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Weiner’s WorldDecember 29, 2016 | Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
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Will the U.S. Department of Transportation's recommendation of mandatory vehicle-to-vehicle direct communication by short range wireless communications for all new cars and trucks to reduce accidents come to pass? If so, when? Is it the right method? Should the government recommend the method of linkage? Or, should it just recommend the connections? One pundit says, "Having a wireless network is just stupid due to the security risk. It is much better to have uni-directional communication. RADAR/LIDAR and cameras can do the job without the broadcasting requirement. If this moves forward it would drive auto manufacturers nuts!"
On the other hand, it should delight the PCB and electronic packaging manufacturers by providing a host of new items to make.
SEMICON China, the largest gathering of the semiconductor supply chain in China, and FPD China will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre on March 14-16, 2017.
The event will feature six forums, including a new one for automotive applications, including: Self-parking, anticipatory braking, safety, communication, navigation, and entertainment.
More News on Automotive Electronics from Europe
Adaptive cruise control, potentially Forward Collision Warning and Auto Emergency Braking will support a doubling in annual demand for Radar units from 2015 up to 2021.
Continental was the leading vendor of electronics for automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in 2015, with an estimated market share of 18%, ahead of Bosch with 15%, Autoliv (14%), Magna (9%) and ZF/TRW (7%). Collectively the top ten vendors accounted for almost 90% of the ADAS market. The total addressable market for ADAS will more than double from just under $300 million/year today to nearly $700 million over the next five years. (Source BPA).
In response to hikes in PCB pricing, DIY motherboard makers plan to keep prices unchanged for existing models but increase prices by about 5% for new models equipped with new Intel and AMD chipsets to be launched in January 2017.
PCB price hikes have increased costs for PC and smartphone vendors. Additionally, these vendors have faced price hikes for display panels, DRAM and hard disks arising from tight supplies. Consequently, these vendors have hiked sales prices for high-end models and plan to increase prices for all new models launched in first-quarter 2017. (Source: Digitimes)
IC substrate suppliers Kinsus Interconnect Technology and Nanya PCB both reported sales declines of 7.1% and 0.5%, respectively, for the month of November while Compeq Manufacturing’s sales reached a 12-month high of $150.9 million for the month.
Flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) makers Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect are forecasting declines in sales for the first half of 2017 due to a decline in demand for Apple's iPhone 7. Flexium is said to be developing new FPCBs to work with OLED displays expected in the next round of iPhones in the Fall.
Has a solution been found to the factory skilled/semi-skilled labor shortage?
Numbers of Japanese elders (65+) in the workforce are soaring according to the Wall Street Journal. A tight labor market prompts employers to increasingly turn to senior citizens for jobs that younger workers shun.Page 2 of 2
Indium Corporation to Showcase Proven EV Products and High-Reliability Alloys at Productronica China02/28/2024 | Indium Corporation
As a materials pioneer and trusted partner in electric vehicle (EV) and e-Mobility manufacturing, Indium Corporation is proud to showcase its high-reliability alloys and soldering solutions at Productronica China, March 20-22, in Shanghai.
Absolute EMS, Inc., an award-winning EMS provider of turnkey contract manufacturing services, continues to harness the power of nitrogen to enhance the quality, reliability and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with nitrogen reflow ovens and selective soldering machines, ensuring consistent, high-quality results for every project.
KYZEN, the global leader in innovative environmentally friendly cleaning chemistries, will exhibit at the SMTA Monterrey Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Cintermex Convention Center, Hall 2A in Monterrey, Nuevo León. KYZEN will showcase the new aqueous chemistry AQUANOX A4618 in addition to highlighting stencil cleaning chemistries KYZEN E5631J and CYBERSOLV C8882.
The challenges of the Corona crisis have further accelerated this trend. Many companies now offer only online events, whether due to time or cost reasons. However, at Rehm Thermal Systems, you have a choice: the provider of thermal systems for various industries offers a variety of short, concise online webinars and complements them with in-depth in-person seminars on various topics.
Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce that Dynamic Grid has ordered a Hentec Industries/RPS Valence 3508 selective soldering system.