I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

Reading time ( words)

“New year, new you.” That tagline seems to be everywhere right now. All five must reads this week reflect this theme. Does this apply to you and your company? 

We have quite a duke’s mixture of articles. We’ve got AT&S outlining their market position on advanced packaging, and Auburn University doing research on smart manufacturing processes. Keysight is coordinating practical 6G research in Europe, Technica shares where they see the market growing, and SEMI adds new members to a key board responsible for market guidance. These five stories drew a lot of reader attention this week. 

We only have one more normal work week, and then we're on the road. We hope to see you all at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. If you’re at the show, stop by and see us! 

High-performance Computers: AT&S Works on Microchips of the Future
Published January 9 

This announcement from AT&S defines the current semiconductor development challenges, and presents their vision of heterogenous integration. Though not naming any specifics, AT&S stakes claim as a leading force in developing these technologies. It is my opinion that this is more of a position statement than anything else, alerting us to what is to come from a major supplier of printed circuit boards and substrates.

How Smart are Your Manufacturing Processes?
Published January 6 

The Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems at Auburn University is looking for help with an extensive study on smart manufacturing processes across multiple manufacturing disciplines. The U.S. DoD is a key sponsor for this study. According to the news item, the survey takes 10 minutes and does not ask for sensitive information. If you participate they promise to share the final report with you as well.  

Keysight Coordinates Pan-European 6G Testbed
Published January 6 

Seems 5G is just rolling out, and already 6G work is underway. Among 35 projects authorized by the European Commission’s Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), 6G-SANDBOX, is a pan-European testbed for 6G experimentation and validation of 5G-Advanced and 6G capabilities. As a part of 6G-SANDBOX, Keysight will act as the project coordinator. For me, the news itself was interesting, but the extensive line of quotes from project participants were a snapshot into European thinking on 6G. 

Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO: Technica Keeps the Heat on a Hot Market
Published January 9 

As the leader of a firm representing multiple equipment and supplies manufacturers in both the EMS and PCB fab markets, Technica USA president and CEO, Frank Medina, has a commanding view of what’s happening in the industry. In this Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2023 preview, I asked Frank what’s hot in the industry, and what visitors can expect to see from Technica at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego.  I’ll give you a hint: Not only is the EMS market expanding, but so too is PCB fabrication, and automation is on the minds of both groups of customers. 

SEMI Board Welcomes New Members From Advantest, TEL US, Westerwood Global
Published January 10

The SEMI North America Advisory Board (NAAB) has added three new members:  Colin Ritchie (Advantest); (Tokyo Electronic Ltd. US); and Nigel Wenden, (Westerwood Global).  The NAAB Board provides guidance on SEMI Americas programs designed to advance the business interests of member companies and address significant challenges in the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. Semiconductor continues to be the headwaters of the manufacturing flow, the new board members represent equipment, materials and technical staffing services, all three critical factors in growing U.S. based semiconductor manufacturing. 


Suggested Items

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

03/17/2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
The captive shop used to be the rule, not the exception. Until outsourcing caught on, that is. North American captive shops went the way of the dodo bird, and the PCB market hasn’t been the same since. Even R&D went out the window, or offshore, if you want to be technical about it. But Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) is something of a wild card. The company recently opened a new captive facility in Idaho, and the industry is paying close attention.

Nick Koop: A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

03/08/2023 | Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Nick Koop, director of flex technology at TTM Technologies, reflects on the powerful impact the electronics manufacturing industry has had on the world, as well as the many learning opportunities offered by actively participating in IPC. Nick urges aspiring young professionals to reach out and create the lasting connections that will guide them throughout their careers.

Real Time with... IPC APEX 2023: Flex Innovation

02/16/2023 | Real Time with...IPC APEX EXPO
Casey Krueger from MKS Instruments speaks with Andy Shaughnessy about increasing yields and via quality in high-volume production manufacturing. They also discuss innovations in flex and improving the material work surface to increase via quality, and their integration with MKS’ Atotech, a company MKS acquired in 2021.

Copyright © 2023 I-Connect007 | IPC Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.