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                              Ben Jordan

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                              Ben is a Computer Systems and PCB Engineer with over 20 years of experience in embedded systems, FPGA, and PCB design. He is the chief evangelist for Altium's free CircuitMaker tools and community. He started out at Altium as a senior applications engineer more than 12 years ago, traversing roles since as Field Applications Engineer, Tech Support Manager (USA), Product Marketing and Sr. Product Manager before arriving at his current station. He is an avid tinkerer and is passionate about the creation of electronic devices of all kinds. Ben holds a Bachelor of Engineering (CompSysEng) with First Class Honors from the University of Southern Queensland.
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                              Recent Blogs 16 Posts
                              Altium design update 17.1
                              By Ben Jordan, May 15, 2017
                              Altium Designer 17.1 was tailored specifically for today’s engineer. We understand that industry pressures to build more advanced, more efficient products can oftentimes mean a lag in the technology required to accommodate these demands. Our focus was to address these present-day challenges and fully equip designers with the necessary tools for optimum design.
                              integrated simulator header pcb sim analysis
                              By Ben Jordan, Apr 04, 2017
                              Integrated Circuit Simulation: integrated simulator, or simulating ICs? You aren’t a newbie anymore but here’s why we say keep circuit simulation in your toolkit. As your career progresses, you become more confident. You’ll tend to collect circuits you know work well in different designs - power supplies, filters, oscillators etc. Most of the time these reusable blocks will work great in any place you choose to use them, but using simulation can still save your bacon.
                              optimize-power-ratings-with-embedded-design-rules
                              By Ben Jordan, Feb 10, 2017
                              Ensuring your initial rules are properly applied the first time is critical to eliminating the need for redesign. By creating conditional limitations and implementing embedded design rules, you can circumvent the potential for error to avoid respins and ensure precise power ratings in your PCB layout. Read on to learn more.
                              By Ben Jordan, May 23, 2016
                              PCB designers often rely on simulation tools or prototypes for their PDN network data, but this approach can disrupt design flow and drain funds. What if designers were capable of analyzing their PDN network during the board layout process? Read on to find out how designers are increasing productivity with access to PDN analysis data at design time.
                              PCB Production File Format Wars
                              By Ben Jordan, Oct 14, 2014
                              There's been a lot of excitement among PCB Designers and Fabricators over the last year about new PCB design-to-manufacturing hand-off. People tend to fall into one of four camps: Stay with gerber RX-274X (the status quo), stay with / switch to ODB++ (Mentor's format), adopt the upgraded Gerber X2, or adopt the new IPC-2581 standard. No matter which camp you fall into, one things really clear - most of the scrap, wasted time, and manufacturing bottlenecks associated with design-to-fab NPI can be eliminated by adopting a new approach. Read on to find a bit about why IPC-2581 and Gerber X2 promise to solve these problems.
                              Open Source OLED Watch
                              By Ben Jordan, Jul 31, 2014
                              It's a great time to be an engineer, and a maker. In keeping with the theme of Petr Tosovsky's Open Source Projects in Altium blog, we found another Open Source Hardware (OSHW) project which was so cool we wanted to share it with the community. In this blog, Ben Jordan interviews 4th year computer engineering student Jared Sanson about his awesome OLED wrist watch, which he designed the electronics for in Altium Designer.