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  • How to Start with Cadence Allegro to Create a Board Outline for PCB Layout

    How to Start with Cadence Allegro to Create a Board Outline for PCB Layout

    Opening up a new design tool for the first time can be overwhelming with all of the commands and options. Here is how to start with Cadence Allegro to help.

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  • What is Signal to Noise Ratio and How to calculate it?

    What is Signal to Noise Ratio and How to calculate it?

    The signal-to-noise ratio is the ratio between the desired information or the power of a signal and the undesired signal or the power of the background noise.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) vs DC Voltage and Voltage Control Circuits

    Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) vs DC Voltage and Voltage Control Circuits

    Pulse width modulation (PWM) vs DC voltage is a choice to be made regarding the voltage control of your circuit designs.

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  • Sensor and Actuator Basics for PCB Design

    Sensor and Actuator Basics for PCB Design

    Sensors and actuators are growing in popularity with the expanding applications of IoT devices in consumer architectures.

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  •  IoT Components and PCB Design Considerations for IoT Devices

    IoT Components and PCB Design Considerations for IoT Devices

    IoT component choices can make or break both the cost and durability of your IoT designs.

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  • What is a PIC Microcontroller: The Harvard Architecture

    What is a PIC Microcontroller: The Harvard Architecture

    A PIC Microcontroller was originally the peripheral interface controller, however, now has been expanded in its utility to programmable intelligent computer.

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  • What is an MCU and How do Microcontroller Units Work

    What is an MCU and How do Microcontroller Units Work

    An MCU, or microcontroller unit, is a semiconductor Ic working with communication protocols, memory, and other system processes.

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  • RF Oscillator Circuits: Design and Layout with ICs

    RF Oscillator Circuits: Design and Layout with ICs

    Here are some simple circuits that can be designed up to GHz RF oscillators and how to include these oscillator circuits in your PCB layout.

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  • Determining SPICE Model Parameters for Transistors Easily and Accurately

    Determining SPICE Model Parameters for Transistors Easily and Accurately

    Do you know the best way to determine SPICE model parameters for transistors? Read this blog to learn how easily and accurately.

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  • Nonlinear Equations: Analyzing Nonlinear Electronic Components and Circuits

    Nonlinear Equations: Analyzing Nonlinear Electronic Components and Circuits

    Any system with nonlinear electronic components and circuits needs specialized SPICE-based analyses. Here’s how to create and run these simulations.

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  • Design for Low PCB Thermal Resistance

    Design for Low PCB Thermal Resistance

    Here are some ways you can design your board with low PCB thermal resistance as part of a larger heat management strategy.

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  • Structural Return Loss in High Frequency and High Speed Systems

    Structural Return Loss in High Frequency and High Speed Systems

    If you’re working at high frequencies, then you might encounter structural return loss. Here’s how to avoid designing return loss dominated channels.

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  • PLL vs. DLL for Clock Synchronization and Skew Compensation

    PLL vs. DLL for Clock Synchronization and Skew Compensation

    Here’s how you can use PLL vs. DLL circuits for clock synchronization and skew compensation.

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  • Time Domain Analysis vs Frequency Domain Analysis: A Guide and Comparison

    Time Domain Analysis vs Frequency Domain Analysis: A Guide and Comparison

    The use of both time domain and frequency domain analysis techniques yield the most useful insight into your design requirement needs.

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