Polar Instruments: Simulating PCB Potentialities

December 8, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Nolan Johnson checks in with Polar’s Martyn Gaudion on the evolving needs of global PCB manufacturing markets in a post-pandemic world, where generating accurate PCB specification documentation is essential to successfully navigating today's rampant supply chain constraints. Polar has positioned itself to meet these needs through agile software product developments that allow OEMs and fabricators to simulate material interactions and end-product specifications, including in-demand features like a comprehensive "structure view" that allows users to visualize all the transmission lines on a given a PCB. Though keeping pace with the demands of a rapidly growing industry has been challenging, Polar's commitment to innovation has kept its software suite ahead of the curve.

Dana on Data: PCB Data Transfer Non-evolution

December 8, 2022 | Dana Korf, Korf Consultancy LLC

The PCB industry still sends scanned copies of paper documents, which I have termed “ePaper,” back and forth to each other; this process requires humans to interpret the information on the electronic copy of a document before manually entering it into a computer. As many as 90% or more of all design data packages sent to manufacturing are still Gerber file-based with additional ePaper files. So much for the concept of continuous improvement.



Beyond Design: Forget What You Were Taught

December 1, 2022 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

Ralph Morrison was a physicist who promoted the belief that electromagnetic energy flows in spaces, not the traces. That energy does not flow in the copper traces of a PCB, but rather the energy follows the traces acting as a...

The Pulse: Fitting Physics to Fact

November 28, 2022 | Martyn Gaudion, Polar Instruments

In an ideal world you would use “perfect” materials that behave in a truly predictable way, but the realities of engineering mean that compromise is always needed—and so the desire of the purist for “absolute...

Tim’s Takeaways: What More Do We Need to Know?

November 22, 2022 | Tim Haag, First Page Sage

Although it’s been more years than I care to admit, I still remember very clearly the class on careers that I was required to take in junior high school. On a table in the front of the class were several boxes filled with all...

A Fight to the Physics Featuring:

  • The Physics of PCB Design, a conversation with Eric Bogatin
  • My Experience With Maxwell, by Happy Holden
  • Electronics vs. Physics: Why Vias Don’t Get Hot, by Doug Brooks and Johannes Adam
  • Forget What You Were Taught, by Barry Olney
  • Fitting Physics to Fact, by Martyn Gaudion
  • Physics, Electrical Engineering, and PCB Design, by Tamara Jovanovic
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