Related Links

The related links below are examples of information societies relative to the SMTA. Their purpose is the collection, production, and distribution of information.

They are organized into the following categories by media type:

Associations - Magazines - Web Sites


American Society of Test Engineers, Inc.
Go to ASTE on-line The ASTE is a all volunteer non-profit corporation with members in 22 States and Canada, including several active chapters. The ASTE is dedicated to the quality, integrity, and advancement of the test engineering profession. They publish 4 Newsletters per year, provide over $5,000 dollars in scholarships per year through funding from NEPCON, review most test related technical conferences, and attend 4 NEPCON Conferences in Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Anaheim each year co-sponsoring a Test Center Booth with Test & Measurement World Magazine to provide test information to the electronics industry.

Die Products Consortium (DPC)
Go to DPC on-line The Die Products Consortium (DPC) is a source of information for the microelectronics industry on die product processing and assembly methods. Its areas of focus include KGD, bare die, flip chip, wafer-level CSP, chip on board (COB), system in a package (SIP), and multichip module (MCM). The mission of the DPC is to provide leadership to the microelectronics industry for developing methods that promote improved die product quality, reliability, handling, shipping, and associated infrastructure. Its objectives are to maintain worldwide leadership as focal point in die products industry, drive enhancement of industry standard infrastructure, encourage industry adoption of improved KGD test, quality & reliability methods, and accelerate the demand for die products.

EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance)
Go to EIA on-line Connecting the industries that define the digital age.

EMPF (Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility)
Go to ACI EMPF on-line The Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (EMPF) was established in 1984 to aid the electronics industry in improving electronics manufacturing processes required in the manufacture of military systems. Today, the EMPF operates as a National Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence (NEMCE) deriving its resources from a consortium of industry, university and government participants led by the American Competitiveness Institute (ACI). The EMPF's principal goals are to: improve responsiveness to the needs of DoD electronics systems; ensure that deliverables make a significant impact in the electronics manufacturing industry; facilitate the development and transition of technology to the factory floor; and, expand the customer base to a national level.

ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Association
Go to ESDA on-line! Founded in 1982, the ESD Association is a professional voluntary association dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge (ESD) avoidance. The website boasts an excellent free resource called the Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Technology Roadmap.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC)
Go to Hong Kong Trade Development Council on-line Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the global marketing arm and public service hub for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders, and service exporters. Their activities are especially geared to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are the chief drivers of Hong Kong's trade. With more than 40 offices around the world, TDC enhances efforts to expand business in international trade by providing marketing opportunities, business matching services, market intelligence, and SME development programs.

IEE (The Institution of Electrical Engineers)
Go to IEE on-line Founded in 1871, the Institution of Electrical Engineers is the largest professional engineering society in Europe and has a worldwide membership of just under 140,000. These men and women, who have joined together to promote the advancement of electrical, electronic and manufacturing science and engineering, range from students to the most distinguished and highly qualified members of the profession.

IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.)
Go to IEEE on-line The IEEE ("eye-triple-E") helps advance global prosperity by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession.

IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries)
Go to IPC on-line The IPC is a United States-based trade association dedicated to furthering the competitive excellence and financial success of its members worldwide, who are participants in the electronic interconnect industry. In pursuit of these objectives, the IPC will devote resources to management improvement and technology enhancement programs, the creation of relevant standards, protection of the environment, and pertinent government relations. The IPC encourages the active participation of all its members in these activities and commits to full cooperation with all related national and international organizations.

IMAPS (International Microelectronics and Packaging Society)
Go to IMAPS on-line The International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS) is a society dedicated to the advancement and growth of the use of microelectronics and electronic packaging through professional and public education, the dissemination of information and the promotion of the Society's portfolio of technologies. Founded in 1967 IMAPS is a leading international microelectronics and electronic packaging society with professional members in 24 North American chapters and 19 international chapters. Members of the Society represent every discipline and specialty in the electronics industry and include both technical and marketing professionals. IMAPS supports 30 educational opportunities annually that enable these professionals to increase their knowledge of current research and applications. Students have their own chapters and are eligible for annual grants from the IMAPS Educational Foundation.

iNEMI (International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative
Go to iNEMI on-line The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's (iNEMI's) mission is to assure leadership of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. Based in Herndon, Va., the industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 70 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives.

MEPTEC (Microelectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council)
Go to MEPTEC's website MEPTEC is a trade association of semiconductor suppliers and manufacturers, committed to enhancing the competitiveness of the back-end portion of the semiconductor business. MEPTEC is concerned exclusively with assembly and testing and is dedicated to the advancement of the industry. Since its inception over 15 years ago, MEPTEC has provided a forum for semiconductor packaging and test professionals to learn and exchange ideas that relate to assembly, test and handling. MEPTEC continuously strives to improve and elevate the roles of assembly and test professionals in the industry.

Go to NEPCON China on-line NEPCON / Microelectronics series have been being launched in more than 15 countries/regions all over the world, where electronics professionals gather. Since its first presentation held in 1985 in China, with the tremendous support of the Ministry of Information Industry (former Ministry of Electronics Industry), the show has been enhancing the partnership among the technologists, manufacturers and users of the China' s electronics manufacturing industry.

Should your company plan to develop your business in the China's electronics manufacturing industry, NEPCON / Microelectronics promises to deliver qualified buyers from various electronics industries such as, electronics assembly products & services, PCB manufacturing technology, equipment, materials & services, semiconductor manufacturing technology, electronics components, and assembly technology.

SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International)
Go to SEMI on-line Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) is a global trade association that represents the semiconductor and flat panel display equipment and materials industries. Founded in 1970 in the United States, SEMI has evolved into a worldwide organization committed to free trade and open markets. The primary goal of SEMI is to help its members expand their global marketing opportunities and improve access to their customers and industry, government and civic leaders. SEMI accomplishes this goal by providing its members with up-to-date, industry-specific information and educational resources needed to manage their company and market their products more effectively.

SMART Group (Surface Mount And Related Technologies)
Go to SMART Group on-line The SMART Group is the leading European technical trade association representing the electronics manufacturing industry. The SMART Group aims to promote the advancement of the electronics manufacturing industry through the education, training and notification of its members in surface mount and related assembly technologies, and by the promotion of a community of electronics manufacturing professionals. This is to be accomplished by active encouragement of member inter-activity, through meetings, seminars, conferences and publication of technical information. The SMART Group invites and requires the active participation of all its members in these aims.

SMCBA (Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association)
Go to SMCBA on-line The Australian SMT Association was formed in 1988 and in 1990 its name was changed to the Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association after the PCB Industry Interest Group joined with the Association. Its vision is to facilitate the development of the electronics industry in our region to be world competitive and recognised as a unified, skilled and co-operative industry. Its mission is to expand and enhance the electronics industry by raising the industry's awareness to technological developments, providing opportunities for technology transfer, encouraging co-operation between members and other interested groups, national and international; influencing governments and regulatory authorities, and developing the skills and knowledge of our members.


Chip Scale Review Magazine
Go to Chip Scale Review on-line The mission of Chip Scale Review is to promote the growth of the infrastructure and to support the design, manufacture, test and application of chip-scale electronics worldwide, inclusive of chip-scale, flip-chip and wafer-level packaging. Chip Scale Review is produced for a worldwide audience of engineers, specialists, researchers and end-users of chip-scale electronics, with a circulation of 27,500 worldwide. Chip Scale Review covers the chip-scale, flip-chip and wafer-level packaging market.

Circuits Assembly Magazine
Go to Circuits Assebmly on-line Circuits Assembly Magazine is the only industry publication whose editorial is devoted exclusively to circuits assembly. This focus allows coverage in depth of the technology developments and applications engineers are looking for. The online version of Circuits Assembly provides daily international business and industry-related news, current issue articles, and access to editorial archives.

ECN (Electronic Component News)
Go to EM China on-line ECN (Electronic Component News) is a print magazine for designers and engineers. We cover technologies such as boards and modules; electromechanical devices; embedded systems and networking; optoelectronics and displays; packaging and interconnects; passive and discrete components; power sources and power management; integrated circuits; sensors and actuators; and test and measurement. We also produce online tutorials in the ECN Design Network.

EM Asia
Go to EM China on-line EM Asia (Electronics Manufacturing Asia) continues to be the primary source of information for industry professionals who design, assemble and test printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies in Asia. It is the premier publication in the region targeted at contract manufacturers (EMS/ODMs), OEMs, and at vendors, suppliers and distributors who want to remain informed on the latest developments and technologies in the SMT and electronic packaging/interconnect industries.

Global SMT & Packaging
Go to Global SMT and Packaging on-line With four editions (Americas, Europe, China and South East Asia) and seven websites (international, China, Korea, South East Asia, Japan, Mexico and Brazil), Global SMT & Packaging is THE assembly journal for electronics manufacturers worldwide. The magazines, websites and newsletters offer solution-led technical articles, insightful columns, coverage of industry news and events, and an exploration of the latest technology emerging in the sector.

Go to SMT on-line SMT Magazine, an I-Connect007 publication, is focused on the subject of surface mount assembly of printed circuit boards and other related topics. Presented in a 100% digital format since 2010, SMT Magazine is published monthly and is chock-full of technical articles and pertinent original content. The companion site, SMT007 and newsletter SMT Week, provide up-to-the-minute international business and industry-related news and information to help you make informed decisions and keep you in the loop.

US Tech
Go to US-Tech on-line Each issue of US Tech covers topics intended to enhance your business. The Tech Watch column covers leading edge technologies which normally do not appear in the regular editorial mix. Other sections cover business news, mergers and acquisitions, plant expansions and relocations, distributor agreements, and personnel moves, appointments, and promotions.

Web Sites

Go to Circuitnet on-line The purpose of Circuitnet is to sort through the unending stream of industry information and deliver to subscribers the most important news affecting the world of electronics manufacturing. The compendium of information is posted on-line and sent to subscribers by email. Circuitnet's Daily Newsletter features links to business and technology news stories and to industry articles. The latest corporate and product news from OEMs and EMS providers and equipment and materials manufacturers are also included. Circuitnet's Weekly Newsletter, published each Tuesday, includes tips, commentaries, contests, surveys, feature articles and the top business and technology stories featured during the week.

Datasheet Archive
Datasheet Archive The Datasheet Archive provides users with one of the Internets most complete sources for electronic component datasheets and application notes. Their datasheet search engine contains data on 100 million parts from 7500 manufacturers.

Datasheets360 Electronic component search engine with over 200 million parts, each with a PDF datasheet. Increased breadth and accuracy of distributor pricing and inventory data through a partnership with ECIA. This database cross references data from Texas Instruments. - Electronics Design Automation delivers the latest Electronics Design Automation industry commentary, news, product reviews, articles, events, jobs, and resources from a single, convenient point.

EEWeb EEWeb is a premier electrical engineering community providing news, tools, and resources for engineers. EEWeb offers its community members: Technical Discussions, Online Toolbox, Design News, Community Blogs & Projects, Personal Profiles & Resumes and Opportunities for Professional Networking. Publications
Go to Publications on-line Publications is a portal to essential market and technology information for the global electronics Industry. It provides succinct, up-to-date and well researched data, delivering critical information on the semiconductor, electronics manufacturing, wireless technology, and converging markets. offers a full spectrum of knowledge and tools with a network of over a hundred researchers globally to help establish leadership in emerging markets.

Electronics Components World
Go to ECW on-line Electronics Components World is the latest initiative from entrepreneurial Blackdot Publishing. Blackdot/ECW's vision for this portal is to be the world's leading online resource for Electronics Components Information, where you can access a world of information relating to products, suppliers, news and new product releases.

Go to EMSnow on-line EMSnow was launched to provide the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry, and it's supporting supplier and customer bases, with a single, real-time information and analysis source covering the global aspects of this critical industry. EMSNow focuses on the business of the EMS industry. As a truly global industry, the EMS sector runs 24 hours a day. EMSnow brings the world to you every day in a concise and information-rich format. Unlike other sites, which just bring you press releases, EMSNow also brings you news analysis, financial analysis, opinions and judgments by industry leaders and visionaries, and access to research that will give you better insights to markets and trends.

Electronic Product Design & Test
Go to Everything PCB on-line The UK's leading, monthly, technical journal for electronics design engineers covering every area of electronics in all important industry sectors. Regular supplements include Distribution, Test and Outsourcing.

Go to I-Connect007 on-line I-Connect007 is the most extensive global source for news and original content serving the printed circuit board design, fabrication and assembly/EMS markets. The I-Connect007 family includes, PCB007, SMT007, PCBDesign007, Flex007, MilAero007, EIN007 (Electronics Industry News) and RealTime with... (RTW) for exclusive industry event coverage.

NPL Defects Database
Go to NPL Defects Database National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Electronics Interconnection Group has put in place a Defects Database on printed board assembly and material issues as part of their continuing support to the electronics industry. The database is intended to be added to on a continuous basis by any visitor to the database, and so increase in value to the industry. The database was suggested as an industry project by members of the Industry Advisory Group IAG, recommending that NPL were best equipped to coordinate the activity due to their scientific and manufacturing expertise. By collecting together common problems and making example images freely available to industry it will assist engineers implement corrective actions in their process or design. - Anti-Counterfeiting News
Securing Industry - Anti-Counterfeiting News is a free-to-access information service that covers the issues surrounding supply chain and brand security. Our aim is to provide practical advice and intelligence to help manufacturers define and pursue their own strategies for tackling crime including counterfeiting, product diversion, adulteration and theft.

Go to SMTnet on-line SMTnet is your gateway to the electronics manufacturing industry. Within a forum atmosphere SMTnet provides efficient and effective two-way exchange between providers and users of the products, services, and information related to electronics manufacturing.

The PCB List
Go to The PCB List on-line The PCB List is an online directory known as “The best way to find a PCB fabricator, anywhere.” Quickly and easily search for a printed circuit board manufacturer to fit your electronic manufacturing needs from over 1,800 entries.
Go to SMTnet on-line Business strategy source for electronics contract manufacturing outsourcing and offshoring. provides best practices and benchmarking information for printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and PCB box build and systems integration, and related supply chain knowledge, to help decision-makers.

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