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May 14th, 2021
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THE LEAD

High demand for consumer electronics and difficulties shipping metal out of Asia have created a shortage of tin, pushing prices for the metal close to records for the first time in a decade.

The chip shortage has also called attention to the outsized role TSMC plays in the semiconductor manufacturing world, and what might happen if the unthinkable happens: A war over Taiwan.

TECH NEWS

The wide scope of the EU’s proposed regulations on AI subjects providers, importers, distributors and users of AI systems to regulatory scrutiny. It also includes providers and users outside of the EU that deploy AI systems or use AI system outputs in the EU.

Engineers at Columbia University have demonstrated the smallest single-chip system ever created, which could be implanted with a hypodermic needle to measure temperature inside the body, and possibly much more.

Intel and QuTech published findings in quantum research to address the interconnect bottleneck that exists between quantum chips that sit in cryogenic dilution refrigerators and the complex room-temperature electronics that control the qubits.

RS Components extends features of DesignSpark PCB Pro.

UP Media Group announced the PCB East conference and exhibition will return to the Boston area in April 2022.

A new three-hour webinar will identify and explain the operational parameters of an x-ray inspection system that affect the image quality, available magnification, and image views they can achieve.

DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK
Unpacking Logic as it is Used on a Printed Circuit Board
The truth shall set you free. The truth table of a logic device determines the outcome of a logical operation. A handful of operations are described as gates. The gates are named for the function that applies. To start, two main ones are the AND gate and OR gate. Both usually have two inputs and one output.
JOHN BURKHERT JR.

John Burkhert

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Device makers may be heading toward an inventory correction next quarter, as they revisit their production plans amid weakening demand in some major markets.

SIIX reported fiscal fourth quarter revenue of 52.9 billion yen, down 2.4% year-over-year. For the quarter ended Mar. 31, Japan’s largest EMS company said operating profit rose 67% to 1.5 billion yen.

Several Taiwanese tech companies have tightened their epidemic prevention measures after the country recorded a single-day high of 16 domestic Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.

Venture Corp. reported first quarter revenue rose 2% over last year to S$686.7 million.

SVI Public Co. said first quarter consolidated sales were THB 3.5 billion (US$114.7 million), up 7.7% year-over-year and down 6.4% sequentially.

UMC Electronics reported fiscal third quarter net sales rose 1.7% to 39.2 million yen for the period ended Mar. 31.

Nortech Systems’ first quarter net sales fell 19.6% to $22.1 million.

A new two-hour webinar can help printed circuit board buyers save up to 25%.

UMC Electronics is closing production at its electronics manufacturing factory in Mexico and winding down its business operations in North America, a reaction to the slowing automotive market.

Electronics manufacturer GPV reported first quarter revenue of DKK 741 million (US$120.3 million), up 9% year-over-year.

ElectraMeccanic broke ground on its first US-based electric vehicle manufacturing facility and state-of-the-art engineering technical center in Mesa.

Fisker announced framework agreements with Foxconn supporting joint development and manufacturing related to Project PEAR (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution), a program to develop a new breakthrough electric vehicle.

TTM received a "25-years Special Contribution Suppliers" by United Automotive Electronic Systems.

Megger has installed two Europlacer iineo+ pick & place machines.

NI announced the expansion of its global distribution channels, a strategic move to support its omnichannel strategy dedicated to serving small-to-medium business customers.

Luminar Technologies announced a partnership with Celestica and Fabrinet for volume production.

Bright Machines named PAC Global distributor in the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

Tech Etch appointed Brian Roberts chief financial officer.

Arch Systems hired Dave Trail as VP of sales.

MATERIAL GAINS
Applying Principles of Industrial Automation in Healthcare Can Deliver Better Services for All
We could be moving into the end game with the Covid-19 pandemic, at least as far as the severest effects are concerned. Clearly, the virus and its mutations are here to stay, and the future will be about protecting us through immunization and developing better treatments.
ALUN MORGAN

Alun Morgan

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES


From the Archives: New Requirements for SIR Measurement
PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY



Direct Observation of Nanoscale Dynamics of Ferroelectric Degradation
Nature Communications



Electrochemical Failures as a Function of Flux Volume under Bottom Terminated Components
SMTA Journal

EVENTS

May 19: How to Save Up to 25% On Your PCB Purchases, Online
May 20: Getting the Best from Your X-Ray Inspection System, Online
Aug. 16-18: DesignCon, San Jose, CA
Oct. 5-8: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Nov. 1-4: SMTA International 2021, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 16-19: Productronica, Munich


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           5/3/21 Trend
Sn $14.02 Up
Pb $0.94 Up
Ag $380.53 Up
Cu $4.54 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Mar. Trend
Semi equip. billings 47.9% Up
ICs 17.8% Up
PCBs 1.22 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.08 Down
     
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