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                              pcb design layer stack video altium
                              By Chris Carlson, May 18, 2017
                              Altium FAE, Chris Carlson, demonstrates two ways to make sure you get your layer stack right at your fabricator the first time...every time!
                              For IoT products, the interoperability question depends on the communications protocol you use, since most products can’t communicate with systems using a different protocol. The protocol you choose will also affect your hardware. For example, transmission distance will determine your available IoT modules, power requirements, and shape the network configuration for your system. There are a huge number of protocols to choose from. New versions are coming out every year, and groups are trying to consolidate the options that already exist. How do you decide which one is right for your product?
                              Wifi over city
                              Find out how LPWANs can help solve coverage and power problems for IoT devices. Will the next generation of LPWANs meet the wide area, low power needs while also providing greater bandwidth?
                              maple leaf PCB
                              Isn’t the expansion of the PCB industry incredible? In the last 100 years, we’ve gone from using brass wire and pieces of wood to etched copper traces and fiberglass substrates. New industries like the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in cars are accelerating that growth. There are millions of PCBs in existence today, and that number will only continue to grow. The funny thing is that we design PCBs to last for years and years, but the devices they power often only last a few. After two years Moore’s Law decrees that our once state of the art PCBs are now obsolete. Then consumers throw them out and buy the next new gadget. Since we design our PCBs to last, decomposition often becomes a problem and our electronic solutions can become environmental problems. Biodegradable PCBs can help solve the problem of electronic waste while giving PCB designers access to a wider range of material properties for our boards.
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                              Before you select your IoT modules, it’s better to clarify what component requirements will suit your product specifications early in the design process. It will save you a lot of angst and blue smoke once you are designing and testing. Read on to learn what requirements you should identify to select the right IoT module.
                              Lasers in space
                              Do you remember the first time you saw Star Wars? I was 12 and it changed my world forever. I’d seen my future. Instead of a car, I would fly a spaceship. Instead of being an accountant like my father, I would be a lightsaber wielding Jedi. Sadly, I turned out to be neither a Jedi or an accountant, but a humble PCB designer. Lasers still have a place in my life, though not in the way I thought they would. Instead of using them to blast holes in the Death Star.