DFM 101: Cost Driver Summary

June 8, 2023 | Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits

One of the biggest challenges facing PCB designers is not understanding the cost drivers in the PCB manufacturing process. We will wrap up this DFM series with a summary of cost drivers that impact delivery, quality and reliability. It is categorized by low-, medium-, and high-cost adders.

Slash Sheets: Don’t Fall Into the Trap

June 8, 2023 | Geoffrey Hazelett, Technical Sales

Slash sheets can be confusing, and this is a big topic, so let’s start big and drill down from there. Here’s the big picture regarding slash sheet references: They were designed to provide handy groupings of PCB materials (laminates, polyimides, etc.) that go into a stackup. These groupings are designed around mechanical characteristics to provide insight for PCB fabricators to identify similar laminates with similar properties.



The Pulse: Industry Organizations Keep Knowledge Alive

June 1, 2023 | Martyn Gaudion, Polar Instruments

When looking at the PCB industry, an outsider may have the illusion that the typically green-colored substrates populated with components use only a small amount of technology. The term printed, along with the notion that you can...

Quiet Power: 3D Effects in Power Distribution Networks

May 22, 2023 | Istvan Novak, Samtec

Signal integrity (SI) grew out of the electromagnetic compatibility discipline in the early 1990s and gradually became a hot topic in its own right. Although the term SI never appeared in the title, one of the first books on topic was...

Connect the Dots: What is an Annular Ring?

May 18, 2023 | Matt Stevenson, Sunstone Circuits

Let's learn about annular rings, because a greater understanding can help ensure that your PCB designs successfully become physical boards. The annular ring is the space between the drill hole and the edge of the pad—a specified...

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