I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week


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I’m following the landing procedures for NASA’s Perseverance Mars lander as I’m finishing my Top 5 list for the week. The successful landing of the lander seems a nice highlight for this week. Our global aerospace programs, both national and private enterprise, make these missions seem almost, almost routine. They are, as we all know, anything but routine. No surprise, then, that aerospace-related news percolated to the top of mind for our readers this week. 

New Defense Electronics Group Invites Industry Participation 
Published February 17

The U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics is inviting electronics manufacturers and related companies to participate in its programs, highlighting the opportunities to collaborate with industry peers and the U.S. government. The USPAE was established in 2020 with a mission of ensuring the U.S. government has access to resilient and trusted electronics supply chains. The USG has many electronics needs, especially for defense- and security-related missions, and the USPAE is lining up funding and collaboration opportunities to address those needs. 

A Library Management Cautionary Tale 
Published February 12

Stephen V. Chavez discusses library management for footprints, land patterns, or cells—however you refer to them in your ecosystem—as one of the most critical items in the foundation of any PCB or CCA design. After 30+ years of designing PCBs throughout the industry, Chavez shares one particular experience that stands out. 

Aramco, AEC Launch Cybersecurity Solution, Designed and Manufactured in Saudi Arabia 
Published February 12

Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company, has signed an agreement with Aramco to launch a new cybersecurity product designed and manufactured in the Kingdom. Known as a “data diode,” it is the result of cooperation between the two companies on designing and manufacturing the product. 

Insulectro to Distribute Indubond Lamination Presses from Chemplate Materials SL 
Published February 15

Insulectro, the largest distributor of materials for use in manufacture of printed circuit board and printed electronics, has announced it will distribute InduBond® lamination presses and supplies manufactured by Chemplate Materials SL of Barcelona, Spain.

BAE Systems Backs Local Tech Company with Global Defence Capability 
Published February 16

World leading 3D volumetric display technology developed by South Australian company Voxon Photonics has won new work with BAE Systems’ UK based submarine business and the Australian based Hunter Class Frigate program.

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Focus on Smart Processes, Not Just Smart Factories

03/02/2021 | Nolan Johnson, PCB007
Nolan Johnson talks to Audra Thurston, Todd Brassard, and Meredith LaBeau about how Calumet is focusing on smart processes, and not as much on smart factories. While modern manufacturing equipment and next-gen technologies can be impressive, so much innovation still hinges on human beings. Calumet believes by investing in their workforce and instilling a culture of innovation throughout their company and supply chain, they’ll see faster advancement.

Joe Fjelstad's Book Review: The Innovators

02/08/2021 | Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics
"The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" by Walter Isaacson is the best technology history book I have ever read, and at the same time one of the most engaging and entertaining. It is a forte of Isaacson to write biographies of great people. I have read his other books on DaVinci, Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein and found them equally brilliant. Isaacson has a number of other titles I have yet to get to in the future. He is a singularly great storyteller.

Catching up With Nano Dimension

02/04/2021 | Dan Feinberg, I-Connect007
Dan Feinberg spoke with Valentin Storz, Nano Dimension’s general manager of EMEA and director of marketing, about how the pandemic has affected their business this past year and what they have planned moving forward.



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