PCB

Michael Dunn
Editor, Design Ideas, IC/FPGA, PCB, and Medical Design Centres
In-depth technical design information, product advancements, and technology and tool updates for engineers, engineering managers and system architects responsible for designing, specifying, selecting or connecting printed circuit boards (PCBs) for electronics applications. Topics include layout tools, IC and board connectivity, connectors, board to board connectivity, signal integrity, power, signal and ground routing, conformal coatings, passive device integration, 3D modeling, and board and system concurrent design.

ICs of the 1930s & 1940s

Check out this amazing integration ca. 1940. Read More...

Desktop PCB startup on-track

BotFactory's desktop Squink is ready to make your boards. Read More...

JTAG offers mapping tool for Altium Designer

JTAG Maps for the Altium Designer tool suite lets engineers assess JTAG/boundary-scan resources on their design, before committing to layout. Read More...

PXI-Express PHY: Essential PCB design considerations

Designing for PXI-Express (or PCIe)? Make sure you’re following these guidelines. Read More...

Altium Designer 17 release adds ActiveRoute

Altium has launched the latest version of its PCB design software, Altium Designer 17. Among other upgrades, it aims to reduce the time spent on non-design tasks. Read More...

The PCB is the most important component of your design

This is a look at the importance of the printed circuit board, including cautionary tales and advice from veteran engineers. CAD helps, but beware of auto-routers. Read More...

FlexLogIC is actual printed electronics

PragmatIC has been developing a technology for printing electronics with elements including transistors and other active devices on flexible substrates, with the aim of producing very low cost devices for areas such as wearables. Read More...

System design comes to Xpedition

Mentor joins the system-design club with its Xpedition offering. Read More...

Thermal design: Get the heat out of the electronics

Whether you are designing an LED lamp or an electric drag racer, know your options and the need to get the heat out of the electronics. Read More...

Decoupling’s effect on EMC

This article discusses the impact of PCB decoupling on simultaneous switching noise (SSN) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) by performing post-layout power integrity simulation and characterization of SSN and radiated emission of prototype PCBs. Read More...

Flex primer for IoT & wearables

It's a brand new ballgame with flex circuitry and wearable/IoT devices, so you have to add to your existing knowhow of conventional PCB design. Read More...

Solving signal integrity problems at very high data rates

Asking a PCB to function at 56 Gb/s can be an exercise in futility. Read about a way to break through this roadblock. Read More...

Advanced PCB & die-mounting technologies combined for dimension shrinks

PCB design and manufacturing company AT&S has brought together a range of technology options for miniaturization on all interconnection layers, including embedded component packaging, HDI, & bare-die packaging. Read More...

MesoGlue will not replace solder

MesoGlue is a room temperature metallic glue created with some brilliant science, but it’s not ready to replace solder in the engineering world. Read More...

Multi-instantiating a symbol: Free EDA advice #1

In which I offer 100% free advice to EDA companies on how to improve their products. Read More...

SnapEDA launches on-demand PCB symbols

If the symbol & footprint you need isn't already in their library, you'll have it within 24 hours. Read More...

How much mode conversion is too much?: Rule of Thumb #32

Differential to common-mode conversion as miniscule as -60dB can cause EMC test failure. Read how to improve your odds. Read More...

How much common current is too much?: Rule of Thumb #31

Watch out for the EMC failure mode caused by mere microamps. Read More...

Key high-speed connector layout techniques

Learn some PCB layout techniques to improve high-speed connector performance. Read More...

No one best PCB fab house

The best fab house for you depends what you need and the kind of boards you are making, but here are some engineer recommendations. Read More...

The homes of EDN

Take a tour of EDN's office locations through the years, including the home of the print collection. Read More...

Will there still be PCBs in 60 years?

PCBs may be replaced in the next 60 years, but what should we expect in the near future? Read More...

Teardown: Inside Toshiba's Chromebook 2

An exposed screw presented an opportunity this engineer couldn’t resist. What's inside Toshiba's high definition display-enhanced Chromebook? Read More...

Soon components will shrink to invisibility

The future of components is quantum, brain-like, and ultra-dense. Read More...

Teardown: Bluetooth controller for low-cost VR

You can get VR on a budget with a smartphone, an inexpensive Google Cardboard headset, and an even more inexpensive Bluetooth controller ... if the controller works. Read More...

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De-embed transmission lines with FIR filters

This DI uses MATLAB to design de-embedding filters which clean up high-speed signal measurements. Read More...

Avago Tech Note: 5MBd Digital optocouplers targeting low power/low supply voltage applications

Digital optocouplers provide high voltage insulation and noise rejection for data transmission, with very low power usage. Read More...

Short circuit tracer/finder uses low power

Build this bench tool and become a master at pinpointing shorts. Read More...

Avago Tech Note: 14.2mm wide Creepage and clearance optocouplers for high-voltage applications

Not any optocoupler will do for applications requiring extra-high-voltage isolation. Read More...

Milliohm Squawker great at finding shorts and reverse engineering PCBs

This well thought out tool for “listening to” low resistances really speeds troubleshooting & tracing. Read More...

Music keyboard inductively senses position & velocity

Technologies to measure key position, pressure, and velocity go back almost a century. Now, an inductive sensing IC offers another solution. Read More...

Water & vandal-proof keypad uses piezoelectric disc as sensor and buzzer

An ingenious and low-cost method to create a rugged “UI”. Read More...

Safety flasher warns of high voltage

A low power circuit warns the user that high voltage is present. Read More...

Best Design Ideas of 2013Q3

We present the best Design Ideas of the last quarter! Read More...

Soldering iron driver bridge controls temperature

With a power supply and a replacement soldering handle you can implement this temperature-controlled soldering iron driver. Read More...

Reduce acoustic noise from capacitors

Adding parts or cutting PCB slots can make a difference. Read More...

Make a quick-turnaround PCB for RF parts

Parts get smaller, but the laws of physics don't change. Your designs must change to compensate. Read More...

Capacitive touch switch uses CPLD

Using an Altera MAX IIZ CPLD, you can implement a touch-switch decoder with no external components. Read More...

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Desktop PCB startup on-track

BotFactory's desktop Squink is ready to make your boards. Read More...

JTAG offers mapping tool for Altium Designer

JTAG Maps for the Altium Designer tool suite lets engineers assess JTAG/boundary-scan resources on their design, before committing to layout. Read More...

Altium Designer 17 release adds ActiveRoute

Altium has launched the latest version of its PCB design software, Altium Designer 17. Among other upgrades, it aims to reduce the time spent on non-design tasks. Read More...

System tests PAM4 signals to 56 and 64 Gbaud

Anritsu combines three instruments into an integrated system for making BER measurements up to 56 Gbaud PAM4 while generating signals to 56 Gbps PAM4. Read More...

FlexLogIC is actual printed electronics

PragmatIC has been developing a technology for printing electronics with elements including transistors and other active devices on flexible substrates, with the aim of producing very low cost devices for areas such as wearables. Read More...

System design comes to Xpedition

Mentor joins the system-design club with its Xpedition offering. Read More...

Advanced PCB & die-mounting technologies combined for dimension shrinks

PCB design and manufacturing company AT&S has brought together a range of technology options for miniaturization on all interconnection layers, including embedded component packaging, HDI, & bare-die packaging. Read More...

SnapEDA launches on-demand PCB symbols

If the symbol & footprint you need isn't already in their library, you'll have it within 24 hours. Read More...

PADS update integrates more analysis

The latest PADS integrates DDR & AMS modules. Read More...

Low-cost PCB soldering and inspection station

A good looking soldering platform and microscope combination for those on a budget. Read More...

HyperLynx release targets SI & PI

HyperLynx has evolved into a comprehensive SI/PI simulation environment. Read More...

Oscilloscope probes fit tight spaces, come with S-parameters

The P7700 series of probes from Tektronix let you probe high-speed signals, put the amplifier at the tip, and let you compensate for losses through unique S-parameters for each probe tip. Read More...

Candlestick sensor monitors thermal conditions

Offered in three heights, candlestick-style sensors from ATS simultaneously measure air temperature and velocity inside electronic systems. Read More...

PCB signal integrity analysis for multi-gigabit interfaces

Cadence Design Systems’ Sigrity 2016 technology portfolio can, the company says, improve product creation time with an enhanced PCB design and analysis methodology that is suitable for multi-gigabit interfaces. Read More...

USB Type-C connectors curtail EMI

TE Connectivity offers USB Type-C connectors with enhanced EMI shielding on the receptacle shell to help eradicate unwanted EMI leakage. Read More...

600-V MOSFETs gain power package option

Vishay now offers its 600-V E series power MOSFETs in low-profile, surface-mount PowerPak 8×8-mm packages that are halogen- and lead-free. Read More...

In-mold electronic inks enable control integration

DuPont Microcircuit Materials is launching a suite of in-mold electronic inks designed to help streamline electronic devices by reducing the need for rigid circuit boards. Read More...

Upverter update creates symbols & footprints for you

Cloud EDA provider Upverter has added "Parts Concierge" to save users the hassle of new-part creation. Read More...

Inject harmonics, test for EMI and resonance

The Picotest J2150A Harmonic Comb Injector lets you characterize circuits and systems over a range of frequencies from kilohertz to gigahertz. Read More...

USB oscilloscope by and for makers

The SmartScope from LabNation runs on Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, and iOS operating systems. Read More...

Optical cages cover today's highest signal speeds

The zQSFP+ line of optical module cages from TE Connectivity lets you upgrade optical links from 10 Gbps to 25 Gpbs, with support for 100 Gbps rates. Read More...

Stackup design tool supports more languages

Polar Instruments, provider of tools for high speed PCB design, fabrication and test, has launched new language versions of the Speedstack PCB layer stackup design system. Read More...

Boundary-scan viewer offers trace imaging

Version 8.2 of the ScanExpress boundary-scan tool suite from Corelis adds trace imaging using ODB++ netlist data. Read More...

Nextgen PCB design made easier (or less painful)

The 30th anniversary edition of Orcad includes a variety of new features and significant upgrades relating to manufacturing/fabrication checks, electrical rules checks, and constraint definition and management. Read More...

Altium's free CircuitMaker in open beta

The latest stage in the development of Altium's CircuitMaker is to make it available as part of an open beta testing program. Read More...

DfR Solutions updates reliability-prediction software

Version 4.0 of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software—DfR Solutions’ platform for analyzing, grading, and certifying the expected reliability of products at the circuit-card assembly level—offers an expanded suite of FEA (finite element analysis) integration tools to allow designers to model complex PCBs and components with precise detail. Read More...

New PADS products embrace budget-conscious engineers

Mentor's new PADS lineup now includes an entry-level product targeted to small companies and independent engineers. Read More...

Xpedition Package Integrator spans IC chip to package to PCB

Mentor's new Package Integrator allows co-design of chips, single- & multi-chip packaging, and PCB layout. Read More...

Keysight BERT adds adjustable ISI

The M8062A module for Keysight's J-BERT lets you test receivers at speeds to 32.4 Gbps while simulating intersymbol interference from copper trace lengths. Read More...

Zipper fins improve heat-sink performance

Lightweight zipper-fin heat sinks from Advanced Thermal Solutions offer fin profiles with high aspect ratios, enabling taller, thinner, and more tightly packed fins for greater cooling performance. Read More...

PCB design tool links Altium & SolidWorks

PCBWorks is a PCB design tool created by Altium to enhance workflow collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers. Read More...

Desktop milling machine creates PCBs and packaging

Version 2 of the Othermill will create your PCB, enclosure, and other parts – on your benchtop. Read More...

See the details with an HD thermal imager

Fluke's TiX1000 series of high-definition thermal imaging cameras let you see temperature on circuit components, wires, even whole cities. Read More...

Software speeds simulation of electromagnetic properties

3-D EM Simulation Platform provides significant FEM Simulation Speed Increase. Read More...

Mentor meets Digi-Key, low-cost CAD results

Designer, DX Designer's little brother, is out of beta and available to purchase. Read More...

EDN Hot 100 products of 2014

Of the many thousands of products announced during the past year, these are 100 that especially caught the attention of our editors and our readers. Read More...

EDN Hot 100 products of 2014: EDA Tools, IP & Memory/Storage

This section of EDN's Hot 100 Products of 2014 includes design automation tools and memory/storage products. Read More...

Expedition xSD adds support for multi-board system design

Most systems these days have two or more boards, and CAD vendors are finally cottoning onto this to support repartitioning and interconnect design. Read More...

100 GHz real-time oscilloscope arrives

Teledyne LeCroy ups the oscilloscope bandwidth ante with the announcement of the LabMaster 10-100Zi. Read More...

Probes & software enhance impedance measurements

Probes and software from Picotest let you measure the stability of op-amps, filters, and power regulators while in-circuit. Read More...

Free PCB design tool includes 3D modeling, crowd-sourced parts database

CircuitMaker PCB design tools' 3D modeling and other features will help designers deal with the "lumpy" nature of LED lighting products or other design projects involving large, irregular components. But that's only half of the story. Read More...

Mouser releases free version of NI MultiSIM simulator, PCB tool

Available via free download on Mouser.com, MultiSIM BLUE enables engineers to design and simulate circuits before laying them out in physical prototypes. Read More...

Power supplies combine linear and switching

Autoranging power supplies from Picotest deliver maximum power at any voltage/current setting. Read More...

Measure low current and high resistance

Two new instruments from Keysight Technologies help with researching new materials through low current and high-resistance measurements. Read More...

Mentor's Xpedition xDM provides enterprise PCB data management

Designs can leave you swimming in a morass of files and versions. xDM is a management solution for designs and libraries. Read More...

Copper heat pipes keep electronics cool

Advanced Thermal Solutions offers a line of 33 round and flat copper heat pipes for transporting power dissipation away from hot electronic components. Read More...

Low-CTE laminate targets 100-Gbps Ethernet designs

Intended for very high-speed digital applications up to and beyond speeds of 100 Gbps, Isola’s Tachyon-100G laminate material exhibits electrical properties that are very stable over a broad frequency and temperature range. Read More...

MLCCs feature reduced acoustic noise in 0402 package

A range of MLCCs from Murata have an extra interposer substrate that reduces acoustic "squealing" noise. Read More...

Path Finder mates PCB, IC package, & system design

The Xpedition Path Finder suite provides a single environment that gives cross-domain design teams the ability to model every device/interface. Read More...

Power supply board layout capability added to TI’s WEBENCH

WEBENCH® PCB Export, is a new feature in TI’s online WEBENCH Power Designer tool that engineers can use to quickly create a power supply printed circuit board (PCB) layout and export it to industry-leading computer-aided design (CAD) development platforms. Read More...

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Teardown: Inside a DSL gateway

An aversion to integrated gateways presents a teardown opportunity and a good look at the PCB that makes the unit go. Read More...

Teardown: 12V AC adapters – The Horror

A dark side of Chinese manufacturing is uncovered in this teardown of really bad power supplies. Read More...

Teardown: FLO TV didn’t fail because of its hardware

In addition to its impressive electronics integration, the PTV350 personal TV receiver contains one of most solid hinges ever experienced in a device like this. Read More...

Teardown: Amazon Dash Button keeps you connected

Amazon's Dash Button is the ultimate in consumer convenience and it costs only $4.99. So, how much hardware was Amazon able to squeeze into such a diminutive bill-of-materials budget? Read More...

Teardown: MoCA adapter succumbs to lightning strike

Another autumn brought another round of lightning-zapped electronics equipment. This time, an Actiontech MoCA adapter goes under the knife. Read More...

Teardown: Amazon's Echo voice-activated virtual assistant

Take a look inside Amazon’s Echo to see the PCBs and components that make the virtual assistant work. Read More...

Teardown: Bluetooth audio dongle keeps it simple

Stereo Bluetooth audio streaming support can easily and inexpensively be added to many systems via an external adapter such as the one analyzed in this teardown. Read More...

Teardown: Apple iPhone 6 Plus battery

A look at Apple's iPhone 6 battery helps nail down the one variable that determines manufacturing cost. Read More...

Teardown: Xbox wireless controller

See how a third-party wireless Xbox controller takes control. Read More...

Teardown: 1966 Programmable scientific calculator

Look inside a mid-1960s programmable scientific calculator! Read More...

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PXI-Express PHY: Essential PCB design considerations

Designing for PXI-Express (or PCIe)? Make sure you’re following these guidelines. Read More...

The PCB is the most important component of your design

This is a look at the importance of the printed circuit board, including cautionary tales and advice from veteran engineers. CAD helps, but beware of auto-routers. Read More...

Thermal design: Get the heat out of the electronics

Whether you are designing an LED lamp or an electric drag racer, know your options and the need to get the heat out of the electronics. Read More...

Decoupling’s effect on EMC

This article discusses the impact of PCB decoupling on simultaneous switching noise (SSN) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) by performing post-layout power integrity simulation and characterization of SSN and radiated emission of prototype PCBs. Read More...

Flex primer for IoT & wearables

It's a brand new ballgame with flex circuitry and wearable/IoT devices, so you have to add to your existing knowhow of conventional PCB design. Read More...

Solving signal integrity problems at very high data rates

Asking a PCB to function at 56 Gb/s can be an exercise in futility. Read about a way to break through this roadblock. Read More...

Key high-speed connector layout techniques

Learn some PCB layout techniques to improve high-speed connector performance. Read More...

Will there still be PCBs in 60 years?

PCBs may be replaced in the next 60 years, but what should we expect in the near future? Read More...

Decoupling’s effect on PI & SSN

A demonstration of decoupling’s effect on power and signals in a system with numerous related clocks. Read More...

PCB layouts for switchers

Look at proper layout techniques for buck, boost, and SEPIC converters. Read More...

DesignCon 2016 in photos

DesignCon 2016 offered technical sessions, teardowns, mentoring sessions, a trivia challenge, and much more. See what you may have missed at the event with this collection of photos. Read More...

Eric Bogatin: Meet DesignCon’s Engineer of the Year

Engineer and educator Eric Bogatin has been attending DesignCon from the beginning and this year he was voted the DesignCon Engineer of the Year. Read More...

Product-level architectural validation is the missing link of design flow

Complex product designs benefit from tools that support system-level architectural control and validation. Read More...

Thermal analysis of SO packages

How thermal analysis tools can be used for testing and evaluating the small outline packages found on reduced-sized PCBs in modern consumer devices. Read More...

3D chip/package/PCB co-design optimizes systems: Product how-to

Today’s complex and dense systems require a holistic design approach, from chip to PCB level. Read More...

Design rule checking for SERDES PCB layouts

In addition to manual inspection to be sure the SERDES bus traces on a routed printed circuit board are error free, use of an automated design rule checker makes such tasks easier. Read More...

Getting the heat out of PCBs demands intelligent simulation

Thermal simulation is necessary for many designs, and tools take different approaches to the solution. Read More...

PCB Layout: Design in-house, or outsource?

PCB design. For some companies, it’s an in-house affair. Others outsource. But for those on the fence, this quiz will help to decide which way to go. Read More...

7 Tips for overcoming PCB EMI issues

Faced with the challenges of new materials and new components, PCB designers must also deal with continuing electromagnetic compatibility and interference problems. Read More...

Thermal optimization during PCB design

Computational fluid dynamics software tools can be useful in considering the effect on a printed circuit board of such things as package selection, board layout and structure as well as enclosure design. Read More...

Semi-additive fabrication cuts width, spacing

Printed circuit board trace width and spacing as fine as 1.25 mils can be maintained over distance within extremely tight tolerance. Read More...

Return path discontinuities and EMI: Understand the relationship

It’s conventional wisdom that a solid, continuous return path provides a better result in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). This article discusses the relationship between return path discontinuities and EMC. Read More...

Vacuum improves 3-d vapor-phase soldering process

By using vapor phase soldering in combination with in-situ vacuum, geometry-related deviations in the temperature profiles can be eliminated, in addition to other improvements, like reducing void content & void count. Read More...

PCB future is lightweight, low-cost, and flexible: Product how-to

Low-cost flexible additively printed circuit “boards” are enabling new technologies and markets. Read More...

Alternative PCB fabrication tools

Ten (mostly) new ways to make PCBs. Read More...

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ICs of the 1930s & 1940s

Check out this amazing integration ca. 1940. Read More...

MesoGlue will not replace solder

MesoGlue is a room temperature metallic glue created with some brilliant science, but it’s not ready to replace solder in the engineering world. Read More...

Multi-instantiating a symbol: Free EDA advice #1

In which I offer 100% free advice to EDA companies on how to improve their products. Read More...

How much mode conversion is too much?: Rule of Thumb #32

Differential to common-mode conversion as miniscule as -60dB can cause EMC test failure. Read how to improve your odds. Read More...

How much common current is too much?: Rule of Thumb #31

Watch out for the EMC failure mode caused by mere microamps. Read More...

No one best PCB fab house

The best fab house for you depends what you need and the kind of boards you are making, but here are some engineer recommendations. Read More...

The homes of EDN

Take a tour of EDN's office locations through the years, including the home of the print collection. Read More...

What is the resonant frequency of a cavity?: Rule of Thumb #30

Cavity resonances in PCBs are easily overlooked, and can result in crosstalk and EMI. Read More...

What is the spatial extent of an edge?: Rule of Thumb #29

If you really want to build your engineering intuition about signal integrity, the most important principle you can apply is the Zen approach, “be the signal”. Read More...

PCB assembly & test problems

A nice brief overview of PCB assembly problems you might encounter, as well as some test ideas. Read More...

Near-field scanners let you see EMI

EMI scanners can display the spectral and special view of a circuit's emissions. From those plots, you can quickly see how circuit changes affect emissions. Read More...

Fix poor capacitor, inductor, and DC/DC impedance measurements

Improved measurement technique extends the range and improves the accuracy over standard S-parameters. Read More...

Rubber Band Engineer: The book that will get you in trouble

Rubber Band Engineer is the kind of how-to book that can surely get you in trouble while having fun with projectiles. Read More...

Old faithful tools

What tools and equipment have you treasured for years? Read More...

The 2016 EMC Symposium is coming

Engineers will gather in Ottawa, Canada for the anual IEEE EMC Symposium. Here's what to expect. Read More...

3D printing meets PCBs

The convergence of electronics and 3D printing will bring PCB prototyping in-house. Read More...

What is the aspect ratio for 50Ω stripline?: Rule of Thumb #28

All 50Ω symmetric striplines in FR4 have the same aspect ratio. Read More...

Sensing current on the high side

Here are some ways to sense current in a supply rail, which requires care to do right. Read More...

Free yourself from IBIS-AMI models with PyBERT

PyBERT, an open-source modeling tool, can help you design high speed SERDES devices and systems. Read More...

Three predictions on the state of signal integrity

Signal integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin makes three predictions on high-speed signals based on DesignCon 2016. Read More...

EDN turns 60, help us celebrate

EDN began life as Electrical Design News on May 8, 1956. Here's what to expect over the coming months as we celebrate the publication. Read More...

What is the aspect ratio for 50Ω microstrip?: Rule of Thumb #27

All 50Ω microstrip lines in FR4 have the same aspect ratio. Using a 2D field solver, we can explore what this ratio is for a specific value of Dk and conductor thickness. Read More...

Eliminating the power integrity analysis bottleneck from PCB design: Product how-to

Use available tools to streamline voltage-drop analysis and decoupling design. Read More...

EDN Hot 100 products of 2016

It's time to recognize the year's top products with EDN's annual Hot 100 Products, selected by our readers and editors. Read More...

Teardown: Dead GbE switch

Another day, another dead GbE switch. Maybe a decade of service is asking too much, but let's see what went wrong. Read More...

Tektronix updates PAM4 validation platform

The latest release of Tektronix’ PAM4 transmitter analysis software adds error detection, SNDR measurement, and FFE/DFE equalization. Read More...

Desktop PCB startup on-track

BotFactory's desktop Squink is ready to make your boards. Read More...

FPGA IP Handling & creation

The IEEE has ratified the 1735-2014 IEEE Recommended Practice for Encryption and Management of Electronic Design Intellectual Property (IP) specification. Read More...

Get a hands-on tutorial in FPGA design at ESC Silicon Valley

Attendees will first create a Verilog representation of an LFSR, and then upload this (and an 8-bit MCU) into an FPGA-based Arduino-compatible development board. Read More...

QuickLogic latest to offer FPGA IP for SoCs

FPGA and configurable IC vendor QuickLogic will license its programmable logic technology for use as an embedded fabric. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Electrolytic capacitor-based data backup power solution for a 12V system with 5V to 36V input

This module provides hold-up power in e.g., embedded systems, and can also be combined with a buck-boost module for a robust power system suitable for automotive and other harsh environments. Read More...

JTAG offers mapping tool for Altium Designer

JTAG Maps for the Altium Designer tool suite lets engineers assess JTAG/boundary-scan resources on their design, before committing to layout. Read More...

Commercial content in DesignCon papers

DesignCon papers can't be commercials, but that doesn't mean you can't air out the techniques used in your products! Read More...

PXI-Express PHY: Essential PCB design considerations

Designing for PXI-Express (or PCIe)? Make sure you’re following these guidelines. Read More...

Altium Designer 17 release adds ActiveRoute

Altium has launched the latest version of its PCB design software, Altium Designer 17. Among other upgrades, it aims to reduce the time spent on non-design tasks. Read More...

ESC Silicon Valley: Be creative by goofing off

At the Dec. 8 keynote address, Ransom Stephens will explain how to use your brain to solve bigger problems more effectively than you do now. Goofing off is an important part. Read More...

DC fans keep electronics cool

CUI has expanded its thermal-management portfolio with the CFM series of axial DC cooling fans, providing airflow of 10 CFM to over 200 CFM. Read More...

Prodigiously sensing devkit also enables IoT/cloud

This devboard senses everything but the kitchen sink, wirelessly connects, and comes with lots of example software. Read More...

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