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48 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2020 of the military's oversight function. IPC-4101 replaced the specification for MIL-S-13949, but there was no mechanism established for an oversight function. Just Ask John Mitchell: The Exclusive Compilation E We asked you to send in your questions for IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, and you took us up on it! We know you all enjoyed reading these questions and answers, so we've compiled all of them into one article for easy reference. We hope you enjoy having another bite at the apple. And if you'd like to hear more from John Mitchell, view his column series "One World, One Industry." Microchip Expands Solutions With New High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converter Family E Microchip Technology Inc. announced it filled this gap with its MCP37Dx1-80 family—the company's second pipelined ADC offering and first to combine 80 MSPS in a choice of 12-, 14- and 16-bit resolutions, integrated digital fea- tures, and qualification to a higher tempera- ture range, including Automotive Electronics Council Q100. Ventec Launches High-Speed Material Option Cladded With Thin-Film Resistor Foil E For enhanced high-speed signal-handling performance required by the world's most demanding high-frequency PCB applications, Ventec International Group has launched a laminate option to its tec-speed 20.0 glass- reinforced hydrocarbon and ceramic laminate cladded with thin-film resistor material from Ticer. Standard of Excellence: Five Ways to Ensure You Have the Right Military PCB Supplier E With the current shortage of qualified and cer- tified military PCB suppliers, finding one has become more challenging than ever, and the trend toward consolidation over the past few years has only added to the shortage. Anaya Vardya shares five guidelines to consider when developing a bilateral relationship with your military PCB supplier. Fresh PCB Concepts: Advantages of Application-Engineered PCBs E When working with your PCB supplier, do you have a dedicated engineering resource to help with the design of your PCB before fabri- cation? How about a resource that has experi- ence and knowledge about the different appli- cations for PCBs? Jeffrey Beauchamp explains how this is one of the most important and valuable factors when producing high-reli- ability PCBs, as well as what—or who—this resource could be. Defense Speak Interpreted: The Defense Innovation Unit E Many of Denny Fritz's columns are about new defense technologies and innovations, but what about an organization with "innovation" in its name? Here, he describes the history and purpose of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), as well as some of its programs. Mr. Laminate Tells All: Is Your Laminate and Prepreg Supplier Cheating? Only One Way to Find Out E According to Doug Sober, a huge void now exists in the base materials specifications for PCBs and PCB assemblies with the inactivation of MIL-S-13949 for base materials and the loss

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