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IPC will be holding a six-week online program that introduces participants to the concepts and skills required to create real-world designs that comply with IPC standards.
Taught by an IPC-certified industry expert with more than 25 years of experience in the field, the Introduction to PCB Design I will focus on front-end design concepts such as schematic capture, library parts creation, basic electrical engineering concepts, and documentation.
The 12-session course, to start on July 6, will include a final project to deliver a solid foundation in schematic capture, library creation and documentation. IPC also offers a suite of design courses—from fundamental schematic capture to rigid flex boards, to military and aerospace applications. For more information, visit IPC's PCB design training courses.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We’ve seen many changes over the past few years, and nowhere are they more evident than in the world of sourcing components. Sourcing has become one of the biggest challenges facing PCB designers and design engineers today. Gone are the days of procuring parts from a single source, and communication between stakeholders and distributors is critical. But as we learned in a conversation with I-Connect007 columnist Kelly Dack, PCB designers can use certain layout strategies to plan for the unexpected, such as leaving extra real estate so that smaller components can be replaced by larger, readily available parts if the originals become “unobtainium.”
Happy Holden, I-Connect007
For this issue, Happy Holden provided a range of options for designers who are seeking to conserve materials in their next design. He also offered an example of the relative cost index, or RCI, that he developed at HP exclusively for PCB design. With this RCI, designers can figure out the relative cost of a new design compared to an eight-layer through-hole board. We hope you can use this handy formula on your next design job.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Nolan Johnson recently spoke with Brad Griffin, product marketing director for Cadence Design Systems, about Cadence’s Matrix solver technology. They discuss its use as a multi-disciplinary field solver as well as Cadence’s focus on thermal analysis and utilizing the power of the cloud.