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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 Feature Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 Nolan Johnson speaks with Brendan Hogan of MivaTek about their new DART technology coupled with the release of a next-gen light engine, which is helping their customers cut costs and re-evaluate how they think of direct imaging. Nolan Johnson: Brendan, welcome. We haven't talked in a few months. What's been happen- ing at Miva? Brendan Hogan: I believe we spoke at produc- tronica, and a lot has happened since then in terms of the world but also our world here at Miva. Johnson: In general terms, how has Miva weath- ered the last year? Hogan: We weathered the storm pretty well. We've been busy. Much of our effort through- out the pandemic was on new technologies and projects. We had some well-timed high-tech projects that expanded our thinking on sev- eral fronts. We spent a lot of time and effort in R&D with some really exciting breakthrough developments. We recently held a virtual conference called MivaCon, where we introduced our next-gen light engine technology and our new patented DART system to support Industry 4.0. ese are game-changing technologies for our cus- tomers. We really believe that the key in our product going forward is how we look beyond direct imaging and make the whole factory run better. How can we improve other steps of the process? DART technology does that in dramatic fashion. Johnson: And what do these new technologies bring to the customer? Tell me about DART. Hogan: DART stands for digitally adaptable rasterization technology. Direct photolithog- raphy is the conversion of a CAM file and ras- terizing it to a pixilated form so that the image can be produced on the substrate digitally. To Direct Imaging and Beyond

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