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  • Roadmap 2015

    UL Certification Roadmap Helps Unlock Global Opportunities

    Expanding the application of your connector products for global markets doesn’t have to be complex. This roadmap of UL certification considerations will help you simplify the process. By Son Do, Staff Engineer, and Chuck Kurten, Primary Designated Engineer, UL   At first glance, navigating the vast connector market can be intimidating. With hundreds of different Read More >>

  • PCB

    North American PCB Order Growth Boosts Book-to-Bill Ratio

    IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2017 IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced the March 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Although sales and orders continued below last year’s levels, the PCB book-to-bill ratio continued upward, reaching 1.07. Total North American PCB shipments in March 2017 were Read More >>

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Roadmap 2015

UL Certification Roadmap Helps Unlock Global Opportunities

Expanding the application of your connector products for global markets doesn’t have to be complex. This roadmap of UL certification considerations will help you simplify the process. By Son Do, Staff Engineer, and Chuck Kurten, Primary Designated Engineer, UL   At first glance, navigating the vast connector market can be intimidating. With hundreds of different Read More >>

PCB

North American PCB Order Growth Boosts Book-to-Bill Ratio

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2017 IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced the March 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Although sales and orders continued below last year’s levels, the PCB book-to-bill ratio continued upward, reaching 1.07. Total North American PCB shipments in March 2017 were Read More >>

APEC 2017

Connecting at APEC 2017

This year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2017) took place March 26 – 30 in Tampa, Florida. The conference portion of the event boasted 18 professional education seminars; 20 industry sessions that addressed the current state of the power electronics industry from both technical and business perspectives; three rap sessions that fostered conversations about trending Read More >>

In Search of Standards: A Look at the iNEMI Connector Reliability Test Recommendations Project

A survey of industry experts underscores the need to develop standard reliability testing protocols for connectors.   Consistently testing the reliability of electrical connectors across types and use cases is a major challenge in the connector industry. Electrical connectors come in many shapes and sizes, and differ in use. In general, the purpose of an Read More >>

UL

Free Webinar: An Easy Roadmap to Understanding Connector Certification Levels

View this free webinar from UL.   Delivering the right connector solution for products and systems can mean success for you and your customers by expanding the available connector options through certification. The options provide additional end product value by streamlining the certification process, providing cost effective solutions and reducing time to market. There are now Read More >>

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OFC 2015 Featured More Top Connector Suppliers

As the best and the brightest in the optical communications industry gathered again this year, OFC 2015 featured more top connector suppliers than ever before.   Amphenol, Corning, FCI, Hirose, Molex, Rosenberger North America, Samtec, Sumitomo, TE Connectivity, US Conec, and Y-Connect – A Yazaki Company showed their products at the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference that was Read More >>

Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium Update

The goal of PSMC is to address the technology gaps and challenges that limit the advancement of hardware technology for integrated photonic system manufacturing. Learn more about how to get involved.   The Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium (PSMC) is a collaborative program organized by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and the MIT Microphotonics Center (MIT-MphC), and funded by Read More >>

iNEMI research project

iNEMI Researches the State of the Industry

In preparation for its upcoming roadmap publication, iNEMI is researching the state of the industry with questionnaires on high-speed connector testing and connector reliability. See how you can be part of it.    The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is looking for input from members of the connector industry to help in compiling its annual Read More >>

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Optical Computing is Serious Business

The new iNEMI-MIT consortium on silicon photonics demonstrates that optical computing is serious business. Fiber optics have had a long, uphill battle in our industry, with millions invested and dot-com busts, but now FO appears in launchpad mode in the near future. The newly formed Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium (PSMC) is funded through The National Institute Read More >>

John Barteld, IWCS

Five Things the IWCS Has Done in the Past 10 Years

The IWCS International Cable Connectivity Symposium is upon us, so we asked outgoing CEO and director John Barteld to share the top five things the IWCS has done in the past 10 years. The International Wire and Cable Symposium (IWCS) has had an interesting time over the past 10 years. At the close of 2004, Read More >>

Circuit board semiconductors

North American PCB Business Sees Normal Seasonal Slowdown

IPC has released the PCB industry results for July 2014, showing that the North American PCB business is seeing a normal seasonal slowdown. IPC announced the July findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were weaker in July, but the book-to-bill ratio held steady at parity. Total Read More >>

Semiconductor Market Maintains Its Momentum

The semiconductor market maintains its momentum so far in 2014, which is good news given how closely trends in the connector market follow trends in the semiconductor market. Global semiconductor market performance in early 2014 has continued where 2013 left off  – with positive sales growth. As the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported at the beginning of Read More >>