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8 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2015 by Andy Shaughnessy I-CONNeCT007 THE SHAUgHnESSy REPORT IPC Updates CID, and DFX Takes Off column It's almost time for IPC APEX EXPO 2015, and I, for one, am happy to be returning to the San Diego Convention Center. Is there a nicer city in America than San Diego? Yes, it's a tad expensive, but it's worth it; there are worse plac- es to spend a week. Nothing against Las Vegas, but San Diego beats Sin City in every category, with the exception of hotel rooms per square mile. The Design Forum kicks off the show on the morning of Feb. 23, with a variety of new classes and speakers. This marks the first Design Forum since the death of Dieter Bergman. It'll be bit- tersweet, but I'm sure everyone will be sharing stories about Dieter. (Everyone is invited to join the tribute to Dieter on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 pm in Ballroom 6F in the convention cen- ter. Share your memories of Dieter, or some of his best off-color jokes, or your favorite "Dieter- isms." The $25 admission goes to a scholarship fund in Dieter's name.) After a networking breakfast, PCB design en- gineer Carl Schattke of Tesla Motors will give the keynote speech. Have you ever met anyone who designed boards for electric cars? That should draw a pretty good crowd. Then IPC Master Trainer Rainer Taube of Taube Electronic GmbH will discuss IPC-7070 component mounting is- sues. Tom Hausherr of PCB Libraries will wrap up the morning, focusing on IPC-7351C, re- quirements for surface mount design and land pattern standard. After lunch, the Professional Development design classes begin. Stephen V. Chavez, a PCB designer with UTC Aerospace Systems who has spent a lot of time working abroad, will offer tips for communicating and working with mul- ticultural design teams. From what I've heard,

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