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68 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 mand for consumer electronic goods, the in- crease in the popularity of Internet of Things (IoT), and the adoption of FPCBs in automo- tive applications drive market growth. SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects to Accelerate Flexible Hybrid Electronics Innovation E SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor sys- tem innovations for new applications in indus- tries including healthcare, automotive, indus- trial, and defense. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Flex- Tech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, will provide more than $2.3 million in funding for the projects aimed at maturing the flexible-hy- brid electronics (FHE) technology ecosystem. HON-Flex Selects MKS Flex PCB Laser Processing Solution E MKS Instruments has announced that HON- Flex Xiamen Hongxin Electron-tech Co. Ltd. (also known as HON-Flex) has selected the ESI RedStone system for its high-volume flex PCB processing. The ESI RedStone system provides HON-Flex with the capability to deliver high- volume processing of through vias, with the added versatility to address their requirement for blind via processing. NextFlex Honored With FLEXI Award for Its FlexPro Professional Development Education Program E NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electron- ics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, was award- ed the FLEXI Technology Leadership in Edu- cation Award for its FlexPro program yester- day at the SEMI Flex Conference in San Jose, California. American Standard Now Offers Bookbinder Rigid-flex PCBs E American Standard Circuits is now offering high-technology bookbinder rigid-flex PCBs. Bookbinder rigid-flex technology is a special rigid-flex design where the outer flex layers are increased in length, compared with the inner layers, by enough to keep them from interfer- ing with each other and buckling. Catching up With Flexible Circuit Technologies E Dan Beaulieu catches up with Troy Koopman, president and co-founder of Flexible Circuit Technologies (FCT), and Carey Burkett, the company's VP of business development. FCT is a full-service flex and rigid-flex supplier. Flex Talk: Additive PCB Technology for Next-generation Electronics E Semi-additive PCB processes help to enable very fine features, with trace and space down to 25 microns and below, significantly reduc- ing space and weight for next-generation elec- tronics. Tara Dunn speaks with Todd Brassard and Meredith LaBeau from Calumet Electron- ics about how the company is the first domes- tic PCB manufacturer to license Averatek's A- SAP™ process and will be presenting informa- tion on the industrialization of this process at this year's IPC APEX EXPO. Flexible Printed Circuit Boards Market— 2026: Industry Growth, Opportunities, Applications, Trends, and Revenue Strategies E FPCBs are widely used across applications, such as LCD displays, mobile screens, connec- tivity antennas, and flexible circuitry used in rechargeable batteries. The growth in the de-

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