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Session 5B  (11:00 - 12:00, Room 5)


Speaker: Edward Acheson, Cadence Design Systems - Senior Principal Product Engineer

Title:A New Design to Manufacturing Ecosystem

Abstract: Creating a design that moves efficiently through manufacturing is high on every designers list. To accomplish this, having the right rules in the right place is key. Obtaining the rules to put in place is typically a manual process done by sending a spreadsheet with list of desired technologies to a fabricator to provide the right rule guide (usually a PDF). Designers receive this PDF and now have to map manufacturers rules to their ECAD tools rules.  Risk for misinterpretation and transposition errors is high. Designers make the mistake, they have to pay for it through additional iterations with the manufacturing partner at the tail end of the design process. 
This paper will talk about a new design to manufacturing ecosystem that eliminates the unnecessary iterations between the designer and manufacturing partners AND enables creation of a design that is right for the targeted manufacturing rules.

Bio: Ed Acheson is a Senior Principal Product Engineer for Allegro PCB products at Cadence Design Systems focusing on ECAD-MCAD (EDMD Schema), Rigid Flex technology and Design True DFM. Ed Joined Cadence (then Valid Logic) in 1990 and has played several interesting roles including software developer, consulting and process services engineer.  Recently, in addition to his product engineer duties, Ed leads the technical working group in the IPC-2581 Consortium, active in the IPC within the 2-16 (IPC-2581) Standards Committee, Dfx, and other IPC Subcommittees. Ed also chairs the ProSTEP EDMD Schema (IDX) Standards Committee. 
Ed has been in the PCB Design business for over forty years beginning with hand taping at General Radio and Wang Laboratories in 1974. In 1978, Ed became one of the first ECAD users at Wang Labs using an Applicon 875 digitizing systems, then evolving to SCICARDS, Telesis, then Allegro . During his 16 years at Wang Labs, Ed has been PCB Designer, Supervisor, and CAD Consultant.  Ed also participated in the Applicon and SCICARDS user groups, and in 1987 through 1990, was PCB SIG Chair for the Valid User Group.

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