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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 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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  • Analog Comparators, Differentials, and Detectors

    Analog Comparators, Differentials, and Detectors

    The analog comparator comes in a variety of types to accommodate various applicational uses depending on voltage or signal needs of devices.

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  • Difference Between Microprocessor and Microcontroller: Pin Count and Processing Power

    Difference Between Microprocessor and Microcontroller: Pin Count and Processing Power

    The difference between microprocessors and microcontrollers is between processing speed demands and data rates for applications.

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  • Fr4 Maximum Temperature and Thermal Dissipation

    Fr4 Maximum Temperature and Thermal Dissipation

    Fr4 maximum temperature will determine impedance and other signal integrity standards to take into account for your circuit designs.

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  • Microvia Aspect Ratio in PCB Design

    Microvia Aspect Ratio in PCB Design

    Designing a high density printed circuit board may require the use of microvias, and understanding microvia aspect ratios will help you to know how to use them.

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  • MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT: Design Reliability Measures for Electronics

    MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT: Design Reliability Measures for Electronics

    MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT are measures for design reliability that engineers can use on their electronic devices.

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  • Insertion Loss vs. Return Loss: Signal Transmission and Reflection

    Insertion Loss vs. Return Loss: Signal Transmission and Reflection

    The combination of the measurement parameters insertion loss and return loss, provide an accurate assessment of efficiency and performance.

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  • Through Hole Components in Your PCB Design

    Through Hole Components in Your PCB Design

    One of the keys to a successful PCB design is knowing when and where to use through hole components. Here is some information that can help you with that.

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  • The PCB Ground Plane and How it is Used in Your Design

    The PCB Ground Plane and How it is Used in Your Design

    Like the foundation of a house, the PCB ground plane must be designed correctly to make sure that the circuit board will operate smoothly without failures.

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  • Solder Reflow Ovens: Solder Paste and PCB Assembly

    Solder Reflow Ovens: Solder Paste and PCB Assembly

    Your printed circuit board design will probably be assembled using a solder reflow oven. Here is some information and design tips to help with this process.

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  • Photodiode Array vs. CCD: Which Is Best for Your Optical System?

    Photodiode Array vs. CCD: Which Is Best for Your Optical System?

    The differences between a photodiode array vs. CCD sensor are simpler than you might think.

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  • Power Amplifier Oscillation: Parasitics and Effects on Amplifiers

    Power Amplifier Oscillation: Parasitics and Effects on Amplifiers

    Parasitic Oscillation in power amplifiers reduce functionality and amplifier performance.

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  • Temperature Display Circuits and Sensor Technology

    Temperature Display Circuits and Sensor Technology

    Working with microcontrollers, a temperature display circuit is a simple and effective layout for any design engineer.

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