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NEWS

Taiwan Fabs to See Marginal 2015 Uptick

Taiwan Fabs to See Marginal 2015 Uptick

02 September 2015

TAIPEI – Revenue by Taiwan's printed circuit board fabricators is expected to increase 1.5% year-over-year in 2015 to $17.6 billion as lower consumer demand tak...  Read More...

Shengyi Technology Working with US Distributors

Shengyi Technology Working with US Distributors

01 September 2015

DONGGUAN – Laminate supplier Shengyi Technology is working with Paramount Laminates, their distributor in California and Chicago, to increase its market share i...  Read More...

CEO Says Altium Best-Positioned to Grow in PCB Design

CEO Says Altium Best-Positioned to Grow in PCB Design

31 August 2015

SYDNEY -- Altium's chief executive is drawing a sharp distinction between the EDA company and its competitors as top PCB software developers grapple with strate...  Read More...

Wearables Shipments Jump in Q2 on Apple Watch Demand

Wearables Shipments Jump in Q2 on Apple Watch Demand

31 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Total wearables shipment volume for the second quarter came to 18.1 million units, up 223.2% from a year ago.  Read More...

Q2 Global Ethernet Switch Market Revenues Up 1% YoY

Q2 Global Ethernet Switch Market Revenues Up 1% YoY

31 August 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The worldwide Ethernet switch market produced revenues of $5.8 billion in the second quarter, up 1% year-over-year and 7.6% sequentially, says ...  Read More...

N.A. PCB Orders Offer Promise for Future Growth

N.A. PCB Orders Offer Promise for Future Growth

31 August 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL — North American printed circuit board fabricators reported shipments rose 2.7% year-over-year in July.  Read More...

IPC Releases Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper

IPC Releases Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper

28 August 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL – IPC has released IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper.  Read More...

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...

Record Year Buoys Altium's Outlook

Record Year Buoys Altium's Outlook

26 August 2015

SYDNEY -- Altium confirmed preliminary financial results for the year ended June 30 (http://www.pcdandf.com/pcdesign/index.php/news-itemid-fix/10207-americas-dr...  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...

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FEATURES

PCB Design Industry Thrives While in Need of New Recruits

PCB Design Industry Thrives While in Need of New Recruits

The profession is ever more lucrative, but aging, based on our annual survey.  Read More...

China in Charge

China in Charge

The 2014 ranking of the largest board fabricators reveals quiet but steady growth by domestic Chinese companies.  Read More...

PCB Fusing Currents

PCB Fusing Currents

Why, relatively speaking, wider traces are quicker than narrower ones to reach the fusing temperature.  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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