They say that practice makes permanent – whether it’s right or wrong. And, for those of us who have been designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) for years or even decades, the adage rings true. Many of our habits and beliefs are born of career-long repetition and reinforcement without benefit of a close critical examination. After all, we’ve designed board after board, and they … Read More → "Matters of Integrity"
We all know that person. Everyone in the office is wondering why the heat is turned up. They’re not sweating outright, but they have that just-a-tad-too-warm glow going. And then there’s that one person wearing the jacket. The one that can never seem to get warm enough. Everyone else is trying to shed heat; this person needs more. If only there were a way to get heat … Read More → "Photonics: Where Heat is a Good Thing"
PCB design is more art than science. A painter beginning a painting has only a concept, and the painter’s work is to transform that concept into a physical realization of canvas, oils, pigments, and brush strokes. There are an infinite number of paintings that could result, and the experience, expertise, intuition, and creativity of the artist give life to the finished work of art. When … Read More → "Altium Disrupts PCB Design"
“Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” – Doc Brown
Wally Rhines is like the Energizer Bunny of the EDA industry. He’s a favorite and frequent on-stage presenter at industry events. Perhaps that’s because he’s an all-around nice guy, but, more likely, it’s because his presentations are so darn interesting. Latest case in … Read More → "Wally Rhines Talks About the Future of PCB and System Design"
Speed must be feeling pretty unloved these days. I mean, let’s face it: there was a time when the mettle of any decent chip was gauged by how fast it could go. Having a performance issue? Aw, just juice it up a little – there’s plenty more current where that came from!
Then it became harder to sacrifice power … Read More → "Power’s Progress"
“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half
Life is not a zero-sum game. There is not a finite amount of success, talent, happiness, or intelligence to be distributed among us. Being good at something doesn’t require being bad at something else as compensation. Newton’s Third Law doesn’t apply to … Read More → "The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel"