Technology in our world is becoming more inundated into every day life. New electronic products are being developed and older technologies are being improved. Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are an integral part of these products. Technologies are becoming increasingly complex and dense in smaller footprints. This can lead to manufacturability problems due to a poorly…

Several companies are incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into PCB design tools to automatically design boards based on the requirements input by the engineer.

Using artificial intelligence in PCB design could take a lot of the simple intricacies out of custom PCB designs.

The PCB tool that uses AI is a advancement in electronics that allows engineers to design complex…

What are Test Points in PCB design?

Test points are placed on the board during the PCB design process and are used to ensure that the integrity of the component assembly process has not been compromised. A fabricated printed circuit board (PCB) generally goes through an automated test cycle. These tests check for component pins that are not connected to the board through a proper…

PCBs (printed circuit boards) are an integral part of nearly every electronic product you see or use today. Despite the fact that some might be small in size, they can be extremely intricate and packed with power. Designing your PCB in-house can often have several disadvantages, especially if you don't have an expert, experienced…

Trend Toward More Functions on Chips than Circuit Board

Black and blue PCB showing a quad flat pack chip

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) and Integrated Circuit chips make the modern…

How to Become a PCB Designer

PCB design is a career path with many opportunities to grow. We see it as just getting 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 printed circuit boards within it. Becoming a PCB designer can be pretty difficult due to the large amount of different…

Introduction to Addressing EMC Preemptively

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.…

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 design.