Published by admin on 10 Feb 2010
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One of my fun activities at DesignCon is getting to conduct 10-minute interviews with signal integrity stars. These are filmed by RealTime with DesignCon and posted on their website.
I did about 10 different interviews and other reporters with RealTime did another 20 or so interviews. If you missed DesignCon, or just want to see some of the new products, materials, tools and design solutions you might have missed, you’ll want to check out the posted interviews.
In particular, here are some of my favorites you’ll want to be sure to view:
Colin Warwick, Agilent, talking about their new 3D display. In addition to looking like a couple of really cool SI Dudes, we were able to see the results from a full wave EM field solver of current flow in a via field. With the LCD shutter glasses, and interleaved left-right screen being displayed on the monitor, it really did look like the vias were standing out in front of the screen. This 3D capability is embedded in Momentum and EMPro., able to show currents, fields and voltages.
Joel Peiffer, 3M, talking about C-ply. 3M can provide thinner than 25 micron thick C-Ply laminates, sandwiched between copper planes. The dielectric is ground up Barium Titanate filled epoxy offering a Dk of 16-20. This is great for power and ground planes. The breakdown strength of the I mil core is more than 100 v. While Joel said these materials are in production and he has customers shipping their product with C-Ply, I could not get him to reveal any customer names. He just hinted that the early adopters are cell phone manufactures, and 10-15% of all cell phones are shipped with C-Ply.
Don DeGroot, CCN-I, talking about pcb materials measurements in his company. Don came from NIST, where he worked for 12 years as a researcher in the rf test group. He’s spun his experience in precision measurements into a company that performs contract materials measurements. He talked about the transitioning of NIST engineering techniques into a commercial business and how he does practical materials characterization.
Todd Westerhoff, SiSoft, talking about what’s new from SiSoft. At DesignCon 2010, SiSoft engineers gave 3 papers. One was on “When Shorter isn’t Better.” Todd described some problems where reflections in short tracks can cause problems, especially with resonances at specific lengths. If the traces are long enough some of these resonances may damp out and not be a problem. The danger, he says, in applying design rules is you may miss these length specific problems. This is why he advocates doing a post layout analysis.
To catch all of the RealTime interviews, check out their web site.