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Flex Design
CAD Systems for Flex Circuit Design
When it comes to designing for flex, some tools are more adaptable.
by Tom Woznicki

Critical Requirements for Next Generation Modeling and Simulation Tools
The pressure to reduce design cycle time and minimize testing and validation necessitates improved mechanical and reliability modeling and electrical and thermal simulation tools.
by Dr. S. B. Park

Flex Design
The Don’ts of Better Flexible Circuit Design and Manufacture
Successful designs are soon forgotten but failures are remembered for years. Steering clear of these twelve don’ts will improve the robustness of your designs.
by Mark Finstad

Laminate Performance
Humidity-Dependent Loss in PCB Substrates
The in-use environment needs to be part of the model during system design and validation.
by Paul Hamilton, Gary Brist, Guy Barnes Jr. and Jason Schrader

Automated Testing
Fully Automated PCB Test
In-line automated loading and unloading allows low-volume, high-mix product testing to continue around the clock.
by Nicoletta Gianotti

From the Field
Vertical Integration – The Old Model Still Proves a Successful Strategy
Economies of scale, cost reduction, product differentiation and supply chain control are key drivers for vertical integration strategies.
by Kathy Nargi-Toth


Our Line
Let the sunshine in.
Kathy Nargi-Toth

Success comes when management invests in people.
Peter Bigelow

Interconnect Strategies
Techniques for recognizing and minimizing signal integrity degradation.
Dr. Abe Riazi

Positive Plating
Adhesion of electroless copper to flexible circuit materials.
Michael Carano

The Flex Market
Consumer product shipments in Japan declined in December and January and revenues for PCBs have shrunk month-to-month since November.
Dominique Numakura

The Signal Doctor
Return and insertion loss for dummies.
Dr. Eric Bogatin



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