Altium just announced its first annual PCB design conference created to help engineers grow their design expertise and contribute to the advancement of the electronics design community. According to the company, “AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit” will grant attendees the opportunity to learn new skills, interact with like-minded engineers, and get inspired to design next-generation electronics from industry icons and design masters.
Provider of embedded computing and enclosure solutions, Pixus Technologies, now offers protective solder-side covers for 3U and 6U Eurocard PCBs. The covers come in version that mount to OpenVPX, CompactPCI, and VME/64x boards.
Global designer and manufacturer of thin sheet fastening devices and installation systems, PennEngineering, has introduced new PEM SMTSSS ReelFast SNAP-TOP standoff fasteners. The fasteners hold printed circuit boards securely in assemblies without requiring mating screws or other loose threaded hardware to complete attachment. These unthreaded standoffs promote streamlined production by easily installing in boards in the same manner and at the same time as other surface mount components prior to the automated reflow solder process.
Panasonic has announced that it has commercialised its 'High Thermal Conductivity, Low Transmission Loss Halogen-free Multi-layer Circuit Board Material (Part No. R-5575)' intended for wireless base stations, and will launch mass production in August 2017. The industry's first halogen-free multi-layer board material for RF power amplifiers is designed to contribute to compact-sizing and stable operation of wireless base stations.
Printed electronic transistor circuits and displays in which the colour of individual pixels can be changed are two of many applications of research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University. New groundbreaking results on these topics have been published in Science Advances. The researchers in organic electronics have a favourite material to work with: the conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS, which conducts both electrons and ions.
Mill-Max has added to its diverse mix of swage mount PCB pins with six new offerings designed for interconnect applications. These swage mount terminals are designed to be mechanically fastened to a board or panel and plugged into sockets or soldered into mating boards in board stacking and other interconnect configurations. Swage pins are often thought of as wire-to-board soldering terminals and test points or as hardware such as PCB standoffs, but they are also an excellent choice for board-to-board interconnects.
Intertronics have introduced the new DYMAX Speedmask 9-7001, which offers significant time saving in assembly of electronics connectors and other board level components to PCBs. Once cured in seconds with UV/visible light, the (pink) maskant enables easy visual checks, while its low shrinkage rate ensures accurate reliable coverage.
IBASE has announced the MB991 Micro ATX motherboard designed based on the Intel Q170 chipset to support the Intel Xeon E3 family, 7th and 6th Generation Intel Core, Intel Pentium and Celeron QC/DC processors manufactured on the 14nm process.
Surface mount assembly robots are amazing machines. The pick and place heads in the fastest, highest volume SMT machines travel so fast, that they are just short of supersonic. The placement logic takes into consideration the distortion and swing of the hardened steel head and nozzle, and deposits the component at just the right point in the deflection arc. That kind of speed demands precision.
By Duane Benson