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.

  • Wireless Local Area Network Boards For the Internet of Things

    Wireless Local Area Network Boards For the Internet of Things

    The internet of things (IOT) is a maturing, but still fast growing market. The PC boards have become commoditized.

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  • Estimating the PCB Design Cycle With Limited Information (Then Making it Happen)

    Estimating the PCB Design Cycle With Limited Information (Then Making it Happen)

    Setting milestones and using a scheduler will help you keep track of your PCB Design Cycle

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  • Design for Rework - How to Extend the Usefulness of a PCB

    Design for Rework - How to Extend the Usefulness of a PCB

    Making improvements after-the-fact is easier if we start a PCB design with an eye toward rework and repair.

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  • Post Silicon Validation - The Art of Making New Stuff Happen

    Post Silicon Validation - The Art of Making New Stuff Happen

    Chip teams need all the help they can get when a new device comes out of the foundry. PCB design becomes reactionary.

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  • The End Game of the PCB Design Cycle is Won at the Beginning

    The End Game of the PCB Design Cycle is Won at the Beginning

    Dealing with uncertainty is part of the process. We can plan for the the unknown and work through it.

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  • Managing a Distributed Team of PCB Designers - Remote Control

    Managing a Distributed Team of PCB Designers - Remote Control

    Working remotely has its challenges.The challenges are doubled for the manager of a remote CAD team.

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  • Cleaning up Our Electronics Design Language: Words Matter

    Cleaning up Our Electronics Design Language: Words Matter

    Unfinished business that was started in the 60s calls on us to revisit the terminology used in the design world.

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  • Taming Electromagnetic Interference on Your PCB - What’s All This Noise?

    Taming Electromagnetic Interference on Your PCB - What’s All This Noise?

    EMI is a complex problem. Adhering to solid design practices for power, ground, and routing contribute to success.

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  • Calculating PCB Circuit Density to Estimate Layer-Count and Required Technology

    Calculating PCB Circuit Density to Estimate Layer-Count and Required Technology

    A methodology for providing fast answers to the question of the board technology for a new design.

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  • Drafting Skills for the PCB Designer

    Drafting Skills for the PCB Designer

    PCB design requires a foundation in drawing and dimensioning to properly document the design requirements

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  • Interview Questions That Help You Hire the Right PCB Design Candidate

    Interview Questions That Help You Hire the Right PCB Design Candidate

    Narrowing down the field of candidates while keeping a level playing field requires focused interview questions.

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  • Printed Circuit Board Design For Assembly: How to DFA

    Printed Circuit Board Design For Assembly: How to DFA

    DFA has become a complex issue as modern electronics continue to shrink while using greener processes.

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  • High Density Interconnect Printed Circuit Boards: How to HDI

    High Density Interconnect Printed Circuit Boards: How to HDI

    As our electronics do more for us, we must do more to integrate the functions into higher density designs

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  • Collaboration and Design Reviews in a Remote Working Environment

    Collaboration and Design Reviews in a Remote Working Environment

    PCB design has a lot of heads down work but now and then, we should come up for air and to share information.

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  • PCB Design Rules for Productivity and Profit

    PCB Design Rules for Productivity and Profit

    Modern electronics are far too complex to create without a strong set of rules to keep the design on track.

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  • 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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