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Join Us at PCB West 2017

30 - Aug - 2017

We are exhibiting at PCB West and would enjoy seeing you there. Stop by our booth #117 and enter to win a 3D PRINTER

Admission to the exhibits is FREE. We look forward to visiting with you in Santa Clara!


Impedance Calculator

23 - Aug - 2017

Impedance depends on many parameters, including but not limited to trace width, trace thickness, and laminate thickness. The dielectric thickness, Dk, trace width, copper weight, and any special parameters are all taken .... Read more


Role of a Router in PCB Fabrication

16 - Aug - 2017

Along with the tremendous increase in the production of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), there has also been a remarkable improvement in the quality of boards manufactured. Improvement and miniaturization of electronic gadgets has resulted in the PCBs be.... Read more


Designing Printed Circuit Boards with Vias

09 - Aug - 2017

Vias are necessary to make electrical connections between different layers of a printed circuit board (PCB). Vias actually carry power or signals between layers. For instance, the plated through hole (PTH) technology is a very common form of via for backplane designs, where they connect pins of connectors to signals on the inner layers..... Read more


Why Your PCB Partner Should Use AutoGrinding

02 - Aug - 2017

Anyone involved with using Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) understands that PCB’s have copper patterns on their surface with different types of finishes. If left unprotected, the copper surface is likely to oxidize and ultimately dete.... Read more


Picking the Right PCB Manufacturing Partner

18 - Jul - 2017

Courtesy of Soumac.co.uk Whether you use traditional multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) or flexible ones, it is vital for your business that your PCB manufacturing partner gives you quick turn services. It is important to find the right PCB manufacturer to serve a.... Read more


The Impact of Copper Thickness in PCBs

06 - Jul - 2017

CircuitCalcuator.comThe process of manufacturing PCBs starts with a dielectric material with copper foil on both sides. Unwanted copper is etched out to form tracks or traces that have important electrical properties and affect the circuit’s perfor.... Read more


How to Avoid File Errors When Designing PCBs

20 - Jun - 2017

Contract electronics manufacturers understand that with printed circuit boards (PCBs) becoming more sophisticated, their importance, as the building blocks of technological devices also grow stronger. With different types of PCBs now being used in everything from children’s toys to home automation systems and cars to smartphones, design engineers a.... Read more


Avoiding Holds in Printed Circuit Board Design

07 - Jun - 2017

Image courtsey of General Guitar GadgetsPrinted Circuit Board (PCB) design, manufacturing, and assembly companies make sure their boards adhere to the specifications of customers. In general, specifications determine the applicability and the general operating characteristics of a PCB. .... Read more


Secrets of High-Speed PCBs - eBook

06 - Jun - 2017

Secrets of High-Speed PCBs - Part 1 is a recent ebook authored by Royal Circuits partner, Martyn Gaudion of Polar Instruments. Written to assist EEs, PCB designers, procurement professionals, and PCB fabrication professionals at all levels, this book helps engineers design producible boards, and buyers purchase PC boards u.... Read more


Importance of X-ray Drilling and Routing in PCBs

05 - Jun - 2017

Drilling in Printed Circuit Boards

Drilling in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is required for two purposes. One is for inserting the leads of through-hole components for soldering them to the PCB, and the other is to create interconnection between different layers on the same PCB. Two methods of drilling are typically used.... Read more


NA Electronics Indicators Remain Positive

01 - Jun - 2017

IPC published its industry trend report and recent data point to sales growth for electronics manufacturers. PCB book-to-bill ratio is based on three-month rolling averages of orders and sales, and normally leads industry sales by three to nine months. As of March 2017, the ratio stands at 1.07, which indicates a li.... Read more


Types of Laminates Used for Printed Circuit Boards

30 - May - 2017

A cursory glance at a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) shows it to be a simple board overlaid with an intricate design of tracks and lands. A closer look reveals several details involved with creating the PCB—the tracks and lands of copper covered with solder mask, and on the top, the silk screen showing the positions of various components. The base material is the laminate, of which .... Read more


Design Tips for Flex Circuit Boards

23 - May - 2017

Flex circuit boards offer designers several benefits. The capability of the flex circuit to assume three-dimensional configurations along with vibration resistance are the major reasons for designers adopting this technology for their products. However, this capability comes at a price. As their name suggests, flex circuit boards can bend, whereas SMD components mounted on them .... Read more


Protecting Your Designs against Product Piracy

06 - May - 2017

Most modern electronic systems are embedded systems, in the sense that they are miniature computers working within their application-oriented context. Common functions they share are measurement, control, regulation, data monitoring, and signal processing. Usually, the underlying computer system is a highly specialized unit, with both the hardware and software or firmware optimize.... Read more


Trends in Flex Printed Circuit Boards

30 - Apr - 2017

The last 25 years or so have been a sea change in the electronic industry. The speed of technology is changing at a geometric rate. Where earlier mobile phones were the size of shoes, now there are slim smart phones that easily slip into a shirt pocket. The changes expected in the next two decades will make the previous decades pale in comparison. One of.... Read more


Using Laser Direct Imaging in Fabricating PCBs

15 - Apr - 2017

In the fast-moving world today, people quickly lose interest in the current model of an electronic gadget. This forces OEMs to update and revise their designs, with designers looking for faster turn-around times and shorter production runs. This also makes the traditional methods of creating artworks and setting up of photo-tooling methods impractical. In addition, the photo-tool method is dependent on environment conditions—requiring good control over temperature and humidity to tra.... Read more


Why are Printed Circuit Board Stackups Important?

08 - Mar - 2017

 

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For the person designing a Printed Circuit Board (PCB), its stackup is an important factor as this determines the EMC performance of the product. With a good stackup, radiation from loops on a PCB and the cables a.... Read more


High Density Interconnected PCBs

02 - Mar - 2017

http://www.epectec.com/images/high-density-interconnect-pcb.jpgIn the Printed Circuits Board (PCB) arena, one of the latest and the fastest growing technologies is the High Density Interconnect (HDI) boards. These are multilayer boards offering routing interconnections of extremely high density. Ideal for powering today’s complex devices, these lightweight boards contribute to the.... Read more


All About Flex Printed Circuit Boards

24 - Feb - 2017

http://www.flexiblecircuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/flex-printed-main1.pngFlex Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), officially known as flexible electronics, are also known as flexible PCBs, flex boards, and flexible circuit boards. Although the flex circuit is a part of the product users buy, the term formally refers to the technology that allows moun.... Read more


Why You Need DFM Checks for PCBs

14 - Feb - 2017

Why DFM CheckFor anything manufactured, Design For Manufacturability (DFM) is an important process. For Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), DFM is the process of composing the layout topology for mitigating problems that the PCB manufacturing and assembly process could encounter, when manufacturing an electronic system. Although these are two s.... Read more


10 Interesting Facts of PCBs

07 - Feb - 2017

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) have a long history. They originated in 1903, when Albert Hanson, the German inventor, had multiple layers of flat coil conductors laminated onto an insulating board. A year later, Thomas Edison experimented with mounting conductors onto linen paper. The technique of electroplating circuit patterns had to wait until 1927, when Charles Durchase patented the proc.... Read more


Epoxy-filled Holes and Via in Pads

01 - Feb - 2017

Via in pad is often needed for putting vias directly in the SMT pads for BGAs and QFNs. There are many situations that you want to use via in pads:

  • For large or fine pitch BGAs they can make routing much easier, or any time when board space is l.... Read more

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