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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
PCB Layout for a Charge-Pump Bipolar Power Supply
In this article we’ll look at the PCB design for a low-noise ±5 V inductorless power supply.
May 28, 2018
Capacitive Control Panel PCB Design Considerations for TI’s MSP430FR2633 Microcontroller
This article provides a closer look at the PCB design considerations and programming of a custom capacitive touch interface device.
February 07, 2018
Tales of Project Troubleshooting: Solutions from a Problem-Magnet
This article covers the various roadblocks encountered in a new design and how they were troubleshot and overcome.
January 19, 2018
Handling Fragile and Irregular PCBs in Processing and Testing Machines
Manufacturers can use fixtures or panels to secure or frame fragile, thin, or oddly shaped PCBs. This allows them to easily fit the boards in the standard assembly or inspection machines....
December 03, 2017
PCB Layout for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
In this article we’ll discuss the PCB layout for a custom-designed arbitrary waveform generator board.
November 17, 2017
Rigid vs. Flexible PCBs: Which One is Best for Your Next Project?
Learn about rigid PCBs vs. flexible PCBs, when it's better to use one type instead of the other, and learn about some manufacturing steps related to each of these PCB types....
November 10, 2017
PCB Copper Trace Finish: Materials and Plating Methods
In this article, we discuss why PCB copper traces should be plated, and we’ll review various plating materials and plating methods.
November 03, 2017
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