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JULY 2018 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 81 5 ACE's AccuWrap Simplifies Multiple Sequential Laminations with Blind Vias E At DesignCon 2018, I spoke with James Hofer, gen- eral manager for Accu- rate Circuit Engineering, a quick-turn fabricator based in Santa Ana, California. James gave me a preview of AccuWrap, a new type of processing technology that lets designers reduce the amount of copper during sequential laminations while still meet - ing IPC specs, which should be of great interest to RF designers. 6 APCT Moves into Rigid-Flex with Cartel, Cirtech Acquisition E When I spoke with APCT Pres- ident Steve Robinson a year ago, he said he was interested in adding flex and rigid-flex ca- pabilities, and working closely with designers and engineers. With the recent acquisition of Cartel and their subsidiary Cirtech, APCT now has a flex and rigidflex facility, along with military and aero - space certifications. At DesignCon 2018, I asked Steve to discuss these acquisitions and what they mean for APCT and their customers. 7 Candor is Breaking Boundaries with Flex-Core Boards E Sunny Patel, Candor's technical sales manager, remarked about the accomplishment, "We are pushing the limits on our flex manufacturing, going for much thinner laminates and different material stiffeners." 8 It's Only Common Sense: Producing the Greatest Products Possible E Laurene Powel Jobs, wife of Apple Co-Founder and CEO Steve Jobs, was once quoted describ- ing how her husband and legendary design- er Jony Ive would spend hours discussing cor- ners. Yes, that's right—corners. 9 AT&S Offers Interconnection Tech for Next-Generation 5G Mobile Communications E Significantly higher data rates and volumes to- gether with high power densities are result- ing in rising requirements for interconnection technologies, too. The new 5G mobile commu- nications generation is undoubtedly an over- arching and defining trend here, with appli- cations ranging from infrastructure (base sta- tions) to terminal devices (mobile phones), as well as real-time automation scenarios. J Experts Discussion: The Flex Technologists Speak E For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly grow- ing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheel- ing discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now. For the Latest PCB News and Information, Visit: PCB007.com

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