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DECEMBER 2019 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 85 6, you may still want to consider waiting, as today's Wi-Fi 5 phones will certainly drop in price about the time the new ones are about to be announced. Finally, here are a few more Wi-Fi 6 points of interest. Wi-Fi is one of the largest power users on your phones and laptops and has a target wake time capability that determines when de- vices wake, send, and receive data wirelessly. Phones and other IoT devices using this will have noticeably longer battery life. In addition, your coverage will be better, as it uses the next generation of beam-forming. It will also pro- vide wider coverage and greater connection stability as you move around your home or of- fice, and the ability to connect to more devices at the same time will, I am sure, be welcomed by most of us. Channel sharing and more ef- ficient data delivery will also increase speed and stability. Conclusion As we all increase the number of connected devices in the coming years, Wi-Fi 6 will ini- tially be greatly welcomed by those that ini- tially use it; then, it will become commonplace with higher speeds, greater coverage, and im- proved stability appreciated, then expected, and within a few years, demanded. Wi-Fi 6 capable devices are something that we will be looking for at the upcoming 2020 CES. Stay tuned. PCB007 Electronic Assemblies and Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Assemblies • IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Acceptability of Printed Circuit Boards • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Harness Assemblies • IPC-6012 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Boards Who Can Qualify for the Certified IPC Trainer Course? Anyone whose responsibility lies in the quality, accept- ability, and reliability of assemblies—including quality assur- ance engineers and manufacturing supervisors—can qualify for this CIT training course. Candidates for the certification for IPC instructor courses typically come from electronic manufacturing companies and original equipment manufacturers who want their key people to receive intensive training. Once they have com- pleted their course and passed the exams, each candidate is awarded a certification. Each CIT certification has a valid- ity of two years after the completion date. Certified IPC Train- ers whose certifications have expired are no longer autho- rized to conduct IPC training until they are recertified by an IPC authorized training center. Give your employees the opportunity to expand their abil- ity and understanding of IPC quality standards by sending them to a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) course. (Source: Blackfox) Certified Trainer Programs are intended for those who wish to become certified as instructors in different IPC specifications for the electronic assembly industry. This includes training, the supply of IPC-based instructional materials, and subsequent certification of successful can- didates. Written exams are also provided throughout the course to test the candidates and ensure that they fully understand the material. Our Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) programs are best suited for experienced and skilled electronics technicians, engineers, and supervisors who have the will and passion to teach and train colleagues about the quality standards of IPC. They also provide successful candidates with a credential that confirms their knowledge and understanding of IPC quality systems. The IPC instructor level courses and certifications are useful to individuals working in companies, independent consultancy firms, and training institutions. All of these are part of IPC's "train-the-trainer" program, which makes suc- cessful candidates eligible to conduct CIS training and cer- tify successful trainees. These are the most widely recognized CIT instructor certi- fication standards published by IPC: • IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies • IPC J-STD-001 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies • IPC-7711/7721 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Rework of How to Become a Certified IPC Trainer

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