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All things that old were once new, but not all things new were once old. There are, however, a few notable exceptions. Apple’s Macintosh Portable, Oakley’s Thump MP3 sunglasses, and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy were all devices that predicted the future. Unfortunately, these precursors weren’t very practical. Let’s look at how these devices shot for the stars and broke apart during liftoff.
It seems like as soon as I master some brand new technology, it’s time for the next big thing and I have to start all over again. Well my PCB designer friends, it’s time for you to learn the next big thing in PCB design, flex and rigid flex. In the fast growing world of PCBs, flexible PCBs are growing the fastest. The Internet of Things (IoT), wearable electronics, and flexible displays are all pushing the industry towards flexible and rigid-flex PCBs. That means it’s time for you to roll your eyes, let out a sigh, and start to learn the design principles for the next generation of PCBs.
Sometimes your feelings toward your manufacturer may resemble your feelings towards any ex-girlfriends. Especially when they tell you that your boards have a <50% yield. At that point, you may feel like replying with some choice words. Talking is still the answer, just not that kind. Having a discussion with your manufacturer on the front end will reduce manufacturing defects and fabrication costs.
Choosing a compiler for automotive applications can be difficult. Choosing the wrong compiler can lead to a lot of pain and frustration. It could also lead to your product not working or not being able to meet safety certification. Sounds dire? It needn’t be so.
Have you ever tried renovating your house on your own? In my opinion, the only thing worse than doing your own renovations is writing your own libraries for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. Our team once had to write our own libraries. It took up an enormous amount of time on the front end. Later, when we had problems, we had to take more time to fix them ourselves. A third party library solution, optimized for a specific target hardware architecture, will save your team time, remove the burden of support, and ensure top performance.
As time goes on, power requirements for connected devices keep increasing. More power means larger batteries, which force PCB designers to use more efficient layouts. Apple’s iPhone 7 and GoPro’s Hero5 give us specific examples of how industry leaders are dealing with increasing battery size in their PCB layouts.