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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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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 12. 3D Modeling and Collision Detection

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 12. 3D Modeling and Collision Detection

    View and design in 3D. Learn how to map 3D STEP models to your parts, use the 3D canvas and check for collisions in 3D.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 11. Manufacturing Export

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 11. Manufacturing Export

    Produce and export manufacturing data, including drill information, gerber output, assembly drawings, solder and paste masks, and other essential documentation. PCB Editor has the ability to...

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 10. Prepare for Manufacturing

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 10. Prepare for Manufacturing

    Set your design up for fabrication and assembly. Setup fab drawings, dimensioning, title block, drill tables, cross section, and more.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 09. DRC checking and Manufacturing

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 09. DRC checking and Manufacturing

    Check the status of your board with DRC checking. Once completed, the DRC will then highlight design rule violations. When errors are corrected, prepare your files for manufacturing by placing...

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 08. Routing

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 08. Routing

    Pre-route the board by creating fanout for all the power and ground traces, route differential pairs and the rest of the entire board, then finalize the design by running a post- routing inspection.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 07. Create Copper Plane and Shapes

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 07. Create Copper Plane and Shapes

    Create shapes and add copper pours to the plane layers, add dynamic healing for copper pouring and add void after creating copper plane.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 06. Set Up Differential Pairs and Constraint Manager

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 06. Set Up Differential Pairs and Constraint Manager

    Set up the differential pairs and assign electrical, physical and spacing constraints to get ready for routing.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 05. Place Components

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 05. Place Components

    You can place your components manually or automatically in OrCAD. Seamless integration between OrCAD Capture and OrCAD PCB Editor allow you to cross place components and cross-probe between your...

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 04.Create and Place Mechanical Symbols

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 04.Create and Place Mechanical Symbols

    Mechanical symbols represent physical objects that you can place in your board design and are not part of the netlist. One of the important mechanical symbols is the mounting hole. Create and...

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 03. Set Up PCB Design and Draw a Board Outline

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 03. Set Up PCB Design and Draw a Board Outline

    Set up design parameters and grid spacing to get ready for your PCB design, draw the board outline and add layers to your design.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 02.Generate a PCB Editor Netlist in OrCAD Capture

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 02.Generate a PCB Editor Netlist in OrCAD Capture

    Once the schematic design is complete, the next step is to create a PCB Editor netlist and generate a new PCB board file.

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 01.Assigning Footprints to Your Components

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 01.Assigning Footprints to Your Components

    Find components’ footprints in OrCAD PCB Editor’s footprint libraries and assign the footprint names to properties spreadsheet in OrCAD Capture, or simply find a pre-built component footprints...

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  • OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 00.Getting Started

    OrCAD PCB Editor Tutorial: 00.Getting Started

    Quick video to show you how to get started with PCB Editor and use this tutorial.

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 11.Generate a Smart PDF

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 11.Generate a Smart PDF

    Create smart PDF so that you can view and share your schematic in a PDF reader with descendible hierarchies and component links without worrying about losing your design IP.

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 10.Generate BOM (Bill of Materials)

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 10.Generate BOM (Bill of Materials)

    Add manufacturers and parts information to properties of parts, fill in the parts information from manufactures, and generate and view bill of materials (BOM).

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 09.Perform a Schematic DRC

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 09.Perform a Schematic DRC

    It is always a good idea to run a Design Rule Check (DRC) before generating a netlist. The schematic DRC will check your design for design rule violations and place error markers on your schematic...

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 08.Annotating Your Design

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 08.Annotating Your Design

    Performing an annotation chronologically renumbers the part references in your schematic design from top to bottom to ensure each component is uniquely defined. You can choose to annotate your...

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 07.Assign Part Information to the Design

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 07.Assign Part Information to the Design

    Discover multiple ways to assign value and change properties of components.

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 06.Define Differential Pairs

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 06.Define Differential Pairs

    Differential pairs can be defined in both the schematic capture phase in OrCAD Capture and the PCB layout phase in OrCAD PCB Editor.

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  • OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 05.Net Aliases

    OrCAD Capture Tutorial: 05.Net Aliases

    Set aliases to nets and buses, which will be very useful for the layout process.

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