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ST. LOUIS, MO - Laird Technologies has reportedly developed the T-lamT SS LLD as a metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) laminate for LED applications. The claimed environmentally friendly laminate is designed to keep LED light engines burning brighter, longer and more uniformly, according to the company. The product features a copper circuit layer and aluminum base plate bonded together with the company's own dielectric.

The company states that the product is ideal for LED backlight units used in TVs and monitors, as well as light engines for streetlights, safety and other general lighting applications. The MCPCB will reportedly last longer than competitive materials, and the dielectric's microstructure will allow the assembly to withstand thousands of thermal cycles due to CTE mismatch.

“The LED BLU for LCD TVs and street light production will more than triple in 2008, and Laird Technologies has partnered with Iteq to provide high volume laminate production for these explosive markets,” said Robert Kranz, Global Product Director.
SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - Technic has announced the purchase of Air Liquide’s semiconductor grade hydrogen peroxide facility and operations located in Chalon sur Saone, France. This acquisition follows a supply agreement signed with Lanxess in 2007 for electronic grade sulfuric acid.

The company, headquartered in Cranston, RI,  supplies specialty chemicals and materials to the electronics, semiconductor, PWB and automotive industries.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – PWB fabricator Coastal Circuits has been fined $3,800 for failure to comply to state safety regulations governing rinse tanks. The fines comes some five months after a late-shift operator was found dead at the plant. Read more ...
PORTLAND, OR - Electro Scientific Industries noted the passing of Edward J. Swenson on January 28.

"Ed was well known throughout the industry and will be remembered for his dedicated pursuit of innovative and cutting-edge technology for a variety of laser-based applications. Within the last decade alone, he had been awarded numerous United States patents covering thin-film-on-silicon devices, passive electronic components and various semiconductor devices. This is truly a great loss for ESI, his family, as well as for the entire industry," commented Nick Konidaris, ESI president and CEO

Swenson began his tenure with ESI in June of 1961, and worked his way up from Applications Engineer to Technical Services Manager and then Product Manager in the early 1970s, later joining with Bell Telephone Labs to pioneer laser redundancy process, which dramatically increased production yields for manufacturers DRAM devices. Today, virtually all semiconductor memory manufacturers rely on laser repair of redundant memory for production of memory chips.

Swenson was named VP of ESI in 1979 and became head of the Advanced Research and Development Group in 1985. He was later appointed Senior VP of R&D.

Swenson received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics in 1960 from Pacific University and his master's of science degree in electrical engineering in 1966 from Oregon State University. He was a Life Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of IMAPS and the SPIE, and a former chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University.

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