I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the WeekAugust 12, 2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
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There was some good news this week, as Republicans and Democrats managed to cooperate long enough to pass the CHIPS Act. Sure, it’s a little late, and I think Washington only acted because they realized that they had to at least act like they were doing something about semiconductor supply chain problem. But this act might keep us from getting in this same situation a few years down the road.
Members of the House and Senate don’t usually act until they get worried about being voted out of office, so pardon me if I’m not ready to sing “Happy Days Are Here Again” just yet. But this is still really good news; the politicians are on the record now, and we can hold them accountable.
As Winston Churchill once said, “America can always be relied upon to do the right thing—after exhausting all possible alternatives.” We’ve tried everything else; now it’s time to cooperate, even with competitors, for the good of the industry, and the country.
Congress and President managed to pass the CHIPS Act. Yes, as the saying goes, “Better late than never,” but we’ll take it. This legislation won’t make any difference in our industry in the near future, but maybe it will preclude future semiconductor supply chain jams. At least the DoD has gotten its head out of its hindquarters with regards to the American electronics industry. Hope springs eternal.
SMTA International 2022 Conference Program Finalized
Published August 9
SMTAI is just around the corner, and if you’re not registered, what are you waiting for? I’ve never been to Minneapolis, so I’m looking forward to it. Co-located with the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) show at the Minneapolis Convention Center, this show is going to be a big one. SMTA should organize a trip to Prince’s purple palace after the show. Just a suggestion.
Myths vs. Facts: The Printed Electronics Roundtable, Part 1
Published August 11
The buzz about printed electronic circuits has been going on for a decade now, but I still hear a lot of questions from engineers who are curious about how to get into this segment. So, we convened a roundtable of PEC experts—fabricators and OEMs—and asked them to dispel some of the myths surrounding this process. One takeaway: PEC are in more products right now than you would imagine.
Fein-Lines: Live in Person—PCEA/Orange County Meets Up Again
Published August 11
It’s been too long since the last meeting of the Orange County Chapter of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). Two years, in fact. Technical Editor Dan Feinberg has a great review of this event. Freedom CAD’s Scott McCurdy has built the OC chapter into the largest in the world, and these meetings always draw a huge crowd of designers and other PCB technologists.
Business Email Compromise: The $43 Billion Scam
Published August 10
Our tagline reads “Good for the industry.” So, this week we published a PSA from J. Edgar Hoover’s boys about a very sophisticated transfer-of-funds scam that’s affecting a lot of American companies now. I know some of you have been hit with all kinds of cyber skullduggery, so we wanted to get the word out about this BEC/EAC craziness. The people behind this stuff would be the perfect IT guys, if they ever decided to don the white hat. Watch out, folks.
I just finished counting the percentage of times in which artificial intelligence/machine learning/data analytics topics appeared in the I-Connect007 news this week. What do you think the percentage is? AI has moved well beyond a technical term; heck, it has clearly also eclipsed catch-phrase status. It seems a foregone conclusion that AI applications will be inserting themselves into manufacturing just as they are appearing in our handheld devices. Speaking of handhelds, that market seems to be growing as well. This week’s five must-reads include smartphone market data, telecom infrastructure development, a new white paper on the influence of data analytics, a report on the European market, and the launch of a new podcast series on PCB 3.0, a new design methodology.
DuPont today announced that Jon Kemp, President, DuPont Electronics & Industrial, has been named Chair of the Board of Industry Leaders of SEMI, a global industry association serving the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain.
With the seemingly endless ways that electronic products are worming their way into our lives, what was once “nice to own” is increasingly considered indispensable. The capabilities of these products have been driven by relentless improvements at every level of the manufacturing chain, from individual transistors (which are approaching Angstrom levels) to systems the size of buildings supporting Bitcoin mining and increasingly distributed AI products.
HARMAN, an automotive electronics technology company and subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on delivering consumer experiences at automotive grade, confirms it will continue as an Official partner of Scuderia Ferrari for a second Formula One season. The on-track marketing partnership extends to technology on the road, with Ferrari becoming the first automotive OEM to adopt a number of solutions from HARMAN’s in-cabin monitoring system, HARMAN Ready Care, for its next-generation road cars.
Maggie Benson was in an expansive mood. It had been almost three years since her grandfather asked her to take over Benson Electronics. By using Lean techniques, cost modeling the assembly process, and implementing continuous improvement, the company made significant profitability improvements.