Dec 02, 2021

Autorouting in PCB Design

PCB design begins with a schematic.

The schematic can be a simple paper drawing on simple boards or captured in a CAD program for more complex boards, such as Altium or OrCAD. The connections on the PCB should be identical to the schematic, but while the schematic is arranged to be readable, the PCB design is arranged to be functional. As a result, there is rarely any visible correlation between the schematic and the layout.

PCB design can be performed manually (using a CAD tool such as Altium Designer, PADs, or Allegro), or in combination with an Autorouter. The best results are always achieved using manual routing because the design engineer can exercise better judgment of how to arrange circuitry than an…

Dec 02, 2021

7 Reasons Why Silkscreen is Important in PCB Design

A silkscreen layer is often deemed unimportant in the whole PCB assembly process because it has no direct impact on the electrical functionality of a PCB. As a result, little attention is usually given to the silkscreen compared to the great value it brings and the importance it holds.

A green printed circuit board with white silkscreen

Silkscreen serves as a means of providing information about a PCB. It is mainly used for PCB identification and labeling, with zero connection to the electrical…

Dec 02, 2021

PCB design is the job of the future. Here are three reasons why.

What cells are for organisms, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are for electronic devices! They’re used in almost all electronic products.

As the technology advances, the need for PCBs gets higher and higher. Of course, not all printed circuit boards are the same – they need to be designed for a certain purpose, something that’s done by PCB designers.

Actually, the designers are those who matter the most when it comes to the production of PCBs and their role is going to get even more important in the near future. Apart from designing whole new printed circuit boards, the designers are also in charge of many other tasks. For instance, their job is to test electronic components, compare different…

Dec 02, 2021

Altium, LLC, a leader in PCB design software, today announced the availability of Altium 365, the world’s first cloud platform for PCB design and realization. The platform is poised to transform the electronics industry by bridging the gap between PCB designers, part suppliers, and manufacturers through seamless collaboration as the design evolves.

Altium Designer PCB Layout Services

Altium 365 works harmoniously with Altium Designer, the industry standard for PCB design, to deliver the most connected experience for PCB design and manufacturing.…

Dec 01, 2021

IPC Emerging Electronic Engineer Program

IPC’s Emerging Engineer program provides professionals early in their careers an opportunity to learn from industry mentors about IPC Standards development, and to obtain education and training for professional development. IPC is now actively seeking applications for engineers and mentors for the Emerging Engineer program.

To be eligible to participate as an Emerging Engineer, professionals must have worked in the industry for less than 5 years or be a university student. Mentors must have worked in the industry for a minimum of 7 years and on an IPC committee for at least five years.

Emerging Engineers Receive:

  • Education and mentoring for professional development
  • Recognition…
Nov 24, 2021

PCB Design Software Market 2021: Key Players – Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Altium LLC, Mentor Graphics Corporation

The "Global PCB Design Software market Size, Status, and Forecast 2027" study from CMI provides an overview of the global PCB Design Software market. This section illuminates the primary impact-rendering factors and restrictions limiting expansion. It enables people to comprehend various flaws and how they may obstruct future growth. This section is one of the most important in the report since it explains how many macro and microeconomic factors affect growth. The research also discusses the role of several sectors in the expansion, including small-scale and large-scale operations. Furthermore, industry specialists have presented current trends and prospects…

Oct 25, 2021

IPC will be holding an online training course focused on PCB design for manufacturability.

a classroom of adult students watching an instructor with a large white board

Taught by an industry expert with more than 40 years of experience in the field, this two-and-a-half-week online program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce or eliminate design, documentation, and capability issues that often arise when completed PCB designs are sent to the fabricator for production.

This course, which will run every Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov 9–23, 2021…

Oct 11, 2021

Collaborating effectively and efficiently with colleagues throughout the design cycle leads to better results.

Rapidly designing and building successful electronic circuit boards is always helped by good communication and collaboration among engineering teams (internal and/or external), purchasing departments, and EMS providers.

Collaborating effectively and efficiently with colleagues throughout the design cycle leads to better results. Parts selection and availability have always been important, but they have become a primary concern during the global pandemic-induced shortages. By using circumspect design techniques and a design tool that facilitates collaboration and provides clear insight into the supply chain, PCB designers can stay on top of parts issues and…

Aug 30, 2021

Join the Orange County Chapter of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) for a virtual Lunch ‘n’ Learn meeting, sponsored by American Standard Circuits.

Scott McCurdy IPC PCB Design

The meeting will feature two presentations: 

First presentation: Next-Gen Line/Space Capability for PCB Designs
Speakers: Anaya Vardya and John Bushie, ASC, and Haris Basit, Averatek 

The need for increasingly complex electronics, combined with the obsolescence of larger component packages, is driving innovation to provide alternatives to the traditional…

Jul 20, 2021

Altium’s CoDesigner capability is designed for mechanical engineers to collaborate on PCB design and deployment, allowing electrical and control engineers to work together.

Altium, best known for software solutions designed for engineers and designers, recently announced the release of their Altium Codesigner capability designed to support the collaboration of mechanical engineers.

Collaboration Between Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers

PCB assemblies involve at minimum an electronic circuit, a PCB, programmable hardware, a mechanical enclosure, and the code for the microprocessor used--and the assembly is designed using its design editor.