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Customizing Performance-Based Electrical Design Rules in Altium Designer
Electrical design rules go beyond manufacturing and assembly. PCBs also require electrical design rules that are based on a signals’ electrical behavior.
Expert Analysis of Measured S-Parameters
Read to learn an introduction about S-parameter analysis. This article covers how to identify port maps, what insertion loss and return loss looks like, how the various S-parameters look in the time-domain, and some additional analysis techniques to use when data mining S-parameters.
Using the iPad Pro for Electronic Design
Altium Concord Pro® on Altium 365 was updated with a smoother, more feature-full and more intuitive interface for the web design viewer. I want to use this occasion to share with you some of my favourite apps and websites for electronic design.
12V DC Uninterruptible Power Supply
I live in a rural village that tends to have intermittent power when there are high winds or storms. Because of this, my computers, servers, and network equipment are all on relatively low-cost, uninterruptible power supplies. These all run on sealed lead acid batteries and are not an overly efficient way to power a DC device such as a Raspberry Pi or internet router as the incoming mains. AC charges a DC battery, which then creates AC power
How Calumet Electronics Joined the Fight Against COVID-19 With Altium 365
The town of Calumet, with a population of barely seven-hundred, was once the booming epicenter of Michigan’s upper peninsula mining industry. When the industry began to fail, unemployment skyrocketed, and the townspeople sought local solutions for creating jobs that could sustain the town’s families. Rob Cooke, Director of Engineering Services at Calumet Electronics Corp, joins the OnTrack podcast to discuss the Open Source Ventilator project
Exploring IPC’s Network of Printed Board Design Engineers
The renown global trade association known as IPC has put together a network of printed board design engineering affiliates under the name IPC Design. IPC Design’s affiliates are comprised of PCB design engineers across the globe who are working to advance the art and science of printed design engineering. IPC Design’s Patrick Crawford and Teresa Rowe join the OnTrack Podcast. Listen to the Podcast: Download this episode (right click and save)
Linking Managed Projects with your Git Server using Altium Concord Pro
There’s been a bit of chatter on the forums lately discussing linkages between managed projects within Altium Concord Pro, and version control using external Git servers (such as GitHub or Bitbucket). In this article, we will be taking a closer look at the backend of Altium Concord Pro’s managed project system and how we can link back to your Git server. Altium Concord Pro Managed Projects: A Closer Look Historically, the Altium Vault—which
Impacts of Design Miniaturization and Complexity
Since they’ve been created, electronics have been getting smaller, faster, and more efficient. But when you try to cram more components, pins, and connections in a smaller sized board, you’re going to have some problems. These challenges include heat, BGA breakouts and size itself, meaning how are you going to fit your board in that small, oddly shaped enclosure. Here are a few quick stats: Board area has remained relatively constant, while the
Challenges with Rigid-Flex Design
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PCB Design Tools
Utilizing the available PCB design tools to their maximum potential allows designers to strike the perfect balance of passion and productivity in their work. Data from top performing designers demonstrates how these tools can lead to more successful outcomes in both business and engineering when used correctly. Key findings include: Best-in-Class companies are more likely to improve designer productivity through tool and process efficiency. The
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Solving Modern PCB Layout Challenges
PCB technology advances are a two-edged sword. They have increased the power and applicability of electronics. But they also make PCB layout more difficult, raising the risk of longer time-to-market cycles and higher product costs. Designers can mitigate these risks by using a unified PCB layout software package that provides the automation necessary to bring products to market quickly and on-budget. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION SOLVING BGA ROUTING
EMI/EMC Design: PCB Noise Reduction Through Isolation of AC and DC Signals
Using AC and DC components on the same board can cause EMI issues, however, these issues can be resolved through isolating the AC and DC systems. There are several straightforward solutions to help manage interference between AC and DC circuits, mainly; shielding components, separating systems, dedicated power supply, good grounding, decoupling capacitor and not bridging isolation. Read on to find out more on PCB noise reduction! In high school
The Hateful Five of PCB Manufacturing
You just completed your last design review, got that needed approval signature, and the finish line has never been closer, or so you think. Even after your components are sourced and your board is laid out perfectly, the biggest challenge is yet to come - ensuring that all those months of design and team effort don’t go to waste when it comes time to communicate design intent to manufacturing. But how do you navigate this stage of your post
The Power of Integration - Why Analysis Belongs to PCB Designers
PCB designers often rely on simulation tools or prototypes for their network data, but this approach can disrupt design flow and drain funds. What if designers were capable of analyzing their network during the board layout process? Read on to find out how designers are increasing productivity with access to analysis data at design time. As the complexity of our product designs increases each year, so do the requirements of our designs. And