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.

  • On the Order Form

    On the Order Form

    People get ideas. Naturally, they want to act on those ideas. The hold-up comes when they don’t really know what they’re getting into with regards to the PCB.

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  • Techniques for Optimizing Return Paths

    Techniques for Optimizing Return Paths

    That return path may or may not be the one that was designed for the circuit. A poorly designed return path will result in the return currents wandering around and escaping as electromagnetic...

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  • Making Sense Out of Sensors

    Making Sense Out of Sensors

    The human, or any other animal’s body, is a marvel for its ability to take in data from its surroundings. We can detect light, temperature, pressure, aroma, and, sound. Some member...

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  • How To Maintain Connectivity in a Multiboard PCB System

    How To Maintain Connectivity in a Multiboard PCB System

    Bringing a multiboard system together is a chance for the designer to spread their wings. As the circuit spreads, so do the risk of crossed signals. Some of the ways the circuits can...

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  • Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Even as everything related to electronics shrinks in size, a few small areas that we have been able to ignore so far remain. Along with the physical reduction, we also encounter reductions in our...

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  • The Day a PCB Was Born

    The Day a PCB Was Born

    I want to take you back to a project that highlights a few twists as all good projects will. 17 years ago I was presented with 20 pounds of potatoes and a 10 pound bag.

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  • Taking High Speed PCB Layout to the Next Level

    Taking High Speed PCB Layout to the Next Level

    The word from the boardroom is that high speed digital design begins to resemble RF work somewhere around the 1 GB/s. Anything that happens a thousand million times per second had better....

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  • Winning With Fewer PCBs

    Winning With Fewer PCBs

    The business world keeps score with dollars and cents. The overhead cost of layout and material cost of bare boards are a significant drain on capital. Face it; Printed Circuit Boards are expensive.

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  • Maintaining a Schedule When Everyone is in a Panic

    Maintaining a Schedule When Everyone is in a Panic

    Whether the Designer is driving schedule or keeping the Project Manager in the loop, we need to hone the skill of estimating a job accurately and with sufficient wiggle room.

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  • Component Placement Strategies in Multi-board PCB Systems

    Component Placement Strategies in Multi-board PCB Systems

    There are definitely limits on how much circuitry can fit on a single board. The board itself has an upper limit around the size...

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  • Mixed Signal PCB Design Techniques

    Mixed Signal PCB Design Techniques

    The analog world in which we live is constantly being captured in one way or another, and the media is being shared globally. In between the creation and consumption of all of this data

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  • The Case for Stitching Vias on Your PCB

    The Case for Stitching Vias on Your PCB

    “Circle the wagons.” We can find wisdom in these Pilgrim words. The majority of multi-layer printed circuit boards feature at least one, and often a few or several layers that are a ground pour. The b

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  • This is a Story About Tape-Out Day

    This is a Story About Tape-Out Day

    All of the little details were squared up when the check-plots came out for "final" review. Those same preliminary files were shared with the fab and assembly units and, of course, the vendors have c

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  • Give me an L. Give me a T, Give me an E. What’s that spell? 4G!

    Give me an L. Give me a T, Give me an E. What’s that spell? 4G!

    The media darling of the season is the hot new 5G protocol. Of course, a large part of that ecosystem is vaporware or pre-5G demonstrations. We will be riding the 4G (LTE) wave at least for a while. I

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  • Time to go to the Library

    Time to go to the Library

    The PCB can be no better than the underlying footprints and symbols. A lot of boards end up as scrap or are only partially useful due to improper footprints. Extra design cycles to fix these preventab

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  • The End Game - Winding Down a Successful Product

    The End Game - Winding Down a Successful Product

    The invention launched and took the market by storm. After climbing the mass production ramp and catching up with demand, the object of desire settled into a nice run rate. That is always the plan, bu

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  • Sustaining Engineering - What to do After You Hit a Homerun

    Sustaining Engineering - What to do After You Hit a Homerun

    Success! Oh, the sweet, sweet problems of success. The first problem is that we just cannot build these (insert product) fast enough. The second is that suddenly there is a new cash cow in the room. T

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  • Steering the PCB from Prototype to Production

    Steering the PCB from Prototype to Production

    Our last topic was about getting off to a good start and touched lightly on placement aspects. We're going to get a little bit of solder paste under our fingernails this time around. Move the scenario

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  • First Things First- Getting Your PCB Layout Off to a Good Start

    First Things First- Getting Your PCB Layout Off to a Good Start

    We've all been there, or we will be someday. A new concept has emerged and, the team is given a chance to own that niche. To save time, we're going to leverage an existing design. Yep, the good old d

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  • Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    You can't finish the board before the schematic, but you want it done pretty much right away, before marketing changes their minds again!

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