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62 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2023 Last year, IPC held its first-ever design competition at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. PCB designers from around the world competed in a series of heats during the months before the show, culminating in a showdown on the show floor between the top three finalists. This year, the competi- tion is back for its sophomore year. I asked Patrick Crawford, manager of design standards and related programs for IPC, to "layout" the details on the design contest. At Sunstone we concentrate on the current best practices for keeping our employees safe while keeping quality work as a top priority, and provid- ing a remote work option for our employees has been one such effective strategy. It brings me great joy to report that, so far, we have effectively maintained both the health and employment of all our employees. As I was recently reflecting on this, I decided to ask Al Secchi, our global customer support and sales manager, what he has learned professionally these past two years. Controlled imped- ance traces are necessary on some PCBs for high-speed signal transmission. The goal with controlled impedance traces is to design the proper propagation delay into the trace. On boards with an antenna, impedance matching is required for a reliable signal. Other boards may have components that require a specific propagation delay in order to perform calculations. Altium keeps its eyes on the designers of the future. The company has been working with colleges and universities for years, providing free seats of Altium Designer for the next gen- eration of PCB designers and design engineers. They offer a variety of other educational programs as well, including Upverter classes and a design competition that aims to address environ- mental change. Here, Rea Callender, Altium's VP of education, discusses its educational programs. TOP TEN Connect the Dots: The Recipe for Customer Service Success Fresh PCB Concepts: Designing Controlled Impedance PCBs The Battle of the Boards EDITOR'S PICKS Altium Focuses on Design Education

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