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We’re sad to report late-breaking news that independent engineering consultant Steve Weir has died. No details are available at this time.
Steve was a power and signal integrity guru with a variety of patents to his name. A fixture of DesignCon and a constant presence on the SI-List signal integrity forum, Steve wrote over a dozen papers on power integrity.
He also had a crazy, irreverent sense of humor that you don’t find among most engineers. I first met Steve about 10 years ago at DesignCon. He introduced me to a few other EEs, with caveats such as, “John’s an SI engineer, but more importantly, the statute of limitations has run out on his unprosecuted felonies. And don’t let him near your wife. Or your son, for that matter.”
It was like that with Steve. He didn’t seem to have a pause button. The world needs more people like that.
He will be missed.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
I recently spoke with Todd Westerhoff, product marketing manager for signal integrity software tools at Siemens. We discussed a new capability called HyperLynx Apps that offers a new take on traditional signal and power integrity analysis, and how that fits in with the Siemens plan to put SI and PI tools into the hands of more designers early in the design cycle.
To give readers a sample of 'The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to... Stackups—The Design within the Design,' by Bill Hargin, we are providing the book's introduction. He writes, "Another book about stackups? If you’re asking this question, I’d like to know the book you’re thinking of, as I was looking for it a few years back. I have a pretty good PCB signal integrity (SI) library, and I’ve only found one chapter on stackup design so far."
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Believing that I knew a bit about signal integrity and controlled impedance, I was pleased to take the opportunity to connect with an educational webinar that I hoped would extend my knowledge. In the event I was surprised at how little I actually knew, and the webinar was an excellent learning opportunity. The webinar was introduced and expertly moderated by Anna Brockman of Phoenix Contact in Germany.