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High frequency Dk and Df test methods comparison
IPC
Read an excerpt from the paper that took best paper honors as selected by the IPC APEX EXPO 2015 Technical Program Committee.
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Industry survey results on electronic product testing practices
IPC
IPC recently conducted an industry-wide survey on testing practices and protocols for substances in electronic products.
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Can you compete in the electronics industry?
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Download the 2015 IPC Technology Roadmap to find out. The Roadmap provides valuable marketing and forecasting information and the technological requirements now and for up to five years into the future.
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Withdrawal of application to renew exemption 7(b) of Annex III of the RoHS Directive
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Quintech Electronics & Communications, Inc. has withdrawn its application to renew exemption 7(b) of Annex III of the RoHS Directive.
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Submit an abstract or proposal for IPC APEX EXPO 2016
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Submit an abstract for one of the industry’s premier technical conferences or provide a course proposal for one of its largest educational events.
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Validation Services prepares for new certification programs
IPC
Validation Services is a growing sector of what IPC offers to the electronics industry. As this service grows, IPC will continue to create more opportunities for organizations to earn certifications.
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Tech question of the week
IPC
Is there a masking tape for acrylic conformal coating that doesn’t leave residues on assemblies?
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IPC multimedia training — ESD control for electronics assembly
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Eloctrostatic discharge in integrated circuits continues to be one of the most pernicious problems facing the electronics industry. Education is essential to prevent costly failures and expensive rework.
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New releases on standards, translations, market research
IPC
View recently released standards including SM-817A, FC-234A, IPC-A-610F, IPC J-STD-001F, IPC-1071A, IPC-8701, IPC-HDBK-630, and translations; market research documents; multimedia presentations; technical papers and more.
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    Status of standardization: Standards for ballot and final drafts
    IPC
    View IPC documents under development.
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    IPC member milestones
    IPC
    Isola Group SARLM (Chandler, Arizona), recently celebrated its 55th year as an IPC member. See other companies celebrating membership anniversaries.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Basics of Ball Grid Arrays (BGA)
    Advanced Assembly
    Ball grid arrays are the boon and bane of engineers and printed circuit board designers the world over. Their unparalleled pin density and low lead inductance are essential in today’s high pin count, high frequency integrated circuits. However, that same pin density and unique interface create a challenge unique unto themselves. These challenges need to be faced head on since the ball grid array (BGA) is prevalent in modern PCBs. While there are entire textbooks that cover the topic of BGAs, their use and fanout techniques, the quick overview provided here offers an engineer a good starting point for improving BGA designs.
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    Cool process to make better graphene
    Printed Electronics World
    A new technique invented at Caltech to produce graphene — a material made up of an atom-thick layer of carbon — at room temperature could help pave the way for commercially feasible graphene-based solar cells and light-emitting diodes, large-panel displays, and flexible electronics.
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    Split planes in multilayer PCBs
    PCBDesign007
    Creating split planes or isolated islands in the copper planes of multilayer PCBs at first seems like a good idea. Today’s high-speed processors and FPGAs require more than six or seven different high-current power sources.
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    6 solutions to common power supply challenges using the right LDO
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    Mexico's manufacturing sector continues to grow
    Forbes
    Mexico’s economy has performed well relative to other major Latin American economies in recent years, largely because of its thriving manufacturing sector. Unlike Brazil and Argentina, whose manufacturing sectors are slumping, Mexico has continued to see solid growth because of its integration with and dependence on the U.S. market.
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    For hardware startups, it's getting less hard
    CNET
    When most people think of a Silicon Valley startup trying to make a hardware product — a real, physical object instead of just an app or a website — a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for some new gizmo might be the first scenario that comes to mind. That's not always a good thing.
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    The vertical advantage: CRM and the electronics industry
    EBN
    Can customer relationship management really help generate revenue? You bet. C-level sales executives might disagree and claim, "Salespeople drive sales, not IT." In the context of traditional CRM solutions, they are right.
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    Time to ditch heavy metal for soft rock?
    SMT007
    Yash Sutariya and Thomas Tarter: I've been writing on thermal management for LED applications for a few years now, seemingly on an endless quest to find the next best thing for LED PCBs. It's been kind of like Indiana Jones and his search for the Holy Grail, except I don't have cool bullwhip skills.
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    IPC CALENDAR

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    April 29–30 IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.
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    June 9-10 IPC Technical Education
    DFX-Design For Excellence (DFM, DFA, DFT and more)
    Best Practices in Fabrication
    Advanced Troubleshooting
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    June 9 ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Requirements Fort Lee, New Jersey
    June 10 ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Requirements Des Plaines, Illinois
    June 12 ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Requirements Milpitas, California


     



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