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MAY 2023 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 71 We recently met with IPC instructor Kris Moyer for a discussion about designing RF PCBs and wireless applications in general. Kris teaches RF design, among other things, so we asked him to discuss RF design techniques, how designing for wireless applications differs from laying out tradi- tional PCBs, and when to design your own antenna vs. using com- mercial off-the-shelf (COTS) antennas. Keysight EDA has been in the RF and microwave design industry for decades. We asked How-Siang Yap, product manager for Keysight EDA's RF and microwave software tools, to share his thoughts on RF design tips and techniques, and how designing boards at RF speeds compares with designing PCBs at slower speeds. As he explains, much of RF design involves battling interference and loss. For electronics manu- facturers, consistently producing quality products is the base- line for success. Even as pressures created by supply chain dis- ruptions and labor scarcity persist, orga- nizations need to focus on continuous improvement to remain competitive. Electronic System Design (ESD) industry revenue increased 11.3% from $3,468.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 to $3,858.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technol- ogy Community, announced in its latest Electronic Design Market Data (EDMD) report. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four, rose 12.6%. Each time a new RF antenna gets added to a PCB layout, it can cre- ate a new headache for RF designers, especially as analog design skills start to become criti- cal again. With so many RF capabilities being added to new PCBs, how can designers ensure the signals in their system are not corrupted and signal integrity is preserved? LogicSwap Solutions, a U.S.-based company specializing in data migration software for the EDA industry, is now offering a free data conversion package to transfer third-party PCB design data to Zuken's eCADSTAR for- mat. The software enables eCADSTAR users to utilize Altium Designer library, schematic, and PCB design data for design, analysis, and manufacturing within the eCADSTAR toolset. For the latest news and information, visit Connect the Dots: Top 5 High-profile Activities for Production Excellence RF and Wireless Design Means Fighting Interference, Loss RF and Wireless PCB Design LogicSwap Solutions' Software Converts Third-party PCB Design Data to eCADSTAR Electronic System Design Industry Logs $3.9B in Revenue in Q4 2022 RF Antenna Design and Layout Tips for Your PCB

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