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NEWS

N. American PCB Orders Up 4.2% in June

N. American PCB Orders Up 4.2% in June

31 July 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL – Total North American printed circuit board shipments decreased 0.9% in June year-over-year, leaving year-to-date shipment growth down 0.3%, ...  Read More...

Seasonality Slows TTM's Q2 Sales

Seasonality Slows TTM's Q2 Sales

31 July 2014

COSTA MESA, CA -- TTM Technologies swung to a second-quarter loss on a 12% drop in sales.  Read More...

TBBPA Questions Revive Halogen-Free Materials Group

TBBPA Questions Revive Halogen-Free Materials Group

31 July 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL -- IPC is reactivating its Halogen-Free Materials Subcommittee following indications that Europe might classify tetrabrominated bis-phenol A as ...  Read More...

OEM, Aftermarket Telematics Drivong Cellular M2M Connections

OEM, Aftermarket Telematics Drivong Cellular M2M Connections

30 July 2014

OYSTER BAY, NY – OEM telematics and aftermarket telematics will be dominant sectors for cellular M2M connections, growing to more than 40% connection share by 2...  Read More...

NI's Profits Sky on Q2 Revenue Bounce

NI's Profits Sky on Q2 Revenue Bounce

30 July 2014

AUSTIN, TX -- National Instruments today announced second-quarter revenue of $313 million, up 6% year-over-year.  Read More...

4G Buildout Spurs Rogers to Record Sales

4G Buildout Spurs Rogers to Record Sales

30 July 2014

ROGERS, CT -- Rogers today announced second-quarter sales hit an all-time record of $153.5 million, up 15.9% from a year ago on demand for materials for the 4G ...  Read More...

US Grants eSurface Metalization Patents

US Grants eSurface Metalization Patents

30 July 2014

CARLSBAD, CA — The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted eSurface Technologies a pair of patents covering the areas of surface activation and metalization....  Read More...

AT&S Releases 1st Sustainability Report

AT&S Releases 1st Sustainability Report

30 July 2014

LEOBEN, AUSTRIA -- AT S seeks annual reductions in its water use and carbon footprint, according to the company's first corporate sustainability report, release...  Read More...

Park Electrochemical Elects Mastrogiacomo President, COO

Park Electrochemical Elects Mastrogiacomo President, COO

29 July 2014

MELVILLE, NY – Park Electrochemical has elected Christopher T. Mastrogiacomo president and chief operating officer.  Read More...

PCD&F Opens 2015 NPI Fab Awards

PCD&F Opens 2015 NPI Fab Awards

29 July 2014

SMYRNA, GA – PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN FAB announced the opening of its 2015 New Product Introduction Awards (NPI) for printed circuit board fabrication.  Read More...

Eltek's CEO Out, Interim Chief Named

Eltek's CEO Out, Interim Chief Named

29 July 2014

PETACH-TIKVA, ISRAEL -- Eltek today announced the immediate departure of Arieh Reichart as chief executive.  Read More...

Holder's PCB Units Report Mixed Results

Holder's PCB Units Report Mixed Results

25 July 2014

LONDON -- Holders Technology swung to a first-half pretax loss despite an uptick in sales for the period.  Read More...

Flextronics Reports Fiscal Q1 Net Sales of $6.6B, up 14.7%

Flextronics Reports Fiscal Q1 Net Sales of $6.6B, up 14.7%

24 July 2014

SAN JOSE, CA – Flextronics reported fiscal 2015 first-quarter net sales of $6.6 billion, up 14.7% year-over-year, and down 1.2% sequentially.  Read More...

IPC Patriarch Dieter Bergman Passes Away

IPC Patriarch Dieter Bergman Passes Away

23 July 2014

BANNOCKBURN, IL -- Dieter Bergman, the venerable technical standards guru and the heart and soul of the IPC Designers Council, has passed away.  Read More...

Electropac to Be Acquired, Remain Open

Electropac to Be Acquired, Remain Open

23 July 2014

MANCHESTER, NH -- Electropac, the venerable printed circuit board fabricator, will be acquired by one of its key employees and will continue to operate under a ...  Read More...

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FEATURES

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...

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...

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PRODUCTS

Isola Offers Impedance and Power-Handling Calculator

Isola Offers Impedance and Power-Handling Calculator

A free impedance and power-handling calculator predicts design attributes for microstrips and striplines based on the design’s target impedance and dielectric p...  Read More...

Cadence Introduces OrCAD Engineering Data Management, Library Builder, Documentation Editor

Cadence Introduces OrCAD Engineering Data Management, Library Builder, Documentation Editor

OrCAD Engineering Data Management is a collaboration and management environment for OrCAD Capture; OrCAD Library Builder is an automated part builder, and OrCAD...  Read More...

Mentor Debuts Xpedition Data Management Suite

Mentor Debuts Xpedition Data Management Suite

Xpedition Data Management (xDM) suite provides a flow-wide information hub that manages the PCB design data that is created, reused, imported, or released from ...  Read More...

CadSoft Rolls Out Eagle v. 7 PCB Design Tool

CadSoft Rolls Out Eagle v. 7 PCB Design Tool

Eagle v. 7 PCB design software has an updated design environment and increased flexibility, enabling development of custom schematics. New features include an e...  Read More...

Chemtronics Launches Chemask HT, Chemask Aqua Temp Solder Masks

Chemtronics Launches Chemask HT, Chemask Aqua Temp Solder Masks

Chemask HT is a fast curing, peelable temporary spot mask formulated for long-term heat protection at elevated temperatures. May be used to protect pins, posts,...  Read More...

Macaos Software Releases Enterprise v. 4.0

Macaos Software Releases Enterprise v. 4.0

Macaos Enterprise v. 4.0 PCB management, panelization, stencil creation and online ordering software includes assembly data manager for adding or modifying pick...  Read More...

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...

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