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82 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2023 Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2023: Flat Flex Cable a Potentially Disruptive Idea E Managing Editor Andy Shaughnessy and Jason Michaud, VP of sales and marketing for Miraco, discuss the company's flat flex cable, which could replace the flexible cir- cuit in certain situations. Jason explains why the company is happy to offer customers less expensive options, even if it costs them money in the short run. Flexible Thinking: A Once and Future Idea E Electronic assemblies are typically comprised of a mix of discrete resistors, capacitors, induc- tors, and the like, along with numerous inte- grated circuit chips, each chip having a cer- tain function or range of different functions. In such assemblies, there are also several dif- ferent connectors and/or sockets that allow for the assembly to be connected to other assemblies. Rogers Reports Q4, Full Year 2022 Results E Net sales of $223.7 million decreased 9.5% ver- sus the prior quarter resulting from the impact of China COVID-related restrictions, weaker demand in certain markets and unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations. AES net sales decreased by 4.1% related to unfavorable currency exchange rates and lower sales in the aerospace and defense and other markets. EMS net sales decreased by 15.6% primarily resulting from lower portable electronics and general industrial market demand. Mapping the Future of Flexible and Printed Electronics E e "OE-A Roadmap for Flexible, Organic and Printed Electronics" white paper provides a close look into the advancing maturity of the industry. In addition to updates on key tech- nologies and capabilities, more than 100 indus- try experts have contributed detailed short-, medium-, and long-term forecasts for markets including automotive, consumer electron- ics, healthcare, printing and packaging, smart building, and internet of things. VTT: Environmental Impact of Flexible Electronics Can be Reduced by Almost 90% E VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland announces the results of a study investigating how changing the manufacturing of electronics can improve their environmental impact. For example, one of the project's most significant findings showed that environmental impact could be reduced by 86% when additive print- ing methods are used to create flexible elec- tronic components, as reported in detail by LUT University. Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2023: Flex Innovation E Casey Krueger from MKS Instruments speaks with Andy Shaughnessy about increasing yields and via quality in high-volume produc- tion manufacturing. ey also discuss innova- tions in flex and improving the material work surface to increase via quality, and their inte- gration with MKS' Atotech, a company MKS acquired in 2021.

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