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December 2018

The IPC Designers Council

The IPC Designers Council is ready for the new year, new members and maybe even new chapters. They’ve launched a new column in Design007 Magazine, “The Digital Layout,” and they have a plan for the future. But they have plenty of work to do.

August 2017

Whose Fault is It?

What does your company do when a board fails? When the board is designed, fabricated and assembled by three different entities, not to mention shipped by a fourth, figuring out what went wrong can be difficult, not to mention time-consuming.

April 2016

PCB Designers and Design Engineers

Some PCB designers say that working with their design engineers is one of their biggest hurdles. Others say it all comes down to a lack of communication.

November 2012

High-Speed Design

Welcome to the premier issue of The PCB Design Magazine! The first edition of this one-of-a-kind magazine explores high-speed design issues with feature articles by Lee Ritchey, Happy Holden, and John Levreault.

October 2014

Signal Integrity

Gone are the days when signal integrity was just a problem for the EE; if you don’t already have signal integrity problems, you certainly will. Yuriy Shlepnev and Barry Olney offer some of the latest SI tips, tricks and techniques for achieving signal integrity.

July 2021

Ask the Experts

This month, we put your burning questions to our expert team of PCB designers and design engineers. The entire issue is packed with answers to questions that designers like you are wrestling with right now. Enjoy!

March 2020

Design for Profitability

It’s easy to define profit, but it’s much more difficult to define exactly what “design for profitability” (DFP) means to today’s PCB designers and design engineers. This month, we asked our experts to weigh in on the best DFP strategies and how this can affect the entire PCB development cycle.

November 2018

Designing for the Future of Medicine

The medical electronics market is blowing up, and there doesn’t seem to be a ceiling. A recent report estimates that the global medical device market will reach $409.5 billion by 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2018 to 2023.

July 2017

Military & Aerospace

For some PCB companies, mil/aero work is their bread and butter but it's not for those with an aversion to paperwork or cybersecurity regulations, or anyone who needs to get paid quickly.

March 2016

Strategies to Increase Profit

Designers have a plethora of ideas about how to best layout a PCB. But how many designers understand that good design techniques can lead their company to greater success, and even profit? 

December 2012

Routing and Placement

There are almost as many placement and routing methods as there are PCB designers. If you're in a routing rut, this issue of The PCB Design Magazine has the solution!

September 2014

Data Formats

For years, designers used Gerber, and that was that. Then came ODB++, and the race was on. Contributors Karel Tavernier, Julian Coates, Amit Bahl, and Hemant Shah update us on the latest in data transfer formats.

June 2021

Space and Trace, the Final Frontier

This month, we’re helping William Shatner celebrate his 90th birthday with an issue devoted to Star Trek. Our intrepid Trekkie contributors delve into some of the technological marvels introduced on the show, and more!

February 2020

EMI/Power Distribution

This month, we asked our expert contributors to share their thoughts on fighting and even precluding EMI through proper PDN design techniques and more.

October 2018

Design Data Packages

What can we do to optimize the design data package and make the handoff to the fabricator as smooth as possible? For this month's issue, we asked a variety of industry experts to weigh in on this topic.

June 2017

Embedded Technology

Embedded technology is slowly becoming more prevalent, as technologists begin to take advantage of this buried technology. Embedding frees up real estate and eliminates solder joints, which are responsible for so many of the failures in the field.

February 2016

What's New in PCB Design?

What’s new in PCB design, and where is the industry headed? If you’ve been asking yourself the same question, you’ve come to the right place.

January 2013

Data Transfer Formats

Data Transfer Formats: Sure, most designs are still output in Gerber, but ODB++ and IPC-2581 are gaining ground. What are the pros and cons of these three formats? We examine these formats in depth.

July 2014

Concurrent Collaboration

More and more PCB designers are members, or  leaders, of design teams, some located across a variety of  geographic regions. Our experts explain the benefits of concurrent design and how to implement team design.

May 2021

Top Design Challenges

This month, we asked a select group of expert designers and design engineers to discuss some of the many ongoing problems that they face with each design they embark on. We found that there isn't one universal challenge but a 'multiverse' of problems.

January 2020

Get Involved!

If you’re not already networking with other designers or volunteering in our industry organizations, there’s no better time to start. Get involved with the PCB design community and working with your peers through training, standards development, or event planning. Make it your 2020 New Year’s resolution!

September 2018

Artificial Intelligence

What does AI mean for PCB designers and their EDA tools? This month, we asked our expert contributors to discuss AI and what it might mean to PCB design and the rest of the electronics industry.

May 2017

Help Wanted! Competing in the Hiring Game

The PCB design segment seems to be doing pretty well right now. But let’s face it: Eventually, odds are that you’re either going to wind up job-hunting or hiring a new technologist for your firm. In this “Help Wanted” issue, our contributors discuss hiring—from both sides of the desk.

January 2016

Medical Electronics

This month, we bring you interviews with some of the movers and shakers in the world of medical PCB design and manufacturing: Kenneth MacCallum of StarFish Medical, Anaya Vardya of American Standard Circuits, and Amir Davoud of Innovative Circuits, Inc.

February 2013

Simulation and Analysis

This month, our veteran contributors discuss a variety of simulation techniques that can help you save time and avoid costly re-spins.

August 2014


Every material poses a different challenge to PCB designers trying to stay ahead of the technology curve. This month, our expert contributors explain how to make the best choices in this material world.

April 2021

The Simulation Issue

This month we asked some of the industry’s premier experts on simulation to weigh in on this critical topic. We were surprised to find that there were several schools of thought regarding simulation.

December 2019

What You Need to Know

Think about this for a minute: If someone asked you what you need to know to be a great PCB designer, what would you say? Where would you even begin? This month, we asked our expert contributors to discuss what they believe other designers and design engineers need to know as we move forward into 2020.

August 2018

Packaging Trends

Over the past 60 years, packages have continued to evolve, and shrink. Now, more types of packages than ever before that can be mounted on today’s PCBs. But package design is more complex than ever, too.

April 2017

High-Speed Materials

Choosing the right material for your PCB was so simple a few decades ago. But today, designers often must select an advanced low-loss PCB material with low Df and Dk values—hopefully one that isn’t prohibitively expensive or terribly difficult for fabricators to register during lamination.

December 2015

Inside the IPC Designers Council

The Designers Council has chapters around the world, with thousands of members. This month, we bring you interviews with some of the people who helped make the Designers Council what it is today: Gary Ferrari, Anne Marie Mulvihill, Rick Hartley, Mike Creeden, and Scott McCurdy.

March 2013

Design for Manufacturing

This month, our expert contributors discuss many of the DFM challenges they see with incoming PCB designs, and present a variety of options for ensuring manufacturability.

June 2014

Designing Flex Circuits

Flexible circuits seem to be finding their way into all of our electronic devices. This month, our expert contributors explain why flexible circuits offer a great way forward for many applications—that is, if you know what you’re doing.

March 2021

Validating Your Data Supply

Keeping bad data out of your design involves a lot of detective work. Designers and design engineers need to assess the accuracy and completeness of data at every step of the design process.

November 2019

The Voices of the Industry

This month, we handed the microphone to a variety of designers and design engineers and asked them to share their thoughts about their jobs, technology, and the trends that they’re seeing in the industry—the good, the bad, and the challenging. Read on for some eye-opening interviews.

July 2018

PCB Designers: The Next Generation

For the past decade or so, we’ve watched as North America’s PCB designers began reaching retirement age. The problem is that not many young people are entering the field of PCB design, and outgoing senior designers’ positions are increasingly being covered by design engineers.

March 2017

Designing Flex

It wasn’t that long ago that flex and rigid-flex were considered expensive specialty circuits. But times have changed, and flex circuits are now found in most of our personal electronic devices.

November 2015

Managing Your Design Data

Designers like you are more productive than ever before, but you’re also juggling more data, in more formats, than you ever could have imagined. This month we bring you a variety of interviews focused on Design Data Management.

April 2013


This month, we tackle the challenges of achieving EMC, and discuss some proven methods for minimizing EMI transmissions.

May 2014

Design for Manufacturing

This month, our experts discuss what it takes to have good DFM practices, and why communication with your fabricator is so critical.

June 2022

DWM: Design With Manufacturing

In our industry, we just love our acronyms. Especially the “design fors” such as DFM, DFA, and DFT. We now have DFX, DFR, and even DFSC—design for supply chain. The newest example is DWM, design with manufacturing, and this “design for” could wind up having a real effect on the PCB development process.

February 2021

Footprints and Library Management

Many designers count footprints among their most common headaches. This month, we asked our expert contributors to share their thoughts on proper footprint creation and CAD library management.

October 2019

The PCB Design Landscape

For this issue, we offer a snapshot of the PCB design segment as it exists today: the good, the bad, and everything in between. We think it’s safe to say that this is a pretty good time to be a PCB designer or design engineer. For this month’s Flex007, we look into the current landscape of flex and rigid-flex circuits.

June 2018

Multi-board Design

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a gradual expansion of the number of multi-board electronic devices. Products are more complex now, plain and simple. There’s no way that anyone could build a car, not to mention an autonomous car, with a single PCB in 2018.

February 2017

New Technology

Technological innovations have been coming at us so fast that it’s often difficult to keep track of them.

October 2015

Accelerating the PCB Design Cycle

As board speeds and densities continue to increase, it’s becoming more difficult for PCB designers to shorten their design cycles and meet time-to-market demands.

May 2013

HDI: It's a Small World Afterall!

How does the ever-advancing HDI technology affect the job of the PCB designer? In the May issue our contributors lay out the best ways for designers to "get small."

April 2014


The PCB design community seems to foster more than its fair share of myths. This month, we take mythbusting to another level! Put on your safety goggles and take cover!

May 2022

Are You Designing in a Vacuum?

This month our contributors provide tips for designing in a vacuum, as well as the total costs (in time, respins and other resources) of working in the dark, and some strategies for getting out of the vacuum.

January 2021

Stackup Design

Designers routinely say that PCB stackup design is one of their more pressing challenges. With proper communication between the fabricator and OEM, coupled with today’s CAD tools’ stackup functions, stackup design shouldn’t be such a problem...

September 2019

Streamlining Standards

It’s no secret that the standards situation in PCB design, manufacturing, and assembly is anything but standard. This alphabet soup of documents and guidelines can be a confusing maze even for veteran professionals. This month, we untangle the often-confusing world of standards.

May 2018

5G: Coming to Your World Soon

We’ve all heard plenty about 5G lately. The transition from 3G to 4G meant a 10x increase in speed, but 5G will be at least 1,000 times faster than 4G. What does 5G mean to PCB designers and manufacturers?

January 2017

Design for Manufacturing

PCB designers have been focusing on good DFM practices for decades now. But many fabricators still see many of the same old design mistakes and miscues, not to mention a few new ones. What’s going on?

September 2015

Cars: A Driving Force in the Electronics Industry

Cars now have exponentially more electronic features than a decade ago with automotive electronics is one of the “driving” forces in electronics design & mfg. We have articles from Continental Automotive Sys.,  DfR Solutions, and Mentor Graphics.

June 2013

Flexible Designs

Flexible Circuits: Once considered too costly for most applications, flex circuits can now be found in everything from printers to digital cameras. In our June issue flex contributors offer a variety of flex design tips and techniques.

March 2014


What’s the best approach to ensuring your fabricator builds the board exactly the way you intend? Find out in this issue of The PCB Design Magazine!

April 2022

Additive Design: The Same, but Different

This month's issue focuses on how readers can get started designing additive and semi-additive PCBs, and how the design process for additive technology differs from that of traditional subtractive processes.

December 2020

Reducing Respins by One

Designers have been talking about eliminating PCB design respins for decades. Today, OEMs routinely go through two, three, or more PCB design respins. This month, we delve into the idea of reducing respins by one.

August 2019

Education and Training

Not too long ago, if you couldn’t attend a trade show or technical conference, your chances of continuing your PCB design education were slim to none. But the times are a-changin’... even flexible circuit technology is slowly but surely making its way into the colleges and universities of the world.

April 2018

Future Vehicles

New developments in electronics are pushing automotive technologists to new levels of innovation every day, and the automotive segment is now driving much of today’s PCB design and manufacturing efforts.

December 2016

Sales & Marketing

Sales and marketing in the PCB industry used to be fairly simple. Then came the Internet, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. What approaches should you use?

August 2015

The War on Process Failure

Attention! PCB designers are in a veritable war zone, day in and day out. Our cover story is an interview with two “soldiers” in this war on failure, Kelly Dack and Mark Thompson of Prototron. Don't miss the columns by Paul Reid and Tim Haag, as well as an interview with Per Viklund and Alex Caravajal of Mentor Graphics.

July 2013

Design for Profitability

We have become a “design for” industry: Design for manufacturing, design for test, design for assembly, ad infinitum. In this issue, we explain how proper DFP techniques affect the bottom line.

February 2014

High-Speed Design

How fast is fast? What is the state-of-the-art for high-speed PCB design, and what does this mean to you? This month, our expert authors and columnists take an in-depth look at design on the bleeding edge.

March 2022

Planning Your Design Education Strategy

There are more avenues for acquiring design education and training than ever before—live classes, online webinars, YouTube videos and blogs, but where should you start? We asked this month’s contributors to share their advice.

November 2020

The Via Issue

There has been quite a bit of activity in the world of vias, especially microvias. For this issue, we lined up a group of expert contributors to discuss the best methods for designing reliable vias and microvias.

July 2019

Reliability & Vias

This month, we look into the secret life of vias as the culprit for failures and some of the reliability issues that technologists are facing today. We also introduce the inclusion of FLEX007 as a regular monthly section.

March 2018

Tools & Technology

For this issue of Design007, our expert contributors discussed their newest tools and technology. Read about Cadence Design Systems' Sigrity and Mentor's HyperLynx software updates. And so much more...

November 2016


Time after time, we’ve heard about issues that continue to challenge readers like you, and some of the most often cited problem areas are related to vias. Whether blind, buried, microvias, thermal vias, landless or back-drilled, vias are a big problem...

July 2015

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is one aspect of the design world that often takes a back seat to the latest PCB design tricks and techniques. This month, our cover story by David Ledger-Thomas and our interviews with Gary Ferrari of FTG and John Pavlak of Rogers Corporation discuss supply chain management from the PCB designer’s view.

August 2013

Signal Integrity

It’s not a question of if you’ll encounter signal integrity problems, it’s a question of when. The industry’s top SI experts weigh in with the latest tips, tricks and techniques for achieving signal integrity.

January 2014

A Look at 2014

What did we learn from the past year? What does 2014 hold for PCB technology and design processes? If it’s anything like 2013, this year may be a wild ride.

February 2022

Change: Resistance is Futile

There’s a lot of change going on in PCB design—some positive, some negative. Imagine the voice of the Star Trek entity the Borg saying, “Resistance is futile.” Do you resist or become assimilated and join the hive mind?

October 2020

Roadmaps: Into the Future

For this month’s issue on technology roadmaps, we bring you several interviews with contributors involved with the IEEE Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap (HIR).

June 2019

Everything Starts with Design

Designers were once seen as little more than electronic techs. Now, many designers are starting to realize the power they wield over the whole electronics process. As you’ll learn in this issue, there are plenty of little things that a designer can do to help...

February 2018

Knowing Your Customers

How do you feel about your suppliers’ customer service? How do your customers feel about your service? Every company in our industry claims to put the customer first, but what does that mean in a firm’s day-to-day operation? How well do you know your customers?

October 2016

Leadership by Design

What does leadership mean to you? This month, we focus on leadership, and the difference between a good manager and a great leader.

June 2015

IPC-A-610 Update

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used IPC standard. This month our expert contributors Teresa Rowe of IPC and Leo Lambert of EPTAC discuss the latest updates to this document, what they mean to product developers, and the various steps in the revision process itself.

September 2013


Madonna was right: It’s a material world! This month, we explore the latest and greatest PCB materials and processes with articles from Sanmina, Ohmega Technologies, PWB Inc., Rogers Corporation, and more.

January 2022

High-Voltage PCB Design 

This month, we asked our contributors to share their thoughts on designing high-voltage PCBs. Readers like you responded to our survey asking about today's challenges. They shared, among other things, the demand for higher voltages in the automotive segment, with electric vehicles leading the charge.

September 2020

Thermal Management

With the growth of electric and autonomous vehicles, along with telecom, military, and aerospace—not to mention the explosion of LEDs—thermal management and thermal design processes are becoming mainstream. In this issue, our expert contributors share their thoughts on the best methods to “beat the heat.”

May 2019

Design Rules

We’ve heard a lot about design rules lately, from designers and manufacturers alike. There just doesn’t seem to be much agreement about design rules: how to set them, manage them, and validate them.

January 2018

What's New?

It’s a brand-new year, and the magazine has a fresh new look and title. So, to ring in the new year with this first issue of Design007 Magazine, we asked representatives from a variety of PCB design-related companies to answer the question, “What’s New?”

September 2016


As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, NASA prepares to map out the rest of the universe, known and unknown. This month, we feature interviews with two veteran PCB designers with spacecraft project experience.

May 2015

Controlled Impedance

Controlled impedance PCBs are becoming more common now, especially in high-speed applications. Designing these boards can be particularly challenging. This month our expert contributors focus on the ins and outs of controlled impedance design.

October 2013

Design for Assembly

In the rush of meeting deadlines, it’s easy for PCB designers and design engineers to overlook issues related to assembly. This month, our veteran contributors cover the whole process and offer valuable tips!

December 2021

The Art and Science of PCB Design

There is definitely an artistic angle to this job. PCB design requires the perfect mix of artistic and technical skills. PCB designers and design engineers are graphic artists, but unlike Renaissance sculptors, their masterpieces don’t just have to look nice—they also have to function.

August 2020

Fabrication Notes

This month, we decipher the process of creating fabrication notes, define what should and should not go into a design data package, and what can be done to eliminate that dreaded afternoon phone call.

April 2019

The Future of Design Data

We’ve all heard quite a bit of chatter about smart manufacturing over the past few years. Everyone involved in designing, fabricating and assembling PCBs wants to get on board. But what does this mean for CAD data? What do designers need to do differently to take full advantage of smart technologies?

December 2017

Thermal Management

To take the chill off during December here in our part of the world, we’re turning the heat up with this thermal management issue. In Dr. Johannes Adam's interview, he sounds the alarm for EEs to better understand thermal issues. 

August 2016

Voices of the Industry

This month, we’ve turned the spotlight on our readers with our special edition, 'Voices of the Industry.' We asked for your thoughts on PCB design and the electronics industry, and—as usual—you weren’t shy about telling us exactly what you think.

April 2015

Surface Finishes

For years, hot air solder leveling was the predominant surface finish in the PCB industry. But now, there’s a veritable alphabet soup of available surface finishes, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. This month, we focus on the latest in PCB surface finishes...and more!

November 2013

Qualifying Your Fabricator

There are plenty of good fabricators vying for your business. How do you determine the best for your needs? Our expert contributors discuss the best methods for qualifying your next fabricator.

November 2021

Herding Cats

As more than one PCB designer has said, “Managing design data is a lot like herding cats.” It’s no wonder: schematics, footprints, BOMs, netlists, fab notes, assembly notes—millions of petabits (no pun intended) of data are used to design and engineer PCBs.

July 2020

Working Remotely

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve seen many PCB designers and design engineers moving into home offices. For this issue, we asked a variety of experts to discuss their companies’ approach to working remotely, as well as some of the cybersecurity challenges related to having employees working from home.

March 2019

The Youth of the PCB Design Industry

Something's happening in this industry: Young people are once again entering the PCB design workforce. In this issue, you’ll meet a variety of young people working in this industry. Is this the beginning of a trend? Let’s hope so!

November 2017

High-Density Design

Each year, more and more PCB designers are designing boards that feature HDI technology. And no wonder: HDI can lead to substantial reductions in cost by lowering the board’s layer count. But...

July 2016

The Signal Integrity Issue

As the not-so-old saying goes, “If you don’t have signal integrity issues yet, you will.” This month we bring you a variety of SI articles and a great interview with John Bushie of American Standard Circuits.

March 2015

Design for Manufacturability

As the speed of electronic devices continues to increase, so does the cost of re-spins, making good DFM practices more important than ever. Catching problems at the design stage can save weeks of wasted time, not to mention thousands of dollars. This month, we focus on design for manufacturability techniques and processes.

December 2013

Power Integrity

This month, our experts take an in-depth look at power integrity analysis, and they address many common PI challenges and solutions. Don’t fight the power—control it!

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