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i3 Electronics, Inc. (i3) announced today that it has earned the opportunity from an industry leading medical OEM for the development and manufacture of advanced, flexible, circuitized substrates. The product is a flexible, LCP substrate that will be used in the neurostimulation market.
“i3’s advanced flex technology is revolutionizing the medical industry. Our commitment to supplying our customers with the industry’s highest-reliability products enables them to improve the lives of thousands of people every day,” said Dale Kersten, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at i3 Electronics.
About i3 Electronics
i3 Electronics, Inc., with headquarters in Endicott, NY, is a vertically integrated provider of high performance electronic solutions consisting of design and fabrication of printed circuit boards and advanced semiconductor packaging, high speed laminates, advanced assembly, reliability and signal integrity reliability labs, high speed back plane & press fit assembly, and flexible electronics & assembly. i3 product lines meet the needs of markets including defense and aerospace, communications and computing, industrial and medical, where highly reliable products built in robust manufacturing operations are critical for success. For more information about i3 and its products, please visit www.i3electronics.com.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.