We previously quickly discussed signal reflection in our PCB Transmission Line series. This is an in-depth article about this very important topic that PCB designers should master. The first thing to remember is that reflections in transmission lines occur due to impedance discontinuity.
Today, we are going to talk about signal integrity. As a PCB designer, it is important for you to know the effects of via stubs on signal attenuation and data transfer rates.
Designing with PCB assembly in mind is one of the most important and frequently misunderstood elements. This series is dedicated to helping you become a designing pro—someone whose PCB design has been optimized on the first try, ensuring a smooth quickturn PCB production process. Follow these tips when you design for assembly. Continue reading “PCB Assembly: 8 Tips For Design For Assembly”
The IPC classifications set the rules to follow when designing a printed circuit board. And between Class 2 and Class 3, the design requirements are fairly different. How much do you know about the different design rules for IPC Class 2 and Class 3? Take the quiz and find out!
As a circuit board manufacturer, we are often asked about the difference between IPC Class 2 and Class 3. Class 1 does exist although we rarely produce boards that fall into this classification. Most of the times, even if the end-use of the product only requires Class 1, we will make it Class 2 just to ensure a better performance. This article will help you understand the different design rules for IPC Class 2 and Class 3 circuit boards.
A transmission line should have a uniform characteristic impedance. Any variation or discontinuities to the impedance causes signal reflection and distortion. Continue reading “How Impedance Discontinuities Affect Signal Integrity”
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