John Burkhert

John Burkhert Jr is a career PCB Designer experienced in Military, Telecom, Consumer Hardware and lately, the Automotive industry. Originally, an RF specialist -- compelled to flip the bit now and then to fill the need for high-speed digital design. John enjoys playing bass and racing bikes when he's not writing about or performing PCB layout. You can find John on LinkedIn.

  • Who Do We Thank For the Computer Age?

    Who Do We Thank For the Computer Age?

    The pioneers of the modern age are well known, but they stand on the shoulders of giants

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  • Getting the Job - Printed Circuit Board Design as a Career

    Getting the Job - Printed Circuit Board Design as a Career

    A career in PCB design can be rewarding for the right person. There is room for pride but not for ego.

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  • PCB Design Starts With a Plan. This Is Not a Skippable Step

    PCB Design Starts With a Plan. This Is Not a Skippable Step

    Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail.

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  • Generating PCB Footprints for Your First Layout

    Generating PCB Footprints for Your First Layout

    A PCB is only as good as the underlying library. Your vendors want you to succeed so they provide the information you need.

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  • Place and Route - the Art of PCB Design

    Place and Route - the Art of PCB Design

    PCB design hinges on a placement that allows clean routing. The two functions go hand in hand.

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  • The Education of a PCB Designer

    The Education of a PCB Designer

    PCB Layout is a skill that comes from learning and practicing. A career requires a never ending quest for knowledge.

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  • The Road to Becoming a PCB Designer

    The Road to Becoming a PCB Designer

    Everyone has to start somewhere. Building a foundation for success takes time and effort. If you don’t already have a mentor, you should find one. If you can’t find one, then use the internet.

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  • Sharing IP Blocks Across Different Designs - How Reuse Saved My Carpal Tunnel (Career!)

    Sharing IP Blocks Across Different Designs - How Reuse Saved My Carpal Tunnel (Career!)

    PCB designs can be reused to leverage existing intellectual property and to decrease time to market.

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  • A PCB Designer's Guide to WiFi

    A PCB Designer's Guide to WiFi

    WiFi printed circuit board technology from the beginning up to present day

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  • PCB Design as Related to Defense Contractors

    PCB Design as Related to Defense Contractors

    The Department of Defense is one of the biggest technology customers in the world. Landing a contract can make a company. It can also be a yoke around their neck.

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  • PCB Layout of Chips On Board - Skip the Package and Join the Fun

    PCB Layout of Chips On Board - Skip the Package and Join the Fun

    Learn about chip on board technology so that you can get designs to the field faster.

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  • Who Owns the PCB?

    Who Owns the PCB?

    While you may design the PCB, you're not the owner. The owner is the end user.

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  • PCB Fabrication With Laser Direct Imaging

    PCB Fabrication With Laser Direct Imaging

    Learn about the various uses of laser direct imaging for PCB design and fabrication.

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  • Solutions For Impossible PCB Designs

    Solutions For Impossible PCB Designs

    Learn how you can tackle high-speed and high-frequency PCB designs

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  • On Printed Circuit Board Stiffeners - Making the Rigid PCBs Actually Rigid

    On Printed Circuit Board Stiffeners - Making the Rigid PCBs Actually Rigid

    When the term “Stiff as a board” was coined, they were not talking about printed circuit boards. Resin, fiber, and copper that make up the typical PCB stack-up are all ductile materials.

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  • It’s About Time - Clocking a PCB Design

    It’s About Time - Clocking a PCB Design

    Clocks are essential gatekeepers of the digital domain. Setting the pace for all that follows the clock can be a single trace or a partnership of two traces that carry complementary signals.

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  • What’s the Differential? Mastering the Art of the Differential Pair

    What’s the Differential? Mastering the Art of the Differential Pair

    You see, it’s like this. When two circuits love each other very much, they form a life-long bond and then little Diffs are propagated. Not really, but when we peruse the net names attached to the...

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  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Via Padstack

    The Nuts and Bolts of a Via Padstack

    From the first plated through-hole to the latest, the trend is to support higher density interconnect. The key driver in plating holes is the aspect ratio, the hole’s width over depth.

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  • PCB Routing on Layer Two - Breaking the Steadfast Rule

    PCB Routing on Layer Two - Breaking the Steadfast Rule

    The newer generation parts have a pin configuration with two different pitches. The core has a grid of larger pins that are used to supply power and ground. That pin-field is surrounded by...

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  • PCB Design For Laptops and Tablets

    PCB Design For Laptops and Tablets

    It seems consumer electronics industry is trying to get us to use our voices to interact with technology. Screens and keyboards aren’t on that roadmap. Laptops and tablets are not the next big thing.

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