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IPC members and many other companies are continuing to be burdened by compliance with U.S. conflict minerals regulations, while Europe contemplates its own conflict minerals regulations. In a continuing effort to quantify the burdens experienced by companies, especially those in the supply chain, Tulane University is conducting a Conflict Minerals Market Survey. The survey results will also assist IPC and other industry associations in lobbying for less burdensome regulations in other parts of the world, such as those currently being considered in the European Union.
All companies impacted by conflict minerals legislation or produce, procure or consume tin, tungsten, tantalum and/or gold (3TG) are invited to participate. This survey will focus on the upstream and downstream 3TG supply chain. The survey can be found here. The deadline to complete the survey is June 15, 2015. The survey is expected to take survey respondents between 10 and 30 minutes to complete and is available in English, French and Mandarin.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of 5G, but you may not understand what all the fuss is about. First, 5G simply means fifth-generation mobile networks. The best way to understand what 5G is about is to understand all the other Gs, like 3G and 4G (we rarely hear about the early Gs!).
Stig Källman, ERICSSON with Happy Holden, I-CONNECT007
The material toolbox idea first came up when I saw the IPC appendix list for standard 1-ply stack-ups. The idea is to make a very simple bill of materials, specifications and notes, and possibly use the same prepreg/resin in the laminate and in the core.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
ICT technical director Bill Wilkie is well-known for choosing notable venues for Institute of Circuit Technology events, and his choice for this year’s Annual Symposium was the National Motor Museum, located in the village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, a national park in the county of Hampshire in Southern England. The region is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.