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April 20th, 2021
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Research institute Fraunhofer IPMS is working on trusted manufacturing processes of electronics devices, with the goal to develop solution concepts encompassing all areas of electronics development and production.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the Biden administration will use trade policy as part of a “whole-of-government” approach to address climate change and other environmental issues. Tai said her job is to “push for trade reforms that translate into meaningful change in the lives of farmers, ranchers, factory workers, parents, children – not just in the United States, but around the world.”


Xilinx introduced the Kria System-on-Module (SoM) for vision AI applications.

A new white paper breaks down where exactly those opportunities lie in IoT security.

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.

Altium launched Nexar, a cloud-based partner platform designed to connect Altium 365 PCB design users and their companies with software, suppliers, and manufacturers.

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

IPC/WHMA launched a workforce development training course, Wire Harness Assembly for Operators.

Cerebras’ new chip boasts more than 2.6 trillion transistors.

2021: A Year the EMS Industry Needs
Many will disagree with this column’s title this month, especially supply-chain professionals working 24/7 to address a market with varying material constraints, continual logistics challenges and unforecasted demand spikes. That said, over the past few years the electronics manufacturing (EMS) industry has had a changing of the guard.

Susan Mucha



Component shortages have been troubling the notebook sector, with ODMs and brand vendors set to see shipments fall short of demand by 30 to 50% in the second quarter.

The average selling price of mainstream DDR4 1G*8 2666Mbps modules has increased by nearly 25% sequentially, according to TrendForce.

A new webinar will teach PCB buyers how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both offshore and domestic manufacturing sources. We also show them how to leverage buying power to get the best prices, and how to expertly navigate sourcing issues based on order size and technology type.

Neways Electronics reported first quarter revenue of €119.3 million (US$143.6 million), down 6.2% year-over-year and up 4.2% sequentially.

The state of Wisconsin has agreed to new terms for Foxconn, reducing the ODM’s tax breaks, say reports. Details were not immediately disclosed.

The Broadband India Forum has approached the telecom department and the finance ministry in India seeking a reversal of a hike in import duties on components and PCBAs, saying the move will drive up the cost of making telecom products and may offset benefits of the production-linked incentive scheme.

Note reported first quarter sales increased 6% year-over-year to SEK 502 million. Adjusted for currency effects, growth was 11%.

Foxconn Electronics is in talks to acquire 6" or 8" semiconductor fabs, according to company chairman Young-Way Liu, in response to speculation that the EMS giant is looking to take over a 6" fab from Macronix.

Sustained growth in India's PCB industry can be achieved if it adapts to emerging advanced technologies such as 3-D PCB printing, one engineer says.

Nano Dimension has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DeepCube, a machine learning/deep learning technology company.

A total of 1,500 firms setting their sights on electronic vehicle development have joined an open platform promoted by Foxconn, the company’s CTO says.

North American customers of Eternal Technologies will see price hikes effective June 1, or as contracts permit, a company spokesman said.

éolane Tallinn awarded Critical Manufacturing a contract for an MES implementation.

XDry named Matthew Associates representative Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

SMS (Smart Made Simple) Electronics purchased an Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle 3-D printer for its manufacturing plant in Nottingham, UK.

Solder Chemistry and Indium announced an agreement to sell each other’s products.

Sunstone Circuits named Kevin Beattie quality assurance manager.

The Art of Stifling Interference on a Printed Circuit Board Assembly
A raging fraternity party with thumping house music can be annoying as the morning hours approach. Noise suppression ordinances to the rescue! The partiers have two choices: quiet down or get shut down. In that sense, the fraternity party is like building an electronic circuit. If our machines make too much “noise” in any part of the spectrum, it’s game over.

John Burkhert



Cost-Efficient Laser Depaneling

An Investigation on Function of Current Type on Solder Joint Degradation in Electronic Packages
Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

Highly Stretchable Multilayer Electronic Circuits Using Biphasic Gallium-Indium
Nature Materials


Apr. 21-23: Nepcon China, Shanghai, China
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
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


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

           4/19/21 Trend
Sn $13.03 Down
Pb $0.89 Flat
Ag $372.30 Up
Cu $4.13 Up
             Feb. Trend
Semi equip. billings 32% Up
ICs 14.7% Up
PCBs 1.29 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.10 Up

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