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  • Is it Time to Design Printed Circuit Boards Around the Bill of Materials

    Is it Time to Design Printed Circuit Boards Around the Bill of Materials

    Relying on old methods can only get us so far, maybe it's time we look at other solutions

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  • Some Key Design Rules for PCB Layout

    Some Key Design Rules for PCB Layout

    An examination of the key design rules for PCB layout, and how these rules should be used within a PCB design CAD system.

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  • Via Stitching for High Current Traces in PCB Layouts

    Via Stitching for High Current Traces in PCB Layouts

    To help control thermal problems in a PCB design, it is important to understand via stitching for high current traces.

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  • Housekeeping and PCB Design: Let's Draw Some Parallels

    Housekeeping and PCB Design: Let's Draw Some Parallels

    Learn about the common compromises when it comes to designing a PCB.

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  • PCB Component Orientation Considerations for Optimum Part Placement

    PCB Component Orientation Considerations for Optimum Part Placement

    This article examines PCB component orientation problems and why part rotations are important both electrically and for manufacturability.

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  • PCB Component Placement Defect Detection for Layouts

    PCB Component Placement Defect Detection for Layouts

    This article is about different PCB component placement defect detection methods you can use to avoid common DFM errors.

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  • Designing to PCB Creepage and Clearance Standards in Circuit Board Layouts

    Designing to PCB Creepage and Clearance Standards in Circuit Board Layouts

    This article discusses the importance of maintaining PCB creepage and clearance standards in your circuit board layout and methods for accomplishing that.

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  • Exploring the Difference Between Single-Ended and Differential Signals

    Exploring the Difference Between Single-Ended and Differential Signals

    This article will explore the differences between single-ended and differential signals and show you how to use each to your advantage in your designs.

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  • Component Placement is a Game of Compromises

    Component Placement is a Game of Compromises

    Notes on why it's important for component placement to meet assembly requirements.

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  • Money Saving Tips for Printed Circuit Board Design

    Money Saving Tips for Printed Circuit Board Design

    Here are some money saving methods to keep your PCB designs profitable.

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  • Avoiding PCB Layout Errors With the Right Design Tools

    Avoiding PCB Layout Errors With the Right Design Tools

    Read on to learn how to avoid creating PCB layout errors by using the full features and functionalities of your design tools.

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  • Five Reasons to Assign Rules in your PCB Designs

    Five Reasons to Assign Rules in your PCB Designs

    Designs are increasing in complexity, which means there are more rules for engineers to maintain. Unfortunately, this also means more room for errors. How does a design engineer combat this?

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  • Effective PCB Trace Width and Spacing

    Effective PCB Trace Width and Spacing

    This article is about the challenges of routing with the correct PCB trace width and spacing, as well as some design tooltips to help with that.

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  • Top PCB Layout Recommendations for BGA Packages

    Top PCB Layout Recommendations for BGA Packages

    This article explains ball grid array parts used in the design of circuit boards and discusses some best practice PCB layout recommendations for BGA packages.

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  • PCB Component to Edge Clearance Considerations

    PCB Component to Edge Clearance Considerations

    This article discusses the potential problems with PCB component to edge clearances that are too tight and what the designer can do about it.

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  • PCB Thermal Management Techniques

    PCB Thermal Management Techniques

    An overheated PCB is likely to malfunction, which is why proper PCB thermal management is such a vital part of ensuring the reliability of an electronics design.

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  •  IPC Component Spacing Guidelines

    IPC Component Spacing Guidelines

    IPC component spacing guidelines exist to minimize physical overlap and electrical interference that could have detrimental effects on PCB performance.

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  •  How to Reduce Ground Noise

    How to Reduce Ground Noise

    Ground noise refers to electrical fluctuations that may cause PCB performance problems. Learning how to reduce ground noise is an important part of PCB design.

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  • Understanding Standing Wave Patterns on Interconnects and Antennas

    Understanding Standing Wave Patterns on Interconnects and Antennas

    Read our guide to learn about standing wave patterns on your electrical transmission lines and interconnects.

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  • Applying IPC Through-Hole Standards In PCB Design

    Applying IPC Through-Hole Standards In PCB Design

    This article explores figuring out the right IPC through-hole standards in PCB design and how to apply them in calculating pad size.

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