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  • The Basics of Signal Integrity Analysis in Your PCB

    The Basics of Signal Integrity Analysis in Your PCB

    Signal integrity analysis is much easier when you use the right set of design and simulation tools.

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  • Push and Shove Router: How it Works and Why You Need It

    Push and Shove Router: How it Works and Why You Need It

    Here’s how to work with the different push and shove router modes in Altium Designer.

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  • DC Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Circuits in Schematic Design

    DC Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Circuits in Schematic Design

    At some point, every designer will need to perform a DC analysis to understand some basic behavior in their circuits.

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  • Why is There a Transmission Line Critical Length?

    Why is There a Transmission Line Critical Length?

    Let’s look at the transmission line critical length and when you should obey this rule of thumb.

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  • Three Common PCB Design Mistakes You Can Spot in Your Gerbers

    Three Common PCB Design Mistakes You Can Spot in Your Gerbers

    Don’t make these common PCB design mistakes when preparing for production. Instead, take a close look at your Gerbers before production.

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  • Pulsed Laser Diode Driver Circuit Layout for Lidar

    Pulsed Laser Diode Driver Circuit Layout for Lidar

    Here’s how your pulsed laser diode driver circuit works and how to place it on your PCB.

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  • PDN Impedance Analysis and Modeling: From Schematic to Layout

    PDN Impedance Analysis and Modeling: From Schematic to Layout

    PDN impedance analysis can be expedited if you understand how parasitics affects your board. Here’s how to think about and model your PDN impedance.

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  • Length Matching for High-speed Signals: Trombone, Accordion, and Sawtooth Tuning

    Length Matching for High-speed Signals: Trombone, Accordion, and Sawtooth Tuning

    You can use length matching for high-speed signals with trombone, accordion, and sawtooth tuning.

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  • Never Cross a Ground Plane Gap in High Speed PCB Design

    Never Cross a Ground Plane Gap in High Speed PCB Design

    Here’s why you shouldn’t cross a ground plane gap in high speed PCB design.

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  • Tools for Transient Signal Analysis in Circuit Design

    Tools for Transient Signal Analysis in Circuit Design

    Here’s what you need to know about transient signal analysis in circuits and PCB interconnects.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Race to Hire Embedded Software Engineers in the Automotive Industry

    The Race to Hire Embedded Software Engineers in the Automotive Industry

    The automotive industry will start making even greater use of embedded software engineers, thanks to autonomous connected vehicles.

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