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November 21, 2014
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Who Shot J.R.
Who Shot J.R.
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Notebook PC Shipments Rise Year Over Year
According to preliminary results from the upcoming DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, in the third quarter of this year, the global notebook PC market grew 10% year over year, to reach 49.4 million units. Global shipments of tablet PCs, by comparison ...
IHS iSuppli
Industry News
This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen
The iPhone 6 was supposed to have a sapphire display. More than a year ago, Apple turned to GT Advanced Technologies, the now-bankrupt supplier, to solve its ...
The Verge
As Moore's Law approaches 50, Intel's battling to keep up
With advances in chip technology, it's becoming more difficult for Intel to keep up with Moore’s Law, but the company’s CEO says that remains the key baseline when ...
PC World
New Technologies for Ultra Thin Chips
Paper shows different approaches to use ultra-thin chips for new packages with high density and improved performance.
IPC Outlook - Materials Tech
The Messe U-Bahn Crush Business Indicator
Hurrah! Electronica was busy once again. At peak times there was even a return to the old Munich Messe U-bahn crush, although I don't think a return to the old tactics ...
EE Times
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated Apple Display Plant in Taiwan
Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays ...
Mac Rumors
3 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Entrepreneurship
Do you really have more freedom as an entrepreneur than as an employee? The answer: Yes and no. The primary complaint with the typical 9 to 5 schedule is that it simply ...
Semiconductor Companies Bloated by Unhealthy Business App Diet
As a child I recall my mother telling me to take care of the pennies and the dollars would take care of themselves. That was, and still is, good advice. Having spent ...
Class 3 Cleaning Requirements
We recently received our first contract to assemble Class 3 circuit board assemblies. Are there any changes we need to make in our cleaning operations to switch ...
IPC Outlook - Ask the Experts
Supply Chain Management Primer: The Financial Supply Chain
The financial aspect of the supply chain is an often-neglected topic when discussing supply chain management. It is left only to the financial department, and everyone ...
The One Trait Successful Entrepreneurs Have In Common
I've worked with countless CEOs of companies big and small, famous venture capitalists, and founders of startups that beat the odds and went public. What I did to be ...
Eavesdropping on the Enemy
The military wanted to listen to the enemy from overhead. What type of aircraft would be quiet enough to make listening possible?
IPC Outlook - Mysteries of Science
Startups should adapt to the developing world, not ignore it
In our smartphone-dependent lives, it's hard to imagine getting by with a feature phone. But in developing countries, those phones have become lifelines that can handle ...
Motorola’s New $25 Dongle Helps You Find Your Lost Keys, Unlocks Your Phone
I don't know what's going on at Motorola lately, but I dig it. Between launching a Bluetooth headset that looks like something straight out of Her and making temporary ...
Make Money With the Internet of Things
One of the things that's needed for the Internet of Things to take off is for companies to be able to profit from it. So monetization is an important topic. Here are ...
Gifted men and women define success differently, 40-year study finds
Researchers spent four decades studying a group of mathematically talented adolescents, finding that by mid-life they were extraordinarily accomplished and enjoyed ...
Science Daily
Press Releases Submit
USI Releases New Precision Metering Pump for Conformal Coating
Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI) announces the release of the Precision Metering Pump (PMP) for conformal coating applications. The PMP overcomes the limitations ...
Ultrasonic Systems, Inc.
Ersa Announces Successful Versaflow 3 Level II Course
Kurtz Ersa North America recently held its ERSA Versaflow 3 Selective Soldering Level II Application Training and Maintenance Course at its facility in Plymouth, WI ...
Kurtz Ersa North America
Bpifrance and CM-CIC Invest in Vi TECHNOLOGY
Advanced Assembly Selects SAP Business One(R) and Partner Vision33
Dow Corning Silicone Encapsulant available from Ellsworth Adhesives Europe
Libra Industries Hosts 2nd Annual Tournament to Benefit Charity
Werner Turck GmbH Relies on Multifunctional System from Essemtec
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Problems with blow holes
We are having problems with what appear to be blow holes on one particular part of an assembly we run frequently. We have experimented with different ...
  Responses by:
  Todd O'Neil, Sales Manager, Soldering products, JUKI Automation Sys.
  Paul Austen, Senior Project Engineer, Electronic Controls Design Inc
  Christian Ott, Sales Manager, Seho
  Greg York, Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
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Understencil Wipe Cleaning Yields Improvements
03015 Component Inspection Considerations
Advantages of the Contaminometer™ AKA CM Series
No-Clean Paste Flux: Reflow Profiling and Electrical Reliability
Calendar Submit
Dec 2, 2014 - SMTA Webtorial: LED, BGA, and QFN Assembly and Inspection
Dec 3, 2014 - Webinar: IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 Moving From Rev. E to Rev. F
Dec 4, 2014 - "Root Cause Analysis" Seminar
Dec 4, 2014 - Space Coast and Tampa Bay Expo & Tech Forum
Jan 19, 2015 - Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing Seminar/Hsinchu, Taiwan
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