Alun Morgan and Mike Konrad talk cars, and the increased reliability expectations associated with their electrical systems. The electronics in modern vehicles provide an unpresented level of safety, not just for the driver, but for those people and objects around the vehicle. Because our cars go in and out of harsh environments, the circuit assemblies within the car are subjected to heat, humidity (and other sources of moisture), which contribute to reliability and therefore safety. They discuss one of the primary failure mechanisms of circuit assemblies, an issue that can affect the operation of the safety systems within the automobile, it’s a real issue that for many is not well known.
According to Puneet Gupta, Ph.D. and his colleagues at UCLA including Subramanian Iyer, Ph.D., the printed circuit board is a constraint on electronics size and speed. And the solution is to get rid of it. The professors have developed a method to replace PCBs with an all-silicon technology, called silicon-interconnect fabric, which allows bare chips to be connected directly to wiring on a separate piece of silicon. The wiring between chips on fabric is at the nanometer scale, much like the wiring within a chip. Dr. Gupta asserts many more chip-to-chip connections are thus possible, and those connections are able to transmit data faster while using less energy. He discusses the technology and its implications with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.
Indium's Kay Parker discusses SMT solder paste printing and her experience as a new engineer in the electronics assembly industry with Mike Konrad.
Kay is a technical support engineer based at Indium headquarters in Clinton, NY. In this role, she provides guidance and recommendations to customers related to process steps, equipment, techniques, and materials. She is also responsible for servicing the company’s existing accounts and retaining new business. She joined Indium as a college intern. During her internship, she worked alongside process engineers in Indium's Metals and Compounds division. After graduating from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in 2018, Kay joined the company as a technical support engineer.
At SUNY Poly, Kay earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with a minor in engineering science. Her past accomplishments include managing the details of a National Science Foundation grant, forming and leading an award-winning competitive student robotics club, developing industrial manufacturing process technologies, and modeling the flow of blood in the human eye using mathematical equations and computer programs.
A conversation with Teradyne manager of reliability Mark Levin and senior software engineering manager Jon Bodin about reliability, DfM, and their new book Improving Product Reliability and Software Quality: Strategies, Tools, Process and Implementation, 2nd Edition.
Reliability Matters Episode 23 - A Conversation about Testing Circuit Assemblies with Datest’s Robert Boguski
Mike Konrad talks testing printed circuit assemblies with Datest president Robert Boguski.
Solder wetting, dewetting and ultra fine pitch powders are the focus of the latest episode of The Screwups, with Tim O'Neill of AIM Solder sharing insights on from the factory floor with host Mike Buetow. Arnold Schwarzenegger* makes a guest appearance.
*Not the real Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jeroen Leinders is global eCADSTAR Solutions Leader and Chris Hambleton is engineering general manager at Zuken. In the past few weeks, Zuken announced a new platform called eCADStar. They provide an overview of the embedded browser, new touchscreen interface, and collaboration features of the new mainstream ECAD platform.
Reliability Matters Episode 22 - A Conversation about Adhesion Testing with BTG Lab’s Elizabeth Kidd
On this episode, we’ll be discussing surface adhesion. What makes a surface more adherable, what makes it less adherable, and most importantly, how can one determine a surface’s adhere-ability (is that a word?) before applying a coating.
Greg Papandrew has more than 25 years’ experience selling PCBs directly for various fabricators and as founder of a leading distributor. He is cofounder of Better Board Buying, a new company that helps printed circuit board buyers understand how to improve their procurement practices. He talks about ways buyers can develop closer, more cost-effective relationships with fabricators and gives a preview of his new e-book and his upcoming workshop at PCB West in September with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.