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NEWS

Report: EMS to See 7.7% CAGR through 2018

Report: EMS to See 7.7% CAGR through 2018

09 July 2014

NEVADA CITY, CA -- The worldwide electronics manufacturing services market will grow 7.7% compounded annually between 2013 and 2018, a new research report asser...  Read More...

New White Paper Details Safe Labeling for ESD Failure Prevention

New White Paper Details Safe Labeling for ESD Failure Prevention

09 July 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Brady has released a white paper on labeling considerations to prevent ESD failures on printed circuit boards and electronic components.  Read More...

German Court Rules for LPKF, Issues Injunction

German Court Rules for LPKF, Issues Injunction

09 July 2014

GARBSEN, GERMANY – LPKF today announced that it has won a preliminary victory in the legal dispute concerning an alleged infringement of its patent for laser d...  Read More...

Fire Takes PrintcaGraphic Production Offline

Fire Takes PrintcaGraphic Production Offline

08 July 2014

AALBORG, DENMARK -- A small fire in a copper plating line at PrintcaGraphic's  Read More...

Mentor Acquires German Automotive Embedded Design Group

Mentor Acquires German Automotive Embedded Design Group

09 July 2014

WILSONVILLE, OR — Mentor Graphics has acquired XS Embedded,  Read More...

Americas, Europe Lead May Semi Surge

Americas, Europe Lead May Semi Surge

07 July 2014

WASHINGTON — The 90-day moving average worldwide semiconductor sales reached $26.86 billion in May, up 8.8% from last year, the Semiconductor Industry Associati...  Read More...

Orbotech Snares SPTS in $370M Deal

Orbotech Snares SPTS in $370M Deal

07 July 2014

YAVNE, ISRAEL -- Orbotech today announced the signing of a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire SPTS Technologies,  Read More...

PC-Related Device Demand on Rise

PC-Related Device Demand on Rise

07 July 2014

STAMFORD, CT -- Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected  Read More...

New Coating Said to Replace Electroplated Gold Finish

New Coating Said to Replace Electroplated Gold Finish

07 July 2014

LINKOPING, SWEDEN -- PVD technology supplier Impact Coatings has been issued a patent for its metal alloy coating  Read More...

Zuken's Sales, Profits Up Big in FY14

Zuken's Sales, Profits Up Big in FY14

07 July 2014

KANAGAWA, JAPAN -- Zuken reported fiscal 2014 revenue rose 10.5%  Read More...

Sony to Exit PCs

Sony to Exit PCs

07 July 2014

Consumer electronics giant Sony posted more than a billion dollar loss last fiscal year,  Read More...

Q1 Semi Equipment Demand Boosts 2014 Outlook

Q1 Semi Equipment Demand Boosts 2014 Outlook

02 July 2014

SAN FRANCISCO -- Global semiconductor fabricator equipment bookings in the first quarter were up about 27% over last year and analyst models suggest an annual g...  Read More...

US Updates Export Control List for Military Electronics

US Updates Export Control List for Military Electronics

01 July 2014

WASHINGTON -- The US Departments of State and Commerce published regulations this week that streamline US export controls on certain military electronics  Read More...

Park Electrochemical Fiscal Q1 Profits Up 67%

Park Electrochemical Fiscal Q1 Profits Up 67%

01 July 2014

MELVILLE, NY -- Park Electrochemical today reported net sales rose 12.4%  Read More...

Nordson March: Plasma Treatment of PCBs Improves Adhesion

Nordson March: Plasma Treatment of PCBs Improves Adhesion

30 June 2014

CONCORD, CA – Nordson March said recent studies have shown plasma treatment of printed circuit boards prior to conformal coating improves adhesion of the coatin...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Their Impact on Electronics, Part 3

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Their Impact on Electronics, Part 3

For today’s final post on increased electronics complexity in motor vehicles, we will focus on the alignment  Read More...

Characteristics of a Third-Level PCB Assembly

Characteristics of a Third-Level PCB Assembly

Or why parts should be “implemented,” not just “installed.”  Read More...

What is FAI, and What is the Purpose?

What is FAI, and What is the Purpose?

Confusion reigns over first article inspection and whether it is a qualification requirement. (It isn’t.)  Read More...

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Their Impact on Electronics, Part 2

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Their Impact on Electronics, Part 2

Today I’m returning to the topic of increased electronics complexity  Read More...

Nonfunctional Pads: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Nonfunctional Pads: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

To understand the influence of NFPs on reliability, industry experts were surveyed. Will their response settle the debate?  Read More...

Panel Rails — What Are They?

Panel Rails — What Are They?

I referred to "panel rails" in my blog about V-score panels (http://circuitsassembly.com/blog/?p=3926), but I didn't explain the "whats" and...  Read More...

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Its Impact on Electronics, Part 1

Changes in the Automotive Industry and Its Impact on Electronics, Part 1

The rapid increase in the electronic complexity of motor vehicles calls for specific considerations relating to reliability, modular design,  Read More...

Power Integrity and Power Distribution Design Tips

Power Integrity and Power Distribution Design Tips

How to treat every power distribution system as a custom design. Are you losing sleep over power integrity on your boards? If so, this is for you.  Read More...

A Trip Through Time

A Trip Through Time

PCB manufacturing has come a long way in a hurry, as a walk through Electropac’s PCB Museum reminds us. A highlight of a trip to Electropac’s printed circuit b...  Read More...

Design Practices for Panelization and Depanelization

Design Practices for Panelization and Depanelization

Assemblers demand a complete CAD data package for more effective manufacturing. Panelization, also known as the processing of boards in an array format, keeps ...  Read More...

A Muddled Recovery

A Muddled Recovery

The annual list of the largest contract assemblers proves looks can be deceiving. To the uninitiated, a look back at the past few years of the CIRCUITS ASSEMBL...  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

Tanaka Releases UV700-SR1J Silver Paste

Tanaka Releases UV700-SR1J Silver Paste

UV700-SR1J electrically conductive silver paste enables the formation of electronic circuits using only ultraviolet curing, without thermal curing. Forms a circ...  Read More...

Asset InterTech Releases JTAG eBook

Asset InterTech Releases JTAG eBook

“JTAG | IJTAG Semiconductor and Board Test Security” is an eBook that addresses weaknesses in the IEEE 1149.1 Boundary-Scan (JTAG) standard’s test access port f...  Read More...

CST Releases Antenna Magus v. 5.0

CST Releases Antenna Magus v. 5.0

Antenna Magus v. 5.0 features upgraded design capabilities for 250 antenna types. Automatically suggests practical design objectives and, as needed, instantly...  Read More...

Ucamco Offers Integr8tor v8.3 for Download

Ucamco Offers Integr8tor v8.3 for Download

Integr8tor v8.3 sales and engineering server for auto input and design analysis is now available for download. Automatically downloads and analyzes incoming cli...  Read More...

Isola Rolls Out Tachyon-100G Laminates, Prepregs

Isola Rolls Out Tachyon-100G Laminates, Prepregs

Tachyon-100G laminates and prepregs enable line cards required to transmit 100GbE at data rates in excess of 25Gb/s per channel. Have identical electrical prope...  Read More...

Altium, ICD Release Altium Designer Extensions

Altium, ICD Release Altium Designer Extensions

Two extensions for Altium Designer -- ICD Stackup Planner and ICD Power Distribution Network (PDN) Planner -- are accessible from within the design tool. ICD...  Read More...

Altium Upgrades Vault 2.0 Data Management

Altium Upgrades Vault 2.0 Data Management

Altium Vault 2.0 enterprise data management and collaboration platform aids in centralizing, managing and formalizing component libraries, design data and team ...  Read More...

Dow Debuts Solderon Electrolytic Tin Series

Dow Debuts Solderon Electrolytic Tin Series

Solderon ST-300T electrolytic tin comes in offer matte finish and is said to provide excellent distribution over a wide current density range. Solderon BHT-350 ...  Read More...

Dow Releases Silveron GT Surface Finishes

Dow Releases Silveron GT Surface Finishes

Silveron GT-101 cyanide-free silver and Silveron GT-820 cyanide-free silver tin offer brightness, adhesion, contact resistance and solderability, and can be app...  Read More...

Fancort Introduces PCB Depaneling Routers

Fancort Introduces PCB Depaneling Routers

SM3320S-S single table, SM3350S-D twin table and SM4520L-D twin table floor-mounted printed circuit board depaneling routers feature built-in high-res color CCD...  Read More...

EMA Debuts Component Information Portal 5.0

EMA Debuts Component Information Portal 5.0

Component Information Portal (CIP) 5.0 is tightly integrated with Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS and EMA EDABuilder for a complete part search and new part introduct...  Read More...

Theorem Solutions Develops Multi-CAD V5/V6 Plugin

Theorem Solutions Develops Multi-CAD V5/V6 Plugin

Multi-CAD was developed for V5 and V6 users to improve the process of associative design collaboration between CATIA and NX users. Is a V5/V6 plugin that enable...  Read More...

Mentor Graphics Unveils Xpedition Path Finder CAD Suite

Mentor Graphics Unveils Xpedition Path Finder CAD Suite

Xpedition Path Finder software suite is for designing printed circuit board assembling and optimizing complex electronics systems, enabling improved design and ...  Read More...

NI Releases Multisim Touch Mobile App

NI Releases Multisim Touch Mobile App

Multisim Touch permits electronics design and simulation anywhere via an Apple iPad.  Read More...

Brady Debuts R-4700 PCB Ribbon

Brady Debuts R-4700 PCB Ribbon

R-4700 ribbon is based on a resin formulation said to offer a high-performance image.  Read More...

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