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SMT Express, Volume 2, Issue No. 12 - from
Volume 2, Issue No. 12 Friday, December 15, 2000
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December 18, 2000 8:00 AM EST to December 20, 2000 5:00 PM EST

Charles A Harper is the editor of High Performance Printed Circuit Boards, published by McGraw-Hill. Mr. Harper is president of Technology Seminars, Inc., of Lutherville, Maryland, and is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the electronic packaging industry. He has authored over a dozen well known books in the field and is among the founders and past presidents of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society. He is also Series Editor for the McGraw-Hill Electronic Packaging and Interconnection Series. Mr. Harper is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, where he also served as Adjunct Professor. He worked as a practicing engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he acted as manager of Electronic Packaging and Materials Technologies.

Charles Harper's other books include the Electronic Packaging and Interconnection Handbook, Active Electronic Component Handbook, and the Passive Electronic Component Handbook.

Mr. Harper looks forward to fielding questions regarding printed circuits from Monday, December 18th through Wednesday, December 20th, from 8am-5pm EST.

Featured Articles

Making The Most Of Your Web-Site (Part Two)
by Matt Rivero (mattrivero )

One of the biggest mistakes I see companies making right now is putting money into developing a web-site, and then not including it in the overall marketing plan. These "orphan" web-sites are often left to fend for themselves, judged harshly for 'not producing' while given no support from existing marketing efforts.

The most effective web-sites are the ones that are being integrated into a complete marketing plan and...

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Book Review
Thick-Film Technology And Applications
by Malcolm R. Haskard & Keith Pitt

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

Assemblers have used thick films to add features to substrates since the 1940s, some thirty years before the advent of the etched copper traces used on the majority boards today. The difference between thick and thin film circuits is the method of applying the film, rather than the thickness of the film. Thick film processes are involve screening, which is very similar to the stenciling process used in surface mount technology. Further, many components, placement processes, paste firing, and cleaning process are similar between...

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Book Review
High Performance Printed Circuit Boards
by Charles A Harper

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

Organic material and ceramic substrates are the foundation to which almost all components are attached. The level of complexity in sophisticated microelectronics and circuit designs place great performance demands on conventional board technologies. In "High Performance Printed Circuit Boards", Charles A. Harper brings together a team of specialists to provide data and design information for a new generation of...

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Apex 2001
by by Robert J. Black & Ken Cavallaro, Juki Automation Systems
Reprinted, with permission, from Surface Mount Technology, October 2000 (Volume 14, Issue 10)

The Assembly Process Exhibition and Conference (APEX), a new electronic production equipment and process show, was introduced on March 14, 2000. APEX, produced by the Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers' Association (SMEMA) Council of the IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries, sold out all exhibit space and drew attendees worldwide. The crowded aisles and well-attended technical conference were strong evidence of the inaugural show's success. But why was APEX necessary? Why does it meet the industry's needs better than...

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What's Happening in the Industry
Siemens (siplace) Programmer Knoxville , TN
General Ledger Analyst Charlotte, NC
Sales Development Manager-OEM Golden Valley, MN
Amkor Technology, Inc. speaks on 3D and Thin Packaging Technologies at EtroniX 2001
Norwalk, CT, December 13, 2000 � Amkor Technology, Inc. will present a three-hour workshop, entitled �Trends, Applications and Advances in 3D and Thin Packaging Technologies� in the Microelectronics Packaging International Conference at EtroniX 2001. The workshop will take place....
Lucent Technologies Unveils Intelligent Optical-Data Networks That Provide Bandwidth-on-Demand and New Revenue Generating Services
MURRAY HILL, N.J., Dec. 13 - Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today unveiled an intelligent optical-data networking platform that will enable customers to cost-effectively provide bandwidth-on-demand and other new revenue-generating...
Philips to report EUR 2.2 billion one-time gains in Q4, 2000
Royal Philips Electronics' fourth quarter 2000 earnings will include one-time after tax gains of approximately EUR 2.2 billion in total. This results from the exchange of Philips' shares in Seagram to Vivendi Universal shares and from the merger of Philips' IT subsidiary Origin with Atos of France, which created...

Upcoming EventsCalendar of Events

APEX Assembly Process Exhibition and Conference San Diego, California Jan 14-18
High Speed Digital Design Seminar for Non-Experts Santa Clara, California Jan 19
Websourcing 2001 Conference & Exposition Santa Clara, California Feb 15

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