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NOVEMBER 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 99 In Chapter 2 of this book, the subject involves the challenges in the design and development of data center systems. With the exponential growth in data center infrastructure for IT networking, numerous challenges have emerged, from limited ecosystems to high-performance computing issues. I recently began to investigate "tribal knowledge" in PCB and PCBA operations. My goal was to determine whether anything of value would be lost if it were not recorded or preserved for future industry technologists. In many cases, tribal knowledge seems to be composed of memories of problems solved due to trial and error, coupled with observations of resulting causes and effects. Fabricator capabilities are initially pro- vided on a one- page summary as part of the general marketing presentation. The technical values provide the "check mark" information so the potential customer can determine if the fabricators capability is greater than the design requirements. One of the hard lessons of this past year was about the value of the team and collaboration. I have repeatedly heard how many of us have a newfound respect and appreciation for the teams we work with inside our companies. Out of necessity, we had to find new ways to collaborate. Zuken Inc. has formed a new R&D unit in Japan. In the U.S., it has appointed a new COO of Zuken Vitech Inc., with the aim of enhanc- ing support for customers that intend to transform their product development process through the introduction of model-based systems engineering (MBSE). Connectors, the physical medium our printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) use to purposely interface to their external environment, can make or break your design. I would like to offer my two cents on this topic, a "Penny Primer," if you will. For the latest news and information, visit Excerpt: 'The System Designer's Guide to… System Analysis,' Chapter 2 Dana on Data: Understanding Mechanical Drill Size Capability and Cost Tribal Knowledge and Design Data Formats Adventures in Engineering: Connectors—The Right Fit Elementary Mr. Watson: PCB Design—It's a Team Sport Zuken Accelerates Drive to Expand the Model-Based Systems Engineering Business

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