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


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The youngsters are back in school, and we’re all back to work. The water is back on for most of us in Atlanta; when temps dropped down to 8 degrees Fahrenheit, our pipes started bursting left and right. After a Christmas dinner with no water, I have a new appreciation for H2O

It’s been a busy week, and we published a variety of articles, columns, and news items. In this week’s top five, we have news about the market in Southeast Asia, a look at what the CHIPS Act really entails, a deep dive into CMMC, and a peek at how printed electronics developers are using flexible circuit concepts to facilitate PEC. We also say goodbye to a Top Gun PCB designer who left us way too soon.

Southeast Asia PCB Industry Report 2023-2032: Sector Set to Grow as Living Standards Increase
Published January 5

Interesting news from Southeast Asia: The standard of living is rising there, and PCB sales are expected to continue to grow. But it’s a mixed bag. Check out the different per capita GDP for Singapore vs. Cambodia. We can expect the PCB industry to keep expanding in Southeast Asia, because these countries have vast labor resources and fairly friendly business environments.

Ventec: Contextualizing the CHIPS Act
Published January 5

There’s been a lot of talk about the CHIPS Act, which Washington hopes will attract investment in semiconductor development and manufacturing to the U.S. But what does this legislation actually mean for the electronics industry? Ventec’s Alun Morgan and Mark Goodwin share their thoughts on the nuts and bolts of this act, and its potential effect on our industry.

PCB Designer Dave Graves Has Passed Away
Published January 3

Sorry to hear about Dave Graves, who passed away just before Christmas as 65. I first met Dave when he won the Top Gun design competition at PCB West 20 years ago. He co-founded UltraCAD and spent years working at Monsoon Solutions. He was a great guy; the industry will miss him.

A CMMC ‘Plan B’
Published January 5

If you’re like me (and who isn’t?), you’ve been wondering about all the hullabaloo regarding CMMC. Well, you’re in luck. Divyash Patel of MX2 Technology has a great article in the newest issue of SMT007 Magazine that explains everything you need to know about the latest developments in Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Happy’s Tech Talk #15: Printed Electronics Using Flex
Published January 5

I’ve always seen printed electronics and flexible circuits as similar technologies; now it looks like these two love birds may be headed to the altar. In his column, Happy Holden explains how PEC technologists are using flex technology concepts to facilitate new applications. No one doubts PEC’s usefulness, but it seems to have plateaued over time. Will this arranged marriage with flex enable PEC to finally become the disruptive technology that many analysts predicted a decade ago?

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Scaling Beyond Silicon

01/26/2023 | Ashutosh Mauskar, Cadence Design Systems
Technology has always invoked radical changes, but unlike today, there used to be one major revolutionizing technology trend at a time. The world is becoming increasingly connected, more automated and more intelligent, driven by generational drivers—hyperscale computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), industrial IoT (IIoT), and autonomous vehicles—which are invoking disruptive technological forces on vertical markets, unfolding varied levels of microelectronics and digital transformation across the globe. The increasing demand for miniaturization and higher speed is changing the dynamics of the semiconductor components needed to store and process data.

Altium Focuses on Design Education

01/16/2023 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Altium keeps its eyes on the designers of the future. The company has been working with colleges and universities for years, providing free seats of Altium Designer for the next generation of PCB designers and design engineers. At IPC APEX EXPO 2023, Altium will be providing software for the finalists in the IPC Design Competition just as it did last year. They offer a variety of other educational programs as well, including Upverter classes and a design competition that aims to address environmental change. Here, Rea Callender, Altium’s VP of education, discusses its educational programs and plans for the week of the show.

PCB Carolina: Alex Barile Studying for His Dream Job

12/22/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Visitors jammed the aisles at PCB Carolina, but I noticed someone who stood out from the crowd: Alex Barile, a student at Wake Tech, a community college in North Carolina. Alex loves the physical and mechanical aspects of machinery, but learned pretty quickly he doesn’t want to be sitting behind a desk all day. He’s found a major that fits both his personality type and professional interests.



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