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Multi-CAD Engineering: Top 6 Challenges
In an ideal scenario, every engineer, manufacturer, contractor, and customer would utilize the same CAD system, simplifying collaboration efforts significantly. However, the reality of product design is far from this ideal. Various companies opt for different ECAD systems, requiring accommodating this as part of electronics product development. Even within a single organization, it's common to find different departments or divisions employing
Bridge the Information Divide: Altium 365 Meets Z2Data
Watch the webinar and learn how Z2Data integration can help you build resilience in engineering, compliance, and procurement through the
SiliconExpert Integration with Altium 365: Top Benefits
SiliconExpert is your one-stop shop to choose low-risk parts and optimize your electronics supply chain. And the best part? It's now integrated with Altium 365, making the design process even smoother!
A Learning Exercise - Voltage Regulator Testing Fixture
In this article, Mark Harris looks at how to pull the imperfect prototype back on track with some ideas for future improvements.
Baxandall Volume Control for Audio
Introduction Inspired by Douglas Self’s book on audio electronics (‘Small Signal Audio Design’) and his power amplifier design consisting of a massively-parallel array of NE5532 op-amps , I set out to design a headphone amplifier that uses similar techniques but scaled down due to the lower power requirements. The resulting amplifier utilizes many NE5532 op-amps (the first version used 44 in total!) and is designed to run from a single-rail DC
The Properties Panel and Document Options in the Schematic Editor
The Properties panel provides access to the properties of documents and objects. The contents of the panel change depending on the active document or the selected object. The set of properties completely covers all the necessary parameters and settings of the object. Summary Document options are used to customize the grid, fonts, sheet format, and more. You can access them in the Properties panel. Document options in a SCH library Document
Buck Converter Component Sizing
An overview of what calculations are required when sizing components for a switching buck converter.
Try These New Features in Altium Designer 22.9
September 23, 2022 ONTRACK BI-WEEKLY What’s New in Altium Designer? The newest enhancements in Altium Designer 22.9 include design reuse updates, a variant update, and an extension of commenting features: Variant improvement in schematics - AD22.9 brings even more improvements to variant creation and management. New tools help streamline creation and management of design variants. Add comments to your BOM - The much-loved commenting feature is
Altium Designer Quick-Start Tutorial Part 1
Learn how to design a simple, two-layer PCB in Altium Designer all the way from project creation, schematic capture, PCB design, to generating manufacturing files. A great place to start if you haven’t used Altium Designer or any ECAD tool before.
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
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.
Eliminating Audio Ground Loops: Designing a USB Type-C Isolator with Advanced Power Filtering
In this article, Mark tackles the common problem of buzzing noises caused by ground loops in audio systems. His solution is a custom-designed USB isolator equipped with modern USB Type-C connectors and enhanced with sophisticated power filtering. This device effectively isolates the audio interface from the computer, cutting off the noise. Mark focuses on simple explanations of choosing components like the Analog Devices ADUM4165 IC and power supply details.
Flyback Transformer Design With Core and Coilformer
Flyback transformers can be designed as custom components with high efficiency and galvanic isolation. Here is how to create a custom flyback transformer for a flyback converter.
Flyback Converter Module PCB Design Project
Flyback converters are isolated DC/DC converters with high efficiency. Here is how to create a PCB layout for a flyback converter.
How to Use Class X and Class Y Safety Capacitors
Safety capacitors are used on the input stage of power supplies and on isolated power supplies to reduce EMI and ensure galvanic isolation at low frequencies.
How to Filter Noisy Power Rails
Although a power supply might look like it produces clean power on an oscilloscope, power supply operation in a real system can create noise or be susceptible to noise. Power rails often need to serve power to multiple devices in a system at the same voltage, but with clean power in different portions of the system. When that is the case, noise on the main rail may need to be cleaned up before being provided to different portions of your system
Does Anyone Still Use DIP Components?
DIP components are less-often used in professional PCB design projects for new products, but legacy products may still need these parts.