Zulki’s PCB Nuggets: Soft Electronics Pose PCB Microelectronics Assembly Challenges

July 8, 2020 | Zulki Khan, NexLogic Technologies, Inc.

Zulki Khan explains how PCBs have moved from traditional large rigid boards to considerably smaller rigid and combinations of rigid and flex circuit boards, even to the point that bare chips and wire bonding are used during the PCB microelectronics assembly of these tiny boards.

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

July 3, 2020 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

The USMCA trade agreement was just the tip of the iceberg in news affecting our industry this week. We also saw more young people getting involved in the industry, an HDP User Group webinar on automotive thermal issues, and more questions for our own Happy Holden—this time, on stacked microvia reliability, or the lack thereof.

IPC: Shawn DuBravac and Chris Mitchell on USMCA

July 2, 2020 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

On July 1, 2020, the USMCA trade act (United States-Mexico-Canada Act) phased in as a trade agreement guiding economic trade and growth in North America. Nolan Johnson spoke with both Shawn DuBravac, IPC’s chief economist, and Chris Mitchell, IPC’s vice president of global government affairs and an I-Connect007 columnist, about the impact of USMCA on North American electronics manufacturing.

EPTE Newsletter: Monocoque Printed Circuits, Part 3

June 29, 2020 | Dominique Numakura, DKN Research

Monocoque structural techniques are used in a wide-ranging variety of products, including automobiles, boats, other types of vehicles, skis, and much more. Dominique Numakura explains the potential construction advancements monocoque printed circuits could offer.

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

June 26, 2020 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Updates on trade shows, conferences, and associations dominated industry news this past week. Some events are returning to a physical venue; others are opting for a virtual version in 2020. Add to that a spate of cross-association cooperative agreements and new programs for career development coming from multiple associations, and you’ve delivered four of my top five picks.

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