We have a lot to pass on to the new designers. We must stress the importance of understanding of the roots of our industry and why this design knowledge is important. I have worked with many designers who don’t understand anything about the output of their design files. They go through a procedure, hit a series of commands, and presto: The design files are all wrapped up in a neat little zip file ready to go out to the manufacturer. That’s all well and good, until something breaks or a manufacturer has a specific question. It would be a great thing to make sure that the designers of tomorrow understand what a Gerber file and an aperture list really is.
Multi-board devices are here to stay. But multi-board PCB design brings with it even more challenges for the designer and design engineer. It’s all about management. It reminds me of a juggler trying to keep half a dozen balls...
Chuck Bauer Discusses the Future of Packaging, a conversation with Chuck Bauer
Standard PCB Component Families, Part 1, by Tom Hausherr
PCB Design Challenges: A Package Designer’s Perspective, by Bill Acito
BGA Fanout Routing Overview, by Christian Keller
The Whole Package, by Andy Shaughnessy