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70 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2017 1 Using Vibration and Acceleration Analysis to Improve Reliability In harsh environments, fa- tigue can be responsible for up to 20% of failures. Customers have come to expect reliability across the industry spectrum no mat- ter where actual production occurs. Reliable products have less risk of failure, less field returns and less warranty claims, all of which contribute to higher profitability. 2 Ultra Librarian Gets Advanced PDF Scraping Capabilities from Existing EMA Tech "This is the first collab- orative development ef- fort for the Ultra Librar- ian desktop software since EMA acquired Accelerated Designs," said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. "This allowed us to very quickly enhance the software to give our cus- tomers faster part creation and higher fidelity out- put with a significant reduction in download size." 3 Beyond Design: FPGA PCB Design Challenges The primary issue is generating optimal FPGA pin assignments that do not add vias and signal layers to a PCB stackup or increase the time required to integrate the FPGA with the PCB. Engineers generally do not consider FPGA pin assignments that expedite the PCB layout. Hundreds of logical signals need to be mapped to the physical pin-out of the device, and they must also harmonize with the routing requirement. 4 Ucamco Provides Free Reference File Viewer for Gerber Users Ucamco is now offering a free Gerber reference file viewer for the Ger- ber user community. The viewer provides an easy way to see the cor- rect interpretation of a file. Diagnostics tools help to analyze it. If the viewer reverse-engineers an image on an invalid file, it will give a warning that the file contains errors, thus helping to detect invalid files. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007

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