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Common PCB Stackups for a Four-Layer Board
This article looks at the common options for a four-layer board stackup.
September 04, 2019
Major Causes of High Temperatures on PCBs
This article discusses the major causes of high temperatures on PCBs that cause failure and damage to the board itself.
September 02, 2019
Special Topics in Schematic Capture
Learn about heterogeneous and homogenous buses, special IC packages, and more!
August 23, 2019
Error Checking Schematics
This article presents tools and practices in reducing errors in your schematics.
August 22, 2019
Mitigating Noise in Double-sided PCBs: Multipoint Grounding (Gridded Ground) in Two-layer PCB Design
Learn how to use the gridded ground technique to reduce noise in a double-sided PCB.
August 15, 2019
How a Ground Plane Reduces PCB Noise
How does a ground plane reduce noise in a PCB? Learn more in this technical article.
August 15, 2019
If you're looking to get a better handle on how to read schematics, this helpful guide will give you a head start.
July 22, 2019
Hardware Security Vulnerabilities that Engineers Should Know
Why should engineers care about hardware security? Because they can help prevent vulnerabilities through design!
July 12, 2019
Tips and Techniques for DC-DC Buck Converter PCB Layout
Learn best layout practices for your DC-DC buck converter circuits.
July 03, 2019
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
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