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FEATURES

  • SMTA SERIES / FOCUS ON: HDI/ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
    Wafer-Level Packaging Today
    WLP represents one of the most exciting and innovative frontiers in the packaging industry.
    Thomas Goodman and Peter Elenius

  • FOCUS ON BUSINESS
    The ODM Threat to EMS
    After winning the motherboard market, Asian-based original design manufacturers have set their sights on a new target—mobile phones.
    Bill Coker

  • Optimizing Processes and Materials for Flip Chip Reliability
    Careful material selection can yield FC assemblies with better reliabilities than some surface-mount components.
    Karl-Friedrich Becker and Tom Adams

  • The Resurgence of Cleaning
    Why are many high-quality assemblers making the move from no-clean back to cleaning?
    Andreas Muehlbauer, PhD, and Umut Tosun

  • NEW SERIES! Case Study Corner
    Screen Printing Partners
    An electronics assembler and its supplier eliminated tombstoning and solder balling associated with lead-free processes.
    Georg Steiner and Stefan Jockumsen

  • Laser Solutions for Soldering
    Non-contact selective soldering with high-power diode lasers.
    Tony Hoult

  • Lead-Free Implications for Barcode Labels
    Some polyimide labels may withstand the new thermal requirements for lead-free electronics manufacturing.
    James Williams, PhD

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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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