby smart voice service at the heart of its vision for the future beyond smartphones at a developer's conference here. The South Korean giant faces ...
EE Times
New IDC Spending Guide Forecasts Nearly $120 Billion in Worldwide Spending on Security Products and Services in 2021
Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $119.9 billion in 2021, according to a recent update to the Worldwide ...
IDC
Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them
If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are ...
MIT Technology Review
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Nordson Test & Inspection Announces Lineup for productronica
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MacDermid Enthone Electronics Solutions to Exhibit at Productronica 2017
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Test Your Knowledge
Which South American country lost its coastline to Chile in 1879?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
Does Lead Free Flux Make a Difference?
Does using lead free solder flux really make a difference? Why not use the same flux we use for leaded soldering in our lead free process?
Responses by:
Edward Zamborsky, Regional Sales Manager, OK International Inc.
Brian Smith, General Manager - Electronic Assembly Americas, DEK International
Mike Scimeca, President, FCT Assembly
John Vivari, Application Engineering Supervisor, Nordson EFD

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Quote of the Day
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
Benjamin Franklin
What Year Was It?
Hostage Crisis in Moscow Theater
Hostage Crisis in Moscow Theater
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Calendar
Oct 24, 2017: International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference
Oct 24, 2017: 'Packaging Instruments for Space' iMAPS New England & SMTA Boston Joint Meeting
Oct 26, 2017: Free Webinar - Stencil, Underside Wipe and Misprint Cleaning
Nov 1, 2017: SMTA Webtorial: Solder Joint Voids- All You Should Know
Nov 1, 2017: MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress, Napa Valley, CA
Nov 1, 2017: 'Design for Rinsability' & and 'Laser Exfoliation Removal of Conformal Coatings'
Nov 2, 2017: LA/Orange County Expo & Tech Forum
Nov 8, 2017: Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis
Nov 8, 2017: MD&M Minneapolis
Nov 14, 2017: SMTA Webtorial: Reflow - Understanding the Complete Process & Defect Prevention
Cartoon of the Day
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"There is always room for improvement. It's a small room with no windows or distractions. We already moved your things."
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Which South American country lost its coastline to Chile in 1879?
Answer: Bolivia (It still keeps its navy - on a lake). The War of the Pacific was the result of Chile's border claims of coastal Bolivian territory of the Atacama Desert. Bolivia was allied with Peru against Chile. The war ended with victory for Chile.