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90 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2021 Stanford Researchers Develop New Manufacturing Technique for Flexible Electronics E Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of minia- turization necessary to achieve high perfor- mance. Flexible Thinking: The Calf Path—Redux E When I first read the poem many decades ago, it immediately struck me with its simple yet profound wisdom. Since that fortunate discovery, the poem has informed oen my conscious thinking. I'm sure it will for you as well. Flexium 1H 2021 Sales Up 27% YoY E Taiwan-based flexible printed circuit (FPC) maker Flexium Interconnect Inc. has posted sales of NT$2.26 billion ($80.75 million at $1:NT$28.00) in June, up by 7.4% year-on- year, but down by 5.76% from the previous month. Calling All Couch Potatoes: This Finger Wrap Can Let You Power Electronics While You Sleep E A new wearable device turns the touch of a fin- ger into a source of power for small electron- ics and sensors. Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flex- ible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person's finger sweats or presses on it. Self-powered Implantable Device Stimulates Fast Bone Healing, Disappears Without a Trace E In 2017, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his right collarbone in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Typically, it takes about 12 weeks for a collarbone to fully heal, but by mid-December fans and commen- tators were hoping the three-time MVP might recover early and save a losing season. First-ever Transient Pacemaker Harmlessly Dissolves in Body E Researchers at Northwestern and George Washington (GW) universities have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker—a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears aer it's no longer needed. IPC Offers Training Course on PCB Design for Rigid-Flex Boards E IPC will be conducting a six-week online train- ing course focused on PCB design for rigid-flex boards. e course will provide the skills nec- essary to effectively implement designs requir- ing flex and rigid-flex circuits in accordance with product requirements. Unbroken: New Soft Electronics Don't Break, Even When Punctured E A team of Virginia Tech researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Macromolecules Innovation Institute has created a new type of so electronics, paving the way for devices that are self-healing, recon- figurable, and recyclable.

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