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The Roles of the Designer and the Design Engineer
Steve Hageman has been designing electronics since elementary school. An engineer by trade, he has decades of experience performing PCB design and layout. I asked Steve to give us his opinion about the divide between some PCB designers and their engineers, and what can be done to solve this problem.















  

Cadence Paper: Automating Inter-Layer In-Design Checks in Rigid-Flex PCBs
Flexible PCBs make it possible to create a variety of products that require small, lightweight form factors. As flexible PCB fabrication technology has matured, new design challenges have emerged. This paper discusses some of the key challenges and introduces a new PCB design approach that enhances productivity through in-design inter-layer checks.

New Release - OrCAD 17.2-2016 - The OrCAD 17.2-2016 release introduces new capabilities for OrCAD Capture, PSpice, and PCB Designer that address challenges with flex and rigid-flex design as well as mixed-signal simulation complexities in IoT, wearables, and wireless mobile devices. Also included are new routing capabilities to help achieve routing closure as fast as possible with high accuracy and no errors. OrCAD 17.2-2016 is available to download today for current customers. Learn more.

 

Designers Notebook: Flexible and Rigid-Flex Circuit Design Principles, Part 6
In this installment of "Designers Notebook," Vern Solberg discusses DFM review criteria, nesting and palletizing, and various assembly process variations for flexible and rigid-flex circuits.

  


The Partnership: Design Engineers and PCB Designers
Randy Faucette is founder, president and director of engineering at Better Boards Inc. in Cary, North Carolina. I asked Randy to talk about some of the occasional tension between PCB designers and design engineers, and what he thinks can be done to help open the lines of communication.

 

Design News & Additional Information


Chicken Dots, Mouse Bites and Jellybeans
In this blog, I thought it would be fun to share some PCB design terms, slang, or anything unusual we have heard.


Douglas G. Brooks Co-Authors “Trace and Via Currents and Temperatures”
Douglas G. Brooks, PhD and Dr. Johannes Adam, CID have teamed up to write PCB Trace and Via Currents and Temperatures: The Complete Analysis. Brooks has been looking at trace current and temperature relationships since the mid-1990s. Now, he and Adam, of the consulting group Adam Research, have assembled decades of knowledge into these pages.


Flex Talk: Inaugural West Coast Geek-A-Palooza a Fun-filled Success
Geek-A-Palooza kicked off the 2016 schedule May 12 in Irvine, California. Historically, Geek-A-Palooza has been held in Minneapolis but is expanding this year to include Orange County and Boston as well.


EMA Launches 'Can You Spot the Difference?' Contest
The contest highlights the design compare function added in the new OrCAD 17.2 2016 release which helps users quickly identify what changes are made between PCB design revisions.

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