Webinar: Improving SI/PI Simulation of DDR Interfaces at the PCB/IC Package Level

Webinar: Improving SI/PI Simulation of DDR Interfaces at the PCB/IC Package Level
by Admin on 03-08-2020 at 9:00 am

Double data rate (DDR) synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) is the common type of memory used as RAM for almost every modern processor. With DDR memory interface voltages decreasing, speeds increasing, and timing/power budgets being squeezed, design qualification using the latest memory interfaces is no small… Read More


How Much Detail Do You Need When Modeling a PCB?

How Much Detail Do You Need When Modeling a PCB?
by Admin on 02-20-2020 at 12:00 pm

February 20, 2020

12:00 PM (EST)

Venue:
Online

PCBs can be difficult to model for mechanical analysis because they have a large number of components of various materials all contained within small dimensions. To overcome these challenges, PCB models are often simplified for analysis. However, modeling with too few details can

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It’s The Small Stuff That Gets You …

It’s The Small Stuff That Gets You …
by Mike Gianfagna on 02-10-2020 at 6:00 am

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The last session I attended at DesignCon 2020 wasn’t a session at all. Rather it was an interactive discussion with Todd Westerhoff, product manager for electronic board systems at Mentor Graphics. Todd made some observations about the way high-performance PCBs are designed today and perhaps the way they should be designed. … Read More


Solving the EM Solver Problem

Solving the EM Solver Problem
by Tom Simon on 04-03-2019 at 7:00 am

The need for full wave EM solvers has been creeping into digital design for some time. Higher operating frequencies – like those found in 112G links, lower noise margins – caused by multi level signaling such as in PAM-4, and increasing design complexity – as seen in RDL structures, interposers, advanced connector… Read More


Design for Manufacturability Analysis for PCB’s

Design for Manufacturability Analysis for PCB’s
by Tom Dillinger on 09-29-2017 at 7:00 am

Chip designers are familiar with the additional physical design checking requirements that were incorporated into flows at advanced process nodes. With the introduction of optical correction and inverse lithography technology applied during mask data generation, and with the extension of a 193nm exposure source to finerRead More


3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms

3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms
by Tom Dillinger on 04-25-2017 at 12:00 pm

Consumer electronics demand aggressive mechanical enclosure design — product volume, weight, shape, and connector access are all critical design optimization criteria. Mechanical CAD (MCAD) software platforms are used by product engineers to develop the enclosure definition — the integration of the PCB design… Read More


The 4C’s of PCB Design

The 4C’s of PCB Design
by Tom Dillinger on 04-20-2017 at 12:00 pm

The diamond jewelry industry encourages customers to focus on the 4C’s — cut, clarity, color, and carats. At the recent PCB Forum conducted by Mentor (a Siemens business) in Santa Clara, I learned that current system design flows also require an emphasis on the 4C’s — collaboration, concurrency, consistencyRead More


Building a Solar Powered Ice Freezer

Building a Solar Powered Ice Freezer
by Tom Simon on 12-18-2016 at 4:00 pm

My vacation is your worst nightmare. Well, at least that is what the bumper sticker says – it’s referring to Burning Man. It’s well known that among the tens of thousands of people attending this arts festival in Nevada at the end of each Summer there are lots of high tech luminaries. I also have gone many times – not to say that I am a luminary.… Read More


Mainstream PCB Design Requires a Complete Tool Platform, Too

Mainstream PCB Design Requires a Complete Tool Platform, Too
by Tom Dillinger on 07-11-2016 at 8:00 am

The EDA tool offerings for printed circuit board design commonly address one of three customer markets: (1) the enterprise design team, (2) the product development engineer, and (3) the “maker”. … Read More