Zachariah Peterson


Zachariah Peterson has an extensive background 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.

  • Advanced PCB Library Management

    Advanced PCB Library Management

    Take a look at our second in a series of articles on PCB library management with Altium Designer.

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  • Effective Integrated PCB Library Management with Altium Designer

    Effective Integrated PCB Library Management with Altium Designer

    From designs to documentation, PCB library management is much easier when you use the right design software from Altium Designer.

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  • 5G Antenna Tuning in Mobile and IoT Devices

    5G Antenna Tuning in Mobile and IoT Devices

    With next-gen mobile devices, you’ll need 5G antenna tuning switches for your next mobile device. Here are some layout tips for 5G antenna tuning.

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  • Phased Array Antenna Design for 5G Applications

    Phased Array Antenna Design for 5G Applications

    Phased array antenna design for 5G applications takes the right PCB design software with the best CAD tools. Here’s how Altium Designer can help.

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  • Designing Your PCB for a Boundary Scan Test

    Designing Your PCB for a Boundary Scan Test

    Once a component is soldered to a board, how can you possibly test it? A boundary scan test is the answer.

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  • Meeting EMI/EMC Standards in Your PCB Designs

    Meeting EMI/EMC Standards in Your PCB Designs

    You can pass compatibility checks by designing to EMI/EMC standards for PCB design. Here are some design strategies that can help.

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  • Changing PCB Reference Planes During Routing in Multilayer Boards

    Changing PCB Reference Planes During Routing in Multilayer Boards

    Routing through multiple PCB reference planes is not the best routing strategy, but there are some simple design tips that can help.

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  • Microvia Technology and Beyond for HDI Design

    Microvia Technology and Beyond for HDI Design

    Microvia technology has made HDI design significantly easier, but new routing architectures are paving the way for even higher density design methodologies.

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  • Passive Intermodulation in PCBs for 5G Systems

    Passive Intermodulation in PCBs for 5G Systems

    With new communications protocols being investigated by RF PCB researchers, designers will need to become familiar with passive intermodulation.

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  • Clearing Up Trace Impedance Calculators and Formulas

    Clearing Up Trace Impedance Calculators and Formulas

    One trace impedance calculator will produce much different results from another calculator. Find out why in this article.

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  • PCIe BGA Fanouts and Escape Routing

    PCIe BGA Fanouts and Escape Routing

    One important aspect in PCIe design is BGA escape routing. Here are some strategies for designing PCIe BGA fanouts.

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  • Calculating Series Termination Resistance Values in Altium Designer

    Calculating Series Termination Resistance Values in Altium Designer

    Choosing the right series termination resistance value is just one way to terminate transmission lines and differential pairs.

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  • Standard Board Thickness and Your Layer Stack

    Standard Board Thickness and Your Layer Stack

    Board thickness is just one of many aspects that must be considered when designing for manufacturing.

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  • The Essential Tools You Need for PCB Design

    The Essential Tools You Need for PCB Design

    How do you compare PCB design tools for different board designs? Let’s take a look at the essential features you need from a PCB design software.

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  • Some LVDS PCB Layout Guidelines for Ensuring Signal Integrity

    Some LVDS PCB Layout Guidelines for Ensuring Signal Integrity

    What is LVDS and how do you work with it? Take a look at these LVDS PCB layout guidelines for more info.

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  • Routing Topologies in Your PCB and Computer Peripherals

    Routing Topologies in Your PCB and Computer Peripherals

    With the alphabet soup of computer peripherals comes routing topologies. Learn how to mix and match in this article.

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  • Selecting Alternative Materials for Multilayer PCB Substrates

    Selecting Alternative Materials for Multilayer PCB Substrates

    If FR4 won’t suit your needs, there are plenty of alternative materials for multilayer PCB substrates. Learn some of the trade offs in this article.

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  • All About CMOS, ECL, and TTL Propagation Delay in High Speed PCBs

    All About CMOS, ECL, and TTL Propagation Delay in High Speed PCBs

    Although it may not seem obvious, logic signals will have some delay due to switching. Let’s take a look at the causes of TTL propagation delay.

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  • Designing a 6 Layer Stackup for Enhanced EMC

    Designing a 6 Layer Stackup for Enhanced EMC

    Designing the right stackup is all about ensuring signal integrity. Find out which 6 layer PCB stackup is right for your next board in this article.

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  • Design Tips for High Frequency PCBs and Embedded Systems

    Design Tips for High Frequency PCBs and Embedded Systems

    You can ensure your signals remain clean with these high frequency PCB design tips.

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