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X-ray Uncovers the Best and Worst of BGA Assembly

BGA technology is touted as the ideal interconnect solution because it uses solder balls as leads to provide a reasonable level of self-alignment. That means that there is some tolerance in the placement accuracy, which is a direct function of the size and density of the BGA.
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Benchmarking RFID Readers for Maximum Tag Performance

From trains and warehouses to hospitals and libraries, RFID systems are delivering greater efficiency, security and productivity to workplaces around the world. With the growing popularity of products and solutions that offer the convenient connectivity made possible by the Internet ...

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Breaking Records: Koh Young Delivers 10,000th Inspection System

Koh Young Technology, one of the fastest-growing 3D inspection systems providers worldwide, recently delivered its 10,000th inspection system, a Zenith AOI machine, to a large Chinese automotive supplier. The Zenith system is designed to measure the true profilometric shape of components ...

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Industry Voices: A Breakout Year for the IoM

From every corner of the electronics manufacturing industry we are hearing about the Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) or one of its various appellations, including Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This trend is changing rows of discrete machines into efficient ...
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Managing Thermal Energy with a Finely-Tuned Adhesive

Heat, vibration, moisture, and dust can all wreak havoc in electrical systems. With the miniaturization of components, heat or thermal management becomes an even more critical factor in the design process. Managing heat in processing, heat dissipation, and thermal expansion and contraction ...

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Progressive Cavity Pumps Enable Vital Precision and Repeatability

Up until roughly five years ago, operators of manual and automated dispensing lines had little ability to achieve highly-accurate, consistent application of adhesives, epoxies and other fluids. This was especially difficult for small depositions, when working with viscous materials ...

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Spectrum Ups the Sensitivity of Modular Digitizers

Spectrum Instrumentation has added an option, M4i.22xx-ir40m, to its successful, high-speed 22xx series of digitizer products that increases their sensitivity and absolute resolution for low amplitude signals in the ±40 mV up to ±0.5V range. The current products are optimized ...

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Ultrasonic Piezo Transducers for Smart Sensors

Piezoelectric transducers are based on electro-ceramic materials that convert mechanical power into electrical power and vice versa. There are two effects. First, when a force is applied, an electric charge is generated (direct piezo effect). Then, when an electric field is applied ...

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Bonus Content: Focus on the Customer Experience!

Go Beyond the Transaction - Understand the Journey.

By Joanne Moretti, GM, Radius Innovation & Development, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Jabil

In this high speed and highly connected world, organizations across the board, from small to global enterprise, are thinking about the Customer Experience (Cx) and what happens to it in this digital world. Hardly anyone thinks of the Customer Experience as someone else's problem within a company, or isolated to the "Customer Service Department". Those days are long gone. Today the Cx is everyone's responsibility and must be considered a true "journey" that is affected by every stage of your value chain, and contemplated in every phase of product, service or new business model design and development. We believe it simply can't be an afterthought or just one person's/group's job. Here are some staggering statistics on the importance of the Cx to the "C" suite, from a variety of analyst firms and consulting firms:

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A Road Map to Successful Thermal Testing

Whether testing one device or millions, the ultimate goals of any thermal testing operation are efficiency, accuracy, and stability. Thermal forcing, clamping, and calibration methods are all variables, but the one common denominator in all test scenarios is the socket. Exatron's new ...

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Beyond Debug: XJTAG for Flash Programming and Board Test

The JTAG standard, first established by the IEEE 27 years ago, defines an electrical and physical method for connecting JTAG-enabled devices on a PCB, or across multiple PCBs. However, JTAG is not a general-purpose bus. The technology behind the interface differs significantly from ...

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Selecting and Optimizing Wet Processing Equipment

Microfabrication operations such as metal lift-off, stripping, etching, plating/coating, cleaning, and die-bonding are typically wet processing procedures. Yet, selecting the equipment to perform those procedures most efficiently and cost-effectively is often not a simple matter. In ...

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Shadow Moiré Measurement Techniques for Discontinuous and Semi-Reflective Surfaces

Flip chip packages are seldom perfectly co-planar; instead, there exists an angle between the die and package substrate, which becomes a critical factor in maintaining product yield and reliability. Point-to-point height measuring quality checks for die tilt can be time-consuming, and ...

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The Benefits and Risks of Copper Pillar Bumped Flip Chips: Part 2

Copper has inherently higher electrical and thermal conductivity than SnPb or SnAg/SnAgCu solders, by a factor of about 25. Higher conductivities reduce current density and temperature within the interconnect, which are the primary drivers for matter flow and electromigration (EM) failures ...

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Using Cell-Aware Scan Diagnosis to Improve Yields

Finding and diagnosing manufacturing defects in a failing device through scan diagnosis has long been a way to improve yields for both high-volume ICs and for new manufacturing processes. Scan diagnosis utilizes a design description, scan test patterns and failure data from a tester ...

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Developing Low-Temperature Solder for Sensitive Components

The high temperatures used in today's lead-free soldering processes can do damage to sensitive components and even to PCB substrate materials. Nearly every electronic device has some critical components built into it. These include such components as capacitors, BGAs, fuses, displays ...

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Gowanda has a Magnetic Attraction to Industry Firsts

Until now, off-the-shelf, high-reliability ER (Established Reliability) inductors for RF applications in the military have only been available in through-hole configurations. Gowanda Electronics, a manufacturer of board-level magnetics, has changed this with the introduction of the ...

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Machine Learning: A Logistical Advantage

The increasing volume of online retail sales is pushing traditional logistics and intralogistics systems to their limits. Complex or manual sorting processes for items of all shapes and sizes, return rates of up to 60 percent, short delivery times, and high-quality picking processes ...

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Simplifying Automated Leakage Current Analysis

Preserving the dielectric strength of conductive components is largely a matter of positioning them correctly and maintaining the right distances between them. The miniaturization and combination of PCB net classes and stack-ups makes the determination of air and creepage distances ...

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Using Reverse Engineering to Predict the Future of Electronics

The impulse to break a new gadget to "see what's inside" is often one of the first signs of an aspiring engineer. However, teardowns go far beyond pure curiosity: they provide us with critical insights into the nature and construction of these devices.

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