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Getting Started with PCB design? Learn more about PCB design software, tools and process here.

  •  Integrated Design Software vs. Access Databases For Bills of Materials

    Integrated Design Software vs. Access Databases For Bills of Materials

    Considering using an Access database for your next bill of materials? Here’s how integrated design software beats database software every time.

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  • HDI PCB Designs and the CAD Tools Behind Them

    HDI PCB Designs and the CAD Tools Behind Them

    Printed circuit boards manufactured with high density interconnect technology is here to stay. See what kind of CAD tools you will need for HDI PCB designs.

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  •  High-Speed Design: Definitive Guide for Utilizing Altium Designer for Your Board Needs

    High-Speed Design: Definitive Guide for Utilizing Altium Designer for Your Board Needs

    High-speed design can present the PCB designer with many challenges. Here’s a definitive guide of some of Altium Designer’s high-speed features that can help.

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  • The Problem With Using Excel Templates For Your Bill of Materials

    The Problem With Using Excel Templates For Your Bill of Materials

    Every new product needs a bill of materials. See how PCB design software wins out over an Excel template every time.

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  • Helpful Tips for Interactive Routing in Altium Designer

    Helpful Tips for Interactive Routing in Altium Designer

    Your interactive routing in Altium Designer will be greatly enhanced by using some of these helpful tips and tricks to help you to become more efficient.

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  • Are Engineers and PCB Technologists Homegrown?

    Are Engineers and PCB Technologists Homegrown?

    Engineers and PCB Technologists share how they got started in the electronics industry.

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  • How to Use Blind and Buried Vias in Altium Designer

    How to Use Blind and Buried Vias in Altium Designer

    Using blind and buried vias in Altium Designer when routing can be very helpful in designs with high density. Here’s how to set up and use these vias.

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  • Design Reuse: Methodologies and Best Practices for Re-Applying Previous Boards

    Design Reuse: Methodologies and Best Practices for Re-Applying Previous Boards

    Are you tired of the nightmare of managing files, links, and copy & paste routines for design reuse? Take a look instead at a PCB design system built for this.

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  • PCB Layout and Polygon Pour: How to Utilize Copper Regions in Your Design

    PCB Layout and Polygon Pour: How to Utilize Copper Regions in Your Design

    Whether you call them planes, fills, metal, or copper, your PCB design will need them. Here’s how to create polygon pours for copper regions in Altium Designer.

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  • Supply Chain Solutions for Electronic Assemblies

    Supply Chain Solutions for Electronic Assemblies

    To keep your schematic parts organized and up-to-date, check out supply chain solution software to manage the bill of materials in your PCB design tools.

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  • Sneak Peek and Meet the Keynotes for AltiumLive 2018: ANNUAL PCB DESIGN SUMMIT

    Sneak Peek and Meet the Keynotes for AltiumLive 2018: ANNUAL PCB DESIGN SUMMIT

    Learn more about AltiumLive 2018: ANNUAL PCB DESIGN SUMMIT here. Click for a sneak peek and meet the Keynote Speakers.

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  • The Kyoto Institute of Technology Racing Team Aims for Third Win

    The Kyoto Institute of Technology Racing Team Aims for Third Win

    Meet the Kyoto Institute of Technology Racing Team, they are building an electric vehicle prototype. Click to see their PCB design in Altium Designer.

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  • Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Your PCB design will probably have power planes of some kind on it. Here are some ways for creating a ground plane in your design using Altium Designer.

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  • Practical PCB Design Tips for an Unroutable Board

    Practical PCB Design Tips for an Unroutable Board

    A PCB may be unroutable due to various reasons: limited dimensions, strict compliance to routing practices, and component choice. Follow these tips to save time and make your PCB routable.

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  • More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    Don’t settle for old schematic capture tools that force you into extra work. A modern schematic editor based on a unified design environment is what you need.

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  •  Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    It is no longer a problem to switch between imperial and metric units when designing PCBs. Altium Designer gives you a simple way of switching from MM to mil.

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  • Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    With tighter schedules and smaller R&D budgets, you can’t afford the risk of going to manufacturing without first checking your design in a 3D PCB layout tool.

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  •  Compare PCB Design Software Features For Your Device to Move to Manufacturing

    Compare PCB Design Software Features For Your Device to Move to Manufacturing

    This guide will discuss the most useful and desirable features that you would want to compare in PCB design software for your hardware startup environment.

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  • Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    To create the different circuit boards that you will be designing, you need to know how to set up for the best uses for each layer in your PCB design tools.

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  •  Identifying Minimum Trace Spacing and Trace Requirements in Altium

    Identifying Minimum Trace Spacing and Trace Requirements in Altium

    Having the right routing rules set up can make or break your PCB design interactive routing efforts. Here’s how to set those rules up in Altium Designer.

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