Manufacturing Improvement

  • Time to go to the Library

    Time to go to the Library

    The PCB can be no better than the underlying footprints and symbols. A lot of boards end up as scrap or are only partially useful due to improper footprints. Extra design cycles to fix these preventab

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  • Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    You can't finish the board before the schematic, but you want it done pretty much right away, before marketing changes their minds again!

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  • How To: HDMI

    How To: HDMI

    High Definition Media Interface is a beautiful thing. Back when 1080P meant something, the HDMI spec entered the scene as an upgrade on the legacy trio or quintet of RCA cables. The number of...

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  • Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Right? At the end of a long line of processes, why is it that we're always responsible for the date and why is it always a panic-driven week at the end? To begin with, we've got a team of...

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  • The Shapes of Things to Come

    The Shapes of Things to Come

    Once upon a time, the power would have an entire layer devoted to a single voltage domain. That would be the whole solution to making everything turn on. The definition of "everything" has changed...

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  • Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Somewhere along the way, electronics changed. Of course, technology is continuously evolving with incremental improvements. Once in a while, there is a game-changer advancement that opens new...

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  • Manufacturing Matters

    Manufacturing Matters

    No two board designs are the same. We could run a thought experiment. Given a token complexity level of a generic board that mixes a bit of digital with a slice of analog, every PCB designer would...

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  • 3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive

    3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive

    Though 3D printing technology was introduced more than three decades ago, it’s only recently gained traction with a wider market. 3D printers were one of Amazon’s most popular holiday gifts for...

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  • Webinar- PCB Tools to Win Against Your Competition

    Webinar- PCB Tools to Win Against Your Competition

    Webinar: PCB Tools to Win Against Your Competition Gain an Unfair AdvantageMake Better Products, Faster with Cadence PCB Tools  They are coming for you, and they're coming with everything they've...

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  • My Favorite Stackup

    My Favorite Stackup

    We shouldn't play favorites, the best stack for the job is the one we should be using. If a four-layer, through-hole board will cut it, that's the way to go. If the "mother of all devices" demands...

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  • So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    Knowledge workers are of the variety that knows and does something that their manager probably doesn't. Even the schematic capture experts struggle with the layout software. It has always been a...

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  • Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Not just one, there should be a sanity check at every major step in the life of a layout. Some of us fondly remember the Apollo program on the grainy black-and-white TVs of the day. The whole...

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  • Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout

    Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout White Paper

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  • Design Reliability

    Design Reliability

    The sun rises every day. It is reliable. In practical terms, it has always risen and will continue to do so. On a long enough timeline, however, our star will burn out. That's what the...

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  • Notes On Soldermask

    Notes On Soldermask

    The coating you put over the circuit pattern that leaves the metal exposed where you want to join components to the board is another make-or-break aspect of PCB design. While the geometry of the...

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  • Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    In my quest to become a world famous PCB designer, (stop laughing!) I've taken to putting my own words on the screen and sharing them here. My job is to enable design wins, period. It's a cruel...

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  • 3 Common Vias: Their Manufacturing Pros and Cons

    3 Common Vias: Their Manufacturing Pros and Cons

    When creating your PCB Board, understanding the pros and cons of each via and how they impact the design and manufacturing process is important to know.

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  • What is OrCAD Panel Editor?

    What is OrCAD Panel Editor?

    One minute overview movie introducing OrCAD Panel Editor

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  • What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    We see it in the news frequently; a battery explodes, car brakes malfunction, electronic systems are hacked, a material inexplicably fails. Field failures are costly and unforgiving, necessitating...

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  • OrCAD DFM Checker Overview video

    OrCAD DFM Checker Overview video

    OrCAD DFM Checker is a powerful, yet easy to use, manufacturing analysis product. It is designed for engineers and designers who appreciate the benefits of manufacturing analysis and want to...

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