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May 25, 2018
Apple Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars
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Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant's ambitions ran into reality. So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for its own use with employees. Now, the tech giant has settled for an auto partner that was not its first ...
The New York Times
'AI' is in the air. Is it on your board?
It seems you can't swing a Turing Test these days without hitting an "AI". And while a small number of projects are gunning for the Turing, the vast majority of ...
EDN
Where No Machine Has Gone Before: Automated Assembly Verification
For high-precision, highly-detailed, complex, or low-contrast assembly inspection tasks, Radiant's INSPECT.assembly solution is more accurate than human vision, and ...
Technical Paper
Apple Supplier's IPO Has Shiny Shell, Low-Tech Core
Beneath the flashy presentation, Foxconn's China spinoff is a mundane business. The introductory video for its IPO is slick and clean, ticking off all the right ...
Bloomberg
When Machine Vision Inspection Comes Up Short: Is 'Almost' Defect-Free Enough?
Enhancing the Quality of Your Selective Soldering Process
An Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold (ENIG) Surface Finish for Better Reliability of Assemblies
Ten Ways to Find Counterfeit Components Using X-Ray
Where No Machine Has Gone Before: Automated Assembly Verification
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How to Pick a PCB Assembly Partner
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U.S. bill would force tech companies to disclose foreign software probes
U.S. tech companies would be forced to disclose if they allowed American adversaries, like Russia and China, to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. ...
Reuters
How to get blockchains to talk to each other
If blockchains are really going to give us the internet of money, they'll need to work together. Blockchain boosters love to compare the technology to the early days ...
MIT Technololgy Review
Electronic Component Shortages: 'No End in Sight'
Electronics component shortages are now so severe that some OEMs believe their growth for 2018 could be stymied if they are unable to get parts. "We have not missed ...
EPS News
Know When to Trust Your Gut and When to Seek Outside Advice
When deciding whether to invest in hopeful entrepreneurs who enter ABC's Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran relies heavily on her gut reaction. Though the investor does ...
Entrepreneur
I wish my mom's phone wasn't invented, 2nd grader writes in school project
Second graders at a Louisiana school wish their parents would get off their phones. Elementary school teacher Jen Beason said four of her students told her they ...
USA Today
What is Causing Dimples in Blind Via Pads?
Recently we encountered defects on some bare boards from our supplier. The defect is a small dimple. What might be the cause of this defect? The Assembly Brother ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk
Prices for DRAMs Continue to Climb while NAND Flash ASPs Drop
Prices for DRAMs, with the exception of graphics applications, has increased by 3 percent to 6 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, resulting in a 5.4% increase ...
EPS News
Amazon's AI Is Helping the Police Watch You
The ACLU has raised concerns over law enforcement agencies' use of Rekognition, a facial and object recognition AI developed by Amazon that can be used for ...
Design News
Through Hole Connector Solder Joint Hole Fill
Looking at IPC-610D in relation to through hole connectors and Class III level soldering. What is the recommended inspection method to for 75% fill?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Automated Mobile Robots Are Delivering Efficiencies to Manufacturing
These robots are getting deployed in a wide range of industries to reduce costs and solve workforce issues. As manufacturers seek greater efficiency ...
Design News
Foxconn promotes 'lights-out' smart manufacturing
Foxconn Industrial Internet, a subsidiary of the world's largest contract manufacturer Foxconn, has enabled most of its production lines and factories to be fully ...
Ecns.cn
5 Reasons You Need a WMS Instead of ERP
When businesses look to streamline their operational processes, they're probably motivated by the need for better efficiencies and adding revenue to the bottom ...
EBN
May 24, 2018: Free Cleaning Webinar - Surface Cleanliness Assessment
Jun 4, 2018: Wafer Fab Processing Short Course (Singapore)
Jun 5, 2018: SMT Processes Certification Course, Toronto, Canada
Jun 5, 2018: International Conference on Soldering & Reliability 2018
Jun 6, 2018: SMTA Toronto Chapter Expo & Tech Forum
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What's the Arabic answer to the Roman subtraction M minus IX?
See answer below.
Solder Bridging Problem on Header Connector
We have been struggling to eliminate solder bridging during wave soldering on a 10 x 2 row through hole header connector. We see bridging on most every connector but not on other types of components. Do you have any suggestions?
Responses by:
Swaroop Pawar, PCBA Industrialization, Schneider Electric
Todd O'Neil, National Sales and Marketing Manager, North America, Optical Control
EH Lim, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ECD
John Norton, Eastern Manager, Vitronics Soltec
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Cementex Announces Double-Insulated 9-inch Universal Pliers
Rainer Krohmann new Sales Director DACH of IPTE Germany
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Quote of the Day
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
Dwight Eisenhower
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What's the Arabic answer to the Roman subtraction M minus IX?
Answer: M - IX = CMXCI (1,000 - 9 = 991),