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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 Wednesday: Best Practices for PCB Part Placement Part 1

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Best Practices for PCB Part Placement Part 1

    PCB Part placement is a very important part of the design process as it will drive the success of the entire project. Part Placement effects everything from manufacturing to electrical...

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  • Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Routing Analysis

    Quick Tutorial: Real-Time Routing Analysis

    Design Rule Checks are usually performed to identify and resolve any features that may be troublesome for your design, including signal quality and manufacturing issues. Easily find route-quality...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: What is Impedance and Why Should You Care

    Whiteboard Wednesday: What is Impedance and Why Should You Care

    You learned about impedance in school, but how does it relate to PCB design? This episode of Whiteboard Wednesday will discuss impedance and how to implement controlled impedance in your designs.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Via Selection

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Via Selection

    This episode of Whiteboard Wednesday will discuss Via Selection. This video will cover: - What is a via - The types of vias, what they are typically used for, and cost considerations - Why...

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  • OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Validation

    OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Validation

    Automatically generate a report that compares footprints versions placed on the board to the corresponding footprint found in your promoted library- verifying all parts are up to date.

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  • OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Libraries

    OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Libraries

    Reduce errors and save time with approved parts in OrCAD Engineering Data Management. Import schematic symbols, PCB footprints and pad stacks. Once components are approved, parts are promoted and...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Best Practices for PCB Part Placement Part 2

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Best Practices for PCB Part Placement Part 2

    In our last Whiteboard Wednesday episode, Best Practices for PCB Part Placement Part 1, we reviewed the general guidelines for part placement, however there are a few other factors that need to...

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: How to Measure Impedance

    Whiteboard Wednesday: How to Measure Impedance

    You understand the importance of controlling impedance in a PCB layout, but how is it accomplished? This episode of Whiteboard Wednesdays will discuss how to measure impedance.

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  • How does your stack-up, stackup?

    How does your stack-up, stackup?

    In this webinar, you'll learn: Why your stackup is critical to overall design success Key elements that comprise PCB board stack-ups (power planes, balance, flex / rigid-flex, etc) Material...

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  • OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Templates

    OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Templates

    Ensuring consistency with multiple engineers for all your designs can be an overwhelming task. With OrCAD Engineering Data Management, you can now include your company’s templates as part of...

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  • OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Titleblocks

    OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Titleblocks

    Preparing your design drawing data can be a tedious and time-consuming task, often prone to typos and errors. With OrCAD Engineering Data Management, you can now transfer this pertinent design...

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  • OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Package for Release

    OrCAD Engineering Data Management: Package for Release

    Properly executing the generation of manufacturing data is vital to the success of your board. OrCAD Engineering Data Management makes this process quick and error-free with the new Package for...

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  • Real-Time Part Selection

    Real-Time Part Selection

    New part creation can be time consuming and error-prone, OrCAD makes it simple without ever leaving your CAD environment with real-time part data.

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  • OrCAD CIP Release 5.0 Overview

    OrCAD CIP Release 5.0 Overview

    Learn how CIP 5.0 provides a complete library management solution for OrCAD users.

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  • Whiteboard Wednesday: Designing for Manufacturing and Assembly

    Whiteboard Wednesday: Designing for Manufacturing and Assembly

    This episode of Whiteboard Wednesday discusses how Designing for Manufacturing (DFMA) can help you reduce any potential manufacturing pitfalls. This episode will review factors you should consider...

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  • Tutorial: Managing Signal Integrity Analysis Results with User Directed Groups in OrCAD

    Tutorial: Managing Signal Integrity Analysis Results with User Directed Groups in OrCAD

    Creating Directed Groups within OrCAD PCB Designer

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  • Tutorial: Real-Time Impedance and Coupling Analysis

    Tutorial: Real-Time Impedance and Coupling Analysis

    This tutorial will show you how easy it is to simulate and view impedance and coupling issues in your traces with no additional steps or modeling by utilizing the included workflow manager.

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  • Tutorial: Real-Time Placement Analysis

    Tutorial: Real-Time Placement Analysis

    With designs increasing in complexity and speed, it is more important than ever to ensure your design functions properly. For some device signals, this means ensuring timing of your components....

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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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