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"The Future of Printed Circuit Boards" -- Robert Tarzwell, Director of Technology, Sierra Proto Express

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
  • Seated dinner served at 6:30 ($25 if reserved before Dec. 10; $30 after & at door; vegetarian available)

  • Presentation (no cost) at 7:30.

    Ramada Inn

  • 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale, (800) 888-3899 -- see map.


  • For dinner and/or meeting: by email to Janis Karklins
  • Please reserve for "presentation-only", even if not attending the dinner.

    I see a bleak future for the printed circuit board -- no through holes or large boards, only micro-miniature substrates. Replacing them will be silicon chips with complete system integration on board, communicating with the outside through laser LEDs or radio beams. Silicon chips are being combined on ceramic or organic packages to form the entire circuit. Itís now possible to make transistors on the chip simulate a capacitor, resistor or inductor, eliminating one of the main jobs the printed circuit presently is used for: a component support platform. The printed circuit board is dying and, sadly, most manufacturers cannot see it coming.

    As volume decreases, and our desire for neat, small electronic gadgets increases, the size of the phone, cameras, DVD players and computers decreases. As the future size of the printed circuit decreases, the technology will change. A smart printed circuit board shop owner will embrace R&D, learn to make newer, different technologies, or he will fade away.

    Speaker Biography:
    Bob Tarzwell is working to introduce new bleeding-edge advanced circuit technology like lead-free, high reliability electronics, heat sinking technology and ultra fine lines. Since selling his company in 2000, Bob has disseminated PCB high-tech to many companies as a consultant, and has written ten books on PCBs and on car racing. He has three patent-pending applications in fine lines, high reliability and outer-space PCBs. He is currently semi-retired in the Bahamas, spending his free time writing books, working on antique cars and deep sea fishing.

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