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This paper, "BER- and COM-Way of Channel-Compliance Evaluation: What Are the Sources of Differences?" won the DesignCon 2016 Best Paper Award. It analyzes the computational procedure specified for Channel Operation Margin (COM) and compares it to traditional statistical eye/BER analysis.
The paper was written by Vladimir Dmitriev-Zdorov, Chuck Ferry, and Christian Filip of Mentor Graphics, and Alfred P. Neves of Wild River Technology. To read this paper, click here.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
When it comes to the PCB design community and the challenges facing it, as well as where design has been and where it’s heading, there aren’t many people as qualified to speak on the topic as long-time industry veterans Happy Holden and Charles Pfeil. Joined by I-Connect007’s Barry Matties at the recent AltiumLive 2017 event in San Diego, the three sat down for a discussion about the current state of PCB design, what the future holds, and what it means to be a designer.
Judy Warner, Altium
After I began working at Altium, I started learning all I could about PCB design software licensing. I wondered about the pros and cons of perpetual vs. subscription licenses. I wanted to learn firsthand from PCB designers what kind of benefits they received and challenges they faced as a result of how EDA companies offered design tools. I reached out to a variety of sources to get a broad slice of insight into this evolving issue, and thus began my trip down the EDA licensing software rabbit hole.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
At DesignCon, I met with Dave Kohlmeier, senior product line director for Mentor Graphics. We discussed their Best Paper award and DesignCon sessions such as the Signal Integrity Boot Camp, as well as the new rigid-flex capabilities found in the HypeLynx suite.