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Jumpstart Your Next Design
Your project is complete and you are ready to move onto the next project. But a lot of the same properties in the new project are already completed in the previous project. There must be a quick and simple way of bringing these properties over to your next projects.
When Should You Use a Flex Circuit?
The two predominant reasons for using flex or rigid flex, are to solve a packaging issue or reduce the space and weight of the electronics package. These two are often interrelated and space, weight and packaging, (SWaP) will continue to be a driving force in PCB design.
2020 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Engineer
Check out our list of the best holiday gifts for engineers in 2020.
Getting Started with Revision Control in Altium 365
Forget about tracking copies of project files, use the revision control tools in Altium 365 to track project revisions, and protect your design data.
Analyzing Crosstalk on FIFO and DDR4 Parallel Bus Interfaces
Do you need to spot crosstalk on a parallel bus? Use a field solver that integrates with your PCB design and layout tools.
The “Mini Monkey” Board – Using the LPC55S69 in the VFBGA98 Package
For as long as I can remember, I have been a microcontroller addict. In 2020 there is no shortage of component selection. We are also at an interesting period where MCUs can tackle complicated tasks that we may have chosen a high-end applications processor for. Quite a bit of my career has been focused on doing really awesome things in the MCU space as you get a great balance of cost, design control, and simplicity. I am always on the lookout for
Showcase Your Designs and Win
We’re giving away free licenses, official Altium-branded merch and more to engineers, students, makers, and hobbyists just like you. Create and submit a short video that can showcase your past, current, or even an all-new creation designed using Altium for a chance to win prizes and be featured on the Altium Stories YouTube channel. Prizes Top 5 Videos Free Altium Designer License on Altium 365 with Concord Pro Official Altium T-shirt Shoutout on
Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design
It used to be that printed circuit boards seemed to have the same basic layer configuration, or at least that’s the way I tend to remember it. This meant that they were usually six layer multi-layer boards, with a ground plane and a VCC plane. The old CAD systems didn’t really have the ability to do much with power planes except to designate layers as a bottom layer or the like. The most you would see in them would be some “X’s” where there was
Identifying Minimum PCB Trace Spacing and Width in Altium Designer
Taking the time to set up routing rules to govern the minimum trace spacing and trace width for PCB layout can be tedious. Many designers would prefer to jump in and start trace routing without going through this setup process first. This can be dangerous though as you may inadvertently route a trace routing at the wrong width, or pack your routing in so tightly that you don’t have the room to make any width corrections later on. The more rigid
Designing to Meet a Target BOM Price and PCB Cost Estimate
Creating an accurate PCB cost estimate for design, components, production, assembly, shipping, and even firmware can be challenging tasks for new designers. Even established organizations can have trouble getting it right as it's hard to anticipate every problem that can arise during a design. Manufacturers can help you handle the production and assembly portion of a project, but any time a new design needs to be put into production, components
Jira for Hardware Development: Tools and Processes
New collaboration tools can create a Jira for hardware development-type process for PCB designers and electrical engineers.
Common Printed Circuit Board Defects You Can Fix in the Cloud
Solve these printed circuit board defects you can fix with the cloud collaboration tools in Altium Designer.
S-Parameter Measurements and Errors in Power Integrity
No matter where you look, it seems S-parameters never go away! They are mandatory tools for understanding some systems, such as an interconnect or antenna, while other network parameters can sometimes give a better conceptual understanding of electrical behavior. These parameters are normally reserved for signal integrity among electronics engineers, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find that S-parameters are also used for power integrity
Gerber Compare in Altium 365's Online Platform
The moment you push your Gerbers to a manufacturer for a DFM inspection, it can be a nerve-wracking experience waiting for a response. Once I push a totally new design to manufacturing, I spend a few sleepless nights waiting for a pro forma quote to come through and the design to pass qualification. It’s not until I get working boards that I breathe a sigh of relief. But before you receive your working boards, there will likely be some back-and
PDS Impedance: The Traditional Approach To PDS Design vs. Energy Flow
Take a look at traditional PDS impedance versus the “energy flow” view of PDS design. We’ll debunk misleading information that could cause your designs to fail.
Making the Most of Your Crystal Oscillator
“Blindly” adopting what a crystal oscillator data sheet says usually results in adequate frequency stability. An oscillator requires the phase shift around the loop to be 360° and this total phase shift must be a precise and stable oscillation frequency.
How to Analyze Phase Distortion in a Transmission Line
Pay attention to your transfer function if you want to spot phase distortion in a transmission line.