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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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  • Real-Time Coupling Analysis

    Real-Time Coupling Analysis

    Easily and quickly identify coupling issues without always having to rely on the SI expert.

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  • Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design Authors’ Round Table with PCB Chat Podcast

    Podcast Interview with the authors of The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design eBook by Mike Beutow with PCB Chat.

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  • Allegro Symphony Overview and Demo

    Allegro Symphony Overview and Demo

    Concurrent engineering and distributed design let multiple designers work on the same PCB design in real time.

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  • Allegro PCB Crosstalk Vision

    Allegro PCB Crosstalk Vision

    Identify and fix crosstalk issues in real-time without ever leaving your PCB design environment.

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  • Allegro ECAD/MCAD Library Creator Overview

    Allegro ECAD/MCAD Library Creator Overview

    Reduce component library creation time for new packages by 60-80% while simultaneously connecting ensuring your 2D and 3D component models are in always in synch.

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  • DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    Connect with the world's leading manufacturers to easily request and implement custom manufacturability rules. Learn more.

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  • DRC Browser

    DRC Browser

    Double check your DFM rules before signoff with a forced batch check of all rules for your whole design. If you do find something awry, it’s easy to locate and fix in your design.

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  • DRC Browser

    DRC Browser

    Double check your DFM rules before signoff with a forced batch check of all rules for your whole design. If you do find something awry, it’s easy to locate and fix in your design.

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  • DFT

    DFT

    Easily ensure test points are accessible in your designs.

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  • DFF Rules

    DFF Rules

    Check for common copper and component spacing issues that could potentially derail manufacturing and cause a respin.

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  • DFM Wizard

    DFM Wizard

    Easily create and assign constraints for manufacturing based on IPC standards and common PCB rules.

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  • Configure Backdrilling in Padstack Editor

    Configure Backdrilling in Padstack Editor

    Remove unused sections of plated through holes in high-speed designs to improve signal integrity on your designs.

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  • Z-Axis and Package Pin Delay

    Z-Axis and Package Pin Delay

    Measure from true signal origin to end point through vias and through packages, not just the etch, so you can get timing right and ensure signal performance.

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  • Real-Time Placement Analysis

    Real-Time Placement Analysis

    Visual indicators of length constraints help you meet delay propagation and total etch length goals when placing components.

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  • Real-Time Route Analysis

    Real-Time Route Analysis

    Real-time interactive checks help you easily find and fix common route quality issues that manufacturing DRC signoff checks miss.

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  • DDR Constraint Manager for OrCAD Wizard

    DDR Constraint Manager for OrCAD Wizard

    Routing DDR and high-speed bus interfaces can be one of the most daunting tasks in your design. With the new bus designer, all you need to do is simply describe the bus you are trying route and...

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  • Automated Backdrilling

    Automated Backdrilling

    Remove unused sections of plated through holes in high-speed designs to improve signal integrity on your designs.

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  • Real-Time Dynamic Differential Pair Routing

    Real-Time Dynamic Differential Pair Routing

    Easily meet length and phase pin-to-pin constraints as traces bend without creating electrical issues.

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  • Real-Time Impedance Analysis

    Real-Time Impedance Analysis

    Easily and quickly identify impedance discontinuity issues visually, without simulation models or extensive signal integrity expertise.

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  • Allegro Return Path Vision

    Allegro Return Path Vision

    Easily identify nets with inconsistencies between the signal and return paths and quickly find the cause in real-ime while you design without waiting for the SI engineer to perform analysis and...

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