Simulation/Analysis

Looking for simulation and analysis information about PCB design? Read the latest from Altium experts here.

  • What is the Return Current Path in a PCB?

    What is the Return Current Path in a PCB?

    There are some simple rules you can use to determine the return current path in a PCB.

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  • RF Signal Chain Design for FMCW Chirped Radar Systems

    RF Signal Chain Design for FMCW Chirped Radar Systems

    Amplifier layout and the RF signal chain are two important points to consider when designing chirped radar systems.

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  • RF Amplifier Impedance Matching at Microwave and mmWave Frequencies

    RF Amplifier Impedance Matching at Microwave and mmWave Frequencies

    Here are some guidelines for analyzing RF amplifier impedance matching at microwave and mmWave frequencies.

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  • Automotive Telematics System Design

    Automotive Telematics System Design

    Telematics systems play an important role in gathering data from your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know to create telematics systems for vehicles.

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  • Relative Permittivity of PCB Substrates: High-k or low-k dielectrics?

    Relative Permittivity of PCB Substrates: High-k or low-k dielectrics?

    Signal integrity in your PCB is affected by the relative permittivity of your PCB substrate.

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  • Pole-Zero Analysis and Transient Analysis in High Speed Design

    Pole-Zero Analysis and Transient Analysis in High Speed Design

    A lot is made of impedance mismatch without considering transient analysis. Here’s how to address both effects in high speed design.

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  • Impedance Controlled Routing for Boards Made in Altium Designer

    Impedance Controlled Routing for Boards Made in Altium Designer

    Altium Designer makes it easy to diagnose power delivery and thermal problems in your next PCB.

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  • When Trace Resistance Trumps Trace Impedance

    When Trace Resistance Trumps Trace Impedance

    Using a PCB resistance calculator to calculate trace resistance can help you identify and mitigate power integrity problems in your next PCB.

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  • Using Altium's PDN Analyzer and Incorporating Simulation-Driven Workflow

    Using Altium's PDN Analyzer and Incorporating Simulation-Driven Workflow

    Altium Designer makes it easy to diagnose power delivery and thermal problems in your next PCB.

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  • With Software for Rigid-Flex Designing, You Can Define and Animate Your PCBs

    With Software for Rigid-Flex Designing, You Can Define and Animate Your PCBs

    Using software for rigid-flex designing can enable you through tools like a 3D model viewer, and layer stack rules that help identify your sections.

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  • How an Electrolytic Capacitor PDN Issue Almost Brought Down a Building

    How an Electrolytic Capacitor PDN Issue Almost Brought Down a Building

    A TDK-Lambda rep was outsmarted by a maintenance technician in a PDNA issue. Find out how he did it, and what role electrolytic capacitors play.

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  • Voltage Regulators and How to Plan Your Power Budget with PDN Analysis

    Voltage Regulators and How to Plan Your Power Budget with PDN Analysis

    When it comes to power networks, you might end up with voltage regulators in your design. PDN tools available in your pcb design software make your process simple.

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  • Isolated vs Non-Isolated Power Supplies: The Right Choice Without Fail

    Isolated vs Non-Isolated Power Supplies: The Right Choice Without Fail

    Your power networking is as important for your design as anything. Explore the benefits associated with using an isolated power supply vs a non-isolated supply.

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  • Be the Expert When it Comes to Designing Your Power Distribution PCB

    Be the Expert When it Comes to Designing Your Power Distribution PCB

    Power simulators or multiple prototype builds can cost time and money. Be the expert in your next power distribution PCB design by using a PDN analyzer tool.

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  • Composite Amplifiers and How They Give the Best of Both Worlds

    Composite Amplifiers and How They Give the Best of Both Worlds

    If you are concerned about achieving both high precision and high power within your PCB design, composite amplifiers may be the combination answer you’re need.

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  • 8-bit vs. 32-bit MCU: Choosing the Right Microcontroller for Your PCB Design

    8-bit vs. 32-bit MCU: Choosing the Right Microcontroller for Your PCB Design

    If you’re looking to make a choice on which microcontroller to use for your design, you’ll need to know the parameters for 8-bit vs. 32-bit MCUs to make the best decision.

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  • Using PCB Star Grounding Can Keep Your Design Shining

    Using PCB Star Grounding Can Keep Your Design Shining

    Signal integrity, voltage concerns, and power distribution network management are vital to your PCB design’s health. PCB star grounding can diminish EMI concerns.

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  • For Your DC Power Application, Which Switching Power Supply Topology is Right?

    For Your DC Power Application, Which Switching Power Supply Topology is Right?

    There is a significant history in power distribution, get to know the switching mode power supplies for your DC power applications.

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  • Embedded RF Design: Ceramic Chip Antennas vs. PCB Trace Antennas

    Embedded RF Design: Ceramic Chip Antennas vs. PCB Trace Antennas

    Frequency demands will only rise with your PCB as technology becomes more complex. Knowing the matchup of ceramic chip antennas vs PCB trace antennas will help.

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  • Phalanx, not Failure: PCB Shielding to Protect Your Design

    Phalanx, not Failure: PCB Shielding to Protect Your Design

    The Greeks may not have had PCBs, but you can still learn from their PCB shielding techniques to keep your design protected from absorption and reflection loss.

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