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Isola Pulls IPO

Isola Pulls IPO

16 September 2014

CHANDLER, AZ - Isola Group today withdrew plans for an initial public offering for the second time in the past decade.  Read More...

Azitech to Hold PCB Seminar Series

Azitech to Hold PCB Seminar Series

15 September 2014

OSLO, NORWAY – Azitech will host a series of seminars on printed circuit board design and technologies, starting in October in Scandinavia.  Read More...

Vermont Circuits Closes, Refers Customers to Colonial Circuits

Vermont Circuits Closes, Refers Customers to Colonial Circuits

11 September 2014

BRATTLEBORO, VT -- Vermont Circuits has closed, with certain assets being acquired by a fellow fabricator.  Read More...

Mitsui Expands Thin Embedded Capacitor Materials Production Capacity

Mitsui Expands Thin Embedded Capacitor Materials Production Capacity

11 September 2014

TOKYO -- Mitsui Mining Smelting has expanded its production capacity of thin embedded capacitor materials, the company announced today.  Read More...

Semi Fab Spending Nearing All-Time Highs

Semi Fab Spending Nearing All-Time Highs

09 September 2014

SAN FRANCISCO -- The semiconductor industry recovery will continue next year with revenues and unit shipments expected to grow at robust rates, says a new repor...  Read More...

PCB West Opens Today

PCB West Opens Today

09 September 2014

SANTA CLARA, CA -- The annual PCB West trade show opened today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, with expectations high for another year of greater attendan...  Read More...

Phablets on Verge of Breakout, IDC Says

Phablets on Verge of Breakout, IDC Says

08 September 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide phablet shipments will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the sa...  Read More...

PCBs in Taiwan Expected to Hit 3-Year High in Q3

PCBs in Taiwan Expected to Hit 3-Year High in Q3

05 September 2014

TAIPEI – Production value for Taiwan's printed circuit board makers could be higher than the last three years in the third quarter with the launch of new smartp...  Read More...

Global Semi Sales Hit $28.1B Record in July, Up 9.9% YoY

Global Semi Sales Hit $28.1B Record in July, Up 9.9% YoY

02 September 2014

WASHINGTON – Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.1 billion in July, the industry’s highest-ever monthly sales total, said the Semiconductor Industry A...  Read More...

Mentor Graphics Joins the ECPE Consortium

Mentor Graphics Joins the ECPE Consortium

28 August 2014

WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics is a new member of the European Centre for Power Electronics, a consortium focused on the research, education, technology tran...  Read More...

iTSCi Announces Additional ‘Conflict-Free’ Implementations in the DRC

iTSCi Announces Additional ‘Conflict-Free’ Implementations in the DRC

28 August 2014

KIVU, DRC – The iTSCi Programme for conflict-free mineral traceability announced implementations in North and South Kivu.  Read More...

N. American PCB Orders Down 6.3% in July

N. American PCB Orders Down 6.3% in July

27 August 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL — North American printed circuit board shipments in July were down 2.3% year-over-year. Year-to-date shipments are down 0.6% compared to the sam...  Read More...

Q2 Worldwide Server Market Revenues Up 2.5% to $12.6B

Q2 Worldwide Server Market Revenues Up 2.5% to $12.6B

27 August 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% year-over-year to $12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014, says the Internati...  Read More...

Eltek Reports Q2 Revenues Down 3.2% YoY

Eltek Reports Q2 Revenues Down 3.2% YoY

27 August 2014

PETACH-TIKVA, ISRAEL – Eltek Ltd. reported revenues for the second quarter ended June 30 of $12 million, down 3.2% year-over-year.  Read More...

Semi Equipment B2B Slips, Stays Strong

Semi Equipment B2B Slips, Stays Strong

22 August 2014

SAN JOSE — North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted three-month moving average orders of $1.41 billion worldwide in July, up 17.1% from ...  Read More...

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FEATURES

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

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...

Fischer Technology Offers Fischerscope X-ray XDLM237

Fischer Technology Offers Fischerscope X-ray XDLM237

Fischerscope X-ray XDLM237 combines high-intensity beam of a micro-focus tube with a small aperture and large detector window. Advantages include non-destructiv...  Read More...

Grieve Releases No. 797 Cabinet Oven

Grieve Releases No. 797 Cabinet Oven

No. 797 is a 260°F electrically-heated, Class 100 cleanroom cabinet oven used for drying coatings onto printed circuit boards. Workspace dimensions measure 36” ...  Read More...

Sunstone Circuits Releases PCB123 v. 5.1.0

Sunstone Circuits Releases PCB123 v. 5.1.0

PCB123 v. 5.1.0 free PCB design tool includes new edit panels with several user preference options, drag-and-drop functionality for parts, and smoother renderin...  Read More...

Rogers Debuts ROG Mobile App

Rogers Debuts ROG Mobile App

ROG Mobile, free mobile app for Apple and Android devices provides access to Rogers’ calculators, including the MWI (Microwave Impedance) simulation tool, liter...  Read More...

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