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Melting Metal on Plastic Without Melting the Plastic!

Just to put you out of your suspense, the tantalizing topic of this column is that a company called PulseForge has developed a technology that allows us to solder surface-mount components onto conductive inks pads and tracks which are themselves printed on thin, flexible polymer (plastic) substrates. This is quite a trick when we remember that the melting point of lead-free solder is around 227°C ± a … Read More → "Melting Metal on Plastic Without Melting the Plastic!"

Did the Metaverse’s Holy Grail Just Arrive?

As is usually the case, my head is currently jam-packed full of thoughts about all sorts of stuff, including consciousness, pain, octopuses, robots, holograms, Monty Python, the metaverse, and whether or not the word “metaverse” should be capitalized (you should consider yourself lucky that you’re not trapped in here with me).

Let’s start with pain. I, for one, … Read More → "Did the Metaverse’s Holy Grail Just Arrive?"

OMG! Where Are My Assets?

I am an outrageously lucky man. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries and see many things. For example, I’ve given training courses in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Japan; I’ve presented guest lectures at universities in America, England, and Norway; and I’ve been invited to speak at conferences in Hawaii, Brazil, India, China, Taiwan, and South Korea (to name but … Read More → "OMG! Where Are My Assets?"

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ActiveCiPS™: Configurable Intelligent Power Management Solutions — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   Programmable power management can not only help us manage our power systems but it can also have size, weight, and cost benefits as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Yael Coleman from Qorvo about the system-wide benefits of configurable power management solutions. They investigate the programmable features of … Read More → "ActiveCiPS™: Configurable Intelligent Power Management Solutions — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Chipageddon: What’s Happening, Why It’s Happening and When Will It End — Digi & Mouser Electronics  Semiconductors are an integral part of our design lives, but supply chain issues continue to upset our design processes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Ronald Singh from DIGI and Amelia Dalton investigate the variety of reasons behind today’s semiconductor supply chain woes. They also take a closer look at how a system-on-module approach … Read More → "Chipageddon: What’s Happening, Why It’s Happening and When Will It End — Digi & Mouser Electronics"
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