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February 25th, 2021
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THE LEAD

U.S. President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order as early as this month to accelerate efforts to build supply chains for chips and other strategically significant products that are less reliant on China, in partnership with the likes of Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

NASA released a new video showing, in real-time and full color, the entire descent and landing of the Perseverance Mars rover. The video begins with the deployment of the parachute and ends with the Skycrane cutting the rover free and flying away.

TECH NEWS

Juki introduces iCube HighFlex selective solder machine.

TopLine has been granted US patent D908648 for a novel design for an adjustable fixture for aligning column grid array substrates.

Tune up your stencil printing process with Chrys Shea, a three-time SMTA best paper winner, in a three-hour webinar Apr. 14.

Vishay Intertechnology enhanced ACAS 0606 AT and ACAS 0612 AT automotive-grade thin-film chip resistor arrays.

UP Media Group announced new dates for the annual PCB West technical conference and exhibition this fall.

X-Ray WorX rolls out CT Plus with microfocus tubes.

Registration is open for the PCB East 2021 trade show taking place in the Boston area in mid-June.

Ultra Librarian partnered with Trinamic and Cadence to provide intelligent reference designs for download.

STI Electronics will co-present “Designing Reliable Electronics in Accordance with IPC J-STD-001 Rev. H Section 8 Cleanliness” during Virtual IPC Apex Expo.

Check out a Google Home smart speaker teardown.

A team of researchers in the Yale lab of Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, the John J. Lee Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, has developed a material and fabrication process that can rapidly make stretchable electronic circuits stretchier, more durable, and closer to being ready for mass manufacturing.

Chinese spies used code first developed by the US National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.

MATERIAL GAINS
Zero-Emission Aviation Promises Better Services and Cleaner Skies
Saab may have been first to bring aerospace technologies overtly into the automotive world when it introduced the aerodynamically styled 92 in 1948. The idea proved popular and effective, setting a trend that has made technologies such as infrared vision, radar and heads-up displays common features in today’s vehicles.
ALUN MORGAN

Alun Morgan

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Nordson reported fiscal first quarter Advanced Technology Solutions sales of $238.2 million, up 3% year-over-year.

Cadence Design Systems reported sales from its System Design and Analysis business, which includes printed circuit board design software, jumped 64% to $83.6 million in the period ended Jan. 2.

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $3.04 billion in billings worldwide in January, the first time monthly billings have reached $3 billion, according to SEMI.

The global printed circuit board market was valued at $53.21 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $69.32 Billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 3.85% over the forecast period.

Foxconn said its open electric car platform is expected to debut three new models in the fourth quarter of this year.

The chairman of Foxconn said he expects his company and its clients will face only "limited impact" from a chip shortage that has rattled the global automotive and semiconductor industries.

Huawei Technologies saw slight revenue and profit growth in 2020, in line with its expectations, its rotating chairman said, even as Washington toughened up sanctions against the Chinese telecom equipment maker.

Worldwide government IT spending is forecast to total $483 billion in 2021, an increase of 5.1% from 2020.

Foxconn said it plans “to capture a substantial percentage” of the US server market, but did not disclose details.

NEOTech partnered with Numerica to provide new 3D radar for C-UAS and short-range defense missions.

Worldwide revenues for the artificial intelligence market, including software, hardware, and services, are forecast to grow 16.4% year-over-year in 2021 to $327.5 billion.

Global smartphone sales to end users declined 5.4% in the fourth quarter, while smartphone sales were down 12.5% in 2020.

Pro-Active Engineering added two Mycronic DX100 high-speed pick-and-place machines, with an expected capacity increase up to 40%.

Yamaha Motor appointed Michael Helin to senior automation engineer of Robot Operations FA.

3M and Pegatron have teamed to develop a new virtual reality reference design headset with a folded optics lens.

IDM vendors may consider outsourcing more of their production starting in 2022, with Taiwan-based contract chipmakers being among the beneficiaries.

Electric vehicle registrations in the US in 2020 reached record market share of 1.8%, according to IHS Markit. December also represented the highest monthly share for EV new registrations, at 2.5% of the industry.

FLEXPERTS
Why Do Some Flex Circuits Have Hatch Patterns in the Plane Layers?
Crosshatches help meet target impedance values and improve flexibility. A crosshatch or mesh pattern is often seen in the copper plane of a flex circuit. It will look something like Figure 1.
NICK KOOP

Nick Koop

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES


Powerful Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan
PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY



Darpa Hacks Its Secure Hardware, Fends Off Most Attacks
IEEE Spectrum



How Quantum Computing Will Revolutionize Manufacturing
SMTA International 2020

EVENTS

Mar. 8-12: IPC Apex Expo 2021, Online
Apr. 14: Tuning Up Your Stencil Printing Process, Online
June 15-17: PCB East 2021, Marlborough, MA
Aug. 16-18: DesignCon, San Jose, CA
Oct. 5-8: PCB West 2021, Santa Clara, CA
Nov. 1-4: SMTA International 2021, Minneapolis, MN


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           2/22/21 Trend
Sn $12.88 Up
Pb $0.98 Up
Ag $398.53 Down
Cu $3.90 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Dec. Trend
Semi equip. billings 7.6% Down
ICs 8.3% Down
PCBs 1.10 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.13 Flat
     
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