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There's still time to register for PCB West 2017. This annual PCB design conference will be held September 12 - 14, 2017, in Santa Clara, CA. The event includes a three-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.
The September event features more than 75 presentations, the most-ever for the 26-years-old event. Among the featured speakers are Rick Hartley, Doug Brooks and Susy Webb, with topics ranging from signal noise control, RF design, thermal considerations, flex circuits, and assembly troubleshooting.
The annual Free Wednesday program offers more than 20 free presentations covering all types of design, fabrication and assembly issues. Free Wednesday takes place September 13, the same day of the exhibition featuring more than 100 leading suppliers of PCB design software, process tools, and fabrication, assembly and test services and equipment.
The technical conference is characterized by longer training-based presentations that average two hours or more. Courses are offered for all experience levels, from novice through advanced.
New this year is the PCB Fabrication/EMS Management Forum, a special session designed for executives and centered on common industry management issues, such as technology investment, employee recruiting and marketing.
Preceding the conference program is the IPC Designers Certification course, presented by EPTAC.
PCB West annually provides a conference and exhibition focused on the design and manufacture of PCBs, HDI, electronics assembly and circuit board test. The September 2016 event attracted nearly 2,000 attendees.
For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact director of group shows Alyson Corey at 678-234-9859; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Acito, Cadence Design Systems
The challenges faced by the PCB designers of today are significant. If we examine the breadth of designs, we find ever-increasing data rates and more high-speed signal routing that drive additional challenges meeting signal-quality requirements, including reflection signal loss and crosstalk issues. At the same time, designers are being asked to complete designs in shorter cycle times and in smaller form factors. They must come up with new and more complex routing strategies to better control impedance and crosstalk. Manual implementation is often time-consuming and prone to layout errors.
Dave Wiens, Mentor, a Siemens Business
PCB designers working with flex or rigid-flex technology face many potential risks that can derail a project and cause costly design failures. As the name implies, flex and rigid-flex designs comprise a combination of rigid and flexible board technologies made up of multiple layers of flexible circuit substrates, attached internally and/or externally to one or more rigid boards. These combinations provide flexibility for the PCB designer working on dense designs that require a specific form factor. Rigid-flex allows the PCB design team to cost-efficiently apply greater functionality to a smaller volume of space, while providing the mechanical stability required by most applications.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Millennials are the future of our industry. What does this mean for the PCB design community? How do we attract more of these smart young people to the world of PCB design? I asked Paul Musto, director of marketing for Mentor’s Board Systems Division, to explain the company’s initiatives aimed at drawing more young people into PCB design