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98 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2021 up on it! We know you all enjoyed reading these questions and answers, so we've com- piled all of them into one article for easy refer- ence. And if you'd like to hear more from Tara, be sure to view her Flex007 column series "Flex Talk." New Orbotech Flex PCB Manufacturing Solutions Enable Future Generations of Advanced Electronics E Orbotech, a KLA company, announced two new roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing solutions for flexible printed circuit (FPCs), enabling the design and mass production of new gen- erations of electronic devices, including 5G smartphones, advanced automotive and medi- cal devices. Consider This: Buried Capacitance Power Planes E Why do we need capacitance between the power and ground planes? When you think of voltage, remind yourself it must be a loop. What you send out to power the chip you have to get back to ground to complete the path. Basic electrical law states that every power or signal line needs a ground or return. John Tal- bot explores this and more. Stretchable Micro-Supercapacitors to Self-Power Wearable Devices E A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers, led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. Flex Talk: Communicating Outside the Box Is Key to Flex DFM E What do you do when you are designing a flex- ible circuit and need to go "way outside the box" to get the desired end-result? Tara Dunn looks at a few success stories, including gold conductors and complex rigid-flex, and empha- sizes the power of communication. Lenthor Engineering Adds 3 MicroCraft EMMA Flying Probe Testers E Lenthor Engineering, Inc., a California based designer, manufacturer and assembler of Flex and Rigid-Flex printed circuit boards, has announced the installation of three new EMMA E4M6151 Flying Probe test units from Microcraft. Pacothane on the Future of Laminate Technologies E Nolan Johnson recently spoke with the Paco- thane Technologies team about the current drivers of circuit board technology and how that has influenced and increased their prod- uct development of lamination and lamination assist products. MKS Sees Strong Sales for its Latest Flexible PCB Laser Processing Solution E MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announced that a leading PCB manufacturing customer in the Greater China region has purchased 80 units of the company's ESI CapStone system for near- term delivery. Just Ask Tara Dunn: The Exclusive Compilation E We asked for you to send in your questions for Averatek's Tara Dunn, and you took us

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