‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the lab
Not a tech was stirring, not even in the fab;
The daughter cards were hung by their headers with care,
In hopes that St. VPX soon would be there;
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we are diving deep into the world of VPX. Dave Caserza, Michael Munroe, Ovidiu Mesesan ( … Read More → "Clear and Present Signals"
Before becoming professional engineers, most of us designed and built things as a hobby. It’s rare to find an engineer who jumped right into engineering school without at least some background of tinkering and experimenting. And, when we did those projects, we had full control. We could choose whatever part we wanted or needed. We didn’t have to deal with management, manufacturing, … Read More → "Who Chooses Components and Tools?"
What do Douglas Adams, PCB design, DRAM for cryptocurrency, and the fourth Industrial Revolution have in common? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry, of course! First up, Greg Roberts (EMA Design Automation) brings us the goods on EMA’s new ebook called “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to PCB Design”. Next, Mark Greenberg (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about using DRAM4 for artificial … Read More → "The Spirit of 42"
As electronic system design has evolved, the practice of designing in specialized silos has broken down. Challenges such as signal integrity for multi-gigabit signals has forced co-design that spans every level of design from system to board to package to IC. Other issues, including thermal, power, RF, EM, and many more, have exacerbated this effect. As much as we wish we could just design our PCB … Read More → "Validate Twice, Build Once"
“There is no Moore’s Law for pins.” – Ajay Bhatt, Keyssa
I admit it: connectors are boring. They’re the night-shift janitors of the electronics world, a nuisance for PCB layout people, and about as sexy as a head cold. Still, you gotta have ’em.
Or do you? One startup company has come up with a “ … Read More → "Keyssa Connector Isn’t a Connector"
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"