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Common Signal Integrity Pitfalls with Hans Klos
Join us as Hans and Judy discuss the HyperLynx Connector tool, their upcoming webinar collaboration, and common signal integrity pitfalls.
Bandwidth Requirements For Differential Signals
This article provides an overview of the benefits of differential signaling and how it operates in a working electronic product.
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.
Preventing Ground Loops in Your PCB Design
I think we’ve all been there. You buy that awesome stereo system only to hear that familiar humming sound in the background. When you take it back to the store the clerk blames the manufacturer. What components are to be considered a problem? The decoupling capacitor or ground wire? How about the bypass capacitor or ground loop interference? The stereo manufacturer will blame the component manufacturer and the component manufacturer can’t blame
High Currents and Higher Temperatures: PCB Design Tips for Heat Management
I remember the first (and hopefully the only) time one of my circuits caught on fire. It started with the resistors and quickly spread to a nearby decoupling capacitor. Thankfully, the destruction was minor and most of the components were salvageable. Why did this happen you ask? No, this was not due to a short circuit. Very simply, I did not take into account the high current PCB layout. As electronics continue to be miniaturized, the thermal
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Active and Passive RFID Technologies
When I’m designing a new PCB or product one of the hardest parts for me is choosing exactly which components I should use. It seems like every technology out there now has a different configuration to achieve the best performance. Even when you’re dealing with a fairly straightforward technology like radio frequency identification (RFID) circuit board there are a lot of flavors to choose from. While every type of RFID design label uses an active
Introduction to High Speed PCB Designing: How to Eliminate Crosstalk
Recently at a wedding reception I was trying to talk to a gentleman who was sitting at the same table as me. Unfortunately there was a woman sitting between us carrying on a conversation with someone else sitting on my other side. With all the commotion of the reception in the background, conversation was difficult to begin with. Having another discussion taking place between us though made our conversation impossible. What we had was crosstalk
S-Parameter Measurements and Errors in Power Integrity
No matter where you look, it seems S-parameters never go away! They are mandatory tools for understanding some systems, such as an interconnect or antenna, while other network parameters can sometimes give a better conceptual understanding of electrical behavior. These parameters are normally reserved for signal integrity among electronics engineers, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find that S-parameters are also used for power integrity
Controlling Crosstalk In Connector Pinouts
This article will describe this type of crosstalk, the types of disruptions it causes, wherein the design cycle it needs to be factored in and how it can be successfully controlled.
PDS Impedance: The Traditional Approach To PDS Design vs. Energy Flow
Take a look at traditional PDS impedance versus the “energy flow” view of PDS design. We’ll debunk misleading information that could cause your designs to fail.
How to Analyze Phase Distortion in a Transmission Line
Pay attention to your transfer function if you want to spot phase distortion in a transmission line.
Huge Vu-meter with RGB LEDs Project
A laboratory journal to guide you through the steps to develop a successful product that value-conscious customers are sure to love.
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.
What is a Balun and Does Your RF PCB Need One?
Are you wondering what a balun is? Find out more and see where one fits into your RF PCB layout.
How Antipads Affect Signal Integrity in Your Multilayer PCB
Antipads in your PCB can create a signal integrity problem if not used properly. Here are some guidelines to help you get started.
DDR5 vs. DDR6: Here's What to Expect in RAM Modules
What can designers expect in DDR5 vs DDR6? Here’s what you can expect for your next memory device.