John Burkhert

John Burkhert Jr is a career PCB Designer experienced in Military, Telecom, Consumer Hardware and lately, the Automotive industry. Originally, an RF specialist -- compelled to flip the bit now and then to fill the need for high-speed digital design. John enjoys playing bass and racing bikes when he's not writing about or performing PCB layout. You can find John on LinkedIn.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Contrary Routing Schemes

    Contrary Routing Schemes

    Tips for routing boards in different scenarios involving standard or common technologies

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  • Getting the Edge on Design For Test

    Getting the Edge on Design For Test

    Building a Printed Circuit Board that works as intended is only has hard as you make it as a designer. The truth is that the layout can be a source of success or failure.

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  • Interstitial Vias and How Using Them Can Help Your PCB Design

    Interstitial Vias and How Using Them Can Help Your PCB Design

    Learn the benefits of using interstitial vias in PCB Design

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  • You Know You’re a PCB Designer When...

    You Know You’re a PCB Designer When...

    The command and layer names fall into our conversation making half of what we say indecipherable to the layperson.

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  • It’s Good to be a Player in a Multi-Board World

    It’s Good to be a Player in a Multi-Board World

    A large circuit where high-performance construction is required would benefit by reducing its size by shipping the non-critical circuits off to a cheaper stack-up.

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  • A PCB Designer’s Origin Story

    A PCB Designer’s Origin Story

    We all came from somewhere. My “somewhere” was a little village set against the forest in South Western Germany.

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  • Metaphors for PCB Layout

    Metaphors for PCB Layout

    There is always more than meets the eye in a PCB. There is also more that one way to think about the design process.

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  • Common Design For Assembly "Gotchas"

    Common Design For Assembly "Gotchas"

    Great ideas come together with great timing and the only thing left is great execution. Flipping the switch that sets the factory in motion will cause a few pain points.

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  • The Importance of Persistence

    The Importance of Persistence

    Analog design is rich in details, some of which, upon first exposure, seems a bit quirky. Somehow, the signal propagates just fine even without a copper connection.

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  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for the PCB Designer

    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for the PCB Designer

    As we continue to shrink the electronics in our lives, the need for concise documentation grows more important at each node. The dimensions we provide are the determinants of success.

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  • The Design Rule Kit and Why You Might Want One

    The Design Rule Kit and Why You Might Want One

    Others might be solving the same problems you are. Leverage the commonality so you can focus on your core solution.

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  • Common DFM “Gotchas”

    Common DFM “Gotchas”

    Technical questions that you should solve before you share your data with the factory.

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  • The Part Shortage Chronicles

    The Part Shortage Chronicles

    When the Parts Run Out, Make A Friend and Make Your Quarter.

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  • Nailing the PCB Designer Interview

    Nailing the PCB Designer Interview

    Job searches can be a nerve-racking process. You want the right job with the right people in the right place doing the right things. Right?

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