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Best practices and Trends to Ensure a Reliable Circuit Design

  • What is Discontinuous Grounding in an Electrical System?

    What is Discontinuous Grounding in an Electrical System?

    High speed PCBs should never contain discontinuous grounding, but lower frequency power electronics could use this strategy. Here’s how to simulate grounding.

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  • Forward Bias vs. Reverse Bias and their Effects on Diode Functionality

    Forward Bias vs. Reverse Bias and their Effects on Diode Functionality

    Forward and reverse biasing gives a circuit designer optimal control over a diode's functionality.

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  • Peak Envelope Power and Your RF Signal Chain Simulations

    Peak Envelope Power and Your RF Signal Chain Simulations

    You can optimize your signal chain to receive and transmit maximum peak envelope power with the right circuit simulator.

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  • Frontend Electronics Manufacturing: Processes, Challenges, and Improvements

    Frontend Electronics Manufacturing: Processes, Challenges, and Improvements

    rontend electronics manufacturing works toward the wafer fabrication of a semiconductor. This process has various workflows and necessities associated with the creation of semiconductors.

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  • Achieving PCI-e Compliance: Getting it Right the First Time

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  • What is a Pure(ly) Resistive Circuit and What are its Characteristics?

    What is a Pure(ly) Resistive Circuit and What are its Characteristics?

    A purely resistive circuit is a circuit that has inductance so small that at its typical frequency, its reactance is insignificant.

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  • Solder Joint Reliability Simulation and Temperature Rise

    Solder Joint Reliability Simulation and Temperature Rise

    With a solder joint reliability simulation, you can determine whether your board will operate within thermal cycling limits.

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  • Probabilistic Design for Reliability: It's all About the Components

    Probabilistic Design for Reliability: It's all About the Components

    Verify your component choices with probabilistic design for reliability. You can use this technique to determine chances of failure in your next PCB.

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  • Using a Multiphysics Heat Finite Element Solver

    Using a Multiphysics Heat Finite Element Solver

    If thermal management is a problem in your PCB, you can map heat flow and steady state temperature in your board with a heat finite element solver.

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  • Passive Pi Filter Design and Simulation

    Passive Pi Filter Design and Simulation

    Your next power supply design or impedance matching network might be a pi filter. Here’s how these work and how to simulate them.

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  • Applications of Cathodic Current Measurements in Corrosion Protection

    Applications of Cathodic Current Measurements in Corrosion Protection

    If you’re designing corrosion protection systems, you’ll need to gather cathodic current measurements in controlled experiments.

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  • Linear Sweep Voltammetry for Batteries and Regulator Design

    Linear Sweep Voltammetry for Batteries and Regulator Design

    Linear sweep voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry measurements are critical for examining battery operating ranges and designing charging systems.

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  • Inductive Circuits and Using Kirchhoff’s Current Law

    Inductive Circuits and Using Kirchhoff’s Current Law

    Current in electronics is an eternal process of consideration and reconsideration. Inductive currents can be particularly difficult to match or determine necessities for.

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  • Working with Thin Film Resistor Components in Your Next PCB

    Working with Thin Film Resistor Components in Your Next PCB

    Using a thin-film resistor provides lower profile and more reliable operation up to high frequency.

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  • Do Your Circuits Need a Schottky Diode?

    Do Your Circuits Need a Schottky Diode?

    Schottky diode components are less well-known than silicon diodes, but they provide some important advantages in rectifying circuits.

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  • Circuit Design Tips for a 4x4 Matrix Keypad

    Circuit Design Tips for a 4x4 Matrix Keypad

    When creating and installing a 4x4 matrix keypad in your device, you’ll want to keep these reminders in mind.

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  • SiC SPICE Model and Analysis for New MOSFETs

    SiC SPICE Model and Analysis for New MOSFETs

    If you’re building power amplifiers or RF amplifiers, you need SiC SPICE model and analysis tools in your PCB design software.

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  • What is a Linear Bilateral Network and What are its Characteristics?

    What is a Linear Bilateral Network and What are its Characteristics?

    A linear bilateral network exhibits a linear relationship, and yet simultaneously, the magnitude of the current is separate from the polarity of the voltage.

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  • Bistable Multivibrator Design and Simulation

    Bistable Multivibrator Design and Simulation

    Remember the 555 timer? Newer bistable multivibrator circuits can take pulse triggering applications to the next level.

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  • Shockley Diode Characteristics, Thyristors, and SCRs

    Shockley Diode Characteristics, Thyristors, and SCRs

    Here are the important Shockley diode characteristics and how these devices form the basis of thyristors.

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  • Balanced Modulators in Analog Designs

    Balanced Modulators in Analog Designs

    You’ll need to know about amplitude modulation and signal integrity when working with balanced modulator circuits in your designs.

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