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PCB Designer Dave Graves Has Passed AwayJanuary 3, 2023 | Douglas G. Brooks, PhD
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David N. Graves, 65, passed away December 22, 2022. He worked with several firms, starting in 1974, and helped found UltraCAD Design Inc. in 1992. Twenty years later he joined Monsoon Solutions, Inc. where he spent the rest of his career before retiring in 2021.
Dave was a superb designer, a patient mentor to colleagues and customers alike, and was well respected by everyone. He was inducted into the Top Gun Hall of Fame in March 2001, during the PCB Design Conference, West.
One of my great joys as a grandfather of eight is spending time with them at the park. It doesn't take too long until I'm getting stuck on a slide that is too small for me or on the seesaw, with me on one side and them trying to lift me. At that point, they learn some harsh lessons in physics and how heavy Grandpa really is. A seesaw is a relatively simple device, but it’s a great way to explain a rather complex concept in PCB design: design tradeoffs. Each decision made throughout a design comes with inherent pros and cons.
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced the grand opening of its Engineering Design Center in Subang, Malaysia, that expands the company’s global engineering capabilities, during opening day of the 2024 Singapore Air Show.
It’s been another busy week in the industry. We lost another old friend last week. The EIPC show happened, and Pete Starkey provided us with complete and compelling show coverage, from start to finish. Recently, we posed the question, “When is it time to introduce embedded components into your PCB design?” which was asked and answered by design aficionado Kris Moyers in the latest issue of Design007 Magazine. We are proud to be a part of the exciting Global Insights weekly newsletter, which Nolan Johnson and Brian Knier explored in their interview, and we rounded out the week with some big merger news. Here are my picks for the past week’s must-read news items.
ROCKA Solutions is pleased to announce its partnership with Vega Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of premium-quality driver bits and fastener driving tools. Under this collaboration, ROCKA Solutions is a distributor for Vega Industries' top-notch tools designed for precision and durability.
Aismalibar will be attending the APEC, the leading conference for practicing power electronics professionals, in Long Beach, California from February 25th to 29th, 2024 in Booth 552. Aismalibar will be presenting new cooling technologies for power electronics, specifically Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) and Insulated Metal Substrates (IMS).