PCB Tech Talk

PCB Tech Talk

With over 25 years of experience within the EDA industry, John McMillan brings a depth of knowledge as he considers EDA and PCB industry trends, topics, challenges, and some specific how-to tips. Listen in as he explores a variety of topics and interviews special guests.... Show More

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July 15, 2020 11 min

The lack of SI validation is one of the key reasons that PCB designs fail in the field. Many PCB tools lack the SI functionality necessary to detect and prevent these failures. Today, even the smallest of IoT PCB designs can benefit from or require some level of SI analysis. But for moderate and more complex designs, SI analysis is a must. The good news is, with modern tools, you don’t have to be an SI expert to run SI analysis on ...

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July 1, 2020 13 min

Hear what Technical Marketing Engineer Shivani Joshi thinks about the PADS Professional Student Edition, as well as the PADS Professional Design Competition in this podcast.

Also for students this year - Mentor, a Siemens Business is sponsoring a PCB design competition in which entrants can submit any electronics design they feel highlights their PCB design knowledge and engineering skills. You must use PADS Professional Student Ed...

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As a PCB designer, we're always looking for a better, faster and reliable way to get our job done. If the tool we're using does not have the required automation - we often end up using time consuming work-a-rounds to complete our projects. These work-a-rounds usually require error prone manual steps that can lead to longer design cycles which can impact project schedules. Though companies strive to pick the proper design to...

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March 27, 2020 17 min

The foundation for ultra-fast download speeds, reliable low latency connections, and connectivity to billions of IoT devices coming online over the next years relies greatly on 5G. Design for devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and wearables will need to operate in new spectrum with new enabling technologies. With scalable numerology, flexible waveforms, and new spectrum, 5G provides a robust framework to address the many ...

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From Artificial intelligence – to Augmented Reality – the Internet of Things - 5G – DDR5 – and beyond – the future of electronics in everything is an exciting, challenging and competitive industry to be involved in. It’s pretty incredible how far electronics products have come in the past decade and I can only imagine what the next decade holds for electronics design.

To learn more about the modern PCB design technologies mentioned...

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October 28, 2019 11 min

DFM issues are all too common, from PCB layout to manufacture and testing. In fact, a single fabrication holdup can cost you untold amounts in lost productivity. Having integrated DFM analysis allows you to identify and correct potential fabrication and assembly issues in the design database before they ever hit the production floor. Without DFM analysis, you are essentially leaving changes in the fabricators hands, where the focus...

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September 26, 2019 13 min

DDR is everywhere. From wearable devices to automobiles, DDR memory is quickly becoming the standard for SoC applications. Efficient DDR design can help you meet the demand for swift product development and reduced operating costs. Stay a step ahead with the wide range of features in PADS Professional that are designed to enable you to create, simulate and verify DDR interfaces.

 

Learn how PADS Professional can empower you to take...

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August 23, 2019 31 min

The foundation for ultra-fast download speeds, reliable low latency connections, and connectivity to billions of IoT devices coming online over the next years relies greatly on 5G. Design for devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and wearables will need to operate in new spectrum with new enabling technologies. With scalable numerology, flexible waveforms, and new spectrum, 5G provides a robust framework to address the many d...

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Did you know that lack SI validation is one of the key reasons why designs fail in the field?  That’s why 75% of Best-in Class companies implement SI analysis. In today’s high-tech PCB designs nearly every PCB can benefit from Signal Integrity Simulation and Analysis. In fact, it’s not a luxury; it’s a critical step in the product design process. SI analysis not only ensures that design constraints meet product performance requirem...

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From cellphones and wearables and in every industry for today’s competitive electronics products, bringing products to market fast and first is critical for success. What you may not know is - If you’re not using advanced techniques for things like high-speed routing and tuning, placement planning groups, design reuse, plane generation automation and many more - that it can delay your design completion time up to 70% or more!  Are ...

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Did you know that Behavioral verification, scenario exploration, and component optimization are critical to ensuring design intent, performance, and reliability for Analog mixed-signal circuits? For nearly every modern digital device, Engineers must design it to interact with people, the analog world around it, or both.  And the pathway for getting information into and back out of our modern digital devices is the domain of analog,...

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Did you know that the global demand for flexible electronics is expected to reach $24.78 billion by 2026? From cellphones to wearables and to IoT devices and in every industry more and more products are requiring both static and dynamic rigid-flexible circuits than ever. In fact, rigid-flex design not only eliminates connectors and improves the performance and reliability of your electronics designs it empowers companies to meet to...

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Did you know, that on average, PCB designs undergo as many as 3 respins at an average cost of nearly $28,000 per respin due to undetected electrical rule violations that affect design integrity and performance? In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series we answer the questions addressed during our recent live webinar events presenting how PADS Professionals’ can ensure your project will meet its performance, time-to-market...

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Did you know that intelligent automated placement and routing can accelerate your design cycle times by 25-50% or more? You can eliminate issues due to collision and space constraints as well. In this special “After the Webinar” podcast series, we will answer the questions submitted during our most recent live webinar. Learn how PADS Professionals’ Routing Automation can accelerate your design cycles while improving quality with a...

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To learn more about MCAD Collaboration and Co-Design described in this episode check out the on-demand webinar and other resources listed below.

On-Demand Webinar: Electro-mechanical Co-design for Competitive Advantage

White Paper: Bridging the Gap Between ECAD and MCAD Domains to Gain a Competitive Advantage in Electronic Product Design

Datasheet: PADS MCAD Collaboration

Did you know that today’s best-in-class companies ...

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Today, designing printed circuit boards in 3D is not the exception – it’s the norm. The same can now be said for many different areas in PCB design from part selection to the end products fabrication and assembly – So, what are the new exceptions – the new norms, the “game changers”, the “disruptive” emerging “shift-left” technologies in EDA?  Well, let’s talk about it!

To learn more about these “game changing”, “s...

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Is design verification at the schematic level, before you take any steps into the PCB layout phase in the PCB design flow, possible? In PCB design, we are all too familiar with layout design rule checks, even post-layout design for manufacturing, design for assembly and design-for-test checks. Many of us are even familiar with electrical design rule checks. But what about checks that look at the schematic before la...

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April 14, 2018 19 min

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘smart’ technologies have gone far beyond phones, enhancing products in all aspects of our lives. New technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, can now be found in our living rooms and existing technologies are being upgraded and enhanced with bleeding-edge capabilities. So what might be coming down the road?

In this episode, John explores some of the products and technologies ...

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March 15, 2018 13 min

Electrical sign-off has become, more than ever, a critical part of the PCB design process. Manually doing this, as has traditionally been done, is time consuming, error prone, and requires expert knowledge in areas like Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and Electromagnetic Integrity.

 In this episode, John discusses the advantages of automated EDRC (Electrical Design Rule Checking), and their ability to increase the efficiency and...

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Designing a PCB is similar to a complex puzzle, except there’s no picture on the box to follow. Every step taken must be done purposefully, and requires extensive knowledge of electronic design and industry best practices.

In this episode, John talks about seven shared habits that PCB Designers exhibit when they study, prepare, visualize, strategize, and complete PCB Designs.

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  • Whitepaper: 7 Habit...
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