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70 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2016 1 John Cardone on Designing Flex for Spacecraft If you watched footage of the Mars rover driving all over the red planet, you're familiar with some of John Cardone's handi- work. He's been designing rigid, flex, and rigid-flex circuitry for spacecraft since he joined JPL in the early '80s. I caught up with John recently and asked him to give us the straight scoop on design- ing boards for spacecraft. 2 SnapEDA Launches InstaPart: Symbols and Footprints in 24 Hours SnapEDA, the In- ternet's market- leading electron- ics design library, has launched In- staPart, an on-de- mand service that delivers symbols and footprints to designers' inboxes in less than 24 hours for only $29 per component, keeping designers focused on innovation, and product de- velopment on track. 3 Quiet Power: Evaluating Evaluation Boards Evaluation boards are very helpful. Manufacturers of complex circuits such as DC-DC converters provide boards with those circuits ready to try out, saving us time and effort. Evaluation boards are supposed to help us to understand the capabilities of the device. But with the many potential user applications, what should a particular user expect and look for in an evaluation board? We need to know how to prop- erly evaluate an evaluation board. 4 EMA Enterprise Integrate Links PLM and ERP Systems With OrCAD EMA Design Automation has just announced EMA Enterprise Integrate to enable OrCAD customers to bring products to market faster with a direct integration between OrCAD data and corporate PLM and ERP/MRP systems. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007

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