Reading time ( words)
This month, in addition to publishing feature articles by well-known experts in the field, we decided to collect feedback from the readers—PCB designers and engineers working in the trenches each day. We asked our readers to provide their favorite tips, tricks, and techniques for speeding up the PCB design cycle. Here are 10 tips for cutting your design time, courtesy of designers just like you.
PCB group leader, Slovenia
“Bang on the electrical engineers to squeeze out of them all constraint upfront before starting a design, so that you can put them into rules in the design tool, and then hold them accountable for changes. The rest is easy, in comparison.”
CID+, San Diego
“Know the system the PCB integrates into.”
President of ConnectPCB, Chicago
“Use both hands (i.e., one hand on the mouse, other using shortcut keys or function keys). Type without looking at your hands (they should know where the keys are).”
PCB designer, Aalborg, Denmark
“Learn the limitations of the PCB fabrication process and set up your PCB CAD system accordingly.”
Felipe Lopez Rendon
Packaging design engineer with Intel, Guadalajara, Mexico
“Keep the DRC on most of the time.”
To read this entire article, which appeared in the October 2015 issue of The PCB Design Magazine, click here.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
For our multi-board design issue, I interviewed Dave Wiens, product marketing manager for Mentor, a Siemens business. We discussed how the multi-board design technique differs from laying out single boards, along with the planning, simulation and analysis processes required to design multi-board systems.
Chang Fei Yee, Keysight Technologies
This article briefly introduces the 4-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) and its application in 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GbE), to support the booming data traffic volume in conjunction with the deployment of 5G mobile communications. Furthermore, this article also highlights the essential pre-layout effort from signal integrity perspective for physical (PHY) link design on a PCB, including material selection, transmission line design and channel simulation to support 56Gbps data rate that paves the way for seamless communication in 400GbE.
Dave Lackey and Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
The design process is arguably the most important part of the flex circuit procurement process. The decisions made in the design process will have a lasting impact, for better or worse, throughout the manufacturing cycle. In advance of providing important details about the actual construction of the flex circuit, it is of value to provide some sort of understanding of the expected use environment for the finished product.