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IPC—The Association Connecting Electronics Industries will be holding a two-day, design-focused IPC professional development courses on July 26–27, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.
Day 1 will focus on EMI control, including grounding, power distribution, and board stack-up, among others, and will be led by Rick Hartley. This workshop is all about up-front design. Getting the design right to prevent having to throw costly band-aids on the product to stop the hemorrhaging of electric and magnetic fields. The knowledge gained from this workshop can significantly reduce product development time and cost, as well as improve product performance.
The next day’s course will be on design challenges, including fine pitch BGA design, and best design practices to produce a more manufacturable board. To be given by Susy Webb, the first section of this two-in-one class utilizes illustrations and real-world examples to explore the complexities of using fine pitch BGAs in designs. The second section of this class discusses best practices that, when incorporated by the designer, will help make fabrication and assembly easier and therefore lower the time and cost needed for a quality board.
For more information, or to register for these courses, click here.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Altium held a very successful AltiumLive PCB Design Summit in San Diego, California at the beginning of October for the benefit of their North American design community, and followed it three weeks later with a counterpart European event in Munich. And what an eye-opener it proved to be—literally hundreds of delegates, a superbly organised and managed programme, billed as a completely immersive two-day interactive design experience on a theme of learning, connecting and getting inspired.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCB Design007
Insulectro and Isola recently shared a combined booth during PCB West 2017. Insulectro has distributed Isola materials for years, and the companies wanted to focus on Isola’s line-up of high-speed, low-loss material sets. Insulectro’s Chris Hunrath, VP of Technology, and Norm Berry, Director of Laminates and OEM Marketing, sat down with me to discuss the challenges facing signal integrity engineers today, and some of the Isola low-loss, low-Dk materials that can help with their signal integrity requirements. You might find Chris and Norm speaking to a group of PCB designers near you.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Stephen V. Chavez, CID+, is the lead PCB designer for the Electronic Systems Center division of UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), a military contractor that builds all manner of cutting-edge tools for the American warfigher. He’s been designing military and aerospace PCBs for decades, and he’s a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I caught up with Steph and asked for his thoughts on designing PCBs for the military and aerospace markets.