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If you’re an Atlanta-area designer, you won’t want to miss this. This informal discussion, hosted by UPMG President Pete Waddell, will focus on the world of PCB design, its challenges, its future, with a focus on how to facilitate communication with the entire PCB supply chain, including fabrication and assembly. If you're a PCB designer or engineer, provide EDA software or just want to understand how to better work with a design group, join us for a casual conversation that promises to be a lively look at the world of PCB design and beyond.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
10 am – 3 pm
Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center)
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
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Bill Acito, Cadence Design Systems
The challenges faced by the PCB designers of today are significant. If we examine the breadth of designs, we find ever-increasing data rates and more high-speed signal routing that drive additional challenges meeting signal-quality requirements, including reflection signal loss and crosstalk issues. At the same time, designers are being asked to complete designs in shorter cycle times and in smaller form factors. They must come up with new and more complex routing strategies to better control impedance and crosstalk. Manual implementation is often time-consuming and prone to layout errors.
Dave Wiens, Mentor, a Siemens Business
PCB designers working with flex or rigid-flex technology face many potential risks that can derail a project and cause costly design failures. As the name implies, flex and rigid-flex designs comprise a combination of rigid and flexible board technologies made up of multiple layers of flexible circuit substrates, attached internally and/or externally to one or more rigid boards. These combinations provide flexibility for the PCB designer working on dense designs that require a specific form factor. Rigid-flex allows the PCB design team to cost-efficiently apply greater functionality to a smaller volume of space, while providing the mechanical stability required by most applications.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Millennials are the future of our industry. What does this mean for the PCB design community? How do we attract more of these smart young people to the world of PCB design? I asked Paul Musto, director of marketing for Mentor’s Board Systems Division, to explain the company’s initiatives aimed at drawing more young people into PCB design