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.

  • 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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  • Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    You may have seen the advertising already. Some PCB fab shops will provide a quotation based on a questionnaire that details the pertinent factors...

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  • My Favorite Component - How to Succeed With Switch Mode Power Supplies.

    My Favorite Component - How to Succeed With Switch Mode Power Supplies.

    What’s the secret sauce for mobility? Not wasting a milliamp-hour of that precious battery power. In a marketing breakthrough, we can start with 2000 milliamp-hours instead of just two amp-hours...

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  • How the Role of a PCB Designer Changes With the Size of the Company

    How the Role of a PCB Designer Changes With the Size of the Company

    Board design is board design, right? In terms of polygons and traces, it’s the same process but the approach you have to take is quite different from start-up to tech-giant.

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  • The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    During the inspection process you notice that some passive components aren’t sitting quite right. It seems as though they have pivoted up to stand at attention on one of the two pads that they should

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  • Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Most of us spend a good bit of time getting from place to place. Turning driving into work-time would add billions of productive hours to our collective lives. Work-time can be defined in many ways...

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  • Notes on Spacing

    Notes on Spacing

    While our CAD system draws the lines and shapes as the positive elements, it is the space between that ultimately defines the circuit.

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  • The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    As we go through our days on the job, little nuggets of wisdom or motivation come our way. Some of it comes in the form of corporate propaganda to make sure....

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  • A Dive Into The Flux

    A Dive Into The Flux

    We don’t often think about flux. “We” meaning most people. That said, it would be hard to picture modern civilization without it. By definition, flux is anything you add to a process to help...

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  • Notes On Schematic Capture

    Notes On Schematic Capture

    There once was a time when it was common for the PCB Designer to also capture the schematics. I’m not trying to say that the EE’s came along and broke everything.

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  • Notes on Near Field Communications

    Notes on Near Field Communications

    NFC is a touch-and-go standard for sharing a few packets of data with another device that is in close proximity. How close?

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  • The Ethernet is Coming For Your Ride

    The Ethernet is Coming For Your Ride

    Automotive Ethernet. It really is a thing. Our cars will have to outsmart our phones if we’re going to hand over the reins in any meaningful (and safe!) way.

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