In our previous schematic article, it might appear that with so much detailed information anyone could perform the layout phase. However, a detailed schematic is only the foundation for the PCB layout and not just anyone can create a successful PCB layout. Layout must be performed by someone who understands industry standards for design and manufacturing as well as the depth of knowledge required for incorporating design for excellence. This individual is analytical enough to be able to sort through vast amounts of data, but creative and free-thinking enough to see many alternative ways to complete a design and have the intuition to choose the best one. Simply put, a designer of PCBs is a person of renaissance. Here are some steps to place you on the path to successful layout setup and placement.