Programme

Learn from technical seminars

PCB Design & Manufacturing Live will feature a range of technical seminars to help you understand how to best apply new techniques and technologies that will improve your own PCB design skills.

Seminar agenda:

09:30-10:10
Overheating components? Use simulation to resolve issues with PCB thermal management
Tom Gregory, product manager, 6SigmaET from Future Facilities

Are you struggling to keep your components cool? Are your thermal problems causing reliability issues? Find out how thermal simulation can help you identify and resolve thermal issues with your PCB layout early in the design process.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Import PCB designs from your EDA software into a 6SigmaET thermal simulation
  • Accurately model components on your board
  • Use simulation results to improve a system’s thermal management.

These skills will help you utilise simulation to speed up your design process and reduce the risk of thermal issues.

10:30-11:10
Prototyping – how to bring PCB assembly to life
Hugh Macdonald, Staff Engineer, Digital, Plexus Corp
David Strachan, Director, Transition Management, Plexus Corp

When bringing a prototype into the manufacturing environment, accuracy is key. Today, design companies are increasingly moving to an outsourced model to take advantage of companies with expertise in Design for Excellence and Rapid Prototyping, rather than investing in these capabilities in-house.

In order to successfully move the product swiftly through each of the stages of development, a partner with the right facilities, processes and dedicated team is vital. This will ensure that the product transitions effectively into full production without the worry of multiple design iterations or delays.

11:30-12:10
Conquering multi-board design challenges to create next-generation electronics
Tony Folan, senior field application engineer, Altium UK

Many products include multiple, interconnected printed circuit boards. Bringing these boards together inside the enclosure and ensuring they correctly connect to each other is a challenging phase of the product development process.

Managing this requires a design environment that supports system-level design. Ideally this will be a design space where you can define both the functional, or logical system, as well as a space where you can plug together the various boards and verify that they connect correctly, both logically and physically.

This seminar will show how to achieve this with the Multi-board design feature in Altium Designer 18.

During this session you will learn:

  • How to define and maintain correct connectivity between boards.
  • How to connect and fit all boards in the enclosure.
  • How to ensure that all signal paths will meet the design requirements.
  • How to document outputs for multi-board projects.
  • Overview of real life examples.

13:30 – 14:10
Manage return paths, impedances, coupling in your design and avoid unnecessary iterations with SI/PI engineers
Gary Hinde, product engineering architect, Cadence Design Systems

Are you spending too much time iterating with SI/PI engineers to fix your layout to ensure critical signals have a good return path, no impedance mismatches, and have acceptable level of signal coupling? This seminar will show how a PCB layout designer can easily identify and fix impedance mismatches, crosstalk and return path issues using innovative approaches that provide Impedance Vision, Coupling Vision and Return Path DRCs.

Managing this requires a design environment that supports system-level design. Ideally this will be a design space where you can define both the functional, or logical system, as well as a space where you can plug together the various boards and verify that they connect correctly, both logically and physically.

During this session you will learn:

  • How to define return path DRCs
  • How to quickly screen your designs for impedance mismatches
  • How to easily screen your designs for excessive coupling between critical signals
  • How to identify if you don’t have a stitching via next to your critical signal via to ensure there is no return path discontinuity

All these seminars are free-to-attend for PCB Design & Manufacturing Live visitors. Due to limited space availability, you must pre-register for the seminars, you can do this by visiting http://pcbdmlive.co.uk/register