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March 1st, 2024
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India has approved allocating up to $15.2 billion to build three new semiconductor plants, including its first semiconductor fab facility.

Initially hailed as a symbol of US chip independence, TSMC’s $40 billion Arizona project has seen numerous delays – and it’s not the only US project to experience setbacks.


A look at Apple’s Vision Pro headset found that Japanese companies supply 40% of the parts.

Vishay rolled out 80V dual MOSFET.

Chip-fingerprints, probe detectors, and smeared signals offer a last line of defense against even the sneakiest hacking attempts.

RIP Apple Car. This is why it died.

While soldering applications have morphed and expanded over the centuries, the basic “rules” of soldering have not. On the latest Reliability Matters podcast, Debbie Wade explains.

Kyocera AVX released 9159-600 Series connectors.

Conference registration for PCB East 2024 is now open.

A teardown of Lenovo’s Smart Clock 2 Charging Dock found predictable functions, but a surprising diversity of magnets.

Wide bandgap semiconductors could redefine design and simulation workflows for the next decade.

PCEA will host a panel on March 6 featuring an expert discussion on AI's potential impact on the electronics industry.

Today Middle School. Tomorrow the World.
If you have a child in Mrs. Dollas' eighth-grade class at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, MA, odds are you are probably pretty steamed with me right now.


Mike Buetow


ASMPT reported revenue of $435.4 million for the fourth quarter, a year-over-year decrease of 21.4%.

ZTest announced $4.2 million in revenue for the six-month period ending on Dec. 31, a record for the company and an 88% year-over-year increase.

Foxconn has purchased an NT827 million ($26.5 million) plot of land in Mexico with the aim to bolster its AI server production capabilities.

India’s Tamil Nadu state exported $7.37 billion in electronics goods – 32.5% percent of India’s total export – between April 2023 and January 2024.

Tech Mahindra and Pegatron have signed an agreement to develop private AI-enabled 5G solutions for global enterprises.

Taiwan companies received export orders worth $10.64 billion dollars from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in January, up 28% year on year, according to the island's economic affairs department.

Europlacer has signed a global partnership agreement with Siemens to integrate Valor Process Preparation software into its surface mount assembly platforms and products.

Nano Dimension announced the sale of a DragonFly IV 3-D printer to a western defense agency.

MKS Instruments received the 2023 Outstanding Service Award from MFLEX.

Benchmark released its third annual sustainability report.

Escatec purchased a Delvotec M17S automated wire bonder.

Rocka Solutions will distribute Static Control Solutions products in the US.

Intraratio named Ken Reilich senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.

Multi-Board Systems Design
In the realm of electronics systems, the demand for higher performance, increased functionality and enhanced connectivity has led to the evolution of certain design methodologies. One such approach that has gained prominence in recent years is multi-board systems design.


Stephen Chavez


Do Trace Coatings or Via Fillings Improve (Thermal or Electrical) Conductivity?

Improved Design of PCB Coil for Magnetically Coupled Wireless Power Transfer

Effect Of PVD-Coated Wall Aperture Roughness on the Life Span of Fine-Pitch Stencil Printing
Soldering & Surface Mount Technology


March 6: PCEA Free Webinar: AI in ElectronicsOnline
March 6-7: Altair Future.Industry 2024Online
March 14: PCEA Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting, Santa Clara, CA
March 19: SMTA Dallas Expo & Tech ForumPlano, TX
March 21: PCEA Portland Chapter MeetingOnline
April 5: Printed Circuit Engineering Professional (CPCD) ClassOnline
April 6-11: IPC Apex Expo 2024Anaheim, CA
April 24-25: Del Mar Electronics & Manufacturing ShowSan Diego, CA
May 28-29: New-Tech Exhibition 2024Tel Aviv, Israel
June 4-7: PCB East 2024Boxborough, MA
June 14: Printed Circuit Engineering Professional (CPCD) ClassOnline
Oct. 8-11: PCB West 2024Santa Clara, CA


Email industry press releases or links to the editors of PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY: pr@pcea.net.


             Jan. Trend
EMS 1.20 Flat
PCBs 0.93 Up
Component Sales Sentiment 98% Up
Changes are year-over-year.    

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