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May 24th, 2019
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Due to the Memorial Day holiday in the US, PCB UPdate will not be published on May 27.

nScrypt is using 3-D printing to create phased array antennas (PAA).

If Huawei loses ARM's chip designs, it's toast.

Ford thinks autonomous vehicles and robots could share sensor data to help them better navigate the world around them.

Tim O'Neill of AIM Solder shares advice and tales from the front on the optimal way to handle and store solder paste in the latest edition of The Screw-ups.

Register now for the two-day workshop on controlling noise in PCBs with Rick Hartley in Boston in June.

UP Media Group announced registration for the technical conference for PCB West 2019 is now available.

‘Huawei’ E.O. Portends Total Supply Chain Chaos
While Huawei is a $100 billion company, the Trump executive order could have tentacles that reach far beyond the Chinese OEM. Even if all the defense industry primes, for instance, buy all their boards onshore (doubtful), many others do not, including the financial markets, and key industries such as nuclear, power, and so on.

Mike Buetow



Experts are questioning whether Huawei’s HongMeng operating system and HiSilicon electronic chips can be adopted for production within a short period of time.

Carriers in Japan and Taiwan are the first in Asia to say they will not sell Huawei’s new smartphones in the wake of US restrictions, with a South Korean peer saying it may follow suit.

Executives from electronics companies across the US converged in Washington this week to endorse the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and call on the Trump Administration and Congress to support policies that will drive advanced manufacturing.

Flex has stopped shipments to smartphone and telecom equipment brand Huawei to comply with the US administration’s decision to put the company on its trade blacklist.

Scanfil signed an agreement to acquire EMS company Hasec-Elektronik for cash and stock.

Zollner Electronics has added a 23,000 sq. ft. factory in Fremont, CA, the German EMS company's second in the Silicon Valley.

Jabil is suing GE, claiming it refused to pay for $2.1 million in raw, now useless materials.

A pair of private equity firms have taken a majority stake in Libra Industries in partnership with CEO Rod Howell, the Howell family and the Libra management team.

Fanout wafer-level packages are expected to grow almost 37% from 2018 through 2022, while fan-in WLPs are projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% for the four-year period.

Ventec has again achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for its Quality Management System at its facility in Germany.

Fending Off the Disrupters
How far can you push the envelope? I have asked myself that question for years as I watch the advancement of technology and the fabricated PCBs that anchor that technology.

Peter Bigelow



From the pages of
Material Selection for High-Speed PCB Design
How to develop a standard methodology, including electrical and mechanical parameters and – yes! – cost.
by Bill Hargin

From the pages of
Yes, J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Can Be Used Together
But those planning to use both must identify who is responsible for key requirements.
by Teresa Rowe


June 13-14: PCB2Day with Rick Hartley, Chelmsford, MA
June 25-27: 2019 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials, College Park, MD
July 9-11: Semicon West, San Francisco, CA
Sept. 9-12: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 22-26: SMTA International, Rosemont, IL
Oct. 9-10: Southern California Design-2-Part Show, Pasadena, CA
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany
Feb. 4-6: IPC Apex Expo 2020, San Diego, CA


Email industry press releases or links to the editors of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY or PCD&F: pr@upmediagroup.com.

           5/20/19 TREND
Sn $8.94 Up
Pb $0.81 Down
Ag $214.09 Down
Cu $2.75 Down
             Mar. TREND
Semi equip. billings -24.6% Down
ICs -13% Down
PCBs 1.00 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.42 Flat

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