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60 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2015 1 Mentor Graphics Unveils FloTHERM XT with EDA Connectivity Mentor Graphics Corporation has announced the newest version of the FloTHERM XT software prod- uct with advanced thermal management capa- bilities for electronic systems, printed circuit board (PCB) and packages of any geometric complexity. 2 Shax Engineering: The Biggest Little Board Shop in the Bay Area Publisher Barry Matties recently had the chance to sit down for an interview with Isam Shakour, founder and president of Shax Engineering. This little San Jose, California company is a complete turnkey operation, providing PCB layout, fabrica- tion, and assembly services. They discussed the company's growth since its 1998 founding, and Shakour's plans for Shax going into the future. 3 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. 4 Design Considerations: Flexible Circuit vs. Traditional PCB It's understandable that there are still questions about flexible circuit design vs. traditional PCB design based on the number of PCBs vs. flexible circuits manufactured worldwide, annually. How- ever, those of us in the flexible circuit fabrication market are often asked even the simplest of ques- tions: what kind of software do I need to design a flexible circuit? 5 Zentech Acquires Colonial Assembly & Design; Launches ZenPRO Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to an- nounce the acquisition of Colonial Assembly & Design, LLC. (CA&D). Located in Fredericksburg, Va., Colonial Assembly & Design has a thirty+ year legacy of outstanding performance in support of the Department of Defense (DOD), military primes, our nations warfighters and the commer- cial aviation industry. Top Ten Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007 60 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2015

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