Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

  • How to Prevent Hairline Short Circuits in Your PCB Circuit Design

    How to Prevent Hairline Short Circuits in Your PCB Circuit Design

    Prevent hairline short circuits by maximizing coppers clearances and by employing post-manufacturing testing. Read on to find out more.

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  • Capturing Key PCB Design Elements in the Design Document

    Capturing Key PCB Design Elements in the Design Document

    Capture the right details in your PCB design documentation and meet design specifications every time.

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  • Why It Is Best to Separate Your General Purpose Controller into Two PCBs

    Why It Is Best to Separate Your General Purpose Controller into Two PCBs

    The manufacturing costs might be higher, but a modular general purpose controller is a better long-term PCB design solution.

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  • PCB Circuit Products: Should You Design for Repair?

    PCB Circuit Products: Should You Design for Repair?

    Should you design your PCB products for in-house repairs or so consumers can do it themselves? Read on to find out.

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  •  Conducted Emissions Test Equipment and Reduction Guidelines

    Conducted Emissions Test Equipment and Reduction Guidelines

    Why wait for official labs to reject your product for conducted EMI? Get your own equipment and solve design issues before final testing.

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  • Should You or Your Manufacturer Specify Every Aspect of PCB Construction?

    Should You or Your Manufacturer Specify Every Aspect of PCB Construction?

    Let’s discuss when it’s best to specify exactly how your PCB should be constructed and when you should let your manufacturer make those decisions.

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  • Which IoT Protocol Is Best Suited to Your Design Requirements

    Which IoT Protocol Is Best Suited to Your Design Requirements

    IoT Protocols, let me count the ways...

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  • How Low Power Wide Area Networks Are Enabling IoT Systems

    How Low Power Wide Area Networks Are Enabling IoT Systems

    What do civil engineers love, but electrical engineers hate? Concrete.

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  • Using Cans for EMI Shielding on Your PCB

    Using Cans for EMI Shielding on Your PCB

    Preventing electromagnetic interference is critical for proper functioning of your PCB design.

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  • Hyperloop Shows How Crowdsourcing Integrates Community into PCB Design & Prototyping

    Hyperloop Shows How Crowdsourcing Integrates Community into PCB Design & Prototyping

    Earlier this year, student design teams gathered to participate in Hyperloop’s largest design competition yet. Their goal? To create a prototype high-speed vehicle.

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  • Three Dumb Internet of Things Devices Using Smart PCB Designs

    Three Dumb Internet of Things Devices Using Smart PCB Designs

    With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), I’m afraid that Skynet is just on the horizon. Myriads of everyday items are being imbued with the gift of “intelligence.”

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  • 3 Electronic Devices Whose Concepts Preceded PCB Design Capabilities

    3 Electronic Devices Whose Concepts Preceded PCB Design Capabilities

    All things that old were once new, but not all things new were once old.

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  • Flexible Future: The Industries That Are Forcing You To Learn Rigid Flex PCB Design

    Flexible Future: The Industries That Are Forcing You To Learn Rigid Flex PCB Design

    It seems like as soon as I master some brand new technology, it’s time for the next big thing and I have to start all over again.

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  • PCB Design for Manufacturing: Prevent Via Defects by Talking to Your Manufacturer

    PCB Design for Manufacturing: Prevent Via Defects by Talking to Your Manufacturer

    Sometimes your feelings toward your manufacturer may resemble your feelings towards any ex-girlfriends.

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  • How Increasing Battery Size Guides the PCB Designs of Apple and GoPro

    How Increasing Battery Size Guides the PCB Designs of Apple and GoPro

    As time goes on, power requirements for connected devices keep increasing. More power means larger batteries.

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  • How to Choose a Test Lab for FCC Certification of IoT Products

    How to Choose a Test Lab for FCC Certification of IoT Products

    Getting an FCC certification is an important (and legally required) step for IoT systems and other products that transmit and receive data. Choosing the right lab makes a huge difference in the...

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  • PCB Designer Mike Brown Offers Advice: Stay Hungry, Keep Growing, Nurture Relationships

    PCB Designer Mike Brown Offers Advice: Stay Hungry, Keep Growing, Nurture Relationships

    Mike Brown is a designer’s designer. He caught the design-bug at the tender age of 17 and has never looked back. Recently, he shared the story of his career path from being a young draftsman, to...

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  • Design Techniques to Help you Keep up with Increasing PCB Complexity

    Design Techniques to Help you Keep up with Increasing PCB Complexity

    Between the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable electronics, PCB design requirements are becoming more and more advanced. You need to keep your eye on the design techniques that...

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  • How Tesla Rethought Lithium Ion Cells Through Modular Design and Vertical Integration

    How Tesla Rethought Lithium Ion Cells Through Modular Design and Vertical Integration

    Lithium Ion batteries provide high performance and fast recharging, making them ideal for electric vehicles.

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  • Ubiquitous Internet of Things Devices Will Mean More Work in the PCB Design Industry

    Ubiquitous Internet of Things Devices Will Mean More Work in the PCB Design Industry

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is giving birth to a world where everything will have a computer inside of it. In a world full of PCBs, the PCB designer will be queen, a very busy queen. The modern...

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