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IPC: Expect Flat N. American PCB Growth through 2014

IPC: Expect Flat N. American PCB Growth through 2014

26 September 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL – Demand for printed circuit boards remained tepid in August, leading IPC to forecast flat growth through year-end.  Read More...

Handhelds to Continue to Drive Flex Market, Report Says

Handhelds to Continue to Drive Flex Market, Report Says

26 September 2014

SURREY, UK – Portable products such as mobile phones and tablets have keyed the rise of the flex market, now estimated at $12 billion worldwide, a new report sa...  Read More...

iPhone 6 Assembly Cost 2% of BoM, IHS Says

iPhone 6 Assembly Cost 2% of BoM, IHS Says

26 September 2014

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Apple is paying about $4 in labor and manufacturing costs for each new iPhone 6, IHS said in its latest teardown report.  Read More...

ESDA Releases 3 Test Methods Documents

ESDA Releases 3 Test Methods Documents

24 September 2014

ROME, NY – The ESDA this week announced three new documents detailing test methods for measuring electrostatic discharge in various environments.  Read More...

N. American Semi Gear Orders Up 26.5% in August

N. American Semi Gear Orders Up 26.5% in August

23 September 2014

SAN JOSE, CA – The 90-day moving average orders at North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers rose 26.5% year-over-year in August, SEMI said toda...  Read More...

N. America Bucks World PCB Output Trend, IPC Says

N. America Bucks World PCB Output Trend, IPC Says

22 September 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL — The world market for PCBs declined an estimated 2.2% in real terms in 2013, although North America grew 0.8%, according to IPC.  Read More...

Goldenmax to Add Massive PCB Shop in Jinzhai

Goldenmax to Add Massive PCB Shop in Jinzhai

22 September 2014

JINZHAI COUNTY, ANHUI PROVINCE, CHINA - Goldenmax International Technology plans to invest 500 million yuan ($81.4 million) to build a printed circuit board fac...  Read More...

TTM to Buy Viasystems in Mega-Merger Deal

TTM to Buy Viasystems in Mega-Merger Deal

22 September 2014

COSTA MESA, CA -- TTM Technologies will acquire Viasystems Group in a deal valued at about $927 million. Under terms of the deal, announced today, TTM will pay ...  Read More...

Autonomous Vehicles to Quickly Gain Acceptance

Autonomous Vehicles to Quickly Gain Acceptance

22 September 2014

LONDON -- Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base ...  Read More...

Smartwatch Use to Accelerate Quickly, Gartner Predicts

Smartwatch Use to Accelerate Quickly, Gartner Predicts

19 September 2014

NEW YORK -- As smartphone vendors and component suppliers continue to expand into the wearables market, smartwatches will comprise about 40% of consumer wristwo...  Read More...

Alent Parts Ways with Corbett; Ertmann Named Interim Chief

Alent Parts Ways with Corbett; Ertmann Named Interim Chief

19 September 2014

LONDON -- Alent chief executive Steve Corbett has resigned, ending a nearly 25-year career with the materials company.  Read More...

Cirtech to Liquidate S. Africa PCB Assets

Cirtech to Liquidate S. Africa PCB Assets

19 September 2014

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- Cirtech Electronics is closing its printed circuit board fabrication site here and auctioning the assets.  Read More...

PCB West 2014 Registration Up 6% Year-Over-Year

PCB West 2014 Registration Up 6% Year-Over-Year

18 September 2014

SANTA CLARA, CA – PCB West show registration rose 6% year-over-year, reaching nearly 2,600 registrants, UP Media Group announcedtoday.  Read More...

Keysight to Present SerDes Optimization Webinar Next Week

Keysight to Present SerDes Optimization Webinar Next Week

17 September 2014

SANTA ROSA, CA -- Keysight EEsof EDA SI tools product manager Colin Warwick will present a free webcast on optimizing SerDes design during the pre-layout phase ...  Read More...

Pegatron Integrates Design Functions into Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force

Pegatron Integrates Design Functions into Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force

16 September 2014

TAIPEI – Pegatron has integrated advanced automated design functions into Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force.  Read More...

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FEATURES

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

The Japanese yen continues to depreciate against other currencies. Last month, the exchange rate between was below 102 yen for one US dollar, now it stands at m...  Read More...

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A rough topography aids reliability, even while it complicates wet processing.  Read More...

First-Half Performance of the Global PWB Industry

First-Half Performance of the Global PWB Industry

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trading and Industry (METI) released the Printed Wiring Board production data for June. Taiwan, Germany, North American, China...  Read More...

Passing Electrical Signoff

Passing Electrical Signoff

The parameters of ESO, and how to efficiently ensure a design will pass.  Read More...

Magnification vs. Resolution in Visual Examination Specifications

Magnification vs. Resolution in Visual Examination Specifications

When it comes to defining measurement, industry standards are lacking. Is a solution available?  Read More...

Who Keeps Company with The Wolf Will Learn to Howl

Who Keeps Company with The Wolf Will Learn to Howl

A DKN Research newsletter released a couple of years ago commented on the quality of products made in China.  Read More...

Power Integrity Analysis Using Free Software

Power Integrity Analysis Using Free Software

Freeware has its limitations, but for some operations it is surprisingly effective. Larger companies typically have a signal and power integrity department tha...  Read More...

Latest IPC-2581 Revision Gaining Widespread Appeal

Latest IPC-2581 Revision Gaining Widespread Appeal

Enhancements to the stackup and assembly data have the supply chain signing on to the electronics data transfer format. Eighteen months ago, Fujitsu Networks C...  Read More...

A Two-Team Race?

A Two-Team Race?

For the world’s top PCB manufacturers, Apple and Samsung can make (or break) you. For those who believe nothing changes in printed circuits, think back just 16...  Read More...

A New Generation of Data Formats for PCB Production

A New Generation of Data Formats for PCB Production

A new generation of data formats for PCB production is emerging that enable the exchange of data between CAD (development) and CAM (production). Würth Elektroni...  Read More...

The Natural Progression toward Vendor Integration in EDA

The Natural Progression toward Vendor Integration in EDA

Today I’m talking about the gradual convergence of EDA single tools to integrated systems. In the early days of HiFi home entertainment systems, specialist vend...  Read More...

Samsung – A Copy and Paste Company?

Samsung – A Copy and Paste Company?

Samsung Electronics, the electronics giant and the flagship company of the Samsung Group in Korea, continues to enjoy success in the global electronics market. ...  Read More...

Power Electronics Packages with Embedded Components – Recent Trends and Developments

Power Electronics Packages with Embedded Components – Recent Trends and Developments

Results of a cross-industry team’s development and testing of a PCB-based embedded chip technology for an under-the-hood automotive application. Over the past ...  Read More...

Free-Space Technique for Measurement of PCB Laminate Materials

Free-Space Technique for Measurement of PCB Laminate Materials

A simple, yet data rich, nondestructive method for material characterization. PCB performance strongly depends on the laminate material’s dielectric constant ...  Read More...

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

A coordinated design methodology fine-tunes chip-to-package PCB layout and routing. When routing a ball grid array style package on a printed circuit board, ha...  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

CST Adds Synthesis Filters to Studio Suite

CST Adds Synthesis Filters to Studio Suite

CST Studio Suite now comes with Filter Designer 2D, permitting synthesis, electromagnetic simulation, optimization and multiphysics analysis of filters in one s...  Read More...

Rogers Adds Rolled Copper Cladding Options to RO3000 Laminates

Rogers Adds Rolled Copper Cladding Options to RO3000 Laminates

RO3003, RO3035 and RO3203 low dielectric constant laminate materials now have rolled copper cladding options. Smooth rolled copper, paired with the low dielectr...  Read More...

Fujiploy Releases Sarcon SPG-20B Thermal Interface Compound

Fujiploy Releases Sarcon SPG-20B Thermal Interface Compound

Sarcon SPG-20B thermal interface compound is a low-viscosity thermally conductive silicone. Delivers thermal conductivity of 2.1 W/m°K and a thermal resistance ...  Read More...

LPKF Releases ProtoLaser LDI

LPKF Releases ProtoLaser LDI

ProtoLaser LDI is a high-res, table top laser direct imaging system for prototyping on resist-covered substrates. Has a software-selectable 1 or 3µm laser beam ...  Read More...

CircuitMedic Announces 25X Measuring Microscope Pen

CircuitMedic Announces 25X Measuring Microscope Pen

25X Measuring Microscope Pen is a pocket-sized microscope with measuring reticle for precision measurements. Is for inspecting defects and measuring conductor a...  Read More...

Hirose Debuts GT32 High-Speed Connector

Hirose Debuts GT32 High-Speed Connector

GT32 Series high-speed 1.5mm pitch connector employs pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method to improve PCB retention force and enable a one-time reflow process wit...  Read More...

ODA Releases Pads, xDxDesigner Starter Library

ODA Releases Pads, xDxDesigner Starter Library

Starter Library for Mentor Graphics Pads and xDx Designer software is compatible with the VX and 9.5 releases. Is comprised of more than 11,000 current manufact...  Read More...

Kozio Enhances VTOS DDR DDR Verification Tool

Kozio Enhances VTOS DDR DDR Verification Tool

VTOS DDR standalone DDR verification tool now supports board designs using Sitara AM335x processors from Texas Instruments. Permits configuration, verification,...  Read More...

Zuken Launches CADStar Essential PCB Design 'Bundle'

Zuken Launches CADStar Essential PCB Design 'Bundle'

CADStar Essential schematic and PCB design tool suite offers a single design environment with a common GUI for core PCB design activities such as schematics, li...  Read More...

Polyonics Introduces LP130 Laser Markable Labels

Polyonics Introduces LP130 Laser Markable Labels

Primera LP130 laser markable labels are for high-temperature and harsh environments. Available in UL approved XF-537 for printed circuit board applications, and...  Read More...

DfR Adds IPC Footprints to Sherlock Software

DfR Adds IPC Footprints to Sherlock Software

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software now recognizes the IPC-7351B naming convention for standard surface mount technology land patterns and the working d...  Read More...

dalTools Adds Commands for Allegro, ADI/SiP Tools

dalTools Adds Commands for Allegro, ADI/SiP Tools

Enhancements to existing Allegro commands include Enhanced Back Drill for back-drilling high-speed boards. Automatically creates route keep-outs for area contai...  Read More...

Polar Upgrades CITS880s Controlled Impedance Tester

Polar Upgrades CITS880s Controlled Impedance Tester

CITS880s controlled impedance tester now features Launch Point Extrapolation (LPE) for fabricator-level instantaneous measurement and control on high-speed PCBs...  Read More...

Theorem Solutions Releases Publish 3D QC Software

Theorem Solutions Releases Publish 3D QC Software

Publish 3D for Quality Control software application contain clear illustrations of products, components and subassemblies combined with technical specifications...  Read More...

Fujipoly Debuts W-Series Matrix Connectors

Fujipoly Debuts W-Series Matrix Connectors

W-Series Matrix connector reportedly eliminates the need to solder the LGA to the printed circuit board. Is silicone-based and embedded with 300 to 2,000 gold-p...  Read More...

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