Connector Design Guide

Increasing signal speed and switching frequency demands stringent requirements from connectors. Primary issues while dealing with connectors are electrical length, need of a larger assembly area, compatibility with new technologies, and reliability.

A connector introduces an extra electrical path that can lead to added propagation delay and electrical noise, such as crosstalk

Design for Assembly Handbook

Design for assembly is a process used to reduce the assembly costs of a product by simplifying its design. This is done by reducing the number of components or parts in the product design and ensuring the parts are easily assembled. Techniques are intended to arrive at a simpler product structure and assembly system. DFA includes a distinct methodology that considers functionality along with the cost and efficiency of the assembly process. Design choices go a long way in ensuring quality and reliability.

IPC Class 3 Design Guide

PCB designers often wonder about the differences between the IPC classes. It is always the end application of the product that determines the type of board to be used in that particular design. When we talk about IPC classes, like class 1, class 2, and class 3, we are speaking about the level of inspection that defines the manufactured board’s precision and reliability. The three classes are categorized based on the criticality of the application, the tolerances to the harsh environment, and so on.

High-Speed PCB Design Guide

In the present world, electronic products are transforming into more complex devices due to the increase in the component count on the PCB. This is making room for high-density and high-frequency of circuit operation. Typically, signal frequencies from 50MHz to as high as 3GHz are considered to be high-speed signals. In the future, the demand for high performance from devices such as computers, mobiles, and communication devices would require even higher speed of operation and higher component counts.

Controlled Impedance Design Guide

Controlled impedance is the characteristic impedance of a transmission line formed by conductors. It is relevant when high-frequency signals propagate on the transmission lines. Designers need to understand controlled impedance for their signals to propagate without distortion. In this design guide, we help you control your controlled impedance.

HDI PCB Design Guide

Are you a PCB designer or electronics engineer? High-Density Interconnect (HDI) architectures can result in better manufacturing yields and lower costs for complex circuits. Our free downloadable guide explains everything you need to know about HDI design techniques. Learn about the blind and buried via technology with tips from PCB experts Happy Holden, Eric Bogatin, Rick Hartley and more.

Flex PCB Design Guide

Flexible printed circuits are quickly becoming the preferred printed circuit board. Unlike other boards and interconnects, flex circuits are lightweight, easy to install, durable, compact, and—yes—flexible. You can use flexible circuits in “bend to install” or dynamic applications, where the circuits are continuously in motion. Learn about the advantages of flex circuits and get some design tips.

PCB Transmission Line eBook

PCB transmission lines can have a complex electrical behavior. It is essential to understand how they act to avoid signal integrity issues. This is why we published this e-book explaining the signal speed, propagation delay, critical length, controlled impedance, and rise/fall time in a PCB transmission line.

Differential Pair eBook

Following our PCB Transmission Lines eBook, we present the Differential Pair Design Guide, which covers differential and common mode signals, differential impedance, even and common mode, the physical parameters, and detailed analysis of a differential pair in terms of line.

DFM Handbook

DFM is the manufacturer’s opinion on the manufacturability of products. What are the loopholes and complexities of the design? How to simplify them? Is the design even manufacturable? Or can it be designed to get it done in an optimized cost? A properly-executed DFM looks like an amalgamation of all the stakeholders including designers, engineers, contract manufacturers, and material suppliers. DFM ensures that the design is optimized and does not have unnecessary cost embedded in it.

Signal Integrity eBook

Signal Integrity (SI) signifies the signal’s ability to propagate without distortion. Signal integrity is nothing but the quality of the signal passing through a transmission line. Fundamentally, signal integrity issues must be taken care of during the PCB design phase. Once the PCB has been designed, there is little one can do to improve signal integrity.

PCB Material Design Guide

Material selection is the first step in the design process. Selecting the right material is very important as it can impact the overall performance of the PCB. When dealing with high-speed designs, the material chosen significantly impacts the quality of the signals traversing through the traces. Hence, depending upon the operating signal frequency, materials are categorized as normal speed, medium speed, high speed, and very high speed. The type of materials you choose defines the quality of your end product.

KiCad Design Guide

KiCad is one of the best open-source electronic design automation tools for PCB design available today. It enables its users to design circuit schematics and convert the same to board designs. We have created this design guide to make things easy for PCB designers and get you started quickly with KiCad. This guide will help you create a schematic, set up board parameters, carry out component placement, route your board and export the resulting Gerber and other production files.

NoTouch PCB Design Guide

No Touch self-service ordering system enables you to specify two-layer, four-layer, and six-layer prototype PCBs entirely online for quickturn delivery at the minimum cost. This design guide gives you all the specifications needed to successfully design a fast and functional No Touch board.