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The U.S. Congress is now in summer recess, so it seems like the perfect time to look back on how legislators finally addressed the needs of the microelectronics industry. We feel confident in saying there has never been a time when the floors of Congress gave our industry so much emphasis. For the past six months, there has been constant activity from lobbyists, legislators, semiconductor and printed circuit board associations, and individuals who want to bring more electronics production back to the United States.
We know you have so many questions about what the legislation means for you. Will there be funds to expand or upgrade my facilities? What about tax breaks? How will my specific needs be known? What will the current legislation mean for U.S. vs. China relations? Use this handy guide to get caught up, sort out the CHIPS from the USICAs, and be that someone who talks knowledgably at dinner parties.
I-Connect007 Exclusive Coverage
IPC Advanced Packaging Symposium to Draw Industry, Government Representatives An interview with IPC's Chris Mitchell and Matt Kelly
Is the U.S. Government Ready to Meet the Test of Technological Leadership? A column by John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC
Printed Circuit Boards: Past the Lobby and Onto the Floor An interview with Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA, and U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah.
A Deeper Look at the CHIPS Investment Act An interview with Chris Peters, executive director of USPAE
DoD is Unarmed Without the PCB A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
What Happens in Washington Happens to Us All A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
A Voice in Washington for American-Made PCBs, A column by Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and chairman of PCBAA
PCB Semiconductor Legislation News
IPC Lauds Passage of 'CHIPS and Science' Act; Electronics Industry Calls for a Holistic Approach to Reviving Domestic Electronics Capabilities (Published Aug. 9)
FACT SHEET: CHIPS and Science Act Will Lower Costs, Create Jobs, Strengthen Supply Chains, and Counter China(Published Aug. 9)
IPC Commends House on Passage of CHIPS+ Legislation (Published July 28)
IPC: Electronics Manufacturing Industry Applauds Senate Passage of CHIPS+ Legislation (Published July 28)
SEMI Applauds Final Passage of CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (Published July 28)
IPC Urges U.S. Senate and House to Complete R&D Legislation Before August Recess (Published July 20)
IPC: Over 100 Industry Executives Urge U.S. Congress to Strengthen Electronics Supply Chain (Published July 14)
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Normally, the holiday season is a slow(ish) news time, but this year just feels different. My opinion is that the technology industry banked up a whole bunch of innovations and new products during the pandemic disruptions, which are coming to market as quickly as possible. The November/December news is full of technology discussion, as my selections this week clearly demonstrate.
Shavi Spinzi, Nano Dimension
Imagine fabricating PCBs without the hassle of drilled vias and metal plating. Imagine PCBs with near-perfect registration. If we take it to the next stage, imagine drawing electronics in 3D space. There is a way to do all this with additively manufactured electronics (AME). We just need to start to think in 3D. This will allow us to abandon the 2D limitations that we have become so used to and expand our horizons so that we can climb to higher levels of performance. In this article, I will explore the two fundamental capabilities that are the cornerstones for drawing electronics in 3D space, which is where AME technology and 3D design capabilities converge.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
As we stepped out of the hotel into the drizzling rain, we were relieved that it wasn’t snow. Looking down the escalator into the U2 platform in Munich’s Hauptbahnhof central station early on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 15 and observing the mass of humanity pushing and shoving to cram into trains to the exhibition centre, it appeared that a significant proportion of the international electronics industry had gathered to attend electronica 2022, co-located with SEMICON Europa and recognised as the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics.