PCB Tech Talk

PCB Tech Talk

John McMillan discusses PCB design and EDA technology and trends.... Show More

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October 28, 2019 11 min

DFM issues are all too common, from PCB layout to manufacture and testing. In fact, a single fabrication holdup can cost you untold amounts in lost productivity. Having integrated DFM analysis allows you to identify and correct potential fabrication and assembly issues in the design database before they ever hit the production floor. Without DFM analysis, you are essentially leaving changes in the fabricators hands, where the fo... Read more

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DDR is everywhere. From wearable devices to automobiles, DDR memory is quickly becoming the standard for SoC applications. Efficient DDR design can help you meet the demand for swift product development and reduced operating costs. Stay a step ahead with the wide range of features in PADS Professional that are designed to enable you to create, simulate and verify DDR interfaces.

 

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August 23, 2019 31 min

The foundation for ultra-fast download speeds, reliable low latency connections, and connectivity to billions of IoT devices coming online over the next years relies greatly on 5G. Design for devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and wearables will need to operate in new spectrum with new enabling technologies. With scalable numerology, flexible waveforms, and new spectrum, 5G provides a robust framework to address the man... Read more

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Did you know that lack SI validation is one of the key reasons why designs fail in the field?  That’s why 75% of Best-in Class companies implement SI analysis. In today’s high-tech PCB designs nearly every PCB can benefit from Signal Integrity Simulation and Analysis. In fact, it’s not a luxury; it’s a critical step in the product design process. SI analysis not only ensures that design constraints meet product performance requi... Read more

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From cellphones and wearables and in every industry for today’s competitive electronics products, bringing products to market fast and first is critical for success. What you may not know is - If you’re not using advanced techniques for things like high-speed routing and tuning, placement planning groups, design reuse, plane generation automation and many more - that it can delay your design completion time up to 70% or more!  A... Read more

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Did you know that Behavioral verification, scenario exploration, and component optimization are critical to ensuring design intent, performance, and reliability for Analog mixed-signal circuits? For nearly every modern digital device, Engineers must design it to interact with people, the analog world around it, or both.  And the pathway for getting information into and back out of our modern digital devices is the domain of anal... Read more

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Did you know that the global demand for flexible electronics is expected to reach $24.78 billion by 2026? From cellphones to wearables and to IoT devices and in every industry more and more products are requiring both static and dynamic rigid-flexible circuits than ever. In fact, rigid-flex design not only eliminates connectors and improves the performance and reliability of your electronics designs it empowers companies to meet... Read more

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Did you know, that on average, PCB designs undergo as many as 3 respins at an average cost of nearly $28,000 per respin due to undetected electrical rule violations that affect design integrity and performance? In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series we answer the questions addressed during our recent live webinar events presenting how PADS Professionals’ can ensure your project will meet its performance, time-to-mar... Read more

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Did you know that intelligent automated placement and routing can accelerate your design cycle times by 25-50% or more? You can eliminate issues due to collision and space constraints as well. In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series, we will answer the questions submitted during our most recent live webinar. Learn how PADS Professionals’ Routing Automation can accelerate your design cycles while improving quality wit... Read more

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To learn more about MCAD Collaboration and Co-Design described in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below.

On-Demand Webinar: Electro-mechanical Co-design for Competitive Advantage

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Today, designing printed circuit boards in 3D is not the exception – it’s the norm. The same can now be said for many different areas in PCB design from part selection to the end products fabrication and assembly – So, what are the new exceptions – the new norms, the “game changers”, the “disruptive” emerging “shift-left” technologies in EDA?  Well, let’s talk about it!

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Is design verification at the schematic level, before you take any steps into the PCB layout phase in the PCB design flow, possible? In PCB design, we are all too familiar with layout design rule checks, even post-layout design for manufacturing, design for assembly and design-for-test checks. Many of us are even familiar with electrical design rule checks. But what about checks that look at the schematic... Read more

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April 14, 2018 19 min

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘smart’ technologies have gone far beyond phones, enhancing products in all aspects of our lives. New technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, can now be found in our living rooms and existing technologies are being upgraded and enhanced with bleeding-edge capabilities. So what might be coming down the road?

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March 15, 2018 13 min

Electrical sign-off has become, more than ever, a critical part of the PCB design process. Manually doing this, as has traditionally been done, is time consuming, error prone, and requires expert knowledge in areas like Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and Electromagnetic Integrity.

 In this episode, John discusses the advantages of automated EDRC (Electrical Design Rule Checking), and their ability to increase the effi... Read more

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Designing a PCB is similar to a complex puzzle, except there’s no picture on the box to follow. Every step taken must be done purposefully, and requires extensive knowledge of electronic design and industry best practices.

In this episode, John talks about seven shared habits that PCB Designers exhibit when they study, prepare, visualize, strategize, and complete PCB Designs.

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February 12, 2018 13 min

Are you taking advantage of these PCB design accelerators? Are you taking steps to reduce your PCB design cycle and avoid fabrication delays?

 In this episode, John talks about some key areas in PCB design that can help accelerate product design and launch to market.

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  • April 4, 2016 15 min

    Engineers, PCB designers, business execs, and even marketing and sales teams all understand the value in both time and cost savings for first pass success of printed circuit board designs. And, release dates are critical to the success of a product.

    In this episode, John explores design for manufacturing analysis. What defines a best-in-class design flow? What steps should be taken to achieve first pass design success? Read more

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    Where does collaboration with MCAD fit into your PCB design flow? Are you still encountering communication barriers between electrical and mechanical domains?

    In this episode, John McMillan talks about the evolution of the handoff between MCAD to ECAD and the advances that make collaboration more efficient than ever before.

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  • Host John McMillan talks about EDA industry updates including cool gadgets, 2016 technology and EDA events, EDA industry news, and 01005 chips.

    Don’t miss the first PCB Tech Talk giveaway! Details included in this episode. Be sure to include #pcbtechtalk in all your podcast-related tweets!

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    Listen in as podcast host John McMillan and guest David Wiens discuss PCB design industry trends over the years and specifically new trends and challenges showing up in the most recent Technology Leadership Awards design competition submissions.

    Topics in this episode include:

  • IoT
  • Density
  • Size, time, and cost constraints
  • Speed, performance, and functionality
  • Complexity
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