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PCDF People
Jonas Kottman Headshot
Dyconex promoted Dr. Jonas Kottman to vice president operations. He joined the fabricator last year as manager operational excellence.
The FED trade group awarded the PCB Design Award to Thomas Blasko (CiBoard Electronic), Georg Scheuermann (TQ-Systems) and Michael Matthes (Wittenstein Cyber Motor).
John Burkhert Jr. Headshot
GoPro named John Burkhert Jr. senior PCB layout engineer. He has more than 30 years’ experience in PCB design with Velodyne, Google, Qualcomm and others.
Jacobs Technology named Russ Pringle printed circuit board designer.
L3Harris Technologies named Cameron Stouder ECAD tools and library team lead.
Lance Riley Headshot
Lone Star Circuits promoted Lance Riley to chief operating officer. He has been with Lone Star since 2017, and previously held engineering and sales executive roles with TTM and Unicircuit.
PCDF Briefs
Apple is expected to accelerate the adoption of LCP (liquid crystal polymer)-based flexible PCBs for the antenna modules to be used by its future iPhone lineup supporting 5G mmWave technology, according to industry sources.

Cicor expanded production capacity at its Wangs, Switzerland, fabrication site.

Exception PCB purchased a Ucamco Ledia direct imager.

Gerber Labs, an Orange County-based engineering startup, is rolling out a platform that makes custom PCBs accessible to electrical engineering students, hobbyists and small businesses.

Hitachi Chemical, a longtime leader in the development of electronic materials, changed its name to Showa Denko Materials, reflecting the latter’s acquisition of the venerable Japanese firm.

ILFA has acquired circuit board distributer Skytech Europe for an undisclosed sum.

Insulectro rolled out an online shopping center for conductive inks and pastes plus advanced substrates and films.

Koh Young joined the IPC-DPMX (IPC-2581) Consortium.

Meltex is building a new fab plant in Japan and increasing production capacity in Thailand, according to reports.

The Redfern Companies will acquire Automated Chemical Solutions, a provider of specialty chemicals for PCBs.

Soochow University researchers have developed a new approach to printed electronics whereby ultra-low-power electronic devices could recharge from ambient light or radio frequency noise. The approach paves the way for low-cost printed electronics that could be seamlessly embedded in everyday objects and environments.

Smartphone OEMs are extending fully integrated modem-RF system designs to support 5G and LTE implementations over their flagship devices, a new teardown analysis from System Plus Consulting says.

Unimicron Technology’s PCB fabrication plant in Taoyuan, Taipei, sustained a fire that sent at least 10 persons to the hospital.

A section of the US Senate’s latest NDAA bill requires US companies to stop using PCBs made in China, Iran, North Korea and Russia by fiscal 2033.