Sensible Design: Thermal Management—The Heat is On

September 25, 2017 | Jade Bridges, Electrolube

Thermal management materials are designed to prolong equipment life and reduce incidences of failure. They also maintain equipment performance parameters and reduce energy consumption by reducing operating temperatures, and minimising the risk of damage to surrounding components. Indirectly, they maintain brand reputation, as the reliability of the equipment will be very dependent upon the effectiveness of the thermal management technique used.

RTW SMTAI: Judy Warner Discusses AltiumLive: 2017 and Her New Role

September 20, 2017 | Real Time with...SMTAI

At SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois, Judy Warner of Altium discusses her new role as director of community engagement. She also details AltiumLive: 2017, which takes place October 3-4 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. AltiumLive features Happy Holden and Charles Pfeil, as well as a robot design challenge and battle.


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...

Tim's Takeaways: It Really Wasn’t My Fault

September 7, 2017 | Tim Haag, Consultant

I once received verbal instructions from an engineer who directed me to make a certain change. I didn’t think anything of it. Many months later, this same engineer told me that there were troubles with the board and all its...

Lightning Speed Laminates: Transitioning From FR-4 to High-Frequency Materials

August 30, 2017 | John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation

The move from FR-4 to a high-frequency material is often necessitated by the loss performance of a circuit. The acceptable amount of insertion loss for a particular circuit can vary greatly from one application to another. The...

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