Integrating PCB Layout and Mechanical Design
The integration of PCB layout with mechanical design is a tough problem to solve. Not only does the shared information have to bridge the 2D to 3D gap, the amount and type of information that need to be shared varies from design to design and company to company. The longtime preferred format, IDF, represents only "snapshots" of the design and does not support incremental changes. However, a new data format, known as IDX, provides a new level of collaboration between board layout and mechanical design.
by David Kehmeier
PCB Designers, Rev. 2
Has anyone seen the next generation of PCB designers? The window to identify and train them is closing. What we can do about it.
by Mike Creeden and Jeff Kuester
On the Forefront
Not your father's MCM.
E. Jan Vardaman
Validating the test plan.
Edward B. Acheson
In case you missed it.