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Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads

Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads
The term ‘via’ probably comes from the Latin word meaning ‘road’. Therefore, open via would essentially mean ‘open road’. Open roads, in Oregon for example, sometimes run through open range ranch land. That means that cows have as much right to be on the road as do cars. If you don't want cows on your PC boards where the BGAs go, don't leave open vias in your BGA footprint. By Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits
25th January 2019

The role of printing in a new era of electronics

The role of printing in a new era of electronics
Printing will be an enabler for mass customisation of electronics for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices that will fuse form and function in new ways. This is according to Dr Janos Veres, who leads the Novel and Printed Electronics Program at PARC research centre in Silicon Valley. Dr Veres will be presenting a keynote session at this week’s Innovations in Large-Area Electronics 2019 conference (innoLAE2019) in Cambridge, which will run from 22nd-23rd January.
21st January 2019

SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID

SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID
An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by HARTING. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of one.
17th January 2019


PCB design platform delivers multi-dimensional verification

PCB design platform delivers multi-dimensional verification
Mentor, a Siemens business, has announced the new Xpedition printed circuit board (PCB) design platform focused on multi-dimensional verification. With the increasing complexities of today’s systems, PCB design managers can be challenged by the lack of robust verification tools and/or the difficulty in applying these tools, to identify problems early in the design development phase.
12th December 2018

LED and diode markation guidelines for PCBs

LED and diode markation guidelines for PCBs
Have you ever had an LED or other diode placed backwards? PCB assemblers work hard to place every component, from the largest, highest pin-count logic chip, down to the smallest passive components and micro wafer scale BGAs, correctly every single time. A key element of that accuracy is the understanding of the board and the component markings. Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits, explains.
6th December 2018

Faster, easier PCBs ordering via Drag & Drop

Faster, easier PCBs ordering via Drag & Drop
The prototype specialist and PCB manufacturer Beta LAYOUT has simplified the online ordering process for printed circuit boards. The redesigned PCB-POOL online calculator now allows the direct data upload of a PCB design via Drag & Drop in several native file formats. Current accepted files formats include Altium Designer, EAGLE, Target 3001!, KiCad and Gerber X2.
20th November 2018

Prevent quality issues by zooming in on PCBs

Prevent quality issues by zooming in on PCBs
Preventing mistakes or defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering solutions or services to customers are natural concerns to EMS providers. Digital microscopes integrated as part of the Quality Assurance in production and R&D departments can often play an important role to clear these concerns.
7th November 2018

Range of shielding cabinets expanded with EMC solution

Range of shielding cabinets expanded with EMC solution
Würth Elektronik has announced an extensive range of shielding cabinets in its program. The cabinets are made of thin, tin-plated sheet metal (certified to DIN EN 10202/10203) and represent an easy-to-implement EMC solution. The WE-SHC shielding cabinets keep electromagnetic radiation away from the circuit board and improve the noise immunity of the output and input stages of HF, oscillator and EMC-sensitive components in plastic housings.
21st September 2018

Right first time with PCBA Visualizer

Right first time with PCBA Visualizer
Eurocircuits has now added the PCBA Visualizer to their online eC Smart Tools seamlessly linking PCB Manufacture to PCB Assembly and driving their philosophy of 'Right First Time for Manufacture'. It is without a doubt that the PCBA Visualizer brings unparcelled functionality and control to the customer. It allows them to visually check that the selected components physically fit their PCB layout before the manufacturing process starts, thus avoiding lengthy delays or costly remakes.
11th September 2018

Ecosystem connects manufacturers to ensure design manufacturability

Ecosystem connects manufacturers to ensure design manufacturability
Cadence Design Systems has announced that it has launched a broad ecosystem with nine initial PCB manufacturing partners to enable customers to easily get the partners’ technology files they need to ensure PCB design manufacturability early in the design process. This reduces rework, shortens design cycles, and accelerates new product introduction.
7th September 2018


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