Zachariah Peterson


Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University. He conducted his Physics M.S. research on chemisorptive gas sensors and his Applied Physics Ph.D. research on random laser theory and stability.

His background in scientific research spans topics in nanoparticle lasers, electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, environmental systems, and financial analytics. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written hundreds of technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies.

  • PCB Core vs. Prepreg Material: What Designers Need to Know

    PCB Core vs. Prepreg Material: What Designers Need to Know

    Here’s what designers need to know about PCB core vs. prepreg materials.

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  • Pin-Package Delay and Via Delay in High Speed Length Tuning

    Pin-Package Delay and Via Delay in High Speed Length Tuning

    Pin-package delay and via delay will affect skew in your board, requiring ultra-accurate delay matching.

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  • Using an IPC-2221 Calculator for High Voltage Design

    Using an IPC-2221 Calculator for High Voltage Design

    Take a look at our trace spacing data compiled from IPC-2221 calculator results.

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  • Design for Additive Manufacturing with Your ECAD/MCAD Software

    Design for Additive Manufacturing with Your ECAD/MCAD Software

    3D printing is advancing quickly. Here are some important Design for Additive Manufacturing tips for electronics engineers.

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  • PCB Leakage Current and Breakdown in High Voltage Design

    PCB Leakage Current and Breakdown in High Voltage Design

    Here’s what you need to know about designing and manufacturing your high voltage boards with low leakage current.

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  • Any Angle Routing: When Should You Use It?

    Any Angle Routing: When Should You Use It?

    Any angle routing does just what it suggests: you can route traces in your design at any angle you like.

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  • Image Processing Embedded Systems with Modular Hardware

    Image Processing Embedded Systems with Modular Hardware

    Image processing embedded systems development and design is much easier when you work with the right set of modular design tools in Geppetto.

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  • Should You Use Your Power Plane as a Return Path?

    Should You Use Your Power Plane as a Return Path?

    Automated return path checking tools can help you trace through the ground and power plane as a return path.

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  • Using Prepreg vs. Core for Controlled Impedance Routing

    Using Prepreg vs. Core for Controlled Impedance Routing

    Should you use core or prepreg for controlled impedance routing? Here’s how your choice will affect controlled impedance.

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  • How the Fiber Weave Effect Influences High Frequency Signal Integrity

    How the Fiber Weave Effect Influences High Frequency Signal Integrity

    Here are some guidelines for modeling and preventing high frequency signal integrity problems due to the fiber weave effect.

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  • The Case Against Orthogonal Trace Routing in Multilayer PCBs

    The Case Against Orthogonal Trace Routing in Multilayer PCBs

    Here’s why you should avoid orthogonal trace routing in multilayer PCBs. If you design the right stackup, you won’t need orthogonal routing.

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  • The Fundamentals of High Speed SerDes Design

    The Fundamentals of High Speed SerDes Design

    We’ve compiled some important guidelines for high speed SerDes design. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Some Pre-layout Power Spectrum Analysis Tips in Altium Designer

    Some Pre-layout Power Spectrum Analysis Tips in Altium Designer

    Power spectrum analysis can be difficult, but you can take advantage of some tools in Altium Designer to examine signal behavior in your next device.

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  • DDR5 PCB Design and Signal Integrity: What Designers Need to Know

    DDR5 PCB Design and Signal Integrity: What Designers Need to Know

    Signal integrity, layout, routing… all of these areas are even more important in DDR5 PCB design. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Substrate Integrated Waveguide Routing for mmWave PCBs

    Substrate Integrated Waveguide Routing for mmWave PCBs

    Substrate integrated waveguide routing has become popular in recent years. Here’s how you can implement this new technique in your PCBs.

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  • Parasitic Extraction with an Electromagnetic Solver in PCB Routing

    Parasitic Extraction with an Electromagnetic Solver in PCB Routing

    Automated parasitic extraction is critical for delay matching. An integrated electromagnetic solver can help you accurately match delay as your route traces.

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  • PCB Bus Routing and Layout: The Basics

    PCB Bus Routing and Layout: The Basics

    Here are some tips for PCB bus routing and layout. You can take advantage of interactive routing tools to speed up design.

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  • High Speed Routing Guidelines for Advanced PCBs

    High Speed Routing Guidelines for Advanced PCBs

    Getting past several Gbps channel design takes the right routing techniques. Here are some high speed PCB routing guidelines you can use.

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  • MIPI Physical Layer Routing and Signal Integrity

    MIPI Physical Layer Routing and Signal Integrity

    Here’s what you need to know about MIPI physical layer design and routing for your next mobile device.

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  • Rigid-Flex PCBs in IoT Devices: ECAD and MCAD Collaboration

    Rigid-Flex PCBs in IoT Devices: ECAD and MCAD Collaboration

    One of the advantages of flex and rigid-flex PCBs include more efficient use of space in an enclosure.

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