Learn from the Master of Signal Integrity: OnTrack Newsletter June 2017

September 12, 2017 Judy Warner
 
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On Track Newsletter
June 2017 VOL. 1 No 3
 

If the PCB design galaxy had Jedi knights, Rick Hartley would be the Obi-Wan Kenobi of signal integrity. In this month’s edition of Altium’s On Track newsletter, you will have the unique privilege to hear first-hand about Hartley’s failures and triumphs throughout his design career. Next month, in part two of this interview, he will share a few of his “Jedi mind tricks” and offer some advice for today’s PCB designer.

In the Makers section, you will learn about the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) SAE Baja Racing team and how they recently built a winning Baja racing car from the ground up.

Finally, Chris Carlson steps behind the camera once again to offer a few tips on Layer Stacks for High-Speed Design in the On Track Video education series.

As always, your thoughts are always welcome at judy.warner@altium.com.

Judy M. Warner
Director of Community Engagement
 
 
 
Highlighting Exceptional PCB Designers
 
Rick Hartley is a familiar name when it comes to PCB design and signal integrity, particularly in North America. Beyond an impressive, lengthy career as both an EE and PCB Designer, he is a very popular teacher to fellow engineers and PCB designers at electronics conferences around the country. In this article, Rick gives a no-nonsense account of his learning curve over the years. So, lean in... I’m confident you’ll enjoy learning from the one-and-only Rick Hartley!
 
 
 
Makers and Their Cool Stuff
 
Among our favorite things to do here at Altium is to help equip the next generation of engineers and designers through providing design software and sponsoring student engineering competitions. One such competition is the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) SAE Baja Racing team. The team has the goal of designing, fabricating, and then racing a single seat semi-professional off-road car. There are three competitions in which 100 universities from around the world showcase their best in engineering and design capabilities. Recently, we talked to one of the team leads, Bob Burghart, to learn about their recent competition.
 
 
 
Layer Stack for High-Speed Designs
 
Chris Carlson discusses layer stack for high-speed designs and how to optimize for cost and performance with thru-hole vias and back-drilling.
 
 
 
 
 

About the Author

Judy Warner

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry since 1984. She has a deep background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing with a focus on Mil/Aero applications in technical sales and marketing. She has been a blogger, writer, contributor and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, The PCB Magazine, The PCB Design Magazine, PDCF&A and IEEE Microwave Magazine and is an active member of multiple IPC Designers Council chapters. In March 2017, Warner became the Director of Community Engagement for Altium and was immediately tasked with the launch of Altium’s monthly On Track Newsletter. She was also instrumental in launching AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit in San Diego and Munich, a newly founded annual Altium User Conference. Her passion is providing resources, supporting and advocating for PCB Designers around the world and acting as brand ambassador for Altium.

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