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64 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015 1 Fast Interconnect: Engineering Services for the Masses Gary Griffin and Ana Rosique are co-founders of Fast interconnect, an Arizona-based product engineering company designed to serve an underserved market: the small product developers, inventors, and any- one with an idea for a "cool gadget." i caught up with Griffin recently to discuss the new company, its innovative business model, and the challenges fac- ing smaller oeMs and product developers. 2 EDA Analyst Gary Smith Dead at 74 longtime eDA analyst Gary smith died July 3 in Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 74. He had been ill with pneumonia. He knew more about the eDA market than anyone i've ever known. i once asked Gary, "How many PCB design seats do you think are in China?" He sent me numbers for all of Asia and broke them down by country. He really loved eDA. 3 Avoid Overbuilding your RF Printed Circuit Board Today, many companies are overbuilding and "overmaterializing" their RF printed circuit boards. in this interview, James Hofer of Accurate Circuit engineering (ACe) shares some strategies to avoid doing both, which will help lower the total cost of your PCB and improve the overall product quality. Hofer also discusses some of the challenges in the laminate supply chain. 4 Mentor Graphics White Paper: 10 Key Challenges in Electronics Thermal Design Miniaturization of electronics is continuing to in- crease power densities at all packaging levels. Without cooling, most electronics products would fail in a matter of minutes. How, then, should en- gineering managers in organizations that develop high-power electronics ensure the thermal perfor- mance of their products while meeting other de- sign criteria? 5 Max Maxfield Looks at the Future of Electronics Clive "Max" Maxfield has worked for decades in this industry, and in a variety of capacities: en- gineer, author, editor, columnist, blogger, and keynote speaker, just to name a few. i caught up with my former columnist recently and asked him what he'd been doing to stay out of trouble, and what sort of technology and futur- toP ten Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007 64 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015

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