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64 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2020 5. Do Not Forget Documentation Do not step into the "I forgot documentation" trap. When your product is ready for launch, use a partner with a global delivery platform and experience with documentation, regula- tions, and compliance. You do not want your product to face trouble at the finishing line. A great idea is not equivalent to a viable one. Conclusion There are a lot of technologies to consider, designs to create, costs to be calculated, man- ufacturers to be selected, and sales quotas to be met. Numerous times, I have seen the un- fortunate result of inadequate planning and ex- ecution in the early phase of the PDP. Thus, I strongly recommend structuring and spend- ing more time during the first three stages of this process (idea, research and analysis, and design). This will ensure that your PCB manu- facturing aspects are in line, handled, and op- timized for your future sales. And remember that even though an idea might be great, it does not mean that it is technologically viable, labor optimized at an acceptable market cost, or able to bring in the required sales revenue. PCB007 Didrik Bech is the CEO of Elmatica. To read past columns or contact The PCB Norsemen, click here. began this year, should be complete in 2022. The UCLA NanoLab is available to the campus community, as well as to researchers from other institutions and high-tech companies. Hundreds of businesses have already used UCLA's cleanrooms. "This joint investment is an important demonstration of a strategic partnership with an impact that will extend across campus and beyond," said Adam Stieg, an associ- ate director of CNSI responsible for the institute's technol- ogy centers. "Providing this type of advanced research in- frastructure will accelerate the translation of early-stage scientific discoveries into new technologies and knowl- edge-driven enterprises." Some of the upgrades will build on UCLA's established excellence in semiconductor lithography, the drawing of patterns onto the silicon wafers that form the founda- tion of integrated circuits. The new equipment will en- hance the campus's capabilities for subsequent steps in the process, depositing functional materials onto the pat- terns, etching away unneeded parts of the wafers, and analyzing the characteristics of the resulting devices. This added equipment will enable researchers to work with emerging materials that combine metal with oxygen or nitrogen. Potential applications include greener electri- cal power and brain-mimicking computer chips. (Source: UCLA) UCLA's high-tech capabilities for creating atomically tiny devices and materials are undergoing a multimillion- dollar upgrade. The enhancements include adding state- of-the-art fabrication equipment to its existing clean- rooms. The changes will allow researchers to build new generations of small devices, such as computer chips that mimic how the brain works, ultra-high-efficiency bat- teries and solar panels, and even biological sensors for rapid and portable diagnosis. As part of the upgrade, two existing cleanrooms will merge under a single operation called the UCLA Nano- fabrication Laboratory (NanoLab). The upgrades, which Upgraded Cleanroom Facilities Will Give UCLA Advanced Nanofabrication Capabilities

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