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GAO: Most Companies Unable to Determine Source of Conflict Minerals

GAO: Most Companies Unable to Determine Source of Conflict Minerals

26 August 2015

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Office reported conflict mineral disclosures filed with the SEC for the first time in 2014 indicated most companies w...  Read More...

Tablet Shipments Expected to Fall 8% in 2015

Tablet Shipments Expected to Fall 8% in 2015

26 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline 8% in 2015, says the International Data Corp. IDC's previous forecast wa...  Read More...

Report: Global PC Shipments Expected to Decline 8.7% in 2015

Report: Global PC Shipments Expected to Decline 8.7% in 2015

26 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall 8.7% in 2015 and not stabilize until 2017, says the International Data Corp.  Read More...

IDC: Smartphone Shipments Expected to Grow 10.4% in 2015

IDC: Smartphone Shipments Expected to Grow 10.4% in 2015

26 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units, says the International Data Corp.  Read More...

Global Server Revenue Up 6.1% in Q2

Global Server Revenue Up 6.1% in Q2

26 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 6.1% year-over-year to $13.5 billion in the second quarter of 2015, says the Internatio...  Read More...

IPC Hires Senior Directors for IT, Training Positions

IPC Hires Senior Directors for IT, Training Positions

25 August 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL — IPC has hired Russell Wynne, senior director of IT/software, and Ayana Nickerson, senior director of training and certification programs.  Read More...

North American Semi Gear Orders Up 12.5% YoY in July

North American Semi Gear Orders Up 12.5% YoY in July

24 August 2015

SAN JOSE – North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in July 2015 (three-month average basis), up 12...  Read More...

NCAB Group Opens 1st West Coast Office

NCAB Group Opens 1st West Coast Office

21 August 2015

VANCOUVER, WA – NCAB Group has opened its first west coast office here.  Read More...

Q2 Global Smartphone Sales Up 13.5%

Q2 Global Smartphone Sales Up 13.5%

21 August 2015

STAMFORD, CT – Worldwide smartphone sales totaled 330 million units in the second quarter, up 13.5%-year-over-year, the slowest growth rate since 2013, says Gar...  Read More...

Mentor Posts Fiscal Q2 Revenues Up 8%

Mentor Posts Fiscal Q2 Revenues Up 8%

20 August 2015

WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics reported fiscal second quarter revenue of $281.1 million, up 8% year-over-year.  Read More...

US Court Reaffirms ‘Conflict-Free’ Product Identification as Unconstitutional

US Court Reaffirms ‘Conflict-Free’ Product Identification as Unconstitutional

20 August 2015

WASHINGTON – In a reaffirmation of a previous decision, a US appellate court this week ruled that the requirement for certain corporations to identify their pro...  Read More...

IPC Releases Amendment to Base Materials Standard

IPC Releases Amendment to Base Materials Standard

20 August 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL – The latest update to the industry standard for rigid base materials provides clarification into the use of earlier revisions as called out on ...  Read More...

PCB West to Feature 12 Free Conference Presentations

PCB West to Feature 12 Free Conference Presentations

20 August 2015

ATLANTA – PCB West today announced this year’s conference will feature two free full-day tracks on Sept. 16, with topics ranging from signal integrity to metal-...  Read More...

Report: CSP Market to Grow at 11% CAGR from 2014 to 2019

Report: CSP Market to Grow at 11% CAGR from 2014 to 2019

19 August 2015

AUSTIN, TX – The CSP market is forecast to grow at an 11% CAGR from 2014 to 2019, according to TechSearch International.  Read More...

Advanced Circuits Receives UL Certification on Laminates, RF Materials

Advanced Circuits Receives UL Certification on Laminates, RF Materials

18 August 2015

AURORA, CO – Advanced Circuits is now UL certified on various halogen-free laminates, along with expanded materials for high-speed/ultra-low Dk and new RF produ...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Taiwan – The Barometer for Consumer Electronics

Taiwan – The Barometer for Consumer Electronics

The Tankan Survey is a popular economic survey of Japanese businesses issued by the central bank of Japan.  Read More...

3D Multi-board Product-Level PCB and IC Packaging Design

3D Multi-board Product-Level PCB and IC Packaging Design

New tools allow concurrent creation of advanced stack dies, packages and PCBs.  Read More...

Designing a Successful High-Speed Rigid-Flex PCB

Designing a Successful High-Speed Rigid-Flex PCB

A guide to understanding the base material and copper options.  Read More...

How Change Might Bring More Predictability at Mentor Graphics

How Change Might Bring More Predictability at Mentor Graphics

Mentor’s new leader – A.J. Incorvaia – sees opportunity in systems.  Read More...

Who Were Preece and Onderdonk?

Who Were Preece and Onderdonk?

The first men to investigate the maximum current a copper conductor can carry before it starts to melt devised lasting equations.  Read More...

Microsectioning of Laminates

Microsectioning of Laminates

Lab studies show variances in hardness and fragility mean procedures need to be tailored to a specific resin system.  Read More...

Trace Current/Temperature Relationships

Trace Current/Temperature Relationships

When optimizing board area when considering thermal effects, the IPC charts aren’t enough.  Read More...

Rigid-Flex PCB Design for an Innovative Helmet-Mounted Display

Rigid-Flex PCB Design for an Innovative Helmet-Mounted Display

Developing a wearable high-speed board with severe timing constraints.  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

Coherent Debuts CO Lasers

Coherent Debuts CO Lasers

Carbon monoxide (CO) lasers are for materials processing applications ranging from glass cutting and via drilling, to fractional skin resurfacing. Output at a w...  Read More...

Technic Releases IM Gold AT8000 Gold Process

Technic Releases IM Gold AT8000 Gold Process

IM Gold AT8000 non-cyanide gold process is said to eliminate discoloration of white solder mask when using ENIG as a final finish. Eliminates compounds found in...  Read More...

Polar Instruments Launches Speedstack in Multiple Languages

Polar Instruments Launches Speedstack in Multiple Languages

Speedstack PCB layer stackup design system is now available in German, Japanese, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese versions. Can create and document st...  Read More...

Ansys Releases Student Simulation Software

Ansys Releases Student Simulation Software

Ansys Student is a free, introductory academic software package for students interested in learning the fundamentals of simulation, while gaining exposure to si...  Read More...

Sabic Releases Thermocomp Thermoplastic-Based Materials

Sabic Releases Thermocomp Thermoplastic-Based Materials

Thermocomp thermoplastic-based materials offer Df down to 0.001, and a range of Dk from 3 to 13.9, depending on frequency requirements. For transmission conditi...  Read More...

Ansys Releases Ansys 16.2 Systems Engineering Tool

Ansys Releases Ansys 16.2 Systems Engineering Tool

Ansys 16.2 includes new multiphysics and systems capabilities, such as heat transfer. Enhancements to Simplorer platform for multidisciplinary systems modeling ...  Read More...

Numerical Innovations Releases DFM Now! v. 7.4 Software

Numerical Innovations Releases DFM Now! v. 7.4 Software

Free DFM Now! v. 7.4 can analyze Gerber, ODB++, and NC drill files for fabrication and netlist issues beforehand. Offers CAM DFM features; performs DFM and Netl...  Read More...

DfR Solutions Updates Sherlock Automated Design Analysis Software 4.1

DfR Solutions Updates Sherlock Automated Design Analysis Software 4.1

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software v. 4.1 now translates shock response spectrum analysis into power spectral density curves. Can reportedly predict ra...  Read More...

Tech-Etch Rolls Out ProtoShield Sheets

Tech-Etch Rolls Out ProtoShield Sheets

ProtoShield sheets are depth-etched with a checkerboard pattern for folding. Can be formed into diverse configurations. Fully functional shields can be created ...  Read More...

Mentor Releases Flowmaster CFD Software v. 7.9.4

Mentor Releases Flowmaster CFD Software v. 7.9.4

Flowmaster 1D computational fluid dynamics software v. 7.9.4, for thermo-fluid systems design, features several key new and enhanced functionalities. Multi-arm ...  Read More...

X-Ray WorX Launches Microfocus Tube XWT-300-THE Plus

X-Ray WorX Launches Microfocus Tube XWT-300-THE Plus

Microfocus x-ray tube XWT-300-THE Plus is for 3D production testing and measurement. Has 300kV acceleration voltage and 50W target power. Developed for industri...  Read More...

DownStream Releases CAM350 12.1 CAM Tool

DownStream Releases CAM350 12.1 CAM Tool

CAM350 12.1 provides full support for the revisions of industry standards ODB++ / IPC-2581, including import and export functions. Full support for multi-thread...  Read More...

DownStream Updates BluePrint-PCB 5.1 Documentation Software

DownStream Updates BluePrint-PCB 5.1 Documentation Software

BluePrint-PCB 5.1 has a new graphic user interface that aligns with Microsoft Ribbons user interface scheme. Ribbons interface flattens menu hierarchy to make a...  Read More...

FlexTech Alliance, 4D Technology Develop FlexCam Metrology Module

FlexTech Alliance, 4D Technology Develop FlexCam Metrology Module

FlexCam Defect and Roughness Metrology Module is for high-speed inspection and measurement in large-area roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing. Characteristics...  Read More...

FKN Systek Debuts N100 PCB Nibbler

FKN Systek Debuts N100 PCB Nibbler

N100 PCB Nibbler is for singulating tab routed printed circuit boards. Tabs are cut by placing them under a blade and stepping on a foot pedal. 100 Psi factory ...  Read More...

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