I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week


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This week’s news gave off every indicator that we’ve started a new calendar year. The news channels were busy with changes in leadership—both corporate and governmental—and changes in ownership. Changes in representation, too. Honestly, it was hard to sort out the news to just five top items. Be that as it may, here are five things we think you ought to read, even if you read nothing else about the electronics manufacturing industry this week: tradeshow coverage, strategic acquisitions, market discussion, and governmental advocacy.

CES 2021 Coverage: A Virtual Show Floor
Published January 17

Our intrepid CES gumshoe reporter, Dan Feinberg, led our coverage of the virtual version of this year’s show. Dan’s CES coverage is always popular reading. This year, thanks to the virtual format, Happy Holden and Pete Starkey joined Dan and me, posting reports from CES. You’ll find full coverage in the upcoming issue of SMT007 Magazine. In the meantime, here is Dan’s “show floor” report as published in our Daily Newsletter.

Cadence to Acquire NUMECA to Expand System Analysis Capabilities with Computational Fluid Dynamics
Published January 21

Cadence Design Systems kicked off its year with this announcement of intent to acquire NUMECA, expanding their system analysis tool offerings. There seems to be quite a bit of motion amongst the tier 1 EDA software companies in the system design space; this is yet another example.

Futurist, Writer and Manufacturing Tech Expert Travis Hessman to Keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2021
Published January 18

IPC APEX EXPO 2021 will be virtual this year, making this a virtual keynote. Whatever it might be that we give up by attending a virtual keynote, there are a few sure things: the presentation will be topical and thought-provoking, we’ll be able to hear the presenter, and there will definitely be a chair for all of us. See you there! 

The Government Circuit: IPC is Ready for the Year of Advocacy Ahead 
Published January 19 

Government relations is another area of near-constant updates and new developments. This dispatch from IPC’s Chris Mitchell and his team captures some of the current action. Frenetic is this column might make government relations seem right at the moment, there is undoubtedly much more underway. Get another glimpse of all the advocacy Chris’ team is up to. 

MivaTek’s New Technology and Market Drivers 
Published January 19 

I recently spoke with Brendan Hogan about the upcoming new product releases from MivaTek. The conversation flows naturally from the new products, to market drivers to, the idea that continuous improvement is at the core of the market drivers.

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Prices of Copper-Clad Laminates Continue to Rise

12/18/2020 | I-Connect007 China Team
Forces within and outside the PCB industry have led to concerns over rising prices for raw materials of copper-clad laminates (CCL). Recently, two major explosions at epoxy resin plants in China had a great impact on domestic resin suppliers. Prices have risen steadily in 2020, with leading CCL manufacturers announcing price increases of 20-30% recently. As the cost of raw materials such as electronic copper foil, resin and glass fiber have risen, the cost for manufacturing CCL has taken off as well.

EIPC Technical Snapshot: Market Analysis and Advanced Manufacturing Tech

11/30/2020 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Pete Starkey details the November EIPC webinar program that combined knowledgeable market analysis and advanced manufacturing technology, including insights from Prismark's Dr. Shiuh-Kao Chiang, Averatek's Mike Vinson, and Atotech's Roland Herold.

PC Technological Advances in 2020

11/24/2020 | Dan Feinberg, I-Connect007
With CES quickly approaching, which is perhaps the largest technology event globally that is also going virtual this year, key component and sub-assembly companies are not waiting to announce their next generation of components. Dan Feinberg details new components and performance advances, as well as why you should consider building your own PC.



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