The Hitchhiker's Guide to PCB Design

The Hitchhiker's Guide to PCB Design

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7 T he industry is changing, there is no doubt about it. The job of an electronics engineer is evolving. Electronics Engineers are now tasked with additional PCB design tasks such as layout, component sourcing, DFM, collaborating with manufacturing, etc. While you may understand electronic theory, PCB design is an entirely different beast. The goal of this book is to empower the new generation of 'PCB Design Engineers' to take on their additional role of PCB Designer knowing they have the foundation required to make sound design decisions or to ask the right questions when appropriate. The saying "you don't know what you don't know" is extremely relevant in this situation—how will you know what questions to ask about PCB design without some background in the PCB design process? Mistakes are inevitable and can be costly, but almost always preventable with the right knowledge base. Are there certain considerations you need to keep in mind throughout the design process? Where can you go for help when you need it? What PCB design best practices do you need to be mindful of? We answer these questions and more. We didn't want to create just any other PCB design fundamentals book, so we decided to have fun with what could be a dry topic and take a more "fantastical," tongue-and-cheek approach. This book is intended to be a guide. Not the end of the story, but the beginning. Chapter's 1-3 introduce you to Ian, a new electronics engineer turned PCB designer. You will follow his journey into PCB design and the common mistakes he has made along the way (some of which may seem familiar to you). While his story is complete fiction, the truth is, Ian's story is one that is all too real. If you aren't a "story person," feel free to skip Ian's story and start with any chapter that may be of interest. While we believe the sequence the book is written is the most logical way to present the process, there is no reason why you couldn't move from chapter-to-chapter in any order you please. Unlike the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you won't get lost in the story if you skip around. However, like the original we hope you will enjoy the journey, learn something useful, and possibly have a little fun. Get your towel ready… Prologue Why We Created This Guide

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