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January 19th, 2022
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THE LEAD

Cadence Design is betting on growth from automakers and other chip users strapped by global supply shortages who face mounting competition from rivals such as Tesla and Apple that design their own chips.

A former Google scientist says the computers that run our lives exploit us – and he has a way to stop them.

TECH NEWS

Young people with C-suite aspirations will do well to consider a career in engineering, says the CEO of Switch Mobility and former CEO of Aston Martin.

Now you can rent a robot worker for less than paying a human.

Susy Webb will lead a three-hour webinar on Best DfM Practices for Board Engineers on Feb. 22.

What’s inside the Apple AirTag tracking device? A teardown shows.

Printed circuit design engineers can benefit from the PCE-EDU Printed Circuit Engineering Professional curriculum, a new weeklong program on printed circuit engineering layout based on current technology trends, taking place in January, February and March.

PCB West 2022 seeks abstracts for this year’s technical conference, taking place in October in the Silicon Valley.

DytSpectrumOwl released a desktop PCB thermal analyzer.

CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY reopened registration for its annual Service Excellence Awards (SEAs) for EMS providers and electronics assembly equipment, material, service, and software suppliers.

Ericsson has filed another set of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in the latest salvo between the two companies over royalty payment for use of 5G wireless patents in iPhones.

DEFECT OF THE MONTH
Avoid Green Solderable Finishes
This month we look at solder mask contamination on pads. Figure 1 is a very, very bad example that never should have made it to the customer. Solder mask residues are visible on the surface and around the edge of the pad. There is also a level of solder mask undercutting.
BOB WILLIS

Bob Willis

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Plexus warned that it will miss fiscal first-quarter profit and revenue guidance provided in October because of "unanticipated" supply chain challenges that accelerated in the final weeks of the quarter.

Sales of PCB and MCM CAD software increased 14.5% year-over-year in the third quarter to $298.3 million, the ESD Alliance announced.

Companies are bracing for another round of potentially debilitating supply chain disruptions as China, home to about a third of global manufacturing, imposes sweeping lockdowns in an attempt to keep the Omicron variant at bay.

Compal Electronics is halting production at its factory in Northern Taiwan for a week after several employees tested positive for Covid-19, as the latest wave of the omicron variant spreads in Taiwan.

Former iPhone workers are being offered large sign-on bonuses for the second time in seven months as Foxconn strives to keep pace with demand for the iPhone 13.

Cicor Group announced discussions are underway with the owners of SMT Elektronik with the target of acquiring the German company's electronic manufacturing services activities.

APCT qualified to IPC-1791, Trusted Electronics Fabricator Requirements Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) at its PCB manufacturing facilities in Anaheim and Orange County, CA.

Travis Kelly, president and chief executive of Isola, the materials developer, and chairman of the PCBAA, joins PCB Chat host Mike Buetow to discuss the new consortium's outlook and strategy.

Calumet Electronics recertified to IPC-1791 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML).

Celestica announced its AbelConn Electronics facility in Maple Grove, MN, has earned ISO 13485:2016 certification for medical device production.

MixComm has selected Sanmina Advanced Microsystems Technologies as a lead partner to build its 5G wireless infrastructure solutions.

BTU announced Chris Heesch as regional sales manager for the western US, Mexico and Central America.

THE ROUTE
Next-Generation Engineers Need Next-Generation Training
Indeed, as was recently announced, the Air Force Research Laboratory is working with NextFlex to come up with ways to attract students to careers in technology and science. NextFlex isn’t a random choice. It was formed under the auspices of the US Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program.
MIKE BUETOW

Mike Buetow

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES


Thin Foil Printing in Today’s Miniaturized World: Do Printing Rules Change?
PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY



AI, Cameras and Your Smartphone: Computing at the Edge and On the Go
Semiconductor Digest



A New Development Method for Flexible Electronics
Nature Electronics

EVENTS

Jan. 25-27: IPC Apex Expo 2022
Jan. 31-Feb. 3: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, Honolulu
Feb. 7-11: PCE-EDU Printed Circuit Engineering Professional, Online, San Diego
Feb. 15-17: Wafer-Level Packaging Symposium, San Jose
Feb. 22: Best DfM Practices for Board Engineers, Online
Apr. 11-13: PCB East 2022, Marlborough, MA
June 6-9: Zuken Innovation World, San Antonio


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BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Nov. Trend
Semi equip. billings 50.6% Up
ICs TBA TBA
PCBs 1.10 Down
Computers/elec. products 5.34 Up
     
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