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Design Tools
Electro-Mechanical Design Team Collaboration
New tools help global design teams meet time-to-market constraints.
by Hans-Ulrich Heidbrink

Component Libraries
Building and Maintaining CAD Libraries
Choose library tools that store component and land pattern data in a generic format that can be used with any CAD tool.
by Tom Hausherr

BGA Guidelines
BGA/PCB Interconnect Design Guidelines
A successful BGA design is the right combination of pad diameter, drill diameter, anti-pad and aspect ratio that maximizes the routing density.
by Gil White

Optoelectronic Roadmap
Optoelectronic Substrates - Will it Happen?
The economic model for the optoelectronic interconnect favors high data rate transmission over moderate to long distances, limiting applications to high-end telecommunication systems.
by Jack Fisher

NTI 95
A Familiar Picture
Ibiden reigned (again) as the top PCB fabricator in 2006.
by Dr. Hayao Nakahara

From the Field
Award Winning Designs
An interview with Peter Dill, 2007 winner of the Mentor Graphics PCB Technology Leadership Award.
by Kathy Nargi-Toth



Our Line
The mother of invention.
Kathy Nargi-Toth

Understanding the specific needs of your company is key to developing an employee development and training program.
Peter Bigelow

The Signal Doctor
Reducing the line width, just the right amount, keeps differential impedance constant.
Dr. Eric Bogatin



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