I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week


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My colleague, Andy Shaughnessy, attended a live, in-person trade show, in Atlanta, on Wednesday, June 9. Yes, he really did! Andy covered IMS 2021 at the Georgia World Congress Center, and his report was that it was both weird and wonderful to be back on the show floor—even without carpeting (but I’ll let Andy tell that story).

This week’s can’t miss news items touch all the bases—unlike Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes, who didn’t touch all the bases on Tuesday night’s game, and had his home run revoked. We’ve got news on the Biden administration’s supply chain review, and we link to the IPC’s statement on the report. We also highlight SEMI’s statement of approval for the USICA funding for semiconductors. Software companies are in the news this week, as Cadence announces a new system design platform; whereas Altium and Autodesk do the M&A dance this week. Rounding out the top five is news that Arlon’s 84HP prepreg has been IPC validated. 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Statement on Biden-Harris Administration 100 Day Supply Chain Review 
Published June 8

Though this includes primary attention to semiconductor, IPC also issued a statement on this review document, here

New Cadence Allegro X Design Platform Revolutionizes System Design 
Published June 10

Cadence Design Systems debuted the Cadence Allegro X Design Platform, which Cadence touts as the industry’s first engineering platform for system design that unifies schematic, layout, analysis, design collaboration and data management. Cadence claims this platform streamlines the system design process for engineers. Allegro and OrCAD cores were used as the foundation for the Design Platform. 

SEMI Applauds Senate Passage of USICA Semiconductor Funding, Urges House Action 
Published June 10

SEMI (the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain) applauded the Senate’s passage of $52 billion in funding for U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and research incentives included in the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).

SEMI also applauded the Senate for acting on the tariff exclusioin program in the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, which provides tariff relief for American businesses and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing.

Arlon’s 84HP Receives Official IPC Validation to IPC-4101E-WAM1/43 
Published June 4

IPC Validation Services officially recognizes Arlon’s 84HP prepreg as having passed all tests that meets or exceeds the product performance requirements of IPC-4101E-WAM1/43. 

Don’t miss our additional coverage with Arlon’s Brad Foster here

Altium Declines Autodesk’s $3.9 Billion Offer 
Published June 7

The Monday press in Australia reported the news, followed by other news outlets as morning broke around the globe in the hours following. Autodesk announced intent to acquire Altium; Altium officially rejected the bid. But did keep the door open to further discussion. 

Worms on a Mission to Research Muscle Loss in Space 
Published June 4

Actually, this is a bonus sixth item. And, it’s not really about electronics at all, nor is it MilAero. But we ran it in the Daily Newsletter, and y’all read the crap outta this!

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