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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.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Nine Dot Connects has certainly blazed an interesting trail. The company started out as an Altium reseller, but in less than a decade, Nine Dot Connects has also become a design service bureau and a provider of PCB design instruction, training, and consulting services. I recently interviewed Paul Taubman, technical services director for Nine Dot Connects. We discussed the company’s expansion from VAR to service bureau and content provider, and the changing landscape of PCB design instruction.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Pete Starkey continues with his review of the AltiumLive PCB Design Summit held recently in Munich, Germany. The second day commenced with a new product launch. “Working together is hard” it read on the screen. Statistics indicated that 33% of new products were late getting to market, of which 28% were late due to insufficient collaboration, and up to 50% of potential revenue could be lost through being late to market. Then the screen read “NEXUS makes it easy!”
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Altium held a very successful AltiumLive PCB Design Summit in San Diego, California at the beginning of October for the benefit of their North American design community, and followed it three weeks later with a counterpart European event in Munich. And what an eye-opener it proved to be—literally hundreds of delegates, a superbly organised and managed programme, billed as a completely immersive two-day interactive design experience on a theme of learning, connecting and getting inspired.