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An Introduction to Git for Hardware with Altium Designer
Introduction A few years ago, I temporarily transitioned from working in a hip hyper-caffeinated startup environment to an engineering job in a more well-seasoned and experienced company. I then realised the binomial connection between technical culture and tools. How we think and how we work is shaped by the tools available to us, as our needs and customs influence the tools we choose. The new company where I worked wasn't accustomed to 3D
Analyzing Crosstalk on FIFO and DDR4 Parallel Bus Interfaces
Do you need to spot crosstalk on a parallel bus? Use a field solver that integrates with your PCB design and layout tools.
PCB Conformal Coating Types: Which is Best for Your New Board?
There are many PCB conformal coating types that can be used to protect your board from excess moisture and corrosion.
I2C vs. SPI vs. UART: How to Layout These Common Buses
If you’ve never worked with an MCU and programmable ICs, here are some guidelines on I2C vs. SPI vs. UART layout and routing.
What is Transfer Impedance in a PDN?
We often talk about impedance in a PDN, but we always refer to self impedance. Here’s what you need to know about transfer impedance in your PCB.
Coming Soon: Altium CircuitMaker Pro®
In 2015, Altium released Altium CircuitStudio® to best meet the needs of casual users, hobbyists, students, and PCB design aficionados on a budget. Learn about the new version coming to the public!
Temperature Sensor Project: Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD)
In this part of the series, we’re looking at Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD), which are among the most accurate temperature measuring elements we have easy access to.
Spotting DDR4 Impedance Violations in High Speed PCB Design
DDR4 is one of many high speed interfaces that requires impedance control during routing. If you can spot impedance discontinuities, you can prevent excess insertion/return losses in leading to your DDR4 memory modules.
The Basics of Signal Integrity Analysis in Your PCB
The basics of signal integrity analysis in your PCB can be anything but basic. Simulation tools are great for calculating the behavior of signals in different nets during schematic and layout design, but you’ll still need to take some steps to interpret the results. As advanced as some signal integrity and EM simulation tools can get, they simply can’t compare to the information you can glean from measurements. Whichever method you use to examine
An Introduction to Wheatstone Bridges
If you need to measure resistance precisely, a Wheatstone bridge is a simple circuit that provides a way to do so by taking a voltage measurement. Despite the simplicity of a Wheatstone bridge, it can be a challenge to make use of one effectively. In this article, we’ll take a look at Wheatstone bridges, how they work and how we can effectively use them with modern electronics. Many sensor types use a Wheatstone bridge internally, as the
Identifying Near-field EMI in a PCB's Power Distribution Network
Near-field EMI on the PDN in a PCB can be identified when you use a 3D field solver to examine your PCB layout. Here’s how Ansys SIwave integrates with Altium Designer for a powerful simulation workflow.
Grooming the Next Generation of Electronic Designers
Learn about Altium's commitment to advancing electronic design when it comes to the next generation!
Eli Hughes on Becoming a Full Stack Hardware Engineer
Robotics, undersea vehicles, space science, and Electrical Engineering instructor... Eli Hughes has led an interesting career. Now an acoustics guru and co-founder of Tzero, he joins OnTrack to discuss guitar pedals, the secret of overcoming imposter syndrome, and his company’s surprising approach to beer fermentation monitoring.
ISO 13485 Compliance: Tools for PCB Designers and Manufacturers
Your Altium 365 workspace and Concord Pro can be used as part of a QMS system for ISO 13485 compliance. Here’s how cloud collaboration helps manufacturers.
Transforming PCB Design with Altium Designer and Altium 365
Matthew Lightsey, founder and principal designer of Granite Summit Designs, based in Warwick, Rhode Island, is no stranger to this challenge. His firm specializes in designing custom PCBs, used in everything from data acquisition systems, high-resolution printers to mobile TV and broadband satellite receiver/transmitters. The designs are used in commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense industries.
Temperature Sensor Project: Intro
In this project we will build a range of PCBs which will cover all the temperature sensor types and circuits to implement them.
Why You Should Stop Hanging on to Legacy Design Rules
How to avoid problematic ‘legacy design rules’ that no longer apply to today’s technology. Watch and learn in this OnTrack episode with Eric Bogatin.