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Brooks' Bits: Your Traces Have Hot Spots!
The reasons for the temperature variation at high temperatures is not too hard to understand. There may be minor contamination under the trace or in the copper that accounts for it. Certainly, at higher temperatures (say above about 300°C) the board may begin to delaminate, severely disrupting its cooling characteristics. There may be small variations in trace width or thickness that help account for the delam, and these effects would be randomly distributed along the length of the trace.


It’s Only Common Sense: Mike Wilson, World’s Greatest Design Salesman, Has Died
My great friend and business associate, Mike Wilson, passed away last week after a short illness. The world will be a little less interesting without Mike. For the 25 years I knew Mike, he was always up to something. Even in the past few years, two or three weeks seldom went by without my phone ringing. Mike would say something like, “There’s a guy we have to talk to,” or “What do you think about doing this?”

Over 12,000 Reference Designs Now Available to Capture Users - The new reference design library now available inside OrCAD® Capture provides users with access to over 12,000 (and growing) reference designs directly within their current schematic capture environment. This will help users get a jump start on design and focus their time on the differentiating aspects of their products—shortening the time it takes to achieve production-ready designs. Learn More.


Sensible Design: When Coatings Go Wrong
This month, I consider some of the more common, and often very frustrating, problems that may be encountered when coating electronic circuit boards and components. I also discuss some practical solutions. As we all know, nothing in life is straightforward.


Spirit Circuits: Building a New Factory in Romania...
Recently I sat down with Managing Director Steve Driver of Spirit Circuits. We discussed the company’s future, and the interesting decision to build a new facility in Craiova, Romania, and how Whelen’s Alex Stepinski influenced the design.


Design News & Additional Information

Mentor Graphics Reports Fiscal Q2 Revenues of $254M
Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced financial results for the company’s fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2016. The company reported revenues of $254 million, GAAP earnings per share of $0.03 and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.15.

Sunstone Circuits is Again Recognized as One of the Healthiest Employers of Oregon
For the fourth consecutive year, Sunstone Circuits has been named one of the Healthiest Employers of Oregon. The awards are given annually to companies that promote the value of workplace wellness and demonstrate innovation and leadership in their wellness programs. Sunstone placed 5thout of 24 companies in the “medium sized employers” category – those with 100-499 employees.

EMA Announces Ultra Librarian for OrCAD
EMA Design Automation has just announced Ultra Librarian for OrCAD providing symbols and footprints for over 7 million parts.

Uyemura’s George Milad Addresses IPC Designers Council
George Milad, Uyemura National Accounts Manager for Technology, will conduct an important workshop on HASL Alternative Finishes, at PCB West. The workshop will be held Wednesday September 14 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Zuken and Aras Partner to Deliver Ideal EDM/PLM Environment
Zuken and Aras have entered into a partnership to develop a new approach for managing cross-discipline product development processes that include electrical and electronic design data from design creation to manufacturing. The new solution will span enterprise processes across the lifecycle, as well as detailed electrical design and manufacturing.

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