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July 14th, 2020
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Foxconn on Friday launched the iAI Institute, “an initiative focused on training the workforce of tomorrow and sharing Industrial AI knowledge across industries.”

A startup company hopes to use virtual reality to help people better understand others by putting them in their colleagues’ shoes.

Join Rick Hartley for the PCEA grand opening next week for a free one-hour talk on PDN tips for successful power distribution.

Kyzen introduced all-new Tech 2 Tech cleaning sessions, a way to get answers to cleaning questions in minutes.

UP Media Group announced more than 125 hours of technical programs 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.

Charles Pfeil has released the second version of his e-book on High-Speed Constraint Values and PCB Layout Methods.

Balver-Zinn rolls out Jean-151 SN100CV solder paste.

Indium’s Ning-Cheng Lee, Ph.D., and John H. Lau, Ph.D., CTO, Unimicron, coauthored Assembly and Reliability of Lead-Free Solder Joints.

Kurtz Ersa introduces Easy Arm 1 and 2 fume extraction units.

Coping with the March of Technology
Whatever we may learn about the origins of Covid-19, and however inconclusive the information may be, we can be almost certain it had nothing to do with radio waves.

Alun Morgan



Lacroix Group acquired eSoftThings, consolidating its R&D center and strengthening its positioning around industrial IoT and artificial intelligence, the firm says.

Luxshare Precision Industry is reportedly seeking to acquire a plant that is used to manufacture iPhones in China from Wistron, according to industry sources.

Kitron reported second quarter revenue of NOK 1.04 billion (US$110.6 million), an increase of 21% year-over-year.

AT&S has signed a deal with IMST to develop radar, radio modules, communication systems, and other high-frequency technology products.

CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY is now accepting entries for the 29th annual Service Excellence Awards (SEAs) – the premier awards program in electronics manufacturing.

Britain’s government is expected to set a deadline of 2025 for removing equipment made by Huawei from the country’s 5G telecoms networks, the Telegraph newspaper said on Friday.

PCD&F opened its 2021 New Product Introduction Awards (NPI) for printed circuit board fabrication.

Timberline Manufacturing has been relatively unharmed by Covid-related supply-chain interruptions, but also has been working with customers to create longer lead times and determine what will be needed in the future well in advance of receiving a purchase order.

Cadence promoted Dan Fernsebner to R&D senior solutions architect.

Taiyo America announced Kate Han as technical sales engineer for the Western Region of the US.

The No. 1 Weapon Against Crosstalk
It’s been some time since I’ve seen an article on crosstalk, so I decided to take the opportunity to walk through the subject in a soup-to-nuts overview for those in the PCB design community who may be interested in why crosstalk-savvy PCB designers and hardware engineers use various design rules for controlling crosstalk.

Bill Hargin



From the pages of
The PCEA’s Grand Opening
This month, I spoke with Rick Hartley about his presentation for the PCEA’s grand opening webinar on Jul. 14. Next, PCEA Chairman Steph Chavez shares a timely message on how our time working from home is a serious matter, and how letting our guard down could be a mistake. Again, PCEA chapters are in transition, and due to social distancing requirements, no face-to-face meetings have taken place to date, but a lot of virtual activity is happening. I also share our most updated list of professional development opportunities and events, which we hope you find useful.
by Kelly Dack

From the pages of
Lean and Covid-19 Supply-Chain Challenges
System strategies and the visual factory can handle rapid changes in demand.
by John Sheehan


July 20-24: Design Automation Conference, Online
July 20-23: Semicon West, Online
Aug. 4-6: Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials, Online
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


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

           7/13/20 Trend
Sn $7.80 Up
Pb $0.82 Down
Ag $270.13 Up
Cu $2.82 Up
             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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