New technology is cool but… with most new processes there are risks to be managed.
Usually new technologies promises/offers higher design performance, lower product costs and or faster design turn around but, failing to manage the risks can cause all the benefits to go down the drain. Embedded Passives are no exception –on the contrary, there are many pitfalls that can result in bad boards –expensive such, being delivered back to you from the board shop.
Now, risks are always part of life. –You can walk far to avoid them but that’s rarely the most efficient path.
Walt Disney once said:
“I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.”
Complete focus on the vision/goal and daring to take the risks that must be taken brought Mickey to the world. –Surely that must work in EDA too?
How do you prevent costly design disasters? You can design with EP’s on any layout tool. –just put the appropriate shapes on user layers – but I wouldn’t exactly call that “mitigating the risks.” Still, many are designing with EP’s this way.
In Expedition PCB, you have a series of capabilities that guide you through the entire process from material and process planning to establishing if a design is suitable for embedding and which parts are best embedded and even generating the parametric components and place them on the PCB inner layers –all in a correct by design environment.
The image shows the EP planner tool that gives you a graphic representation of component values, number of components and suitable EP materials to help you establish which materials would cover which components and also calculate –before you even start the layout, the total size of these parts and their power rating.
Its not possible by just looking at a design to figure out if it is a suitable EP candidate or which parts to embed or even which materials that will yield a successful embedding. This little tool let you tradeoff between all these parameters. On top of this we have all the analysis tools for SI and PI to help you keep your designs within specs.
It’s all about enabling you to make use of new technologies that help you maintain -or gain, a competitive edge –and at the same time mitigate the risks involved. -There are always risks but properly managed you can walk the straight path.
More on Embedded Passives: Read my article in PCB Magazine: http://www.iconnect007.com/emag/pub/PCB-Nov2011/?page=66