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April 21st, 2018
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TECH NEWS

A TEARDOWN EXPERT says the Tesla Model 3’s drive module is comparable to the flight controller of the F-35 aircraft.

THE EARLIEST VERSION of Moore’s Law was published today in 1965 in the Electronics magazine article “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits” by Gordon Moore.

MORE THAN HALF THE PRESENTATIONS at this year’s PCB West conference will be two hours or more in duration, UP Media Group said.

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

KONEKT releases Electra v7.20 autorouter software.

CAVEAT LECTOR
In Washington, a Rare Opportunity to Rebuild an Industry
President Donald Trump issued an executive order in March that introduced an often-threatened but rarely used measure to the world economic picture: tariffs.
MIKE BUETOW

Mike Buetow

 

















BUSINESS NEWS

ZTE said Friday that the ban imposed by the US Commerce Department was "extremely unfair" and that the company "cannot accept it.”

ASM said its SMT Solutions unit’s first quarter sales rose 22% year-over-year to $198 million.

QUALCOMM is cutting 269 roles across its offices in San Jose and Santa Clara, and another 1,231 employees at its San Diego headquarters.

KITRON reported first quarter revenue increased 11% year-over-year to $83.2 million.

FOXCONN is the frontrunner in a race to acquire and revive a former Nokia facility in India.

PDR appointed Technical Marketing Co. manufacturers’ representative in the Rocky Mountain region of the US.

SCREEN PRINTING
Understanding and Eliminating Mid-Chip Solder Balls
While the primary theme of this column over the past few years has been miniaturization’s impact on stencil printing, standard SMT process challenges are alive and well.
CLIVE ASHMORE

Clive Ashmore

 


















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of  PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
The Last Printed Circuit Plant in the US Closes Its Doors
Sanmina announced it will close its printed circuit board operations in Owego, New York.
by Dominique Numakura


From the pages of  CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
The Next PC Evolution Will Bring a Richer User Experience
Expect ultra-thin/coreless package substrate technologies, thinner dies – and new assembly techniques.
by Chuck Richardson

EVENTS

Apr. 23-25: Zuken Innovation World 2018, San Diego, CA
Apr. 24-26: Nepcon China 2018, Shanghai, China
May 10-12: PCB Expo Thailand 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
May 29-June 1: ECTC, San Diego, CA
June 5-6: PCB2Day - Control of Noise, EMI and Signal Integrity in High Speed Circuits and PCBs, Raleigh, NC
Sept. 11-13: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Oct. 25-26: PCB2Day - Control of Noise, EMI and Signal Integrity in High Speed Circuits and PCBs, Chicago, IL

 

 


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           4/16/18 TREND
Sn $9.60 Up
Pb $1.08 Flat
Ag $242.31 Up
Cu $3.09 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Feb. TREND
Semi equip. billings 22.2% Down
ICs 21% Down
PCBs 1.17 Up
Computers 5.40 Down
     

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