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Schematic Capture in Altium Designer
Transformer Theory Made Simple
Transformers used for 50/60 Hz power conversion must be physically larger than those used in wall-warts. Read this article and you will understand why.
The Newest Upgrades to Altium Designer 22.7
July 22, 2022 ONTRACK BI-WEEKLY New This Month in Altium Designer Altium Designer 22.7 gives users productivity during schematic capture with the newest productivity upgrades in the schematic editor. This month’s announcement focuses on new schematic capture upgrades: Control of Paste Mask Output for Variants - Users can now control Paste Mask outputs for a variant as part of that variant’s definition. When enabled, the paste mask for that
New Schematic Capture Upgrades in Altium Designer 22.6
July 8, 2022 ONTRACK BI-WEEKLY New This Month in Altium Designer The new release of Altium Designer 22.6 brings important schematic capture improvements that further align Altium Designer with the needs of modern design engineers. This month’s announcement focuses on new schematic capture upgrades: Multi-functional Pins - Many modern integrated circuits have multifunctional pins. Now users can program pin names into parts and select pin
The Best PCB Design Software Downloads
There are many PCB design software packages available for download or purchase. Newer designers who are just starting out will likely build up their skills from a free software program, but eventually they will make the switch over to a paid software package. To help you make the right decisions for your projects and your business, we've compiled an extensive list of software designers can use to create their projects. These downloads include
Altium Designer: The Best PCB Design Software
Start working with the unified design environment in the best PCB design software. See what features you need in your design tools.
Altium Designer: The Best Circuit Design Software
Altium Designer doesn't just include the best PCB layout tools, it is also a the best circuit design software for students, hobbyists, and professionals.
Monte Carlo Simulation vs. Sensitivity Analysis: What’s the Difference?
SPICE gives you an alternative to Monte Carlo analysis so that you can understand circuit sensitivity to variations in parameters.
The Basics of Monte Carlo in SPICE: Theory and Demo
Anytime you place a component in your PCB, it’s almost like you’re gambling. All components have tolerances, and some of these are very precise (resistors for instance), but others components can have very wide tolerances on their nominal values (e.g., wirewound inductors or ferrites). In the event the tolerances on these components become too large, how can you predict how these tolerances will affect your circuits? While you could calculate
Guide to Ceramic Capacitor Dielectrics and Other Types
Capacitor electrical behavior is determined, in part, by the capacitor dielectric. Learn all about capacitor dielectrics in this article.
PDN Impedance Simulation and Analysis in SPICE
PDN simulations can be performed in SPICE if you know how to properly model parasitics and inductive effects in power integrity analysis.
How To: Impedance Matching and Terminating Capacitive Loads
Impedance matching and capacitive load termination are examined in this article.
Can You Design a Rotation-Proof Connector Pinout?
There are times where your connector pinout needs to be adaptable and reversible. What’s the easiest way to do this? Use a rotation-proof connector in your PCB.
All About PCB-Mount Transformers
Before you rectify your AC input down to DC, you’ll need to step down your mains power to the desired voltage with a PCB-mount transformer.
Common Mode Choke Selection
Noise on power supply lines can be a major headache. We'll examine how to select a common-mode choke to help eliminate common-mode noise.
Schematic Design Review Checklist
This article is a simple, no-frills checklist to help you check schematics. Read now and avoid schematic design mistakes that could make their way into prototypes or production without a second thought.
Beginner's Guide to H-bridge Full Wave Rectifier Design
Need to start a new power conversion design? You’ll probably need an H-bridge full-wave rectifier to produce a stable DC output.
Beginner’s Guide to ESD Protection Circuit Design for PCBs
Circuit protection from transient voltages and currents can be applied with ESD protection circuit designs. Learn more about these circuits in our guide for new engineers.