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PCB Tech Talk

With over 25 years of experience within the EDA industry, John McMillan brings a depth of knowledge as he considers EDA and PCB industry trends, topics, challenges, and some specific how-to tips. Listen in as he explores a variety of topics and interviews special guests.

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DFM ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

DFM issues are all too common, from PCB layout to manufacture and testing. In fact, a single fabrication holdup can cost you untold amounts in lost productivity. Having integrated DFM analysis allows you to identify and correct potential fabrication and assembly issues in the design database before they ever hit the production floor. Without DFM analysis, you are essentially leaving changes in the fabricators hands, where the focus is often on increasing fabrication yield, not on the electrical performance of the final product. Learn how PADS Professional can empower you to address DFM design challenges in this on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Perfecting Your PCB with DFM Analysis Infographic Perfecting Your PCB with DFM Analysis PADS Professional Capabilities: Webinars, Infographics, Podcasts and more! Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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28 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Signal Integrity Analysis ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

Did you know that lack SI validation is one of the key reasons why designs fail in the field?  That’s why 75% of Best-in Class companies implement SI analysis. In today’s high-tech PCB designs nearly every PCB can benefit from Signal Integrity Simulation and Analysis. In fact, it’s not a luxury; it’s a critical step in the product design process. SI analysis not only ensures that design constraints meet product performance requirements - but also prevents you from over-constraining your PCB designs and alone increases project success by more than 18%! To see how PADS Professionals Signal Integrity Analysis capabilities empower small teams, independent designers and engineers to fast-forward product creation with powerful PCB design features that give you a competitive advantage by reducing your product design cycles and avoid costly design respins check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Signal Integrity Analysis Essentials eBook: Signal Integrity Analysis: Essential For Modern Electronic Product Designs Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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25 Jul 2019

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RF ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

The foundation for ultra-fast download speeds, reliable low latency connections, and connectivity to billions of IoT devices coming online over the next years relies greatly on 5G. Design for devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and wearables will need to operate in new spectrum with new enabling technologies. With scalable numerology, flexible waveforms, and new spectrum, 5G provides a robust framework to address the many different use cases for 5G Companies that master 5G and 5G NR complexities in RF PCB design will accelerate their design cycles, deployment and time to market. To see how PADS Professional’s RF-centric PCB design capabilities can get you a competitive advantage in designing products with RF check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: RF Design Challenges for PCB: Are you ready for 5G for IoT? eBook:  RF Design: Accelerating RF PCB Design in a 5G World Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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23 Aug 2019

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DDR ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

DDR is everywhere. From wearable devices to automobiles, DDR memory is quickly becoming the standard for SoC applications. Efficient DDR design can help you meet the demand for swift product development and reduced operating costs. Stay a step ahead with the wide range of features in PADS Professional that are designed to enable you to create, simulate and verify DDR interfaces. Learn how PADS Professional can empower you to take on DDR design challenges check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Stay Ahead of the Curve with Full-Range DDR Design Capabilities eBook: The DDRx Memory Interface is The Most Complicated Modern Bus PADS Professional Capabilities: Webinars, Infographics, Podcasts and more! Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes

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26 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Advanced PCB Layout ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

From cellphones and wearables and in every industry for today’s competitive electronics products, bringing products to market fast and first is critical for success. What you may not know is - If you’re not using advanced techniques for things like high-speed routing and tuning, placement planning groups, design reuse, plane generation automation and many more - that it can delay your design completion time up to 70% or more!  Are you giving your competition a competitive advantage? To see how PADS Professionals advanced PCB design capabilities empower small teams, independent designers and engineers to fast-forward product creation with powerful PCB design features that give you a competitive advantage by reducing your product design cycles and avoid costly design respins check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: The Game Changers: Advanced PCB Layout Techniques eBook: 10 PCB Design Tool Accelerators That Get Your Products to Market Faster Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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20 Jun 2019

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Analog Mixed-signal ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

Did you know that Behavioral verification, scenario exploration, and component optimization are critical to ensuring design intent, performance, and reliability for Analog mixed-signal circuits? For nearly every modern digital device, Engineers must design it to interact with people, the analog world around it, or both.  And the pathway for getting information into and back out of our modern digital devices is the domain of analog, mixed-signal. PADS Professionals AMS is configured specifically to deliver the technology and feature depth needed to solve today’s circuit-design challenges. The Analog Mixed-signal Design solution combines powerful schematic design capabilities with an advanced simulation and virtual-prototyping environment that is seamless and accurately represents both its electronic and mechanical elements in a tightly integrated workflow. To learn more about the Analog Mixed-signal (AMS) capabilities demonstrated in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Solving Analog Mixed-signal Challenges eBook: Analog Mixed-Signal Simulation Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download The Free Cloud-Based Simulation Tool: https://www.systemvision.com/ Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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29 May 2019

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Rigid-Flex ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

Did you know that the global demand for flexible electronics is expected to reach $24.78 billion by 2026? From cellphones to wearables and to IoT devices and in every industry more and more products are requiring both static and dynamic rigid-flexible circuits than ever. In fact, rigid-flex design not only eliminates connectors and improves the performance and reliability of your electronics designs it empowers companies to meet today’s most challenging form-factor requirements. In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series we answer the questions addressed during our recent live webinar event presenting how the advanced rigid-flex design capabilities in PADS Professional simplifies the design process. To learn more about the Rigid-flex capabilities demonstrated in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About Rigid-Flex PCB Design Demo Video: An Awesome Rigid-Flex PCB Design Video Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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23 Apr 2019

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Electrical DRC ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

Did you know, that on average, PCB designs undergo as many as 3 respins at an average cost of nearly $28,000 per respin due to undetected electrical rule violations that affect design integrity and performance? In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series we answer the questions addressed during our recent live webinar events presenting how PADS Professionals’ can ensure your project will meet its performance, time-to-market and cost goals by catching those electrical DRC’s that other tools can’t. To learn more about the Electrical-DRC capabilities demonstrated in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Automated Rule Checking for Faster Time to Market Demo Video: Solving E-DRC Issues Early in Your Design Process Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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3 Apr 2019

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Routing Automation ‘ After the Webinar ’ Podcast

Did you know that intelligent automated placement and routing can accelerate your design cycle times by 25-50% or more? You can eliminate issues due to collision and space constraints as well. In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series, we will answer the questions submitted during our most recent live webinar. Learn how PADS Professionals’ Routing Automation can accelerate your design cycles while improving quality with automated, 3D-eneabled, interactive placing and routing. To learn more about the Routing Automation demonstrated in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Reduce Design Time Using Routing Automation eBook: Routing automation: Accelerate design time and increase product quality Demo video: Interactive PCB Routing and Placement Try for free: PADS Professional Evaluation Download Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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27 Feb 2019

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MCAD Collaboration and Co-Design ‘After the Webinar’ Podcast

To learn more about MCAD Collaboration and Co-Design described in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below. On-Demand Webinar: Electro-mechanical Co-design for Competitive Advantage White Paper: Bridging the Gap Between ECAD and MCAD Domains to Gain a Competitive Advantage in Electronic Product Design Datasheet: PADS MCAD Collaboration Did you know that today’s best-in-class companies are getting their electronics products to market faster by implementing synchronized ECAD/MCAD data exchange and co-design advantages in their design flow? In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series we answer the questions submitted during our recent live webinar event presenting how PADS Professionals’ MCAD Collaborator and co-design functionality breaks down the barriers between PCB design and mechanical design domains, accelerates time-to-market, eliminates design respins and reduces product cost. Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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29 Jan 2019

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Game Changers in Electronics Product Design

Full show notes: Today, designing printed circuit boards in 3D is not the exception – it’s the norm. The same can now be said for many different areas in PCB design from part selection to the end products fabrication and assembly – So, what are the new exceptions – the new norms, the “game changers”, the “disruptive” emerging “shift-left” technologies in EDA?  Well, let’s talk about it! To learn more about these “game changing”, “shift-left” product design technologies described in this episode, check out the following resources. For more information on this topic: Whitepaper: Integrated Verification: A Shift-Left Solution for a More Efficient Design Flow Whitepaper: Closing the Gaps between PCB Layout Design and Manufacturing On Demand Webinar: Optimizing the Multi-Board Systems Design Process Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes

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2 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Is Pre-Layout Schematic Verification Possible?

Full show notes: Is design verification at the schematic level, before you take any steps into the PCB layout phase in the PCB design flow, possible? In PCB design, we are all too familiar with layout design rule checks, even post-layout design for manufacturing, design for assembly and design-for-test checks. Many of us are even familiar with electrical design rule checks. But what about checks that look at the schematic before layout?  In this episode, John takes a look at schematic analysis, and various checks you can run in any schematic capture tool to save your design team hundreds of hours in manual inspection and rework.  For more information on this topic: Schematic Analysis Web Presentation: Schematic verification for any PCB design flow White Paper: Eliminate Schematic Design Errors with Automated Verification Aberdeen Study  Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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21 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Evolving and Emerging Technologies

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘smart’ technologies have gone far beyond phones, enhancing products in all aspects of our lives. New technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, can now be found in our living rooms and existing technologies are being upgraded and enhanced with bleeding-edge capabilities. So what might be coming down the road? In this episode, John explores some of the products and technologies that are evolving and emerging and some of the key technologies and products being developed by today’s electronics companies. For more information on this topic: White Paper: 7 Design Aspects of IoT PCB Designs White Paper: Why Printed Circuit Board Design Matters to the Executive: How PCBs Are a Strategic Asset for Cost Reduction and Faster Time-to-Market Article: Designing PCB’s for the Internet  Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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14 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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Can Electrical Sign-off be Automated?

Electrical sign-off has become, more than ever, a critical part of the PCB design process. Manually doing this, as has traditionally been done, is time consuming, error prone, and requires expert knowledge in areas like Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and Electromagnetic Integrity.  In this episode, John discusses the advantages of automated EDRC (Electrical Design Rule Checking), and their ability to increase the efficiency and quality of PCB’s while reducing errors and decreasing time to market.  For more information on this topic: Download: FREE HyperLynx DRC tool Video: HyperLynx DRC Overview Whitepaper: Discover Unknown PCB Design Issues with HyperLynx DRC  Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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15 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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7 Habits of Highly Efficient PCB Designers

Designing a PCB is similar to a complex puzzle, except there’s no picture on the box to follow. Every step taken must be done purposefully, and requires extensive knowledge of electronic design and industry best practices. In this episode, John talks about seven shared habits that PCB Designers exhibit when they study, prepare, visualize, strategize, and complete PCB Designs. For more information on this topic: Whitepaper: 7 Habits of Highly Efficient PCB Designers Have questions or topics of interest? Interested in being a guest on the show? Contact us at pcb_techtalk@mentor.com. Subscribe today so you don’t miss any future episodes!

14mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #15