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86 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2016 1 Douglas G. Brooks Co-Authors "Trace and Via Currents and Temperatures" Douglas G. Brooks, PhD and Dr. Johannes Adam, CID have teamed up to write PCB Trace and Via Currents and Temperatures: The Complete Analysis. Brooks has been looking at trace current and temperature relationships since the mid-1990s. Now, he and Adam, of the consulting group Adam Research, have assembled decades of knowledge into these pages. 2 Designers Notebook: Flexible and Rigid-Flex Circuit Design Principles, Part 6 The designer is generally under pressure to release the documen- tation and get the flexible circuit into production. There is, howev- er, a great deal at risk. Setting up for medium-to-high volume man- ufacturing requires significant physical and monetary resources. To avoid potential heat from management, the designer must insist on prototyping the product and a thorough design review prior to release. 3 Webinar: Leveraging SerDes Design Flows for IBIS-AMI Model Development In this webinar at- tendees will learn about a new work- flow that has been developed jointly between Math- Works and SiSoft, which enables semiconductor companies to reuse their SerDes designs directly for IBIS-AMI model creation, simulation, and vali- dation. 4 Design Automation Tools, Today and in the Future Kelly Dack has been designing PCBs for over three decades, at OEMs of all kinds. Now a PCB designer with a Washington state contract manufacturer and a certified trainer with EPTAC, Kelly enjoys waxing philosophic about PCB design and design automation in gen- eral. I asked Kelly to answer a few questions about the direction EDA tools are headed, and whether he'd like to see more control, or more automation in his PCB design tools. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007

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