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This article and subsequent follow-ups will cover various disruptive technologies. During the planning stage for this month’s issue of The PCB Magazine, I was asked to consider a number of potential topics; two of them are areas that I am very interested in—augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing and security. Another is a topic that I do not believe gets enough coverage—counterfeit components. Faced with a difficult choice I decided to cover not one, but all, and in order to cover them in some detail they each deserve their own research and commentary. Therefore, this will be the first of at least three articles.
The topic I chose for this month is disruptive technologies, focusing on AR, VR, and mixed reality (MR). In future articles, I will cover security issues such as phishing, hacking, malicious code insertion, etc. Then, I’ll cover new techniques and progress in 3D manufacturing (no longer limited to printing) as well as the growing problem of counterfeit components and assemblies.
As I look at these topics and their impact on the overall industry we cover, I realize that any of these are deserving of their own, more detailed and continuing coverage. After all, things are moving very fast and accelerating. They will be revisited at a later date.
So here we go with the game changing world of VR and AR, as well as mixed reality and how they differ. From there, I’ll address what to expect in the next year and how VR/AR are far more than a gaming technology (in some cases they are perhaps better than real life), and finally, how they are changing our military and aviation industries.
To read this entire article, which appeared in the September 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine, click here.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Things are heating up in the world of PCB design and manufacturing as well. In the past week, we published quite a bit of news—some good, some not so good. Some of the news is mixed, as we see with the EMS industry shipments rising YOY in April, but falling from the previous month. It’s nice to see NASA investing in American small businesses, but they didn’t really have a choice, did they?
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In the news this week we found a synchrony of topics. Much of the world is aware of the speaking points from U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday. In that speech, President Biden talked prominently about U.S. legislation in process to bring more technology manufacturing back to the states. In fact, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger was not only an invited guest, but was referred to directly in the speech as a positive example. I can only assume that President Biden meant that moment to be a motivator for other CEOs in the industry.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Continuing the highly successful series of EIPC’s Technical Snapshots, and featuring a programme that attracted a record attendance, the 14th online event was held on January 19. The opening presentation came from the ever-cheerful Didrik Bech, of Elmatica, who promised to provide thoughts and ideas about how to secure the supply chain to ensure compliance, not only to reduce the risks but also to increase the opportunities. Stan Heltzel from ESA Materials and Processes Section in the Netherlands gave a fascinating detailed insight into ESA’s approach to microvia reliability. And Liisa Hakola, senior scientist and project manager at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland gave the final presentation on how sustainability creates new opportunities for electronics industry.