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  • Flat Schematics vs. Hierarchical Design

    Flat Schematics vs. Hierarchical Design

    Every PCB design starts with a circuit diagram (also known as a schematic)—a graphical representation of all the components and their connections within an electrical circuit.

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  • Power Supply in Schematic Capture and Circuit Simulation

    Power Supply in Schematic Capture and Circuit Simulation

    From robots to electric vehicles to data centers and IoT devices—the one thing every circuit has in common is the need for a power supply. Different circuits will have...

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  • PCB Routing Angles Enable Circuit Board Connectivity Easily

    PCB Routing Angles Enable Circuit Board Connectivity Easily

    That first complex layout can be intimidating with all the nets going everywhere. Here’s some explanations of PCB routing angles that can help you get through.

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  • A Closer Look at Schematic Diagram Symbols to Go Back to the Basics

    A Closer Look at Schematic Diagram Symbols to Go Back to the Basics

    It all starts with the basics of schematic diagram symbols. Before you can create a schematic full of circuitry, you need the best schematic parts to work with.

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  • Modeling FR4 Dielectric Constant vs. Frequency

    Modeling FR4 Dielectric Constant vs. Frequency

    High speed and high frequency signal integrity depends on modeling FR4 dielectric constant vs. frequency.

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  • Comparing PCB Design-to-Cost and Design-to-Value

    Comparing PCB Design-to-Cost and Design-to-Value

    Is it better to design-to-cost or design-to-value? Read this to understand the difference between these PCB design strategies and how to determine which is best.

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  • RF PCB Routing Guidelines to Suppress Noise

    RF PCB Routing Guidelines to Suppress Noise

    Signal integrity is a big concern in RF boards. Suppress noise, clock skew, and manage impedance properly with RF PCB routing guidelines.

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  • PLL or Phase Locked Loops in Wireless Communication Technologies

    PLL or Phase Locked Loops in Wireless Communication Technologies

    Here’s how phase locked loops act as a critical control system in your wireless PCB.

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  • Identifying Electronic Components, Circuit Symbols, and Functions in Your Schematic

    Identifying Electronic Components, Circuit Symbols, and Functions in Your Schematic

    Sometimes a quick review of the basics can be helpful. Here’s some tips on identifying electronic components, circuit symbols, and functions in your schematic.

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  • How to Become a Design Engineer for the Creation of Printed Circuit Boards

    How to Become a Design Engineer for the Creation of Printed Circuit Boards

    Designing a printed circuit board is a rewarding profession. Here is some information that will help as you question how to become a design engineer.

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  • How to Avoid PCB Assembly and Subassembly Redesign

    How to Avoid PCB Assembly and Subassembly Redesign

    No one likes doing the same task over when it could have been done better the first time. By implementing DFM and DFA, you can avoid the wasted time, additional cost, and frustration of PCB assembly a

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  • How to Reduce Crosstalk in Your PCB Layout

    How to Reduce Crosstalk in Your PCB Layout

    Crosstalk can cause a lot of problems in the performance of a circuit board. Here are some guidelines on how to reduce crosstalk in your PCB layout designs.

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  • Overcoming the Product Design Challenges in Internet of Things (IoT)

    Overcoming the Product Design Challenges in Internet of Things (IoT)

    Developing smart systems presents unique product design challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT). Read this blog to learn what common challenges are and how to overcome them.

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  • Power Integrity and Signal Integrity: Power Supply Noise in Your PCB

    Power Integrity and Signal Integrity: Power Supply Noise in Your PCB

    Power integrity and signal integrity are intimately related. Some simple PCB design strategies can protect your signals from noise.

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  • PCB Design for Sustainable Manufacturing

    PCB Design for Sustainable Manufacturing

    We are rapidly approaching a time when the standard for manufacturing will be sustainability. Choosing components and advocating for smarter material selection are only two of the ways to accomplish.

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  • PSpice Simulation

    PSpice Simulation

    So you’ve created a circuit diagram with OrCAD Capture, you’ve already run a design rule check (DRC), and you’re ready to verify your circuit’s electrical performance. How do you do it? While...

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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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  • High Speed Layout Guidelines for PCB Design

    High Speed Layout Guidelines for PCB Design

    Stepping into high speed design can be an overwhelming experience if you don’t know what’s coming. Here are some high speed layout guidelines that can help.

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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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