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XP Power appoints Utech as distributor in Canada

March 15, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
XP Power, manufacturer of ac-dc power supplies and dc-dc converters, has appointed Utech Electronics, Uxbridge ON, as its distributor for Canada. XP Power products serve many applications, including medical, industrial, technology, railway and defence.  As a result of the agreement,…
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More than makers adopting Raspberry Pi into designs

March 15, 2018 by Stephen Law
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is increasingly being adopted for volume production by small and medium-sized OEMs, recognizing the modular computing device for its suitability in professional designs of an end product.  This feedback was uncovered by global…
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Diverse adds GW Instek T&M instruments to lineup

March 15, 2018 by Stephen Law
Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a franchised electronic component distributor and production equipment and consumables supplier, Diverse Electronics, St-Laurent QC, has announced its partnership with GW Instek, a leading manufacturer of high-precision electronic test and measurement instruments.  GW Instek’s product…
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Irwin expands service offering and facility

March 14, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
Irwin Industrial, a value-added distributor of parts for production, is enhancing its supply-chain solutions offering, adding key personnel and expanding its headquarters, in recognition of recent and planned growth. Irwin Intelligent Bin (I2B) systems automatically detects low individual-item inventory levels…
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Trump blocks Broadcom takeover bid for Qualcomm 

March 13, 2018 by Michael Liedtke And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press, Washington
US president Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security.  The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom’s four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm – a…
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AI dominates entries at innovation competition

March 13, 2018 by Stephen Law
The Global 2018 Sci Innovation Competition breaks submission record with Toronto Division challenging Silicon Valley by receiving second most entries for ‘Global Olympics of Innovation’
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Microart expands into the US

March 12, 2018 by Stephen Law
Microart Services Inc., a Markham ON-based electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, recently announced it has secured a factory location in North Tonawanda NY, representing the firm’s first expansion outside of Canada.  “We are extremely excited to expand our footprint to…
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Northern Coatings facility now operating in Orangeville

March 11, 2018 by Stephen Law
Entering its 25th year of operations, Northern Coatings Ltd. has moved its facilities into an industrial park in Orangeville ON. Specialists in applying conformal coating to printed circuit boards (pcb), the firm currently runs four coating lines at a minimum…
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MIPI Alliance expands reach with new automotive working group

March 10, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
Group established to address the needs of the automotive ecosystem as the industry develops ADAS, infotainment, safety systems, other automotive designs
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Enigma Interconnect adds panel gold plating to pcb making

March 9, 2018 by Stephen Law
Enigma Interconnect, Burnaby BC-based manufacturer of high quality bare printed circuit boards (pcbs), has installed a new line that provides double sided selective and flash/full body electroplating in hard gold options. This service is offered in-house and is now part…
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New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits

March 9, 2018 by Zheng Cui, Yiwei Han, Qijin Huang, Jingyan Dong and Yong Zhu, North Carolina State University
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that allows them to print circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires. The advance makes it possible to integrate the material into a wide array of electronic devices.
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Gender inequality is alive and kicking in technology

March 8, 2018 by By The Canadian Press: Ann-Louise Davidson, Concordia University Research Chair, Maker culture; associate professor, educational technology, Concordia University - Co-written with Naomi Wu, an engineer and video blogger in China and advocate for women in tech. 
On International Women's Day, it's worth a harsh reminder: Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers represent a mere 20% of the current job force in the field.