08 Nov '13, 11pm

6 Things to Consider When Designing Your #PCB

6 Things to Consider When Designing Your #PCB

Designing a PCB for one of today's products can be very complex, but this aspect of things is often overlooked. Instead, focus falls upon the more "interesting" aspects of the product, like the FPGAs or MCUs. The fact remains, however, that unless the board is designed correctly in the first place, you are going to run into issues sooner or later. Today’s PCBs can be mind-bogglingly complicated. The following are the main aspects of a modern PCB about which we should be particularly concerned: 1. PCB stack-up: This is the keystone of the entire PCB. It defines the number of layers within the PCB (more layers can increase the cost) and allows the engineering team to establish the characteristic impedances on the various layers. Like many things in engineering, this becomes a trade-off between fabrication processes and layer count to achieve the desired reliability, yield, a...

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