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September 19, 2018
Foxconn unit's mainland China IPO highlights trade war strategy
Foxconn Technology Group listed printed circuit board unit Avary Holding on the Shenzhen stock market Tuesday, raising 3.7 billion yuan ($539 million) despite ...
Nikkei Asian Review
These 7 Products May Cost You More After Trump Escalated His Trade War With China
President Trump's controversial trade war with China is heating up. That means consumers may soon have to pay more for goods ranging from furniture to electronics ...
Why Jobs Go On Hold
There are a variety of reasons PCB manufacturers, assembly houses and engineering departments put jobs on hold. Learn what these reasons are to avoid your job coming ...
Technical Paper
It's OK to Not Be OK
We live in an age of image projection. Instagram gets over 95 million posts per day. You can find hundreds of thousands of pictures of engagement rings, new puppies ...
Say Goodbye To Stencils
Conformal Coatings that don't crack under pressure
Important Ways of Approaching Heat Management
PCB Prototyping for Smarties
Why Jobs Go On Hold
Case Studies Demonstrate Value-Added Services to Enable Client Success
Automated Visual Inspection and Correction (Demura) of OLED Displays
Implementing High-Volume, High-Performance Selective Soldering
Foxconn unit's mainland China IPO highlights trade war strategy
Foxconn Technology Group listed printed circuit board unit Avary Holding on the Shenzhen stock market Tuesday, raising 3.7 billion yuan ($539 million) despite ...
Nikkei Asian Review
Apple has finished paying $15 billion European fine
Apple has finished wiring billions of euros to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government according to Reuters. Overall, Apple has paid $15.3 ...
Tech Crunch
Opinion: AI application usage evolving rapidly
The big picture: Given the torrid pace of developments in the world of artificial intelligence, or AI, it's probably not surprising to hear that applications of ...
3 Ways to Balance Your Business, Family and Everything Else
Balancing your life is like one of those acrobatic acts where people are standing on top of one another balancing themselves -- each person represents an ...
Google partners with the world’s biggest auto group to bring Android to cars
Starting in 2021, millions of cars globally may have media displays powered by Google's Android OS. Google is partnering with the ...
The Verge
Your Best Ideas Are the Ones No One Else Believes in
As you consider new ideas for your next project or business, give extra credence to the things you believe to be true that others doubt. The most exciting ...
Apple CEO says optimistic on U.S.-China trade talks
Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook, whose products have been spared from new U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, said on Tuesday he was optimistic that the ...
U.S. tech giants eye AI key to unlock China push
U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy ...
5G Is Finally Coming to American Homes
Verizon has announced the first rollout of 5G in US homes, starting next month. And other carriers aren't too far behind. But are we seeing 5G's full ...
Design News
Alibaba's Jack Ma says U.S.-China trade friction could last 20 years
Alibaba (BABA.N) chairman Jack Ma said on Tuesday that trade frictions between the United States and China could last for two decades and would be "a mess" for ...
Do IIoT Rewards Outweigh Risks for Supply Chain?
What are the worst-case possibilities if your company gets hacked? Imagine these scenarios: The world's largest pure-play semiconductor company shuts down some of its fabs after a WannaCry malware variant spreads through the production network. After being fired, an engineer who still has access to a water and sewage company's SCADA system opens up the valves so that the system dumps ...
EPS News
What Does Automation Mean for Supply Chain Marketing & Sales?
When you think about automation in the supply chain, you probably don't immediately consider marketing and sales. Perhaps you envision robots scooting around ...
U.S. duties spare Apple gadgets but hit cloud industry
The United States will spare Apple Inc's Watch and other consumer gadgets from the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a list of products released ...
The growing industrial robot market
Historically, the majority of industrial robots have been used in the automotive industry. But growth areas for robots are expanding to industries such as the food ...
Packaging World
EMS fallacy of optimizing materials cost of goods sold (MCOGs)
Contrary to popular EMS industry belief, nearly every EMS provider today does not purchase components and materials in bulk, across multiple customer programs, in an ...
Venture Outsource
Qualcomm, Apple kick off second trial seeking iPhone import ban
A second trial between Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc before the U.S. International Trade Commission began in Washington, D.C., with the iPhone maker squaring off against ...
Volkswagen group plans to build 10 million e-cars in first wave
Volkswagen plans to build 10 million electric cars based on its new modular MEB platform, the German car maker said, as it targets the launch of worldwide mass production ...
Voting Machines: A Weak Link
In my community, we vote by filling in circles on a paper sheet that goes into a scanner -- we have a paper trail. Can such a process still be hacked? Yes, though ...
EE Times
Effects of Composition and Isothermal Aging on Microstructure Performance
Investigations of alloy composition and isothermal aging on solder microstructure and shear fatigue were performed on Pb-free alloy solder joints.
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab
Using Bacteria to Convert Light to Energy
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a solar cell that uses bacteria to convert light to energy even when the sun isn't shining. Solar cells ...
Design News
AI depends on quantity and quality of data, says HPE executive
How smart AI can be usually depends on the quantity and quality of data, and therefore enterprises have to protect and manage their data in an overall manner, ...
Evaluation of Molded Flip-chip BGA Packages
The results of this study demonstrate that the molded flip-chip BGA package is a cost effective and high reliability solution for 28nm FPGA devices.
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab
5G is Just Rolling Out. So What's 6G?
When the city of Oulu, Finland, invited a group of journalists to come and have a look at some of the work that they are doing to initiate research on 6G, I immediately ...
EE Times
Apple supply chain makers facing uncertainty over new iPhone sales
Taiwan's makers in the iPhone supply chain are likely to face increasing uncertainty over their sales outlook for the fourth quarter of 2018 due to the high pricing ...
Asia markets broadly lower as US-China trade tensions rise again
Asian markets were broadly negative on Monday, amid reports over the weekend that the U.S. could be imposing new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods as early ...
Apple craze cools down in China
Despite the launch of new products, U.S. tech giant Apple and its supply chain are facing growing pressure amid the ongoing trade war launched by the U.S. against ...
Sep 17, 2018: Wafer Fab Processing Short Course (San Jose)
Sep 25, 2018: 40th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium, Tutorials, and Exhibits!
Sep 27, 2018: Free Cleaning Webinar - LED Cleaning and Reliability
Oct 16, 2018: SMT Processes Certification Course, Rosemont, IL
Oct 16, 2018: SMT Processes Certification (SMTA International 2017 - Rosemont, IL)
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What are the three main fossil fuels?
See answer below.
Pre-bake in a Vacuum
Can the time for pre-baking of components and bare PCBs to eliminate moisture be reduced by using a vacuum oven? What percent of bake time reduction could we expect?
Responses by:
Mark Finstad, Senior Applications Engineer, Flexible Circuit Technologies
Bhanu Sood, Laboratory Director, CALCE, University of Maryland
Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
Georgian Simion, Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
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Screen Printing, Component Storage & Placement Equipment from Juki at SMTAI
Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc. will exhibit in Booth #839 at SMTA International, scheduled to take place Oct. 16-17, 2018 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center ...
Juki Automation Systems, Inc.
Fast and precise inspection for high-volume production from Viscom at SMTAI
Viscom Inc. announced plans to exhibit at SMTA International, scheduled to take place Oct. 16-17, 2018 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Viscom Americas ...
Viscom Inc.
MIRTEC Features Award-Winning 3D AOI and SPI Systems at SMTAI 2018
Alpha Hosts Low-Temperature Soldering Technology Seminar in Dongguan, China
Automatic Table-top Component Counter from Scienscope at SMTAI
KIC to Demo Auto Profiling & Intelligent Network Software Ecosystem @ SMTAI
Essemtec to Show FOX2 with Micro Valve / Placement System at SMTAI
SMART Storage Systems -- Visit Inovaxe in Booth #715 at SMTAI
New Yorker Electronics Distributes Mallory Sonalert Miniature Panel Series
Stencil Printer with Fully Integrated 3D SPI from Kurtz Ersa Inc. at SMTAI
AISMALIBAR to Present FASTHERM at Ford Advanced Lighting Innovation Expo
Bowman Innovation Sets the Stage for Faster, More Agile QA Throughput
Cogiscan exhibits new solutions at SMTAI to enable Industry 4.0
Quote of the Day
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."
Richard P. Feynman
What Year Was It?
Nevada Site of First Underground Nuclear Explosion
Nevada Site of First Underground Nuclear Explosion
The US detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site, a 1375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas.
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Cartoon of the Day
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What are the three main fossil fuels?
Answer: Coal, oil, natural gas