PCD&F Archives

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FEATURES

CAD PREDICTIONS #1
The Design Tool Challenge: More Functionality, but Easier to Use

Board designers want tools that enable sophisticated analysis and features like MCAD-ECAD and rigid-flex but without requiring an advanced degree to use them.
by Hemant Shah

CAD PREDICTIONS #2
The 3 Challenges Facing the Future of PCB Design
Changing demographics is driving demand for system-oriented tools. What we can also expect in the short-term are tools that accommodate more "part-time" users as the number of dedicated PCB designers declines.
by David Wiens

CAD PREDICTIONS #3
Breaking the Silos

Architectural validation and modular design are driving designers to more product- and team-centric approaches.
by Bob Potock

RESIDUES
How Clean is Clean Enough?

A test matrix investigated 12 ionic contaminants in five concentrations to assess the electrical response under controlled heat and humidity conditions. The study used the limits per J-STD-001 for surface insulation resistance. The tests determined at what level of contamination and spacing the ionic/organic residue has a failing effect on surface insulation resistance.
by Terry Munson, Paco Solis, Nick Munson, Steve Ring and Evan Briscoe

 

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