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32 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2014 PCB007 News highlights the PCBs and provide assembly, integration, and test services. Precision Circuits West Unveils Line of Aluminum PCBs These aluminum PCBs (also called metal core PCBs) are five to ten times as thermally conductive as conventional epoxy-glass, at one-tenth of the thickness resulting in thermal transfer far more ef- ficient than a conventional rigid PCB. Intercept Strengthens Canadian Representation with kaltron "Kaltron is delighted to offer Intercept's PCB, Hybrid IC, and rF software solutions to our cus- tomers in Canada. They complement very well our existing portfolio of design services, components, and modules," said Tom Martin, president of Kal- tron. Multitest Leads the Way in 0.3 mm-pitch PCBs Multitest can manufacture PCBs with 40+ layers at 0.35 mm in a single lamination process without the use of laser drilled, "stacked," blind vias. Ibiden Receives Multilayer PCB Manufacturing Tech Patent The patent is mainly for a method of manufactur- ing a multi-layer printed wiring board including forming a core substrate, forming a first interlayer insulation layer over the core substrate, and form- ing a first filled via in the first interlayer insulation layer. AT&S Among Top Performers in Resource Efficiency The Lean & Green jury highlighted particularly the data transparency and the culture of open com- munication within the company. aT&S is commit- ted to a green strategy and sustainability is a major goal for all employees. IPC: Slump in PCB Sales and Orders is Typical for July "July is typically a slow month for the PCB industry and this year is no exception," said Sharon Starr, IPC's director of market research. "The PCB book- to-bill ratio has been hovering around 1.00 since February, which explains the flat year-to-date sales growth we are seeing," she added. Molex Dongguan China Earns FDA Registration Molex Incorporated announced that the Molex Dongguan, China facility is now registered with the u.S. FDa as a compliant manufacturer of Class I medical devices. Part of an ongoing process im- provement plan by the Molex printed circuit prod- ucts group, registration confirms the Dongguan China site's adherence with FDa inspections, track- ing, and traceability criteria. Global PCB Market to Increase to $74.3B in 2018 IndustryarC forecasts the global PCB manufactur- ing market to increase its market size from around $62.3 billion in 2013 to around $74.31 billion in 2018, growing at a CaGr of 3.6%. Murrietta, eSurface Ink Technology Licensing Agreement The executed technology license agreement be- tween the two companies provides Murrietta the right to manufacture PCBs using eSurface's patent- ed technology, receive implementation and mar- keting support from eSurface, and to be acknowl- edged as an eSurface authorized facility. i3 to Provide Variety of Services with New Contract i3 Electronics Inc. has signed a multi-year agree- ment with an industry leading high-performance Computing firm for the supply of high-perfor- mance electronic assemblies. i3 will manufacture 32 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2014

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