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Wacker Chemie Opens Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee
By Steve Leberstien
Charleston, TN — Wacker Chemie AG, in what is the Munich-based company's largest single investment to date, has opened a $2.5 billion production site in Charleston, Tennessee. At full capacity, the plant will produce 20,000 metric tons of pure polysilicon per year. The company expects ...
Test Driving the Toyota Mirai
By Walter Salm
West Sacramento, CA — It's a Shell gas station, but the sign above the fuel pump says "LINDE," and on the end of the island, it says "Hydrogen." Okay, it's a hydrogen fueling station, and the gas is supplied by specialty gas provider Linde. As of this writing, it is the northernmost ...
North American PCB Shipments Up 5.6%
Bannockburn, IL — Total North American PCB shipments in April 2016 were 5.6 percent above the same month last year, causing year-to-date growth to remain at 5.5 percent for the first four months of the year. Compared to the preceding month, April shipments were down 16.8 percent.
Saki: True 3D Makes the Difference
By Quintin Armstrong and Satoshi Otake, Saki Corporation
In today's litigious world, 3D automated X-ray inspection has become a necessity, especially in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries. When boards are exposed to high heat, voids can result in explosions and electrical failures. Head-in-pillow and non-wetting solder joints ...
Global Warming Danger to Coastal Cities
Albuquerque, NM — In Norfolk, Virginia, an East Coast city that's home to the world's largest naval station and important seaports, catastrophic flooding could damage more than homes and roads. A new study from Sandia National Laboratories assesses how much the city, its region and the nation would ...
20-Layer PCB Made from Single CAD File
Bannockburn, IL — The electronics industry has never settled on a single approach for moving printed board design data to manufacturing. With the release of IPC-2581B,
Generic Requirements for Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology
, design engineers ...
Asteelfash Moving Towards New Heights
NEUILLY-PLAISANCE, FRANCE -
, leading global Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) company, has had tremendous results in 2015, with its revenue strongly growing compared to 2014. The French-owned company is on the edge and investing resources in offering the most relevant footprint to its customers, along with new capabilities and cutting edge value added services.
U.S. Navy's Next-Gen Jammer to Lead 10-Year, $5 Billion Electronic Attack Market
NEWTOWN, CT - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In its newly updated "The Market for Electronic Attack Systems" intelligence report, Forecast International projects that $5.1 billion (in FY16 U.S. dollars) will be spent on the production of major electronic attack (EA) programs from 2016 through 2025. The top contractors during this timeframe as they relate to this sampling of leading EA systems will be Raytheon, Harris, Northrop Grumman, and Thales.
LPKF: New Laser Solutions for Innovative Interconnects at Semicon West
TUALATIN, OR - LPKF Laser & Electronics has announced it will exhibit at Semicon West which will be held
July 12-14 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA
LPKF, a leading manufacturer of laser systems for electronics manufacturing, will showcase its new solutions across the semiconductor packaging spectrum in
Quantum Information Transfer: From Microwaves to Motion to Light
Gaithersburg, MD — When a long-awaited quantum information network finally arrives, in whatever form, it will incorporate two essential technologies: a method of generating and manipulating quantum bits (qubits); and a method of moving those qubits from one network node to another one far away without ...
New Ways to Make Glass-to-Metal Seals
Albuquerque, NM — Components housed in stainless steel for protection against extreme environments encountered in the aerospace and defense industries require paths for electricity to power and communicate with them. Those paths in turn need a reliable insulation seal to prevent contact with the metal case ...
PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Increases to 1.04
Bannockburn, IL — IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries
has released the January 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders slumped in January, but orders continued to outpace sales, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up to ...
Ice Sheet Modeling Using Supercomputers at Sandia
Livermore, CA — Computational models are making a significant contribution to understanding sea-level rise due to melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. If current climate trends continue, they will affect 21st Century sea-level rise. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet ...
New Concept for Rapid Gene Sequencing
Gaithersburg, MD — Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid and accurate gene sequencing. By pulling a DNA molecule through a tiny, chemically-activated hole in graphene — an ultra-thin sheet of carbon atoms — the detected changes ...
Google Glass Taking Back Seat
Boston, MA — Smart glasses, once exemplified by the original Google Glass, are seeing a resurgence, but are now driven by enterprise rather than consumer applications. A study by Lux Research shows that other rivals are topping Google in deploying smart glasses that provide "augmented reality" solutions for ...
Here Comes Fusion Again
By Walter Salm
Ever since the first thermonuclear ("hydrogen") bombs were tested, there has been a determined effort to find a way to harness this form of energy to displace fossil fuels, creating nuclear fusion reactors as an energy source. The scramble is still on, but today's scientists devoted ...
Hydrogen Infrastructure to Get a Boost
Livermore, CA — Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change, and one reason is a new testing device being validated at California refueling stations that will greatly accelerate ...
PCB Sales Growth Up But Slow
Bannockburn, IL — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries
has released the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Slow sales growth continued in November and bookings bounced back, but the book-to-bill ratio slipped below parity to ...
Safer Radar to Protect Next Gen Warships
By David Rizzo
The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information. However, for the next generation of systems currently in development, the most critical requirement ...
Big Data Regional Hub coming to Georgia Tech and UNC
Atlanta, GA and Chapel Hill, NC — The Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina's Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will co-direct a new, national effort to develop a Big Data Regional Innovation Hub serving 16 Southern states and the District of Columbia.
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