The Digital Route

Stephen Chavez

Reports from San Diego, RTP and AltiumLive.

As the second half of the year is quickly passing by, we have seen many continued activities in our industry regarding PCB design. From the PCB West conference held in mid-September in Santa Clara, CA, which was another huge success and always exceeds expectations, to AltiumLive 2019 held in early November in San Diego; both events were hugely successful and had great turnouts. We also have had some activity within our local IPC Designers Council (DC) chapters, such as the San Diego Chapter, which held its final chapter meeting for the year in late September. Here is a brief breakdown of these recent fall activities.

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Stephen Chavez

A confab at PCB West connected chapter members from around the world.

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Stephen ChavezThe latest reports from the local chapters.

We’re onto the second half of the year now, and we’ve seen a lot of activities within our local Designers Council (DC) Chapters, including a few international chapters. It’s great to see and hear about the continued activities from professional development to knowledge sharing and networking taking place at various industry events. Here is a snapshot of what has taken place so far from several of our active chapters.

Read more: The Digital Route: From EMI to RF

Stephen ChavezThe latest reports from the local chapters.

Last month’s column highlighted the Monterrey Designers Council chapter in Mexico. As promised, the featured chapter this month is the new Sonora chapter, also in Mexico. The Sonora chapter is aiming to establish its presence in the global IPC Designers Council community and set a vision for the future, including educational topics to explore and plans to expand membership.

Read more: The Digital Route: Starting Up in Sonora

Stephen ChavezThe latest reports from the local chapters.

This month’s column highlights the Monterrey Designers Council Chapter located in Monterrey, Mexico. The chapter was established Nov. 23, 2017, which makes it a younger chapter compared to several other global chapters currently in existence. I also share news about a new chapter forming in Nogales, Mexico.

Luis Saracho is president of the Monterrey Chapter and an IPC Certified Advanced PCB Designer (CID+) with a true passion for designing board layouts, not to mention leading and organizing chapter meetings. This chapter has yet to establish a solid leadership team, so Luis is basically running the show on his own and has been doing an awesome job keeping this chapter active and successful. The chapter meets quarterly, with an average attendance of 12 to 18 attendees. Chapter meetings are typically held in the evening at a local university (ITESM Campus Monterrey), and most meetings consist of a technical presentation. The chapter is looking into getting government support through CANIETI – an organization that supports technical initiatives – but has had poor results to date.

Read more: The Digital Route: New and Thriving Chapters in Mexico

Stephen ChavezThe latest reports from the local chapters.

This month’s column highlights the Orange County Chapter, the largest IPC Designers Council (DC) chapter and one of the most active and thriving. Scott McCurdy, Orange County Chapter president, describes the successful format the chapter follows to reach local designers and PCB professionals. There is also an update from the IPC DC Executive Board as its collaboration with the new IPC Education Foundation continues.

Orange County Chapter

By Scott McCurdy

The IPC Designers Council is alive and well in Southern California. The Orange County Chapter was active long before I took over as president in 2003. We are proudly the largest active chapter in existence based on attendance at our quarterly meetings. We average 50 to 65 attendees at our meetings, and occasionally have 80+ in attendance.

Read more: The Digital Route - May 2019
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