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  • The Tolerance Problem

    The Tolerance Problem

    There are three main factors in play that determine the results of operations. One is the cost of goods sold, two is the price the goods fetch and three is how long does the product last

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  • The Case For Using Copper Pour on Routing Layers

    The Case For Using Copper Pour on Routing Layers

    Doing special things with a circuit pattern is a hallmark of analog design. All of the important signals on the board added together are equal in importance to one net; that net is the ground net.

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  • Using Daughter Cards to Increase Functionality

    Using Daughter Cards to Increase Functionality

    There has always been room for improvement on a system of multiple printed circuit boards. In many cases, an RF module will be added to a PC board.

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  • The Benefits of Electronic Component Cost Volume Analysis in PCB Design

    The Benefits of Electronic Component Cost Volume Analysis in PCB Design

    Choosing the best priced components to use on your circuit board can save you a lot of money as long as you look to component cost volume analysis first.

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  • Electronic Component Vulnerability Assessment in PCB Design

    Electronic Component Vulnerability Assessment in PCB Design

    Choosing the wrong component can cause serious problems for your PCB. Here are some considerations in order to mitigate electronic component vulnerability risks.

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  • Designing PCBs to Avoid Electrical Shock Fatigue

    Designing PCBs to Avoid Electrical Shock Fatigue

    Electrical shock fatigue can cut the lifecycle of your board short. In this blog, we tell you how to avoid this outcome.

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  • The Effects of Plane Current Density on PCB Design and Functionality

    The Effects of Plane Current Density on PCB Design and Functionality

    The importance of plane current density is equal to the significance of the overall design itself.

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  • What is Jitter Tolerance and its Effects on Signal Integrity

    What is Jitter Tolerance and its Effects on Signal Integrity

    Jitter tolerance levels must be adhered to or risk detriment to a PCB’s signal integrity.

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  • The Implementation of Design Reliability Testing and Risk Reduction Strategies

    The Implementation of Design Reliability Testing and Risk Reduction Strategies

    Design reliability and risk reduction strategies are a vital part of proper and accurate PCB design.

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  • Where and When to Use a VRM Heatsink in Your PCB?

    Where and When to Use a VRM Heatsink in Your PCB?

    If you’re designing a VRM for power stability, then you’ll need to think about thermal management and using a VRM heatsink.

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  • Teaming Up For Success on a Large PCB Project

    Teaming Up For Success on a Large PCB Project

    Time to market is often one of the most important factors in the success of a project. Capitalizing on a new idea while others are pursuing the same goal is much easier when your product is first.

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  • Are You a Little Board?

    Are You a Little Board?

    The whole world gets a little smaller and a little faster every other day. The underlying magic that supports this flow of knowledge is constantly evolving to keep up.

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  • PCB Design For Solder Mask Defined Footprints

    PCB Design For Solder Mask Defined Footprints

    The right clearance and tolerance for your solder mask defined footprints is important so you don't run into any assembly issues.

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  • Design for Electronics Recycling: Best Practices

    Design for Electronics Recycling: Best Practices

    How do I institute a design for electronics recycling strategy? In this blog, we give you the answers you need.

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  • What is Linear and Nonlinear Resistance?

    What is Linear and Nonlinear Resistance?

    The terms linear and nonlinear resistance are sometimes used interchangeably. Here’s what circuit designers need to know about these terms.

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  • Signal Noise Attenuation is About More Than Filter Design

    Signal Noise Attenuation is About More Than Filter Design

    Using the right noise attenuation measures in your board requires correctly identifying your noise sources.

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  • System Modeling and Abstraction Levels: From Blocks to Layout

    System Modeling and Abstraction Levels: From Blocks to Layout

    System modeling and abstraction levels in IC and PCB design help you stay organized during design.

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  • Precision Tools for ECAD-MCAD Co-Design of Multi-Board PCBs

    Precision Tools for ECAD-MCAD Co-Design of Multi-Board PCBs

    As PCB design increases in complexity, it is more important than ever that designers use ECAD-MCAD co-design of multi-board PCBs to shorten design schedules.

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  • DDR4 Routing Guidelines for PCB and the Advancements in PCB Architecture

    DDR4 Routing Guidelines for PCB and the Advancements in PCB Architecture

    DDR4 is the new current generation of RAM and with it comes new routing guidelines for PCB implementation.

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  • The Importance of Dynamic Load Line Analysis

    The Importance of Dynamic Load Line Analysis

    The dynamic load line analysis provides the optimal operating point calculations that help to optimize circuit design.

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