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FEATURES

    Cover Story
    The Year of Staying Employed
    The aging (graying, some say) of the printed circuit board design field continues, or so says our annual survey of the industry. What 400 designers have to say about their chances for survival in the era of automation and outsourcing. by Chelsey Drysdale

  • Faked Parts Detection
    New Techniques to ID Counterfeit ICs
    The counterfeiting of electronics components and related parts is widespread. But newly developed methods promise now to help identify counterfeit plastic-encapsulated components using detection methods that cannot be tricked. By by Dr. Lawrence W. Kessler and Thomas Sharpe

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  • FIRST PERSON

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Columns

Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

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The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.

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Features

Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

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Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.

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