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By a show of hands, who has seen the 2006 Disney/Pixar-animated film Cars? My guess is that most of you have, especially if you have kids. Do you recall thinking, "Yes, this could really happen!" If not, did you think of the film as science fiction, or maybe just fantasy?
Well, guess what, it isn't so far-fetched any more, aside from the cute car faces and actual talking. And probably some of the more outlandish stunts or getting mad and racing each other is also a stretch. But, oh my goodness—automobiles communicating with each other and driving themselves? I believe we're there.
Unless you have been on another planet or far, far away, you could not have missed the almost daily news items on self-driving cars, new electronic gadgets for cars, new safety features… and almost as many items about recalls.
There's not just slightly more electronics in automobiles—the electronics are increasing exponentially. And all those exciting new features have as their basic building block (ta da!) printed circuit boards, components and assemblies.
And if you haven't figured it out yet, that's the subject of all three of our I-Connect007 magazines this month: Cars—a Driving Force in Electronics. And we've got quite a line-up right here in The PCB Magazine, including an overview of the automotive electronics market today, where it's heading tomorrow, and what it all means to companies wanting to participate; latest innovations in automotive electronics; what to expect in our car of the future; and how lessons learned about supplier management and relationships can apply to any industry or market segment.
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Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s officially fall now, and in Atlanta the temperature has plummeted to the mid-80s. We’ve all bumped our air conditioners up to 74 degrees. That means it’s trade show season, and I’ve been busy looking for my suitcase. This week, we have an assortment of news about associations, education, and advocacy, as well as another installment of our Printed Electronics Roundtable. And if you’re looking for a job, you are in luck; our jobConnect007 section is chock-full of open positions at all levels in this industry.
Suhani Chitalia and Kelly Scanlon, IPC
Leading companies in the electronics manufacturing industry are highly intentional about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, with climate change and energy use among the most closely scrutinized issues, an IPC analysis shows. As part of IPC’s ESG for Electronics initiative, IPC is interested in developing resources for members on the most common ESG methods and priorities of leading companies across the electronics value chain. In support of this, IPC has preliminarily analyzed the ESG reports of approximately a dozen companies in selected portions of the industry.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
“Summer is over, now it's back to work!” This was the opening line of the invitation to the 18th EIPC Technical Snapshot webinar, Sept. 14, following the theme of advances in automotive electronics technology, introduced and moderated by EIPC President Alun Morgan. The first presentation, entitled "The fully printed smart component—combining additive manufacturing and sensor printing," came from Jonas Mertin, a thin-film processing specialist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.