Don’t Use Apple Tax Law Defense Please

Apple Inc. is right to defend itself against the European Commission’s $14.5 billion fine for alleged tax underpayment in Ireland but its defense strategy and explanations should not be adopted by other high-tech companies that may come under regulatory scrutiny. The company is ignoring rising consumer, regulatory and political concerns that many high tech enterprises…

IPC Releases Quality Benchmark Study for Electronics Assembly

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC’s Study of Quality Benchmarks for Electronics Assembly 2016 is now available. The annual study provides valuable benchmarking data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing quality measurements to industry averages. The quality control measurements covered by the study include first-pass yields for various test methods in use as well as the percent of…

Fujitsu, Nantero Collaborate on NRAM Product Development

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited today announced that they have reached an agreement with US-based Nantero, Inc. to license that company’s technology for NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes, and to conduct joint development towards releasing a product based on 55-nm process technology. Three companies are aiming to develop a product using…

Why Barcode Labeling Matters in Electronics, Part 2

The ubiquitous labels that accompany electronics shipments are more complicated than most people imagine. Barcodes on these labels are packed with standard information such as the manufacturer of the product and part number. However, many parties along the supply chain – raw materials suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, sub assemblers and end-customers—want unique information in barcodes…

Mouser, Imahara Release I.S.S. Design Challenge Video

Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, today released a new video for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program. In this new video, celebrity engineer Grant Imahara describes the first-of-its-kind global contest, in which participants create an object that can be 3D-printed aboard the I.S.S. Mouser is accepting…

IPC: North American PCB Sales Growth Continues, Orders Down

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the July 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Compared to the same month last year, PCB sales growth continued in July, while order growth was negative, causing the book-to-bill ratio to slip to 0.94. Total North American PCB shipments…

China Semiconductor Industry to Reach $158B by 2020

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “China Semiconductor Industry: Expansion Plans Analysis and Trends (Government Policies and Guidelines, Import and Export Impact on Trade Partners, Key Concepts, Case Study, Key Strategies Adopted, Future Plans, and Recommendation to Players)” report to their offering. “China Semiconductor Industry: Expansion Plans Analysis and Trends (Government Policies and Guidelines, Import…