Manufacturing

Micro-etched components for surveillance UAV

A miniature surveillance UAV helicopter is an interesting design-win for Birmingham-based Precision Micro, a photo chemical etching specialist.

The miniature unmanned aerial vehicle’s engine operates using miniature motor laminations, etched to tight tolerances. The laminations use Precision Micro’s ‘R bond’ technique, which uses the photo resist…

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Manufacturers must test what they make

For manufacturers looking to capitalise on an upturn in the market, they should not lose sight of the importance to the business of a strong test capability, writes Mike Jones, operations director at Axiom Manufacturing Services

There is a need for contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) to invest in their testing…

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P2i says splash-proof smartphone technology is big in China

P2i, the supplier of liquid repellent nano-coating used to protect electronics circuits, has opened a technology centre in Shenzhen, China.

The Abingdon-based company said it is seeing increased demand for its protective coatings on consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.

“P2i is already experiencing commercial…

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University plays a role in SmartKem's organics success story

SmartKem, which develops organic semiconductor materials for flexible displays circuits, says it has gained a commercially competitive advantage from having its technology validated by Bangor University.

Independent validation of the company’s materials capability allowed SmartKem to form commercial partnerships with global manufacturers. This included a joint development agreement with…

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'Highest-performance' PXIe controller yet

At 12Gbyte/s data bandwidth, Agilent is claiming to have produced the highest-performance PXIe controller yet.

Called M9037A, “the controller’s 12Gbyte/s maximum data bandwidth offers capability for complex or multi-chassis systems and secure environments,” said the firm. “With best-in-class CPU processing speed and a…

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ARM in 28nm smartphone chip deal with China foundry SMIC

ARM has signed an agreement with SMIC to offer the Artisan physical IP platform for the China-based foundry’s 28nm poly SiON (PS) process.

Under the agreement, ARM will provide a physical IP platform for SoCs targeting the smartphone, tablet, wireless and digital home markets.

The physical IP platform…

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Why manufacturers of high mix products opt for the UK

Electronics manufacturing in the UK continues to flourish, though it does not conform to the stereotypical manufacturing model of endless rows of standard products on a line.

The UK’s electronics manufacturing is much more likely to involve a variety of high-mix products delivered in low volumes.

This is…

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Solder paste battles tombstoning

FCT assembly is offering a variety of anti-tombstoning option with each of its solder pastes.

“The anti-tombstoning solder pastes present an excellent way to reduce the potential for tombstoning”, said the firm.

Tombstoning occurs when components lift up during reflow causing an open pad at one end.

“This…

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