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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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AltiumLive 2018 Panel Discussion
<p>Watch the video at: <a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/altiumlive-2018-panel-discussion-printed-circuit-board-supply-chain">https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/altiumlive-2018-panel-discussion-printed-circuit-board-supply-chain</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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Manufacturing Documentation with Duane Benson
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Manufacturing documentation is crucial. Get pro tips from Duane Benson of Screaming Circuits on how to deliver the ideal manufacturing documentation package, so all the technical details are documented exactly as needed. Every fabrication and assembly house is different, so it pays to prepare in advance and find out what documentation to produce for your design to be manufactured. You don’t want to miss this week’s episode; it’s full of practical advice so you can navigate fabrication and assembly effectively and know what to expect in this very complicated process. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;">See all the show notes <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/manufacturing-documentation-with-duane-benson-screaming-circuits">here<span style="color:#000000;">.</span></a></span><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">ActiveBom - use it! Excel is not the best tool for designing with.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Traditionally a manufacturing house needs Gerber files. It’s a text file that creates a bit-map.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">More advanced/new way of doing this is with a single file, the most popular being is ODB++ (was proprietary, now public domain) </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What is </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/documentation/1.0/display/NEXUS/WorkspaceManager_Dlg-GerberX2PropertiesForm((Gerber+X2+Setup))_AD"><span style="font-weight:400;">Gerber X2</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">? Allows you to put intelligent data on top of the Gerbers.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Once you pick a fab or assembly provider, call and find out what files they prefer. It’s complicated to explain, so call your fabricator and assembly house.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">When you send multiple files, send the same versions. It’s really common to see different versions of files because small changes were made but not all the documentation was updated.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC specifies pin location but so many of the footprints don’t follow the IPC standard. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This is </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">not</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> a “no touch” process.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you need a fast turnaround, then be available 24/hours a day to provide answers and get back to manufacturer immediately. It’s a complex job, things happen. </span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ideal Manufacturing Files:</span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Everything is current and same version - everything checked</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Read me file - cover anything non-standard, covered clear and concise (include stackup)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">BoM in Excel format, possibly with substitutes</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Intelligent file formats i.e. ODB++</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If Gerbers, include Centroid file and certified that rotations are correct</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Quick Turn Circuit Board Fabrication with Royal Circuits
<p><span style="font-weight:400;">From Tesla to consumer devices, Mihir Shah has been a PCB designer among the best. Now, as Director of Special Projects at Royal Circuit Solutions, he is pioneering ways to make manufacturing easy for printed circuit board designers. Meet Mihir and Jon Lass, co-founder and VP of Engineering at Royal Circuits, and listen in as they discuss manufacturing best practices and share various insights on symmetrical stackups, solder mask, and copper weights. Get a wide range of PCB design tips and learn how same-day turn times on printed circuit boards is possible at high-quality board shops like Royal Circuits.  </span></p> <p>Watch the video and read <strong><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/quick-turn-circuit-board-fabrication-with-royal-circuits">get all show notes</a></span></strong>. </p>
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Seamless Global Transfer with Julie Ellis from TTM
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">See all the show notes <span style="color:#0000ff;"><strong><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/seamless-global-transfer-with-julie-ellis-from-ttm">here</a></strong></span>. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Julie Ellis started her career as a representative for a semiconductor manufacturer after completing her Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. Now she is a Field Applications Engineer (FAE) at TTM Technologies, the third-largest circuit board manufacturer in the world. Listen to Julie and Judy discuss seamless global transfer and recommendations on working with offshore fabricators. Learn how to avoid excessive technical queries and how to migrate from prototype to production while optimizing global processes. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bonus update on AltiumLive: Julie and Carl Schattke will be presenting at AltiumLive 2018, introducing new stackup and impedance tools in Altium Designer 19, so be sure not to miss them! </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Julie Ellis did a </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/theme/PDFs/Day%201/Creating%20Documentation%20for%20Successful%20PCB%20Manufacturing.pdf"><span style="font-weight:400;">presentation about Documentation</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> at AltiumLive 2017. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What is Seamless Global Transfer? Transferring PCB manufacturing from onshore prototype level into production and offshore.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Julie started her career at Hughes Aircraft, where she completed her Electrical Engineering Bachelor Degree -</span><em><span style="font-weight:400;"> best decision of her life</span></em></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">More women (not just circuit board barbie) need to get into STEM!  #WomenInTech. Julie always encourages young women who are interested in STEM, to get a degree that will enable them to move into fascinating jobs with a variety of opportunities. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Julie’s first job was as a semiconductor manufacturer’s representative; realized she liked the circuit board side of the business more than ICs and migrated over.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">On TTM: It’s like working at Google for circuit boards, I can always call someone for answers about manufacturing best practices.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Seamless global transfer - the concept is that you aren’t just designing for the prototype but for global manufacturing i.e. avoid 100 technical queries</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What makes migrating over such a difficult process?</span> <span style="font-weight:400;">Because the 6-Sigma 6Ms, are not the same when it transfers over to Asia. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What are the 6Ms?  Method, Mother Nature “Environmental”, (Man) People, Measurement, Machine, Materials.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Equipment sets are different for mass production, production lines are longer, there is not as much human oversight, production lines must be scheduled and you cannot stop/start the process. The tolerances are different and they need to be accomodated in the designs.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Throughput and drilling is always a bottleneck and to reduce this and reduce turn time, mass production sites have tweaked processes to get the highest yield. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Internationally the general rule is 4 mil lines and spaces on half ounce copper; 10 mil is the most common size drill which results in an 8 mil finish hole size.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">As you go up in copper thickness you need to add</span> <span style="font-weight:400;">a little bit to the pads.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Blind vias are the ones that are on the outside but end up on an internal layer.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Buried vias are buried completely inside the board.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Working with offshore production house while still in prototype development phase.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Recommendation - design for volume and technology. Qualify the design for the final production region and technology.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">HDI</span> <span style="font-weight:400;">(High Density Interconnect) is anything 0.4 mm pitch and under that has a track running through the pads.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Judy wants to throw everyone inside a fab house!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There are at least 30 different processes required to manufacture one 4-layer board.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Julie works directly with </span><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/carls"><span style="font-weight:400;">Carl </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Schattke</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> and they will do a </span><span style="font-weight:400;">stackup presentation at </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Materials are a significant cost in Asia, whereas here in the states the material is less of a cost (20% in USA, 50% in China).</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">With production panels where you're trying to get as many cookies cut, you also need to consider and discuss with your manufacturer the tiny 2x2 inch pieces.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/registration#San-Diego"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/theme/PDFs/Day%201/Creating%20Documentation%20for%20Successful%20PCB%20Manufacturing.pdf"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2017 Presentation</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://design.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/109886/julie-ellis-ttms-interface-between-designer-and-fabricator/109889/?skin=design"><span style="font-weight:400;">TTM’s Interface Between Designer and Fabricator</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.ttmtech.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">TTM Technologies Website</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/carls"><span style="font-weight:400;">Carl </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Schattke</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Hybrid Construction Trends in the Marketplace
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hybrid construction is a huge growth area with a lot of opportunity for PCB designers. Learn from Chris Hunrath, VP of Technology at Insulectro, as he provides several valuable insights about the latest in hybrid construction trends. Get facts from an expert in material properties and how to use and combine them in the PCB assembly process. Learn more about polyamide film and its properties, how to use the FR4 as glue, and many more ways to make hybrid construction more familiar and approachable. Join us in this week’s OnTrack Podcast where we bring insights from the manufacturing floor to PCB design teams around the world.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chris will be a speaker at </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/registration#San-Diego"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> in October, so be sure not to miss him there, the title of his talk will be announced very shortly</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chris sheds more light on the topic of inductance and plane inductance which was recently discussed by Rick Hartley in our Podcast: </span><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/pc-board-stack-up-best-practices-with-rick-hartley"><span style="font-weight:400;">What to Avoid in 4 and 6-Layer Stack-ups</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Embedded capacitors: one of the things that you don't get from embedded capacitor material or planner capacitor materials, is high capacitance, so an individual component will give you a relatively high capacitance level</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There is a capacitance shortage right now too</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also, there’s a desire to remove surface capacitors for several reasons. You get rid of the vias, you get rid of the inductance and increase the circuit density</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Even when capacitance per square inch is small you don't need as high a capacitance, because you're getting rid of a lot of the in-plane inductance and that's exactly what Rick talked about in his podcast</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Nowadays, with thinner materials, Rick’s recommendation makes sense</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Polyamide film, typically used for flex circuits can be used in a rigid board because it has a thin dielectric layer and has a very high dialect for standing voltage and you can make it really thin</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can build it into a rigid board and get the properties you need to get rid of those capacitors which leads into hybrid construction, how do you process them?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The building blocks used to make flex circuits. If you're using an Acrylic which we talked about in a previous podcast laminates its standard FR4 temperatures. True Polyamide films laminate at much higher temperatures like 600° F. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can't expose FR4 to those temperatures so in the case of very high capacitance materials you would use the FR4 as the glue and you would just use the core as its print match it, bond treat it and then build it into your FR4 part </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can’t mix B-stages in the same spot when you laminate that all together the FR4 would be broken down </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Materials on the High Speed Digital side should also have the RF properties and you want to be able to mix those materials so it's becoming very popular </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hybrid Constructions - a growth area - it’s become like gourmet cooking - there is new media to work with - a material science based area</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Components typically added to outside of PCB are now being embedded inside the PCB</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Solder </span><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/paste-interconnects-and-paste-sintering-with-chris-hunrath-from-insulectro"><span style="font-weight:400;">paste reflow and interconnects can be a downside</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The new materials allow you to do things you couldn’t do before.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Coins can be used to add inductance if you need to just for heat sinking purposes.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bleeding printed electronic technology into PCBs: DuPont have a very interesting liquid polyamide technology that cures at 300° Fahrenheit which is very low and we're exploring the opportunity to use that in lieu of solder mask. It would just be screened on.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If someone needs information on Hybrid Constructions or sintering paste, please </span><a href="mailto:CHunrath@insulectro.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">email Chris</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:CHunrath@insulectro.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chris’ email address</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em>Listen to Chris Hunrath’s previous episodes:</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/why-is-spread-glass-popular-chris-hunrath-from-insulectro-podcast"><span style="font-weight:400;">Why is Spread Glass popular?</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/flex-and-material-sets-with-chris-hunrath-podcast"><span style="font-weight:400;">Flex and Material Sets</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/paste-interconnects-and-paste-sintering-with-chris-hunrath-from-insulectro"><span style="font-weight:400;">Paste Interconnects and Paste Sintering</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><br><strong>View all show notes and VIDEO <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/hybrid-construction-trends-in-the-marketplace">here</a></span>.</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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BONUS episode: All About Design007 Resources
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meet Andy Shaughnessy, Managing Editor of iConnect007’s Design007 Magazine. Listen in to learn about all the resources available to PCB designers from this industry publication, website and e-book publisher brought to you by iConnect007 which publishes of a variety of specialized publications relative to the electronics industry. Learn more about what resources are available, as well as where you can meet Andy and other members of the iConnect007 team. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It was the PCB Design Magazine, now it is Design007 </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Resources on the iConnect 007 Website: THE DAILY NEWS, SMT WEEK, INSIDE DESIGN, MIL/AERO007 WEEKLY, SMT007 Magazine, PCB007 Magazine, DESIGN007 Magazine and FLEX007 Magazine</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://i007ebooks.com/my-i-connect007/books/printed-circuit-designers-guide-dfm/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Ebook</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Next up: PCB West in Santa Clara, and </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://iconnect007.com/magazines/pcb-design-magazine/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design007</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://design.iconnect007.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB 007</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://smt.iconnect007.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">SMT</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://iconnect007china.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB China</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://flex.iconnect007.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Flex</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://iconnect007.com/register"><span style="font-weight:400;">Register for Newsletters</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/IConnect007"><span style="font-weight:400;">iConnect 007 on Twitter</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://iconnect007.com/my-i-connect007/books/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Micro Ebook Library</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://i007ebooks.com/my-i-connect007/books/printed-circuit-designers-guide-dfm/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Ebook</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Let Them Build Robots! All About AltiumLive
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meet Andy Shaughnessy, Managing Editor of iConnect007’s Design007 Magazine and learn all about AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit as he interviews Judy Warner in this special bonus episode of the OnTrack Podcast. Learn everything there is to know about AltiumLive from Judy and Andy and find out what Altium has planned for the PCB design community.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/pcb-software-technology-executive-ted-pawela-ontrack-podcast"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ted Pawela Podcast</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://iconnect007.com/magazines/pcb-design-magazine/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design007</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/sneak-peek-and-meet-the-keynotes-for-altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meet the Keynotes</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> at AltiumLive 2018</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/registration#San-Diego">REGISTER</a> for AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">View all show notes and VIDEO here: <a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/let-them-build-robots-all-about-altiumlive-pcb-design-summit">https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/let-them-build-robots-all-about-altiumlive-pcb-design-summit</a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Injection Molded Structural Electronics and Designing in a 3D Space
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Sini Rytky, VP of Product Management at TactoTek, and Tuomas Heikkilä, Senior Electronics Designer, join Judy Warner on the OnTrack Podcast to talk about Injection Molded Structural Electronics, or IMSE, the integrating of electronics inside 3-dimensional electronics to create smart surfaces. TactoTek is a leading provider of solutions for 3D structural electronics, enabling the integration of printed circuitry and discrete electronic components into injection molded plastics. Listen to how TactoTek and Altium are combining forces to research and develop design rules for this entirely new technology. Learn more about this and how you can meet them at AltiumLive 2018. </span><br> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>To see all the show notes and VIDEO <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/injection-molded-structural-electronics-and-designing-in-a-3d-space">click here</a></span>.</strong> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">*This communication may contain forward-looking statements about strategies, products, future results, performance or achievements, financial and otherwise. These statements reflect management’s current expectations, estimates, and assumptions based on the information currently available to us. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve significant risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this communication, such as a failure to add previewed functionality to our products or the potential impact on our financial results from changes in our business models.</span></p>
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Signal Integrity Expert Eric Bogatin on Best Measurement Practices
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Signal integrity expert, Dr. Eric Bogatin, shares why best measurement practices have become his go-to topic when speaking with PCB designers around the world.</span><span style="font-weight:400;"> As Signal Integrity Evangelist at </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Teledyne LeCro</span><span style="font-weight:400;">y, a leading provider of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers and related test and measurement solutions, Eric lectures around the world and he will be one of the keynote presenters at AltiumLive 2018: PCB Design Summit. Listen to Eric and Judy talk about the importance of best measurement practices and where to learn more — from webinars to conferences to the Signal Integrity Journal and Rule Number 9. Eric also has some real insights, so tune in and learn more in this episode of the OnTrack Podcast.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The </span><a href="http://podcast.altium.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">OnTrack Podcast</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> is in 84 countries! Congrats to </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Daud Zoss who was the closest guess at 37 countries. He gets a free pass to AltiumLive as Judy’s guest.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dr Eric Bogatin will be a keynote speaker at AltiumLive in October 2018</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best measurement practices - how do you get the answer to the performance, root cause, characterization, etc. as quickly as possible? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How do you know what the performance of your instrument is, so that you know its capabilities and what the device is doing compared to your measurement instrument? It’s important to know what the properties of your scope in the probe is, to know the properties of the device you’re testing.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Measurement data: Such as the rise time, frequency or figure of merit must be excavated to give you useful information. How do you get the information so it’s high quality and can be trusted, how do you turn it into information that you can turn into action?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Eric is also the Editor of Signal Integrity Journal, working with Janine Love and Patrick Hindle. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Expert content - if anyone is interested in writing a technical article for Signal Integrity Magazine, please write: </span><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-bogatin-368860/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Eric</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> or </span><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/judymwarner/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Judy</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Janine Love manages the </span><a href="http://www.ediconusa.com/aboutconference.asp"><span style="font-weight:400;">EDI CON</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> coming up in Santa Clara in October (a couple weeks after AltiumLive). Part of this is EDI CON University offering tutorials by industry experts.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Industry Experts on the Editorial Advisory Board: </span><a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/model-copper-roughness-properly-a-discussion-with-bert-simonovich"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bert Simonovich</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">, </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Yuriy Shlepnev, </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Larry Smith and Steve Sandler, </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Rula Bakleh, Jay Diepenbrock, Vladimir Dmitriev-Zdorov, Alfred Neves, Istvan Novak, Doug Smith, and Lisa Ward.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rule #9 - Before you do a measurement or simulation, think about what you expect to see ahead of time, and if it’s not what you expect, there’s always a reason for it. You need to identify the reason why it’s not what you expect.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hands on learning is a necessity for students. Eric and Mike </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Horowitz put together a five-week, standalone crash course on how to design a board.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Designing for connectivity is just about driving the board to enable finding the parts and laying them out for assembly. Really simple.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The lack of experience with Oscilloscopes is surprising because nobody has ever taught these students the correct method.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hands on experience is giving students an edge in the marketplace. There isn’t enough of the ‘real world’ activity in most Universities.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://teledynelecroy.com/support/techlib/webcasts.aspx"><span style="font-weight:400;">LeCroy webinars</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://teledynelecroy.com/events"><span style="font-weight:400;">Upcoming events at LeCroy</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/events/category/3855-webinars/range/archive"><span style="font-weight:400;">SI Journal webinars</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/events/category/3929"><span style="font-weight:400;">Upcoming SI Webinars</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">  </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V594tRrW_oQ"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hyperloop competition</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If anyone is interested in writing a technical article, please write: </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:eric@bethsignal.com"><strong>Eric Bogatin</strong></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> or </span><a href="mailto:Judy.warner@altium.com"><strong>Judy Warner</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;">To see ALL show notes and watch the video recording please visit: </p> <p style="text-align:left;">https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/signal-integrity-expert-eric-bogatin-on-best-measurement-practices</p>
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Concurrent Engineering with Bill Brooks from Nordson Asymtek
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Learn about what is involved in true concurrent engineering and get practical tips for including stakeholders early on in the design process with Bill Brooks from Nordson Asymtek. When  project collaborators come together up front, then they move forward together. Hear how Bill spends the time up front to get everyone aligned during the PCB design process to ensure fabrication and assembly processes progress with minimal issues. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Bill had an interesting childhood. His Dad was an inventor and worked on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. He introduced Bill to the electronics industry.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">He also started a board shop in the garage and created his own hydro-squeegee, using peanut oil.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Bill’s career started when he worked as an Electronics Technician for almost two years. When his employer started hiring designers to do PCB layout work, he grasped the opportunity.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Back in the day, people used to sign their PCB artwork.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">There are a host of stakeholders involved, the designer is like the glue that holds everything together. Some of the stakeholders are: Fabrication, Assembly, Testing, Marketing, Managers and Engineers. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">When do you get the stakeholders involved in the PCB Design process? The IPC standard is to have a design review </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">upfront</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;">, before design. </span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The designer is the only one who can control moving the design through the process and make the board </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">survive</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We involve many stakeholders from the outset. Divisions like purchasing takes care of primary suppliers to ensure they can provide what’s required.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We do system integration in-house. Partnering with other companies has become a big deal and it’s working very well.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What does Concurrent Engineering mean? Considering all aspects, together, upfront, then moving forward </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">together</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;">.  Spend the time upfront to avoid wasted time and effort later in the process. </span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Educate people who have control, they take care of everyone and everything goes smoothly, works correctly, and is right first time.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Bill’s Dad used to say ‘the hurrier I go, the behinder I get.’ You need a disciplined management team to do the work upfront, be quick but don’t hurry.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">A ‘quick and dirty prototype’ is a myth.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Use software to load projects into a common depository - keep it current and work in cohesion with regular refreshing.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Bill and their team use Playbook, which enables managers to have a full overview of every division’s progress and enable proper scheduling.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Designers after hours: in 2008 Bill was introduced to sculpting. Started attending classes, commencing a 6-year love affair with sculpting. He now teaches on Saturdays.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/pc-board-stack-up-best-practices-with-rick-hartley"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rick Hartley</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> encouraged Bill to do mentoring. Bill is now part of the International IPC Executive Board and has received an award for his contributions.</span></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.nordson.com/en/divisions/asymtek"><span style="font-weight:400;">Nordson Asymtek</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.thegreenarthouse.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">The Green Art House</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Assembly (DFA) tips with Jay Colognori
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Get Design for Manufacturability (DFM) tips from Jay Colognori, Director of Business Development at Electronic Instrumentation & Technology (EIT). DFM and Design for Assembly (DFA) are important to engineers who know you can’t just design a PCB and throw it over the wall to manufacturing. Early and proactive optimization of all the manufacturing functions from fabrication to assembly of the final system is key. Listen to Jay and Judy discuss high-yield designs, EIT’s value-added engineering services and the latest state-of-the-art inspection technology and test capability. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jay was educated at Virginia Tech where he attained an EE Degree, followed by a </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Master's in Electrical Engineering </span><span style="font-weight:400;">at the University of Virginia.</span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">He spent  most of his career in the mid-atlantic and his career spans from board level electronic design to applications engineering doing custom microelectronics for a couple of years, eventually ending up in PCB Design first at TTM and now at EIT.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">EIT has been in existence for 42 years, and specialize in electronic manufacturing services, turnkey builds, box builds, and demand fulfillment and consider their Engineering value add as part of their DNA.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">EIT has three facilities on the East Coast, consisting of over 200,000 sq ft. They have a facility in Danville Virginia, headquarters in Leesburg and another in Salem, New Hampshire. Altogether they have eight surface mount lines. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The Danville facility is designated as the low-cost center of excellence and is also a 100% vertically integrated location - it is built for box builds.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Leesburg and Salem are high-tech facilities with the latest state-of-the-art universal equipment, as well as the latest and greatest inspection technology and a full suite of test capability - with a lot going on and a story that needs to get out - it’s almost been a secret!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">New EIT website</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">DFM: Bare board tips </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">2 objectives - 1) to design so that it can be fabricated reliably and with high yields, and 2) so that it can be assembled</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">VM Pad requires a wrap plating process to provide a reliable button around the via.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">This process requires more copper which can wreak havoc with fine line design, so be sure to plan upfront and move those fine line geometries to the inner layers.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Overlapping via structures can’t be made. They need to be stacked and sequential, not overlapping.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Sit down with your PCB Fabricator at the time of stackup development, before you even start that router and make sure everyone’s happy with the stackup.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">FR4 has too high a Dk for high speed designs today and new materials such as teflon or ceramic-filled laminates are becoming more common.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">If you work with a new material, consult with your PCB fabricator to see how the rules have changed with that new material for the speed you desire. </span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">DFA Wisdom: </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Common Pads - so close together that they touch, rather than routing a thin signal from pad to pad is a common problem. We don’t want them to physically share the same space which will cause loss of control over the solder flow.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Keep the pads apart and just run a small solder trace between them.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The via in the pad has to be filled, it must be plated over and planarized.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Sometimes the planarization isn’t done properly and even a little dimple, with a BGA on top, will cause the gas trapped beneath the solder paste, to expand ferociously and blow all the solder out of the pad at reflow. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Always use non-conductive filler it’s much less expensive. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The benefit of using conductive fill from a thermal point is negligible and is too expensive for the return.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Thermal conductivity is defined in Wattmeters - if you use a conductive fill, you only get 6 more wattmeters which is rather pointless because the copper is already doing all the work. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">When a thermal via is located in a big plane, with a copper button around it - the button will be in contact with the plane and this is a big no-no. It compromises the solder flow again. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Do a sprocket arrangement around that thermal via button. This will create a gap between the button and plane and sprockets simply act as traces surrounding it - very good design practice, frequently missed. Especially on backplanes with active components, this will require retooling to enable manufacturability.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Why has design migrated as a service inside many EMS companies? What is the value to the customer?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">It’s a benefit to both the customer and the EMS. We want to do more for the customer than just assemble the circuit cards. We want projects going through without a hitch, no delays. What we all want is production of electronics. </span></li> </ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Why did EIT recently choose to onboard Altium Designer internally over other tools?</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Firstly it’s an all-inclusive package. It’s schematic and design, we like the ECAD and MCAD interface which makes it easy to do 3D fit models. We love the room creation capability that allows you to reuse previous designs. It has very solid DFM rules capability which are set up in advance - that’s a nice piece of insurance. It’s reasonably priced compared to the other high-end tools as well.</span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Engineers After Hours: Big hiker, especially the Rocky Mountains. We’re going to do 3 national parks this summer. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Unique hobbies? Jay has been a dart player since the age of 19. Played in a couple of US opens. Pro advice: 2-3 beers is the sweet spot for optimal dart throwing performance. </span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.eit.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">EIT Electronic Instrumentation & Technology Website</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-colognori-8705614/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jay Colognori on Linkedin</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/eit-llc/"><span style="font-weight:400;">EIT on Linkedin </span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.eit.com/about/news/2018/03/08/jay-colognori-appointed-director-business-development-eit-llc"><span style="font-weight:400;">About Jay Colognori</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2018-annual-pcb-design-summit"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018: Annual PCB Design Summit</span></a></span></p>
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Ted Pawela, Altium COO, Shares Vision for the Future
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ted Pawela, Altium COO, joins Judy Warner to discuss how Altium intends to fundamentally transform the electronics design industry, what Altium’s vision for the future looks like, and what to expect in Altium Designer 19. They also touch on Altium’s upcoming international design conference, AltiumLive: Annual PCB Design Summit, and why everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Learn about Altium’s vision to bring PCB design and manufacturing closer together — a world where design turnbacks and respins can be avoided by bringing DFM constraints into the design tool itself. Listen to this special episode of the OnTrack podcast to learn more and remember to share your comments and ideas below.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ted started out in ocean engineering - multidisciplinary in nature, not just physics or mechanical. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Altium’s commitment and advocacy of engineers/industry - Altium stands for the Engineer</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The Altium origin story - anyone who needs a tool should have it, so let’s give them tools no matter what age or budget i.e. free product including Octopart and Upverter</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Upverter is for the makers and inventors of tomorrow. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">It’s our mission to transform the electronics industry.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The whole product realization process is discontinuous. We want to change that.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">AltiumLive announcement and AD19 announcement</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Goal is to deliver incremental pcb design capabilities that would take us to places we haven’t been before - like High Speed Design - it’s not something we can deliver in one release. AD18 was the foundation.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Design and manufacturing worlds can come closer together.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The power of CAD can be problematic - it can be overwhelming, needs to be feedback from the tool to help find problems.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">New company acquired - PCB:ng (NG=next generation) is board assembly manufacturing, low volume, high mix. Good for prototypes. Their mission is to create a manufacturing line where designers can know everything about it so design constraints can be removed from the start.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ciiva - another company trying to solve the same problem. They created a bill of material that allows you to know the lifecycle state of what you are selecting. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We all want manufacturing insights at design time, Altium is bringing the pieces together to transform the industry. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive - Designers, manufacturers, fab, assembly, all came </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">together</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> to discuss industry problems. It’s about inspiring the </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">community</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> to think about current industry challenges and discuss possible solutions.</span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">How many Industry Conferences are out there? PCB West, DesignCon (chip and board level), PCB Carolinas, Electronica, Embedded World - but are there any that put the PCB designer front and center? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altium wants to provide this for the PCB designer; see </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2017-has-come-close#Sessions"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2017 Retrospective</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> to see the presentations from last year. You don’t have to be an Altium Designer user to come to AltiumLive. </span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/san-diego"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altiumlive 2018</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> this year will have one day, before AltiumLive officially begins, of extra learning sessions you can add on, the two options (which will run concurrently) include:  University Day, focused on learning Altium Designer or High Speed Design with Lee Ritchey.</span></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/san-diego"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altiumlive 2018</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast"><span style="font-weight:400;">Podcast</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/newsletter"><span style="font-weight:400;">Newsletter</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://octopart.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Octopart</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://upverter.com/dashboard/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Upverter</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ciiva.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">CIIVA</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/altiumlive-2017-has-come-close#Sessions"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2017 Retrospective</span></a></span></p>
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PC Board Stack-up Best Practices with Rick Hartley
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What do you do if you have an interference problem? Rick Hartley is an industry leader in the correct design of circuits and PC boards to prevent and solve noise, signal integrity and EMI problems. He consults and teaches internationally and he has taught seminars at numerous conferences, including the IEEE EMC Symposium, PCB West, IPC Apex/Expo and others. He is a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design Magazine and has written numerous technical papers and articles on methods to control noise, EMI and signal integrity.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Listen to this episode where Rick shares the worst ideas for a 4-layer and 6-layer stackups. He also offers a sneak peek of what to expect at his AltiumLive 2018 Keynote Presentation: </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">The Extreme Importance of PC Board Stack-up.</span></em></span><br><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Contest - can you guess how many countries the OnTrack podcast has reached? You can win a Summit pass to be Judy’s personal guest at AltiumLive 2018! Just tag #OnTrackPodcast on </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://twitter.com/altium"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> with your best guess!</span></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Mid-80s - in digital domain things started to not work right and no one had answers. There was research to do (120 books later), learned what causes function vs. not function</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">In the 90s, began to realize the problem wasn’t clock frequency, the problem is the frequency associated with the rising and falling edges of signals. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Person who helped me the most - Ralph Morrison</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">I didn’t learn what I needed in college, it had to come from experience. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Energy and Fields and how they move - the energy is in the fields, not in the Voltage and current.</span></li> </ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Field dielectric / routing</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">AltiumLive Keynote talk: The Extreme Importance of PC Board Stack-up</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">If I’m contacted with an Interference problem, the question I ask is: “What is your printed circuit board stackup?” </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The most critical item is the board stackup, and it’s what people most often get wrong. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Two or three voltage planes in a stackup with no grounds anywhere - a very serious problem e.g. high layer count board, 20 ground planes in board + signal routed on layer 1 and ground plane on layer 2 - return - 100% of signal on layer 1 would be in ground plane on layer 2. No current from that trace would be in any other ground layers, because energy is in the dielectric between layers 1 and 2</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">With 2 or 3 signal layers, and then a plane - all signals try to reference one plane, all fields intermingling in the dielectric space, all coupling energy into one another and that’s one of the places where EMI comes from.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">It’s a matter of keeping fields isolated from one another for proper functioning.</span></li> </ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">4-Layer worst stack-up</span></li> </ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">6-Layer worst stack-up</span></li> </ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What to expect at AltiumLive (Early bird pricing - 10% off through end of July.)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Setting the record straight: 15 years ago, Rick wrote a paper called ‘Board Stackup to Control EMI’ and “some ideas that I suggested in that paper, I have since learned are not good ideas.” </span><strong>Ignore this paper</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> because the physics have changed. The speeds have become too fast.</span></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.pcb2day.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB2Day Seminar</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.pcbwest.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB West </span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.eas.uccs.edu/~mwickert/ece5250/notes/RFMicrowave-PCB-Design-and-Layout.pdf"><span style="font-weight:400;">RF Design Concepts </span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pcb007/books/secrets1/TPCDG2secrets-1.pdf"><span style="font-weight:400;">High Speed PCB Designer’s Guide</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">, Martyn Gaudion</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can also read more articles featuring Rick Hartley in the </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/on-track-newsletter-july-2017"><strong>OnTrack Newsletter</strong></a> <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/pcb-designer-rick-hartley-signal-integrity-high-speed-guru"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> and </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/rockstar-pcb-designer-si-guru-rick-hartley"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p>
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Paste Interconnects and Paste Sintering with Chris Hunrath from Insulectro
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;">Pa<span style="font-weight:400;">ste Don’t Plate! </span><span style="font-weight:400;">People are doing 90 layer multilayers with paste interconnects. Want to learn more? Find out </span><span style="font-weight:400;">about paste sintering from Chris Hunrath to learn more about its applications and benefits to PCB designers. What must designers consider and what are the advantages of Ormet’s products? Listen in for insights from the expert in this week’s episode.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">New material developments make paste interconnect technology more feasible</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ormet’s paste sinters at one temperature forming a new alloy with higher melting point </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Paste interconnects allow for changing build sequence in which vias are formed i.e. drill, add paste, and then laminate - giving you interconnects inside a double-sided core with no visible vias</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Multilayer PCBs: Can split up a 32-layer board to two 16-layers (even as many as 4 x 18 layer multilayers - which is much easier to build</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Also reduces risk depending on design - electrically test each half and only use the good ones </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ormet process/paste interconnect process eliminates traditional drawbacks i.e. excess copper on surface features</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Eliminate backdrilling with paste interconnect process without extra copper in the via </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ormet paste eliminates electrolysis and plating process</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Signal integrity benefits</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Applications: RF, high-layer multi cap, avoid secondary remelt, downhole assembly etc</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Design considerations: Where to split up layers for best design benefit; Via at 1:1 or less aspect ratio - only in 1 B stage layer and correct size via for applying paste; Size of receptor pad for laser drill via must be correct to prevent paste from running - spread glass is good for B-stage; annular ring around the via to register laser drilling; with many paste interconnects - don't paste to the edge. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Paste melts and forms alloy with inter layer copper creating a permanent metallurgical joint</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">People are doing 90 layer multilayers with paste interconnects. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">HDPUG (HDP User Group) is creating HDI test vehicles with paste interconnects and HDPUG members will have access to reliability data for breaking up big PCBs</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Paste don’t plate!</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Future topics: </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Many ways to use conductive inks in electronics, copper foil, integrity issues and printed electronics. Material science behind electronics, new design tools, various versions of conductive inks  </span><span style="font-weight:400;">    </span><br></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.insulectro.com/ormet-pastes.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ormet Pastes</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://hdpug.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">HD PUG</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-hunrath-a12b4288/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chris Hunrath</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> on Linkedin</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.insulectro.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Insulectro</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><br><br></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Click to listen to Chris Hunrath’s other episodes about </strong><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/why-is-spread-glass-popular-chris-hunrath-from-insulectro-podcast"><strong>Spread Glass</strong></a><strong> or </strong><strong><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/flex-and-material-sets-with-chris-hunrath-podcast">Material Sets</a>.</strong></span></p>
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Embedded Passives Technology (resistors and capacitors) with Bruce Mahler from Ohmega Technologies
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Learn about Embedded Passives Technology with Bruce Mahler from Ohmega Technologies. OhmegaPly® embedded resistor-conductor material is popular, but it’s not new. Ohmega has been making this product since 1972. So why is it getting so much attention lately? It’s reliable and has stood the test of time for five decades--but emerging technologies are making it more relevant than ever. Tune in to learn more about embedded passive and embedded components and find out if it may be the key to solving your current PCB Design challenges.  </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">OhmegaPly® is a true thin-film, Nickel-Phosphorous (NiP) alloy. In the manufacturing process, about 0.05 to 1.00 microns of the alloy is electro-deposited onto the rough, or “tooth side”, of electrodeposited copper foil.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Embedded passive and embedded components: ER - Embedded resistors, EC - embedded capacitors</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">People tend to think of this technology as something new. Ohmega has been making this product since 1972. It’s the oldest, new technology out there. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Functionality - it can be used in so many different ways. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Mica - old copper clad laminator, conceived the technology as a way to add functionality to a copper material. Developed in early 70s as a new product. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">First users of the technology - Cannon electronics in Japan saw the potential in the product for cameras. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Other early user was - Control Data Corporation. From there alot of mainframes utilizing the technology. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ohmega ply - thin film resistive foil, plated process, nickel phosphorus, varied thickness and sheet resistivity, fractions of a micron-thick film. Very linear, as film deposit is thinner, resistivity goes up. Thin film technology.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We make it in Culver City, CA for 40+ years.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Work with Rogers/Arlon, Taconic, Isola, Nelco and other laminators </li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">If you use a tiny discreet resistive element, they can be hard to handle. Etching a 5 or 10 mil trace is no problem.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Space restrictions, solution - print and etch a resistor</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Why would I want to use Ohmega ply? What are the cost, reliability, performance indicators?  “There’s no other way I can design this unless I get rid of my resistors!”</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Most designers use Ohmega ply for densification. Helps when: hard time routing, too many passives, board is a little too thick</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Example: MEMs or Micro-Electro Mechanical System microphones for cell phones.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Applications: military, space based applications - satellites, </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Uses include: Sensors, IOT, Wearables, Automotive, Memory, Heater, Biomedical</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ohmega wants to talk technology with PCB designers. Leverage their expertise, they operate as a part of your design team and happy to be a resource for you. Technical people are available to help.  </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Ohmega and Oak Mitsui - technology partners - Ohmega/FaradFlex is a combined resistor/capacitor core consisting of OhmegaPly RCM laminated to Oak-Mitsui’s FaradFlex capacitive laminate materials.  </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Printed circuit board copper lead times are getting longer</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Self-reliant company</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Very close relationships with raw material suppliers </span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><br></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://ohmega.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ohmega Technologies Website</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://ohmega.com/technical-library/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ohmega Technical Library and Tools</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://ohmega.com/products/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ohmega Products</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-mahler-7411496/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bruce Mahler on Linkedin</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p>
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Surface Finishes on Printed Circuit Boards with Mike Carano, chemist and expert on surface finishes
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What finish should I use for my PCB Design? There’s no one single answer, it depends. Meet chemist and surface finish expert Mike Carano, the Vice President of Technology and Business Development at RBP Chemical, industry leaders in high performance chemical technology. Mike emphasizes a key question when it comes to surface finishes, “What are the reliability requirements of the environment?” Learn about the chemistry behind different finishes, fabrication and get tips for avoiding corrosion in unexpected environments in this episode of the OnTrack Podcast.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul><li style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mike was </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=OEZPAyhIdUQ"><span style="font-weight:400;">Inducted into IPC hall of fame</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">RBP Chemical - veteran owned small business, based in Milwaukee, founded in 1954 as a supplier for the printing industry and over the years evolved into surface finishes and also carry product lines for Embedded Medical Devices and Semiconductor and Mining industries.</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">On using solder mask over bare copper method</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> - prior to going out to assembly the copper needs to be made pristine. </span></span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What are the surface finishes and which to use when? 50% of industry using hot air solder leveling (HASL), a surface finish with a long successful history.</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Other surface finishes: Electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG), Electroless Nickel Electroless Palladium Immersion Gold (ENEPIG) - which is common in IC substrate, packaging industry. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Future of surface finishes: Tin-silver, Direct palladium copper </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What finish should I use? There’s no one answer, it depends. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Are there common examples of things that can go wrong? ie. High frequency design applications - ENIG is a well known issue that most engineers learn about the hard way.</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Where is the final product going to be used? Is it a domestic product or for the military? </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Reliability first, cost last. Cost should not be driving force.</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The environment is what really matters i.e. Shock-drop or Brunel fracture - consider for mobile phones, ENIG - tin-nickel bond, not tin-copper, corrosion environments, temperature extremes</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">What are the reliability requirements of the environment? </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">The most high quality board fabricators have strong process control and automation in place to ensure chemical stability. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Board designers are looking for electrical performance. Need to ask about the environment. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">I would put every designer in a circuit board fabricator for a week and let them build a board they design. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">To learn, you need to practice and get practical information on building the bareboards. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Creep corrosions on the mill automation machines because the OEM is specifying the finish. </span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Japanese techniques i.e. Shokuku chemical</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Most substrate work is done in Asia; IC substrate packaging at its best is in Japan.</span></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Advice for learning: IPC courses, CID and CID+ training is one way to learn more.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rbpchemical.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">RBP Chemical</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.iconnect007.com/index.php/column/156/trouble-in-your-tank/159/?skin=pcb"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trouble in Your Tank</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=OEZPAyhIdUQ"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC Hall of Fame Interview Video</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?Pageid=Mike-Carano-Long-time-IPC-Volunteer-Inducted-into-IPC-Hall-of-Fame"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC Hall of Fame induction</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?pageid=Classroom-Training-and-Certification"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC courses</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://hdpug.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">HDP Users Group</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> (HDPUG)</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.smta.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">SMTA.org</span></a></span></p> <p> </p>
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Mary Elizabeth McCulloch and Project Vive’s Medical Device Innovations
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Speech Generating Devices and speech assistive devices on the market today are expensive. Insurance policies are complicated and not everyone who needs one is always covered. Meet Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, she’s changing lives by ​giving a voice to the voiceless with Project Vive and </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.projectvive.com/our-technology.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">Voz Box</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">. A recent biomedical engineering graduate from a family of engineers and makers, Mary and her team are inventing Speech Generation Devices in new wearable forms by working closely with the people who most need them. Listen and find out how Mary and Project Vive are using low cost sensors and changing lives by leading the development of innovative medical devices and technology.  </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">It was really all about the access, not just in price, but in the sensors.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Low cost sensors that could change someone’s life. These are sensors in our cell phones that can be used, and we’re really adapting that for the disability community. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Wearable for independent communication - worked closely with the person using the device so that the design was modified to fit real life.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Loop of instantaneous feedback - Gave the person using device a voice and a vote. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">People with disabilities are problem solvers. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">This is about innovation that is informed by people within the disability community.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">This is a great way to break down the stigma of disabilities. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Cisco - 100k prize</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://projectvive.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Projectvive.com</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> - accepts donations via fiscal sponsor</span></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.projectvive.com/the-team.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">Project Vive</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://youtu.be/aXb33hsxW3s"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meet Arlyn</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIv2ewiJgUweHqOHxuaAYA"><span style="font-weight:400;">Project Vive on Youtube</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/mary-elizabeth-mcculloch-developed-voz-box-and-project-vive"><span style="font-weight:400;">Learn more about Mary and Voz Box</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://resources.altium.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altium Resources</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.projectvive.com/beta.html"><strong>Let us know</strong></a><strong> if you know anyone who needs Project Vive technology. </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Or read more about Project Vive in this month’s </strong><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/pcb-design-blog/mary-elizabeth-mcculloch-developed-voz-box-and-project-vive"><strong>OnTrack article</strong></a><strong>.</strong></span></p>
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Commodore 128 Principal Engineer, Bil Herd on Best Practices for Learning a New CAD Tool and the Wild-West of Early Home Computer Design
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bil Herd shares stories and design wisdom from years of experience as a hardware engineer, most famously at Commodore. Starting out self-taught, Bil found his way to working around brilliance and some of it rubbed off a little. Learn about his interesting journey from TV repair to Commodore, Hackaday and beyond. Today, Bil is self-employed</span><span style="font-weight:400;"> and focused on networks, high-level architecture consulting and hardware projects.  </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">I never forgot how to do hardware design. It’s fun to be able to do that. I’m working on an Altium project right now. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">You get to be imaginative for a couple days, and then you spend the next couple months paying for it looking at every single line item, every footprint and trying to catch where your brain was wrong. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Commodore Hardware lab, splitting bus for video and hired to lead the team shortly after.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Going after a swag bag offered by Adafruit from an MIT Open hardware conference resulted in a video series with Hackaday.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Almost all the errors I’ve made in CAD systems were related to parts I’ve made. For parts and footprints - you need to have someone check your work.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">To start a new CAD system - make a trash board, force yourself through. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Process to start learning a new CAD system: Open CAD > Get Overwhelmed > DRINK</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Making a board on a new CAD tool. First I make a trash board knowing I won’t use it. Then make a real board, using all the rules. </span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil_Herd"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bil Herd Wikipedia</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://hackaday.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hackaday</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://hackaday.com/author/williamherd/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bil Herd’s Hackaday Videos</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>See all show notes and video <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/commodore-128-principal-engineer-bil-herd-on-best-practices-for-learning-a-new-cad-tool">here</a>. </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong> </strong></span></p>
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John Watson, Senior PCB Designer at Legrand North America on Altium Nexus
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">John Watson and his team of 50 PCB designers at Legrand are beta partners in using Altium Nexus, the new Altium solution that takes Altium Designer and pumps it up with a healthy dose of project management capabilities. Find out why John is more excited about Altium Nexus than Altium Designer 18, and how he and his team have combat rogue libraries to tighten process and improve quality. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <h2 style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></h2> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Defining Your Design Process: What?, How?, Why?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">5 mil boards was once amazing but now… old news</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting Parts You Can Trust</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Project Management in Altium Nexus - Streamlining and auditing processes</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Increasing the reliability of the design.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">LeGrand closes the loop - did we accomplish the why and what? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive is where you rub shoulders with leaders in the industry; 2 days of great learning.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Passing the Torch - There is a concern that there are more jobs than there are designers.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <h2 style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Links and Resources:</span></h2> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.i-007ebooks.com/my-i-connect007/books/printed-circuit-designers-guide-fundamentals-rf-microwave-pcbs/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fundamentals of RF/Microwave PCBs</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://pcb.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/109096/power-integrity-by-example-ebook-available-for-download/109099/?skin=pcb"><span style="font-weight:400;">Signal Integrity By Example</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.ni.com/white-paper/10582/en/"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB Design: Prototyping and the PCB Design Flow</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> (National Instruments White Paper)</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.ipc.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit.htm"><span style="font-weight:400;">Saturn PCB Design Tool</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Favourite White Papers</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/whitepapers/top-10-dfm-problems-that-affect-every-design"><span style="font-weight:400;">Top 10 DFM Problems That Affect Every Design </span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/whitepapers/adopting-signal-integrity-in-your-high-speed-design-process"><span style="font-weight:400;">Adopting Signal Integrity In Your High Speed Design Process</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Best PCB Design Books:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Printed Circuit Handbook</span><span style="font-weight:400;"> by Coombs & Holden</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">High Speed Digital Designs: A Handbook of Black Magic</span><span style="font-weight:400;"> by Howard Johnson and Martin Graham</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Find all Episodes at: https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast</span></p>
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Flex and Material Sets with Chris Hunrath
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;"> The rise in flex applications across all industries from medical to automotive, aerospace and military uses means more opportunity for material suppliers to innovate and meet demand. Here what industry expert Chris Hunrath has to share, from general guidelines for designing circuits unique for flex and materials that can be autoclaved over and over. Listen in to this week’s OnTrack expert to learn about flex and material sets.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Medical applications (i.e. instruments for surgery), automotive, aerospace, military </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Foils - as you go thicker, its harder to make electrodeposited. More bend cycles out of rolled and yield</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">General Guidelines for designing circuits unique for flex:</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">In general, avoid circuits making turns or bends in bend/flex area - don’t make the circuits go in different directions there and also avoid plated holes in those areas.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">From a stackup standpoint, balance the construction. Thinner is usually better. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Look for opportunities for cracking at the bend point.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Cross hatch ground planes have multiple advantages.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Pyralux HT, DuPont - new product with unbelievable thermal performance. A continuous operating temperature. Imagine a flex circuit that can be autoclaved over and over.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We are a material sciences company. There are really unique ways to put these building blocks together. </span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/electronic-electrical-materials/flexible-rigidflex-circuit-materials/brands/pyralux-flexible-circuit.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">Pyralux HT</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">See all the show notes <a href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-podcast/flex-and-material-sets-with-chris-hunrath-podcast">here</a></span></span></p>
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DFA Tips from Duane Benson at Screaming Circuits
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Duane Benson from Screaming Circuits shares DFA Tips and a piece of history as he shares the story behind the scenes in developing quick turn prototypes. Listen to learn how one entrepreneur brought fresh perspective to the business that led to great success. And see why Screaming Circuits is uniquely positioned to handle all the leading edge components that PCB designers have available.  </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Screaming Circuits was founded on the premise to get prototypes built quickly. It was a struggle to get small volume prototypes built and a market need was discovered. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">For prototyping - going abroad invites its own set of risks.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">A traditionally 6-8 week process, Screaming Circuits does in hours.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We don’t specialize in a vertical industry, so we see a lot of the leading edge components. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Layout isn’t taught in schools or its self taught. The experts who knew how to make layouts work perfectly have retired. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">We built a business around stuff being wrong. Stuff isn’t going to be right when it arrives to us and we have to fix it.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Why are we having a problem sourcing parts? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Personal interests? Photography and decaying industrialism.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.screamingcircuits.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Screaming Circuits Website</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://blog.screamingcircuits.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Screaming Circuits Blog</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Downloadable </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://scrm.it/CircuitTalkDL"><span style="font-weight:400;">Circuit Talk</span></a> <span style="font-weight:400;"> </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter: </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://twitter.com/pcbassembly"><span style="font-weight:400;">@pcbassembly</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">, </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://twitter.com/duanebenson"><span style="font-weight:400;">@duanebenson</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Screaming Circuits on </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.youtube.com/user/screamingcircuits"><span style="font-weight:400;">Youtube</span> </a></span></p>
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Lee Ritchey and High Speed Digital Design
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">When Lee Ritchey “got through launching things to the moon” his career took off (in Silicon Valley...before it was Silicon Valley!) and he is now widely regarded as one of the premier authorities on high speed PCB and system design. He is the founder of Leading Edge and author of Right the First Time. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Lee started as a microwave engineer who designed chips that went up on the Apollo </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">ICs and “faking” logic</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">High Speed design courses first offered at Berkeley.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">He wrote the books to make the students happy and provide the coursework that didn’t exist.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">High speed signal path losses - how do we control skew? Where does it come from? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">And what’s the answer? Spread glass.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-ritchey-0716ba3/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lee Ritchey</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> on Linkedin</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.speedingedge.com/products/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Right the First Time</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.speedingedge.com/products/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lee’s Digital Library</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lee Ritchey’s </span><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/retrospective/2017#Where-We-Have-Been-and-Where-We-Are-Going--The-Paradigm-Shift-of-PCB-Design"><span style="font-weight:400;">Presentation at AltiumLive 2017</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> in Munich</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.freelists.org/"><strong>SI forum</strong></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> - an email forum that is a very good resource for SI questions.</span></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">All one needs to do is send an email to: </span><strong>si-list-freelists.org </strong></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Type </span><strong>subscribe</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> in the subject line to become a member.</span></span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Disclaimer: </strong><span style="font-weight:400;">We respect the unique perspectives of all of our OnTrack podcasts guests. Therefore, we choose to offer their uncensored opinions in favor of full transparency. However, all opinions expressed are exclusively those of our guests and do not reflect the views of Altium or our employees.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p>
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Upverter and The Future of Browser-Based PCB Design
<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: 400; color: #000000;">Making and checking parts is the most frustrating aspect of PCB design. Find out how Zak Homuth set out to change that and what is next for Upverter, EE Concierge and the future of PCB design in a browser-based setting.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align: left;"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400; color: #000000;">Why the Upverter parts library? Verified parts at scale, in a high-quality way.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://upverter.com/features/verification/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Verified parts</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - free to use for everybody coming soon! </span></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400; color: #000000;">Verifying Datasheets, it’s a lot of work and at the heart of design frustrations. </span></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to take the magic of Github and Google Docs and create something for hardware designers.</span></em></span></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">From concept to manufacturing in 20 hours.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400; color: #000000;">This is a conduit for bringing ideas to life.</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://upverter.com/features/verification/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Verified Parts</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on Upverter</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A note about </span><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://octopart.com/blog/archives/2018/02/coming-soon-cad-models-on-octopart"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Verified Parts</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> coming soon to Octopart</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://upverter.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upverter</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://eeconcierge.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">EE Concierge</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/zakhomuth/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zak’s Linkedin</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://twitter.com/zakhomuth"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zak’s Twitter</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://sheerlygenius.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indestructible pantyhose</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> + </span><a style="color: #000000;" href="https://youtu.be/I6p4JwDs_bo"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funny Video</span></a></span></p>
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David Carmody’s DFM Report Integrating Design and Assembly
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Do you know your fabricator? Meet David Carmody, Division Manager and CID+ at San Diego PCB Design. As a service bureau, San Diego PCB works on a variety of PCB design projects. Learn why David says, “You gotta know who you’re fabbing with” and how he is using DFM Reports to help customers integrate design and assembly in this episode of The OnTrack Podcast. </span><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Memorable designs in telecom space and the development board for Dragon II, a SpaceX project, for the capsule they hope to take to Mars</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Package on packages, dropping the DDR - removing the burden on the designer</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Palomar advisory program - student programs for learning PCB design</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">San Diego PCB acquired by Milwaukee Electronics, EMS and Engineering Services </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">DFM report - a “stoplight report” for customers before starting build - customers love it and it fixes issues proactively especially with packaging</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A lot of engineers don’t know the manufacturing side and DFM reports can help with this</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">“You gotta know who you’re fabbing with” </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Will additive manufacturing processes be the answer? The business model remains to be seen. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">3D printing - you can’t print copper (yet)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altium User Groups - have Altium in the title but we don’t run them! We’d love to support.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Altium User Group in San Diego is very active and supportive. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Advice from a Pro: Always keep learning, it will keep you fresh and make work more fun.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">PCB design isn’t the only practice David has mastered - he’s a martial artist too</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-carmody-7498477/"><span style="font-weight:400;">David Carmody</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> on Linkedin</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://sandiegoaltiumusergroup.blogspot.com/p/meetings.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">San Diego Altium Users Group Website</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.sdpcb.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">San Diego PCB</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.milwaukeeelectronics.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Milwaukee Electronics</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.milwaukeeelectronics.com/manufacture/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tecate, NM Manufacturing Facility</span></a></p>
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Why is Spread Glass popular? Chris Hunrath from Insulectro
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Why is spread glass popular? What can you use instead of FR4? Listen and learn from industry veteran Chris Hunrath, who joins us from the San Jose Insulectro facility for a deep dive into what material sets are used in printed circuit board assembly and manufacturing. Get expert insights and learn about new materials on the market to help with your PCB design before going to fabrication and assembly.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What is Insulectro? Operating for over 50 years, Insulectro provides materials for electronics, everything from laminates, prepregs, flex materials, copper foils, conductive inks, substrates, process chemistries, imaging materials and lamination materials. With 11 stocking locations, the newest in Toronto and 9 branches, Insulectro is a leader in providing electronic materials to industry. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Prepregs - 175 different types to cut from in San Jose facility alone!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Spread glass is becoming more popular - electrical and fabrication benefits because it is more electrically uniform. No open areas, the filaments are spread across (aka fanned out or mechanically spread) and this has signal benefits especially for differential pairs. Better from a drilling standpoint too.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New materials are gaining traction - with low loss that laminate at normal temperatures </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Insulectro distributes for both Isola and DuPont</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Isola’s line-up of high-speed, low-loss material sets - Isola has a suite of laminates that are low loss, some of them with DKs close to the teflon range and they laminate at the normal temperatures which makes a composite build much simpler. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Low-loss, low-Dk materials that can help with their signal integrity requirements</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.isola-group.com/wp-content/uploads/I%C2%ADSpeed-Laminate-and-Prepreg-Data-Sheet-0417.pdf"><span style="font-weight:400;">I-Speed®</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> - Low loss system, not as cheap as FR4 but its close and could be a good next step for people looking to upgrade material</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Having the right material set for a design is critical</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Challenges are more often in the fabrication than the design</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Copper is a really good moisture barrier, you have to bake the parts prior to assembly.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I’ve seen people underestimate the baking and end up with scrap. Moisture is avoidable.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bonus Material: In Designer's After Hours, Chris Hunrath shares what kind of electric creatures lurk in La Jolla!!</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;">  </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-hunrath-a12b4288/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chris Hunrath</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> on Linkedin</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.insulectro.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Insulectro</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/electronic-electrical-materials.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">DuPont</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.isola-group.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">Isola</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://hdpug.org/high-frequency-flex"><span style="font-weight:400;">HDPug Research on High Frequency Flex</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/blogs/3-rog-blog-pcb-materials-related-topics/post/390-working-through-woven-glass-weaves">Signal Integrity Journal </a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.isola-group.com/wp-content/uploads/Understanding-Glass-Fabric.pdf">Understanding Glass Fabric</a> by Isola Group</p> <p><br><br></p>
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SKA Africa Telescope and Multiboard PCB design
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Omer Mahgoub, Electrical Engineer for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa talks about the project and shares how he got started in the field of PCB Design. Join Omer and Judy Warner for a conversation on Multi-board PCB design in the context of extremely sensitive devices.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The goal of the Square Kilometre Array is to be the largest radio telescope in operation. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bigger and more sensitive </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Project scope - built in South Africa and Australia </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meercat is 64 / 25% of project - Phase 1</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Next phase - Australia 158 low frequency range antennas</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Multitudes of BGA Fanouts, tight pitches, narrow tracks, etc.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Extremely sensitive device, signal integrity is crucial</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">One aspect of project is to develop local economy, so we are working with local manufacturers to improve manufacturing technology. There is a lot of giving back involved in this project.</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.ska.ac.za/"><strong>SKA Africa</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.skatelescope.org/"><strong>SKA Africa Telescope</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/retrospective/2017#Altium-and-the-SKA--Square-Kilometre-Array-"><strong>Omer's comedic AltiumLive presentation recording</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/theme/PDFs/SDay%202/Altium%20and%20the%20SKA%20Square%20Kilometre%20Array%20by%20Omer%20Maghoub.pdf"><strong>Omer’s AltiumLive presentation slides</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://resources.altium.com/signal-integrity/omer-mahgoub-from-square-kilometer-array-ska-africa-and-pcb-design-for-astronomy"><strong>Interview with Omer</strong></a></p>
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Model Copper Roughness Properly, a Discussion with Bert Simonovich
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Bert Simonovich is founder of Lamsim Enterprises and an expert in innovative signal integrity and backplane solutions. He holds two patents and author of several publications. Anyone involved with the design and fabrication of high-speed circuit cards and backplanes or people who needs to estimate PCB transmission lines losses will find value in the paper Bert shared at DesignCon 2018, “A Causal Conductor Roughness Model and Its Effect on Transmission Line Characteristics”.  </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;color:#000000;">Listen in to Join Judy Warner and Bert discuss copper roughness and the paper he presented at DesignCon 2018. </span><br><br></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Copper roughness is located between the laminate and the copper</strong></span></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li><span style="color:#000000;">From a manufacturing perspective, the rougher the copper the better</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">But for high speed, the rougher the copper the higher the loss</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">If you don’t model it correctly you cannot simulate it accurately</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">The Huray model dilemma - where do you get the parameters to use for the model?</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">Last year’s paper was about correcting the dielectric constant due to roughness</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">New model is dubbed the Cannonball-Huray model</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">The effort is collaborative, building on each others’ research i.e. Rogers, Polar</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">As speed goes up, material properties are more important i.e. Fiber weave effect</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">Accurate modeling is very important especially with new standards and tighter margins</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://lamsimenterprises.com/White_Papers.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bert’s Whitepapers</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.signalintegrityjournal.com/authors/1-bert-simonovich"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bert’s Articles on Signal Integrity Journal</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bertsimonovich/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bert Simonovich’s Linkedin</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://twitter.com/lamsim1?lang=en"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bert’s Twitter</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://lamsimenterprises.com/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lamsim Enterprises, Inc. </span></a></span></p>
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What is PCB design? With Kelly Dack and Judy Warner
<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What is design? Have you been inside a board house? Join Altium’s Judy Warner and Kelly Dack, CID+, for a lively conversation about PCB design and becoming educated in the field. From CID and CID+ to visits to your fab house, learn </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">how</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> to learn for PCB design and where some of these resources are available today. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design has to do with a breadth of knowledge. The design tool is only as good as the breadth of knowledge of the designer. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Eric Bogatin’s PCB bootcamp-style at the University of Colorado provides exposure to the manufacturing </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dreaming a product and then embedding the process steps within the layout</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can control so many things in Altium Designer - setup constraints, DRC rules, etc.; designers need to know how to manipulate these constraints so it will yield the best results for the stakeholders in the prTocess. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">To design is to be in touch with all the stakeholders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Everything in CAD are nominal values / nominal data</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Without recognizing manufacturing tolerances, we’re doomed.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.eptac.com/class/ipc-designer-certification/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Certified Interconnect Designer or CID Certification</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">, from </span><a href="http://www.ipc.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">, teaches the start to finish manufacturing process</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Eat, sleep and breath PCB design at </span><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> - the largest conference in the world focused exclusively on PCB design</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">With Altium Designer 18, “I’m finding it easier to communicate with my mechanical cohorts”.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dream feature: Snap back and forth from min to max toggle</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Merging the mechanical and the electrical: </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechatronics"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mechatronics</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Design in prototype vs .production - what is sustainable in prototype environment might not work / be scalable in the production environment</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A challenge for everyone: go visit a board shop!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fun facts: Kelly has a hobby farm and plays harmonica (and guitar!)</span></li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://sites.google.com/view/cupracticalpcb/home"><span style="font-weight:400;">Eric Bogatin’s University of Colorado PCB design program</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.eptac.com/class/ipc-designer-certification/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Certified Interconnect Designer or CID Certification</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.ipc.org/"><span style="font-weight:400;">IPC</span></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.altium.com/live-conference/"><span style="font-weight:400;">AltiumLive 2018</span></a> <strong>- </strong><strong><em>save the date!</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-dack-cid-70392790/"><span style="font-weight:400;">Kelly Dack on Linkedin</span></a></p>
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RF and Microwave PCB Design with John Bushie from ASC
<p style="text-align:left;">What material do I use? Many PCB designers ask this question. This is an episode about RF and Microwave PCB Design as well as Design for Manufacturing or DFM and it will help you to understand material choices and where to get answers about high speed laminates. Join John Bushie, Director of Technology at American Standard Circuits and Altium's Judy Warner in a discussion about High Speed laminates and the exciting world of RF/Microwave PCBs.</p> <p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><li>John and Anaya's new book on iConnect007 about RF/Microwave PCBs</li> <li>You can design something that meets IPC standards and still have problems.</li> <li>What kind of material do you need? That depends.</li> <li>There's what you simulate, and then there's physics. Physics trumps theory.</li> <li>PCB101, a manufacturing educational experience pioneered at ASC</li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align:left;"><li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://asc-i.com">American Standard Circuits website</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://i007ebooks.com/my-i-connect007/books/printed-circuit-designers-guide-fundamentals-rf-microwave-pcbs/">The Printed Circuit Designer's Guide to Fundamentals of RF/Microwave PCBs</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://i007ebooks.com/my-i-connect007/books/printed-circuit-designers-guide-flex-and-rigid-flex-fundamentals/">The Printed Circuit Designer's Guide to Flex and Rigid-Flex Fundamentals</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-bushie-9b573b44/">John Bushie on Linkedin</a></span></li> </ul><p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p>
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Flex Cost Drivers and Next Gen Technologists, a conversation with Tara Dunn from OMNI PCB
<p>More than ever, people are doing Flex and Rigid Flex for the very first time as industries drive for smaller, more user-friendly devices. Join Altium's Judy Warner and <a href="http://www.omnipwb.com/">OmniPCB</a> CEO, Tara Dunn for a conversation on industry trends and cost drivers.</p> <p> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><li>What is driving growth in the market? Space, weight, packaging.</li> <li>Flex is everywhere especially handhelds and medical devices, uptick in flex and rigid flex PCB across every industry.</li> <li>Three main cost drivers for Flex and Rigid Flex: Materials selection, Panel utilization and Technology.</li> <li>And a fourth consideration - understanding your fabricator capabilities and making sure you’re matching your design to their capabilities.</li> <li>Most common materials: copper and polymide.</li> </ul><p style="text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.omnipwb.com/">OmniPCB Company website</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://resources.altium.com/altium-designer-videos/tara-dunn-rigid-flex-best-practices-cost-drivers-events-adscvid-6">Tara Dunn’s AltiumLive presentation</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.geek-a-palooza.com/">Geekapalooza</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.pcbadvisor.com/">PCB Advisor site</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://flex.iconnect007.com/index.php/column/90979/flex-talk/90982/">Flex Talk</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://sjeconomy.com/nextflex-sponsors-shark-tank-challenge-san-jose-area-high-school-entrepreneurs/">FlexFactor by NextFlex</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.jabil.com/contact/locations/blue-sky-center.html">Jabil’s Blue Sky facility in San Jose</a></span></li> </ul><p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p>
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Jeremy Blum at Shaper Tools and the CNC Router Revolutionizing Hardware Design
<p style="text-align:left;">Jeremy Blum is working at Shaper, reinventing hand held power tools starting with the revolutionary CNC router, Shaper Origin. Join Altium’s Judy Warner and Jeremy for a conversation on making tools for making things.</p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><li>Shaper is a human in the loop company</li> <li>CNC, or computer numerical control varies in implementation. Large CNCs can be Desktop size to warehouse size.</li> <li>Shaper Origin created to be an affordable, portable handheld tool and the way <a href="https://preorder.shapertools.com/">The Shaper Origin</a> works, computer vision based and real time motor control.</li> <li>Precisely calibrated and sophisticated industrial robot that we are selling as a consumer device</li> <li>“We’re both making tools to help other people make things”</li> </ul><p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Arduino-Techniques-Engineering-Wizardry-ebook/dp/B00E1EA6XM">Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.jeremyblum.com/">Jeremyblum.com</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4KXPjmKwPutGjwFZsEXB5g">Jeremy Blum’s Youtube Channel</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://shapertools.com/">Shaper</a> and <a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://preorder.shapertools.com/">The Shaper Origin</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuQek0Rwos4">How to take a chessboard with Shaper Origin</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://community.shapertools.com/c/projects">Shaper Projects - Forum</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.instagram.com/shapertools/?hl=en">Shaper Instagram</a></span></li> </ul>
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From Tape-ups to ActiveRoute, a discussion with Charles Pfeil and Judy Warner
<p style="text-align:left;">Charles Pfeil and Judy take a look back on the days of manual design, before exploring today’s very different eCAD competitive landscape and the tools that take designers to the next level. Join Altium’s Judy Warner and Charles Pfeil for a conversation on PCB design, autorouters and the future of software design tools.</p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><li>Introducing the iconic and award-winning Charles Pfeil</li> <li>Tape ups and touch ups with red pen precision</li> <li>Artistry not OCD, PCB design for form and function</li> <li>Charles on joining Altium and Activeroute</li> <li>“You know we’re paid by the hour, right?!”</li> <li>Where are we going to be in 10 years?</li> </ul><p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://design.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/107328">Charles Pfeil and Happy Holden</a> at AltiumLive</span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/all-aboard-/4460309/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Surprising-acquisition-brings-stability">A lifetime designing PCBs: Surprising acquisition brings stability</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/all-aboard-/4459727/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Focus-on-functional-specs">A lifetime designing PCBs: Focus on functional specs</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/pcbs_early_design">A lifetime deisgning PCBs: early design adventures</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/The-Evolving-role-of-a-PCB-designer">Job Shopper to Service Bureau</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/all-aboard-/4460251/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Changing-roles">Changing Roles</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Switching-to-eCAD">Switching to eCAD</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--From-design-to-software">From Design to Software</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Merging-design-and-fabrication">Merging Design and Fabrication</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.eeweb.com/profile/max-maxfield/articles/an-excellent-history-of-cad?utm_source=Aspencore&utm_medium=EDN">An Excellent History of CAD</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.ednasia.com/news/article/A-lifetime-designing-PCBs--Improving-autorouting---design-software">Improving Autorouting and Design Software</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;">See all of Charles Pfeil’s articles on EDN <a style="color:#0000ff;" href="https://www.edn.com/user/CPfeil">here</a></span></li> </ul>
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Multi-board Design, a discussion with Ben Jordan and Judy Warner
<p style="text-align:left;">Join Altium’s Judy Warner and Ben Jordan for a conversation on Multiboard PCB design.</p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"> </p> <p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Show Highlights:</strong></p> <ul style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><li>Many different product areas are being impacted by developments in Electronics, opening new frontiers - beauty products, wearables</li> <li>Electronics are replacing things that traditionally were not electronics</li> <li>Electronics product development are increasingly driven by engineers, but other makers are inspiring growth in the market - i.e. sofas, smart homes</li> <li>Design and product driven electronics, PCB designers are being pushed to partion boards into multiboard systems</li> <li>Everybody faces this multiboard challenge</li> <li>Immediate visual feedback in 3D design / 3D modeling definitely helps</li> <li>Major recurring challenge in industry: aligning connectors and aligning components that have some kind of outward expression on the actual product; MCAD and PCB assembly alignment. <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.altium.com/documentation/18.0/display/ADES/((Creating+the+Physical+Multi-board+Assembly))_AD"><strong><em>Multiboard design editor</em></strong></a></span> allows you to do this.</li> <li>Altium trivia and the origin of making tools for makers</li> <li>Ben's brother and his first soldering tool</li> </ul><p style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><strong>Links and Resources:</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:300;text-align:left;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a style="color:#0000ff;" href="http://www.altium.com/documentation/18.0/display/ADES/((Creating+the+Physical+Multi-board+Assembly))_AD">Multiboard in Altium Designer 18</a></span></li> </ul>
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