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January 27th, 2020
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TECH NEWS

GM engineers break electronics so we don't have to.

While manufacturing companies see the value in implementing artificial intelligence, many are struggling to deliver clear results and are reevaluating their strategy, according to a new report commissioned by Plutoshift.

iNEMI released three additional chapters from its 2019 Roadmap: Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Organic PCB and Portable and Wireless.

Downstream Technologies is hosting a pair of webinars on how to ease the building of a design.

George Milad explains nickel corrosion, how it occurs and new methods of mitigation, and how the IPC-4552 ENIG specification is being revised to reflect new corrosion analysis requirements, on the latest edition of PCB Chat.

Rohde & Schwarz upgrades R&S RTO-/RTP-K133 oscilloscopes.

Vishay offers TMBS rectifiers with 2A, 3A devices.

UP Media Group seeks abstracts for PCB West, to be held Sept. 8-11. The four-day technical conference and one-day exhibition will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Susy Webb on Mar. 26–27 will lead Design Essentials for PCB Engineers, a two-day workshop covering parts placement, routing, fine-pitch BGAs, fanout, controlling impedance and high-frequency energy, and stack-up and power issues, in Austin, TX.

Phil Zarrow will present a two-day SMT Assembly Boot Camp, a practical workshop on processes and materials used in through-hole and SMT, in Austin, TX, on Mar. 24–25.

ON THE FOREFRONT
The Role of Heterogeneous Integration in the AI Hardware Ecosystem
The IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held a night panel discussion on Dec. 10 titled Rest in Peace Moore’s Law, Long Live AI.
E. JAN VARDAMAN

Jan Vardaman

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Incap signed an agreement to acquire 100% ownership of UK-based AWS Electronics Group.

Intel said cloud computing demand fired up the chipmaker’s data center business and allayed concerns of market share loss to rival AMD.

Apex Circuit, a subsidiary of Taiding, the largest PCB manufacturer in Thailand, has approved a 670 million baht plant in Sinsakhon Industrial Park.

Singapore's electronics factory output edged higher from a year ago in December, reinforcing the view the technology sector could turn around in coming months.

The Japan Business Federation, commonly known as Keidanren, has stated in its guidelines for 2020 wage bargaining that Japan's conventional framework for labor-management wage negotiations is out of touch with reality.

InspectAR Augmented Interfaces, whose technology helps simplify the production of printed circuit boards, has received an $850,000 investment from Royal Circuits and Advanced Assembly.

PCB fabricator Bomin Electronics reported 2019 net profit will increase RMB 58 million to 87 million, an increase of 47% to 70% year-over-year.

BTU named Brandon Hannaman regional sales manager.

Virtex named Shawn Brady business development manager.

THE FLEXPERTS
How Does Combining Various Via Structures Affect Circuit Design?
As components continue to shrink, designers are challenged to find strategies to route the supporting circuit to handle all the I/O from those components while using less real estate.
NICK KOOP

Nick Koop

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
The Case for Copper Pour on Routing Layers
Don’t be afraid of the ground.
by John Burkhert Jr.


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Why ‘Born on Dating’ is Not a Reliable Means for PCB Shelf Life
Flex circuit solderability and life expectancy are influenced by handling and finishes.
by Mark Finstad

EVENTS

Jan. 28–30: DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 4-6: IPC Apex Expo 2020, San Diego, CA
Feb. 10-13: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, The Big Island of Hawaii
Mar. 24-25: PCB2Day: SMT Assembly Boot Camp, Austin, TX
Mar. 26-27: PCB2Day: Design Essentials for PCB Engineers, Austin, TX
Apr. 27-30: Zuken Innovation World Americas 2020, Coronado, CA


SUBMISSIONS

Email industry press releases or links to the editors of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY or PCD&F: pr@upmediagroup.com.

METALS PRICES
           1/20/20 Trend
Sn $7.94 Up
Pb $0.89 Up
Ag $261.79 Down
Cu $2.86 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Nov. Trend
Semi equip. billings 9.1% Up
ICs -10.9% Up
PCBs 1.08 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.5 Up
     
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