Session 3C (2:00 - 3:00, Room 3)
Speaker: Craig Armenti, Mentor
Title: Rigid-Flex PCB Design – Practical Tips and Best Practices
Abstract: Prior to the advent of rigid-flex PCB’s, when a multi-board product included a flex PCB (or multiple flex PCBs), the flex was usually assigned to a flex design specialist. The flex PCB was designed separately from the rigid PCBs, with physical connectors used to assemble the rigid and flex boards into a product-level design. The flex designer was familiar with stack-up and material options along with the best practices for stiffeners and bends. There is after all a certain science to flex design that, when properly applied, can help ensure first-pass success. But how can a traditional rigid PCB designer who is not familiar with flex terminology, processes, and requirements ensure a high probability for first-pass success when assigned to a rigid-flex design? As with any new skill, education on terminology and best practices along with access to tools that facilitate and ensure process compliance are key. During this session we will discuss some of the fundamental best practices and guidelines that a rigid-flex designer will need to become familiar with and adhere to in order to be successful.
Bio: Craig is a PCB Marketing Engineer for Mentor with a focus on the Xpedition tool suite. Over the past 25 years he has held application engineering, management and marketing positions with several major telecommunication and software companies. Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA in Management.