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 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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  • Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    The easiest method is called datum dimensioning where all you do is establish the center of the universe at some point and call it zero-zero. Extension lines...

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  • PCB Design Strategies For Survivability

    PCB Design Strategies For Survivability

    Face it; we’re hard on our equipment, especially our favorite gadgets. They get squashed to the point of deformation in our pockets. They get bounced around...

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  • On the Order Form

    On the Order Form

    People get ideas. Naturally, they want to act on those ideas. The hold-up comes when they don’t really know what they’re getting into with regards to the PCB.

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  • Techniques for Optimizing Return Paths

    Techniques for Optimizing Return Paths

    That return path may or may not be the one that was designed for the circuit. A poorly designed return path will result in the return currents wandering around and escaping as electromagnetic...

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  • Making Sense Out of Sensors

    Making Sense Out of Sensors

    The human, or any other animal’s body, is a marvel for its ability to take in data from its surroundings. We can detect light, temperature, pressure, aroma, and, sound. Some member...

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  • How To Maintain Connectivity in a Multiboard PCB System

    How To Maintain Connectivity in a Multiboard PCB System

    Bringing a multiboard system together is a chance for the designer to spread their wings. As the circuit spreads, so do the risk of crossed signals. Some of the ways the circuits can...

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  • Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Even as everything related to electronics shrinks in size, a few small areas that we have been able to ignore so far remain. Along with the physical reduction, we also encounter reductions in our...

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  • The Day a PCB Was Born

    The Day a PCB Was Born

    I want to take you back to a project that highlights a few twists as all good projects will. 17 years ago I was presented with 20 pounds of potatoes and a 10 pound bag.

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  • Taking High Speed PCB Layout to the Next Level

    Taking High Speed PCB Layout to the Next Level

    The word from the boardroom is that high speed digital design begins to resemble RF work somewhere around the 1 GB/s. Anything that happens a thousand million times per second had better....

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  • Winning With Fewer PCBs

    Winning With Fewer PCBs

    The business world keeps score with dollars and cents. The overhead cost of layout and material cost of bare boards are a significant drain on capital. Face it; Printed Circuit Boards are expensive.

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  • Maintaining a Schedule When Everyone is in a Panic

    Maintaining a Schedule When Everyone is in a Panic

    Whether the Designer is driving schedule or keeping the Project Manager in the loop, we need to hone the skill of estimating a job accurately and with sufficient wiggle room.

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  • Component Placement Strategies in Multi-board PCB Systems

    Component Placement Strategies in Multi-board PCB Systems

    There are definitely limits on how much circuitry can fit on a single board. The board itself has an upper limit around the size...

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