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May 23rd, 2018
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TECH NEWS

NOKIA BELL LABS ENGINEERS are developing a wearable armband that could be used to control smart-home devices with gestures.

NI released LabView 2018 platform software for test workflows.

PCB WEST announced registration is open for the 2018 technical conference and exhibition.

TECHCON offers TS2560 Series applicator guns.

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

IMAPS-UK will hold a workshop on substrates for more demanding applications at the National Physical Laboratory on June 27.

ROI
Capital Gains
Investing has never been easy. Personal investment involves stocks, bonds and other financial tools that more often than not are confusing, if not downright impossible to understand for those not trained and experienced in that business.
PETER BIGELOW

Peter Bigelow

 

















BUSINESS NEWS

A NEW PENTAGON REPORT warns that the supply chain for high-end electronics and rare materials is increasingly at risk, likely putting radar and electronic warfare capabilities in danger as the Department of Defense relies more on these items.

THE GREAT SINO-AMERICAN TRADE WAR OF 2018 has fizzled, at least for now. The tech supply chain is unhappy.

GREEN CIRCUITS AND POWER DESIGN SERVICES announced a merger of the two EMS companies.

NORDSON reported sales of advanced technology systems were up 7.4% year-over-year to $58.3 million in the second quarter.

TAIWANESE LEGISLATORS are reviewing amendments to the national Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act following a deadly fire at Chin Poon.

IC INSIGHTS raised its full-year spending growth forecast for semiconductor equipment to 14% from 8%.

NAPROTEK installed a Nordson Dage Quadra 5 x-ray inspection system.

PRINTED CIRCUITS added an Orbotech Paragon LDI and a Fusion 22 AOI.

IPC awarded Ventec a second IPC-4101 Qualified Products Listing (QPL).

RYDER INDUSTRIES appointed Kingslea Chan vice president of sales and marketing.

KOH YOUNG AMERICA has expanded its direct service and support team with nearly 10 industry veterans.

DEFECTS DATABASE
PCB Laminate Cracking
Cracking or separation of laminate has been seen on some base materials during and after the introduction of lead-free. Experience shows some materials are brittle, leading to the epoxy cracking, which is one of the causes of pad lifting on BGA packages.
MARTIN WICKHAM

Martin Wickham

 


















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
Voltage in the GHz World
Understand what is happening to the energy moving around in a circuit board.
by Ralph Morrison


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Fundamentals and Benefits of Vapor Phase Reflow Soldering
Do the smaller machine footprint and thermal advantages offset increased voiding?
by Akber Roy

EVENTS

 

May 24: Surface Cleanliness Assessment Webinar, Online
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
June 5-7: SMT Hybrid Packaging, Nuremburg, Germany
June 7-9: JPCA Show, Tokyo
June 20: Everything You Need to Know about X-Ray webinar
July 10-12: Semicon WestSan Francisco, CA
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
           5/21/18 TREND
Sn $9.46 Down
Pb $1.06 Up
Ag $239.72 Down
Cu $3.06 Down
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Mar. TREND
Semi equip. billings 16.7% Down
ICs 20% Down
PCBs 1.13 Down
Computers 5.43 Flat
     

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