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.

  • 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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  • 40Gb/s Since When?

    40Gb/s Since When?

    Let me tell you about when 40G really meant something. A big customer (rhymes with Disco) set up a demonstration in our assembly area where they simulated the web traffic enabled by this...

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  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a fairly new term that encompasses modern safety equipment in our cars and trucks.

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  • The Secret Language of the Printed Circuit Board Designer

    The Secret Language of the Printed Circuit Board Designer

    The PCB Designer position is a hub where a lot of abstract and concrete information is funneled into a physical product. The boards start with the inspiration of an inventor.

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  • Shorts and Cuts: Post-fabrication Logic Changes

    Shorts and Cuts: Post-fabrication Logic Changes

    Circuits are usually developed with a few unknowns at the start. Future price and availability of key components is a typical day-one risk. The wise designer leaves themselves some room to...

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  • Design Reuse Within a PCB Layout and Beyond

    Design Reuse Within a PCB Layout and Beyond

    As PCB Designers, we are often tasked with filling out a board with geometry that repeats itself. Better physical resemblance usually equals better performance.

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  • ECOs Made Easy

    ECOs Made Easy

    It all starts with rev 1 for prototypes and rev A for release to production. In any case, we release the most elegant design possible in the limited time we have to hit a market window.

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