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May 27th, 2020
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Happy Memorial Day!

A replica of the classic Sinclair Scientific calculator demonstrates how a cheap chip was tricked into performing miracles.

Two years after it was teased at a series of worldwide seminars with key customers and media, Altium’s cloud platform for PCB design has begun to reach the potential the ECAD company promised.

The PCB West conference catalog is now available.

FLIR launches C5 compact thermal camera.

Charles Pfeil released a free new e-book titled High-Speed Constraint Values and PCB Layout Methods, which includes the Constraint Value Calculator, an Excel-based worksheet developed by Pfeil.

Circuit boards on certain Subaru models malfunction and can cause sudden unintended acceleration, a new lawsuit alleges.

PCB Design Starts with the Materials, but Choosing is Tougher than Ever
The combination of rising performance expectations and intense commercial pressures means choosing the right substrate materials for new-product designs is more important than ever.

Alun Morgan



Ted Conrad, the founder of Fireboard Labs, discusses the startup company’s make/buy decision and lessons learned, plus a breakdown of their signature products, on the latest edition of PCB Chat.

A comprehensive ranking of 100 China-based PCB companies increased 13.1% year-over-year to RMB237 billion ($33.billion), CPCA said, with Pengding Holdings, Dongshan Precision, Jianding Technology, and Shennan Circuit all topping RMB10 billion ($1.4 billion).

US equipment and software is essential to producing leading-edge semiconductors, and China’s efforts to develop its own internal semiconductor manufacturing capabilities have fallen far short of what’s needed. This puts US equipment makers such as Applied Materials, KLA and Lam Research, and design software companies such as Mentor, Synopsys and Cadence in a very awkward position in that they are basically pawns in a global spat.

Incap has reopened its factory in Karnataka, India, after a government-mandated lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

Digitimes Research lowered its global smartphone shipment forecast for 2020 to 1.15 billion units, down 15.4% from 2019's 1.36 billion because of the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

CE3 Electronics has selected a Mirtec MV-6 Omni 3-D AOI.

AIM Electronics named Lenny Roach to engineering sales.

Belts Be Gone and Other New Approaches to Print Stability
Just when we think we have reached the limit on shrinking substrate thicknesses, tighter pad spaces and higher component densities, the industry says, “Not so fast!”

Clive Ashmore



From the pages of
It Was Predicted for Years. Engineers Are Finally Taking Over PCB Design.
Recent salary survey results suggest newcomers may be entering the field.
by Chelsey Drysdale

From the pages of
EMS 2019 in Review: Trade Wars Batter Supply Chains, Profits
The largest players in contract assembly toughed out last year. This one might be worse.
by Mike Buetow


June 3-30: ECTC, Virtual
July 3-5: Productronica China 2020, Shanghai, China
July 20-23: Semicon West, Virtual
Sept. 8-11: PCB West 2020, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 27-Oct. 1: SMTA International 2020, Rosemont, IL
Jan. 26-29: IPC Apex Expo 2021, San Diego


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

           5/25/20 Trend
Sn $7.02 Up
Pb $0.74 Up
Ag $251.33 Up
Cu $2.43 Up
             Mar. Trend
Semi equip. billings 20.1% Down
ICs 6.9% Up
PCBs 1.15 Flat
Computers/elec. products 5.49 Flat

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