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Microchip Shortage 2020: How Will It Affect Supply Chains in 2021?

While automobile makers have been the ones to deal with this problem, there is also the possibility of the global chip shortage affecting other industries. For this reason, it is essential to understand the chip shortage and how its effects could spread. Fortunately, there are several ways that electronic manufacturers can avoid the microchip shortage from 2020.

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How to Reduce Your PCB Design Cost

Many circuit boards end up costing more than they should because of the money spent on design or as a result of poor design decisions. Some design groups have older work-flows that need updating or forced design decisions that no longer apply. Let’s look at the four main areas where you can reduce the expenses of printed circuit board development; fabrication, assembly, components, and the initial PCB design process.

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Using Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) for PCB Manufacturing Validation

Manufacturing a printed circuit board is a complicated process. From fabrication through assembly, there are many different points during manufacturing that must be verified before the board can pass to the next step. This validation can be done in several ways, from manual inspections to advanced X-ray analysis. Another standard validation method is the different automated optical inspection (AOI) systems used to examine PCBs.