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March 26, 2020 

This Month in Design007 Magazine: Mentor—Managing Small Problems for Profitability

Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

At DesignCon, I met up with Todd Westerhoff, product marketing manager for highspeed design at Mentor, a Siemens Business, to discuss common design profitability issues and cost-aware PCB design. He explains how simple problems can “slip through the cracks” and cause delays, what you can do, and how first-order analysis can make simulation accessible to designers who wouldn’t simulate otherwise.

Andy Shaughnessy: Tell us about how the “small stuff” can get you in trouble. You say that we, as designers, take care of the big challenges pretty well, but projects get held up anyway... More >

 
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Beyond Design: The Impact of PDN Impedance on EMI

Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

In last month’s column, I looked at why interconnect impedance is so important to the performance of our system. I also mentioned that impedance is defined in both the time and the frequency domains. In the time domain, we need to consider the impact of the interconnect impedance on the propagation of electromagnetic energy. However, in the frequency domain, the AC impedance needs to be kept below an acceptable level to prevent excessive radiation.

Decoupling capacitors are generally spread throughout the power distribution network (PDN). In the past, we thought that it was only necessary to add a few capacitors to each IC power pin to stabilize the power at that device... More >

 
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Time to Market: Handling the Precarious Global Supply Web

Imran Valiani, RUSH PCB Inc.

The rush is on. As the world changes moment by moment, more and more companies are going to need to have their new product lines developed faster than ever. As the global supply web shuts down—or at least gets closed off in some areas of the world—companies, especially OEMs, are having to scramble to find alternate solutions for building their products. However, Imran Valiani explains how there is a way to countermand these challenges: using trusted sources.

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The Digital Layout: The New Printed Circuit Engineering Association
Stephen (Steph) Chavez
Tim’s Takeaways: Working From Home—5 Tips for Newbies
Tim Haag
 
 
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Current Design007 Magazine Table of Contents


Design for Profitability

It’s easy to define profit, but it’s much more difficult to define exactly what “design for profitability” (DFP) means to today’s PCB designers and design engineers. How can technologists create profit in every design when the board’s stakeholders are often spread out across several time zones and continents? This month, we asked our experts to weigh in on the best DFP strategies and how this can affect the entire PCB development cycle...
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