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.

  • Reduce Development Time for Electronics with Modular Design Tools

    Reduce Development Time for Electronics with Modular Design Tools

    Using modular hardware design tools is a perfect way to reduce development time and create higher quality products.

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  • Hardware Design for Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing

    Hardware Design for Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing

    Explore the differences in hardware design for edge computing vs. cloud computing in this article.

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  • The Newest Advances in EDA: Modular Electronics Design

    The Newest Advances in EDA: Modular Electronics Design

    If you think EDA is dead, think again. Modular electronics design is an upcoming area of EDA software, and it’s all much easier in an online platform.

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  • What is the Return Current Path in a PCB?

    What is the Return Current Path in a PCB?

    There are some simple rules you can use to determine the return current path in a PCB.

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  • Common SMT Process Defects to Avoid During Soldering

    Common SMT Process Defects to Avoid During Soldering

    Take a look at these simple design choices for preventing some common SMT process defects during soldering and assembly.

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  • Which IoT Protocols to Use for Industrial Environmental Monitoring?

    Which IoT Protocols to Use for Industrial Environmental Monitoring?

    Do you know which IoT protocols are best to use for your next industrial environmental monitoring system? Here’s what you need to know about different IoT protocols.

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  • Entrepreneur’s Guide to Modular Product Design Costs

    Entrepreneur’s Guide to Modular Product Design Costs

    Is Geppetto meant for entrepreneurs considering its cost? Here’s what entrepreneurs need to know about modular product design costs.

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  • Production-Grade Raspberry Pi Cluster Design

    Production-Grade Raspberry Pi Cluster Design

    What would you do with a production-grade raspberry pi cluster? Here’s what you need to design a real production-grade cluster.

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  • Build or Buy: Which Route to go as an Engineer?

    Build or Buy: Which Route to go as an Engineer?

    When you need to create new hardware, should you build everything from scratch or buy COTS components? You can find the right balance with powerful hardware design tools

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  • How Modular Design Helps Hardware Startups Launch and Grow

    How Modular Design Helps Hardware Startups Launch and Grow

    Launching hardware startups may be difficult, but the development process can be made much easier with the modular hardware design tools in Geppetto.

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  • Long Live EDA: Modular System-level Electronics Design Online

    Long Live EDA: Modular System-level Electronics Design Online

    If you’re a systems designer, then you need modular online electronics design tools that are useful for any application.

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  • Avoid Common Pad and Via Problems in Your Last-Minute DFM Check

    Avoid Common Pad and Via Problems in Your Last-Minute DFM Check

    Don’t make these simple mistakes with your pads and vias during your last-minute DFM check.

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  • RF Signal Chain Design for FMCW Chirped Radar Systems

    RF Signal Chain Design for FMCW Chirped Radar Systems

    Amplifier layout and the RF signal chain are two important points to consider when designing chirped radar systems.

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  • RF Amplifier Impedance Matching at Microwave and mmWave Frequencies

    RF Amplifier Impedance Matching at Microwave and mmWave Frequencies

    Here are some guidelines for analyzing RF amplifier impedance matching at microwave and mmWave frequencies.

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  • Cooling Fan Electrical Noise Reduction in Your PCB

    Cooling Fan Electrical Noise Reduction in Your PCB

    With the right layout tools, you can remove cooling fan electrical noise from your PCB.

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  • Getting Started with Your First Electronics Projects in Geppetto

    Getting Started with Your First Electronics Projects in Geppetto

    If you’re unfamiliar with modular system design, here is your guide to starting your first electronics projects with Geppetto.

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  • Solving Component Library Errors During PCB Layout Reuse

    Solving Component Library Errors During PCB Layout Reuse

    Altium Designer’s data and library management tools can make design reuse quick and easy.

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  • 77 GHz Radar for Automotive PCBs: Routing and Signal Integrity

    77 GHz Radar for Automotive PCBs: Routing and Signal Integrity

    When your next self-driving car hits the streets, it will be running with 77 GHz radar. Here’s what you should know about signal integrity and routing.

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  • Automotive Telematics System Design

    Automotive Telematics System Design

    Telematics systems play an important role in gathering data from your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know to create telematics systems for vehicles.

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  • Relative Permittivity of PCB Substrates: High-k or low-k dielectrics?

    Relative Permittivity of PCB Substrates: High-k or low-k dielectrics?

    Signal integrity in your PCB is affected by the relative permittivity of your PCB substrate.

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