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SMYRNA, GA – Reduce Cycle Time Up to 60% for PCB Placing and Routing, a 60-minute free Webinar, will be held Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. EST, UP Media Group announced.
 
The Webinar will illustrate innovative design-tool technologies that enable multiple designers, operating on a LAN or WAN network, to perform simultaneous placement and routing on the PCB.
 
This is the first in a series of Webinars addressing how to efficiently design complex PCBs.  
 
David Wiens, a Mentor Graphics product manager with 20 years’ experience in EDA, will present.
 
To register, visit
www.pcbshows.com/webinars/events/mentor/xtremedesign.html.
 
 
PRAGUEFoxconn is reportedly discussing the acquisition of a plant in central Bohemia, say published reports.
 
The firm already has two plants in the Czech Republic, one in eastern Pardubice and central Kutna Hora.
 
Foxconn’s head in the Czech Republic, Jim Chang, said the issue should be resolved within two weeks, according to reports.
 
Because of time pressures, Foxconn reportedly wants to purchase a plant already in operation. Chang would not disclose the name of the plant, but said it did not have to be large, and added Foxconn’s takeover would include employees.
 
Foxconn has neared completion of its plant in Kutna Hora’s industrial zone, which will produce LCD screens. The plant should employ 1,200 people by the end of the year, reaching 5,000 staff when at capacity. Production in Kutna Hora should start in April.
 
Kutna Hora councilors have plan to sell about 20 hectares of land to Foxconn near the industrial zone near the plant, Kutna Hora mayor Ivo Salatek said, according to reports. The sale will be discussed March 18.  
NEW YORK CITY – Struggling for ways to handle more than 90,000 tons of electronics products waste each year, the New York City Council has approved a bill that would fine anyone $100 who trashes unwanted electronics. With recycling of electronics mandatory, manufacturers would be obliged to take back products – even those of others, including defunct companies. But a showdown with Mayor Michael Bloomberg is likely looming, as the mayor is expected to veto the measure.  Read more ...
SAN FRANCISCO – The EU RoHS Directive is undergoing a series of reviews that could directly impact a company's ability to import and sell products in the EU, says Design Chain Associates. 
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ST. LOUISRaytheon Missile Systems awarded LaBarge Inc. a $2.2 million contract to continue to provide cable harnesses for the Joint Standoff Weapon system.
 
LaBarge will perform the work at its Berryville, AR, and Joplin, MO, facilities. Production is expected to continue through September.
 
Currently launched by Navy strike aircraft, JSOW is a glide weapon that uses GPS information to find its target. 
 
TAIPEI – Foxconn Electronics reported January revenues rose 20% year-over-year to to $3.29 billion.

According to published reports, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said networking devices, optoelectronics products and handsets will drive the EMS company's growth this year.

ESSEX, UK – EMS provider Brantham Engineering Ltd. has added a 4,500 sq. ft. facility for raw materials and component storage, the company announced. 
 
The addition brings the company's total manufacturing space to more than 41,000 sq. ft.
 
EL SEGUNDO, CA – After six months of domination by the once unknown brand Vizio Inc., the North American LCD-TV market in the fourth quarter saw the return of more established names to the top sales ranks, says iSuppli Corp.

For the quarter, LCD-TV shipments in North America rose 41% sequentially to 7.9 million units. Plasma set demand rose 36% to 1.3 million units.

Samsung Electronics became the No. 1 seller of LCD-TVs in North America, with its unit shipment market share rising to 14.2%, up from 12.8% in the third quarter. The company was ranked No. 2 in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Sony increased its share to 12.5% in the fourth quarter, up from 10.8% sequentially, good for the No. 2 spot in North America, up from No. 4 during the previous quarter, says the research firm.

Vizio, which had shocked the North American television market with its rise to No. 1 in the second and third quarters, fell to third with a 12.4%, down from 13% sequentially.

Vizio had risen to the top spot because of a combination of low pricing and high visibility sales channels. However, Samsung and Sony struck back in the fourth quarter, according to iSuppli.

“Samsung and Sony employed very aggressive pricing and promotion strategies to take advantage of the key holiday buying season,” said Riddhi Patel, principal analyst, television systems for iSuppli.

He added, “Consumers in the television industry are not as brand conscious as they once were, as evidenced by the popularity of Vizio,” Patel said. “However, when the difference in pricing between a value-brand television and a premium-brand set is within the 10% range, consumers often will go for the premium brand.”

Panasonic padded its dominance of the plasma market with a share of 37.1%, a 9.
AUSTIN, TX – Applications for 3-D TSV, including image sensors, flash, DRAM, processors, FPGAs and power amplifiers, will be adopted, but the timing for mass production depends on how the cost compares with that of existing technologies, says TechSearch International in a new report.
 
Image sensors for camera modules are already in volume production, but for other applications, the adoption time is longer than originally predicted, as is common with the introduction of many new technologies, the company says. Design, thermal and test issues remain a barrier to TSV adoption in some applications, though progress is being made.
 
The report, “Through Silicon Via Technology: The Ultimate Market for 3D Interconnect,” provides a timeline for the adoption of TSV in these applications. The report forecasts market size in units and number of wafers for each application area.
 
Driven by the need for improved performance and reduced timing delays, methods have been developed to use short vertical interconnects instead of the long interconnects used in 2-D structures. The industry is moving past the feasibility (R&D) phase for TSV technology and into commercialization, where economic realities will determine which technologies are adopted, says the firm. Low-cost fine via hole formation and reliable via filling technologies have been demonstrated; process equipment and materials are available.
 
TAIPEI – The world’s No. 3 PC maker, Acer Inc., reported its fourth-quarter net profit was $71.88 million, up 77% year-over-year, with its purchase of Gateway. Profit fell 21.8% sequentially. Read more ...
BRIDGEWATER, MAChase Corp. has named Adam Chase president and chief operating officer.
 
Chase, grandson of the company’s founder, joined the firm in 1998 and has held the positions of controller, general manager and vice president, among others.
 
Chase manufactures tapes, laminates, sealants and coatings for high reliability applications, and provides contract assembly services.
 
 
JACKSON, MI – EMS provider Sparton Corp. reported 2008 second-quarter net sales of $55 million, up 3.6% year-over-year. The net loss for the quarter ended Dec. 31 rose to $1.9 million, from $1.4 million in 2006.
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