Electronic Products & Technology


November 1, 2013 by Shane Stafford, market development representative, LPKF Laser & Electronics North America

Avoid overlooking depaneling step in the pcb manufacturing process

Introduction Depaneling is a step easily overlooked in the printed circuit board (pcb) manufacturing process. A great board design, flawless circuit etching, and perfectly placed components mean nothing if individual pcbs cannot be separated from a panel without damaging components,

October 1, 2013 by Chris Loberg, senior technical marketing manager, Tektronix

The PHY driving innovation in mobile performance

About 3-billion MIPI-powered ICs were shipped in 2012, but of those only 100-million were based on the high-performance, low-power M-PHY specification. That is certain to change in the coming years as M-PHY will be used in the development of high-end

October 1, 2013 by Todd Burke, senior account executive, Smith & Associates

Turnkey services increasing to meet supply chain changes

Semiconductor penetration continues to increase and diversify across market sectors and into more end-product devices. With this increase of semiconductor chips on Bills of Materials (BOMs) populating more industry sectors, end-product manufacturers in particular are finding themselves in need of

October 1, 2013 by Seppo Vahasalo, product line manager, Medical Devices, SGS

Usability a key factor in modern medical electrical equipment

The 3rd edition of the international basic standard IEC 60601-1 is being applied across the world. It requires manufacturers to avert the risks of poor usability in equipment. The most efficient way to address usability in an organized manner is

October 1, 2013 by Flir Systems Canada

Thermal imaging camera fine-tunes quality control of resistors

Cutting down failure rates of electronic components is essential for companies that want to supply a perfect product to their customers. The only way to ensure this is by checking each individual component to provide 100% quality control. This requirement

October 1, 2013 by Matt Perry, director biz dev, Engent Inc. & Zhiwei Cai, global biz director H.B. Fuller

Innovating beyond the speed of consumer demand

Pendulums often swing between extremes before settling on equilibrium; and, so it has been the case with the electronics supply chain. Nearly two decades have passed since there’s been a major disruption: when original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) opted to relinquish

October 1, 2013 by Components Direct

Are ‘just-in-time’ supply chain policies adversely impacting the electronics components industry?

The rise of just-in-time manufacturing has created a revolution across the supply chains of many industries, including electronics components. Accurate forecasting and inventory control have enabled far-flung manufacturers to produce and deliver components, essentially on-demand, to a global network of

October 1, 2013 by David Cianciolo, director of engineering, Fischer Connectors Inc.

10 things to consider when selecting a connector

When it comes to reliable system operation, choosing the right connector is key. The right connector can make your system smaller, lighter and easier for the user to handle. It isn’t a place to take shortcuts, as the right connector

October 1, 2013 by Denis Jacques, president & CEO, Agilent Technologies Canada

Enabling a connected communication journey

Wireless communication has undergone a dramatic evolution since its inception. What once began as a way to enable electrical signaling without wires (wireless telegraphy) has now given way to voice, video and data communication via smartphones and other mobile devices

October 1, 2013 by Paul Marchal, director of technical marketing, imec

How the SEMI industry will succeed in another $100B growth

Paul Marchal, director of technical marketing at imec, discusses three main technologies that will enable further growth for the semiconductor industry. Marchal was a guest speaker during the imec technology forum held recently at the Semicon West show in San

September 1, 2013 by E-T-A Circuit Breakers

Enhanced short circuit protection for SCADA/RTU systems with remote reset capabilities

Process automation projects are most often driven by bottom line results, return on investment and an appropriate value position or justification. More and more, systems are expected to: • Provide access to quantitative measurement points of important processes • Detect

August 1, 2013 by Andy Gryc, senior product marketing manager automotive, QNX Software Systems Ltd.

Persistent asynchronous messaging for HTML5 automotive HMIs

Automotive infotainment systems integrate many devices and services, and pressures such as release schedules, budgets and re-usability requirements make human machine interface (HMI) development in native C/C++ code expensive and time-consuming. HTML5 and its ancillary technologies (CSS3, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON,