NEWS

IDC: AR/VR Shipments to Rise 31% in 2018

IDC: AR/VR Shipments to Rise 31% in 2018

21 September 2018

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Global shipments of standalone and tethered augmented reality and virtual reality headsets are expected to total 4.2 million units in 2018, up ...  Read More...

Plexus Expands Design Center in Penang

Plexus Expands Design Center in Penang

21 September 2018

PENANG -- Plexus has expanded its Engineering Solutions business here, increasing capacity and efficiency of the Penang Design Center by moving from its former ...  Read More...

Trackwise Posts Fiscal 2018 Revenues Up 15%

Trackwise Posts Fiscal 2018 Revenues Up 15%

20 September 2018

TEWKESBURY, UK – Trackwise Designs reported fiscal year 2018 revenues of £1.8 million (US$2.4 million), up 15% year-over-year.  Read More...

Zuken to Hold Webinar on Stretch-Rigid Circuits

Zuken to Hold Webinar on Stretch-Rigid Circuits

19 September 2018

WESTFORD, MA – Zuken will hold a webinar on Oct. 12 to explore the technology requirements and implementation best practices behind stretchable circuits (stretc...  Read More...

Insulectro Acquires Beck’s Light Gauge Aluminum Assets

Insulectro Acquires Beck’s Light Gauge Aluminum Assets

18 September 2018

ELK GROVE, IL – Insulectro has acquired the assets of Beck’s Light Gauge Aluminum Co. for an undisclosed sum.  Read More...

IPC Renews Concern Over 3rd Round of US Tariffs on Chinese Imports

IPC Renews Concern Over 3rd Round of US Tariffs on Chinese Imports

18 September 2018

BANNOCKBURN, IL – John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, issued the following statement on the decision of the US government to impose additional tariffs on abou...  Read More...

PCB West Keynote: If You Want to Know the Future of CAD, Look to the Past

PCB West Keynote: If You Want to Know the Future of CAD, Look to the Past

14 September 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA – Mistakes were made.  Read More...

ITA: Global Tin Use Up 4% in 2017

ITA: Global Tin Use Up 4% in 2017

13 September 2018

HERTFORDSHIRE, UK – Worldwide tin use grew 4% in 2017, but tin use growth forecasts are expected to be weaker in 2018, says the International Tin Association. ...  Read More...

Q2 Semi Gear Billings Up 19% YoY

Q2 Semi Gear Billings Up 19% YoY

11 September 2018

MILPITAS, CA – Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings rose 19% year-over-year in the second quarter, according to the latest report from SEMI....  Read More...

PCB West Starts Tuesday in Santa Clara

PCB West Starts Tuesday in Santa Clara

11 September 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA -- PCB West (http://pcbwest.com/), the Silicon Valley's largest conference for the printed circuit board industry, opens here Tuesday.  Read More...

Tech-Etch Announces Sale of Company to Employees

Tech-Etch Announces Sale of Company to Employees

10 September 2018

PLYMOUTH, MA -- Tech-Etch today announced the sale of 100% of the company to its employees through an employee stock ownership plan.  Read More...

CTA Criticizes China Tariffs in Comments to USTR

CTA Criticizes China Tariffs in Comments to USTR

07 September 2018

ARLINGTON, VA – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) submitted comments to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer on the administration's propose...  Read More...

5 Emerging Technology Trends Will Blur Lines Between Human and Machine

5 Emerging Technology Trends Will Blur Lines Between Human and Machine

07 September 2018

STAMFORD, CT – Five distinct emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, according to new research from Gartner.  Read More...

Vendor Revenue in Server Market Up 44% in Q2

Vendor Revenue in Server Market Up 44% in Q2

06 September 2018

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 43.7% year-over-year to $22.5 billion during the second quarter, said International Dat...  Read More...

Chinese Fabricators Showing Strong First-Half Results

Chinese Fabricators Showing Strong First-Half Results

06 September 2018

SHANGHAI – First half revenues among Chinese PCB fabricators rose 12.5%, while net profits were up 29% year-over-year, China’s leading PCB industry trade group ...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Enabling IPX Level 7/8 PCB Waterproof Protection

Enabling IPX Level 7/8 PCB Waterproof Protection

Every PCB has an Achilles heel: water. Is there a solution beyond conformal coatings?  Read More...

Preparing PCB Dimensional Drawings Using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Preparing PCB Dimensional Drawings Using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Dimensional acceptability is incumbent on proper use of IPC-2615 and ANSI/ASME Y14.5.  Read More...

Trends in Medical  Device Technology

Trends in Medical Device Technology

Next-generation devices will rely on 3-D interconnect technology and power “scavenging.”  Read More...

In the World PCB Rankings, Flex Shows Its Muscle

In the World PCB Rankings, Flex Shows Its Muscle

The annual list of the largest fabricators shows flex circuit makers are beginning to dominate.  Read More...

For a Calculator, What Does ‘Accuracy’ Really Mean?

For a Calculator, What Does ‘Accuracy’ Really Mean?

Many of the values we want to estimate are unknowable because the parameters themselves are unknown.  Read More...

The Profile of an EMS Facility is an Elusive Study

The Profile of an EMS Facility is an Elusive Study

Properly evaluating an EMS means going beyond the published stats.  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

Fujiploy Debuts Zebra Gold 8000A Connectors

Fujiploy Debuts Zebra Gold 8000A Connectors

Fujipoly Zebra Gold 8000A elastomeric connectors transfer data and power between parallel components and PCBs, while exhibiting electrical resistance of less th...  Read More...

Molex Introduces Coeur CST High-Current Interconnect System

Molex Introduces Coeur CST High-Current Interconnect System

Coeur CST high-current interconnect system features a float design that accommodates pin to socket misalignment, allowing for ease of mating PCB to PCB, PCB to ...  Read More...

Bowman Adds Extended Stage Option for XRF Plating Thickness Instruments

Bowman Adds Extended Stage Option for XRF Plating Thickness Instruments

XRF plating thickness instruments now have extended stage option.  Read More...

DownStream Releases 2018 CAM350, BluePrint-PCB, and DFMStream

DownStream Releases 2018 CAM350, BluePrint-PCB, and DFMStream

Release 2018 for CAM350, BluePrint-PCB, and DFMStream delivers 3D technology for PCB post-processing, including manufacturing data visualization, stack-up defin...  Read More...

Bex Debuts PCB Rinsing Nozzles Series

Bex Debuts PCB Rinsing Nozzles Series

Flat Fan Rinsing Nozzles, manufactured primarily from polypropylene or PVDF (stainless steel is also available), are engineered for final rinses and come in “wa...  Read More...

Atotech Introduces Printoganth RA Electroless Copper Process

Atotech Introduces Printoganth RA Electroless Copper Process

Printoganth RA horizontal electroless copper process was developed to ensure blister-free electroless copper deposition and shiny surface appearance after elect...  Read More...

Frontline Releases InPlan 5.5 Panelization Tool

Frontline Releases InPlan 5.5 Panelization Tool

InPlan 5.5 software is for panelization of rigid and flex PCBs.  Read More...

Frontline Updates InCAM 4.1 Routing Editor

Frontline Updates InCAM 4.1 Routing Editor

InCAM 4.1 routing editor’s functions reportedly include all routing-related tasks.  Read More...

AVX Updates TWD HTMC Tantalum Capacitors

AVX Updates TWD HTMC Tantalum Capacitors

The max. operating temperature for TWD High-Temp Max-Cap (HTMC) series axial leaded, hermetically sealed wet tantalum capacitors is from 125°C to 175°C.  Read More...

Samtec Debuts Flyover QSFP28 Cable

Samtec Debuts Flyover QSFP28 Cable

Flyover QSFP28 cable system permits sideband signaling via press-fit contacts to improve airflow, reduce loss, and mitigate skew.  Read More...

MacDermid Enthone Releases PackagePrep CE Tin S Process

MacDermid Enthone Releases PackagePrep CE Tin S Process

PackagePrep CE Tin S process is for singulated QFN package side walls.  Read More...

Ucamco Rolls Out Reference Gerber Viewer 2.1

Ucamco Rolls Out Reference Gerber Viewer 2.1

Reference Gerber Viewer 2.1 supports drill files in NC or Excellon format. Fabrication data with drill files in NC format can now be viewed.  Read More...

Pasternack Releases Solderless Vertical Launch Connectors

Pasternack Releases Solderless Vertical Launch Connectors

Solderless vertical launch connectors are reportedly ideal for high-speed networking, high-speed computing and telecommunications applications.  Read More...

Polar Instruments Releases Speedstack v18.08  PCB Stackup Design Tool

Polar Instruments Releases Speedstack v18.08 PCB Stackup Design Tool

Speedstack v18.08 PCB stackup design software can export and import stack-up and impedance structure data using IPC-2581B XML file format.  Read More...

Tepro Releases TO-20 Thick-Film Heat Sink Device

Tepro Releases TO-20 Thick-Film Heat Sink Device

TO-20 non-inductive, thick-film heat sink resistor comes in TO-220 package.  Read More...

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