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Posted By Christina Gerrish on Jul 7, 2015

Join us as we share photos from our Rochester employees who have sent us the view from their workspaces across the globe. In the past decade, Rochester has grown significantly. From expansion into new regions in Asia, Europe, North America (basically transforming into a global corporation), to ground breaking manufacturing solutions and eCommerce, to new [...]

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PDCA Planning in an HMLV Environment

Posted By Loren Krott on Jun 30, 2015

We have all  heard of PDCA, the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” cycle made popular by Demming and Shewhart when the foundation of modern quality systems was formed.  Some say that this process can actually track back to the scientific method processes developed by Bacon in the 1600′s, showing that it has been a very tried [...]

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Die Attach Considerations for High Mix Semiconductor Assembly

Posted By Steve Shermer on Jun 17, 2015

Efficiency and flexibility are the keys when your assembly business model calls for multiple product types, and multiple part numbers within products at volumes that does not warrant a dedicated assembly line.  Below are some considerations for the die attach operation: 1.  Equipment Selection Capital investments can add up quickly.  Knowing what packages types are [...]

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Solving FPGA Obsolescence Challenges through Re-Design – FPGA to Gate Array Conversion

Posted By John Mastropietro on Jun 11, 2015

Over the past several years we have seen the major FPGA vendors move away from the support of 5V and 3.3V Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Technologies.   This has left many designers faced with common questions and challenges as they look to move older design technologies forward.  Should costly Last Time Buys be made?  Is [...]

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What’s in your test process?

Posted By Gary Francoeur on Jun 3, 2015

We often speak about “The Quality of Test” and how the process of semiconductor component testing is all that stands between a defective component and that same component shipping to a customer as a good device. Sound simple enough? We also speak often about the “intangible” nature of test. That is, simple to understand conceptually, [...]

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The Semiconductor Wave of Supply and Demand

Posted By Chris Gerrish on May 27, 2015

Just as an ocean wave, the supply and demand of semiconductors is up and down. In the low point of the supply wave, the industry faces shortages, long factory lead times and allocations, which can drive some customers into risky and sometimes dangerous areas, including gray market, un-traceable, un-reliable and/or counterfeit products. On the high [...]

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Don’t Let The High Cost Of Health Care Limit Employee Coverage

Posted By Angela Cauley on May 20, 2015

As the head of HR for a global organization, that has always prided itself in offering exceptional healthcare coverage with a very low cost to employees, the ever rising cost of providing health care is a constant concern for me, and for the company. Our employees pay only 4.5% of the premium equivalent while on [...]

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Extension of LifeTM Options for Semiconductor Component Replacement

Posted By Dan Deisz on May 15, 2015

When it comes to Extension of LifeTM options for semiconductor components, the terms recreation (or replication) and emulation are options for component replacement. There are very distinct differences between the two that need to be understood by the customer who is replacing the original product. Those differences can drive delays to market and additional costs. [...]

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5 Ways the Fight Against Counterfeit Electronic Components is Evolving

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Apr 27, 2015

War on Counterfeit Most electronics industry professionals agree that the industry is more vigilant and doing a better job of keeping counterfeit electronic components off the plant floor than they were just five or 10 years ago. But they also say that counterfeiters are getting better at their craft and that detection is becoming even [...]