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  • How to Perform Signal Integrity Analysis on Nets in OrCAD PCB Designer Professional

    How to Perform Signal Integrity Analysis on Nets in OrCAD PCB Designer Professional

    This tutorial will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the SI Design Setup wizard and SigXplorer included in OrCAD PCB Designer Professional to perform analysis for your high-speed...

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  • A Letter from CEO Manny Marcano

    A Letter from CEO Manny Marcano

    We understand it is vital for engineers to have access to the software they need to effectively do their jobs from home--especially now. During this time, we wanted to do whatever we can to ease...

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  • Layout Tips for Flex PCB Design

    Layout Tips for Flex PCB Design

    Working with flex PCB designs has some unique differences from a regular PCB layout. If this is new for you, here is some information that may help you.

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  • Understanding Grid Basics in PCB Design

    Understanding Grid Basics in PCB Design

    Grid basics for PCB design will help you to maintain a better design flow when laying out your circuit board for electronic production.

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  • PWM LEDs: Pulse Width Modulation for Dimming Systems and Other Applications

    PWM LEDs: Pulse Width Modulation for Dimming Systems and Other Applications

    PWM is ideally suited for applications needing to maintain specific characteristics of the LED, for example, efficiency, color, or temperature.

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  • What is a Linear Bilateral Network and What are its Characteristics?

    What is a Linear Bilateral Network and What are its Characteristics?

    A linear bilateral network exhibits a linear relationship, and yet simultaneously, the magnitude of the current is separate from the polarity of the voltage.

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  • Adjustments to Default CAD Settings to Ease Life as a PCB Designer

    Adjustments to Default CAD Settings to Ease Life as a PCB Designer

    To be more productive with your PCB design tools, there are many different default CAD settings that you can change. Here is more information on how that works.

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  • Bistable Multivibrator Design and Simulation

    Bistable Multivibrator Design and Simulation

    Remember the 555 timer? Newer bistable multivibrator circuits can take pulse triggering applications to the next level.

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  • Shockley Diode Characteristics, Thyristors, and SCRs

    Shockley Diode Characteristics, Thyristors, and SCRs

    Here are the important Shockley diode characteristics and how these devices form the basis of thyristors.

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  • Non Conformal Coating on Printed Circuit Boards

    Non Conformal Coating on Printed Circuit Boards

    For the best protection around sensitive printed circuit boards, here is some information on what non conformal coatings are and how they should be used.

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  • Balanced Modulators in Analog Designs

    Balanced Modulators in Analog Designs

    You’ll need to know about amplitude modulation and signal integrity when working with balanced modulator circuits in your designs.

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  • Understanding IPC Conformal Coating Standards

    Understanding IPC Conformal Coating Standards

    To understand the requirements for conformal coating on your printed circuit board, it is a good idea to start with the IPC conformal coating standards.

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  • Current Optimization Techniques for Electronic Hardware Design

    Current Optimization Techniques for Electronic Hardware Design

    Current optimization techniques will be useful for any circuit designer looking to make their circuits efficient and reliable.

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  • PCB Design For Laptops and Tablets

    PCB Design For Laptops and Tablets

    It seems consumer electronics industry is trying to get us to use our voices to interact with technology. Screens and keyboards aren’t on that roadmap. Laptops and tablets are not the next big thing.

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  • Audio Circuits in Action - Any Card Can Be a Sound Card

    Audio Circuits in Action - Any Card Can Be a Sound Card

    A typical feature of many animals is that their ears pivot independently of their head. We have our general hearing and then we have focused hearing. We want our machines to have the same ability.

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  • DesignCon 2020 - Notes From a Silicon Valley Tradeshow

    DesignCon 2020 - Notes From a Silicon Valley Tradeshow

    A roundup of events from DesignCon 2020

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  • Cascaded Amplifier Gain, Noise Figures, and Distortion

    Cascaded Amplifier Gain, Noise Figures, and Distortion

    Make sure that your signal integrity is sound, and any excess noise or EMI is taken care of when using cascaded amplifiers.

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  • Boost Converter Design and Simulation

    Boost Converter Design and Simulation

    Designing a boost converter? Here’s how you can create and simulate your next boost converter design and how it differs from a buck converter.

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  • Best Tips for Routing With Vias in PCB Design

    Best Tips for Routing With Vias in PCB Design

    Routing with vias in PCBs can be tricky for managing signal integrity needs, temperature needs, and still maintaining current and voltage necessities.

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  • Acoustic Impedance and Your Audio Electronics

    Acoustic Impedance and Your Audio Electronics

    Acoustic impedance creating sound problems in your audio system? Make sure to apply impedance bridging between a source/load.

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