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Embedded Active Components Are Enabling Independent Smartwatches with Smartphone Capabilities The innovation that most clearly signals the potential of the smartwatch is the LG Watch Sport’s ability to make phone calls and receive data without needing to be near enough to an anchor smartphone to connect. This turns the question “why would I need a smartwatch when I have a smartphone?” on its head. How about: “why would I need a smartphone when I have a smartwatch?” Read on to find out more! I live in one of the more tech-savvy cities in Read Article
Subscription vs. Perpetual Models in PCB Software Licensing Remember when most professional PCB software came attached with a Hardware Dongle? Thankfully those days are over and software licensing models have evolved. What is best? Perpetual licensing with optional subscriptions, because you can buy your software and OWN it too. Over the years, software licensing has gone through many iterations. Each with advantages and drawbacks, and in some cases there is no choice of how one purchases their software Read Article
EMI/EMC Design: PCB Noise Reduction Through Isolation of AC and DC Signals Using AC and DC components on the same board can cause EMI issues, however, these issues can be resolved through isolating the AC and DC systems. There are several straightforward solutions to help manage interference between AC and DC circuits, mainly; shielding components, separating systems, dedicated power supply, good grounding, decoupling capacitor and not bridging isolation. Read on to find out more on PCB noise reduction! In high school Read Article
The Pros and Cons of Having Your Manufacturer Source the Components in Your PCB Design Having your manufacturer source components for you may seem like the fastest and cheapest option. However, this outsourcing may cause some difficulties to arise. After a bad experience with counterfeit components, we began sourcing our own components and never looked back. Counterfeit parts are and incredibly difficult to detect. Having good control over your sources is absolutely essential if you have tight performance or security specifications Read Article
The Benefits of a Consistent Interface in Professional PCB Software Software should utilize a common user interface that is consistent with the operating system environment. Nothing is quite as awkward as attempting to do something standard and not getting the expected outcome especially in the realm of Professional PCB Software. Keep your momentum, work with intuitive and professional PCB design tools. I think everyone can agree: it's important that any software shares a common user interface consistent with the Read Article
Move 3D Interference Checking to Electronic Design for a More Efficient Flow During a typical design process it can take multiple iterations before your PCB fits its enclosure, leading to delayed schedules and missed deadlines. How can you ensure your PCB fits right the first time? With 3D interference checking. Every electronic product consists of both mechanical and electrical assemblies. The two need to fit together — you don’t want electronic components interfering with the mechanical enclosure. Typically, the Read Article
How Proper PCB Layout Can Help You Avoid Adding Heat Sinks to Your Design Having to recall products, like faulty computer monitors, is a financial burden that can be avoided How does PCB Layout help to Avoid Adding Heat Sinks to Your Design? Everyone knows that excessive heat can kill components or drive them out of spec, but sometimes it isn’t obvious when heat will be a problem. Heat mitigation issues may appear over time, like a solder joint that fractures due to thermal expansion and contraction over numerous heat Read Article