How to Become a PCB Designer

PCB design is already a great career path and one we see as becoming even better as PCB technologies continue to become more complex.  A PCB designer’s job is very important when it comes to the creation of a product and the inner workings of it. Of course, getting into this career is not easy because you need to learn about all of the different elements…

Introduction

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is an issue every designer of Ethernet-connected devices has to deal with. Making sure the devices are compliant with or meet the requirements of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the process of keeping EMI under control so other nearby devices are not impacted, can be frustrating.

While simulation modeling…

PCB designs commonly undergo multiple respins as a result of inconspicuous signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI), and electromagnetic interference (EMI) violations. At an average cost of nearly $28,000 per respin, ensuring that a given design meets its performance, time to market, and cost goals is imperative. To help eliminate complicated and difficult-to-diagnose layout violations,…

Researchers have demonstrated large-scale fabrication of a new type of transparent conductive electrode film based on nanopatterned silver. Smartphone touch screens and flat panel televisions use transparent electrodes to detect touch and to quickly switch the color of each pixel. Because silver is less brittle and more chemically resistant than materials currently used to make these…

Whether a schematic is used to assemble a circuit by hand, such as on a breadboard, or used to produce a printed circuit board, it is a vital step in the physical production of a circuit. To prevent expensive and time-consuming debugging, rework or revision of PCBs, a schematic should be as accurate and complete as possible before building the circuit or starting PCB layout.

PCB layout plays a core role in the manufacturing of a printed circuit board. The layout process produces a graphical representation of the circuitry that is necessary to manufacture a PCB. PCB design is a detailed description and graphical representation of the circuit. Most of the circuit boards manufactured today are assembled and tested by automated machines, driven in part by the data…

Today, IoT products are demanding higher frequencies and wider bandwidths than ever. Designs for devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and…

When electronic printed circuit board (PCB) design software company Altium set out a vision to be the dominant player in the market by 2025, with $500 million in revenue and 100,000 subscribers, this time last year, it seemed like a lofty goal.

But only one year on, the vision feels less blue sky and more like a forecast, with analysts and investors alike getting behind chief executive…

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are a necessary part nearly every electronic product you see or use today. Despite the fact that some might be little in size, they can be exceptionally intricate and packed with power. Designing your PCB in-house can often have a few disadvantages, especially on the off chance that you don't as of now have somebody with extensive knowledge of PCB design and the…

The Dilemma

PCB Layout CAD software programs are undergoing dramatic and significant changes as companies release new versions at an increasingly rapid rate. These new versions not only fix bugs, but they add additional features and versatility. Altium Designer is arguably the…