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96 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2021 1 Fresh PCB Concepts: RF PCB Designs–Challenges, Solutions and Tips E Today, RF circuitry is crammed into a large variety of commer- cial products. Most of these are handheld wireless devices for medical, industrial, and communications applications. ere are also applications in a variety of fields that are migrating from desktop models to become portable communications units. 2 Elementary, Mr. Watson: 2020— The Year that Taught Us Resilience E Yes, 2020 was a challenge. It's dur ing tho se times that we can learn some significant lessons if we allow them. 3 Dana on Data: Factory 4.0 NPI Data Transfer Improvements E e recently released IPC Con- nected Factory Initiative scope is similar to other Factory 4.0 models with the same glar- ing omission: ey all seem to assume that the incoming design data can't be used as-is and must be reviewed and potentially manually modified prior to manufacturing release. 4 The Digital Layout: Now, Where Were We? E In this month's column, Kelly Dack shares a few terms he's been contemplating lately, and which he have been trying to put in context regarding the role of the PCEA within the electronics industry. en, PCEA Chairman Stephen Chavez to inspire us for a fresh start in the new year. Finally, he provides us with a list of events which are coming up. Harry Kennedy Dana Korf

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