Rules can be challenging to navigate. Some can be ignored and some are of critical importance. Determining the difference can be complicated. Where have our rules come from, how do we use them now and where do we see them going in the future? Altium Designer is rule driven, and how you drive them matters. Leveraging rules can save on board cost, improve reliability and speed up the design process. A number of rule issues and solutions will be looked at that have caused problems. A focus on knowing and understanding design rule trade offs should leave you better prepared to complete your next design.
Carl Schattke, CID+ likes sharing the PCB Design skills he’s worked on for the last 44 years. He’s been fortunate to work on several thousand circuit boards supporting all types of industries. He ran TLC design a PCB design service bureau for ten years supporting over a 100 clients. At ASIC Designs he designed Modems, Notebook computers, PDA’s, and many embedded systems. Carl designed reconfigurable memory cards for startup Nuron that was acquired by Intel. At Intel Carl moved from the Network Equipment division to Sort Test Engineering where he designed bare wafer sort test solutions. In his current role he designs computers, controllers, sensors, power electronics, and high speed communication systems. He’s also been active as a PCB Design consultant working on a wide variety of other projects. Outside interests include martial arts, cycling, music and family activities with his wife and four children.
Differential Pairs have been used in PC boards for years to carry high-speed signals, in a variety of bus formats. Many Board Designers and Engineers believe the rules for differential pairs are the same in a PC board as they are in a cable or twisted pair of wires. This is NOT the case! This keynote will discuss the advantages of differential pairs, which format gives the best impedance control, what is the right spacing between lines of a pair, what’s important in differential pair routing, and how much skew is really acceptable.
Rick Hartley (retired from L-3 Avionics) is the principal of RHartley Enterprises, through which he consults and teaches internationally to resolve EMI, noise and signal integrity issues. He has helped major corporations in the US and 14 other countries. Rick’s 50 years in industry focused on circuit and PC board design for computers, aircraft avionics, and telecommunications. His consulting focuses on those industries as well as medical systems, automotive electronics, and appliances. Rick has an engineering degree and 55 years in electronics engineering. He has taught seminars at various IEEE events, PCB West, Freescale Technology Forum, AltiumLive, IPC Apex/Expo and other public and private forums. Rick is a member of the IEEE, the IPC Designers Council Board of Directors and a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design Magazine. Additionally, he has written numerous technical papers and articles on methods to control noise, EMI and signal integrity.
Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
When it comes to modern product design, testing, and manufacturing, the work of electrical engineers is inextricably linked to the design of the system as a whole. By understanding the manufacturing and test processes that your boards/flexes will be subjected to, you can make early design decisions that will reduce cost, complexity, and yield problems. Jeremy, an electrical engineer and system architect, will explain the hands-on approach he takes to board-level testing and full system functional testing. He will explain a variety of design and documentation techniques, based on an understanding of manufacturing and testing flows, that will help you get a functional product to market more efficiently.
Jeremy Blum is the Director of Engineering and Lead Electrical Engineer at Shaper (shapertools.com), where he utilizes augmented reality to build robotic power tools. Before joining Shaper, Jeremy was a Lead Electrical Architect/Engineer at Google X where he worked on confidential products including Google Glass. Jeremy received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.
Jeremy has designed prosthetic hands, fiber-optic LED lighting systems, home-automation systems, 3D printers and scanners, self-assembling robots, wearable computing platforms, factory automation systems, and learning robots. His work has been featured at international conferences, in peer-reviewed journals, and popular media outlets such as The Discovery Channel, The Wall Street Journal, and Popular Science Magazine. Forbes Magazine named him to their annual 30-Under-30 list as recognition for his work that has "helped America make things and get stuff done." He holds several patents.
When not building products, Jeremy enjoys teaching. His written and video tutorials have been utilized by millions of people to learn electrical engineering and embedded software design. His book, Exploring Arduino, has been translated into multiple languages and is used as an engineering textbook around the world. Jeremy’s passion is to use engineering to improve people’s lives and to give them the tools they need to do the same. You can learn more about Jeremy at his website: JeremyBlum.com.
Times are rapidly changing. There are some trends of change that will impact printed circuit design, fabrication and assembly/test. Three of these trends will be briefly talked about in this presentation:
The coming of the eSmart Factory (example of Whelen Engineering)
Digitization of design-the role of CAD tools for automation (INDUSTRY 4.0 and IPC-CFX)
How Artificial Intelligence software could affect design tools, productivity, and quality
The 'crystal ball' is a little cloudy about WHEN but it's coming in YOUR future.
Happy Holden is retired from GENTEX Corporation (one of the U.S.'s largest automotive electronics OEM. He was the Chief Technical Officer for the world’s biggest PCB Fabricator-HonHai Precision Industries (Foxconn) in China. Prior to Foxconn, Mr. Holden was the Senior PCB Technologist for Mentor Graphics; he was the Advanced Technology Manager at NanYa/Westwood Associates and Merix Corporations. He retired from Hewlett-Packard after over 28 years. His prior assignments had been as director of PCB R&D and Manufacturing Engineering Manager. While at HP, he managed PCB design, PCB partnerships, and automation software in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has been involved in advanced PCB technologies for over 47 years. He has published chapters on HDI technology in 4 books, as well as his own book, the HDI Handbook, available as a free e-Book at http://hdihandbook.com. He recently completed the 7th Edition of McGraw-Hill's PC Handbook with Clyde Coombs.