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Today, a growing number of OEMs have a sound understanding of how significant PCB hybrid manufacturing is for their new generation of products. That’s because their customers in the medical electronics, mil/aero, commercial, and industrial sectors are demanding greater electronics functionality in smaller, portable devices. This means those devices are based on smaller printed circuit […]

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Today, hybrid PCB manufacturing is making greater inroads into our industry, which is the marriage of traditional SMT manufacturing together with microelectronics and wire bonding. In many cases, the OEM working with EMS providers doesn’t fully understand the nuances of effective wire bonding and related failures. What has to be considered with new hybrid manufacturing […]

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There is no big secret. PCB manufacturing is changing now more than ever before in its long history. Initially, it involved through-hole assembly and manufacturing with the most notable Intel 8086 motherboard. Later, through-hole and surface mount technology (SMT) began merging and sustained a long product cycle. But today, PCB manufacturing is rapidly evolving to […]

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A number of new terms are entering into today’s PCB discussions. Most of these terms involve those PCBs that continue to shrink, use smaller packaged devices, and have limited real estate. The term, “interposer” is among the newest ones joining such other new terms as PCB hybrid manufacturing, microelectronics, die attach, wire bonding, and others. […]

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Over time, PCB manufacturing has evolved from the traditional through hole, to through hole combined with SMT, and today, a growing number of PCBs are assembled with a combination of SMT and microelectronics or bare die wire bonded onto a substrate or the PCB, itself. Die attach is an integral part of microelectronics. In 2019 […]

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Smaller PCBs, including rigid-flex circuits, call for die attach using one of three methodologies, depending on the application. Technologies that for years were the sole domain of semiconductor manufacturing have now migrated into today’s printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing processes and flows. These are not the old, traditional PCBs that we’ve grown up with; instead, […]

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Wire bonding reliability is certainly critical in PCB microelectronics/wire bonding manufacturing. Wire bond integrity is also related to the reliability of a successful and accurate wire bond. In this particular case, there is actual testing to assure the integrity of wire bonding. It’s called wire bonding pull testing. Pull testing performs several methodologies to test […]

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Two major PCB technologies are gaining more attention on the manufacturing floor. Those are wire bonding loops and anisotropic conductive film or ACF, both are especially associated with smaller PCBs. The industry is placing greater emphasis on these smaller boards and rigid-flex circuits for a growing number of PCB applications in the industrial, mil/aero, medical, […]

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If you’re developing, producing or selling IoT devices, it might be a good idea for you to get acquainted with the term anisotropic conductive film, or ACF for short. You don’t hear much about it. However, it plays a big role in the manufacture of small printed circuit boards (PCBs), especially when IoT products are […]

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The ISO 13485 Standard is synonymous with quality and reliability for medical electronics products. Wire bonding is the newest technology coming on to the PCB assembly floor, and its basic requirements are for high quality and reliability to further support ISO 13485. This renewed call for quality and reliability in wire bonding is emerging due […]

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