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Altium Amps PCB

Altium (long ago known as Protel) has long distinguished themselves as the provider of PCB tools for the mainstream. They based their business on the notion that many designers and small design teams don’t have the budget, patience, or need for the big enterprise-scale board design tools offered by EDA companies like Mentor and Cadence. Instead, they focused on the “desktop” market, blazing … Read More → "Altium Amps PCB"

A Second Pair of Eyes

We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"

Where Does an Engineer’s Responsibility End?

EEJournal, as its name implies, concentrates on the bits and bytes or the chips and boards of the electronics industry. But there are times when it seems like a good idea to look at wider issues. And this may be one of them. What has triggered this is a series of news stories that have demonstrated technology failings that have led to broader consequences.

Botnets and … Read More → "Where Does an Engineer’s Responsibility End?"

Why Are Design Tools So Bad?

As much as the EDA industry would like us to believe otherwise, it’s almost impossible to find an engineering team who is satisfied with their design tools. More often than not, when chatting with designers about their tools, we get sentiments ranging from “survivable” to “horrible.” The “survivable” end of the spectrum usually amounts to something on the order of, “We managed to get the … Read More → "Why Are Design Tools So Bad?"

Board to the Future

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a truly unique IoT design. As always, should you or any member of your engineering team be caught or killed, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This podcast will self destruct in five seconds… As we all know, IoT designs present us with a unique set of prerequisites and board design challenges. In … Read More → "Board to the Future"
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featured blogs
Jan 18, 2018
Many system designers have been working with DDR4 RAM components in the past couple years and using them in system designs. With product demands of increasing performance and decreasing power budget, expectations for faster memory devices never stop. In 2013, even before DDR4...
Jan 17, 2018
We often take for granted the dual 12-megapixel camera collecting dust on the back of our smartphones or the fact that almost any building we enter has a sign reading “Smile, you’re on camera!”.  Cameras have gone from a mysterious “stealer of souls&...
Jan 5, 2018
When visitors to CES 2018 want to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center across town, it will likely be in a fully autonomous vehicle from Lyft getting them there. While this futurist trip will certainly be a first for many riders, this type of point-to-point travel will s...
Jan 10, 2018
Recently, Electronics Products Magazine announced their 42nd Annual Product of the Year award winners, with Cadence Design Systems winning for their Virtuoso® System Design Platform. According to the article, the editors “have chosen [products] they......
Jan 17, 2018
In the last post, I discussed cavitation in a nozzle.  For this edition, I will discuss the phenomenon of cavitation during an external flow scenario. We looked at the definition of cavitation in the previous blog which in summary is: When the local pressure at some point i...
chalk talks
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"
Choosing the Proper SuperCap   Supercapacitors bring impressive benefits to numerous applications. But, most designers don’t know the ins and outs of designing with these capable capacitors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Shawn Hansen of AVX about how to take advantage of the latest generation of supercapacitors in your next design. Click here … Read More → "Choosing the Proper SuperCap"
What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?Choosing the right capacitors can make a big difference in the reliability, longevity, cost, and board size of your design. But most engineers don’t know which capacitors to choose for which applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with James Lewis from KEMET about the fascinating and surprising world of capacitor technology. … Read More → "What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?"
High-Speed Backplane Connectors Drive 56 Gbps and BeyondIs your backplane design taking you to 56 Gbps and beyond? Today’s faster backplane speeds require faster connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about the newest, fastest backplane connectors available. Click here to download the High-Speed Board-To-Board Application Design Guide.
Thermal Management SolutionsAdvanced thermal management materials can have a big impact on getting the heat out of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Emal Rustemi from Panasonic about the latest advances in thermal management materials, and how you can take advantage of them in your system design. Click here for more … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions"
Simplify Your 10W Isolated SupplyIn designing space-constrained power supplies for your design, opto couplers present a number of problems. But, it’s possible to do flyback feedback without using an opto coupler at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward and Anthony Huynh from Maxim Integrated about new no-opto flyback feedback solutions. Click here … Read More → "Simplify Your 10W Isolated Supply"