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4/27/2017  

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 This Week's Feature


All About Flex: FAQs for Extended Length Flexible Circuits
Extended length flexible circuits are larger than typically offered sizes in the interconnect industry. The length of these oversized circuits can be anywhere from two feet to 10 feet or longer. A long, continuous flexible circuit can offer design advantages over using normal sized circuits where multiple connections and connection assembly steps are required.

 
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  Featured Articles
 


Material Choices for High-Speed Flexible Circuits
Materials to make high-speed flexible circuits are now available from many material suppliers. In deciding which materials to test or use, remember the tradeoffs the suppliers made in categories we discussed: electrical properties, mechanical/flex properties, and ease of processing. A choice should only be made after considering these options. Remember with any new materials it is very important to find fabricators that are knowledgeable about processing these new materials.


Achieving Successful Flex Circuit Assemblies
In this article, Yousef Heidari, vice president of engineering at EMS firm SigmaTron International, talks about the varying challenges in flex-circuit assembly. Chief among these are the solder paste printing process, especially for designs that have multiple areas with fine-pitch components, as well as the subsequent handling of the assembly before final product integration.


Standard of Excellence: The Advantages of Flex and Rigid-Flex Circuits
Since their introduction, flexible and rigid-flex circuits have been steadily moving from the fringe of electronic interconnection towards its center. Today, flex and rigid-flex circuits are found in countless products from the very simple to the highly complex. The reasons for this shift to the center are numerous; most of them are related to the advantages they offer. An examination of some of the benefits and advantages will make this clear.

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  Military and Aerospace News
 


World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Radio-Signal Traffic Opens for Business
Today is the grand opening of the Colosseum. We are not referring here to the storied concrete Colosseum in Rome, which was completed in 80 A.D. and remains famous for its ancient gladiatorial spectacles. We are talking here about DARPA’s Colosseum, a next-generation electronic emulator of the invisible electromagnetic world.


Protecting the Soldier: U.S. Army Orders More Q-53 Counterfire Radars from Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin will manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under a $1.6 billion order-dependent contract. The Q-53 radar system supports troops in combat by detecting, classifying, tracking and identifying the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes.


Next-Generation GPS Launch System Testing Moves from Raytheon Factory to Customer Site
The testing of the Launch and Checkout System for the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, scored high with a pass rate of 97.7 percent and is now transitioning from the Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) factory to Schriever Air Force Base.

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  Medical Electronics News
 


Wearable Biosensor That Can Be Used to Diagnose Disease
Sam Emaminejad, assistant professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, has demonstrated that a wearable biosensor can be used in the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases by measuring molecules present in an individual’s sweat.


Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics
Finding a safe and efficient power source is a critical step in the development of such ingestible electronic devices, says Giovanni Traverso, a research affiliate at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Sensor-Filled Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork out of Physical Exams
The device is built on a regular sports glove that a doctor can wear while holding and moving a patient’s limb back and forth. Taped onto the palm are more than 300 pressure sensors that measure the amount of force required to move a patient’s limb. A motion sensor taped on the back measures how fast the limb is being moved. The glove is connected to a computer via USB.

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