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74 The PCB Design Magazine • May 2017 1 'Flexdude' Tom Woznicki Celebrates Company's 25th Anniversary Twenty-five years ago, Tom "Flexdude" Woznicki got laid off. So, he launched his own flex circuit design bureau and never looked back. Since then, he's designed flex circuitry for everything under the sun, in- cluding the Mars Rover; the flex circuits he designed are visible in many of the Rover photos. Tom and I discussed the benefits of flex circuits, the expansion of the flex market, and his company's first quarter-century in operation. 2 Mentor FloTHERM XT Release Simulates Complex Geometries Quickly, Accurately Mentor has launched the newest release of the FloTHERM XT electronics cooling software product with advanced thermal management capabilities. Based on the electronics cooling DNA of Mentor's FloTHERM technology and the FloEFD CAD-cen- tric philosophy, the award-winning FloTHERM XT product is the industry's first integrated mechani- cal design automation and electronic design auto- mation electronics cooling solution. 3 Beyond Design: Microstrip Coplanar Waveguides The classic coplanar wave- guide (CPW) is formed by a microstrip conductor strip separated from a pair of ground planes pours, all on the same layer, affixed to a di- electric medium. In the ideal case, the thickness of the di- electric is infinite. But in practice, it is thick enough so that electromagnetic fields die out before they get out of the substrate. 4 New Ultra Librarian Website Provides ECAD/MCAD Models, Part Pricing EMA Design Automa- tion has created a web- site for Ultra Librarian giving electronics de- signers online access to pre-authored and verified parts with pric- ing and technical infor- mation to help them choose the best electronics components for their designs and the ability to download symbols, footprints, and 3D models. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007

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