Contrary to what many may believe, designing a printed circuit board is not a one-man job. Communication with many stakeholders is a critical part of the design process and an important responsibility of the EE/PCB Designer. With the role of electrical engineers quickly evolving, it is important to note successful PCB design is not done in a vacuum. A PCB design will only materialize successfully by a commitment from the EE to reach out and gather information from the PCB industry stakeholders listed below. Each stakeholder will be contributing their part to manufacturing the design and ensuring its overall success.
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Not only will a footprint library in PCB design help your design workflow to be more organized, it can cut down on your design time and improve quality.
To reduce time and expense from the traditional single board design process, take a look at how the multi-board ECAD schematic for system design can help.
By learning the best tricks in managing grids in PCB design, you can help yourself to create cleaner schematics, and more efficiently organized PCB layouts.
A PCB is only as good as the underlying library. Your vendors want you to succeed so they provide the information you need.
Today’s complex system designs are demanding a lot more from the PCB designer. Here is a multi-board PCB design process overview that is designed to help you.
You can save yourself a lot of problems during the design of your printed circuit board and when it is being assembled by defining PCB design constraints first.
For the best results in printed circuit board assembly, here are some schematic considerations for assembly that can help your next PCB design.
While you may design the PCB, you're not the owner. The owner is the end user.
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.
To design a good printed circuit board, you need accurate PCB footprints. Here are some ideas for the creation of component land geometry in your design.
Critical area analysis of electronic hardware that is done during PCB design will save you a lot of time, effort, cost, and problems later on with the board.
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.
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.
As a PCB layout designer you will be working with a lot of different PCB size and shape requirements in your career. Here is some more information on that.
One useful feature in advanced PCB design CAD systems that often goes unused is the CAD tool cross-probing. Here is some more information on how it can help.
Before you can start with the place and route of your printed circuit board design, you first have to transition the data from schematic to layout.
Creating the best schematic design is more than circuit innovation, you also need electronic design readability for those who will be using the schematic.
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.
To create complex schematics, you need a lot of control over your design environment including choosing schematic grid sizes. Here is more about that.