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August 4th, 2020
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TECH NEWS

Engineers have been chasing a form of AI that could drastically lower the energy required to do typical AI things like recognize words and images. This analog form of machine learning does one of the key mathematical operations of neural networks using the physics of a circuit instead of digital logic.

The decline of the US semiconductor industry has as much to do with decades of American inaction as with China’s aggressive industrial policy. We are falling into a new kind of cold war: a tech cold war.

Physicists and engineers have been working for decades to make optical telecommunications possible, developing not just fibers but waveguides, lasers, and other components.

UP Media Group announced more than 125 hours' worth of technical sessions have been selected for PCB West Virtual 2020 this fall. The conference, which is moving to an online platform because of the novel coronavirus, takes place September 7-10.

Henkel debuts Bergquist Gap Pad TGP 12000ULM thermal interface material.

Copper Mountain Technologies releases SMD Test Solution, AFR Software plug-in.

DEFECT OF THE MONTH
Root Causes of Component Lifting
Subtle component lifting can be an issue to find during inspection. Most modern AOI systems should be able to detect drawbridging on small passive and active parts.
BOB WILLIS

Bob Willis

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI) reported second quarter revenue of $220.4 million, down 54% year-over-year.

ITW reported second quarter Test & Measurement and Electronics revenue of $455 million, down 14.6% year-over-year and 6.2% sequentially.

PCB fabricator TLB Co. is set to go public on the secondary Kosdaq stock market sometime in 2020, according to reports.

The US government has asked a federal judge to sentence an engineer who stole confidential information related to Google's self-driving technology to 27 months in prison for theft of trade secrets.

The worldwide tablet market recorded 18.6% year-over-year growth in the second quarter after two sequential quarters of decline.

Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 16% year-over-year in the June period, a larger decline than in the first quarter but expected nonetheless.

Canada’s attorney general says the requirements for extraditing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States on charges of bank fraud have been met, documents submitted in a British Columbia court show.

Advanced Circuits reported second quarter revenue of $23 million, up 2.7% year-over-year.

Lite-On Tech said second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenues fell 6% year-over-year to NT$41.796 billion (US$1.42 billion).

Numerica has partnered with NEOTech Inc. to accelerate hardware and sensor development activities.

CAVEAT LECTOR
Living in the Virtual World
Some 13 years ago, UP Media Group launched the first virtual trade show for the electronics industry. In some ways – most, probably – we were ahead of the times. People liked it because it was simple to attend, but the platform wasn’t ready for prime time.
MIKE BUETOW

Mike Buetow

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
Why Not Route Two Traces Between Pins on a 1mm Pitch BGA?
A look at the geometry associated with plated through-holes in a PCB.
by Lee Ritchey


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Is SMT Ready for Low-Temperature Solders?
With no standard in sight, emerging alloys require unique fluxes and processes.
by Timothy O'Neill

EVENTS

Aug. 4-6: Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials, Online
Aug. 11-13: CadenceLIVE Americas, Online
Aug. 26-28: Nepcon Asia, Shenzhen, China
Sept. 7-10: PCB West Virtual 2020, Online
Sept. 28-Oct. 23: SMTA International 2020, Online
Jan. 26-29: IPC Apex Expo 2021, San Diego


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           7/27/20 Trend
Sn $7.99 Up
Pb $0.82 Down
Ag $317.38 Up
Cu $2.91 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             May Trend
Semi equip. billings 13.1% Down
ICs 5.84% Down
PCBs 1.10 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.43 Down
     
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