Printed Circuit Boards Have Champions on Capitol HillFebruary 14, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
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House Resolution 7677 from the 2021/22 Congressional session may have run out of time before the election cycle, but that hasn’t ended the effort to help fund the printed circuit board industry alongside the semiconductor industry.
IPC vice president of global government relations, Chris Mitchell, shared this letter, sent to DOD on Wednesday by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), which insists DOD must “leverage all available resources, including the use of Title III of the Defense Production Act (DPA), to increase domestic production of PCBs and IC substrates.”
“U.S. investments in semiconductor manufacturing will not provide greater security and resiliency without complementary initiatives to bolster the printed circuit board (PCB) and integrated circuit (IC) substrate-manufacturing base,” they stated in their letter.
“Thanks to Reps. Anna Eshoo and Blake Moore for urging DoD to leverage the Defense Production Act and other programs to support a resurgence in U.S. production of printed circuit boards,” said Mitchell in response to this letter. He continued, “Rebuilding this base is important to U.S. defense needs and supply chain resiliency but also to achieving the goals laid out in the CHIPS and Science Act. Silicon drives changes across the electronics manufacturing industry, and thus investments in silicon must be paired with investments in other strategically important segments of the electronics industry, including printed circuit board fabrication and assembly.”
It makes sense to optimize your board using design for manufacturability (DFM) techniques. But applying DFM best practices can be confusing without formal training. The results are designs that are often incomplete, poorly designed, or too complex. When these issues arise, your PCB manufacturing partner rejecting the design can be considered a best-case scenario because it means they have your back. If your design is simply dropped into an automated queue without concern for manufacturability, the output can be a batch of unusable boards.
For this month's PCBAA Member Profile, the focus is on Hari Pillai, president, Technology Components, Sanmina. Hari says, "I think I’ve had a good dose of luck throughout my career. But beyond luck, I had a vision to become a general manager as far back as my undergraduate years. I made all my career decisions based on that. My evaluation criteria was always, “How does this opportunity get me closer to my goal?” Sometimes opportunities come from unexpected places."
Amkor Technology, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, has announced its plan to build an advanced packaging and test facility in Peoria, Arizona.
HANZA AB has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Orbit One AB, a Swedish company that offers contract manufacturing of electronics and electromechanics. Orbit One has annual sales of approximately SEK 1.1 billion with an operating profit (EBITA) of approximately SEK 70 million.
Arch Systems, the leading provider of data, analytics, and insightful actions for manufacturing operations, announced this week its collaboration with Plexus Corp., a global leader in complex product design, supply chain, manufacturing, and sustaining services.