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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
Easier PCB Design: Eagle CAD Tips and Tricks Part 3
More important tips and tricks for using Eagle CAD to help make your work much easier and faster.
April 10, 2017
Custom Microcontroller Design: Assembling, Measuring, Programming
This is part 2 of a step-by-step guide to bringing your custom microcontroller design to life.
December 02, 2016
Custom Microcontroller Design: Hardware, Tools, and Toolchain
This is Part 1 of a step-by-step guide to bringing custom microcontroller designs to life.
November 25, 2016
The Why and How of Differential Signaling
Learn about the important characteristics, benefits, and applications of differential signaling, as well as the proper layout techniques for differential signals....
November 16, 2016
Digi-Key’s Scheme-It: Schematics and System Diagrams
This article will provide a brief overview of the capabilities and advantages of using Scheme-It when starting a new project, especially when working with a group....
August 05, 2016
Stencil Design for Exposed-Pad Packages
A properly designed solder stencil helps to ensure successful reflow soldering with IC packages that have an exposed thermal pad.
August 04, 2016
Thermal Design with Exposed-Pad Packages
This technical brief discusses thermal design techniques for IC packages—such as QFN, DFN, and MLP—that incorporate an exposed thermal pad....
August 01, 2016
Easier PCB Design: Eagle CAD Tips and Tricks Part 2
Most hobbyists and many professionals use Eagle CAD as a daily tool in designing schematics and laying out PCB. I’m going to share with you more of the most important tips and tricks for...
May 16, 2016
Easier PCB Design: Eagle CAD Tips and Tricks
Most hobbyists and many professionals use Eagle CAD as a daily tool in designing schematics and laying out PCB. You're going to learn some tips and tricks for using Eagle CAD, which will make...
May 09, 2016
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