IPC Global Insight
Feb. 24, 2015

European Union Parliament moving forward on conflict minerals legislation
Given the wide variety of opinions and proposed amendments on the conflict minerals legislation, it is hard to predict what will be included in the final legislation or when it will be passed into law. More

John Deere Electronic Solutions 1st OEM to earn certification as a qualified manufacturer to IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610
IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to John Deere Electronic Solutions, a manufacturer of custom, integrated electronics components based in Fargo, North Dakota. More

EU court advisor releases opinion on the REACH article debate
Last week, the European Union Advocate-General to the Court of Justice issued an opinion on the debate regarding the concept of an “article” under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.More

Best technical paper at IPC APEX EXPO selected
The best technical conference paper of IPC APEX EXPO 2015 has been selected. Taking top honors, the winning paper is, “High Frequency Loss Test Methods for Laminate Materials Comparison (a High Density Packaging User Group/HDPUG Project.)” More

IPC multimedia training — handling in electronics assembly
Industry-approved rework techniques for solder defects on tin-lead and lead-free assemblies. More

IPC video training delivers knowledge
With computer-based training from IPC, you have unparalleled access to a wealth of training videos. This knowledge base covers over 60 different subjects, ranging from ESD Control to hand soldering, from A-610 standards to wire assembly. More

New releases on standards, translations, market research
View recently released standards including SM-817A, FC-234A, IPC-A-610F, IPC J-STD-001F, IPC-1071A, IPC-8701, IPC-HDBK-630, and translations; market research documents; multimedia presentations; technical papers and more. More

Status of Standardization: Standards for ballot and final drafts
View IPC documents under development. More

IPC member milestones
MEC Company. Ltd. (Hyogo, Japan), recently celebrated its 30th year as an IPC member. See other companies celebrating membership anniversaries.

New Members
Invest in your company by joining IPC and experience the membership benefits of the industry’s premier global association. Learn more about IPC membership. More

A simple test kit for the detection of nanoparticles
The use of engineered nanoparticles in commercial products and materials continues at an increasing rate and it appears that no industry can do without them.More

US researchers grow MoS2 using 'seeds'
New Electronics
The interest in two dimensional materials continues to grow as researchers look to explore potential replacements for silicon in electronic devices.More

Semiconductor 'solder' to usher in a new wave of 3-D printed electronics
A research effort led by Dmitri Talapin, a chemistry professor at the University of Chicago, has demonstrated how semiconductors could be soldered — and even 3-D printed — and still deliver the proper electronic performance.More

French firm develops eco-friendly mobile networks
Electronics Weekly
A French firm believes it is possible to build mobile phone and TV broadcast networks which have less of an impact on the environment. More

US continues to be a leader in global trade
U.S. exports have more than doubled in a decade, reaching $2.28 trillion in 2013. Trade in goods and services has become more diverse, helped by the dynamism of some of the nation’s major cities. More

The revolution will be digitized
Despite the recession and the slowdown in orders that went with it, Germany hasn't given up on manufacturing. Far from it: The country is aiming to be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.More

Microsoft, Google beat humans at image recognition
First computers beat the best of us at chess, then poker, and finally Jeopardy. The next hurdle is image recognition — surely a computer can't do that as well as a human. Check that one off the list, too. Now Microsoft has programmed the first computer to beat the humans at image recognition.More

Report: Incentives for manufacturing of mobile, laptops
The New Delhi government is planning to come up with an incentive package in the upcoming budget to encourage manufacturing of electronic hardware including mobile phones and laptops as part of the "Make in India" campaign. More