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12/1/2016  

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 This Week's Feature


All About Flex: Packaging Flexible Circuits and Assemblies
There are many facets involved in designing, fabricating and delivering a flexible circuit. During the quote and design phase, requirements are reviewed relating to the function, reliability and dimensions of the flex circuit. So assuming the relevant product documentation was gathered, and the salesperson turned around the quote, then the customer placed an order and parts were built, it’s all over…right? Not quite. One critical aspect that often does not get much discussion until there is a problem is packaging and shipping.

 
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  Featured Articles
 


Standard of Excellence: RF Microwave Technology—The Future is Now
Although RF/microwave technology has been around for a considerable amount of time, many people are still not sure exactly what it is. This month, I am going to dedicate my column to explaining exactly what it is, why it is used, and in what products is it used. I’ll also discuss who needs it.


Weiner’s World
Here we go again! The winter holiday (and trade show) season is upon us! Electronica's mood was upbeat. Next, the Asia and San Diego shows. We just received word as we were preparing for our trip to next month's HKPCA/IPC event in Shenzhen China that the CPCA (China Printed Circuit Association) show suddenly changed its March 2017 date and venue. Meanwhile, the HKPCA show, now billed as our industry's largest event, will have nearly 550 exhibitors—of which 20% are new.


The Bare (Board) Truth: Hey, They’re Just Vias—or Are They?
I get this phone call once a week: “Mark, what is the smallest mechanical via that can be done by your company?” I reply, “What will the tolerance for the vias in question be?” If they say, “Oh, your standard +/-.003” tolerances,” I must tell them the min via would be around .0078” with a signal pad of at least .014” and an anti-pad of at least .018”. What if they don't have that kind of room?

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  Military and Aerospace News
 


Raytheon Wins $225M Contract for Increased Patriot Missile Defense Capability
An undisclosed member of the 13-nation group that owns the combat-proven Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System has awarded Raytheon Company a $225 million direct commercial sales contract for additional capability.


Designing Agile Human-Machine Teams
Modern military operations are dynamic and complex—requiring, for example, that infantry squads carry out their missions simultaneously in the 3-dimensional physical world, the cyber domain, and across the electromagnetic spectrum.


Laser-based Navigation Sensor Could Be Standard for Planetary Landing Missions
A laser-guided navigation sensor that could help future rovers make safe, precise landings on Mars or destinations beyond will soon undergo testing in California’s Mojave Desert.

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  Medical Electronics News
 


Environmentally-Friendly Graphene Textiles Could Enable Wearable Electronics
Wearable, textiles-based electronics present new possibilities for flexible circuits, healthcare and environment monitoring, energy conversion, and many others. Now, researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) at the University of Cambridge, working in collaboration with scientists at Jiangnan University, China, have devised a method for depositing graphene-based inks onto cotton to produce a conductive textile.


Health Diagnosis Through Bio-Signal Measuring Electrodes on IoT Devices
The bio-signal measuring electrodes developed by the research team can be easily mounted on IoT devices for health diagnosis, thus they can measure bio-signals such as brain waves and electrocardiograms without additional analysis and measurement equipment while not interfering or restricting human activities.


For Wearable Electronic Devices, Plastic Holes Are Golden
In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you're exploring something else entirely. That's the case with recent findings from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film.

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