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JANUARY 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 107 circuit to test for shorts or opens. The improved speed and accuracy eliminate the need for older, fixed bed probe units. Laser cutters for flex circuits quickly and very accurately, shape, scallop and cut the flex circuits, eliminating the old kick press and steel rule die method. Cost saving is the goal. Even though a single direct imaging laser can cost well over a mil- lion dollars, a PCB facility lives or dies based on yields. In the past, a 70% yield was con- sidered doing very well. Today with all the computer and laser assistance in manufactur- ing, most manufacturers are easily in the high 90% yield. This improvement goes directly to the bottom line. As well, it greatly reduces the dreaded re-run, which costs money and creates a delay in the delivery schedule to the customer. DESIGN007 John Talbot is president of Tramonto Circuits. To read past columns or contact Talbot, click here. The innovative tech startup Exium announced the pre- miere of its Secure 5G network as a service, based on the emerging Clean Network standards being promulgated by the US, EU and other freedom-loving nations. Exium's 5G network service is built on an open, pro- grammable, reliable, and software-driven Intelligent Cybersecurity Mesh™ that treats the internet itself as Zero Trust and relies heavily on strong encryption for all data transmitted, processed, or stored anywhere on it. This approach enables secure and private end-to-end connectivity and provides the ability to securely operate anywhere and anytime, regardless of the environment, even on underlying networks that may be compromised. Exium's clean network is rooted in inter- nationally accepted digital trust standards such as the Criteria for Security and Trust in Telecommunications Networks and Services developed by the Center for Strategic and Inter- national Studies (CSIS), the Prague Proposals, and the European Union's 5G Toolbox. The end- to-end clean network utilizes trusted hardware and software components, including the cloud- infrastructure and global backbone built and operated exclusively by US companies, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Exium launched as a startup to serve busi- nesses that are increasingly demanding the same end-to-end security standards that the US government requires for its communications. "The only way to be sure a network is clean is architecting and building it from the bot- tom up. The recent spate of cyberattacks were possible because outdated, proprietary systems are still being used across organizations," said Farooq Khan, founder, and CEO at Exium. Exium's 5G clean network service is available glob- ally on six continents. The service is device and network agnostic, and users can benefit from 5G clean network security and privacy on 4G, WiFi, Fiber, Cable or even Satellite networks. The service natively works with 5G devices without requiring any software updates. For non- 5G devices, including Windows and Mac computers, a 5G software app, available on Exium's website, is required. (Source: PRNewswire) Exium Debuts the World's First 5G Clean Network

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