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Top Story September 29, 2016
Weaving Into Wearables
With wearables becoming a sweet spot for new types of consumer devices, electronic design, supply-chain and manufacturing services companies are using their cross-industry experience to secure their place in the emerging market. Take Flextronics International Ltd., for instance. Flex, as it is now called, booked nearly one billion dollars' worth of wearables ...

Industry News
The Reality of Supply Chains On-the-Go
For years, technology solutions have played an integral role in supply chain management. However, as competition intensifies and customer expectations rise ...
Virtual Reality Meets Electronics Manufacturing
Many of today's most advanced computer innovations began as games and other entertainment, from the logical structure of user interfaces to the elaborate graphics ...
Autonomous What? Americans Aren't Sure What Self-Driving Cars Are All About
Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle-buying guide, recently surveyed Americans to gauge their attitudes toward autonomous cars. First, though, it had to tell them what ...
The Wall Street Journal
North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Bounced Back in August
IPC announced the August 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Due to the month's positive order growth and ...
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
Samsung researchers are working on a new approach to computing that could revamp data centers, said a corporate strategist. Separately, at an event hosted by ...
EE Times
HCFC-225 Phaseout, What Now?
The use restrictions on HCFC-225 are in effect throughout the US. This paper discusses the options for assemblers and component manufacturers.
Circuit Insight - Materials Tech

The Intersection of Psychology and Marketing
Across TV, radio, print, web, and mobile, marketers invest advertising dollars, creative energy and time into targeted messages meant to trigger an emotional response ...
BlackBerry Abandons Its Phone
Stepping away from its signature product, BlackBerry will no longer make its own smartphones, the device it once defined. Before being overtaken by iPhones from ...
The New York Times
Open Source Artificial Intelligence
The open-source AI trend represents the convergence of two other powerful trends: The open-source movement and the artificial intelligence revolution.
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing
Designing a Better Interface for Humans & Cars
What do you get when you cross a car with a smartphone? A lot more frustration than you'd expect. As there are different behavior associated with controls ...
A glimpse of the future of IoT sensors
It's not an exaggeration to say that sensors are the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT), but it might be more accurate to say they're the central nervous ...
Evaluating Accuracy of Thermocouple Attach Methods
The goal of this study was to identify a non-destructive method for thermocouple attachment that provides a small offset to the "actual temperature under a BGA."
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab

5 Challenges for 25G Ethernet
The UNH-IOL has been testing Ethernet products since its inception in 1988, and over the years we have come across some Ethernet products that really puzzled us. Here ...
EE Times
17 Tricks To Get More Things Done During the Work Day
Sometimes, we wish there were more hours in the day. Unfortunately, we can't control time. What we can control is our productivity. Being cautious with how we spend ...
How Smartphone Batteries Catch on Fire
The recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 after some devices caught fire has put the spotlight on phone batteries and the suppliers. This is how batteries can malfunction. ...
The Wall Street Journal
Gartner Says New Digital Disruptors Demand a New Approach to IT
Digital disruptors such as algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI), bots and chatbots are already transforming businesses. Gartner, Inc. expects that algorithmic ...
IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip Tested for Deep Learning
The deep-learning software driving the modern artificial intelligence revolution has mostly run on fairly standard computer hardware. Some tech giants such as Google ...
IEEE Spectrum
An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8
You might be busy trying to figure out the best way to get your hands on a Jet Black iPhone 7 right now, but Apple is already working on the next-gen iPhone, the one ...
Press Releases
Essemtec's FOX Picks Up Its First Industry Award at SMTA International
Juki and Storage Solutions Receive a Joint 2016 Global Technology Award
Nordson Honored with SMTA Corporate Partnership Award
KYZEN's AQUANOX® A8820 Advanced Aqueous Stencil Cleaner
Improved Production Throughput in SPEA Flying Probe from Goepel
NEO Tech Receives Industry Award for Contract services > $100 mil. at SMTA
Aegis Software - SMTA Mexico Guadalajara 2016 show preview
SMS Strengthens Team with New Appointment
Data I/O's LumenX Programming Technology Wins Industry Award
MIRTEC Wins 10th Global Technology Award for 3D SPI Inspection Technology
Computrol Receives Global Tech Award for Its Updated Manufacturing Services
Eunil's ELM-800 Laser Marker Wins Best Product -- Asia at SMTAI
Test Your Knowledge
How many engines are needed to safely land a four-engine jet?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
Most Important Factors for Screen Printing
Which of these factors is more critical to the solder printing process, solder paste volume or solder print ...
Responses by:
Georgian Simion, Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
Steve Bowen, Manufacturing Engineer, Benchmark Electronics, Minnesota Division
Bill Coleman, Vice President Technology, Photo Stencil
Edward Zamborsky, Regional Sales Manager, OK International Inc.
Stephanie Nash, Director, Integrated Ideas & Technologies, Inc.
Robert Dervaes, V.P. Technology & Engineering, Fine Line Stencil, Inc.
Neil Poole, Senior Applications Chemist, Henkel Electronics

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Quote of the Day
"You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours."
Ilka Chase: (1905-1978)
What Year Was It?
Cyanide-laced Tylenol Kills Six
Cyanide-laced Tylenol Kills Six
Flight attendant Paula Prince buys a bottle of cyanide-laced Tylenol. Prince was found dead on October 1, becoming the final victim of a mysterious ailment in Chicago, Illinois. Over the previous 24 hours, six other people had suddenly died of unknown causes in northwest Chicago.
The day was Sep 29. What year was it?
Sep 27, 2016: SMTA International Electronics Exhibition
Oct 5, 2016: Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 11, 2016: Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 18, 2016: IWLPC- Wafer-Level Packaging Conference & Exhibition
Oct 19, 2016: Long Island Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 20, 2016: Intermountain Utah Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 24, 2016: SMT-BGA-BTC Design & Manufacturing
Cartoon of the Day
"You said to start my presentation with a joke, so I showed them my paycheck."
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
Test Your Knowledge Answer
How many engines are needed to safely land a four-engine jet?
Answer: just one engine