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Every Designer Needs to Understand Embedded 

02/14/2024 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
IPC’s Kris Moyer teaches design techniques for embedding components, and he’s noticed an upswing in his students’ interest in embedded component design. We recently spoke with him about embedding component design: best practices, pros and cons, and when it makes sense for designers to start embedding.

IPC Standards: Ticket to a Safe Passage

10/26/2023 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
John Watson, CID, is a customer success manager with Altium who also teaches PCB design at Palomar College in Carlsbad, California. He’s noticed that most of his students are primarily new to the industry and not familiar with IPC standards. In his classes, he teaches how to use these standards while trying to help students access the documents more easily. When we met with John, we asked him to discuss the importance of understanding IPC standards, the price you’ll pay if you decide not to follow them, and his plans for getting new designers on board with standards as early as possible in their careers.

PCBFlow Fosters Collaboration Between Design and Manufacture 

10/23/2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
During PCB West, I spoke with Susan Kayesar, program manager for PCBFlow, a business unit of Siemens that provides a collaboration environment for designers and manufacturers. We discussed the intent behind PCBFlow and how this platform helps to improve pre-manufacture communications. 

Connect the Dots: Best Practices for Prototyping

09/21/2023 | Matt Stevenson -- Column: Connect the Dots
PCB prototyping is a critical juncture during an electronic device’s journey from concept to reality. Regardless of a project’s complexity, the process of transforming a design into a working board is often enlightening in terms of how a design can be improved before a PCB is ready for full production.

Global Sourcing Spotlight: Meeting the Challenges of Global Sourcing

09/26/2023 | Bob Duke -- Column: Global Sourcing Spotlight
Sourcing goods and services from around the world can offer many benefits, such as cost savings and access to a wider and better range of products and services, but it also presents many challenges, especially for amateurs. Global sourcing is a game for experienced experts. The path to global sourcing is riddled with stories of failures and catastrophes, from losing a wire payment for your supplier overseas to theft of proprietary intellectual property. In short, you have to know what you’re doing before you take the leap to global sourcing.
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