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52 The PCB Magazine • March 2015 Over a Dozen RoHS Exemptions Requested IPC, in conjunction with an international industry stakeholder group, applied for more than a dozen exemption extension requests under the European Union (EU) RoHS Directive. The RoHS2 Directive dictates expiration dates for all exemptions grant- ed and several critical to the electronics manufac- turing industry are set to expire in 2016. A Cautionary Tale: Counterfeit Materials John Ling of EIPC writes, "Risk from counterfeits wears many hats. There is reputational risk, which can be damaging; there is inherent safety risk, which could be fatal; and there is financial risk to the OEM, the PCB manufacturer, and the PCB broker. One way of minimising risk is by dealing direct." DARPA Boosts Investment in LRASM Program Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA's Long Range Anti- Ship Missile (LRASM) program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability. FTG Secures New Agreement with Rockwell Collins The agreement incorporates a variety of technolo- gies for use on major airframe platforms across business regional, air transport and government systems market applications. DARPA to Put Fab Lab at Navy Ship Maintenance Center High-tech fabrication facility aims to enhance ship maintenance and repair by enabling more cost- effective training and rapid onsite production of parts and components. Camtek Secures First Conditional Order for Gryphon Camtek Ltd. announced that it has received a con- ditional purchase order from Bay Area Circuits Inc. for a Gryphon system. The purchase order will be- come firm upon successful completion of an eval- uation process. It's Only Common Sense: Saving the Military PCB Market The DoD has to come to its senses and start work- ing with the sub-$20 million well-qualified board shops. These shops have been the backbone of the American PCB industry since its inception. It must work with them and support them, making sure they pay prices that are fair enough for them to stay in business. New Defense PCB Regulations Take Effect December 30 Changes to the U.S. Munitions List, which is reg- ulated through the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, states that PCBs "specially designed" for defense-related purposes will be controlled un- der USML Category XI. Additionally, any designs or digital data related to "specially designed" PCBs will be controlled as technical data. 2015 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry to Rise "The commercial aerospace sector is expected to set new records for aircraft production in 2015. The accelerated replacement cycle of obsolete air- craft with next generation fuel-efficient aircraft, and growing passenger travel demand, especially in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region are key drivers behind this trend," said Tom Captain, Deloitte Global Aerospace and Defense Sector Leader. IDTechEx Sees Rapidly Changing $7.5B Market for Drones Dr. Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx says, "The big- gest market sub-sector will be small UAVs that are not toys or personal, with $2 billion in sales in 2025 generating over $20 billion in benefits to agriculture, border protection, parcel delivery, lo- gistics such as warehousing, coastguard, customs, search and rescue, medical emergency, malaria re- search, mine detection, protection of rare species, movie production and so on." 52 The PCB Magazine • March 2015 Mil/Aero007 News Highlights

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