Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CTEA Electronics Design & Manufacturing Symposium: Tues, Feb 5th

Central Texas Electronics Association
Electronics Design & Manufacturing Symposium 
Tuesday, February 5 

2:00    Registration Begins

2:30    CTEA Welcome.  Specialty Coating Systems Factory Overview

2:35    Specialty Coating Systems Factory Tours

3:35    "Parylene Coating Technology Update.”
               Dr. Rakesh Kumar,  Vice President of Technology of Specialty Coating Systems
4:05    "Before & After Reflow Characterization of FCBGA Voiding Utilizing High Resolution CT 
             Scan, X-ray (2D & 3D) Imaging, and Cross Section with Digital Imaging."
                 Gordon O’Hara,  Process Engineering Manager at Flextronics
4:35    Brief Break

4:50    "Overview of Copper Wire Bonding Technology.”
               Andrew Mawer,  Packaging Analysis Lab Manager at Freescale Semiconductor

5:20    "Protecting Intellectual Property (IP)."
               Robert Villhard,  Intellectual Property Attorney at The Villhard Patent Group

5:50    Closing Remarks

6:00    Bar-B-Q Dinner sponsored by Specialty Coating Systems


Please contact Bob Baker at rjbakeratx@austin.rr.com to register.  Advance registration is helpful.

There is no charge for this event – through the generous sponsorship by Specialty Coating Systems.


Specialty Coating Systems
1130 Rutherford Lane, #260,
Austin, Texas (between I-35 & Cameron Rd)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Message from the CEO

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to thank all of our colleagues and customers for an amazing year. DfR Solutions continues to grow rapidly and we believe our consistent success comes from a high number of returning customers, who recognize the quality and value of our services, and our continued expansion into new and exciting opportunities, including  our unrivaled Automated Design Analysis software, Sherlock, which recently won the Global Technology Award for Innovation. 
We have been especially pleased at the recognition we are receiving in high growth markets such as solar power, LED lighting, power electronics and electric vehicles.  Products can’t be green unless they’re safe and reliable!  Please enjoy this holiday season with your friends and family.
Craig Hillman, PhD

Friday, December 28, 2012

Keeping it Tight: Understanding Hermeticity

It’s amazing how poorly hermeticity is understood and how often devices fail due to issues with their hermetic environment.
One of the great ways to make it in the electronics industry is to realize that everything old is new again. About every five years, almost like clockwork, manufacturers seem to forget about to make the most basic of technologies.  Wire bonds. Electrolytic capacitors. Flame retardants. Underfills. Etc.

Hermetic packages are a great example. Read more here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

NASA Identifies Counterfeit Parts as Greatest Challenge

NASA stated that counterfeit parts are a growing problem and that high risk suppliers are employing increasingly sophisticated techniques to pass off fake components. 

DfR Solutions is actively engaged with several customers to assure that counterfeit parts do not get into their applications.  

Greg Caswell recently gave a presentation on the cost versus risk of mitigation at the ISTFA Conference in Phoenix.  For more information please contact Greg Caswell.