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The seventh edition of the Printed Circuits Handbook is now available, with a new chapter by Andy Shaughnessy, managing editor of The PCB Design Magazine and PCBDesign007.
Edited by Clyde F. Coombs and Happy Holden, this marks the most comprehensive edition of the book to date. Previous editions have focused primarily on processes, but the new edition boasts first-ever sections on supply chain management and PCB design. Shaughnessy contributed the chapter on PCB design and analysis software tools.
“With the publication of the seventh edition, the Printed Circuits Handbook reaches out from its traditional emphasis on manufacturing and materials to address issues of engineering, design, reliability, and printed circuit supply chain management,” said Coombs. “Anchored by a chapter on electronic design automation and printed circuit design tools by Andy Shaughnessy, this edition provides material not available anywhere else.”
Coombs published the first edition of the Printed Circuits Handbook in 1967, and it is widely considered to be the Bible of the PCB industry. To order your copy, click here. watch Clyde Coombs’ interview at IPC APEX EXPO, click here.
Shaughnessy has been covering PCB design and EDA since 1999, and he has been with I-Connect007 since 2007.
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.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCB Design007
Insulectro and Isola recently shared a combined booth during PCB West 2017. Insulectro has distributed Isola materials for years, and the companies wanted to focus on Isola’s line-up of high-speed, low-loss material sets. Insulectro’s Chris Hunrath, VP of Technology, and Norm Berry, Director of Laminates and OEM Marketing, sat down with me to discuss the challenges facing signal integrity engineers today, and some of the Isola low-loss, low-Dk materials that can help with their signal integrity requirements. You might find Chris and Norm speaking to a group of PCB designers near you.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Stephen V. Chavez, CID+, is the lead PCB designer for the Electronic Systems Center division of UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), a military contractor that builds all manner of cutting-edge tools for the American warfigher. He’s been designing military and aerospace PCBs for decades, and he’s a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I caught up with Steph and asked for his thoughts on designing PCBs for the military and aerospace markets.