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I could also say, "From Beginning to End," though that is not quite the same meaning. Our topic this month is "From Design Through Final Product" as it pertains to flexible and rigid-flex circuits. Because designing a circuit to fit in the envisioned space and perform as intended can be far from simple or obvious—but you already know that. In fact, not being a designer, I can’t imagine designing a simple circuit, let alone one that must bend or fold into a shape and space that may be just an idea in an inventor’s mind.
But of course, it is done every day by many of our readers. Is it easy for you? Our goal in this issue is to provide insights into how best to accomplish the seemingly daunting task—and with a new and different design each time. A lot of it boils down to one factor: work with your supplier and customer. You are a team, and you need to think and work together as a team with one goal: an elegantly designed product produced in a reasonable time at a reasonable cost (or at least a reasonable future cost).
Interested in some good advice? Read on!
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I know I’m not alone in this behavior: Car advertisements during television commercial breaks are as good as invisible to me, until I’m thinking about getting a new car. Only then do I notice them. Rather, I see each one with all my attention and being. If that extends into our industry, then everybody must be itching to pick up some new equipment. This week’s must-reads includes a smattering of new product announcements, along with the news of the IPC European subsidiary.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
I recently spoke with PCB Technologies’ Jeff De Serrano, Yaniv Maydar, and Alon Menache about their new venture, InPack. They explain their plans to focus on advanced packaging, miniaturization, and other high-end technology, with much faster time to market, and they offer a view of the global market as well.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
It’s been a busy week in this industry, and we have news and articles from the PCB design, fabrication, and assembly communities. The roller coaster ride continues, with whiplash-inducing news from IPC about March North American shipment—they’re up from February but down from the same period a year ago.