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  • So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    So, You Want to be a CAD PCB Layout-er

    Knowledge workers are of the variety that knows and does something that their manager probably doesn't. Even the schematic capture experts struggle with the layout software. It has always been a...

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  • The Shapes of Things to Come

    The Shapes of Things to Come

    Once upon a time, the power would have an entire layer devoted to a single voltage domain. That would be the whole solution to making everything turn on. The definition of "everything" has changed...

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  • MakerFaire 2018: Making the Future

    MakerFaire 2018: Making the Future

    A circus of 3D printed robots, articulated metal squid, and giant, walking exoskeletons. Reflections of our time at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018.

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  • Manufacturing Matters

    Manufacturing Matters

    No two board designs are the same. We could run a thought experiment. Given a token complexity level of a generic board that mixes a bit of digital with a slice of analog, every PCB designer would...

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  • Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler

    In my quest to become a world famous PCB designer, (stop laughing!) I've taken to putting my own words on the screen and sharing them here. My job is to enable design wins, period. It's a cruel...

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  • How Do Manufacturing Tolerances Work?

    How Do Manufacturing Tolerances Work?

    In July 2017, a rollercoaster ride in Ohio failed dramatically, killing one person and injuring seven others. The cause of the accident? Corrosion. Roller coasters must operate and withstand...

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  • What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    What is the Cost of Field Failures?

    We see it in the news frequently; a battery explodes, car brakes malfunction, electronic systems are hacked, a material inexplicably fails. Field failures are costly and unforgiving, necessitating...

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  • Oh Say Can You C?  – Grappling with the USB type-C Connector

    Oh Say Can You C? – Grappling with the USB type-C Connector

    I can honestly say that I was working on the USB-C protocol before USB-C was cool. Google was/is part of the specification development consortium. My first encounter was in early 2015 trying to...

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  • 30th Anniversary Giveaway

    30th Anniversary Giveaway

    This year marks EMA's 30th anniversary and to celebrate we are doing a giveaway!

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  • On-Demand Webinar: 3D PCB Design and Analysis: When ECAD Meets MCAD and MCAD Meets ECAD

    On-Demand Webinar: 3D PCB Design and Analysis: When ECAD Meets MCAD and MCAD Meets ECAD

    Many designs have been derailed by conflicts between ECAD and MCAD. Fortunately modern PCB design tools and practices have been developed to ensure MCAD and ECAD can stay in sync. Join the experts...

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  • PartLink App Powered by Digi-Key

    PartLink App Powered by Digi-Key

    Populate part data directly from Digi-Key to be used in the BOM.

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  • Quick Tutorial: Free Real-Time OrCAD Capture CIS Apps

    Quick Tutorial: Free Real-Time OrCAD Capture CIS Apps

    Manually tracking part information and status throughout your design and keeping your database in sync with your design can be an exercise in futility. Luckily, there are two FREE apps available...

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  • Timing Designer: Overview

    Timing Designer: Overview

    A brief overview of TimingDesigner for OrCAD

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  • On-Demand Webinar: Managing PCB Design Complexity

    On-Demand Webinar: Managing PCB Design Complexity

    Learn how to effectively drive design success without driving yourself crazy in this webinar from the experts at EMA

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  • 4X Faster Timing Closure on Memory Subsystems with Allegro TimingVision Environment

    4X Faster Timing Closure on Memory Subsystems with Allegro TimingVision Environment

    In this 3-minute video, Bill Munroe, principal PCB designer in the company's Post-Silicon Group, talks about how the technology helped his team achieve 4X faster timing closure on DDR3 and DDR4...

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  • SiliconExpert CONNECT BOM Risk: Getting Started

    SiliconExpert CONNECT BOM Risk: Getting Started

    An overview of the Silicon Expert CONNECT BOM Risk app. This video will help you implement BOM Risk Analysis in your designs. NOTE: you need to be connected to the internet for this app to work...

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  • Open Compute Project; A Look Under the Hood with PCB Design Expert Robert Feranec

    Open Compute Project; A Look Under the Hood with PCB Design Expert Robert Feranec

    Have you ever looked a board designed by someone else and wondered, how or why certain decisions were made (good or bad)? Robert Feranec offers an in-depth look into PCB design through a video...

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  • On-Demand Webinar: Serial Link Design - Meeting the Need for Speed

    On-Demand Webinar: Serial Link Design - Meeting the Need for Speed

    Things aren’t just getting faster; they are getting exponentially faster at a dramatic rate. As such more interfaces are relying on serial communication to meet their speed and data transfer...

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  • Real-Time Revision Control

    Real-Time Revision Control

    During design the only constant is change. See how OrCAD provides real-time revision control and file management to ensure you are always working on the latest and greatest and always have access...

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  • Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Interactive 3D

    Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Interactive 3D

    This tutorial will show you how to flex your design, measure paths in the x, y, and z directions, and perform collision detection in real-time directly within OrCAD PCB Designer Professional.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Schematic Layout

    Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Schematic Layout

    After developing the design specifications from the customer’s requirements, creating a schematic can seem daunting. So where should you begin? This episode of Wednesday will discuss how to create...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Routing

    Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Routing

    There are many different ways to route a board, based on the constraints available in your PCB software. While we know routing is subjective, this episode of Whiteboard Wednesday will review three...

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  • On-Demand Webinar: Optimizing Power Supply Design

    On-Demand Webinar: Optimizing Power Supply Design

    Precise and efficient power delivery is more important than ever in our always-on, always connected world. Learn how to design and implement power supplies that will ensure your product is powered...

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  • Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Design for Test (DFT)

    Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Design for Test (DFT)

    Incorporating testing into your design is critical for the success of your project. By setting Design for Test (DFT) constraints, you can check items such as testpoint spacing or testpoints under...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Designing for Testing, JTAG

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Designing for Testing, JTAG

    A brief overview of why design for test is important with a focus on what JTAG testing is and when it makes sense to utilize it.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: What is Coupling

    Whiteboard Wednesday: What is Coupling

    This episode of Whiteboard Wednesday will review what coupling is and what you can do to combat crosstalk caused by undesirable coupling.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Uses for Copper Planes and Pours

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Uses for Copper Planes and Pours

    An overview of common uses for Copper Planes and Pours within your design including: power distribution, electromagnetic interference reduction, EMI shielding, ESD guard bands, and heat sinks.

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  • SiliconExpert CONNECT BOM Risk Overview

    SiliconExpert CONNECT BOM Risk Overview

    Discovering issues with part status and availability late in the design process can be detrimental to your project, causing production delays and costly respins due to bill of materials (BOM)...

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