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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My Thoughts From the Virtual Show

04/11/2021 | Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Gosh, I sure missed the live event! I listened in on several technical sessions, the awards ceremony, the keynotes, and the Hall of Fame management session. I tried a couple of professional development courses but got the frownie face on my screen and didn’t go back in. I have almost 90 days(!) to browse them to my heart’s content, so what the heck. There were good points and a few not so good things about this first ever virtual conference. You probably experienced some yourself.

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

04/09/2021 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
In this week’s roundup, we have news about a new DFM environment from Siemens EDA, a 2D field solver from Avishtech, and a milestone for the IPC-CFX-2591 QPL. We also have a great article by Calumet’s Audra Thurston, who points out the many advantages of a virtual trade show. And in his latest column, Denny Fritz explains why the DoD is now thinking like many U.S. OEMs—worrying about single-source components, for instance—but the stakes are much higher.

Technical Conference—Balancing Conventional and Disruptive Technologies

04/08/2021 | Matt Kelly, IPC
I thought the three keynotes given by IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, Industry Week Editor-in-Chief Travis Hessman, and IPC Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac, were spot on. They all spoke to the fact that the way products are conceived, designed, manufactured, and used is changing rapidly. While the keynotes had different focus areas, I noted an important similarity—they all underscored the need for increased industry collaboration to help bring the factory and supply chain of the future to life.



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