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November 27th, 2020
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THE LEAD

Is Beyonics on the block? A report from Bloomberg said the private equity firm that owns the contract electronics manufacturer is weighing its options for a sale, and has engaged Morgan Stanley to seek prospective buyers.

North American printed circuit board fabricators saw the 90-day moving average shipments rise 3% year-over-year in October, IPC announced.

TECH NEWS

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US PCB UPdate will not be published Friday.

Vishay debuts Modelithics broadband microwave global models.

As the traditional automakers finally steer toward an all-electric future, batteries will be essential. GM hopes a second-mover advantage will let it catch up to Tesla and pass it on the straightaway.

UP Media Group seeks abstracts for PCB West 2021, to be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2021, in Santa Clara, CA.

Two groups, including a pioneering MIT team, are are turning twisted graphene into working devices, including superconducting switches like those used in many quantum computers.

Have a new product to brag about? Register for CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY’s New Product Introduction Awards 2021..

THE DIGITAL ROUTE
PCEA and Women Industry Leaders
In this month’s column I introduce a few of our inspiring women PCEA leaders. Next, PCEA chairman Stephen Chavez offers his take on the importance of diversity in a collective organization. As always, I include our list of professional development opportunities and events. Last, I tease some upcoming coverage on one of the PCEA’s educational networking events.
KELLY DACK

Kelly Dack

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

A three-day fire at semiconductor producer Asahi Kasei Microdevices’ factory in Nobeoka, Japan, has disrupted camera and high-end audio device manufacturers’ supply chain, sources said.

IPC said the manufacturing sector continues to expand throughout much of the world in its November economic outlook.

The FCC hsa rejected a petition from ZTE asking the agency to reconsider its decision designating the Chinese company as a US national security threat to communications networks.

Dynamic Electronics is moving ahead on a $300 million, 140,000 sq. m plant for building rigid-flex PCBs in China.

Foxconn is refusing to confirm or deny reports that it will build servers for Google in Wisconsin.

Westwind Air Bearings will shutter its plant in England, ending a run that lasted more than 60 years, according to local media.

The UK is considering banning the installation of all Huawei equipment by next September.

Taiwan's manufacturing production index was 123.44 in October, decreasing 1.19% sequentially but increasing 7.63% year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Salutica said a number of production workers at its EMS factory in Malaysia have tested positive for Covid-19.

AT&S is building printed circuit boards said too enable the fastest and most sensitive Covid-19 antigen test on the market.

Note won a new deal worth approximately SEK 50 million a year to build electronics for a leading international OEM of advanced control units.

Keysight Technologies named Batronix and Batter Fly to its European distribution network.

Flex appointed Dr. Todd Fruchterman president of the Reliability Solutions segment.

CAVEAT LECTOR
Resolved: A New Policy for Tech Planning is Needed
More than 160 years ago, eons before Facebook and Twitter were conceived, a pair of candidates to represent Illinois in the US Senate engaged in a series of debates. As they barnstormed their way around the state, incumbent Democrat Stephen Douglas and his Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln faced off in the heat and rain in front of thousands of citizens.
MIKE BUETOW

Mike Buetow

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
You Don’t Always Need S-Parameters
Consider these alternatives for advanced PCB design and analysis.
by Zachariah Peterson


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Advanced Packages and New 5G Technologies Will Drive Portable Products
The iNEMI Roadmap defines portable and wireless devices as “high-volume consumer products for which cost is the primary driver, including handheld battery-powered products driven by size and weight reduction.”
by Urmi Ray

EVENTS

Dec. 2-4: International Electronics Circuit Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
Mar. 6-11: IPC Apex Expo 2021, San Diego
Apr. 13-15: DesignCon, San Jose, CA
May 10-12: PCB East 2021, Marlborough, MA
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: PCB West 2021, Santa Clara, CA


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           11/23/20 Trend
Sn $8.58 Up
Pb $0.94 Up
Ag $356.20 Up
Cu $3.22 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Sept. Trend
Semi equip. billings 40.3% Up
ICs 5.79% Up
PCBs 0.93 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.18 Down
     
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