John Burkhert

John Burkhert Jr is a career PCB Designer experienced in Military, Telecom, Consumer Hardware and lately, the Automotive industry. Originally, an RF specialist -- compelled to flip the bit now and then to fill the need for high-speed digital design. John enjoys playing bass and racing bikes when he's not writing about or performing PCB layout. You can find John on LinkedIn.

  • What to Bring to the PCB Design Review

    What to Bring to the PCB Design Review

    Even the simplest layout will require deliverables for assembly including custom paste stencil and a bill of materials to associate the correct component for each location on the board.

    Read Article
  • Electro-Static Discharge and How You Can Contain It

    Electro-Static Discharge and How You Can Contain It

    At one time or another, we’ve all shuffled across a rug and touched a door handle or other metal object only to feel the zap of static electricity.

    Read Article
  • Using Lasers to Fabricate Printed Circuit Boards; The Light Work

    Using Lasers to Fabricate Printed Circuit Boards; The Light Work

    Lasers have always been around. At least, it seems so when we can read how they were used on the Apollo missions. Lasers were part of a range finder for the space ships to know their precise altitude.

    Read Article
  • Thermo-Electric Cooling, A Counter-Measure to High Current Density on a PCB

    Thermo-Electric Cooling, A Counter-Measure to High Current Density on a PCB

    Thermo-electric cooling, or TEC, has been seen as a breakthrough in small refrigerators that do not consume a whole lot of power.

    Read Article
  • Dealing With the Shock and Vibration of Your System

    Dealing With the Shock and Vibration of Your System

    Have you ever dropped your phone? Of course, that is a rhetorical question. How many screens have I cracked (?) would be a better one. It is pretty amazing that the devices continued to work.

    Read Article
  • How CAD and CAM Work Together

    How CAD and CAM Work Together

    PCB CAD layout people end their job by creating electronic files that the CAM operator uses to generate the photo tools for the PCB.

    Read Article
  • The Tolerance Problem

    The Tolerance Problem

    There are three main factors in play that determine the results of operations. One is the cost of goods sold, two is the price the goods fetch and three is how long does the product last

    Read Article
  • The Case For Using Copper Pour on Routing Layers

    The Case For Using Copper Pour on Routing Layers

    Doing special things with a circuit pattern is a hallmark of analog design. All of the important signals on the board added together are equal in importance to one net; that net is the ground net.

    Read Article
  • Using Daughter Cards to Increase Functionality

    Using Daughter Cards to Increase Functionality

    There has always been room for improvement on a system of multiple printed circuit boards. In many cases, an RF module will be added to a PC board.

    Read Article
  • Teaming Up For Success on a Large PCB Project

    Teaming Up For Success on a Large PCB Project

    Time to market is often one of the most important factors in the success of a project. Capitalizing on a new idea while others are pursuing the same goal is much easier when your product is first.

    Read Article
  • Are You a Little Board?

    Are You a Little Board?

    The whole world gets a little smaller and a little faster every other day. The underlying magic that supports this flow of knowledge is constantly evolving to keep up.

    Read Article
  • PCB Design For Solder Mask Defined Footprints

    PCB Design For Solder Mask Defined Footprints

    The right clearance and tolerance for your solder mask defined footprints is important so you don't run into any assembly issues.

    Read Article
  • Contrary Routing Schemes

    Contrary Routing Schemes

    Tips for routing boards in different scenarios involving standard or common technologies

    Read Article
  • Getting the Edge on Design For Test

    Getting the Edge on Design For Test

    Building a Printed Circuit Board that works as intended is only has hard as you make it as a designer. The truth is that the layout can be a source of success or failure.

    Read Article
  • Interstitial Vias and How Using Them Can Help Your PCB Design

    Interstitial Vias and How Using Them Can Help Your PCB Design

    Learn the benefits of using interstitial vias in PCB Design

    Read Article
  • You Know You’re a PCB Designer When...

    You Know You’re a PCB Designer When...

    The command and layer names fall into our conversation making half of what we say indecipherable to the layperson.

    Read Article
  • It’s Good to be a Player in a Multi-Board World

    It’s Good to be a Player in a Multi-Board World

    A large circuit where high-performance construction is required would benefit by reducing its size by shipping the non-critical circuits off to a cheaper stack-up.

    Read Article
  • A PCB Designer’s Origin Story

    A PCB Designer’s Origin Story

    We all came from somewhere. My “somewhere” was a little village set against the forest in South Western Germany.

    Read Article
  • Metaphors for PCB Layout

    Metaphors for PCB Layout

    There is always more than meets the eye in a PCB. There is also more that one way to think about the design process.

    Read Article
  • Common Design For Assembly "Gotchas"

    Common Design For Assembly "Gotchas"

    Great ideas come together with great timing and the only thing left is great execution. Flipping the switch that sets the factory in motion will cause a few pain points.

    Read Article
  • loading
    Loading More...