Category Archives: Design

IPC Standards Committee Reports — Printed Board Design, Cleaning & Coating, Testing, Process Control, Product Assurance

These standards committee reports from IPC APEX EXPO 2015 have been compiled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the first in a series of reports. Printed Board Design The 1-10b Current Carrying Capacity Task Group met to discuss a replacement methodology for the legacy IPC-TM-650 Method 2.5.4.1, […]

IPC-2231: The Cookbook for Design Excellence

by:  Cheryl Tulkoff, CRE DfR Solutions Does your organization design for true excellence? Design for Excellence (DFX) is based upon the premise that getting product design right the first time is far less expensive than finding failures and fixing them in later product development. Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it […]

IPC Standards Committee Reports — Printed Board Design, Cleaning & Coating, Testing, Process Control, Product Assurance

These standards committee reports from the 2014 Fall Standards Committee Meetings have been compiled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the first in a series of reports.  Printed Board Design The 1-10b Current Carrying Capacity Task Group met to discuss a roadmap for a revision of the […]

The Road to DFX

IPC President and CEO John Mitchell discusses a new IPC initiative: IPC DFX — Design for Excellence program and the advances the design community has seen over the years due to the leadership and contributions of the late, great Dieter Bergman.    

IPC India PCB Design Contest Winner Showcases PCB Design Skills

Prevailing against other skilled PCB designers, Sakthivel Sivachandaran from Bloomenergy India PVT Ltd., took first place in IPC India’s PCB Design Contest on 19 May in Bangalore, India. As the first place winner, Sivachandaran won a complimentary registration to an IPC CID certification course. V. Shivakumar, Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd., was the runner up and […]

DFX or How I Learned How to Stop Worrying by Designing Reliability In

One of the most useful things I’ve learned after spending more than 15 years as a process engineer is that assembly processes can easily make a design worse but they can never make it better. Decisions made early in the design phase ultimately predict final product success. Poor material choices, marginal suppliers, incorrect pad geometries […]

Copper Pillar Packaging Development Poses Challenges, but Technology Helps Designers Increase Density

Designers of electronic products are always pushing to reduce size and weight while adding more functionality. That often puts them at the forefront of the evolution of high density chips and printed boards. Copper pillar micro bump technology is one of the favored chip-to-package interconnection methods, gradually taking the place of conventional techniques that use […]

Simpler Sharing of Design Files is on the Horizon

Myriad acronyms segment the world of design tools: CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM to name a few. Whether the tools are computer-aided design/manufacturing/engineering or product lifecycle management, there’s a push to ensure that diverse design tools from multiple suppliers can communicate freely. At a recent PLM conference for Dassault Systèmes customers, speakers from many companies […]

IPC-2581 Consortium Opens its Doors to New Members

Getting OEMs, design tool providers, EMS providers and others to agree on a standard for transferring data files has proven a difficult challenge. The IPC-2581 Consortium, formed to help industry settle on a data transfer document, is beefing up its efforts by opening its membership to individuals. The consortium was created in 2011 by a […]

Substrates Provide Base for LED Revolution

LEDs are slowly but surely transforming the lighting industry. Reduced power consumption, smaller size and programmability are helping to drive growth, particularly in fields where different lighting patterns are desirable. Printed boards come into play when designers want to focus light beams in specific directions. For example, automakers want headlights to shine on roadways, but also […]