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Happy Holden and Charles Pfeil Discuss the Past and Future of PCB Design, Part 2
In Part 2 of this feature interview, I continue my conversation with industry icons Happy Holden and Charles Pfeil at the recent AltiumLive 2017 event in San Diego. In this half of the interview, we discuss the potential for artificial intelligence in EDA software tools, the graying of the designer pool, and what can be done to draw more young people to PCB design.















  

Practical Modeling of High-Speed Backplane Channels
As Dave Dunham of Molex Corp. likes to say, "When designing high-speed serial links beyond 10 GB/s, everything matters." And part of that everything is accurate modeling of transmission line losses. Many EDA tools include the latest and greatest models for conductor surface roughness and wide-band dielectric properties. But obtaining the right parameters to feed the models is always a challenge. So how do we get these parameters?

I-Connect007 Launches The Printed Designer's Guide to… Power Integrity by Example - Written by Fadi Deek of Mentor, A Siemens Business, this new micro eBook investigates power distribution network performance. This title is a follow-up to Deek’s previous book on signal integrity, which is also available in our eBook library. Deek addresses problematic issues within electronic transmissions, and presents a variety of simulations and analyses in every chapter. Readers will gain a better understanding of cause-effect relationships between varying factors and how to consider these when making design decisions. Download it free today!

 

Signal Integrity: The Experts Weigh In
When we began planning the October issue on signal integrity, we arranged a conference call with a variety of industry experts. Mike Steinberger of SiSoft, Mark Thompson of Prototron Circuits, and Yogen and Sunny Patel of Candor Industries joined editors Andy Shaughnessy, Patty Goldman, Happy Holden and Publisher Barry Matties on the call for a spirited discussion about the challenges related to signal integrity and some of the tricks of the trade for helping ensure SI.

  


AltiumLive Summit—Munich, Germany, Part 2
Pete Starkey continues with his review of the AltiumLive PCB Design Summit held recently in Munich, Germany. The second day commenced with a new product launch. “Working together is hard” it read on the screen. Statistics indicated that 33% of new products were late getting to market, of which 28% were late due to insufficient collaboration, and up to 50% of potential revenue could be lost through being late to market. Then the screen read “NEXUS makes it easy!”

 

Design News & Additional Information


It’s Only Common Sense: The Other Side of the Story
I ended last week’s column with a group of designers from a high-tech company asking me the ignoble question, “Why do all PCB shops suck?” And, I promised I would not only address that question but also explain why there are two sides to that story.


IPC Awards IPC-4101 Qualified Products Listing to Ventec International Group
Ventec International Group is delighted to announce an IPC-4101 Qualified Products Listing (QPL). The IPC's validation services program has qualified VT-90H and VT-901 to specification sheet 41 of IPC-4101E, specification for base materials for rigid and multilayer printed boards.


Insulectro Leverages One Source Distribution for Printed Electronic Materials at IDTechEx Show
Insulectro will exhibit in booth L13 at IDTechEx’s Printed Electronics World 2017 conference held this week, November 15-16, in Santa Clara, California at the Convention Center.


Elmatica: KwickFit Implements CircuitData to their PCB Panel Layout Optimizer
KwickFit, an enterprise-grade cloud-based PCB array, and panel layout optimizer are first out to implement CircuitData into their solution. They support the initiative of creating a common language for communicating PCB fabrication data.

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