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After two years in survival mode, it’s time for electronics manufacturers to go on the offensive. Customer demand is strong. IPC’s monthly reports suggest that there continue to be more orders than manufacturing capability, further exacerbated by the ongoing high demand for component parts.
Legislation is moving through the U.S. and European governing bodies to help fund accelerated investment in electronics manufacturing in these two regions. These capacity, capability and availability challenges are key points of organization pain for us. What are the sources of relief? Find out in the August issue of SMT007 Magazine.
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Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The message can’t be emphasized enough: Producing IC substrates overseas weakens America’s position and national security. In this frank discussion with Will Marsh, president of PCBAA, he talks about his efforts to educate government policymakers on the dire need to consider the entire microelectronics ecosystem. There’s power in numbers, Will says, and he sees the association’s efforts making a difference.
Art Wall, NextFlex
The recent approval of the CHIPS Act has reignited the U.S. semiconductor industry and shone a spotlight on the intricacies involved in chip manufacturing. As new technological innovations—such as 5G, IoT, AI, automotive and high-performance computing—come to market, they’re pushing chip manufacturing and integration capabilities. They demand more performance which leads to added complexity in an already extremely complicated process. All this requires a fundamental shift in the way that semiconductors are manufactured and integrated.
Dr. Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corp.
It may be difficult to see any bright spots in the current and recent economic situation. We have all experienced the devastation of the pandemic, supply chain issues, and most recently, inflation. However, as a senior technologist for an international materials supplier (Indium Corporation) and a professor of engineering at an Ivy League research university (Dartmouth College), I offer these four silver linings for those of us in the electronics industry.