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Who Chooses Components and Tools?

Before becoming professional engineers, most of us designed and built things as a hobby. It’s rare to find an engineer who jumped right into engineering school without at least some background of tinkering and experimenting. And, when we did those projects, we had full control. We could choose whatever part we wanted or needed. We didn’t have to deal with management, manufacturing, … Read More → "Who Chooses Components and Tools?"

The Spirit of 42

What do Douglas Adams, PCB design, DRAM for cryptocurrency, and the fourth Industrial Revolution have in common? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry, of course! First up, Greg Roberts (EMA Design Automation) brings us the goods on EMA’s new ebook called “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to PCB Design”. Next, Mark Greenberg (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about using DRAM4 for artificial … Read More → "The Spirit of 42"

Validate Twice, Build Once

As electronic system design has evolved, the practice of designing in specialized silos has broken down. Challenges such as signal integrity for multi-gigabit signals has forced co-design that spans every level of design from system to board to package to IC. Other issues, including thermal, power, RF, EM, and many more, have exacerbated this effect. As much as we wish we could just design our PCB … Read More → "Validate Twice, Build Once"

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"

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featured blogs
Jan 17, 2019
After two interesting blogs by Yagya Mishra that explained the most popular features of the Run Plan assistant in Virtuoso® ADE Assembler , I am writing this third blog in the series to share... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site...
Jan 16, 2019
112 Gbps Samtec Flyover'„¢ Demo Samtec'€™s Ralph Page walks us through a live demonstration of a Samtec Flyover'„¢ system which enables 112 Gbps PAM4 performance. The Credo CDR generates two ports of 31-bit PRBS data at 112 Gbps PAM4 data rates. The signal travels from...
chalk talks
SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right passives for your design can be a huge headache. Sorting through hundreds of data sheets looking for the component with just the right specs, balancing against your BOM requirements, and confirming availability can consume valuable engineering time. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Arthur Evans of … Read More → "SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics"
STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics   There are numerous situations where a solderless connection to a PCB would save time, space, BOM cost, and engineering frustration. However, most designers still resort to sticking an expensive connector on their PCB where one is not really needed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Anderson of AVX … Read More → "STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics"
RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics  Why attach a header connector to your PCB when you really don’t need one? If you’re plugging a ribbon cable into your board, particularly for a limited-use function such as provisioning, diagnostics, or testing, it can be costly and clunky to add a header connector to your BOM, and introduce yet another component to … Read More → "RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"
RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics  Choosing the right passive for your design can be a maddening voyage through datasheets, internet searches, and endless matching and comparing of component specs. Finding just the right inductor or capacitor often becomes an exercise in drudgery. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hebberly Ahatlan of Wurth Electronics about RedExpert … Read More → "RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"
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"