I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

September 15, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

We’ve had a hot week in this industry. In my picks for this week, we introduce a new SMT007 columnist, and we have a look at the CHIPS Act one year later. We have a great article about sourcing diversification, and a look at the latest electronics news coming out of India. And columnist Vern Solberg explains DFM best practices for flexible circuits.

Elementary, Mr. Watson: Flex Designs—The Future and Beyond

September 14, 2023 | John Watson, Altium

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 electronic devices. Some believe that flexible PCBs are a relatively newer technology, but as we will see, that is not true. Since I’m an instructor, here’s a short history lesson on how we got here and what we can expect.



Rigid-flex: Designing in 3D Featuring:

  • 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
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