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The 15th Electronic Circuits World Convention (ECWC) is now open for registration. The 3-day ECWC15 conference will be hosted by the Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association from 30 Nov to 2 Dec 2020. The full conference will be conducted online with Day 3 of the conference being simultaneously held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre, China in conjunction with the “International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen)."
The ECWC15, the "Olympic Event of the PCB Industry", brings industry experts and professionals around the world to share the hottest topics, best practices and trends in the PCB and electronics manufacturing field. The conference includes oral and poster sessions, popular keynote sessions, engaging Q&A session and panel discussion.
Technical Program details include:
- 9 interesting keynote sessions
- 50 technical oral presentations in 3 tracks for 2 full days
- Engaging Q&A and panel discussion on the closing day
- 30 poster presentations including "Best Papers" which will be displayed at “International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen)”
Don’t miss the chance, join our conference to hear from the best! Enroll now. Please visit www.ecwc15.org to view the details of the program and register.
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.