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70 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2016 1 IPC Designers Council viewpoint: Rick Hartley rick Hartley has been in in- volved in PCB design and de- sign education for decades, so it's no surprise that he started working with the IPC Designers Council early on. now retired from his day job at l-3, rick still teaches PCB design and shows no sign of slowing down. I asked him to discuss his work with the Designers Council, and what the group means to the design community. 2 DownStream Takes on Data Documentation Management Most PCB designers love their jobs. But designers will also tell you that as much as they enjoy laying out the board, they dislike the final data doc- umentation step, which of- ten involves various formats, including handwritten notes. enter DownStream Technologies, a company founded 14 years ago to address the challenges related to post-process- ing the design. Senior Product Marketing Manag- er Mark gallant recently discussed the company's efforts to take the pain out of data documentation, even as data becomes more complex. 3 Most-Read PCB Design News Stories of 2015 each December, we like to look back at the year in PCB design news. Janu- ary seems like yesterday, doesn't it? Since then, we've seen plenty of innovative new tools and a variety of partnerships, and we've said goodbye to a couple of longtime friends. As we approach 2016, enjoy this list of the 10 most-read news items on PCBDesign007 in 2015. 4 EMA: Helping Technologists Manage Disparate Data Today's eDA tools are better than ever, but managing de- sign data, from schematics through gerbers, can be an unwieldly task. I recently in- terviewed Manny Marcano, Top Ten Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007 70 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2016

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