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March 24th, 2019
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The Department of Homeland Security warned of two flaws in Medtronic cardio defibrillators that could potentially allow attackers to monitor devices after they are implanted in a patient, potentially taking full control of the devices without the patient knowing.

A South Korea research team has developed a textile-based wearable display that is machine-washable and powered by solar energy.

On PCB Chat this week, Tim O’Neill of AIM Solder explains the nature of soldering residue at the rework station, and steps that can be taken to mitigate it.

Registration is open for the free Reliability of Circuit Assemblies Workshops to be held in Baltimore (May 21); Raleigh, NC, (May 23); Melbourne, FL (June 25); and Tampa (June 27).

Digi-Key released a new secondary KiCad library, known as the Digi-Key Partner Library.

Designer Certification: An Ongoing Proposition?
If your designer certification were suddenly rendered invalid, would you feel any less professional? Would you feel any less knowledgeable about your craft?

Mike Buetow



The US Chamber of Commerce said the US-China trade war will cost the US economy about $100 billion per year, and the 25% tariff on PCB assemblies will lead to a 6% price hike and reduce consumption by nearly 12%.

IEH has qualified to trade on the OTCQX Best Market exchange.

A PCB fabricator has been sued for building boards designed for bitcoin mining, then selling them to someone else.

The worldwide market for wearable devices, inclusive of wireless headphones with smart assistants, is forecast to grow 15.3% to 198.5 million units by the end of 2019, according to IDC.

The popular PCB2Day workshop series on controlling noise in PCBs featuring Rick Hartley is coming to Seattle in April and Boston in June.

A Russian-born Estonian citizen has been extradited to face charges in a US court of illegally buying electronic components and smuggling them to Russia.

XPLM named Gary Carter project engineer.

Autonomous Thinking
Technology development has been on a tear in the global automotive sector, an industry that could be leading all others in the development of sophisticated electronics.

Peter Bigelow



From the pages of
Metallization of Nonconductive Substrates
The wet plating process is not a new technology.
by Dominique Numakura

From the pages of
Investigating the Metric 0201 Assembly Process
The feasibility of high-volume microminiature component manufacturing using Type 5 and 6 pastes.
by Clive Ashmore


Apr. 17-18: PCB2Day with Rick Hartley, Seattle, WA
Apr. 25-28: SMTA China East Technology Conference, Shanghai, China
June 13-14: PCB2Day with Rick Hartley, Chelmsford, MA
Sept. 9-11: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 22-26: SMTA International, Rosemont, IL
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany


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

           3/18/19 TREND
Sn $9.64 Down
Pb $0.95 Flat
Ag $223.75 Up
Cu $2.91 Flat
             Jan. TREND
Semi equip. billings -20.8% Down
ICs -5.68% Down
PCBs 1.06 Up

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