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84 The PCB Magazine • July 2017 Off-the-Shelf Power-Generating Clothes Are Almost Here A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can gener- ate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha An- drew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst could make one today. They have invented a way to apply breathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so it feels good to the touch and transports enough electricity to power small electronics. Eltek Inks Distribution Agreement with NCAB Group Italy Eltek Ltd., a global manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced solutions in the field of printed circuit boards, announced today an agree- ment with NCAB Group Italy to distribute Eltek's products in Italy. American Standard Circuits Earns Key Military Qualification MIL-PRF-50884F and Expands MIL-PRF-31032 American Standard Circuits' CEO Anaya Vardya announced recently that his company has officially received its military qualification for flex and rigid- flex printed circuit boards: MIL-PRF- 50884F and MIL-PRF-31032C, QPL/QML Product Assurance Level, FSC 5998: Cage Code 4AA34: CN056313, VQ (VQE-17-031438). Tucking in to NIST's '3D Printer' Testbed 3D printing of metal objects is a booming industry, with the market for products and services worth more than an estimated $2.3 billion in 2015—a nearly five-fold growth since 2010. Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon There's a limit to how fast autonomous vehicles can fly while safely avoiding obstacles. That's be- cause the cameras used on today's drones can only process images so fast, frame by individual frame. Beyond roughly 30 miles per hour, a drone is likely to crash simply because its cameras can't keep up. DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to com- plete advanced design work for the Agency's Ex- perimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster na- tional security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. Compunetics and Circuits, LLC Announce Acquisition Compunetics Inc. is pleased to announce it has concluded an agreement with Circuits, LLC to ac- quire the assets of Circuits, LLC, a flexible printed circuit board manufacturer located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Beyond Scaling: an Electronics Resurgence Initiative The Department of Defense's proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DAR- PA in support of a new, public-private "electronics resurgence" initiative. The initiative seeks to un- dergird a new era of electronics in which advances in performance will be catalyzed not just by con- tinued component miniaturization but also by rad- ically new microsystem materials, designs, and ar- chitectures. UQ Partners with Lockheed Martin to Develop Next-Gen Computers for Aerospace Applications University of Queensland researchers have part- nered with global technology leader Lockheed Martin to develop next generation computers for aerospace applications. ARC Future Fellow and project lead Professor Warwick Bowen said the partnership would develop a new approach to computer technology, with the potential for future commercial impacts in the aerospace industry. All Flex Expands Primary Production Facility All Flex, a manufacturer of flexible printed circuit boards and flexible heaters, recently completed an expansion of its primary production facility in Northfield, Minnesota, increasing its fabrication footprint by 10%. With two facilities in Northfield, the company invested $400K in consolidating its headquarters into one location, freeing up needed space for production capacity, fabrication process- es, and improved material flow. MilAero007 Highlights

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