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.



The Shaughnessy Report: Rigid-flex Design No Longer a Niche

September 12, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

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...

Connect the Dots: Best Drilling Practices for Better PCB Manufacturing

September 5, 2023 | Matt Stevenson, Sunstone Circuits

Drilling is one of the most fundamental steps in the printed circuit board manufacturing process. Until the advent of the through-hole, PCBs were all single-sided with traces and components located on one side. With double-sided and...

Beyond Design: Integrating AI Into PCB Design Flow

August 24, 2023 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

Today’s PCB design tools are a far cry from the rudimentary tools we used 30 years ago, but even though the algorithms are now quite clever, they are still fairly basic as far as intelligence goes. Comprehensive design rules can...

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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