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August 5th, 2021
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Intel is announcing a major expansion of its Intel AI for Workforce Program to help educate the next generation of US technologists, engineers and inventors – and to help them land careers in their chosen fields.

Discovery of new types of defects in 2-D materials may give insight into how to create materials without such imperfections, leading to better ultra-compact electronic devices, according to a group of Penn State researchers.


The New Product Introduction Awards has opened registration for 2022.

SMTA announced the Wafer-Level Packaging Symposium is scheduled for Feb. 15-17 in San Jose.

AVX rolls out AEH series SMT aluminum electrolytic capacitors.

Two free all-day technical tracks on PCB design, fabrication and assembly highlight PCB West this fall.

The University of Illinois has joined a consortium studying novel simulation software for researching new porous coatings for use in manufacturing, including printed circuit boards.

AVX debuts AEA series SMT aluminum electrolytic capacitors.

The Zestron Academy on Aug. 24 will present Advanced Cleaning for Advanced Packages, a new webinar on overcoming present-day cleaning challenges associated with Class III Assemblies.

It’s Reliable, But Didn’t Fill the Hole It’s Reliable, But Didn’t Fill the Hole
Is the board preheat process optimized? This month we look at incomplete fill of plated through-holes. During any soldering operation a balance of flux and solder/paste chemistry and soldering temperatures creates good and reliable joints.

Bob Willis



The last day for EMS companies to register free for the Service Excellence Awards is Aug. 13.

The top four Asian PCB players – China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea – accounted for nearly 90% of the global PCB output, a new report says.

Sanmina reported fiscal third quarter net sales of $1.66 billion, up 0.18% year-over-year.

Royal Circuit Solutions has completed its acquisition of South Coast Circuits, expanding its quickturn PCB fabrication services.

Nan Ya Printed Circuit Board posted record second quarter revenue of NT$12.5 billion (US$448 million), up 15% sequentially.

Simmtech will invest US$120 million to set up a 72,000 sq. m. printed circuit substrate manufacturing plant in Penang.

AT&S reported June quarter consolidated revenue increased 28% to €317.7 million ($377.6 million) on additional capacity and growing demand for ABF substrates.

US manufacturing activity grew at a slower pace in July for the second straight month as raw material shortages persisted, though there are signs of some easing in supply-chain bottlenecks.

Gary, IN, is suing Akyumen Technologies for failing to live up to announced plans to build a 200,000 sq. ft. smartphone assembly plant there.

Samsung's operating profit showed strong growth in the second quarter, thanks to higher-than-expected chip prices and continued consumer demand for electronics during the pandemic.

Element Solutions reported second quarter net sales for the Electronics segment increased 51% to $382 million.

Integrated Micro-Electronics reported second quarter revenue of $319 million, up 45% year-over-year and down 2.6% sequentially.

Advanced Circuits saw second quarter sales fall 2% to $22.5 million.

AbelConn Electronics opened a 110,000 sq. ft. facility in Maple Grove, MN, where the wholly owned subsidiary of Celestica will provide rapid prototyping, volume manufacturing, and engineering support for the defense and aerospace industries.

Chromebook shipments in the second quarter grew 69% year-over-year, with volumes reaching 12.3 million units, says IDC.

The smartphones rebound continued in the second quarter, as overall shipment volumes grew 13.2% year-over-year.

Circuit Technology Center purchased an Oxford 980 X-Strata series XRF system.

TT Electronics named Emma Darke group sustainability director.

Googling Your Boards
If the market is big enough, sooner or later Google will join it. That much was laid bare in late June when the search giant cum OEM announced its latest venture, Visual Inspection AI, a new “purpose-built solution” designed to help businesses, including manufacturers, reduce defects and cut operational costs.

Mike Buetow



Resistive Loss is Only Skin Deep

Microstructure and Damage Evolution During Thermal Cycling of Sn-Ag-Cu Solders Containing Antimony
Journal of Electronic Materials

Printed Circuit Board Defect Detection Based on MobileNet-Yolo-Fast
Journal of Electronic Imaging


Aug. 16-18: DesignCon, San Jose, CA
Sept. 9: Getting the Best from Your X-Ray Inspection System, Online
Oct. 5-8: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Nov. 1-4: SMTA International 2021, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 16-19: Productronica, Munich
Jan. 25-27: IPC Apex Expo 2022, San Diego, CA
Apr. 11-13: PCB East 2022, Marlborough, MA


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


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Semi equip. billings 53.1% Up
ICs 26.2% Up
PCBs 1.11 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.22 Up

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