April Issue of The PCB Design Magazine Available Now

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The April 2017 issue of The PCB Design Magazine is available now. This month, our expert contributors discuss the current state of high-speed materials, and the growth of low-loss laminates that pick up where FR-4 falls short. 

Choosing the right material for your PCB was so simple a few decades ago. But today, designers often must select an advanced low-loss PCB material with low Df and Dk values—hopefully one that isn’t prohibitively expensive or terribly difficult for fabricators to register during lamination.

So, this month, we feature interviews with a variety of experts on advanced materials. Summit Interconnect’s Gerry Partida and All Flex Flexible Circuits’ Joe Menning spoke with our editorial team about the state of advanced materials from the fabricators’ viewpoint. Craig Davidson of TTM explains the company’s pursuit of embedded optical interconnect and the challenges surrounding optical PCBs. Bruce Mahler of Ohmega Technologies examines Ohmega’s resistive material technology and some of the drivers and issues in that segment of the industry. And APCT’s Steve Robinson discusses his company’s focus on working with PCB designers and engineers to create advanced, high-speed PCBs. Plus, columnist John Coonrod of Rogers Corporation discusses some of the challenges and remedies for woven glass weave effect.

We also have columns by our contributors Barry Olney of In-Circuit Design, and Alistair Little of Electrolube, as well as an interview with Lawrence Romine of Altium and an article about the TIE PCB design conference in Romania, coming up April 25-27.

Read the April issue of The PCB Design Magazine, now on the virtual newsstand and available for delivery in your e-mail inbox by subscribing here or by registering for myIConnect007 where you can manage all your subscriptions and gain instant access to our eBook library.


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