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64 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2019 As the second half of the year is quickly passing by, we have seen lots of continued ac- tivities within our industry regarding PCB de- sign. PCB West was held in mid-September in Santa Clara, California, and as usual, the show exceeded expectations. AltiumLive 2019 was held in early November in San Diego, Califor- nia, and also had a great turnout. We also have some activity within our local IPC Designers Council (DC) chapters, such as the San Diego Chapter, which held its final chapter meeting for the year in late September. Here is a brief breakdown of these recent fall activities. San Diego Chapter, California Chapter Leader: Luke Hausherr, CID+ The San Diego Chapter held another suc- cessful meeting on September 24 at San Di- ego PCB with 25 attendees. OrCAD EMA spon- sored the event to help offset the cost of lunch. The highlight of the meeting was a presenta- tion given by Jeff Jenkins, which covered con- formal coatings (Figure 1). The content of the presentation was very thorough and received positive feedback from all who attended. Jeff is a PCB chief technologist for L3Harris and has been involved in the workings of the PCB de- sign, fabrication, and CCA industries for over 23 years. His presentation covered: • The purpose of conformal coatings • Types of conformal coatings and the pros and cons of each • Methods of application and the pros and cons of each • Items not coated • Engineering drawings and notes This was also the last San Diego Chapter meeting for 2019, but we will convene in Janu- ary to plan for 2020. Silicon Valley Chapter, California Chapter Leader: Bob McCreight The Silicon Valley Chapter held a chapter meeting on October 24 and will report its con- tinued success in next month's column. Fall 2019 Recap The Digital Layout by Stephen V. Chavez, MIT, CID+, IPC DESIGNERS COUNCIL Figure 1: Luke Hausherr presenting certification of appreciation to Jeff Jenkins.

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