2020-02-20 - Rajan Bedi

Right-first-time PCB layout for spacecraft avionics

The PCB is now so fundamental that we often forget that it is a component that must be selected based on its specifications to deliver the required performance.

2020-02-14 - Francesc Estragués and Ralf Ohmberger, Monolithic Power Systems

Ensure EMC compliance in automotive LED design

The switch-mode power supplies LEDs require create an EMC compliance issue that needs to be addressed.

2020-01-24 - Kenneth Wyatt

Design PCBs for EMI, part 4: More on partitioning

High frequency digital signals travel through a PCB's dielectric space, not the copper as you may think.

2019-07-26 - David Decker

Optimize solder stencil aperture to increase connector options

Designers of high-density electronics systems can now match 0.15 mm co-planarity connectors with 0.10 mm thick solder stencils through careful aperture design.

2019-06-14 - Jens Hedrich

PCB design for low-EMI DC/DC converters

Careful component placement and board layout make it possible to meet the strict EMC limits of the automotive industry.

2019-04-26 - Kenneth Wyatt

Design PCBs for EMI, part 3: Partitioning and routing

Partition PCBs into analog and digital sections, but don't run signals across those gaps.

2019-04-24 - Todd Westerhoff

Low-cost design: When best practice is too expensive

A signal integrity simulation and analysis reveals how the designers could violate common design rules to cut costs and still produce a working board.

2019-04-08 - Bill Schweber

Is hand-soldering still needed?

Let’s face it: most components are too small to solder and many ICs simply can’t be hand-soldered due to connection bumps that are under their packages...

2019-04-02 - Kenneth Wyatt

Design PCBs for EMI, part 2: Basic stack-up

Learn how to stack-up a board's trace, power, and return layers to minimize interference.

2019-03-15 - Kenneth Wyatt

Design PCBs for EMI, part 1: How signals move

Part 1 of this two-part article explains the relationship between electrical signals and magnetic fields and how signals move through PCB traces.