PCB Design From Start To Finish: E-Book

A step-by-step guide to circuit board design with information suitable to beginners and graduate-level users.


This ebook by John Burkhert is a step-by-step guide on printed circuit board design with information suitable for beginners to graduate-level users.

This series is for anyone who wants to design their own printed circuit boards or perform designs for others. While an electronics degree is not required, beginners would do well to consider basic electronic theory as a prerequisite. Each part ends with a Graduate School Zone where more advanced techniques are discussed. Beginners may want to skip those sections and those who have the rudiments down might skip ahead to those sections.

PCB Design is at the crossroads of mechanical and electrical domains. One day, you’re working with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and the next day you’re calculating temperature rise on a power plane. In between these two camps, there is a raft of technology that is particular to printed circuit boards.

Combining an assortment of components that perform a function, and integrating that function with one or more others is at the heart of PCB layout. A component can have two pins or two thousand pins. It can cost a penny or hundreds of dollars. It can be bought off the shelf or custom ordered with a lead time that runs into months. Every PCB is a custom carrier for a selection of parts that, hopefully, do something useful.

About the Author
John Burkhert Jr is a career PCB Designer experienced in Military, Telecom, Consumer Hardware and lately, the Automotive industry. Originally, an RF specialist — compelled to flip the bit now and then to fill the need for high-speed digital design. John enjoys playing bass and racing bikes when he’s not writing about or performing PCB layout. 

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