Category Archives: pcb

Friday Video: Get the latest skinny on the IPC-2581 open interchange standard for PCB design

Dave Jones down in Australia (not Austria!) is attending the Australian Electronex show in Sydney and he’s posted a long video where representatives from the IPC Designers Council discuss the relatively new IPC-2581 standard for describing printed circuit boards and … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Video teardown of analog power supply provides hints of how not to design a printed-circuit board

Dave Jones, that Crazy Aussie Bloke from eevblog.com, is back with another teardown that delivers some good pointers in printed circuit board design. This time, he tears down an analog, 5V, 30A lab power supply. Sorry, the video is 25 … Continue reading

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DAC 2012: Get answers to all of your EDA questions at 78 Cadence demo suite slots

Next week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) you can get all of your EDA questions answered at the Cadence DAC demo suites. There are 78 demos over the three days covering the following EDA topics: Mixed-signal and low-power design RTL-to-GDSII design … Continue reading

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OrCAD Marketplace opens on the Web. Preview OrCAD apps. Download symbols, footprints, simulation models.

Previously, the OrCAD Capture Marketplace was accessible through OrCAD itself. It’s still there but you can get a look at the latest apps to enhance OrCAD (some free and some try-before-you-buy); download symbols, footprints, simulation models; and get a look … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t your pc board work?

I really wanted to attend a paper titled “Why doesn’t my board work?” presented by John Milks, president of Cadence partner Adiva at CDNLive! held recently in Silicon Valley. My EDA roots are in pcb design, going back to my … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Watch Dave Jones revise his power supply pcb. Fiddle. Fiddle. Fiddle.

In the 10th installment of his power supply design video series, Dave Jones demonstrates the fiddly nature of ripping up and revising a pcb layout. He’s added a couple of ICs and a handful of resistors and connectors to a … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Want the basics of PCB design in 45 minutes? Dave Jones delivers yet again with a free tutorial.

Well, Dave Jones is at it again. This time, he’s recorded the screen of his PC as he lays out his power lab supply board. In 45 minutes, you will be able look over Dave’s shoulder and hear him discuss … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Ready for a little mobile phone teardown archaeology? Dave Jones compares state of the art in 1994 (Motorola) with an evolved 2000 (Nokia)

Teardowns are incredibly useful for learning what’s been tried before. Dave Jones is king of the teardowns in the sense that he not only takes a product apart, he also observes and explains the underlying importance of what we see … Continue reading

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Friday Video: What’s the difference between a bare PCB made in China and one made in New Zealand?

Same design, two PCB fabricators. What’s the difference? Is there one? Well, yes. Dave Jones of EEVblog takes 16 minutes to walk you through some of the differences he observes in his prototype power supply board from two vendors in … Continue reading

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The Fundamentals of Laying Out Printed Circuit Boards—Free Webinar, Feb 8

Analog Devices, a company that knows a lot about pcb layout tricks to help its analog components perform at their best, is sponsoring a free Webinar on Wednesday, February 8. Here’s the overview: “Laying out the circuit board is one … Continue reading

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Friday Video: First, Why panelize a PCB? Then, How? Paging Dr. Jones…

Lots of people will instruct you in the art of panelizing a PCB using a design tool but Australia’s Dave Jones (not really a doctor) first explains the engineering economics behind the “why?” and then proceeds to show you how. … Continue reading

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EMA Design Automation announces FootprintGen—an app for Cadence Allegro and OrCAD PCB design tools that cuts the time needed to design PCB footprint models for new components

Like painting, prep work is critical in PCB design and one of the most important parts of that prep work is to develop footprints for all of the components on the board before starting the overall design. Generally, an experienced … Continue reading

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Who else wants to learn high-speed PCB design and signal integrity analysis from world-renown expert Robert Hanson—for FREE?

Do the words “high-speed PCB design” make you twitch uncontrollably? How about “signal integrity analysis”? “Crosstalk”? Perhaps the phrase “complex power-delivery networks” is your nemesis. All of these topics can be real bears to deal with when you are laying … Continue reading

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Need to tackle the latest PCB design challenges? October PCB seminars can help. FREE!

Printed-circuit board technology is undergoing rapid change and there are several new challenges to overcome. Some of these challenges include: Multi-GHz differential-pair signal distribution Complex power-distribution with multiple voltages and high-speed, high-current delivery requirements Ever-escalating ASIC, SoC, and FPGA pin … Continue reading

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New apps for pcb designers in the OrCad Capture Marketplace speed common design tasks

EMA Design Automation has just added five new apps to the Cadence OrCad Capture Marketplace. These apps are small additions that add big features for printed-circuit-board design teams and they help to automate several chores that all such teams must … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Learn the fundamentals of PCB design in 47 minutes, and enjoy it

Dr. Howard Johnson has written about high-speed design and its ramifications on printed-circuit board (pcb) design for many years. He’s both an expert and very easy to understand. That’s a real bonus that’s rare in the electronics industry. Now he’s … Continue reading

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