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  • Flat Schematics vs. Hierarchical Design

    Flat Schematics vs. Hierarchical Design

    Every PCB design starts with a circuit diagram (also known as a schematic)—a graphical representation of all the components and their connections within an electrical circuit.

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  • Cross Probing, Intertool Communication, and PCB Design

    Cross Probing, Intertool Communication, and PCB Design

    Part of your PCB design process can be described as bouncing back and forth between the schematic, which visually depicts the components and their connections as symbols in a circuit...

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  • Power Supply in Schematic Capture and Circuit Simulation

    Power Supply in Schematic Capture and Circuit Simulation

    From robots to electric vehicles to data centers and IoT devices—the one thing every circuit has in common is the need for a power supply. Different circuits will have...

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  • PSpice Simulation

    PSpice Simulation

    So you’ve created a circuit diagram with OrCAD Capture, you’ve already run a design rule check (DRC), and you’re ready to verify your circuit’s electrical performance. How do you do it?

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  • How Adding SPICE To Your EDA Workflow Makes Circuit Simulation Interactive

    How Adding SPICE To Your EDA Workflow Makes Circuit Simulation Interactive

    SPICE is short for Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis, and it’s the industry standard for open-source analog electronic circuit simulation.

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  • Why You Should Incorporate Real-Time Circuit Simulation Into Your EDA Workflow

    Why You Should Incorporate Real-Time Circuit Simulation Into Your EDA Workflow

    SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) is a type of software tool for running analog electronic circuit simulations.

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  • What is Annotation and Back Annotation in PCB Design?

    What is Annotation and Back Annotation in PCB Design?

    There are two cases where the words annotation and back-annotation will come up in the context of PCB design. One has to do with the general EDA (electronic design automation) workflow: you’re...

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  • What is a PCB Netlist?

    What is a PCB Netlist?

    So you’ve created a PCB schematic using OrCAD Capture, and you’re ready to take your design to the next step in the electronic design automation (EDA) process with a PCB layout tool...

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  • PCB Dimensions in Manufacturing

    PCB Dimensions in Manufacturing

    In this post, we’ll walk you through the different dimensions and tolerances to consider for the manufacturability of your PCB design.

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  • Gerber vs. CAD: PCB File Formats Demystified

    Gerber vs. CAD: PCB File Formats Demystified

    Today’s PCBs can be quite complex, there are multiple layers of traces, vias, and components that must fit together with a high degree of precision. One small error can turn a PCB into...

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  • Are Acid Traps Still a Problem for PCBs in 2019?

    Are Acid Traps Still a Problem for PCBs in 2019?

    So what exactly are acid traps and are they still a problem in 2019? In this post we’ll get to the root of this old engineering heuristic.

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  • How PCB Panelization Can Improve Your Manufacturing Process

    How PCB Panelization Can Improve Your Manufacturing Process

    PCB panelization is the art of organizing multiple boards on a single panel in order to manufacture more efficiently. From soldering, to component assembly, and even testing...

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chamfering in PCB Design

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chamfering in PCB Design

    Take any corner, cut it off, and you’re left with a chamfer. From your child-proof tables to the iconic walls of the Taj Mahal, humans have long used chamfers to solve corner-related problems...

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  • Five Steps for Securing Customer Data in IoT

    Five Steps for Securing Customer Data in IoT

    If your company is harnessing the power of IoT and machine learning as a way to improve efficiency and customer service, you have probably worried about the inherent safety risks and what they could

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  • What’s the difference between AI and Robotics?

    What’s the difference between AI and Robotics?

    How does the field of artificial intelligence differ from robotics? They’re often used interchangeably, so the differences can be difficult to understand.

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  • PCB Fabrication Techniques

    PCB Fabrication Techniques

    As a PCB designer, it can be tempting to leave the details of the manufacturing process up to the fabrication house. However a little understanding of the manufacturing process upfront can help...

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  • Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Mounting holes seem simple enough—they let you mount your PCB to an enclosure or a surface. Simply pick a screw size that makes sense for the size of your board and the surface you wish to mount...

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  • Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcode technologies also add value to manufacturing processes. The ability to tie large amounts of data to an object via a small code or chip allows for greater accuracy in the manufacturing process.

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  • Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Plated through holes (PTH) are great. They electrically connect two or more layers together, and serve as convenient connecting points for traces and components throughout a multilayer PCB.

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  • What Is Bare Board Testing?

    What Is Bare Board Testing?

    There’s a point in manufacturing where you’ve got a decision to make. Do you start assembling your bare PCB or electrically test its connectivity for opens and shorts?

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