Following are design software packages and upgrades that simplify, automate, and otherwise improve PCB design, design for excellence (DfX), and other aspects of new product introduction.
IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries released IPC-2152, "Standard for Determining Current-Carrying Capacity in Printed Board Design." The 97-page document sets a standard for determining the appropriate sizes of internal and external conductors as a function of the current-carrying capacity required and the acceptable conductor temperature rise.
By Meredith Courtemanche, managing editor
Major design companies have released new thermal management solutions recently, prompting a look at the various technologies that can keep complex electronics functioning properly, regardless of their workload. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are getting faster and more accurate.