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30 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2015 PCB007 Highlights U.S. Circuit Celebrates 30 Years of PCB Fabrication President Mike Fariba has built U.S. Circuit into a successful business through his guiding principles of hiring the best people, providing the customer with high quality products and service, and using the lat- est leading edge technology, all with a commitment to continuous improvement. PCB Industry to Achieve CAGR of 4% over 2015-2020 The major drivers of the PCBs market are grow - ing demand for 3C applications (communication, computer/peripheral, and consumer electronics), advancement in PCB technologies, and increased demand of aerospace and defense products. AT&S Hits Record Revenues in Preliminary Results 2014/15 "We saw a disproportionately high benefit from the strong growth in the area of mobile devices, especial- ly smartphones, and from the constantly increasing share of electronics in the automotive sector through- out the year. This led to the highest revenue in the company's history to date," says Andreas Gerstenmay- er, chairman of the management board of AT&S AG. TTM Posts Q1 Results, Sees Benefits from Acquisition of Viasystems "We are pleased to report strong operating results in the first quarter, with revenue at the high end and non-GAAP earnings above our initial guidance ranges," said Tom Edman, CEO of TTM. "Viasystems will bring TTM meaningful strength in the automo- tive end market and will complement our position in other end markets, enabling us to continue to broaden our product portfolio to address an in- creasingly diverse set of end markets." Continental PCB Technology Receives PACE Award Designed for transmission control units, the bare die high-density-interconnect (BD-HDI) printed cir- cuit board substrate technology from Continental replaces traditional ceramic solutions with high- temperature resistant materials and significantly im- proves technical and cost performances. A Conversation (and Day) with Joe Fjelstad I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties and industry veteran Joe Fjelstad, CEO and founder of Verdant Electronics, recently spent a day together enjoy- ing the Oregon community of McMinnville (home of the Spruce Goose), where their conversation ebbed and flowed between a wide variety of top- ics. The result is this five-part interview series 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. Design Considerations: Flexible Circuit vs. Traditional PCB The tactics for flexible circuit design don't dif- fer 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. Impact 2015: An In-Depth Look IPC understands that presenting a unified voice for the electronics industry is essential for advancing 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 annual advocacy event. AT&S Boosts Investments in Chongqing China Plant AT&S is one of the globally leading manufacturers of high-end HDI and any-layer printed circuit boards. Key trends in this industry include the ongoing min- iaturisation and increasing modularisation. German PCB Sales Up 2.6% in March March PCB sales in Germany went up by 2.6% com- pared to the same period last year, mainly driven by the industrial electronics sector, according to ZVEI PCB and Electronic Systems. 30 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2015

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