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September 2016 • The PCB Magazine 81 5 FTG: Focus to Expand Firan Technology Group (FTG) is a Canadian cir- cuit board and cockpit product manufacturer. With a newly estab- lished global footprint, they look now to grow within that footprint, particularly by way of acquisition. I-Con- nect007's Judy Warner and Barry Matties met CEO Brad Bourne at FTG's Chatsworth, California facil- ity to learn more about the acquisitions, their suc- cess in China, and the overall challenge of working in the aerospace and defense market. 6 IPC Releases Final 2015 PCB Market Size Estimates and Growth Rates Report The North Ameri- can PCB Market Report, published last week by IPC, reported IPC's fi- nal estimates of 2015 market size for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in North America. Although North American PCB production decreased 4.3% in 2015 to $2.9 billion, the PCB market grew 1.4% to an estimated $3.4 billion. 7 All About Flex: Considerations for Impedance Control in Flexible Circuits Impedance can be thought of as a system's oppo- sition to alternating or pulsing electronic current. The unit of measurement is ohms, the same unit of measurement in a direct current system. How- ever, the components for calculating impedance are much more complex than DC resistance. 8 Weiner's World This month's column has a higher percentage of IC coverage than nor- mal for several reasons. The end of Moore's Law regarding transistor scaling will be dead by 2021 as will be replaced by 3D integration ac- cording to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). 9 Inside Spirit Circuits I was recently treated to a factory tour with Spirit Circuits' Managing Direc- tor Martin Randall, to learn more about their process line and how it has evolved over time. In the discussion following, I learned about Spirit's involvement in the China market and how they've structured their business to handle quick turn prototypes locally and high volume abroad. J Congressman Scott Peters Tours TTM Technologies' San Diego Facility Today, TTM Technologies Inc. held a town hall-style discus- sion with Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA-52) on the leg- islative issues impacting the manufacturing industry. Ex- ecutives and employees of TTM gave Congressman Pe- ters a first-hand look at the work taking place in their San Diego facility. For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com

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