Real Time With... Designers Forum 2011
Video Index

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PCB
Cisco | DDI, Jos Purvis | Rajesh Kumar

IP Protection in PCB Manufacturing
IPC has released a new document which is designed to ensure protection of intellectual property for PCB customers. DDi's Raj Kumar and Cisco's Jos Purvis discuss the purpose and features of this effort.
Colonial Circuits, Mike Tucker

Opening the Dialog: Designers & PCB Fabricators
Mike Tucker, Director of Engineering at Colonial Circuits, presented "Data May Not Be Modified" at this year's Designers Forum. As he tells Guest Editor Kelly Dack, the presentation related how fabricators hands are still tied due to designers' requirements.
FTG Circuits, Gary Ferrari

Designers Forum Offers Wealth of Information
Director of Technical Support at FTG Circuits and Designers Council member Gary Ferrari is encouraged by the volume of attendees at this year's event. He updates Editor Andy Shaughnessy on the revamping and updating happening now with the designers' certification program. The aim is for the program to be more user friendly and Web-based.
Hunter Technology, Joe O'Neil

Designers Forum - A Year's Worth of Knowledge in Six Hours
Joe O'Neil, President of Hunter Technology, gives an update of the growth his company has seen recently, especially in the medical and military/aerospace fields, and explains how the Designers Forum event is essential to everyone in the industry because, as he says, "Nowhere else can you see the 'Who's Who' of the industry in one location."
Oak-Mitsui Tech, John Andresakis

Laminate Technology: A Fine Balance
John Andresakis, Vice President of Strategic Technologies with Oak-Mitsui Technologies, gives an overview of his company's products, including copper foil.
EMS
Bob Willis Training , Bob Willis

N8L Process Defect Workshop
Trainer and consultant Bob Willis gives a background on the N8L process defect clinic at IPC APEX EXPO. At the clinic, he helps attendees resolve problems with their process programs.
Cherian LLC, Gabe Cherian

Fighting Thermal Cycling Defects
Gabe Cherian, president of Cherian LLC, is an engineer with a truly international background. He and Editor Pete Starkey discuss his IPC APEX EXPO workshop on fighting thermal cycling defects.
Circuitronics, Gary Tanel

Globalization Not for Everyone
President of Circuitronics, Gary Tanel, explains to Editor Pete Starkey how globalization is affecting the EMS industry in America and how his company plans to remain competitive while staying put in the U.S. Tanel says success can happen at the local level.
Foxconn, Happy Holden

Why Do Donuts Cost More Than PCBs?
What's currently driving HDI? In a wide-ranging interview, Happy Holden, Chief Technology Officer of Foxconn, tells the tale. The miniaturization of what Holden calls "information appliances" seems to be driving the HDI market, and US manufacturers will need to rewrite the rules of the game if they hope to play a meaningful role in HDI development.
Tellabs, Randy Cherry

From the Trenches
Principal Engineer Randy Cherry is fired up after watching the presentation given by Rick Hartley at the Designers Forum. He's excited to be at the IPC show this week and ready to do some "one-stop shopping."
Design
IPC, Anne Marie Mulvihill

Designers Council "Not Just For Designers"
Anne Marie Mulvihill, IPC's Manager of Professional Development, explains why the Designers Council and the Designers Forum are not just for designers anymore. The Designers Council is now attracting members who are involved in sales, quality, test, and numerous other job functions in the industry. She discusses this year's Designers Forum at IPC APEX EXPO, which featured presentations on everything from BGA fanouts to the workings of your fabricator's CAM department to balancing quality vs. cost in your designs.
L-3 Avionics Systems, Rick Hartley

Rick Hartley Takes on EMI Coupling
Veteran design instructor Rick Hartley explains why controlling EMI coupling gets tougher and more critical all the time. He also discusses what sort of EMI issues students in his APEX EXPO class are facing, and the need to stay one step ahead of these issues.
Mentor Graphics, Charles Pfeil

BGA Routing Takes Center Stage
Charles Pfeil, engineering director in Mentor Graphics' System Design Division, discusses his Designers Forum presentation "Effective BGA Fanouts." He predicts that soon large-scale BGAs will have over 2,000 pins and bring PCB designers a plethora of new routing issues.
Mentor Graphics, Tom Hausherr

From the CAD Librarian
Why are CAD libraries so problematic for PCB designers? Tom Hausherr, EDA library products manager for Mentor Graphics, details the bottlenecks in the process and discusses his APEX presentation on creating CAD libraries.
Saturn Electronics, Yash Sutariya

Bridging the Design-Fab Gap
Yash Sutariya, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Saturn Electronics, sits down with Editor Pete Starkey after his presentation "Bridging the Gap Between Design and Fabrication." Interestingly, most of the audience were fellow PCB fabricators--not the designers to which he'd intended on speaking.
Speeding Edge, Lee Ritchey

Can Glass Strands Affect Impedance?
Can something as simple as woven patterns of glass strands affect the impedance characteristics of your PCB? You bet it can! Lee Ritchey details the differing glass weave patterns used in PCB laminates.
Tait Radio Communications, Chris Kershaw

Education Aspect Big Draw at Designers Forum
Chris Kershaw is principal PCB engineer at TAIT Radio Communications, a New Zealand-based company that builds two-way radios and infrastructure products. Kershaw explains how he passed his CID+ at APEX, and why he brought along staff members to learn new techniques and reinforce their existing knowledge. He also discusses the company's help in the rescue effort after the Christchurch earthquake; they were up and running two days later, providing radios for first-responders.
Technical University Mittelhessen, Dr. Rainer Thuringer

Knowledge is Power
Visiting Las Vegas from Germany, Professor Rainer Thuringer is a representative of the Federation of Electronic Design for Germany, Switzerland and Austria and a university professor who teaches electronic assembly and high-speed design. He tells Editor Pete Starkey of the challenges the industry faces with recruiting new electronic design students.
Featured
AT&S | EIPC, Johannes Stahr | Michael Weinhold

European Technology Impacts the World
Johannes Stahr of AT&S and Michael Winehold, technical director of EIPC, talk about recent technology developments in Europe, and their potential impact in the USA and Asia.
Bob Willis Training , Bob Willis

N8L Process Defect Workshop
Trainer and consultant Bob Willis gives a background on the N8L process defect clinic at IPC APEX EXPO. At the clinic, he helps attendees resolve problems with their process programs.
Cherian LLC, Gabe Cherian

Fighting Thermal Cycling Defects
Gabe Cherian, president of Cherian LLC, is an engineer with a truly international background. He and Editor Pete Starkey discuss his IPC APEX EXPO workshop on fighting thermal cycling defects.
Circuitronics, Gary Tanel

Globalization Not for Everyone
President of Circuitronics, Gary Tanel, explains to Editor Pete Starkey how globalization is affecting the EMS industry in America and how his company plans to remain competitive while staying put in the U.S. Tanel says success can happen at the local level.
Colonial Circuits, Mike Tucker

Opening the Dialog: Designers & PCB Fabricators
Mike Tucker, Director of Engineering at Colonial Circuits, presented "Data May Not Be Modified" at this year's Designers Forum. As he tells Guest Editor Kelly Dack, the presentation related how fabricators hands are still tied due to designers' requirements.
EIPC, Rex Rozario

Proud History of PCB Manufacturing in UK
EIPC Chairman Rex Rozario reflects on the history of PCB manufacturing in the UK and looks forward to international cooperation in the future.
FTG Circuits, Gary Ferrari

Designers Forum Offers Wealth of Information
Director of Technical Support at FTG Circuits and Designers Council member Gary Ferrari is encouraged by the volume of attendees at this year's event. He updates Editor Andy Shaughnessy on the revamping and updating happening now with the designers' certification program. The aim is for the program to be more user friendly and Web-based.
Foxconn, Happy Holden

Why Do Donuts Cost More Than PCBs?
What's currently driving HDI? In a wide-ranging interview, Happy Holden, Chief Technology Officer of Foxconn, tells the tale. The miniaturization of what Holden calls "information appliances" seems to be driving the HDI market, and US manufacturers will need to rewrite the rules of the game if they hope to play a meaningful role in HDI development.
Hunter Technology, Joe O'Neil

Designers Forum - A Year's Worth of Knowledge in Six Hours
Joe O'Neil, President of Hunter Technology, gives an update of the growth his company has seen recently, especially in the medical and military/aerospace fields, and explains how the Designers Forum event is essential to everyone in the industry because, as he says, "Nowhere else can you see the 'Who's Who' of the industry in one location."
I-Connect007, Pete Starkey

An Industry Icon Gives His Insights
Guest editor Kelly Dack turns the tables on I-Connect007's Pete Starkey, putting him in the interview seat to learn more about his long, established history in the PCB fabrication industry. Starkey extols the value of breaking down the barriers between design and manufacturing.
IPC Europe, Lars-Olof Wallin

The Same but Different: Selling IPC in Europe
Lars-Olof Wallin, IPC's European representative, explains why marketing IPC's products in Europe can be difficult, partly because of the variety of languages spoken on the continent. He also talks about why he's bullish on European PCB manufacturers and designers.
IPC, Anne Marie Mulvihill

Designers Council "Not Just For Designers"
Anne Marie Mulvihill, IPC's Manager of Professional Development, explains why the Designers Council and the Designers Forum are not just for designers anymore. The Designers Council is now attracting members who are involved in sales, quality, test, and numerous other job functions in the industry. She discusses this year's Designers Forum at IPC APEX EXPO, which featured presentations on everything from BGA fanouts to the workings of your fabricator's CAM department to balancing quality vs. cost in your designs.
L-3 Avionics Systems, Rick Hartley

Rick Hartley Takes on EMI Coupling
Veteran design instructor Rick Hartley explains why controlling EMI coupling gets tougher and more critical all the time. He also discusses what sort of EMI issues students in his APEX EXPO class are facing, and the need to stay one step ahead of these issues.
Mentor Graphics, Charles Pfeil

BGA Routing Takes Center Stage
Charles Pfeil, engineering director in Mentor Graphics' System Design Division, discusses his Designers Forum presentation "Effective BGA Fanouts." He predicts that soon large-scale BGAs will have over 2,000 pins and bring PCB designers a plethora of new routing issues.
Mentor Graphics, Tom Hausherr

From the CAD Librarian
Why are CAD libraries so problematic for PCB designers? Tom Hausherr, EDA library products manager for Mentor Graphics, details the bottlenecks in the process and discusses his APEX presentation on creating CAD libraries.
Oak-Mitsui Tech, John Andresakis

Laminate Technology: A Fine Balance
John Andresakis, Vice President of Strategic Technologies with Oak-Mitsui Technologies, gives an overview of his company's products, including copper foil.
Saturn Electronics, Yash Sutariya

Bridging the Design-Fab Gap
Yash Sutariya, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Saturn Electronics, sits down with Editor Pete Starkey after his presentation "Bridging the Gap Between Design and Fabrication." Interestingly, most of the audience were fellow PCB fabricators--not the designers to which he'd intended on speaking.
Speeding Edge, Lee Ritchey

Can Glass Strands Affect Impedance?
Can something as simple as woven patterns of glass strands affect the impedance characteristics of your PCB? You bet it can! Lee Ritchey details the differing glass weave patterns used in PCB laminates.
Tait Radio Communications, Chris Kershaw

Education Aspect Big Draw at Designers Forum
Chris Kershaw is principal PCB engineer at TAIT Radio Communications, a New Zealand-based company that builds two-way radios and infrastructure products. Kershaw explains how he passed his CID+ at APEX, and why he brought along staff members to learn new techniques and reinforce their existing knowledge. He also discusses the company's help in the rescue effort after the Christchurch earthquake; they were up and running two days later, providing radios for first-responders.
Technical University Mittelhessen, Dr. Rainer Thuringer

Knowledge is Power
Visiting Las Vegas from Germany, Professor Rainer Thuringer is a representative of the Federation of Electronic Design for Germany, Switzerland and Austria and a university professor who teaches electronic assembly and high-speed design. He tells Editor Pete Starkey of the challenges the industry faces with recruiting new electronic design students.
Tellabs, Randy Cherry

From the Trenches
Principal Engineer Randy Cherry is fired up after watching the presentation given by Rick Hartley at the Designers Forum. He's excited to be at the IPC show this week and ready to do some "one-stop shopping."
Verdant, Joe Fjelstad

The Evolving World of Flex
Flex circuitry is on a continuous path of growth and evolution and is an extremely versatile application. Costs have come down and the materials have changed, and Verdant's Joe Fjelstad explains why. Guest Editor Kelly Dack sits down with Fjelstad to explore "Joe's World of Flex."