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IPC ESTC Expo to Launch in May
Bannockburn, IL — IPC is launching a brand-new conference and expo designed to bring together four major disciplines under one roof: foundry, components, board assemblies, and complete systems. Each one of these areas has shows of its own; the idea is to combine them all in one place and time. The kickoff of the new expo, called ESTC (Electronic System Technologies Conference and Exhibition) is scheduled for May 20-23 at The New Tropicana in Las Vegas. The Conference's 13 tracks will be covering: product design and development; assembly and SMT; PCB fabrication, materials, and design; quality and reliability; fab and silicon; text; equipment, tools and modules; packaging and substrates; mechanics; thermals; electrical; materials; industry analysis and issues.

IPC ESTC will include a 25,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall, open on May 21-22, a technical conference, keynote presentations, professional development courses, sponsored workshops, networking receptions, luncheons, and standard development meetings. These are aimed at OEMs; IDMs; fabless semiconductor companies; semiconductor foundries; outsourced semiconductor assembly test services; EMS providers; PCB manufacturers; original design manufacturers; equipment, materials and service providers; academia and research centers.

The confab will include collaboration with SMTA in presenting conferences, courses, and workshops. It is expected that the speakers list will read like a who's who in the components industry. This inaugural event will include synergy with IEEE — although there is no indication that IEEE or SMTA will continue the relationship after this event.

The event is expected to bridge the gap between components and systems perspective. And during all of this, IPC committees will be working to develop standards for box build, something the association has been working on for the past 2 years.

Companies involved in testing will also be at ESTC, and will provide unique technical conferences.

Covered box build systems will include computer, telecomm, aerospace, medical device markets. The entire electronics supply chain will be covered, in this all-inclusive expo.

Contact: IPC 877-472-4724 or 847-597-2860 Web: or

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