Interested in printed board design?
You’ve come to the right place. IPC APEX EXPO has the courses, conference sessions and standards meetings and experts on-site to help you catch up on the latest technologies, materials and equipment innovations affecting board design. In one trip, make new connections and get all of your questions answered.
It’s easy and affordable. Sign up by January 25 and save 20% on all registration fees. Exhibit hall admission is free when you register in advance! Learn more about your registration options or register today.
Our key programs for PCB Designers include:
The Designers Forum offers a focused design program plus time for education and networking. Learn at the Forum, meet new contacts and industry experts and then hit the show floor the next day to learn about new product offerings and evaluate suppliers. The agenda includes critical topics such as roadmapping, embedded circuits, high-reliability design, flex circuit design and HDI.
Designer Certification (CID and CID+)
Earn the credential that promotes your role and expertise to everyone in the printed board and electronics assembly industries. Certification courses and exams for basic and advanced levels will be held on the three days preceding the Designers Forum.
IPC APEX EXPO is the one place to see all the industry’s leading suppliers in one convenient location.
Your FREE exhibit hall admission gives you access to:
More than 400 Exhibitors
See and compare the equipment and technologies that are changing printed board design: PCB chemicals, laminates, materials, test/inspection systems; pick and place; rework/repair; adhesives/dispensers and more. Discover new processes, new innovations, and new ways to be more productive!
Free Keynote Sessions
Theoretical physicist, best-selling author and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku will provide an awe-inspiring look at life in the year 2100. Referred to as a “rock star” by many in the scientific community, Dr. Kaku will sign copies of his book, Physics of the Future, on the show floor.
In a fascinating second keynote, B. Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at JPL and science fiction author, will provide an inside look at the Mars Curiosity rover mission and the feats of engineering that made it possible.
FREE! Buzz Sessions, Posters and Tech Talk
Hot panel discussions on topics such as new technologies, export controls and ITAR, conflict minerals, automotive technologies and technology roadmaps. Plus more than two dozen R&D posters selected competitively with time to meet the authors. If you’re still hungry for more, join the Tech Talk interactive session on next-generation interconnect technologies. It’s all free education that will add extra value to your trip to the show!
On the Show Floor
Check out cutting-edge, new products in the New Product Corridor, save money in the IPC show floor bookstore, check out free seminar presentations and demonstrations at the Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center Live and catch up with friends at the free Tuesday welcome reception.
Below is a short introduction to the technical conference sessions, professional development courses and standards development meetings of special interest to anyone interested in PCB design issues.
Technologists and researchers from around the world will present their competitively selected papers in this comprehensive technical conference. Sign up for the full three-day conference or just a day. Sessions of special interest in printed board design include:
- S14 Pad Cratering — Cause, effect, prediction and prevention
- S17 Embedded — Reliability, design and process
- S18 High Frequency — Design, modeling and fabrication techniques
- S22 Package on Package — Where 2.5- and 3-D technology is evolving
- S23 PCB Materials and Solderability — New glass technology, solderability and high frequency materials
- S24 Printed Electronics — Learn more about this growing technology
- S29 Military Electronics — Integrating manufacturability into design
- S33 Laminate Reliability — Issues in the harsh new world of lead free
- S34 Novel Attachment Technologies and Processes — New approaches for interconnects
Other sessions focus on materials, laminates, board manufacture, reliability, test and more...
Professional Development Courses
Learn from the best experts in half-day courses focused on critical technical issues. With 46 courses to choose from, you’ll find the expertise you need! Printed circuit design topics include:
- PD08 Design for Manufacturing: Best Practices
- PD10 Extreme HDI: Designing for Maximum Density
- PD11 Flexible and Rigid-Flex Circuits: Ask the Flexperts
- PD12 Space Hardware and Other High-Reliability Applications: Design and Packaging
- PD35 Signal Integrity in Very High Speed Circuits
- PD40 Fundamentals of Creating Routing Channels
- PD41 Designing PCB Stackups to Balance Signal Integrity Against Manufacturability
- PD 43 Designing Complex Boards
This is just a fraction of the courses taking place at the show! Other topics include emerging technologies, cleaning and coating, board manufacture and HDI and more...
Standards Development Meetings
IPC is an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization. Attend a standards meeting and learn more about the standards your company, customers and competitors rely on. Listen in or become a contributor. You’re welcome either way.
Committee meetings most critical for printed boards and design are in the areas of base materials; cleaning and coating; embedded devices; environment, health and safety; fabrication processes; flexible and rigid-flex printed boards; high speed/high frequency interconnections; printed board design technology; product reliability; and rigid printed boards