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86 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2021 watches have largely been replaced by fit- ness trackers, and more of us get our weather reports by asking Alexa than watching the local TV weatherperson. Demand growth is fueled by business as well as consumers, with pandemic-accelerated healthcare and industrial machinery appli- cations leading the way. IoT devices of every stripe will continue to improve and add func- tionality while also becoming smaller, lighter, and faster. Pressure to create innovative solutions for these devices puts the PCB designer at the epi- center of IoT. "It's technology that helps you sleep, not keeps you up. It tells you when you've had enough. It gives you space to create or draw or write or learn, not reesh just one more time." — Tim Cook, CEO of Apple e Internet of ings (IoT) is every- where now—purpose-driven technology that improves lives by making technology work for people, not the other way around. With nation- wide 5G wireless capacity rapidly expanding, the demand for and deployment of IoT prod- ucts is exploding. Households increasingly rely on networked smart appliances. Traditional IoT is Changing How We Design PCBs Connect the Dots by Matt Stevenson, SUNSTONE CIRCUITS

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