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10 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2024 As the size of electronic devices contin- ues shrinking, more PCB designers consider embedding components in the PCB itself. is not only reduces the skyline of the board, but has the added effect of increasing the board's overall reliability. IPC's Kris Moyer teaches design techniques for embedding components, and he's noticed an upswing in his students' interest in embed- ded component design. We recently spoke with him about embedding component design: best practices, pros and cons, and when it makes sense for designers to start embedding. Every Designer Needs to Understand Embedded Andy Shaughnessy: I understand you've had a lot of interest in embedded components in your design classes. What are students curious about? Kris Moyer: Some interesting student ques- tions have all been related to embedded com- ponents, especially about the viability of the embedded for high reliability. ey ask, "How viable and reliable are the embedded resistors, cavities, and so on for military applications or stuff that has to go into space?" When they ask, "Is this an additive process?" I respond that it's a subtractive process for Feature Interview by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team

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