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PCB East

PCB East 2024 Exhibition Open Today

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 5, 2024 – The annual PCB East exhibition opens today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA.

Attendees at today’s exhibits will see more than 65 industry-leading companies, ranging from printed circuit board design software developers to fabricators and assemblers, and equipment and materials suppliers.

Registrants will also gain access to the keynote address and seven other free technical sessions, which will cover topics about AI and PCB design, strategic design PCB assembly, flex design, surface finishes, and more.

Free lunch will be served on the show floor from 12-1 p.m. Following the close of the free technical sessions, a reception will take place on the exhibition show floor from 5-6 p.m.

Today is the only day the exhibits are open. 

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Mike Buetow, conference director, at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PCB East

PCB East 2024 Conference Opens Today

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 4, 2024 – The annual PCB East conference, featuring more than 75 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training, opens today at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA. 

The conference will be held June 4-7 and offers classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert. Rick Hartley, Susy Webb, Tomas Chester and Zachariah Peterson are among the headliners of this year’s conference. 

The scope of classes ranges from basics on design engineering and circuit grounding, to DDR5 routing, impedance characterization, controlling noise and EMI, thermal management, board stackups and design for assembly. 

More than half of the presentations are new to PCB East, including ones on SMT equipment validation, medical wearable device compliance, flex design, AI in electronics, and signal integrity/power integrity.

“We are excited about this year’s show,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “The addition of the UHDI & Substrates: Design to Package Forum has been a welcome addition to the conference.”

An exhibition featuring more than 65 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held June 5.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Mike Buetow, conference director, at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PCB West

PCB West 2024 Opens Technical Conference Registration

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 28, 2024 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced registration is open for the technical program for PCB West 2024, featuring more than 110 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training spread over nearly 50 sessions. 

Among the industry experts scheduled to speak this year are Lee Ritchey, Susy Webb, Zachariah Peterson, Tomas Chester, John Watson and Charlene McCauley. The conference will be held October 8 to 11 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert. 

The scope of classes ranges from designing all types of printed circuit boards to complex signal and power integrity and power delivery systems design. Foundational topics such as circuit grounding and PCB stackups are interspersed with advanced tutorials on DDR5, thermal management, analog measurements, system mechanical design, and more. 

New courses this year include the role of AI in PCB design, PCB cost drivers, designing with embedded inductors, HDI and sub-lamination structures, new low-cost and sustainable PCB material performance and reliability, and avoiding PCB respins, among others.

PCB West will also see the return of the popular Ask the Experts help session, featuring recognized authorities in design for manufacturing, EMI/EMC, signal integrity, flex circuits and more. 

“Whether you are after training on printed circuit board design and manufacturing, or building your network, PCB West is hands-down the best place to go,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West. “It offers more than 110 hours of in-depth training from the industry’s most-recognized experts, all in one place and for a fraction of the cost.” 

Conference registrants who sign up by September 7 can take advantage of the Early Bird Special discounts for the conference. 

An exhibition featuring more than 100 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held October 9. 

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

PCB East

Tech Visionary Harold Moss to Keynote PCB East 2024

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 13, 2024 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced technology visionary Harold Moss will keynote the upcoming PCB East technical conference with his address, “Embracing AI in Electronic System Design: Shaping the Future with Confidence.” Moss is renowned for his expertise in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies, having launched major programs at IBM, EMC and other major OEMs. 

Moss will speak at 11 a.m. on June 5, 2024, at the Boxboro Regency in Boxborough, MA, as part of PCB East. 

As we stand on the precipice of the AI revolution, integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into electronic system design represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of technology. In this keynote address, Moss will delve into the profound impact of AI on electronic system design and explore why embracing this transformative technology is not just advantageous but imperative. From streamlining design processes to optimizing performance and reliability, AI holds the potential to revolutionize every aspect of electronic system design. Moss will address common misconceptions and fears surrounding AI, emphasizing its role as an enabler of innovation rather than a threat to human creativity and ingenuity. 

“There is tremendous interest in our field in the possibilities that artificial intelligence offers and how AI might affect workers’ traditional roles,” said Mike Buetow, president of PCEA and conference chairman, PCB East. “We have, of course, seen many technologies presented as the ‘The Next Big Thing,’ only to see them take much longer than forecast to mature or completely fizzle out. Harold Moss has a long history of taking new technologies to market and is well-suited to describe what we can expect from AI going forward.”   

Moss’s journey in the tech industry began with a notable tenure at IBM, where he honed his skills in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud solutions. His innovative approach and strategic insights led to significant advancements in IBM’s offerings, cementing his reputation as a trailblazer in the field.

Moss later played pivotal roles at EMC, Akamai Technologies, and various other organizations, where he has consistently demonstrated his ability to leverage emerging technologies to drive business innovation and growth.

As chief executive of Tautuk, Moss remains at the forefront of technological innovation, guiding the company toward new frontiers in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and beyond. 

PCB East

PCEA Announces Free Technical Sessions for PCB East 2024

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 13, 2024 – Registrants for the PCB East exhibition this June will gain access to eight free technical sessions ranging from printed circuit design to fabrication and assembly, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) announced today. The sessions take place on June 5 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA, and cover topics about AI and PCB design, strategic design PCB assembly, flex design, surface finishes, and more.

“Free Wednesday” starts off with a session on “Controlling the Waves: A Field-based Perspective on High-speed PCB Design,” taught by Daniel Beeker, technical director at NXP Semiconductors. 

After Beeker’s presentation, Matthew Leary, founder and president of Newgrange Design, will speak about “AI and PCB Design: Where are We and Where are We Going.”

The morning sessions will conclude with the keynote presentation before lunch on the exhibit floor, which is free to all show attendees.

Free sessions resume in the afternoon with five sessions:

  • “Precision in Design: A Course on Strategic Design PCB Assembly,” Tomas Chester, Chester Electronic Design 
  • “Training the Next Generation of Designers,” Kristen Aguiar, Altium
  • “Smart PCB Design and Surface Finish: Sustainable Solution for Automated and Optimized Cu Balancing and Electroplating Steps,” Agnieszka Franczak, Elsyca NV 
  • “Quality Optimization through Accuracy and Force Validation,” Michael Sivigny, Cetaq Americas
  • “Flex Design for Beginners,” Lauren Waslick, Newgrange Design.

Following the free sessions is a reception on the exhibition show floor.

Anyone who registers at pcbeast.com for the exhibition and free sessions by June 4 will receive free admission. Day of show registration for the exhibition and free sessions is $25.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Conference Director Mike Buetow at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PCB East

PCB East 2024 to Offer Free Expert Advice Sessions

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 8, 2024 – Experts in printed circuit design and manufacturing will be on hand at PCB East 2024 to answer attendee questions during the exhibition on June 5, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) announced today.

Among the industry experts who will be available are Troy Hopkins (PCB design/layout), Lauren Waslick (flex design), Ethan Pierce (thermal management), Tomas Chester (design certification), and John
Watson (libraries).

The experts will be available at scheduled times at PCEA booth 409 during the show hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m: Hopkins (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Waslick (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), Pierce (2 p.m. to 3 p.m), Chester (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and Watson (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

“Part of our charter is to help promote new design concepts, and we take seriously the need to provide ample opportunities for attendees to network and get help,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “Our ‘Ask the Experts’ segment with experts in board layout, thermal management, flex and more provides yet another educational setting inside this one-of-a-kind event for the East Coast.”

The help sessions are free to all expo attendees. Those who register for the exhibition will also have access to more than 60 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

Survey

PCD&F Opens Annual PCB Designer Salary Survey

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 3, 2024 – PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB is conducting its annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists.

PCD&F surveys designers and design engineers each year, asking questions related to annual salaries, job functions, experience, education, job satisfaction, and ECAD tools used, among other data.

The survey can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024pcdfdesignerssalary.

PCD&F publishes the aggregate data in a free downloadable report on its website and in the magazine. Individual responses are not shared.

“The results may be used to better understand the job environment and benchmark one’s responsibilities and compensation,” said Mike Buetow, president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association.

The audience surveyed is not selected or controlled, and the more responses received, the more valid the results.

For a list of past results, click here: https://pcea.net/education.

Certification

PCEA Training Announces June and September PCB Design Classes

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MARCH 26, 2024 – PCEA Training is offering a pair of five-day training classes in June and September for printed circuit engineers, layout professionals, and other individuals currently serving in the design engineering industry or seeking to get into it. The classes include an optional certification exam recognized by the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA).

The dates of the classes:
Class 1: June 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Class 2: September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

These instructor-led classes cover the gamut of printed circuit design engineering, from layout, place and route to specifications and materials to manufacturing methods. Schematic capture, signal integrity and EMI/EMC are also part of the comprehensive program.

There are no prerequisite requirements to enroll. Upcoming classes will be held online. All courses are led by experienced instructors.

To apply, visit pceatraining.net/registration for the next available class or contact Mike Buetow at pceatraining@pcea.net for additional information.

Registration fees include the 400-page handbook, Printed Circuit Engineering Professional, authored by Michael Creeden, Stephen Chavez, Rick Hartley, Susy Webb and Gary Ferrari.

For information about the instructors of the course and authors of the course material, visit pceatraining.net/instructors-authors.

For information about the course overview, class format, and materials to prepare in advance for the class, visit pceatraining.net/course-overview.

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The Printed Circuit Engineering Association® (PCEA) is an international network of engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers, and anyone related to printed circuit development. Our mission is to promote printed circuit engineering as a profession by encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information and the integration of new design concepts through education, certification, communications, seminars, and workshops. This is facilitated by a network of local, regional, virtual PCEA-affiliated chapters and the support of our sponsors.