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The Tehnici de Interconectare in Electronica (Interconnection Techniques for Electronics) PCB design conference takes place April 20-23 in Suceava, Romania. Joe Fjelstad, founder of Verdant Electronics, will give the keynote speech titled, “An Overview of Electronic Manufacturing Technology Evolution and Trends.” The keynote will kick off the awards ceremony on the evening of April 22.
The event brings together the leaders of Romania’s academia and the electronics industry, culminating in a PCB design contest for college students. Thirteen universities will send three PCB designers each to TIE. The students will spend four days in PCB design workshops and compete in a design contest known as “The Olympic Games for PCB Designers.” Winners are awarded a “PCB Designer Certificate of Competence.”
The TIE conference was founded by Dr. Paul Svasta, a professor of electrical and electronic manufacturing at Politehnica University of Bucharest – CETTI. This year marks the 25th TIE conference.
Kelly Dack, CID+, EPTAC
While I was teaching my CID class for EPTAC in Santa Clara, I learned that we were only a block away from Streamline Circuits. Streamline does a lot of military and aerospace work, as well as communications and industrial electronics. The company manufactures quite a bit of multilayer flex and rigid-flex circuits, in addition to rigid boards. This would make a great field trip for my CID class!
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Most Westerners know very little about Estonia. A former Soviet Bloc country, Estonia has come a long way since restoring its independence in 1991. Electronics companies are thriving in this tiny EU member country, and capital city Tallinn has been called “Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea.” During productronica, I met with Arno Kolk, general manager of the Estonian Electronics Industries Association, and we discussed the explosion of new technology in this “Baltic Tiger” country?
Barry Matties, Publisher, I-Connect007
As a field application engineer for TTM, Julie Ellis sees the problems that can occur between circuit board designers and manufacturers. Barry Matties spoke with Julie at the AltiumLive event in Munich about the age-old problem of throwing designs “over the wall,” the trend towards HDI, and what advice she would give new designers.