Just to put you out of your suspense, the tantalizing topic of this column is that a company called PulseForge has developed a technology that allows us to solder surface-mount components onto conductive inks pads and tracks which are themselves printed on thin, flexible polymer (plastic) substrates. This is quite a trick when we remember that the melting point of lead-free solder is around 227°C ± a … Read More → "Melting Metal on Plastic Without Melting the Plastic!"
I just turned 65 years old this past weekend. I find this fact hard to believe. Where did the time go? I don’t remember the 1980s at all (I must have had a bad beer). One of the cool things about growing older (there aren’t many, so you have to make the most out of what you can get) is that you’ve had the … Read More → "The Latest and Greatest in Secure Control FPGAs and FPGA-Based ORAN Solutions"
Well, PCI-SIG has done it once again. They’ve doubled the peak maximum bandwidth of the PCI Express (PCIe) bus by releasing the PCIe 6.0 specifications on January 11. A 16-lane PCIe 6.0 connection has a peak bidirectional bandwidth of 256 Gbytes/sec. That’s pretty darn fast. How’d they do it? The simple answer is that they ripped a page from the high-speed Ethernet spec and adopted PAM4 … Read More → "PCI-SIG’s PCIe 6.0 Spec Continues the Long, Happy Evolution of PCI Express"
Early microprocessors straddled two major computing epochs. During the first epoch, stretching from the late 1960s through the 1970s, computer system engineers designed and implemented minicomputer processor architectures and processor boards using TTL parts, bipolar PROMs, stone knives, and bearskins. Each minicomputer maker – including Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), Data General (DG), Prime, Computer Automation, IBM, Burroughs, HP, Four-Phase, NCR, and Univac – had their own, proprietary minicomputer … Read More → "Happy 50th Birthday to the 8-bit Intel 8008 Microprocessor"
Breaking Down Communication Barriers: How Altimade is Connecting Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing
Are you designing with components that you cannot source? At what point in your design process do you think about manufacturing? This is exactly what we are exploring in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Ted Pawela (Altium) joins me to discuss how Altium and MacroFab are addressing common PCB design communication and procurement issues with an industry-first integrated PCB “Design WITH Manufacturing” application called Altimade. Ted and I … Read More → "Breaking Down Communication Barriers: How Altimade is Connecting Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing"
If you are anything like me, you dream of having the ability to create and automatically populate your printed circuit board (PCB) prototypes in the comfort of your own office. Well, in fact you can, because BotFactory’s SV2 combines a conductive ink printer, solder paste extruder, pick-and-place machine, and reflow bed into a single product that allows you to prototype your PCBs in a matter … Read More → "BotFactory: All-In-One PCB Printing and Assembly"