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Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm Pitch

Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It’s understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we’ve built is 0.3mm pitch. … Continue reading

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Wilk the Winner

Congratulations to Edward Wilk of Facts Engineering, who won the incentive prize for filling out a recent survey of PCB West 2014 technical conference attendees. Edward, a $50 AMEX gift card is headed your way. Thanks for your support, and thanks … Continue reading

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Pads on Ground Plane

Generally, small pads for passive parts are connected  with a single PCB trace of equal size to each pad. That’s the right way to do it. However, sometimes, circumstances dictate a little different approach. The illustration on the right shows … Continue reading

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Will a Via Fit Between?

I don’t know that it would be accurate to say that BGAs have ever been easy, but with 0.4mm pitch being common and 0.3mm pitch showing up, some of the older size, like a WHOLE millimeter pitch seem positively spacious. … Continue reading

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Beagle CAD Paw Prints

Unfortunately, I can’t generically hand out Eagle CAD QFN footprints without knowing the specific part, but I can illustrate the areas I initially had difficulty with. All of the traps that used to get me seem blindingly obvious now, but … Continue reading

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Why Not Nick?

Nick Martin, the founder and, until last week, CEO of Altium, is fighting back against the board that tossed him out. But the real question isn’t whether he will regain his spot atop the CAD tool developer. It’s why the … Continue reading

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CAD Tool Survey

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB is undertaking a survey of how printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists use and think about various CAD tools. Results will be published in an upcoming issue of PCD&F. Please be … Continue reading

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Bragging Rights

I want to call attention today to a great new contest for designers being run by Sunstone Circuits. The contest works like this: From now until Dec. 16, design engineers can share their PCB-related design success stories online at Sunstone’s … Continue reading

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Heads in the Cloud

DigiTimes is reporting that companies like Quanta are working with cloud computing developers to offer turnkey solutions, selling storage space to design and manufacturing customers. What DigiTimes did not report, however, is that such arrangements extend to PCB CAD tool … Continue reading

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Cadence: All Sync’d Up

Cadence today announced the release of point revisions to both Allegro and OrCAD, continuing its tradition of keeping releases of its major platforms in sync. They show significant upgrades in timing speeds and simulation speeds, respectively, as well as better … Continue reading

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