Design to Avoid EMI Problems—Keep Clocks Away from Unintended Antennas

Posted by Tom Anderson on 12 Jan, 2018

Unwanted PCB antennas can cause FCC EMI testing failures. Careful circuit design and board layout...

Using X-Ray Inspection to Reveal Hidden PCB Assembly Defects

Posted by Tom Anderson on 26 Dec, 2017

BGA and leadless components require X-ray inspection to find hidden assembly defects. X-ray images...

How to Save PCB Prototype Build Time for Designs with Vias in BGA Pads

Posted by Tom Anderson on 2 Oct, 2017

Manufacturing speed is critical for rapid prototyping. Did you know that via-in-pad increases board...

Robotics Design Tips, Part 3: How to Avoid Vibration Failures

Posted by Tom Anderson on 7 Jul, 2017

If your product moves, think about protecting printed circuit boards (PCBs) from excessive...

Protecting PCBs from Excessive Thermal Stress, Robotics Design Tips, Part 2

Posted by Tom Anderson on 21 Apr, 2017

If your product gets hot, think about how to protect printed circuit boards from excessive thermal...

Robotics Design Tips, Part 1: 3 Ways to Improve Radio Range

Posted by Tom Anderson on 13 Mar, 2017

Chances are, your robot's radio range is limited by interference. Improve range by minimizing...

Power Supply Filter Design for Printed Circuit Boards

Posted by Tom Anderson on 9 Jan, 2017

 

Incorrect power supply filter design leads to unreliable hardware. This is distressingly...

Optimize PCB Shapes for Panelization to Lower Cost

Posted by Tom Anderson on 20 Dec, 2016

"All I want is boards and dust!" - Boss

Non-optimal board shapes lead to scrap. Individual boards...

Choosing Connectors

Posted by Tom Anderson on 25 Nov, 2016

“Which connectors and connector companies are best? In my last project, connector lead time...

Corrosion in Printed Circuit Boards – Tempo Automation

Posted by Tom Anderson on 20 Nov, 2016
Dendrites often look like ferns

Prevent dendrites in accidental PC board batteries

Printed...