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Micron and SEMI host High Tech U for high-school students

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Milpitas, CA. The SEMI Foundation and the Micron Technology Foundation have announced their partnership this week to deliver the 213th SEMI High Tech U program, which kicks off in earnest today at Micron’s facilities in Milpitas. Forty students from local high schools are attending...

Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

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Vendors are taking a variety of approaches to boosting semiconductor quality and reducing time to market. Offerings range from instrument modules in PXI and LXI formats to complete test and related systems—and finally on to software that manages “data lakes,” applying AI/machine learning for...

Advantages of digital switching in programmable AC power sources

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Programmable AC power sources have been widely used to implement and support numerous product test procedures over the years. They provide the test engineer with the ability to fully control voltage, frequency, and current to the unit under test (UUT). Products like these are...

Embedded design includes medical emphasis

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ESC Boston and BIOMEDevice took place May 3-4, touting software tools, components, and test equipment for embedded designs, with the BIOMEDevice event adding a medical emphasis. In a “fireside chat,” Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, discussed how the policies...

The evolution of Industry 4.0, through the eyes of the PCB manufacturer

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Industry 4.0—known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or smart factory—promises to transform the manufacturing and production infrastructure in profound ways. Its name derives from its potential to usher in the fourth industrial revolution—a bold objective when one considers the magnitude...

NAFTA presents uncertainties, IPC weighs in

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The possibility of a contentious renegotiation of NAFTA is presenting multinational companies operating in Mexico with uncertainty, according to Antonio Martinez writing today in the Harvard Business Review. He says that with the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as United States trade representative, his firm,...

Exploring smart-sensor growth at SEMICON West

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Milpitas, CA. MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG)  today announced its line-up of speakers for its TechXPOT program, “What’s Next for MEMS & Sensors: Big Growth of Disruptive Applications for Smart Sensing Changes the Business,” on July 11 during SEMICON West 2017 in San...

IPC submits comments to Trump Administration regarding NAFTA modernization

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Bannockburn, IL. IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries says the Trump administration has an opportunity to strengthen the U.S. and global economy as it begins work to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On June 12, IPC submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative...

SEMI Europe applauds new semiconductor manufacturing investment

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Berlin, Germany. SEMI Europe today commended the announcement of a new electronics manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, and the supporting public policy to reinvigorate regional innovation. SEMI Europe, the European regional office of the global industry association SEMI, engages SEMI members to advance the...

Politico examines Coal Country, Silicon Valley relationship

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James Higdon in Politico takes a look at the complex relationship between Coal Country and solar power. Reporting from Williamsburg, KY, he writes that Whitley County, in the Appalachian foothills, lost 216 coal-mining jobs in the first quarter of this year. There is nevertheless some...