Ben Jordan

Ben is a Computer Systems and PCB Engineer with over 20 years of experience in embedded systems, FPGA, and PCB design. He is an avid tinkerer and is passionate about the creation of electronic devices of all kinds. Ben holds a Bachelor of Engineering (CompSysEng) with First Class Honors from the University of Southern Queensland and is currently Director of Community Tools and Content.

  • Altium Designer 17.1: The Latest Version of Intuitive Design Technology is Here

    Altium Designer 17.1: The Latest Version of Intuitive Design Technology is Here

    Features tailored specifically for today’s engineer.

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  • Why You Need Integrated Circuit Simulation

    Why You Need Integrated Circuit Simulation

    Integrated Circuit Simulation: integrated simulator, or simulating ICs? You aren’t a newbie anymore but here’s why we say keep circuit simulation in your toolkit. As your career progresses, you...

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  • The Power of Integration - Why Analysis Belongs to PCB Designers

    The Power of Integration - Why Analysis Belongs to PCB Designers

    PCB designers often rely on simulation tools or prototypes for their PDN network data, but this approach can disrupt design flow and drain funds. What if designers were capable of analyzing their...

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  • Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 1

    Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 1

    More and more designers are facing the need to reduce size and cost of the products they design, while increasing density and simplifying assembly. Rigid-Flex circuits (those which incorporate...

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  • Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 4

    Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 4

    Leading up to now, we've looked at rigid-flex circuit materials, fabrication, and some aspects of design. In this blog post, I want to show a handful of important rules to follow when routing...

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  • Open Source OLED Watch

    Open Source OLED Watch

    It's a great time to be an engineer, and a maker. In keeping with the theme of Petr Tosovsky's Open Source Projects in Altium blog, we found another Open Source Hardware (OSHW) project which was...

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  • Design Custom NanoBoard Peripheral Boards

    Design Custom NanoBoard Peripheral Boards

    If you want to add custom hardware functionality to your NanoBoard, why not make your own add-on Peripheral Board? This two part Tech Tip details the easy way to create your own custom board to...

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  • Design custom NanoBoard peripheral boards – Pt2

    Design custom NanoBoard peripheral boards – Pt2

    Last month, we discussed how to get started on custom peripheral board designs by building a template from the PB30 reference design. This month, with an example prototype peripheral board in...

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  • Software development streams - the natural evolution of our business

    Software development streams - the natural evolution of our business

    The software engineering industry is a bit of an ugly duckling when it comes to release cycles. For reasons of traceability, validation, verification, and marketing, most software packages are...

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  • Improving support for users - and investing in support AEs

    Improving support for users - and investing in support AEs

    Many of you who’ve contacted Altium’s North American support team over the past two years may have noticed some changes. Notably, there were times when it was hard to get a live body on the other...

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  • Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 2

    Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 2

    How are flex, and rigid flex PCBs manufactured? In this blog I discuss how the materials are combined, laminated and cut out to create the final product.Flex & Rigid-Flex Fabrication...

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  • Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 3

    Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 3

    In this third installment of the blog series on Rigid-Flex design, I discuss a few of the documentation requirements needed to get a flex or rigid-flex circuit board fabricated. Along with that,...

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  • Blog - Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 5

    Blog - Ruminating Rigid Flex - Part 5

    In this final installment of the rigid-flex blog series, I wanted to share some really cool examples of where flexible and rigid-flex boards can be put to good use. Along the way there are some...

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  • Putting managed content to the test

    Putting managed content to the test

    Altium have recently released Altium Live, but one of the most significant features of this new ecosystem is the ability to access managed design "content" - either from the web interface in...

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  • PCB Production File Format Wars

    PCB Production File Format Wars

    There's been a lot of excitement among PCB Designers and Fabricators over the last year about new PCB design-to-manufacturing hand-off. People tend to fall into one of four camps: Stay with gerber...

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