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NEWS

 Cost Pressure to Push Pb-free Electronics in Military, Aerospace

Cost Pressure to Push Pb-free Electronics in Military, Aerospace

22 May 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL – A new market research study on military and aerospace electronics suggests the costs of materials will force industry to go lead-free.  Read More...

Semiconductor Equipment Sales Shoot Up in April

Semiconductor Equipment Sales Shoot Up in April

22 May 2015

SAN JOSE — North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted worldwide 90-day average orders of $1.57 billion in April, up 9% over a year ago. ...  Read More...

Mentor's Q1 Loss Widens on Restructuring Charges

Mentor's Q1 Loss Widens on Restructuring Charges

22 May 2015

WILSONVILLE, OR -- Mentor Graphics' fiscal first-quarter net loss widened to $10.5 million from $3 million a year ago as the EDA software company aborbed the co...  Read More...

CST, Dassault Partner on 3D Electromagnetic Simulation

CST, Dassault Partner on 3D Electromagnetic Simulation

21 May 2015

DARMSTADT, GERMANY – CST and Dassault Systèmes are partnering to integrate 3D electromagnetic simulation technology into the 3DExperience platform.  Read More...

Last Hurdle Cleared in TTM's Viasystems Buy

Last Hurdle Cleared in TTM's Viasystems Buy

20 May 2015

WASHINGTON -- The US Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation into TTM Technologies' proposed acquisition of Viasystems and the parties are free to...  Read More...

Cadence Allegro Upgrades Shorten Design Cycles, Improve High-Speed Designs

Cadence Allegro Upgrades Shorten Design Cycles, Improve High-Speed Designs

20 May 2015

SAN JOSE — Cadence Design Systems today unveiled the Allegro 16.6 portfolio, which emphasizes faster documentation creation and high-speed designs.  Read More...

Valence Acquires Flextronics Metal Finishing Plant

Valence Acquires Flextronics Metal Finishing Plant

19 May 2015

SAN CARLOS, CA -- Valence Surface Technologies has acquired the assets and operations of Flextronics' plant here metal finish company for an undisclosed amount....  Read More...

Orders Improving at German Board Fabs

Orders Improving at German Board Fabs

19 May 2015

FRANKFURT -- German printed circuit board fabricators reported March sales rose 2.6% year-over-year on a 30-day moving average basis.  Read More...

Compeq Reports Q1 Revenues Up 20.6%

Compeq Reports Q1 Revenues Up 20.6%

18 May 2015

TAIPEI – Printed circuit board maker Compeq Manufacturing reported revenues of $284.4 million in the first quarter of 2015, up 20.6% year-over-year.  Read More...

Rogers Changes Name of Printed Circuit Business Unit

Rogers Changes Name of Printed Circuit Business Unit

18 May 2015

CHANDLER, AZ – Rogers has changed the name of its printed circuit materials division to Advanced Connectivity Solutions, the company announced today.  Read More...

Design, Fab Task Groups Make Progress at IPC Committee Meetings

Design, Fab Task Groups Make Progress at IPC Committee Meetings

18 May 2015

BANNOCKBURN, IL -- IPC has released updates to its committees and task groups for Base Materials, Fabrication, Assembly and Joining and Flexible Circuits, based...  Read More...

OKI Reports Fiscal 2015 Net Sales Up 11.8% YoY

OKI Reports Fiscal 2015 Net Sales Up 11.8% YoY

15 May 2015

TOKYO – OKI Electric Industry reported net sales for fiscal 2015 ended Mar. 31 of 540 billion yen (US$4.53 billion), up 11.8% year-over-year.  Read More...

Altium Seeks Hobbyist Input on Open Source PCB Design Tool

Altium Seeks Hobbyist Input on Open Source PCB Design Tool

15 May 2015

SAN MATEO, CA -- Altium today announced an open beta program for its open source PCB design tool known as CircuitMaker.  Read More...

San Jose Fabricator Says Sales Up 15% in Q1

San Jose Fabricator Says Sales Up 15% in Q1

15 May 2015

SAN JOSE -- Power Design Services said first-quarter revenue was up 15% compared to the same period in 2014.  Read More...

HDP User Group to Tackle PTH Lifetime Predictors for Temp. Cycling

HDP User Group to Tackle PTH Lifetime Predictors for Temp. Cycling

14 May 2015

CAVE CREEK, AZ – The High Density Packaging (HDP) User Group is starting a new project on PTH lifetime predictors for temperature cycling.  Read More...

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FEATURES

Boston Medical Show Reveals Healthy Market

Boston Medical Show Reveals Healthy Market

BIOMEDevice 2015 was held at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center on May 6.  Read More...

EMS in Overdrive

EMS in Overdrive

Automotive and Apple were the two major growth factors in 2014.  Read More...

PCB Fabrication Processes and Their Effects on Fine Copper Barrel Cracks

PCB Fabrication Processes and Their Effects on Fine Copper Barrel Cracks

Cracking increased twofold when air cooling was used instead of water laminate cooling.  Read More...

Practical Progresses from Advanced Materials

Practical Progresses from Advanced Materials

Fine Tech Japan, a popular trade show for advanced materials, was held at Tokyo Big Sight a couple weeks ago.  Read More...

IPC-CC-830B vs. the ‘Real World’

IPC-CC-830B vs. the ‘Real World’

Samples subjected to typical end-use qualification testing revealed the importance of the application technique on the performance of certain coatings.  Read More...

Going Vertical

Going Vertical

At the annual IPC trade show, everything was headed up. Except, perhaps, the perception.  Read More...

The Design Tool Challenge: More Functionality, but Easier to Use

The Design Tool Challenge: More Functionality, but Easier to Use

Board designers want tools that enable sophisticated analysis and features without requiring an advanced degree.  Read More...

Breaking the Silos

Breaking the Silos

Design is becoming product-centric and shifting away from the solo approach.  Read More...

The 3 Challenges Facing the Future of PCB Design

The 3 Challenges Facing the Future of PCB Design

And why easing the complexity load is near the top of tool priorities.  Read More...

How Clean is Clean Enough?

How Clean is Clean Enough?

At what level does each of the individual contaminants cause leakage and corrosion failures in SIR?  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

Altium Releases MCAD Co-Designer Extension for CAD

Altium Releases MCAD Co-Designer Extension for CAD

MCAD Co-Designer extension for Altium Designer facilitates collaboration between mechanical and electronic design with integrated design data, a managed change ...  Read More...

CST Releases CST Studio Suite – Student Edition

CST Releases CST Studio Suite – Student Edition

CST Studio Suite – Student Edition is a free version of this electromagnetic simulation package designed to help with basics of electromagnetic theory. Allows s...  Read More...

Intercept Adds Keysight ADS to Pantheon CAD

Intercept Adds Keysight ADS to Pantheon CAD

Pantheon now includes integrated Keysight ADS Board Link macros within its design application environment. Permits bidirectional transfer of layouts, schematics...  Read More...

OKI Develops T-Coin Structure for Multilayer PCBs

OKI Develops T-Coin Structure for Multilayer PCBs

T-Coin (technology of copper coin insert) structure increases the area available for heat conduction for a limited number of through-holes by inserting cylindri...  Read More...

Polyonics Rolls Out Laser Markable Labels

Polyonics Rolls Out Laser Markable Labels

Black and TrueWhite laser markable labels are tested to GMW14573 and GM6121M performance requirements for automotive label applications. Can be ablated by a var...  Read More...

Dow Corning Offers TC-4525 Gap Filler

Dow Corning Offers TC-4525 Gap Filler

TC-4525 thermally conductive gap filler provides processability and thermal management in automotive electronics applications. Delivers thermal conductivity of ...  Read More...

Zuken Updates CR-8000 Design Software

Zuken Updates CR-8000 Design Software

CR-8000 System Planner has enhanced hierarchical and module-based system design capabilities. Optimizes interconnection of system boards created by multiple use...  Read More...

Inlynk Releases Optymo 4.4 RFQ Software

Inlynk Releases Optymo 4.4 RFQ Software

Optymo 4.4 BoM and parts management software features enhanced quotation module that allows fast sending of RFQs and price and lead-time comparisons. "Min/...  Read More...

Isola Releases IS350MD Laminate/Prepreg Materials

Isola Releases IS350MD Laminate/Prepreg Materials

IS350MD series halogen-free laminates and prepregs has a Dk of 3.51, for ultrathin dielectric applications such as high-end mobile devices. Is an FR-4 type base...  Read More...

Altium Releases Designer 15.1 PCB Design Tool

Altium Releases Designer 15.1 PCB Design Tool

Altium Designer 15.1 includes features to improve design efficiency with expansions to productivity, documentation, and high-speed design. High-speed design con...  Read More...

Kozio Releases VTOS Scan Automated Hardware Interface Test Tool

Kozio Releases VTOS Scan Automated Hardware Interface Test Tool

Kozio VTOS Scan tool automates the process of creating new configurations, enabling verification of new board designs, new product introductions, and full volum...  Read More...

NI Rolls Out Multisim 14

NI Rolls Out Multisim 14

Multisim 14 SPICE simulation environment features an enhanced user experience, quicker access to simulation results, and improved interactive simulation. Includ...  Read More...

Cadence Upgrades OrCAD PCB CAD

Cadence Upgrades OrCAD PCB CAD

OrCAD PCB CAD software now includes five new products and three key features aimed at increasing productivity by reducing design cycle time and facilitating mor...  Read More...

Mentor Announces New Pads Suite

Mentor Announces New Pads Suite

Pads suite comes in three configurations with features ranging from schematic capture to advanced hierarchical placement planning and analysis. Pads Standard ...  Read More...

Nan-o Dimension Releases Dragonfly 2020 3D Printer

Nan-o Dimension Releases Dragonfly 2020 3D Printer

Dragonfly 2020 3D inkjet deposition printer is for printed circuit boards. Is said to print multilayer circuits with 10 or more layers in a few hours. Prints bl...  Read More...

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