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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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  • Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Component Selection

    Whiteboard Wednesdays: Best Practices for Component Selection

    An overview on what factors need to be considered when choosing a part and their corresponding effect on a project.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding the Manufacturing Process Part 2

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding the Manufacturing Process Part 2

    Part two of an overview of the printed circuit board manufacturing process and information designers need to keep in mind before sending their PCB to manufacturing.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding the Manufacturing Process Part 1

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding the Manufacturing Process Part 1

    Part one of an overview of the printed circuit board manufacturing process and information designers need to keep in mind before sending their PCB to manufacturing.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: PCB Stackup

    Whiteboard Wednesday: PCB Stackup

    You've completed your schematic design and are ready to begin the PCB layout process, but where to begin? This episode of Whiteboard Wednesdays will discuss the PCB Stackup and what factors need...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Fabrication Overview

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Fabrication Overview

    It is very important to give your manufacturer all the necessary information so your board is produced correctly, but what information does the manufacturer actually need to produce your board?...

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  • The Zero Touch BOM: Prevent Component Sourcing Issues Before they Happen

    The Zero Touch BOM: Prevent Component Sourcing Issues Before they Happen

    BOM denied. Redesign required. Dreaded words to any engineering team. Obsolete parts, RoHS / REACH compliance issues, inadequate stock, almost every engineer has been bitten by one of these issues...

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  • Tutorial: How to Identify Stressed Components with Smoke Analysis in OrCAD PSpice

    Tutorial: How to Identify Stressed Components with Smoke Analysis in OrCAD PSpice

    How do you know if a component will fail in your circuit? As the designer, it’s your job to ensure that the parts in your design are within their stress limitations. This can be tedious and time...

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  • On-Demand Webinar: Don’t Let Your Design Data Manage You: How to Make PCB Design Data Management an Inherent Part of Your Design Process.

    On-Demand Webinar: Don’t Let Your Design Data Manage You: How to Make PCB Design Data Management an Inherent Part of Your Design Process.

    With all the pressures engineers face to make everything ‘better, faster, cheaper, smaller’ all in less time managing your design data can seem like the least of your concerns. However, data...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Assembly Drawings

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Assembly Drawings

    The purpose of an assembly drawing is to show all of the components that will be assembled onto it’s two outer surfaces. The Assembly Drawing will be a guide for both the placement programmers and...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Team Collaboration

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Team Collaboration

    Communication and collaboration during a project are vital to ensure your design is completed on-time, on-budget and as smoothly as possible. There are many aspects to manage in a design and many...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Fabrication Drawings

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Fabrication Drawings

    The fabrication drawing will help the manufacturer produce your design accurately. Including the correct information in your fabrication drawing will streamline manufacturing by minimizing...

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  • An Engineering-Themed Valentine’s Day

    An Engineering-Themed Valentine’s Day

    Need Valentine’s Day cards for the Engineers in your life or are you an engineer wanting to spread the electrical love? Check out our Engineering-themed Valentine's Day Cards.

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  • PSpice Up Your Valentine's Day

    PSpice Up Your Valentine's Day

    This Valentine's Day, try out these equations for love in PSpice and see what comes of it.

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  • Signal Integrity Analysis of Serial Data Channels

    Signal Integrity Analysis of Serial Data Channels

    Overview of BER analysis for DDR4 Interfaces with SystemSI.

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  • DFM: Integrated Manufacturing Constraints

    DFM: Integrated Manufacturing Constraints

    Manufacturing rules are managed as constraints in the familiar constraints manager, coexisting independently with electrical rules which can have more or less constrictive constraints.

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  • Constraint Manager

    Constraint Manager

    An overview of OrCAD Constraint Manager.

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  • Interactive Routing

    Interactive Routing

    An overview of interactive Routing in OrCAD.

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  • DDR4 Power-Aware Signal Integrity Adopting Serial Link Simulation Techniques

    DDR4 Power-Aware Signal Integrity Adopting Serial Link Simulation Techniques

    An demonstration of BER analysis for DDR4 Interfaces with SystemsSI.

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  • Dynamic Unused Pad Suppression

    Dynamic Unused Pad Suppression

    A quick demonstration of dynamic unused pad suppression inside of Allegro PCB Editor.

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  • OrCAD Allegro Place Replicate

    OrCAD Allegro Place Replicate

    An overview of the Allegro Place Replicate feature.

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