Connect the Dots: New Landing Design to Reduce Thermal Pad Failure

November 16, 2018 | Team Sunstone Circuits, Sunstone Circuits

You’ve finally finished your design. All the traces are correct and the IC landings are to the manufacturer’s specifications. A short run of test boards performs perfectly. For best results, you select a reputable domestic board house for production and a quality assembly shop to do the soldering. When the finished boards arrive, everything looks great. You’re in high spirits and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Then the reports start coming in.

Max Seeley’s PCB Design Career is No Fish Story

November 14, 2018 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

Max Seeley, senior electrical, PCB, and manufacturing engineer with 3M, was an instructor at the first AltiumLive event in 2017, and he made a return visit to this year’s event in San Diego. I asked Max why he decided to come back to AltiumLive this year and to share the story of his rather circuitous journey into PCB design, which included a turn as a custom aquarium builder. Everyone in PCB design has a different backstory.



Embedding Components, Part 3: Implementing Discrete Passive Devices

November 15, 2018 | Vern Solberg, Consulting

Most of the passive components used in electronics are discrete surface mount components configured to mount onto land patterns furnished on the surface of a PC board. Designers have several choices for providing passive functions in...

The Digital Layout: Designers Council Update and PCB Carolina 2018

October 24, 2018 | Stephen (Steph) Chavez, IPC Designers Council

Welcome to the first edition of "The Digital Layout." As a current IPC Designers Council (DC) Executive Board member and a long-time active IPC member, I was nominated to be the chairman of the newly created communications...

Tim's Takeaways: Contract Positions—Go the Extra Mile

October 10, 2018 | Tim Haag, Consultant

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...

This issue Design Data Packages Featuring:

Breaking the Design Data Bottleneck, a conversation with Steph Chavez
Getting on the Same Page: A Data Story, by Mark Thompson, CID+
At GreenSource, Lean and Green Starts on the Front End, a conversation with JanNell Taylor and Andy Schilloff
Design Data: File Naming Conventions, by Kelly Dack, CID+
Digital Specs for Automated Manufacturing: Find the Missing Link! by Jan Pedersen


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