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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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  • Flex Circuit Cheat Sheet

    Flex Circuit Cheat Sheet

    So, you think you might want to do some Flexible Printed Circuit layouts? Pull up a chair; there's a lot to talk about. The first thing to know about FPCs is that they are almost entirely...

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  • Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Somewhere along the way, electronics changed. Of course, technology is continuously evolving with incremental improvements. Once in a while, there is a game-changer advancement that opens new...

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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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  • 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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  • My Favorite Stackup

    My Favorite Stackup

    We shouldn't play favorites, the best stack for the job is the one we should be using. If a four-layer, through-hole board will cut it, that's the way to go. If the "mother of all devices" demands...

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  • How Network Latency Affects the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    How Network Latency Affects the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    According to data from the Boston Consulting Group, the market for connected/autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will grow to 42 billion USD by 2025. It is also expected that by 2020, 10 million...

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  • Design Reliability

    Design Reliability

    The sun rises every day. It is reliable. In practical terms, it has always risen and will continue to do so. On a long enough timeline, however, our star will burn out. That's what the...

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  • Add Mill Tab, Drill Chart and Fabrication Notes to Panel Drawing

    Add Mill Tab, Drill Chart and Fabrication Notes to Panel Drawing

    See how easy it is to add mill tabs, details, drill chart and fabrication notes for your panel design and drawing in OrCAD Panel Editor

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  • Add Materials in OrCAD

    Add Materials in OrCAD

    With OrCAD it is easy to manage board materials and communicate your design stack-ups effectively to your manufacturer.

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  • Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists

    Not just one, there should be a sanity check at every major step in the life of a layout. Some of us fondly remember the Apollo program on the grainy black-and-white TVs of the day. The whole...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Do Collision Avoidance Systems Work?

    How Do Collision Avoidance Systems Work?

    Driving is a lot more complex than we typically consider when we get behind the wheel each day. But chances are you’ve had a moment—a car that suddenly brakes in front of you, an animal darting...

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  • Design Strategies - WiFi 802.11

    Design Strategies - WiFi 802.11

    Of course, you know what WiFi is. You can get it wherever money changes hands. Being WiFi-enabled is a low-risk strategy when it comes to the number of hot-spots you're likely to pass through on a...

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