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  • Getting the Job - Printed Circuit Board Design as a Career

    Getting the Job - Printed Circuit Board Design as a Career

    A career in PCB design can be rewarding for the right person. There is room for pride but not for ego.

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  • Generating PCB Footprints for Your First Layout

    Generating PCB Footprints for Your First Layout

    A PCB is only as good as the underlying library. Your vendors want you to succeed so they provide the information you need.

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  • Place and Route - the Art of PCB Design

    Place and Route - the Art of PCB Design

    PCB design hinges on a placement that allows clean routing. The two functions go hand in hand.

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  • The Education of a PCB Designer

    The Education of a PCB Designer

    PCB Layout is a skill that comes from learning and practicing. A career requires a never ending quest for knowledge.

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  • Effective Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis of PCBA Development

    Effective Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis of PCBA Development

    Ineffective process failure mode and effects analysis may do more harm than good. In this blog, we help you avoid this risk to your PCBA development.

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  • The Road to Becoming a PCB Designer

    The Road to Becoming a PCB Designer

    Everyone has to start somewhere. Building a foundation for success takes time and effort. If you don’t already have a mentor, you should find one. If you can’t find one, then use the internet.

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  • FLEXing Like a PCB Expert

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  • Sharing IP Blocks Across Different Designs - How Reuse Saved My Carpal Tunnel (Career!)

    Sharing IP Blocks Across Different Designs - How Reuse Saved My Carpal Tunnel (Career!)

    PCB designs can be reused to leverage existing intellectual property and to decrease time to market.

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  • A PCB Designer's Guide to WiFi

    A PCB Designer's Guide to WiFi

    WiFi printed circuit board technology from the beginning up to present day

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  • PCB Design as Related to Defense Contractors

    PCB Design as Related to Defense Contractors

    The Department of Defense is one of the biggest technology customers in the world. Landing a contract can make a company. It can also be a yoke around their neck.

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  • Common Sources of BOM Rejection and How to Prevent Them

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  • Failed Schematic Capture Test? What A Designer Should Do Next

    Failed Schematic Capture Test? What A Designer Should Do Next

    Failing a schematic capture test is not the end of the world or your design; however, it does mean it is time to go back in and figure out how to improve your design.

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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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  • 10 Common DFM Issues and How to Fix Them

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  • Design for Disassembly, Circular Design, and Product Lifecycle Management

    Design for Disassembly, Circular Design, and Product Lifecycle Management

    With design for disassembly, you can ensure that your electronic hardware never outstayed its welcome and can adequately be re-used or incorporated again in the future.

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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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  • Creating a Stackup to Manage Power Planes

    Creating a Stackup to Manage Power Planes

    There are several keys to laying out a successful multilayer design. Here’s more information on one of those, a board layer stackup to manage power planes.

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  • An Introductory Multilayer PCB Design Tutorial

    An Introductory Multilayer PCB Design Tutorial

    To better understand the differences in PCB layout between a double sided board and a multilayer board, take a look at this multilayer PCB design tutorial.

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  • Coupled Loads Analysis and Circuit Reliability for Space and Beyond

    Coupled Loads Analysis and Circuit Reliability for Space and Beyond

    Coupled loads analysis is critical for assessing reliability of spacecraft. Here’s how the results can be used in PCB design.

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  • Bi-Directional Discrete Parts in Your PCB Design

    Bi-Directional Discrete Parts in Your PCB Design

    Bi-directional discrete parts play an important role in the function of a circuit board. Here is some more information on what they are and how they are used.

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  • PCB CNC Prototyping, the Quick Fabrication Answer You’ve Been Looking For

    PCB CNC Prototyping, the Quick Fabrication Answer You’ve Been Looking For

    When you create a small PCB prototype, you can either etch it yourself or send it out for manufacturing. Now there is a new option with PCB CNC prototyping.

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  • Using a Thermal FEA Solver for Heat Management in Your PCB

    Using a Thermal FEA Solver for Heat Management in Your PCB

    Use thermal FEA simulator for your heat management problems to keep your PCB running at acceptable temperature.

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  • Grounding and Voltage Routing Considerations in PCB Design

    Grounding and Voltage Routing Considerations in PCB Design

    There’s a lot more to grounding and voltage routing on your PCB design then simply dropping some vias, you need advanced CAD tool features to do the job right.

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