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Welcome to Real Time with... American Standard Circuits (ASC). In this special event, hosted by I-Connect007, we focus our discussion on three areas: flexible circuits, RF circuits and thermal management. Each topic-specific presentation is segmented for your convenience. We invite you to enjoy the presentations below.

Flex and Rigid Flex PCBs
With so many design styles available with flexible circuits, deep manufacturing expertise in fabrication becomes a critical resource for the design team. Anaya Vardya and Dave Lackey offer an overview of flex layers, rigid-flex layers and components. They examine common applications used to create more reliable, compact board assemblies. Lackey and Vardya stress getting your flex fabricator involved in the design process as early as possible in order to identify possible manufacturing challenges, increase yield and reduce costs overall.
Thermal Management
Anaya Vardya, John Bushie and Dave Lackey discuss thermal conductivity and thermal management. The ASC team share strategies for managing thermal dissipation. Material is one factor, but so also are design techniques like via farms, etc., metal cladding, and even the inclusion of flex technology to design smaller, multi-functional circuit boards.

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Understanding MIL-PRF-31032

Unlike other specifications like the aerospace AS9100 standard that focuses on the quality management system, MIL-PRF-31032 is a performance specification; in other words, it was established to test PCBs to certify that they meet the necessary requirements for military use. The title of the specification is “Printed Circuit Board/Printed Wiring Board, General Specification For,” and the scope “establishes the general performance requirements for printed circuit boards or printed wiring boards and the verification requirements for ensuring that these items meet the applicable performance requirements.”

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  • Standard of Excellence: Advancing PCBs—The Total Solution

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