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PCBDM Live strikes the right note

Tom Gregory of Future Facilities discusses modelling errors to an eager crowd

Inaugural PCB Design and Manufacturing Live show gets the thumbs up from visitors and exhibitors alike.

PCB Design and Manufacturing (PCBDM) Live, organised by New Electronics and held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham earlier this month proved popular with visitors and exhibitors alike.

Running alongside the show was a programme of seminars which included speakers: Tony Folan from Altium; Gary Hinde from Cadence; Hugh Macdonald and David Strachan from Plexus; and Tom Gregory of Future Facilities.

Focusing on PCB design Gregory outlined the importance of checking for modelling errors in a system before proceeding with design. While Hinde showed designers how to easily identify and fix impedance mismatches, crosstalk and return path issues using approaches that provide impedance vision, coupling vision and return path DRCs.

A range of PCB suppliers used the event to exhibit some of their latest kit, including Beta LAYOUT; Toby Electronics and Nexus, among others.

Phoenix Contact demonstrated its twin design print terminals, which offer either a screw-in or a push-in that has the same footprint on the PCB, meaning suitable connection technology can be chosen without changing the board.

Hitaltech exhibited its flexible interconnect products, intended for panel design formats. The boards can be “broken” and folded, before being placed into an enclosure, acting as a flexible alternative to a rigid board-to-board header and socket.

With upwards of 800 visitors, PCBDM Live is set to return next year.

Missed the event? Watch an overview here.

Bethan Grylls

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