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IPC—The Association Connecting Electronics Industries will be holding a two-day, design-focused IPC professional development courses on July 26–27, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.
Day 1 will focus on EMI control, including grounding, power distribution, and board stack-up, among others, and will be led by Rick Hartley. This workshop is all about up-front design. Getting the design right to prevent having to throw costly band-aids on the product to stop the hemorrhaging of electric and magnetic fields. The knowledge gained from this workshop can significantly reduce product development time and cost, as well as improve product performance.
The next day’s course will be on design challenges, including fine pitch BGA design, and best design practices to produce a more manufacturable board. To be given by Susy Webb, the first section of this two-in-one class utilizes illustrations and real-world examples to explore the complexities of using fine pitch BGAs in designs. The second section of this class discusses best practices that, when incorporated by the designer, will help make fabrication and assembly easier and therefore lower the time and cost needed for a quality board.
For more information, or to register for these courses, click here.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Nine Dot Connects has certainly blazed an interesting trail. The company started out as an Altium reseller, but in less than a decade, Nine Dot Connects has also become a design service bureau and a provider of PCB design instruction, training, and consulting services. I recently interviewed Paul Taubman, technical services director for Nine Dot Connects. We discussed the company’s expansion from VAR to service bureau and content provider, and the changing landscape of PCB design instruction.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
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!”
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Altium held a very successful AltiumLive PCB Design Summit in San Diego, California at the beginning of October for the benefit of their North American design community, and followed it three weeks later with a counterpart European event in Munich. And what an eye-opener it proved to be—literally hundreds of delegates, a superbly organised and managed programme, billed as a completely immersive two-day interactive design experience on a theme of learning, connecting and getting inspired.