PCD&F February 2010 cover

FEATURES

  • DfA
    Component Layout in Placement Processes
    Effective, accurate component placement takes into account the best practices of design and assembly, both of them inextricably intertwined. Positioning CSPs and noise-sensitive devices are two of a host of considerations.
    by Zulki Khan

  • Copper Plating
    Improved Electrolytic Copper Plating for Flex PWBs
    A novel electrolytic copper-plating process is said to provide flex circuit manufacturers a new option for meeting system performance requirements, while maintaining or improving product interconnection and mechanical reliability.
    by Hiroshi Hoshiyama, Shinjiroh Hayashi, Makoto Sakai and Rikiya Shimizu

  • CAD-CAM
    PCB Data Preparation
    What happens to CAD data once it is released to manufacturing? A veteran designer describes what happens to a typical job once it leaves his facility and reaches manufacturing.
    by Jack Olson and Mike Tucker

FIRST PERSON

MONEY MATTERS

  • Global Sourcing
    When offshoring works best.
    Rob Duvall

  • ROI
    Back to basics.
    Peter Bigelow

TECH TALK

  • EMC for the Real World
    Grover on inductance.
    Dr. Eric Bogatin

  • The Defects Database
    Rethinking black pad.
    Dr. Davide Di Maio, Ph.D.

  • Test and Inspection
    IEEE test standards 'speed' toward resolution.
    Jun Balangue

  • Getting Lean
    Sequentially implementing Lean and Lean Sigma.
    Carlos Rodriguez

 

DEPARTMENTS

Off the Shelf

PCD&F January 2010 cover

FEATURES

  • CAM
    Improving Fabrication Yields
    A large portion of manufacturing yield is tied up in the CAM process, and these "fabrication planners" can make the difference between profits and losses. Plus: The designer's role.
    by Zulki Khan

  • EDA Tools For Today and Tomorrow
    'We Need to Facilitate Faster, Smarter Design'
    Leading design and layout tool suppliers talk about their software, designers' needs, the industry's biggest challenges, and why FPGAs could do for PCB designers what microprocessors did for their digital forerunners.
    by Pete Waddell

  • Design Tools
    Predicting PCB Density
    Comparing design data requirements to design resources can result in better electronic performance at a reduced cost. A density-predicting calculator is a tool that performs a tradeoff analysis at the feasibility stage, given the constraints of the assigned area.
    by Ruth Kastner and Eliahu Moshe

  • Productronica Recap
    Trading Up
    For the first time in 10 years, we saw the sun in Munich. Is it a sign of a new dawn for the industry? OK, no, but amid tepid expectations, Productronica turned out stronger than expected, again defying gravity and the pundits to remain the mother of all trade shows.
    by Mike Buetow

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    "Conflict metals" fight deepens.
    Mike Buetow
  • Database
    The design game.
    Pete Waddell

MONEY MATTERS

TECH TALK

 

DEPARTMENTS

Off the Shelf

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