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The PCB is central to systems development, and the quality of your component libraries can have a dramatic impact on product performance, cost and quality. In a survey of the design community, when asked what were the key technologies required to improve their PCB Data Management, the two top items were:
- Centralized Library Management: 91%
- Component Management: 83%
Are you experiencing any of the following challenges?
- Engineers can’t find information on current parts
- No history tracking: who made what change, when, and why
- No process to prevent engineers from using parts that are undesirable or obsolete
- No process to ensure consistency and accuracy of part data
- Inaccurate component data causing BOM issues in manufacturing
- New parts are holding up the design process
If so, please attend the Library and Component Management Webinar at 10 am Eastern on October 22, 2015.
What you Will Learn:
- Component library structure for the Netlist and Integrated Flows
- Suggestions for configuring component libraries efficiently
- How to get started with a new component library
- How xDX DataBook can help you manage component parametric data
- Using tools for updating and maintaining current component data
Click here for more information, or to register.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
We’re in the middle of show season, and it certainly “shows.” Thank you very much. I’m here all week. Don’t forget to tip your wait staff. This week, we published a variety of articles, columns, and news items, and much of it centered on trade shows. Technical Editor Dan Feinberg brings us a report from CES 2023. IPC announced the winners of the Best Technical Paper awards for IPC APEX EXPO 2023. And we have an interview with Altium’s Rea Callender about the company’s educational efforts at APEX and around the globe.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Altium keeps its eyes on the designers of the future. The company has been working with colleges and universities for years, providing free seats of Altium Designer for the next generation of PCB designers and design engineers. At IPC APEX EXPO 2023, Altium will be providing software for the finalists in the IPC Design Competition just as it did last year. They offer a variety of other educational programs as well, including Upverter classes and a design competition that aims to address environmental change. Here, Rea Callender, Altium’s VP of education, discusses its educational programs and plans for the week of the show.
Patrick Crawford, IPC
Last year, IPC held its first-ever design competition at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. PCB designers from around the world competed in a series of heats during the months before the show, culminating in a showdown on the show floor between the top three finalists. Rafal Przeslawski, now with AMD, took home the top prize last year. This year, the competition is back for its sophomore year. I asked Patrick Crawford, manager of design standards and related programs for IPC, to “layout” the details on the design contest, including lessons learned in 2022 and what’s new for the 2023 competition.