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January 23, 2019
VIEWPOINT 2019: Michael Gouldsmith, Director, Thermaltronics
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In 2018, the industry has experienced both uncertainty and innovation. The tariffs introduced by the Trump Administration have seen businesses move out of China, to other S. E. Asian countries as well as India, which is fast becoming the mobile phone "center of the world", with both Foxconn & Samsung making substantial ...
Thermaltronics
Foxconn says trying to hire 50,000 people in first quarter after job cut reports
Taiwan's Foxconn, assembler of Apple Inc's iPhones, said it was trying to recruit for more than 50,000 positions across its China campuses for the January-March ...
Reuters
Implementing High-Volume, High-Performance Selective Soldering
Successful engagement of selective soldering includes a complete understanding of the soldering process and having a good relationship with the right supplier...
Technical Paper
Apple expansion moves show how Silicon Valley is losing its grip on tech jobs
Apple's recent announcement that it's building a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Tex. adds momentum to the trend among tech startups and investors to look beyond ...
MarketWatch
Characteristics of EPIG Deposits for Fine Line Applications
Next-Gen, High-Temp Capable Underfill
Extending MRS Sensor Technology to Address Challenging Applications
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
U.S. to formally seek extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou
The United States will proceed with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canada's ambassador to the United States told the ...
Reuters
Power Tips #86: Back to the future: How things in power electronics have changed
I started at Texas Instruments (TI) in 2002; since that time, the market for power electronics more than quadrupled, at a compound annual growth rate of ~8%. This ...
EDN
Cloud, services fuel IBM's profit beat, robust outlook; shares jump
IBM Corp beat Wall Street quarterly earnings estimates and also forecast 2019 profit above expectations on Tuesday, in the latest indication that CEO Ginni Rometty's ...
Reuters
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are winning
CES 2019 provided more evidence of companies making decisions on Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi seem to be prevailing. If IoT ...
EDN
Keep humans in good jobs in the robot era, ILO commission urges
Governments must ensure the global economy keeps providing decent jobs - and not just for robots, a global commission set up by the International Labour Organization ...
Reuters
Solder Joint Reliability on Mixed Ball Grid Array Solder Joints
Due to the decreasing size of consumer electronics, ultrathin flip chip ball grid array packages are needed to with lower z-heights for slimmer form factors.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
All iPhones are expected to be OLED in 2020
After years of pushing LCD tech to its furthest extent, Apple is ready to begin the switch over to OLED panels for all iPhones. Longer battery life, more ...
TechSpot
Jabil Launches Materials Innovation Center for Additive Manufacturing
For additive manufacturing to move from prototyping applications to true manufacturing uses, OEMs need access to a broader range of printing materials. Jabil ...
EBN
The Brave New World Comes to California
Technology has been a major force, but the current surge is unprecedented. The past five years, five technology companies grew in value by $2.7 trillion.
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing
Jabil Offers Complete Source for Engineered Materials for 3D Printing
Jabil introduced the availability of Jabil Engineered Materials, a service to create, integrate, and validate custom engineered materials for additive manufacturing ...
EE Times
Huawei executive: Tech is the biggest loser in the trade war
One of the companies at the center of the trade war between the United States and China is warning of consequences across the tech industry. "We've seen the ...
CNN
9 Ways to Save Money in 2019
We all know the typical New Year's Resolutions that people talk about every January: Exercise more, travel more, or become more engaged in a local organization. ...
Entrepreneur
iPhone Assembler Foxconn Looks to India to Diversify Supply Chain Away From China
A larger portion of the world's iPhones could one day be manufactured in India, if a new report by the Wall Street Journal proves accurate. Apple's main iPhone ...
MacRumors
China, Taiwan LED makers face big challenge in 2019
China- and Taiwan-based LED firms generally saw prices drop due to weak demand and oversupply in 2018, and in 2019 they are facing probably the biggest ...
Digitimes
Another Capacitor Failure, Another Fix
A capacitor failure in a DVD recorder required replacement. That's what happens with old electronics. In my home, we tend to keep technology longer than most. ...
EE Times
Jan 26, 2019: IPC APEX EXPO 2019
Feb 11, 2019: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium
Feb 15, 2019: Space Coast (Melbourne FL) Chapter: 2019 Winter Golf Classic
Feb 18, 2019: CMOS, BiCMOS and Bipolar Process Integration
Feb 19, 2019: SMTA Webinar: BGA Reballing- Theory and Hands On
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
The primary function of the bias circuit is to: (a) hold the circuit stable at VCC; (b) hold the circuit stable at vin; (c) ensure proper gain is achieved; (d) hold the circuit stable at the designed Q-point
See answer below.
Exposed Copper Defect
Is exposed copper considered a class 3 defect per IPC-610 or J-STD documents?
Responses by:
Robert "Bob" Lazzara, President, Circuit Connect, Inc.
Tony Lentz, Field Applications, FCT Assembly
John De Leeuw, Manufacturing Process Engineer, TE SubCom
Leo Lambert, Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
Ray Prasad, President, Ray Prasad Consultancy Group
Rick Kompelien, Principal Product Engineer, Benchmark electronics, Inc.
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IPC's Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee Vote Finalizes CFX Standard
Quote of the Day
"Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth."
Archimedes
What Year Was It?
Wham-O Produces First Frisbees
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Machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs - now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.
The day was Jan 23. What year was it?
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
The primary function of the bias circuit is to: (a) hold the circuit stable at VCC; (b) hold the circuit stable at vin; (c) ensure proper gain is achieved; (d) hold the circuit stable at the designed Q-point
Answer: (d) hold the circuit stable at the designed Q-point