Thanks to advancing technology, products are becoming more feature-rich and in turn, more complex. They must incorporate sophisticated electronic and electrical systems to provide the interconnectivity and user experience modern consumers demand. As a result, many organizations increasingly rely on systems engineering.
Products are increasing in complexity at an astonishing rate. Smartphones are just one example: today’s devices combine the functionality of yesterday’s phones, cameras, calculators, and pagers and place desktop applications and internet browsers in the palms of our hands. Advancing electrification, mass miniaturization, and IoT-driven digitization are making a vast range of devices smarter and smaller. To cope with these changes, manufacturers must transform the way they develop complex systems. This post compares and contrasts the traditional and modern approaches to developing and verifying products.
Well, there’s no doubt about it: Developing circuit boards is getting more complex. Demand for faster data speeds is increasing. Boards are becoming more dense. Requirements call for the latest protocols and devices. Packaging constraints call for multi-board and flex-board systems. The surest sign of escalating board complexity lies in the fact that few are designed by a single engineer. Today, most require the coordination of many engineers instead. And overall, this trend shows no sign of abating. Board complexity looks like it will only get worse...