PCB Signal Integrity Optimization Using X-ray Metrology

October 16, 2017 | Scott Jewler, SILICON VALLEY X-RAY

It happens again. A new backbone router/switch build or a line card upgrade is approaching completion when something goes wrong. The system won’t operate at the targeted data rate. Deadlines are looming and the root cause of the problem is buried somewhere in a big rack of electronic components.

AltiumLive 2017 Attracts Hundreds of Designers

October 12, 2017 | Happy Holden, I-Connect007

Altium conducted its first-ever users conference, AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit, at the Hilton Resort and Spa on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego. This conference included a lineup of notable speakers, including four keynote speeches over the two-day event. This conference drew hundreds of PCB designers, many of whom attended breakout sessions designed in accordance with the show’s motto, “Learn – Connect – Get Inspired.”


True Design Efficiency: Think Before You Click

October 9, 2017 | Tim Haag, Consultant

At the captive shops that I’ve worked with, where the designers were more involved in the entire design cycle and had better access to the corporate libraries, staff engineers, etc., the story was often the same. Some designers...

The Shaughnessy Report: Mistakes Were Made

October 2, 2017 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

We started planning the August issue with a survey sarcastically titled, “Whose fault is that bad board?” We asked a variety of questions regarding how the cause or causes of failure were determined, and what companies do...

Beyond Design: When Legacy Products No Longer Perform

September 12, 2017 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

As IC die sizes continue to compact due to demand for smaller and faster technology, and as switching speeds continue to improve, rise and fall times are creeping down into the sub-nanosecond realm, a territory previously reserved for...

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