Award winning designs: an interview with Peter Dill, 2007 winner of the Mentor Graphics PCB Technology Leadership Award.
Category: PCB PCB: see polychlorinated biphenyl.
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Company Name: IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) Zurich Research Laboratory
Designer: Peter Dill
Design Description: Controller board for a 64x64 port high performance optical switch
Soft-spoken and intense, Peter Dill is a senior engineer in I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output link technology for IBM Research IBM Research, a division of IBM, is a research and advanced development organization and currently consists of eight locations throughout the world and hundreds of projects. GmbH in Switzerland. His design wowed in the Telecommunication Switches, Network Servers, Base Stations and Computer Mainframes category. He took a few minutes to talk to PCD&M about the PCB design that won him a PCB Technology Leadership Award earlier this year and where he sees the future challenges for designers.
The 36 layer board had 3,644 components, with a total pin count of 42,142. There were no embedded parts. The seven FPGAs had 1,704 pins. There was one FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market. with 1,020 pins; both were 1-mm pitch. There were 40 connectors with 285 pins each. The number of through holes was 9,188. The number of blind vias was 36,053. The number of nets was 12,954 with 29,246 connections. The number of differential pairs was 4,072 and the total trace length was 2.6 km.
To see the PCB design and hear what Peter Dill had to say about the design process or to learn more about the Mentor Graphics Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create. PCB Technology Leadership Awards, go to pcdandm.com/cms/content/view/3728/95/ in PCD&M's online September issue. We will be featuring this and other award-winning designs through the end of 2007.