Electronics Industry Insights for PCB Designers and Engineers

Lawrence Romine
|  Created: February 16, 2023  |  Updated: May 14, 2024
February 10, 2023
OnTrack Newsletter ONTRACK BI-WEEKLY
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As the electronic industry conference season rolls on, companies are grappling with a shifting supply chain landscape and disruptive technologies in AI, energy, and wireless.
Leading Insights
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Apple Takes Greater Control of its Supply Chain
Apple will be the first to revolutionize its supply chain by incorporating more of their in-house built chipsets into new products. Will other tech companies follow suit?
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ChatGPT Writes a Law to Regulate Itself
The new law, written by ChatGPT, has been introduced in the US Congress as a nonbinding measure by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
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IEEE Panel Discusses Move Into D-band
At IEEE Radio and Wireless Week, panelists discussed the next frontier of wireless technology reaching D-band frequencies (110-170 GHz).
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Largest SiC Fab to be Built in Germany
Wolfspeed and ZF Friedrichshafen announce they will build the world’s largest SiC fabrication facility to support power electronics systems.
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Could Your Water Heater Become a Battery?
When you do a cost and energy density comparison against electrochemical batteries, water heaters start to look like superior energy storage systems.
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Trending Resources
LATEST DESIGN RESOURCES
By Zachariah Peterson
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It’s possible to place coax + SMA feeds directly into patch antennas as long as the probe location is determined correctly. Zach breaks down how to determine the optimal probe location in this article.
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LATEST DESIGN RESOURCES
By Phil Salmony
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New designers often ask: which layer in a stackup should be signal, PWR, or GND? Phil offers some tips for layer selection and building a stackup for a multilayer PCB.
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FROM THE VAULT
By John Watson
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Design variants, or assembly variants, help you keep track of component placements and DNP’d components in a PCBA.
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FROM THE VAULT
By Zachariah Peterson
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Even today, BLE SoCs are still very popular components, but there are also pre-built modules available. Which of these is best to use in your new design?
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ONTRACK PODCAST
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We welcome Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and President of PCBAA, back to the OnTrack Podcast. In this episode, Travis and Zach discuss how the conversation surrounding CHIPS Act funding has shifted beyond semiconductors and the path forward for growing geographically diversified PCB production capacity.
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HACKSMITH INDUSTRIES
Giant Spider Mechs With Hacksmith
Our friends at Hacksmith Industries always go big with their projects. Come see what they’ve built with Altium Designer: a giant 6-legged mechanical walker named Megahex!
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NEW VIDEOS AND TUTORIALS
Hands-on with a Dual ADC Module Project
Zach shows how to complete a PCB layout for a dual ADC module that includes isolated and non-isolated ADCs. Watch now and download the project source files!
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Create the Perfect Electronics Enclosure with Altium and SolidWorks
Ready to design a 3D printed enclosure for your electronics? Follow Mark Harris as he shows how to use the CoDesigner extension for enclosure.
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ALTIUM ACADEMY
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Altium is pleased to offer free weekly webinars that cover basic and advanced challenges that designers and PCB engineers face. Sign up for free today!
 
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Sourcing Insights
Spectra, an Altium business unit, is a suite of interactive data products that unites the industry-wide information flowing through the Nexar ecosystem. Created from over 300 billion design and supply chain data points, coupled with a machine learning framework, Spectra delivers an unmatched understanding of the industry landscape.
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Empower your design & component engineers with supply chain data to create resilient BOMs
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Empower your procurement team to reduce expedites through knowing restocks and destocks
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Mitigate disruptions through actionable supply chain data
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Ensure continuity of supply through deep understanding of future market conditions
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Allow granular data analysis for industry specific reporting
Spectra’s Latest Featured Category: IMUs
Demand for these small sensors is growing, with market reports indicating 6%-9% CAGR.
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The y-axis of this chart is defined to be the number of pieces of IMUs in stock at franchised distributors with publicly available inventory information and computed relative to a baseline measured in January 2020, similar to how the US Consumer Price Index is computed. For example, the IMU supply index for January 2021 indicates a 42 (normalized to 100) ratio of the baseline number of pieces of IMUs in stock distributors in January 2020, which indicates a decline of 58% as compared to the baseline. What is very intriguing is the sudden increase from a single-digit supply index, which indicates market-level shortages, to a 260 point index in December 2022, which represents 160% increase of IMU inventory at franchised distributors, as compared to the inventory level in January 2020.
 
 

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EDA industry thought-leader and veteran expert at Altium, Lawrence is a firm believer that unified solutions are not just nice, but essential.

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