Judy Warner Discusses AltiumLive and Her New Role at Altium

September 20, 2017 | Real Time with...SMTAI

At SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois, Judy Warner of Altium discusses her new role as director of community engagement. She also details AltiumLive: 2017, which takes place October 3-4 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. AltiumLive features Happy Holden and Charles Pfeil, as well as a robot design challenge and battle.

Fault-Finding: It’s All About Prevention, not Blame

September 18, 2017 | Kelly Dack, CID+, EPTAC

There are thousands of things that can go wrong during the design and manufacture of a PCB assembly. One might say that it is an absolute miracle when a PCB goes through all of its phases—design, fabrication and assembly—and operates successfully. But there are some management and customer cultures who naively attempt to resolve problems by seeking out the culprits and shouting “Off with their heads!”


Beyond Design: When Legacy Products No Longer Perform

September 12, 2017 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

As IC die sizes continue to compact due to demand for smaller and faster technology, and as switching speeds continue to improve, rise and fall times are creeping down into the sub-nanosecond realm, a territory previously reserved for...

Tim's Takeaways: It Really Wasn’t My Fault

September 7, 2017 | Tim Haag, Consultant

I once received verbal instructions from an engineer who directed me to make a certain change. I didn’t think anything of it. Many months later, this same engineer told me that there were troubles with the board and all its...

Lightning Speed Laminates: Transitioning From FR-4 to High-Frequency Materials

August 30, 2017 | John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation

The move from FR-4 to a high-frequency material is often necessitated by the loss performance of a circuit. The acceptable amount of insertion loss for a particular circuit can vary greatly from one application to another. The...

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