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I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

September 30, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

This week, our five must-reads include the IPC report on the EMS industry and a report on ICs for the automotive market. Add to that Lockheed’s highest powered DoD laser yet, IPC’s APEX keynote announcement, and—for you conference and expo junkies—a calendar of upcoming industry events. I can’t help but notice that much of our news is about, well, something new. In this case, my editor’s picks for the week capture new technology, new perspectives, new ways to communicate content, and new developments that we can expect to see in our future daily life. To borrow a phrase from the TV show “Firefly,” everything is “shiny” this week. I will be at PCB West, the IPC Advanced Packaging symposium, SMTA International, and electronica. If you see me, say hello, and share something cool about the part of the industry you’re in.

DFM 101: Final Finishes ENEPIG and IAg

September 29, 2022 | Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits

One of the biggest challenges facing PCB designers is not understanding the cost drivers in the PCB manufacturing process. This article is the latest in a series that will discuss these cost drivers (from the PCB manufacturer’s perspective) and the design decisions that will impact product reliability. Final finishes provide a surface for the component assembler to either solder, wire bond, or conductively attach a component pad or lead to a pad, hole, or area of a PCB. The other use for a final finish is to provide a known contact resistance and life cycle for connectors, keys, or switches. The primary purpose of a final finish is to create electrical and thermal continuity with a surface of the PCB.





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Sensible Design: Comparing Traditional and Bio-based Resins

September 21, 2022 | Team Electrolube, Electrolube

In this month’s column, two of Electrolube’s leading resin specialists have collaborated to give you the clearest focus of how introducing bio-based resins systems will impact your production process and the benefits they...

The Shaughnessy Report: Working Through the Design Pain

September 12, 2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

In a recent issue of SMT007 Magazine, we discussed “supply pain management.” This reminded us of the question that doctors often ask: “What’s your pain level on a scale of 1–10?” PCB Designers...

Have you ever gone to a buffet hungry and looking forward to digging in? You grab the plate and start down the food line, picking things as you go. Halfway through, your plate is stacked up with food, looking very similar to the...

Supply Chain Management Featuring:

  • Working Through the Design Pain, by Andy Shaughnessy
  • A New Sourcing Paradigm, a conversation with Kelly Dack
  • Some Relief, but Hold Off on the Party, with Chintan Sutaria
  • Altium’s EDDI Report Tracks Components’ Availability—Today and Historically, a conversation with Dan Schoenfelder
  • Designing Through Supply Chain Pain, by Chris Young
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