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November 24, 2014
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Remove Component Markings to Prevent Fakes / Reverse Engineering
QFP packages with inner leads eg Vitesse VSC7422XJQ
What Year Was It?
Origin of Species Published
Origin of Species Published
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England.

The day was Nov 24. What year was it?
Cartoon of the Day
"If you're going to use sports analogies to inspire your team, use football or baseball... not duck-duck-goose."
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
Top Story
Moore's Law at 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 it comes to adding performance and functionality to its processors. "Our job at Intel is to make sure it lives ...
Industry News
Electronica Highlights Global Supply Chain and Demand for Agility
Electronica celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in Munich, Germany and the attendance hit a record-breaking 73,000+ attendees from over 80 countries. This year ...
Electronics Purchasing Strategies
What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job
Technology has been accused of making many a job disappear, like the production line or the accounting office. And it is not done yet. A company often resembles its ...
The New York Times
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting. The company's fiscal outlook for 2015 included stabilization of several divisions ...
EE Times
The Internet of Things Begins to Take Shape
The "Internet of Things" has been talked about for a decade. Now the crucial enablers are emerging that will connect trillions of devices. What are the opportunities? ...
IPC Outlook - Technology Briefing
Would Air Travel Be Safer Without Pilots? Steve Jurvetson Thinks So
Steve Jurvetson likes big ideas. The venture capital investor placed early, bold bets on electric cars (Tesla Motors) and space exploration (SpaceX). He speaks publicly ...
The Wall Street Journal
3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything
You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other ...
Why Have Our Brains Started to Shrink?
Christopher Stringer, a paleoanthropologist and research leader on human origins at the Natural History Museum in London, replies: Indeed, skeletal evidence from ...
Scientific American
Do We Still Need SMT Adhesives?
If double sided surface mount assemblies are the way of the future, should we anticipate a growing or declining need for SMT adhesives?
IPC Outlook - Board Talk
Nokia and Foxconn join forces to manufacture and sell the N1 tablet computer
Nokia has announced plans to partner with Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build its new Android tablet computer, the N1. Foxconn, famed for manufacturing ...
Manufacturing Global
What Are You Wearing?
I've been researching the wearables market for the past two weeks in preparation for ARM Wearables Week (an event at which I'm consulting), and I thought I would share ...
Bricks to Clicks: Where's Electronics Distribution Going?
In the not so distant past, all of the distributors, reps, suppliers, and customers had hard-site offices in order to visit and conduct our respective business. Those are going ...
Solder Paste Stencil Design for Optimal QFN Reliability
In this study, the volume of solder used in 2 QFN/BTC packages was varied to investigate the relationship between standoff height and thermal cycle life.
IPC Outlook - Production Floor
American Manufacturing: An Expanding Frontier
In the electronics industry, a "Made in America" label is something that is much talked about -- and sporadically achieved. That trend may be shifting. Making ...
Urban Planning Ideas for 2030, When Billions Will Live in Megacities
The statistics are staggering: Researchers predict that by 2025, the world will have 37 megacities, defined as urban areas with more than 10 million people. New York ...
Google is working on a mobile keyboard with an incredible real-time translation feature
With so many awesome third-party keyboard apps out there, it can be hard to distinguish yours from the crowd. It seems that Google has been working on a keyboard app ...
Press Releases Submit
Pinnacle Circuits Announces New Website & Revolutionizes Purchasing PCB's
Pinnacle Circuits is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, revolutionizing the way PCBs are quoted, purchased, tracked, and delivered. The new website will ...
Pinnacle Circuits
FCT Assembly to Exhibit Solution Driven Solder Pastes at SMTA Space Coast
FCT Assembly announced plans to exhibit at the Space Coast and Tampa Bay Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Park Inn by Radisson ...
FCT Assembly
RPS Extends Their Lead Tinning Line With the Introduction of the Odyssey DX
RPS Automation LLC. is introducing a new system to the existing line of Lead Tinning
machines. The Odyssey DX features multiple dynamic solder pots and additional ...

RPS Automation
Sensirion is strengthening its distribution network with Future Electronics
Sensirion has announced a global sales agreement with Future Electronics, the leading distributor of electronic components with exceptional customer-focused logistics ...
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Tiny Solder Balls After Reflow
We have been seeing tiny solder balls across our PCB's after reflow. We have baked the boards, cleaned the PCB and stencil with alcohol, used brand new paste ...
  Responses by:
  Steve Stach, President, Austin American Technology
  Kishan Sarjoo, Process Engineering Manager - Electronics, Altech UEC, South Africa
  Edithel Marietti, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, iDirect
  Tim O'Neill, Technical Marketing Manager, AIM
  Marc Peo, President, Heller Industries Inc.
  Paul Austen, Senior Project Engineer, Electronic Controls Design Inc
  Karthik Vijay, Technical Manager - Europe, Indium Corp.
  Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
  Greg York, Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
  Brien Bush, Manufacturing Applications Specialist, Cirtronics Corp.
  Linda Woody, SME Production Technical Excellence Staff, Lockheed Martin
Problems with blow holes
No Clean Flux Stains
How to Clamp Odd Shaped Circuit Boards
White Papers Submit
5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a New Cut and Strip Machine
Precise High-throughput Solder Dispensing
Facing the Challenges of THT Inspection
A Novel Epoxy Flux on Solder Paste for Assembling Thermally Warped PoP
Finding the Right Manufacturer for Your Design
Understencil Wipe Cleaning Yields Improvements
03015 Component Inspection Considerations
Advantages of the Contaminometer™ AKA CM Series
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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Quote of the Day
"The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."
Jean Giraudoux
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Answer: "Where is everybody?"
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