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54 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2016 Innovative Designs, Smart Manufacturing Deliver Soldier Readiness "The Army has called for increased innovation, which is shining a spotlight on prototype designs," said Christopher Manning, Prototype Integration & Testing Division chief, under the Army's Com- munications-electronics Research, Development and engineering Center, or CeRDeC. "However, it is imperative that our designs can be leveraged for mass production and sustainment." PNC Purchases Benchtop AOI PnC, a provider of rigid, rigid-flex and flex PCBs, has boosted its capabilities by acquiring nordson YeSTeCH's BX Benchtop Automated AoI. Northrop Grumman to Design and Produce Shipboard Laser Weapon System Demonstrator The U.S. navy will get a peek at a future where high energy laser weapons could defend its ships against attack under a contract awarded oct. 22 to northrop Grumman Corporation by the office of naval Research (onR). Indium Features Gold-Tin Solder Preforms for Precision Die-Attach Applications at AeroDef2016 Indium will feature its precision gold-tin (AuSn) solder preforms for die-attach at the upcoming AeroDef 2016 event in Long Beach, California. Designed for high-reliability applications, Indium's Pb-free and RoHS-compliant AuSn preforms are available in a variety of standard and custom-engi- neered designs. Mr. Laminate Tells All: Who Would Like a Mil-Spec Audit? I remember when IPC-4101 was completed and released in December 1997 and the question came up about whether IPC should create a policeman program to enforce it. To a person that helped cre- ate IPC-4101, absolutely no one wanted such an audit program ever again. PCB Technologies Receives NADCAP Accreditation PCB Technologies announces that it has received nadcap accreditation for electronics. A Conversation with IPC President and CEO John Mitchell I-Connect007's Patty Goldman was able to sit down with John Mitchell, president and Ceo of IPC, to discuss the organization and where we are going as an industry. We discussed IPC's four aspirational goals—standards, education, advocacy and solu- tions—as well as short-term goals. We also talked a bit about going virtual and becoming paperless. Raytheon's Development and Testing on Track for DDG 51 Flight III Raytheon Company announced its An/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR)team has com- pleted the first full radar array, fully populated with component Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), includ- ing more than 5,000 Transmit/Receive elements, in 140 days. NUS Takes the Quantum Leap into Space Galassia, a two-kilogramme nanosatellite, was developed by students and researchers from the Faculty of engineering; Centre for Remote Imag- ing, Sensing & Processing (CRISP); and Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT). Satellites Find Sustainable Energy in Cities Underground heat islands in cities have an enor- mous geothermal potential. Warm groundwater can be used to produce sustainable energy for heating and cooling. Researchers of Karlsruhe In- stitute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a new method to find underground heat islands. MilAero007 Highlights

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