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  • The Most Important Features for PCB Layout Software Comparison

    The Most Important Features for PCB Layout Software Comparison

    You never want to end up comparing apples to oranges when it comes to PCB design software. Find out what you should look for in a good EDA tool.

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  • How to Navigate the Perils of PCB Design Review

    How to Navigate the Perils of PCB Design Review

    Whether you’re a first-time designer or a hardened veteran, the integrity of your designs relies heavily on inspecting a product for potential issues before production. What can be done to...

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  • Personalizing Your Altium Designer Experience

    Personalizing Your Altium Designer Experience

    The “one-stop-shop” approach to electronics design provides engineers with all the PCB software they need, all at their fingertips. However, since there’s so much going on in the Altium Designer...

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  • Draftsman: Make the Software Do the Documentation

    Draftsman: Make the Software Do the Documentation

    You’ve routed your last route. Stitched your last via. Poured your last pour. You’re finally done with that board — but you’re not done yet! There’s still documentation to be done. You’ve routed...

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  • How to Simplify and Automate Your PCB ECO Workflow

    How to Simplify and Automate Your PCB ECO Workflow

    Shuffling different programs for your schematic and PCB layout design changes costs both time and money. Altium Designer tackles this issue with a unified design system that automatically...

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  • Power nets management

    Power nets management

    A recent BugCrunch item (Power input vs output) raised the long standing issue of power management in Altium Designer. To ensure we are all on the same page, I have some opinions I think are worth...

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  • Creating a custom pick-and-place file

    Creating a custom pick-and-place file

    I recently worked with a customer who had to generate a nonstandard pick and place file because his assembly house was using antiquated equipment and could not accept a standard pick and place...

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  • Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 1

    Ruminating Rigid-Flex - Part 1

    More and more designers are facing the need to reduce size and cost of the products they design, while increasing density and simplifying assembly. Rigid-Flex circuits (those which incorporate...

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  • Reducing metastability in FPGA designs

    Reducing metastability in FPGA designs

    Here, we take a look at the concept of metastability in regards to digital circuits – and therefore FPGA designs – and how its 'appearance' can be greatly reduced simply by adhering to proven...

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  • Collaborative Design Part 1: Designing in Perfect Harmony

    Collaborative Design Part 1: Designing in Perfect Harmony

    Electronic design isn't a solo gig anymore. Teamwork among dozens or hundreds of designers, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers, and any number of other people is essential for bringing a product...

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  • Power nets management - take 2

    Power nets management - take 2

    My recent blog post about Power nets management attracted a large number of very interesting and very informative comments. It has been heart warming, for me, to see so many people getting...

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  • Open Source Hardware projects in Altium Designer

    Open Source Hardware projects in Altium Designer

    More and more engineers and PCB designers are getting involved in the rising tide of open source hardware projects. There are some really cool ones out there, and in this blog, FAE and consultant...

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  • Open Source OLED Watch

    Open Source OLED Watch

    It's a great time to be an engineer, and a maker. In keeping with the theme of Petr Tosovsky's Open Source Projects in Altium blog, we found another Open Source Hardware (OSHW) project which was...

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  • 5 Time-Saving Productivity Features in Altium Designer You Need to Be Using Now

    5 Time-Saving Productivity Features in Altium Designer You Need to Be Using Now

    Are you getting the most efficiency out of your Altium Designer workflow? Use these 5 time-saving features to enhance your PCB design productivity. I sat down to talk with some of our best and...

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  • 5 (More) Productivity-Boosting Features in Altium Designer You Need to Start Using Now

    5 (More) Productivity-Boosting Features in Altium Designer You Need to Start Using Now

    We’re back with another round of great productivity features you need to start using in Altium Designer. Read on to learn about cross-selected component placement, component cuts wire, work...

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  • How to Solve All of Your High-Speed Design Problems in Only One Week

    How to Solve All of Your High-Speed Design Problems in Only One Week

    High-speed design is no longer reserved for supercomputer engineers. Join Lee Ritchey and Altium in November for an entire week of dedicated training and learn how to solve all of your high-speed...

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  • New Features You’ll Only See in Altium Designer 16

    New Features You’ll Only See in Altium Designer 16

    We’ve packed many new features in Altium Designer 16, allowing you to get your designs done faster than ever. Check out our top 3, and register now for a free webinar to see them all!It’s that...

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  • Design Tip: Using the PCB Release View to Automate Output Job File Processing

    Design Tip: Using the PCB Release View to Automate Output Job File Processing

    There are many ways to peel an orange - so to speak - and some are better than others. And when it comes to generating fabrication and assembly outputs from your designs this adage holds true. In...

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  • How Many Interfaces Does It Take to Complete a PCB Design?

    How Many Interfaces Does It Take to Complete a PCB Design?

    Ever find yourself juggling multiple interfaces just to accomplish one singular goal of your PCB design? Learn how easy it can be to design a PCB with a unified design environment in Altium...

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  • Design custom NanoBoard peripheral boards – Pt1

    If you want to add custom hardware functionality to your NanoBoard, why not make your own add-on Peripheral Board? This two part Tech Tip details the easy way to create your own custom board to...

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