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Executives from MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions, a MacDermid Performance Solutions business, will be featured speakers at the IPC APEX Executive Form on Advancing Automotive Electronics being held on Monday, January 28, 2019 in San Diego, California, USA.
Joe D’Ambrisi, senior vice president, and Don Cullen, director of marketing communications, will present The Global Outlook for Specialty Chemicals and Materials in Automotive Electronics Packaging. Their presentation is part of a larger, day-long forum including 10 industry leaders focusing on automotive electronics costs, reliability, and programs from concept to production.
In addition, MacDermid Alpha experts will be presenting technical papers on Tuesday, January 29. Saminda Dharmarathna, principal R&D chemist, will be presenting "Innovative Electroplating Processes for IC Substrates—Via Fill Embedded Trace Plate and Through-Hole Fill Plating," S02 1:30-3:00 p.m. Morgana Ribas, senior R&D manager, will present "Low Temperature Soldering: Thermal Cycling Reliability Performance," S05 1:30-3:00 p.m. MacDermid Alpha will also be presenting "Sequential Electrochemical Reduction Analysis Investigation of Organic Solderability Preservative Surface Finish and Vacuum Reflow Process Optimization—Paste Chemistry and Reflow Adjustment," during the poster session on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
For additional information about MacDermid Alpha’s latest technologies and products, please visit booth #207 at IPC APEX EXPO 2019.
About MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions
MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions is a Platform Specialty Products business. Through the innovation of specialty chemicals and materials under our Alpha, Compugraphics, and MacDermid Enthone brands, we provide solutions that power electronics interconnection. We serve all global regions and every step of device manufacturing within each segment of the electronics supply chain. The experts in our Semiconductor Solutions, Circuitry Solutions, and Assembly Solutions divisions collaborate in design, implementation, and technical service to ensure success for our partner clients. Our solutions enable our customers’ manufacture of extraordinary electronic devices at high productivity and reduced cycle time.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.