Category: How To PCB
PCB Stack-Up: Plan, Design, Manufacture & Repeat

PCB Stack-Up: Plan, Design, Manufacture & Repeat

If Sierra Circuits was making burgers, we would make the world’s best burgers, just like we make the world's best PCBs. We would prepare each layer of your burger with care and tenderness, just like the layers on our PCB stack-up. Our burgers will come with different...

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Why We Perform PCB Ionic Contamination Analysis

Why We Perform PCB Ionic Contamination Analysis

Did you know that more than 25% of PCB failures occur due to ionic contamination? These contaminated PCBs are sent back to the manufacturer for revision. Additionally, ionic contamination may cause a catastrophic failure, leading to a substantial financial loss for a...

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Power Integrity, PDN, and Decoupling Capacitors

Power Integrity, PDN, and Decoupling Capacitors

The continual silicon scaling has caused EM to become an increasing design factor in systems that depend on current generation ICs. Power plane noise is a significant source of signal integrity issues. The technological advances have succeeded in integrating over a...

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Thermal Profiling for PCB Assembly Explained

Thermal Profiling for PCB Assembly Explained

A few days back, I came across a really cool quote about data. “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming, statistician. Since then, I have been wondering what could be the best way to share, incorporate and explain this. What’s better than our...

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NIST 800-171 Compliance for PCB Manufacturers

NIST 800-171 Compliance for PCB Manufacturers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) compliance 800-171, derived by a non-regulatory government agency, deals with the protection of the confidentiality of CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) with predefined clauses. Typically, the NIST...

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