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Nine Dot Connects has developed a three-day training class called “PCB Fundamentals” in an effort to bring to light the entire PCB process, from specification to and including manufacturing. It was developed so that anyone (designers, engineers, technicians, program managers, purchasing agents, etc.) who has anything to do with the PCB design process can participate and understand it.
The class is taught by instructors who have design experience. The exercises on each of the topics are thought provoking, designed to facilitate dialog in the class. This exchange of ideas and thoughts makes the class valuable to both the new designer and those have experience. This is not a design class and no EDA tool knowledge is required. It is focused on real best practices for make the PCB design experience efficient and fruitful. To find out more about this class, what it has to offer, or to register, please visit them here.
Dave Lackey and Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
The design process is arguably the most important part of the flex circuit procurement process. The decisions made in the design process will have a lasting impact, for better or worse, throughout the manufacturing cycle. In advance of providing important details about the actual construction of the flex circuit, it is of value to provide some sort of understanding of the expected use environment for the finished product.
Ralf Bruening, Zuken
Using powerful constraint techniques can be a double-edged sword. While the design process is made much safer by including constraints, it is all too easy to over-constrain the design and make it impossible to complete routing and placement. Even paper design guidelines can make products uneconomic to produce unless a great deal of engineering knowledge is applied during the design.
John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation
Ready or not, 5G is coming, and it will require the right circuit materials for many different types of high-frequency circuits, including power amplifiers. 5G represents the latest and greatest in wireless technology, and it will be challenging to design and fabricate, starting with the circuit board materials, because it will operate across many different frequencies, such as 6 GHz and below, as well as at millimeter-wave frequencies (typically 30 GHz and above).