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March 28, 2022
Essential Practices for Gold Mitigation of Electronic Components
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Since gold plating dissolves rapidly during the soldering process, the remaining gold within a solder joint can weaken the integrity of the interconnection. If this gold dissolution is excessive during the solder alloy’s liquidus phase formation, the composition and mechanical properties of the resulting solder joint will change ...
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Concerns With Silver Finish Component Leads
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A few of the components we are using have leads with silver finish. Will silver cause solder embrittlement like gold? Is removal of silver needed or can it be soldered as is using Sn63Pb37 solder ...
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Circuit Technology Center Doubles Component-Level Tinning Services Capacity
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Circuit Technology Center recently received and commissioned two additional Hentec Odyssey 1325 robotic hot solder dip (RHSD) machines. These new machines double the existing capacity to four machines to meet the increasing demand from the defense and high-reliability customer base that requires component level modification/alteration for tin whisker mitigation, gold mitigation, and lead re-conditioning ...

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Inner Layer Conductor Modification
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One of our customers found a small but critical error to their dismay. The ground plane that should have served as a return path for signals was missing between plated through holes in a section of their circuit board. Thousands of boards were in the assembly pipeline and thousands in the field when ...
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The Future of Battery-Electric Automobiles
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Electric vehicles represent 1% of light vehicles on the roads, worldwide. Forecasts say that electric vehicle sales will represent half of all cars sold by 2040 ...
Technology Briefing
Cartoon
"We forgot to back up our files, so we're asking everyone to remember everything they've typed during the past 10 days."
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Trivia
What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
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Quote of the Week
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
Albert Einstein