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It's Show Time Again


Summer is winding down and it's Fall (almost) — a time of relief (we hope) from the blistering hot summer that has been plaguing the entire country. This is the time of year that signals the start of a new round of international trade shows for U.S. Tech. In August, it's ...

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Moore's Law at Age 50


It's hard to believe that Moore's law is 50 years old, but according to archives cited by IHS Technology (www.technology.IHS.com) 1965 was the big year for Gordon Moore, who was Fairchild Semiconductor's Research and Development Director. At about that time, I recall visiting a semiconductor ...
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Taking it on the Road


Coming to San Francisco for SEMICON is always a great pleasure for me. It is one of the most delightful cities in the world; the streets are very clean, you can breathe the air without getting a coughing attack, scenery is stupendous, and it has some of the best restaurants in the world ...

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Big Boys and a Fast Girl


Back in my earlier days of involvement with electronics, my teen years and then time in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, PCBs were rare, and where they existed, all were PTH (pin through hole). More common in this era of vacuum tubes was the then-familiar "rat's nest" wiring made possible ...
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Is the U.S.A. a Third-World Transportation Nation?


Rebuilding. That's a big word that encompasses a very big picture. We see signs of it going on all the time around us, but what is frightening is that there is not enough going on. The World Trade Center is an example of what is good and noble in America — taking that horrific 9 ...
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Baseball Has Moved Out


The start of the new baseball season gives me a special kind of rush, as I mentally revisit some of the many major league ballparks I have visited during my travels. No, I didn't get to them all, didn't even try to, but I did see games played in quite a few different places over the ...
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Strong Dollar Raises Questions


At times, the economic recovery in the U.S. has seemed to be agonizingly slow, albeit continuously positive. Unemployment continues to go down, and onshoring/reshoring of manufacturing is alive and well. This has been in stark contrast to business trends in the European Union, which ...
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Are We There Yet?


IPC APEX. Our most important show, and much bigger than ever, was a major preoccupation for us the last week in February. The IPC APEX Show was outstanding and huge. That large convention hall was totally filled with exhibitors from one end to the other, and I was very grateful for ...
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I Think I'd Prefer Philadelphia


Sometimes you get on a plane to escape. When we left for APEX, We were gladly escaping the horrifically cold and snowy weather in the Northeast and heading for the sunny climes of Southern California. It was a welcome relief from subzero weather and snowed-in streets and highways. While ...
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Anyone for Surface Noise?


Back in the middle 1960s, there was a lot of talk about creating digital audio. At the time, there were at least three major roadblocks to making this happen: appropriate media, hardware, and basic knowledge. The only digital media that worked was high-speed magnetic tape. There was ...
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How Far We've Come!


It was 30 years ago that U.S. Tech first appeared as Mid-Atlantic Tech, a 12-page tabloid on newsprint with ink that came off on your hands. The paper concentrated on publicizing companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. The paper grew each month, by dint of hard work ...

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Supply Chain and Onshoring

As 2014 winds down, we find that we have barely enough time to even take a deep breath, because an early IPC APEX Expo is nearly upon us, scheduled for San Diego, one of our very favorite trade show cities. And just two weeks before that will be ATX West/MD&M et al exhibiting in Anaheim. This ...
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The Biggest and the Best. . .

I have always had a soft spot for technology trade shows. I have fond memories of the IEEE Show presented at the New York Coliseum and the exhibition areas of 6 or 7 nearby hotels. I was a neophyte associate editor of an electronics trade magazine, and even then, in the early 1960s, the NY Coliseum ...
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Remember V-Mail?

You have to be pretty old to remember V-Mail ("V" for Victory), and I guess I qualify. During World War II, when nearly everything was in short supply and either rationed or simply not available, the U.S. Post Office hit upon a novel way of sending huge quantities of personal letters between our servicemen ...
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Supply Chain Economics

As this year winds down, we are busily planning for 2015. We have already published our Editorial Schedule for next year, and now we are looking forward to bringing to our readers a new special page: a monthly column that deals with and is entitled Supply Chain.
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Is E-Gaming in Your Future?


It's all about money. It's all about gaming. It's all about losing domestic jobs because of technology. Or is it because of competition? The upsurge is in e-gaming, virtual gaming courtesy of the cloud, and it has been growing by leaps and bounds. One of the most tangible results is ...
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Seeing the Future: Integrated Production Lines


We had the good fortune to attend a special press briefing for the new ASM SMT Solutions Segment, presented at the Siemens Elektronics Works in Amberg. A scenic drive through hops and corn fields brought us back to Munich and an afternoon at the SIPLACE factory. Our update of the newly ...
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Our Global Promise

The electronics manufacturing industry is worldwide in nature, and U.S. Tech has followed it over the years, becoming as global as the industry itself. Today, our reach is more global than ever. We attend and provide product previews for such overseas shows as Nepcon South China (this issue ...
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Saving the World, One Lunch at a Time

The talk in the room turned to the "Lake Effect" and to school snow days, and one new newspaper editor commented how the kids must love those snow days. It was in Cleveland, Ohio, and a school official finally said, "We try to never close the schools; if we do, a lot of kids won't eat." This quote appears ...
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Is Every New U.S. Warplane a Boondoggle?

The news from Iraq is very disquieting — no, not disquieting, it's downright scary and frustrating. After so many years, so many American lives lost, and enormous amounts of money spent, the country is now being torn apart by sectarian civil war — and much of it in unison with the civil war in ...

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