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NEWS

Park Nelco's PCB Laminate Sales Slide

Park Nelco's PCB Laminate Sales Slide

29 June 2016

MELVILLE, NY -- Park Electrochemical reported net sales of $31.5 million for the quarter ended May 29, down 16.7% from a year ago.  Read More...

N. American PCB Fabs Report Higher Bookings, Shipments in May

N. American PCB Fabs Report Higher Bookings, Shipments in May

27 June 2016

BANNOCKBURN, IL — The 90-day moving average orders at North American printed circuit board fabricators slowed in May but remained ahead of last year’s level. ...  Read More...

IPC Adds Automotive Addendum to Rigid PCB Standard

IPC Adds Automotive Addendum to Rigid PCB Standard

27 June 2016

BANNOCKBURN, IL — A new automotive addendum to the industry standard for printed circuit board qualification addresses the reliability of boards that must survi...  Read More...

Ventec Completes TMT Acquisition

Ventec Completes TMT Acquisition

24 June 2016

SUZHOU – Come July 1, Ventec International will complete its acquisition and integration of TMT Trading, a distributor of PCB base materials.  Read More...

PC Monitor Shipments Up in Q1

PC Monitor Shipments Up in Q1

23 June 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide PC monitor shipments rose 0.5% year-over-year in the first quarter to more than 29 million units. Sequential shipments decreased 5.7%...  Read More...

Obama Signs TSCA Bill Overhauling US Chemical Laws

Obama Signs TSCA Bill Overhauling US Chemical Laws

22 June 2016

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama today ended 10 years of debate by signing an updated Toxic Substances Control Act. The measure is the first major change ...  Read More...

Price Hikes to Continue for NAND Flash

Price Hikes to Continue for NAND Flash

22 June 2016

TAIPEI -- NAND flash prices have been increasing since April and are expected to rise further in the second half of 2016, according to DRAMeXchange.  Read More...

Automotive Telematics Revenue Moving to Higher Gear

Automotive Telematics Revenue Moving to Higher Gear

22 June 2016

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Global revenue from automotive telematics systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 19% to $4.2 billion by the end of 202...  Read More...

Germany PCB Fabs See Slightly Improved Outlook

Germany PCB Fabs See Slightly Improved Outlook

22 June 2016

FRANKFURT -- German printed circuit board fabricators reported April sales rose marginally over last year.  Read More...

Wus Printed Circuit to Return to Profitability in Q2

Wus Printed Circuit to Return to Profitability in Q2

20 June 2016

TAIPEI – Wus Printed Circuit expects to return to profitability in the current quarter, followed by a further spike in the third quarter. The company also expec...  Read More...

China, Korea Leading Importers of PCB Assemblies to US

China, Korea Leading Importers of PCB Assemblies to US

17 June 2016

DOUGLAS, SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND -- US printed circuit assembly imports fell 3% year-over-year to $15.38 billion in 2015, according to a new report.  Read More...

Semi Equipment Demand Continues Spike

Semi Equipment Demand Continues Spike

16 June 2016

SAN JOSE — North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers reported the 90-day moving average orders rose 13.1% worldwide in May.  Read More...

MIT Study Finds Women in Engineering Feel ‘Marginalized’

MIT Study Finds Women in Engineering Feel ‘Marginalized’

15 June 2016

CAMBRIDGE, MA – A new MIT study explains why college-educated women stay in the engineering profession less often than men: The negative group dynamics women te...  Read More...

Carnegie Mellon, Ansys Partner to Boost Engineering on Campus

Carnegie Mellon, Ansys Partner to Boost Engineering on Campus

15 June 2016

PITTSBURGH – Carnegie Mellon University and Ansys have partnered to boost engineers’ use of simulation to enable opportunities for exploration of materials and ...  Read More...

US 3D Printer Shipments to Grow at 16% CAGR through 2020

US 3D Printer Shipments to Grow at 16% CAGR through 2020

14 June 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA – 3D printer shipments in the US grew almost 20% in 2015 year-over-year, as businesses adopted en masse what was previously a hobbyist tool. More...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Do Your Finishing First?

Do Your Finishing First?

The surface finish of a PCB might not be the first design aspect a new layout addresses, but it should be among the top contenders.  Read More...

Sanyo: Japanese or Chinese?

Sanyo: Japanese or Chinese?

It's time the Japan OEMs remembered how to market themselves.  Read More...

JPCA Show Recap: New Business Directions

JPCA Show Recap: New Business Directions

Tokyo Big Sight last week hosted the largest trade show for the printed circuit industry.  Read More...

The Taiwanese Printed Circuit Industry is Shrinking

The Taiwanese Printed Circuit Industry is Shrinking

Taiwan has become the manufacturing powerhouse of the global consumer electronics industry. Its product scope includes personal computers, tablet PCs, smart pho...  Read More...

Designing PCBs for DDR Busses

Designing PCBs for DDR Busses

In the first of a series on DDR, the author looks at bus concept basics.  Read More...

Avoiding Self-Limitation in PCB Materials Specification

Avoiding Self-Limitation in PCB Materials Specification

Could understanding the full scope of the tradeoffs unchain users from basing decisions on dielectric performance alone?  Read More...

Ensuring First-Time Success in Rigid-Flex PCB Layout

Ensuring First-Time Success in Rigid-Flex PCB Layout

Minimizing vias in the flex area can cut down on problems later.  Read More...

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

A coordinated design methodology fine-tunes chip-to-package PCB layout and routing. When routing a ball grid array style package on a printed circuit board, ha...  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

Polyonics Introduces XF-603 Flame-Retardant Labels

Polyonics Introduces XF-603 Flame-Retardant Labels

XF-603 flame-retardant material is for automotive under-the-hood and interior labeling applications. Is UL94 VTM-0 rated and third-party tested to FMVSS 302 aut...  Read More...

Ucamco Releases UcamX v2016.06 CAM Software

Ucamco Releases UcamX v2016.06 CAM Software

UcamX v2016.06 software for printed circuit board manufacturing contains updates for certain features and fixes others. Enhancements include extending of autodr...  Read More...

SMGlobal Debuts FastMaint CMMS v. 8.0 Maintenance Management Software

SMGlobal Debuts FastMaint CMMS v. 8.0 Maintenance Management Software

FastMaint CMMS v. 8.0 computerized maintenance management software, for equipment and facilities maintenance, schedules preventive maintenance and corrective ma...  Read More...

Zuken Releases CR-8000 2016 PCB CAD

Zuken Releases CR-8000 2016 PCB CAD

CR-8000 2016 has powerful new multi-user functionality for quicker time-to-market, and a raft of native 3D design enhancements offer more efficient ECAD/MCAD ta...  Read More...

Zuken Releases CADStar 17 PCB Design Tool

Zuken Releases CADStar 17 PCB Design Tool

CADStar desktop PCB design software v. 17 now incorporates Perfect Springback technology, for smooth and fast operation, restoring the previous pattern and posi...  Read More...

Orbotech Debuts Nuvogo Fine Direct Imager

Orbotech Debuts Nuvogo Fine Direct Imager

Nuvogo Fine dual table direct imager is designed for HDI, modified semi-additive process (mSAP) and flexible printed circuits (FPC) produced at high throughput ...  Read More...

LNA Debuts MP2 DPSS Laser Marker

LNA Debuts MP2 DPSS Laser Marker

MP2 all-in-one DPSS laser marking system is for applications requiring high resolution but not high-speed throughput. Diode pumped solid state (DPSS) provides p...  Read More...

NI Extends AWR Connected for EM interoperability

NI Extends AWR Connected for EM interoperability

NI AWR design environment now comes with new and improved EM Socket II architecture to enhance AWR Connected for EM interoperability between third-party electro...  Read More...

CST Unveils CHT Solver

CST Unveils CHT Solver

Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) solver of CST Studio Suite offers thermal and airflow simulations for electromagnetic systems. Includes computational fluid dynami...  Read More...

CST Releases CST Studio Suite 2016 Student Edition

CST Releases CST Studio Suite 2016 Student Edition

CST Studio Suite – Student Edition, a special free electromagnetic simulation package for students, adds a low-frequency solver especially suitable for learning...  Read More...

Other Machine Debuts Othermill Pro CNC Milling Machine

Other Machine Debuts Othermill Pro CNC Milling Machine

Othermill Pro CNC milling machine is capable of cutting features down to 25 microns. Spindle speed is up to 27,000 rpm. Handles double-sided PCBs with 6 mil lin...  Read More...

 Orbotech Releases Precise 8000 AOS System

Orbotech Releases Precise 8000 AOS System

Precise 800 automated optical shaping system removes (ablates) excess copper and deposits missing copper. One-stop 3D shaping for advanced high density intercon...  Read More...

University of Toronto Develops Printem Film

University of Toronto Develops Printem Film

Printem film can be used with any home or office printer to create fully functional printed circuit boards in under two minutes. Print pattern onto film; expose...  Read More...

FRX, Shengyi Develop CCL

FRX, Shengyi Develop CCL

This CCL is a low loss (0.007), low dielectric constant copper-clad laminate based on the Nofia FR hardener system. Demonstrates high modulus, low coefficient o...  Read More...

Voxel8 Releases 3D Printer

Voxel8 Releases 3D Printer

Voxel8 enables prototyping of 3D electronic devices via co-printing of thermoplastics and a highly conductive silver ink. Developer's Kit includes silver ink th...  Read More...

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