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82 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2021 1 X-Rayted Files: The Dark Side of the Chip Shortage—Counterfeits E As the world slowly recov- ers from the COVID-19 pan- demic, another problem plagues the global economy: the electronic component shortage. What some econ- omists have deemed to be a decade of immense prosper- ity and growth, the "roaring '20s" started with a hiccup. 2 Catching Up With Sean McConville, Niche Electronics E Dan Beaulieu catches up with Sean McConville, vice presi- dent of business develop- ment at Niche Electronics, who shares his background in the industry, the strengths of his company, and how the pandemic has affected business. 3 2021 Award Winners—IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Presentation E Congratulations to this year's IPC APEX EXPO award winners! On Tuesday, March 9, IPC presented their recognition awards dur- ing an online ceremony. e recipients of each award are listed here. Follow our I-Con- nect007 coverage for interviews with some of the award recipients. 4 EIPC Technical Snapshot: Cleanliness E John Ling's invitation to the fih in EIPC's: "In these con- fined days of lockdown, and exhortations to stay at home and only go out for exercise, this only exercises the natural inclination to hop on a 'plane to some sunshine.' Although not the same as Factor 20, one of our webinars gives a high degree of protection from harmful ignorance, and you do not have to go out in the cold." Editor's Picks from Sean McConville Pete Starkey Bill Cardoso

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