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NEWS

Semi Equipment Makers See 5th Straight Drop

Semi Equipment Makers See 5th Straight Drop

21 November 2014

SAN JOSE — North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers continued to see orders slide relative to sales in October, the SEMI trade group said.  Read More...

Mentor' Q3 Revenues Up More than 6% YoY

Mentor' Q3 Revenues Up More than 6% YoY

20 November 2014

WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics today reported fiscal third-quarter revenues ended Oct. 31 of $292.7 million, up 6.2% year-over-year.  Read More...

Man-Portable Military Electronics Market Inching Up

Man-Portable Military Electronics Market Inching Up

19 November 2014

DUBLIN – The global man-portable military electronics market will grow to $4.5 billion by 2023, a 10-year CAGR of 3.42%, says Research and Markets.  Read More...

Apple, Samsung Tablets Account for 62% of Market in Q3

Apple, Samsung Tablets Account for 62% of Market in Q3

19 November 2014

OYSTER BAY, NY – Apple and Samsung combined for 62% of the nearly 36 million branded tablets in the third quarter of 2014, according to ABI Research.  Read More...

Volume Growth Overcoming Flex ASP Declines

Volume Growth Overcoming Flex ASP Declines

19 November 2014

DALLAS – Continued price declines won't sink the flexible printed circuit market this year, a new report asserts.  Read More...

Topwin Acquisition Will Give ESI Leg Up in China

Topwin Acquisition Will Give ESI Leg Up in China

17 November 2014

PORTLAND, OR -- Electro Scientific Industries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wuhan Topwin Optoelectronics Technology for an undisclosed amount.  Read More...

ACE Adds Isola Laminates to Standard Materials

ACE Adds Isola Laminates to Standard Materials

14 November 2014

SANTA ANA, CA – Accurate Circuit Engineering has added Isola’s Astra and I-Tera laminates to its list of standard materials.  Read More...

D2P 2015 Shows Announced

D2P 2015 Shows Announced

12 November 2014

PROSPECT, CT – The Design-2-Part (D2P) show schedule for 2015 has been announced. The schedule is as follows:  Read More...

Altium, element14 to Distribute CircuitStudio PCB Design Tool

Altium, element14 to Distribute CircuitStudio PCB Design Tool

12 November 2014

SYDNEY – Altium has partnered with element14 to distribute CircuitStudio, a printed circuit board design tool based on Altium technology.  Read More...

LPKF's Q3 Sales Up, Reaffirms Forecast

LPKF's Q3 Sales Up, Reaffirms Forecast

12 November 2014

GARBSEN, GERMANY – LPKF Laser Electronics today announced third-quarter revenue of EUR 34.4 million ($42.87 million), up 16.7% from a year ago.  Read More...

Isola Completes CAF Testing on New Resin Laminates

Isola Completes CAF Testing on New Resin Laminates

11 November 2014

CHANDLER, AZ – Isola's laminate materials recently passed Class 2 testing for conductive anodic filament (CAF) resistance standards with flying colors.  Read More...

Viasystems Turns in Flat Quarter Ahead of TTM Deal

Viasystems Turns in Flat Quarter Ahead of TTM Deal

10 November 2014

ST. LOUIS -- Viasystems Group today reported third-quarter net sales at its printed circuit board segment were flat over last year at $256.5 million.  Read More...

 Oak-Mitsui closing US Mfg Facility

Oak-Mitsui closing US Mfg Facility

10 November 2014

HOOSICK FALLS, NY -- Oak-Mitsui Technologies will close its facility here by February and consolidate production in its newly expanded plant in Malaysia.  Read More...

Countdown to Annual HKPCA Show

Countdown to Annual HKPCA Show

10 November 2014

HONG KONG -- With less than a month to go before its opening date, both exhibitors and visitors are preparing for the world’s largest printed circuit board trad...  Read More...

Ansys's Fortunes Continue to Rise

Ansys's Fortunes Continue to Rise

07 November 2014

PITTSBURGH -- Ansys today announced third quarter net income increased 5% year-over-year to $65.5 million.  Read More...

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FEATURES

Pessimistic Forecast for the PC Market in Taiwan

Pessimistic Forecast for the PC Market in Taiwan

Did you know that more than 90% of personal computers are manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturers in Taiwan or located in other countries?  Read More...

Are Tight Tolerances Costing You Money?

Are Tight Tolerances Costing You Money?

Does a tighter tolerance guarantee superior quality and better function, or just a higher unit cost?  Read More...

GHS Timeline Update

GHS Timeline Update

The latest OSHA hazard communication requirements go into effect next year. Are you ready?  Read More...

CEATEC Reflects Japan Electronics Downturn

CEATEC Reflects Japan Electronics Downturn

The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) is an electronics trade show held in Japan.  Read More...

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Last month, Sony announced a loss of more than $2 billion and canceled its dividends for the current fiscal year.  Read More...

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

The annual PCD F Salary Survey reveals that while more than a quarter of designers are nearing retirement, newcomers might finally be filling the gap.  Read More...

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

The Japanese yen continues to depreciate against other currencies. Last month, the exchange rate between was below 102 yen for one US dollar, now it stands at m...  Read More...

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A rough topography aids reliability, even while it complicates wet processing.  Read More...

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...

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

Hirose Develops DF65 Series Connector

Hirose Develops DF65 Series Connector

DF65 Series connector is a vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4A (with 2...  Read More...

DuPont Releases PE510 Cu Conductive Ink

DuPont Releases PE510 Cu Conductive Ink

PE510 copper conductive ink (http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/electronic-electrical-materials/printed-electronics.html?src=pr-printed-electronics)is...  Read More...

Dow Develops Circuposit 6000 Electroless Copper Process

Dow Develops Circuposit 6000 Electroless Copper Process

Circuposit 6000 electroless copper process is for high-reliability HDI circuit boards. Offers enhanced microvia reliability and improved performance.Dow Electro...  Read More...

Altium, element14 Debut CircuitStudio PCB Design Tool

Altium, element14 Debut CircuitStudio PCB Design Tool

CircuitStudio is a printed circuit board design tool based on straightforward schematic capture and project management tools. Is reportedly easy to use, but pow...  Read More...

Sunstone Debuts DFMplus DfM Tool

Sunstone Debuts DFMplus DfM Tool

DFMplus design for manufacture software addresses potential issues in the PCB design phase to ensure manufacturability. Verifies PCB designs before placing orde...  Read More...

Technic Releases Techni IM Gold AT8000 Im. Au Chemistry

Technic Releases Techni IM Gold AT8000 Im. Au Chemistry

Techni IM Gold AT8000 non-cyanide immersion gold is said to improve solderability while reducing gold usage when compared to typical cyanide based ENIG chemistr...  Read More...

Digi-Key, Mentor Debut Designer Schematic, Designer Layout Tools

Digi-Key, Mentor Debut Designer Schematic, Designer Layout Tools

Designer Schematic and Designer Layout EDA/CAD tools are for design starts, providing a foundation for long-term product design. Link affordable design software...  Read More...

CheckSum Unveils V12 Measurement Card for ICT

CheckSum Unveils V12 Measurement Card for ICT

CheckSum V12 Measurement Card controls and runs in-circuit and functional testing systems. Performs power-off ICTs using test voltages as low as 50mV. Can test ...  Read More...

Mentor Upgrades Flowmaster Software

Mentor Upgrades Flowmaster Software

Flowmaster simulation software for thermo-fluid systems now has a functional mock-up interface (FMI) that enables usage of Flowmaster models in an open-source e...  Read More...

Sovella Introduces LMT Worktable

Sovella Introduces LMT Worktable

LMT is a light-duty, motorized ergonomic multi-purpose worktable. Is suited for light industrial, laboratory, light assembly, quality control, packaging and tec...  Read More...

Zuken Rolls Out E³.HarnessAnalyzer Tool

Zuken Rolls Out E³.HarnessAnalyzer Tool

E³.HarnessAnalyzer, for the automotive harness industry, is for viewing and analyzing harness drawings in the standard HCV container data format, which combines...  Read More...

Enthone Introduces EnFILL Copper Via Fill Systems

Enthone Introduces EnFILL Copper Via Fill Systems

EnFILL Copper Via Fill systems are for HDI any-layer buildups. Reportedly offer a high current capacity proven to reduce cycle time by up to 40%, while providin...  Read More...

Mentor Releases Xpedition Systems Designer Software

Mentor Releases Xpedition Systems Designer Software

Xpedition Systems Designer software for multi-board systems connectivity captures the hardware description of multi-board systems, from logical system definitio...  Read More...

Coherent Releases Avia NX Lasers

Coherent Releases Avia NX Lasers

AVIA NX series of q-switched, diode-pumped, solid-state lasers offer output powers up to 40W at 355nm. Are said to be smaller, lighter, and more robust than oth...  Read More...

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

brd-to-3D virtual 3D Eagle viewer takes layout file (more formats to be released) and generates a “free” comprehensive 3D package consisting of: Photo-real...  Read More...

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