Most of our readers are familiar with our Real Time With... video program. For over a decade, our production teams have been a staple at trade shows and conferences around the world, from San Diego to Shanghai, doing on-camera interviews with the industry’s top technologists, managers, and executives.
Now, we've decided to shake things up a bit. Real Time With…I-Connect007 has turned the cameras around to focus on recent issues of our magazines. In this first installment of this new series, we invited four of our recent contributors—Dana Korf, Jen Kolar and Mark Thompson of Monsoon Solutions, and Kelly Dack—to review the June and August issues of Design007 Magazine, which covered app notes and fab notes, respectively.
In this wide-ranging roundtable, we discuss some of the ongoing challenges related to design data and why communication can preclude many of these problems.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Columnist Kelly Dack has had a pretty wide range of experiences. As a PCB designer, he has sat behind the desk at an NPI company, an OEM, a fabricator, and now an EMS provider. We asked him to share a few thoughts on the materials selection process and how it could be improved.
Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
One of the biggest challenges facing PCB designers is not understanding the cost drivers in the PCB manufacturing process. There are many design considerations that need to be factored into any decision of which final finish to select for a particular application. We will cover these in this final installment of final finish DFM. Understanding the cost drivers in PCB fabrication and early engagement between the designer and the fabricator are crucial elements that lead to cost-effective design success.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
Michael Ford, senior director of emerging industry strategy for Aegis Software, speaks with Barry Matties on the topic of tribal knowledge, its pros and cons, and its role in our industry. While it may be useful if your team never changes, the inevitability of a person’s career progression means they take their knowledge with them. Michael brings his nuanced perspective to the conversation.