March Issue of The PCB Design Magazine Available Now

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The March issue of The PCB Design Magazine is available now. Flexible circuits have become ubiquitous over the past decade. This month, we delve into the latest flex and rigid-flex design tips and techniques with our feature article from Craig Armenti of Mentor Graphics. We also hear from Tom "Flexdude" Woznicki who is celebrating 25 years in the FPCB business.

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APCT’s Cartel Acquisition Adds Capacity, Technology and Certifications

02/05/2018 | Andy Shaughnessy, PCB Design007
APCT recently acquired Cartel Electronics and its affiliate, flex and rigid-flex maker Cirtech. During DesignCon 2018, I spoke with APCT President and CEO Steve Robinson about what this acquisition means for the San Jose-based fabricator.

'Flexdude' Tom Woznicki Celebrates Company’s 25th Anniversary

04/18/2017 | Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Twenty-five years ago, Tom “Flexdude” Woznicki got laid off. A lot of people did, back during the mini-recession that helped bring Bill Clinton into the White House. So, he launched his own flex circuit design bureau and never looked back. Since then, he’s designed flex circuitry for everything under the sun, including the Mars Rover; the flex circuits he designed are visible in many of the Rover photos. I ran into Tom at DesignCon 2017 and we discussed the benefits of flex circuits, the expansion of the flex market, and his company’s first quarter-century in operation.

Rigid-flex Design Tips and Best Practices

04/10/2017 | Craig Armenti, Mentor Graphics
While the traditional “design-separately-then-assemble” approach minimized potential issues with the flex portions of the product, it also had several inherent disadvantages. These include the cost associated with the physical connectors; the space required for the physical connectors; the need to properly manage interconnects that have to transition between the separate rigid and flex PCBs (through the connectors); and, of course, the time and cost associated with assembly. The move to the current generation of rigid-flex technology mitigates these issues; however, they are replaced with a different set of challenges and concerns.

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