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Posted on Sep 24 at 8:23am by Max Maxfield
Hi Schroz -- you make a good point -- I will try to explain things better next time :-)
Posted on Sep 17 at 10:49am by robotdoc
Great Article! I suspect analog will rise again ;-) We trained in a similar era
Posted on Sep 13 at 12:59am by PCBguy2
It is fun to see that someone hiding behind the synonym PCBguy gives his expertise to a technology, he / she has not really understood. But as well know, this happens always on the web. First of all, great article Max, by the one hand it is really entertaining to read ...
Posted on Sep 10 at 1:54pm by PCBguy
As you note, LDI for solder mask has been around for 20 years. Limata makes a low end version of the LDI. Not sure why you chose to focus on them. This is no game changer. Limata's LUVIR technology actually came out well over a year ago. Moreover, there's patents on ...
Posted on Sep 10 at 7:26am by Max Maxfield
Thanks for this Jim -- You've just articulated everything that was lurking in the back of my mind.
Posted on Sep 9 at 9:03pm by rogerdq
Couldn't agree more - a futile exercise, like the search for perpetual motion... As the saying goes: "Don't confuse me with the facts - my mind's made up". You do need a certain modicum of intelligence to be able to rewrite physics. Cheers.
Posted on Sep 9 at 5:07pm by Schroz
FIT is a generic unit of measure for describing very low failure rates, not a metric in and of itself. In the context of this article, you are describing the Soft Error Rate (SER) in FIT. As an alternative use: an automotive safety engineer would use FIT to describe a ...
Posted on Aug 28 at 7:43am by Max Maxfield
You're making me blush! (Don't stop! :-) Thank you very much for your kind words -- I really appreciate hearing from people who take the time to read my meandering musings :-)
Posted on Aug 27 at 4:59pm by JohnBirkner
Awesome article! Very informative. Love the logic diagrams and graphics.
Posted on Aug 24 at 4:06pm by coralline
This is a brilliantly helpful post, especially with the insistence on looking at /actual/, experimentally-derived data, and the practical impacts of various solutions. Thanks for this.
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