AltiumLive 2018 Has Come to a Close

A Look Back at AltiumLive 2018

We'd like to thank all of our dedicated sponsors, presenters, and attendees for helping us make AltiumLive a smashing success. We couldn't have done it without your support!

600+
Attendees
70
Sessions
42
Speakers
2
Continents

The Commodore Experience: Engineering the Early Generations of Home Computers

Computer hardware has come a long way — from bulky, less-than-portable computing systems to cellular phones that fit into the palm of your hand. The journey in between is what Bil Herd, principal engineer behind the Commodore 128 and popular vlogger for Hackaday, will discuss in this keynote. Bil will join us for an intimate fireside chat to share personal stories from some of the earliest days of personal computers, and recount what it was like to bring the first generation of home computers to market.

During this presentation, Bil will provide valuable insight into his experiences designing hardware for the largest computer company of it’s time (wildly outselling Apple computers), Commodore Business Machines. He will also share some of the hard-won wisdom he’s gained over decades as a self-made electronics design professional and discuss his experiences at Hackaday. Bil’s pioneering work with Commodore, along with the other key players who helped develop Commodore’s computers, was the subject of a new documentary film, The Commodore Story. This film explores how the C64 (predecessor to the C128) came to be the best-selling computer in history and the story behind some of Commodore’s most notable machines.

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The Extreme importance of PC Board Stack-up

PCB designers and engineers who truly understand EMI and other forms of interference know that these are physical events, meaning they happen because something in the PC board layout has been compromised or is downright incorrect. Of all the things we control in the design, that which matters most is PCB stack-up. Yes, placement, routing and other features are critical, but if the board stack is compromised, all other features, by definition, are compromised. Proper board stack must lead the way.

In this keynote, we will discuss why those statements are true, as well as how to craft an ideal board stack-up, be it 2 layers, 4 layers, 6 layers or 60 layers. We will also discuss why some of the most commonly used 4 and 6 layer board stack-ups are a disastrously bad idea and why they cause interference. And more importantly, how to fix them!

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Altium Designer 19

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Engineer to Architect: How to Leverage System-Level Design Thinking

As products become more sophisticated, it’s no longer realistic to just be an electrical engineer or layout artist. Modern electrical engineers must learn to employ design thinking practices to effectively interface with mechanical engineers, industrial designers, software engineers and product managers if they wish to build successful products that are simultaneously functional, manufacturable, and beautiful.

Jeremy, an electrical engineer and system architect, will explain how he employs design thinking principles to develop products from the system level, without losing sight of the nitty-gritty technical details.

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The Value of the White Space

At CU, like many companies, a lot of importance is placed on developing the initial circuit design for projects. There is a sense that the schematic holds all the value, and that all the circuit board does is hold the parts together and provide connectivity. But for some applications, connectivity is not enough. The same schematic can be implemented in two different circuit boards. One will work flawlessly, while the other may fail due to excessive noise.

In these designs, the interconnects are not transparent. While the schematic shows the connectivity, the white space in the schematic is all about the physical design of the interconnects. This presentation will highlight the value of designing the white space in a schematic and how to successfully turn a napkin sketch into a working circuit board.

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The Connected Future of PCB Design Introducing Altium 365

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Industry Keynote: The PCB Doctor Returns: Troubleshooting Your Designs

Is your latest PCB design giving you nothing but trouble? Is electromagnetic compatibility and interference stifling your creative momentum? Never cared for high-speed routing? Is automotive design uncharted territory? You’re not alone. It’s time to talk to the PCB Doctor. We will start by reviewing the most common PCB design challenges of 2018. The main focus will be on high-speed design and the typical problems that arise when designing an automotive PCB for the first time. The second part is reserved for you! Share the troubles you’ve encountered during your design process with us. There’s a good chance you’ll get the help you need to solve your problem during this interactive session at AltiumLive. Finally, much like last year’s summit, one PCB will be used to demonstrate how all these little tricks can be implemented in real life.

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Altium Keynote: Altium Designer 19

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Industry Keynote: PCB Base Material Properties and Developments

This presentation details the development of high reliability base materials for PCBs with a focus on thermal performance, reliability and signal integrity. Classification by application as a method of substrate selection will be explored. This methodology gives the designer the flexibility to select the appropriate substrate for an application without over-engineering performance that is neither required nor can be afforded. The presentation includes a straightforward guide to the PCB substrate manufacturing process emphasizing the impact of resin chemistry, material reinforcement and copper foil properties on substrate performance.

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Industry Keynote: Electromagnetic Fields for Normal Folks

It’s All About the Space! Basic principles of electromagnetic fields, presented in easy to understand language with plenty of diagrams. Discover how understanding EM field behavior allows you to design more robust PCBs with better EMC performance. This is not rocket science, but an easy to understand discussion of how to use PCB geometry to control the fields. This session will, after an introduction to EM field behavior, describe several effective methods for designing the spaces which are used to deliver power on a PCB. These methods are driven by considerations for how fast the switches are changing states and the geometry of the spaces and placement of components to properly deliver energy to prevent EMC and signal integrity issues.

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Industry Keynote: PCB Layout Starts in the Schematics

The days of indecipherable schematics are over. By utilizing the features in Altium Designer, it is now possible to create simplified schematics that contain a wealth of information. Modern schematics serve as the single source of truth for an electrical design. Learn to utilize these tools coupled with best practices to create robust PCB layouts.

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The Connected Future of PCB Design: Introducing Altium 365

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The Secrets of a Successful Board Build: 4 Best Practices for Designer/Manufacturer Collaboration

A successful board build is not just about how fast the manufacturing process is, it is also about how fast a CM can understand the design intent of the project. However, communication of design intent is often ambiguous and issue resolution is slow and opaque. These problems can cause cost overruns, delays, or at worst full board re-spins.

In this session, Shashank Samala, VP of Product and Cofounder at Tempo Automation, will present 4 best practices that enable successful collaboration between designers and manufacturers. Shashank will explore how to expand collaboration into all phases of board development, how to create a transparent and responsive relationship, and how to use Altium design files to make the process more efficient.

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Practical High-Speed Design Constraints

Designers often work with customers and engineers who have matched length constraints in high-speed designs. A lot has been said by industry experts Dan Beeker, Rick Hartley and Eric Bogatin about the movement of energy in the electromagnetic fields guided by the copper tracks and features in our PCBs. Designers need to consider the velocity (speed) at which this energy propagates. Transition Propagation Delay (Tpd) is the reciprocal of velocity. In this presentation, Randy will demonstrate how to obtain or calculate Tpd, how to determine Tpd and critical trace lengths using Saturn's PCB Toolkit, as well as explain why and when Tpd should be considered in high-speed designs.

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Hidden Library Attributes, Filtering BOMs, Adding Daughter Boards and Running DRC in 3D

This is a two-part presentation. In part one I will explain three hidden attributes that you can add to your Altium Master libraries. I will show how to add and use them to existing libraries, how to use them to extract BOMs and filter them using Excel. This will include one that can be used with the variants subroutine. In part two, I will share a simple method to add a 3D model of daughter boards. I will also show how to run the DRC subroutine to check for problems with the added boards in 3D.

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Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

Injection Molded Structural Electronics integrates printed electronics and discrete electronic components inside plastics creating beautiful, smart surfaces with electronic functionality. IMSE enables new use cases for electronic products due to the fact that full part thickness is typically only 3mm. At the same time electronics design is facing new challenges due to the thinness of the parts and missing PCB. Learn more about IMSE electronics design during this presentation.

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Flex: Something New for Everyone

Flex and rigid-flex is a significantly growing portion of the global PCB market. Whether you are new to single and double sided flex, moving into rigid flex construction or investigating an additive process and advanced manufacturing, working with technology new to you can be both exciting and challenging. This presentation will be filtered with a fabrication perspective giving insight into material selection and design for manufacturability and span technology ranging from standard subtractive etch processing to emerging additive technology utilizing mSAP and SLP technology. This session will conclude with real- world examples and lessons learned from those navigating the implementation of technology new to them and hoping to shorten the learning curve for others.

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An Altium Morality Guide: A Framework for Team Collaboration and Getting Things Right

Altium is a very powerful tool, and it allows the user to do things in many different ways. However, “can do it” is different from “should do it”. Come hear experiences in working with Altium Designer for 15 years across small and large companies. The talk will focus on a process to help get things right the first time such as best practices relating to library management, tool configuration, template creation, layer assignment, schematic capture and layout best practices and file naming and versioning in a collaborative environment.

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What Every Scope User Needs to Know About Transmission Lines

It’s easy to get a measurement on the screen of a scope. It’s hard to get a measurement that does not have artifacts and from which you can directly interpret useful information about your device under test. Every measurement above about 10 MHz bandwidth has the potential for reflection artifacts unless set up correctly. And then how you set up your scope can dramatically affect the information you measure about your device.

In this presentation, I will show you why understanding a few basic principles about transmission lines will dramatically improve how you use a scope and avoid very common artifacts. 90% of the engineers I show these examples to don’t understand transmission lines and screw up interpreting measurements. Don’t be one of them.

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Designing for Adaptation

It's very rare that a design comes back working on the first revision. The bringup process usually involves dozens of wires soldered on for debugging purposes or some amount of rework to fix problems. Even if your boards always come back working perfectly, changes in design requirements after fabrication can still necessitate modifications to your board. This talk discusses techniques you can start using today to design defensively and make your PCBs easy to modify and adapt quickly, reliably, and without expensive equipment or services.

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Clock Structures, Timing Analysis, and Signal Requirements for Synchronous and Asynchronous Buses

Gain an understanding of the fundamental signal requirements for successfully implementing Synchronous and Asynchronous Buses.

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Unleash the Power and Potential of Altium’s Design Rule Capabilities

Effective design rules can give you a polished, quality design. Ineffective or missing rules can leave your PCB design vulnerable to serious defects. While proper syntax and hierarchy can be complicated and challenging, we will discuss some of the most useful design rules and how to make them portable and adaptable to every design that you create.

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The Benefits Gained by Using HDI Technology

Many designers understand the help that HDI technology can give to the fanout of a BGA, but there are many other benefits to consider as well. Some may feel like uVias may be cost prohibitive, so we will talk about how the technology can affect the general efficiency of a board, counteracting that cost. The routing and stackup possibilities expand rapidly with HDI providing new resources, and we will discuss how it provides some true benefits for signal integrity and EMI too. And while some parts are fairly awkward to route with through hole vias, they can be much easier to design with uVias. All this and a few helpful manufacturing tips will be discussed in this presentation.

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Navigating the Complexities of PCB Material Selection

A well designed PCB has to perform in key areas such as signal, mechanical and thermal performance, as well as meeting a project's budget. Today there are so many options from resin types to copper foil. In this session, we will look at this through the eyes of a PCB designer and identify key material attributes that will help you have productive discussions with your fabrication partners that will lead to good material choices.

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FPGA Guidelines for Efficient Design and Verification

Developing hardware that involves an FPGA requires work in both an FPGA environment and a PCB design tool. They are separate environments, but require close interaction. In this interaction there are different approaches and strategies possible. In my presentation I will outline different approaches, peculiarities of FPGA systems, useful naming conventions and explain why keeping a strict relationship between names on the FPGA and PCB will save you time and improve the quality of the design.

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Design for Test: Determining the Value of the JTAG Interface During the Schematic Stage

After a brief explanation about modern test methodologies and in-system programming capabilities via the JTAG interface on chip, board, and system level, the focus of this presentation will be on the necessity and ways for improving your design for testing (DFT) and fast in-system programming. This is best done during the schematic stage. Studies and experience show that if you do, your company will substantially save engineering time and build more reliable products.

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Wind Tunnel Race Car Models - Custom Prototype Devices Design: Altium as an Improvement Tool to Gain Efficiency

Have you never been asked to increase work efficiency when designing electronic prototypes? How did you handle your PCB design merging reliability, mechanical integration and short delivery time? During the design and preparation processes, time is a key factor. It is quite common to receive special requests at the last moment. In order to be able to deliver electronic devices in time the design process, validation, prototyping and testing have to be as quick as possible. In our experience, we introduced Altium Designer in 2011 to our Wind Tunnel department as an electronic devices design tool. This choice was a winning one allowing us to react and create new custom devices in a very efficient and quick way. Starting from what it is needed in a Wind Tunnel in terms of acquisition systems and electronic devices, we will present some practical applications related to specific needs. We will describe how we have approached and managed the requests using Altium Designer. One other topic is the integration of the mechanical enclosures and the PCB boards designed. Using the 3D Altium Designer CAD tool, we have been able to efficiently integrate the new devices inside the model even with a significant lack of space. Last but not least, we would like to highlight how important it is to create proper documentation and how much Altium Designer has helped to improve our design efficiency, productivity and output.

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Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

Injection Molded Structural Electronics integrates printed electronics and discrete electronic components inside plastics creating beautiful, smart surfaces with electronic functionality. IMSE enables new use cases for electronic products due to the fact that full part thickness is typically only 3mm. At the same time electronics design is facing new challenges due to the thinness of the parts and missing PCB. Learn more about IMSE electronics design during this presentation.

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Digital Standards and Samples for Rigid-Flex Technology

Rigid-flex technology offers some unique advantages for high reliability applications in miniaturized systems. But getting started can be difficult and the variants and possibilities are diverse. Because of this, standardization is mandatory to meet quality and cost which starts not in production, but with the design. This presentation will demonstrate how rigid-flex design can be achieved in Altium Designer, while also showcasing some nice mechanical options. We are also providing our standard stackups for import into Altium Designer, thus saving time and reducing errors. Next, we’ll go over how to implement specific design rules for rigid-flex using the constraint manager. All of this is intended to help meet customers’ needs in productivity, quality and cost by creating a quality design and providing good production data for the PCB fabricator. This also will enable more and more designers in industry to use rigid-flex technology.

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Power Delivery Analysis in battery powered wireless products

Battery powered wireless devices can present a number of design challenges, especially the combination of being space constrained along with having dynamic current requirements both during RF transmission and charging, in which minimising IR drops within the PCB layout to achieve maximum efficiency is critical. Whilst careful design can be used to mitigate potential IR drop issues, the use of Power Delivery Analysis in the layout gives much greater insights into validating that the PCB layout meets the product design requirements. In this presentation Richard will go through some use cases where PDN within Altium Designer can be used to ensure that the product PCB layout has been optimised for maximum efficiency and potentially avoid PCB re-spins as a result of unforeseen layout issues.

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Multichannel Design in Altium Designer

Do you need eight identical A/D converters on one PCB? Or do you have several similar DDR3 memory banks on your FPGA design? Save time and minimize design risk using "multichannel" design features inside Altium Designer. This session will be a live, hands-on demonstration using Altium Designer 18, showing concepts and implementation of simple multichannel designs on schematic and PCB levels, then advancing to more complex approaches. We will conclude with a 16-channel LED display tile, having approximately 5000 components. You will learn how to set up different instances of your channels with different parameters and behavior, maximizing flexibility and empowering the tool to handle the slight difference between variation and copy and paste.

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Challenges in the design of Lab-on-PCB platforms

Lab-on-Chip technology aspires to shrink biomedical laboratories in few cm microchips, in a technological revolution step analogous to the introduction of computer technology in the 20th century. In this presentation Dr. Moschou will provide an overview of this technology and its impact on healthcare. She will then focus on manufacturing techniques for integrated Lab-on-Chip biomedical diagnostic chips and in particular the Lab-on-PCB technology that has been the forefront of her work for the past 8 years. The current challenges in designing such devices with Altium Designer will be presented, along with strategies to overcome them and future development steps.

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Thermal analysis & Electrical stress Derating Integrated in Altium Designer

Imagine that you are at a ski site and you sit on a ski lift, which can carry a maximum of 60kg according to the manufacturer specification, while your weight is 66kg. That is only 10% above the maximum allowed weight. Will you worry? Of course. A good ski lift designer will use a safety factor and will design it several times stronger which can hold, for example, 300kg taking into account the possible weight of the skiers. In electronics it is the same, if the designer uses components up to the maximum rating from the manufacturer datasheet, the components’ operation life will be shortened. Things are even worse if the temperature increases, the safety factor should be higher. This safety factor is called Derating. Derating includes Power, Voltage, Current and Temperature parameters and they are calculated in DC and AC in average and peak modes. Every component is derated for different parameters, for example, Transistors: Power Dissipation, Collector Current, Breakdown Voltage and Junction temperature. This requires to set up all possible operational states for every component and to calculate the stress in the worst scenario. For example: Power dissipation and Collector Current when the transistor is in saturation and Vceo in cutoff mode. Product reliability and life span depends on electrical stress and temperature. The average accepted stress is 50% at 25°C, above 25°C the derated stress level decreases to 0% at 125°C. An increase of 10% in stress or 10°C in temperature shortens the life by half. This important factor must be covered by the designer at the schematic stage to provide first class reliable product with a long life. This will also reduces the amount of failures in qualification and integration testing. In this presentation, we will explain how different levels of Derating depend on the application, industry and environment, how to use the Altium Designer schematic data for thermal and stress derating analysis and how the results are shown on the schematic while over stressed components are colored in red.

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High-Speed Board Design Rules to Get Your PCB Designed Right the First Time

Understanding the principles of signal/power integrity and EMI by the electronic engineer is necessary, but unfortunately our experience does not guarantee the successful functioning of the system. Converting the principles into quantities built by the PCB layout designer will bring us closer to this goal. This lecture will cover 10 critical issues regarding the return current path and bypass capacitors roles, cross talk by coupling, Faraday cages by layers construction and best routing techniques for minimizing the return current loops. All of these topics are converted into a guide that is concise but effective and proven to achieve these goals.

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Altium Designer Productivity: Jump Start your Altium Designer projects

Creating a new PCB project in Altium Designer can be quite a bit of work, especially if you want all the bells and whistles on it. The same goes for the production of CAM data at the end of the project. In this presentation, Casper dives deep into this matter and explores several strategies for setting up a coherent system of templates, libraries, design rules, output jobs, etc. that will help you jump start new designs and race to production. He will reveal his personal tricks of the trade in setting up Altium Designer and give guidance to how this can work for your organization.

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You Design & You Manufacture: Additive Manufacturing of Complex Multilayer Circuits

This is an era where product life cycles are shrinking and demands on PCB designers are relentless. The need for speed is clear and additive manufacturing now allows for rapid in-house iteration in complete secrecy. This session will describe the technical aspects of how 3D printing and additive manufacturing is migrating to the world of electronics and what it means for designers. Learn about the wide range of applications and real-world use cases. Additive manufacturing is the result of advanced printing and materials technologies, but what is key is that it can put a lot of control in the hands of the designer. It is an important innovation enhancer and a cornerstone in any industry 4.0 strategy.

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Overcoming the challenges of HDI

HDI design offers many benefits which enable the creation of miniaturized devices and is in high demand in many industries today. Conversely, it introduces new challenges for engineers because it requires more careful and complex consideration in your PCB layout design. There are completely different requirements for layer stack-up and routing which are not applicable in a traditional PCB. These challenges require new insights, practice and tools. Missing any of these requirements will extend your design time dramatically. The good news is that many of those challenges have clear solutions. In this course, we will discuss what every engineer should know before taking on HDI design and share solutions in Altium Designer 19 that can help you do that more efficiently.

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Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

When you place a component in your design, a variety of technical and business aspects are instantiated that are largely outside of your control. These include cost, availability, quality, reliability, lead time and more. Combine this with electronic component markets fluctuating in real-time and it’s easy to see how undetected BOM ”surprises” can tangle projects in a web of late-cycle delays, cost escalation and even redesign. In this session, you’ll see how to use Altium Designer’s ActiveBOM to find the right components and how to frequently monitor your BOM to guard against risks that can derail your project.

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Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Traditionally, there is a divide between ECAD and MCAD engineers and disciplines, but the need for nearly seamless collaboration continues to grow due to complexity and shrinking form factors in today's electronics products and devices. Mechanical engineers want to get fully functional PCBs pulled into their software for assembly design or for additional simulation (thermal, structural analysis, etc.) and electrical engineers want to check how their PCB will fit to design enclosure. File exchange with any existing formats (STEP, IDF or IDX) is a cumbersome process and it is a time for completely new approach. In this course we will cover a new disruptive approach in which MCAD and ECAD engineers can work with the same design data without any restrictions.

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PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

Many designers create single-board systems, but increasingly devices contain multi-board systems that may also include additional electronic or mechanical parts. There are many challenges when an engineer wants to fit a board into a small device enclosure or into a box where there are multiple boards. Often, the traditional way this type of product design is addressed is within MCAD software. However, in many cases it is necessary to have the whole device expressed within in a wiring diagram, a system diagram, and an entire BOM or assembly drawing much earlier in the design stage. This course will discuss the more efficient ways of bringing all these pieces together effectively and cohesively.

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PCB Design Best Practices: Routing Techniques in Altium Designer

We are going to discuss two critical steps of every PCB design in which we have made significant improvement in Altium Designer 19. Routing is the most time-consuming phase of PCB design and any additional technique, option or tool will save significant time for engineers and designers. A unique combination of design techniques and software capabilities will help you to be far more efficient during the routing process. Of course, routing quality depends on preliminary steps like rules definition, stack-up planning and placement. In this course, we will focus on all these interrelated tasks and on specific solutions that can be found in Altium Designer 19.

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PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

Communication is key to creating an effective layer stack-up in PCB Design. Most people think a stack-up design is just the Z-axis view of the layers stacked to meet the customer requirements for overall thickness and layer count – with a controlled impedance table in one place and a drill table in another place. However, this is only half the story. Your fabricator will take into account all the capabilities of their processes to plan the most cost-effective production sequence and define design rules that can actually be fabricated.

During this session, we will discuss the requirements you should communicate with your fabricators, as well as introduce the DFM Guidelines they should provide with your unique stack-up. Investing the time in initial stack-up planning with your fabricator prior to routing will ensure that your design will have less errors and be optimized for best-cost.

We will also be demonstrating Altium Designer 19’s new Advanced Layer Stack Manager that can assist in optimizing the stack-up, with pre-defined materials library and impedance control profiles.

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Overcoming the Challenges of HDI Design

Many designers understand the help that HDI technology can give to the fanout of a BGA, but there are many other benefits to consider as well. Some may feel like uVias may be cost prohibitive, so we will talk about how the technology can affect the general efficiency of a board, counteracting that cost. The routing and stackup possibilities expand rapidly with HDI providing new resources, and we will discuss how it provides some true benefits for signal integrity and EMI too. And while some parts are fairly awkward to route with through hole vias, they can be much easier to design with uVias. All this and a few helpful manufacturing tips will be discussed in this presentation.

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Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

When you place a component in your design, a variety of technical and business aspects are instantiated that are largely outside of your control. These include cost, availability, quality, reliability, lead time and more. Combine this with electronic component markets fluctuating in real-time and it’s easy to see how undetected BOM ”surprises” can tangle projects in a web of late-cycle delays, cost escalation and even redesign. In this session, you’ll see how to use Altium Designer’s ActiveBOM to find the right components and how to frequently monitor your BOM to guard against risks that can derail your project.

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Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Traditionally, there is a divide between ECAD and MCAD engineers and disciplines, but the need for nearly seamless collaboration continues to grow due to complexity and shrinking form factors in today's electronics products and devices. Mechanical engineers want to get fully functional PCBs pulled into their software for assembly design or for additional simulation (thermal, structural analysis, etc.) and electrical engineers want to check how their PCB will fit to design enclosure. File exchange with any existing formats (STEP, IDF or IDX) is a cumbersome process and it is a time for completely new approach. In this course we will cover a new disruptive approach in which MCAD and ECAD engineers can work with the same design data without any restrictions.

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PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

Many designers create single-board systems, but increasingly devices contain multi-board systems that may also include additional electronic or mechanical parts. There are many challenges when an engineer wants to fit a board into a small device enclosure or into a box where there are multiple boards. Often, the traditional way this type of product design is addressed is within MCAD software. However, in many cases it is necessary to have the whole device expressed within in a wiring diagram, a system diagram, and an entire BOM or assembly drawing much earlier in the design stage. This course will discuss the more efficient ways of bringing all these pieces together effectively and cohesively.

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PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

Communication is key to creating an effective layer stack-up in PCB design. Most people think a stack-up design is just the Z-axis view of the layers stacked to meet the customer requirements for overall thickness and layer count – with a controlled impedance table in one place and a drill table in another place. However, this is only half the story. Your fabricator will take into account all the capabilities of their processes to plan the most cost-effective production sequence and define design rules that can actually be fabricated. During this session, we will discuss the requirements you should communicate with your fabricators, as well as introduce the DFM Guidelines they should provide with your unique stack-up. Investing the time in initial stack-up planning with your fabricator prior to routing will ensure that your design will have less errors and be optimized for best-cost. We will also be demonstrating Altium Designer 19’s new Advanced Layer Stack Manager that can assist in optimizing the stack-up, with predefined materials library and impedance control profiles.

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The Commodore Experience: Engineering the Early Generations of Home Computers

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Bil Herd

CEO, MCG, LLC

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The Commodore Experience: Engineering the Early Generations of Home Computers

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The Extreme importance of PC Board Stack-up

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Rick Hartley

Principal Engineer, RHartley Enterprises

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The Extreme importance of PC Board Stack-up

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Altium Designer 19

Keynote Speaker

Lawrence Romine

VP of Marketing, Altium

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Ben Jordan

Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, Altium

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Altium Designer 19

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Engineer to Architect: How to Leverage System-Level Design Thinking

Keynote Speaker

Jeremy Blum

Director Of Hardware, Shaper

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Engineer to Architect: How to Leverage System-Level Design Thinking

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The Value of the White Space

Keynote Speaker

Eric Bogatin

Signal Integrity Evangelist,Teledyne LeCroy

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The Value of the White Space

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The Connected Future of PCB Design Introducing Altium 365

Keynote Speaker

Ted Pawela

Chief Operating Officer, Altium

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Leigh Gawne

Director, Ciiva Cloud Applications & Platform

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The Connected Future of PCB Design Introducing Altium 365

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The Secrets of a Successful Board Build: 4 Best Practices for Designer/Manufacturer Collaboration

Shashank Samala

VP of Product and Cofounder Tempo Automation

The Secrets of a Successful Board Build: 4 Best Practices for Designer/Manufacturer Collaboration

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Practical High-Speed Design Constraints

Randy Clemmons

Senior PCB Designer, San Diego PCB

Practical High-Speed Design Constraints

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Hidden Library Attributes, Filtering BOMs, Adding Daughter Boards and Running DRC in 3D

Randy Burcham

PCB Designer, IOTA Engineering

Hidden Library Attributes, Filtering BOMs, Adding Daughter Boards and Running DRC in 3D

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Overcoming the challenges of HDI

Susy Webb

Senior PCB Designer, Fairfield Industries

Andrew Mitchell

Senior AE, Altium

Overcoming the challenges of HDI

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Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

Vince Mazur

Product and Persona, Engineer Altium

John Watson

Senior PCB Designer, Building Systems LeGrand

Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

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Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Mark Forbes

Director of Technical Marketing, Altium

Bill Brooks

Senior PCB Designer, Nordson ASYMTEK

Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

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Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

Vesa Männistö

Director of Product Management, TactoTek Group

Tuomas Heikkilä

Sr. Electronics Designer, Tactotek

Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

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Flex: Something New for Everyone

Tara Dunn

President, OMNI PCB

Flex: Something New for Everyone

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An Altium Morality Guide: A Framework for Team Collaboration and Getting Things Right

Gerardo Barroeta

Senior Engineer, Juul

An Altium Morality Guide: A Framework for Team Collaboration and Getting Things Right

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What Every Scope User Needs to Know About Transmission Lines

Eric Bogatin

Signal Integrity Evangelist, Teledyne LeCroy

What Every Scope User Needs to Know About Transmission Lines

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Designing for Adaptation

Hunter Scott

Director of Hardware Engineering, Reach Lab

Designing for Adaptation

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Clock Structures, Timing Analysis, and Signal Requirements for Synchronous and Asynchronous Buses

Max Seeley

Lead Electrical Engineer, 3M

Clock Structures, Timing Analysis, and Signal Requirements for Synchronous and Asynchronous Buses

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PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

David Haboud

Product Marketing Engineer, Altium

Cherie Litson

PCB Designer/Consultant/Instructor, Litson Consulting

PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

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PCB Design Best Practices: Routing Techniques in Altium Designer

Ben Jordan

Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, Altium

Mike Creeden

Vice President, Master Interconnect Designer, San Diego PCB

PCB Design Best Practices: Routing Techniques in Altium Designer

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PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

Andrew Mitchell

Senior AE, Altium

Carl Schattke, CID+

Lead PCB Design Engineer, Leading Electric Car Manufacturer

Julie Ellis

Field Applications Engineer, TTM

PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

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Unleash the Power and Potential of Altium’s Design Rule Capabilities

Kelly Wigington

Director of PCB Design, VPI Technologies

Unleash the Power and Potential of Altium’s Design Rule Capabilities

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The Benefits Gained by Using HDI Technology

Susy Webb

Senior PCB Designer, Fairfield Industries

The Benefits Gained by Using HDI Technology

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Navigating the Complexities of PCB Material Selection

Chris Hunrath

VP of Technology, Insulectro

Navigating the Complexities of PCB Material Selection

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The Connected Future of PCB Design: Introducing Altium 365

Keynote Speaker

Lawrence Romine

VP of Marketing, Altium

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David Marrakchi

Sr. Product & Persona Marketing Engineer, Altium

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The Connected Future of PCB Design: Introducing Altium 365

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Industry Keynote: PCB Layout Starts in the Schematics

Keynote Speaker

Max Seeley

Lead Electrical Engineer 3M, Digital Systems Group

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Industry Keynote: PCB Layout Starts in the Schematics

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Industry Keynote: Electromagnetic Fields for Normal Folks

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Dan Beeker

Principal Engineer, NXP Semiconductors

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Industry Keynote: Electromagnetic Fields for Normal Folks

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Industry Keynote: The PCB Doctor Returns: Troubleshooting Your Designs

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Thomas Wischnack

Senior Expert for Hardware Development, Porsche Engineering

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Industry Keynote: The PCB Doctor Returns: Troubleshooting Your Designs

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Industry Keynote: PCB Base Material Properties and Developments

Keynote Speaker

Alun Morgan

Technology Ambassador, Ventec

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Industry Keynote: PCB Base Material Properties and Developments

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Altium Keynote: Altium Designer 19

Keynote Speaker

David Haboud

Product & Persona Marketing Engineer, Altium

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David Marrakchi

Sr. Product & Persona Marketing Engineer, Altium

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Altium Keynote: Altium Designer 19

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You Design & You Manufacture: Additive Manufacturing of Complex Multilayer Circuits

Robert Even

Product Marketing Manager, Nano Dimension

You Design & You Manufacture: Additive Manufacturing of Complex Multilayer Circuits

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FPGA Guidelines for Efficient Design and Verification

Willem Gruter

Product Manager, HDL Works

FPGA Guidelines for Efficient Design and Verification

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Design for Test: Determining the Value of the JTAG Interface During the Schematic Stage

Rik Doorneweert

Area Manager, JTAG Technologies B.V.

Design for Test: Determining the Value of the JTAG Interface During the Schematic Stage

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Overcoming the Challenges of HDI Design

Andrew Mitchell

Senior Field Applications Engineer, Altium

Mike Creeden

Vice President, Master Interconnect Designer, San Diego PCB

Overcoming the Challenges of HDI Design

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Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

Vincent Mazur

Product and Persona Engineer, Altium

John Watson

Senior PCB Designer, Building Systems LeGrand

Overcoming Part Selection and Sourcing Challenges with ActiveBOM

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Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Linda Mazzitelli

Mark Forbes

Director of Technical Marketing, Altium

Enabling Cohesive ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

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Wind Tunnel Race Car Models - Custom Prototype Devices Design: Altium as an Improvement Tool to Gain Efficiency

Alberto Garozzo

Principal Engineer Wind Tunnel Electronic, Toyota Motorsport GmbH

Wind Tunnel Race Car Models - Custom Prototype Devices Design: Altium as an Improvement Tool to Gain Efficiency

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Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

Tuomas Heikkila

Sr. Electronics Designer, Tactotek

Injection Molded Structural Electronics: Creating Smart Surfaces with Electronic Functionality

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Digital Standards and Samples for Rigid-Flex Technology

Andreas Schilpp

Technical Marketing, Würth Elektronik

Digital Standards and Samples for Rigid-Flex Technology

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Power Delivery Analysis in battery powered wireless products

Richard Marshall

Director, Xitex

Power Delivery Analysis in battery powered wireless products

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Multichannel Design in Altium Designer

Rainer Beerhalter

General Manager, B GMBH MEDIEN UND DATENBANKEN

Multichannel Design in Altium Designer

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Challenges in the design of Lab-on-PCB platforms

Dr. Despina Moschou

Lecturer, University of Bath

Challenges in the design of Lab-on-PCB platforms

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PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

David Haboud

Product & Persona Marketing Engineer, Altium

Cherie Litson

PCB Designer/Consultant/Instructor, Litson Consulting

PCB Design vs Product Design: Unleashing the Power of Effective Multi-board Design

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PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

Andrew Mitchell

Senior Field Applications Engineer, Altium

Carl Schattke

Lead PCB Design Engineer, Leading Electric Car Manufacturer

PCB Design Best Practices: Advanced Stack-Up in Altium Designer

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Thermal analysis & Electrical stress Derating Integrated in Altium Designer

Yizhak Bot

Founder and CTO, BQR Reliability Engineering

Thermal analysis & Electrical stress Derating Integrated in Altium Designer

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High-Speed Board Design Rules to Get Your PCB Designed Right the First Time

Shalom Shlomi Zigdon

CEO & Lecturer, iTech iCollege PCB Academy

High-Speed Board Design Rules to Get Your PCB Designed Right the First Time

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Altium Designer Productivity: Jump Start your Altium Designer projects

Casper van Doorne

Electronics Expert, Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc.

Altium Designer Productivity: Jump Start your Altium Designer projects

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