X-Rayted Files: My Favorite BGA Assembly Ever

July 6, 2022 | Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

In the early 1980s, Motorola and IBM introduced a novel package that allowed a high number of input and outputs with a large pitch in a small area, thus providing large savings in board real-estate. The ball grid array (BGA) was born. Initially in ceramic, by the late 1980s Motorola—and this time Citizen—brought to market the plastic BGA. This was the pivotal step needed to drop the cost of this packaging technology and to enable the electronic miniaturization wave that soon followed.

The Big Picture: The Virtual Via Drum

July 6, 2022 | Mehul Davé, Entelechy Global and Linkage Technologies

A key to the success of the Roman empire was its extended roadway system. Designed by planners called mensors, and executed by Roman legions, they were transnational, connecting the then-known world across culture and region. They are seen as an infrastructure of empire, expanding economy by trade, knowledge, and security, bringing prolific wealth and new ideas to every corner of Rome’s vast territory, and creating a superhighway for defense and conquest. As wonderful as they sound and as much good as they did for antiquity, they were not always safe. Knowing the amount of wealth they carried, the roads were frequented by bandits and criminals. Today’s internet is the modern version of the Via Publicae.



Nolan's Notes: Data Security—It’s Incumbent Upon You

July 5, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

In May 2022, the news broke in Portland, Oregon that the city government had suffered a “cybersecurity breach” and lost $1.4 million in city funds. As reported by numerous news sources, a city-issued press release stated...

Flexible Thinking: The Many Benefits of Eliminating (Most) Solder

July 4, 2022 | Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics

Many scientists are familiar with the concept of Occam’s Razor (also sometimes called the Law of Parsimony). The basic idea postulates that when attempting to explain any given observed phenomena, the simplest explanation is...

Lean Digital Thread: The Secure Digital Thread

June 29, 2022 | Zac Elliott, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Securing intellectual property has become a priority for manufacturers, and recent reports from the U.S. and EU governments highlight the risks and direction for securing the supply chain. For example, in February, the U.S. Department...

Solving Data Security Featuring:

  • Time to Get Serious About CMMC Readiness Interview with Divyash Patel
  • Excerpt: Don’t Hit the Snooze on Cybersecurity by Divyash Patel
  • Zombie Cars: The Next Pandemic Is Digital by Michael Ford
  • How Important Is Trust? By Randy Cherry
  • CMMC 2.0: Are You Ready? Interview with Ryan Bonner
  • Business Email Compromise: The $43 Billion Scam an announcement from the FBI 
  • The Virtual Via Drum by Mehul Dave
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