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Beyond Design: AC/DC is Not Just a Rock Band
Positioned at our usual table at the local pub in Melbourne, Australia one night in 1972, the boys and I laughed as a school boy, guitarist Angus Young, set up equipment and tuned a guitar. We assumed he was one of the roadies, and were gobsmacked when AC/DC unexpectedly fired up. This month, I will discuss AC coupling (or is it DC blocking?) of high-speed serial links as my taste in music has matured over the years.


SHOW & TELL: Bringing STEM Students to IPC APEX EXPO for a View of the Industry
On the last morning of IPC APEX EXPO 2018, we met with Nancy Jaster, IPC design programs manager and one of the driving forces behind IPC’s STEM Outreach program for high school students. We spoke about the students who were arriving on site at IPC APEX EXPO, and what the industry, and IPC, hoped to achieve with this valuable program.

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It's Only Common Sense: Great Vendors Ask Questions
Board shops are continually criticized for asking too many questions, often losing orders because they asked too many questions. But fabricators often have no other choice, because they receive incorrect or incomplete design data. Back when OEMs had their own in-house board shops, designers all knew how a board was built. But many PCB designers have no idea how a board is built, because they have never set foot in a board shop. If your fabricator calls with a question or three, take the call, and maybe take a tour of the facility too.


Mr. Laminate Tells All: IPC-4101 Validation Services—The QPL Lives Again
When the electronics industry transitioned from the military standard MIL-S-13949 to the industry standard IPC-4101 in 1997, the electronics supply chain lost something fundamental: the Qualified Products List (QPL) for all the laminate and prepreg materials.


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Available Now! Flex007 Magazine: Download Today
I-Connect007 is proud to announce the premiere issue of our newest publication, Flex007 Magazine! Now available for download, this quarterly magazine is dedicated to flex system designers, electrical engineers, flex PCB designers, and anyone responsible for integrating flex into their products at the OEM/CEM level.

IPC March 2018 Industry Results: Shipments up 10% YOY
Industry shipments and orders continued to grow at a brisk pace in March. The book-to-bill ratio retreated from its peak but remained strong at 1.13. Total North American PCB shipments in March 2018 were up 10.4% compared to the same month last year. This year to date, shipments are 9.6% above the same period last year. Compared to the preceding month, March shipments increased 15.0%.

Cadence Reports Q1 2018 Financial Results
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. reported its results under new revenue rules, ASC Topic 606, for the first time. For the first quarter of 2018, Cadence reported revenue of $517 million, GAAP net income of $73 million, or $0.26 per share on a diluted basis, and non-GAAP net income (as defined below), of $113 million, or $0.40 per share on a diluted basis.

EPTE Newsletter: Last Volume PCB Shop in the U.S. Shuttered
Sanmina Corporation will close one of their printed circuit board operations in Owego, New York. Hundreds of employees were told they would lose their jobs. Sanmina Corporation is the largest EMS company in the U.S., and this plant could be the last volume manufacturer in the States.

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