July 2012



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



  • Caveat Lector
    Model behavior.
    Mike Buetow


  • ROI
    No such thing as too big to fail.
    Peter Bigelow

  • Global Sourcing
    Rebalancing the supply chain.
    Wally Johnson



  •  On the Forefront
    Not your father's MCM.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Designer’s Notebook
    Getting embed.
    Per Viklund

  • Data Transfer
    Validating the test plan.
    Edward B. Acheson

  • Final Finishes
    'Rough' starts.
    Lenora Toscano

  • The Flexperts
    Circuit failures.
    Mark Finstad

  • Technical Abstracts
    In case you missed it.

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