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.

  • 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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  • Making the Most of a Design Win

    Making the Most of a Design Win

    It is a wonderful time to be a maker of products. Find an underserved niche and give the world a tangible solution. Famous movie quote, “If you build it, they will come.” The hard part becomes finding

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  • Notes from the Board Room: on Signal Integrity

    Notes from the Board Room: on Signal Integrity

    Signal Integrity is a make-or-break chunk of the design effort. Let's say that the last little bit of blue space on the board is right next to the RF receive chain. Let's further assume that at...

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  • Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Right? At the end of a long line of processes, why is it that we're always responsible for the date and why is it always a panic-driven week at the end? To begin with, we've got a team of...

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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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  • Flex Circuit Cheat Sheet

    Flex Circuit Cheat Sheet

    So, you think you might want to do some Flexible Printed Circuit layouts? Pull up a chair; there's a lot to talk about. The first thing to know about FPCs is that they are almost entirely...

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  • Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Somewhere along the way, electronics changed. Of course, technology is continuously evolving with incremental improvements. Once in a while, there is a game-changer advancement that opens new...

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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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  • 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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  • My Favorite Stackup

    My Favorite Stackup

    We shouldn't play favorites, the best stack for the job is the one we should be using. If a four-layer, through-hole board will cut it, that's the way to go. If the "mother of all devices" demands...

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