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March 20th, 2018
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AUC SANTA BARBARA TEAM demonstrated a fundamentally new type of inductor that could permit breakthroughs in miniaturization and speed, potentially paving the way for a more connected world.

KURTZ ERSA NORTH AMERICA will hold a Versaflow 3 Selective Soldering application training course Apr. 18- 20 in Plymouth, WI.

UP MEDIA GROUP will hold workshops on controlling noise in PCBs featuring Rick Hartley in Raleigh, NC, in June.

AUTODESK launched library.io component outline tool.

VOLTERA debuts V-One drill.

BGA Voiding: What’s Important?
The presence of voids within BGA joints is of widespread concern. I have heard various opinions about the effects. Often, these statements have been contradictory but well-meaning.

David Bernard



EOLANE is relocating its Estonia EMS plant to a new building in eastern Tallinn where approximately 300 new jobs will be created in the next few years.

TIMBERLINE MANUFACTURING plans to double its production space to 85,000 sq. ft. at its EMS plant in Marion, IA.

FLEX will lay off more than 50 workers at its plant here due to what it calls the “present state” of business.

GERMANY REGION PCB MANUFACTURERS saw sales growth continue in January, rising 11.5% year-over-year.

AUTODESK fourth quarter revenue of $2.05 billion, up 25% from last year on a constant currency basis.

IPC president and CEO John Mitchell and vice president of global government relations Chris Mitchell discuss the trade organization's key government programs and initiatives, its annual member lobbying event coming up in May, and the importance of lobbying on the latest PCB Chat.

PEGATRON expects its performance in the first half of 2018 to outperform that seen a year ago, and is optimistic about demand for consumer electronics devices this year.

ALLIED CIRCUIT AND HIGH-TECH reported January revenues were the highest in more than six years due to high-frequency clouds and servers.

FOXCONN outperformed Samsung to take the top ranking for the manufacture of smartphones in the fourth quarter thanks to orders for iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices from Apple.

STEADY AUTO PCB DEMANDS are bringing positive first-quarter outlooks to Tripod and Chin Poon.

SANMINA'S decision to close its PCB plant in Owego, NY, comes just three months before the lapse of a property tax reprieve.

ARLON ELECTRONIC MATERIALS passed an audit and has qualified to the IPC-4101 Qualified Products Listing.

SOPARK, a Rochester, NY EMS firm, will be acquired by president and COO Rupa Shanmugam.

Conference Call
“Thank you all for promptly joining this morning’s webmail conference call. Today we are going to review the x-ray images our outside lab FTP’d us yesterday."

Robert Boguski



From the pages of  PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
Are Transmission Line Signals in Printed Circuit Boards Different from Conductor Signals?
By controlling the geometry, we can control reflections. But the rules of conduction are the same.
by Douglas Brooks, Ph.D.

From the pages of  CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Fill the Void III
While voiding for QFNs tends to decrease with smaller powder sizes, stencil design plays a role.
by Tony Lentz


Mar. 20-22: CPCA Show, Shanghai
Apr. 10-11: CDNLive Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, CA
Apr. 18-19: Greater New York Design-2-Part Show, Secaucus, NJ
Apr. 23-25: Zuken Innovation World 2018, San Diego, CA
Apr. 24-26: Nepcon China 2018, Shanghai, China
May 29 - June 1: ECTC, San Diego, CA
Sept. 11-13: PCB West 2018, Santa Clara, CA



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

           3/19/18 TREND
Sn $9.63 Down
Pb $1.09 Flat
Ag $240.22 Down
Cu $3.11 Flat
             Jan. TREND
Semi equip. billings 27.2% Down
ICs 22.7% Up
PCBs 1.16 Up
Computers 5.40 Down

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