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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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  • Don’t Let Your Unrouted Nets be Traces to Nowhere

    Don’t Let Your Unrouted Nets be Traces to Nowhere

    Make sure to identify and resolve all unrouted nets should be the first rule of PCB design. Otherwise, your board will malfunction or may not be manufacturable at all.

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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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  • 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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  • An Introduction to Multi-board Design in Altium Designer

    An Introduction to Multi-board Design in Altium Designer

    Trying to fit multiple PCBs into a single design can be frustrating for you and your colleagues. But, with multi-board design in Altium Designer the process is simple and easy, and can be fun.

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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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  • 10 Easy Steps to Comprehensively Designing a Circuit Board in Altium Designer

    10 Easy Steps to Comprehensively Designing a Circuit Board in Altium Designer

    By following a systematic step-by-step approach and utilizing the advanced capabilities of AD 18 when designing a circuit board you can easily arrive at the comprehensive PCB design you require.

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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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  • Tips for Connecting Hidden Pins with Altium Designer

    Tips for Connecting Hidden Pins with Altium Designer

    When working with complicated printed circuit board designs and highly dense circuits, sometimes less is more. With Altium Designer, connecting hidden pins is simple.

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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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  •  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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  • Generate and Export Gerber File in Altium Designer: the Language of PCB Manufacturing

    Generate and Export Gerber File in Altium Designer: the Language of PCB Manufacturing

    Making sure that your PCB manufacturer can easily read your design files is essential to avoid delays and excess cost.

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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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  • The Cost of CAD Software: What Strong Design Tools are Really Worth

    The Cost of CAD Software: What Strong Design Tools are Really Worth

    Knowing what you are looking for before you invest in the cost of CAD software is important. Find out in advance what strong design tools are really worth.

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  • Menu Changes and Switching Units in Altium Designer 18

    Menu Changes and Switching Units in Altium Designer 18

    Having to learn new menu changes and methods of switching units can be annoying and time-consuming; however, upgrading to Altium Designer is smooth and easy.

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  • Using Project Templates for PCB Design Development

    Using Project Templates for PCB Design Development

    By using project templates for PCB design and development you can increase your efficiency and make the best use of your personnel and time resources.

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  • How to Create a PCB Layout from a Schematic in Altium Designer

    How to Create a PCB Layout from a Schematic in Altium Designer

    You’ve completed your schematic, now it’s time to get started on the layout. First though you need to know how to create the PCB from an Altium Schematic.

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  • Creating a Bill of Material with PCB Design Software using Altium Designer

    Creating a Bill of Material with PCB Design Software using Altium Designer

    The design is finished, but you’re not quite done yet. Here are some ideas on how to compile, create, and optimize a bill of materials using Altium Designer.

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  • Auto-Interactive Routing to Overcome Obstacles and Other Polygons

    Auto-Interactive Routing to Overcome Obstacles and Other Polygons

    As the technology of printed circuit boards becomes more complex, PCB designers need the help of auto-interactive routing in order to reduce routing times.

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