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December 15th, 2018
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS announced the launch of a “smart factory support center” to step up its support for small and medium-sized companies' adoption of smart factories.

PCD&F is undertaking its annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists.

OMRON introduces VT-M121 2-D AOI.

PCB WEST is accepting abstracts for the 2019 technical conference.

QFN Inspection: Don’t Forget the Edge!
My last column focused on voiding under QFNs. Primarily, this concentrated on voiding under the central termination.

David Bernard



NEARLY SIX MONTHS after being appointed as interim CEO of Intel, Bob Swan has repositioned Intel from PC-centric to a data-centric company.

LEAD TIMES for some RF devices, mosfets and power devices are increasing, and prices for flash are dropping, while most other parts are stable.

THE GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE TRANSMISSION ELECTRONICS MARKET is expected to post a CAGR of close to 10% during the period 2018-2022, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

OVERALL REVENUES FROM TAIWAN'S SERVER SECTOR are expected to rise over 20% year-over-year in 2018, with server shipments increasing over 10%, and are forecast to pick up another 7% in 2019.

PANASONIC will increase its production and development for its Megtron GX substrate material used in semiconductor packages and modules.

THE AOI MARKET is estimated to be worth $444 million in 2018 and is expected to reach $1.64 billion by 2024, a CAGR of 24.3% from 2018 to 2024.

ASUSTEK'S newly appointed CEOs are both familiar with the industry ecosystem and supply chain, and are therefore believed to be able to seamlessly take up their new posts without affecting the firm's operations.

LEONARDO, an Italian defense and aeronautics company, approved the simplification of its business structure in its Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector.

Failure of QFN Joints
Assessments are needed for new parts and alloys to ensure reliability.

Martin Wickham



From the pages of
Maxwell and Transmission Lines
The famous mathematician can guide our understanding of electrical signals.
by Ralph Morrison

From the pages of
Bestronics: The Friendly EMS
Bestronics is coupling its experience with OEMs and millennials to make building in the Silicon Valley fun again.
by Mike Buetow


Jan. 16-18: Nepcon Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 23 and 24: Webinar: iNEMI Reuse and Recycling Metrics Project, Phase 2, Online
Jan. 29-31: IPC Apex 2019, San Diego, CA
Jan. 29-31: DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 5-7: MD&M West, Anaheim, CA
May 1-2: Del Mar Electronics & Manufacturing Show, San Diego, CA
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.

           12/10/18 TREND
Sn $8.62 Up
Pb $0.96 Up
Ag $211.71 Up
Cu $2.76 Flat
             Oct. TREND
Semi equip. billings 2% Up
ICs 12.7% Down
PCBs 1.04 Flat
Computers 5.37 Down

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