Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists
Not just one, there should be a sanity check at every major step in the life of a layout. Some of us fondly...
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On-Demand Webinar: Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Why it Matters
Prevent time-to-market delays by identifying manufacturing issues before they become a costly mistake. It’s not uncommon for designs to be submitted to manufacturing only to have problems...
Add Mill Tab, Drill Chart and Fabrication Notes to Panel Drawing
See how easy it is to add mill tabs, details, drill chart and fabrication notes for your panel design and drawing in OrCAD Panel Editor
Add Materials in OrCAD
With OrCAD it is easy to manage board materials and communicate your design stack-ups effectively to your manufacturer.
Notes On Soldermask
The coating you put over the circuit pattern that leaves the metal exposed where you want to join components to the board is another make-or-break aspect of PCB design. While the geometry of the...
How Do Manufacturing Tolerances Work?
In July 2017, a rollercoaster ride in Ohio failed dramatically, killing one person and injuring seven others. The cause of the accident? Corrosion. Roller coasters must operate and withstand...
Anatomy of a Solder Joint
Life in Assembly was easier with lead and Freon. Yes, Freon is a greenhouse gas that pollutes the atmosphere. Lead poisons everything else. Life after lead and Freon promises to be better for the...
Notes from the Board Room - A day in the life of a Googler
In my quest to become a world famous PCB designer, (stop laughing!) I've taken to putting my own words on the screen and sharing them here. My job is to enable design wins, period. It's a cruel...
3 Common Vias: Their Manufacturing Pros and Cons
When creating your PCB Board, understanding the pros and cons of each via and how they impact the design and manufacturing process is important to know.
Prevent manufacturing problems with PCB Editor Via2Via line fattening
Easily avoid potential manufacturing issues due to acid traps between adjacent microvias.
How Do Collision Avoidance Systems Work?
Driving is a lot more complex than we typically consider when we get behind the wheel each day. But chances are you’ve had a moment—a car that suddenly brakes in front of you, an animal darting...
Design Strategies - WiFi 802.11
Of course, you know what WiFi is. You can get it wherever money changes hands. Being WiFi-enabled is a low-risk strategy when it comes to the number of hot-spots you're likely to pass through on a...
3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive
Though 3D printing technology was introduced more than three decades ago, it’s only recently gained traction with a wider market. 3D printers were one of Amazon’s most popular holiday gifts for...
Notes from the Board Room - on Checklists
Not just one, there should be a sanity check at every major step in the life of a layout. Some of us fondly remember the Apollo program on the grainy black-and-white TVs of the day. The whole...
Oh Say Can You C? – Grappling with the USB type-C Connector
I can honestly say that I was working on the USB-C protocol before USB-C was cool. Google was/is part of the specification development consortium. My first encounter was in early 2015 trying to...
What’s New: OrCAD 17.2 QIR 4
The OrCAD® 17.2-2016 Quarterly Incremental Release 4 (QIR4) is now available and adds significant new functionality to OrCAD 17.2. The latest features will help you to be more efficient in your...
OrCAD DesignTrue™ In-Design DFM Technology
The newest release includes OrCAD DesignTrue™ In-Design DFM Technology. Fabrication checks are now included in the OrCAD constraint management system you are already familiar with.
Why DFM is an important aspect of the PCB Design Process
Without DFM Analysis software, issues such as errors in the PCB layout and fabrication complications can create a slower time to market and decreases your productivity.
OrCAD DFM Checker Overview
OrCAD DFM Checker provides comprehensive PCB manufacturing analysis, Hierarchical Rule-Set-Driven-Analysis, and Error Charts.
Why Integrated Workflows are Important for Effective PCB Design
In PCB design, designers are being tasked to do more with less time. Implementing the correct workflows and tools from the beginning are some of the easiest ways help mitigate this issue.
Root Cause Analysis for General Reliability Issues in Electronics Assembly: Part 1