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August 17, 2018
An Apple Car Would Require An Automotive Foxconn
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If Apple really is working on a self-driving car, one challenge will be finding a partner to manufacture the vehicle. Many Apple products famously are etched with the words: "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China." Chinese assembly for the iPhone is performed by many companies, most notably Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm. Foxconn specializes in "contract electronics manufacturing," which means ...
Forbes
Quantum Bill Can Drive U.S. Ahead
Quantum computing is our modern-day space race, and it will require the same level of focus, collaboration and public-private partnership as in the 1960s. Quantum ...
EE Times
Important Ways of Approaching Heat Management
With electronic gadgets becoming progressively smaller, heat management is an increasing concern. Download this guide to learn methods on managing the removal of heat ...
Technical Paper
China Evergrande invests in project to build world's fastest supercomputer
Property developer China Evergrande Group said it will invest $239.53 million into six high-tech projects by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including one aimed ...
Reuters
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
RoHS: 10 Years Later -- IT Equipment Corrosion Issues Remain
When Machine Vision Inspection Comes Up Short: Is 'Almost' Defect-Free Enough?
Lenovo swings to forecast-beating first quarter profit; PC revenue jumps
Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group swung to a profit and beat estimates in the first quarter, helped by a sharp jump in revenue. Net profit came in at $77 million for ...
Reuters
Whistleblower accuses Tesla of spying on employees at Gigafactory
An employee fired from Tesla Inc's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of ...
Reuters
As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
Speed has always been part of the mystique of the automotive business. But cars have been notoriously slow when it comes to handling information. It is a problem ...
The New York Times
More U.S. states deploy technology to track election hacking attempts
A majority of U.S. states has adopted technology that allows the federal government to see inside state computer systems managing voter data or voting devices ...
Reuters
Tesla on track to make 8,000 Model 3s per week, Evercore says
Tesla Inc is on its way to make 8,000 Model 3 cars per week even as it burns more cash, Evercore analysts wrote in a note on Thursday, following their visit to the ...
Reuters
Incoming Circuit Boards - How Clean Is Clean?
We're having cleanliness issues, our assembly processes are not introducing contaminants. Could it be the result of incoming PCB cleanliness? The Assembly Brothers ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Chinese hackers targeted U.S. firms, government after trade mission
Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a U.S. trade delegation ...
Reuters
5 Ways Failure Can Help Your Career
Failure sucks, but it instructs. While missing the mark never feels good, failure is one of your best teachers when it comes to life and career advancement. Once you're ...
Entrepreneur
QFN Test Failures Caused by Flux
A test engineer claims that test failures are due to flux residue between terminations that affects the capacitance at the joints. Is this a valid claim?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
China's JD.com looks to warehousing assets to help revive profits
China's second-largest e-commerce firm, JD.com Inc, said it is shifting management of its warehousing assets to a separate unit, in a move it hopes will revive ...
Reuters
Expanding Robot Capabilities in Assembly and Construction
For years, the robot industry has nurtured a pet dream: There will come a time when robots will be making robots. It's funny how a dream long-held has a way of moving ...
Design News
Summer School for Buyers: Mobile OLED Displays
In the first few classes in EBN's summer school for buyers, we've looked at the technology behind organic light emitting diode (OLED) and display driver integrated ...
EBN
IoT Gets Security, BLE Benchmarks
New benchmarks for the power consumption of two key IoT functions -- Bluetooth and security -- are rolling out from the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. EEMBC ...
EE Times
Aug 20, 2018: Webinar: PCB Design, Fabrication and Use from an End Users Perspective
Aug 20, 2018: SMT Processes Certification
Aug 30, 2018: Free Cleaning Webinar - Stencil, Underside Wipe and Misprint Cleaning
Sep 10, 2018: CMOS, BiCMOS and Bipolar Process Integration (San Jose)
Sep 17, 2018: Wafer Fab Processing Short Course (San Jose)
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What three South American countries does the equator cross?
See answer below.
Fastening Surface Mounted Connectors Before or After Refow?
Is there an IPC guideline for attachment of SMT or PTH connectors that are hardware mounted? Do you tighten / torque hardware before soldering, or solder then tighten hardware? Could not find guidance ...
Responses by:
Mike Green, Design Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Leo Lambert, Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
Terry Jeglum, President/CEO, Electronic Technology Corporation
Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
Rodney Miller, Capital Equipment Operations Manager, Specialty Coating Systems
Garry McGuire, Sr. Engineer, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Kris Roberson, Manager of Assembly Technology, IPC
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pH Neutral Defluxing Cleaning Agent to be Featured at SMTA Capital
ZESTRON will be featuring VIGON  N 680 at the SMTA Capital Expo and Tech Forum. VIGON® N 680, based on the MPC  Technology (Micro Phase Cleaning), is a water-based ...
ZESTRON
KIC Presents 'Industry 4.0 Next Industrial Revolution - The Smart Factory'
KIC announced that MB (Marybeth) Allen will present at the SMTA Capital Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at the John Hopkins University/Applied ...
KIC
Alpha to Present Low-Temperature Technical Papers at SMTA China South Conf.
Innovative Learning Experience with TRI's Solutions at SEMEAR 2018
Anda's iJet Tabletop Fluid Dispensing Systems Available for Many Apps
WKK to demonstrate Optel's Smart Factory Solutions at NEPCON S. China
Libra Industries' program manager celebrates 10-year anniversary
Unitron Invests in New Europlacer iineo+ Placement Machine
Indium Features Indium3.2HF Solder Paste at SEMICON Taiwan
Quote of the Day
"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress."
Alfred A. Montapert
What Year Was It?
Woodstock Music Festival Concludes
Woodstock Music Festival Concludes
The grooviest event in music history--the Woodstock Music Festival--draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll in upstate New York.
The day was Aug 17. What year was it?
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What three South American countries does the equator cross?
Answer: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador