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24 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2022 Collins Aerospace, AVIC LETRI Receive FAA TSO Certification for COMAC C919 Weather Radar Antenna E Collins Aerospace and AVIC Leihua Elec- tronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI) announced that they have received TSO certifi- cation for COMAC's C919 Weather Radar Flat Plate Antenna (WFA), designed by LETRI, from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). PCBAA Names Executive Director E e Printed Circuit Board Association of America named David Schild as the associa- tion's first executive director. PCBAA is a con- sortium of U.S.-based companies that support U.S. domestic production of printed circuit boards or PCBs. e association focuses on reshoring American high-tech manufacturing and building a resilient and secure domestic supply chain. FTG Inks Definitive Agreement to Acquire IMI Inc. E Firan Technology Group Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire IMI, Inc. based in Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston. IMI is a manufacturer of specialty RF circuit boards focused on the aerospace and defense markets. Intelsat Chooses SWISSto12 to Build Intelsat 45 E Intelsat announced that scale-up manufacturer SWISSto12 will produce the Intelsat 45 satel- lite (IS-45). With the order, Intelsat becomes the first commercial customer for the innova- tive HummingSat geostationary (GEO) tele- communications product. Ground Control Joins Inmarsat ELEVATE Program to Focus on Satellite IoT Opportunities E Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile sat- ellite communications, has launched a new IoT service plan to drive growth and generate long term business for its distribution partners. American-Made Advocacy: The CHIPS Act is Just the Beginning E Now that the CHIPS and Science Act has been signed into law, the work to secure the entire microelectronics ecosystem must begin. We have a long way to go in restoring balance and resilience in our critical supply chains. Purdue Defense Research Focuses on Expanding Knowledge of Nontoxic Alternatives for Circuit Boards E Carol Handwerker's life's work is aimed at increasing reliability in everything from the largest Navy carrier to the family car. She does it by researching probably the most inconspic- uous material: solder. Raytheon Technologies Collaborates with Microsoft E Raytheon Technologies is deepening its col- laboration with Microso Corp. to equip the aerospace and defense company's employ- ees with cloud-based tools, technologies, and platforms to enhance collaboration, optimize operations and unlock intelligent insights that drive greater value for customers.

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