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April 18, 2014
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At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings.

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"Someone got my Social Security number off the internet and stole my identity. Thank God – I hated being me!"
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Eye Spy with My Google Glass
"Eyes on target" may take on a new meaning in military and intelligence parlance as spooks and combatants get their hands on Google Glass. Google Inc.'s internet-connected eyewear, which went on sale to the general public on April 15 for one day only ...
The Wall Street Journal
Industry News
Foxconn relies too heavily on Apple
Foxconn Electronics is exposing itself to high risks by relying too much on a single client. Foxconn has revealed that its biggest client accounted for ...
AMD beats earnings targets as game console-chip shipments remain strong -- but earnings are down big
Advanced Micro Devices reported financial results that beat Wall Street earnings targets thanks to strong sales of game console chips. The chip maker reported ...
Venture Beat
Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57% in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing ...
Reactions of Sn in the Cu-Sn-Zn Alloy
This paper reports a number of experimentally determined reactions that occur in Sn-rich Cu-Sn-Zn alloy.
IPC Outlook - Analysis Lab
'Social TV' Talks Back to Smart TV
The problem with Smart TV is that its main value is an Internet connection, something that is not unique. Consumers can use game consoles or Internet TV ...
This assisted reading device could one day eliminate the need for braille
A handful of researchers at MIT's Media Labs are working on a device capable of helping visually impaired and blind individuals read without the need for ...
Former 'Chief Evangelist' For Apple Takes Same Title At Startup
Guy Kawasaki might have the same job title he had 30 years ago, but his days of working for a benevolent dictator are over. The author and entrepreneur was ...
The Huffington Post
Cause of Unusual Contamination?
We have 40 PCB assemblies with unusual contamination. Do you have any ideas what the contamination is, and what caused it?
IPC Outlook - Ask the Experts
Get the Most Out of Your Current ERP Solution
The productivity and efficiency of any organization can be boosted or slowed by its enterprise resource planning (ERP) setup. A recent whitepaper by Supply ...
Printoo paper-thin modules bring solar power, sensing and more to 3D printing and wearable devices
Super-thin, flexible electronics are here. Portuguese startup Ynvisible wants to make sure they make the jump from the lab to tinkerers' hands as soon as ...
Here's what Apple's CarPlay will look like in your next car
It's been a long time in the making, but Apple's CarPlay is finally here. Well, almost. At the New York International Auto Show, Apple is showing off its ...
The Verge
The Olympics Balloon Fiasco
As the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics were being broadcast reports of "lost signal" started coming into the control center.
IPC Outlook - Mysteries of Science
Supply Chain Analytics: Myth or Reality?
As tech clichés go, "big data" falls somewhere between "cloud" and "social" on the list of terms you're probably tired of hearing -- ideas so broad they mean ...
Press Releases Submit
Nordson MARCH introduces the MaxVIA-Plus Plasma Treatment System
Nordson MARCH introduces its new MaxVIA-Plus(TM) plasma treatment system at the Korea Printed Circuit Association (KPCA) exhibition, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, in their ...
Nordson MARCH
Aqueous Technologies Introduces the Industry's Newest Defluxing System
Aqueous Technologies, North America's largest manufacturer of fully automated cleaning/defluxing machines and cleanliness testing equipment, is pleased to ...
Aqueous Technologies
AIM Solder's VP to discuss CFTI Strategy and Benefits @ SMTA Boston Chapter
Industry Handbook Written with BTU Reflow Expertise
Alpha Sponsors the First Global Summit for Advanced Manufacturing
PanaCIM(R) Maintenance with Augmented Reality(TM) Makes Global Debut
Asian Circuits is a Corportate Sponsor to Georgia Tech's Solar Jackets
NEPCON China Activities Expected to Add Value to Exhibitors and Visitors
IPC Master Instructor, Helena Pasquito, to present at SMTA Chapter Meeting
Graphic PLC Increases its North American Market Penetration
Advanced Circuits Celebrates 25 Years
Altium Joins AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture
KIC to Debut the K2 at NEPCON China 2014
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Tacky Substance Under Zero Clearance Parts
A CM is producing power supplies for us using no-clean leaded solder paste. Some large components (0.5" x 0.5") sit flush on the board. We are having failures after only ...
  Responses by:
  Mike Bixenman, CTO, Kyzen Corp.
  Leo Lambert, Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
  Rick Perkins, Chemical Engineer / Owner, Chemical Logic Inc.
  Umut Tosun, Application Technology Manager, Zestron America
  Neil Poole, Senior Applications Chemist, Henkel Electronics
  Brian Smith, General Manager - Electronic Assembly Americas, DEK International
  Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
  David Bonito, Sales & Marketing Manager, Technical Manufacturing Corp.
  Terry Munson, President/Senior Technical Consultant, Foresite
  Peter Biocca, Senior Market Development Engineer, Kester
Can Solder Joint Geometry Change Resistance?
Mixing Different SAC305 Solders
Soldering Station Calibration
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Electronics Assembly Cleaning #1 Coating and Dispensing #1
X-Ray Inspection #1 Reflow and Profiling #1
Solders, Fluxes and Pastes #2 Rework, Repair and Modification #2
Contamination and Defects #1 Ask the Experts #1
White Papers Submit
Faster Setup and Minimal Tuning using 'Advanced Modeling Techniques' in AOI
Printed Circuit Board Surface Finishes – Advantages and Disadvantages
Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies
How Lean Manufacturing Adds Value to PCB Production
Minimize Solder Extrusions
Protecting Chip on Board (COB) Devices with Glob Top Encapsulants
Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants
High-Reliability Pb-Free, Halogen-Free Solder Materials
Calendar Submit
Apr 23, 2014 - All About Under Stencil Cleaning Rolls and Their Impact on Rework/ Rejects
Apr 24, 2014 - Designing and Executing a DOE for a High-Reliability Cleaning Process
May 5, 2014 - Wafer Fab Processing Short Course (San Jose)
May 5, 2014 - Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (San Jose)
May 5, 2014 - Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (Munich)
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As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
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