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White Knight PCB, a division of Quarter Century Design, introduced today a new PCB design decision tool—a PCB “Make vs Buy” worksheet. Ideal for product managers, design engineers, and buyers alike, the White Knight “Make vs Buy” PCB worksheet poses 15 questions along with varying scenarios reflecting important PCB design criteria.
Numerical scoring values are suggested for each of the 15 questions. Once the “Make vs Buy” worksheet is completed, the 15 scores are totaled. Their sum (score) is then compared to predetermined scores for 5 “Make vs Buy” recommendations. These recommendations will help managers, engineers, and buyers make important outsourcing “Make vs Buy” decisions.
To request a free PCB design “Make vs Buy” worksheet, visit www.WhiteKnightPCB.com or contact Steve Stoehr at 937-434-5127, ext. 109 or info@WhiteKnightPCB.com.
Gaudentiu Varzaru, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Years ago, I held a position in an EMS company where projects were analysed before manufacturing. We found that even some of the best and most innovative circuits could not be manufactured. Why? Because the PCB designer, an electronic engineer, was not acquainted with the fabrication process. He had no idea about technological requirements necessary for electronic production. I know another designer who learned, finally, the importance of the thermal relief pad for heat restriction during reflow for a good soldering. His response? “Oh, was that what they were for? And to think I worked so much to remove them!”
Dingru Xiao, Cadence Design Systems
Advanced PCB design is an iterative process of analysis-fix-analysis. Historically, this process is very time-consuming, requiring analysis experts and PCB designers to work together to find and fix layout problems. This article describes a new PCB design methodology that allows a PCB designer to perform the power design without having to run expert-level analysis tools. This methodology provides the setup automation for advanced analysis without the need to understand every minute parameter, and can be completed in a few steps.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
In line with our "Voices of the Industry" theme this month, we're publishing this handy index of all of the interviews we've conducted over the past year with the movers and shakers, managers, entrepreneurs, and and rank-and-file designers and design engineers. In case you missed them, here's another bite of the apple, alphabetized by interviewee's last name. Enjoy!