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July 22nd, 2024
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THE LEAD

Electronics design software architect Charles Pfeil will keynote the PCB West conference and exhibition in October. His talk, “AI Roadmap for PCB Layout,” illustrates the capabilities and methodologies that will be needed for AI success with complex PCB designs, with a focus on constraints, place and route.

Thailand's PCB industry accounts for 4% of the global market, yet the Thailand Printed Circuit Board Association see its share could rise to 10% as 50 new factories come online.

TECH NEWS

A new study conducted by researchers from University of Delaware and Argonne National Laboratory describes a chemical reaction that can convert Styrofoam into functional electronic devices.

Altium releases Altium Designer 24.6.

Texas State University has been named part of the Texas Institute for Electronics (TIE) consortium to develop the next generation of high-performing semiconductor microsystems for the Department of Defense.

MIT scientists are using AI to better predict how heat moves through semiconductors and insulators, an innovation that could lead to the design of more efficient power generation systems.

Sayaka releases SAM-CT34NSL auto dry slicer.

Susy Webb will present a new all-day webinar titled “Effective PCB Design Techniques” on Sept. 10, sponsored by PCEA.

Registration is open for the technical program for PCB West 2024, featuring more than 110 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training spread over nearly 50 sessions.

The PCD&F annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists is open for a few more days.

Japanese scientists have devised a way to attach living skin tissue to robotic faces and make them "smile," in a breakthrough that holds out promise of applications in cosmetics and medicine.

Abstracts for next year’s PCB East technical conference are due Sept. 6, PCEA announced.

MATERIAL GAINS
Talking Points
Many of us would struggle to grasp the concept of a zettabyte in any practical sense. Mathematically, it's 1 trillion gigabytes and, between we humans and our machines, we expect to generate more than 180 zettabytes of digital data in 2025.

ALUN MORGAN

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BUSINESS NEWS

Incap said improved visibility toward year end and good first half results have led the EMS company to raise its outlook for 2024.

Demand for smartphones and other consumer electronics is on the rise, prompting device assemblers such as Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and Luxshare Precision Industry to prepare for a recovery period.

Note reported second quarter revenue fell 6% year over year to SEK 1.01 billion ($94.5 million).

Wally Rhines comments on the quarterly data released by the ESD Alliance, shifts in demand from India and China, seasonal buying trends, employment and more on the PCB Chat podcast.

Victory Giant has completed registration for the construction of a printed circuit board manufacturing campus in Vietnam, with a planned investment of up to $260 million.

Samsung and Google may be facing the investigation of the European Union (EU) antitrust regulators, on whether their smartphone collaboration might impede market access for other AI developers or limit competition.

Mobenus will move to Namchun Industrial Complex in South Korea by next year to mass-produce high-density circuit boards.

Benchmark is constructing a new state-of-the-art facility in Guadalajara.

Parmi USA named Juan Arango head of SMT and business development.

GETTING LEAN
Lean Philosophy and EMS Realities
One challenge for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers implementing Lean manufacturing practices can be customer buy-in.

ALVARO GRADO

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES


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EVENTS

Sept. 17-19: Zuken Innovation WorldCleveland, OH
Oct. 8-11: PCB West 2024Santa Clara, CA
Oct. 21-24: SMTA InternationalRosemont, IL
Oct. 23-25: TPCA Show Taipei
Oct. 30: NW Electronics Design & Manufacturing ExpoHillsboro, OR
Nov. 13: PCB CarolinaRaleigh, NC
Nov. 28-30: GEIMS VietnamHanoi, Vietnam
Dec. 4-6: International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen)Shenzhen, China


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BOOK-TO-BILLS/MARKET TRENDS
             May Trend
EMS 1.36 Down
ICs 19.3 Up
PCBs 0.95 Down
Component Sales Sentiment 112.3% Down
Changes are year-over-year.    
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