IPC Releases Base Materials Spec for PCBs

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released IPC-4101D-WAM1, an amendment to the already valuable IPC-4101D, Specification for Base Materials for Rigid and Multilayer Printed Boards. This newly revised standard delivers trending information for base materials used for rigid and multilayer printed boards. In particular, this standard provides key updates for board designers, specifiers of board…

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Analog Devices Soar but Consumer Weigh on Future

Analog Devices Inc.’s broad product portfolio paid off massively in the recently-ended quarter with sales and profits exceeding forecasts on solid growth across most segments. Even as investors cheered its results, however, concerns have also cropped up about ADI’s rising exposure to the consumer electronics market with analysts wondering if it can fend off any…

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Benchmarking & Analytics Aid Supply Chain Planning

Forecasting is one aspect of supply chain planning that executive constantly works at, but the goal of making accurate predictions is still elusive to many. One analyst recently forecast that in the second half of 2015 there will be more disruptions at West Coast ports as they deal with the backlog caused by previous strikes…

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Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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China Leads in R&D Spending

Bangalore,  — – Companies Based out of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen Contribute to More Than 95% of the Total R&D Spending in China – Total Global 500 R&D Spend in China to Reach USD 80 Billion by 2020 – Total R&D Investment by Global 500 Companies Reached a USD 614 Billion Mark in FY2014 Zinnov, a leading management consulting firm, released its recent findings on…

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