PEACHTREE CITY, GA – Registrants for the PCB West exhibition this fall will gain access to nine free technical sessions, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced today.

The sessions take place on October 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and run the gamut from advanced packaging to design, fabrication and assembly.

“Free Wednesday” leads off with a panel on “How Heterogenous Integration Affects the PCB Industry,” moderated by Phil Marcoux, a legend in SMT and advanced packaging. Heterogeneous is the latest branding effort to promote the assembly of dissimilar electronic components. In the past these could be called multichip modules, 2.5-D, 3-D and even “hybrid” assemblies. Heterogeneous integration makes the design function much more complex than is typical for electronic products, however, because many parameters can impact performance. This panel will address those complexities and how to solve them for printed circuit board designs.

The panel is followed by a pair of sessions that look at design and fabrication considerations of semi-additive processes and high-frequency materials, followed by the keynote address, “Augmented and Virtual Reality, the Next Computer Revolution,” by Brian Toleno, Ph.D., Meta. Following a lunch on the show floor, which is free to all show attendees, the free sessions resume with a pair of sessions looking at emerging PCB technologies and common design errors caught at fabrication, plus a review of the PCB outline drawing.

Two talks on how to leverage bi-directional data transfer using the IPC-CFX and IPC-2581 formats to create a digitized “smart” factory fill out the afternoon schedule.

Following the free sessions is a reception on the exhibition show floor.

Anyone who registers at for the exhibition and free sessions by October 4 will receive free admission. Day of show registration for the exhibition and free sessions is $25.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.


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