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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.

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PCB West 2022 Keynoter to Focus on Where Electronics Meets Virtual Reality

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – The metaverses offer myriad opportunities not just for users but for developers of computing devices. As that market takes off, what novel innovations in materials and production will be needed for printed circuit designs to meet the requirements for weight, size, and functionality?

Those are the questions Dr. Brian Toleno, manager, Applied Materials at Meta’s Reality Labs, will tackle when he keynotes this year’s PCB West conference. His talk, Augmented and Virtual Reality, the Next Computer Revolution, will describe the current market, use cases, and the technology all around AR/VR, with a focus on the printed circuit board aspects.

At Meta, Dr. Toleno leads a multi-disciplinary team that works on the material challenges in Meta’s consumer electronics hardware. These devices include VR headsets (Quest 2), smart glasses (Ray-Ban Stories), Portal smart screens and other exciting devices that help bring people together.

Dr. Toleno is a leading expert in materials science for electronics applications. Prior to Meta, Dr. Toleno was director of new technology at Microsoft, working on the Hololens and director of global product management for underfills and encapsulants at Henkel. He was also a director of SMTA. He has a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University and a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Ursinus College.

His talk takes place Oct. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center as part of “Free Wednesday.”

“Virtual reality is much further along than many people realize,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West. “It has more daily transactions than the two largest digital currencies combined. Dr. Toleno has a deep knowledge of electronics manufacturing, and I can’t think of a better person to explain the computing requirements from the cloud, the edge and localized devices this future will require.”

There is no fee to attend Dr. Toleno’s presentation, but advanced registration at pcbwest.com is required.

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Surface Finishes for Next-Generation PCB Technologies

On June 28, Kunal Shah, PhD., CEO, LiloTree, will present Surface Finishes for Next-Generation PCB Technologies.

In this session, Dr. Shah will discuss:

  • Detailed signal integrity and reliability evaluation of various surface finishes for next-generation PCB technologies
  • Effects of surface finishes on solder joints and reliability of electronic assemblies
  • Selection criteria of surface finish for next-generation PCB technologies: 5G, high frequency, HDI, RF, microwave applications, etc., involves minimal insertion loss, long shelf life, cost-effective and better reliability, and pros and cons of some of the available options (EPIG, EPAG, DIG, etc.)

This webinar is free for PCEA members.

At the end of Dr. Shah’s webinar, we will host an open Q/A session covering the webinar topics and will take questions regarding the PCEA. 

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Tackling EMI/EMC Challenges: One Rule at a Time

Join Harry Kennedy Jr. on July 27 for a special 90-minute webinar on EMI/EMC. If you are not a signal integrity (SI) expert, the thought of EMI/EMC issues might bring you chills. As PCB simulation tools continue to improve, it’s important to incorporate signal integrity checks early in the design process. Instead of waiting for the analysis results after laying out your PCB, why not implement best practices into your verification process.

This webinar, free to all PCEA members, will look at common EMI/EMC issues, and how they can be traced back to design best practices. It will also look at how to can use rule-based verification to automatically check for indicators, saving time and money.

This workshop is meant for beginner to mid-level PCB designers and SI engineers. The purpose of this workshop is to add a skillset that helps free up the time of the SI expert. This workshop also encourages users to add best practices into their current workflow by adopting this methodology. This workshop can be done with generic DfE and DfM tools.

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