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6 Ways to Design for Circuit Board Rework
Learn why you should design for rework—and 6 easy ways to do it.
May 31, 2019
A (Solder) Bridge To Nowhere: What Is a Solder Bridge and How to Avoid Them in PCB Design
Learn what solder bridges are and how to avoid them.
May 09, 2019
The Incredible Shrinking Resistor: The Advantages and Drawbacks of Ever-Smaller Components
The advantages and disadvantages of ever-shrinking components.
April 19, 2019
How to Program an MSP430 Microcontroller to Gather Data from an Inclinometer
This article goes over the design of firmware for a custom PCB project: a precision inclinometer subsystem.
January 14, 2019
How to Turn a Schematic into a PCB Layout: PCB Design for a Custom Inclinometer
So you have a schematic. How do you lay out your custom board? In this article, we'll go over the challenges and solutions I came across in designing a custom PCB for an inclinometer...
January 11, 2019
How to Design a Schematic: Creating a Roadmap for a Custom PCB Inclinometer
This project series details the design and construction of a precision inclinometer based on the Murata SCA103T-D04. This article looks at schematic design considerations....
January 09, 2019
How to Eliminate Reflection Noise in Your Next PCB Design
What is reflection noise? What effects can it have on the functionality of your custom PCB? How can you mitigate it with better design practices?...
December 19, 2018
Which Via Should I Choose? A Guide to Vias in PCB Design
How much do you really know about vias, one of the building blocks of PCB design?
November 07, 2018
What Is Inductance and How Does It Apply to Ground Bounce?
Why you should care about even small amounts of inductance.
November 06, 2018
How to Reduce Ground Bounce: Mitigating Noise with PCB Design Best Practices
Learn what ground bounce is and how you can avoid it with design decisions from PCB layout to programming.
October 29, 2018
The Path of Least Impedance: How to Use Return Paths for Better PCB Design
High-speed signals don't follow the path of least resistance; they follow the path of least impedance.
October 26, 2018
Use It Or Lose It? What Should You Do with Non-Functional Pads?
Circuit board stacks of four or more layers often have through vias that attach to pads on layers where there is no electrical connection. Should those non-function pads stay, or should they...
October 18, 2018
Rigid-Flex PCB Design: Benefits and Design Best Practices
This article will discuss what rigid-flex PCBs are, the advantages of using them, and the rules for designing with them for an application....
September 24, 2018
Guide to PCB Design: How to Choose a PCB Manufacturer
In this article, we will discuss some best practices for how to choose a manufacturer to produce your custom PCB board.
August 29, 2018
Guide to PCB Design: How to Generate Manufacturing Files for Custom Printed Circuit Boards
In this article, we'll go over the basics of generating manufacturing files for PCB design and manufacturing.
August 28, 2018
Guide to PCB Design: From PCB Schematic to Board Layout
In this article, you will learn the basics of how to plan a schematic for a custom PCB and lay out your PCB prototype design.
August 28, 2018
PCB Layout Tips and Tricks: Minimizing Decoupling Inductance
This article examines some subtle details associated with the high-frequency performance of decoupling capacitors.
July 26, 2018
PCB Layout Tips and Tricks: Use a Ground Plane Whenever Possible
This article discusses the importance of proper grounding techniques in PCB design.
July 11, 2018
What Is Mutual Inductance? A Guide for Circuit Designers
Learn about mutual inductance and how it can influence an engineer’s approach to circuit and system design.
July 06, 2018
PCB Layout for a Photovoltaic Power Supply for Microcontroller Circuits
This article discusses the PCB layout for a power-supply circuit that generates a regulated 3.3 V rail from a small solar cell.
June 07, 2018
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