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November 15, 2019
Supplier Realignment Prompts Supply Chain Anxiety
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Supplier realignment always causes stress in the electronics supply chain -- but the past six weeks has moved the needle to "anxiety." In early October, chip maker Texas Instruments announced it was dropping six of its distributors -- including Avnet Inc., WPG and WT Microelectronics -- by the end of 2020. Within the past week alone, WPG said it was buying a 30% stake in rival WT Micro ...
EPS News
Foxconn to shift focus to profitability, says chairman
Foxconn Technology Group will give more priority to profit improvement with a goal of boosting its gross margin to 10% over the next 3-5 years. However, Foxconn's ...
Digitimes
Keeping Counterfeit Components Out of Supply Chain
Counterfeit components in the global supply chain continues to plague the electronics industry. Distributors play a key role solving this problem, as they receive ...
Technical Paper
Cisco confirms fears of a 'broad-based' slowdown in tech spending
Cisco Systems Inc. sparked fears of a tech-spending slowdown with its last forecast. With its latest projections, it may have confirmed them. Cisco projected that revenue ...
Market Watch
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
USB Connection Testing
First impressions of Motorola's new foldable Razr smartphone
Bottom line: Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X did flexible display technology no favors. Motorola seems to have corrected many of the injustices that these ...
TechSpot
PCB factories embrace AI
The evolution of PCBs from large and antiquated "printed wiring boards" to today's fine-line designs on high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs, IC substrates (ICS) ...
EDN
Is It Burnout or Boredom? The Answer Matters.
Entrepreneurs have a habit of blaming their lack of enthusiasm or increased fatigue on burnout. While burnout certainly isn't uncommon among founders, the condition ...
Entrepreneur
Pope tells tech companies they are responsible for child safety
Pope Francis said on Thursday that technology company executives and investors must be held accountable if they put profit before the protection of children, including ...
Reuters
Ford uses Mustang name, hoping new electric SUV will zap Tesla
Ford Motor Co will tag its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with the Mustang name, the automaker said, seeking to entice customers into a new era by linking it ...
Reuters
Suggested Stencil Wipe Frequency?
How do we determine what is the best under stencil wipe frequency? As always, the Assembly Brothers Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, Pick and Place, give a review.
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Innovations in Micro- and Macro Cooling – Maybe
The creation and use of power has always had its accompanying sibling, namely, heat and the need to remove it. Usually this heat is unwanted, although sometimes ...
EE Times
4 Reasons to Use Artificial Intelligence in Your Next Embedded Design
For many, just mentioning artificial intelligence brings up mental images of sentient robots at war with mankind and man's struggle to avoid the endangered species ...
Design News
Characterization of SIP Assembly and Reliability Under Thermal Cycles
This paper presents assembly challenges and reliability evaluation of Three-Dimensional Through- Mold Via and System in Package in fine pitch ball grid arrays.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
Foxconn moving to transform into technology services provider
Foxconn Technology Group will step up transforming into a provider of technology services by deepening deployments in electric vehicle, smart heath care and robot ...
Digitimes
EV Battery Life Depends on Precise Management
The Texas Instruments has created a new device that performs high-precision measurements for three to six battery cells. Electric vehicles (EVs) commonly rely on ...
EE Times
Microsoft Incorporates Graphcore AI Chips in Azure Cloud
Graphcore's AI accelerator chip, the Colossus intelligence processing unit (IPU) is now available for customers to use as part of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. This is ...
EE Times
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Through Hole Connector Solder Joint Hole Fill
When looking at IPC610D in relation to through hole connectors and Class III level soldering. What is the recommended inspection method to ensure the 75% ...
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Bill Coleman
Vice President Technology, Photo Stencil
Subrat Prajapati
Supplier Quality Leader, Ge Healthcare
Leo Lambert
Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
Richard D. Stadem
Advanced Engineer/Scientist, General Dynamics
Peter Biocca
Senior Market Development Engineer, Kester
Fritz Byle
Process Engineer, Astronautics
Paul J. Koep
Global Product Manager, Alpha
Robert Freid
President and Founder, Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc.
Kris Roberson
Manager of Assembly Technology, IPC
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Where are the convolutions of Broca?
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