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.

  • Common DFM “Gotchas”

    Common DFM “Gotchas”

    Technical questions that you should solve before you share your data with the factory.

    Read Article
  • The Part Shortage Chronicles

    The Part Shortage Chronicles

    When the Parts Run Out, Make A Friend and Make Your Quarter.

    Read Article
  • Nailing the PCB Designer Interview

    Nailing the PCB Designer Interview

    Job searches can be a nerve-racking process. You want the right job with the right people in the right place doing the right things. Right?

    Read Article
  • 40Gb/s Since When?

    40Gb/s Since When?

    Let me tell you about when 40G really meant something. A big customer (rhymes with Disco) set up a demonstration in our assembly area where they simulated the web traffic enabled by this...

    Read Article
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a fairly new term that encompasses modern safety equipment in our cars and trucks.

    Read Article
  • The Secret Language of the Printed Circuit Board Designer

    The Secret Language of the Printed Circuit Board Designer

    The PCB Designer position is a hub where a lot of abstract and concrete information is funneled into a physical product. The boards start with the inspiration of an inventor.

    Read Article
  • Shorts and Cuts: Post-fabrication Logic Changes

    Shorts and Cuts: Post-fabrication Logic Changes

    Circuits are usually developed with a few unknowns at the start. Future price and availability of key components is a typical day-one risk. The wise designer leaves themselves some room to...

    Read Article
  • Design Reuse Within a PCB Layout and Beyond

    Design Reuse Within a PCB Layout and Beyond

    As PCB Designers, we are often tasked with filling out a board with geometry that repeats itself. Better physical resemblance usually equals better performance.

    Read Article
  • ECOs Made Easy

    ECOs Made Easy

    It all starts with rev 1 for prototypes and rev A for release to production. In any case, we release the most elegant design possible in the limited time we have to hit a market window.

    Read Article
  • Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    You may have seen the advertising already. Some PCB fab shops will provide a quotation based on a questionnaire that details the pertinent factors...

    Read Article
  • My Favorite Component - How to Succeed With Switch Mode Power Supplies.

    My Favorite Component - How to Succeed With Switch Mode Power Supplies.

    What’s the secret sauce for mobility? Not wasting a milliamp-hour of that precious battery power. In a marketing breakthrough, we can start with 2000 milliamp-hours instead of just two amp-hours...

    Read Article
  • How the Role of a PCB Designer Changes With the Size of the Company

    How the Role of a PCB Designer Changes With the Size of the Company

    Board design is board design, right? In terms of polygons and traces, it’s the same process but the approach you have to take is quite different from start-up to tech-giant.

    Read Article
  • The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects During the inspection process you notice that some passive components aren’t sitting quite right. It seems as though they have pivoted up to stand at...

    Read Article
  • Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars Image credit: Velodyne Lidar Most of us spend a good bit of time getting from place to place. Turning driving into work-time would add billions of productive...

    Read Article
  • Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Most of us spend a good bit of time getting from place to place. Turning driving into work-time would add billions of productive hours to our collective lives. Work-time can be defined in many ways...

    Read Article
  • Notes on Spacing

    Notes on Spacing

    Notes From the Board Room: On Spacing A lot of what we do as PCB Designers is focused on the metal circuit pattern. So imagine drawing on a canvas with just a pencil and by the end completely...

    Read Article
  • The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    Image credit: The State Hornet   The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering) As we go through our days on the job, little nuggets of wisdom or motivation come our way....

    Read Article
  • A Dive Into The Flux

    A Dive Into The Flux

    We don’t often think about flux. “We” meaning most people. That said, it would be hard to picture modern civilization without it. The egg-heads at Merriam Webster say that...

    Read Article
  • Notes On Schematic Capture

    Notes On Schematic Capture

    Component libraries are fundamental for designing PCBs. The physical symbol of the footprint for the PCB layout and the electrical symbol for the schematic are married...

    Read Article
  • Notes on Near Field Communications

    Notes on Near Field Communications

    NFC is a touch-and-go standard for sharing a few packets of data with another device that is in close proximity. How close? Centimeters. The small broadcast and...

    Read Article
  • loading
    Loading More...