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Zuken Acquires Intedis Wire Harness IP

Zuken Acquires Intedis Wire Harness IP

30 October 2014

WESTFORD, MA -- Zuken has acquired the tool-related intellectual property of electrical and electronics engineering specialist Intedis (http://www.intedis.com/)...  Read More...

Flextronics Reports Q2 Net Sales Up Nearly 2% to $6.5B

Flextronics Reports Q2 Net Sales Up Nearly 2% to $6.5B

29 October 2014

SAN JOSE, CA – Flextronics reported second-quarter net sales of $6.5 billion, up 1.9% year-over-year, and down 1.7% sequentially.  Read More...

N. American PCB Orders Up 10.6% YoY

N. American PCB Orders Up 10.6% YoY

29 October 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL – North American printed circuit board sales remained sluggish in September, while orders strengthened, says IPC.  Read More...

OM Group Says PCB Chemistry Unit Sales Flat

OM Group Says PCB Chemistry Unit Sales Flat

29 October 2014

CLEVELAND -- OM Group today announced sales at its Specialty Chemicals were flat for its third quarter ended Sept. 30.  Read More...

Rogers Sets Quarterly Earnings Record

Rogers Sets Quarterly Earnings Record

29 October 2014

ROGERS, CT -- Rogers Corp. today announced all-time record net sales of $163.1 million as its Printed Circuit Materials unit's revenue jumped 34.5% year-over-ye...  Read More...

Electropac to Become Valhalla Circuits Under New Ownership

Electropac to Become Valhalla Circuits Under New Ownership

28 October 2014

MANCHESTER, NH -- The deal to acquire Electropac, one of the oldest PCB fabricators in the US, is complete, and the company will be renamed by year-end.  Read More...

Sanmina Reports Q4 Revenue Up 12%

Sanmina Reports Q4 Revenue Up 12%

27 October 2014

SAN JOSE – Sanmina reported fiscal fourth-quarter revenue of $1.69 billion, up 12% year-over-year. GAAP net income for the period ended Sept. 27 was $132.5 mill...  Read More...

AT&S Reports Flat Fiscal H1 Revenue

AT&S Reports Flat Fiscal H1 Revenue

27 October 2014

LEOBEN, AUSTRIA – AT S reported revenue for its fiscal first half ended Sept. 30 of EUR 302.1 million [$383.8 million], up 0.7% year-over-year. Consolidated net...  Read More...

Gartner: Worldwide 3D Printer Shipments to Increase 101% in 2015

Gartner: Worldwide 3D Printer Shipments to Increase 101% in 2015

27 October 2014

STAMFORD, CT – Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 217,350 units in 2015, up 101% year-over-year, says Gartner.  Read More...

LPKF Downgrades Annual Revenue Forecast

LPKF Downgrades Annual Revenue Forecast

23 October 2014

TUALATIN, OR – LPKF Laser Electronics has downgraded its earnings forecast for the current financial year, citing weaker-than-expected orders.  Read More...

Mentor Graphics Appoints VP for PCB Design

Mentor Graphics Appoints VP for PCB Design

23 October 2014

WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics appointed A.J. Incorvaia to the role of vice president and general manager of the company's Board Systems Division.  Read More...

Altium, Aras Partner on ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Altium, Aras Partner on ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

22 October 2014

SYDNEY – Altium is partnering with Aras to provide advanced PLM capabilities to ECAD design teams.  Read More...

Vertical Strategy Paying Off for Cadence

Vertical Strategy Paying Off for Cadence

21 October 2014

SAN JOSE -- Cadence Design Systems' strategy to boost its focus on systems-level companies is paying off, company executives told analysts yesterday.  Read More...

Tapco Receives $7.8M Line of Credit

Tapco Receives $7.8M Line of Credit

21 October 2014

ANAHEIM, CA – Tapco Associates received a $7.8 million revolving line of credit from First Capital.  Read More...

Semi Gear Orders Up in September

Semi Gear Orders Up in September

21 October 2014

SAN JOSE — The 90-day moving average orders at North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers rose 18.1% year-over-year to $1.17 billion worldwide in...  Read More...

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FEATURES

CEATEC Reflects Japan Electronics Downturn

CEATEC Reflects Japan Electronics Downturn

The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) is an electronics trade show held in Japan.  Read More...

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Last month, Sony announced a loss of more than $2 billion and canceled its dividends for the current fiscal year.  Read More...

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

The annual PCD F Salary Survey reveals that while more than a quarter of designers are nearing retirement, newcomers might finally be filling the gap.  Read More...

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...

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

Zuken Rolls Out E³.HarnessAnalyzer Tool

Zuken Rolls Out E³.HarnessAnalyzer Tool

E³.HarnessAnalyzer, for the automotive harness industry, is for viewing and analyzing harness drawings in the standard HCV container data format, which combines...  Read More...

Enthone Introduces EnFILL Copper Via Fill Systems

Enthone Introduces EnFILL Copper Via Fill Systems

EnFILL Copper Via Fill systems are for HDI any-layer buildups. Reportedly offer a high current capacity proven to reduce cycle time by up to 40%, while providin...  Read More...

Mentor Releases Xpedition Systems Designer Software

Mentor Releases Xpedition Systems Designer Software

Xpedition Systems Designer software for multi-board systems connectivity captures the hardware description of multi-board systems, from logical system definitio...  Read More...

Coherent Releases Avia NX Lasers

Coherent Releases Avia NX Lasers

AVIA NX series of q-switched, diode-pumped, solid-state lasers offer output powers up to 40W at 355nm. Are said to be smaller, lighter, and more robust than oth...  Read More...

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

brd-to-3D virtual 3D Eagle viewer takes layout file (more formats to be released) and generates a “free” comprehensive 3D package consisting of: Photo-real...  Read More...

DuPont Teijin Debuts Tetoron UF PET, Teonex QF PEN Films

DuPont Teijin Debuts Tetoron UF PET, Teonex QF PEN Films

White Teijin Tetoron UF Polyethylene Terephthalate films (PET) and Teonex QF Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN) films are halogen-free and flame-retardant. Combine ...  Read More...

MacDermid Introduces M-Speed Chemical Process

MacDermid Introduces M-Speed Chemical Process

M-Speed is a chemical process supporting fabrication of high-frequency printed circuit boards. Provides low-profile innerlayer copper; delivers strong adhesion ...  Read More...

CCI Offers ESD Tape

CCI Offers ESD Tape

ESD tape provides safety from ESD damage. Is made of three layers: two dissipating copolymer substrates on the outside and a conductive layer between them. Repo...  Read More...

Henkel Releases Loctite ECI 8000 Series Printable Inks

Henkel Releases Loctite ECI 8000 Series Printable Inks

Loctite ECI 8000 series printable inks are positive temperature coefficient (PTC) materials for flexible heating applications. Replace traditional copper wire a...  Read More...

Digi-Key, Aspen Labs Launch PCBWeb Designer CAD Tool

Digi-Key, Aspen Labs Launch PCBWeb Designer CAD Tool

PCBWeb Designer free schematic capture and layout EDA/CAD tool comes as a full-license application with no limitations on number of parts, size or layer count, ...  Read More...

Atotech Releases CupraEtch SR Surface Pretreatment

Atotech Releases CupraEtch SR Surface Pretreatment

CupraEtch SR surface pretreatment is said to maximize adhesion of dry and liquid soldermasks and photoresists. Sustainable and robust copper treatment; can also...  Read More...

Altium Releases Designer 15 PCB CAD Software

Altium Releases Designer 15 PCB CAD Software

Designer 15 printed circuit board and electronic system level design software comes with novel Pin Pairs feature to enable accurate length and phase tuning acro...  Read More...

CST Upgrades RCS Simulation in Studio Suite 2015

CST Upgrades RCS Simulation in Studio Suite 2015

Studio Suite 2015 electromagnetic simulation tool includes new features for radar cross-section (RCS) simulation. Adds ability to produce RCS maps - plots of RC...  Read More...

ESI Debuts µFlex Series Multi-axis Laser Drill

ESI Debuts µFlex Series Multi-axis Laser Drill

µFlex Series multi-axis precision laser micromachining platform, Is configurable to accommodate a variety of laser wavelengths, powers, and pulse widths, from ...  Read More...

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...

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