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DesignCon 2018 was a big success, with aisles packed full of engineers and technologists for most of the two-day event. But if you couldn't make it to the show, don't worry. I-Connect007 was there from start to finish, bringing you interviews with some of the top engineers in our industry. 

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I-Connect007 will be back at DesignCon 2019 next January. We hope to see you there!

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APCT Moves into Rigid-Flex with Cartel, Cirtech Acquisition

06/18/2018 | Andy Shaughnessy
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IPC-2581 Demo Draws a Crowd at IPC APEX EXPO

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03/09/2018 | Hemant Shah and Ed Acheson, Cadence Design Systems
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