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December 12, 2018
Smartphones Decline in 2018, Return to Growth in 2019
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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to decline by 3% in 2018 before returning to low single-digit growth in 2019 and through 2022. While the on-going U.S.-China trade war has the industry on edge, IDC still believes that continued developments from emerging markets, mixed with potential ...
IDC
Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards
Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in ...
Reuters
An Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold (ENIG) Surface Finish for Better Reliability of Assemblies
Conventional Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold (ENIG) is prone to black-pad defects (hyper-corrosion failures) and brittle solder joint failures which lead to reliability ...
Technical Paper
U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case
The United States is considering issuing a new warning to U.S. citizens, including business executives, traveling to China after Canada arrested a senior Huawei ...
Reuters
Solving Problems Before They Occur in PCB Design to Manufacture
Using Vias to Improve PCB Density
Improving Quality with Automatic Solder Nozzle Tinning
Enabling IPX Level 7/8 PCB Waterproof Protection
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
Canada frees CFO of China's Huawei on bail; Trump might intervene
A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail by a Canadian court, 10 days after her arrest in Vancouver at the request ...
Reuters
Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine
Google has "no plans" to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel ...
Reuters
China's hacking against U.S. on the rise
A senior U.S. intelligence official said that Chinese cyber activity in the United States had risen in recent months, targeting critical infrastructure in what may be ...
Reuters
What Foxconn's really doing in Wisconsin, with Reply All's Sruthi Pinnamaneni
What happens when a large, multinational electronics company shows up in rural Wisconsin and cuts a major development deal? This week on the interview episode of ...
The Verge
How to Practice Gratitude and Invite Positivity Into Your Life
Mistakes happen all the time. The important idea is that we are able to move past them and take away a lesson. If you feel bogged down by your previous mistakes ...
Entrepreneur
Reusing recovered solder paste
We are wasting a lot of solder paste. Can we recover the solder paste, since disposition of used solder paste is tedious task?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Truly 'wearable' technology
Utilising a very different approach to other conductive textiles, Pireta Technology is looking to enable truly 'wearable' technology. Neil Tyler talks to Ian ...
New Electronics
Solder Pallets With Titanium Inserts - Yes/No?
Our pallet manufacturer recommends titanium inserts to allow larger apertures near closely spaced surface mount components. Are they worth it? The Assembly Brothers ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Years before CRISPR babies, this man was the first to edit human embryos
It could have been anyone. It was so easy. But it was him. Junjiu Huang. In 2015, Huang, a stem-cell researcher at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, first reported ...
MIT Technology Review
When It Comes to the IIoT, Smart Small and Choose Wisely
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can be a powerful tool for manufacturers or machine builders. But first-time users would be wise to implement it in small ...
Design News
Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Tech: The Year of Adapt or Die
Wow, what a year! On a personal note, I got married and changed my name, how'd that happen? For the industry, another year of solid growth, some real progress towards ...
EBN
China's Big AI Plan: Do Toys Count, Too?
China's big AI plan -- to dominate the global market with its AI technology by 2030 -- is widely known and deeply feared in the rest of the world. The lingering ...
EE Times
China court bans sales of older iPhone models in Apple-Qualcomm global battle
A Chinese court has ordered a sales ban of some older Apple Inc iPhone models in China for violating two patents of chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, though intellectual ...
Reuters
Feb 11, 2019: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium
Feb 15, 2019: Space Coast (Melbourne FL) Chapter: 2019 Winter Golf Classic
Feb 19, 2019: SMTA Webinar: BGA Reballing- Theory and Hands On
Feb 21, 2019: Rocky Mountain Expo & Tech Forum
Mar 19, 2019: Dallas Expo & Tech Forum
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What is the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
See answer below.
Test for Flux Penetration
What is good test for flux penetration through the plated hole barrel?
Responses by:
John Norton, Eastern Manager, Vitronics Soltec
Mark Waterman, Engineer / Trainer, Electronic Controls Design, Inc. (ECD)
Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
Paul Austen, Senior Project Engineer, Electronic Controls Design Inc
Leo Lambert, Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
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Alpha Assembly Solutions has recently introduced ALPHA® OM-355, designed specifically for vacuum soldering applications. "In-line vacuum soldering capabilities ...
Alpha Assembly Solutions
Rehm Seminar 'SMT Technology and Smart Factory Solutions' in Suwon, Korea
Topics such as Industry 4.0, China Smart Manufacturing 2025, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are currently heavily influencing the evolution of traditional ...
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
AIM Appoints Thomas Lai as Regional Sales Manager for South China
Spectrum Instrumentation Digitizers & AWG used for Atmospheric research
The Smart Factory is Becoming a Reality as IPC APEX Hosts Produtction Lines
Meet Lewis Aide who joined Dynamic EMS as Modern Apprentice in Sept. 2016
Fred Dimock, BTU International, to Present at SMTA Capital Chapter Meeting
Nano Dimension announces DragonFly Pro sale in South Korea
SHENMAO America Partners with Southwest Systems Technology, Inc.
Murray Percival opens Demonstration Room; linking manufacturers, partners
Electrolube's Live Demo 'Wows' The Crowds At Electronica
Greenliant Industrial SSDs Reach Ultra-High Endurance of 250,000 P/E Cycles
Quote of the Day
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse
What Year Was It?
Gore Concedes Presidential Election
What Year
Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida.
The day was Dec 13. What year was it?
Cartoon of the Day
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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.