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I could also say, "From Beginning to End," though that is not quite the same meaning. Our topic this month is "From Design Through Final Product" as it pertains to flexible and rigid-flex circuits. Because designing a circuit to fit in the envisioned space and perform as intended can be far from simple or obvious—but you already know that. In fact, not being a designer, I can’t imagine designing a simple circuit, let alone one that must bend or fold into a shape and space that may be just an idea in an inventor’s mind.
But of course, it is done every day by many of our readers. Is it easy for you? Our goal in this issue is to provide insights into how best to accomplish the seemingly daunting task—and with a new and different design each time. A lot of it boils down to one factor: work with your supplier and customer. You are a team, and you need to think and work together as a team with one goal: an elegantly designed product produced in a reasonable time at a reasonable cost (or at least a reasonable future cost).
Interested in some good advice? Read on!
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
In this week’s must-reads, we have coverage of NAMM 2023 and SMTA Atlanta, plus some tips for traditional PCB designers who are entering the RF design space, where designers have to master ideas like antenna tuning. We also have some news about March PCB sales, as well as a great conversation with Ventec’s Frank Lorentz, who explains how to set up an onboarding process that converts new hires into happy, long-term employees.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I try to not talk about the weather in this space, but this week I feel compelled. I’m based in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re relatively used to it being wet and rainy. But just south of us in California, the state has gone from what I read has been called the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years to a right proper drenching. This week’s news cycle felt like one of those California-style “atmospheric rivers.” There was so much worthy reporting worthy that I was a bit overwhelmed in making my final selections. Suffice it to say that, this week, there is quite a bit of news that’s worth your time to read.
Julia Gumminger, IPC
The IPC APEX EXPO 2023 Technical Conference at the San Diego Convention Center will feature two hot topics—Advanced Packaging and e-Mobility/EV Automotive—in custom and curated Special Sessions on Thursday, Jan. 26. Please plan your travel accordingly to attend these exciting sessions.