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The first day of DesignCon, held at the McEnery Center in San Jose, seemed to be more lightly attended than in previous years. While that may seem like bad news, word from exhibitors was that those in attendance are here to do business. Likewise, the technical conference seems to be delivering on its promise.
We noticed a subtle shift in the focus of the conference. Where once the topics were strictly about design in general, now the papers and panels concentrate on engineering topics: signal integrity, return paths, power management, stackups, EMC, and more. While the I-Connect007 staff has been noting for some time the trend toward electrical engineering increasingly becoming a critical base of knowledge for the PCB designer, this year’s DesignCon is putting that trend right out in the open.
In the coming days, I-Connect007 will bring you several wide-ranging interviews from presenters, DesignCon committee members, attendees, and exhibitors. Stay tuned.