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FLEXing Like a PCB Expert
Flex PCB design has many advantages. Along with those benefits come new design challenges that weren’t present in “standard” 2D PCBs. This e-book discusses common flex design issues and...
Putting Wearables to Work: How Your Wearable Health Tracker Keeps You and Your Doctor Connected
With Apple’s “Wearable” category of sales setting a new record this September with growth over 50%, and FitBit seeing growth in both trackers...
The Next Generation of Prosthetics
We may think of prosthetics as devices created to enable basic functions, such as walking or grasping an object. Regarded as a necessity, but not an asset, prosthetics of the past...
Wearable Technology: Types of Materials Used
Wearable tech is officially the next big innovation in technology, and its popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years. It seems like every few months...
Flexible Circuit Bending
Bend flex circuitry in your design individually or in groups to verify assembly and fit, and see any collisions that might happen when folded.
Real-Time 3D Movement
Move and place components in 3D, where it’s easiest to find and fix collisions.
What You Should Know About Organic Electronics
Organic electronics is a field of materials science centered around organic materials with desirable electronic properties (e.g. conductivity).
Real-Time Interactive 3D
Your products all have three dimensions. And viewing them in 3D is great, but going back and forth from a 2D design and a 3D visualization feels a lot like trial and error. i
Innovations in IoT-Driven Medical Sensors for Tracking Patient Vitals
IoT refers to the system of interconnected computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, or objects that have the ability to transfer data over a network...
How Do I Know What Functionality to Put on Which Board/Component Placement Strategies for Multi-board PCB Systems
There’s only so much you can do with a single printed circuit board (PCB). We’ve seen advances in miniaturization and the steady rise..
How is a Multi-board PCB System Assembly Different from Rigid-Flex Assembly
When people typically think of multi-board PCB design, they tend to picture racks of boards in server farms or the components of a gaming rig. But what if your typical rigid boards don’t fit...
Rigid Flex Circuitry Applications in Medical and Medical Device Worlds
More advanced medical devices such as cochlear implants or implants for damaged retinas require that powerful processing be contained within a flexible form factor
This is a Story About Tape-Out Day
All of the little details were squared up when the check-plots came out for "final" review. Those same preliminary files were shared with the fab and assembly units and, of course, the vendors have c
Rigid Flex Design Best Practices
Contour Etch Routing with OrCAD
Getting arcs equally spaced when routing a bus around a curved, flex circuit is not easy. With routing software offering a grid-based approach, this often leads to sloppy spacing and inadequate...
Let's Get Flexible: Expert Tips for Designing Flex PCBs
Flex PCB design has many advantages. In fact, the global market for flex/rigid-flex boards more than doubled in the past 4 years alone. Along with those benefits come new design challenges that...
Flex Circuit Cheat Sheet
So, you think you might want to do some Flexible Printed Circuit layouts? Pull up a chair; there's a lot to talk about. The first thing to know about FPCs is that they are almost entirely...
Best Practices: Allegro ECAD MCAD Collaboration
What is the Cost of Field Failures?
We see it in the news frequently; a battery explodes, car brakes malfunction, electronic systems are hacked, a material inexplicably fails. Field failures are costly and unforgiving, necessitating...
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