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American Standard Circuits installed new Metrohm CVS 894 equipment and software.

Celus, a software company that uses AI to streamline circuit board engineering, has raised €25 million in Series A funding.

Digi-Key has launched a manufacturing service aimed at hobbyists, makers and students to quote, source and order smaller quantities of PCBs.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers, working with PragmatIC Semiconductor, developed the first commercially viable flexible plastic microprocessor chips, called FlexiCores, that can be manufactured at scale for less than a penny per unit.

Nano Dimension has closed a definitive agreement to acquire Formatec Holding, including its two subsidiaries Admatec Europe and Formatec Technical Ceramics, for $12.9 million (net of cash).

NCAB in June acquired 100% of the shares in Kestrel International Circuits from the Merlin PCB Group for SEK 103 million ($10.1 million). NCAB, which paid about six times EBIDTA for Kestrel, said it financed the deal with cash and loans and it is expected to be EPS-accretive in 2022.

Nexar, a business unit of Altium, launched Octopart CAD Model Marketplace, a free database of CAD models for electronic components.

Osaka University scientists developed a new method for the direct three-dimensional bonding of copper electrodes using silver, which can reduce the cost and energy requirements of new electronic devices. This work may help in the design of next-generation smart devices that are more compact and use less electricity.

KAUST University associate professor of material science and engineering Dr. Mario Lanza asserts it’s only a matter of time before memristors become the new switching technology standard, surpassing transistors in speed and operational efficiency.

Unimicron is planning a capital investment of $20 million in mainland China for printed circuit board production.

Ventec has signed an exclusive distribution agreement to sell Taiyo LPI solder mask inks in mainland Europe and the UK.