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December 10, 2019
GPS Inventors Receive Top Engineering Prize at the Palace
The four engineers who invented the GPS system have received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, a prestigious engineering accolade with a £1 million ...
EE Times
Manufacturers Expect Revenue & Profit Boost in 2020
U.S. manufacturers are surprisingly upbeat about their prospects in 2020, anticipating growth in revenue, profitability, imports and exports. The outlook isn't so positive ...
EPS News
Void-Free and Worry-Free
While the debate about solder voiding's true impact on reliability continues, EMS firms can't wait for standards to be defined. They need low voiding materials ...
Technical Paper
The Ultimate Generation
One of 5G's biggest selling points is faster data rates than any previous generation of wireless—by a lot. Millimeter waves are part of what's making that possible. ...
IEEE Spectrum
Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) in Electronics Contract Manufacturing
Reliable Novel Nickel-Free Surface Finish Solution for High-Frequency PCB Applications
Selective Soldering Solutions for High Thermal Mass & Fine-Pitch Components
A Novel ENIG Surface Finish for Robust Solder Joints
Improve Performance & Reliability of LED Systems With Protection Materials
Differences Between Through-Hole and Surface-Mount
Automating the Incoming Materials Process
Void-Free and Worry-Free
Tutorial: What are the differences between force, torque, pressure and vacuum?
Most second-year university engineering students can easily explain the differences between force, torque and pressure. The reason for their confident answers is that ...
Design News
The year that tech went dark
The team at Pinterest felt it had to go dark to do right by its users. At a time when social networks are plagued by toxic content, misinformation and partisan bickering, ...
7 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Productivity
In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy explains a group of habits that can kill your productivity. The seven worst are: 1. Failing to plan out your ...
Flying cars could lure investors away from ground-based services: survey
Electric air taxis — known colloquially, if somewhat misleadingly, as "flying cars" — could draw millions of investor dollars away from ground-based transportation ...
China reportedly bans foreign technology in its government and public offices
China is reportedly planning to ban all government offices and public institutions from using foreign software and computers in a move that could dent sales by US tech ...
A climate-change solution: remove carbon dioxide from the air
Researchers at MIT have designed a specialized battery that can remove carbon dioxide even at small concentrations from air, a device they believe could be used as a ...
Design News
The 15 Most Influential Technologies of the Decade
It's been a busy decade in the tech space. New innovations emerged and older ones finally matured in ways that have had a major impact. The 2010s brought us the ...
Design News
A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?
There are about a dozen industries at the frontier of innovation. They include software and pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and data processing. Most of their workers ...
The New York Times
Worldwide Wearables Shipments Surge 94.6% in 3Q 2019 Led by Expanding Hearables Market, Says IDC
Global shipments of wearable devices totaled 84.5 million units in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), a year-over-year increase of 94.6% and a new record for shipments ...
Smart glasses may replace smartphones, says Jorjin chairman
Smart glasses enabled by AR/MR technologies may gradually replace smartphones, with such a trend beginning to emerge in 2023 according to Tom Liang, chairman ...
Smartphone Assembly Volumes Increase
According to the latest results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Smartphone ODM Qview, smartphone ODM/EMS assembly shipment volumes increased 7.6% quarter over quarter during the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) with total shipments of 358 million units. The increase was largely the result of tier-one vendors moving quickly into lower-priced markets worldwide. With ...
30 Reasons Why Licensing Huawei 5G Could be a Bad Idea
Earlier this fall, The Economist published an interview with Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, in which Mr. Zhengfei proposed cloning Huawei's 5G technology stack by ...
EE Times
Hon Hai founder Gou visits Wisconsin project
Terry Gou, founder of Taiwanese manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., visited the site of a huge investment project being carried out by the company ...
Focus Taiwan News
Smart AR glasses shipments to rise significantly in 2023, says Digitimes Research
As 5G penetration rate is expected to reach 50% in 2023, smart augmented reality (AR) glasses will begin entering the consumer market. Many firms released ...
Supply Chains Aid Compute Lifecycle Assurance Advancement
The globalization of technology design, development, manufacturing and distribution has created an environment of complicated supply chains with limited transparency. ...
EPS News
AI Compute Symposium Charts Path from Emerging to Pervasive AI
The world's AI researchers zoomed in on topics ranging from natural language to AI hardware architectures, machine learning for social-network platforms, quantum ...
EE Times
When to Listen to Outside Opinions and When to Tune Out the Noise
Malcolm McCassy, founder of Ethika Underwear and acting CEO of Initial Friends, talks about how his career has evolved since landing his first job at the No Fear ...
Physics Explains Why You Can’t Open a Plane Door in the Air
It's the nightmare of travelers sitting near the emergency exit and the inevitable fate of bad guys tussling on a plane with James Bond--the door erupting open mid-flight, ...
The Great AI Boom Ahead
Investment in artificial intelligence is rising rapidly. AI-related opportunities and threats are just becoming visible to most decision-makers.
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing
Phone-related injuries are increasing rapidly
In a nutshell: Smartphones are now powerful computers in our pockets, but as we become increasingly glued to their screens, the number of physical injuries they ...
3 painless tips for writing documentation
Writing documentation is not the most exciting endeavor an engineer can embark on. It's often boring, time consuming, and there are so many more interesting ...
Design News
Realization of a New Concept for Power Chip Embedding
This paper will focus on the behavior of the power module for operational conditions of a PedEleC (Pedal Electric Cycle) application.
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab
When cell phones got smart, they started hurting people
We like to think that smartphones make our lives a bit better, and in a few ways, that may be true. I mean, you couldn't Facebook-stalk your ex on an old flip ...
Teardown: Wireless charger boosts output, alters orientation
Earlier this year, I dissected a single-coil 5-9W Qi wireless charging pad from Samsung, which laid flat on a horizontal surface, with the mobile device to be charged ...
DoE achieves breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis
Researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have achieved a chemical reaction that drastically improves upon current methods for artificial photosynthesis, ...
Design News
Did Qualcomm just confirm that the iPhone 12 has 5G?
The first 5G iPhone is expected to launch next September, complete with a design makeover as well as several other notable upgrades. That's what rumors say, as ...
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Flux Oozing from Insulated Wires
We have a problem with flux and wiring. Our wires are stripped and tinned. It appears that throughout the build cycle flux oozes out from under the insulation. We clean ...
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Greg York
Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
Charlie Pitarys
Technical Expert Sales Support, Kyzen Corporation
Leo Lambert
Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
Mahendra Gandhi
SME - PWB Technologies, Northrop Grumman
Mike Bixenman
CTO, Kyzen Corp.
Terry Jeglum
President/CEO, Electronic Technology Corporation
Rick Perkins
President, Chem Logic
Robert "Bob" Lazzara
President, Circuit Connect, Inc.
Doug Pauls
Principal Materials and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
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What is the collective name for a large number of islands?
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