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4 Megatrends in China's Smartphone Market
Touch Taiwan, an international touch-panel and optical film exhibition that opened, is exposing some of Asia's techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China? ...
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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for July 2014
IPC announced the July findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were weaker ...
Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe
Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, the company said on Thursday, as the Chinese government ...
Designing for That 3D Printer
Are you like me? Every time I see yet another pastel-colored mug advertising the wonders of 3D printing, I cringe. The whole idea of advertising ...
Rework for OSP Assemblies
Should we modify any rework or repair procedures for circuit board assemblies fabricated using OSP (Organic Solderability Preservative) bare ...
IPC Outlook - Ask the Experts
Server Shipments Market Grew 1.3% While Revenue Increased 2.8%
In the second quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 1.3% year-over-year, while revenue moved upward 2.8% from the second quarter ...
Low Cost Alternative to SAC Alloys
This paper discusses some new SAC alloy options, comparing performance to current low-cost options, and considers approaches to enhance the performance ...
IPC Outlook - Materials Tech
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
Brazil's policies on imported goods are hurting the country's economy. But engineers can do something about it. That was the message delivered ...
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How to Turn Tires Into Batteries for Electric Cars
Scrapped car tires have been used for construction material and recycled into floor mats and shoe soles. Now they might find their way back into ...
IEEE Spectrum
Will Apple Kill Off the Credit Card Like It Did the Compact Disc?
Amidst the hype about Apple's announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the ...
Are Killer Robots on the Rise?
A recent New York Times article warned of the future dangers robots could pose to the humans who work alongside them. The article cited the 33 deaths ...
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Fred Dimock to Present Solder Reflow Fundamentals Tutorial at SMTAI
SEHO's SelectLine to Provide a PLUS in Flexible Soldering at SMTAI
STI to Exhibit One-Stop Contract Manufacturing & Training Services at SMTAI
CyberOptics to Debut Its Conformal Coating Inspection Solution at SMTAI
Europlacer to Demonstrate iineo II SMT Pick-and-Place Platform at SMTAI
Mirtec To Demonstrate 2D/Dd In-Line and Desktop AOI Systems at SMTAI
Indium Corporation Features RMA-155 Pb-Free Solder Paste at SMTAi
Juki Sets the Standard in Mini-Wave Solder Systems at SMTAI
Viscom to Showcase Advanced SPI, X-ray and 3D AOI Portfolio at SMTAI
Speedprint to Showcase New Features for the SP710 Screen Printer at SMTAI
Seika Machinery to Debut RD-500V All-In-One Rework Station at SMTAI
Field Application Engineer Tony Lentz to Present at SMTAI
Vi TECHNOLOGY Brings State-of-the-art Inspection to SMTAI
View the Highest Quality X-ray Imaging from Nordson DAGE at SMTAI
First SMT Assembler with Integrated Solder Paste Jet Printer @ SMTAI
Inovaxe to Expand Its Suite of Handling Solutions at SMTAI
Akrometrix LLC to Demonstrate 2D/3D Statistical Review Software at SMTAI
Virtual Industries to Demonstrate ESD Safe Vacuum Handling Tools at SMTAI
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