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8 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2015 by Andy Shaughnessy I-ConneCT007 THE SHAugHNESSY REPORT Happy New Year: Now, Back to Work column Welcome back! It's January again, and it's a brisk 10 degrees here in Atlanta. It's so cold here that socialites have abandoned the veranda and taken their mint juleps into the parlor. Yes, it's time to get back into work mode. We ended the year on a good note, with unemploy- ment down and almost 3 million jobs created in the first 11 months of 2015—the most for any similar period since 1999. There are still too many people working part-time who would like a full-time job, but the trend looks positive. Show Time We have quite a busy few months ahead. This month, we'll be covering DesignCon, which takes place January 27–30 in Santa Clara, California. This year, the conference offers a wide variety of PCB sessions, panels and tuto- rials. DesignCon has come a long way since it focused primarily on high-level IC content that was of little interest to the lowly PCB design- ers! And even huge EMS companies exhibit at DesignCon now, hoping to appeal directly to

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