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Plated-Through-Hole Via Design Specifications for 112G Serial Links

Recent studies indicate that the industry is nearing the precipice where plated through hole via technology has reached a limit in supporting serial links with 28 GHz Nyquist frequency requirements. At DesignCon2021, a team from the Mayo Clinic presented this paper about their work to extend the “life” of conventional PCB technology.


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Utilizing Fine Line PCBs with High Density BGAs

With the recent introduction of the Averatek Semi-Additive Process (A-SAP) process, linewidths under 1 mil are possible using the same fabrication processing line as for traditional 4 mil wide lines. This opens up the possibility of using narrower traces in the BGA escape region than in long-path routing regions. However, using this routing architecture means the narrower traces in the BGA escape field are at a higher impedance than the wider, 50 ohm traces in the routing region. So, how long can these traces be before the impedance mismatch is a problem? The authors of this piece propose an analysis methodology to find out.


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Ansys Releases Software Into Open Source

PyAnsys, a family of Python packages is now available

It may have gone somewhat unnoticed but for the first time ever, Ansys released software into the open source late last year. The software is PyAnsys, a family of Python packages providing a new, unified programmable interface to the company’s proprietary simulation stack. Learn more about this development.


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