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AltiumLive 2018 a Mecca for PCB Designers
AltiumLive 2018 San Diego is now in the history books. This is the second annual AltiumLive (North America), and it was even better than the first. With nearly 300 hundred participants, from all parts of the country and industry, the event was a huge success.


One-Question Survey: What Advice Would You Offer a New Designer?
During AltiumLive 2018, the I-Connect007 editorial team asked some of the attendees to answer one question: What advice would you offer to a brand-new PCB designer? Here are just a few of the replies we received.

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Tim's Takeaways: Contract Positions—Go the Extra Mile
For newbies just entering the industry or experienced designers who have always worked for a corporation, the transition to contractor can be a real culture shock. The allure of working from home and setting your own hours can quickly be replaced by the realities of chasing jobs and wondering where your next payday will come from. However, there are some wonderful aspects of working as a contractor that can make it very worthwhile.


Artificial Intelligence: The Future of EDA?
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making inroads into a variety of industries in the past decade or so, from automobiles to medical devices. Naturally, EDA tool companies are taking a look at AI. Does AI offer a way forward for PCB design tool developers? I recently interviewed Paul Musto, director of marketing for the Board Systems Division of Mentor. We discussed Mentor’s plans for integrating AI into EDA tools, and why we may be at the very beginning of understanding the pros and cons of this new technology.


Design News & Additional Information

Altium Announces Altium 365 at Altium Live
At the AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit, Altium announced its new cloud infrastructure that facilitates better, more connected collaboration across all design and product realization disciplines. Altium 365, a cloud-based platform, is the first step in directly connecting desktop printed circuit board (PCB) design with the manufacturing floor.

I-Connect007 Publishes Automation eBook by Happy Holden
I-Connect007 is excited to announce the release of the latest title in our eBook library: Automation and Advanced Procedures in PCB Fabrication.

Ventec’s Martin Cotton Retires
Ventec International Group Co., Ltd. announced the retirement of Martin Cotton, director OEM Projects.

Sunstone Circuits Names Michael Connella Production Manager
Sunstone Circuits is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Connella to production manager. Connella has an extensive and impressive 28 year career in printed circuit board manufacturing, having spent time with both Sunstone Circuits and TTM Technologies.

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