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PCB Design From Start To Finish: E-Book


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 ... » read more

Data Management Position: An Automated Approach to Intelligent PCB Design Data Management


The design cycle of electronic devices produces vast amounts of data. From a top-level view, this data can be broken down into basic blocks, including software, circuit board design, mechanical design, and others. These blocks contain extensive and complex information, including the types and amounts of individual data and information files, as well as their hierarchy structure. This data and i... » read more

Optimize Designs And Mitigate Thermal Threats In High-Current Automotive Applications


By Melika Roshandell, Cadence Design overview Current density increases at the PCB/package level result in local temperature increases known as hotspots. In addition to highlighting the heat generated locally around and underneath certain components at the PCB or IC package level due to component power consumption, the Celsius Thermal Solver can calculate the heat generated by the Joule ef... » read more

Fast And Simple Rigid-Flex PCB Bending EM Analysis Using Clarity 3D Solver


3D PCB Electromagnetic (EM) Bending Analysis Rigid-Flex PCBs have been used in many modern electronic devices (such as mobile phones, laptops, and wearables, among others), due to their form factor, light weight, and cost-effectiveness. Electromagnetic (EM) analysis of Rigid-Flex PCBs has always been a challenging task for many commercially available 3D numerical solver technologies (FEM and F... » read more

Optimizing Power Supply


Any electrical engineer knows providing power to your board is a key feature in PCB design. While most boards can be functional, their true quality shines when the perfect level of power to components is achieved. Building and designing better power supplies is the best way to ensure the end-product has full life-cycle potential. But how do we ensure we can convert a (potentially variable) i... » read more

Rigid-Flex PCB Bending EM Analysis Using Clarity 3D Solver


Rigid-Flex PCBs have been used in many modern electronic devices (such as mobile phones, laptops, and wearables, among others), due to their form factor, light weight, and cost-effectiveness. Electromagnetic (EM) analysis of Rigid-Flex PCBs has always been a challenging task for many commercially available 3D numerical solver technologies (FEM and FDTD), due to the complexity in the 3D designs.... » read more

3D PCB Design And Analysis: ECAD/MCAD And Where They Converge


The design of a board and its ‘home’ are heavily interdependent. They require careful consideration to ensure everything will be in working order when your product is ultimately brought to market. Many designs have been derailed by conflicts between ECAD and MCAD. Something as simple as an improperly placed / communicated mounting hole can send your project into a tailspin of re-designs. ... » read more

Driving Intelligence To The IoT Edge Invents A New Breed Of Designers


A new breed of designers has arrived that is leveraging inexpensive sensors to build the intelligent systems at the edge of the Internet of Things (IoT). These systems play in every space: from devices on the body, vehicles, the workplace, across the land, sea, air, and the outer reaches of space. It’s no surprise that this new breed of designers is taking full advantage of advanced sensing t... » read more