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The U.S. Congress is now in summer recess, so it seems like the perfect time to look back on how legislators finally addressed the needs of the microelectronics industry. We feel confident in saying there has never been a time when the floors of Congress gave our industry so much emphasis. For the past six months, there has been constant activity from lobbyists, legislators, semiconductor and printed circuit board associations, and individuals who want to bring more electronics production back to the United States.
We know you have so many questions about what the legislation means for you. Will there be funds to expand or upgrade my facilities? What about tax breaks? How will my specific needs be known? What will the current legislation mean for U.S. vs. China relations? Use this handy guide to get caught up, sort out the CHIPS from the USICAs, and be that someone who talks knowledgably at dinner parties.
I-Connect007 Exclusive Coverage
IPC Advanced Packaging Symposium to Draw Industry, Government Representatives An interview with IPC's Chris Mitchell and Matt Kelly
Is the U.S. Government Ready to Meet the Test of Technological Leadership? A column by John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC
Printed Circuit Boards: Past the Lobby and Onto the Floor An interview with Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA, and U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah.
A Deeper Look at the CHIPS Investment Act An interview with Chris Peters, executive director of USPAE
DoD is Unarmed Without the PCB A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
What Happens in Washington Happens to Us All A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
A Voice in Washington for American-Made PCBs, A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
PCB Semiconductor Legislation News
IPC Lauds Passage of 'CHIPS and Science' Act; Electronics Industry Calls for a Holistic Approach to Reviving Domestic Electronics Capabilities (Published Aug. 9)
FACT SHEET: CHIPS and Science Act Will Lower Costs, Create Jobs, Strengthen Supply Chains, and Counter China(Published Aug. 9)
IPC Commends House on Passage of CHIPS+ Legislation (Published July 28)
IPC: Electronics Manufacturing Industry Applauds Senate Passage of CHIPS+ Legislation (Published July 28)
SEMI Applauds Final Passage of CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (Published July 28)
IPC Urges U.S. Senate and House to Complete R&D Legislation Before August Recess (Published July 20)
IPC: Over 100 Industry Executives Urge U.S. Congress to Strengthen Electronics Supply Chain (Published July 14)
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s officially fall now, and in Atlanta the temperature has plummeted to the mid-80s. We’ve all bumped our air conditioners up to 74 degrees. That means it’s trade show season, and I’ve been busy looking for my suitcase. This week, we have an assortment of news about associations, education, and advocacy, as well as another installment of our Printed Electronics Roundtable. And if you’re looking for a job, you are in luck; our jobConnect007 section is chock-full of open positions at all levels in this industry.
Suhani Chitalia and Kelly Scanlon, IPC
Leading companies in the electronics manufacturing industry are highly intentional about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, with climate change and energy use among the most closely scrutinized issues, an IPC analysis shows. As part of IPC’s ESG for Electronics initiative, IPC is interested in developing resources for members on the most common ESG methods and priorities of leading companies across the electronics value chain. In support of this, IPC has preliminarily analyzed the ESG reports of approximately a dozen companies in selected portions of the industry.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
“Summer is over, now it's back to work!” This was the opening line of the invitation to the 18th EIPC Technical Snapshot webinar, Sept. 14, following the theme of advances in automotive electronics technology, introduced and moderated by EIPC President Alun Morgan. The first presentation, entitled "The fully printed smart component—combining additive manufacturing and sensor printing," came from Jonas Mertin, a thin-film processing specialist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.