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  • What to Bring to the PCB Design Review

    What to Bring to the PCB Design Review

    Even the simplest layout will require deliverables for assembly including custom paste stencil and a bill of materials to associate the correct component for each location on the board.

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  • Using Lasers to Fabricate Printed Circuit Boards; The Light Work

    Using Lasers to Fabricate Printed Circuit Boards; The Light Work

    Lasers have always been around. At least, it seems so when we can read how they were used on the Apollo missions. Lasers were part of a range finder for the space ships to know their precise altitude.

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  • How CAD and CAM Work Together

    How CAD and CAM Work Together

    PCB CAD layout people end their job by creating electronic files that the CAM operator uses to generate the photo tools for the PCB.

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  • Fr4 Maximum Temperature and Thermal Dissipation

    Fr4 Maximum Temperature and Thermal Dissipation

    Fr4 maximum temperature will determine impedance and other signal integrity standards to take into account for your circuit designs.

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  • Microvia Aspect Ratio in PCB Design

    Microvia Aspect Ratio in PCB Design

    Designing a high density printed circuit board may require the use of microvias, and understanding microvia aspect ratios will help you to know how to use them.

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  • MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT: Design Reliability Measures for Electronics

    MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT: Design Reliability Measures for Electronics

    MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, and FIT are measures for design reliability that engineers can use on their electronic devices.

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  • Through Hole Components in Your PCB Design

    Through Hole Components in Your PCB Design

    One of the keys to a successful PCB design is knowing when and where to use through hole components. Here is some information that can help you with that.

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  • Solder Reflow Ovens: Solder Paste and PCB Assembly

    Solder Reflow Ovens: Solder Paste and PCB Assembly

    Your printed circuit board design will probably be assembled using a solder reflow oven. Here is some information and design tips to help with this process.

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  • Using Circuit Simulation for Maximizing Yield in PCB Manufacturing

    Using Circuit Simulation for Maximizing Yield in PCB Manufacturing

    The goal of PCB design is maximizing yield in PCB manufacturing to lower your total costs. Here are some ideas on how to use circuit simulation to help.

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  • Rigid-Flex Stackup Design Optimization

    Rigid-Flex Stackup Design Optimization

    The use of rigid-flex stackups is increasing rapidly. Your ability to make the best use of this technology depends upon CM collaboration and having the right design tools, as we discuss in this blog.

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  • Thermal Pads vs Thermal Paste: How Best to Beat the Heat

    Thermal Pads vs Thermal Paste: How Best to Beat the Heat

    To conduct heat from the hot components on your PCB to their heat sinks, you need to choose between thermal pads vs thermal paste. Here is some help on that.

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  • Multiphysics Topology Optimization On Manufacturing, Heat, and EMI

    Multiphysics Topology Optimization On Manufacturing, Heat, and EMI

    Multiphysics topology optimization is a useful tool for electrical, optical, and mechanical product design.

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  • 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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  • PCB Design and Risk Benefit Analysis in Component Placement

    PCB Design and Risk Benefit Analysis in Component Placement

    A good component placement can make or break your PCB design. See here how using your design tools for a risk benefit analysis in component placement can help.

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  • Component Reliability Engineer: The Guidelines and Responsibilities

    Component Reliability Engineer: The Guidelines and Responsibilities

    To better understand the responsibilities of being a component reliability engineer, here are some guidelines and other information on what you can expect.

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  • Electronic Component Vulnerability Assessment in PCB Design

    Electronic Component Vulnerability Assessment in PCB Design

    Choosing the wrong component can cause serious problems for your PCB. Here are some considerations in order to mitigate electronic component vulnerability risks.

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  • The Implementation of Design Reliability Testing and Risk Reduction Strategies

    The Implementation of Design Reliability Testing and Risk Reduction Strategies

    Design reliability and risk reduction strategies are a vital part of proper and accurate PCB design.

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  • Layout Tips for PCB Panelization to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency

    Layout Tips for PCB Panelization to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency

    To ensure that your printed circuit board design is manufactured in the most efficient and cost effective way, look at these layout tips for PCB panelization.

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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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