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.

  • What is an Engineering Bill of Materials in Agile PCB Design?

    What is an Engineering Bill of Materials in Agile PCB Design?

    Your engineering bill of materials is one of many documents that can help you verify requirements and manage your agile workflow.

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  • Why Your BOM Excel Template is Going the Way of the Dinosaur

    Why Your BOM Excel Template is Going the Way of the Dinosaur

    There are plenty of uses for a BOM Excel template, but they aren’t so useful for tracking design data. Here’s why you need an integrated data management solution.

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  • Optical Transceiver Layout for Gigabit and Faster Ethernet

    Optical Transceiver Layout for Gigabit and Faster Ethernet

    There are plenty of design aspects to account for in a PCB for an optical transceiver. Here’s are some high speed design aspects you should consider.

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  • Silicon Photonics Integration Challenges in PCB Design

    Silicon Photonics Integration Challenges in PCB Design

    Now that photonics circuits are starting to be commercialized, designers should take time to learn about integrating silicon photonics in their PCBs.

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  • Agile Development for Embedded Systems: The Best of Both Worlds

    Agile Development for Embedded Systems: The Best of Both Worlds

    As embedded systems become more complex, agile development can help product owners and developers streamline their design processes.

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  • Integrate Your ECAD Tools with Mechanical Design Software

    Integrate Your ECAD Tools with Mechanical Design Software

    Unifying your ECAD and mechanical design software as a single workflow gives design teams the collaborative tools they need to work towards a common goal.

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  • ECAD/MCAD Co-design for PCB Manufacturing with 3D Printing

    ECAD/MCAD Co-design for PCB Manufacturing with 3D Printing

    PCB manufacturing processes are due for an upgrade, and 3D printing is here to shake things up.

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  • VCO Layout for a phase-locked loop in Your RF PCB

    VCO Layout for a phase-locked loop in Your RF PCB

    phase-locked loops: they are useful for demodulation and frequency synthesis for wireless and 5G systems.

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  • Why and How to Use an Aluminum PCB Substrate for Your Next Design

    Why and How to Use an Aluminum PCB Substrate for Your Next Design

    Who would have thought you could use an aluminum PCB substrate? It’s actually easier than you think.

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  • The Role of a Decoupling Inductor and Resistor in a PDN

    The Role of a Decoupling Inductor and Resistor in a PDN

    The goal in PDN design is to produce a flat impedance spectrum. Here’s how you can use a decoupling inductor and resistor in PDN design for your PCB.

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  • What Size Decoupling Capacitor Should I Use for My Digital ICs?

    What Size Decoupling Capacitor Should I Use for My Digital ICs?

    Don’t let bypassing and decoupling fool you. Here’s how to select the right size decoupling capacitor.

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  • Symmetric Stripline Impedance Calculators and Formulas

    Symmetric Stripline Impedance Calculators and Formulas

    Symmetric stripline impedance calculators can produce different results. Find out why in this article.

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  • Ethernet Layout Routing Standards: MAC, PHY, and RJ-45 Connectors

    Ethernet Layout Routing Standards: MAC, PHY, and RJ-45 Connectors

    Every PHY and RJ-45 connector requires specific routing methods. Learn more about Ethernet layout routing here.

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  • Comparing Static and Dynamic Flex PCB Design: Mechanical Considerations

    Comparing Static and Dynamic Flex PCB Design: Mechanical Considerations

    Every designer should take the time to learn the finer points of flex PCB design.

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  • Embedded System Power Supply Guidelines for Power Integrity

    Embedded System Power Supply Guidelines for Power Integrity

    Designing a power supply for your next embedded system? You’ll need these embedded system power supply guidelines.

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  • 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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