I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week


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This week’s news gave off every indicator that we’ve started a new calendar year. The news channels were busy with changes in leadership—both corporate and governmental—and changes in ownership. Changes in representation, too. Honestly, it was hard to sort out the news to just five top items. Be that as it may, here are five things we think you ought to read, even if you read nothing else about the electronics manufacturing industry this week: tradeshow coverage, strategic acquisitions, market discussion, and governmental advocacy.

CES 2021 Coverage: A Virtual Show Floor
Published January 17

Our intrepid CES gumshoe reporter, Dan Feinberg, led our coverage of the virtual version of this year’s show. Dan’s CES coverage is always popular reading. This year, thanks to the virtual format, Happy Holden and Pete Starkey joined Dan and me, posting reports from CES. You’ll find full coverage in the upcoming issue of SMT007 Magazine. In the meantime, here is Dan’s “show floor” report as published in our Daily Newsletter.

Cadence to Acquire NUMECA to Expand System Analysis Capabilities with Computational Fluid Dynamics
Published January 21

Cadence Design Systems kicked off its year with this announcement of intent to acquire NUMECA, expanding their system analysis tool offerings. There seems to be quite a bit of motion amongst the tier 1 EDA software companies in the system design space; this is yet another example.

Futurist, Writer and Manufacturing Tech Expert Travis Hessman to Keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2021
Published January 18

IPC APEX EXPO 2021 will be virtual this year, making this a virtual keynote. Whatever it might be that we give up by attending a virtual keynote, there are a few sure things: the presentation will be topical and thought-provoking, we’ll be able to hear the presenter, and there will definitely be a chair for all of us. See you there! 

The Government Circuit: IPC is Ready for the Year of Advocacy Ahead 
Published January 19 

Government relations is another area of near-constant updates and new developments. This dispatch from IPC’s Chris Mitchell and his team captures some of the current action. Frenetic is this column might make government relations seem right at the moment, there is undoubtedly much more underway. Get another glimpse of all the advocacy Chris’ team is up to. 

MivaTek’s New Technology and Market Drivers 
Published January 19 

I recently spoke with Brendan Hogan about the upcoming new product releases from MivaTek. The conversation flows naturally from the new products, to market drivers to, the idea that continuous improvement is at the core of the market drivers.

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A Show Full of Opportunities

04/16/2021 | Tara Dunn, Averatek
Looking back to my notes from IPC APEX 2020, I noticed one of my comments: There were so many interesting sessions that I often found myself in the position of choosing between several that I wanted to attend in the same timeslot. This year was not any different in that regard. I am purposely glossing over the fact that I, like many of my friends, missed the camaraderie and opportunity to catch up in person while attending these technical sessions, and I look forward to being able to do that next year.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

04/16/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I’m sure it’s just me being hyperaware, but I can’t shake it: Mars is where it’s at right now. Is it just me, or do you get the same feeling from the news? There are the Mars rovers—three generations of them still rolling, now—and a drone helicopter winding up for a maiden flight any day now. But that’s not all. There’s SpaceX’s StarShip, rapid-prototyping its way into a manned flight to Mars. And NASA’s whole “return to the Moon” project is simply a shakedown for the U.S. government contractors’ Mars flight hardware, too.

Top Five Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/15/2021 | Chris Mitchell, IPC VP, Global Government Relations
IPC APEX EXPO 2021, which went all virtual this year, exemplified how the electronics industry has responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic: with resiliency, agility, and an unwavering commitment to build electronics better. APEX EXPO featured great content and robust discussions on topics of critical importance to the global electronics industry. From my vantage point leading IPC’s government relations programs, here are my top five takeaways from this year’s event.



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