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IC Speeds vs. Power Supplies

IC Speeds vs. Power Supplies

In most modern designs, you have to work with ICs that are running at very high speeds. This translates into…

SerDes Design Part 1: Take the First Steps Towards SerDes Channel Compliance

SerDes Design Part 1: Take the First Steps Towards SerDes Channel Compliance

Last year I wrote an article for EEWorld Online, comparing Channel Operating Margin (COM) with traditional Eye/BER analysis. This year,…

It’s Easier (and Less Expensive) to Check for Differential Pairs than You Think!

It’s Easier (and Less Expensive) to Check for Differential Pairs than You Think!

As a layout engineer, you have mastered the art of multitasking. You are thinking about board real estate, manufacturing costs,…

What Do a Gigging Guitarist and a PCB Designer Have in Common?

What Do a Gigging Guitarist and a PCB Designer Have in Common?

More than you think! While most of us would not consider guitarists as experts in electronic design practices, they use…

Detect Floating Metal Islands to Avoid EMI

Detect Floating Metal Islands to Avoid EMI

Are you concerned with the accuracy and time spent in manual inspection of your board? Are EMI issues slipping into…

More Free Time! Did I Tell You about the Universal Board Viewer Feature?

More Free Time! Did I Tell You about the Universal Board Viewer Feature?

As an electrical engineer (EE), you probably have a PCB designer laying out circuit boards as we speak. Wouldn’t you…

Can Your Verified PCB Design Fail in the Lab (or in the Field)?

Can Your Verified PCB Design Fail in the Lab (or in the Field)?

Design verification is typically performed before building the design prototype or manufacturing the design. These checks are performed either manually…

Want More Free Time? Come and Get It!

Want More Free Time? Come and Get It!

Download FREE electrical rule checks. No strings attached. Are you tired of manually inspecting your printed circuit board designs for…

So You’ve Found DDR Design Problems. Now What?

So You’ve Found DDR Design Problems. Now What?

After identifying design issues and their root cause(s), the next step is to fix them on the board and execute…