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52 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015 MilAero007 Highlights Avoid Overbuilding your RF Printed Circuit Board Today, many companies are overbuilding and "overmaterializing" their RF printed circuit boards. In this interview, James Hofer of Accurate Circuit Engineering (ACE) shares some strategies to avoid doing both, which will help lower the total cost of your PCB and improve the overall product quality. Hofer also discusses some of the challenges in the laminate supply chain. A Look at the High-Reliability Interconnect Market I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties recently met with Mark Cormier of Miraco Inc. to discuss the latest trends and drivers in the high-reliability seg - ment, and their customers' increasing demand for quality. Changing the Face of Displays… One Button at a Time Incom produces fused fiber optics with a new poly- mer process that replaces traditional glass fiber op- tics. This allows the creation of new applications, and for OEMs it changes the way they can build human control interfaces. Emilijo explains how Fairlight is incorporating this technology into their famous products for the recording and broadcast industries, along with other applications such as el- evator control panels. Exception PCB Solutions Design Service Boosts CID+ Qualifications Exception PCB Solutions growth and development in 2015 continues with a focus on service including additional investment in Exception's Integrated PCB Design Service which is proving to be highly popu - lar. This has resulted in increased growth not only from existing customers, but also from many new customers across a range of sectors. NASA, DRS Technologies Collaborate to Create Mid-Infrared Detector NASA scientist Xiaoli Sun and his industry partner have created the world's first photon-counting detector sensitive to the mid-infrared wavelength bands—a spectral sweet spot for a number of re - mote-sensing applications, including the detection of greenhouse gases on Earth, Mars and other plan- etary bodies, as well as ice and frost on comets, asteroids and the moon. FTG Circuits' Sales Up $1.8M or 15% in Q2 "The second quarter of 2015 saw record sales for FTG with all sites participating in the growth," stated Brad Bourne, president and CEO. He added, "These record sales are enabling us to report strong earnings while still investing in our future." Multilayer Technology Passes AS9100 Surveillance Audit Multilayer Technology (MLT), located in Irving, Texas has passed its AS9100C surveillance audits. The audit consisted of 2.5 days (20 hours) of in - tense auditing by our registrar. All departments were completely audited to ensure compliance to the AS9100C Certification. All Flex Flexible Circuits & Heaters Achieves AS/ISO Re-certification All Flex, manufacturer of flexible printed circuits and heaters announces re-certification to AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008. AS9100 is an international aerospace standard for quality assurance require - ments of aerospace companies. Satellite Project to Clean Up Space Debris Orbiting Earth The Clean Space One Project has passed a mile- stone. The space cleanup satellite will deploy a conical net to capture the small SwissCube satellite before destroying it in the atmosphere. It's one of the solutions being tested for eliminating danger- ous debris orbiting the Earth. Alone in the Darkness: Mariner 4 to Mars, 50 Years Later July 14 marks 50 years of visual reconnaissance of the solar system by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laborato- ry (JPL), beginning with Mariner 4's flyby of Mars in 1965. Among JPL's first planetary efforts, Mariners 3 and 4 (known collectively as "Mariner Mars") were planned and executed by a group of pioneering scientists at Caltech in partnership with JPL. 52 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015

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