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June 4th, 2023
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Two House chairmen have urged the US administration to rally allies to defeat Chinese "economic aggression" in the wake of Beijing's effective ban on purchases of Micron Technology memory chips.

China will closely follow the progress of European Union discussions on an 11th tranche of sanctions against Russia that could result in trade restrictions with China, a commerce ministry spokesman said.


The June issue of PCD&F/Circuits Assembly is now available.

What are chiplets? And why are they so important for the future of processors?

CEA-Leti research scientists have demonstrated that electrons and other charge carriers can move faster in germanium tin than in silicon or germanium, enabling lower operation voltages and smaller footprints in vertical than in planar devices.

Infineon and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have implemented an IC package assembly planning and 3-D layout vs. schematic assembly verification workflow for SPIL’s fan-out family of advanced IC packaging technologies.

Yamaha Motor launched YRP10 Printer.

Rick Hartley will present a special live two-day workshop on “Control of EMI, Noise and Signal Integrity in High-Speed Circuits and PCBs” in the Atlanta area on June 20-21.

Thermaltronics released M Series - Power Plus soldering cartridges.

Can reliability training be both entertaining and effective? The Manufacturing Game's Michelle Ledet Henley has a different approach to traditional training methods.

PCB West 2023 features more than 120 hours of printed circuit engineering presentations for everyone from novices to experts.

Datasheets, Unveiled
I always trusted datasheets. Why shouldn't I? Every time I picked one up, I understood they were harbingers of truth about what something did and how to interact with it. From chips to components to widgets, manufacturers have a vested interest in ensuring users know what and how to use their products.


Geoffrey Hazelett


Lacroix has partially restarted production at its plants in France, Germany and Tunisia after they were disrupted by a cyberattack in mid-May.

Foxconn’s new factory in Devanahalli, India, is anticipated to be valued at Rs.130 billion ($1.6 billion) and claims to offer approximately 50,000 job opportunities for its planned production of more than 20 million iPhones per year.

Semiconductor industry contraction is expected to moderate in Q2 to be followed by a gradual recovery starting in Q3, says SEMI.

The exterior shell of AT&S' new R&D and IC substrate center in Leoben, Austria has been erected just 14 months after groundbreaking, and the company's new plant in Kulim, Malaysia has also reached a significant milestone.

China-based Powerleader, which was suspected by hardware testing websites of rebadging one of Intel's older microprocessors as its own, said its central processing unit was developed “with the support of Intel.”

Cetec ERP was chosen by GoldStar Medical Instruments to provide a web-based solution for inventory control, traceability, accounting and quality management.

Nano Dimension promoted Shavi Spinzi to VP AME and PCB technologies.

Nortech Systems announced the death of board member David Graff, who passed away on May 28th.

The Real Cost of Production
Possibly it's because inflation has ticked up over the past year or so, or possibly it's because despite a long career in manufacturing, and I am still not sure all stakeholders from production, sales, customers, suppliers – and especially accounting – really understand or agree, but I find myself now more than ever trying to identify and come to grips with the "real cost" of what I produce.


Peter Bigelow



Programming-Free, AI-Powered Visual Quality Inspection (VQI)

Trumpet is an Operating System for Simple and Robust Cell-free Biocomputing
Nature Communications

MIT Engineers “Grow” Atomically Thin Transistors for Computer Chips
Plasticstar Material News


Jun. 5-8: Zuken Innovation World AmericasScottsdale, AZ
Jun. 14-15: EIPC Summer ConferenceOrebro, Sweden
Jun. 20-21: PCB2Day: “Control of EMI, Noise and Signal Integrity in High-Speed Circuits and PCBs” with Rick HartleyAlpharetta, GA
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


Email industry press releases or links to the editors of PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY: pr@pcea.net.


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Component Sales Sentiment 88.7% Down

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