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  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for the PCB Designer

    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for the PCB Designer

    As we continue to shrink the electronics in our lives, the need for concise documentation grows more important at each node. The dimensions we provide are the determinants of success.

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  • How Parasitic Capacitance and Inductance Affect Your Signals

    How Parasitic Capacitance and Inductance Affect Your Signals

    Parasitic capacitance and inductance can create major problems in your digital, analog, or mixed signal boards. Here are some design tips that can help.

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  • How to Reduce Crosstalk in Your PCB Layout

    How to Reduce Crosstalk in Your PCB Layout

    Crosstalk can cause a lot of problems in the performance of a circuit board. Here are some guidelines on how to reduce crosstalk in your PCB layout designs.

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  • Real-Time Dynamic Differential Pair Routing

    Real-Time Dynamic Differential Pair Routing

    Easily meet length and phase pin-to-pin constraints as traces bend without creating electrical issues.

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  • Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Even as everything related to electronics shrinks in size, a few small areas that we have been able to ignore so far remain. Along with the physical reduction, we also encounter reductions in our...

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  • How (and Why) to Embrace Design Constraints

    How (and Why) to Embrace Design Constraints

    Design rules are nothing new. Our ability to create specific and concrete rules to govern the results should not be overlooked. From the first placement study to the final result, capturing a...

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  • Front End Constraints

    Front End Constraints

    Capture electrical constraints early in the design process and automatically communicate them to PCB layout designers directly from the circuit schematic environment.

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  • How To: HDMI

    How To: HDMI

    High Definition Media Interface is a beautiful thing. Back when 1080P meant something, the HDMI spec entered the scene as an upgrade on the legacy trio or quintet of RCA cables. The number of...

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  • So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    Knowledge workers are of the variety that knows and does something that their manager probably doesn't. Even the schematic capture experts struggle with the layout software. It has always been a...

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  • Design Reliability

    Design Reliability

    The sun rises every day. It is reliable. In practical terms, it has always risen and will continue to do so. On a long enough timeline, however, our star will burn out. That's what the...

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  • Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Not just one, there should be a sanity check at every major step in the life of a layout. Some of us fondly remember the Apollo program on the grainy black-and-white TVs of the day. The whole...

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  • Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    In my quest to become a world famous PCB designer, (stop laughing!) I've taken to putting my own words on the screen and sharing them here. My job is to enable design wins, period. It's a cruel...

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  • What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    We see it in the news frequently; a battery explodes, car brakes malfunction, electronic systems are hacked, a material inexplicably fails. Field failures are costly and unforgiving, necessitating...

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  • Design Strategies - WiFi 802.11

    Design Strategies - WiFi 802.11

    Of course, you know what WiFi is. You can get it wherever money changes hands. Being WiFi-enabled is a low-risk strategy when it comes to the number of hot-spots you're likely to pass through on a...

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  • 5 Ways to Assess PCB Constraint Management Systems for High-Speed Designs

    5 Ways to Assess PCB Constraint Management Systems for High-Speed Designs

    A sound constraint management design process helps to foster a correct-by-design approach, reduces time-to-market, and ultimately optimizes the design process—eliminating the undefined,...

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  • DDR Constraint Manager for OrCAD Wizard

    DDR Constraint Manager for OrCAD Wizard

    Routing DDR and high-speed bus interfaces can be one of the most daunting tasks in your design. With the new bus designer, all you need to do is simply describe the bus you are trying route and...

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  • Minimizing Routing Iterations on Complex, High-Density PCBs with OrCAD Tools

    Minimizing Routing Iterations on Complex, High-Density PCBs with OrCAD Tools

    Quickly route complex, high-density boards for a variety of applications, including industrial- and military-grade designs

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  • Oh Say Can You C?  – Grappling with the USB type-C Connector

    Oh Say Can You C? – Grappling with the USB type-C Connector

    I can honestly say that I was working on the USB-C protocol before USB-C was cool. Google was/is part of the specification development consortium. My first encounter was in early 2015 trying to...

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  • On Board, as in Life, Timing is Everything (almost) | PCB Trace Length – Staying in the Sweet Spot

    On Board, as in Life, Timing is Everything (almost) | PCB Trace Length – Staying in the Sweet Spot

    We are lucky to have the technology that helps us manage timing constraints. X-nets, pin-pairs, and match-groups may seem a little daunting at first. Once mastered, these are fantastic tools for...

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  • Common Questions About Constraint-Driven Design with OrCAD Capture

    Common Questions About Constraint-Driven Design with OrCAD Capture

    Our most recent webinar, Constraint-driven design with OrCAD Capture, provided attendees with an overview of Constraint Manager for OrCAD. It is a new option available directly within the OrCAD...

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