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Why should PCB designers consider testability in their designs? Because the existing approach to DFT is too reactive.
Testability considerations occur too late in the design cycle, resulting in defects that slip by undetected or require an expensive functional test to catch. This reactive approach leads to reduced quality, scrapped boards, and increased costs—which means that product targets are missed, business plans are not met, and bonuses are not paid.
To help designers take a more proactive approach to testability, Mentor, A Siemens Business, has announced an on-demand webinar that provides specific steps they can take to build proactive testability strategies.
For more information, click here.
Excerpt: 'The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to... Thermal Management with Insulated Metal Substrates, Vol. 2'
08/02/2022 | Didier Mauve and Robert Art, Ventec
As the second in this two-part series, The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to... Thermal Management with Insulated Metal Substrates, Volume 2, by Didier Mauve and Robert Art builds on the material presented in the first book by describing up-to-the-minute products and design techniques for thermal management with IMS.
06/24/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Despite all of the talk about the need for communication between designers and manufacturers, many PCB designers still do not talk with their manufacturers for a variety of reasons. Altium and MacroFab aim to change this dynamic. In this interview, Ted Pawela, chief ecosystem officer of Altium and head of Altium’s Nexar Business Unit, and MacroFab CEO Misha Govshteyn, discuss the new Altimade manufacturing service that Altium is introducing in partnership with MacroFab. Ted and Misha provide an overview of the Altimade process, how it links designers to fabricators, assembly providers, and component distributors, and they explain how it could pave the way for true design with manufacturing, or DWM.
06/07/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Optimum Design Associates President Nick Barbin has worn a lot of hats in this industry, from PCB designer to EMS company owner. We asked Nick to share his thoughts on what it’s like to design in a vacuum, while offering some strategies for escaping the vacuum.