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Rigid-flex: Designing in 3D
In this month’s issue, our expert contributors share their best tips, tricks and techniques for designing rigid-flex circuits. If you’re a rigid board designer considering moving into the 3D world of rigid-flex, this issue is just what the doctor ordered!
Simulation, Analysis, and AI
Getting today’s designs “right the first time” is critical, especially with costly advanced PCBs. Simulation and analysis software tools can help you in the fight to eliminate respins. They’re not magical, but they can predict the future of your design.
Advanced, Complex & Emerging Designs
This month, our contributors focus on designing PCBs with advanced, complex and emerging technologies. We investigate design strategies for boards that are on the cutting edge of technology, or crazily complex, or so new that designers are still writing the rules as they go.
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September 29, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week’s must-reads cover a little bit of everything: advanced packaging substrates, rigid-flex design, the potential loss of tribal knowledge, ultra HDI processing, and the need for fabricators to begin utilizing Smart systems. In a few weeks, we’ll be attending SMTA International in Minneapolis, and then productronica in Munich. We hope to see you on the road!
September 28, 2023 | Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
There has always been pressure to reduce line and space as we have seen the bleeding edge technology go from 8 mils to 5 mils and then to 3 mils. The difference between “then” and “now” is that the prior advancements, for the most part, used the same processes, chemistry and equipment going from 8 mils to 3 mils. But going from 3 mil to sub 1 mil trace and space is a quantum leap in printed circuit board (PCB) technology that requires a whole new set of processes and materials.
September 14, 2023 | Vern Solberg, Designer's Notebook
Flexible circuit applications can be as basic as furnishing electrical interconnect between two conventional circuit board assemblies, or to prove a platform for placing and interconnecting electronic components. During the planning...
September 14, 2023 | John Watson, Elementary, Mr. Watson
Electronics are continually evolving, driven by innovations in printed circuit board technology. Flexible PCBs have emerged as a revolutionary force, reshaping the PCB industry and influencing the design and functionality of countless...
September 12, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, The Shaughnessy Report
When I first started covering this industry in 1999, rigid-flex circuits were considered a niche market. In fact, Compaq was deemed a trendsetter for using rigid-flex in its laptops. Now, analysts at Credence Research predict that the...
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- An Overview of Rigid-flex Design, with Kris Moyer
- Rigid-flex Stackup: It’s a 3D World, by Bill Hargin
- Design for Manufacturing Principles for Flexible Circuits, by Vern Solberg
- Unlocking the Key to Rigid-flex Design Success, by Joe Fjelstad
- Rigid-flex Design Guidelines, by Cherie Litson
- Selecting a Rigid-flex Fabricator, by Mike Morando
- Human Ingenuity and the Rigid-flex PCB, by Tim Haag