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Matters of Integrity

They say that practice makes permanent – whether it’s right or wrong. And, for those of us who have been designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) for years or even decades, the adage rings true. Many of our habits and beliefs are born of career-long repetition and reinforcement without benefit of a close critical examination. After all, we’ve designed board after board, and they … Read More → "Matters of Integrity"

Altium Disrupts PCB Design

PCB design is more art than science. A painter beginning a painting has only a concept, and the painter’s work is to transform that concept into a physical realization of canvas, oils, pigments, and brush strokes.  There are an infinite number of paintings that could result, and the experience, expertise, intuition, and creativity of the artist give life to the finished work of art. When … Read More → "Altium Disrupts PCB Design"

EE Journal Editors’ Choices for World Maker Faire 2018

Our EE Journal Team is back from World Maker Faire 2018! Every year, we take a trip to World Maker Faire in New York City to check out the hundreds of booths at the New York Hall of Science where makers come to  “show and tell” their projects. The creations on display at the Faire can range from homemade arts and crafts like needlepoint and quilting, to smart home devices … Read More → "EE Journal Editors’ Choices for World Maker Faire 2018"

The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half

Life is not a zero-sum game. There is not a finite amount of success, talent, happiness, or intelligence to be distributed among us. Being good at something doesn’t require being bad at something else as compensation. Newton’s Third Law doesn’t apply to … Read More → "The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel"

Sigrity Elevates 3D

Signal integrity (SI) is the bane of most system designers. Getting those signals to pass intact through all the twists and turns of your design can be a maddening experience. But modern signal integrity design and analysis is the enabling soul of most of today’s high-performance systems. Cadence’s Sigrity tools are an industry leader in the signal and power integrity game, and the recently … Read More → "Sigrity Elevates 3D"

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featured blogs
Nov 16, 2018
If you aren'€™t from the packaging world, then chances are likely you might think '€œpacking'€ refers to objects being placed in to a box instead of packaging integrated circuits (IC'€™s) on a substrate. Packaging has advanced since it began, and as with many areas i...
Nov 14, 2018
  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...
Nov 13, 2018
Podcast Interview with the authors of The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design eBook by Mike Beutow with PCB Chat....
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Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics Magnetics have a wide range of new and exciting applications that extend far beyond simple inductors – including temperature sensors, flex suppressors, zero phase current transformers, and more. With all these new uses for magnetics, it pays to keep up on the latest technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins   Design rule checking (DRC) is becoming more important with today’s complex PCB designs. With the complexity of today’s designs, the old ad-hoc methods just don’t cut it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rory Riggs from Mentor about how Hyperlynx DRC can help get your next design out on … Read More → "Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse"