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SEPTEMBER 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 95 Nordson Corporation has acquired vivaMOS Ltd., which designs, develops and fabricates high-end large-area complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for a wide range of X-ray appli- cations. This acquisition builds on Nordson's stra- tegic objective to enhance its test and inspec- tion capabilities for diverse end markets. Based in Southampton, U.K., vivaMOS is a leader in its field for high-end large-area CMOS image sensors. The company was established in 2015 as a spinoff from the U.K.'s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the aim of commercializing its X-ray image sensors. Its latest generation sensor offers a unique combination of speed, resolution and low-noise performance, enabling a wide range of X-ray applications. "This acquisition gives Nordson differentiated and leading-edge X-ray sensor technology that will substan- tially enhance our product offerings across multiple end markets. Large panel CMOS sensors represent a critical technology for X-ray imaging. We look forward to further integrating the industry-leading sensor technology and expertise while developing new test and inspection innovations to offer our customers," said Jeff Pembroke, Execu- tive Vice President, Advanced Technology Solutions. vivaMOS will become part of the Test and Inspection division within Nordson's Advanced Tech- nology Solutions segment. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Source: Nordson Corporation) Nordson Acquires vivaMOS, Adding Key Sensor Technology Next Month: Chapter Reports You can distance this body but not this mind. You can't keep good folks down. This virus has certainly tried, but our PCEA chapter lead- ers have been working in the background on building plans for events to bring the member- ship in local areas together. Next month, I am looking forward to pulling our local chapter leadership together for some behind the scenes reaction to the challenges of COVID-19 and what they are doing to overcome its attempts to shut down our collaboration engines—the local chapter meetings. Our chapter activities are coming alive, and our membership is benefitting from the synergy of their collaboration. Please look forward to my Zoom meeting interview with this dynamic group of leaders in next month's column. Upcoming Events • September 8–11, 2020: PCB West (Santa Clara, California)—Virtual • September 28 –October 23, 2020: SMTA International—Virtual • October 7–9, 2020: AltiumLive (San Diego, California)—Virtual ____________________________________ • January 23–28, 2021: IPC APEX EXPO (San Diego, California) • January 26–28, 2021: DesignCon (Santa Clara, California) • May 5–6, 2021: Del Mar Electronics & Manufacturing Show (Del Mar, California) • May 11–13, 2021: IPC High-Reliability Forum 2021 (Baltimore, Maryland) • November 10, 2021: PCB Carolina (Raleigh, North Carolina) Spread the word. If you have a significant electronics industry event that you would like to announce, please send me the details to, and we will con- sider adding it to the list. See you next month or sooner! DESIGN007 Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, is the communication officer for the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). To read past columns or contact Dack, click here.

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