Standards are frequently viewed as cumbersome nuisances and impediments to progress by those pressing for rapid change. The process of writing, getting approval, and promulgating standards can be arduous and frustrating. It has a lot of similarities to the creation and passage of laws in various government bodies in that there are many opinions and interested parties who engage in the process to make sure that it results in a product that does not damage or favor one solution or party over another.
I recently sat down for an interview with Happy Holden, who is slated to give a keynote speech at this year’s AltiumLive event in Frankfurt, Germany. Happy gives a preview of his presentation, which is focused on smart factories and automation, and why artificial intelligence might improve PCB design and fabrication in the future.
We are well into the second year of tariff-centric trade policy, and one thing appears certain—uncertainty is here to stay. Though most of the media focus has been on cars and steel or consumer prices and corporate profits, the...
When you’re designing a PCB, it’s standard to call out FR-4 material, but you could be holding yourself back or even exposing your board to risk by not knowing more about PCB materials. Let’s take a small look into...
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Traversing the Design Landscape with Hartley and Creeden, a conversation with Rick Hartley and Mike Creeden
Digi-Key on Adapting to the Changing Industry Landscape, Part 2, a conversation with Chris Beeson
Lee Ritchey on the Direction of PCB Design, a conversation with Lee Ritchey
The Landscape of the Design Community, by Andy Shaughnessy
Flex Design: Know Your Applications, a conversation with Kelly Dack
The State of Flex Design, by Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007