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30 SMT007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2022 One of the highlights of SMTA International is the Technical Conference, where more than 100 papers will be presented across at least 30 sessions. "Work that was delayed due to the effects of COVID has been completed and the amount of material coming from the industry is impres- sive," says Julie Silk, VP of technical programs. "We have a packed conference this year in Min- neapolis." e Technical Conference is part of SMTA International, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Min- neapolis, Minnesota. To attend the conference sessions, registration is required. e Technical Conference is organized and managed by Silk, who works for Keysight Technologies, and Raiyo Aspandiar of Intel Corporation and SMTAI conference chair. ey are assisted by the SMTA International Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which is comprised of distinguished electronics man- ufacturing and packaging industry experts. Technical Conference: Trending on Topic ey designed the conference to ensure that the latest trends and developments are fully addressed. e Technical Conference has nine technical tracks: • Advanced Packaging (APT) • High Performance and Reliability (HPR) • Interconnect Research and Reliability (IRR) • Low Temperature Solder (LTS) • Manufacturing Excellence (MFX) • Materials for Electronics (MAT) • Medical & Defense Symposium (MD) • Technical Innovations (TI) • Test and Inspection (INS) Silk says some of the tracks have been renamed from previous years to better describe the content for these sessions. For example, High Performance and Reliability (HPR) "cov- ers the unique requirements in industries such as automotive and space," she says. "M&D

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