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88 The PCB Magazine • June 2015 1 A Conversation (and Day) with Joe Fjelstad I-connect007 Publisher barry Matties and indus- try veteran Joe Fjelstad, cEO and founder of Ver- dant Electronics, recently spent a day together enjoying the Oregon community of McMinnville (home of the Spruce Goose), where their conver- sation ebbed and flowed between a wide variety of topics. The result is this five-part interview se- ries that covers a lot of ground, from the war on process failure and the future of the electronics industry, to political shenanigans, the direction of lead-free, and more. 2 Design Considerations: Flexible Circuit vs. Traditional PCB The tactics for flexible circuit design don't differ much from that of traditional Pcbs. all of the typical specifications still apply and we add a few more things that require special attention. cover layers require bigger openings than tradi- tional solder mask, trace directions matter in the flex areas and miters should be round instead of angular. 3 Impact 2015: An In-Depth Look IPc understands that presenting a unified voice for the electronics industry is essential for ad- vancing policies that affect the industry's long- term future and strengthens the u.S. and global economy. That is why 22 IPc member-company executives descended on the nation's capital for IMPacT 2015: IPc on capitol Hill, IPc's an- nual advocacy event. 4 AT&S Boosts Investments in Chongqing China Plant aT&S is one of the globally leading manufactur- ers of high-end HDI and any-layer printed circuit boards. Key trends in this industry include the ongoing miniaturisation and increasing modu- larisation. 5 German PCB Sales Up 2.6% in March March Pcb sales in Germany went up by 2.6% compared to the same period last year, mainly toP ten Recent Highlights from PCB007 88 The PCB Magazine • June 2015

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