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DESIGNERS COUNCIL
25 Years of the Designers Council

The founders look back at the grass roots effort to make the “designer” a recognized and valued profession.
by Chelsey Drysdale

INDUCTOR DESIGN
Design for Excellence: Inductor Form, Fit, Function Equivalence and New Design Rules

A lack of standardization – or even attention – for the mountain of inductor package types is spurring high-impedance failures.
by Matt Kelly, Mitch Ferrill, Mark Jeanson, Jesus Montanez and Timothy Jennings

PRODUCTRONICA RECAP
At Productronica, the Machines Did the Talking

At the largest electronics trade show outside Asia, equipment vendors emphasized their ties to one or more of the various machine communication protocols under development.
by Mike Buetow

Advantages of Organic Polymers vs. ITO in Capacitive Touch Keys
PEDOT is gaining traction as a replacement for ITO-based designs.
by Steve Fulton

In Memoriam
A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2017.

 

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PANELIZATION
Reducing PCB Costs through Panel Optimization

Many OEMs consider panelization a manufacturing task and blindly delegate those decisions to their fabricators and assemblers. In doing so, they are missing an opportunity to affect material expenses, a leading cost driver for PCBs.
by Patrick McGoff

 

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EMC ANALYSIS
Adding Automated EMC Analysis to PCB Layout

There is a perception that EMC analysis during layout can be a time-consuming task that is challenging to set up and properly configure, with difficult-to-interpret results. But conducting EMC analysis at appropriate points prior to fabrication can mitigate the need for redesigns.
by Craig Armenti

PLATING
Black Pad Revisited

Black pad is often the root cause of solderability issues. How do you differentiate it from other soldering defects?  And why should you care?
by Martine Simard-Normandin and Christina Banks

 

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DfM
Guidelines for Improving PCB Design Manufacturability

Running PCB assembly lines without operators for an extended period of time is the holy grail of manufacturing. A look at the state-of-the-art technologies to put that goal within a robot’s reach.
by Ranko Vujosevic, Ph.D.

3D PRINTING
Elements of Additive Manufacturing for Functional Printed Electronics

The next leap for prototyping and additive manufacturing gets us closer to the “factory-in-a-box.” What elements are involved in this coming tsunami of additive manufacturing?
by Priyanka Dobriyal

NTI-100
Automotive Driving Fabricator Gains

For fabricators whose major customers were Apple and Samsung, growth was hard to come by in 2016. But suppliers to the auto sector were revving up.
by Dr. Hayao Nakahara

Altium Expands Its Reach
An interview with Ben Jordan on Altium's perspective on future changes in engineering and CAD requirements.
by Mike Buetow

 

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SALARY SURVEY
Among Designers, Compensation, Job Satisfaction on the Rise

If PCD&F’s latest data are any indication, more than half of today’s PCB designers plan to work in the field for no more than the next 10 years. The good news: Salaries are at their highest point yet – and so is job satisfaction.
by Chelsey Drysdale

 

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PCB DESIGN
Methodology for Calculating Electrical Parameters of PCB Transmission Lines for High-Performance Computing Devices

Intensive research on problems related to multilayer PCB transmission line simulation hasn’t solved everything yet. Analysis and synthesis of lines in the subnanosecond time range, including special switched meander delay line structures, remain hurdles. There are, however, new hardware and software tools for debugging microprocessor systems and programs.
by S.A. Sorokin, Ph.D., S.M. Chudinov, Ph.D., and A.P. Sorokin

3D PRINTING
Improving PCB Design Methods to Complement 3D Printer Technology

3D printers are revolutionizing prototyping and disrupting age-old design methods. A new generation of EDA solutions supports 3D printing by providing unique design rules to support the specific conductive materials used and optimizing the data.
by Humair Mandavia

 

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