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Welcome to the PCB Design Podcast featuring Judy Warner and special industry guests, brought to you by Altium and the OnTrack Community.

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Picotest’s Water-Cooled Probe
<p>Having Steve Sandler in this episode is such a treat! He talks about his presentations at the upcoming DesignCon 2023 in Santa Clara. He gives us a deep dive into some very complex engineering topics, including measuring the PDN Flatness and the state space model.</p> <p><a href='https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/b3cnsb/OnTrack_Steve_Sandler_d16xr7d.mp3'>Download this episode</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Steve Sandler is in the running for Engineering of the Year along with Ken Wyatt</li> <li>Steve is doing a two-and-a-half-hour tutorial on PSMR, PSOR, and PSMR testing at the <a href='https://www.designcon.com/en/home.html'>DesignCon</a>. <a href='https://www.molex.com/'>Molex</a> and <a href='https://www.tek.com/en'>Tektronix</a> are both participating in the live demonstration <ul><li>He s also doing a presentation with Heidi Barnes, Bandanin, and Ben Denon</li> </ul> </li> <li>A lot of conferences are going virtual. The reach is undeniably great, however, what are the pros and the cons? What is valuable to who?</li> <li>Steve talks about the conception of <a href='https://www.picotest.com/'>Picotest </a>in the US</li> <li>Picotest made the very first water-cooled probe which he will be showing at the DesignCon</li> <li>Innovative solutions can take decades from conception to fruition, Steve shares his PdD thesis from 2011 that got him ahead of the curve</li> <li>Steve deeps dive into the water-cooled probe, how it works, and the problems it eliminates</li> <li>21:34 Power supply stability is critical in space, </li> <li>23:28 What does it mean to quantify the flatness of the PDN? Steve co-authored a paper with Scott Witcher which will be presented at the DesignCon</li> <li>26:25 Steve Sandler wrote a paper in 2015: <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/788-target-impedance-limitations-and-rogue-wave-assessments-on-pdn-performance'>Target Impedance Limitations and Rogue Wave Assessments on PDN Performance</a></li> <li>31:29 FACTS! Computers in Space Station are being reset every 40 minutes</li> <li>33:13 Steve stresses the importance of simulation and gives engineers a tip: “Start out with proven models and you'll get there. Get enough confidence.“</li> <li>34:39 Steve explains why it is necessary to find the “Q” to measure PDN Flatness</li> <li>43:19 Innovation could have happened earlier, Steve talks about the typical economic problems that could be hindering technological advancements</li> <li>47:51 Steve gives us a brief deep dive into the “state space model” and what it’s attempting to quantify</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-sandler-022a7210/'>Steve Sandler on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://www.picotest.com/'>Picotest website</a></li> <li>Check out <a href='https://www.amazon.com/stores/Steven-M.-Sandler/author/B001HD0BP8?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true'>Steve Sandler's Books</a></li> <li>Register to <a href='https://www.designcon.com/en/home.html'>DesignCon 2023</a></li> </ul>
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Accessible Education for PCB Designers
<p style="text-align:left;">One of <a href='https://pcea.net/'>PCEA</a>’s (Printed Circuit Engineering Association) goals is to provide accessible education, affordable to everyone in the electronics industry.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we are fortunate to have two passionate educators in the industry, Mike Buetow and Mike Creeden. We will talk about the PCEA’s efforts to use all possible platforms to promote educational programs for design engineers.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">PCEA, it's an international network of engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers…anyone who is involved in printed circuit development. And we promote Printed Circuit Engineering as a profession. We're looking at trying to take information, new design concepts, get them down into the manufacturing side, and then also to communicate those manufacturing constraints and make sure that they are communicated back to the design side. -Mike Buetow</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/accessible-education-pcb-designers'>Watch the episode here</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction to PCEA and updates on its acquisition of key assets of <a href='https://www.upmediagroup.net/'>UP Media Group</a></li> <li>Mike Buetow talks about the <a href='https://pcbeast.com/'>PCB East conference</a> reboot</li> <li>Who can benefit from PCEA’s educational initiatives?</li> <li>Mike Creeden emphasizes the importance of in-person learning. “Online is good, but it lacks some retention…but in-person learning, you retain more,” he explains.</li> <li>To collaborate, educate and inspire is what’s behind PCEA educational efforts</li> <li>PCEA is a volunteer-driven organization</li> <li>Mike Creeden will be at the <a href='https://insulectro.com/ipc-apex-expo-2023/'>https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/</a>in San Diego</li> <li>Mike Creeden debunks misconceptions about PCB manufacturing facilities, the skills involved, the compensation, and more</li> <li>There are some issues in design education around packaging, the <a href='https://insulectro.com/ipc-apex-expo-2023/'>Insulectro booth at IPC Apex 2023</a> will offer valuable knowledge about packaging</li> <li>PCEA membership is free, you can register here <ul><li>Mentorship programs are something to look forward to</li> <li>Currently, PCEA has chapters in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and across the United States</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Visit <a href='https://pcea.net/'>PCEA’s website</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-r-creeden-b210a75/'>Mike Creeden on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-buetow-a373401/'>Mike Buetow on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Watch Previous Related Episodes: <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/new-printed-circuit-engineering-course-pce-edu'>New Printed Circuit Engineering Course: PCE EDU</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/mike-buetow-on-pcb-west'>Mike Buetow on PCB West</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Better PCB Buying with Greg Papandrew
<p>Expedite your transition from prototype to scale with the help of an experienced PCB broker! In this episode, a returning guest joins us to discuss everything that involves cost-effective PCB manufacturing. Greg Papandrew, a PCB buying and selling expert, gives us a comprehensive understanding of PCB cost drivers and tips on a good supply chain strategy.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/better-pcb-buying-greg-papandrew'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>The process of buying and selling, Greg Papandrew is a PCB broker with 30 years of experience in the industry</li> <li>Greg emphasizes the importance of quoting smartly, learning when, where, and how to save money without sacrificing the PCB quality</li> <li>What is a good supply chain strategy?</li> <li>Greg dives deep into his role as a PCB broker, and his involvement in the decision making involving specs, materials, cost, and more</li> <li>Sending too much information can be problematic, and it involves the vulnerability of intellectual property</li> <li>Good communication with the PCB manufacturer and fabricator can go a long way; asking the right questions can help with the production of high-quality products with a fair pricing</li> <li>What is the anatomy of a complete data package? <ul><li>What's in a File list and a README file </li> </ul> </li> <li>Greg answers, at what stage of the process does a PCB designer or manufacturer approach a PCB broker?</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-papandrew-5025834/'>Greg Papandrew on LinkedIn</a> Watch a previous episode with Greg Panandrew: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-to-buy-pc-boards-from-a-board-shop'>How to Buy PC Boards From a Board Shop</a> Watch Greg’s video: <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d5zp89ly24'>How to Avoid Self-inflicted PCB Costs</a> Visit <a href='https://boardbuying.com/'>DirectPCB - Better Board Buying</a> website Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar </a>website Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart </a>website</p> <p class="text-align-center"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a>!</p>
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FPGAs Are Moving Beyond Prototyping
<p>If you look at the way people have used FPGAs, they are a miracle product in many ways. -Mark Oliver</p> <p>Our guest Mark Oliver, VP of marketing at <a href='https://www.efinixinc.com/'>Efinix</a> talks about the evolving role of FPGAs in the industry beyond prototyping. Mark will give us a very insightful use of FPGA as an efficient custom silicon solution and will go deep on the importance of RISC-V for processor designs.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/fpgas-are-moving-beyond-prototyping'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Introduction to <a href='https://www.efinixinc.com/'>Efinix</a>, an FPGA company <ul><li>Mark starts off by addressing the inefficient ways designers use FPGAs and how this has helped them develop a product that can be utilized from prototyping and straight to high-volume manufacturing</li> <li>Efinix FPGAs are cost-effective, low-power, and small-form efficient for custom silicon solution</li> </ul> </li> <li>The common FPGAs integration including the SIP (Session Initial Protocol) implementation</li> <li>FPGA market is set to explode because it is going in the same direction as the current industry growth <ul><li>they  are designed as mid-volume production solutions with the potential for scalability</li> </ul> </li> <li>Given that the industry is dominated by software engineers Efinix moves its course to RISC-V processor integration <ul><li>What is RISC-V and why it is so important for processor design, specifically for FPGAs?</li> </ul> </li> <li>FPGAs already offer great benefits and there will be more to come</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-oliver-3a19b2/'>Mark Oliver on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://www.efinixinc.com/'>Efinix</a> website</li> <li>Read Related Articles: <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-start-fpga-pcb-layout-your-embedded-system'>How to Start an FPGA PCB Layout For Your Embedded System</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/designing-fpga-pin-mapper'>Designing for the FPGA Pin Mapper</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/soc-fpga-boasts-riscv-processor-news'>SoC FPGA Boasts RISC-V Processor</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Watch Related Altium Academy Videos: <ul><li><a href='https://youtu.be/THLdycw9-Vs'>FPGA Pins Explained!</a></li> <li><a href='https://youtu.be/DKRtVnDbTgk'>FPGA and BGA PCB Power Delivery Best Practices</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></li> </ul> <p class="text-align-center" style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a></p> <p> </p>
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OnTrack Podcast 2022 Year in Review
<p>Join us as we reflect on the best moments and the coolest guests we've had on the OnTrack podcast this year. 2012 has been a whirlwind year for the electronics industry–chip shortages, and a supply chain crunch. Altium has passed several milestones, as well as releasing an education program. And there have been some groundbreaking reports from industry groups highlighting the need for workforce training and development, and workforce shortages coming on the horizon.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ontrack-podcast-2022-year-review'>Watch the episode here</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>One of Altium’s Milestone is the <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/master-basics-pcb-electronics-design-and-ecad-software'>Altium Education Program</a></li> <li>In most of the episodes, the issue of automotive <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/supply-chain-strategy-pcb-designer'>chips shortage</a> comes up coupled with the <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/what-pcb-bill'>passing of the PCB Act</a></li> <li>PCB Packaging, and production of integrated circuit substrates </li> <li>Most requested repeat guests and new faces</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Watch all the <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Episode</a></li> <li>Register at <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Altium Education for Free</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></li> </ul> <p class="p1" style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a></p>
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Chemical Processing in PCB Manufacturing
<p>Young blood in the PCB industry, Christopher Bonsell talks about process engineering–the chemical involved in the PCB, etching and encouraging the young generation to the “cool-tech” aspects of PCB design and manufacturing.</p> <p>Watch this episode through the end, and check the show notes and additional below.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/chemical-processing-pcb-manufacturing'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Chris Bonsell published articles on <a href='http://pcb.iconnect007.com/index.php/column/131238/the-chemical-connection/131241/'>i-Connect007</a></li> <li>What kind of services does <a href='https://www.chemcut.net/'>Chemcut</a> offer related to PCB manufacturing and the role of a process engineer</li> <li>Chris talks about his career journey and how he landed his position in Chemcut</li> <li>Misconception about the circuit board industry, does it belong to tech industry?</li> <li>The grand challenge – the Moorse Law</li> <li>What is the Peri Etch Process?</li> <li>The lack of interest in the chemistry of circuit boards might be what’s blocking the PCB industry from moving to the next level of processing capability</li> <li>The US is 20 years behind in the PCB industry</li> <li>Is fully additive circuit board could be the big game changer in the industry?</li> <li>Workforce shortage industry – how to involve students and the younger generation to become interested in the PCB industry?</li> <li>Chris explains etching uniformity</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Connect with<a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-bonsell-1b4077184/'> Christoper Bonsell on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://www.chemcut.net/'>Chemcut website</a></li> <li>Read Chris’s articles on <a href='http://pcb.iconnect007.com/index.php/column/131238/the-chemical-connection/131241/'>i-Connect007</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></li> </ul> <p class="text-align-center" style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a></p>
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The Challenging Role of a Process Engineer
<p style="text-align:left;">Let’s take a glimpse into a life of a young process engineer. In this episode, our guest Paige Fiet talks about her career path in the world of PCB manufacturing. She will also share how she landed her role as the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/blog/meet-paige-fiet-ipc-student-board-member-liaison'>Student Liaison in the IPC</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch this episode through the end or listen on the go. We hope to inspire young engineers to become more motivated to jump into the PCB industry.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Paige shares her story and her exciting career path before she landed her role as a process engineer at TTM Technologies</li> <li>Zach and Paige exchange college experiences, they talk about the courses and curriculum then and now</li> <li>Paige briefly talks about her experience in getting the role of the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/blog/meet-paige-fiet-ipc-student-board-member-liaison'>IPC Student Liaison</a> <ul><li>She also talks about how interested engineers can become involved in the IPC and encourage them to invest in a membership and attend other industry-related trade shows and conferences</li> <li>Participating in committees can be a rewarding and fun experience</li> </ul> </li> <li>Paige had her eyes on TTM from the very beginning. She summed up her role as a process engineer as working on improving processes' efficiency and quality on a daily basis</li> <li>Preventing mistakes before they happen is one of the challenging but exciting parts of the job</li> <li>There are so many opportunities in the industry and the next generation’s industry expert has a huge room to fill</li> <li>Manufacturing misconceptions, Zach and Paige emphasize the exciting opportunities in the PCB manufacturing Industry and encourage young engineers to explore this space</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfiet/'>Paige on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://www.ttm.com/en'>TTM Technologies website</a></li> <li>Watch Paige Interview:<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFQkMbGqvuo'> IPC Student Board Member Liaison</a></li> <li>Watch a related episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ipc-ceo-john-mitchell-supporting-american-printed-circuit-boards-act'>IPC CEO John Mitchell on the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href='http://altium.com/ontrack'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a> </p>
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Multi-board and Harness Design Capability in Altium Designer 23
<p style="text-align:left;">It’s that time again to have Altium’s VP of Marketing, Lawrence Romine, the bearer of good news when it comes to Altium Designer’s latest features. We will discuss what’s coming in Altium Designer 23 which includes multi-board and harness design capabilities.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">You don’t want to miss this one. Watch through the end and be sure to check the show notes and additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/multi-board-and-harness-design-capability-altium-designer-23'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Altium Designer®’s regular and reliable updates are incomparable in the industry, stay on top of the monthly updates through the <a href='https://resources.altium.com/newsletter'>OnTrack newsletter</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">There are 3 major themes to come in Altium Designer 2023<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Multi-board systems and harness design – empower PCB designers and electrical engineers to design harnesses</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Collaboration and teamwork</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Make Altium Designer a necessity for every PCB designer – the world's greatest and most elegant design experience</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Code Designer, coming soon – the ability to work natively in Altium Designer and in Mcad tool of choice</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Multi-board and harness design capability, Altium Designer is fully supported through <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">It's never too soon to involve the other stakeholders in your PCB design<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Altium 365 releases <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/whats-new-altium-365-november-2022#commenting'>commenting capability to both bombs</a> and draftsman documents</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/come-see-new-power-analyzer-keysight-altium-designer-229'>New power analysis capability powered by Keysight</a>, anybody that can design a printed circuit board can now do some power analysis</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium Designer users are encouraged to check out all of the extensions, especially the new <a href='https://www.altium.com/products/extensions/power-analyzer'>power analyzer</a></li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-romine-2808544/'>Lawrence Romine on LinkedIn</a></p> <ul><li>Stay on top of <a href='https://resources.altium.com/newsletter'>Altium Designer versions updates</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/whats-new'>What’s new in Altium 365</a></li> <li>Read: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/come-see-new-power-analyzer-keysight-altium-designer-229'>Come See the New Power Analyzer by Keysight in Altium Designer 22.9</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='http://altium.com/ontrack'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a> </p>
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Materials Science and Manufacturing of Better PCB
<p style="text-align:left;">Materials Science and how this can level up your PCB manufacturability.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, our guest Geoffrey Leeds the product manager at Insulectro talks about how material science can help solve the unique manufacturing challenges fabricators are dealing with HDI designs.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Listen through the end and check the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/materials-science-and-manufacturing-better-pcb'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Geoffrey Leed’s role as a product manager at <a href='https://insulectro.com/'>Insulectro</a>, a material science distributor</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What is material science and how does it relates to PCB manufacturing</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Ultra HDI designs present unique manufacturing challenges to PCB fabricators</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How are your material choices impacting your design performance?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Geoffrey explains why having lower CTE materials could be a double-edged sword</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Perfect is the enemy of good enough! You must accept some level of tolerance when your product moves into production and goes out into the real world, It can be the material tolerance or the electrical performance</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The PCB industry has been walking in the packaging industry's footsteps for quite some time and the CHIPS act has become one of the drivers of this movement</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Would a set of alphanumerical rules help designers with HDI designs? Geoffrey answered with the phrase “curse of the easy button”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Geoffrey recognizes IPC’s effort as the governing body in the standardization of PCB design and manufacturability- heterogeneous</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffrey-leeds-63389773/'>Geoffrey Leeds on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/insulectro/'>Insulectro on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://insulectro.com/'>Insulectro’s website here</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch Related Episode: <a href='https://youtu.be/G_rTUG55NFM'>Mike Creeden on Empowering PCB Engineers through PCE-A</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='http://altium.com/ontrack'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a> </p>
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JITX, a Way for Hardware Engineers to Write Codes
<p style="text-align:left;">This is a very interesting episode, especially for hardware engineers. Duncan Haldane, the CEO, and co-founder of JITX joins us to share a very interesting approach to PCB design. JITX is a way for hardware engineers to write code to design circuit boards.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">I know you are excited to hear more! Watch this episode or listen on the go. Be sure to check out the show notes and additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/jitx-way-hardware-engineers-write-codes'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Duncan talks about the <a href='https://www.jitx.com/blog/series-a-announcement'>Series A funding from Sequoia Capital</a> and the general availability of JITX as an actual product.</li> <li>Duncan's path to engineering started in robotics</li> <li>How can an electrical engineer benefit from JITX? Duncan explained in detail</li> <li>JITX is very well integrated with Altium, it works natively with the existing designs and libraries </li> <li>Hardware-generated code transforms the job of an engineer a little bit so that they don't have to manually look through all of the different specs for every component that they need</li> <li>JITX is a Nexar partner and uses Octoparts data, in addition, they built a different type of database that's meant for part optimization.</li> <li>Reusable expert hardware engineering knowledge is one of JITX’s ultimate goals <ul><li>They are building full automation for boards, new kinds of routing algorithms, new kinds of placement algorithms, and checks for physical geometry</li> </ul> </li> <li>The future is optimization <ul><li>Zach and Duncan excitedly talked about AI, and how it can be used to drive some parameters to create new designs</li> </ul> </li> <li>Electrical engineers’ job is secure, automation can help with the shortage, but will not replace electrical engineers’ jobs</li> <li>What the future looks like for JITX</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/duncan-haldane/'>Duncan Haldane on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://www.jitx.com/'>JITX website</a> Read <a href='https://www.jitx.com/blog/series-a-announcement'>JITX Launches General Availability And Announces $12M Series A From Sequoia Capital</a></p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar website</a> Visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart website</a></p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-center" style="text-align:center;"><a href='http://altium.com/ontrack'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a></p>
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Supply Chain Strategy for PCB Designer
<p style="text-align:left;">Electronic parts shortages coupled with inflation has been affecting the electronic industry globally. Chris Cain our guest for today’s episode is a supply chain consultant and former VP at Keysight working on supply chain and supply chain products.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Chris will share with us his 37 years of experience and strategies to overcome electronic part shortages.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/supply-chain-strategy-pcb-designer'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Higlights:</p> <ul><li>Chris Cain briefly describes what supply management is, and his role as a consultant.</li> <li>Chris explains what it means to tap into the “scale for the larger ecosystem” of electronic providers <ul><li>Find alternatives and make some design adjustments where is possible</li> <li>Look for parts that are very scalable like memory parts and FPGAs</li> <li>Modular approach or designing for modules may also allow designers to have some flexibility</li> </ul> </li> <li>If you can't get the parts, you can't ship your working design–having an insight into what’s coming in the supply chain could help designers in their decision making <ul><li>It pays to spend a little time keeping up with groups like IPC which does the groundwork of looking up the industry and what they think is coming</li> </ul> </li> <li>Chris warns designers about silk-screened sand, he added “never pay, until you verify”</li> <li>Moving towards an open source model, Zach mentioned a recent article on <a href='https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/'>All About Circuits</a> which talks about companies transitioning their chip architectures to <a href='https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/technical-articles/introductions-to-risc-v-instruction-set-understanding-this-open-instruction-set-architecture/'>RISC-V</a> to help them overcome some of these supply chain issues</li> <li>What is supply chain resilience? <ul><li>Fuel costs push up the cost of everything else it's related to and it's essentially an inflation driver</li> <li>Avoid buying three year supply of parts, it’s smarter to focus on design flexibility and overall sourcing flexibility</li> </ul> </li> <li>What are the challenges involved with raw materials supplies for assembly?</li> <li>The dark scenarios, the dark side, the disaster scenarios</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisbcain/'>Christopher Cain on LinkedIn</a> Watch a related Podcast episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain</a> Read Chris Cain’s Latest Article: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/maximum-usage-improve-supply-chain-resiliency'>Maximum Usage to Improve Supply Chain Resiliency</a></p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a> Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only  
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Streamlining Product Development Process for Successful Product Launch
<p style="text-align:left;">Ben Nibali, founder and President of Aptus Design Works, with Connor Richardson, the Electrical Designer, are our guests in this episode. We will discuss how you can plan the cost and lead times to successfully launch your product in the market.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Ben and Connor share some excellent advice for designers and companies to streamline their product development process from prototyping to manufacturing.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Aptus is a design and engineering company, and they’ve been around for about 15 years <ul><li>They handle initial concept development, mechanical development, controls, and mechanical prototyping and help their clients through the launching and manufacturing of their products</li> </ul> </li> <li>Expecting and avoiding pitfalls comes with experience; in addition, working with trusted vendors and suppliers is huge when honoring set schedules or timeline</li> <li>The natural state of every project is over budget and behind schedule. Ben Nibali stresses the importance of effort and discipline to have complete control of the process  and deliver on time</li> <li>Some unrealistic expectations by Aptus’s clients typically involve defying the law of physics <ul><li>Other challenges include expectations from not knowing the process and cost expectations based on the higher volume of current products that really can’t be met in a US market-based launch scenario</li> <li>Clients need to realize that there is a proper “cost of engineering”</li> </ul> </li> <li>There are also misconceptions about 3D printing–in reality, it takes days to print 3D objects <ul><li>You can’t have fast, cheap, and high quality at the same time</li> </ul> </li> <li>Software guys may often misunderstand that modifications on hardware  are not as simple to execute as they will be on software <ul><li>The “minimum viable product” is a great idea and works exceptionally well in software because you can add, modify, change, and grow something slowly after you deploy. In hardware, it is an entirely different cost structure to make changes once you start making anything physical. </li> </ul> </li> <li>“Proof of concept” is often neglected when companies want to launch their products immediately</li> <li>Connor Richardson shares the most complex and fun project they did at Aptus <ul><li>Another exciting prototype they created is the cow-milking robot</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ben gives designers and companies a piece of advice on how to plan cost and lead times when launching their products <ul><li>The most important factor is market research, understanding what this thing that we're going to sell is? How are we going to sell it? Who's going to buy it? What features matter? </li> <li>The better the client understands the world they're going to try to sell into and how they're going to sell it, the more valuable our work will be and the higher likelihood that they'll make a profit</li> </ul> </li> <li>Creating high-quality products could mean years of planning</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/bennibali/'>Ben Nibali on LinkedIn</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-richardson-a62356a4/'>Connor Richardson on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://www.aptusdesignworks.com/'>Aptus Design Works website</a> Watch <a href='https://youtu.be/ZtjmB1QKy1o'>How APTUS Designworks uses Altium 365 and Altimade to reduce cost and move more quickly</a> Altium Story presents <a href='https://youtu.be/URQQRUzNTnc'>Breaking down the barriers to progress - APTUS Designworks</a></p> <a></a>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only  
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Overcoming Technological Challenges in the PCB Industry
<p>Matt Kelly is the  Chief Technologist at IPC. In this episode we will discuss all about the technological challenges the industry is facing. Matt will help us understand the “ecosystem” involving the semiconductor industry, advanced packaging, and IC substrates.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/overcoming-technological-challenges-pcb-industry%20'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p><a href='https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/hy3u4s/OnTrack_MattKelly_D1.mp3'>OR listen on the go! </a></p> <p>Check the show notes and additional resources below.</p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Matt Kelly’s role as the Chief Technologist at IPC</li> <li>The Moore's Law is continuing, but it is economically becoming difficult to maintain, this has become the driving force behind heterogeneous integration </li> <li>What does the CHIPS Act really mean for manufacturers?</li> <li>Production of semiconductors is an expensive business–one fabrication infrastructure can cost an average of 20 billion dollars</li> <li>Matt stresses the need in the industry to use, and understand the “ecosystem” involving the semiconductor industry, advanced packaging, and IC substrates</li> <li>The US has a 20-year market leader, knowhow gap, weak sub-tier supply, skilled workforce shortage, and lack of raw materials</li> <li>The industry needs to spend time looking at the big picture, take the bigger messages, and convert them into actual change</li> <li>A significant shift in the workforce–PCB designers are a scarce commodity. In the near future, printed circuit board designers may have to double as IC substrate designers</li> <li>The global supply chain is alive and well, a change to a regional and global mindset is necessary to overcome most of the industry challenges <ul><li>Matt shares the same scenario with produce shoppers in the summertime, you try to buy your fresh fruits and vegetables locally from your local farmers or whatever, but yet you still go to the grocery store</li> </ul> </li> <li>IPC’s focus is on increasing workforce skills development in the areas of design and assembly <ul><li>IPC is sponsoring the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/event/ipc-advanced-packaging-symposium-building-ic-substrate-and-package-assembly-ecosystem'>Advanced Packaging Symposium, Building the Substrate and Packaging Assembly Ecosystem</a> in Washington, DC, on October 11th and 12th</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattkellyipc/'>Matt Kelly on LinkedIn</a> Learn more about the IPC’s <a href='https://www.ipc.org/event/ipc-advanced-packaging-symposium-building-ic-substrate-and-package-assembly-ecosystem'>Advanced Packaging Symposium, Building the Substrate and Packaging Assembly Ecosystem</a> Watch related podcast episode:     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ipc-ceo-john-mitchell-supporting-american-printed-circuit-boards-act'>IPC CEO John Mitchell on the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/what-pcb-bill'>What is in the PCB Bill?</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only</a>
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Pros and Cons of Advanced Electronic Packaging for PCB Designers
<p style="text-align:left;">Our guest Phil Marcoux is very well-known in the advanced electronic packaging community and currently working as a business mentor in the electronics industry. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Phil is labeled as the father of SMT by the IPC. He is a Charter member of SMT Council, granted the IPC President's Award, past owner of over 40 integrated circuit packaging and camera module-related patents, and consultant on numerous heterogeneous designs and standards, just to name a few of his excellent achievements.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Today we will tackle the pros and cons of heterogeneous electronic assemblies and what we can do as an industry to move forward with it.</p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Learn about Phil Marcoux and his upcoming panel discussion at <a href='https://pcbwest.com/'>PCB West </a> <ul><li>The panel will discuss “How Heterogeneous Integration Affects the PCB Industry.”</li> <li>Phil is looking forward to promoting PCEA and the need to embrace education</li> </ul> </li> <li>PCB designers must recognize what compromises they will have to make to utilize that chiplet <ul><li>One of the challenges is to encourage companies to work together and to agree to a standardized chiplet format</li> </ul> </li> <li>The funding from the federal government may motivate companies to embrace the heterogeneous type of format and the chiplet format.</li> <li>Many defense contractors, military products, and advanced electronic products are now rapidly depending on the need for heterogeneous designs <ul><li>Other significant drivers in the market include medical devices, telecommunications, and 5G products</li> </ul> </li> <li>Most design software are fully capable of handling heterogeneous integration <ul><li>PCB designers can very quickly jump in. Many structures in a printed circuit board, especially in HDI designs, are also used in advanced packages.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-marcoux-5122a04/'>Phil Marcoux on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Learn more about <a href='https://pcbwest.com/2022-schedule-at-a-glance/'>PCB West 2022</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://pcea.net/'>PCEA website</a></li> <li>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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Cutting Edge Technology in Packaging with an Interposer
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, our guest Joe Dickson, tells us about the cutting-edge technology implemented in advanced packaging at<a href='https://www.wus.com.tw/'> Wus Printed Circuit International</a>.  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/cutting-edge-technology-packaging-interposer'>Watch the episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Joe Dickson talks about what they do at Wus, a printed circuit manufacturing company <ul><li>He shares about their efforts to bring PCB technologies farther up by introducing advanced packaging options</li> <li>He briefly describes what printed circuit-like materials are, also known as the vertical interposers or PCIe</li> </ul> </li> <li>Zach explains how a pre-packaged chip can be mounted on a board</li> <li>What are the reliability and signal integrity challenges that come with assembling different packages on a board <ul><li>Off-the-board solutions start to become more and more desirable </li> </ul> </li> <li>The flexibility of design and components is what driving the market to use more integrated packaging</li> <li>Speed is everything! When will the industry move on from copper and go to optical? </li> <li>Knowing what's going on in simulations is very important; it opens opportunities to try new things</li> <li>Joe explains a way of using Faraday cages with cable connections on the surface</li> <li>Examples of the large market using the PCIe method are Xilinx and NVIDIA</li> <li>How far is silicon photonics from becoming mainstream as an interconnect technology?</li> <li>Standardazion versus innovation</li> <li>The future of PCB assembly is hybrid. Some will use the off-shelf, best-in-class products from Intel, AMB, NVIDIA, Xilinx, and get creative with them. </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/pcbjddeng/'>Joe Dickson on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Visit <a href='https://www.wus.com.tw/'>Wus Printed Circuit International</a> website</li> <li>Watch the related episode: <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eliminating-nuances-pcb-manufacturing-process'>Eliminating Nuances in the PCB Manufacturing Processes with Amit Bahl of Sierra Circuits PCB</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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Better Performance and Enhanced Reliability in the Automotive Electronics industry
<p style="text-align:left;">Performance and reliability are big in the automotive industry, especially now that electronically powered and automated vehicles are starting to become more popular.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we will learn so much about automotive electronics and the reliability of electronics systems that goes in the vehicle. Our guest Lenora Clark, the director of autonomous driving and safety technology at ESI automotive will share with us the importance of material choices for your PCB can affect the reliability and performance of your vehicle’s system design.</p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Lenora is Chemist by education. She joined MacDermid, now <a href='https://www.macdermidalpha.com/'>MacDermid Alpha Electronic Solutions</a>, as a bench top chemist, developing chemicals for PCB manufacturers<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Her focus was on surface finishing helping PCB fabricator improve their process from a chemical standpoint to enhance the performance and reliability of PCBs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">From working with surface finishing, she worked her way up and became the project manager, product line director for surface finishing, and later the Director of OEMs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">She is now a director at ESI automotive</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Chips don’t float, they are anchored to a PCB to work</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Lenora briefly described her role and emphasis on enhanced reliability to meet the end users' needs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">There is so much happening in the automotive space towards reinventing themselves and keeping up with the amount of innovation that's happening right now<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">One of the challenges in the industry is extreme miniaturization</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Miniaturization is not just the board itself and the packaging but also feature density</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Other than the heat, electromagnetic shielding is also a concern with enclosure designs</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Lenora emphasizes that her current role is to make recommendations based on a material perspective, both for liability and for enhanced function</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">ECUs (Electronic control unit) manages data transmission between different parts of the vehicle</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">I think the future of the vehicle architecture is not completely defined yet. I do think it will be less complex than what we see today - Lenora Clark</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Collaborators like <a href='https://www.mobileye.com/'>Mobileeye by Intel</a> are working with makers to bring an entire system where there are different, sensors and a central computing unit to help make the decision – autonomous driving</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lenora-clark-aa00b44/'>Lenora Clark on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Visit<a href='http://www.esiauto.com'> ESI Auto</a> website</p> <p>Related Podcast Episode:</p> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-select-best-surface-finish-your-pcb'>How to Select the Best Surface Finish for your PCB</a></p> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/electronics-manufacturability-and-reliability-qa-guru-cheryl-tulkoff'>Electronics Manufacturability and Reliability</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a></p>
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Electronics Manufacturability and Reliability with QA Guru Cheryl Tulkoff
<p>Let’s talk about Electronics reliability with the QA guru Cheryl Tulkoff.</p> <p>In this episode Cheryl and I will talk about risk assessment, planning for not only success but also a failure, and understanding the difference between quality and reliability. This discussion is going to be very informative for every PCB designer who wants to get ahead of their game. Watch through the end, and make sure to check the additional resources below.</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/electronics-manufacturability-and-reliability-qa-guru-cheryl-tulkoff%20'>Watch this episode here</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Cheryl shares her rewarding career experience in the electronics industry <ul><li>She worked at IBM where she was immersed in electronic manufacturing from beginning to end</li> <li>She also worked at DfR Solutions and National Instruments where she learned all the skills and knowledge in electronics manufacturability, quality & reliability consulting</li> </ul> </li> <li>To produce a successful electronic product it is important to have the awareness to resolve every problem, from the chip level, board level, system level, and the environment level</li> <li>Cheryl explains why unique or non-aligned standards exist in the industry – no one size fits all</li> <li>A great piece of advice for all PCB designers is to know what you are designing and who you are designing it for, look at the risks, and then manage them appropriately</li> <li>Planning for success may also include celebrating failures. Budget for failure analysis is often disregarded due to the “success-driven roadmap” mentality</li> <li>Failure should be part of design management</li> <li>Cheryl and Zach talk about the “Startup Culture”</li> <li>Software reliability and hardware reliability go hand in hand</li> <li>What rate of failure is tolerable? Defining what is quality and reliability separately for the product you are designing</li> <li>Manufacturers can not ensure reliability for you</li> <li>Cheryl shares her experience being involved in litigation as an expert witness</li> <li>Redundancy practices in the industry, is it typical?</li> <li>What can designers do to mitigate failures? <ul><li>Understanding what you are designing and who you are designing it for</li> <li>Collect as much feedback as possible – from users, industry experts, and professional organizations</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/ctulkoff/'>Cheryl Tulkoff on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Read <a href='https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cheryl-Tulkoff'>Cheryl Tulkoff articles on Research Gate</a></li> <li>Checkout Cheryl Tulkoff book <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Excellence-Electronics-Manufacturing-Reliability-Engineering/dp/111910937X'>Design for Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Connect with Zach on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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How to Select the Best Surface Finish for Your PCB
<p style="text-align:left;">You would not want to miss this informative, knowledge-packed conversation with Dr. Kunal Shah. Dr, Kunal generously gives us all a crash course on surface finishes and understanding different types of materials that could affect signal integrity, reliability and electronic shelf life. He will also tackle in detail the pros and cons of various types of nickel-free finishes.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch this podcast episode now or listen on the go. Make sure to check the notes and additional resources below.</p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>PCB Designers must be knowledgeable of various manufacturing processes and materials</li> <li>One of the things that makes <a href='https://www.lilotree.com/'>liloTree</a> unique is its innovation in materials development and ensuring better and robust reliability of the electronic assembly <ul><li>liloTree offers eco-friendly solutions (organic surface finishes) that enhance reliability and offer better performance in terms of signal integrity</li> </ul> </li> <li>Dr. Kunal shares his background and how he founded liloTree</li> <li>Manufacturers are trying to find alternatives for ENIG (Electroless nickel immersion gold) due to nickel causing signal integrity loss in the high-frequency application</li> <li>There are several nickel-free surface finish, but designers must understand selection criteria – pros and cons of each types of materials <ul><li>immersion tin does have higher insertion loss</li> <li>OSP (organic solderability preservatives) is an organic-based surface finish. It provides good signal integrity, but has low shelf life issues</li> <li>Hard Gold has good signal integrity but very costly</li> <li>Electro-less palladium, immersion gold or autocatalytic gold it includes cumbersome process and need to babysit it</li> </ul> </li> <li>A PCB must have both good signal integrity, great performance, and extended shelf life <ul><li>Designers must realize the impact of the supply chain issues on the PCB manufacturing life cycle</li> <li>Shelf life is critical. Boards are getting manufactured in one part of the world and it may take a few months before they get assembled in another side of the world</li> </ul> </li> <li>LiloTree has developed the best nickel-free option, specifically designed from a signal integrity perspective, reliability perspective, and cost effectiveness perspective</li> <li>Another challenge of nickel based finishes is overplating and the skip plating in the PCB pads that could lead to micron scale level failures</li> <li>The liloTree nickel free solution includes a “barrier layer” which has multiple benefits including slower growth of intermetallics, delaying of natural embrittlement and eventually an extended shelf life</li> <li>How to overcome multiple reflow issues?</li> <li>Dr. Kunal explains the different ways they offer their solution to the market <ul><li>They offer their prototype lab where manufacturers and OEM can apply liloTree technology to evaluate and test it</li> <li>PCB manufacturer from OEM or assemblies feedback, the solution will be shipped directly to the manufacturer and set it up in their existing plating line</li> <li>Sending the boards to liloTree’s in-house plating line</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/kunal22/'>Dr. Kunal Shah on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://www.lilotree.com/'>liloTree website</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Connect with Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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What is in the PCB Bill?
<p>In this episode, Representative Moore, one of the co-sponsors of H.R.7677, the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, will give us brief but insightful details about the bill.</p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Representative Blake Moore explains the reasons behind the efforts to push the <a href='https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/BILLS-117hr7677ih'>Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022</a></li> <li>Rep. Moore briefly touches on the topic of material sourcing and potential environmental challenges  <ul><li>A potential roadblock concerning raw materials is overcoming challenges coming from the energy and commerce committee</li> </ul> </li> <li>What is the ideal market share for the US in the PCB manufacturing industry?</li> <li>The <a href='https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/09/fact-sheet-chips-and-science-act-will-lower-costs-create-jobs-strengthen-supply-chains-and-counter-china/'>CHIPS Act</a> and defining industrial policy</li> <li>Initiatives in developing a qualified workforce that can fill the new manufacturing jobs and all of the other jobs that come along with it to support the industry</li> <li>Sign up for the <a href='https://nexar.com/spectra/eddi'>Electronic Design to Delivery Index</a> to help guide you through supply chain turmoil</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Sign up for the <a href='https://nexar.com/spectra/eddi'>Electronic Design to Delivery Index</a> Learn more about the <a href='https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/BILLS-117hr7677ih'>Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022</a> Learn more about the <a href='https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/09/fact-sheet-chips-and-science-act-will-lower-costs-create-jobs-strengthen-supply-chains-and-counter-china/'>CHIPS Act</a> Watch the related episodes:      <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/data-security-5g-and-onshore-pcb-manufacturing-dr-rob-spalding'>Data Security, 5G and Onshore PCB Manufacturing with Dr. Rob Spalding</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ipc-ceo-john-mitchell-supporting-american-printed-circuit-boards-act'>IPC CEO John Mitchell on the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain</a></p> <p> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Connect with Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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The Promising and Challenging Future of 3D Printed Electronics
<p style="text-align:left;">The business development manager of J.A.M.E.S., Alexandre Schafer talks about the organization’s vision to push the Additively Manufactured Electronic technology to become more accessible to the industry.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>What is <a href='https://j-ames.com/'>J.A.M.E.S.</a> and how did Alexandre become involved in the organization? <ul><li>J.A.M.E.S (Jetted Additively Manufactured Electronic Sources) is an online community of professionals, stake holder, manufacturers who share the same vision of accelerating the AME technology</li> <li>Alexadre’s AHA moment was seeing a drone’s PCB created through AME process</li> <li>The current technology readiness level is currently between experimental and demonstration pilot phase</li> </ul> </li> <li>Introducing new technology to the industry has it’s challenges: <ul><li>Influencing engineers’ mindset</li> <li>Which design tool to use? In an ideal world a tool with both ECAD and MCAD design capabilities is necessary–a fully working 3D auto router will be amazing</li> <li>Design standards are inexistent at the moment</li> </ul> </li> <li>On another note, the lack of design standards opens up to wider creative possibilities. Standardation is the enemy of freedom -Zach Peterson</li> <li>Moving forward to future plans: Scaling up, manufacturing of the equipments and creation of additive process design rules</li> <li>Availability of resources and current efforts to educate PCB designers through <a href='https://ame-academy.com/'>AME Academy</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/j-ames/'>J.A.M.E.S on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-schaefer/'>Alexandre Schafer on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Access <a href='https://ame-academy.com/'>Register to AME Academy</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://j-ames.com/'>J.A.M.E.S website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a> <p> </p>
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EMC on the Board and Off the Board
<p style="text-align:left;">We are very delighted to have Dr. Min Zhang in this episode. Min is an independent EMC consultant based in the UK. Today, we'll be talking about EMC, both on board and off the board. It will be a very interesting discussion because we will look a little bit deeper at the system level of the board. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li><a href='https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServletV2?target=reg20V2.jsp&eventid=3169817&sessionid=1&key=DC34AC9E9FCCFBD47DA44DED6C57B2F7&groupId=2400591&partnerref=EMC-LIVE_web&sourcepage=register'>Zach met Min at EMCLive 2021</a></li> <li>Let’s hear more about Min’s background and his early exposure to EMI issues <ul><li>Earlier in his career, he worked with big companies as a motor drive engineer and power electronics design engineer for 10 years</li> <li>He started his engineering consulting business, <a href='https://mach1design.co.uk/'>Mach One Design EMC Consultants</a> 2 years ago</li> <li>His first experience dealing with EMI issues was at the university while doing research for his PhD</li> </ul> </li> <li>The lack of education in the university in regards to EMI issues is one of the reasons that sparked Min’s interest in EMI <ul><li>The university he went to specializes in motor and power converter design, but did not offer any solutions in fixing the EMI issues</li> <li>Min recalls being fascinated by his first time seeing an EMI diagnosis kit composed of the spectrum analyzer, lots of ferrites, and cable shooting copper tape in a suitcase</li> <li>It was his first time seeing a step-by-step diagnosis and troubleshooting EMI issues - checking the grounding, checking the bonding, and applying ferrites at the right place, performed by his friend’s father who was then a principal engineer in the European Space Agency</li> </ul> </li> <li>Min’s recommendation to design engineers solving EMI issues is to understand the fundamentals – “only when you understand the fundamentals, understand the basics, and the first principle, then you can really design a system” - Min Zhang</li> <li>What happens when EMI problems exist off the board and they interfere with the system or create so much noise that the system is never going to pass EMC? <ul><li>Min answers by recommending <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuUZEjARPY'>Rick Hartley's famous YouTube video about grounding</a></li> <li>He continues with his answer with an example involving a three-phase brushless DC motor drive</li> </ul> </li> <li>How to deal with cables connected to another system that is outside of the shielding? <ul><li>Shielding is a good solution, but understanding fundamentals are necessary to avoid increased cost, weight, and also the bending ratio would be affected</li> </ul> </li> <li>Min shares a recent video he did with Robert Feranec which discusses the topic of <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lgoL0C7PFc'>EMI troubleshooting on immunity</a></li> <li>70% of the EMI issues are somehow related to resonance <ul><li>For high-speed design, PCB designers really need to understand how the wave propagates</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ferrite is not a 100% inductive component</li> <li>Min recommends the book by Douglas Smith – <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Frequency-Measurements-Noise-Electronic-Circuits/dp/0442006365'>High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits</a> which focuses on the test and measurements in terms of high-speed design</li> <li>Other experts to learn from in terms of EMI troubleshooting and high speed designs are Eric Bogatin, Steve Sandler and Heidi Barnes</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Learn more about <a href='https://mach1design.co.uk/about'>Min Zhang and his company Mach One Design EMC Consultants</a> Watch Min’s Keynote at <a href='https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServletV2?target=reg20V2.jsp&eventid=3169817&sessionid=1&key=DC34AC9E9FCCFBD47DA44DED6C57B2F7&groupId=2400591&partnerref=EMC-LIVE_web&sourcepage=register'>EMCLive 2021</a> Watch <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lgoL0C7PFc'>How a Few Components Make a Big Difference in EMC/EMI with Min and Robert Feranec </a> Read <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/431-min-zhang'>Min Zhang’s article on SI Journal</a> Great book recommendation: <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Frequency-Measurements-Noise-Electronic-Circuits/dp/0442006365'>High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits</a> Watch <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuUZEjARPY'>Rick Hartley's famous YouTube video about grounding</a> Watch previous episodes with EMI and High-speed experts:     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eric-bogatin-debunks-common-misconceptions-about-transmission-lines'>Eric Bogatin Debunks Common Misconceptions About Transmission Lines</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/secrets-pcb-optimization-rick-hartley'>Secrets of PCB Optimization with Rick Hartley</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/being-right-matters-when-why-and-what-simulate'>Being Right Matters! When, Why and What to Simulate with Steve Sandler</a>     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/power-integrity-and-simulations-heidi-barnes'>Power Integrity and Simulations with Heidi Barnes</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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Mitigating Risk Factors for PCB Manufacturing Lead Times
<p style="text-align:left;">How to deal with nuances in PCB design and manufacturing? In today’s episode, Dave Young the owner of Young Circuits Design and founder of BlueStamp Engineering, and I will discuss mitigating risk factors early in the stage of electronic design.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Dave will also tell a story about his path to entrepreneurship as an engineer and his inspiration behind founding BlueStamp Engineering, a hands-on engineering program for high school students to design and create technology projects that they get to keep, from scratch!</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Listen, watch enjoy, and make sure to check the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Dave’s background, and the early days of his now 12-year designing firm <ul><li>He learned most of his skills from his previous position as a Senior Design Engineer at Keithley Instruments</li> </ul> </li> <li>The world of innovative electronic design and hardware – the software, firmware, and hardware <ul><li>Expectations vs. reality in manufacturing</li> <li>Designers must know what’s going on in PCB manufacturing, know what’s reasonable to ask your manufacturer</li> </ul> </li> <li>How to deal with nuances in PCB design and manufacturing? Not only identifying risks but also mitigating all the risks <ul><li>How to deal with hardware level risk?</li> <li>Dave’s insight on the extent a manufacturer could step up and modify the design to make it manufacturable</li> </ul> </li> <li>Zach recalls his conversation with <a href='https://podcast.altium.com/e/how-to-panelize-your-pcb-design-with-ems-expert-kelly-dack/'>Kelly Dack</a> regarding the solder mask being modified by the manufacturer to ensure accurate assembly</li> <li>An electrical engineer’s path to entrepreneurship <ul><li>Dave shares that he found his happy place working with small teams</li> </ul> </li> <li>Career challenges for engineers coming from academia <ul><li>Zach emphasized the focus on the “value you can create” as an engineer</li> <li>Is freelancing the classic route to enter the PCB design industry</li> <li>The best path to entrepreneurship – start doing it!</li> </ul> </li> <li>A risk mitigating tip in PCB design – review all parts and address where you messed up (right away) <ul><li>There is no fool-proof footprint</li> </ul> </li> <li>Challenges of CM (contact manufacturer) overseas <ul><li>What should be manufactured domestically?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Educational programs such as BlueStamp Engineering could help address the workforce shortage in the Electrical Engineer Industry <ul><li>How do engage the next generation of engineers to become more involved and interested in innovation and creating new things?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Firmware vs. software engineering – the good, the bad, and the headaches</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelyoung/'>Dave Young on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='http://www.youngcircuitdesigns.com/'>Young Circuit Designs Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Learn more about the <a href='https://bluestampengineering.com/'>BlueStamp Engineering programs</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Related podcast with Kelly Dack: <a href='https://podcast.altium.com/e/how-to-panelize-your-pcb-design-with-ems-expert-kelly-dack/'>How to Panelize Your PCB Design with EMS Expert Kelly Dack</a> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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Roughness of the Copper and its Effect on the Signal Integrity
<p style="text-align:left;">I am very honored to have Bert Simonovich, a very well-known expert in the signal integrity community, in today’s episode. Bert developed the "Cannonball-Huray" model used for transmission line loss modeling, which has been adopted in several popular EDA tools.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">We will be discussing several topics relating to copper roughness, including different approaches to ensure signal integrity in your PCB design.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/design-predictable-pcbs-through-simbeor-electromagnetic-analysis'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Bert shares his background and experience <ul><li>He did his microprocessor systems back in the late '70s and later worked at Bell-Northern Research in Ottawa, Canada</li> <li>In the 90s he transitioned to Nortel from where he specialized in backplane design and signal integrity</li> <li>He founded Lamsim in 2009</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bert retrospects using photo tools which is now the photo plotting with Gerbers. His experience helped him understand the mechanics of PCB construction</li> <li>A client’s demand led to extensive research involving dielectric material comparisons and foil roughness</li> <li>With various PCB surface roughness models, how to determine which process to move forward with? <ul><li>Bert explains the Design Feedback Method</li> <li>Cannonball technique is a roughness modeling approach which Bert also described as a heuristic method</li> <li>Checkout Bert’s articles on SI Journal</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bert gives a detailed explanation of how copper is being used in PCBs</li> <li><a href='https://hdpusergroup.org/'>HDP user group international</a> published a research paper <a href='https://hdpusergroup.org/project/smooth-copper-signal-integrity/'>Smooth Copper Signal Integrity</a> in 2016</li> <li>Bert and Zach agree that PCB construction is complicated and it is highly recommended for PCB designers and SI engineers to learn more about the fabrication process</li> <li>What does reverse treated foil means, and how does it relate to the power layer?</li> <li>Read Bert’s DesignCon Paper: <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/331-a-practical-method-to-model-effective-permittivity-and-phase-delay-due-to-conductor-surface-roughness'>A Practical Method to Model Effective Permittivity and Phase Delay Due to Conductor Surface Roughness</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/bertsimonovich/'>Bert Simonovich on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Follow<a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/lamsim-enterprises-inc./'> Lamsim Enterprises Inc. on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='http://lamsimenterprises.com/'>Lamsim Enterprises Inc. website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Read <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/1-bert-simonovich'>Bert’s Articles on SI Journal</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Design Predictable PCBs through Simberian’s SIMBEOR® Electromagnetic Signal Integrity Software
<p style="text-align:left;">Making electromagnetic analysis accessible to anyone in the industry is what inspired Yuriy to create <a href='https://www.simberian.com/'>SIMBEOR® Electromagnetic Signal Simulator.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Yuriy Shlepnev is the founder and president of <a href='https://www.simberian.com/'>Simberian</a>. In this episode, he will tell us about Simbeor simulation capabilities, and briefly educate us on rise times, signal integrity, and solving EMI. He will also show us the simulator in action and how it can be a lifesaver to PCB designers like you.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Tune in, enjoy and don't forget to check the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/design-predictable-pcbs-through-simbeor-electromagnetic-analysis'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>uriy talks about his background in computational electromagnetics and how he got started working on simulations for PCBs and magnetic analysis  <ul><li>He realized that the byte rates and data rates were increasing, and everything was getting into the microwave domain</li> <li>In 2006,  <a href='https://www.simberian.com/'>Simberian</a> was founded as a project to make electromagnetic analysis accessible to anyone in the industry</li> <li><a href='https://www.simberian.com/'>SIMBEOR®</a> was created to make electromagnetic analysis mainstream</li> </ul> </li> <li>Simulation capabilities accessible to lower data rates, Yuriy discusses rise times, signal integrity, and solving EMI simultaneously</li> <li>SIMBEOR® 2022 includes three simulation modes, and one of them is the Fast SI which uses more approximate models for pins, pads, and vias. It is a full wave, but not 3D. It allows simulations to run faster for more mass, included</li> <li>Simbeor SDK, a built-in software development kit in Altium Designer’s stackup manager. It uses the SFS solver for cross-sectional analysis, and that benefits Altium customers</li> <li>Yuriy shows us the 3D field solver in action</li> <li>Simulation of fiber weave effect on PCBs, is it possible?  <ul><li>Coming soon in Simbeor SDK is the ability to build your own simulation tools</li> <li>Monte Carlo analysis is a perfect way to convert numeric model variations into a probability distribution</li> </ul> </li> <li>What is the future of SIMBEOR® that designers can use to help them expedite important analyses for high-speed and RF designs?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuriy-shlepnev-7b39136/'>Yuriy Shlepnev on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://www.simberian.com/'>Simberian website</a> and learn more about SIMBEOR® Electromagnetic Signal Integrity Software Read <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/16-yuriy-shlepnev'>Yuriy’s Articles in SI Journal</a> Watch a related podcast episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/simberians-3d-field-solver-in-altium-designer'>Simberian’s 3D Field Solver in Altium Designer</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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10-Ounce Copper PCBs and Design Library Migration
<p>When you hear about 10-ounce copper PCBs, high current and high voltage come to mind. In this episode, we will have a deep dive discussion on designing heavy power boards with Mario Strano. Mario is the senior PCB designer at <a href='https://nikolamotor.com/'>Nikola</a> and also president of ECAD Central. He will share with us his 16 years of experience in PCB design and the migration services he provides through ECAD Central.</p> <p>Watch this episode or listen on the go. We’ve touched on many other interesting topics, such as setting up clearance and creepage rules and a 57-ounce copper board.</p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/10-ounce-copper-pcbs-and-design-library-migration'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Mario’s background and professional path as PCB Designer and Component Engineer <ul><li>He is currently the only PCB designer at Nikola</li> <li>His expertise includes but is not limited to designing 10-ounce copper boards, real heavy power boards, HMI boards, human-machine interface boards</li> </ul> </li> <li>Setting up creepage and clearance rules for heavy copper was a challenge to Mario during his transition from SQL Semiconductor to <a href='https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/'>Avnet</a></li> <li>Mario and Zach discuss more 10-ounce copper PCBs</li> <li>Zach was amused to hear about <a href='https://www.taiyo-technologies.jp/solution/pcb-en'>Taiyo Kogyo’s</a> 57-ounce copper <ul><li>The Japan-based company developed proprietary processes that allow them to do things like <a href='https://www.taiyo-technologies.jp/solution/pcb-en/high-current/bus-bar-embedded'>Bus Bar Embedded PCB</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Mario briefly shares his experience as a component engineer at Avnet for six years</li> <li>The two discuss the tantalum capacitor shortage in 2018 and compare it to the current semiconductors shortage, which started in 2020 <ul><li>How is the supply chain shortage affecting PCB designers, and how are they working around it?</li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='https://ecad-central.com/'>ECAD Central</a>, an <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium  365</a>, <a href='https://www.altium.com/concord'>Concord Pro</a>, and <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Altium NEXUS</a> Database service provider – setup and configuration, database migration <ul><li>Mario compared migrating data to “like moving mountains”</li> <li>Is mirroring parts between two systems possible? Mario explains what can be done. Definitely not a simple drag and drop operation, though!</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p> </p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mario-strano-79477430/'>Mario Strano on Linkedin</a> Visit the <a href='https://ecad-central.com/'>ECAD Central</a> website Learn More about <a href='https://www.taiyo-technologies.jp/solution/pcb-en'>Taiyo Kogyo</a> and their 57-ounce copper boards Watch related podcasts: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/easily-find-electronic-components-your-next-pcb-design'>Easily Find Electronic Components for Your Next PCB Design</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain</a></p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a> Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a> <p> </p>
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PCB Design Education Through Content Creation
<p style="text-align:left;">In this OnTrack episode, Zach and Phil of <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/PhilS94'>Phil’s Lab Youtube channel </a>exchange ideas on how they can stay on top of their PCB design game or learn new things. Phil Salmony, a successful youtube creator with 64.6K subscribers, shares with us how he was introduced to PCB design, his early career, and what got him to start his own Youtube channel. This is a fun episode. Watch it through the end and check out the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pcb-design-education-through-content-creation'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Whiteboard – an essential piece for PCB design-related content</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">PCB design education from the university, theories, and ideologies versus PCB design for the real world</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Phil shares that DSPs (Digital signal processors) are the coolest thing, and he has a dedicated section of them on his channel</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Zach and Phil exchange opinions about their consultation and PCB design jobs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How do you go about learning new things? Zach and Phil have their share of different ways to acquire information to help them better their skills<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Learn through well-documented samples or PCB design projects  and reverse engineer</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Seminars with  experts and attending conferences</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Taking online courses like the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/ipc-designer-certification-program'>IPC - CID</a> (Certified Interconnect Designers) and <a href='https://smcba.asn.au/training-courses/printed-circuit-engineering-professional-pcea-cpcd'>PCEA CPCD</a> course</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Youtube videos and keynote presentations, e,g, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuUZEjARPY'>How to Achieve Proper Grounding By Rick Hartley</a></li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">One of the most asked questions in PCB design is about grounding. Phil and Zach suggested a couple of books supplement for PCB design<ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/Electromagnetic-Compatibility-Engineering-Henry-Ott/dp/0470189304'>Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering by Henry Ott</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/Grounds-Grounding-Circuit-System-Handbook/dp/0471660086/ref=asc_df_0471660086/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312126345020&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3902151816164451019&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1024511&hvtargid=pla-457478295573&psc=1'>Grounds for Grounding: A Circuit to System Handbook by Kai-Sang Lock</a></li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Phil talks about how he got started with PCB design</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Designs and chip shortages and supply forecast, what to expect in the next few years?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The value of connecting with your (youtube channel) audience for content ideas</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy'>Altium Academy</a> and <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/PhilS94'>Phil’s Lab</a> history on Youtube and future projects</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/PhilS94'>Subscribe to Phil’s Lab YT Channel</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-salmony/'>Phil on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://www.phils-lab.net'>Phil’s Lab Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuUZEjARPY'>How to Achieve Proper Grounding By Rick Hartley</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch Podcast Episodes with Rick Hartley</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/rick-hartley-on-emi-noise-reduction'>Rick Hartley on EMI, Noise Reduction</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/secrets-pcb-optimization-rick-hartley'>Secrets of PCB Optimization with Rick Hartley</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/Electromagnetic-Compatibility-Engineering-Henry-Ott/dp/0470189304'>Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering by Henry Ott</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/Grounds-Grounding-Circuit-System-Handbook/dp/0471660086/ref=asc_df_0471660086/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312126345020&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3902151816164451019&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1024511&hvtargid=pla-457478295573&psc=1'>Grounds for Grounding: A Circuit to System Handbook by Kai-Sang Lock</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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IPC CEO John Mitchell on the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act
<p style="text-align:left;">Supply chain security and having access to trusted manufacturers in the US would be an ideal outcome of the <a href='https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/BILLS-117hr7677ih'>Printed Circuit Board Act</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">IPC President and CEO John Michell talk about how the organization helps shape the current bipartisan proposal to help bring back PCB manufacturing in the US and how this can contribute to a globally resilient supply chain.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ipc-ceo-john-mitchell-supporting-american-printed-circuit-boards-act'>Watch the podcast here</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>John Mitchell briefly talks about his background and dives right into the topic, the <a href='https://eshoo.house.gov/media/press-releases/eshoo-moore-introduce-bipartisan-bill-bring-electronics-manufacturing-america#:~:text=The%20Supporting%20American%20Printed%20Circuit,further%20enhance%20America's%20economic%20leadership.'>Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act</a></li> <li>John emphasizes the role of the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC</a> as the voice of the electronics industry</li> <li>Supply chain security and having more trusted PCB manufacturers in the US would be a great outcome of the Printed Circuit Board Act <ul><li>Adapting the existing legislation on manufacturing defense products to broader use, especially with electronics</li> <li>Raise awareness of the different aspects of the electronics supply chain shortages and other  issues related to it</li> <li>Eradicate the notion that PCBs are just a piece of plastic, but an essential piece in every electronic</li> </ul> </li> <li>The IPC's influence on shaping laws relating to the electronics <ul><li>John explains IPC's role and involvement, which includes solving industry problems related, but not limited to, the workforce, supply chain, and advanced packaging issues</li> <li>The IPC SEA Tools: Standards, Education, and Advocacy</li> </ul> </li> <li>John stresses that having manufacturers in different regions is a key to a resilient supply chain <ul><li>Identify what electronic products to manufacture where</li> </ul> </li> <li>The Printed Circuit Board is a 60 billion industry globally, and only 3-5% of volume comes from the US</li> <li>John explains the impact of the changing administrations in the US on the current progression of different bills and legislations relating to the electronic industry</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwmitchell/'>John Mitchell on LinkedIn</a> Visit the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC website here</a> Learn more about the <a href='https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/BILLS-117hr7677ih'>Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022</a> Watch John Mitchell’s previous episodes:</p> <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ipc-ceo-john-mitchell-impact-covid-19-electronics-supply-chain'>IPC CEO John Mitchell on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Electronics Supply Chain</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/john-mitchell-ceo-ipc-visits-the-white-house-pledge-to-americas-workers'>John Mitchell, CEO of IPC, Visits The White House to Participate in the Pledge to America’s Workers</a></li> </ul> <p>Watch a recent related episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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The Electronics Behind a Haunting Attraction
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, a returning guest Gabriel Goldstein shares the electronics behind the thrills in escape rooms. He also generously gives some valuable advice on finding your niche and starting your own electronics business.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Gabriel was the former owner of Anidea Engineering and Escape Room Tech. Listen to this episode and be inspired by how he married two industries together and become the master of this very unique niche.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/electronics-behind-haunting-attraction%20'>Watch the episode here</a></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Gabriel’s background, he is the former owner of Anidea Engineering and Escape Room Tech</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The business of producing low-volume products - his first big project is an ARM9 with 16 mb of RAM, a PDA style learning device</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The fascinating technology in the escape room includes off-the-shelf surveillance cameras, keyboards, and maglocks. Gabriel describes the technology behind the “magic doors”<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">They use RFID and developed their RS45-based networking system</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">A successful escape room requires an extreme collaboration of multiple skill sets that include electronics guys, theater guys, and game theory team just to name the least</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The escape room industry is a marriage of electronics and haunt industry</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Creating a small, showpiece project could be a gateway to a PCB design career</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Software engineers have GitHub, while PCB designers have Arduino and Raspberry Pi</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Gabriel wrote blogs to educate his customers about the business of producing products that sell<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">He became Mr. Networker hanging out at the Angel Forum groups and the venture capital groups</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">For about 6 years he was out there in the community to help out, give back and help build a business</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">He recommends a book from Martin Gerber – <a href='https://www.academia.edu/41985121/Awakening_the_Entrepreneur_Within_BY_Michael_Gerber_PDF_2008_Qwerty80_'>Awakening the Entrepreneur Within</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">“If you're going to take off the engineering hat and try to turn this into a business, please learn how to run a business because it's a completely different skill set”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Ending the conversation with a little anecdote from Gabriel, an inspiration to be in the business mindset and going for the American Dream</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/anideaengineering/'>Gabriel Goldstein on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://shop.escaperoomtechs.com/'>Escape Room Techs</a> website</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Read Martin Gerber’s <a href='https://www.academia.edu/41985121/Awakening_the_Entrepreneur_Within_BY_Michael_Gerber_PDF_2008_Qwerty80_'>Awakening the Entrepreneur Within</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch the previous episode with Gabriel Goldstein - <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/build-new-data-management-system'>How to Build a New Data Management System</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Read <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/anideaengineering/recent-activity/posts/'>Gabriel Goldstein’s Blog Articles on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p>
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Occam Process: Assembly without Solder
<p>Have you heard of assembly without solder? In this episode, Joseph (Joe) Fjelstad, founder and president of Verdant Electronics, talks about the Occam process. </p> <p>Let’s hear about Joe’s 50 years of experience in the electronics industry and how he got started with solderless assembly for electronics.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/assembly-without-solder'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Joe talks about his background and previous roles in the industry, including his position as the educational director in the IPC and Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Research in the Soviet Union</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“Assembly without solder” Joe recollects how he arrived at the idea of a better way to build electronics – build a component board and put circuits on it.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Joe shares how he came up with the Occam process and its benefits “It absolutely doesn't need to be for everything, but it can be for a lot of things, and it can make products that will be at once cheaper, better performing, lighter, more environmentally friendly.”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Download Joe’s book for free: <a href='https://iconnect007.com/deliver/book/10'>Solderless Assembly for Electronics: The SAFE Approach</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">More about the Occam Process</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Did Joe coin “Design with Manufacturing”? He shares his efforts in promoting solid work relationships between PCB designers and manufacturer</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Occam Process vs. 3D printing, could 3D printing bypass solderless assembly? Read Joe’s article <a href='https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/03056121211194996/full/html?skipTracking=true'>Putting 3D interconnection technologies into perspective from chip to system</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Joe commended the microvia technology, “they know how to build these things”</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-fjelstad-545862/'>Joseph Fjelstad on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://verdantelectronics.net/'>Verdant Electronics website</a> Read Joe Fjelstad Interview: <a href='http://smt.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/121997/joe-fjelstad-breaks-down-his-occam-process/122000'>Breaks Down His Occam Process</a> Download Joe’s book for free: <a href='https://iconnect007.com/deliver/book/10'>Solderless Assembly for Electronics: The SAFE Approach</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain
<p style="text-align:left;">To develop a resilient ecosystem, understanding the root cause of the PCB industry supply chain shortages is a must.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Travis Kelly, president and CEO of Isola Group will help us understand what is going on with the current supply chain in the electronics industry. Travis will also give us his insight into the new legislation introduced in the US Congress: <a href='https://eshoo.house.gov/media/press-releases/eshoo-moore-introduce-bipartisan-bill-bring-electronics-manufacturing-america'>Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Tune in, or listen on the go. Stay up to date with the latest discussion in the PCB Industry.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'>Watch the video, click here.</a><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/benefits-diversified-pcb-industry-supply-chain'> t</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Travis's introduction and a brief overview of PCB manufacturing and fabrication in the United States <ul><li>About 20 years ago, the US produced roughly 26% of the world's PCBs; today, that number is down to 4%</li> <li>There used to be over 2000 fabricators in the late 1990s and early 2000 to less than 140 today</li> </ul> </li> <li>What are the main drivers of the PCB industry supply chain shift?</li> <li>The industry recognizes the benefits of working in a global economy; Travis explained the need to diversify manufacturing capabilities in certain regions <ul><li>Identify what makes sense to have a robust supply chain domestically, e.g., 5G, 6G, medical, aerospace, obviously defense, banking infrastructures</li> </ul> </li> <li>Travis stresses that there are ways to reduce the overall cost of PCB and electronics production and still manufacture domestically <ul><li>Looking at the entire ecosystem and pointing out vulnerabilities outside of just chips and advanced packaging, how to address each one?</li> <li>Focus on a balanced approach, not over-indexing; strategically, where does it make sense to build brick and mortar to have a resilient, robust, and trusted supply chain?</li> </ul> </li> <li>What does it mean to bring manufacturing onshore?</li> <li>Building a strategic and competitive PCB industry ecosystem requires more than just automated facilities; it’s also essential to invest on: <ul><li>Workforce development – hiring and building up a talented workforce domestically</li> <li>Promote STEM in schools</li> <li>Create awareness of PCB industry design and manufacturing as part of the sought after career in tech</li> </ul> </li> <li>Travis gives insight into the new legislation introduced in the US Congress: <a href='https://eshoo.house.gov/media/press-releases/eshoo-moore-introduce-bipartisan-bill-bring-electronics-manufacturing-america'>Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains</a> <ul><li>He emphasizes the importance of understanding the root cost of the imbalanced supply chain vs. addressing just the symptoms</li> <li>Continue to educate the Whitehouse on understanding the issue extensively and not just focusing on the semiconductor shortages</li> <li>Considering the cost of the end products (for consumers) when navigating and drawing solutions</li> </ul> </li> <li>The role of the <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/printed-circuit-board-association-of-america/'>Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA</a>) in the industry: educate, advocate and legislate</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/travis-kelly-4206381/'>Travis Kelly on LinkedIn</a> Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/printed-circuit-board-association-of-america/'>PCBAA on LinkedIn</a> Visit <a href='https://www.isola-group.com/'>Isola Group’s  website</a> <a href='https://eshoo.house.gov/media/press-releases/eshoo-moore-introduce-bipartisan-bill-bring-electronics-manufacturing-america'>Eshoo & Moore Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Easily Find Electronic Components for Your Next PCB Design
<p style="text-align:left;">What is the current state of the electronic industry? Dan Schoenfelder joins us today to discuss the most extreme problems the PCB design industry is currently facing: supply shortages, particularly the semi-conductor products and microcontrollers.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Tune in, or listen on the go. Learn how to keep up with the industry challenges through Nexar and <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/easily-find-electronic-components-your-next-pcb-design%20'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Dan shares his background and role his role at <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart</a> and now as the Head of Nexar sales</li> <li>Problems with the supply chain continue; how are companies coping with the shortages in semi-conductor products and microcontrollers? <ul><li>What is lean manufacturing, and what drives an inflexible supply chain?</li> <li>The effect of the pandemic on manufacturing facilities is still very apparent and may continue through 2013</li> </ul> </li> <li>Dan discusses the many benefits of utilizing <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart</a> to find and access electronic components data easily <ul><li>Octopart is the search engine for electronics and makes a great tool to integrate into PCB design workflows</li> <li>Dan shares Octopart’s new features, including the ability to filter and search by specs</li> </ul> </li> <li>How does the <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar API</a> help with democratizing information in the electronics industry? <ul><li>Ability to obtain information through the Nexar API programmatically and incorporate that into native workflows inside the users’ businesses</li> <li>Nexar works with the RAI to ensure that all data collected can be trusted</li> </ul> </li> <li>Dan talks about the <a href='https://nexar.com/spectra/eddi'>Electronic Design to Delivery Index (EDDI)</a>, which is meant to provide users with free insight into what's happening in the electronic space in general</li> <li>Supply Chain Resilience tools – help designers build thoughtful designs and build BOMs (Bill of Materials) that are resilient to unforeseen challenges</li> <li>What’s coming next for Nexar?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-schoenfelder-8b27889/'>Dan Schoenfelder on LinkedIn</a> Search electronic parts, visit <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart.com</a> Design with the PCB Community, learn more about the <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar ecosystem</a> Learn more about the<a href='https://nexar.com/spectra/eddi'> Electronic Design to Delivery index (EDDI)</a> Watch Previous Episode with Dan Schoenfelder: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/supply-chain-intelligence-octopart'>Supply Chain Intelligence from Octopart</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Making Codes Tangible Through Electronic Projects
<p style="text-align:left;">Learn by doing is what Bill Kolicoski, the creator of <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/Tastethecode'>Taste the Code Youtube Channel</a> advises everyone who wants to jump into the electronic design. Bill is a software developer passionate about making electronics design and engineering fun.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/making-codes-tangible-through-electronic-projects'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Bill shares how he got started with his Youtube Channel, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/Tastethecode'>Taste the Code</a> <ul><li>Bill recognizes that designing and building electronics is a perfect way to understand software or coding – making the code more tangible</li> </ul> </li> <li>Making electronic design accessible for everyone is one of Bill’s missions in creating his channel <ul><li>Jumpstart to electronics design through learning by doing</li> </ul> </li> <li>Software and hardware coexist–a software engineer should have an understanding of how hardware works <ul><li>It’s the eureka moments that help students understand how things work</li> <li>Understanding what happens in the code and the chip to make things come to life</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bill emphasizes improving your design skills by exploring all possibilities how you can improve your finished product</li> <li>Reference design for hardware developments and reverse engineering is a great way to make electronics and hardware more understandable</li> <li>Bill shares what drove him to pursue software vs. hardware <ul><li>Software is a lot easier to outsource</li> <li>Location/ country can be a determinant of pursuing a specific career in tech</li> </ul> </li> <li>Having fun doing electronics</li> <li>Getting hands dirty and jumping right into the design process; this and more tips from Bill on how to get into the electronics design and how you can improve your skills <ul><li>Search for videos with a specific solution </li> </ul> </li> <li>Invest time in building projects</li> <li>Make your work public and get feedback from the community and professionals</li> <li>Rubber Duck Debugging is a software jargon meaning explaining a challenging scenario to yourself to develop a solution</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/Tastethecode'>Subscribe to Bill’s Channel Taste to Code</a> Making electronic design easy, visit <a href='https://upverter.com/'>Upverter</a> website <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Register at Altium Education for Free</a> <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Altium Designer Free Student License</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Landing a Full-Time Engineering Career at NASA
<p style="text-align:left;">This episode will learn how a childhood dream can turn into reality through hard work, determination, and networking. Andrew Hartnett dreamt of working with NASA at a very young age. He will share with us exactly how he landed his Computer Engineer position in this very sought-after agency.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/hand-learning-pcb-design-students'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Andrew’s background, from his 3rd-grade drawing and high school robotics team to landing a <a href='https://pathways.jsc.nasa.gov/'>co-op internship program</a> at <a href='https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html'>NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC)</a> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">He joined The First Robotics Team in high school</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">A lot of networking and determination is what helps him land the <a href='https://pathways.jsc.nasa.gov/'>co-op internship program</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">He started working full-time in January 2010</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Briefly discuss <a href='https://upverter.com/'>Upverter</a> and the benefits of having high-school level educational programs for aspiring PCB designers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What is NASA’s co-op internship program? Andrew describes the advantages of the co-op program over a typical internship <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Get exposure to things you don’t get at school</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Experience designing and actual assembly of PCB</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Andrew talks about electronic design standards at NASA and shares details about testing, reliability, and the challenges of sending electronic devices to the space <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Addressing devices’ heat, and vibration in space</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Andrew talks more about <a href='https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc'>First Robotic Competition</a> and stresses the importance of hands-on experience for high school kids or younger</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Visit <a href='https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html'>NASA’s JSC website</a> Learn more about <a href='https://pathways.jsc.nasa.gov/'>JSC’s Internship Program</a> Making electronic design easy, visit <a href='https://upverter.com/'>Upverter's</a> website <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Register at Altium Education for Free</a> <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Altium Designer Free Student License</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/first-month-free'>Get Your First Month of Altium Designer® for FREE</a>
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The Exciting Path to Mechatronics Engineering
<p style="text-align:left;">Continuing our discussion on PCB design education, in this episode, joining us is Fergus Downey. Fergus is a Ph.D. student and research assistant at Curtin University in Western Australia (WA) and is currently involved in the <a href='https://www.binarspace.com/about-binar/'>Binar Space Program</a>. Today, we will tackle the education and opportunities related to Mechatronic Engineering and a little overview of CubeSat.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/exciting-path-mechatronics-engineering'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Fergus's background and how he landed on the Mechatronic Engineering path</li> <li>How is the space industry in Australia driving the students to pursue an electronics-related career?</li> <li>Exposure to CAD tools and manufacturing processes helps students understand circuit design better</li> <li>Some projects the students in Western Australia like to work on <ul><li>Camera PCBs, radiation center PCB, CanSat PCB design, and more</li> </ul> </li> <li>What are the main challenges involved in designing CubeSats, and how do Altium Designer® and Altium 365 make a great design tool for these projects?</li> <li>Electronic design and redundancy–redundant systems in limited space like in spacecraft</li> <li>Fergus talks about his team winning the second place in the #PCBetheChange design competition in 2021 with their entry <a href='https://twitter.com/IPCEF1/status/1496183007673298947'>Swan River Clean Up</a></li> <li>Fergus talks about the <a href='https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-mechatronic-engineering-major-beng-hons--mjrh-mxeng/'>Mechatronics Engineering Computer Science degree</a> being offered at Curtin University</li> <li>Checkout the <a href='https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-mechatronic-engineering-major-beng-hons--mjrh-mxeng/'>Binar Space Program</a> website and connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/fergus-downey-5a5501147/'>Fergus on LinkedIn</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/fergus-downey-5a5501147/'>Fergus Downey on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.binarspace.com/about-binar/'>Binar Space Program website</a> Learn more about the <a href='https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-mechatronic-engineering-major-beng-hons--mjrh-mxeng/'>Mechatronics Engineering Computer Science</a> at Curtin University Check out the <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pcbethechange-student-design-competition-winners-announced-upverter-education'>#PCBeTheChange Student Design Competition Winners</a> <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Register at Altium Education for Free</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Connect with Zach on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Hands-on Learning for PCB Design Students
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we will talk about the importance of engaging and exposing the PCB Design students to today’s real-world industry demands. Our guest Sid Deliwala is the Director of Lab Programs in the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Sid will share with us how he makes Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) fun and meaningful for our future innovators.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/hand-learning-pcb-design-students'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Sid talks about his background and his advocacy for hands-on training </li> <li>Tinker and play – learn the fundamentals, try new things and take risks</li> <li>Making the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) major meaningful <ul><li>Everything in the circuit world, in the hardware world, is also very data-driven</li> <li>End to end experience for students, holistic understanding of Software, hardware, and PCB design</li> <li>Preparing students to work in a multidisciplinary engineering environment</li> </ul> </li> <li>If the cloud, the analog world, and all the digital circuitry that's needed to make things work rolled into one, it'll certainly be a very, very exciting time for all the future innovations</li> <li>You don't have to be an expert on everything, but you should at least have been exposed to everything in engineering</li> <li>Sid talks about the <a href='https://www.pennelectricracing.com/'>Penn Electric Racing</a> – every year they participate in FSAE annual competition</li> <li>The problem with offshore PCB manufacturing – students have to wait for at least 3-weeks to receive their PCB for their project</li> <li>Importance of DFM and the difference it will make for students if they get the chance to visit the manufacturing company</li> <li>The supply chain and semiconductors shortage is real, the students experience current industry problems first-hand</li> <li>Sid expresses his sentiments toward a completely optimized system, it has some disadvantages</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://detkin.ese.upenn.edu/team/sid-deliwala/'>Sid Deliwala’s Director Profile</a>, University of Pennsylvania Podcast with Eric Bogatin:<a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pathological-design-features'> Pathological Design Features</a> Read Altium’s Newsletter: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/staying-top-supply-chain-altium'>Staying on Top of the Supply Chain with Altium</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/promotions/on-track'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Data Security, 5G and Onshore PCB Manufacturing with Dr. Rob Spalding
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we are very pleased to have Dr. Rob Spalding. He is a retired Brigade General at the US Air Force and now the CEO of <a href='https://www.sempre.ai/'>SEMPRE (Secure EMP-Resistant Edge)</a>, a tech company based in Washinton DC that provides military-grade 5G and high-performance edge computing infrastructure for telecom operators, first responders, government and enterprise customers.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Today, Rob and I will talk about all things security! Rob will tackle the importance of being proactive when it comes to protecting your data, and his advocacy to bring a better understanding of technology and innovation in Washington, DC (White House).</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/data-security-5g-and-onshore-pcb-manufacturing-dr-rob-spalding'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Rob’s background and career before he became the CEO of SEMPRE</li> <li>What is <a href='https://www.sempre.ai/'>SEMPRE</a>? What are the problems it solves and the solutions it offers?</li> <li>Rob clarifies what’s written in his 5G report, which was taken out of context in 2018 <ul><li>He emphasizes building enough spectrum into the network to take full advantage of the 5G technology</li> </ul> </li> <li>Rob’s take on PCB manufacturing, and semiconductor manufacturing onshore <ul><li>Onshore manufacturing has its advantage in controlling and protecting intellectual property</li> <li>Most corporations are making decisions on the basis of, what's my margin?</li> <li><a href='https://www.tsmc.com/english'>TSMC</a> has built itself up to be the best chip company in the world because they own the manufacturing line</li> </ul> </li> <li>Hardware-level security in base stations <ul><li>Ability to zerorize crypto–shutting infrastructure down, and shut that thing down physically destroy certain things</li> <li>SEMPRE uses FPGAs as a security advantage</li> </ul> </li> <li>It's data that really drive value in the economy <ul><li>If we can’t protect our data, then we can't protect the integrity of who we are as individuals and who we are as a nation</li> </ul> </li> <li>Rob demonstrates how vulnerable is the public from being spied on</li> <li>A <a href='https://digital.upmediagroup.com/issue/september-2021/in-an-unpredictable-world-pcb-design-engineering-stays-steady/'>recent survey reveals</a> that there will be a talent shortage in the PCB design and manufacturing industry in the next 15 years</li> <li>Rob suggests allocation of budget to sponsor American kids through four-year degree programs in STEM <ul><li>During the Cold War, the US had initiated education for national security–a lot of scientists and engineers in the space race were educated through this initiative</li> </ul> </li> <li>The advantages of <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/us-government-calls-revitalizing-american-pcb-manufacturing-engineering-news'>bringing the manufacturing back to the US</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/rspalding/'>Dr. Rob Spalding on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.sempre.ai/'>Visit SEMPRE website</a> Read about the shortage of talents in the PCB industry in 15 years: <a href='https://digital.upmediagroup.com/issue/september-2021/in-an-unpredictable-world-pcb-design-engineering-stays-steady/'>In an Unpredictable World, PCB DESIGN ENGINEERING Stays Steady</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/us-government-calls-revitalizing-american-pcb-manufacturing-engineering-news'>US Government Calls for Revitalizing American PCB Manufacturing</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Power Integrity and Simulations with Heidi Barnes
<p style="text-align:left;">What a very insightful discussion with Heidi Barnes of Keysight. In this episode, we will discuss all things simulations and power integrity in detail. We will dive into EM simulations, capacitor placement, Z, Y, and S parameters correlation measurements, and more! You will learn a lot from this episode!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/power-integrity-and-simulations-heidi-barnes'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Heidi’s background and her 30 years of experience in the PCB design Industry <ul><li>When she was only 17, she did an internship at Bill and Dave in Santa Rosa, which is now the Hewlett Packard (HP)</li> <li>She got into the solar industry and aerospace</li> <li>She is currently passionate about signal integrity and power integrity</li> </ul> </li> <li>Heidi stresses the importance of simulation tools and mentions the need for having reasonable rules of thumb and have an understanding of what to expect before you jump into a simulation tool</li> <li>The Keysight’s PathWave ADS ( Advanced Design System) environment, what does it offer? <ul><li>Running an EM simulation and getting results through the pro environments– PiPro (power integrity pro), SiPro (signal integrity pro)</li> <li>On top of the DC analysis, it features a lot of great asymmetric tolerances analysis, current density, and thermal heat up effects analyses</li> </ul> </li> <li>Heidi talks about capacitor placement–lowering the path inductance, allowing a higher frequency, and giving a broader power delivery from the printed circuit board. <ul><li>Capacitor Placement paper presented at DesignCon</li> </ul> </li> <li>Addressing specific peaks that are exceeding the target impedance in a problematic PCB</li> <li>Heidi’s take on using ferrites</li> <li>Steve Sandler has a great video about <a href='https://youtu.be/ejAApIv1cR8'>How to Design for Power Integrity–how to select a regulator</a></li> <li>Z, Y, and S parameters–understanding simulation to measurement correlation <ul><li>Heidi wrote a paper on SI Journal website: <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/blogs/12-fundamentals/post/2108-power-integrity-fundamentals-impedance-vs-frequency'>Power Integrity Fundamentals: Impedance vs. Frequency</a></li> <li>She also tackles the “two-port shunt impedance measurement”</li> </ul> </li> <li>Watch for another episode with Heidi Barnes, tackling subjects related to all things SI and especially getting into measurement issues, coming soon!</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/167-heidi-barnes'>Check out Heidi Barne’s articles on SI Journal website</a> <a href='https://www.keysight.com/us/en/cmp/2020/signal-and-power-integrity-software.html'>Visit Keysight website</a> Read a previous interview with Heidi Barnes: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/heidi-barnes-senior-application-engineer-and-power-integrity-product-owner'>Heidi Barnes, Senior Application Engineer and Power Integrity Product Owner</a> Watch Heidi Barnes Altium 2022 Presentation: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/what-target-z-and-why-power-delivery-ac-not-dc-altiumlive-2022'>What is Target Z and Why is Power Delivery AC Not DC? - AltiumLive 2022</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Prototyping Iconic Fictional Objects
<p style="text-align:left;">The Hacksmith proves that everything is possible through science, one project at a time.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Ian Hillier, the COO, and Co-founder of Hacksmith Industry, will share with us what it is like to create a fully working prototype of the coolest and most fascinating objects we see in the movies, comics, video games. He will also talk about how he transitioned from a full-time mechanical engineer to a full-time youtube content creator. Watch or listen through the end! You will hear everything, from the fun, failures, and the success of recreating futuristic, fictional objects.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/prototyping-iconic-fictional-objects'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Ian talks about his mechanical engineering background and how he and his friend <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiehobson/'>James Hobson</a> founded <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/theHacksmith/'>Hacksmith Entertainment Ltd</a> <ul><li>James has been publishing his engineering projects on his blog and videos on Youtube for 16 years and decided to do it full-time in 2015 when he reached about 70k subscribers</li> <li>Ian quit his job and joined James just six months before getting married</li> <li>The duo focused on getting more views by posting viral videos, one of which was the<a href='https://youtu.be/v5x_PJZBilg'> Captain America Shield project</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Hacksmith’s growing team <ul><li>From 70k subscribers, they immediately grew to 100k in 2016 and now 12.4 million and still growing</li> <li>Their team now consists of 24 full-time members, which includes mechatronics and electrical engineers, videographers, and the merchandise team</li> </ul> </li> <li>From creating simple, fun projects to upscale mind-blowing lasers, Hacksmith’s bread and butter are turning fictional objects in movies and games, portrayed through special effects, into a working prototype. Some of their coolest projects are: <ul><li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3WUGyzY9Sc&list=PLbncXbXlaNQfcDrl0ig5ZJcDu27ZRBexQ'>Thor’s Hammer in Real Life</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUdLlGLSQHQ&list=PLbncXbXlaNQd0kQaRjzLJaPOvRlH-0LrQ'>Lightsaber</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Hacksmith's goal as an organization is to encourage future generations of engineers.</li> <li>How does Hacksmith operate as a team? <ul><li>Each project is assigned to a team, and they can bring additional resources as needed.</li> <li>They create and customize everything in-house; their shop is equipped with all the machines and toys they need</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ian talks about their most extreme and powerful project, the <a href='https://youtu.be/0T8z4BJPEBU'>Hoverboard</a></li> <li>Ian’s favorite projects include high current electronics. His personal favorite is the <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nLT_bEaLlY'>Rebar Crossbow</a>–it pumps 2000 amps through the rebar until it glows red hot, and then you shoot it</li> <li>A <a href='https://youtu.be/ey_EjSzKFWQ'>retractable Lightsaber</a> created with a modified oxy-propane torch</li> <li>Ian explains how designing their PCBs contributes to the success of their projects</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Visit <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/theHacksmith/'>Hacksmith Youtube Channel</a> to watch more of their mind-blowing engineering projects. <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianhillier/'>Connect with Ian Hillier on LinkedIn</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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The Many Benefits of Additive Process in PCB Manufacturing
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we will continue with the topic of Design WITH Manufacturing, and joining us is Mike Vinson, the Chief Operating Officer at Averatek. Mike will help us understand Averatek’s advanced PCB manufacturing processes, including the technology and chemistry behind A-SAP and 3D printing.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/many-benefits-additive-process-pcb-manufacturing'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Mike Vinson's background</li> <li>Mike explains what is an Additive Process <ul><li>A-SAP–<a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/semi-additive-process-technology-at-averatek'>a semi-additive process</a> used to make very fine features for high definition, and high density interconnects on print circuit boards.</li> <li>The ability to add metalization other than copper, such as platinum, gold, palladium</li> <li>3D printing–a fully-additive process where all of the material is just added on, and nothing is subtracted away</li> </ul> </li> <li>Averatek’s business’s scope <ul><li>Licensing the technology and selling the chemistry</li> <li>The current clientele is North America</li> <li>Efficient and secure prototyping</li> </ul> </li> <li>Is the 3D surface solderable?</li> <li>MIDs or molded interconnect devices, are cool, but are they affordable?</li> <li>Tara Dunn, Averatek’s VP in Marketing, is the primary point of contact for licensing <ul><li>Tara is also one of <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/tara-dunn'>Altium’s Industry Expert</a> contributor</li> <li>What’s in the <a href='http://www.averatekcorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/IPCAPEXExpo2022-TechConf-PAPER-M-Vinson-and-P-Dennig-Ph.D.pdf'>Averatek’s IPC Paper</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>What does the economy look like for <a href='https://www.averatekcorp.com/manufacturing/a-sap/'>A-SAP technology</a>? Will it be accessible, and cost-effective?</li> <li>Mikes talks about the scalability of materials set in A-SAP technology</li> <li>How can PCB designers take advantage of the A-SAP capabilities so that they can create more compact, smaller features, more advanced products?</li> <li>How about a transparent substrate? Averatek has worked with transparent polyimides and has done some other transparent substrates</li> <li>What are the things to look forward to in additive processes and the additive manufacturing realm in general?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-vinson-1258aa/'>Connect with Mike Vinson on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.averatekcorp.com/'>Visit Averatek's website</a> Check out <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/tara-dunn'>Tara Dunn’s Articles on Altium Resource Hub</a> Watch Previous Episode Mike Vinson:     <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/sub-25-micron-traces-averatek-asap-technology'>Sub-25 Micron Traces with Averatek ASAP Technology</a>    <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/semi-additive-process-technology-at-averatek'> Semi-Additive Process Technology at Averatek</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a>  </p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Addressing EMI Issues Early in the PCB Design Stage
<p style="text-align:left;">EMIStream is now available as an Altium Designer® extension. TechDream CEO Yoshi Fukuwa will tell us how EMIStream can be a lifesaver when addressing EMI issues in your PCB design. Watch through the end, and check out <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eliminate-emi-problems-design-stage-robust-emi-design-rule-check-plane-resonance-analysis'>Yoshi’s recent presentation at AltiumLive Connect.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/addressing-emi-issues-early-pcb-design-stage'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Yoshi founded his company <a href='http://www.tech-dream.com/'>TechDream</a> in Silicon Valley in 2002. Techdream offers EMC, EDA, and PCB solutions. They also carry EDS simulation tools and PCB materials from <a href='https://www.oak-mitsuitechnologies.com/'>Oak-Mitsui technologies</a></li> <li>EMIStream was developed by <a href='https://www.nec-solutioninnovators.co.jp/'>NEC Solution Innovators</a> in Japan about 25 years ago; they tapped TechDream to sell the technology in the United States to help engineers with their EMI problems <ul><li>150 design rules to solve EMI problems narrowed into 15 most important EMI data and rules implemented in EMIStream</li> <li>Yoshi Maruyama from NEC Solution Innnovtor is the main guy developing EMIStream in Japan</li> <li>EMIStream’s EMI design rule check and plane resonance analysis are available in the Altium Designer environment</li> </ul> </li> <li>Yoshi explains the two features in EMIStream <ul><li>EMI Design Rule Checker</li> <li>Plane Resonance Analyzer</li> </ul> </li> <li>Field Solver approach vs. SPICE approach <ul><li>3D field solver is very good and accurate, but it takes longer to analyze</li> <li>EMIStream’s SPICE approach is 20 times faster than a standard SPICE engine</li> </ul> </li> <li>What do you need to know about embedded capacitance materials?</li> <li>Yoshi reveals the number one problem in PCB design during a survey at AltiumLive</li> <li>The benefits of SPICE net format in EMIStream</li> <li>Catch Yoshi at DesignCon 2022. He will be joining the FaradFlex booth</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/yoshi-fukawa-742377/'>Connect with Yoshi Fukawa on Linkedin</a> Watch Yoshi’s AltoiumLive 2022 Connect Presentation: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eliminate-emi-problems-design-stage-robust-emi-design-rule-check-plane-resonance-analysis'>Eliminate EMI Problems at Design Stage, Robust EMI Design Rule Check & Plane Resonance Analysis</a> <a href='http://www.tech-dream.com/'>Visit TechDream Website</a> <a href='https://www.nec.com/en/global/prod/emistream/index.html'>Learn More About EMIStream</a>  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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3D Printing Circuit Boards for Fast Prototyping
<p style="text-align:left;">Let’s talk about the future of printed circuit board prototyping. Sean Patterson, the President of Nano Dimension USA is here to introduce the technology behind <a href='https://www.nano-di.com/ame-technology-dragonfly-iv?hsLang=en'>DragonFly IV®</a>, the multi-material 3D printer for electronics fabrication. He will walk us through its current capabilities, what it can do and what we may expect from it in the future.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Sit back, relax and enjoy this episode. Make sure to listen through the end and check the show notes with the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/3d-printing-circuit-boards-fast-prototyping'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Sean talks about the growing company. <ul><li>They have 39 members in the US, and 500 globally. There are still plenty of roles available, visit <a href='https://www.comeet.com/jobs/nanodimension/62.003'>Nano Dimension’s website here</a></li> <li>Started as an additive manufacturing company, specifically for circuit boards to now multi-material, and multi-layer 3D printing option for electronics through </li> </ul> </li> <li>Sean excitedly shares all the exciting things that the <a href='https://www.nano-di.com/ame-technology-dragonfly-iv?hsLang=en'>DragonFly IV</a> can do. <ul><li>Faster electronic prototyping and proof of concept</li> <li>Environmental and sustainability advantages</li> <li>A manufacturing plant in the office</li> <li>An electromechanical structure that's functionally, mechanically, and electrically, to solve a problem</li> </ul> </li> <li>The evolution of electronic manufacturing offers a solution that works–there are many better ways, weight reduction, and size reduction <ul><li>Nano Dimensions is helping the electronics industry ecosystems systems get prepped now, to support the adoption of this technology</li> </ul> </li> <li>DragonFly IV uses FR4-like, and the conductive ink is a silver nanoparticle</li> <li>What’s the future look like for Nano Dimensions? <ul><li>What materials will be available in the future?</li> <li>What will be the ultimate capability of the DragonFly?</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-patterson-ct/'>Connect with Sean Patterson on LinkedIn </a> <a href='https://www.nano-di.com/'>Visit Nando Dimension’s website here </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Connect with Zack on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Master the Basics of PCB Electronics Design and ECAD Software
<p style="text-align:left;">Altium launches a new curriculum into the college in university space called <a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Altium Education</a>. In this episode, Rea Callender, Altium’s Vice President of Education tell us what is in the curriculum, who is it for, and how it will help PCB designers and aspiring designers advance into their career.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/master-basics-pcb-electronics-design-and-ecad-software'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Altium launches Altium Education, which aims to educate anyone who knows nothing about printed circuit board design, to learn the skills to create a printed circuit board, and send it off to manufacturing<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Students can still apply for Free Altium Designer® license</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium is taking the lead in PCB Design Education<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Teaching the process of circuit board design</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Modular approach with 16 units that college professors can use to supplement their course</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Student can take the curriculum for free and take it as a self-phase learning tool</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium Education have received positive feedback from college professors  prior to its launch</li> </ul> <p> College professor - excellent response</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">There is currently no curriculum similar to Altium Education, it is a supplemental course, it's not meant to displace anything</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://pcdandf.com/'>Pcdandf</a> survey reports that in 15 years, approximately 78% of the workforce to retire which may lead to the talent shortage</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium Education will help attract talent to the field<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">It will equip the students with proper skills in PCB design</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">It is designed for High School students, College students, and Professional</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://education.altium.com/'>Register to Altium Education for Free</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/recallender/'>Connect with Leah Callender on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Yoshi Fukawa Episode - Coming Soon</p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p>Learn More about<a href='https://nexar.com/'> Altium Nexar</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Making Electronics Education Fun
<p style="text-align:left;">It's a privilege to have another well-known YouTube Creator <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/greatscottlab/'>GreatScott</a>. He is creating electronics projects, tutorials, and everything in between. He makes electronics education fun with his experience, skills, and practical approach. This is going to be an exciting discussion so make sure to watch through the end and check out the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/making-electronics-education-fun'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>How GreatScott started in the electronics industry and his interest in creating fun videos <ul><li>He started in 2013, at the age of 18, and created his first circuit project the next year</li> <li>First job application and the task was in the field of electrical power engineering</li> </ul> </li> <li>GreatScott’s practical approach with his projects as implemented on his recent vacuum project, <a href='https://youtu.be/MPnTSl4vpNs'>Every Device should have this Upgrade! (Endless Battery Run Time)</a></li> <li>The trajectory of GreatScott's career path–what brought him up into power engineering <ul><li>Followed his mother's advice to go for renewable energies and took a renewable energy course at a University in Germany </li> </ul> </li> <li>GreatScott recommends courses in Electronic Engineering and joining an internship program at the same time⁠—duales studium or dual studies, for those looking for a career or interested in electronics</li> <li>GreatScott YouTube Channel showcases about 50 Electronic Basics Video Series</li> <li>Interesting and funny videos GreatScott recently created <ul><li><a href='https://youtu.be/hl90yRy4vEI'>Testing circuits I found on the Internet: Inverter! It does work, BUT…</a></li> <li><a href='https://youtu.be/6LxRnf6sQNQ'>DIY LiPo Supercharger! (Charge, Protect, 5V/12V Boost V2)</a></li> <li>Planning to do the 3rd on the series (free energy schematic circuit designs)</li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/Electroboom/'>ElectroBOOM YouTube Channel</a> is also creating fun and engaging electronics videos</li> <li>What to expect on the DIY or Buy video series on the GreatScott channel</li> <li>Tear down doesn't fit for Scott - his goal for his videos is to create, unique and practical projects</li> <li>Engineers improve their skills through mistakes and criticisms</li> <li>GreatScott's plan in the future <ul><li>Continue making fun and educational videos</li> <li>Learn to weld</li> <li>Include a wider assortment of projects and topics</li> <li>Launch an upcoming video for his two circuit boards creation (aluminum printed circuit board)</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/greatscottlab/'>GreatScott YouTube Channel</a></p> <p>Follow GreatScott on <a href='https://www.instagram.com/great.scott.lab/'>Instagram</a>, <a href='https://twitter.com/GreatScottLab'>Twitter</a> and <a href='https://www.facebook.com/greatscottlab'>Facebook</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/asp/youtube?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=yt-sponsor&utm_content=greatscott!'>GreatScott Altium Designer Affiliate Page</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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PCB Motor Robots Creation with Carl Bugeja
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Carl Bugeja, an Electronics Engineer and a well-known Youtube Creator, talk about his experience designing electronics, how he started, and his fascination with inventing new things. He will also share some exciting robotics projects he is currently working on. Watch through the end, and make sure to check out the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pcb-motor-robots-creation-carl-bugeja'>Watch the video, click here. </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Carl's background in PCB and electronics design 02:02 <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">A startup with a friend, Carl designed cool stuff such as drones, bluetooth, and alarm techs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">He created and and documented his electronics projects which he started sharing on Youtube</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Carl first started using <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Altium Designer®</a> when he was in his third year in the University, and love using it since then</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Carl shares his design process, and his approach to PCB design</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The first project that Carl shared on YouTube is a <a href='https://youtu.be/1taXx1L8YEs'>PCB Motor</a> 04:28 <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">How PCB Motor project got started 06:39</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Soft robotics</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The benefits of using flexible PCBs 09:36 <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">There’s nothing you can’t do with a flexible PCB</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">An opportunity to play around and create a new concept</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Trial and error is Carl’s way to learning and improving his skills with creating flex PCBs 10:41</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">One of Carl’s most challenging project and most viewed video on Youtube is his <a href='https://youtu.be/yhKtwCmlFfg'>Jumping PCB</a> 13:12</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Check out Carl's recent projects 18:46  <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://youtu.be/5iIn6wOLhv4'>Ping-Pong RGB Ball with 242 LEDs</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://youtu.be/2cvDjeSUgwY'>Bendable Heater Sticker</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://youtu.be/uqKVX6po2o4'>PCB Robot In-Wheel Rotor Optimisation</a></li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Carl's firmware writing skills is acquired from his actual projects and work experience 17:00</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The importance of building a good relationship with your manufacturer 22:38</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Check out <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/CarlBugeja/featured'>Carl Bugeja’s YouTube Channel here</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li><a href='https://carlbugeja.com/altium'>Watch Carl talks about why he love using Altium Designer®</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-bugeja-0b922a135/?originalSubdomain=mt'>Carl Bugeja on LinkedIn</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/CarlBugeja/featured'>Carl Bugeja’s YouTube Channel</a></li> <li><a href='https://hackaday.io/CarlBugeja'>Carl Bugeja’s Hackaday Page</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Altium Designer Free Trial</a></li> </ul> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a> Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Altium Nexar</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Thermal Management in PCB Today
<p style="text-align:left;">Clearing up the confusion about the <a href='https://www.ipc.org/TOC/IPC-2152.pdf'>IPC 2152</a> with Mike Jouppi, the “Thermal Man''. Mike originally sat on one of the IPC task groups working on standards for thermal management. He will help us be enlightened about thermal management on PCB, which will be very useful to apply to your next PCB design project.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/thermal-management-pcb-today'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Storytime! Mike's background in PCB design and involvement in IPC task groups <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">He worked in the Airforce as Missile Maintenance Specialist and later had an internship at Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, Arizona, where he did a thermal analysis</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The TQM mindset—total quality management is what kept him moving forward</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What does it mean when “Power was Negligible”; this led to Mike's first encounter with the IPC document</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How to take a vacuum environment into consideration? This is the question that leads Mike to start research and develop testing methods <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Mikes received funding from Lockheed to do internal research and perform testing to understand trace heating</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mike shares his journey to seek funding for testing and how he ended up setting up his lab in his basement</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">He developed 68 different charts, 13 of those were raw data, and the remaining ones were all analytical creations with the thermal model</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mike started working with IPC in 1999, IPC 2152 came out in 2009</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mike wrote a chapter in <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Holden/e/B077MVXFX2/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_2'>Happy Holden’s Printed Circuits Handbook</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Clearing up confusion over what <a href='https://www.ipc.org/TOC/IPC-2221A.pdf'>IPC 2221</a> and <a href='https://www.ipc.org/TOC/IPC-2152.pdf'>IPC 2152</a> represent, Mike emphasizes using the documentation as a baseline</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Another storytime! How did Mike come up with the name “Thermal Man”? The story involved measuring the thermal properties of an egg. Visit <a href='https://www.thermalman.com/'>thermalman.com</a> to check out Mike’s website</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">More research was performed involving flex, heating vias, and microvias</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Discovery of the original data to the charts that are in IPC 2221 documented in the National Bureau of Standards report from 1955ish</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mike has the data to prove that copper planes and copper pour affects thermal management</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The major players in terms of temperature response of the trace: <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Influence of the copper planes</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mounting configuration</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Before the IPC took over the industry standards in electronic design, the National Bureau of Standards (the government) handled the management and documentations</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Check out more videos and courses about <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/search?query=thermal'>Thermal Management on Altium Academy Youtube Channel</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikejouppi/'>Mike Jouppi on LinkedIn</a> Visit Mike Jouppi’s <a href='https://www.thermalman.com/'>Electronics Thermal Management LLC</a> website OnTrack Episode with Isvan Novak: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/designCon-engineer-the-year-talks-power-integrity-picosatellites-and-simulation-tools'>DesignCon 2020’s ‘Engineer of the Year’ Talks Power Integrity, Picosatellites, and Simulation Tools</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/happy-holden'>Read Happy Holden’s Article on Altium Resource Hub</a> <a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC Website</a> <a href='https://www.ipc.org/TOC/IPC-2221A.pdf'>IPC 2221</a> and <a href='https://www.ipc.org/TOC/IPC-2152.pdf'>IPC 2152</a></p> <p> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zack on LinkedIn</a> Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Altium Nexar</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Cybersecurity in PCB Supply Chain
<p style="text-align:left;">It’s a privilege to be sitting down with Didrik Beck, CEO of Elmatica, the world’s oldest PCB broker company and now part of the NCAB group and CAB group. Together we will dive into exciting topics surrounding cybersecurity, compliance, and supply chain and his upcoming presentation at IPC Apex. Didrik has some interesting insights on supply chain Cybersecurity management in the PCB design and manufacturing industry. Make sure to watch through the end and check out the additional resources below. This episode will be an insightful one! </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/cybersecurity-pcb-supply-chain'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <ul><li>Dedrick Bech introducing Elmatica  <ul><li>World's oldest PCB broker</li> <li>Recently acquired by the NCAB group</li> <li>Securing PCBs for different partners in the PCB supply chain</li> </ul> </li> <li>A quick summary of what was going to be in the IPC Apex paper that Dedrick is presenting</li> <li>Different levels of compliance and to what extent does this apply in the PCB design and manufacturing <ul><li>Controlled Unclassified Information (UCI) </li> <li>Every country has a different view on it</li> </ul> </li> <li>Two possible aspects of greater focus on compliance  <ul><li>Intellectual property</li> <li>Cybersecurity concerns</li> </ul> </li> <li>How to get IT and compliance strategy come back and get implemented together </li> <li>Data security awareness - some tips and practical steps </li> <li>Is it worth it to invest for a data security software and team </li> <li>More ways companies can do to help guarantee compliance and prevent data to be copied </li> <li>Formalized packages for a high level of compliance - how deep does this have to go for small companies </li> <li>Compliance and Cybersecurity differs from country to country and depending on:  <ul><li>the company </li> <li>the country’s regulations</li> <li>where the PCB is produced</li> </ul> </li> <li>There is a room for improvement in creating some compliance hazards for designers  <ul><li>Start with a good communication with the supply chain team</li> <li>Gather data ahead of time</li> </ul> </li> <li>Misconception about sharing data </li> <li>Securing supply chain for large subcontractors </li> <li>The importance of reading and understanding <a href='https://www.acquisition.gov/dfars'>Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)</a> regulation </li> <li>AltiumLive Connect was successful! <a href='https://resources.altium.com/altium-live'>Watch the exclusive recorded sessions here</a>  </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/didrik-bech-93562a2/'>Didrik Bech on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://elmatica.com/'>Visit Elmatica’s Website here</a> <a href='https://www.nist.gov/'>National Institute of Standards and Technology</a> <a href='https://www.acquisition.gov/dfars'>Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/altium-live'>Watch AltiumLive 2022 Connect Recorded Sessions Here</a> ALTIMADE Design to Manufacture, Made Easy | <a href='https://www.altium.com/altimade'>Request Access Now</a>  </p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Eliminating Nuances in the PCB Manufacturing Process
<p style="text-align:left;">Welcome to the very first podcast of the year! Altium has been very serious about designing WITH manufacturing, and so our guest for today is Amit Bahl, the director of sales and marketing at Sierra Circuits. We will talk about his passion about promoting the level of sophistication in the PCB manufacturing floor. Watch or listen on the go, this will be fun!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eliminating-nuances-pcb-manufacturing-process'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Amit first exposure in the PCB industry <ul><li>He grew up around printed circuit board (PCB)</li> <li>First to install a DFM tool called Valor</li> <li>First to install a LDI machine or a laser direct imaging machine</li> </ul> </li> <li>PCB is the backbone of electronics</li> <li>The PCB designer must see a pcb factory. Sierra offers a virtual tour of the PCB factory.</li> <li>The PCB manufacturing level of sophistication, and high standards are driven by customers <ul><li>PCB designers must push the envelope and to be more courageous with their design, while understanding the maximum capability of their manufacturers to receive better products</li> <li>Equipment vendors need more motivation to make improvements</li> </ul> </li> <li>Sierra Circuits offers PCB Fabrication, Assembly, & Components <ul><li>Connecting the dots in technological and logistical standpoint</li> <li>Semi-automated Customer portal - a real time feedback to customer on how to improve their designs</li> <li>DFA and DFM starts when complete data is on hand</li> </ul> </li> <li>The most common feedback or mistakes in the PCB manufacturing floor <ul><li>Aspect ratio of plating a via - what is the fabricator’s capability?</li> <li>Drilling copper - where do you drill? Optimizing the drill to the material movement.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A good fabricator will know the best material to use</li> <li>Getting the available stackup early on - knowledge base of the standard materials on stocks</li> <li>Manufacturing tools and resources for designers <ul><li>99% success rate - eliminating nuances</li> <li>Impedance tool</li> </ul> </li> <li>PCB Manufacturing Pro tip: Talk to your fabricator and understand the details - take the time!</li> <li><a href='https://www.protoexpress.com/'>Sierra Circuit’s new website</a> and good knowledge base</li> <li>AltiumLive Connect was successful! If you miss it, you can still sign-up to virtually attend the <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive EMEA here</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/amit-bahl-290a724/'>Amit Bahl on Linkedin</a> <a href='https://www.protoexpress.com/'>Visit Sierra Circuits Website here</a> <a href='https://youtu.be/4qRnmq1DNi4'>Experience Sierra Circuits Virtual Factory Tour</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>Register to Join AltiumLive Connect EMEA</a> ALTIMADE Design to Manufacture, Made Easy | <a href='https://www.altium.com/altimade'>Request Access Now</a>  </p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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High-Reliability PCB Design with Juan Frias
<p style="text-align:left;">The aerospace industry has driven the high-reliability design in the center focus. Juan Frias, our guest for today, is a very experienced PCB designer who has designed for Aerospace, Military, Industrial, Semiconductor, Communications, Medical, and Automotive; he will be sharing the tips for a successful design for manufacturability. We will also tackle Flex and Rigid-Flex design. This conversation will be fun and insightful, so watch through the end and make sure to check the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/high-reliability-pcb-design-juan-frias'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>High-Reliability Design WITH Manufacturing, how did the Aerospace industry influence this focus?</li> <li>The advantages of working closely with the manufacturing team <ul><li>Focus on improving the design process and eliminating back and forth communication and miscommunications</li> <li>Understanding what will work BEST for your manufacturer</li> </ul> </li> <li>Working with flex and rigid-flex designs <ul><li>Space savers</li> <li>Reliability  and stability advantages</li> <li>Choosing between flex versus a rigid-flex board, what are the considerations?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Can you use BGA on Flex?</li> <li>How does the manufacturer influence the material selection</li> <li>Board-spin on existing design–the systemized process of ordering materials that are running low</li> <li>The design preparation process for fabrication</li> <li>What do designers need to know about stiffener</li> <li>The importance of creating a prototype to save time and money</li> <li>PCB Validation, test and Inspections, who does what? <ul><li>Typically the customers are the only ones who can do a test with the product because they have the entire system on their end</li> <li>PCB designers perform the electrical tests and control impedance lines</li> </ul> </li> <li>Identifying a good designer to do business with–-local vs. overseas</li> <li>See you at the AltiumLive 2022. <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>Register here</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect:</a> Now open for registration <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/navigating-pcb-manufacturing-part-1'>E-Book: Navigating PCB Manufacturing: Part 1</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/three-common-pcb-design-mistakes-you-can-spot-your-gerbers'>Three Common PCB Design Mistakes You Can Spot in Your Gerbers</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-to-successfully-design-a-bga'>How to Successfully Design a BGA</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a> Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academy</a> courses on Youtube Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a>  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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AltiumLive 2022: Learn, Connect, and Get Inspired
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Zach chats with Lawrence Romine, Altium’s VP of Marketing. AltiumLive 2022 Virtual Summit is fast approaching, and we wanted to deliver to you some important information and reasons why you should not miss it. Lawrence gives an exciting overview and details about AltiumLive 2022’s new immersive experience! </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altiumlive-2022-learn-connect-and-get-inspired'>Watch the video, click here. </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2022 connecting the ‘User Community’ (Designers and Engineers)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">2 Events in the Calendar <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://summit.altium.com/p/a/event/b1f7a2d3-c488-4a61-8d41-efef38cc5cd5'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect Americas: </a>Wednesday, January 26th to  Friday, January 28th</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://summit.altium.com/p/a/event/02ff3a98-b79c-4773-908b-649a1ff43363'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect EMEA: </a>Wednesday, February 2nd to Friday, February 4th</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>FREE registration</a> and remote accessibility worldwide</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">This year’s AltiumLive is in collaboration with<a href='https://www.ipc.org/'> Institute for Printed Circuits (IPC), the Association Connecting Electronics Industries</a> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Adapting the hybrid model (full virtual event) to get the whole world to connect and get involved</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Bringing some of the finer points of the upcoming <a href='https://www.ipc.org/event/ipc-apex-expo-2022'>IPC Apex Expo</a> </li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://nexar.com/'>NEXAR</a> Partnerships <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">What NEXAR Ecosystem can bring to the participants</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a>, bringing the rest of the industry at large</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium’s real focus on the user community and its uniqueness with other CAD companies</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The real mission and purpose of AltiumLive 2022 <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">A non-commercial event</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">All about Learning, Connecting, and Getting inspired</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Industry expert, <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pathological-design-features'>Eric Bogatin</a> will be one of the speakers at AltiumLive 2022</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connec</a>t: Now open for registration</p> <p><a href='https://summit.altium.com/p/a/event/b1f7a2d3-c488-4a61-8d41-efef38cc5cd5'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect Americas</a></p> <p><a href='https://summit.altium.com/p/a/event/02ff3a98-b79c-4773-908b-649a1ff43363'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect EMEA</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.ipc.org/event/ipc-apex-expo-2022'>IPC APEX EXPO 2022</a></p> <p><a href='https://nexar.com/'>NEXAR</a></p> <p>Previous Podcast Episodes with Eric Bogatin</p> <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/signal-integrity-evangelist-eric-bogatin-our-expert-insider-to-designcon-2020'>Signal Integrity Evangelist Eric Bogatin, our Expert Insider to DesignCon 2020</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/why-you-should-stop-hanging-legacy-design-rules'>Why You Should Stop Hanging on to Legacy Design Rules</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/bogatins-practical-guide-book-series'>Bogatin’s “Practical Guide to” Book Series</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pathological-design-features'>Pathological Design Features</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>Connect with<a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-romine-2808544/'> Lawrence Romine</a> on LinkedIn</p> <p>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a></p> <p>Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academy</a> courses on Youtube</p> <p>Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p>Learn More about<a href='https://nexar.com/'> Altium Nexar</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p>
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Mastering Your PCB Design Tool as the Industry Evolves
<p style="text-align:left;">“One of the fundamental things that I'm very passionate about is continuous development.” - Stephen Chavez</p> <p style="text-align:left;">We are thrilled to have Stephen Chavez on the podcast again! He is one of the respected Electrical Engineers in the electronics industry. Stephen is the chairman of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) and oversees the design team of a renowned military aerospace company. In this episode, Stephen will generously share his work experience and how he sees the evolution of the electronics industry. This is a not-to-be-missed episode as it will give you enough courage and motivation to keep on learning to become a successful electronics and design engineer of today’s generation! </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/mastering-your-pcb-design-tool-industry-evolves'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Stephen and Zach’s best advice on how to get on top of things as the electronics industry evolves </li> <li>Stephen’s career progress in the electronics industry and his affiliation with <a href='https://pce-a.org/'>PCEA</a> (Printed Circuit Engineering Association)</li> <li>The need for cross-collaboration as designing changes and gets complex <ul><li><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> offers seamless collaboration in the cloud</li> </ul> </li> <li>Digital thread or model-based design  <ul><li>How’s the process today?</li> <li>The evolution of toolsets</li> <li>The difference between the tools of today and the past</li> <li>Taking advantage of the tool you’re using versus the manual approach</li> </ul> </li> <li>The importance of tool training </li> <li>PCEA’s mission for the next generation engineers </li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/secrets-pcb-optimization-rick-hartley'>Secrets of PCB Optimization with Rick Hartley</a></li> <li>What do you need to consider when designing circuit boards </li> <li>Designer’s triangle <ul><li>Layout solvability</li> <li>Performance</li> <li>Design for Manufacturing (DFM)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Intricate details that go into designing a PCB</li> <li>What it takes to fabricate and assemble a printed circuit board especially for young engineers </li> <li><a href='https://podcast.altium.com/e/mike-creeden-on-empowering-pcb-engineers-through-pce-a//'>Mike Creeden on Empowering PCB Engineers through PCEA</a></li> <li>Manufacturing aspect - filtering your suppliers</li> <li>Mistakes engineers make when choosing the materials for design </li> <li>Balancing success in circuit design </li> <li>Engineering learning practices in the past vs today </li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/what-difference-between-ecad-and-mcad'>MCAD, CAD</a> for tool collaboration </li> <li>Autorouting in RF designs</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Previous Podcast Episodes with Stephen Chavez</p> <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/stephen-chavez-calls-on-pcb-designers-to-get-involved'>Stephen Chavez Calls on PCB Designers to Get Involved</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/fr/p/is-ipc-cid-training-important-for-your-design-career'>Is IPC-CID Certification Really Important to Your Career?</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/stephen-chavez-on-staying-out-of-your-comfort-zone'>Stephen Chavez on Staying out of Your Comfort Zone</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/judy-warner-and-stephen-chavez-on-the-approachability-of-the-pros'>Judy Warner and Stephen Chavez on the Approachability of the Pros</a></li> </ul> <p><a href='https://pce-a.org/'>Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA)</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect:</a> Now open for registration Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-v-chavez-59985012/'>Stephen Chavez on LinkedIn</a> Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a> Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academy </a>courses on Youtube Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a></p> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Design Your Electronic Device with a Hacker State of Mind
<p style="text-align:left;">Not all engineers think like hackers, and not all hackers think like engineers. - Joe Grand</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Let’s jump into a contemporary engineering topic – security and privacy! Today’s guest is Joe Grand, a computer engineer, inventor, teacher, device security expert, and an AltiumLive alum. I am very excited to be talking about IoT and hardware-level security with an engineering celebrity! Together we will dive into the processes and challenges of building hardware security. There are many details discussed so make sure to watch through the end and check out the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/design-your-electronic-device-hacker-state-mind'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Jumping from Protel Easytrax to Altium</li> <li>Nostalgic coincidence, the beginner's project – first circuit board was an amplifier based board <ul><li>OpAmp board -- the first board that Joe created and sold</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bringing the hackers perspective in the engineering world <ul><li>What it means to be a good hacker</li> <li>Think ahead, what hackers are going to do to your system?</li> </ul> </li> <li>What can designers do to implement basic barebones like hardware-level security?</li> <li>Understanding the different angles and levels of (hacking) attack</li> <li>Joe walks us through his hacking process, the engineer way <ul><li>Information gathering is huge, from product documentation, patents, company profile and more</li> <li>Tearing up a product and examining the circuitry and component identification</li> <li>Using standard engineering tools for hacking</li> <li>Looking at chip-to-chip communication</li> </ul> </li> <li>What is a “threat model”</li> <li>Your device’s power supply may be a target for hacking, Joe explains “fault injection”</li> <li>Electronic badge for <a href='https://defcon.org/html/defcon-27/dc-27-index.html'>DefCon 27</a>, the world's largest hacker conference Joe created</li> <li>Collaborative effort to tighten the device security, <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> offers a secure space for all stakeholders</li> <li>Patch Tuesdays and Exploit Wednesdays -- a never-ending cycle to keep the system secured</li> <li>Security through obscurity for your PCB, what is it? </li> <li>Joe answers, Is there any way to design a device so that if you do try and access it, you actually eliminate all the data or just destroy the critical parts of the device?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li>Previous Podcast Episodes with Joe Grand: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/joe-grand-on-hacking-badgelife-and-altiumlive'>Joe Grand on Hacking, Badgelife and AltiumLive</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSS8tIzhmQc'>Joe Grand Talks About When Hacking and Engineering Collide - AltiumLive Keynote</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/sites/default/files/uberflip_docs/file_509.pdf'>Joe Grand’s Altium Customer Success Story</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSS8tIzhmQc'>Meet Joe Grand aka Kingpin - Altium OnTrack Insight</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect</a>: Now open for registration</li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academ</a>y courses on Youtube</li> <li>Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a></li> </ul> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Altium Nexar</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Pathological Design Features
<p style="text-align:left;">Dr. Eric Bogatin, Dean of Signal Integrity Academy, is back for some awesome discussion about bad PCB design guidelines. How to spot them to avoid ruining your design? This is going to be fun and insightful! Make sure to check the show notes and additional resources below. Watch until the end. Our favorite Dean has some perks for our listeners.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pathological-design-features'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Eric’s AltiumLive Presentation <ul><li>Pathological Design Features</li> <li>Demonstration of the 2D Field Solver built-in for free in Altium Designer</li> </ul> </li> <li>Your intuition + PCB design tool can make or break your PCB design performance</li> <li>Most Common Sources of Noise <ul><li>Ground bounce as an extreme case of crosstalk</li> <li>Design structures that can strongly contribute to EMI failures</li> </ul> </li> <li>Eric Explains “transparent interconnect”</li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/signal-integrity-expert-eric-bogatin-on-best-measurement-practices'>Best measurement practice</a> and routing correctly</li> <li>Is an Arduino board really for beginners?</li> <li>EMI Problems caused by split planes—the trifecta, you get reflection noise, you get crosstalk noise, you get EMI noise out of it</li> <li>Eric Bogatin, Steve Sandler, and Larry Smith debunked PCB design myths and legends—<a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/1589-the-myth-of-three-capacitor-values'>the Myth of Three Capacitor Values</a></li> <li>Power integrity becoming Signal Integrity <ul><li>What is Rad-hard?</li> <li>Reliability concerns in aerospace technology and automotive systems</li> <li>Fiber in vehicle and fiber base radar could be the solution</li> </ul> </li> <li>Eric answers, What do you think about <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/2104-should-you-worry-about-90-degree-bends-in-circuit-board-traces'>right-angle traces</a>?</li> <li><a href='https://www.bethesignal.com/bogatin/3monthsubscription.php'>3 Month Signal Integrity Academy Subscription</a>, use promo code ALT21</li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive Connect, register now!</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li><a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/1589-the-myth-of-three-capacitor-values'>Article: The Myth of Three Capacitor Values </a></li> <li><a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/'>Signal Integrity Journal</a></li> <li><a href='https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/'>Laboratory for Atmospheric Space Physics</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/2104-should-you-worry-about-90-degree-bends-in-circuit-board-traces'>Should You Worry About 90 Degree Bends in Circuit Board Traces?</a></li> <li>Previous Podcast Episode with Eric Bogatin <ul><li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/why-you-should-stop-hanging-legacy-design-rules'>Why You Should Stop Hanging on to Legacy Design Rules</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eric-bogatin-debunks-common-misconceptions-about-transmission-lines'>Eric Bogatin Debunks Common Misconceptions About Transmission Lines</a></li> <li><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/signal-integrity-expert-eric-bogatin-on-best-measurement-practices'>Signal Integrity Expert Eric Bogatin on Best Measurement Practices</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect</a>: Now open for registration</li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-bogatin-368860/'>Eric Bogatin on Linkedin</a></li> <li>Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academy</a> courses on Youtube</li> <li>Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a></li> </ul> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Altium Nexar</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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The NEXAR Ecosystem
<p style="text-align:left;">Zach Peterson, our guest host, interviews Lawrence Romine, Altium’s Vice president of Marketing, about the exciting future of PCB Design. In this episode, Lawrence will share Altium’s mission in creating an ecosystem that helps PCB designers and engineers be the best they can be and give them access to collaboration and sharing tools.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pcb-design-collaboration-and-sharing-tools'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>What makes Altium designer a cutting-edge PCB designer software</li> <li>Design challenges and solutions, saving PCB designers 70-90 percent of potential problems <ul><li>Design with your manufacturer, addressing extinct manufacturing methods, </li> <li>Bringing the primary and secondary stakeholders in the PCB design Industry together through the cloud</li> <li>Building a solution that allows anybody with a PCB design background to design</li> </ul> </li> <li>The benefit of Partnership vs. Acquiring <ul><li>For the Designers - accessibility to tools and capabilities where users could select what best fit their needs</li> <li>For the partners - allows them to access Altium's user base and make them aware of the design solutions that they would not have known existed</li> </ul> </li> <li>More about Nexar, users will have access to: <ul><li>Frontend engineering tools</li> <li>Simulation tools</li> <li>Data management features</li> <li>Supply chain intelligence</li> <li><a href='https://ihsmarkit.com/index.html'>IHS Markit data</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>A brief overview of Lawrence career background and experience before Altium</li> <li>NEXAR embed features</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Previous Podcast Episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/reinventing-business-electronics'>What is NEXAR</a>?</li> <li><a href='https://nexar.com/'>NEXAR</a> website</li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Connect:</a> Now open for registration</li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachariah-peterson-391895142/'>Zach Peterson on LinkedIn</a></li> <li>Connect with <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-romine-2808544/'>Lawrence Romine on Linkedin</a></li> <li>Watch Zach’s latest <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/'>Altium Academy</a> courses on Youtube</li> <li>Read Zach’s articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s resource hub</a></li> </ul> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Six Weeks with Zach Peterson Guest Host
<p style="text-align:left;">The OnTrack Podcast team is very excited to have Zach Peterson as a guest host for the next six weeks. Zach is Altium’s Technical Consultant and Expert PCB Design Instructor on the Altium Academy Youtube channel. Today he will share with us some details about what to expect in the coming weeks. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/six-weeks-zach-peterson-guest-host'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Judy’s focusing on AltiumLive Planning for the next six weeks</li> <li>Zach to take over as the podcast’s guest host</li> <li>Update on Zach’s video series and the feedback he’s been receiving, and what’s coming up <ul><li>Q&A Sessions</li> <li>Discussion on how to work with your manufacturer, ie. RF Design</li> </ul> </li> <li>Eric Bogatin has been confirmed as a Keynote speaker at AltiumLive</li> <li>Will Zach present at AltiumLive?</li> <li>Potential guests during Zach’s takeover</li> <li>DuPont Acquires Rogers Corporation</li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 registratio</a>n is now open with a 20% early bird discount</li> <li>Check out Zach’s Articles on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Altium’s Resources hub</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy/videos'>Altium Academy YouTube Channel (Zach’s videos)</a> To Ask Zach Questions for upcoming Q&A on YouTube: Submit questions to <a href='mailto:Youtube@Altium.com'>Youtube@Altium.com</a> <a href='https://rogerscorp.com/news/2021/dupont-announces-acquisition-of-rogers-corporation'>DuPont Acquires Rogers Corporation</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive Registration is Open</a>. Get a 20% early bird discount by registering now!</p> <p> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronic</a>
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MMw and RF Interaction
<p style="text-align:left;">Our guest today is John Coonrod, the Technical Marketing Manager at Rogers Corporation. John will generously share with us today a glimpse of his recent keynote presentation at PCB West 2021, Advancements in Prepreg Enabling New Applications for Millimeter-wave and High-Speed Digital.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/mmw-and-rf-interaction'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Quick overview of High-Speed Design Overview & relationship to RF designs <ul><li>Slide: RF System - <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/insertion-loss-complex-issue-john-coonrod-here-explain-it'>overview of insertion loss</a> and return loss</li> <li>Slide: Millimeter Wave</li> <li>Slide: Sine Waves</li> <li>Slide - I diagrams</li> </ul> </li> <li>Quick RF and MMw overview by John: Loss issues and issues that arise with High-Speed Digital Designs</li> <li>The impact of low-loss materials <ul><li>Glass weave</li> <li>What is Rogers 1200? BISCO® HT-1200</li> <li>PPE material</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.globalcommhost.com/rogers/acs/techsupporthub/en/login.php'>Rogers Technology Support Hub</a> <a href='https://rogerscorp.com/advanced-electronics-solutions'>Rogers Advanced Electronics Solutions Website</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-coonrod-26ba4217/'>John Coonrod’s LinkedIn Profile</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive CONNECT</a> | Registration is now open!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Deterministic Solutions to Solve Skew Problems
<p style="text-align:left;">Everything that goes to making a board works against signal integrity...physics screw things up.  -Bill Hargin</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Avoid getting your design “skewed”! Today’s guest is Z-Zero’s Founder and CEO, Bill Hargin. Together we will dive into the cause of getting skews in your board. There are many details, and many questions answered, so make sure to watch through the end and check out the additional resources below.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/deterministic-solutions-solve-skew-problems'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction, a brief overview of Z-Zero and Bill’s background <ul><li>Hardware Manager at Boeing (Electronic cooling and CAD design)</li> <li>He became the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyperlynx</li> <li>High-speed marketing and five years in laminate space</li> <li>Sharing his deep knowledge of signal integrity - travel around the world doing workshops</li> <li>2018 - full time at Z-Zero, a software company he founded. Z-Zero is an EDA start-up that offers solutions for stackup design, field solver, automation, library</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bill presents every year at the PCB West on topics of stackup design and material selection</li> <li>Bill offers more resources through webinars and blog articles on <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/'>z-zero.com</a></li> <li>What are Skews, and why is it’s a problem? <ul><li>Comprehensive overview and solutions <ul><li>Deterministic solutions</li> <li>Stochastic Solutions</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> <li>What is a <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/glass-weave-skew/'>Glass-weave skew</a> (GWS)?</li> <li>Prepreg glass types, what is <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/why-is-spread-glass-popular-chris-hunrath-from-insulectro-podcast'>spread glass</a>?</li> <li>Bill’s deterministic solutions to avoid skew <ul><li>Angled routing</li> <li>Rotating artwork 10 degrees (waste about 15% of the material, higher cost)</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/billhargin/'>Bill Hargin on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/'>Z-Zero Website</a> <a href='https://t.sidekickopen01.com/s3t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7kF8cW018W14mlgS59hl3kW7_k2847sD3qkVNxydD7sCYS6W2dykc038Ws7J101?te=W3R5hFj4cm2zwW4mKLS-4t3Bx9W49Pz7X43T4NRW3ZZn6145SBb-W1LGnjL1GHDpSW4hJ1ZB3C7GfXW43TBR149Pdw2W1Gy6l34hMgZbW3Q-Yh43SYkh4W1GKh1V4kCBkGw3M2lGN48-2&si=7000000001987189&pi=4c3fc7fc-c8b5-4959-9f83-27c91ae48e34'>Who Should Be Concerned about the Fiber-Weave Effect?</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Read the blogs: <a href='https://t.sidekickopen01.com/s3t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7kF8cW018W14mlgS59hl3kW7_k2847sD3qkVNxydD7sCYS6W2dykc038Ws7J101?te=W3R5hFj4cm2zwW4mKLS-4t3Bx9W49Pz7X43T4NRW3ZZn6145SBb-W1Ly7QD1GJ2trW3zjhDr3GGxP1W4fNRKl3NBbrpW4fDXZz4r51pXW3KbVdj1GGmmRf4fdb3_04&si=7000000001987189&pi=4c3fc7fc-c8b5-4959-9f83-27c91ae48e34'>How to Avoid Getting Totally Skewed – Part 1</a> <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/blog-post/how-to-avoid-getting-totally-skewed-part-2/'>How to Avoid Getting Totally Skewed, Part 2</a> <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/blog-post/how-to-avoid-getting-totally-skewed-part-3/'>How to Avoid Getting Totally Skewed, Part 3</a> <a href='https://www.z-zero.com/blog-post/how-to-avoid-getting-totally-skewed-part-3/'>How to Avoid Getting Totally Skewed, Part 4</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch the Webinars: <a href='https://t.sidekickopen01.com/s3t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7kF8cW018W14mlgS59hl3kW7_k2847sD3qkVNxydD7sCYS6W2dykc038Ws7J101?te=W3R5hFj4cm2zwW4mKLS-4t3Bx9W49Pz7X43T4NXW3ZSzyp1GKh1VW4kCBkX3XWJgpW45LMtq1G92WLW3R351k3zgCSJ4mFKt1&si=7000000001987189&pi=4c3fc7fc-c8b5-4959-9f83-27c91ae48e34'>Glass-Weave Skew - Part 1 - Who Cares?</a> <a href='https://t.sidekickopen01.com/s3t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7kF8cW018W14mlgS59hl3kW7_k2847sD3qkVNxydD7sCYS6W2dykc038Ws7J101?te=W3R5hFj4cm2zwW4mKLS-4t3Bx9W49Pz7X43T4NXW3ZSzyp1GKh1VW4kCBkX3XWJgpW45LMtq1G9tn9W3T3R993zhs7SW41p0lk4fHSy2f4cfFGy04&si=7000000001987189&pi=4c3fc7fc-c8b5-4959-9f83-27c91ae48e34'>Glass-Weave Skew - Part 2 - Mitigation Methods  </a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Troubleshooting EMC Immunity Issues
<p style="text-align:left;">Most PCB Designers wear many hats, and one of them is to solve EMC problems.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Ken Wyatt, the EMC expert, talks about his passion for sharing his knowledge on addressing the most common EMC problems with PCB designers. Why is it important to troubleshoot it during the design process, and how can you acquire this skill that is not offered in the university? Watch now or listen on the go! </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/troubleshooting-emc-immunity-issues'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Ken Wyatt’s background and career transitions.</li> <li>Ken’s inspiration for writing his books: <ul><li>Addressing basic design issues</li> <li>Challenges of not having full-time EMC experts</li> <li>Focus on PCB designers</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ken’s book series (<a href='https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Wyatt/e/B00SNQ1LJ2?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000'>available on Amazon</a>): <ul><li>Create your Own EMC Troubleshooting Kit</li> <li>Workbench Troubleshooting EMC Emissions</li> <li>Workbench Troubleshooting EMC Immunity</li> </ul> </li> <li>What is immunity? The product should not affect the environment and the environment should not affect the product</li> <li>Radiated Immunity, one of the biggest issues product designers face when complying with immunity</li> <li>The rise of IOT, industry observation.</li> <li>Expectations vs Reality when hiring university graduates for EMC-related positions.</li> <li>Ken will be a Keynote at <a href='https://mnemcevent.com/'>IEEE EMC Conference Minneapolis</a> on September 23, 2021</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.emc-seminars.com/'>EMC Seminars Website</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Wyatt/e/B00SNQ1LJ2?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000'>Ken Wyatt’s Author Page on Amazon</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09FCCDDZF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0'>Workbench Troubleshooting EMC Immunity (Volume 3)</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethwyatt/'>Ken Wyatt’s LinkedIn Profile</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BF7W2P4/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5'>Chasing the Light (Lighthouse Photography) by Ken and Sheila Wyatt</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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State of PCB Design Education
<p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Altium’s Technical Consultant, Zach Peterson will share his insights about the availability and accessibility of education related to PCB design for high school and university students.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Zach will also talk about the inspiration behind “Design Secrets,” his new series available on <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/AltiumAcademy'>Altium Academy Youtube Channel</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/state-pcb-design-education'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction, from academia and Ph.D. in Physics, how did he land in the world of PCB?</li> <li>On Altium Academy YouTube channel, Zach offers basic PCB design courses. that are not frequently available, even to professionals.</li> <li>Zach’s experience in university: Observations, Knowledge Gaps, what are the main focuses?</li> <li>Zach thoughts on why are PCB design courses are not the main focus of education in college and university <ul><li>The challenges in semiconductor industry</li> <li>Focus on digital and analog design</li> </ul> </li> <li>Zach’s Industry “awakening”—noticed the “graying of PCB design expertise demographic”</li> <li>Industry Problems: De-siloing, systems-based thinking—tools, engineering and the rise of digitization</li> <li>Need for the industry to “step up” to help equip and prepare for next-gen engineers</li> <li>How can companies educate next-gen design engineers in an ecosystem-based context </li> <li>Industry de-siloing leads to educational de-siloing</li> <li>Zach and his company’s contribution to these efforts? </li> <li>Checkout <a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/zachariah-peterson'>Zach’s Blogs</a> in Altium’s Resource hub</li> <li>What is Upverter education and watch for the future university content</li> <li>Altium full-time education team, free licenses, IPC, PCEA</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAzX3efKBsg&list=UUWLoHp3WJG_ats8waVCu7Mw'>Zachariah Peterson Video series on Altium Academy YouTube Channel</a> <a href='https://education.upverter.com/'>Upverter Education Website</a> <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/367-zachariah-peterson'>Signal Integrity Journal--Zachariah Peterson Articles </a> <a href='https://youtu.be/ySuUZEjARPY'>How to Achieve Proper Grounding</a> <a href='https://education.upverter.com/courses/PCBeTheChange'>#PCBeTheChange Design Contest | Upverter Education</a>  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Learn More about Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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AltiumLive Co-locates with IPC Apex Expo
<p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022</a> and <a href='https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/'>IPC Apex 2022</a> are joining forces to bring together all stakeholders in the PCB industry.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">We have two executives joining us in this episode. Our very own Chief Ecosystem Officer and head of Altium Nexar, Ted Pawela; and IPC’s Vice President of Standards and Technology, Dave Bergman. They will share with us some exciting news about the most anticipated exhibits in the PCB community.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altiumlive-co-locates-ipc-apex-expo'>Watch the video, click here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Introductions: <ul><li>Ted Pawela, the Chief Ecosystem Officer and Head of Cloud (Nexar) Business Unit at Altium</li> <li>Dave Bergman, the Vice President Standards and Technology at IPC</li> </ul> </li> <li>IPC and Altium Live conferences co-locate <ul><li>Uniting the stakeholders: PCB Design, PCB Manufacturing, PCB Supply Chain</li> <li>IPC leadership role in the industry⁠— providing standards and educational foundation</li> <li>Bringing and exposing the PCB Designers to additional valuable education</li> </ul> </li> <li>Dates of conferences and where overlap opportunities will be offered <ul><li><a href='https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/'>IPC Apex 2022</a>: January 25th - 27th in San Diego with the theme “Digital Transcendence”</li> <li><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022</a>: January 26th - 28th in San Diego with the theme: “Connect”</li> </ul> </li> <li>The intersection between the 2 conferences <ul><li>The relevance and synergies of ecosystems and community engagement</li> <li>Education strategies from Altium, IPC, and places of interest to intersect</li> <li>Understanding what’s beyond the tools</li> <li>Advancing the PCB designers’ careers through education</li> <li>IPC serves as a validation of the designers’ skills and talent through CID and CID+ training.</li> </ul> </li> <li>IPC Foundation</li> <li>Why should you attend, what opportunities are there for you? <ul><li>User-centric</li> <li>Learn from the pure hard work of subject matter experts</li> <li>Improve design skills and connect with the people in the community</li> </ul> </li> <li>Experience the biggest and the best, see you in January 2022</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2022 Website</a> <a href='https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/'>IPC Apex Expo 2022</a> <a href='https://docs.google.com/document/d/16mnndhNh-VRVGApJwPbpWfG60ZORtdctshFoZ3eungw/edit'>IPC CID Training</a> (Eptac) <a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWLoHp3WJG_ats8waVCu7Mw'>Altium Academy YouTube Channel</a> <a href='https://www.ipc.org/education-main-page'>IPC Edge</a> Educational Resources</p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Altium Nexus</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Data-Driven Smart Manufacturing
<p>A Silicon Valley rising star advocates higher efficiency in electronics manufacturing.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> In this episode, Andrew Scheuermann, CEO, and Co-founder of <a href='https://archsys.io/'>Arch</a>, shares his company’s mission to drive digitization and sustainable innovation in electronics manufacturing. He will discuss <a href='https://archsys.io/factory-optimization/'>Surface Mount Technology machine optimization</a> and how factories can benefit from advanced analytics.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/data-driven-smart-manufacturing'>Watch the video, click here. [link to website live page]</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Introduction to Andrew and the founding of <a href='https://archsys.io/'>Arch Systems</a> <ul><li>Understanding the founders, Andrew Scheuermann and Tim Burke’s experimentalist and theoretical personas, respectively</li> <li>The key to finding their niche</li> <li>Starting Startx - top 5 startup in the world</li> <li>Platform mindset - software and hardware technology that could be deployed to any kind of machine</li> <li>Become a world expert in Surface Mount Technology (SMT) machines</li> </ul> </li> <li>Industrial Automation, how does software makes the world go round? <ul><li>Opportunity identified for SMT industrial control automation and useable, meaningful data</li> </ul> </li> <li>Data-driven, smart manufacturing <ul><li>In-depth analytics-getting data out of legacy machines</li> <li>Digital Proof of concept, why is this valuable?</li> <li>20 - 40 or even 60 percent improvement in manufacturing efficiency</li> </ul> </li> <li>Predicted quality, 99% OK what do you do with the 1%?</li> <li>How do you get data out of the machine and translate them into meaningful solutions? <ul><li>Universal translation, aggregation, data security</li> <li>Andrew explains <a href='https://archsys.io/archfx-broker/'>ArchFX broker</a> being deployed on-premise</li> </ul> </li> <li>The benefits of advanced analytics - Improved Quality, reliability, speed, better-increased margins, Informed CapX spend</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/data-driven-smart-manufacturing'>Links and Resources:</a></p> <p><a href='https://archsys.io/'>Arch Systems Website</a> <a href='https://youtu.be/Y_hDw3vf2Bo'>Arch Systems Overview Video</a> <a href='https://archsys.io/blog/the-archfx-platform-data-connection-and-predictive-analytics-platform/'>The ArchFX Platform: The Proven Fast Track to Transformation</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a> Learn More about <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-nexus'>Altium Nexus</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Bogatin’s “Practical Guide to” Book Series
<p style="text-align:left;">The dean is in!</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Eric Bogatin, the Dean of Signal Integrity Academy is here to talk about empowering PCB  designers to become their own experts. Eric shares the inspiration behind his new book, PLUS you may have a say in what he will be writing next.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Watch now or listen on the go, and make sure to drop a comment on our <a href='https://youtu.be/BmwnGxhJqO8'>YouTube channel here</a>, to vote on which topic Eric should tackle in his next book.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/bogatins-practical-guide-book-series'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Out of this world (literally) storytime, Eric shares facts about the Crab Nebula Supernova</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Two Books from Artech, the inspiration behind Eric Bogatins “Practical Guide To...”<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Applications</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Bogatin's Practical Guide to Prototype Breadboard and PCB Design</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What does it take to successfully build a prototype</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The important focus in Eric’s classes and books<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">the introduction to the signal integrity of switching noise</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">how do you design circuit boards for connectivity</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“I don’t like throwing rules” - Eric Bogatin</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Quick Poll, which book do you want Eric to write?<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Compilation of All Eric's Rules of Thumb</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Hacking interconnects using S-parameters</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How to Use an Oscilloscope</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Check out more resources authored by Eric on Signal Integrity Academy and Signal Integrity Journal</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What is a <a href='https://youtu.be/fltOyddlnOE'>Turbo Encabulator?</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/abc/detail/amzn1.club.bookclub.3ebd8b9d-1185-eac6-dc54-aba9b220a3f3?ref_=abc_aa_bdp_r_ds_imw_ibc'>OnTrack Virtual Bookclub</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">News about <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2021</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2170.aspx'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Applications</a> New Book (Pre-order): <a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Prototype-Breadboard-and-PCB-Design-P2206.aspx'>Bogatin's Practical Guide to Prototype Breadboard and PCB Design</a> Join our “Virtual” <a href='https://www.amazon.com/abc/detail/amzn1.club.bookclub.3ebd8b9d-1185-eac6-dc54-aba9b220a3f3?ref_=abc_aa_bdp_r_ds_imw_ibc'>OnTrack community Book Club</a> on Amazon! <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Bogatin/e/B001H9VNIG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1628615056&sr=8-2'>Eric’s Author page</a> on Amazon.com Subscribe to <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/'>Signal Integrity Journal</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Test-Driven Development for Embedded Systems
<p style="text-align:left;">“Software guys, stop blaming the hardware guys for messing up the boards”  - Ari Mahpour</p> <p style="text-align:left;">What is Hardware-in-the-loop testing and how it can save you time and resources when designing your board? In this episode, our guest Ari Mahpour, an engineer with broad experience in designing, manufacturing, testing, and integrating electrical, mechanical, and software systems. He will talk about how you can perform automated hardware testing in the comfort of your home without using any expensive or complex test equipment.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/test-driven-development-embedded-systems'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction and Ari’s background in the military and aerospace industry</li> <li>What is a Hardware-in-the-Loop testing and the inspiration behind it <ul><li>Taking a costly testing infrastructure to the comfort of your home lab</li> <li>Headstart up to 75% of your board testing</li> </ul> </li> <li>The problem around the prevailing way of designing and testing—retesting every step of the way using expensive testing equipment, and takes more time for your design engineer, plus the back and forth can blow up your cost quickly</li> <li>The importance of designing and testing simultaneously and proactively—design engineers have to be part of the test process</li> <li>The impact of Covid-19 on product development and testing</li> <li>The need for software-based approach to the hardware development design</li> <li>Maker movement and hobbyist around the world contributes to less expensive and accessible test solutions (plug-and-play)</li> <li>Design board, prototype, and watch it fail <ul><li>Rework the board</li> <li>Run test in 3 minutes in couple hundreds of bucks</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ari explains how the software in the embedded system works</li> <li>Ari shares complete details of automated low-cost testing in his article: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/low-cost-solutions-automated-hardware-loop-testing'>Low-Cost Solutions for Automated Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing</a> <ul><li>The concept is to use a simple device that can drive analog signals, read analog signals, generate various protocol serial streams, and analyze waveforms.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p>Ari’s article on <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/low-cost-solutions-automated-hardware-loop-testing'>Low-Cost Solutions for Automated Hardware in the Loop Testing</a> Read all Ari’s Industry Expert articles on<a href='https://resources.altium.com/experts/ari-mahpour'> Altium Resource Page</a> Book: <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Driven-Development-Embedded-Pragmatic-Programmers/dp/193435662X/ref=asc_df_193435662X/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312118197030&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13440577418921310062&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031521&hvtargid=pla-457096939359&psc=1'>Test-Driven Development for Embedded C</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/arimahpour/'>Ari Mahpour on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/ari.mahpour@gmail.com'>Email Ari Mahpour</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Key Factors of Thoughtful Design
<p>“Engage your suppliers early on the design process” - Ed Becze</p> <p>Everyone wants a lower price, and often the “real cost” is not realized until it’s too late. In this episode, Ed Becze of Pegmatis, a highly experienced R&D company with end-to-end product development capabilities, joins us to help start-ups and design engineers like you avoid electronic product development failures. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/key-factors-thoughtful-design'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction and the interesting origin of Pegmatis’s company name </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Ed explains the foundation of a good product development process</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">A thoughtful development plan mitigates risk early on—engage vendors and suppliers early on the design process (understand parts, availability, vendor capabilities aligned with your product)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Holistic understanding of electronic product development: strategy, cost, and your design team’s experience level</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Start-up challenges, how to prevent failures:<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Understanding the risk of “development by demo”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Address the lack of system-level design experience (use external expertise if needed)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Don’t trust the data sheets—only 5% of chipset providers give adequate design rules to follow. The rest, you are on your own.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Manufacturing test is absolutely critical—test equipment and test development are often overlooked</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Engage early on the design process. Ed stresses the benefits of nurturing your relationships with your vendors and manufacturers.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Successful product development relies exclusively on your network—find capable vendors</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Supply chain intelligence, plan ahead when coping with supply challenges</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cost reduction—do it, but follow the process that is within the constraints of what you intended to create.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What are the costs of NOT thoughtfully designing? It’s huge! Money and time. Delays inTime to market are extremely expensive.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://pegmatis.com/'>Pegmatis Website</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbeczephd/'>Ed Becze on LinkedIn</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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8 Things you Need to Know about Copper
<p style="text-align:left;">Copper roughness has an impact on high-speed digital designs. Choose your copper wisely!</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, circuit materials expert John Coonrod of Rogers Corporation shares his extensive knowledge on copper roughness. Watch this episode or listen on the go; it will help a PCB designer make a sound decision about picking the most suitable copper to use on your next design.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/8-things-you-need-know-about-copper'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction, John Coonrod’s  role, expertise, and experience in the Rogers lab</li> <li>How the two basic types of copper are made (Rolled and ED) electric deposit (check out the slide) <ul><li>Copper overview</li> <li>Surface Roughness, the rougher the copper, the more the bond area</li> <li>Copper Treatments</li> </ul> </li> <li>What is a reverse treat? The benefits, thermal properties, and adhesion</li> <li>IPC classifications of Low Profile (LP), Very Low Profile (VLP)</li> <li>Surface roughness for different types of copper and different types of surface roughness measurement units (check out the slides) <ul><li>Best practices when selecting a material</li> </ul> </li> <li>Normal variations of copper for thickness, roughness, and etching differences</li> <li>Copper roughness impact on high-speed digital designs</li> <li>Copper roughness impact on RF concerns</li> <li>Future MMW 9 micron copper</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.rogerscorp.com/advanced-connectivity-solutions'>Rogers Advanced Connectivity Solutions Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.globalcommhost.com/rogers/acs/techsupporthub/en/login.php?utm_source=New%20Website&utm_medium=Widget&utm_campaign=Tech%20Support%20Hub%20Tools%20Widget'>Rogers (Free) Technology Support Hub</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.designcon.com/en/home.html'>DesignCon 2021</a> August 17-19, San Jose, CA</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://pcbwest.com/'>PCB West 2021</a> October 5-8, Santa Clara, CA</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/2t6c3wkh'>Copper Foils for High-Frequency Circuit Materials</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/yrne78y4'>Different Copper Foils for Different Reasons</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/uwrbnx45'>Choosing Copper Foils for High-Frequency PCBs</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/n89td3ps'>Materials for High Speed Interconnects: Physics & Chemistry of Copper Clad Laminates</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/2xckscab'>How Copper Properties Impact PCB RF and High-Speed Digital Performance</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Sub-25 Micron Traces with Averatek ASAP Technology
<p>High-density designs, simplified. Averatek offers a disruptive solution for complex electronic design.</p> <p>We are very fortunate to have the powerhouse executive team from Averatek Corporation, a company that develops and licenses advanced manufacturing processes for a variety of electronic products including very high density printed circuit boards, semiconductor packaging, and RF and millimeter-wave electronics. </p> <p>Haris Basit, Averatek’s CEO together with Mike Vinson the COO, and Tara Dunn the VP of Business Development and Marketing will share with us some exciting breakthroughs in miniaturization technology.</p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/sub-25-micron-traces-averatek-asap-technology'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Introductions, and Averatek Technology Overview <ul><li>Founded out of SRI in Silicon Valley</li> <li>PCB Industry in North America is ripe for disruption</li> </ul> </li> <li>Definitions: MSAP, ASAP and Subtractive processes <ul><li>ASAP is Averatek semi-additive process and is achieved with a liquid metal ink catalyst and plated up from the seed layer</li> </ul> </li> <li>PCB design benefits of Averatek technology <ul><li>Simplify the design</li> <li>Reduction in number of layers and lamination cycles</li> <li>Increased density and miniaturization</li> <li>Signal integrity improvements</li> <li>Applications are military, medical and communications</li> </ul> </li> <li>Material suitable for ASAP high-performance design: <ul><li>Epoxy-based substrates</li> <li>High-frequency materials (including Teflon)</li> <li>High-speed materials</li> <li>Some flex materials</li> <li>Thin materials</li> </ul> </li> <li>Shorten the learning curve for PCB designers with Tomas Chester design project in partnership with Averatek coming soon on Altium Resource Hub</li> <li>Example design optimization: <ul><li>Smaller footprint, increased panel usage</li> <li>12 layer board became 8 layer board</li> <li>3 lamination cycle to 1 lamination cycle</li> <li>Simplified design, increased reliability, significantly lower costs</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='http://www.averatekcorp.com/'>Averatek Website</a> Fabricators offering Averatek:</p> <ul><li><a href='https://www.calumetelectronics.com/'>Calumet Electronics</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.asc-i.com/'>American Standard Circuits (ASC)</a></li> <li><a href='https://www.ftgcorp.com/'>FTG</a> Circuits</li> </ul> <p>Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p>
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Supply Chain Intelligence from Octopart
<p style="text-align:left;">Octopart, the premier data platform for electronic components, handles at least 5 million unique searches every month. In this episode, together with Daniel Schoenfelder, head of Octopart, we will dive into the importance of having reliable access to electronic part data. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">We specialize in democratizing electronic component data and helping engineers, designers, and buyers make better decisions faster. - Daniel Schoenfelder, head of Octopart</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/supply-chain-intelligence-octopart'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>Introduction. The impact of the pandemic on Octopart</li> <li>Octopart’s vision: “Democratization of Information”</li> <li>New features: BOM tool in Octopart and Altium 365 <ul><li>Embeddable Experience</li> <li>Global Price and Availability</li> <li>Inventory alerts</li> </ul> </li> <li>Comprehensive Part Data - Core User Experience <ul><li>Lifecycle on Octopart.com</li> <li>CAD Models</li> <li>Lead time</li> </ul> </li> <li>How Octopart fits into NEXAR—underpinnings of what’s available in the supply domain</li> <li>Shortages, State of Industry—saturation and duration</li> <li>Search Volume: 20 million unique users’ search on Octopart</li> <li>Learn more about Nexar—Octopart is a core component of Nexar</li> <li>What is on the horizon? <ul><li>Centralized community—very curated and engaged user community</li> <li>Solving industry-wide problems</li> <li>Octopart.com a destination for CAD</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-schoenfelder-8b27889/'>Dan’s LinkedIn Profile</a> <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart.com</a> <a href='https://edssummit.com/'>EDS Show </a>August 2021 in Las Vegas at the Mirage <a href='https://www.semiconductors.org/'>Semiconductor Industry Association</a> Website (SIA) <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/reinventing-business-electronics'>Podcast: What is Nexar?</a> <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar Website</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Macrofab: Modern EMS Solutions in North America
<p style="text-align:left;">“Working to reduce risk and provide a better customer experience in electronics manufacturing.” - Chris Church</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://macrofab.com/'>Macrofab</a> offers a better electronics manufacturing experience for the customer, from PCBA manufacturing to complete product assembly, testing, and fulfillment. Chris Church is here to explain the inspiration behind Macrofab, the solution it offers to design engineers, and the value they add to get your product out fast and efficiently.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/macrofab-modern-ems-solutions-north-america'>Watch the video, click here. [link to website live page]</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Chris Introduction and overview of Macrofab (“Pool of Capacity”)</li> <li>The how and why of Macrofab’s innovation and the value proposition to the electronics hardware market:  <ul><li>Macrofab offers seamless solutions to electronics manufacturing challenges</li> <li>“AWS” of manufacturing. A fully managed marketplace</li> <li>Technological capabilities and faster turnarounds</li> <li>Customer demographic and addressable market (North America, Engineering and Purchasing professionals, small to medium enterprise  companies in Industrial, IoT, Communications and Robotic markets)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Meeting the needs of design engineers and purchasing without breaking company policies</li> <li>Proactive vs. Reactive--cost drivers and availability</li> <li>Providing amazing customer experience</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://macrofab.com/'>Macrofab Website</a> <a href='https://macrofab.com/blog/podcast/'>Macrofab Podcast</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/cachurch/'>Chris Church, LinkedIn Profile</a> Press Release: <a href='https://macrofab.com/blog/series-b-funding/'>Shared Transformation Vision, Altium Investment</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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ASC Free Technical eBook and Webinar Series
<p style="text-align:left;">Learn any issues upfront before sending your board design to manufacturing.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, we are honored to have both Anaya Vardya and John Bushie of <a href='https://www.asc-i.com/'>American Standard Circuits, Inc</a>. They will share the inspiration behind their popular technical Ebook series that help design engineers to design a manufacturable circuit board.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/asc-free-technical-ebook-and-webinar-series'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction and overview of American Standard Circuits, Inc (ASC)</li> <li>The eBook series answers the frequently asked PCB design questions</li> <li>Four Books overview: <ul><li>Fundamentals of PCB Technologies</li> <li>Flex and Rigid-Flex Fundamentals</li> <li>Thermal Management: A Fabricator Perspective</li> <li>Fundamentals of RF/Microwave PCBs</li> </ul> </li> <li>Creating manufacturable circuit boards, more than once</li> <li><a href='https://www.asc-i.com/resources/webinars/'>Technical Webinar series</a></li> <li>Lifelong learnings that will benefit every PCB designer</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/anaya-vardya-8a37963/'>Anaya Vardya on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-bushie-9b573b44/'>John Bushie on LinkedIn</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.asc-i.com/resources/ebooks/'>Free eBooks on ASC Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.asc-i.com/resources/webinars/'>Technical Webinar Series</a> (Free and On-demand)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/'>Altium Website</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Download your Altium Designer Free Trial</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Full <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Component Shortages Report from IHS
<p style="text-align:left;">Joining us in this episode is Greg Wood of IHS Markit, a global information company serving financial, automotive; energy and engineering; product design and manufacturing industries.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Greg will share his 20 years of experience in the electronic parts management space to help design engineers like you cope with the current electronics components shortage. Stay tuned for tips and ideas to expand your opportunities to acquire inventory.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/component-shortages-report-ihs'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Daily Distribution/Manufacturing information provided to IHS (Audit/Clean up reports) <ul><li>Aggregate counts lead times remaining for active parts for part types</li> <li>Average lead times for counts, regular basis—since covid</li> <li>Presentations: spreadsheet, graphs, trends</li> <li>Monthly report on lead times, pricing, inventory quantities (products this summer)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Webinars</li> <li>What’s driving component shortage?</li> <li>“The Crazy” Findings, learnings, stories—use cases.</li> <li>Coping strategy for design engineers</li> <li>Impact on overall business: previous post acquisitions. previous versions cross-reference, replacement reduce time by at least 50%</li> <li>Significant impact on automotive industries—shocking impact!</li> <li>Where are we now <ul><li>Big move to fabrication</li> <li>TSMC: Agreed to 100 Billion to increase capacity</li> </ul> </li> <li>What do I need to do NOW? <ul><li>Procurement advise</li> <li>Pay close attention to available products</li> </ul> </li> <li>Heavy investment on infrastructure: 50 Billion in incentives</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://ihsmarkit.com/events/component-challenges-in-2021/overview.html'>IHS Markit Webinar Page</a> <a href='https://ihsmarkit.com/products/electronic-parts-management-solution.html'>IHS Website</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/electronic-components-shortages-insights-from-john-watson'>Electronic Components Shortages, Insights from John Watson</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/design-survival-guide-world-parts-shortages'>Design Survival Guide in a World of Parts Shortages</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/snapeda-google-electronic-components-natasha-baker'>SnapEDA Google for Electronic Components with Natasha Baker</a>      <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Reinventing the Business of Electronics
<p>In this Ontrack episode, Altium’s Chief Ecosystem Officer, Ted Pawela, and Altium’s Chief Software Architect, Leigh Gawne, join us to give us information about the launching of Nexar. Who is Nexar for? What’s the vision behind it and the strategy (the Why) of this new business unit? They explain how Nexar addresses critical needs for design engineers and delivers direct and frictionless access to the entire ecosystem of electronics tools and service providers. </p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/reinventing-business-electronics'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p>Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">The first year of <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a>: adoption trajectory, feedback, latest advancement, and plans</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Launching of <a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar</a>: What is Nexar? (Open Ecosystem, zero cost)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Nexar ties together with Altium 365, APIs released April 30th (Octopart), and Partner Dashboard. What can be expected in the following weeks and months? </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Types of partners, goals for those partners, and access to users/Octopart <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Benefits and opportunities for both users and partners</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Mcad slide (workspace)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What’s in it for users and Industry at large?<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Electronics is still in its infancy.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Ecad: Walled Garden.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cloud is an enabling force to bring electronics into this century and make transformation a reality.</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">One of the drivers of this technology is smart and connected devices (cloud-enabled)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cloud Security: AWS, the most secure platform, continual improvement</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Work with top experts in cloud security (bank safe vs. bed mattress)</li> </ul> <p>Links and Resources:</p> <p><a href='https://nexar.com/'>Nexar Website</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/company/newsroom/press-releases/altium-announces-cloud-platform-connect-electronics-industry'>Nexar Official Press Release</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Open Source Ventilator </a>(30 days to realization with Altium 365) <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-transition-your-global-team-altium-365'>Transitioning a global team to Altium 365</a> during Covid Lockdown   <a href='https://resources.altium.com/podcast'>Full OnTrack Podcast Library</a></p> <p> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Unleashing your High Density PCB Designs
<p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/unleashing-your-high-density-pcb-designs'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Understanding Semi Additive Process (SAP) and Modified Semi Additive Process (MSAP)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">MSAP isn’t new, but it’s growing to adoption, what’s driving that?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What makes MSAP especially applicable now?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Benefits of Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) for PCB designers and manufacturers<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">What are the design implications and benefits? What exactly can you do with it?</li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The methods/materials used for this technology?<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Chemical Technology, Averatec</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Ultra-thin copper, Insulectro</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://vimeo.com/488295062'>Insulectro Webinar on MSAP</a> <a href='https://www.insulectro.com/'>Insulectro Website</a> (Insulectro Webinars Library available near the bottom of their homepage) <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-hunrath-a12b4288/'>Chris Hunrath</a> LinkedIn profile <a href=''>Averatek Podcast</a> on Additive Manufacturing</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Troubleshooting EMC from Your Workbench
<p style="text-align:left;">EMC expert Ken Wyatt joins us in this episode to answer frequently asked EMC questions—a sneak peak to his EMC Book Series.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/troubleshooting-emc-your-workbench'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>EMC book series: Volume I: Create your own EMC Troubleshooting Kit <ul><li>What inspired you to write this book and why is this information important to your clients?</li> <li>Will you share some examples of common “blindspots” you observe with your design engineering clients relative to EMC?</li> <li>Can you share a few specific use cases?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Volume II: Radiated and Conducted Emissions book will soon be published. What can readers expect to learn in this latest release? <ul><li>If you could share 1-2 tips for our listeners about radiated and conducted emissions, what would they be?</li> <li>Where can listeners find this book?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Volume III: Immunity Testing <ul><li>What is Immunity Testing and why is it important?</li> <li>What are your plans for publication for this book?</li> <li>Will you come back again when volume 3 comes out?</li> </ul> </li> <li>Wrap up.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='http://www.emc-seminars.com/'>Wyatt Technical Services</a> (EMC Seminars) <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Wyatt/e/B00SNQ1LJ2/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1'>Ken Wyatt’s author page</a> on Amazon.com Other <a href='https://resources.altium.com/search?s=EMC+'>EMC Articles</a> and Resources from Altium <a href='https://www.designcon.com/en/home.html'>DesignCon 2021 </a> <a href='https://www.emcs.org/'>IEEE EMC Society</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Henry-W-Ott/e/B001IOFFSE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1618939261&sr=8-1'>Henry Ott’s Amazon Author Page </a>(EMC Expert)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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How to Build a New Data Management System
<p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pro-tips-adopting-new-design-system'>Watch the video, click here. [link to website live page]</a></p> <p>Show Highlight - Pro Tips! </p> <ul><li>How do you build a new data management system? </li> <li>Build templates and defaults (files) and remember to always do this FIRST - copy the Altium defaults and set them up from there. Please review all the parameters and learn how they flow. Then check in to Concord / Altium365.</li> <li>Review and organize your categorization system. Make templates. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. Restrain yourself from over-organizing.</li> <li>Build up a test project and test it out.</li> <li>Bonus: Use the drafting system; it is awesome.</li> </ul> <p>Show Notes:</p> <ul><li>Why did you start using Altium 365 Pro? </li> <li>Flat data model is dead <ul><li>Database and programmable access to a managed data system</li> <li>Version control within the new data management system</li> <li>Part availability and shortages and crosses</li> <li>Better than Digi-key in some cases :)</li> </ul> </li> <li>What solutions/benefits did this offer to the organizations you are involved in?</li> <li>Digging into the details: Advice for your peers and those considering this solution:  <ul><li>Maybe prototype and implementation should be different</li> <li>Migrating to Altium 365...go slow and don’t jump into the migrator right away.</li> <li>The templating system is great...USE IT! (if Pro)</li> <li>Sample data is a nice place to start, but hardly a perfect plan</li> <li>Directories are a good start, but data quality varies and is inconsistent</li> <li>Highly recommend the pro version</li> <li>Concord Pro for DoD work (on-premises)</li> <li>Plan it out, figure out what really matters. I wasted a lot of time on what didn't matter. <ul><li>I ultimately wrote an entire document with footprint names/IDs, formatting of the descriptions, etc.  After making a mess.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> <li>Rs and Cs were the hardest.  Use Excel to build tables. (John Watson’s tip)</li> <li>Lot's of little details which are not readily apparent how they work together.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.escaperoomtechs.com/'>Escape Room Tech</a> <a href='http://www.anidea-engineering.com/'>Anidea Engineering</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/concord'>Concord Pro</a> (On premise) <a href='https://www.altium.com/subscription/plans'>Altium 365</a> Pro Subscription (includes Concord Pro for Data Management)</p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Taking Simulation to a New Dimension
<p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/taking-simulation-new-dimension'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Background, <a href='https://avishtech.com/'>Avishtech</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Featured tools: Gauss stack 2D, Gauss stack</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">There are many simulation tools, what makes Avishtech’s offering standout?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">First product ever endorsed by industry Signal Integrity Expert, Lee Ritchey. (PCB stackup simulation, PCB dimensional stability and warpage)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What pain points exist and how does Avishtech address these?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What’s been the early feedback? Share use cases.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What’s coming: Roadmap</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://avishtech.com/'>Avishtech Website</a> <a href='https://avishtech.com/gauss-webinar/'>Avishtech Webinar</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/keshavamla/'>Kashev Amla’s LinkedIn Profile</a> <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarunamla/'>Tarun Amla’s LinkedIn Profile</a></p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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New Printed Circuit Engineering Course: PCE EDU
<p style="text-align:left;">Today's guests are Rick Hartley and Mike Creeden</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/new-printed-circuit-engineering-course-pce-edu'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction, <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-hartley-8571216/'>Rick Hartley</a> and <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-r-creeden-b210a75/'>Mike Creeden</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Printed Circuit Engineering Course: <a href='https://www.eptac.com/etrainings/printed-circuit-engineering-designer-online-program/'>PCE EDU</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why not PCB-EDU</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Who is this course for?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What is contained in the course, and the inspiration behind it?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Who authored the course and where can Design Engineers <a href='https://www.eptac.com/etrainings/printed-circuit-engineering-designer-online-program/'>sign up</a>?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How will this course be proctored for certification purposes?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.eptac.com/etrainings/printed-circuit-engineering-designer-online-program/'>PCE EDU</a> will be offered in universities</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Closing remarks</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.eptac.com/etrainings/printed-circuit-engineering-designer-online-program/'>Eptac PCE EDU</a> Course page <a href='https://pce-a.org/'>PCEA</a> (Printed Circuit Engineering Association) <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-hartley-8571216/'>Rick Hartley’s</a> LinkedIn Profile <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-r-creeden-b210a75/'>Mike Creeden’s</a> LinkedIn Profile</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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3 Key IPC Rules to Know, Follow and (sometimes) Break
<p style="text-align:left;">Listen to this episode with Gerry Partida.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/3-key-ipc-rules-know-follow-and-sometimes-break'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction to <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-partida-38673a50/'>Gerry Partida</a> and <a href='https://www.summit-pcb.com/'>Summit Interconnect</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why knowing and following <a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC standards</a> are critical for Design Engineers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">AABUS: What is it, and when to use it (Edge clearances)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Removing non-functional pads</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Watch for 3.5 mil minimum dielectric rule IPC 2221. Work around</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How to access standards, talk to your fabricator: IPC Expertise</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">CTA: Follow <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-partida-38673a50/'>Gerry on LinkedIn</a> for tips and tricks</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>Summit Interconnect Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC website</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-partida-38673a50/'>Gerry’s LinkedIn Profile</a> <a href='https://www.summit-pcb.com/'>Summit Interconnect Website</a> <a href='https://www.ipc.org/'>IPC Website</a> DFM Article: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/front-end-engineering-pcb-product-0'>PCB Front-End Engineering</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Four Commonly Held Myths of EMC Design
<p style="text-align:left;">“Don't get your ground plane, there's never really a good reason to do that.” - Dr. Todd Hubing</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Dr. Todd Hubing debunks the EMC myth. Dr. Hubing has authored or co-authored over 200 papers and presentations on electromagnetic modeling, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and the design of reliable electronic systems. In this episode he shares with us 30 years worth of knowledge, tested and proven facts about EMC.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/four-commonly-held-myths-emc-design'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction. Get to know Dr. Todd Hubing.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://learnemc.com/'>Learn EMC</a>, Resources and Courses</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">EMC question of the week from 2017 - 2020 compiled in a book, <a href='http://learnemc.com/qotw'>available now</a>.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://learnemc.com/emc-design-guidelines'>EMC design guidelines: Top 4</a><ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Solid ground planes should be gapped between analog and digital circuits.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The decoupling capacitor should be located as close as physically possible to the IC’s power pin.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">On multi-layer boards, the best stack-up is ...</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">To suppress common-mode noise, the power input on a circuit board should have a common-mode choke.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://learnemc.com/'>Learn EMC Website</a> (Resources and courses)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://learnemc.com/emc-resources'>EMC Resource Page</a> on the Learn EMC Website</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Book: EMC question of the week: March 2017-December 2020. <a href='http://learnemc.com/qotw'>Now available</a>.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://learnemc.com/emc-design-guidelines'>EMC Design Guideline Collection</a> (including the top 4, with over 30 years worth of wisdom here!)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Find Learn EMC and Dr. Todd Hubing on <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddhubing/'>LinkedIn</a>, <a href='https://twitter.com/LearnEmc'>Twitter</a> and <a href='https://www.facebook.com/LearnEMC'>Facebook</a></li> </ul>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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The What, Why and How of Data Management
<p style="text-align:left;">More than 15 million components to choose from to design your board, where do you begin?</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Today’s guest is John Watson, a seasoned PCB designer with 40 years of experience in the electronic industry and now Altium’s Customer Success Manager. He will talk about everything you need to know about library management and how you can successfully keep it organized and functional for your PCB design needs.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/what-why-and-how-data-management'>Watch the video, click here.</a> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">John Watson, 40 Years in Electronics, 22 Years in PCB Design, 5+Years PCB Design Manager for a global team of 65 Design Engineers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What is Data Management and who are the stakeholders that use it?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">It’s the management of part data throughout the entire process of PCB design and manufacturing. <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Part Choices (Electrical Engineers-Circuit Designers, Schematic)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">MCAD (Mechanical Engineers)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Procurement (Purchasing and Material Management)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">EMS Supplier (Suppliers)</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Recent data management webinar: <a href='https://altium.zoom.us/rec/play/FF_EaCMsTM8MsQkmBvNe_HA9dq-QZ8Ox6ZrX2JYynhTmeornQau978Y4WMwkewHwTUnRi6AHLuRH5JC0.vKoD5jC1ahzicpE7?autoplay=true&startTime=1613584585000'>Office Hours - Component and Data Management</a> , <a href='https://altium.zoom.us/rec/share/PP4cBPRTtBrJDq9kgWa4EpNBtg-3oK69iFwR2fVUOIboOST1oa7jjvAZze-2vj2K.QqUCyyk4Aka1Y3LM?startTime=1614171316000'>Part Two</a>: Follow up session and Homework </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Octopart part numbers: 15.1 Million!!</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“Eating the Elephant” Start with the item right in front of you. Full explanation on webinar</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cost of doing it wrong, or benefit for doing it right: Time, Money, Delays, TTM, safety, job security</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The importance of accurate footprints, pin #1, orientation</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How do you stay ahead of component supply chain issues such as end of life, obsolescence, and shortages?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Tools that help: Active BOM, Octopart, IHS, <a href='https://www.altium.com/concord'>Concord Pro</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='http://iconnect007.uberflip.com/i/1337116-design007-feb2021/0'>PCB Design 007 Magazine: Footprints</a> Chris Denney Podcast: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/five-issues-your-assemblers-want-you-avoid'>5 Things your EMS Company wants you to avoid</a> <a href='https://octopart.com/'>Octopart Website</a> Webinar Series: <a href='https://www.altium.com/webinars/americas/avoid-bom-stock-cost-and-lifecycle-surprises-as-you-design-11-march-2021'>Avoid BOM stock cost and lifecycle surprises as you design</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Automate Front End Engineering Processes with Kent Balius
<p style="text-align:left;">How can we become more efficient as an industry? Kent Balius is here with us to discuss the importance of automating Front End Engineering processes. His company EPIC Front End Engineering promotes intelligent processing by reducing human interactions and eliminating labor-intensive administrative processes.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">This episode is all about smart engineering. Learn how an automated process can help increase your profits and revenues.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/automate-front-end-engineering-processes-kent-balius'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li>About Kent Balius: <ul><li>35 years of front-end engineering at PCB fabricators </li> <li>Viasystems/TTM, Global standardization plant-to-plant Data Package Collaboration between OEM designs and Fabricators (Seamless Global Transfer)</li> <li><a href='https://epicfee.com/contact-us'>EPIC</a> Turn unstructured Data and convert it to Intelligent Data-Driven Processes </li> <li><a href='http://www.ipc2581.com/'>IPC-2581</a> Adoption and drive automation </li> </ul> </li> <li>What are the current challenges in the Industry: archaic, manual, intensive administrative process</li> <li>Dumb-data: Gerbers</li> <li>Effects on Revenues and Profitability: cost and time implications</li> <li>Design for Manufacturing (DFM): Reduce human interaction and error. Increase reliability!</li> <li>Move toward digitization, <a href='http://www.ipc2581.com/'>IPC-2581</a>, <a href='https://epicfee.com/contact-us'>EPIC Front End Engineering</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://epicfee.com/contact-us'>EPIC Website</a> Column in <a href='https://www.pcdandf.com/pcdesign/'>PCD&F Magazine</a> (coming soon) <a href='http://www.ipc2581.com/'>IPC-2581</a> Consortium Webpage TTM Julie’s Ellis podcast: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/seamless-global-transfer-with-julie-ellis-from-ttm'>Seamless Global Transfer</a></p>   <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Looking Forward: 2021 Industry Trends and Events to Watch for
<p style="text-align:left;">Where are we going in these crazy times? Mike Buetow, an exceptional journalist in the electrical engineering space, gives us the state of the industry—what to look out for, the current trends, and what will help you be a better design engineer in 2021.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">This is an episode full of valuable information about major industry trends. Make sure to check the extra resources below, and watch the full episode or listen on the go on any of your favorite podcast apps!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/looking-forward-2021-industry-trends-and-events-watch'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">What lasting effects will the pandemic have on Trade Shows?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">PCB East and PCB West: Game On! in Massachusetts and California</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">3 Major Industry Trends to watch for:<ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Component Shortages, Caps, Resistors, Memory, and Microchips</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Smart Manufacturing: Offshore Giants like Universal Scientific have achieved Industry 4.0 in scale</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Geopolitical Impacts: Keep your eyes on Taiwan!</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/www.pcbeast.com'>PCB East</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/www.pcbwest.com'>PCB West</a> <a href='https://www.tti.com/content/ttiinc/en/apps/lead-time-trends.html'>TTI Market Eye</a> <a href='https://www.semi.org/en/communities/esda%C2%A0'>ESD Alliance (EDA market stats)</a> <a href='https://www.circuitsassembly.com/ca/editorial/menu-features/34737-lights-out-at-usi.html'>Circuits Assembly Article:</a> Lights-Out Factory at USI (Universal Scientific, Inc)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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PCEA is Here to Meet the Challenges of the PCB Design Industry
<p style="text-align:left;">Tomas Chester is back for a Part 2 episode. This time he shares the importance of being involved in the PCB design community through organizations like the Printed Circuit Engineering Association™ (PCEA). He will also explain how the Materials Library in Altium Designer will benefit you as a designer and other stakeholders, including your fabricator. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pcea-here-meet-challenges-pcb-design-industry'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Why Tomas is using the Altium Designer Materials Library</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://chesterelectronicdesign.com/ftp/CED_Material_Lib.zip'>Access to Tomas’ Materials Library</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Using Simberian's 3D field solver Embedded in Altium Designer</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://pce-a.org/'>Printed Circuit Engineering Association™</a> (PCEA) is addressing challenges in the Industry</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">PCEA Tri-Chapter Kickoffs</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomasmchester/'>Tomas Chester on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.chesterelectronicdesign.com/projects/'>Chester Electronic Design</a> <a href='http://chesterelectronicdesign.com/ftp/CED_Material_Lib.zip'>Access to Tomas's Materials Library</a> <a href='https://pce-a.org/'>PCEA website</a> <a href='https://pce-a.org/membership/'>PCEA Membership</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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More Designing, Less Distraction with Altium Designer 365
<p style="text-align:left;">“Those who get to choose, choose Altium Designer.” - Lawrence Romine, Altium VP of Corporate Marketing</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode, Lawrence Romine is with us to reveal some exciting news about the new Altium Designer Multi-Plan Subscription Programs. He explains the three components that make up the subscription program and how a designer like you can benefit from each option. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://bit.ly/2O1tRec'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction of the new <a href='https://www.altium.com/subscription'>Multi-plan Subscription Plan</a> (Includes cloud solution Altium 365 and service and feature-specific choices.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What’s the difference between “maintenance” and “subscription”?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium making a shift towards Saas (Software-as-a-service), allowing for choosing best-fit solutions</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Definition Standard vs. Pro subscription plans</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Perpetual and on-premise subscription remain available</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> enables an unparalleled ability to collaborate across engineering disciplines and with supply chain partners.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/subscription'>Subscription Levels Webpage</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Altium Designer 21: What’s New?</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365 Webpage</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-romine-2808544/'>Lawrence Romine’s LinkedIn Profile</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Invest in Your Career: Take Time to Explore and Be Creative
<p style="text-align:left;">Get out (or online) and learn! This episode with Tomas Chester is all about engaging and contributing to the design community. He shares with us his motivation to self-educate and how he invests in his career through a dedicated effort to connect with the engineering community. Tomas shares how to make the most of your learning style and utilize educational resources.  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/invest-your-career-take-time-explore-and-be-creative'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Tomas shares the challenges, opportunities, and what motivates him to contribute to the design community in forums and social media.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Get to know your learning style and design style.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The welcome road to becoming an Altium Designer Beta group contributor and an Altium Certified Instructor</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Essentials vs Advanced Course. Utilizing available resources such as Altium Academy and YouTube Channel, free training, Altium documentation on the website.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“Playing” with your tools, and learning from your coworkers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Time constraints crowd out time for education but carve out time anyways</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Always explore available resources: PCB West, Design Con, Embedded World, YouTube, EIPC, Trade associations, PCEA</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive: Tool Training and Principles-based</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomasmchester/'>Tomas Chester on LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/whats-new'>Altium Designer 21: What’s New Webpage</a> <a href='https://www.chesterelectronicdesign.com/about/'>Chester Electronic Design Website</a> <a href='https://live.altium.com/signin?prmGotoUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fforum.live.altium.com%2F'>Altium Forum</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/events'>Altium Training Resources</a> (Worldwide) <a href='https://www.altium.com/webinars'>Altium Webinars</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p>
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Fostering Innovation in a Post-Covid World
<p style="text-align:left;">What’s in your soft skill toolbox? Eli Hughes is a true full-stack hardware engineer and a co-founder of Tzero Brew. He joins the OnTrack podcast to share his insights on how to foster innovation, manage upstream failure, build trust with your fellow engineers and stakeholders, and develop your soft skills—and other non-technical skills we use to communicate with each other and solve problems effectively. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/fostering-innovation-post-covid-world'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Intro to Eli</li> <li>Meeting the challenges of working remotely</li> <li>A lesson in engineering from a kindergartener</li> <li>”Soft skills for hardware”; humanity in engineering </li> <li>Timing and Perception: Shifting targets as customer needs change</li> <li>Too easy to be negative; finding positivity in global challenges</li> <li>How constraints foster innovation</li> <li>Wants vs Needs: building trust with fellow developers</li> <li>Jeremy Blum’s take on ‘Empathic Engineering’</li> <li>You make it, you fix it: managing upstream failure</li> <li>Believing in the Mission: how ordinary people do extraordinary things</li> <li>The Part vs the Whole: Lee Ritchey’s homemade Apollo 11 boards</li> <li>Elon Musk & Tony Stark: the power of unification</li> <li>Expanding your sphere of influence by thinking holistically </li> <li>How students at TU Delft is helping paraplegics walk again</li> <li>Mining Sci-fi and fantasy reading for soft skills</li> <li>Now is the time: get out of your comfort zone!</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Eli Hughes AltiumLive Presentation: <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK--WpgKDvM&list=PL3aaAq2OJU5FaRGnDtyJkEbZxi2_vMh0j&index=9'>Crossing the Chasm</a> <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo8iloDKItY&list=PL3aaAq2OJU5FaRGnDtyJkEbZxi2_vMh0j'>AltiumLive 2020 Presentations</a> Jeremy Blum AltiumLive 2018: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/jeremy-blum-on-the-importance-of-empathy'>Empathic Engineering</a> <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgiCwekDrsM'>OnTrack Insight with Lee Ritchey</a> <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcr8gF_XsEg&t=220s'>Altium Stories: Project March</a> (Exoskeleton) <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Bogatin/e/B001H9VNIG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1609803682&sr=8-1'>Eric Bogatin Amazon Author Page</a> <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXd5I3kTh8U&list=PLJI43BCRnVwbggcubm99Zv4xJ4fQuCAN7'>OnTrack Insight Videos</a> Article:  5 <a href='https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/5-essential-soft-skills-for-a-successful-career-in-engineering/'>Essential Soft Skills for a Successful Career in Engineering</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics</a>
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Common Signal Integrity Pitfalls
<p>The OnTrack Podcast welcomes Hans Klos, founder and CEO of Sintecs, a simulation service provider and developer of the HyperLynx® Connector tool. HyperLynx® Connector is a freeware application which seamlessly bridges the gap between Mentor Graphics’ HyperLynx and Altium Designer. </p> <p>Join us as Hans and Judy discuss the HyperLynx Connector tool, their upcoming webinar collaboration, and common signal integrity pitfalls.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Share and Collaborate. Everything in One Place.</a></p> <p> </p> <p><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/common-signal-integrity-pitfalls-hans-kloss'>Watch the video, clickhere.</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Show Highlights </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;">Hans Klos, founder and CEO of Sintec</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Rethinking Frequency and Rise and Fall times</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Common signal integrity pitfalls</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The problem with blindly trusting reference boards</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The Benefit of Simulation vs. Design & Measure</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The shift toward board level issues</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why IoT devices are driving the need for simulation</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Sintecs’ HyperLynx Connector</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How design engineers can access Hyperlinx affordably</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Syntecs’ free training videos</li> </ul> <p>Resources:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/kloshans/'>Hans Klos on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/signal-integrity'>Signal Integrity Related Articles</a> on AltiumⓇ Resource Hub</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://sintecs.nl/en/'>Sintecs Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://sintecs.nl/en/hyperlynx-si-alt/'>Hyperlynx SI/ALT Bundle Offer</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/kloshans/'>Hans Klos LinkedIn Profile</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Share and Collaborate. Everything in One Place.</a>
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High Performance Design Systems with SI Guru Scott McMorrow
<p style="text-align:left;">On May 16, 1994, the Signal Integrity List (SI-List) was founded, with just 30 members on its charter email list. Today, there are more than 4,000 members worldwide, and the list includes Signal Integrity gurus like Istvan Novak, Todd Hubbing, Steve Weir, and Scott McMorrow. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">In this episode of the OnTrack Podcast, one of those world renown SI gurus, Scott McMorrow, CTO of Samtec Inc.’s Signal Integrity Group, connects with Judy Warner to discuss signal integrity concerns, and especially Samtec’s Webinar series, <a href='https://www.samtec.com/support/videos'>gEEk spEEk</a>.  </p> <p><a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone</a>.</p> <p>Watch the video, click here.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">Scott McMorrow, CTO of Signal Integrity Group at Samtec Inc</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">A quick overview of Samtec</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">What is gEEk spEEk? </li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">Learn something in 60 minutes; gEEk spEEk’s online content</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">How to sign up for gEEk spEEk</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">Using gEEk spEEk for internal training</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">How Signal Integrity List got its start</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;">Judy’s big question: “When did you know you were gonna be an engineer?”</li> </ul> <p>Resources:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-mcmorrow-b784b21/'>Scott McMorrow on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.samtec.com/support/videos'>gEEk spEEk Webinars</a> (On-demand) </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.samtec.com/'>Samtec Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/making-connections-scott-mcmorrow-building-relationship-samtec-connector-supplier?utm_content=buffer3ff5c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer'>Making Connections! Scott McMorrow, on Building Relationship with Samtec as a Connector Supplier</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone</a>.</p>
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SnapEDA Google for Electronic Components
<p style="text-align:left;">OnTrack welcomes Natasha Baker, CEO of SnapEDA. Natasha is an electrical engineer with fourteen years of experience who founded SnapEDA after seeing a need for a ‘Google of electronics components’. SnapEDA is, the world’s first electronics design search engine, currently serves more than a million professional engineers,  and supports the development of more than 400,000 unique hardware products every year. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Natasha joins us to discuss the origin of SnapEDA, its free automated part builder, Instabuild, and what transparency means to engineering. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-trial-flow'>Altium Designer, Uncompromising PCB Design Experience</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://bit.ly/3kZJtK3'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Introducing Natasha Baker, CEO of SnapEDA</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">SnapEDA: an origin story </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What SnapEDA is and what it does</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">PCB Librarians and ‘rogue libraries’</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Consistency and transparency: Managing IPC compliance</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Additional benefits of using SnapEDA</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Broader implications of SnapEDA’s platform population</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">What attracted Natasha Baker to engineering?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How to access the SnapEDA APIs, plugins, and tools </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.snapeda.com/instabuild/'>Instabuild</a>: an automation tool </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Transparency in the engineering environment</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Meeting challenges in the absence of universal file formats</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">SnapEDA’s post-coronavirus resilience</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Natasha on engineering trends and where it goes from here</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/natashaabaker/'>Natasha Baker on Linkedin</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Main SnapEDA website: <a href='http://www.snapeda.com'>www.snapeda.com</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">InstaBuild: <a href='http://www.snapeda.com/instabuild'>www.snapeda.com/instabuild</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Plugins (including a brand new Altium plugin!): <a href='http://www.snapeda.com/plugins'>www.snapeda.com/plugins</a> </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://youtu.be/gppjr6_NZIo'>An interview with Natasha Baker on Youtube</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Five Issues Your Assemblers Want You to Avoid
<p style="text-align:left;">Chris Denney is CTO of Worthington Assembly and cohost of the ‘Pick, Place, Podcast’ podcast. He joins OnTrack to tell us about his talk, which is titled “Your Manufacturer Is Stupid - Help Them”. Learn the five tentpole problems your manufacturers have to deal with, and how avoiding these simple issues will speed your projects through assembly. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/five-issues-your-assemblers-want-you-avoid'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Humble beginnings; intro to Worthington Assembly CTO Chris Denney</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Chris Gammel and the <a href='https://theamphour.com/'>Amp Hour</a> podcast</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The story behind “Your Manufacturer is Stupid - Help Them”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">No. 1: Identifying polarity of components</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">No. 2: Silkscreen legibility (avoid incurring extra costs)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">No. 3: Panelization (why it matters)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">No. 4: PCB properties (use a template)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">No. 5  Specific manufacturer’s part numbers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Bonus tip: Plated Through-hole sizes</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.worthingtonassembly.com/'>Worthington</a>, <a href='https://circuithub.com/blog'>Circuithub</a>,and the <a href='https://www.pickplacepodcast.com/'>Pick, Place, Podcast</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Chris Denney on <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-denney-417ab02/'>Linkedin</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.worthingtonassembly.com/blog'>Worthington Assembly Blog</a> (Includes Chris’s presentation from Kicon 2019)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://circuithub.com/'>CircuitHub Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://youtu.be/VA9wp52mH8M'>Design With Manufacturing Panel from AltiumLive 2020</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.pickplacepodcast.com/'>Pick, Place, Podcast</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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SOURCE® Hydropanels Renewable Clean Water from the Air
<p style="text-align:left;">According to the World Health Organization, 2 billion people across the globe rely on contaminated water sources. Dr. Cody Friesen, founder of SOURCE and Fulton Engineering professor saw this problem, and developed the SOURCE® Hydropanel, a device which can extract water vapor from ambient air to create clean, potable water using the power of the sun. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Cody Friesen joins the OnTrack podcast to discuss materials science, entrepreneurship, the ASUIO competition, and how he came to develop the hydropanel.  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/sourcer-hydropanels-renewable-clean-water-air'>Watch the video, click here.</a> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Cody Friesen and materials science</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">SOURCE and the search renewable water </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Alarming statistics: clean drinking water and foodborne illness</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">SOURCE Hydropanels: how they work and what they do</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why hydropanels are a massive multidisciplinary problem</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The worldwide impact of SOURCE Hydropanel technology</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.ecedha.org/'>ECEDHA</a> (The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Entrepreneurship and the <a href='https://asu.io/'>ASUIO</a> competition </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Apples, <a href='https://soundskrit.ca/'>Soundskrit</a>, and chip-scale LIDAR</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Trends in PCB Design amid the rise of Electrical Engineers</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">EEs and cross disciplinary synergy </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/codyfriesen/'>Cody Friesen on Linkedin</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceglobal/'>Source Global on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='http://www.source.co'>www.Source.co</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://asu.io/'>Apply to the 2021 ASU Innovation Open</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrJVVQlj5JQ&t=262s'>Who is Source Water?</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cody Friesen featured on <a href='http://www.bbc.com/storyworks/future/innovators-of-tomorrow/this-is-water'>BBC Video Spotlight</a> Future Innovators</li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Robert Feranec and IoT Security
<p style="text-align:left;">The AltiumLive Virtual Summit is just around the corner! So in a unique episode of OnTrack, we share clips of Robert Feranec, motherboard designer and founder and CEO of Fedeval Academy, speaking on such topics as IoT device security in an increasingly connected world, the pitfalls of underestimating the complexity of your fellow stakeholder’s job, and the value of attending AltiumLive. This is a short and impactful episode you shouldn’t miss.   </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/robert-feranec-and-iot-security'>Watch the video, click here. </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction to Robert Feranec, Founder of Fedevel Academy</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">From design engineer to educator: Robert’s career trajectory </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Learn, Connect, Get Inspired: Robert on the value of AltiumLive </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”It’s never simple”: the illusion of simplicity in other stakeholders’ jobs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Security and the rise of security of IoT devices</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium 365 and cloud security: Amazon Web Service’s Dave Pellerin’s AltiumLive keynote</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>Register for FREE: AltiumLive 2020 Virtual Summit</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://discord.com/invite/ZswXvr4'>Connect with Rober Feranec. Join the conversation on Discord</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/robfer/'>Robert Feranec on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/robert-feranec-on-how-to-implement-the-pcb-design-process'>Robert Feranec on How to Implement The PCB Design Process</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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How the Open Source Ventilator Project Went from Design to Build in Record Time
<p style="text-align:left;">Dugan Karnazes (Velocity Research), Rob Cooke (Calumet Electronics), and Chris Denney (Worthington Assembly) join the OnTrack podcast to relay their experiences while working on the OSV (Open Source Ventilator) project. The OSV project is a global coalition formed entirely of volunteer engineers, corporations, manufacturers, and hospital systems which helped alleviate world-wide ventilator shortages at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Dugan, Rob, and Chris helped the Open Source Ventilator project design, manufacture, and supply ventilators in record time.   </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-open-source-ventilator-project-went-from-design-build-record-time'>Watch the video, click here</a>. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights </p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Introduction to Dugan Karnazes, Rob Cooke, and Chris Denney </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">When engineering projects go viral: How the <a href='https://opensourceventilator.ie/'>OSV (Open Source Ventilator) Project</a> began</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”30 minutes I’ll never forget”—How Chris Denney joined the OSV project</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”Let’s just make this thing happen”—Why OSV isn’t your everyday engineering project</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How Rob Cooke joined the Open Source Ventilator project</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“Using <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-365'>Altium 365</a> is like engineering with cheat codes”—coordinating the OSV project</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Chris Denney on how Altium 365 eliminated needless delays</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How software like G Suite and Altium 365 are fundamentally changing the future of design</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The biggest thing we can do to impact our industry</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How the industry is streamlining design by making geography irrelevant</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Resources:</p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>Register for AltiumLive 2020: Virtual PCB Summit (Free)</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxI6j5s1P_4&list=PLJI43BCRnVwYw665Vv9ZclKLDsAmAvoE3&index=14'>Leigh Gawne on the historic launch of Altium 365</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/open-source-ventilator-project-osv-combats-ventilator-shortage'>Dugan Karnazes Podcast about OSV</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-calumet-electronics-joined-fight-against-covid-19-altium-365'>Rob Cooke Podcast OSV</a> collaboration beyond Gerber Files for Fabricators</li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/innovators-around-globe-contribute-coronavirus-intervention'>Innovators Around the Globe Contribute to Coronavirus Intervention</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/rising-occasion-altium-designer-altium-365'>Rising to the Occasion with Altium Designer + Altium 365</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.velocityresearch.co/'>Velocity Research Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.calumetelectronics.com/'>Calumet Electronics Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.worthingtonassembly.com/'>Worthington Assembly Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/dugan-karnazes/'>Dugan Karnazes on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-cooke-5759761/'>Rob Cooke on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-denney-417ab02/'>Chris Denney on LinkedIn</a></li> </ul> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:center;"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:center;">Now you can get the ultimate PCB design productivity with the easiest platform for PCB design. Easily communicate design changes to your team with Altium 365. </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Dave Pellerin from AWS on Cloud Security and Cloud-based Applications
<p style="text-align:left;">Get ready! AltiumLive 2020 is just around the corner, and Dave Pellerin has joined the roster. Dave is Head of Worldwide Business Development for Infotech/Semiconductor at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and a former Director of Marketing for FPGA Design Products at Altium. Dave has also authored five Prentice Hall books on topics from FPGA programming (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to design automation. Dave joins us on the OnTrack podcast to bring his uniquely qualified perspective to bear on topics like cloud security and secure collaboration in a disaggregated market, and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and their applications in the cloud, as well as to give us the details on the upcoming AWS (Amazon Web Services) re:Invent conference. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/david-pellerin-from-aws-cloud-security-and-cloud-based-applications'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Meet Dave Pellerin and  AWS (Amazon Web Services)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Cloud security and supply chains: recent trends toward secure collaboration environments</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How Amazon’s acquisition of Annapurna Labs spurred its interest in secure collaboration </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and their broad applications in the Cloud</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”We take care of all that heavy lifting”: AWS IoT Core and advice to users of IoT (Internet of Things) devices</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">A quick look at Dave’s upcoming contribution to AltiumLive 2020</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why Amazon is seeking to connect with Altium users</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Coming Soon... Amazon’s annual AWS re:Invent conference and other exciting upcoming AWS events </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2020 FREE Registration Here</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidpellerin/'>Dave Pellerin on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://aws.amazon.com/'>Amazon AWS Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://reinvent.awsevents.com/'>Amazon Reinvent Conference</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://aws.amazon.com/manufacturing/semiconductor-electronics/'>AWS Semiconductor/Electronics Webpage</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Speakers, Sessions & More! AltiumLive 2020 Virtual Summit
<p style="text-align:left;">Altium’s VP of marketing, Lawrence Romine, returns to the OnTrack Podcast to discuss his goals for AltiumLive 2020 and beyond</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/speakers-sessions-more-altiumlive-2020-virtual-summit'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Reintroducing Lawrence Romine, Altium’s VP of Marketing </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Lawrence’s goals for the future of AltiumLive</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Why AltiumLive focuses on substantive content and not marketing</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”It’s because you gave them a voice...”; Altium’s history of supporting the underdog</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The Pros and Cons of going virtual with AltiumLive </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eli-hughes-becoming-full-stack-hardware-engineer'>Eli Hughes</a> and TZero revolutionized brewing by letting brewers ‘hear the beer’</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”If you like beer and you like engineering…”: Tin Whiskers Brewing</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The privilege of bringing <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/why-you-should-stop-hanging-legacy-design-rules'>Eric Bogatin</a> and other rock stars of the industry to AltiumLive</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Garbage in, garbage out; vetting quality content in a complicated blogosphere </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">ENTER Amazon: Altium 365 and the AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”No safety net”: Why AltiumLive does software demonstrations live</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/open-source-ventilator-project-osv-combats-ventilator-shortage'>Velocity Research’s Open Source Ventilator</a> and other user feedback</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How Altium 365’s users seamlessly transitioned to remote work during the quarantine</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive Virtual Summit: <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>Register here for FREE</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-romine-2808544/'>Lawrence Romine on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altiumlive-2020-virtual-summit-meet-speakers'>AltiumLive Virtual Summit: Meet the Speakers</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Previous Episode with Lawrence Romine: <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altium-365-work-anywhere-connect-anyone'>Altium 365: Work from Anywhere, Connect with Anyone</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altium-vp-lawrence-romine-on-altium-designer-20'>Altium VP, Lawrence Romine on Altium Designer 20</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/altium-vp-on-new-library-and-data-management-tool-concord-pro'>Altium VP on New Library and Data Management Tool Concord Pro</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Eli Hughes on Becoming a Full Stack Hardware Engineer
<p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Robotics, undersea vehicles, space science, and Professor Of Electrical Engineering... Eli Hughes has led an interesting career. Now an acoustics guru and co-founder of Tzero, he joins OnTrack to discuss guitar pedals, the secret of overcoming imposter syndrome, and his company’s surprising approach to beer fermentation monitoring. </p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Eli will be speaking during AltiumLive 2020’s three-day event on ‘the Road to Becoming a Full Stack Hardware Engineer’, and gives us a preview of other topics he’s got in store.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eli-hughes-becoming-full-stack-hardware-engineer'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Introduction to Eli Hughes, CEO of <a href='https://www.tzerobrew.com/'>Tzero</a>. Tzero’s innovative solution to fermentation monitoring. Eli’s AltiumLive topic and ‘the Road to Becoming a Full Stack Hardware Engineer'. Dismantling imposter syndrome. From guitar pedals to a graduate degree in Acoustics. Check your ego at the door and stay curious: Sage advice to engineers. A preview of the topics Eli will cover at <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2020</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li class="text-align-justify">AltiumLive2020: <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/?_ga=2.73474770.1729688005.1598893346-1775735226.1555605916'>Register Here For Free</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/wavenumber/'>Eli Hughes on LinkedIn</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/tzer0/'>Tzero on LinkedIn</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href='https://www.tzerobrew.com/'>Visit Tzero website here</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Checkout Eli Hughes latest DIY PCB design project: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/mini-monkey-board-using-lpc55s69-vfbga98-package'>The “Mini Monkey” Board – Using the LPC55S69 in the VFBGA98 Package</a></li> </ul> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify" style="text-align:left;">Now you can get the ultimate PCB design productivity with the easiest platform for PCB design. Easily communicate design changes to your team with Altium 365. </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>  
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Why You Should Stop Hanging on to Legacy Design Rules
<p style="text-align:left;">He’s back! Signal integrity expert Eric Bogatin returns to the OnTrack podcast to give us a preview of his upcoming AltiumLive 2020 panels, discuss his ongoing quest to impart best design practices to the next generation of engineers, and teach us all how to avoid problematic ‘legacy design rules’ that no longer apply to today’s technology. </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Dr. Bogatin is Signal Integrity Evangelist at Teledyne LeCroy, and adjunct professor and lecturer at University of Colorado Boulder. You can also find his Webinars at <a href='https://www.bethesignal.com/bogatin/'>Be the Signal</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/why-you-should-stop-hanging-legacy-design-rules'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Reacquainting with Eric Bogatin</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Jedi Master Yoda and the origins of common design myths</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">’Legacy design rules’ and the dynamics keeping common myths in place </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Eric’s Signal Integrity Journal article, “<a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/1589-the-myth-of-three-capacitor-values'>The Myth of Three Capacitor Values</a>”</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Do your own analysis: the archeology of truth in the age of the search engine</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Istvan Novak, Steve Sandler, Heidi Barnes, and more: upcoming <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive</a> panel(s)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Best measurement practices: Eric’s Webinars and where you can find them</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Eric’s ebook: <a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2085.aspx'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Application</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Register for FREE: <a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive Virtual Summit</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Eric Bogatin on <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-bogatin-368860/'>LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Webinar: <a href='https://www.bethesignal.com/bogatin/'>Be the Signal</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Journal Article: <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/articles/1589-the-myth-of-three-capacitor-values'>The Myth of Three Capacitor Values</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">EBook: <a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2085.aspx'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Application</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Recent Podcast Episodes with Eric: <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eric-bogatin-debunks-common-misconceptions-about-transmission-lines'>Eric Bogatin Debunks Common Misconceptions About Transmission Lines</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/signal-integrity-evangelist-eric-bogatin-our-expert-insider-to-designcon-2020'>Signal Integrity Evangelist Eric Bogatin, our Expert Insider to DesignCon 2020</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/seven-design-guidelines-to-break-bad-habits-from-using-open-source-designs'>Seven Design Guidelines to Break Bad Habits from Using Open-Source Designs</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>
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Secrets of PCB Optimization with Rick Hartley
<p style="text-align:left;">Rick Hartley is former senior principal engineer for L-3 Avionics Systems and current principal of RHartley Enterprises, where he serves as an international consultant on signal integrity and EMI issues. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, the majority of Rick’s career has been spent working in aircraft avionics, telecommunications, and PC boards, and specializing in suppressing noise in analog, RF, and digital circuits. Rick joins Judy on the OnTrack podcast to discuss everything from copper balance and sizing your boards for maximum producibility and minimum cost, to his upcoming presentation at AltiumLive 2020 and his contribution to PCB West’s upcoming virtual conference. Best not to miss this one!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/ad-purchase-promo?promocode=MMC28'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/secrets-pcb-optimization-rick-hartley'>Watch the video, click here. [link to website live page]</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul><li class="text-align-justify">Who is Rick Hartley? A brief introduction.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">More than 120 books; Rick’s response to the challenges of decreasing rise times.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">Rick’s upcoming live presentation at AltiumLive 2020.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">Sizing your board for maximum producibility and minimum cost.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">One engineer’s extreme reaction to an unexpected cost minimization measure.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">Hard learned lessons in copper balance.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">Accounting for communication disconnects between fabricator and engineer.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">Quantity vs Quality: the importance of taking control of your fabricator choices.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">The impact of footprints on the ability to assemble.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">How and why the PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association) was formed.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">What you can expect from PCB West’s upcoming virtual conference.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">It’s free, free, free! Details on AltiumLive 2020.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive 2020 Virtual Summit</a> <a href='https://pce-a.org/'>PCEA Website</a> <a href='https://pcbwest.com/'>PCB West</a> <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9XF8ZE02Wg&list=PLJI43BCRnVwYw665Vv9ZclKLDsAmAvoE3&index=21&t=56s'>Kelly Dack’s Podcast about Panel Spacing</a> <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/reading-list-emi-noise-control'>Rick’s Top 12 Engineering Books</a> Previous Episode with Rick: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/pc-board-stack-up-best-practices-with-rick-hartley'>PCB Stack-up Design Best Practices with Rick Hartley</a></p> <p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Now you can get the ultimate PCB design productivity with the easiest platform for PCB design. Easily communicate design changes to your team with Altium 365. </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Work from Anywhere. Connect with Anyone.</a>
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Being Right Matters! When, Why and What to Simulate
<p style="text-align:left;">Steve Sandler, electronics simulation and PI guru, prolific author, AEi Systems founder, and president of Picotest, joins the OnTrack Podcast for a “hold onto your seats” discussion of how he came to simulate the International Space Station for NASA, the intricacies of the James Webb Space Telescope, his flash of insight while improving WEBENCH®, modern board level issues, and his secret life as a pizza chef. Steve will have a significant role in the virtual edition of AltiumLive coming up in October 2020. So get to know him, his new company Picotest, connect with him on LinkedIn, and even take a virtual tour of his lab!</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/being-right-matters-when-why-and-what-simulate'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">The essential need for simulation: Steve Sandler and his upcoming role in <a href='https://www.altium.com/live-conference/'>AltiumLive 2020</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">“...to be useful, it has to be fast”: key takeaways from the circuits simulation effort</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How the James Webb Space Telescope demonstrates the necessity of simulation </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Understanding why and what you’re simulating </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”A whole new set of problems”: today’s board level issues </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Europa satellite; ground bounce in the printed circuit board</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Altium’s Ben Jordan’s go-to SPICE simulation book</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The ISS experiences a solar eclipse every 90 minutes: NASA, AEi Systems, and Steve’s most difficult simulation</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">A brief history of the SPICE engine (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Brainstorm!—How Steve used a behavioral model to fix WEBENCH® </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Designers After Hours: from PI to (PI)zza; <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/posts/steven-sandler-022a7210_notsohiddentalent-mmmmm-powerintegrity-ugcPost-6691472392608477184-5G4s'>Steve’s secret life as a pizza chef</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”I got bored…”: coming out of retirement to start Picotest</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Sandler on LinkedIn: take a <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/posts/steven-sandler-022a7210_my-lab-2020mp4-activity-6681030228099244032-ETQT'>virtual tour of Steve’s laboratory</a>!</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-sandler-022a7210/'>Steve Sandler on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Steve Sandler the Pi Guy. <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/posts/steven-sandler-022a7210_notsohiddentalent-mmmmm-powerintegrity-ugcPost-6691472392608477184-5G4s'>Watch his DIY Pizza.</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">LOOK! <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/posts/steven-sandler-022a7210_my-lab-2020mp4-activity-6681030228099244032-ETQT'>Steve Sandler shared a video of his Home Lab</a>.</li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/picotest/'>Picotest on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.picotest.com/'>Picotest website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/summit/'>AltiumLive Registration Page</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.amazon.com/Steven-M-Sandler/e/B001HD0BP8/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1'>Steve Sandler Amazon Author Page</a></li> </ul> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>  
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Eric Bogatin Debunks Common Misconceptions About Transmission Lines
<p style="text-align:left;">Signal integrity expert, Dr. Eric Bogatin, has a new book whose mission is to establish a solid educational foundation in the essential principles of signal interaction with transmission lines. The multimedia eBook, <a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2085.aspx'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Application</a>, is currently available from Artech House and can also be found on Amazon. </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> Dr. Bogatin is Signal Integrity Evangelist at Teledyne LeCroy, a leading provider of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers, and test and measurement solutions. He joins the OnTrack Podcast to discuss his book and give us a sneak peak of his upcoming AltiumLive panel with Istvan Novak, Heidi Barnes of Keysight, and Steve Sandler of Picotest.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/eric-bogatin-debunks-common-misconceptions-about-transmission-lines'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li>In addition to so much else, Eric Bogatin is a science fiction author! Check out his books <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019HF7JIY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4'>Shadow Engineer</a>, and <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08428PKRP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i8'>S is for Space</a></li> <li>An overview of Eric’s new multimedia eBook, ‘<a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2085.aspx'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Application</a>’</li> <li>”I think the most confusing topic out there...is transmission lines”; how Eric’s book builds a solid foundation for anyone seeking clarification on transmission lines.</li> <li>Clarifying engineering’s most confusing issues </li> <li>Teledyne LeCroy’s new TDR calculator</li> <li>The practical nature of transmission lines: common misconceptions among engineers</li> <li>Embedded videos, demos, and calculations: how Eric’s multimedia book provides an interactive experience </li> <li>Hard copies, soft copies, ALL the copies: how and where to find Eric’s book(s)</li> <li>AltiumLive announcement</li> <li>The plain truth about split ground planes: Eric provides a sneak peak of his upcoming AltiumLive panel with Istvan Novak, Heidi Barnes of Keysight, and Steve Sandler of Picotest.</li> <li>”There’s one case where you wanna use a split ground plane...”: Eric previews his upcoming demo on crosstalk reduction </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Links and Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Eric Bogatin on <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-bogatin-368860/'>LinkedIn</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089YYPRH8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0'>Bogatin’s Practical Guide to Transmission Line Design and Characterization for Signal Integrity Applications</a> <a href='https://us.artechhouse.com/Bogatins-Practical-Guide-to-Transmission-Line-Design-and-Characterization-for-Signal-Integrity-Applications-P2085.aspx'>Artech House Publishers</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Bogatin/e/B001H9VNIG/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1'>Eric Bogatin Author Page on Amazon</a> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Engineer-Book-Sciquest-Legacy/dp/0692571183/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr='>Shadow Engineer</a> (Fiction Scifi book by Eric Bogatin) <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Space-Book-Two-Sciquest-Legacy/dp/1732567069/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/147-3251757-0879517?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1732567069&pd_rd_r=46c501c4-10db-449d-b97b-3492046c9129&pd_rd_w=KuYDl&pd_rd_wg=2bUyI&pf_rd_p=ce6c479b-ef53-49a6-845b-bbbf35c28dd3&pf_rd_r=GCT60AFRWFZ52EDXHNHD&psc=1&refRID=GCT60AFRWFZ52EDXHNHD'>S is for Space</a> (2nd Scifi book by Eric Bogatin) <a href='https://teledynelecroy.com/'>Teledyne LeCroy Website</a> <a href='https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/'>Signal Integrity Journal</a> Podcast Episode: <a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/signal-integrity-evangelist-eric-bogatin-our-expert-insider-to-designcon-2020'>Signal Integrity Evangelist Eric Bogatin, our Expert Insider to DesignCon 2020</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>
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Insertion Loss is a Complex Issue: John Coonrod is Here to Explain It
<p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">The OnTrack Podcast welcomes John Coonrod back to the show. John is Technical Marketing Manager at Rogers Corporation and a senior engineering professional with a rich background in PCB design, fabrication, processing, and modeling. John also has extensive experience with circuit materials, making him the ideal candidate for the topic of today’s podcast: insertion loss.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/insertion-loss-complex-issue-john-coonrod-here-explain-it'>Watch the video, click here. </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights </p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">01:45—Clarifying terms: a quick overview of Microstrips vs Striplines</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">02:20—Exploring laminates, multilayered circuits, and plated through-holes </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">06:42—Applying electromagnetic fields: a prerequisite for understanding insertion loss </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">09:25—The four components of insertion loss</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">13:10—RO4350B™; a friend to all fabricators?</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">15:10—Pros and Cons of electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG)</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">18:13—John’s advice to design engineers on modeling for ENIG’s performance range</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">21:33—Navigating the relationship between solder masks and insertion loss</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">24:20—A call to viewers and listeners: Got a copper-related topic you’d like to hear John and Judy discuss? Submit your requests!</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Resources:</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">John Coonrod on <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-coonrod-26ba4217/'>Linkedin</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/yaqdzq6t'>Rogers Corporation Website</a> (Advanced Connectivity Solutions)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/y73njhj8'>Rogers Technology Hub</a> </p> <p style="text-align:left;">(Includes Coonrod’s corner videos, data sheets, calculators and more)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/y7s9cu9y'>Autonomous driving Resource Page</a> (Guides, Videos and Material selection)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/y7g6kzhc'>Rogers 5G Resource Page</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/y9wu3j5u'>Rogers ACS YouTube Channel  </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://tinyurl.com/yalzhhwd'>ROG Mobile App</a> (Resources accessible from your smartphone or tablet)</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.translinetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/PCB-West-paper-final-edit-copy.pdf'>White Paper High Performance PCBs</a>: Judy Warner, Chris Savalia, Michael Ingham</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a>
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How To Actually Evolve During COVID-19
<p style="text-align:left;">Angus Thomson is Senior Electronic Engineer and founder of CircuitBuilder, a brand new platform for simplifying the development of custom electronics out of Suffolk, England. Angus joins the OnTrack Podcast to share his experiences as CircuitBuilder’s founder, and to discuss the fine points of CircuitBuilder’s evolving business model, which has so far proven immune to the challenges of the global pandemic.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href='https://resources.altium.com/p/how-actually-evolve-during-covid-19'>Watch the video, click here.</a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Show Highlights</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;">Introduction to Angus Thomson </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">”I thought: there’s a better way to do this”—Angus’ road to entrepreneurship</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">How CircuitBuilder utilizes Altium 365 to provide customers with realtime 3D views of their designs</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The CircuitBuilder growing network of engineers </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">CircuitBuilder’s successful, lightweight recruitment process </li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Proving it out in your own backyard: Angus on expanding market reach</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Transparency: How Altium 365 pushes CircuitBuilder beyond the errors of the past</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Design, Manufacture, or both? CircuitBuilder’s evolving business model</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">The secret of CircuitBuilder’s resilience during the coronavirus health crisis</li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Angus offers his insight on the future of design in a post COVID-19 world, and on CircuitBuilder’s role in that future </li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;">Resources:</p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/anguspthomson/'>Angus Thomson on LinkedIn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/circuitbuilder/'>Circuit Builder on Linkedin</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://www.circuit-builder.com/'>Circuit Builder Website</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href='https://circuithub.com/'>Circuit Hub Website</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href='https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/?promocode=GOY97'>Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount</a></p>
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