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60 The PCB Magazine • September 2017 Performance Evaluation of Thin-Film Embedded Resistors Thin-film microstrip circuits have been widely ap- plied in microwave communications, electronic countermeasures (ECM), and aerospace applica- tions, etc. When manufacturing thin-film ICs, it is very important to apply deposited thin-film resis- tor material to fabricate high-accuracy and highly stable thin-film embedded resistors. Thin-film ICs call for thin-film resistors that meet stringent re- quirements. It's Only Common Sense: Finally, the DoD Gets It! Last week a friend of mine sent me this excerpt from the Congressional Record. Yes, that congres- sional record. If this doesn't set your hair on fire, then nothing will. Prototron Circuits Achieves AS9100 Rev D Prototron Circuits announced recently that their Tucson, Arizona facility has achieved AS 9100 Rev D qualification. Mil/Aero Markets: Defense Budget Analysis—Patience is a Virtue Patience may be the most necessary watchword for proponents of significant growth in the budget for the U.S. military. The historic increases in de- fense spending promised by President Trump on the campaign trail won't come immediately, but it is likely that Congress will find ways to provide sol- id increases to the Pentagon's budget, particularly in 2019 and beyond. Eltek Receives an Order for up to $3 Million from a Governmental Authority Eltek Ltd. has received an order from a governmen- tal authority for a project that includes, among other things, manufacturing and procurement in an amount of up to approximately US$3 million. IPC Welcomes Exec Order on Strengthening the U.S. Defense Industrial Base According to Nextgov, Peter Navarro, Deputy As- sistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Poli- cy (OTMP), said the order will determine wheth- er there are enough U.S. manufacturers to sup- ply "everything from submarine propeller blades to circuit boards and military-grade semiconduc- tors," and whether there are enough skilled work- ers to work in the field. IMPACT Interview: Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits I-Connect007's Patty Goldman spoke with Ana- ya Vardya, president and CEO of American Stan- dard Circuits, a few days after the conclusion of IMPACT, especially wanted his views as a first-tim- er there. Trilogy Circuits: Mil/Aero Demands Technological, Regulatory Expertise In the 16 years since its founding, Trilogy Circuits has become one of the go-to companies for mil/ aero PCB design and manufacturing. I spoke with Charlie Capers, president and founder of the Rich- ardson, Texas firm, about how he keeps ahead of the game. As he explains, succeeding with mil/ aero PCB work requires not only mastery of the technological side, but of the regulations and cer- tifications as well. Strategies for Compliance with DoD Regulations Including ITAR and DFARS ITAR is usually the topic when compliance with DoD regulations is discussed. But what about DFARS? This article will examine strategies one can implement to ensure that one is compliant with all DoD regulations, by analyzing internal and exter- nal factors in relation to procurement and com- pliance, and by asking the vital questions: what, how, where and to whom? Strategic Technology Office Outlines Vision for "Mosaic Warfare" STO seeks to turn complexity into a powerful new asymmetric weapon via rapidly composable net- works of low-cost sensors, multi-domain command and control nodes, and cooperative manned and unmanned systems. MilAero007 Highlights

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