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PCEA is Here to Meet the Challenges of the PCB Design Industry
Why is it important t be involved in the PCB Design community? How will it help your career growth? Tomas is here for a Part 2 episode, Watch or listen on the go now.
2020 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Engineer
Check out our list of the best holiday gifts for engineers in 2020.
Getting Started with Revision Control in Altium 365
Forget about tracking copies of project files, use the revision control tools in Altium 365 to track project revisions, and protect your design data.
SOURCE® Hydropanels Renewable Clean Water from the Air
Cody Friesen joins the OnTrack podcast to discuss materials science, entrepreneurship, the ASUIO competition, and how he came to develop the hydropanel.
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.
Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design
It used to be that printed circuit boards seemed to have the same basic layer configuration, or at least that’s the way I tend to remember it. This meant that they were usually six layer multi-layer boards, with a ground plane and a VCC plane. The old CAD systems didn’t really have the ability to do much with power planes except to designate layers as a bottom layer or the like. The most you would see in them would be some “X’s” where there was
Identifying Minimum PCB Trace Spacing and Width in Altium Designer
Taking the time to set up routing rules to govern the minimum trace spacing and trace width for PCB layout can be tedious. Many designers would prefer to jump in and start trace routing without going through this setup process first. This can be dangerous though as you may inadvertently route a trace routing at the wrong width, or pack your routing in so tightly that you don’t have the room to make any width corrections later on. The more rigid
Designing to Meet a Target BOM Price and PCB Cost Estimate
Creating an accurate PCB cost estimate for design, components, production, assembly, shipping, and even firmware can be challenging tasks for new designers. Even established organizations can have trouble getting it right as it's hard to anticipate every problem that can arise during a design. Manufacturers can help you handle the production and assembly portion of a project, but any time a new design needs to be put into production, components
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
Understanding Ground Planes in Your Two-Layer PCB
Back when I was a young and hungry grad student, my first PCB ground plane design was used to collect analog signals from several sensors. When looking at a voltage graph of my measurements, the noise level was horrible and completely masked the signal I was trying to measure. I soon realized that I had completely bungled my ground plane connections, and ground loops were ruining my signals. Placing your ground plane and routing to ground are two
The Mysterious 50 Ohm Impedance: Where It Came From and Why We Use It
50 Ohm impedance became the standard impedance used in RF transmission lines long ago, but it is still useful today and is a standard reference impedance used in test equipment.
The SOSA Standard: What PCB Designers Need to Know
Learn more about the new SOSA standard for embedded systems. PCB designers working on aerospace and military embedded systems will need to design to this standard.
Common Printed Circuit Board Defects You Can Fix in the Cloud
Solve these printed circuit board defects you can fix with the cloud collaboration tools in Altium Designer.
Sync Your Electronics Inventory Management System With the Cloud
Do you use internal databases and tracking tools for electronics inventory management? Sync your inventory management system with the cloud.
Working with Customer PCB Fabrication Data Through the Cloud
Manufacturing won’t begin until you can receive and inspect PCB fabrication data from customers. Here’s how Altium 365 helps by bringing design and fab data into Altium Designer.
Looking Forward: 2021 Industry Trends and Events to Watch for
Where are we going in these crazy times? Mike Buetow shares with us what to look out for, the current trends, and what will help you be a better design engineer in 2021.
IPC-2551 Digital Twin Standard Released
Read our brief on the new IPC-2551 standard and how digital twins might be used in the PCB industry.