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  • On Printed Circuit Board Stiffeners - Making the Rigid PCBs Actually Rigid

    On Printed Circuit Board Stiffeners - Making the Rigid PCBs Actually Rigid

    When the term “Stiff as a board” was coined, they were not talking about printed circuit boards. Resin, fiber, and copper that make up the typical PCB stack-up are all ductile materials.

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  • Power Supply Design for 12V: Challenges and EMI Reduction Tips

    Power Supply Design for 12V: Challenges and EMI Reduction Tips

    Power supply design for 12v electronics maintains traditional power supply design requirements and vulnerabilities.

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  • Designing a Flex PCB Prototype: PCB Design Tips and Considerations

    Designing a Flex PCB Prototype: PCB Design Tips and Considerations

    Designing a flex PCB prototype will test your ability for layout with time and material constraints, as well as require cost considerations.

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  • BGA Design in 4 layer PCBs: Circuit Routing and Pin Limitations

    BGA Design in 4 layer PCBs: Circuit Routing and Pin Limitations

    Ball grid arrays or BGAs in 4 layer PCBs can be difficult to rout and manage adequate transmission voltage with, here are design tips that can help.

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  • Keys to Success with Your PCB CAD Parts Library

    Keys to Success with Your PCB CAD Parts Library

    If you want more information on what your PCB CAD parts library does and how you can better work with it, take a look here at some of these ideas.

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  • It’s About Time - Clocking a PCB Design

    It’s About Time - Clocking a PCB Design

    Clocks are essential gatekeepers of the digital domain. Setting the pace for all that follows the clock can be a single trace or a partnership of two traces that carry complementary signals.

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  • What’s the Differential? Mastering the Art of the Differential Pair

    What’s the Differential? Mastering the Art of the Differential Pair

    You see, it’s like this. When two circuits love each other very much, they form a life-long bond and then little Diffs are propagated. Not really, but when we peruse the net names attached to the...

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  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Via Padstack

    The Nuts and Bolts of a Via Padstack

    From the first plated through-hole to the latest, the trend is to support higher density interconnect. The key driver in plating holes is the aspect ratio, the hole’s width over depth.

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  • Linear Sweep Voltammetry for Batteries and Regulator Design

    Linear Sweep Voltammetry for Batteries and Regulator Design

    Linear sweep voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry measurements are critical for examining battery operating ranges and designing charging systems.

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  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and How It Works in Electronics Manufacturing

    Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and How It Works in Electronics Manufacturing

    Selective laser sintering is a process used in PCB manufacturing to try and speed up and add cost efficiency to an additive manufacturing workflow.

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  • What Are The Advantages Of Rigid Flex PCB

    What Are The Advantages Of Rigid Flex PCB

    Rigid flex PCBs can have advantages ranging far and wide from easing enclosure and mechanical constraints to improving manufacturing yields.

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  • Force and Pressure Sensors with Piezoelectric Load Cell Transducers

    Force and Pressure Sensors with Piezoelectric Load Cell Transducers

    Piezoelectric load cell transducers provide high sensitivity measurements with broad range and low threshold.

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  • Choosing Schematic Grid Sizes to Increase Your Design Productivity

    Choosing Schematic Grid Sizes to Increase Your Design Productivity

    To create complex schematics, you need a lot of control over your design environment including choosing schematic grid sizes. Here is more about that.

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  • Defining Design Intent in PCB Design CAD Tools

    Defining Design Intent in PCB Design CAD Tools

    If you’ve got an action plan for your PCB design, then you’re on your way to defining design intent. But there may be more to design intent than you realize.

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  • Working with Standardized IEEE 315-1975 E-CAD Symbols

    Working with Standardized IEEE 315-1975 E-CAD Symbols

    PCB schematics can be complex and difficult to read, especially if non-standard symbols are used on it. Here’s how using a standard like IEEE 315-1975 can help.

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  • Target Impedance Values in PDN Design

    Target Impedance Values in PDN Design

    Working through your target impedance values for a power delivery network is important to ensure your device can function at full capacity at all times.

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  • PCB Design for Laser Flash Analysis in Manufacturing

    PCB Design for Laser Flash Analysis in Manufacturing

    By understanding Laser Flash Analysis in manufacturing you can design for optimized board build. In this blog, we show you how.

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  • Working with STEP Enclosure Models in PCB Design

    Working with STEP Enclosure Models in PCB Design

    With STEP enclosure models giving the PCB designer access to mechanical design features inside of the layout tools, there are fewer PCB design mistakes.

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  • Layout Tips for Flex PCB Design

    Layout Tips for Flex PCB Design

    Working with flex PCB designs has some unique differences from a regular PCB layout. If this is new for you, here is some information that may help you.

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  • Understanding Grid Basics in PCB Design

    Understanding Grid Basics in PCB Design

    Grid basics for PCB design will help you to maintain a better design flow when laying out your circuit board for electronic production.

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