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Do You Need that Part, or is It Just Habit?

At the moment, I’m working on an Arduino compatible clock. Like most of my Arduino compatible boards, this one uses an Atmega32U4, with USB built in. With the Atmega32U4, I sacrifice a little in program memory and SRAM, but gain … Continue reading

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Warped PCBs

You just got a nice big PCB back from the fab shop. You set one on your desk to admire only to discover that it’s warped. What do you do? There are two primary types of causes of board warping: … Continue reading

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Where’d Design East Go?

As recently as February, United Business Media staff were promoting the then-upcoming Design East trade show. Big changes and improvements were promised, and given last year’s flat turnout and buzz, they would have been a welcome shot in the arm. … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Wilsonville Front

A timely piece from the hometown paper of Mentor Graphics looks at how Carl Icahn has calmed down now that Mentor’s stock price has doubled since he started accumulating shares of the company a couple years ago. The legendary investor … Continue reading

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LEDs: Seeing Double

Like I do so often, I’m being a bit redundant. While I’m all for stamping out and eliminating redundancy, this is redundancy with a purpose (not a porpoise). Not long ago, in a galaxy not far away, I blogged about … Continue reading

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‘Board Talk’

Today we launched Board Talk, the bulletin board for the Printed Circuit Board industry, a service brought to you by UP Media Group, Printed Circuit Design & Fab and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines. The bulletin board — the URL is www.theprintedcircuitboard.com … Continue reading

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Riding High on Design

The herd is riding on the EDA vendors, almost all of which are at or near 52-week high share prices. In the past week, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys hit or were trading just pennies off their yearlong highs. National Instruments … Continue reading

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Designing for Dollars

The results are in from our latest PCB designers salary survey, and we will happily reveal them next week in the May issue of PCD&F. Until then, we can say that designers did better in 2011 than 2010, and we … Continue reading

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Design Costs, But How Much?

Lots of studies find that most of the cost (75%-plus) of an electronics product is determined in the design phase. Here’s my question: Do those studies take the BoM costs into account as part of the design cost? Or are … Continue reading

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Design Costs, But How Much?

Lots of studies find that most of the cost (75%-plus) of an electronics product is determined in the design phase. Here’s my question: Do those studies take the BoM costs into account as part of the design cost? Or are … Continue reading

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