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

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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 most powerful 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’ve got a busy travel schedule in October. 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. Need to know details on those events? Read item No. 4 in my list below.  

North American EMS Industry Up 14.9% in August 
Published September 22

The August book-to-bill, as reported by IPC, is 1.31. It’s a strong ratio, but the ratio has been trending downward from a high of 1.58 in January 2022. Shawn Dubravac comments the this is “in line with a slowing economy and slowing demand for durable goods.” There’s good news, too so check out the whole story. 

Automotive IC Marketshare Seen Rising to 10% by 2026 
Published September 28

“IC marketshare has steadily increased since 1998 growing from 4.7% of total IC sales that year to 7.4% in 2021. Marketshare gains are forecast to continue for the auto segment, with an 8.5% share expected this year and 9.9% share by the year 2026.” I can’t help but wonder when automotive ICs will reach a point where they start to spill over into other markets and applications simply because they’re the most common—that’s a bit of turnabout for the auto makers. There’s more detail in the report, of course. 

Lockheed Martin Delivers Its Highest Powered Laser To Date To U.S. Department Of Defense 
Published September 27

Lockheed Martin delivered “a tactically-relevant electric 300 kW-class laser, the most powerful laser that Lockheed Martin has produced to date. This 300 kW-class laser is ready to integrate with the DOD demonstration efforts.” The announcement states that Lockheed Martin “increased the power and efficiency and reduced the weight and volume” of the device over previous versions. Laser afficionados (like myself) will find this a short, but interesting read. 

Pack Your Bags! We’ve Got Your Trade Show Calendar Here 
Published September 23

The I-Connect007 industry events calendar has made its triumphant return and in a new format. Michelle Te tracks all the upcoming events, putting them in one easy-to-find resource. We’ll be publishing updates periodically, of course. If we’ve missed an event, you can submit it to us at news@iconnect007.com. 

Engineer, Author and Emmy-nominated Science TV Host Emily Calandrelli to Keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2023 
Published September 28

As a science type, an engineer, and a degreed computer scientist myself, I’m a big fan of Emily Calandrelli’s work to educate children on the value and fun in STEM. If you’re not already aware of her work, look her up on Netflix or the Fox Channel before you listen to her keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2023. Find details in this news item from IPC.




Suggested Items

Why Gold Layer Thickness in ENIG Matters for Soldering

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The main task of the final finish is to protect the copper pad from tarnishing or oxidation while simultaneously keeping the surface active for the assembly. Electroless nickel/immersion gold (ENIG) is a widely accepted finish in the market that provides a good solderability and capability for Al-wire bonding. A main function of the gold layer is to prevent the oxidation of the nickel layer.

Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2023: Next-Generation Personnel

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

02/03/2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It’s Feb. 3, 2023—2/3/23—and now we know the results of yesterday’s Groundhog weather forecast straight from Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter. If you’re watching the ongoing ice storms blanketing much of the United States at present, that seems like a safe bet. Also a safe bet is that the most-read news this week is IPC APEX EXPO related. Additionally, this week IPC published its EMS and PCB numbers for December. All told, lots of industry news to read this week.

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