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PEACHTREE CITY, GA – AUGUST 8, 2022 – Registrants for the PCB West exhibition this fall will gain access to nine free technical sessions, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced today. The sessions take place on October 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and run the gamut from advanced packaging to design, fabrication and assembly.

“Free Wednesday” leads off with a panel on “How Heterogenous Integration Affects the PCB Industry,” moderated by Phil Marcoux, a legend in SMT and advanced packaging. Heterogeneous is the latest branding effort to promote the assembly of dissimilar electronic components. In the past these could be called multichip modules, 2.5-D, 3-D and even “hybrid” assemblies. Heterogeneous integration makes the design function much more complex than is typical for electronic products, however, because many parameters can impact performance. This panel will address those complexities and how to solve them for printed circuit board designs.

The panel is followed by a pair of sessions that look at design and fabrication considerations of semi-additive processes and high-frequency materials, followed by the keynote address, “Augmented and Virtual Reality, the Next Computer Revolution,” by Brian Toleno, Ph.D., Meta.

Following a lunch on the show floor, which is free to all show attendees, the free sessions resume with a pair of sessions looking at emerging PCB technologies and common design errors caught at fabrication, plus a review of the PCB outline drawing.

Two talks on how to leverage bi-directional data transfer using the IPC-CFX and IPC-2581 formats to create a digitized “smart” factory fill out the afternoon schedule.

Following the free sessions is a reception on the exhibition show floor.

Anyone who registers at pcbwest.com for the exhibition and free sessions by October 4 will receive free admission. Day of show registration for the exhibition and free sessions is $25.

Registration is open for both the technical conference and the exhibition at pcbwest.com.

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – OCTOBER 13, 2022 – Nearly 2,000 industry professionals, representing some 35 countries, registered for the PCB West conference and exhibition held last week, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced today. The technical conference saw its highest registration in more than 10 years.

The annual trade show took place October 4-7 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. It attracted engineers and other professionals from a range of advanced packaging, design, fabrication and assembly companies.

“This was one of, if not the best, PCB West conferences I have ever attended,” said Stephen Chavez, MIT, CPCD, CID+, chairman, PCEA. “The industry buzz and PCEA euphoria was everywhere.”

“Congratulations on the best show yet!” added John Lee, vice president of marketing & brand strategy, Insulectro. “Your hard work and vision paid off for all of us. Great job. We had a ball.”

“I think the industry responded to the stellar lineup of experts who presented during the week,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “The initial panel discussion on where the design profession is going set a strong, positive tone that resonated the entire week.”

PCEA also announced PCB West 2023 will take place September 19-22, 2023, at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. The event includes a one-day exhibition on September 20.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Conference Director Mike Buetow at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – AUGUST 8, 2022 – Printed circuit engineers are ready to get back to face-to-face events, and the PCB West technical conference has all the reasons they need to make their return to live interaction more than worth their time.

Registrants who sign up by September 6 can take advantage of the Early Bird Special discounts for the conference, which features 40 presentations spanning more than 110 hours of classroom time.

Among the industry experts on tap for this year’s show are Rick Hartley, Susy Webb, Tomas Chester and Dan Beeker, headlining a stellar list of technical experts presenting at PCB West. The conference will be held October 4 to 7 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert.

An exhibition featuring 100 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held October 5.

The scope of classes includes:

  • Controlling noise
  • Signal integrity
  • Designing and building advanced HDI
  • Routing high I/O count chip packages
  • Board stackups
  • Power integrity, and more.

New courses this year include proper PCB layout of DDR, signal energy flowing through a PCB stackup, surface finish selection criteria, understanding high frequency materials test methods for Dk and Df, and PCB design for engineers.

Conference attendees receive free Lunch-N -Learn talks and a Professional Development Certificate.

“Surveys show engineers want to get back out among their peers, and as the leading technical conference in the world for printed circuit engineering, PCB West is the ideal place to do it,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West, and editorial director of UPMG. “Book now and save $200!”

Registration is open for both the technical conference and the exhibition at pcbwest.com.

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 31, 2022 – The metaverses offer myriad opportunities not just for users but for developers of computing devices. As that market takes off, what novel innovations in materials and production will be needed for printed circuit designs to meet the requirements for weight, size, and functionality?

Those are the questions Dr. Brian Toleno, manager, Applied Materials at Meta’s Reality Labs, will tackle when he keynotes this year’s PCB West conference. His talk, Augmented and Virtual Reality, the Next Computer Revolution, will describe the current market, use cases, and the technology all around AR/VR, with a focus on the printed circuit board aspects.

At Meta, Dr. Toleno leads a multi-disciplinary team that works on the material challenges in Meta’s consumer electronics hardware. These devices include VR headsets (Quest 2), smart glasses (Ray-Ban Stories), Portal smart screens and other exciting devices that help bring people together.

Dr. Toleno is a leading expert in materials science for electronics applications. Prior to Meta, Dr. Toleno was director of new technology at Microsoft, working on the Hololens and director of global product management for underfills and encapsulants at Henkel. He was also a director of SMTA. He has a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University and a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Ursinus College.

His talk takes place Oct. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center as part of “Free Wednesday.”

“Virtual reality is much further along than many people realize,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West. “It has more daily transactions than the two largest digital currencies combined. Dr. Toleno has a deep knowledge of electronics manufacturing, and I can’t think of a better person to explain the computing requirements from the cloud, the edge and localized devices this future will require.”

The PCB West conference will be held October 4 to 7 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center, featuring classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert.

An exhibition featuring more than 100 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held October 5.

There is no fee to attend Dr. Toleno’s presentation, but advanced registration at pcbwest.com is required.

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – May 20, 2022 – The PCEA Conferences Task Group today announced the technical program for PCB West 2022, featuring nearly 50 presentations and more than 110 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training.

Among the industry experts on tap for this year’s show are Rick Hartley, Susy Webb, Thomas Chester and Dan Beeker. The conference will be held October 4 to 7 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert. 

The scope of classes ranges from basics on design engineering and DfM, to designing and building advanced HDI and routing high I/O count chip packages, board stackup, circuit grounding, low layer-count (IoT) board design, high-frequency design, thermal management, and a complete virtual plant tour of a flexible circuit manufacturing facility. New courses this year include RF and microwave design, PCB layout of DDR memory, mechanical design, and raw material selection.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Director of Group Shows, Frances Stewart at 678-817-1286; frances@pcea.com.

ATLANTA, GA – UP Media Group Inc. seeks abstracts for its annual PCB West technical conference coming in 2022.

PCB West will be held October 4 to 7, 2022, in Santa Clara, CA. The event includes a four-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

Presentations of the following durations are sought for the technical conference: one-hour lectures and presentations; two-hour workshops; and half-day (3.5 hour) and full-day seminars.

Preference is given to presentations of two hours in length or more, and no presentations of less than one hour will be considered.

Abstracts of 100 to 500 words and speaker biographies should be submitted to UP Media Group. Papers and presentations must be noncommercial in nature and should focus on technology, techniques or methodology.

Abstracts for PCB West should be submitted at https://pcbwest.com/abstract-submission-guidelines by February 25, 2022. Accepted presentations are due August 31, 2022.

Speaker Benefits: If your abstract is accepted into the 2022 program, you’ll receive the following event benefits:

  • Complimentary access to the online proceedings
  • Complimentary pass to the technical conference
  • Invitation to the speaker reception

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event, and the Printed Circuit Engineering Association is a sponsoring association.

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ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 21, 2021 – Industry engineers celebrated a return to live events as they gathered at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center at PCB West 2021 earlier this month, UP Media Group Inc. announced today.

“Even with all the Covid-19 challenges going on today, with the quality of content and in-person engagement, the PCB West conference continues to prove it’s the best of class!” exclaimed Stephen V. Chavez, principal engineer, SME PCB design, at Collins Aerospace and chairman of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA).

“I can’t overemphasize how grateful attendees were to be at PCB West this year,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West. “They were truly ecstatic to be back face to face with colleagues new and old. And there’s nowhere else you can go to see the true titans of board design and signal integrity, like Lee Ritchey and Rick Hartley, in one place.”

More than 1,000 electronics technologists registered to attend the four-day conference or exhibits, where more than 100 companies exhibited, show organizers said.

“Thanks so much for helping Avishtech’s first appearance at PCB West to be such a success,” said Kella Knack, director of strategic marketing, Avishtech. “It was great exposure for us. I think you did an excellent job in organizing and pulling off a successful event in such challenging times.”

“Great show … glad and grateful PCB West was able to happen this year!” added Joe Clark, founder, DownStream Technologies.

“Thank you to the PCB West team for all your hard work to make this happen!” said Anaya Vardya, president and CEO, American Standard Circuits.

PCB West annually provides a conference and exhibition focused on the design and manufacture of PCBs, HDI, electronics assembly and circuit board test. Next year’s show takes place October 4-7, 2022, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. And PCB East (pcbeast.com), the East Coast version of the event, takes place April 11-13, 2022, in the Boston suburbs.

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 24, 2021 – Registrants for the PCB West technical conference will receive a free three-month subscription to Printed Circuit University, the new online learning platform for printed circuit engineers, UP Media Group announced today.

Printed Circuit University provides educational resources in technologies and techniques for the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards. The all-digital platform, available at printedcircuituniversity.com, features more 40 presentations spanning more than 100 hours of classroom time.

“All one-, three- or four-day paid registrants for the PCB West technical conference will receive a complimentary three-month pass for Printed Circuit University,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West, and editorial director of UPMG. “That’s a $795 value for free, and a great way to catch sessions that were missed at the live event.”

Among the industry experts on tap for this year’s PCB West conference are Lee Ritchey, Rick Hartley, Susy Webb and Dan Beeker. The conference will be held October 5 to 8 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert.

Printed Circuit University has courses ranging from components, design software, DfF/DfM/DfA/DfT, EMI/EMC, flex circuits, high-speed, laminates, PCB design and layout, component placement, signal integrity, power integrity, fabrication, assembly, and test.

Register for the technical conference at pcbwest.com.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact conference director Mike Buetow at 617-327-4702; mbuetow@upmediagroup.com.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 30, 2020 – UP Media Group Inc. seeks abstracts for two technical conferences coming in 2021:

  • PCB East 2021, to be held May 10 to 12, 2021, in Marlborough MA. The event includes a three-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center.
  • PCB West, to be held August 31 to September 3, 2021, in Santa Clara, CA. The event includes a four-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

Papers and presentations of the following durations are sought for the technical conference: one-hour lectures and presentations; two-hour workshops; and half-day (3.5 hour) and full-day seminars.

Preference is given to presentations of two hours in length or more, and no presentations of less than one hour will be considered.

Abstracts of 100 to 500 words and speaker biographies should be submitted to UP Media Group. Papers and presentations must be noncommercial in nature and should focus on technology, techniques or methodology.

Speaker Benefits: If your abstract is accepted into the 2021 program, you’ll receive the following event benefits.

  • Complimentary access to the online proceedings
  • Complimentary pass to the technical conference

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Director of Group Shows, Frances Stewart at 678-817-1286; fstewart@upmediagroup.com.

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 23, 2021 – Printed circuit engineers are ready to get back to face-to-face events, and the PCB West technical conference has all the reasons they need to make their return to live interaction more than worth their time. Registrants who sign up before September 7 can take advantage of the Early Bird Special discounts for the conference, which features 40 presentations spanning more than 120 hours of classroom time.

Among the industry experts on tap for this year’s show are Lee Ritchey, Rick Hartley, Susy Webb and Dan Beeker, headlining a stellar list of technical experts presenting at PCB West. The conference will be held October 5 to 8 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert.

An exhibition featuring more than 100 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held October 6.

The scope of classes ranges from basics on design engineering and DfM, to designing and building advanced HDI and routing high I/O count chip packages, board stackup, power distribution, controlling noise and signal integrity, and a complete virtual plant tour of a flexible circuit manufacturing facility. New courses this year include an introduction to PCB antennas for RF and microwave, PCB design optimization techniques, and land pattern modification techniques for mitigating component inventory problems.

“Surveys show engineers want to get back out among their peers, and as the leading technical conference in the world for printed circuit engineering, PCB West is the ideal place to do it,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West, and editorial director of UPMG. “Book now and save!”

Registration is open for both the technical conference and the exhibition at pcbwest.com.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Conference Director Mike Buetow at 617-327-4702; mbuetow@upmediagroup.com

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 22, 2021 – More than 100 leading industry suppliers for PCB design, fabrication and assembly are expected to exhibit at PCB West this fall, UP Media Group Inc. said today. The annual trade show will feature a who’s who of leading ECAD developers, printed circuit fabricators and assemblers, and other suppliers.

Registration is open at pcbwest.com for the annual PCB West technical conference and exhibition, which will be held October 5 to 8, at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. The technical conference will span all four days, while the exhibition will be held October 6.

Ten hours’ worth of free technical sessions will take place concurrently with the exhibition. Among the nine presentations are “Improving Circuit Design and Layout for Accessibility and Success,” “PCB Design Optimization: What it Means and New Methods,” and the always popular “The 21 Most Common Design Errors Caught by Fabrication (and How to Prevent Them).”

Anyone who registers for the exhibition and free sessions by October 4 will receive free admission. Day of show registration for the exhibition and free sessions is $25.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Director of Group Shows, Frances Stewart at 678-817-1286; fstewart@upmediagroup.com.

About UP Media Group Inc.
UP Media Group Inc.TM (UPMG) (upmediagroup.com) serves the global PCB community through print, digital and online products, as well as live and virtual events. UPMG publishes PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FABTM (pcdandf.com) and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLYTM (circuitsassembly.com), as well as the PCB UPdateTM (pcbupdate.com) e-newsletter. UPMG also produces trade shows and conferences, including PCB WestTM (pcbwest.com), PCB EastTM (pcbeast.com), the PCB2DayTM workshops (pcb2day.com), the Printed Circuit University online training site (printedcircuituniversity.com), and the PCB ChatTM (pcbchat.com) podcast series.

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 25, 2021 – UP Media Group Inc. today announced registration is now open for the annual PCB West technical conference and exhibition this fall. Registrants for the trade show, which provides in-depth technical training and access to a host of leading suppliers to the printed circuit board design, fabrication and assembly industry, may sign up at pcbwest.com.

Registration is open for both the technical conference and the exhibition, the conference organizers added.

PCB West will be held October 5 to 8 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. The technical conference will span all four days, while the exhibition will be held October 6.

“The industry is more than ready to get back to seeing each other in person, and PCB West is the perfect place to do so,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West, and editorial director of UPMG. “We are looking forward to a busy week in the Silicon Valley.”

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Director of Group Shows, Frances Stewart at 678-817-1286; fstewart@upmediagroup.com.

ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 5, 2021 – UP Media Group Inc. today announced new dates for the annual PCB West technical conference and exhibition this fall.

PCB West will now be held October 5 to 8, in Santa Clara, CA. In addition to the four-day technical conference, a one-day exhibition will be held October 6. All events will be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

As a result of moving the dates of the event, UPMG has changed the deadline for abstracts to March 22.

Papers and presentations of the following durations are sought for the technical conference: one-hour lectures and presentations; two-hour workshops; and half-day (3.5 hour) and full-day seminars. For details, visit Submit an Abstract – PCB West 2020

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com or contact Director of Group Shows, Frances Stewart at 678-817-1286; fstewart@upmediagroup.com.