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Product Preview: EDS, SMT, AATE,


ATLANTIC DESIGN, WIRE TECH


THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION Hydrogen Filling Station Solar Powered By Walter Salm


3D AOI uplink system from Viscom is headliner at Nurem- berg’s SMT/Hybrid Pkg. Show. Also included are products from EDS, AATE, Atlantic Design, and Wire Processing.


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Growing the Customer Base


with Logistics and Flexibility


Manufacturing continues to come back to the U.S. with Suntron manufacturing Zee - Vee’s set-top boxes. In Ala- bama, STI maintains flexibility with short quick-turns, and Javad EMS boosts its efficiency with ViTrox AXI system.


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This Month's Focus: Components and Dist.


Counterfeits are given a 1-2 punch with articles from Lans- dale and NJMet. Another arti- cle asks “Are Your Materials Really Halogen-Free?” and tells you what to look for. Finally, an inside look at rescuing lost money from “bonepiles” of failed PCBAs.


Page 52 Solar powered hydrogen refueling station in Freiburg.


IPC Technology Roadmap: Vision of Future


Bannockburn, IL — The long-await- ed 2011 IPC International Technolo- gy Roadmap for Electronic Intercon- nections was released in February at IPC APEX EXPO®


2012. Published


every two years, the IPC Roadmap serves as an authoritative guide to interconnect technological trends, providing a vision of imminent, inno- vative technology. The 2011


roadmap incorporates revealing data and comparisons to help users serve clients and/or guide their companies in identifying, selecting and develop- ing the right technology alternatives to create the products needed for fu- ture markets. “We’ve turned the roadmap inside out to help users connect the dots a little more easily, in terms of translating OEM system level requirements into the materi- als, features, structures and process requirements for printed boards and assemblies to support those needs,” says John (Jack) Fisher, president of Interconnect Technology Analysis, Inc. and chairman of the IPC Roadmap Executive Committee. The 2011 roadmap includes ex-


panded regional analysis and com- parison. In both the substrate and


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Freiburg, Germany — The Fraun- hofer Institute for Solar Energy CF Systems inaugurated a solar hydro- gen filling station in Freiburg on March 2. Sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment Baden-Wuert- temberg, the publicly accessible fill- ing station serves not only as a demonstration platform but also rep- resents a milestone in the develop-


ment of a network of hydrogen filling stations being set up in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The argument for years against


H2 filling stations has been the short-


sighted idea of using grid-supplied electric power to generate the hydro- gen by the electrolysis of water. The argument said, quite correctly, that this simply moved the carbon emis- sion somewhere else — the electric


power generating station. But with solar energy providing all of the elec- tricity for the electrolysis process, and to operate the lights and pumps, hydrogen-powered automobiles can actually be classified as solar-pow- ered. There is no carbon footprint at all, anywhere.


Renewable Energy Sources Today’s push for expanded re-


newable energy sources makes this solar-powered hydrogen fueling sta- tion a landmark effort; it not only provides hydrogen for cars, it also stores energy in the form of liquefied H2


. This can be a major boost not on-


ly for the solar energy market, but al- so for wind turbines, since stored hy- drogen can provide huge amounts of electric power when used with sta- tionary fuel cell power stations —


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PC Shipments Projected to Have Strong Second Half


Framingham, MA — Worldwide PC shipment growth for 2011 ended on a slightly positive note, growing to 1.8 percent on the year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. While the first half of 2012 is expected to see only modest ship- ment growth, the launch of Windows 8 and the excitement generated by ultrabooks and other ultra-thin note- books should drive second half sales in a much stronger way. For much of 2011, vendors


struggled to maintain consumer in- terest in a market beset by a tenuous economic recovery and disrupted by emerging computing devices. The lack of interest was evidenced by a lackluster Christmas season. Mature markets such as the United States and Western Europe, in particular, had a rough year, with PC shipments in 2011 shrinking by 9 percent com- pared to 2010. Looking ahead, the PC market will still enjoy pockets of growth, particularly in emerging markets. IDC expects 2012 PC growth to be modest at just 5.0 per-


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