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March 25th, 2023
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In December and January, several venture capitalists from the US and Britain raced to Paris to vie for a stake in a new artificial intelligence company that could reshape how people work.

Terran 1, a rocket designed and built by the company Relativity Space, suffered a failure shortly after lifting off from a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, FL, late on Wednesday night.


Calls are growing to require corporations to go through a rigorous carbon accounting process, part of a push to reveal emissions hidden within product life cycles.

The US Department of Commerce will issue guidelines on the first proposals for the creation of the $11 billion National Semiconductor Technology Center aimed at restoring the nation’s leadership in the chip industry.

Weeks of grim news have made it clear that we’re in a new phase of the tech downturn, where companies’ problems are reverberating through the industry and spilling out into the wider economy.

PCEA will sponsor a pair of webinars in April featuring technical talks on protective nanocoatings and reverse engineering. Both webinars are free to PCEA members.

Taiwan, home to Asia's biggest semiconductor industry, is once again bracing for water shortages less than two years after overcoming its worst drought in a century.

Registration is now open for PCB East, the electronics design and manufacturing trade show for the East Coast.

PCB Outline Transfer
The PCB designer is often the recipient of a file or series of files that provide the working parameters of the board. These documents will come from a physical designer who does the mechanical engineering for the project. In some cases, the PCB designer wears that hat themselves.


John Burkhert Jr.


Toshiba's board voted in favor of a 2 trillion yen ($15.3 billion) buyout led by Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), setting the troubled industrial group on a path to go private if the bid succeeds.

Pegatron is in talks to open a second India factory, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, as the US tech giant's partners continue to diversify production away from China.

Though overall sentiment is upbeat, around 58% of the respondents to IPC’s monthly Global Sentiment of the Electronics Supply Chain Report expect to raise prices in 2023, with an average of an 8% increase.

South Korea's trade ministry said the US' proposed rules to prevent $52 billion in chip funding from being used by "countries of concern" will not force recipients to shut down their China factories.

Vivek Bansal, co-founder and president of engineering at VVDN Technologies, discusses plans to invest $100 million over the next five years in a new 100-acre factory in Tamil Nadu which will add PCB fabrication capability, rounding out the firm's vertical integration strategy, on the PCB Chat podcast with Mike Buetow.

Xingsen Technology said its FCBGA packaging substrate project is still under construction, and it is expected that mass production will begin at the Zhuhai base in the third quarter of this year and trial production at the Guangzhou base in the fourth quarter of this year.

The US' escalation of the chip war with China has prompted more companies to shift their orders to Taiwan-based pure-play foundries.

Collins Aerospace plans to expand its electronics production facility in Cedar Rapids, IA, to meet increasing demand.

Evoqua Water named Silfex and Zhen Ding recipients of the 2023 Evoqua Water Sustainability Award.

Changing of the Guard
I am continually amazed at how many people I see and run into at each industry meeting or event – especially at technical meetings when I’m watching people leave one room and enter another for the next session. It strikes me a bit like watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – people leave one room to enter the next to do the same thing, and repeat!


Peter Bigelow



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Apr. 11: PCEA Member Webinar: Reverse Engineering PCBs: How to Recreate a Lost DesignOnline
Apr. 25: PCEA Member Webinar: Engineered Reliability: Safeguarding Electrical Components and Devices with Nanocoating Technology, Online
Apr. 26: SMTA Atlanta Expo & Tech ForumPeachtree Corners, GA
Apr. 26-27: Del Mar Electronics Show, San Diego, CA
May 9-12: PCB East 2023, Boxborough, MA
May 24-26: International Electronics Circuit Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
May 31-Jun. 2: JPCA Show 2023Tokyo, Japan
Jun. 14-15: EIPC Summer ConferenceOrebro, Sweden
Jun. 27-29: TPCA Show Shenzhen / Hannover South China Industry FairShenzhen, China
Sept. 19-22: PCB West 2023Santa Clara, CA
Oct. 25-27: TPCA Show 2023Taipei, Taiwan


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             Dec. Trend
EMS 1.36 Down
ICs -4.4% Down
PCBs 0.87 Down
Computers/elec. products -0.1% Flat

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