During DesignCon 2018, I met with Anaya Vardya and John Bushie of American Standard Circuits. Anaya and John recently co-wrote an eBook, published by I-Connect007, titled The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to Fundamentals of RF/Microwave PCBs. We discussed their goals and the scope of this handy microbook, which features plenty of information that even high-speed digital designers can benefit from.
Andy Shaughnessy: How are you all doing? It's good to see you again.
Anaya Vardya: Great to see you, Andy.
Shaughnessy: You’ve brought a copy of your new book, The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to Fundamentals of RF/Microwave PCBs. It's been great working with you guys on the book, and a lot of fun. I learned quite a few things when I was editing it.
Vardya: I hope you did.
Shaughnessy: That was the point of it, right? So what made you decide to write a book?
John Bushie: Basically, we wanted to take all the experience we’ve gathered working with engineers throughout the years. Anaya has been in the industry for 30+ years. I have been around RF microwave for over 20 years, both on the fabrication and the laminate side of the business. Since we get to work with so many designers on all their varieties of projects, it was nice to be able to share some of that knowledge with a wider audience-
Shaughnessy: Especially now that the digital people are seeing a lot of the same problems that the RF guys have been dealing with.
Bushie: The data rates go up, the relative frequencies go up. They're dealing with the same challenges.
Vardya: I think one thing that is important to note is that this is our second book. We actually started out writing a book on flex and rigid-flex. And we had a lot of designers who were asking us a lot of questions. We have to go back to the designers and say, “We need you to redo some things.” Everybody was collectively losing a lot of time in the process.
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