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Our 5 PCB Design Hints for Automotive Applications

Automotive PCB design is without any doubt one of the toughest challenges for electronic engineers. On-board electronic devices must in fact operate in the most demanding conditions, while...

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Gerber files: what are they & how are they used by your PCB manufacturer ?

Before the affirmation of Gerber files, there was no standard guideline to follow for the production of printed circuit boards (PCB). The documents that embraced the PCB specifications followed...

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Flexible PCBs: advantages and disadvantages

Flexible PCB technology, also known as FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit), is continuously growing, with applications in the main electronics sectors, such as consumer, automotive, electro-medical...

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The placement of components on PCB: why is it so crucial in your projects?

In low frequency, the arrangement of the electronic components on the printed circuit can be carried out with greater freedom and ease. The only critical issues to follow are the final design and...

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12 rules to properly design your PCB stackup

The growing demand for more compact electronic products requires PCBs with multiple layers and a three-dimensional designing perspective. This designing perspective adds new problems to design...

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Counterfeit components: how to protect yourselves?

According to an article published by the french newspaper Le Monde in 2016, counterfeit electronic components cause from 7 to 10% losses for the industry out of a total turnover of 309 billion...

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Impedance control on PCBs: what for?

For high frequency analogue or digital circuits, it is essential to protect the signals that propagate on the PCB from being damaged. In fact, signals above 100Mhz are impacted by trace impedance...

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Why detailed evaluation of your AC-DC converter topology pays off ?

When power-system designers start a new AC-DC power converter design, they are faced straight away with the important choice of topology. Broadly seven different topologies at least are supported...

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Our tips to reduce the price and optimise the cost of your PCBs

Controlling the cost of your PCBs requires rigorous initial board design, strict forwarding of your specifications to suppliers and rigour in the relationship you have with them.

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