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34 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2015 PCB007 Highlights announce that Lance Riley has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Flex Market Evolution Flex circuits are designed to solve electronic pack- aging and assembly problems, solve interconnec- tion issues, assist in miniaturization, and provide a dynamic electro-mechanical solution. They are configured with repeatable conductors that foolproof assembly errors. Flex is used in designs where standard PCBs, connectors and cable as - semblies just don't provide the right electrical or mechanical solution. Georgia Tech Joins Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics The Georgia Institute of Technology has become a founding member of the new Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII) established by the U.S. Department of Defense. IPC Releases White Paper on Conflict Minerals Due Diligence The Dodd-Frank Act continues to be burdensome for companies required to report on the usage of conflict minerals. In order to address industry concerns, IPC–Association Connecting Electron- ics Industries has released IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper (IPC WP- 1081), a document designed to help with some reporting woes. Integrating with Gardien Group's Roland Valentini Gardien Group is one of those companies that are always looking out for their customers. The com- pany is, without a doubt, the last word when it comes to bare board quality assurance, focused on helping customers deliver the most electrically sound boards in the business. Gardien's technolo- gists are experts at testing and other quality assur- ance disciplines. Characterization of PCB Material & Manufacturing Technology for High-Frequency Concepts like Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, M2M communication, smart homes and communication in, or to cars are maturing. All these applications are based on the same demanding requirement— a considerable amount of data and increased data transfer rate. These arguments present major chal- lenges to PCB design and manufacturing. Automotive Technology: The Next Driving Force in Electronic Manufacturing The devices we have come to expect in luxury and high-end vehicles are now becoming available and even common in lower priced ones. While that significantly increases automotive electronic device manufacture volume, the next wave will dwarf what we have experienced to date. Conflict Minerals Study: Only 25% of Filers Fully Met Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Requirements in 2014 A recent, independent evaluation of the public com- pany "conflict mineral" filings submitted to the SEC for reporting year 2014 under Dodd-Frank Section 1502 found that of the 1,262 companies evaluated, 312 scored a perfect 100% and 245 scored below 75% in meeting the requirements of the SEC rule. Detroit vs. Silicon Valley: What's Driving the Proliferation of Automotive Electronics? For the past several decades, modern cars have not changed much. They have four wheels, an engine, a radio (possibly even an 8-track) and seatbelts. Over time, however, cars' electronics parts have evolved faster than any other part of a car with en - hancements like power windows, power mirrors, seat heaters and GPS navigation. Lone Star Circuits Adds Lance Riley as VP of Sales Lone Star Circuits, a high-reliability technology driv- en printed circuit board manufacturer, is pleased to 34 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2015

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