February 2012

FEATURES

Cover Story
Benchmarking and Qualifying PCB Fabricators for Semiconductor Device Test Boards
Standardized test panels provide a sound basis for engaging with suppliers and participating in continuous improvement plans. Over time, test panel results objectively demonstrate if suppliers are attaining agreed-upon goals.
by William J. Mack

High-Speed Design
Signal Integrity and PCB Physical Parameters
How to identify various passive geometry or topography attributes common to the PCB layout, their effects and potential corrective actions.
by Carl F. Hornig

Flexible Heaters
Copperless Flex Circuits
Can a flex circuit be made using a metal foil other than copper? Absolutely. But understand differences in materials used to construct these “flexible heaters.”
by Mark Finstad

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    The DoD fights back.
    Mike Buetow


MONEY MATTERS

  • ROI
    Small talk.
    Peter Bigelow

  • Focus on Business
    Adapting to uncertainty.
    Susan Mucha

 

TECH TALK

  • Designer’s Notebook
    Solder layers.
    Duane Benson

  • In Flex
    Space conservation.
    Jay Desai

  • Technical Abstracts
    In case you missed it.

October 2011

Digital Edition:
http://ourdigitalmags.com/publication/?i=95369

FEATURES

APCT
Getting Faster by the Day
Even those who remember Data Circuit Systems, the Silicon Valley printed circuit board fabricator that was built up and sold to Merix in 2004, might not realize a similar arc is taking place today. PCD&F takes readers inside a growing Santa Clara, CA, board shop that is setting the bar for quick turns.
by Mike Buetow

Productronica Recap
Evolving and Upbeat in Munich
The de facto prism through which the industry is observed suggests an industry in recovery – and in full faculty of its senses.
by Mike Buetow

Business Management
A Formula for Rebuilding America’s Manufacturing Base and Competitive Electronics Manufacturing Industry
With price pressure from foreign markets making American goods less than competitive, how could the US succeed?
by Pratish Patel

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Let’s have a chat.
    Mike Buetow


MONEY MATTERS

  • ROI
    Where Procurement is failing.
    Peter Bigelow

  • Focus on Business
    Mentoring networks.
    Susan Mucha

 

TECH TALK

  • On the Forefront
    Will 2012 bring a reprieve?
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Designer’s Notebook
    Respect the centroid file.
    Duane Benson

  • The Flexperts
    Design tweaks.
    Mark Finstad

  • Tech Tips
    Which selective soldering type is best?
    ACI Technologies Inc.

  • Solar Technologies
    Passing markers on the road.
    Tom Falcon
  • Technical Abstracts
    In case you missed it.

Page 3 of 3