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Elementary, Mr. Watson: Know the Tradeoffs With Embedded Designs

02/20/2024 | John Watson -- Column: Elementary, Mr. Watson
One of my great joys as a grandfather of eight is spending time with them at the park. It doesn't take too long until I'm getting stuck on a slide that is too small for me or on the seesaw, with me on one side and them trying to lift me. At that point, they learn some harsh lessons in physics and how heavy Grandpa really is. A seesaw is a relatively simple device, but it’s a great way to explain a rather complex concept in PCB design: design tradeoffs. Each decision made throughout a design comes with inherent pros and cons.

American Made Advocacy: Congress Must Handle Supply Chain Challenges in 2024

02/20/2024 | Travis Kelly -- Column: American Made Advocacy
It’s easy to get distracted in an election year. A constant stream of polls, primaries, and political prognostications will surely dominate the media cycle. Elections are important, but they should not distract the 118th Congress from the important work of securing our fragile supply chains and rebuilding microelectronics manufacturing capacity on our own shores.

Design Guidelines for Flexible Printed Circuits

02/15/2024 | Chris Keirstead, PFC Flexible Circuits
An important but sometimes overlooked aspect of flex and rigid-flex fabrication and assembly is the flex circuit tail, which is attached to a rigid PCB with pressure-sensitive conductive adhesives. This sub-assembly is becoming very common. We often see this applied to glass displays and microelectronic applications.

Set Your CM Business on Fire

02/14/2024 | Dan Beaulieu
What often surprises me when working with contract manufacturers (CMs) is that many of them, especially the ones earning less than $25 million a year, have not done much planning for more business and their futures. I’ve realized that many started to build a specific sub-assembly as offshoots of a larger company.

IDC Forecasts Artificial Intelligence PCs to Account for Nearly 60% of All PC Shipments by 2027

02/08/2024 | IDC
A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows shipments of artificial intelligence (AI) PCs – personal computers with specific system-on-a-chip (SoC) capabilities designed to run generative AI tasks locally – growing from nearly 50 million units in 2024 to more than 167 million in 2027.
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