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JANUARY 2021 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 55 Stephen Chavez, Happy Holden on Designing Reliable Vias E Andy Shaughnessy and Happy Holden speak with Stephen Chavez, a staff engineer with an aerospace company and chairman of the Print- ed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), about designing vias for greater reliability. They also address several areas where they can look to improve reliability, a variety of steps that designers should take to help ensure more robust vias, and some testing and educa- tional resources that PCB designers and design engineers should be aware of. 2021 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials Call for Abstracts E The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and CALCE University of Maryland are inviting the industry to submit technical papers for presentation at the VIRTUAL 2021 Sympo- sium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The event will be held on August 3–5, 2021. Defense Speak Interpreted: What's a VITA? E Ever wonder how military electronics users could swap out circuit cards rapidly and keep their defense systems running? What about a "hot swap" of a circuit card that was question- able? The Department of Defense started to wor- ry about those issues over 30 years ago and has helped private industry develop a highly sophis- ticated set of standards for circuit card input/ output (I/O) to make quick change possible. A Martian Roundtrip: NASA's Perseverance Rover Sample Tubes E The tubes carried in the belly of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover are destined to carry the first samples in history from another plan- et back to Earth. The Government Circuit: Looking Ahead to 2021: E Before the 116th Congress adjourns for the hol- idays, IPC expects to secure some policy vic- tories for the electronics manufacturing indus- try and keep its policy agenda moving forward. Read on—and watch this space—to learn how it all turns out. Understanding MIL-PRF-31032, Part 6 E Concluding this six-part discussion on under- standing the military printed circuit board perfor- mance standard MIL-PRF-31032, Anaya Vardya discusses the remaining procedure required to address the unique requirements of the military. IPC President John Mitchell Releases Statement on NDAA Final Passage E IPC President and CEO John Mitchell released a statement on final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. Raytheon and United Technologies Merger: Stronger Together E The 2020 merger of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses brought together two companies with distinctive legacies of developing and de- ploying advanced technologies to solve some of the world's most pressing and complex chal- lenges. IPC Applauds U.S. House Approval of Defense Policy Act With Pro-Electronics Provisions E Follow the link below to view a statement by John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO, on the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the final version of the Fiscal 2021 Na- tional Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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