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September 28th, 2021
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that thanks to new semiconductor plants that are planned or under construction, the global chip shortage that has pummeled the car industry this year should be short term in nature.

Michigan Technological University researchers have created a way to make a 3D-printable nanocomposite polymeric ink that uses carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a method that could supplant epoxies.


Expanding heterogeneous integration from high-end applications to high-volume, cost-sensitive applications will require significant reduction in manufacturing costs. One promising cost-reduction approach is to employ large-area panels and processing technologies from the printed circuit board, flat panel display, and solar panel industries rather than 300mm wafers for HI.

Registrants for the PCB West four-day technical conference will get $400 off the new Printed Circuit Engineering Professional curriculum registration fee, UP Media Group announced.

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.

Getting the most out of the accuracy of your oscilloscope is not hard, but it takes some attention to detail.

The industry media convene in a new podcast to discuss post-pandemic production, innovations within our industry, supply chain and labor shortages, and more.

The Case of the Missing PDN Owner
As technology trends toward smaller, faster, cheaper, the challenges around good PDN design get more difficult. With multiple requirements needed from many disciplines, the PDN’s demands will only increase and become harder to maintain.

Terry Jernberg



Creation Technologies’ cash tender offer deadline to purchase IEC Electronics has been pushed back to Sept. 30, the electronics manufacturing services companies jointly announced today.

Taiwan's export orders grew less than forecast in August on unexpectedly weaker demand for new smartphones, though the government said the demand outlook for the island's tech goods remains good.

Total North American EMS orders in August rose 27.5% year-over-year and 29.3% sequentially, according to IPC.

Speculation has been circulating in the chipmaking market that AMD and MediaTek are in talks to form a joint venture that will be dedicated to developing SoC solutions combining Wi-Fi, 5G and high-transmission technologies for notebook applications.

CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY is accepting entries for its 2022 New Product Introduction Awards for electronics assembly equipment, materials and software suppliers.

AI industry group MLCommons released a new set of results for AI performance showing the majority of systems improved five to 30% from earlier this year, with some more than doubling their previous performance stats.

General Motors will invest $300 million in Momenta, a China-based self-driving startup, to accelerate the use of autonomous technology in future GM vehicles for the Chinese market.

V.S. Industry Berhad reported fiscal fourth quarter revenue of MYR 941.1 million (US$224.7 million), an increase of 6.6% year-over-year.

Sierra Circuits is the third largest minority-owned business in the Silicon Valley, a new report says.

Malaysia’s first-half electrical and electronics exports grew to $51.1 billion, an increase of 28% year-on-year.

Lite-On says upstream suppliers should prepare to expand their production capacity sooner, while the semiconductor chip shortage is expected to ease in the second half of 2022.

The White House on Thursday held its second summit in five months with semiconductor manufacturers and buyers, in part to gain more clarity on the scope of the crisis, senior administration officials said.

Orbit International’s Electronics Group received two new orders in September totaling approximately $2.1 million.

Samsung Electronics is setting up a TV production plant in Karachi, Pakistan.

TPCA gave an update on business conditions and their effects on upstream components and printed circuit boards.

Gateway Technical College president Bryan Albrecht said the school tours students through Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant, WI, campus about every other week to increase awareness of the technology the company is developing.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has resolved criminal charges against her as part of a deal with the US Justice Department that could pave the way for her to return to China.

Smart Manufacturing is Coming, but So Much More Could be Possible
Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”

Alun Morgan



Inventing Your Own Path

Deterministic Tagging Technology for Device Authentication

Effects of Ag Flake Addition in Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties with High-Temperature Storage Test
Journal of Electronic Materials


Oct. 5-8: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Oct. 18-22: PCE-EDU Printed Circuit Engineering Professional Workshops, online
Nov. 1-4: SMTA International 2021, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 16-19: Productronica, Munich
Dec. 8-10: HKPCA Show, Shenzhen, China
Jan. 25-27: IPC Apex Expo 2022, San Diego, CA
Apr. 11-13: PCB East 2022, Marlborough, MA


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


             July Trend
Semi equip. billings 49.8% Down
ICs 29% Down
PCBs 1.29 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.25 Down

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