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  • PCB Core vs. Prepreg Material: What Designers Need to Know

    PCB Core vs. Prepreg Material: What Designers Need to Know

    Here’s what designers need to know about PCB core vs. prepreg materials.

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  • Pin-Package Delay and Via Delay in High Speed Length Tuning

    Pin-Package Delay and Via Delay in High Speed Length Tuning

    Pin-package delay and via delay will affect skew in your board, requiring ultra-accurate delay matching.

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  • Using an IPC-2221 Calculator for High Voltage Design

    Using an IPC-2221 Calculator for High Voltage Design

    Take a look at our trace spacing data compiled from IPC-2221 calculator results.

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  • Any Angle Routing: When Should You Use It?

    Any Angle Routing: When Should You Use It?

    Any angle routing does just what it suggests: you can route traces in your design at any angle you like.

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  • Should You Use Your Power Plane as a Return Path?

    Should You Use Your Power Plane as a Return Path?

    Automated return path checking tools can help you trace through the ground and power plane as a return path.

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  • Using Prepreg vs. Core for Controlled Impedance Routing

    Using Prepreg vs. Core for Controlled Impedance Routing

    Should you use core or prepreg for controlled impedance routing? Here’s how your choice will affect controlled impedance.

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  • How the Fiber Weave Effect Influences High Frequency Signal Integrity

    How the Fiber Weave Effect Influences High Frequency Signal Integrity

    Here are some guidelines for modeling and preventing high frequency signal integrity problems due to the fiber weave effect.

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  • The Case Against Orthogonal Trace Routing in Multilayer PCBs

    The Case Against Orthogonal Trace Routing in Multilayer PCBs

    Here’s why you should avoid orthogonal trace routing in multilayer PCBs. If you design the right stackup, you won’t need orthogonal routing.

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  • The Fundamentals of High Speed SerDes Design

    The Fundamentals of High Speed SerDes Design

    We’ve compiled some important guidelines for high speed SerDes design. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Some Pre-layout Power Spectrum Analysis Tips in Altium Designer

    Some Pre-layout Power Spectrum Analysis Tips in Altium Designer

    Power spectrum analysis can be difficult, but you can take advantage of some tools in Altium Designer to examine signal behavior in your next device.

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  • DDR5 PCB Design and Signal Integrity: What Designers Need to Know

    DDR5 PCB Design and Signal Integrity: What Designers Need to Know

    Signal integrity, layout, routing… all of these areas are even more important in DDR5 PCB design. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Substrate Integrated Waveguide Routing for mmWave PCBs

    Substrate Integrated Waveguide Routing for mmWave PCBs

    Substrate integrated waveguide routing has become popular in recent years. Here’s how you can implement this new technique in your PCBs.

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  • Parasitic Extraction with an Electromagnetic Solver in PCB Routing

    Parasitic Extraction with an Electromagnetic Solver in PCB Routing

    Automated parasitic extraction is critical for delay matching. An integrated electromagnetic solver can help you accurately match delay as your route traces.

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  • PCB Bus Routing and Layout: The Basics

    PCB Bus Routing and Layout: The Basics

    Here are some tips for PCB bus routing and layout. You can take advantage of interactive routing tools to speed up design.

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  • High Speed Routing Guidelines for Advanced PCBs

    High Speed Routing Guidelines for Advanced PCBs

    Getting past several Gbps channel design takes the right routing techniques. Here are some high speed PCB routing guidelines you can use.

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  • MIPI Physical Layer Routing and Signal Integrity

    MIPI Physical Layer Routing and Signal Integrity

    Here’s what you need to know about MIPI physical layer design and routing for your next mobile device.

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  • EMI from Heatsinks and What You Can Do About It

    EMI from Heatsinks and What You Can Do About It

    Here’s what causes radiated EMI from heatsinks and what you can do to prevent interference in nearby circuits.

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  • Some Techniques for Suppressing DC-DC Converter EMI in IoT Products

    Some Techniques for Suppressing DC-DC Converter EMI in IoT Products

    Here's how you can ensure that your new product will work as designed

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  • Load Line Analysis for Nonlinear Circuits in Altium Designer

    Load Line Analysis for Nonlinear Circuits in Altium Designer

    You can run a load line analysis directly from your schematics when you use Altium Designer.

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  • Plated Through-Hole Vias in mmWave PCBs

    Plated Through-Hole Vias in mmWave PCBs

    You might be tempted to use through-hole vias in mmWave PCBs. Here’s what to watch for with PHT vias and components.

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